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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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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.

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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Built in Review 2016: Grow Up

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Built in Review 2016: Grow Up

We bring together game organizers, writers, and creators to reflect on the messy year that was 2016

In the following episode, we talk about a lot of things with a bunch of awesome people:

Notable Games of 2016

  • Al Donato: Everything is Fine, We Become What We Behold
  • Kadeem Dunn: XCOM Declassified
  • Nadia Oxford: Dragon Quest Builders, Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Gabby DaRienzo: Mystic Messenger
  • Daniel Rosen: Zero Time Dilemma
  • Arman Aghbali: Stellaris

THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Whispering Through" BY Asura, "Freedom" by Cyrus and "KOSMICHE SLOP" BY AENON. 

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS WRITTEN AND EDITED BY ARMAN AGHBALI, PRODUCED BY DANIEL ROSEN.

Header image is Umbra Chaotic by Meg I or R on Flickr. 

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