We’re participating in the Extra Life 2014 gaming marathon for charity! This Saturday, October 25th, we’ll be raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals by playing games for 24 hours straight. We hope you’ll tune into our livestream, cheer us on, and pledge your support for our team by donating a few dollars toward our fundraising goal. Any amount is appreciated! You can contribute here:
Even if you’re unable to donate, we hope you’ll follow our progress on the stream and join us for some multiplayer games. Here’s just a sample of what we’ll be playing on Saturday:
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
The Last of Us
Mario Kart 8
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
This weekend is Extra Life and we’re half-psyched up, half-questioning the decisions that have brought us to this point. Before that, though: Randy is excited about Android apps, D.J. is excited about something something fan fest, and Paul discovers his fursona.
It’s an event witnessed only once a console generation—something that die-hard fanboys will be frothing about to the uninitiated for years to come. That’s right—a good Lord of the Rings game. Also, we played Super Smash Bros. 4.
Time for a road trip with your favorite anime bros! D.J. returns to Bravely Default while Paul discovers LEGOs and walks down a hallway. Also, Final Fantasy XV, Monster Hunter, and Animal Crossing—must be Tokyo Game Show.
This is it! We finally tackle the GamerGate controversy, hold on to your butts! We also chat about games like the new Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright and Code of Princess, but who cares about that? RAGE. MORE. IMPORTANT.
We made it! Backlog 2014 is complete and is our most successful ever, with 11 out of 18 games eventually getting crossed off our lists. As for those pesky remainders, I plan to get into Sleeping Dogs soon (maybe around when the Definitive Edition hits), Randy will seek out new rereleases of A Link to the Past to try, and Paul has vowed to play XCOM for the rest of his gaming life so he never actually has to play The Last of Us.
Listen to our closing thoughts, plus find out the winner of our community backlog contest on this week’s episode, VGH #160: Bug Stick.
Our backlogging will continue until next summer, though! You can still follow us on the Backloggery here:
We’ve got the hottest scoops and the biggest beetles from PAX Prime in Seattle. Scoop on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Freedom Wars, Below, Firewatch, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and maybe more! Also, we crown 2014’s Summer Backlog champion!
The board is finally free of Halo and Alan Wake! We made some serious progress in the next-to-last week of backlog attacking—get the full update (including a discussion of Alan Wake‘s ending) on this week’s show: VGH #159: Bomb the Moon!
If you’re competing in our Backlog Attack contest, there are just a few days left before September 1st to cross games off your list! We’ll announce 2014’s backlog champion on next week’s show!
Track our last week of backlog progress on our Backloggery pages here:
After a few harrowing weeks of real life, D.J. returns to Halo world and Randy gets involved in a dastardly moon bombing plot in CounterSpy. Meanwhile, Paul finished Alan Wake and probably played XCOM: Enemy Within. Also, Swing Copters.
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.
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.
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
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.