August 8, 2013

VGH #108: Gunwheel

VGH #108: Gunwheel

We dig into the controversy surrounding Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown this week. How often do a developer’s creative decisions (and possibly, their personalities) detract from your gaming experience?

We also make some progress in the Summer Backlog Attack: Randy gets into, Mindjack, the second on his list of triple-F titles, and D.J. explains why Analogue: A Hate Story maybe shouldn’t have been on his list in the first place. Meanwhile, Paul tries out the gravity-bending co-op of Ibb and Obb.

As always, we feature your comments from Twitter in Viewer Mail! And listen carefully as we announce a new, backlog-themed contest that you won’t want to miss!

Episode Timeline:
0:00 – Intro
2:31 – Viewer Mail
17:40 – Backlog Attack Listener Contest!
19:19 – Analogue: A Hate Story
28:00 – Mindjack
33:15 – Ibb & Obb
40:00 – Dragon’s Crown controversy
55:45 – Last Call
1:00:38 – Outro

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“Club Wolf” and “Win” from the Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar and Level by Disasterpeace

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Polygon’s review of Dragon’s Crown
San Mateo, CA’s Gamecenter Arcade announces they will close on September 22
BitGen Gamer Fest 8 in Baltimore

  • KapsLocked

    I think you’ve put too much emphasis on the controversy in Dragon’s Crown, and not looking at the fact that all the characters are stylized in a way. (ie. The Dwarf is all muscle and mostly naked, the Amazon, while in a bikini, is all muscle as well)
    It’s something I think the internet as a whole is ignoring and just focusing on the sexualized nature of a few of the characters.
    That’s not to say that I don’t disagree that women should be portrayed in a different way in this industry, but I think getting the whole picture of this issue is important.

    • spaulsandhu

      That’s actually a really good point, we may have to touch on that in the next show!

    • randy_wrecked

      That’s a completely fair observation. Having not played the game, we were mostly trying to focus on the reviews and media response to the game. Listening back on the episode now, I think that may have been lost in my bloviating!

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