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VGH #51: You’re Really Just Playing Pong

We can’t believe that we’ve made 51 episodes already!

On this week’s show, we discuss a whole slew of other gaming-related things that we simply can’t believe: Call of Duty‘s success, the Wii’s dominance, Mass Effect‘s overlooked accomplishment and the possibility of a single-console gaming future.

In the Hangover segment, we explore our love/hate relationships with Disgaea, Radiant Historia, Kinect, Witcher, and Bit.Trip Saga.

Finally, we wrap up with a Last Call that somehow references Kid Icarus, Megan Fox, and collectable fine art pieces.

Episode Timeline:
Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 6:05
We Can’t Believe: 38:00
Last Call: 68:46
Outro: 75:51

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This Week’s Music:
“Main Theme” and “Credits” from Shane Reaction: Zombieland, by Claudio Oliveira.

Bit.Trip Runner soundtrack: CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon
Video Game Geek’s review of Radiant Historia
Kid Icarus AR Card Database for Android phones
Skullgirls shop and Peacock canvas print


  1. Pete
    Pete April 30, 2012

    I can’t believe that Microsoft really succeeded in working their way into the game console market. I remember when it was a first announced I didn’t think there was any room for a competitor to Sony and Nintendo, but as it stands now they’ve outdone the competition in a few areas.

    I also can’t believe the “set top box” console has become a reality. 10 years ago I didn’t think there was any way I’d be using my consoles for anything other than gaming, and now here I am streaming Netflix, listening to, and watching cable TV.

    P.S. Congrats on the all-important 51st episode milestone!

  2. Erik Kubik
    Erik Kubik May 1, 2012

    Very interesting that PS3/360 were so close and yet both of them were smoked by the Wii. I guarantee, in fact I would bet money Nintendo won’t have that kind of success with the Wii U. Great show guys.

    A couple of questions, what do you guys think the Wii U will cost? Also what will gamers remember about this generation, RROD, the hacking of PSN/XBL, the use of consoles for things outside of gaming? 

  3. thewolfkin
    thewolfkin May 3, 2012

    “You’re Really Just Playing Pong” reminds me of when we studied genre in Film Studies for non-majors last semester. At one point it was established that all films could fall into two categories. The Kiss and The Chase. I assume you are making a similar argument here with gaming and Pong.

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