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One Game Dad is a vlog/podcast about parenting, culture and creativity available on Twitch, YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere. Gregory Pellechi, aka OneGameDad, is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife, his daughter and a cat whom he is very allergic to. Visit for more.

One Game Dad is a vlog/podcast about parenting, culture and creativity available on Twitch, YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere. Gregory Pellechi, aka OneGameDad, is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife, his daughter and a cat whom he is very allergic to. Visit for more.
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One Game Dad is a vlog/podcast about parenting, culture and creativity available on Twitch, YouTube, iTunes and elsewhere. Gregory Pellechi, aka OneGameDad, is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife, his daughter and a cat whom he is very allergic to. Visit for more.






One Game Dad 20: Character Building Conveniences

Change means growth, after dealing with the associated challenges. Or some such thing. Growing children are nothing but change. They are agents not so much of destruction or entropy, but challenge. They challenge themselves and those around them. And my daughter is no different. Case in point, everyday she asks what things are. And everyday she learns new words. Her vocabulary is increasing by leaps and bounds, to a degree that neither her mother nor I expected. Which means we have to...

Duration: 00:22:38

One Game Dad 19: Engagement Directives

The Mission: Entertain the Baby. The Solution: Anything that works. The last episode was about bad habits babies develop. Well this week's episode was about entertaining them. And much like the habits they form, it's all about doing whatever it takes. Another way of putting that, is just giving in to their greater interest in your phone or keys then the slew of toys strewn about the house. It's why I ultimately switched to a Nokia 3310. My previous phone being destroyed by drool and...

Duration: 00:32:38

One Game Dad 18: Bad Baby Habit

No I'm not talking about nun babies or baby nuns. At the very least Bad Baby Habit is the sequel to Machine Gun Nun. This episode is about teaching or really training babies to adopt new habits and how difficult that is. Especially if you compare it to training another animal. The main difficulty is that positive reinforce through treats or praise isn't all that useful when you're trying to get your kid to sleep. My daughter, who's nearly a year old now, will not sleep in her crib. She...

Duration: 00:29:34

One Game Dad 17: Looking Back to Future Regrets

I'm returning to work. And I hate that fact. Not because I hate working. I want to work. I need to work. I want to write. I need to write. For my own good I need to do something constructive and engaging. But I hate the fact that I'm also putting my daughter in daycare to do so. Daycare and the accompanying Early Childhood Development Specialists should be really good for my daughter. Because this is Finland and that means there's pride and resources put into such things. It's not just a...

Duration: 00:27:41

One Game Dad 16: Twisted Traditions

The winter holidays are here and with them another episode. Albeit a few days late. It may have been recorded on Dec. 23, but with everything going on and all the baking I've done releasing the episode has taken longer than expected. That said, this episode is seasonally appropriate, in that I discuss traditions. I'm always of two minds about traditions. They are both good and bad, because they bind us and divide us. They connect us to one another, and by reiterating a tradition on an...

Duration: 00:28:36

One Game Dad 15: Spousal Support Systems

Relationships are hard. Kids make it harder. Big surprise that. But sometimes the answer is to create a schedule to simply accomplish all you need to. Other times that schedule needs to be thrown out the window, because life has become rote and you're doing nothing but the minimum. This weekend in particular was a busy one for us, leaving little time for us to be together as a family. Now that's not normal. The future is going to change that significantly once the kid starts going to...

Duration: 00:36:11

One Game Dad 14: Door's Hammer

Stories have systems and structures to them, just like games. Sadly games struggle to incorporate them well. This week it's a lighter topic for the podcast, namely stories and story structure in video games. The game I reference most, because I'm playing it, is Destiny 2. Similar to the Episode 5, I rattle on about the failings of the story of Destiny 2 and other games. I do so because I want better, I expect better for my money. The fact is that I don't think you can neglect story in...

Duration: 00:34:17

One Game Dad 13: Minority Status Report

A straight white middle class man can be a minority! In a very odd context. And no I'm not talking about living in some drastically different country. I'm talking about living in one of the whitest countries in the world - Finland. In case you aren't aware, I'm an immigrant. And that makes me a minority... So does the fact that I speak Swedish and not Finnish. Swedish being the other official language of Finland, of which only approximately five percent of the population speaks. The...

Duration: 00:28:15

One Game Dad 12: A Holiday Hunting Interlude

To Kill Nazis! Cause there are no good Nazis. That's the point. They're Nazis! We thought they were dead, or at least gauche enough not to want to side with. We were wrong. They have not only attempted to rebrand, but they've reorganized. That's right the Fascists, the Nazis, the racists, the assholes of the world are here and we need to do something for our children's sake. It's not just a battle our grandparents and great-grandparents faced. It's one we face now, and don't want our...

Duration: 00:36:57

One Game Dad 11: The Irony of Isolation

Social Media is a modern day requirement, even for stay-at-home dads. But there's a constant conundrum tearing at any creative. That's the need to produce. At the same time there's constant talk of how everyone needs a platform or has to build an audience. More than that you need to take part in the conversation, not just to be known but because you need to be aware of what's happening in your field. And that's what I'm struggling with. My days are spent focusing on my daughter, so much...

Duration: 00:40:56

One Game Dad 10: Cultural Tutorial Segments

Life is like a video game, there's a lot to learn just to get on in the world. But that doesn't mean what you're learning is right. Take gender for example. Gender brings with it a lot of baggage, preconceptions, expectations and limits. So why do we so quickly immerse our children into this quagmire? It's a question both the Wife and I have been asking ourselves, even as we gender our child. We're using gendered pronouns in English and Swedish when both languages offer non-gendered...

Duration: 00:26:36

One Game Dad 9: Third Culture Kid Squared

Something other than games and stories is discussed on this episode - culture and parenting for the first time. I'm a third culture kid and my kid is a third culture kid so that makes her a third culture kid squared. And while we have that in common we're different types of third culture kids. She because both her parents are from different cultures, while I was raised in one not my own. Of course my daughter doesn't have much culture to her at the moment beyond the few words in Swedish...

Duration: 00:31:39

One Game Dad 8: Take 2 of 1

The second attempt at this episode took, so here it is. With a game that isn't Destiny 2! The idea of playing a different game may seem antithetical to a podcast that is called One Game Dad. But I never said I was only playing a single game. Just that I don't have time for more than one... if that. As I explain in this episode, more often than not I don't have much of any time, interest or energy for getting into something long. It's why I tend to play something like Destiny 2. I can...

Duration: 00:30:58

One Game Dad 7: Moving Parts

Things are in motion. Now it's time to see if everything can happen without me getting tripped up. I'm moving house. I'm also starting a new podcast. The second you can find here: StartupHEL. The first is private. But it also means the little time I have this month is gone, because I'm also teaching a class on creating video games. Luckily the in-laws are helping with the painting, watching the kid and getting us moved. I still have to coordinate the move, get us packed, paint the new...

Duration: 00:38:38

One Game Dad 6: Setting Up Successors

After a week's hiatus One Game Dad returns, and so does the podcast with associated videos! I was in London last week. I wasn't there for business or really pleasure since I was there to take care of the Kid. But that doesn't mean we didn't have fun. After all we did get to the London Zoo and it was probably the most active I've ever seen animals in the afternoon at any zoo. The tigers were prowling, the gorillas playing and meerkats and coatis were interested in the Kid. They came up to...

Duration: 00:28:49

One Game Dad 5: All Act 2

All stories have acts. Some one. Some three. Some five. But superhero stories are all act 2. On today’s vlog/podcast it’s Destiny 2 and how it’s nothing but act 2. As the great Mark Bernadin of Genius and Fat Man on Batman fame says - that’s all superhero stories are. And Destiny 2 is no different. To get new players up to speed the game has a brief introduction during which your power is stripped from you. However, that’s soon behind you and the world is righted. Albeit with one minor...

Duration: 00:34:59

One Game Dad 4: Socially Antisocial Activities

Episode 4 is live and is frankly not a great show, because I'm exhausted. This past Saturday I ran in the Tough Viking, which is a 10km tough mudder through the center of Helsinki. Basically I subjected myself to cruelty for the sake of seeing if I could. I wasn't racing to beat a particular time. It was just something I always wanted to try. And now I have. As a result I'm tired and can barely speak throughout this episode. Not the best of things for podcasts. This is proof that just...

Duration: 00:30:43

One Game Dad 3: Cute & Chibi Conflict

Art is no stranger to showing violence or demonstrating conflict. But not all styles suit the realities and consequences of such violence. That and more on this week's episode of One Game Dad. Today's topic includes exerting extreme violence in Path of Exile, by Grinding Gear Games, my bloody nose from rugby and a discussion of violence, conflict and art displaying it appropriately. Or at least representing it well and all that it means. In part this comes from my recent thoughts on...

Duration: 00:02:52

One Game Dad 2: Fire for the imagination

Episode 2 is now available on Twitch, Youtube and iTunes. Today's topic includes raccoon hunting in Firewatch and a discussion of imagination and what it takes to stimulate it. Basically I ramble on about how my imagination feels stunted of late due to the lack of stimulation, while also highlighting the beauty of Campo Santo's game and how it leaves so much to the imagination. Creativity and the ability to create something good and in a timely manner is often about constraints. Too few...

Duration: 00:27:32

One Game Dad 1: aka The Pilot

There's news! My latest podcast is now live. But more than that the whole thing is filmed. In part because the easiest way for me to record is to do so on my Xbox. It's also because I rarely have time to record a podcast or play a videogame. So what better way to get both done than together? I don't just record this show but livestream it on Twitch. Again because recording it this way is easier. But it also means there's the opportunity for listeners to chat with me as I play. Not that...

Duration: 00:38:05