About the Show

Shall We Play a Game? is, in the words of one of our fans, the grown-up video game podcast you’ve been waiting for.

Each week, we pick one or two games to play, and then we talk about them. We also interview game designers (like Tim Schafer, Harvey Smith, and a lead programmer of Skyrim) about what they make. And we interview notable and unusual video game players–White House speechwritersliterary critics, political correspondents, magazine editors, investigative journalists, TV critics–about what they play and why. We play blockbuster AAA shooters and indie “walking simulators.” We play on PCs and consoles and phones.

Who are we?
We’re a former political writer and editor for The New York Times Magazine (Chris Suellentrop) and a former crisis correspondent for National Public Radio (JJ Sutherland). We love video games and we love to talk about them.

When we started this show a couple years ago, there really wasn’t a podcast for players like us. So we made one! We wanted something short, that fit into our lives as busy parents and professionals. We wanted something smart, that resembled the way culture–movies and books and theater and more–gets covered by the Times and NPR and the New Yorker. And we wanted something sophisticated, that didn’t treat video games like a curiosity or a foreign country that you’ve never visited.

From 2012 to early 2015, Chris was the main video game critic for The New York Times. He’s also written about games for places like Wired, Slate, Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He’s talked about video games on CBS, ESPN, and NPR. Yet JJ–a former executive producer, Pentagon correspondent, and Baghdad bureau chief for NPR–somehow might play even more video games than Chris does.

About the Hosts

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