Video Game Hangover

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

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: 10:45pm EST

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: 11:51pm EST

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: 7:28pm EST

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: 10:16pm EST

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: 12:14am EST