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Built to Play 69: Legitimacy

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Built to Play 69: Legitimacy

We look at an industry that may be on drugs and a system that had an unintentional design flaw that tells us about the people who made it. 

This episode contains the following segments:

  • Jounalist Simon Parkin tells Arman about drug use in eSports, specifically in games requiring quick reflexes like Counter Strike. We asked him about his story for Eurogamer, "Winners Might Use Drugs." It's great. Read it. 
  • Daniel talks about very strange sexual and gender politics in the new Fire Emblem game, and why localization may have saved us this time round. Plus, we're mad about Mad Catz, and we have Antonin Scalia goofs. (15:10)
  • Zakir Khan ran into an odd problem while trying to sign up for the Paragon beta, and the bug spoke volumes about the kinds of people making Paragon. (39:00)

THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "John the Whale" Ben McElroy, "Enchilladas Pots" BY Jared C Balogh, "Simon" BY Lhomme Manete, "Summer breeze let it Out" BY Smoking Fox (Johnny_ripper Remix), "水中" by Little Cloud (Johnny_Ripper Remix), "OLPC" by Marco Raaphorst, "Snowy Daze" by Kesta, AND "Fantasy" BY Podington Bear

WE ALSO USED CLIPS FROM FREESOUND FROM USERS LIKE ermine, hykenfreak, ceberation, niedec, trollarch2. It also used clips froM Counter Strike, This ESPN story, Dota 2 2015 Finals, and LAUNDERS CSTRIKE.

BUILT TO PLAY IS A PRODUCT OF CJRU IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN TORONTO. IT WAS PRODUCED BY ARMAN AGHBALI AND DANIEL ROSEN. The header Image is by Jeremy Brooks on Flickr. 

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Built to Play 53: Jazz

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Built to Play 53: Jazz

In an all-news episode, we discuss the end of the Nintendo Club, Persona 5, and Net Neutrality for all.

We haven't had a chance to discuss the news for a while, so we thought it's time to catch up on everything we've missed since mid-January. Sony Online Entertainment was bought by Columbus Nova, and renamed Daybreak Game Company, alerting our suspicions. The Club Nintendo is becoming more exclusive to the point it no longer exists. Microsoft expects to believe that people will play Minecraft on the Hololens. Square Enix, against the will of God himself, made a profit. Persona 5 may have the coolest menus in video games. Net neutrality may be a real thing in the US and Canada. 


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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 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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