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Built to Play 61: Cyber Life

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Built to Play 61: Cyber Life

Graveyards, cyber brains, and beautiful flora make us think about the relationship between stories, cinema and the way we view games. 

In this episode we talk to the following people about their work: 


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "The Libra Lunologist" by Fields of Ohio, "Lila" by Lanark, "School Boy" by Pietnastka, and "Air Hockey Saloon" by Chris Zabriske. Thanks Patrick Ellis for "Nightmares" and "Sheffield Park."

WE ALSO USED CLIPS FROM Ghost in the Shell, Technobabylon, Avengers 2 and the Witcher 3. 

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF THE SCOPE AT RYERSON RADIO STATION IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED AND EDITED 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 to Play 55: Interface the Machine

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Built to Play 55: Interface the Machine

We return to the Vector Festival to interface with the machine, dodge some lasers, and transform into our Sailor selves. 

Game controllers are often a player's lifeline. A player's familiarity with a  control scheme or a controller can determine the difference between success and defeat. Over time we've seen controllers become more standardized, from a simple joystick and a button to the four face buttons, four triggers, and two analogue sticks. We've had good controllers (Xbox 360), bad controllers (Nintendo 64), and plain ugly ones (Atari Jaguar), but eventually they all settled on the same thing. The Wii U's gamepad has screen in the middle,  but it's fundamentally the same layout as the PlayStation 2, and its simplified controller makes that clear. These controllers then form a connected language, where a player can move between all modern consoles and not dramatically change the way the games control. 

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Built to Play 52: Winter Escape

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Built to Play 52: Winter Escape

Built to Play ventures into the harsh outside world to find games that take our mind off the cold.

It's fair to say that most summers end up squandered by the Built to Play crew. We rarely tiptoe onto the beach. We avoid the heat by strategically moving between air conditioned buildings. And our summer clothes match our winter clothes, just without the debonair jackets. Despite our lack of interest while the sun is burning our skin, we still get nostalgic for the time where hanging out with friends didn't require enduring blistering winds and protective balaclavas. Summer, though not our favourite season, has that on Winter. With that on our minds, we're exploring games where you need to get and go. They're games that can't be played in your home or on a console and might bring you closer to the city at large.

The Sheriff's Gauntlet is a really appealing idea that does just that. At its core, the game is simply a personalized scavenger hunt, but its 1000-year-old legacy add a sense of drama to it. Even the name makes you think of the Princess Bride, the Neverending Story or the classic Robin Hood, the last of which it might have influenced. Then there's games like laser tag, the game inevitably played in your thirteenth year. If you don't pick it for your birthday, one of your friends will. Eight years later you might laugh about it, but playing enough shooters has given us the impression that there might be some fun to be had running around with a fake gun. Battlegrounds ably satisfied that itch, devising a unique system that feels adult instead of adolescent. That the crew is local and have a lot of ideas on how to expand makes the game all that sweeter.

But you can hear all about that on this episode:

  • Iain Simons, director of the Game City, on running the Sheriff's Gauntlet and how to make a citywide game that's accessible to everyone. (1:15 - 12:00)
  • Daniel and Arman discuss the new New Nintendo 3DS XL, ongoing problems with a certain Assassin's Creed game, why drugs might show up at your home, and how the PlayStation ended up on Pluto. (12:00 - 35:20)
  • Miles Bossons, CEO of Battlegrounds, talks about building a new version of laser tag, and the moral considerations in making a game with guns, even when they're from space. You can back them so they can make a final version that everyone can play on IndieGoGo. (35:30-48:25)
  • Dave Ireland, Managing Director of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum, tells us about why Clash of Talons is his favourite video game, and what game developers can learn (and maybe teach) about the outside world. (48:25-57:40)

Oh and about Battlegrounds: Daniel and Arman went to check it out in mid-December, as you'll hear in the episode, and Katie McGuire was kind enough to provide us with some photos.


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Run for Canada" BY Min-Y-Llan, "Your Body in the Dark" BY Menion, "Money Talks" BY Luca La Morgia, "Nature Kid" BY Podington Bear, "rest (johnny ripper remix)" BY alphabets, and "Gray Snow Instrumental Version" by Josh Woodward. Our opening theme was "Erotic Robotics" by The Polish Ambassador. 

WE ALSO USED CLIPS FROM the Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and the song "Under the Olives" by Patrick Ellis on Soundcloud.

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF THE SCOPE AT RYERSON RADIO STATION IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED AND EDITED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND WRITTEN BY DANIEL ROSEN.

IF YOU LIKE THE SHOW PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND RATE US ON Itunes and Stitcher. 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 to Play 48: Best Friends

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Built to Play 48: Best Friends

We travel to Gamercamp to walk on walls, battle in tent warfare, and defuse bombs. 

The annual indie game festival Gamercamp came to Toronto back in October, and then after three days promptly left this earth entirely.  This was Gamercamp's sixth year, and its last one, for now anyway. Meaning if you couldn't visit this one, tough luck. But we knew that you might have trouble making it out to Toronto's Chinatown, so we went instead to try and compete at several local multiplayer games. All of this happened to fit in with this month's theme, Friends and Enemies, so to make things a little more festive, we began the great competition to defeat each other at mostly cooperative games. 

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Built to Play 39b: USA USA USA

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Built to Play 39b: USA USA USA

Our last episode had no news because this episode has all of the news. Join us as we talk about the fates, fortunes and foibles of the everyone from the province of Quebec to Nintendo's shareholders. 

First up, Majesco did a reverse stock split, raising their stock price back to $2.56 from between 0.50-0.60 during the last few months. Masjeco is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange which requires a minimum of a $1 value per share, and so the company needed a maneuver that would raise the price before they became a penny stock.  

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