What Would Donald Trump Play?

We’re busy with “Super Mario Odyssey” this week–which we’ll talk about on next week’s show–so we’re sharing this Patreon members-only mailbag with the wider listening public. Try it! It’s good!

A Rerun of an Episode You Probably Didn’t Hear

Eleven days ago, we posted an episode (“More ‘Quantum Break’ and Listener Mail”) that did not reach the overwhelming majority of our listeners, because our RSS feed was broken. So we’re posting it again. If you’ve already heard this, take the week off! It’s a short week! If you haven’t, here’s what we have in store:

Should “Quantum Break” get rid of its shooting? Does it have the funniest optional narrative pick-up in game history? Did you bless the rains down in Africa? Plus, listener mail, and a shocking confession from JJ that will forever change how you listen.

More “Quantum Break,” and Listener Mail

Should “Quantum Break” get rid of its shooting? Does it have the funniest optional narrative pick-up in game history? Did you bless the rains down in Africa? Plus, listener mail, and a shocking confession from JJ that will forever change how you listen.

‘Hitman’ & Listener Mail

A review of the new “Hitman” game, which is conveniently called “Hitman.” Then (at 21:32): Are the tastes of video game critics and video game players starting to diverge? Does it matter? Plus (at 19:16), what Barack Obama needs to do when he’s no longer the president.

‘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)

More ‘The Witcher 3’ & Listener Mail

We continue our serial review of “The Witcher 3,” and then answer a batch of listener mail. Topics include: Why it might be unwise to play the Bloody Baron quest right after “That Dragon, Cancer”; what Geralt of Rivia has in common with Beyoncé; and why we have yet to review a Nintendo game.

Still More ‘Fallout 4’ & Listener Mail

After their debut on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” JJ and Chris continue their serial review of “Fallout 4,” a podcast miniseries that is now beginning to approach the length of the real “Serial.” Did Chris betray the Brotherhood of Steel, the Railroad, or the Institute? Why is JJ more forgiving of the narrative failings of Bethesda and BioWare games than of indie games like “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture”? Does he secretly find pleasure in the mundanities of inventory management? A mildly spoiler-y discussion of our (still unfinished!) playthroughs of “Fallout 4.”

‘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.

‘Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’ & That Old-Time Video Game Religion

In an unprecedented feat for Shall We Play a Game?, we have a release-day review of “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” the newest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running game of historical tourism, if tourists spent most of their time murdering. Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo shows up, too, to talk about why he can’t stop playing these games. Plus, listener mail–about whether a video game could found a major world religion.