September 12, 2013

VGH #113: Aliens Are Real!

VGH #113: Aliens Are Real!

Is there any good reason to pick up an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 on release day? The truth is out there! This week, we’re playing The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home (no spoilers!), Spelunky, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Jet Set Radio, and weighing in on the next-gen console release dates.

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September 6, 2013

VGH #112: PAX 2013 / Seven Donuts

VGH #112: Seven Donuts

We’ve got a report on the best new games and biggest announcements from PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle! In the Hangover, we’re still playing Splinter Cell Blacklist, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and the Backlog Attack continues with Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel.

Also, your completed games and gaming rage stories in Viewer Mail!

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August 29, 2013

VGH #111: Whoops I’m a Ghost

VGH #111: Whoops I'm a Ghost

RAGE! RAGE! RAGE! We’re letting off some steam over the things in games that make us mad. (Then we’re binge eating.) In the Hangover, we’re playing Splinter Cell Blacklist and Spec Ops: The Line. Also, your comments from Twitter on Viewer Mail, and the final weekly challenge in the Backlog Attack contest!

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August 22, 2013

VGH #110: Drop the Beets

VGH #110: Drop the Beets

Are you a game collector or just a hoarder? This week, we’re talking about the nuances of video game collecting and how well we’ve been able to resist the allure of that shiny, new collector’s edition.

In the Hangover, we’re playing Steamworld Dig, Brothers: Two Sons of Mothers, Divekick, and D.J. rants a little about Shadows of the Damned‘s Big Boner.

We’ve also got highlights from the ongoing Backlog Attack contest, plus your Viewer Mail comments!

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August 15, 2013

VGH #109: Oily Men

VGH #109: Oily Men

Oily men, oily, oily men! This week’s show is all about oily men (somehow). But then we talk about how Nintendo’s doing, so don’t worry.

The Backlog Attack is in full effect this week, as we play through Resident Evil: Revelations, Spec Ops: The Line and Shadows of the Damned

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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!

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August 1, 2013

VGH #107: Anime Butt Posters

VGH #107: Anime Butt Posters

We continue our discussion on scalability of game experiences. In the Hangover, Randy talks about samurai warriors using iPads in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Paul has more Project X Zone musings and D.J. grinds beetles to dust in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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July 25, 2013

VGH #106: Community Grooming

VGH #106: Community Grooming

It’s tougher than ever to fit lengthy gaming experiences into our crowded schedules. We discuss what we do when faced with the 60-odd-hour JRPG, whether it’s the developers that should be more considerate, and what’s truly important for us to get out of our precious gaming time.

In the Hangover, Randy selflessly throws himself on top of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, D.J. saves the world many times in Half Minute Hero, and Paul… well, Paul’s still doing his Animal Crossing thing.

Also, we reveal the most shameful games in your backlogs in Viewer Mail!

Special thanks to listener DontJudgeMyADD for suggesting this week’s topic by way of his article, “Gamers need more choices to scale game experiences.”

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July 18, 2013

VGH #105: Silly Shenanigans Funtime

VGH #105: Silly Shenanigans Funtime

The Summer Backlog Attack returns for 2013! After being humbly defeated last year, we’ve got our sights on six (or so) new games that we’re committing to finish before the Fall releases (and Grand Theft Auto V) hit. Tune in to find out which neglected classics (and which questionable bargain bin finds) we’re finally going to play.

In the Hangover, Paul indulges in the craziness of Project X Zone, Randy plays Tetris on a touchscreen, and D.J. leads a tour of the 3DS’s revamped Mii Plaza and its four new games… which you might actually want to pay for!

We’ve also got your most anticipated Fall games in Viewer Mail!

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July 11, 2013

VGH #104: Creatively Bankrupt

VGH #104: Creatively Bankrupt

There’s still some life left in those old consoles! We’re looking into the back half of 2013 for the current-gen games we most want to play this year (besides Grand Theft Auto V, of course), including Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Pikmin 3, Pokemon X and Y, and (finally) the new Phoenix Wright game.

In the Hangover this week, we’ve got our spoiler-free review of the new Walking Dead episode, 400 Days, and impressions of the Final Fantasy XIV beta.

As always, we’ve got your postcards and letters in Viewer Mail and we wrap things up with our weekly non-sequiturs in Last Call.

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July 3, 2013

VGH #103: Flying Toasters!

VGH #103: Flying Toasters!

We’re playing The Last of Us (still spoiler-free!) and wondering if sometimes games try too hard to be… game-y? We discuss finding a proper mix of gameplay and narrative as games become more cinematic. Also, Randy spends his summer vacation memory hacking and punching dudes in Remember Me‘s Neo Paris.

We’ve also got your comments on retro games, Illumiroom, and more Animal Crossing!

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June 27, 2013

VGH #102: Out and Proud

VGH #102: Out and Proud

Are you a closet gamer? (It’s OK, you’re among friends.) In a special combo topic from listener Robop1g, we’re picking apart the concept of “gamer shame” and seeing how far we have to turn the clock back before games become unplayable. And—as long as we’re coming out of the closet—we go on a bit of a tangent and confess our biggest movie shames.

In the Hangover, we’re playing Mighty Switch Force! 2 on 3DS and experiencing different types of zombie survival in State of Decay and The Last of Us. (Don’t worry, no spoilers!) We’ve also got your reactions to Microsoft’s surprise Xbox 180!

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June 20, 2013

VGH #101: Animal Crossing Mega Thing

VGH #101: Animal Crossing Mega Thing

We took a break from playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf long enough to record a show! We spend this week trying to pin down what makes Nintendo’s offbeat life simulator so popular, sharing stories from our Animal Crossing history, and discussing where the series could go in the future.

Also, we have your post-E3 reactions to Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4!

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June 13, 2013

VGH: E3 2013

VGH: E3 2013

On this week’s show: E3! We recap some of our favorite highlights and lowlights from the first two days of E3 2013. Yup, just straight up E3 reactions from the VGH Crew!

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June 6, 2013

VGH #100: On like Donkey Kong

VGH #100: On like Donkey Kong

VGH levels up to three digits! To celebrate, listener Anthony Ferro joins us to talk Virtual Boy, motion controls, Darth Vader, and other gaming gimmicks.

In the Hangover, we’re threatening violence over Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, not feeling the rush of the recent StarCraft II expansion, Heart of the Swarm, and are thoroughly satiated by Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. We’ve also got hype-galore and game music bands in Last Call.

Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or are just joining us, thanks for your support over these 100 episodes! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our incredible audience!

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May 30, 2013

Mini Hangover: Liberation Maiden / Aero Porter

While we prepare for our 100th show, D.J. reviews two more of those wacky Guild01 games for the 3DS. This time, it’s Suda51’s Liberation Maiden and Yoot Saito’s Aero Porter. Tune in if you want to hear about Japan’s latest robot invasion and learn about the exciting world of… baggage sorting?

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May 23, 2013

VGH #99: XBONE

VGH #99: XBONE

The Xbox One is real and we can’t contain our excitement! We discuss Microsoft’s next-gen console reveal and how it stacks up with the PlayStation 4. We’ve also got your reactions to the news!

In the Hangover, we’re scrounging for bullets in Metro: Last Light, being very secretive about the first Guild02 title, The Starship Damrey, and making new friends in Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery.

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May 16, 2013

VGH Interview: Rex Rocket

VGH Interview: Rex Rocket

We’re joined by Robert Maher and Tyler Bud, developers of the retro sci-fi game, Rex Rocket, to talk about their experience developing the game and reaching new fans via Kickstarter. They discuss how to do a modern take on an old school genre, find the line between “epic” and “too epic,” and reveal their surprising pick for best Mega Man game of all time.

Make sure to check out the game on Kickstarter!

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May 8, 2013

VGH #98: Shall We Dash?

Shall We Dash?

Nama biiru hitotsu onegaishimasu!

On this week’s show, D.J.’s back from Japan with a suitcase full of slimes, cats and beef tongue. We grill him for details about his trip to the gaming mecca.

We’re also reading your tweets and messages and talking about our time with Gears of War: Judgment, FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, and Gunslinger Stratos.

After listening to this week’s show, be sure to read how you can join us for our 100th episode of the podcast!

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May 2, 2013

VGH #97: Bodacious and Gnarly

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On this week’s show: the excitement is building but we’ve still got more questions than answers after (repeatedly) watching Rockstar’s new trailers for Grand Theft Auto V. We also break down Nintendo’s odd decision regarding their participation in this year’s E3.

Also this week: Thomas Was Alone, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Suikoden: Tierkreis, The Last Door, Rex Rocket, and our love for all-things Marc Maron.

Boomer lives!

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