New York Times Magazine writer Clive Thompson: What I Play

Clive Thompson, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Wired and the author of the book “Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” talks about how fatherhood changed what video games he plays, how “World of Warcraft” almost ruined his life, and why “Mario Bros.” is better than “Super Mario Bros.” Then (at 40:00), JJ talks about his “Clash Royale” addiction. And (at 47:08) Chris tries to rebut Clive’s notion that the designers of games like “Gone Home” are backward-looking prisoners of noninteractive media.

Political reporter Olivier Knox: What I Play

Who will be the first gamer president? With Gen-X candidates like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio touting their video game bona fides as they seek the White House in 2016, Olivier Knox–the chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo News and briefly a nationally ranked “Battlezone” player–joins the show to discuss the politics of “Gauntlet,” the potential for congressional hearings about iPhone games, and the evolving relationship between American politicians and interactive entertainment.