John de Lancie joins us this week to chat about his favorite games like Dishonored, Tales from the Borderlands, Volume, and updates us on his Backlog. Also: Randy sounds like Bob Ross having sex to Jazz music, whilst eating Fig Newtons. Wat.
Paul and Randy are stuck in Fallout Shelter while D.J. tap dances on somebody’s face in Final Fantasy XIV‘s Frontlines. Also: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Mark of the Ninja, Dead Rising 3, and Super Mario Maker.
The gang discusses the best reasons out of Gamescom to get an Xbox One, none of which are Mafia 3. D.J. wonders what would happen if Perfect Dark and Halo fought each other. Paul binges on episodes of Galak-Z. Randy spells seven words.
The whole gang is back together so it’s time to talk about every video game: South Park: The Stick of Truth, Gravity Rush, Rocket League, You Must Build a Boat, LEGO Batman 3, etc. Plus more Guacamelee racism, and D.J. discovers what happens when they put Battlefield into Final Fantasy.
We’re in the last month of 2015’s Summer Backlog Attack, our annual attempt to play through some of those older, neglected games before the new hits of fall arrive. Once again, we’re inviting you, the listeners, to join in!
All you have to do to play along is post your own list of unfinished games you want to get through by the end of summer. (This year, we’ve officially declared that summer ends on Sunday, August 23.) You can put any games you want on the list, but choose wisely: We’ll pick a winner based on who we think has achieved the greatest feat of backloggery. For instance, we’ll be more impressed if you knock out every sidequest in The Witcher III than if you spell a really long word in Alphabear. (Well, Randy might be impressed, as long as the word is “veganmageddon.”)
The backlog champion, once again, will receive an amazing prize: 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 handing 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.
D.J. is joined by a mystery guest host who talks him through the Eorzean job crisis in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. The same mystery host, who is definitely not Paul because he’s finished The Last of Us, plays Guacamelee wonders why Canadians are so racist towards Mexicans, maybe.
Damage Dealing Wizard Character can utilize the following abilities:
(10MP) Deal Damage
(25MP) Enhanced Deal Damage
(50MP) Superior Deal Damage
Upon reaching level 30, Damage Dealing Wizard Character can be promoted to Damage Dealing Sage.
On this week’s show, we play game music. Beat the summer heat with icy cooldown songs, exit music for games, and the raddest opening stages of the 90s.
A message from Video Game Hangover about Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo.
In the final act of Video Game Hangover: The Garbage Trilogy, everyone’s favorite crimefighter, the Batmobile, returns to shoot more missiles at spaceships. We discuss the first two episodes of The Wolf Among Us, and Her Story Is A Good Game You Should Play It.
In case you were worried, we, too, have opinions on the Batmobile. Meanwhile, Xenosaga turns D.J. into a biblical scholar, or maybe he’s just telling people that because it sounds cool.
Week 2: D.J. and Randy open the digital plastic on The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 while Paul gets into Mighty Switch Force!
DESTINY MEGA-SHOW!!!! (Just kidding, please don’t leave.) On our 200 millionth episode, backlog celebrity Al Parker joins us to uncover our true feelings about loot. We also get into Magicka (the old one), Dragon Age (the new one), and some cheap beer.
It’s E3 time again and we’re here with our impressions of all the latest Es!
We ask the Crystal Ball of Gaming (totally real) to grant us our E3 wishes, like a release date for The Last Guardian (no), a new F-ZERO (no) or for Geoff Keighley to experience human emotion (no). Instead of playing that other game, D.J. builds a boat.
We hear about an unexplored side of Splatoon from our resident kid and squid, Randy. D.J. alternates between angsty Pacific Northwest teen and angsty Tokyo teen assassin. Paul refuses to set foot in a casino, but maybe a Witcher slot machine would change his mind.
We’re coming up on a major VGH milestone: our 200th episode! After many heated debates over how we should celebrate*, we compromised and decided to leave it up to you, the listener. That is—we want you to join us for our 200th episode and call the shots.
That’s right: For this very special episode, we’re dusting off that elusive fourth host chair so one of you can sit in it. Along with the seat itself comes all the posh privileges of being a VGH host: you get to tell everyone what you’ve been playing in the Hangover, discuss a gaming topic of your choice, and take part in whatever other shenanigans are going on that week. (It’ll be right after E3, so who knows what will happen?? Maybe we’ll all be enslaved by Nintendo!)
Here’s all you need to do to join us for this milestone episode:
– Own a computer microphone or headset. It doesn’t need to be pro-level, we just need to be able to hear you!
– Be available to record via Skype one evening during the week of June 22nd through June 26th.
– Send us a 60-second (or shorter) message, via audioboom.com/vghangover or 682-999-VGH1**, describing your topic and why you should guest host. Don’t forget to mention some way for us to reach you!
That’s it! We’ll pick a guest host by Thursday, June 18th and contact you to get everything ready for you to come on the show. All you need to do now is give us a call! (Please leave your 60-second message by the end of Monday, June 15th, so we have time to listen to them!)
If you have any questions about hosting, leave us a comment below, or hit us up on Twitter @vghangover. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Update: We’ve expanded the nights we’ll be recording to the entire week of June 22 to 26!
* Randy wanted to hold a party in his Animal Crossing village; D.J. insisted on having it in his Final Fantasy XIV house; Paul asked to be excused
** Since phone calls usually don’t sound great, we’d prefer you leave us a message via Audioboom, but it’s up to you!
After years of anticipation, we finally discuss the international smash hit: Puzzle & Dragons. Paul plays a game about a beard albino. D.J. doesn’t play anything. Also, Backlog Attack 2015 looms.
How did you fill the time in your days/nights/weekends before The Witcher III came out?
On this week’s show, Paul and Randy are distracting themselves with Invisible Inc., Klei’s fun-but-stressful new tactical espionage thing. We also dig into a couple of 3DS eShop oddities, Stretchmo and Adventure Bar Story, and Randy finally delivers his promised update from his Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth playthrough.
We also ruminate on our lifelong struggles to balance gaming with being a productive member of society. It’s harder than it may look from the outside.
When is a squid not a squid? When it’s a human-squid girl/boy hybrid. But what if this hypothetical hybrid hu-squid were to transform suddenly into a full squid? A definitive answer eludes squidymologists to this day. Anyway, we played Splatoon.