Video Game Hangover (general)

D.J. has returned from PAX Prime in Seattle with a cornucopia of new and exciting games to share (as well as a virulent new strain of the PAX pox). We also discuss Deus Ex, Xenoblade Chronicles, fine Canadian comedy and football games that nobody buys.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:40
Hangover: 5:05
PAX Chat: 28:40
Last Call: 65:40
Outro: 70:55

Direct download: VGH_20_-_I_Want_Your_PAX.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

Crossovers! The VGH crew stitch together elements from some of their favorite games into a twisted new batch of franken-games. Developers: are you listening? Plus: D.J. gets bionic, Paul finds a sneaker sleeper, and Randy looks for the fun button.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:00
Hangover: 6:58
Crossovers: 31:50
Last Call: 66:58 
Outro: 74:00 

Direct download: VGH_19_-_The_Line_Piece_Is_for_Noobs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

GET HYPE! As the summer drought comes to an end, the VGH crew looks into the back half of 2011 for that one game (or two, or three) that seems most worthy of our hard-earned burrito money.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:20
Get Hype: 21:20
Last Call: 57:28
Outro: 64:00
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Direct download: VGH_18_-_Attack_on_Your_Wallet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48am EST

A huge enemy is approaching fast! This week, the VGH crew takes on boss battles: Do they still have a place in modern gaming or are they relics of an almost forgotten age? We've also got groovy coasters and secondhand shooters. I hit it with my axe!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:40
Hangover: 4:57
Boss Battles: 24:50
Outro: 66:10
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Direct download: VGH_17_-_A_Giant_Bottle.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am EST

With only 10 minutes on the clock, the VGH team will weigh in on two recent gaming headlines: the demise of the Red Faction series and the big Nintendo 3DS price drop. We've also got Viewer Mail, the Hangover, Last Call, and lightsabers. Time's up!

Episode Timeline:

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail:  1:15
Hangover: 4:35
Death of Red Faction: 21:50
3DS Price Drop: 36:50
Last Call:  51:10
Outro: 60:20
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Direct download: VGH_16_-_A_Hard_Road_to_Hoe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Ding! Achievement unlocked! In this week's show, we discuss the allure of trophies and achievements in video games. Feedback is read, "retractments" are issued, and the Last Call offers some sage advice for managing your backlogs.

Episode Timeline

Intro & Listener Feedback: 1:07
Hangover: 9:45
Achievements & Trophies: 29:45
Last Call: 68:48
Outro: 75:45
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Direct download: VGH_15_Very_Menu_Heavy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Why can't we have nice things? Critics loved some of June's big new releases but gamers were mostly indifferent. In this week's show, the VGH crew weigh in on this disturbing--but not terribly surprising--trend.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:47
Hangover: 3:15 
Great games, poor sales: 28:02
Last Call: 65:00
Outro: 71:00
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Direct download: VGH_14_-_Top_Shelf_Very_Classy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

On this week's show: Gaming in the Digital Age! The crew wax poetic about how evolution in the gaming distribution landscape is a total GAME CHANGER. Guest stars this week include: Vegan Nuclear Bombs, Uncharted 3, Navi and someone named Steve???

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:50
Hangover: 4:15
Gaming in the Digital Age: 35:28 

Direct download: VGH_13_The_Nuclear_Option.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

On this week's show: games! Specifically, the guilty pleasures and bargain-bin treasures that keep us entertained between all of those Big Important Games we play. We've scoured our collections for the titles that we'd categorize as "so bad it's good" or "too cheap to suck" and included our favorites here. We've also got sweat, dude-bros, James Bond and swanky new music by Brother Android. So good it burns!

Episode Timeline:

Intro: 0:56
Hangover:  4:14
Guilty Pleasures: 31:55

Direct download: VGH_12_-_Flong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

We're back and dreaming of a world where a Scrubs-inspired Kinect game is Microsoft's next big triple-A title. It could happen, right? In this episode, we obsess over great movies, TV shows and books that beg to be turned into video games.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:43
Hangover: 3:28
Dream Games Part 1: 25:10
VGCT Sam & Max: 46:35
Dream Games Part 2: 47:22 

Direct download: VGH_11_Cartoon_Animal_Abuse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST