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 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.

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 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 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 28, 2013

Fuse review: Alien wares

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When Insomniac Games first unveiled Overstrike at E3 2011, its CG trailer showed a lot of potential. The campy humor and exaggerated action seemed decidedly Insomniac-esque and certainly piqued my interest at the time. Over the course of production, its creators took the game in a slightly more mature direction — a decision which was met with some degree of backlash. The end result of this evolution in design, Fuse, is a highly-polished, if somewhat derivative, third-person shooter that takes itself more seriously than Overstrike probably ever did while still retaining some of the trademark charm and humor originally hinted at.

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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 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.

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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