July 1, 2015

Summer Backlog Attack 2015

September 5, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 10

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 10

We made it! Backlog 2014 is complete and is our most successful ever, with 11 out of 18 games eventually getting crossed off our lists. As for those pesky remainders, I plan to get into Sleeping Dogs soon (maybe around when the Definitive Edition hits), Randy will seek out new rereleases of A Link to the Past to try, and Paul has vowed to play XCOM for the rest of his gaming life so he never actually has to play The Last of Us.

Listen to our closing thoughts, plus find out the winner of our community backlog contest on this week’s episode, VGH #160: Bug Stick.

Our backlogging will continue until next summer, though! You can still follow us on the Backloggery here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 29, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 9

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 9

The board is finally free of Halo and Alan Wake! We made some serious progress in the next-to-last week of backlog attacking—get the full update (including a discussion of Alan Wake‘s ending) on this week’s show: VGH #159: Bomb the Moon!

If you’re competing in our Backlog Attack contest, there are just a few days left before September 1st to cross games off your list! We’ll announce 2014’s backlog champion on next week’s show!

Track our last week of backlog progress on our Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 22, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 8

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 8

Alan Wake and Guardian Heroes complete! Guardian Heroes was short and deserves a little more time, so I’ll be splitting my time between replaying that and getting through Halo 4 as we enter the last two weeks of the Backlog Attack.

Are you competing in our Backlog Attack contest? Post your progress updates in the comments below, and make sure to listen to this week’s episode, VGH #158: The Magician Randy, for the weekly backlog challenge!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

And don’t forget, we’re playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate tonight!

August 15, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 7

Backlog Attack Week 7

WE’RE STILL PLAYING ALAN WAKE. And we’re loving it, but please make us stop walking through the forest at night. Meanwhile, Randy continues to play A Link to the Past, but has also started into writer/director/executive producer/writer-director Suda51’s Killer Is Dead, which we’re led to believe is a video game. Get the full rundown (or at least a lengthier attempt at explanation) on this week’s show, VGH #157: The Ambiguity Continues.

Are you competing in our Backlog Attack contest? Post your progress updates in the comments below, plus add a link to (or tweet us) your backlog challenge photos!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 8, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 6

Backlog Attack, Week 6

Surprise! It’s the same image from last week. But, this time, I’ve actually started Alan Wake, and Randy’s made some real progress into Zelda and collected a few of those pendants or whatever magical things they’ve lost this time. Hopefully, Paul and I will have a few more episodes of Alan Wake to discuss next time. Get the full progress update for this week on our latest episode.

Also, if you haven’t already entered the Backlog Attack contest, now’s the time! Get your list of backlog games posted so we can track your progress and declare you the winner at the end of the month! You’ll win the new release game of your choice!

If you have already entered, tune into next week’s episode for the first backlog bonus challenge! In the meantime, why not create yourself an account at The Backloggery to make keeping tabs on your games even easier? You can follow our own Backloggery pages here:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

August 1, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 5

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 5

Two more games complete! I ended Halo: Reach on a high note, and Paul finished Assassin’s Creed IV. (It was OK.) Meanwhile, Randy switched Zelda platforms again. Get the full backlog update in this week’s episode.

Working through a backlog pile of your own? Enter our backlog contest and you could win a new game of your choice!

July 25, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack, Week 4

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 4

Surprise! It’s the same as last week. I’m still playing Halo: Reach or whatever it’s called, Paul is getting more into Assassin’s Creed IV, and Randy’s actually started playing a second copy of Zelda: A Link to the Past. But why?? Listen to our full backlog progress on episode #154: Ben Franklin’s Almanac to find out.

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 23, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack 2014, Week 3

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 3

Just a quick update—I’m still playing through Halo: Reach, Paul continues his life of piracy in Ass Creed IV, and Randy’s doubled down by starting both FTL and A Link to the Past. Get our full impressions on last week’s show, with more to come this Thursday!

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 11, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack 2014, Week 2

Backlog Attack 2014, Week 2

A week later and we’ve already knocked three games out of our backlogs! Paul completed Shadowrun: Dragonfall and the wonderful To the Moon, Randy scrounged through his backpack in ZombiU, and I lasered a bunch of brutes alongside Nathan Fillion in Halo 3: ODST. ODST was a lot of fun but a bit short, so I’m planning on jumping right back in with Halo: Reach this weekend (assuming I’m not too distracted by the new Final Fantasy XIV patch).

You can get our detailed reactions to each game on this week’s show, or catch the entire kickoff episode: VGH #151: #SaveVGH.

You can track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

July 7, 2014

Summer Backlog Attack 2014, Week 1

Backlog Attack 2014 Week 1

It’s time for the third annual Summer Backlog Attack, and that means I get to trot out the big board again. We’ve got a pretty odd list of games in our sights this year—there’s some Halo, some survival horror, some more Halo, and… Nintendo games? How weird.

Stay tuned to the show coming up this Thursday to hear how we did in our first week. And if you’ve got some backlog games of your own, you’ll want to hang onto them for later this summer when we open up the Backlog Attack to our listeners.

If you missed the kickoff show, take a listen to VGH #151: #SaveVGH for the Great Deciding.

You can also track our progress on our Backloggery pages and follow us there if you have your own account:

Randy’s Backloggery
D.J.’s Backloggery
Paul’s Backloggery

September 25, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 10

Summer Backlog Attack 2013

Now that the dust has settled, how did we do in this year’s Backlog Attack?

Randy successfully braved a trio of Metacritic’s most hated games (plus Resident Evil), and even ended up liking a couple! He’s still pretty certain that no one should play The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, though.

I got through a handful of Steam and console classics before running into some mouse trouble playing Metro 2033 and calling it quits on a technicality. Yes, I’m blaming the controller, but I plan to get right back to shooting Russian mutants once my new mouse arrives. (In the meantime, Final Fantasy XIV is perfectly playable with a controller.)

Lastly, Paul played a lot of Animal Crossing and Project X Zone, neither of which were on his list. But, at least he finally played Spec Ops: The Line! Let’s give him partial credit.

For our full Backlog Attack postmortem, check out episode 114.

September 14, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 9

Summer Backlog Attack

Here’s our last backlog update before GTA5 comes out and we post our final results next week! If you listened to this week’s episode, you already know I threw in the towel on Jet Set Radio in the hopes of getting to one last game on the list. I may go back and try to complete it at some point, but at this point I’m more curious about Jet Set Radio Future on the Xbox and seeing if it’s at all improved over the original. (It’s also worth noting that I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop this week, so I at least took that away from it.)

We also wrapped up the Backlog Attack contest! Definitely tune into next week’s episode if you were one of our dedicated backlogonauts. We’ll be announcing the grand prize winner… along with some other things.

September 6, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 8

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 8

Just two weeks left in the Backlog Attack! I was busy running around the Seattle convention center, but I still managed to get in a little bit of Jet Set Radio, and back in real life, Randy started co-opping through Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. Meanwhile… Paul…?!??

We’re really coming down to the wire, which has me looking ahead at the games remaining on my list and wondering how I can possibly fit them all in before Grand Theft Auto V drops in a few short weeks. It’s going to be close!

Remember, if you’re in our Backlog Attack contest, this is your last weekend to finish off your games! On Monday, we’ll have a final contest post and ask you to check in before we pick a winner. Look for more details then!

August 30, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 7

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 7

Three weeks left to go in our backlog challenge! Randy and I have gotten sidetracked a bit with Splinter Cell Blacklist, but we’re making good progress (or at least Randy is), so we’re giving ourselves a week off. Smart move??

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August 23, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 6

Summer Backlog Attack Week 6

We’re officially past the halfway point! How are we doing?

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August 16, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack: Week 5

Summer Backlog Attack Week 5

We made more backlog progress this week: I started up Suda51/Shinji Mikami/Akira Yamaoka’s Shadows of the Damned and Paul ventured into the oft-overlookd Spec Ops: The Line. Also, Randy’s moved on from Mindjack to Resident Evil: Revelations. How long will he be able to put up with the controls without the help of the 3DS boat!? Tune in next week to find out.

We featured a few of your backlog lists on this week’s show. Specifically, you should take a look at DontJudgeMyADD’s Backlog Attack microblog, which he’s keeping updated constantly. You can also follow Jeb Adams on the Backloggery. If you’re in the running, make sure you listen to this week’s show for the weekly challenge!

August 12, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack 2013: Week 4

Summer Backlog Attack 2013: Week 4

Just a quick update: We made some real progress last week. I finished Analogue: A Hate Story and Randy decided he’d had enough of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct and is having a better time with Mindjack. Meanwhile, Paul continues his unconventional approach of buying a whole new game. Hear more about it on last week’s show!

We’ve already gotten a lot of ambitious entries into the contest-ified version of the Backlog Attack. Join the VGH community in clearing some games off your list this month and you might even walk away with a brand new one. Get more details in the contest post here!

August 5, 2013

Summer Backlog Attack 2013

Summer Backlog Attack 2013: Week 3

Even though we’re already three weeks into the Summer Backlog Attack, it just didn’t feel official without the big board. So here it is! As you can see, we’re off to an ominous start with only one out of 17 games complete so far, but look for a week four update on this week’s show.

Also coming up this week, we’ll have a special announcement for any listeners who have backlogs of their own. If you’ve got a pile of unplayed games you’ve been sitting on and some time to kill this summer, you’ll definitely want to tune in!

If this whole “backlog” thing is confusing to you, just listen to the kick-off in episode 105 for an explanation.

August 8, 2012

Summer Backlog Attack 2012, Week 6

Summer Backlog Attack 2012, Week 6

Confession: We straight up forgot to check in with our backlog progress last episode. We’re really embarrassed! Almost as embarrassed as we are to admit that last week was the slowest backlog week in six weeks running. I lost some of the momentum coming off Mega Man and was lured away by Modern Warfare 3. Paul still hates first-person shooters. And Randy… we heard he was too busy tracking down his new laptop, bounty-hunter style.

Has the crew hit bottom? I don’t want to give anything away, but tune in to this week’s episode for some shocking revelations in the most inflammatory installment of Backlog Attack yet!