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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June 26, 2014

VGH #150: Fine

VGH #150: Fine

On the show’s 150th birthday, we, the podcasters, reflect upon Video Game Hangover’s storied past and the indelible impression it’s left on the Internet. Actually, we just talk about Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs, two popular video games.

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June 25, 2014

Community Game Night: Mario Kart 8

Game Night

Game night update: We’ve switched to a private room rather than the tournament room, so if you want to join, just add one of us from the list below!

Get ready to show us your kart face: We’re playing Mario Kart 8 with the community this Friday! Join us for an evening of banana peels, lightning bolts, and 150ccs of hard feelings. We’ll be doing 12-player races and chatting on Google Hangouts all night, so don’t miss out!

WHAT: Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U
WHEN: Friday, June 27 @ 9:30pm ET
HOW: Join the VGHangover Mario Kart 8 tournament (4720-9558-7985), or add one of us to your Wii U friends list:

Randy – randy_wrecked
D.J. – metaly
Paul – dasflikko

See you on the starting line!

June 19, 2014

VGH #149.5: E3 Wrap-up

VGH #149.5: E3 Wrap-up

Randy and D.J. team up for an extra curmudgeonly post-E3 episode while Paul is away doing Things.

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June 12, 2014

VGH #149: E3 2014

VGH #149: E3 2014

It’s E3 2014 and we’re covering the big three press events LIVE from the comfort of our bedrooms, and after the show has ended. Listen to how excited we are to play with toys and take Halo 2 online. Also, we correctly predict Nintendo’s steampunk strategy game featuring Abraham Lincoln. Incredible!

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June 5, 2014

VGH #148: PRE-E3 C-C-C-COMBO SHOW!

PRE-E3 C-C-C-COMBO SHOW!

We’re joining forces with Will and JD from 2 Ninjas 1 Podcast to get hyped and share predictions for next week’s massive E3 gaming expo. Together we’re twice as powerful!

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May 29, 2014

VGH #147: Snakebite T. Winterbottom

Snakebite T. Winterbottom

Attention astronaut: There’s been a terrible accident and now you have just 60 minutes of oxygen remaining. Better spend them listening to this episode about a talking sword and big worms.

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May 22, 2014

VGH #146: The Best and Brightest of Japan’s Youth

VGH #146: The Best and Brightest of Japan's Youth

Are you the ultimate fanfiction author/biker gang leader? If so, you’re invited to attend this podcast where we discuss your particular talents. Please watch out for potential murderers and/or time travel hazards. This episode is better without Kinect.

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May 15, 2014

VGH #145: Captain Idiot

VGH #145: Captain Idiot

To free us from the tyranny of car keys, we all get cybernetic implants. Also, we played some video games: FTL: Advanced Edition, Mega Man III, and Mario Golf: World Tour. This episode is available to tomodachi of all races and sexual orientation.

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May 8, 2014

VGH #144: The Dark Souls of Golf

VGH #144: The Dark Souls of Golf

This week, we take golf very seriously.

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May 7, 2014

NES Remix 2 review: Does it blend?

Review: NES Remix 2

British VGH contributor Russ Greeno was recently coaxed out of retirement by the prospect of experiencing classic retro gaming challenges on his Wii U.


Hi, I’m Russ Greeno. You may or may not remember me from such video game reviews as Sonic in Mediocre Land or Duke Nukem 3: Suffragette Edition.

Last year, I decided to retire from reviewing games after feeling depressed about the state of “video game journalism”. I don’t want to dwell on things here, but I’d sum it up by saying that a proliferation of gaming news blogs regurgitating press releases and keeping fanboy flamewars burning made me want to quit. When I was offered an opportunity to review NES Remix 2 on Wii U, it occurred to me that this celebration of Nintendo’s history just might be the ideal title to flex the reviewing muscle in my brain (mostly just to see if it still worked).

Imagine if you could play the standout scenes from all those classic NES titles you fondly remember without having to get your old console out of the attic. On top of that, how about if Nintendo dropped all of those games into a mixing bowl and stirred everything around just a little bit. Wouldn’t that be cool? That’s the surprising premise that NES Remix delivered to the Wii U’s eShop less than six months ago. In that original outing, you could experience such things as Level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. with different enemy placements, a lap of Excitebike in the dark, and the first stage of Donkey Kong where you control Link instead of Mario (and Link can’t jump over the barrels or use hammers!).

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May 1, 2014

VGH #143: Possessed Possessions

VGH #143: Possessed Possessions

This week’s show tackles grown-up issues like depression, anime, and life with eight arms. Also, more Microsoft and Xbox One chat as per usual, and Video Game Community Theater brings its own mailbag.

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April 24, 2014

VGH #142: Cats Are the Good Guys

VGH #142: Cats Are the Good Guys

It turns out we still have a few more games from PAX East to talk about, including Rats: Time Is Running Out and Chasm. Meanwhile, 119 million Gameboys still work after 25 years, Randy scoffs at the meager challenge of Super Mario Bros. 3, D.J. practices crashing planes in Strike Vector, and Paul hates the Steam controller.

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