The Cloning Engine

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The Cloning Engine

In June 2018, Ben Esposito was on his way to a game conference when he received a email that said his game had been stolen.

The idea he had been working on for six years was already for sale, by someone else. It might have been inevitable. We examine what happens when a bigger company sees an opportunity in your personal small game.

We talk to creator of Donut County, Ben Esposito, the chief operating officer of Noodlecake Studios, Ryan Holowaty and many others about how a French media conglomerate operates and why there are so many mobile game clones.


Music on this weeks episode were thanks to the Free Music Archive. We used "Self-Driving" and "Sentimental" by Sro, "The first person crossing the bridge since a century" by Komiku, "I Used to Need the Violence" and "Rewound" by Chris Zabriskie, "Bargains" by Steve Coombs, "fascinating earthbound objects" by free energy, and "CopperNickle" by UncleBibby.

We're produced out of CJRU 1280 AM in downtown Toronto and made by Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen.

Feel free to leave us a comment about the show, or send us an email at builtplayshow@gmail.com.

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Spider-Crossover

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Spider-Crossover

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It's big summer event time. Must be time for a crossover!

Here's a special episode with CJRU 1280 AM's comic book show Radio Free Krypton! Justin Chandler joins us as Arman and Daniel about what makes a great Spider-Man story. How do you make an authentic Spider-Man New York? Just how important is that Parker luck?

This episode was made possible thanks to donors to CJRU 1280 AM. Donate to our illustrious home base.


Thanks to the Free Music Archive for the following songs: "BMX Hero" by Pierlo, "Shun-in" by Pleiades.

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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The Future (2019)

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The Future (2019)

E3 this year gave us a window into gaming's future. What's beyond it?

Phoenix Simms joins us for a conversation about game streaming, political discourse and the raddest video games at this year's E3. You can find more of her work here.


Music on this weeks episode were from Broke for Free, "Heart Ache" and "Celebration." We found them on the Free Music Archive.

We're produced out of CJRU 1280 AM in downtown Toronto and made by Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen.

Feel free to leave us a comment about the show, or send us an email at builtplayshow@gmail.com.

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Why E3 is a Mess

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Why E3 is a Mess

Gaming's annual grand exhibition, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is only a few more days away. But why does it look like a shadow of its former self?

E3 used to be the thing we waited all year for. Now it feels like it’s just one event among many. Brian Crecente at Variety Gaming gives us a window into the organization behind the trade expo and why they’ve struggled to keep up with the rest of the industry. Plus, Dan and Arman get into how nostalgia can be a powerful drug.

Brian story at Variety: Inside the Disarray Facing the Video Game Organization Behind E3.

For more of Brian’s work going forward, visit him on Twitter.


Thanks to the Free Music Archive for the following songs: : "Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriske, "Southside" by Lee Rosevere, and "Kopeika" by et.

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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Podcast art from Alex C on Flickr.

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VGBR 2: Kingdom Hearts Edition

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VGBR 2: Kingdom Hearts Edition

We're ranking every video game ever made, and we're clearing out as much of Kingdom Hearts as we can:

The list so far:

  • The Uncle who Works for Nintendo - 2014 - Michael Lutz (Matt Ishii)

  • World of Warcraft - 2004 - Blizzard (Holly Babaran)

  • Bastion - 2011 - Supergiant (Lyle Scott)

  • Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety - Software Creations - 1995 (Jon Ore)

  • Bayonetta - 2009 - Platinum Games (Ibrahim Faruqui)

  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories - 2004 - Jupiter (Vivian Ng)

  • Super Metroid

  • Shadow the Hedgehog.

New additions:

  • Kingdom Hearts 2 - 2005

  • Re:Coded - 2010

  • 358/2 Days - 2009

  • Birth By Sleep - 2010

  • Dream Drop Distance - 2012

  • 0.2 A Fragmentary Passage - 2017


Thanks to OCRemix for the following songs: "Protect Your Kingdom" by Smooth4Lyfe, "Respite (Kingdom Hearts)" by Emunator.

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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Nostalgic Hearts

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Nostalgic Hearts

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We've been fascinated by Kingdom Hearts since childhood. But is a series worth going back to?

We investigate the value of a long derided series by talking to fans who grew up with the series, and adults who are trying to make sense of it today.

Special thanks to Reid McCarter and Astrid Rose of Bullet Points' Blood of Friendship πx: Re: Podcast.


Thanks to the Free Music Archive for the following songs: "Lake Eerie Wolves" by Fields of Ohio, "Focus" by A. A Aalto.

Thanks to OCRemix for the following songs: "Protect Your Kingdom" by Smooth4Lyfe, "Respite (Kingdom Hearts)" by Emunator, and "Simply Be-groove-ed" by Tetrimino.

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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2018 Yamauchi Awards

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2018 Yamauchi Awards

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We continued to be haunted by a gamified spirit, as we recount the best and worst games of 2018.

Worst Game We Didn't Play

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

  • The Quiet Man

  • Fallout 76

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Best Game to Play Between the End of High School and Start of University

  • Battletech

  • Monster Hunter World

  • Hitman 2

  • Dragon Quest XI

  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Game But From the Year 1993

  • Myst

  • Magic the Gathering

  • Doom

  • Star Trek the Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game

  • Virtua Fighter

Dan's List

  • Return of the Obra Dinn

  • Yakuza 6

  • Celeste

Arman's List

  • Spider-Man

  • God of War

  • Gorogoa


Music used in this episode: Return of the Obra Dinn Main Theme by Lucas Pope, Destiny from Yakuza 6 - composed by Hidenori Shoji, Memories of Mother (Hip Hop Trap Remix) from God of War - originally composed by Bear McCreary, remix by Rifti Beats, Ressurections from Celeste - composed by Lena Raine.

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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Video Game Battle Royale I

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Video Game Battle Royale I

We have a new terrible idea: rank every video game ever made.

We like video games. We like them a lot. So now, we decided to rank them all from best to worst. We're starting with 8, and we'll soon have them all.

Tune in as Dan and Arman discuss the following games (submitted by the following people):

  • The Uncle who Works for Nintendo - 2014 - Michael Lutz (Matt Ishii)

  • World of Warcraft - 2004 - Blizzard (Holly Babaran)

  • Bastion - 2011 - Supergiant (Lyle Scott)

  • Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety - Software Creations - 1995 (Jon Ore)

  • Bayonetta - 2009 - Platinum Games (Ibrahim Faruqui)

  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories - 2004 - Jupiter (Vivian Ng)

  • Super Metroid

  • Shadow the Hedgehog


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR: “The White” and “The Black Frame” by Rolemusic. It’s dying. Please help it.

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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A Legacy of Harm

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A Legacy of Harm

So everything is broken: What do we do to fix the world we love?

Dr. Kishonna Gray tells us how to identify the legacy of issue facing the gaming industry, and how the gaming community can give us a small window into the future of society. Emma Vossen comes back to teach us a little more about gaming's leaky pipeline.

Later Daniel Rosen explains a really bad handshake.

This episode is a follow-up to a Crisis for Toxic Nerds: Gamers and Comics.

Dr. Kishonna Gray’s Recommended Reading List


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR: “17-17” BY BODYSURFER, “Sono Tranquille” BY Obsibilo, “Honey” BY Nctrnm, “Cupcake Marshall“ BY Blue Dot Sessions, “MT Fuji” BY Timecrawler, “Dusty Boogie” BY 2Mello.

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

IF YOU LIKE THE SHOW PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND RATE US ONLINE. IT HELPS MORE PEOPLE FIND THE SHOW AND GIVES US AN IDEA HOW WE'RE DOING. FEEL FREE TO COMMENT DOWN BELOW.

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Crisis of Toxic Nerds: Comic Books

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Crisis of Toxic Nerds: Comic Books

We try to make sense of an old beast with a new face: Comicsgate

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We’re back with "Crisis of Toxic Nerds," a multi-part documentary investigating where the toxicity in geek culture comes from, and what we can do about it.

In this part, Radio Free Krypton hosts Justin and Jacob speak to comics writer and editor Stephanie Cooke, rapper More or Les, professor Benjamin Woo and writer and PhD candidate Safiyya Hosein about how toxicity develops and the importance of diverse representations in comics.


Originally broadcast on CJRU 1280 AM in Toronto. Written and reported by Justin Chandler and Jacob Dubé. Produced by Jacob Dubé, Justin Chandler and Mitchell Thompson.

RFK-specific fund drive awards can be found here!

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