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VGH #84: Subtly Racist Stereotypes

VGH #84: Subtly Racist Stereotypes

This episode, we’re talking all things 90s gaming: shoebox Gameboys and other, more dubiously portable handhelds, gaming urban legends, classic series that need to make a comeback, and others that we probably should have left behind. In the Hangover, we’re getting strange vibes from Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational on the Vita and taking a sneak peak at Klei’s 2D wilderness survival game, Don’t Starve.

Special thanks to listener kube00 for suggesting this week’s topic!

Episode Timeline:
Intro – 0:00
Viewer Mail – 2:10
Hangover – 8:50
Gaming in the 90s – 24:00
Last Call – 56:20
Outro – 60:40

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This Week’s Music:
A Robot Meets the Tree of Life” and “Voltaic Fluctuations” from Chromatic T-Rex, by Ben Prunty.

SpaceVenture – a new adventure game from the creators of Space Quest (funded!)
8-Bit Pocket Camera – Gameboy Camera app for your iPhone!
Pretty Eight Machine – a chiptune cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine, by Inverse Phase
How to upgrade your Nintendo 3DS SD card
32GB SD card for 3DS on Amazon


  1. Erik K.
    Erik K. January 26, 2013

    Great show guys!

    • spaulsandhu
      spaulsandhu January 31, 2013

      Thanks as always!

  2. bkjohns1
    bkjohns1 January 29, 2013

    Nice show; I enjoyed the subject. I was surprised that Doom was not mentioned. That was an iconic game of the 90’s that was even on TV shows. I remember seeing it on the show ER.

    I also got a lot of enjoyment from the Lucas Arts games X-Wing and Tie Fighter for the PC.

    It wasn’t until ’98 that I got a PSone and enjoyed many a JRPG. If there was one company that I would like to see make a comeback, it is SquareSoft, the one before the merger with Enix.

    • spaulsandhu
      spaulsandhu January 31, 2013

      I don’t think any of the crew was really heavy into PC gaming back in the 90s, but yeah Doom was definitely iconic. I know that personally I dabbled in a little bit of PC gaming when I was younger, but I was definitely a console gamer first and foremost.

      • Matt Kernan
        Matt Kernan January 31, 2013

        I was a 90s PC dude. Doom, X-Wing, Alone in the Dark. All that good stuff.

  3. Herman Scott
    Herman Scott January 30, 2013

    It was all about the JRPGs for me in the 90s. Question: Have anyone of you heard or played Final Fantasy : Mystic Quest for SNES?? Only a handful of people i know played this, everybody else has never heard of it.
    Oh and a game i would like to see comeback is Legend of Legaia! Loved the fighting game like battle system in it.

    • spaulsandhu
      spaulsandhu January 31, 2013

      Mystic Quest was the second jrpg I ever played. My first was FF3, and boy oh boy was Mystic Quest a step down from that! I remember liking it, but looking back on it the game, it was pretty lacklustre lol.

    • metaly
      metaly February 1, 2013

      If it wasn’t for Mystic Quest, I wouldn’t have gotten into Final Fantasy! (Or, at least not until much later.) I’d seen Final Fantasy II for rent at Blockbuster many times but was scared away by its menu-filled instruction booklet. Then one day I tried FFMQ at a friend’s house and became a rabid RPG addict overnight. Thanks, Mystic Quest!

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