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The Future (2019)

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The Future (2019)

E3 this year gave us a window into gaming's future. What's beyond it?

Phoenix Simms joins us for a conversation about game streaming, political discourse and the raddest video games at this year's E3. You can find more of her work here.


Music on this weeks episode were from Broke for Free, "Heart Ache" and "Celebration." We found them on the Free Music Archive.

We're produced out of CJRU 1280 AM in downtown Toronto and made by Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen.

Feel free to leave us a comment about the show, or send us an email at builtplayshow@gmail.com.

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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.

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.

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2018 Yamauchi Awards

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2018 Yamauchi Awards

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We continued to be haunted by a gamified spirit, as we recount the best and worst games of 2018.

Worst Game We Didn't Play

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

  • The Quiet Man

  • Fallout 76

  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Best Game to Play Between the End of High School and Start of University

  • Battletech

  • Monster Hunter World

  • Hitman 2

  • Dragon Quest XI

  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Game But From the Year 1993

  • Myst

  • Magic the Gathering

  • Doom

  • Star Trek the Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game

  • Virtua Fighter

Dan's List

  • Return of the Obra Dinn

  • Yakuza 6

  • Celeste

Arman's List

  • Spider-Man

  • God of War

  • Gorogoa


Music used in this episode: Return of the Obra Dinn Main Theme by Lucas Pope, Destiny from Yakuza 6 - composed by Hidenori Shoji, Memories of Mother (Hip Hop Trap Remix) from God of War - originally composed by Bear McCreary, remix by Rifti Beats, Ressurections from Celeste - composed by Lena Raine.

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.

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Crisis of Toxic Nerds: Gamers

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Crisis of Toxic Nerds: Gamers

How men ruined nerd culture and made gaming a toxic place for everyone else

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In partnership with Radio Free Krypton we're doing two (three) episodes on toxicity in nerdom. Our episode focuses on toxic masculinity in gaming specifically. We talk to talk to Laine "Superphrenic" Yuhas about Dota 2, sexism and her organisation, Desoladies.

Later, researcher Emma Vossen, an expert on gaming and gender, gives us a run down on what it means to be a gamer, and why that sucks for everyone.

PLUS: It's CJRU 1280 AM Fund Drive time! Together with Radio Free Krypton, we have a group goal of $140. If we can pull that off, we’ll do a full bonus episode together! In it, we’ll recap and analyse the new Spider-Man video game. It’ll be a blast, and we really want to do this. Are Syrian refugees and a love of Spider-Man not good enough? Well, don’t worry, we have a few more incentives.

  • If you donate $5 you’ll be entered into a draw to win a copy of Monster Hunter World on a platform of your choice. So Xbox One. PS4. PC. You name it.

  • At $10 we’ll steal a formatting idea from War Rocket Ajax, and rank 7 of your video games of choice. So send us some names, and we’ll tell you if they’re better than Shadow the Hedgehog or worse than Super Metroid. Plus, you get a raffle ticket for Monster Hunter.

  • At $20 you’ll get all of that, and we’ll read a message of your choice on air.

This ONLY works if you use the B2P offer code. Visit store.cjru.ca to learn more about the program, and make a pledge!


THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR: “Button” by Chad Crouch, “Grinning Stranger” by 2Mello, “Wants to Know” and “17-17” by BODYSURFER, “Brittle Rille” and “Townie Loop” by Kevin MacLeod, “Wrong Way” by Jahazzar, “Smalls Spaces” by Steve Combs, “Wise Guy” by Yung Kartz, “Ifyouus” by Yaul.

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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Messy Spooks w/ Sophia Park

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Messy Spooks w/ Sophia Park

We talk about what to call imperfection and we play some spooky co-operative karaoke.

On this episode, you'll find the following segments: 

  • Sophia Park, one of the people behind the game localhost, talks to us about why should all be playing more messy games.
  • This conversation follows up on this article in Polygon that she wrote, "In defense of Mass Effect: Andromeda and other messy games."
  • She also has a podcast called Metagame that talks about how we talk about games.
  • We talk to Jared Sorensen about text adventures and Parsely Games  
  • We then attempt to play Sorensen's Spooky Manor (you can too!)

We say in the episode we'll have a compiled list of Jared Sorensen's tips, but this has been a long week guys and its a miracle this episode came together. Soon we promise. We'll have a surprise next week.   

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THANKS TO THE FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE FOR "Thursday & Snow (Reprise)" by Blank & Kytt. More to come. 

Header image is by Torley.

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 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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