March 7, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Aliens: Colonial Marines, BIT.TRIP, BIT.TRIP Runner, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate, Guitar Hero, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Rock Band, Runner2, The Last Remnant

February 28, 2013


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.

Things Discussed: Crysis 3, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, PlayStation 4

February 21, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Alpha Protocol, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, PlayStation Vita, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

February 14, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance

February 7, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Fire Emblem: Awakening, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, The Cave

January 31, 2013

#85: Which Claw Is Right for You?

It's dangerous to go alone, so why not take some friends? We talk 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.

Things Discussed: Dead Space 3, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

January 24, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Don't Starve, Final Fantasy, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Medievil, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Quest, Street Fighter II, Tomb Raider

January 17, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Bioshock Infinite, Crimson Shroud, Dead Space 3, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Grand Theft Auto V, Guild02, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Remember Me, Runner2, SimCity, Splinter Cell Blacklist, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider

January 10, 2013

#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.

Things Discussed: Best of 2012, Borderlands 2, Crimson Shroud, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, FTL: Faster than Light, Journey, Mark of the Ninja, Mass Effect 3, Quantum Conundrum, Quarrel, Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm Heaven Fever, Sleeping Dogs, Soulcalibur V, Spec Ops: The Line, The Walking Dead, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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!

Things Discussed: The Walking Dead

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.

Things Discussed: Far Cry 3

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.

Things Discussed: arcade, DJMAX Technika Tune, Playland Japan, Rhythm Heaven

December 20, 2012

#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!

Things Discussed: Tetris, Wii Fit

December 13, 2012

VGH Interview: EEDAR's Geoff Zatkin

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.

Things Discussed: EEDAR, Everquest, interview, Metacritic, Nintendo

December 6, 2012

#80: No Corndogs in Heaven

Have plans for the 2012 apocalypse? We tell you what to play (and what else should be on every gamer's bucket list) while there's still time. Also, Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation, Adventure Time, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and more Wii U!

Things Discussed: Adventure Time, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Bravely Default, game music, Nintendo Land, The Walking Dead, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Wii U

November 29, 2012

#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.

Things Discussed: Devil May Cry, FTL: Faster than Light, Nintendo Land, The Walking Dead, Wii U

November 21, 2012

#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.

Things Discussed: Airmech, FTL: Faster than Light, Paper Mario Sticker Star, Star Wars: The Old Republic

November 15, 2012

#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!

Things Discussed: Assassin's Creed III, Grand Theft Auto V, Halo 4, Virtue's Last Reward

November 1, 2012

#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.

Things Discussed: Borderlands 2, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, Hotline Miami, Star Trek Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Unfinished Swan, World of WarCraft

October 25, 2012

#75: Smiling Happy Clouds

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!

Things Discussed: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Dead Space 3, Dishonored, Resident Evil 6, Sunflowers, Symphonica