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Built to Play 51: Addendum

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Built to Play 51: Addendum

An extra piece of fun cut off from Built to Play 51

In episode 51 we mentioned that we'd talked about the anniversary of the Nintendo DS. We actually got the whole thing on tape, and it's not half bad. We're still hard at work on the remaining episodes of Built to Play this year, and trust me they're going to be incredible. But until then, here's a few pieces of Built to Play 51: Our Objective is To Win the War that didn't make the cut.

If you haven't listened to that episode I recommend you check that out first, but hey, I'm not your dad. Do what you want. We talk about Mr. T, World of Warcraft, the Nintendo DS and Bob Tarantino tells us whether it's a good thing there aren't many Canadian copyright suits.


From the Free Music Archive, we Used "Hungaria" by Latch Swing. 

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Built to Play 51: Our Objective is to Win the War

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Built to Play 51: Our Objective is to Win the War

WE CONFRONT ENEMIES, WAR, AND CLONES IN OUR DISCUSSION OF BATTLEFIELD 3 MAPS AND SCREAMING IN SPACETEAM

Built to Play's had a chance to explore the ways games and interactive art can bring us closer together, but like any other medium they also have the power to tears us apart. Not just in the tribal sense either. Conflicts between whether a particular console is better than another are vacuous affairs, and rarely do friendships end over having bought an Xbox One over a Wii U. Multiplayer pits us against each other and while it's usually part of amiable competition, many players don't see it that way. They call the SWAT team on players they dislike. They call other players racial epithets. 

But what if a game could make us against a whole region? Since military shooters started taking place in the near future, there's been a big focus on the Middle East and Russia. It's easy to acknowledge that the narratives in these games are frivolous sub-The Expendables attempts at storytelling, but those story maps become multiplayer maps. That's when these games, which have levels in Karachi, Tehran, and various parts of Afghanistan, leave the player to form an opinion about the place they're fighting in. 

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