The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie

Is the first “Assassin’s Creed” movie better than the first “Assassin’s Creed” video game? Plus, what JJ is playing in VR with Oculus Touch.

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Our 2017 Game of the Year Podcast Spectacular

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Chris’s Glixel interview with Respawn’s Vince Zampella

 

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More ‘Super Mario Run,’ ‘I Expect You To Die’ & Oculus Touch

What happens when a podcast rant about Nintendo turns into a New York Times op-ed. Plus, comparing PlayStation Move and Oculus Touch while playing “I Expect You to Die,” Schell Games’ VR spy puzzler.

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The “Assassin’s Creed” movie

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Chris’s New York Times op-ed on “Super Mario Run”

 

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‘Super Mario Run’ & ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

Is Mario’s first iPhone game–and JJ’s first Mario game (!!!)–brilliant, despicable, or both? Plus, our apparently annual review of a new “Star Wars” movie.

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Oculus Touch and “I Expect You To Die”

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“Why I Hacked ‘Donkey Kong’ For My Daughter” by Mike Mika

Anita Sarkeesian’s “Damsels in Distress” video, Part One of “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games”

Chris’s Slate essay on whether the golden age of “Star Wars” video games is gone forever

 

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‘The Last Guardian’

“Confounding and transcendent” or infuriating?

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“Super Mario Run”

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The Ringer’s “Last Guardian” review

Chris talks “The Last Guardian” on The Ringer’s “Achievement Oriented” podcast

Chris’s essay on dogwalking and video games in The New York Times

 

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‘Skyrim’ lead programmer Brett Douville: What I Play

Brett Douville, a former lead programmer at Bethesda Game Studios on games like “Skyrim” and “Fallout 4,” talks about why he sees himself in the kill animations for “Skyrim,” why he loves “Rez,” and what he’s doing for “Tacoma,” the next game from Fullbright.

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“Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV”

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Dev Game Club, a podcast hosted by Brett Douville and Tim Longo

“‘Fallout 4’ Is Full of Bugs, But Fixing Them Could Ruin It,” by Double Fine’s Zak McClendon, in Wired

Chris’ Glixel interview with Bethesda’s Todd Howard

 

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‘Dishonored 2’

‘Dishonored 2’

Emily or Corvo? High chaos or low chaos? Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 Pro? Unmentioned in the podcast: You can sing “Corvo Attano” to the tune of “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King.”

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“Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV”

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Chris’ review of the first “Dishonored” in the New York Times

Rob Zacny’s Glixel review of “Dishonored 2”

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The Ringer’s Jason Concepcion: What I Play

Jason Concepcion, a staff writer for The Ringer, talks about why JJ and Chris misunderstood “Overwatch,” taking a cathode-ray tube TV to a friend’s house to play multiplayer “Halo,” and the muddy frisson of “Battlefield 1.”

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‘Dishonored 2’

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The Ringer’s Channel 33 podcasts, including “Achievement Oriented” hostee by Jason Concepcion and Ben Lindbergh

Jason Concepcion on “Halo 5” in Grantland

Vanity Fair on Vince Zampella, Jason West, “Call of Duty” and Activision

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‘Titanfall 2’

‘Titanfall 2’

The sequel to Respawn’s multiplayer-only shooter has a single-player campaign with puzzle-platformer levels that are reminiscent of “Half-Life” and “Portal.”

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Act IV of “Kentucky Route Zero” & the “Dishonored” story DLC

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Geoff Keighley’s The Final Hours of Titanfall

 

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‘Skyrim,’ ‘Gears of War 4’ & ‘Civilization VI’

‘Skyrim,’ ‘Gears of War 4’ & ‘Civilization VI’

Spending 300 hours of your life on “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” staying awake until 3 a.m. playing “Civilization VI” and reliving the release of the Xbox 360 through the Xbox One’s “Gears of War 4.”

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“Titanfall 2”

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