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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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Built to Play 69: Legitimacy

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Built to Play 69: Legitimacy

We look at an industry that may be on drugs and a system that had an unintentional design flaw that tells us about the people who made it. 

This episode contains the following segments:

  • Jounalist Simon Parkin tells Arman about drug use in eSports, specifically in games requiring quick reflexes like Counter Strike. We asked him about his story for Eurogamer, "Winners Might Use Drugs." It's great. Read it. 
  • Daniel talks about very strange sexual and gender politics in the new Fire Emblem game, and why localization may have saved us this time round. Plus, we're mad about Mad Catz, and we have Antonin Scalia goofs. (15:10)
  • Zakir Khan ran into an odd problem while trying to sign up for the Paragon beta, and the bug spoke volumes about the kinds of people making Paragon. (39:00)

THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "John the Whale" Ben McElroy, "Enchilladas Pots" BY Jared C Balogh, "Simon" BY Lhomme Manete, "Summer breeze let it Out" BY Smoking Fox (Johnny_ripper Remix), "水中" by Little Cloud (Johnny_Ripper Remix), "OLPC" by Marco Raaphorst, "Snowy Daze" by Kesta, AND "Fantasy" BY Podington Bear

WE ALSO USED CLIPS FROM FREESOUND FROM USERS LIKE ermine, hykenfreak, ceberation, niedec, trollarch2. It also used clips froM Counter Strike, This ESPN story, Dota 2 2015 Finals, and LAUNDERS CSTRIKE.

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND DANIEL ROSEN. The header Image is by Jeremy Brooks on Flickr. 

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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