This episode, we’re talking all things 90s gaming: shoebox Gameboys and other, more dubiously portable handhelds, gaming urban legends, classic series that need to make a comeback, and others that we probably should have left behind. In the Hangover, we’re getting strange vibes from Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational on the Vita and taking a sneak peak at Klei’s 2D wilderness survival game, Don’t Starve.
Special thanks to listener kube00 for suggesting this week’s topic!
We set high expectations for 2013 with our year’s most wanted lists. Will this be the year Animal Crossing finally arrives on the 3DS?? Also, Randy’s terrified after an early playthrough of the Dead Space 3 demo, Paul and D.J. compare dungeonmaster notes on Yasumi Matsuno’s bite-sized RPG, Crimson Shroud, and a shocking new year’s gaming resolution.
We send off 2012 with our 2nd annual Hungover Hangover, featuring your calls, your emails, and our drunken answers. Find out our most influential games of all time, how to beat Tetris, and which host is already planning to eat the others. Thanks for an amazing year!
On this week’s show, we interview special guest Geoff Zatkin, president and co-founder of EEDAR, an organization specializing in market research and insight into the games industry. He shares some surprising gaming trends, stories from his days developing EverQuest, what game reviewers are getting right, and why you should never bet against Nintendo.
A big thanks to Geoff for his time and his excellent insight into the gaming industry!
Are you ready for the 2012 apocalypse? We’ve got a list of the games you should play, plus a few suggestions for every gamer’s bucket list that will ensure you’ve lived a rich and fulfilled life, even away from your consoles. (OK, maybe not too far away.) In the Hangover, we’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation on the Vita, Adventure Time on the 3DS, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and a little more Nintendo Land. And, as always, you answer our questions (and this week, we answer yours!) in Viewer Mail.
We humbly present the VGH Holiday Gift Guide (with apologies to all of the non-creepy mall Santas out there). We’ve got cool gift ideas for gamers, readers, comic book and movie lovers, and more. No one will judge you if you decide to keep the best stuff for yourself. Also on this week’s show: our (almost) final word on FTL and The Walking Dead, thoughts on the surprising new Devil May Cry, and D.J. gets his hands on Nintendo’s hot new thing.
Would you pay $60 for a 3-hour game? What’s your dollar-per-hour ratio? With Black Friday right around the corner, we’re dedicating this week’s show to a conversation about the shopping habits of the modern gamer. We’ve also got talk of FTL, Paper Mario: Sticker Star on 3DS,Wreck-It Ralph, the music of Airmech, and free-to-play Star Wars: The Old Republic.
We get into the controversy over Assassin’s Creed III (spoiler free!) and discuss the revelation that Grand Theft Auto V will have three playable characters and what that might imply for the upcoming sandbox game. Matt likes the chunkiness of Halo 4, and D.J. implores you to play Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, but is reluctant to tell you why. We’ve also got Viewer Mail with your World of Warcraft woes and biggest gaming addictions!
During the GTA5 discussion, we mentioned that we’d be even more excited if Rockstar would just release a new trailer. So they did! Watch it here.
We discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of MMOs! We offer suggestions on how to improve what we think is an important, but stagnant genre. Also: The Unfinished Swan, Hotline Miami and, yep—Borderlands 2 again.
Can Resident Evil still be scary? We discuss what long-running horror series can do to frighten us again. Also: more Dishonored, Square Enix’s rhythm game Symphonica for iOS, SunFlowers and PlayStation Mobile games on the Vita, and our final gaming debate, featuring your topics!
Besides pretty graphics, what do you want from next gen games? On this week’s show, we’re hoping for evolution beyond 1080p. We’ve also got talk of the Wii U, and reviews of Double Dragon Neon, Darksiders II and Demons’ Score.
Borderlands 2 is out and the summer drought is over! This week, we’re talking about the highs and lows of gaming in 2012 and pick the game that we’re still most excited about from the back half of the year. Also: LittleBigPlanet Vita, Joe Danger 2, the Armored Kill DLC for Battlefield 3 and, of course, GIANT ROBOTS.