E3 2018: We Nailed It?

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E3 2018: We Nailed It?

Phoenix Sims of Third Person Space joins us to talk about spec work, women in games, and politics. Plus, everything we actually liked from this year's show.

Here's the games we might recommend you check out following this year's E3:

  • Bravery Network*
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Ghosts of Tsushima
  • Beyond Good and Evil 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Wolfenstein: The Young Blood
  • Tunic*

*Both of these are Canadian productions! Part of Beyond Good and Evil 2 will likely be made in Canada, but it's Ubisoft. Everything is made everywhere.

Thanks to the Free Music Archive for "My Sound" by Drum Kid and "Button" by Chad Crouch. Plus, OCRemix for "Incognito" by DjjD and "Smash and Burn" by WillRock.

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Bad Dreams

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Bad Dreams

Quantic Dream has done something unprecedented, but unfortunately most of what they've done is distressingly average.

We talk to journalists and a critic who have dove deep into what makes Detroit Become Human tick. 


Thanks to the Free Music Archive for "silent eyes," "building stories," " and "unexplored corridor" by 2 Mello, and "Dream,"  by Chan Wai Fat, "Button" by Chad Crouch and "Sono Tranquile" by Obsibilo.

Built to play is a product of CJRU in the heart of downtown Toronto. It was produced by Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen.

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Kingdoms Gone

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Kingdoms Gone

How do we decide who the heroes are and who the villains are in historical fiction?

This episode contains the following segments: 

  • Our understanding of history can change how we depict it, and who gets to play the hero. We look at Kingdom Come: Deliverance as a case study. We talk to David Perry and Reid McCarter
  • Here's Reid's original article in Unwinnable, and Geraldine Heng's book on race in medieval Europe.
  • Daniel Rosen gives us a look into Yakuza 6, the new adventure of the affable criminal Kazuma Kiryu, and why he's loved exploring its version of Japan.

A version of this show was first broadcast Apr. 19, 2018. But we have remixed and updated it since then. 


Thanks to the Free Music Archive for "If(you>us)" and "Snooze" by Yaul, and "What Does Anybody Know About Anything," and "Out of the Skies, Under the Earth," by Chris Zabriskie, and "Holy Enough" by Steve Coombs. Also "過去の思い出" by Mewmore.

Built to Play is a product of CJRU in the heart of downtown Toronto. It was produced by Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen.

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Yamauchi Awards 2017

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Yamauchi Awards 2017

A ghost returns and we look at the most important games of the year

Most Anticipated Goku

Goku
Super Saiyan Blue Goku
Goku Black (w/ Zamasu)
Ultra Instinct Goku

Best Boy in Persona 5

Igor
Ryuji
That Smug Shartprick Akechi
The Demiurge, humanity’s sinful golden idol
Yusuke
Sojiro Sakura

Game We Should Have Played Instead of Replaying Destiny 2

Wolfenstein II
Horizon Zero Dawn
Cuphead
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Knack 2
Dream Daddy

The Ronald Reagan Memorial Late Stage Capitalism Award for the Video Game that is Killing Video Games through Economic Manipulation

Star Wars Battlefront 2
Overwatch
FIFA 17
Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Team Fortress 2

Personal Awards

Best Robot Tears

Nier Automata

The “No, I Swear This Zelda Game Is Different. For Real This Time You Guys. It’s Not Like Ocarina of Time At All,” Award for Genuine Video Game Innovation And Sweet Motorcycle Tricks

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

Most Improved Sequel

Destiny 2 

The “Battle Royale Did it First” Award for Being a Dick To Teenage Girls Who Liked the Hunger Games And Ignoring That Film’s Impact on the Teen Murder Genre Which Resulted in Games Like This

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Barbarian" by Pierlo and "The White" by rolemusic.

HEADER IMAGE IS FROM Player Unknown's Battlegrounds.

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND DANIEL ROSEN.

Thank you to everyone who continues to listen to our show and who made it through 2017.

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Built in Review 2017: Make Bread, Pay Rent

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Built in Review 2017: Make Bread, Pay Rent

We look back on a great year for video games and what it takes to make money in 2017.

The following people joined us to reflect on the year that was:

Our most memorable games in 2017 was...

  • Janine Hawkins - Yakuza 0
  • David Wolinsky - Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Yifat Shaik - The Nintendo Switch
  • Taylor Bai-Woo - Follow
  • Gabriel Zoltan-Johan - What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Jonathan Ore - Destiny 2

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this show!


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "H" and "Cutting It" by Nctrnm and "Rewound" by Chris Zabriskie.

HEADER IMAGE IS FROM REAL ARMY SIMULATOR.

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND DANIEL ROSEN.

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Perfect Lists w/Matthew Gault

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Perfect Lists w/Matthew Gault

Matthew Gault tells us about a time in his life where Fallout 3 became his second job. And we look at a very very long list. 

The following episode contains references to the following:


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Vantage Points" by Ketsa, "I Lied To You In The Car" by Julian Winter, "Lurking Beneath the Surface," and "The True Entity of Life" by Daniel Birch & Ben Pegley. 

HEADER IMAGE IS "Desolation Row" BY Dead End Thrills.

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Messy Spooks w/ Sophia Park

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Messy Spooks w/ Sophia Park

We talk about what to call imperfection and we play some spooky co-operative karaoke.

On this episode, you'll find the following segments: 

  • Sophia Park, one of the people behind the game localhost, talks to us about why should all be playing more messy games.
  • This conversation follows up on this article in Polygon that she wrote, "In defense of Mass Effect: Andromeda and other messy games."
  • She also has a podcast called Metagame that talks about how we talk about games.
  • We talk to Jared Sorensen about text adventures and Parsely Games  
  • We then attempt to play Sorensen's Spooky Manor (you can too!)

We say in the episode we'll have a compiled list of Jared Sorensen's tips, but this has been a long week guys and its a miracle this episode came together. Soon we promise. We'll have a surprise next week.   

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THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Thursday & Snow (Reprise)" by Blank & Kytt. More to come. 

Header image is by Torley.

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND DANIEL ROSEN.

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Orange Sky

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Orange Sky

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We look back at the most influential games anthology -

And how it's affecting everything from loot boxes to voice acting

  • How GLaDOS changed how we see AI and voice acting.

  • Why Team Fortress 2 is making the whole industry buckets of money.

  • Some of the most gorgeous screenshots and impossible images from video games. 

THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "I've Got Nothing" by RoccoW.

WE USE CLIPS FROM Portal, Portal 2, and Team Fortress 2. We used music from Team Fortress 2, "Seduce Me" by Mike Morasky. We also used "Don't Say Goodbye" by Ellen McClain and John Patrick Lowrie, edited by Harry Callaghan

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The Skin You Work In

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The Skin You Work In

Games writer Walt Williams likes to crunch, but the rest of the industry may not have as much of a choice. 

In this episode, we make reference to the following:


A quick guide to avoiding crunch

These are not the only solutions, but as a start for what a team leader should be thinking about at a company.  A quick summary is below, and a full description in the audio.

  1. Set some core hours.
  2. Set expectations on what you and your team should complete by the end of the day.
  3. Build a social contract around those expectations – a 10 minute morning meeting can help.
  4. Track long term, as well as short, so expectations for two weeks ahead as well as months ahead.
  5. Know when you’re on schedule and when you’re off, so you can make adjustments.

THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Village Dreaming" by Visager, "Unanswered Question," and "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" by Kevin MacLeod, "Whispering Through" by Asura, and "Shake It" by Jahzzar. 

We use clips from Wreck-It Ralph, Street Fighter II, and Street Fighter V. 

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND DANIEL ROSEN. 

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