Play This! Podcast 40: Open-world games

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Jason Cross Executive Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Jason has written professionally about technology and video games for almost 20 years. His goal in life is to figure out how complicated technology works and explain it in a way anyone can understand.
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Armando Rodriguez Assistant Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Armando is an Android nerd, covering both apps and phones, and a former programmer. He is also a world-class heckler on Twitter.
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'Tis the season for open-world games. With the mega-blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V about to hit shelves, it's time to talk about other great games in the genre. Jason and Alex are really enjoying Saints Row 4, while Armando is working his way through the series. With a new generation of vastly more powerful consoles almost upon us, are we going to see a lot more games in the open-world genre?

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Play This! Podcast 39: Movies about the tech industry

Alex Wawro Associate Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

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Susie Ochs Senior Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Susie is a proud Mac geek, as well as a writer, editor, snowboarder, and mom.
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Recently, Susie Ochs wrote a feature about a bunch of our favorite (and least favorite) movies about the tech industry. What with that mediocre Jobs movie hitting theaters, and all. Today, she stops by the podcast studio to chat with Jason and Alex about the list.

Tip: watch Pirates of Silicon Valley, Office Space, and Betas. Skip The Internship.

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Play This! Podcast 38: Disney Animated and Infinity

Jason Cross Executive Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Jason has written professionally about technology and video games for almost 20 years. His goal in life is to figure out how complicated technology works and explain it in a way anyone can understand.
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Disney's got two big releases in as many weeks. The first, Disney Animated, is a gorgeous and sophisticated iPad app that will take you through all of Disney Animation Studios' films for the last 90 years. It's expensive (for an iPad app) but totally worth it. Also expensive, the toy collecting and world-building game Disney Infinity. It seems genuinely cool, but also like an enormous money-grab.

Leah Yamshon joins Jason Cross and Alex Wawro to talk about the latest and greatest from The Mouse. If you have young kids that are into Disney stuff, better steel your wallet for the Disney Infinity invasion!

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Play This! Podcast 37: From the web to TV

Jason Cross Executive Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Jason has written professionally about technology and video games for almost 20 years. His goal in life is to figure out how complicated technology works and explain it in a way anyone can understand.
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Alex Wawro Associate Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

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Susie Ochs Senior Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Susie is a proud Mac geek, as well as a writer, editor, snowboarder, and mom.
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There have been a handful of TV shows that started as an online phonomenon, from the $#!% my Dad Says twitter account, to the Axe Cop web comic, to Drunk History. For the most part, these did not make the transition to TV successfully.

Jason Cross, Alex Wawro, and Susie Ochs talk about getting wasted and telling historical stories, as well as the difficultly of moving from "this is great online" to "this is great on TV."

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Play This! Podcast 36: Shadowrun

Whether you're a seasons pen-and-paper role playing vet or just a lover new independant video games, you'll want to listen in as the gang dishes about Shadowrun. With Shadowrun Returns on the verge of release, now is the perfect time to take a look back at the old Genesis and Super Nintendo games, and discusses what makes this fantasy-meets-cyberpunk world so special.

Jason Cross, Alex Wawro, and Hayden Dingman talk about the dystopian future of magic and technology known as Shadowrun. A pen-and-paper RPG from the old days, Shadowrun keeps resurrecting itself in video game form. Most recently with this week's release of Shadowrun Returns.

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Play This! Podcast 35: Our favorite mobile games

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Jason has written professionally about technology and video games for almost 20 years. His goal in life is to figure out how complicated technology works and explain it in a way anyone can understand.
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Susie Ochs Senior Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Susie is a proud Mac geek, as well as a writer, editor, snowboarder, and mom.
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What makes a good mobile game that sucks you in and drains your battery? Jason, Susie, and Alex lay down a few mostly-true guidelines for mobile gaming greatness. Much more difficult is picking a favorite mobile game...nobody was able to pick only one.

Susie's phone is packed with board games adapted to iOS; Jason likes the fast and fluid gameplay of titles like Space Miner and Ascension; while Alex thinks games on his phone should be able to deliver an adrenaline high within a minute and a half. Tune in for a pretty diverse, atypical (get out of here, Angry Birds) selection of top-notch mobile time killers.

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Play This! Podcast 34: The Last of Us

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Armando is an Android nerd, covering both apps and phones, and a former programmer. He is also a world-class heckler on Twitter.
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Alex Wawro Associate Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

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Jason, Armando, and Alex W. hold down the podcast fort after the departure of Carlos, who left to run his own production company. The trio manages to focus almost entirely on The Last of Us, an epic PlayStation 3 game.

Despite some well-deserved gripes about loose combat mechanics and troublesome camera placement, The Last of Us is a gorgeous, bleak, disturbing game that manages to frighten you without cheap jump scares. The story absorbed everyone here in the office who played. In other words: tune in as we attempt to sell you on a game that will make you feel terrible (in a good way!).

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