For years, gaming in the living room has revolved around a handful of big names. Ouya is trying to change that trend with a $99 console built on crowdsourcing and the Android platform. It isn't just offering a new piece of hardware, though: it's trying to build a whole new platform.

Welcome to Top Shelf, a weekly show from The Verge that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences of the technology that shapes our lives. This week we spend time with the latest underdog of gaming. We also sit down with Minecraft creator Notch, who's phenomenal sandbox game has arguably become a platform in and of itself.


Top Shelf: Episode 005

Directors: Billy Disney and Jordan Oplinger
Technical Director: John Lagomarsino

Producer: Ross Miller
Studio Producer: Brendan Murphy
Executive Producers: Chad Mumm and Kyle Kramer

Editor: Regina Dellea

Special Guests: TC Sottek, Markus Persson
Host: David Pierce

Shooters: Sam Thonis, Stephen Greenwood

Vox Studio Manager: Marcos Bueno
From Vox Studios: Robert Langevin, Will Buikema, Nick Prouty

Presented by: Virgin Mobile
Special Thanks to: Joshua Topolsky, Jim Bankoff, and Marty Moe