Video Game Hangover (general)

On this week's show: D.J. and Paul interview Yuri "Dubindoh" Araujo, Capcom's Online Community Specialist. Topics range from Monster Hunter to... well, even more Monster Hunter!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Interview with Yuri: 2:19
Outro: 38:10

Direct download: VGH_Interview_-_Monster_Hunter_3_Ultimate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:06am PDT

Does the end of Rock Band DLC mean the death of rhythm games? We look back on the life of the game that put plastic instruments in everyone's living room and talk about why the genre isn't dead yet. Also, Runner2, Castlevania, and Ni no Kuni.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:52
Hangover: 8:20
Rhythm Games: 34:28
Last Call: 57:10
Outro: 62:55
 

Direct download: VGH_90_-_Done_like_Dinner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07am PDT

VGH Bonus Round! Randy joins forces with folks from the Boom Headshot and Geeks With Wives podcasts to discuss Sony's recent announcement of the PlayStation 4. Wonder host power combine! Form of... a podcast!

Direct download: VGH_Bonus_Round_-_Epic_Crossover_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm PDT

Sony's revealed the PlayStation 4 and we're filled with excitement... or at least we think that's what that is. Also, we pass judgement on Crysis 3, enjoy cutting everything in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and try to play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:55
Hangover: 5:55
PS4 Chat: 31:10
Outro: 61:55 

Direct download: VGH_89_-_MAXIMUM_SADNESS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26am PDT

On this week's show we're either celebrating the PlayStation Vita's one-year anniversary or delivering its eulogy. You be the judge. Also: Fire Emblem frustration, Monster Hunter anticipation, and Ghost Recon cooperation.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:20
Hangover: 10:10
Vita Chat: 31:43
Outro: 63:42 

Direct download: VGH_88_-_The_Alpha_Protocol_of_Handhelds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25am PDT

What makes a good gaming protagonist? We look at some good and bad examples, plus the importance of a character's backstory amd gender. Also: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and yet more Dead Space 3

Episode Timeline

Intro - 0:00 
Viewer Mail - 2:30
Hangover - 11:40
Gaming Protagonists - 35:46
Last Call - 58:42
Outro - 1:02:58 

Direct download: VGH_87_-_Individual_Co-op.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25am PDT

Yo Dawg, we herd you like games so we put stuff from your favorite game into another game: We're talking how to do spin-offs well! Also, Randy and D.J. brave Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Matt ventures into The Cave.

Episode Timelime

Intro - 0:00
Viewer Mail - 2:30
Hangover - 11:40
Spin-offs - 35:46
Last Call - 58:42
Outro - 62:58
 

Direct download: VGH_86_-_Yo_Dawg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am PDT

On this week's show: it's dangerous to go alone! Zelda's getting co-op and we're talking about other games that made big, scary changes. We also get our hands on the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 and Sly Cooper 4.

Episode Timeline

Intro - 0:00
Viewer Mail - 2:10
Hangover - 8:50
Big Changes - 24:00
Last Call - 56:20
Outro - 60:40 

Direct download: VGH_85_-_Which_Claw_Is_Right_for_You.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

We're talking all things 90s gaming: shoebox Gameboys, urban legends, series that need to make a comeback, and others we probably should have left behind. In the Hangover, we're playing Hot Shots Golf on the Vita and have a sneak peak at Don't Starve.

Episode Timeline

Intro - 0:00
Viewer Mail - 2:10
Hangover - 8:50
90s Gaming - 24:00
Last Call - 56:20
Outro - 60:40 

 

Direct download: VGH_84_-_Subtly_Racist_Stereotypes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41am PDT

We're setting high expectations for 2013 with our year's most wanted lists. Will this be the year we finally get Animal Crossing 3DS? Also, we get an early look at the Dead Space 3 demo, play some Crimson Shroud, and make surprising new year's promises.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:24
Hangover: 4:55
Hype 2013: 24:10
Last Call: 56:14
Outro: 59:45 

Direct download: VGH_83_-_Experimentational.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

And the winner of 2012 Game of the Year goes to...

Episode Timeline

0:00:00 - Intro
0:02:10 - Viewer Mail
0:04:50 - Best of 2012
1:10:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_82_-_Eat_a_Pork_Bun.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37am PDT

In our last Mini Hangover of Season 2, we have a spoiler filled chat about Telltale's The Walking Dead! Spoiler alert!

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_The_Walking_Dead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

Good news everyone! Paul and Matt decide to wax poetic about Far Cry 3, one of the best games of 2012. Wub wub wub.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Far Cry 3: LOL rest of show. 

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_Far_Cry_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm PDT

Another arcade in San Francisco? D.J. gives a tour of the crazy Japanese games on display at Playland Japan and then talks about his current Vita--yes, Vita--obsession: DJMAX Technika Tune.

Direct download: Mini_Hangover__Playland_Japan_-_DJMAX_Technika_Tune.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am PDT

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.

Episode Timeline

Drunken Podcasting: 0:00
More Drunken Podcasting: 85:00 

Direct download: VGH_81_-_Dediquation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13am PDT

We interview Geoff Zatkin, president and co-founder of EEDAR. He shares surprising gaming trends, stories from his days developing EverQuest, what game reviewers are getting right, and why you should never bet against Nintendo.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
EEDAR's Geoff Zatkin: 3:05
Outro: 68:20 

Direct download: VGH_Interview_-_EEDARs_Geoff_Zatkin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

VGH #80: No Corndogs in Heaven

Have plans for the 2012 apocalypse? We tell you what to play (and what else should be on every gamer's bucket list) while there's still time. Also, Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation, Adventure Time, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and more Wii U!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:00
Hangover: 10:35
2012 Gaming Apocalypse: 42:28
Last Call: 66:28
Outro: 75:10 

Direct download: VGH_80_-_No_Corndogs_in_Heaven.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39am PDT

We humbly present the VGH Holiday Gift Guide (with apologies to the non-creepy mall Santas out there). No one will judge you if you keep the best stuff for yourself. Also: more on FTL and Walking Dead, the new Devil May Cry, and Nintendo's new thing.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:35
Hangover: 6:42
VGH Gift Guide: 40:50
Last Call: 76:57
Outro: 83:35 

Direct download: VGH_79_-_Nintendo_Hard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31am PDT

Black Friday is right around the corner so we're dedicating this week's show to a conversation about the shopping habits of gamers. We've also got talk of FTL, the new Paper Mario, Airmech, Wreck-It-Ralph, and free-to-play Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:18
Hangover: 8:50
Gaming Values: 36:50
Last Call: 59:10
Outro: 66:52 

Direct download: VGH_78_-_Forking_Paths.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32am PDT

Assassin's Creed III controversy, GTA5 revelations, Halo 4, and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, all spoiler-free for your protection! We've also got Viewer Mail with your World of Warcraft woes and biggest gaming addictions.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:05
Virtue's Last Reward: 13:40
Halo 4: 23:00
Assassin's Creed 3: 49:40
Last Call: 69:30
Outro: 76:04 

 

Direct download: VGH_77_-_Badass_Mech.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

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.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:15
Hangover: 7:45
MMO Chat: 30:10
Last Call: 64:45
Outro: 71:38 

Direct download: VGH_76_-_Treat_Yo_Self.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Can Resident Evil still be scary? We discuss what long-running horror series can do to frighten us again. Also, more Dishonored, Symphonica, SunFlowers, our last gaming debate, and your Viewer Mail!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:15
Hangover:  9:35
Scary Games: 33:00
Game Debate #3: 57:38
Last Call: 66:38
Outro: 73:49 

Direct download: VGH_75_-_Smiling_Happy_Clouds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm PDT

How can we improve movie tie-in games? We discuss whether GoldenEye is destined to be the best we can do. Also: XCOM, Dishonored and a little more Borderlands 2!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:29
Hangover: 7:30
Movie Tie-ins: 36:15
Last Call: 66:17
Outro: 72:16 

Direct download: VGH_74_-_Rise_from_Your_Grave.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25am PDT

Are you proud to call yourself a gamer? This week, we're talking about how Nintendo and the Maine GOP both seem to think it's something to be ashamed of. We'll also revisit The Great Gaming Debate and weigh in on Tokyo Jungle and Inversion.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:45
Hangover: 8:58
Gamer Pride: 33:50
Debate #2: 57:28
Last Call: 67:18
Outro: 72:15 

Direct download: VGH_73_-_No_Nolan_North_No.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm PDT

We had planned to do a show inspired by this week's Presidential Debate, but we ended up talking about how much we love Borderlands 2 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown for an hour instead. Hope you don't mind.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail:  5:00
Hangover: 15:40
Game Debate #1: 50:00
Last Call: 61:00
Outro: 66:32 

Direct download: VGH_72_-_Rebuttaled.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32am PDT

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 awesome new theme music, talk of the Wii U, and reviews for Double Dragon Neon, Darksiders II, and Demons' Score!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:30
Hangover: 7:45
Next Gen Games: 33:25
Last Call: 61:10
Outro: 68:12 

Direct download: VGH_71_-_The_Foxiest_of_the_Hounds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

Borderlands 2 is out and the summer drought is over! This week, we're talking about the highs and lows of gaming in 2012 and this fall's most anticipated releases. Also: LittleBigPlanet Vita, Joe Danger 2, BF3: Armored Kill and GIANT ROBOTS.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:34
Hangover: 8:20
2012 Progress Report: 31:50
Last Call: 64:30
Outro: 71:40 

Direct download: VGH_70_-_Mostly_Tanks_Occasionally_Airplanes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52am PDT

We pitch our own amazing sandbox games after being inspired by the bar-raising Sleeping Dogs. We also talk about Mark of the Ninja, Super Hexagon, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Steam's Big Picture mode.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 3:33
Sandbox Games: 32:18
Last Call: 68:50
Outro: 78:20 

Direct download: VGH_69_-_A_Moose_and_a_Beaver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08am PDT

Couldn't make the trek to Seattle? If Randy can somehow survive the intro, we might have the lowdown on all the cool stuff that D.J. saw at PAX Prime 2012. We've also got reviews of Sleeping Dogs and the newest Walking Dead episode.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
PAX Part 1: 6:40
Hangover - Sleeping Dogs: 28:45
PAX Part 2: 44:02
Hangover - Walking Dead, Episode 3: 57:35
PAX Part 3: 64:23
Last Call: 78:30 
Outro: 84:20

Direct download: VGH_68_-_Big_Fist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18am PDT

Getting old sucks. This week, we're talking about our evolving tastes and the gaming concepts that just don't do it for us anymore. Also: pre-PAX anticipation, Viewer Mail, Dungeon Defenders, Spec Ops: The Line, and more on Mario and The Last Story.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:48
Hangover: 11:49
Changing Tastes: 41:20
Last Call: 61:09
Outro: 68:44 

Direct download: VGH_67_-_A_Japanese_Hamburger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09am PDT

Can games be fun without the threat of death? On this week's show, we're talking about death and consequences in gaming. We also got a coffin-load of your Viewer Mail and we weigh in on the New Mario, Sound Shapes, Papo and Yo, and The Last Story.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:20
Hangover: 12:18
Death and Consequences: 44:08
Last Call: 79:40
Outro: 86:05 

Direct download: VGH_66_-_All_Chaps_Are_Assless.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

NASA's Curiosity rover is the coolest thing to happen on Mars since the rise of the Red Faction. This week, we're talking about games in space. We've also got Viewer Mail, thoughts on Deadlight and Limbo, and we pick sides in the EA vs Zynga dust-up.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:05
Hangover: 7:30
Space Games: 41:35
Last Call: 63:50
Outro: 69:30 

Direct download: VGH_65_-_Space_Madness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

Sure, Michael Phelps can swim... but how is he at Tekken 3? With apologies to all of the real Olympians out there, we humbly present our own Gold Medal Moments in Gaming. Also: MW3, AssCreedRev, Puddle, and lots of fighting games. Go for the gold!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:53
Hangover: 10:50
Gold Medal Moments: 32:15
Last Call: 58:18
Outro: 63:19 

Direct download: VGH_64_-_Moves_like_Toothpaste.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

What Summer lull? This week, we're talking about the crazy new Ouya console and the Diablo III endgame controversy. We also recast the upcoming Superman movie and report on our time with Tribes: Ascend, Quantum Conundrum, and Mighty Switch Force.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:43
Ouya: 31:50
Diablo III: 49:25
Last Call: 62:00
Outro: 70:00 

Direct download: VGH_63_-_Take_His_Face-Off.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

On this week's show, we try really hard to connect our love for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movies with a conversation about video game culture. We've also got talk of Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Lego Batman and the salvation of G4TV.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:25
Hangover: 14:35
The Nolaning: 30:05
Last Call: 67:05 
Outro: 72:45 

Direct download: VGH_62_-_Millionaire_Ninja.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54am PDT

Sony's purchase of a cloud-gaming company has us wondering about the future of shiny plastic discs. Also: THQ's near-cancellation of The Devil's Third gets us talking about some potentially good games that never saw the light of day.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:50
Hangover: 6:50
Sony/Gaikai: 28:05
Cancelled Games: 42:30
Last Call: 60:40
Outro: 69:35 

Direct download: VGH_61_-_Man_in_a_Vent_Shaft.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm PDT

We're getting all hot and bothered this week, and not just because it's 103 degrees outside. The release of Lollipop Chainsaw prompts a decidedly PG13 conversation about sex and games. We also talk Bioshock, Psychonauts, and the new Mass Effect 3 endings.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:12
Hangover/Backlog Update: 7:25
Sexy Game Chat: 33:00
Last Call: 60:55
Outro: 70:30 


 

Direct download: VGH_60_-_What_a_Downer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04am PDT

We start our Summer Backlog Attack this week to avoid the summer gaming lull... but with this many games, is there ever really a lull? We've also got a second opinion on Gravity Rush, more Mario Tennis Open, Enslaved, your Viewer Mail and Last Call!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:55
Hangover: 10:15
Backlog Battle: 33:08
Last Call: 59:30
Outro: 69:13 

Direct download: VGH_59_-_The_Burning_of_the_Everything.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm PDT

We state our demands for the next console generation while Microsoft tries to keep its next Xbox under wraps. In the Hangover, Paul experiences a summer lull, D.J. blings out his Battlefield 3 experience, and Matt is head over heels for Gravity Rush.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:45
Hangover: 10:35
Next Gen Consoles: 34:11
Last Call: 62:08
Outro: 69:35 

Direct download: VGH_58_-_Victory_Crouching.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:56am PDT

It's our last E3 show! Really, we promise. This week, we take aim at one of the big themes to come out of the Expo: over-the-top video game violence. We've also got talk of Diablo, Mario Tennis, Mighty Switch Force and swanky new music by Jim Guthrie!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 3:35
E3 Postmortem: 5:15
Hangover: 16:20 
Game Violence: 31:35
Last Call: 53:08
Outro: 61:08

 

Direct download: VGH_57_-_Breakin_Somebodys_Nutz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:27am PDT

Nintendo takes the stage on day 2 of E3 2012 and our bodies are ready. Hear our reactions to the Wii U gamepad, Miiverse and Nintendo's online plans, 3DS games, and the all-important Wii U launch titles.

Direct download: VGH_-_E3_2012_-_Day_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16am PDT

The first day of E3 has come and gone but the memories will live on. In this episode we share our highlights (and air a few grievances from the Microsoft, Sony, EA and Ubisoft press conferences.

Direct download: VGH_-_E3_2012_-_Day_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55am PDT

VGH #56: So Satisfying

E3 is right around the corner! We're devoting this week's show to our hopes, dreams and fears for this year's expo. Remember: not everything can be a Wii U launch title. We've also got talk of Mario Tennis, Castlevania, Radiant Historia and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:10
Hangover: 7:05
E3 Dreams: 29:55
Last Call: 63:50
Outro: 70:00 

Direct download: VGH_56_-_So_Satisfying.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am PDT

Always-on DRM in single-player games is the death of fun. On this week's show, we're talking about Blizzard's great Diablo III debacle and the steps devs are willing to take to protect their products. Also: Max Payne 3, Indie Game: The Movie, and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:55
Hangover: 5:05
Blizzard's Bad Week: 25:55 
Last Call: 52:30
Outro: 60:08 

Direct download: VGH_55_-_Pleasantly_Supplied.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:05am PDT

The folks at Treyarch are feverishly assembling the next Call of Duty game and promising serveral changes aimed at roping in new players. Is it enough to get us on board? We also chime in on Starhawk, Radiant Historia, Minecraft and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:40
Hangover: 7:05
Calladuty: 27:45
Last Call: 52: 15
Outro: 62:10 

Minecraft Contest: ??? 

Direct download: VGH_54_-_The_Incident.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am PDT

Villainy! Treachery! Deceit! With Mother's Day right around the corner, we're dedicating this week's show to the video game characters that only a mother could love. We also chime in on Catherine, Sniper Elite, Awesomenauts, the $99 Xbox and more.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:50
Hangover: 9:15
Gaming Villainy: 41:25
Last Call: 61:28
Outro: 68:46
 

Direct download: VGH_53_-_Fhrer_Furor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

Inspired by the imminent release of The Avengers movie, we're setting our sights this week on the best and worst superhero-themed videos games. We've also got talk of The Walking Dead, Kid Icarus, Modern Warfare, and the sexual proclivities of Batman.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:15
Hangover: 7:25
Superhero Games: 33:20
Last Call: 68:50
Outro: 76:50 

Direct download: VGH_52_-_Squirrel_Punching.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:26am PDT

We can't believe that we've made 51 podcasts already! In this week's episode, we discuss a whole slew of other gaming-related things that we simply can't believe. We also take on Disgaea, Radiant Historia, Kinect, Witcher Bit.Trip Saga and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:42
Hangover: 6:05
We Can't Believe: 39:10 
Last Call: 67:48
Outro: 75:50 

Direct download: VGH_51_-_Youre_Really_Just_Playing_Pong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24am PDT

Inspired by the effusive reviews that The Witcher 2 has been receiving, we're dedicating this week's discussion to the importance of story in video games. We've also got talk of Fez, Bit.Trip Saga, Driver, and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 4:12
Story in games: 31:50
Last Call: 67:20
Outro: 74:20 

Direct download: VGH_50_-_The_Enhanced_Edition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT

Grappling hooks for everyone! On this week's show, we're talking about our favorite (and regrettably underutilized) gameplay mechanics. We've also got talk of poop, divorce, bad-assery, QTEs, and fighting games!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:15
Hangover: 4:03
Underutilized Mechanics: 27:18
Last Call: 63:00
Outro: 68:35

Direct download: VGH_49_-_Slinging_the_Purple_Fire.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10am PDT

It's a Hangover takeover! Rather than squeezing this week's gaming talk into the first segment of the show like we usually do, we've decided to dedicate the entire episode to Kid Icarus, Xenoblade Chronicles, and the recent Battlefield 3 updates! Game on!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:55
Extended Hangover: 5:05
Last Call: 60:30 

Direct download: VGH_48_-_Fighting_for_Love_and_Whatever.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm PDT

On this week's show, we're talking about video game endings: the ones that got it right and the ones that missed the mark. Also: Mulchers, hand cramps, vagina monsters, generic white men, and the importance of carrying enough arrows. The end is nigh!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 1:40
VG Endings:  36:20
Last Call: 90:00
Outro: 92:20 

Direct download: VGH_47_-_Vegetable-Based_Objectives.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

Is it the journey or the destination? On this week's show, we're in a glass case of emotion because of the uniquely moving new PS3 game, Journey. We've also got a lot to say about Mass Effect (in its many incarnations) and Randy can't get enough of WARP.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:15
Hangover: 5:35
Journey Talk: 26:45
Last Call: 59:30
Outro: 68:16 

Direct download: VGH_46_-_An_Enormous_Scarf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

Every gamer has a story about the one that got away. On this week's show, we're talking about the games that we've played but somehow never finished. Also: we're totally hungover on El Shaddai, Mass Effect 2 and 3, Journey, and the upcoming Skullgirls.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Nexuiz Contest Winners: 2:35
Hangover: 4:12
Unfinished Games: 40:10
Last Call: 67:45
Outro: 75:30

Direct download: VGH_45_-_Zoo_Hunter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

It was a big week for gaming news and we're offering up our opinions on the Mass Effect 3 DLC debacle, Valve's rumored Steam Box console, and the freshly-announced Assassin's Creed III. Also: hate mail, emo kids, Syndicate, Game Dev Story, and... Monopoly?

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Shank Contest Winners: 2:42
Viewer Mail: 4:00
Hangover: 9:50
Gaming Headlines: 29:18
Last Call: 67:45
Outro: 74:50 

Direct download: VGH_44_-_Too_Many_Ninjas_Everywhere.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39am PDT

How important is genre to the identity of a game? On this week's show, we're talking about how new takes on classics like Syndicate, XCOM, and Kid Icarus are breaking the mold. Also: Mutant Blobs, Dear Esther, Taito tweets, and Phoenix Wright. Objection!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Warp Contest Winners: 1:55
Hangover: 3:35
VGCT Ace Attorney:
24:20
Sequels in Name Only: 27:06
Last Call: 72:15
Outro: 79:10 

Direct download: VGH_43_-_The_Internet_Was_Upset.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

It's been a big week in gaming and we've super-sized this week's episode to fit it all in! We've played a Shep-load of the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer(!) demo AND we've had some quality alone-time with Sony's sexy new handheld, the PlayStation Vita.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:10
Hangover: 7:20
Vita Talk: 48:20
Last Call: 94:15
Outro: 100:00 

Direct download: VGH_42_-_Comedic_Levels_of_Violence.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

The PSVita may be the new hotness but we're not quite done with the PSP. On this week's show, we're remembering our favorite games for Sony's last-gen portable. Also: Darkness, Amalur, Soul Calibur, and a Dragon Quest Community Theatre. Thespians!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:20
VGCT DQ1: 33:20
PSP Memorial: 35:35
Last Call: 67:55
Outro: 74:50 

Direct download: VGH_41_-_Quad-Wielding_tm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Epic fail! Despite the best intentions, not every video game release is a hit. On this week's show, we're talking about some of our favorite gaming flops. We also chime in on the Syndicate co-op demo, Soulcalibur V, Osmos HD, and the Art of Video Games.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:10
Hangover: 9:20
Gaming Flops: 35:58
Last Call: 63:45
Outro: 71:00 

Direct download: VGH_40_-_Big_Bombs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22am PDT

On this week's show, we discuss the finer points of the current generation of consoles! Also: the glorious return of Video Game Community Theatre! There's a gun inside.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:30
Hangover: 5:45 
VGCT RE2: 24:50
Finer Points of this Gen: 28:10
Last Call: 60:50
Outro: 69:25 

Direct download: VGH_39_-_Tasteless_Comedies_for_Lonely_People.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37am PDT

For here or to go? On this week's show, we're talking about the ever increasing ways we can take our games with us. Also: we played the demo for Asura's Wrath so you don't have to.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:15
Hangover: 4:30
Portables: 26:00
Last Call: 64:00
Outro: 69:45 

Direct download: VGH_38_-_Stabbed_Through_the_Earth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm PDT

Brace yourselves because VGH is getting political! In this week's show, we're taking on the SOPA debate. Spoiler Alert: we're against it. Also: Paul likes Mario, Randy likes Rayman, and D.J. dabbles in The Troll Class. It burns my a**!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:10
SOPA: 20:00
Last Call: 68:30
Outro: 73:00 

Direct download: VGH_37_-__Slap_Fight.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PDT

In this week's show: 2012, will it be as great as 2011 or is everything just going to end? The Crew chat about what games they look forward to in the coming year!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:50
Hangover: 5:45
Hype 2012: 21:55
Gaming Resolutions: 54:45
Outro: 60:35

Direct download: VGH_36_-_The_Fall_of_Dubai.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54am PDT

It's our Best of 2011 show! To kick off the new year, we're recapping our favorites of the last year!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Best of 2011: 4:30
Outro: 68:20

Direct download: VGH_35_-_Joyful_to_Enjoy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm PDT

In his Mini Hangover, Randy dives into his backlog for Shadows of the Damned, ventures into the 3DS' eShop wasteland for Pushmo, and then... counts down his favorite electro-industrial albums of 2011? Randy doesn't understand the meaning of "Mini".

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_Shadows_of_the_Damned.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am PDT

Matt was supposed to talk about Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and he does, but since he's vacationing, he also had a chat with his wife and her siblings about the PS Move game Carnival Island. Also: Portable games that he played on his road trip!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Carnival Island Chat: 4:48
Assassin's Creed Revelations: 13:55
Outro: 22:50

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_Carnival_Island_and_Assassins_Creed_Revelations.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm PDT

D.J's finally made it through the first dungeon in the new Zelda and he's here to tell you what he thinks of it so far. Or, at least that's what he's supposed to do.

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_Zelda.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm PDT

In this special Mini Hangover Episode, Paul and Matt spend the first half of the show playing PAYDAY: The Heist. We then take a quick break and give you our impressions immediately after finishing our first session with the game!

Episode Timeline

Live PAYDAY: 0:00
After Session Impressions: 11:08
Outro: 19:16 

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_PAYDAY_The_Heist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

This is it, our final show of 2011! In this week's episode, The Whole Crew get together with drinks, and frame the entire show around your incredible feedback! Thank you so much for the support and we'll see you in Season 2 in 2012!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Tomorrow's Hangover: 2:30
Listener Feedback: 6:55
Outro: 81:00 

Direct download: VGH_34_-_Dont_Buy_the_Blue_Stuff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm PDT

Stuff this down your chimney! This week, we've assembled the Ultimate VGH Holiday Shopping List for the obsessive gamers and pop-culture geeks on your list. We've also got Viewer Mail, our weekly Hangovers, and we'll wrap things up with Last Call!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:40
Hangover: 8:20
All I Want: 25:00
Last Call: 58:45
Outro: 64:20 

Direct download: VGH_33_-_The_Hardened_Edition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am PDT

The Crew discuss the new Zelda, waggle, and other unusual control schemes that they've both loved and hated. Paul goes the entire episode without hating on the Wii. We've also got your Viewer Mail, Saints Row: The Third, and yes, more Skyrim.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:20
Special Announcement: 6:08
Hangover: 8:58
Unusual Controls: 32:04
Last Call: 68:58
Outro: 74:28 

Direct download: VGH_32_-_Done_Busy_Being_Dead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am PDT

Thanks but no thanks? This week, we're talking about the things that make us thankful to be gamers. This is also the episode where it sounds like Randy could drop dead at any moment. Sorry 'bout that. Plus: Mario, Saints, Skyrim, Queen and Muppets!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:35
Hangover: 6:45
We Give Thanks: 34:00
Last Call: 66:10
Outro: 72:45 

Direct download: VGH_31_-_Warm_Fuzzies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58am PDT

Gaming is awesome, except when it isn't. In this week's show, we're talking about some of our least favorite things in the world of video games. Also: Mario rescues Peach, Paul goes full Skyrim, and someone's growing a glorious moustache. It's itchy!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:03
Hangover: 7:30
Gaming Shitlist: 35:40
Last Call: 68:50 
Outro: 74:25 

Direct download: VGH_30_-_I_Luv_Food.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am PDT

In this week's episode we chat about Uncharted 3! Spoiler alert, we chat about Uncharted 3, and only Uncharted 3.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Uncharted 3 Chat: 2:12
Outro:65:40 

Direct download: VGH_29_-_Recharted.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm PDT

The first official trailer for Grand Theft Auto V prompts a conversation about our hopes, dreams and fears for the next installment in one of our favorite gaming series.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:05
Hangover: 11:30
GTA 5 is Coming: 31:00
Last Call: 66:00
Outro: 72:50 

Direct download: VGH_28_-_Layton-Assisted_Suicide.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm PDT

Everyone is a little bat-curious, right? In this week's show, we're talking about the Uncharted 3 theater events, our favorite scary games, and Batman: Arkham City. We've also got Aliens, Creepers, psychics, headcrabs and a Last Call that goes OONTZ.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Uncharted 3 Events: 2:50
Hangover: 19:30
Scary Games: 38:46
Last Call: 72:50
Outro: 77:42 

Direct download: VGH_27_-_Bat-curious.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am PDT

Level up! RPG-like progression systems are creeping their way into all sorts of games these days. This week, the VGH Crew weigh in on the growing trend. Plus: D.J's playing Bastion, Randy's had RAGE all along, and Paul's putting on his Heisenberg hat.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:48
Hangover: 8:12
Level Up: 34:00
Last Call: 67:00
Outro: 73:09 

Direct download: VGH_26_-_The_Post-Asteroid_World.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm PDT

VGH #25: A Number of Defense Options at Your Disposal

How hard is too hard? The recent release of Dark Souls has us talking about insanely difficult games. In The Hangover, we're shocked to hear which game Randy is actually enjoying. We've also got a contest winner, Viewer Mail, and a zombie-fied Last Call.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 1:44
Hangover: 7:55
Game Difficulty: 29:50
Last Call: 71:05
Outro: 75:20 

Direct download: VGH_25_-_A_Number_of_Defense_Options_at_Your_Disposal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am PDT

In this week's show: a new member approaches! The Crew talk about what makes a game "Timeless", and we chat a little about Gears of War 3, Rusty Hearts, and Cubixx HD. Also: earn more entries for our Ico HD contest!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Housekeeping: 1:49
Hangover: 5:30
Timeless Classics: 30:30
Last Call: 68:45
Outro: 77:30
 

Direct download: VGH_24_-_25_Hours_of_Failure.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09am PDT

In this week's episode: the crew discuss some of the news that came out of the recent Tokyo Game Show. We've got Viewer Mail, musings about the new Ace Combat, and Alice: Madness Returns!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:35
Hangover: 8:50
Tokyo Game Show: 32:56
Last Call: 73:30
Outro: 77:50

Direct download: VGH_23_-_War_Is_So_Horrible.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am PDT

VGH #22: Destroy Him, My Robots!

The recent PSN update of Elevator Action prompts the VGH crew to discuss rules and regulations for remaking classic games. We've also got sexy poutine, Deus Ex memes, the obligatory Monster Hunter segment and some amazing new music by DJ FINISH HIM!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail:  2:16
Hangover: 5:50
Rules for Remakes: 27:00
Last Call: 62:40
Outro: 70:29
 

Direct download: VGH_22_-_Destroy_Him_My_Robots.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am PDT

In this week's show, Deus Ex star Adam Jensen infiltrates VGH Industries! D.J. revisits the original Legend of Zelda and Randy muses about de Blob 2. The Crew also discuss some long running series that they feel need to be given The Old Yeller treatment.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:35
Out to Pasture: 37:00
Hangover: 62:00
Outro: 74:00 

Direct download: VGH_21_-_Cant_Stop_Putting_It_Down.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am PDT

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: 9:50am PDT

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: 10:06am PDT

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: 7:48am PDT

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: 8:01am PDT

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: 6:00am PDT

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: 6:00am PDT

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: 9:47am PDT

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: 9:24am PDT

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: 9:32am PDT

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: 7:30pm PDT

The VGH crew offer their fascinating insight and biting commentary on the big announcements from E3 2011.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 1:05
Microsoft Conference: 3:05
Sony Conference: 24:55
Nintendo Conference: 43:09 

Direct download: VGH_Bonus_Round_-_E3_2011.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm PDT

M-M-Multikill! The crew discuss their unhealthy obsession with multiplayer gaming, including a certain game starring ostriches on Mars. Also: We put on our robes and wizard hats, Randy says something inappropriate, and VGCT bids farewell to an old friend.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:15
Multiplayer and Red Faction Guerrilla: 22:10
VGCT - Resident Evil: 39:45
Favorite Multiplayer Games: 41:02 

Direct download: VGH_10_Honk_the_Horn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm PDT

Here there be spoilers! In this bite-sized episode of Video Game Hangover, the hosts discuss only one game: Portal 2.

Direct download: VGH_9.5_Portalable.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm PDT

Modern Warfare 9?! We love our gaming sequels... or do we? In this week's episode the VGH crew talk about what they think makes a great sequel. In our Hangover Segment, D.J. impresses with his encyclopedic knowledge of the Godfather films. We also dive into a discussion on some of our personal favourite, and not so favourite gaming sequels.

In this episode's installment of Video Game Community Theatre, we try our hand at Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. The results? Well, listen for yourself! In the second part of our show, we play "The Sequel Game" which we blatantly stole from Kotaku. Thanks Kotaku! Also, one lucky listener wins the AWARD OF THE WEEK!

Episode Timeline:

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 5:15
Game Sequels: 20:20
VGCT - Uncharted: 57:55
The Sequel Game: 59:05 

Direct download: VGH_9_Big_Revelations_or_Whatever.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm PDT

Toe tappin' and neck snappin'! While the PlayStation Network is down, the hosts find time to indulge one of their second-favorite loves: video game music. Rather than just about their faves, you'll hear excerpts from classic scores and modern tracks with color commentary from the VGH crew.

In the final moments of the show, listen closely for directions on how you can enter our newest contest and win a copy of the Video Games Live DVD. It's "nuawesome"!

Episode Timeline:
Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:15
Game Music, Part 1: 20:30
VGCT - Dead Rising: 49:30
Game Music, Part 2: 51:00
 

Direct download: VGH_8_Blips_and_Bloops.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm PDT

Backloggery! A less-than-inspiring collection of recent releases has given the VGH hosts an opportunity to dig into their gaming backlogs a bit, which inspires a conversation about memorable moments in games and the crew gets a bit worked up about morality as a gameplay device. Plus: We've picked a winner our "Free Ramen" PAX/Amazon contest.

Episode Timeline:
Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 5:15
Memorable Moments: 33:15
VGCT - Psychonauts: 56:15
Tough Decisions: 59:00 

Direct download: VGH_7_The_Bad_Ending.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am PDT

Metacritic: Is it the devil? Probably not, but on this week’s show we talk about that and the world of video game criticism, in general. We also weigh in with our early impressions of the Nintendo 3DS and our 3D gaming wishlists, the new leaderboard-centric Need for Speed, and an inaccurately named not-quite-sequel to Contra. Plus, we announce our next big contest and there's yet another installment of Community Theater. Finish him!

Episode Timeline:

Intro: 0:00
3DS Chat: 4:30
What We've Been Playing: 16:15
3DS Games We'd Like to See: 29:45
VGCT - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: 37:00
Reviewing Game Reviews: 38:45

Direct download: VGH_6_Freakzeeky_Is_Better_than_You.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT

An outbreak of the T-virus (or something) at VGH headquarters delayed production of the new episode for over a week! We're back now, in better health and clamoring to share our thoughts on Dragon Age 2, Bulletstorm, Pixeljunk Shooter and more. Randy's experiences at Volition Community Day and PAX East lead to a discussion about our favorite video game developers, past and present. Paul's love for Bioware and D.J.'s love for fine Mexican cuisine all factor in, somehow. Put it in your ears!

Direct download: VGH_5_You_Dont_Know_Zangief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm PDT