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Built to Play 41: Ghost Sounds

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Built to Play 41: Ghost Sounds

Built to Play explores new Nintendo games, the tricky world of Dota 2 and why we keep seeing the words "You Died" when we close our eyes.

Daniel and Arman visited Nintendo of Canada to play upcoming titles like Mario Maker, Bayonetta 2 and Yoshi's Wooly World. But when it comes to Super Smash Bros. the two land on a bit of a competitive streak. Take a listen to hear more about the relative nudity of Pokemon, Toad's Batman voice, and genius robot design. If you want more in-depth coverage of these Nintendo games check out Daniel's write up from a few weeks back. 

Plus, mobile online battle arena games like League of Legends are easily the most popular games on the planet, so we decided take a look into the fast-growing esport.

Also known as MOBAs, games like League of Legends and Dota 2 are becoming a force in esports. The fourth annual Dota 2 championships back in July crowd-funded a $10.6 million prize pool, a bigger prize than the Super Bowl. 

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Built to Play 21: More Choices, More Problems

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Built to Play 21: More Choices, More Problems

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This episode is all about choices! PS4 or Xbox One? Pah!

Davey Wreden, designer of the Stanley Parable, talks about the problems of marketing a game, when all the game has is choices. Kris Piotrowski, Renaud Bedard, and Marie Christine Bourdua discuss the best place to go drinking. Then author Ryan North explains how to build a choose your own adventure game without always killing the player. 

As for the news, we delved into numbers. Millions watched the League of Legends finals. A million bought the PS4. Microsoft spent millions on the Xbox One. And there are probably a million different reasons not to spend $500 on Namco High. In our Bonus Round, Daniel reveals the Newya, and the horrifying new world of the VGX.

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This episode uses audio from djgriffin at Freesound, and Dots by Mentz from the Free Music Archive.

Special thanks goes to Disasterpiece who let us use the song Home from the Fez soundtrack. For more from Disasterpiece, you can check out his website, or listen to the rest of the Fez soundtrack below.

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