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.

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.

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!

August 1, 2014

CONTEST: Defeat your backlog, win a game!

Backlog Attack 2014

If you’ve been following the show over the last few weeks, you’ll know we’re about halfway through Backlog Attack 2014, our annual attempt to cross some games off our backlog lists before the Fall’s new releases arrive. Last year, we challenged you, the listeners, to get through some backlog games of your own (and maybe even win a cool prize), and we had so much fun we’re doing it again!

Joining in is easy: Just come up with a list of unplayed games you’ve got sitting around, then complete as many as you can before September 1st. The games you pick are completely up to you, but choose wisely! We’ll choose a winner based on who we think accomplished the greatest feat of backloggery—that is, we’ll be more impressed if, say, you platinum all the Souls games than if you earn all the stars in Angry Birds. (Or will we!?)

The backlog champion, once again, will receive an amazing price: 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 hanging 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.

September 9, 2013

Backlog Attack contest: FINAL STAGE

Backlog Attack 2013

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! It’s been a long month of dusting off old backlog games, and it’s been amazing hearing from all of you about the games you’ve been playing (you’ve definitely put our own progress to shame), but it’s time for us to wrap things up and pick a winner in our backlog contest.

If you haven’t been updating your comment on the original post, make sure you leave a reply here with your final tally of completed games. We’ll be looking at these to determine who’s achieved the greatest feat of backloggery. The winner will be contacted sometime later this week.

To everyone who’s participated: It’s been inspiring to watch you get through so many amazing games, and thanks for continuing to listen to Video Game Hangover!

August 9, 2013

CONTEST: Crush your backlog and win!

Backlog Attack!

If you’ve been listening to the show for the last few weeks, you know we’ve been making an effort to finish a pile of our unplayed games before the big Fall rush—starting with Grand Theft Auto V—consumes all our spare gaming time. We know some of you listeners are sitting atop your own piles of shame, though, and we want to encourage you to cross a few off your list and make some room for some of the big titles you’re looking forward to during the rest of the year. It’s a great way to discover some overlooked classics and even feel like you’re being productive while playing video games!

And just in case the sense of accomplishment isn’t enough, we’ll throw in some extra incentive: The listener we decide has made the most impressive backlog progress will win the Fall new release of their choice!* (Because they’ll need something else to play after getting through all those other games, right?) We’ll even send the game to you using Amazon wormhole technology so you can play it on release day.**

To join in, first post a list of the unplayed games you plan to get through between now and September 6th. That gives you four weeks to play, so pick your games wisely—we’ll declare a winner based on who we decide had the biggest accomplishment. (We’ll be more impressed if you 100% the Mass Effect trilogy than if you play a bunch of Wii party games, for example.)

Second, follow us on Twitter and keep listening to the show in case we drop any special instructions for you!

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line on Twitter @vghangover or send us an 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.

May 8, 2013

Join us for our 100th episode! [UPDATED]

It could be you!

Video Game Hangover’s 100th episode is just around the corner. It’s been an incredible ride and a lot of fun getting to this point, but we wouldn’t still be podcasting every week if it wasn’t for you–our listeners! We’ve got big plans for episode 100, but we’re going to need some help from you.

Specifically, one of you.

That’s right: We want to bring you, dear VGH listener, onto episode 100 so you can chat with us about what you’ve been playing in the Hangover, discuss a gaming topic of your choosing, get in a Last Call shout-out, and generally be a part of the mayhem that goes into producing a VGH episode. (Don’t worry, we’ll take care of all the paperwork.)

Are you excited yet? Great! Here’s all you have to do for your chance to sit in the guest host chair:

– Own a computer microphone or headset. It’ll be a short show if you can’t talk to us!
– Be available to record via Skype on either Saturday, June 1st or Sunday, June 2nd.
– Send us a 60-second (or shorter) message, via audioboo.fm/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, May 23rd 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, May 20th, so we have time to listen to them!)

*Since phone calls usually don’t sound great, we’d prefer you leave us a message via Audioboo, but it’s up to you!


Update: We’ve updated the post to answer some common questions. To save you the trouble of reading the post again, here they are:

Q: What day will the recording take place?
A: We’ll record either on Saturday, June 1st or Sunday, June 2nd, depending on when you’re available. We’ll contact you about which day (and what time) you prefer.

Q: How long do I have to send in my recording?
A: To ensure we have enough time to listen to and compare everyone’s recordings, please send yours by the end of the day on Monday, May 20th.

If you have any other questions, leave us a comment below, or hit us up on Twitter @vghangover.

February 24, 2013

Win Runner2 and other BIT.TRIP prizes!

I AM ONLY A MAN

Runner2 is out this week and we’re excited! We’re so excited, in fact, that we’re giving away some BIT.TRIP prizes to get you hyped up for the new game.

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September 24, 2012

Contest: Win LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita!

Win LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita!

LittleBigPlanet is (officially) out for the PlayStation Vita this week, and we want to help you get started creating and playing your own custom levels by giving you a copy!

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May 18, 2012

Contest: Win Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition!

Win Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

Earlier this month, the infamous Minecraft finally arrived on the Xbox 360. In case you’re not one of the millions of people who have experienced it on the PC (or one of the million who helped it shatter sales records on Xbox Live), we want to let you have the chance by giving you a download code for the brand new Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. We’ve only got one copy to give away, though, so pay attention if you want to be punching trees and interfering with sheep from the comfort of your sofa.

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May 3, 2012

Contest: win Awesomenauts!

The awesome folks over at Ronimo Games were nice enough to send along a PSN code for Awesomenauts. Since I actually got the game for free via PlayStation Plus, I thought I’d pass it along to one of our lucky listeners or readers.

Just use the widget below to put yourself in the running for the game (or, if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, just download the game for free and give it a whirl!). Keep your eyes on the blog in the coming days for my written review.

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April 20, 2012

Contest: Win Fez!

We here at VGH aren’t exactly known for our patience. The people behind indie darling Fez were kind enough to send over a code for the game, but Randy and I both had ants in our pants and had already gone ahead and bought the game. Our impatience is your gain! We’re giving away our copy of Fez to one of you lucky folks. Head to the giveaway widget below and get yourself entered to win! We’ll be announcing a winner Tuesday morning, so get to it!

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March 9, 2012

Contest: Win Nexuiz (XBLA)!

THQ was nice enough to send over three codes for the Xbox Live Arcade version of Nexuiz for us to give away to our wonderful listeners and readers. For those not familiar with it, Nexuiz is a fast-paced, online competitive first-person shooter from IllFonic. I had great time with it when I checked it out for review last month. It’s available on XBLA now and is heading to PC and PSN soon.

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February 28, 2012

Contest: Win Shank 2 (XBLA)!

Well, looky what we have here. The wonderful folks over at Klei Entertainment (@Klei) were kind enough to give us three Xbox Live Arcade codes for Shank 2 for us to pass along to you, our dear listeners and readers. If you haven’t heard my thoughts on the game yet from VGH #42, I’ve gone ahead and embedded a video version below. How convenient is that?!?

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February 20, 2012

Contest: Win a Warp figurine!

You know what time it is? Yup, it’s time to attempt to win something rad while also helping us to shamelessly promote VGH! Two birds, one stone.

The fine folks over at Trapdoor, Inc. were nice enough to send us two figurines of the character ‘Zero’ from their new downloadable game, Warp. The packaging indicates that only 1,000 of these little bad boys were made, so it’s really pretty special. Check it out! (first photo, credit: @Syruponbutter on Twitter.)

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January 19, 2012

Contest: win Zack Zero! UPDATE: Round 2!

The new action-platformer nobody’s ever heard of, Zack Zero, just hit the Playstation Store this week. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy for review and came away pleasantly surprised with it. If you haven’t had a chance to read the review, go ahead and check it out (or if reading words sounds like too much work, go watch the video review).

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December 24, 2011

The Great VGH Holiday Giveaways!

In honor of the holidays and as a huge THANK YOU to all of you, we’re going to be giving away a handful of download codes for various games over the next few days. Without our wonderful listeners and readers, giving us feedback and sharing VGH with their friends, we wouldn’t have had such a fantastic first year. We’ve got something from PSN, something from XBLA, something from WiiWare, and something from Steam, so there should be a little something for everyone.

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November 10, 2011

Contest: win Sideway: New York!

In case you missed it, we just posted our review of Sideway: New York this week. I really liked the game, giving it a 4 out of 5, so I thought I’d share the love. VGH is giving away a PSN download code for the game to one lucky winner. There are multiple ways to enter, so read on for instructions on how to enter.

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