March 14, 2013

VGH Interview: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

VGH Interview: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

We’re joined by Yuri (AKA Dubindoh) from Capcom to talk everything Monster Hunter–from reasons to get excited for the new Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, to the best tips for series newcomers looking to experience their first hunt.

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March 7, 2013

VGH #90: Done like Dinner

VGH #90: Done like Dinner

Does the end of Rock Band DLC mean the death of rhythm gaming? We look back on the life of the game that put plastic instruments in everyone’s living room and talk about why the genre isn’t dead yet. In the Hangover, we’re playing BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and recommending you avoid Aliens: Colonial Marines and The Last Remnant.

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February 28, 2013

VGH #89: MAXIMUM SADNESS

VGH #89: MAXIMUM SADNESS

Sony’s revealed the PlayStation 4 and we’re filled with excitement… or at least we think that’s what that is. Also, we pass judgment on Crysis 3, enjoy cutting everything in sight in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and try to play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

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February 21, 2013

VGH #88: The Alpha Protocol of Handhelds

VGH #88: The Alpha Protocol of Handhelds

We’re either celebrating the PlayStation Vita’s one-year anniversary or delivering its eulogy. You be the judge. Also: Fire Emblem frustration, Monster Hunter anticipation, and Ghost Recon cooperation.

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February 14, 2013

VGH #87: Individual Co-op

VGH #87: Individual Co-op

What makes a good gaming protagonist? We look at some good and bad examples, plus the importance of a character’s backstory and gender. Also: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and yet more Dead Space 3.

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February 7, 2013

VGH #86: Yo Dawg

VGH #86: Yo Dawg

Yo dawg, we herd you like games so we put stuff from your favorite game into another game! (We’re talking about spin-offs and how to do them correctly.) Also, Randy and D.J. brave Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS and permanent guest host Matt ventures into Double Fine’s The Cave.

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January 31, 2013

VGH #85: Which Claw Is Right for You?

VGH #85: Which Claw Is Right for You?

It’s dangerous to go alone, so why not take some friends? On this week’s show, we’re talking about Nintendo’s suggestion that the next Zelda game might be a co-op affair. We also dig into some other beloved games that made scary changes, including Red Faction, Final Fantasy, and Metroid. In The Hangover, D.J. gets his hands on the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Randy weighs on the new Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

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January 24, 2013

VGH #84: Subtly Racist Stereotypes

VGH #84: Subtly Racist Stereotypes

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!

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January 17, 2013

VGH #83: Experimentational

VGH #83: Experimentational

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.

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January 10, 2013

VGH #82: Eat a Pork Bun!

VGH #82: Eat a Pork Bun!

2012 was a huge year for games and we’re discussing just a few of the many contenders for Game of the Year, before finally revealing our personal top five.

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January 8, 2013

Mini Hangover: The Walking Dead

In our last Mini Hangover of Season 2, we have a spoiler filled chat about Telltale’s The Walking Dead! Spoiler alert!

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January 1, 2013

Mini Hangover: Far Cry 3

Good news everyone! Paul and Matt decide to wax poetic about Far Cry 3, one of the best games of 2012. Wub wub wub.

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December 27, 2012

Mini Hangover: Playland Japan / DJMAX Technika Tune

Another arcade in San Francisco? D.J. gives a tour of the crazy Japanese games on display at Playland Japan and then talks about his current Vita—yes, Vita—obsession: DJMAX Technika Tune.

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December 20, 2012

VGH #81: Dediquation

VGH #81: Dediquation

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!

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December 13, 2012

VGH Interview: EEDAR’s Geoff Zatkin

VGH Interview: EEDAR's Geoff Zatkin

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!

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December 6, 2012

VGH #80: No Corndogs in Heaven

VGH #80: No Corndogs in Heaven

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.

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November 29, 2012

VGH #79: Nintendo Hard

VGH #79: Nintendo Hard

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.

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November 21, 2012

VGH #78: Forking Paths

VGH #78: Forking Paths

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.

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November 15, 2012

VGH #77: Badass Mech

VGH #77: Badass Mech

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.

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November 1, 2012

VGH #76: Treat Yo Self

VGH #76: Treat Yo Self

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.

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