December 1, 2016

Call in with your questions for our season finale!

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Good news: 2016 will soon be over. Better news: Our year-end finale show is even sooner! Once again, we’re taking calls and questions from you, the listeners, and answering them on the air over an endless stream of drinks. It’s gonna get weird.

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August 4, 2016

Backlog Attack! August 2016

Backlog Attack!

UPDATE: The Backlog Attack will end at midnight on August 29! (That’s late Sunday/early Monday morning.) Make sure you comment with your final progress before then so we can select a backlog champion!


It’s been a long summer but we’re finally into the last month of 2016’s Backlog Attack. This month, we’re going retro by finally playing some of the oldest games we have sitting around, and that’s the key to becoming the backlog champion for August: Dust off those neglected retro titles, and be rewarded!

Of course, “retro” can mean different things depending on who you ask, so we’re keeping our definition a little flexible. (For instance, on this week’s show we decided to play some Sega 3D Classics, a SNES game, and… Final Fantasy X-2?? Sure!) Just make sure you post the games you’ll be playing in the comments below so we can follow along as usual!

As a reminder, in September we’ll pick a backlog winner from June, July and August to receive prizes, plus one overall backlog champion, who will win the new Fall release of their choice! Even if you haven’t thrown your hat into the ring until now, it’s not too late! You can get the full contest details in June’s post, but basically: make as much progress completing your retro backlog this month, and at the end of the summer you might be lucky enough to hear those fateful words: A WINNER IS YOU!

Remember to follow us on Twitter for more Backlog Attack updates, and listen to the show in case we announce a special backlog challenge.

July 1, 2016

Backlog Attack! July 2016

Backlog Attack!

The summer Backlog Attack continues as the July round begins! Did you crush your backlog games in June? Keep the momentum going this month to secure your place as Backlog Champion 2016! Didn’t do so well? (Too busy hosting a podcast, maybe?) You can still catch up! A new month means it’s time to put up a new slate of games to complete over the next few weeks!

Returning listeners/players: Once again, just post the games you’ll be playing this month in the comments below! As an additional challenge this month, we want to see your screenshots, whether it’s a classic “THE END” screen, or just photographic proof that you’ve conquered something you’re playing. You can tweet it to us @vghangover, share it with us on on Facebook, link it in the comments below, or just email it to contact@vghangover.com.

If you want to get extra creative and earn that extra edge towards July’s prize, make sure to listen to this week’s episode. (And don’t miss July’s upcoming episodes in case Paul comes up with something even more devious.)

Are you new to the Backlog Attack this month? It’s a great time to join in! You can get the full contest details in June’s post, but basically: make as much progress completing your gaming backlog this month for a chance to win prizes at the end of the summer, including the new Fall release of your choice.

June 8, 2016

Backlog Attack! June 2016

Backlog Attack!

It’s back! Every summer, when the days between new game releases grow longer and longer, we take advantage of all extra time by digging into our backlogs for older games we’ve never gotten around to playing. This year, we’re committing to finishing two old games for each month this summer, and we’re inviting you to play along, too! For the first round, all you have to do is post your own list of unfinished games you want to get through by the end of June. 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 max out every character in Final Fantasy XIII (disclaimer: please don’t play Final Fantasy XIII) than if you watch the end credits roll in the latest incarnation of Tetris.

Once you’ve posted your list, all you need to do is start playing those games! But don’t forget to listen to new episodes of the podcast each week and follow @vghangover on Twitter in case we drop in some bonus backlog challenges.

In the first week of September, we’ll select three monthly winners to receive prizes, and we’ll pick one overall Backlog Champion who will receive the new Fall release game of their choice!*

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. If the game you choose isn’t eligible for release date delivery, we’ll send it via the next fastest shipping method.

December 1, 2015

Join VGH for the 5th annual Drunktacular!

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2015 has been a big year for Video Game Hangover. We recorded our 200th episode. We raised (with your help!) hundreds of dollars for charity in this year’s Extra Life marathon. The Order: 1886 came out.

This is also our fifth year doing pods on the Internet. As per VGH tradition, we’re ending it with our drunktacular call-in show, but since this is the fifth one, we felt like we should do something extra special. Which means… we don’t actually know. But while we figure it out, you can still call in with a question!

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August 4, 2015

CONTEST: Defeat your backlog, win a game!

Backlog Attack!

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.

July 1, 2015

Summer Backlog Attack 2015

June 3, 2015

Join us for VGH episode 200!

Join us!

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!

May 8, 2015

Community Game Night: Mario Kart 8

Update: Here’s our Google Hangout! Come chat with us during the game!

Mario Kart night is back in honor of the new Animal Crossing DLC and 200cc mode! We’ll be tearing up the new tracks this Friday night. Just add us to your Wii U friends list and you’ll be able to join the VGH lobby. (Make sure to send us a friend request ahead of time because it’s difficult for us to add people once the game starts!) We’ll have a Google Hangout going as well so we can chat during the game. (Check back here later for the link.)

If you don’t have any of the DLC, don’t worry—we’ll be racing on the regular courses too. Just make sure you sign on early to get the latest patch if you haven’t already!

(There’s also a chance we might try out the Splatoon beta at 11pm Eastern, so get that downloaded if you’re interested!)

WHAT: Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U
WHEN: Friday, May 8 @ 10:00pm ET
HOW: Add one of us to your Wii U friends list.

D.J. – metaly
Randy – randy_wrecked

See you on the starting line!

January 28, 2015

D.J.’s top games of 2014

D.J.'s top games of 2014

If I were to start predicting my game of the year lists in January of that year, I think I’d usually be able to get at least one or two games correct. There’s often a notable game from a favorite developer or series that seems like a safe bet—sure things like Monster Hunter, Metal Gear, or anything by Yasumi Matsuno. Had I guessed at 2014’s list I would have struck out completely, which is disappointing because it means some of the games I was most looking forward to ended up falling short of my expectations. On the other hand, so many fun and surprising games appeared last year that I had no trouble filling the empty spaces.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

Titanfall

Existing somewhere between Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament, Titanfall is one of the freshest first-person shooters I’ve played in years. The giant Titan mech suits, sort of a democratized version of other games’ killstreaks and vehicles, may be the feature attraction, but I found the parkour-inspired, out-of-mech movement system to be the real star. I quickly reached a point where I’d only climb into my Titan if I really had to—it was too much fun running on walls or discovering a new aerial route to the next objective.
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January 8, 2015

Take our 2015 listener survey!

It’s our fifth year of podcasting about video games. How are we doing?

As we hinted at on last year’s season finale, we’d like to hear what all of you think of the show. (Beyond all the effusive Twitter praise, of course.) To make it as easy as possible for you, we’ve put together a quick, less-than-five-minutes-long survey with a few questions about the VGH, games, and podcasts in general. We’d really appreciate it if you could take a few moments of your time and fill it out. Be completely honest; if there’s something you think we could be doing better—tell us!

As added incentive, we’ll be handing out a few Amazon gift cards to respondents (selected at random). Finally… proof that your opinions have value, and that it’s awkwardly quantifiable! (Update: The gift card giveaway has ended, but you can still take the survey.)

Seriously though, we’d really appreciate hearing from you.

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November 25, 2014

Get on the air for VGH’s 2014 season finale!

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Send us your questions or comments:

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It’s back! Our fourth annual Hungover Hangover/Drunktacular/whatever we’re calling it is coming up in just a few weeks! That’s our year-end season finale show where we answer your calls and questions while enjoying some adult beverages.

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October 21, 2014

VGH @ Extra Life 2014

Extra Life

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:

extra-life.org/team/vghangover

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:

Games

Fantasy Life
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
The Last of Us
Mario Kart 8
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Rex Rocket
Sleeping Dogs
Spelunky
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Transistor
Velvet Sundown

How to Find Us

Paul:
3DS: 0602-6679-8118
Wii U: Dasflikko
PSN: Dasflikko
Steam: Flik
Twitch: Dasflikko

D.J.:
3DS: 0903-2909-8746
Wii U: metaly
PSN: metaly
Steam: metaly
Twitch: metalyfled

Multiplayer Schedule

These times are subject to change, but follow @vghangover on Twitter for updates!

1PM PDT/3PM CDT – Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
5PM PDT/7PM CDT – Mario Kart 8
8PM PDT/10PM CDT – Velvet Sundown

September 5, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 10

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 10

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:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 29, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 9

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 9

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:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 22, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 8

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 8

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.

Are you competing in our Backlog Attack contest? Post your progress updates in the comments below, and make sure to listen to this week’s episode, VGH #158: The Magician Randy, for the weekly backlog challenge!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

And don’t forget, we’re playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate tonight!

August 20, 2014

Game Night: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Game Night: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

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
PASSWORD: vgh

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!

August 15, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 7

Backlog Attack Week 7

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:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 8, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 6

Backlog Attack, Week 6

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:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 1, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 5

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 5

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.

Working through a backlog pile of your own? Enter our backlog contest and you could win a new game of your choice!