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.

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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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Crisis of Toxic Nerds: Gamers

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Crisis of Toxic Nerds: Gamers

How men ruined nerd culture and made gaming a toxic place for everyone else

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In partnership with Radio Free Krypton we're doing two (three) episodes on toxicity in nerdom. Our episode focuses on toxic masculinity in gaming specifically. We talk to talk to Laine "Superphrenic" Yuhas about Dota 2, sexism and her organisation, Desoladies.

Later, researcher Emma Vossen, an expert on gaming and gender, gives us a run down on what it means to be a gamer, and why that sucks for everyone.

PLUS: It's CJRU 1280 AM Fund Drive time! Together with Radio Free Krypton, we have a group goal of $140. If we can pull that off, we’ll do a full bonus episode together! In it, we’ll recap and analyse the new Spider-Man video game. It’ll be a blast, and we really want to do this. Are Syrian refugees and a love of Spider-Man not good enough? Well, don’t worry, we have a few more incentives.

  • If you donate $5 you’ll be entered into a draw to win a copy of Monster Hunter World on a platform of your choice. So Xbox One. PS4. PC. You name it.

  • At $10 we’ll steal a formatting idea from War Rocket Ajax, and rank 7 of your video games of choice. So send us some names, and we’ll tell you if they’re better than Shadow the Hedgehog or worse than Super Metroid. Plus, you get a raffle ticket for Monster Hunter.

  • At $20 you’ll get all of that, and we’ll read a message of your choice on air.

This ONLY works if you use the B2P offer code. Visit store.cjru.ca to learn more about the program, and make a pledge!


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR: “Button” by Chad Crouch, “Grinning Stranger” by 2Mello, “Wants to Know” and “17-17” by BODYSURFER, “Brittle Rille” and “Townie Loop” by Kevin MacLeod, “Wrong Way” by Jahazzar, “Smalls Spaces” by Steve Combs, “Wise Guy” by Yung Kartz, “Ifyouus” by Yaul.

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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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.

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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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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