Every Game in This City is a podcast about playing well together. In Season 1, ten game designers, researchers, and curators met up in Malaysia to try and play every escape room in Kuala Lumpur. In Season 2, four familiar voices and four new friends gathered in China to try and watch every game at the Dota 2 International Championships in Shanghai. Along the way we explore each city, meet new people, and record daily discussions about our experience playing together!
New Episodes Every Other Friday!
December 5, 2021 It’s Day 5 and PSG.LGD finally face off against their TI8 rivals, OG (formerly Monkey Business), in one of the most anticipated matches of the International Dota 2 Championships in Shanghai. Luckily, esports researcher and MIT professor T. L. Taylor joins us to discuss our experiences both inside the stadium during an intense match full of cheers and jeers and then outside during an equally intense session of bartering for blind boxes, swag bags, and secret shop spoils. From one of the most memorable matches of the tournament to tournament memorabilia, in this episode T. L. helps us make sense of the monkey business.
T. L. Taylor, Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming, Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming, The International Day 5, PSG.LGD vs. OG, World Cyber Games (WCG), Professional Gaming League (PGL), 云玩家 yún wánjiā (cloud player), Nick Taylor, Dreamhack, Demoscene, Sleep No More, Pauline Hanson quote, 旗袍 qípáo, Anti Defamation League, "Free to Play? Hate, Harassment, and Positive Social Experiences in Online Games", Dotakins Blind Boxes, Squishy Keychain Blind Bags, Shanghai Media Group (SGM), Imba TV, We Love Fine/For Fans By Fans/Good Smile, Dota Buff, Sabina “Lawliepop” Hemmi, AnyKey, Morgan Romine, Electronic Sports League (ESL)
November 6, 2021 In this episode, we put the art back into ARTS on Day 4 of the International Dota 2 Championship. First Yang Jing will tour UnArt Center, a media art gallery that doubles as an esports venue, then Peter will exhibit AutoSave: Redoubt, a Counter-Strike map reconstructing the scene where Japanese and the English first encountered one another in the Battle of Hong Kong during World War Two. But is Dota an ARTS or an art?
UNArt Center, "Inside the White Cube" by Brian O'Doherty, "Non-Place" by Marc Augé, "L'1%, C'est Moi" by Andrea Fraser, International Klein Blue, Cadbury Purple, Art Games, True Blue, Mario Clouds, Cory Arcangel Art Forum Cover, Additive and Subtractive Color Space, Howe Art Museum, Serious Games Exhibit, "Serious Games" by Haroun Farouki, "The Production of Space" by Henri Lefebvre, "Making Games in a Fucked Up World" by Paolo Pedercini, 功能游戏 Gōngnéng yóuxì (functional games), 严肃游戏 Yánsù yóuxì (serious games), 游戏化 Yóuxì huà (gamification), Chinese Translation of "Reality is Broken" by Jane McGonigal, Honor of Kings, English Translation of "Journey to the West" by Arthur Yu, Jing Ke, A ke in Honor of Kings, Li Bai, Li Bai in Honor of Kings, Zhuang Zhou, Zhuang Zhou in Honor of Kings, "How Alipay Users Planted 100M Trees in China", "Autosave: Redoubt" by Andrew Luk, Alexis Mailles, and Peter Nelson, "Empathy Machine" by Chris Milk, "Disability Theory" by Tobin Siebers, Social vs. Medical Model of Disability, The Beginner's Guide, "The Enclosure of the Valve Source Engine" by Peter Nelson, "Finite Media" by Sean Cubitt
October 23, 2021 It’s Day 3 of the International Dota Championships in Shanghai and the whole cast is back in one room to talk about how we’ve been playing Dota. From the Mercedes Benz Arena and the Super Brand Mall to laptops in our apartment and the night cafe across the street, everyone has their own way of playing. And after catching up with the cast, we’ll interview Murielle "Kips" Huisman, a Dota 2 analyst and the former coach of TNC Predator, Vega Squadron, and Complexity Gaming.
The International 2019 - Day 3, Snapfire Announcement, The Graveyard, Cooking Mama, Viscous Nasal Goo, Music Man, Ya Got Trouble, Lǐ Jiāchéng 李嘉誠, Yú Mǐnhóng 俞敏洪, Wáng Sīcōng 王思聪, Super Brand Mall, fóxì 佛系, Brian Eno, I'm Set Free, Cypress Hill, Boom Biddy Bye Bye (Fugees Remix), Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization, The Metagame by Local #12, KnifeTower.com, PSG.LGD vs VG, Murielle "Kips" Huisman
October 8, 2021 In our last episode Shang Lun was about to narrate his long night at The Late Game, a Dota 2 talk show where he got to interview the cast and crew of the International Dota 2 Championships in Shanghai. So this time we’ll tune in and hear about his adventures with shout casters, camera operators, Chinese translators, TV producers, and a certain buffoonish dad who seems to hate pizza rolls!
Dota 2, The International, Day 2, Late Game, Day 2, Shang Lun on the Late Game, The Dumpling Show, Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner, Totino's Pizza Rolls, Underlords, Auto Chess, Artifact, Trent “TrentPax” MacKenzie, Myron Partman, Murielle "Kips" Huisman, 身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kānɡ)
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