August 1, 2014

CONTEST: Defeat your backlog, win a game!

Backlog Attack 2014

If you’ve been following the show over the last few weeks, you’ll know we’re about halfway through Backlog Attack 2014, our annual attempt to cross some games off our backlog lists before the Fall’s new releases arrive. Last year, we challenged you, the listeners, to get through some backlog games of your own (and maybe even win a cool prize), and we had so much fun we’re doing it again!

Joining in is easy: Just come up with a list of unplayed games you’ve got sitting around, then complete as many as you can before September 1st. The games you pick are completely up to you, but choose wisely! We’ll choose a winner based on who we think accomplished the greatest feat of backloggery—that is, we’ll be more impressed if, say, you platinum all the Souls games than if you earn all the stars in Angry Birds. (Or will we!?)

The backlog champion, once again, will receive an amazing price: the Fall new release of their choice!* (Because after weeks of playing dusty, old games, there will be plenty of room for a shiny, new one.) We’ll even send it to you on release day.**

To get started, just post your list in the comments below. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and listen to the show over the next few weeks, since we’ll be hanging out bonus backlog challenges that will surely help secure your title as backlog champion.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line via Twitter, Facebook or email and we’ll be happy to explain any of the rules. We think it’s simple enough, though: play your old games, win a new one! Now get to it and post your list below!

* MSRP $60 (U.S.) or under
** Where available. If the game you choose isn’t eligible for release date delivery, we’ll use the next fastest shipping.

May 16, 2013

VGH Interview: Rex Rocket

VGH Interview: Rex Rocket

We’re joined by Robert Maher and Tyler Bud, developers of the retro sci-fi game, Rex Rocket, to talk about their experience developing the game and reaching new fans via Kickstarter. They discuss how to do a modern take on an old school genre, find the line between “epic” and “too epic,” and reveal their surprising pick for best Mega Man game of all time.

Make sure to check out the game on Kickstarter!

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August 22, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 8

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 8

Alan Wake and Guardian Heroes complete! Guardian Heroes was short and deserves a little more time, so I’ll be splitting my time between replaying that and getting through Halo 4 as we enter the last two weeks of the Backlog Attack.

Are you competing in our Backlog Attack contest? Post your progress updates in the comments below, and make sure to listen to this week’s episode, VGH #158: The Magician Randy, for the weekly backlog challenge!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

And don’t forget, we’re playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate tonight!

August 21, 2014

VGH #158: The Magician Randy

VGH #158: The Magician Randy

Prepare for an evening of otherworldly intrigue with THE MAGICIAN RANDY! Struggle to keep control of your senses as THE MAGICIAN RANDY looses a litany of arcane conjurations! Gasp with delight and terror as a cabaret of ethereal apparitions writhes at the will of THE MAGICIAN RANDY! Afterward, THE MAGICIAN RANDY will play the latest Metal Gear.

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August 20, 2014

Game Night: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Game Night: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Sharpen your sword and polish that BBQ spit: We’re going hunting this Friday night in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!*

We’ll be slaying monsters of all shapes and sizes throughout the evening. Working on some early quests? All hunter ranks are welcome! Need parts from an abyssal lagiacrus? Uh… we’ll see what we can do. Hunting parties may be small, but we’ll be playing all night and we’ll start a second room if we need to, so you’ll have plenty of time to join in. (Just make sure your character has access to Port Tanzia and network mode.)

WHAT: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U
WHEN: Friday, August 22 @ 9:30pm ET
WHERE: Network Mode World 02 Free B, Lobby 1
ROOM: game night
PASSWORD: vgh

See you online on Friday! In the meantime, leave a comment with your favored weapon and/or the top monster you want to hunt! (Personally, I’ll be using a heavy bowgun to keep things interesting.)

*Looking for The Last of Us game night? Don’t worry, we’ll do that next month!

August 15, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 7

Backlog Attack Week 7

WE’RE STILL PLAYING ALAN WAKE. And we’re loving it, but please make us stop walking through the forest at night. Meanwhile, Randy continues to play A Link to the Past, but has also started into writer/director/executive producer/writer-director Suda51′s Killer Is Dead, which we’re led to believe is a video game. Get the full rundown (or at least a lengthier attempt at explanation) on this week’s show, VGH #157: The Ambiguity Continues.

Are you competing in our Backlog Attack contest? Post your progress updates in the comments below, plus add a link to (or tweet us) your backlog challenge photos!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 14, 2014

VGH #157: The Ambiguity Continues

VGH #157: The Ambiguity Continues

We take a leisurely stroll through the forest with Alan Wake, this year’s most stubborn Backlog Attack game. Less leisurely, we shoot laser guns in Rex Rocket and wonder what’s going on in Killer Is Dead. Finally, there’s a new Silent Hill game at Gamescom… we think.

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August 8, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 6

Backlog Attack, Week 6

Surprise! It’s the same image from last week. But, this time, I’ve actually started Alan Wake, and Randy’s made some real progress into Zelda and collected a few of those pendants or whatever magical things they’ve lost this time. Hopefully, Paul and I will have a few more episodes of Alan Wake to discuss next time. Get the full progress update for this week on our latest episode.

Also, if you haven’t already entered the Backlog Attack contest, now’s the time! Get your list of backlog games posted so we can track your progress and declare you the winner at the end of the month! You’ll win the new release game of your choice!

If you have already entered, tune into next week’s episode for the first backlog bonus challenge! In the meantime, why not create yourself an account at The Backloggery to make keeping tabs on your games even easier? You can follow our own Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 7, 2014

VGH #156: My 10-Year-Old Self

VGH #156: My 10-Year-Old Self

Paul takes a spooky vacation in Alan Wake, Randy deals with the antiquated artifact that is Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and D.J. doesn’t know what to make of Rogue Legacy, but he’s pretty sure he doesn’t like being colorblind. Final Fantasy XIV returns briefly, but we wish it was under better circumstances.

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August 1, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 5

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 5

Two more games complete! I ended Halo: Reach on a high note, and Paul finished Assassin’s Creed IV. (It was OK.) Meanwhile, Randy switched Zelda platforms again. Get the full backlog update in this week’s episode.

Working through a backlog pile of your own? Enter our backlog contest and you could win a new game of your choice!

July 31, 2014

VGH #155: Polite or Racist

VGH #155: Polite/Racist

This week, at the 155th annual VGHangover Con: MORE Halo! MORE Assassin’s Creed! That game about the bird and fish! How to win a cool video game of your very own! And a date with Destiny!

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July 25, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 4

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 4

Surprise! It’s the same as last week. I’m still playing Halo: Reach or whatever it’s called, Paul is getting more into Assassin’s Creed IV, and Randy’s actually started playing a second copy of Zelda: A Link to the Past. But why?? Listen to our full backlog progress on episode #154: Ben Franklin’s Almanac to find out.

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 24, 2014

VGH #154: Ben Franklin’s Almanac

VGH #154: Ben Franklin's Almanac

Historians have long valued Ben Franklin’s famous almanac for the whimsical tales writ upon its myriad pages (20 collectible in Boston, 16 in New York). Stories of shrieking elf children, charismatic party trolls and cooperating robots provided hours of delight for American colonists skilled enough to parkour across rooftops nad recover the First American’s scrawlings.

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July 23, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack 2014, Week 3

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 3

Just a quick update—I’m still playing through Halo: Reach, Paul continues his life of piracy in Ass Creed IV, and Randy’s doubled down by starting both FTL and A Link to the Past. Get our full impressions on last week’s show, with more to come this Thursday!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 17, 2014

VGH #153: Fire All Cannons, Release All Slaves

VGH #153: Fire All Cannons, Release All Slaves

Raise shields! Charge engines! Calibrate the thing! Fire missiles! Assassinate a guy! Reroute auxiliary power! Touch primary booty! Engage hyperspace uncle! Watch electronic sports!

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July 11, 2014

Community Game Night: Mario Kart 8

Game Night

Update: Here’s the Google Hangout we’re using for chat!

Weren’t able to kart with us last time? You’re in luck—we’re playing Mario Kart 8 again this Saturday night! We’re forgoing the tournament room and using a private lobby, so make sure you add one of us to your Wii U friends list before the races begin—it’s harder for us to add you once we’re all online!

As usual, we’ll have a Google Hangout going, since we’re not satisfied with leaving our trash talk in the lobby.

WHAT: Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U
WHEN: Saturday, July 12 @ 9:30pm ET
HOW: Add one of us to your Wii U friends list:

D.J. – metaly
Paul – dasflikko

See you on the starting line!

July 11, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack 2014, Week 2

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 2

A week later and we’ve already knocked three games out of our backlogs! Paul completed Shadowrun: Dragonfall and the wonderful To the Moon, Randy scrounged through his backpack in ZombiU, and I lasered a bunch of brutes alongside Nathan Fillion in Halo 3: ODST. ODST was a lot of fun but a bit short, so I’m planning on jumping right back in with Halo: Reach this weekend (assuming I’m not too distracted by the new Final Fantasy XIV patch).

You can get our detailed reactions to each game on this week’s show, or catch the entire kickoff episode: VGH #151: #SaveVGH.

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 10, 2014

VGH #152: Potato Salad

VGH #152: Potato Salad

This week’s show is a celebration of the modern retro game, like Halo 3 and ZombiU. We also talk about Shovel Knight, since it would be a shame if we didn’t.

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July 7, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack 2014, Week 1

Backlog Attack 2014 Week 1

It’s time for the third annual Summer Backlog Attack, and that means I get to trot out the big board again. We’ve got a pretty odd list of games in our sights this year—there’s some Halo, some survival horror, some more Halo, and… Nintendo games? How weird.

Stay tuned to the show coming up this Thursday to hear how we did in our first week. And if you’ve got some backlog games of your own, you’ll want to hang onto them for later this summer when we open up the Backlog Attack to our listeners.

If you missed the kickoff show, take a listen to VGH #151: #SaveVGH for the Great Deciding.

You can also track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 3, 2014

VGH #151: #SaveVGH

VGH #151: #SaveVGH

The Backlog Attack returns! We pick out three more stacks of unfinished games that we’re dying to cross off our lists. We also talk Hitman Go, The Wolf Among Us, and that game about the island and the tomodachis, while Paul experiences a traumatic event.

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July 2, 2014

RetroN 5 review: What it means to have a plethora

Review: RetroN 5

VGH contributor and retro game aficionado Cesar Gutierrez finally got his hands on the latest of Hyperkin’s retro consoles. How does it compare with the real thing?


Do you have retro video games you want to play, but no longer own the console to play them on? Even if you do own it, don’t you wish your games looked better on your high-definition television? Many of these televisions lack the composite inputs needed to use these older consoles, and the ones that do have them will often process those signals poorly, making your games look blurry, with muted colors that are generally not pleasant to look at. Hyperkin aims to address these problems with the latest iteration of their line of RetroN consoles, the RetroN 5. With HDMI output as the basis for conveniently connecting ten different consoles to an HDTV, is the RetroN 5 worth buying?

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