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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does it offend you? On this week’s show, we’re talking about one gamer’s objection to the religious themes in Bioshock Infinite and our own sensitivities to games that push the envelope. We’ve also got talk of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, SimCity 2.0, and more.
We close out this week’s show with a spoiler-filled discussion about the Bioshock Infinite endgame. If you haven’t finished the game yet and intend to, be sure to press stop when you hear our warning!
On this week’s show, we’re talking about the closing of LucasArts and reflecting on the best stuff from their massive catalog of games, including our hopes for the future of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Grim Fandango. We’ve also got talk of Guacamelee, the new Dishonored DLC, Quakecon excitement, early multiplayer memories and more.
Time to pull the plug on online multiplayer? Responding to claims that multiplayer is lagging out, we discuss ways to potentially save it (and whether it deserves saving at all). In the Hangover, everyone’s hooked on Bioshock Infinite.
The often cantankerous relationship between gamers, publishers, and the press is in the spotlight this week. We’ve also got thoughts on Tomb Raider (not Dude Raider) and we’re diving deeper into Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
We’ve got a little something extra for your ears this week: Randy joins forces with some fellow gaming podcasters—Jordan from Boom Headshot, Joe from Geeks With Wives, and Dan from the First World Podcast—to discuss their love/hate relationships with achievements and trophies. They also weigh in on recent releases like Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, God of War: Ascension, Dead Space 3, and Runner 2.
This week’s show is all about the games! Paul and D.J. weigh in on their latest obsession, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Randy is just back from PAX East with impressions of Saints Row IV, Watch_Dogs, Transistor, Guacamelee and more.
If loving jetpacks and starship dress-up is wrong, we don’t want to be right! This week, we share all the “wrong” reasons we play games. In the Hangover, Randy 100-percents Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on the 3DS, Paul finds a satisfying sendoff in Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC, and D.J. promises Battlefield 3: End Game will be the last mention of battles and fields… at least until BF4. Also, we’ve got your favorite classic rhythm games in Viewer Mail!
We’re joined by Yuri (AKA Dubindoh) from Capcom to talk everything Monster Hunter–from reasons to get excited for the new Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, to the best tips for series newcomers looking to experience their first hunt.
As we covered in Episode 90, Rock Band may be over, but the massive music libraries we’ve built over the last six years are here to stay. I thought I’d share a list of my favorite songs to play–which was actually turned out to be quite difficult since my original PS3 died late last year and I still haven’t gotten around to redownloading all my songs onto the new one. But anyway, these are some of my personal picks for whenever I feel like picking up that plastic guitar.