‘XCOM 2’ & ‘The Witness’

Sometimes you recognize that a video game is good, but you still don’t like it. Sometimes you recognize that a game is bad, at least in part, but you don’t care. This podcast is about two of these games.

We start with “XCOM 2,” then talk about “The Witness” (20:11). For the intermission: Why Chris is still playing Donald Rumsfeld’s “Churchill Solitaire” (17:38). And listener mail! (28:37)

Slate editor Julia Turner: What I Play

Julia Turner, the editor-in-chief of Slate and a host of Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast, talks about why she plays games on her iPhone, why she aspires to be called a gamer, and why she can’t stop playing Two Dots. LANGUAGE WARNING: Chris forgot to tell Julia that this podcast is supposed to be PG rated.