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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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Built to Play 17: Leave Luck to Heaven

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Built to Play 17: Leave Luck to Heaven

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This week ex-Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi died after more than 50 years at the company (1949-2002), helping the company transition from a card game company to a video game giant. Ouya Free the Games decides that scammers probably don't deserve ,  Sega bought the failing Index Holdings, which means they now own Atlus Japan and Atlus USA, EA has a new CEO, Andrew Wilson, found in the depths in the Origin division. GTA V made more than a billion dollars, but who cares because Ace Attorney V has a release date and we are psyched.

Plus we have an interview with Shadowrun designer, and the CEO of Harebrained Schemes Studios, Jordan Weisman . We talk about the future of his his new video game, Shadowrun Returns and the Berlin Campaign.

Leigh Alexander's fantastic review of GTA V can be found on her website and on soundcloud.

For the music we used in this week's episode, check out Persona 4, Epsilon Not, and the Shadowrun Returns soundtrack. 

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