All-Star GOTY Spectacular

What was your favorite game of 2015? We asked 22 of the smartest people we know–designers, critics, academics, political journalists, an actor, a playwright–and got 18 different answers.

Starring, in order of appearance: Ken Levine, Tina Amini, Michael Abbott, Stephen Totilo, Lucy Prebble, Meg Jayanth, Simon Parkin, Helen Lewis, Peter Suderman, Bob Whitaker, Ashly Burch, Carolyn Petit, Anita Sarkeesian, Michael W. Clune, Austin Walker, Tracy Fullerton, Evan Narcisse, Laura Miller, Olivier Knox, Laura Hudson, Brenda Romero, and Jenn Frank.

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE, THE 2015 ‘SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?’ VIDEO GAMES OF THE YEAR:

‘Don’t Starve,’ ‘This War of Mine’ & Listener Mail

JJ and Chris are prepping an episode about “Fallout 4” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” so here is a remix of two of our favorite segments, plus some new listener mail: Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller talks about her “Don’t Starve” obsession; JJ plays “This War of Mine” and compares it to his experiences as a war correspondent; and (and this is new) a listener with suggestions for games that Jesus would love.

‘Arkham Knight’ & literary critic Laura Miller

The new Batmobile: nuisance or menace? Chris and JJ review Rocksteady’s “Batman: Arkham Knight.” And Laura Miller, Salon‘s literary critic, confesses to an obsession with the video game “Don’t Starve.”