Former Obama and Clinton speechwriter Jon Lovett: What I Play

Screenwriter and former political speechwriter Jon Lovett, who created the NBC sitcom “1600 Penn,” talks about whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama plays video games, why he loves “Portal” and “Portal 2,” and what HBO’s “Westworld” has to say about our interactive fantasies.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Gears of War 4”

SHOW NOTES:

“Keepin’ It 1600,” a Ringer podcast with Jon Lovett

“Westworld” story editor Charles Yu, writing for the Slate “Gaming Club” in 2011

Chris talks about “Westworld” in Glixel

 

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’Thumper’ & ‘Westworld’

’Thumper’ & ‘Westworld’

The “rhythm violence” of “Thumper” is one of the best experiences for PlayStation VR. Does it hold up on a two-dimensional screen? Then, why HBO’s new series “Westworld” is the most video-gamey TV show ever made. And did Chris quit “Clash Royale”?

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Former Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speechwriter Jon Lovett: What I Play

SHOW NOTES:

Chris talks about “Westworld” in Glixel

“Who Would Actually Go to Westworld?”: Jason Concepcion on “Westworld” in The Ringer

 

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PlayStation VR

Impressions after a week with Sony’s new virtual-reality headset. (Correction: Apparently Oculus Connect is going on right now. Who knew?)

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“The Knife of Dunwall” (the “Dishonored” DLC), and maybe Jon Favreau’s Vive thing, “Gnomes and Goblins”

SHOW NOTES:

Chris’s review of PlayStation VR in Glixel

 

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‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ & ‘Virginia’

Why JJ didn’t play “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,” and whether Blendo Games’ “Thirty Flights of Loving” ruined “Virginia” for Chris.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

PlayStation VR

SHOW NOTES:

“Thirty Flights of Living” from Blendo Games

Warren Spector’s GDC 2013 talk on “Narrative in Games”

 

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‘Reigns,’ ‘Bound,’ & Even More ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

‘Reigns,’ ‘Bound,’ & Even More ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

It’s special request hour at “Shall We Play a Game?”: We play “Reigns,” the mobile hit billed as “Tinder for monarchs,” and “Bound,” the PlayStation 4 dance platformer. Then we indulge our own desires with Act 3 of “Kentucky Route Zero.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” and “Wheels of Aurelia.”

SHOW NOTES:

“Reigns” developer François Alliot’s essay in Polygon

Chris’s New York Times post on video games as ballet

Game Oven’s “Bounden,” with choreography from the Dutch National Ballet

 

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‘Stardew Valley’

‘Stardew Valley’

JJ couldn’t get his PlayStation 4 to work in Zurich (really). So we played “Stardew Valley” instead of “Bound.”

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Bound.” Or “Reigns.” Or “Kentucky Route Zero: Act 3.” Or “Wheels of Aurelia.” Or all of them?

SHOW NOTES:

Chris and Ken Levine talk about ‘BioShock’ for Rolling Stone’s Glixel

 

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The End (?) of ‘No Man’s Sky’

We haven’t reached the center of the galaxy, but we’re ready to deliver our verdict on “No Man’s Sky.” Play it? Or don’t play it?

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Damaged Core” and Act II of “Kentucky Route Zero”

SHOW NOTES:

Will Wright on “Spore” at the 2005 Game Developers Conference

 

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More ‘No Man’s Sky’

We’re still playing Hello Games’ universe simulator/plutonium shooter/alien-language puzzler.

NEXT WEEK, WE HOPE:

“Kentucky Route Zero: Act I”

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Listen to us talk about “No Man’s Sky” on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

 

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