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:

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.