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VGH #43: The Internet Was Upset

VGH #43: The Internet Was Upset

Would Uncharted be just as fun as a kart racer? New series reboots of Syndicate, XCOM and Kid Icarus bear little (if any) resemblance to the classic games that they’re based on. Naturally, purists and fanboys around the ‘net have mixed feelings on the matter. On this week’s show, we offer up our 2 cents and talk about how important genre classification is to our favorite games.

In the Hangover: Randy declares which game stands out as his favorite in the huge PS Vita launch line-up, Paul plays a game that isn’t really a game, and D.J.’s love affair with SoulCalibur V continues unchecked.

In Last Call: delicious baked goods, classic sitcoms reconsidered, and amusing (but ultimately heartwarming) nonsense from Twitter.

Somewhere in all of this, Phoenix Wright makes his first appearance in our Video Game Community Theatre segment. We hope you don’t object.

Episode Timeline:
Intro: 0:00
Warp Contest Winners: 1:55
Hangover: 3:35
VGCT Ace Attorney: 24:20
Genre Talk: 27:06
Last Call: 72:15
Outro: 79:10


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This Week’s Music:
Caught Red Handed and Yummy from the Mighty Switch Force soundtrack, composed by Jake Kaufman.

Live in Texas? Legally, you can start an at-home bakery!
Taito’s most profound tweet ever.
The A.V. Club looks back on Scrubs.
Video review of Final Lap Twin.

Our favorite Gary Oldman movies:
– Randy: Romeo is Bleeding
– Paul: The Fifth Element Paul’s note: I hate this movie, but fell in love with Oldman as an actor for his portrayal of  Zorg.
– D.J.: Leon, The Professional
– Matt: True Romance


  1. Matt Kernan
    Matt Kernan March 1, 2012

    Regarding Randy’s game suggestion: there are parts of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations that are somewhat akin to what he described. There’s only five of them and they’re named ‘Desmond’s Journey’. They aren’t really puzzles where you’re fitting pieces together like Tetris, but you do sort of materialize blocks of 2 or 3 different shapes and use them to traverse the environments, while also learning more about Desmond’s past. Kind of somewhere in between Portal and what Randy was describing. Here’s an example:

    (mild spoilers; this is only the first of five, so it’s not TOO spoilery)

  2. Matt Kernan
    Matt Kernan March 1, 2012

    Hey Paul – speaking of in-home bakeries, there’s a coffee company in Denton which, if I understand, is just some guy or couple who roast coffee at their own house (or at least somewhere nearby). Their coffee is served at Denton Square Donuts too; it’s really good.

  3. Herman Scott
    Herman Scott March 2, 2012

    HEY GUYS!!! I listen to you’re podcast religiously now thanks to a certain person who introduced me to you guys (not gonna say any names *Ellie Snow* LOL) ANYWAY!!! I agree with paul (i think it was him, if not sorry) about when he said “I give game makers a chance to F-up a reboot before i get pissed”. I do that as well. Remember Zelda wind waker for Gamecube? Lots of WTFs when they seen those cel-shaded graphics, years later its one of the best zelda games ever (in my opinion……i don’t know where you guys stand with it lol). Also a question, are any of you guys devil may cry fans? If so, what do you think about the ninja theory’s Devil May Cry reboot? 

    • metaly
      metaly March 2, 2012

      I love Wind Waker! I was similarly skeptical when they first showed the cel shaded graphics, but it quickly became one of my favorites. I forget where Paul stands but I know it’s on Randy’s list, too.

      I’ve never been a Devil May Cry fan, but (maybe because of that) I’m very interested in the reboot, especially knowing that it’s coming from Ninja Theory. I liked Heavenly Sword and Enslaved quite a bit.

      Glad you’re enjoying the show!

    • spaulsandhu
      spaulsandhu March 3, 2012

      Hey thanks for the kind words!

      And it is indeed my philosophy to allow developers a chance to screw up a project before I harp on them.

      I’m kind of burned out on Zelda games, but Wind Waker specifically just didn’t click with me on a gameplay level at all. I did however ADORE the art direction and thought it was a brilliant move.

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