It’s been an auspicious year for fighting games–can you imagine the reaction just a few years ago if someone predicted that in one year, we’d see new iterations of nearly every major fighting franchise? That’s exactly what happened in 2012, and I’ve got to give credit to the latest in my favorite fighting series: Soulcalibur. Despite some skepticism over new gameplay mechanics and a dramatically different character roster, SCV emerged as one of the series’ strongest entries and even appeared to gain back some respect from the arcade circuit. Best of all: No Star Wars characters in sight.
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!
On this week’s show, 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.
A big thanks to Geoff for his time and his excellent insight into the gaming industry!
Are you ready for the 2012 apocalypse? We’ve got a list of the games you should play, plus a few suggestions for every gamer’s bucket list that will ensure you’ve lived a rich and fulfilled life, even away from your consoles. (OK, maybe not too far away.) In the Hangover, we’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation on the Vita, Adventure Time on the 3DS, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and a little more Nintendo Land. And, as always, you answer our questions (and this week, we answer yours!) in Viewer Mail.
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.
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.
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!
During the GTA5 discussion, we mentioned that we’d be even more excited if Rockstar would just release a new trailer. So they did! Watch it here.
In case you missed our Twitter announcement yesterday (you’re following us on Twitter, right?), we won’t be publishing an episode this week due to some problems we ran into during recording. Randy may have survived Hurricane Sandy, but it’s taken a special level of coaxing to get Paul’s Internet to cooperate lately and this week it just wasn’t having it. It should be fixed soon, though, so we’ll be back on the air next Thursday.
In the meantime, what are you guys playing this weekend? I’m hoping to put a few more hours into either Virtue’s Last Reward (it’s really good) or Assassin’s Creed III (it’s really… something). Also, Rockstar just dropped a ton of new Grand Theft Auto V info, including the revelation the game will have three protagonists. Does that make you three times as excited for the game’s release this Spring? Let us know in the comments!
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.
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!
Besides pretty graphics, what do you want from next gen games? On this week’s show, we’re hoping for evolution beyond 1080p. We’ve also got talk of the Wii U, and reviews of Double Dragon Neon, Darksiders II and Demons’ Score.