John Vechey in the KIRO studios. (Erynn Rose photo)

On this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast, we talk about the controversy over Amazon’s new Price Check app, the debate over Twitter’s new look, and the delay in Microsoft’s new Xbox Live rollout this week.

Then we’re joined in the studio by John Vechey, the co-founder of PopCap Games, who tells some fun stories about the origins of the company, the transition to mobile and social games, the back story on games including Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, and the best game that PopCap ever canceled.

In this extended version of the interview, we talk about the Seattle video-game scene and some of his personal passions, including the Green Bay Packers and the sport of hurling.

Also listen for our Name that Tech Tune challenge and our App of the Week.

Listen to the show above or directly via this MP3 file.  You can get every episode using this RSS feed, by subscribing in iTunes or Zune.

Here’s a collection of headlines and links related to the topics we discussed …

Poll: What do you think of Twitter’s new look?

Retail association pissed about Amazon’s new Price Check app

Ready to talk to your TV? Microsoft’s Xbox Live revamp bets big on voice navigationUpdate: Microsoft Xbox Live revamp now rolling out.

John Vechey: Newsmakers 2011: PopCap’s founders and their big EA dealPopCap rejiggers Bejeweled lineup with its first freemium game … One of John’s favorite games: Drop 7.

Name that Tech Tune: This week’s challenge and last week’s answer.

App of the Week: Hey Tell

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