Disallowing an app from exclusive sound control

This may be a weird question but is it possible to “override” applications request for exclusive sound control.

I’m an avid podcast listener and occasional gamer, but lately all the (Android) games I start take exclusive sound control and stop playback on the podcast, I understand why they would want it but would prefer it if I could decide whether or not that happened.

This may be due to the newer Android implementation on my X10ii as opposed to my X (where a podcast would suppress all sound originating in Android including notification sounds but the app would run just without sound).