Video Game Hangover (general)

Take a musical summer vacation with our playlist of video game summer jams, plus some extras! Featuring songs from Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Dragalia Lost, and of course, Sly 2: Band of Thieves!

Episode Timeline

(0:00) - Intro

(03:21) - Summer at the Beach

(11:19) - Spooky Summer

(18:46) - Summer on the Sea

(29:04) - Community picks

(38:06) - Summer at the Funk

(48:07) - Summer at the Beach Remake

(57:14) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_450_-_VGM_Radio_Summer_2020.mp3
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The Last of Us Part II is here, and boy, are our arms tired! Randy gives spoiler-free impressions while D.J. realizes he played Uncharted 4 by mistake. Also: Keeping social composure in Hot Pot Panic, and saving the forest from mean-looking robots in Sai.

Episode Timeline

(0:29) - Intro

(6:37) - The Last of Us Part II (feat. Uncharted 4)

(48:28) - Hot Pot Panic

(58:45) - Sai

(1:05:35) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_449_-_Mushroom_Apocalypse.mp3
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We got our first glimpse of the PlayStation 5 and some of its games — but most importantly, Bugsnax. Also: Playing 17 million indie games, starting with Hidden Folks and Hatch, plus revisiting Bioshock in a post-Bioshock world.

Episode Timeline

(0:29) - Intro/Meal Prep

(9:09) - PlayStation 5 REVEALED

(20:31) - PlayStation 5 games REVEALED (feat. Bugsnax)

(35:16) - Bioshocks

(48:33) - Hidden Folks

(1:00:38) - Hatch

(1:09:59) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_448_-_Weird_Crab_Skeleton.mp3
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Randy finally catches Minecraft fever thanks to Minecraft Dungeons. D.J. ventures into uncharted territory in Final Fantasy XIV's Baldesion Arsenal. Also: More Phantasy Star Online 2, not spoiling The Last of Us Part II, and A Solitary Spacecraft.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(2:47) - Spoiler-free Last of Us Part II

(9:36) - Phantasy Star Online 2

(18:42) - Minecraft Dungeons

(40:22) - Final Fantasy XIV: The Baldesion Arsenal

(57:21) - A Solitary Spacecraft

(1:03:01) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_447_-_Everything_Is_Great.mp3
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It's 2020 and it's finally time for Phantasy Star Online 2... or is it? Meanwhile, Randy experiences the wacky world of What the Golf?, and D.J. gives an update on his island-wide landscaping in Animal Crossing.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro/Horrible games

(10:50) - Counter-E3

(14:04) - What the Golf?

(31:02) - Phantasy Star Online 2

(50:16) - Animal Crossing

(1:06:08) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_446_-_Click_on_a_Skeleton.mp3
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D.J. logs back into Grand Theft Auto V to see if anything's changed. Similarly, Randy returns to Ministry of Broadcast to check if the piranhas are still there. Also: Different ways to deal with demons in Darksiders Genesis and Helltaker.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro/Ministry of Broadcast

(15:11) - Grand Theft Auto V

(42:21) - Darksiders Genesis

(57:00) - Helltaker

(1:09:03) - Outro


Direct download: VGH_445_-_I_Was_Not_Expecting_Laser_Guns.mp3
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Randy goes on a disgusting seaside vacation in Dishonored 2, then a much more pleasant, albeit still lethal, trip to the hills in Lonely Mountains: Downhill. D.J. is again baffled by Panzer Dragoon, then makes a big decision about Animal Crossing.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(13:52) - Dishonored 2

(37:43) - Lonely Mountains: Downhill

(51:07) - Panzer Dragoon 1.3 update

(54:41) - Animal Crossing

(1:16:14) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_444_-_I_Know_Where_the_Couch_Goes.mp3
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D.J. returns to Fake Tokyo to solve crime things in Judgment, while Randy faces difficult moral choices in Ministry of Broadcast. Also: correcting a grievous regret from last week's show, and the tyranny of Animal Crossing continues.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(09:56) - Judgment

(31:19) - Ministry of Broadcast

(52:21) - Corrections and regrets

(53:42) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_443_-_Doing_Detective_Things.mp3
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After sharing some personal quarantine achievements, it's time for... The Adventure Pals! Spooky space adventures in Deliver Us the Moon! And Final Fantasy VII, but it's the old one!

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(12:46) - Sampling and dabbling

(19:15) - The Adventure Pals

(30:55) - Deliver Us the Moon

(43:11) - Final Fantasy VII

(1:00:25) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_442_-_Where_in_the_World_Is_Bob_Dylan.mp3
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We're getting in shape (or at least out of breath) with Ring Fit Adventure's rhythm game. D.J. admires retro cars in Auto Museum 64 and takes some unexpected detours in Wheels of Aurelia. And Randy meets some surreal characters in The Procession to Calvary.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(07:45) - Talking turnips

(15:49) - Ring Fit Adventure

(35:07) - Auto Museum 64

(44:15) - Wheels of Aurelia

(52:10) - The Procession to Calvary

(1:02:38) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_441_-_No_Disrespect_to_Hello_Kitty.mp3
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Randy takes the skiff out in Gears 5. D.J. travels to strange lands to sweep up dust in Anodyne. And we deal with the mean teens of... (checks notes) ...Wide Ocean, Big Jacket.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(08:24) - Anodyne

(23:37) - Gears 5

(54:09) - Wide Ocean, Big Jacket

(1:08:48) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_440_-_The_Master_Broom.mp3
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Putting the trauma of Bunny Day behind him, Randy expores strange new, uh, worlds in The Outer Worlds. Meanwhile, D.J. digs into that long-awaited remake of a beloved 32-bit classic. That's right: Panzer Dragoon.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(12:15) - The Outer Worlds

(42:38) - Panzer Dragoon

(57:40) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_439_-_Spocks_Mom.mp3
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Randy makes some extreme new career moves in Good Job! At the same time, D.J. isn't sure about his career path in Autobahn Police Simulator. Also: Revisiting old friends in The Last of Us; finally, the end of Death Stranding; and, unfortunately: Bunny Day.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro/Bunny Day

(15:38) - Autobahn Police Simulator

(32:04) - Good Job!

(45:57) - The Last of Us

(1:03:38) - Death Stranding

(1:18:36) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_438_-_Its_Free_and_Its_Terrible.mp3
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Randy and D.J. compare Animal Crossing routines, discuss the ordeal of catching rare fish, and air grievances about all the balloons. Also, Randy seeks an escape in Days Gone but finds only video games.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(1:22) - Immediately Animal Crossing

(32:40) - Days Gone

(56:33) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_437_-_Heterosexual_Biker_Buddy.mp3
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is here! We get deep into our new island vacation package. Also: D.J. tries to make something of himself in Final Fantasy XIV, then escapes our weird new reality with some Resident Evil 3.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(5:59) - D.J. VS Final Fantasy XIV

(17:38) - Animal Crossing: New Horizons

(54:47) - Resident Evil 3

(1:06:07) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_436_-_Pro-Pear_Gang.mp3
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Now that we have plenty of time on our hands, we settle in to discuss the subtle joys of MMO living, and how Animal Crossing could take a few notes. (Or maybe it already has?) Also, picross procedural Murder by Numbers, and corgi-clicker Rescue Pets.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro

(9:10) - Final Fantasy XIV VS Animal Crossing

(32:15) - Murder by Numbers

(43:29) - Rescue Pets

(50:10) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_435_-_A_Worse_Version_of_Everything.mp3
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We played Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo and have some thoughts. But don't worry, there's also: Florence! PC Building Simulator! And, of course, Good Pizza, Great Pizza!

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro/Slay the Spire

(7:33) - Final Fantasy VII Remake

(35:28) - PC Building Simulator

(43:23) - Florence

(52:28) - Good Pizza, Great Pizza

(1:06:39) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_434_-_Active_Time_Bubble.mp3
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Randy and special guest Erik made it out of PAX East 2020 and seem mostly virus-free. But more importantly: They played the new Animal Crossing and are here to tell you about it. (Also: Other games that are not Animal Crossing.)

Direct download: VGH_433_-_PAX_East_2020.mp3
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Randy contends with a meat buddy in Journey to the Savage Planet. D.J. gets decadent for Star Trek Online's 10th anniversary. Also, Death Stranding keeps getting in the way of D.J. trying to play Death Stranding.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro/How to avoid diseases at PAX East

(11:57) - Journey to the Savage Planet

(26:35) - Death Stranding

(43:21) - Star Trek Online

(56:46) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_432_-_500_in_Fake_Currency.mp3
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Randy gets hopped up on FEVER MODE in Lapis x Labyrinth. D.J. meditates over canceling Apple Arcade while he disassembles some junk in Assemble with Care, then plays a game he's wanted to try for 25 years. Also, Kentucky Route Zero ends well, but not without a few bumps in the road.

Episode Timeline:

(0:29) - Intro/RIPHQ

(6:56) - Randy’s Entertainment Minute

(14:15) - Norman Reedus is a real guy

(16:04) - Apple Arcade/Assemble with Care

(30:18) - Kentucky Route Zero

(40:29) - Trials of Mana

(51:06) - Lapis x Labyrinth

(1:05:00) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_431_-_Mildly_Dystopian.mp3
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Randy continues to bide his time until March, this week by sealing himself inside one of those sci-fi cube mazes in The Turing Test. D.J. presses X X X then Y Y Y and X X and Y Y Y again in Persona 5 Scramble. Also, revisiting Kentucky Route Zero.

Episode Timeline:

(0:28) - Intro

(6:22) - Love is in the air

(9:41) - Persona 5 Scramble

(31:56) - The Turing Test

(45:59) - Kentucky Route Zero

(56:36) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_430_-_A_Series_of_Modular_Cubes.mp3
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The seven-year wait for us to talk about Kentucky Route Zero comes to an end. Meanwhile, D.J. presses on in Life Is Strange 2, even as the game tries to undo all his hard work. Also, Monster Hunter everywhere.

Episode Timeline:

(0:28) - Intro

(2:36) - PAX East hype

(11:40) - Kentucky Route Zero

(27:05) - Life Is Strange 2, Episode 3

(42:14) - Monster Hunter World

(49:31) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_429_-_Enormous_Festival_Thing.mp3
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D.J. trades name-brand RPGs for something more generic in Minimal Dungeon RPG, in addition to jumping back into Life Is Strange 2. Randy can't decide how to bide his time until March and decides to put another 60 hours into Persona 5. Also: Luigi's Mansion 3, and Dragon Quest Builders 2.

Episode Timeline:

(0:28) - Intro/New music by DESK

(3:54) - Biding our time

(11:01) - Luigi’s Mansion 3

(17:58) - Life Is Strange 2, episode 2 (contains episode 1 spoilers)

(36:19) - Minimal Dungeon RPG

(43:46) - Persona 5

(56:40) - Dragon Quest Builders 2

(1:03:15) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_428_-_I_Both_Love_and_Hate_This_Game.mp3
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After some self-reassessment, D.J. finally allows himself to enjoy Wattam, the new game from Katamari Damacy creator, Keita Takahashi, Randy revisits that time he went on vacation but ended up solving a bunch of mysteries in The Touryst. And, BLOCK U!

Episode Timeline:

(00:40) - Intro/Delays

(11:41) - The Switch shelf in the sky

(15:35) - BlockuDoku

(23:46) - Lumines, the game everyone* hates

(29:30) - Wattam

(48:41) - The Touryst

(1:05:06) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_427_-_The_Junk_Is_Your_Undoing.mp3
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Part two of our 2019 game of the year round-up, featuring our absolute favorites, forbidden indies, and our most shamefully overlooked games.

Episode Timeline:

(00:40) - Intro

(04:13) - The Outer Wilds

(09:23) - The Touryst

(13:19) - Untitled Goose Game

(14:39) - Tetris 99

(16:39) - Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

(20:52) - Devotion

(25:05) - Cadence of Hyrule

(29:19) - Afterparty

(33:01) - Dragon Quest Builders 2

(39:31) - Control

(46:15) - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

(55:26) - Luigi's Mansion 3

(1:03:29) - The list of shame

(1:06:21) - Discord GotY

(1:09:47) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_426_-_Boat_the_Shark.mp3
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In part one (that's right) of our Game of the Year extravaganza, we look back at some of our favorites from 2019. And Death Stranding.

Episode Timeline:

(00:40) - Intro

(03:16) - Death Stranding

(10:46) - Tom Clancy's The Division 2

(18:41) - Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

(21:55) - A Short Hike

(27:02) - Phantasy Star

(31:00) - Slay the Spire

(37:45) - Telling Lies

(41:29) - Ape Out

(42:59) - Return of the Obra Dinn

(45:12) - Sayonara Wild Hearts

(48:55) - Discord GotY

(50:28) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_425_-_Six_Hundred_Billion_Dollars.mp3
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We interrupt your holiday relaxation with a relentless onslaught of boss battle songs.

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_Boss_Rush_Radio.mp3
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In this year's drunken season finale, Randy and D.J. try to figure out what's inside a cow, give themselves brand-new identities, and hold a lively debate about soup.

Episode Timeline:

(00:00) - Part 1

(52:35) - Part 2

(2:19:22) - End Credits

Direct download: VGH_424_-_Over_the_Wire.mp3
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Take an extended listen to our favorite game music of 2019!

Direct download: VGH_423_-_Best_Game_Music_of_2019.mp3
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Randy paints the town neon in Concrete Genie. D.J. returns to Battlefield V in the new War in the Pacific update. And an endless army of dots want your money.

Episode Timeline:

(00:26) - Intro

(07:36) - Drunktacular hype

(11:24) - Battlefield V: War in the Pacific

(38:26) - Concrete Genie

(51:56) - Dots and Co.

(1:06:38) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_422_-_Admiring_the_Dirt.mp3
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We’re out drinking the devil in Afterparty and wielding the baseball bat of legend in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Also: Holedown arrives on the Switch, and we escape the early slog (mostly) as Death Stranding moves into an exciting new chapter.

Episode Timeline:

(00:26) - Intro/Drunktacular hype

(07:48) - Yakuza: Like a Dragon

(26:15) - Afterparty

(45:01) - Holedown

(52:47) - Death Stranding (light spoilers for chapter 3)

(1:03:09) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_421_-_Ichiban_Something_Something.mp3
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Death Stranding is here and we try to make sense of it. But that's not all: Google Stadia, Microsoft news from X019, and... Star Wars?!

Episode Timeline:

(00:26) - Intro/Google Stadia

(05:04) - X019

(19:37) - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

(23:26) - Death Stranding (light spoilers for chapters 1 and 2)

(1:08:55) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_420_-_Transdimensional_Psychic_Baby.mp3
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While we mentally prepare ourselves for Death Stranding, we're picking up some cash on the side in Neo Cab, making a mess in Luigi's Mansion 3, and trying to figure out what NieR: Automata is doing in Final Fantasy XIV.

Episode Timeline:

(00:26) - Intro

(04:11) - Extra Life

(05:39) - Google Stadia

(13:30) - Neo Cab

(36:10) - Luigi's Mansion 3

(57:38) - Final Fantasy XIV: YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse

(1:06:32) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_419_-_Money_for_Dumb_Things.mp3
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We survived another Extra Life weekend! Hear about the games we played, including: We Were Here, Devotion, River City Ransom, Medievil, Spelunky, and, of course, Fortnite.

Episode Timeline

(00:26) - Intro
(08:05) - Good Morning/Spelunky
(09:14) - River City Ransom
(13:42) - Medievil
(26:44) - Fortnite
(39:09) - We Were Here
(50:56) - Devotion
(1:01:45) - Outro

Direct download: VGH_418_-_Its_Bad_If_You_Touch_the_Ghost.mp3
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We're getting spoooooky with creepy games like Return of the Obra Dinn, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, and Dishonored 2! Also, we have a poor grasp of what the word "spooky" means.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/ExtraLife hype

07:40 - Return of the Obra Dinn

30:48 - Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

46:22 - Dishonored 2

1:02:18 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_417_-_Put_the_Burger_Down.mp3
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D.J. embarks on a mysterious fitness adventure. Meanwhile, Randy builds beautiful lunch sets for cats in Inbento, then kills vikings dead in Bad North. And yes, there's Dragon Quest.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/ExtraLife hype

08:30 - Ring Fit Adventure

27:33 - Inbento

33:50 - Hashi

39:18 - Bad North

53:39 - Dragon Quest XI

1:04:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_416_-_Hooligans_and_Rogues.mp3
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We check in on the spooky Castlevania-like, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, before having even spookier adventures in Worse than Death. Also, as usual: Spellworm. I mean, Dragon Quest XI. Dragon Quest XI and Spellworm.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/ExtraLife hype

07:47 - Spellworm

18:25 - Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

36:38 - Worse than Death

49:30 - Dragon Quest XI

59:41 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_415_-_Things_Jumping_Out_of_Things.mp3
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It's finally here: We take our first steps into the massive Dragon Quest XI. But first, What the Golf?

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

05:18 - Mario Kart Tour

10:52 - What the Golf

24:52 - Dragon Quest XI

59:41 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_414_-_This_Time_Im_a_Sofa.mp3
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Between grinding the guardrails and firing off the pipe, Randy isn't sure what to make of Mario Kart Tour. Meanwhile, D.J. splatters everything in sight as a rampaging gorilla in Ape Out. Also, updates on Sayonara Wild Hearts and Link's Awakening.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Sayonara Wild Hearts

06:11 - Link's Awakening, easy mode, and shooting dogs

19:02 - Mario Kart Tour

37:12 - Ape Out

55:24 - Final hours before Dragon Quest XI/Outro

Direct download: VGH_413_-_Shoot_the_Pipe.mp3
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Randy explores the strange world of Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (the new one!) while D.J. compares notes with the Game Boy Color version. Also, motorcycle swordfights in Sayonara Wild Hearts, and life as a horrible goose in Untitled Goose Game.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

03:10 - Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

23:27 - Untitled Goose Game

35:18 - Sayonara Wild Hearts

53:08 - William Shakespeare's Final Fantasy XIV

56:19 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_412_-_Dont_Ever_Ask_Me_That_Again.mp3
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Randy is back and D.J. can't wait to hear what he's been playing! (That is, Creature in the Well and Legend of the Skyfish.) Also, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne rears its chilly head, and, as a special bonus, mourning the loss of a dear friend!

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

7:12 - Creature in the Well

21:43 - Legend of the Skyfish

29:32 - Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

53:07 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_411_-_I_Miss_Those_Hot_Drinks.mp3
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We're wrapping up the summer with an episode full of our favorite game music, plus selections chosen by you, the listeners! Put your headphones on!

Direct download: VGH_410_-_VGM_Radio_Summer_2019.mp3
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D.J. just got back from not playing any games at PAX West, and boy, are his arms tired! Meanwhile, Randy investigates the spooky doors of Control, and a strange boat makes its way across the wasteland in Far: Lone Sails.

Direct download: VGH_409_-_A_Little_Vroom_Vroom.mp3
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Randy straps in for a roguelike doubleheader with Void Bastards and Rad. You'll never believe what happens! Meanwhile, D.J. watches six hours of creeper videos in Telling Lies. Also, part 1 of our 8619156137-part series on Dragon Quest XI.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

1:51 - Void Bastards

17:46 - Rad

36:44 - Dragon Quest XI

55:41 - Telling Lies

1:13:16 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_408_-_Your_Cards_Are_Literally_on_the_Table.mp3
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Randy takes a detour through <em>Witcheye</em> before heading back to school in <em>Fire Emblem: Three Houses</em>. D.J. discovers new ways to experience <em>Dragon Quest</em> in <em>Super Smash Bros. Ultimate</em>. And yes, more <em>Dragon Quest Builders 2</em>.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Immediately Witcheye!

09:04 - Cold open

12:15 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses

42:15 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feat. Hero

56:21 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

1:03:44 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_407_-_Let_Me_Tell_You_About_the_Tea_Parties.mp3
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Randy takes up teaching in Fire Emblem: Three Houses but runs into trouble adjusting to campus life. D.J. keeps it wholesome (and mildly creepy) while delivering mail in Tiny Echo. Also: Dig Dugging ever deeper into Dragon Quest Builders 2.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Dig Dug and the Case of the Too Casual Pants

07:49 - Fire Emblem: Three Houses

28:03 - Tiny Echo

35:53 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

55:17 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_406_-_But_First_More_Gardening.mp3
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Randy gets wholesome by taking A Short Hike up a mountain. D.J. deals with a toilet conundrum (don't worry about it) in Dragon Quest Builders 2, then breaks his one rule in Final Fantasy XIV. Also: 2019's backlog champion revealed!

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Backlog Attack winner

06:20 - Deadly Premonition: The Movie

08:37 - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

13:16 - A Short Hike

33:11 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

42:03 - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

49:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_405_-_Americas_Next_Top_Ninja.mp3
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We travel far into The Outer Wilds before settling into quiet life on a farm in Dragon Quest Builders 2. Also, the Backlog Attack wraps up with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Deadly Premonition.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

03:16 - The Outer Wilds

31:05 - Dragon Quest Builders 2

47:57 - Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

1:09:10 - Deadly Premontion

1:22:36 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_404_-_Anime_Lady_Singing_in_Japanese.mp3
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The end of the Backlog Attack is in sight as we get into Wario Ware Gold, Tomb Raider Anniversary, and reveal your picks for our listener's choice games. Also: Randy has some words about that Switch Lite.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/Bathroom Break

04:54 - Switch Lite!

17:58 - Wario Ware Gold

35:28 - Tomb Raider Anniversary

48:25 - Backlog Attack week III.8 Final Chapter Prologue

58:47 - The Outro Wilds

Direct download: VGH_403_-_Dinosaurs_Immediately.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

We're beating the summer heat with a crippling drug habit in Dr. Mario World. (That's how Dr. Mario works, right?) Also, the Backlog Attack continues with Professor Layton: The Next Generation (actually his daughter) and Front Mission Evolved.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

09:16 - Layton's Mystery Journey

29:19 - Front Mission Evolved

43:24 - Dr. Mario World

1:02:24 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_402_-_Sudoku_Is_Math.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

The Backlog Attack kicks off with Randy cheerfully slicing and dicing robots in Kirby: Planet Robobot. Meanwhile, D.J. struggles to make sense of the Flashback HD remake, but that's OK, because there's Shadowbringers.

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro/New music

05:00 - Stranger Things Moment

06:34 - Flashback

25:30 - Kirby: Planet Robobot

35:45 - Ritual of the Moon: The Finale

46:46 - Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

1:00:29 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_401_-_Nugs_Not_Drugs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

We're commemorating our 400th episode in the only way that makes sense: By definitively naming the best 400 video games ever made. Also, we kick off this summer's Backlog Attack!

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

01:35 - Backlog Attack/The greatest 400 video games of all time, comprehensively and definitively ranked

1:02:39 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_400_-_The_Greatest_400_Video_Games_of_All_Time.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

We're beating the summer heat in the frozen mountains of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and the... air-conditioned spectral movie theater of Persona Q2, I guess? Also, the Ritual of the Moon nears its end, and handy tips for staying alive.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Backlog Attack: Prologue

07:11 - Become what you must

23:41 - Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

37:43 - Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

58:45 - Ritual of the Moon

1:05:07 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_399_-_Throw_Your_Games_in_the_Ocean.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

With E3 and Keanu Reeves distant memories, Randy and D.J. settle back into the Nintendo groove in Cadence of Hyrule, with mixed results. Also: What to avoid, an what to avoid avoiding while slaying the spire, and another status update from the moon.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/E3 wrap-up

05:56 - SGDQ hype

12:20 - Ritual of the Moon

22:10 - Cadence of Hyrule

45:22 - Slay the Spire

1:09:24 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_398_-_My_Moonpod.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is real, and we have opinions on it. Also, all the other big E3 2019 scoops, like Watch Dogs: Legion, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Avengers, and your favorite unreleased JRPGs from the 90s!

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Animal Crossing: New Horizons

14:01 - Phantasy Star Online 2

15:53 - Microsoft/Project xCloud

24:54 - Doom Eternal/Watch Dogs Legion

28:37 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

32:26 - Cyberpunk 2077

35:24 - The Weird Avengers

37:55 - Legend of Zelda trifecta

43:33 - More old games

50:35 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

52:37 - Luigi's Mansion 3

54:04 - 12 Minutes

58:22 - No-shows

1:02:22 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_397_-_E3_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Randy and D.J. finally initiate the month-long Ritual of the Moon. Also, hunting monsters with inadequately sized axes in Dauntless, and reevaluating our life choices in Slay the Spire. And: E3 looms.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/E3 hype gondola

21:57 - Ritual of the Moon: Week 1

37:21 - Dauntless

54:04 - Slay the Spire

1:12:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_396_-_Take_Your_Switch_to_Work_Day.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

In a shocking twist, Randy sets up a factory farm on a remote planet in Slime Rancher. Meanwhile, D.J. navigates the ups, downs, and excessive spikes of adventure-puzzler The Way. Also, anyone want a Gameboy with a hand crank?!

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

02:09 - Ritual of the Moon

04:28 - Playdate

24:16 - The Way

45:26 - Slime Rancher

1:08:51 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_395_-_Exotic_Plorts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Randy embarks on a magical journey to the world of Culdcept Revolt. D.J. faces his greatest fear in Cosmic Star Heroine. Also: What does The Division 2 have in common with Final Fantasy XIV?

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Tetris 99

08:07 - Ritual of the Moon

11:12 - Phantasy Star

16:19 - The Division 2

22:46 - Culdcept Revolt

46:46 - Cosmic Star Heroine

57:54 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_394_-_The_Subtle_Sounds_of_John_Tesh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Randy finds his calling as a traveling bard in Wandersong. Meanwhile, D.J. gets extra weird with Eternal Senia, which is probably a clicker game, then takes a lightning tour of Japan to explore Kyoto's red gates in, naturally, Explore Kyoto's Red Gates.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro/Surprise! It's the Flash

06:44 - Phantasy Star

12:08 - Eternal Senia

23:35 - Wandersong

41:28 - Explore Kyoto's Red Gates

55:21 - Outro

1:00:05 - Signing Off

Direct download: VGH_393_-_Uniquely_Qualified_as_a_Bard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

A fun bear teaches Randy the ancient samurai code in Bushido Bear. D.J. plays the equally ancient Phantasy Star. A thoughtful conversation about a creator's responsibility devolves into a debate over whether or not hedgehogs should have human teeth.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

02:50 - Koji Igarashi's horrible trailer

20:05 - Bushido Bear

38:08 - Bushido Blade

40:37 - Bushido Phantasy Star

1:05:53 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_392_-_The_Mayor_of_Japan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Randy returns to the world of Boxboy (and Boxgirl), now in lavish high definition. D.J. gets Fire Emblem in his Dragalia Lost. And the second part of our Labo VR experience, featuring Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Episode Timeline

00:36 - Intro

03:23 - The Avengers, Part Deux

13:46 - Nintendo Labo VR (feat. Mario and Zelda)

39:18 - Boxboy + Boxgirl

58:38 - Dragalia Lost x Fire Emblem Heroes

1:12:21 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_391_-_Protection_from_Lasers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Randy unleashes his secret weapons in the brand new Steamworld Quest. D.J. subjugates his adorable neighbors in The Battle of Polytopia. Paul gets slimy in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Episode Timeline:

00:40 - Intro
01:45 - The Avengers!!!!!!!!!
09:35 - Steamworld Quest: The Hand of Gilgamech
29:20 - The Battle of Polytopia
44:35 - Assassin's Creed Odyssey
67:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_390_-_Ancient_Greasy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm PDT

Randy contemplates his new life as a fox in The First Tree. Meanwhile, D.J. contemplates his new life as a guy with cardboard strapped to his head as he delves into Nintendo Labo's VR kit. Also, making a triumphant return to the show: It's Battlefield 3!

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
02:51 - Tom Clancy's Battlefield 3
18:02 - Nintendo Labo VR
54:25 - The First Tree
72:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_389_-_A_Bazooka_for_Your_Face.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am PDT

Randy discovers the joys of papercraft in Yoshi's Crafted World. Paul finally gives into Gwent in Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. And D.J. ruins the idyllic landscapes with a giant circus tent in Islanders.

Episode Timeline:
00:42 - Intro
03:40 - SwitchFix wrap-up
07:02 - PlayStation Now
24:50 - Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
38:55 - Yoshi's Crafted World
55:04 - Islanders
70:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_388_-_Eat_Tons_of_Shy_Guys.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT

We've live from PAX East 2019! Hear about weird weasel things, and simple sandwiches. Fin~

Episode Timeline:
00:36 - Intro
02:05 - PAX East 2019
70:08 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_387_-_Live_from_PAX_East_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am PDT

On this week’s show, we’re dancing the night away with Crypt of the Necrodancer. We also spend some time with the latest Tom Clancy opus: Baba is You. Plus, Golf Peaks, and more competently crafted Ubisoft experiences™.

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
01:45 - PAX East hype
07:45 - Google Stadia
14:55 - Golf Peaks
24:02 - Crypt of the Necrodancer
36:27 - Baba is You
47:03 - Division 2
67:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_386_-_Tom_Clancys_Baba_is_You.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Part 1 of our 25637852-part series on Tom Clancy's The Division 2. Randy discovers a new way to hold his Switch. Also, D.J. starts a shady underground robot fight club after getting kicked out of a shady underground mahjong fight club.

Episode Timeline:
00:44 - Intro
01:50 - PAX East hype
06:35 - Switchfix
17:50 - Doman Mahjong feat. Final Fantasy XIV
32:05 - Tom Clancy's The Division 2
59:25 - Front Mission
67:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_385_-_Maybe_Youre_Not_Smart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am PDT

Word Stacks and Crackdown 3 and Word Stacks and Final Fantasy XII and Front Mission and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks and Word Stacks.

Episode Timeline:
00:35 - Intro
01:49 - PAX East / Lebanon, Kansas hype
06:18 - Tetris 99
12:50 - Word Stacks
18:50 - Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
43:08 - Front Mission
56:08 - Crackdown 3
68:58 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_384_-_Tending_to_My_Hats.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm PDT

The gang tries on some practical outerwear in The Division 2. Randy tries extra hard not to kill anyone in Deltarune. D.J. has had it with his coworkers Dragalia Lost. And you won't believe the lengths we went to in order to acquire a PlayStation 2.

Episode Timeline:
00:50 - Intro
02:48 - New music: Option Fire by Wally Chantek
05:48 - PAX East hype
08:40 - PlayStation 2 hype
18:40 - Deltarune
31:50 - The Tom Clancy's Division 2
51:58 - Dragalia Lost
60:40 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_383_-_Hungry_for_Flavor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm PDT

We take Tetris 99 for another spin (get it) before jumping into an anime robot in Daemon X Machina and continuing to Warhammer things in Vermintide 2. Also, after countless grueling hours of Etrian Odyssey Nexus, Randy starts Etrian Odyssey Nexus.

Episode Timeline:
01:06 - Intro
02:30 - Tetris 99
15:10 - RIP Reggie
19:25 - Warhammer: Vermintide 2
32:14 - Etrian Odyssey Nexus
48:13 - Daemon X Machina
57:33 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_382_-_Epaulets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am PDT

After a delicious taco-y detour, VGH's agents make their cases about what it truly means to Crack Down in Microsoft's latest. Also, a professional monster hunter joins the Monster Hunter cast, and Tetris battle royale is real and we played it.

Episode Timeline
00:31 - Intro 
00:43 - Taco Bell
05:40 - Monster Hunter
25:26 - Crackdown 3
43:15 - Apex
47:30 - Tetris
59:15 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_381_-_Still_Cracking_Down.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03am PDT

We set out on the Sea of Thieves to learn practical skills like how to hold a compass, and how to maintain composure while getting owned by Xbox Live bilge. Also: Apex Legends, The Division 2, and Forza Horizon 4.


Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
04:05 - Will Smith is blue
06:10 - Sea of Thieves
28:15 - Apex Legends
44:00 - Forza Horizon 4
58:30 - The Division 2: Division Harder
72:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_380_-_Bad_Dudes_with_Bats.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm PDT

D.J. learns how to fly a man-sized jet in Anthem, the new Destiny-like/Mass Effect-not-entirely-like. Paul gets acquainted with the Warhammer universe in Vermintide 2. And Downwell finally brings its gunboots to the Switch.

Episode Timeline:
00:32 - Intro
01:15 - contractually obligated banter
04:05 - Anthem
39:50 - Warhammer: Vermintide 2
54:14 - Downwell feat. Flip Grip
70:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_379_-_The_Maestros.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am PDT

With Earth finally shielded from interplanetary attack, we can finally concentrate on the things that matter, like Randy's 1000th playthrough of Uncharted 2. Also, Ace Combat 7, Pillars of Eternity 2, What Never Was, and not Metroid Prime 4.

Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
02:01 - Metroid Prime 4
06:52 - Ace Combat 7
28:25 - What Never Was
34:20 - Uncharted 2
42:20 - Pillars of Eternity 2
61:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_378_-_The_Protective_Barrier_Around_the_Earth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am PDT

After 13 long years, it's finally back: Taco Tuesday. To celebrate, D.J. sits down with Kingdom Hearts expert, BTG Inferno, to find out why Kingdom Hearts III is such a big deal.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_01-29-19_Kingdom_Hearts_III.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Randy is somehow tricked into playing New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (and Bowsette has nothing to do with it). Also, Pokémon Battle Trozei, and D.J. sees blue in the latest Final Fantasy XIV update.

Episode Timeline:
00:32 - Intro
07:42 - New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
27:10 - Final Fantasy XIV: Blue Mage is here
46:38 - Pokémon Battle Trozei
61:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_377_-_The_Deep_Dark_Dungeon_of_Luigi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15am PDT

Paul takes an ultimate look at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Randy takes a hazardous vacation in Just Cause 4. D.J. can't believe how many cookies he can afford thanks to Realm Grinder. And we gaze into our crystal ball to see what's in store for 2019.

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
05:15 - We are excited for video games in 2019
23:50 - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
46:05 - Just Cause 4
70:50 - Realm Grinder
84:38 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_376_-_And_Thats_How_I_Ended_Up_with_a_Flying_Jet_Ski.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

We've arrived in 2019 to tell you about our favorite Yakuza and non-Yakuza games from 2018.

Episode Timeline:
00:45 - Intro
03:15 - The video games of 2018
66:05 - Outro


Direct download: VGH_375_-_Spontaneous_Horse_Combustion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am PDT

Eight quick songs for your listening enjoyment.

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_2018_Bonus_Tracks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.

Episode Timeline:
00:01:15 - Intro
00:06:30 - The First Half
01:27:02 - The Second Half
02:38:00 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_374_-_No_More_Bears.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am PDT

We take a look back at 2018 in game music and everything was Ben Prunty or Yakuza.

Episode Timeline:
01:01 - Intro
05:20 - The best video game music of 2018 as selected by our panel of video game music experts
61:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_373_-_Best_Game_Music_of_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31am PDT

We dive into Life Is Strange 2 and find out just how strange life... is? On an even stranger note, we're thoroughly confused by The Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Game. Also, D.J. makes some questionable modifications to his Switch.

Episode Timeline

00:33 - Intro

05:49 - Life Is Strange 2

27:26 - Spyro minute

29:24 - The Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Game

39:11 - Flip Grip feat. Gunbird 2

52:47 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_372_-_Untitled.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

D.J. takes a day trip to the most fantastical of video game realms: Watch Dogs 2's San Francisco. Randy grapples with his perfectionist urges in Spyro the Dragon. Also, Cthulhu and the Third Reich: A classic combination?

Episode Timeline

00:26 - Intro

00:59 - Viewer Mail/Laser League

07:48 - Drunktacular Hype

11:06 - Spyro the Dragon

32:59 - Watch Dogs 2

53:01 - Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics

1:07:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_371_-_The_Bane_of_My_Existence.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

Paul causes all kinds of gruesome dismemberment in Mortal Kombat XL and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. D.J. experiences the five stages of grief during the latest Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival. And, finally, Randy plays Spyro.

Episode Timeline:

00:48 - Intro
01:33 - Drunktacular hype
07:08 - Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival
25:15 - Mortal Kombat XL/Injustice 2
47:15 - Spyro Reignited Trilogy
62:44 - Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
74:42 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_370_-_Mandatory_Furries.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm PDT

Extra Life is a wrap! Laser League reveals Randy's true calling as an eSports pro, Paul flirts with a side career in voice acting thanks to Doki Doki Literature Club, and D.J. attempts to make sense of 14 hours of Kingdom Hearts.

Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
01:50 - Drunktacular hype
10:18 - Kingdom Hearts
28:55 - Laser League
44:08 - Friday the 13th
53:58 - Doki Doki Literature Club
65:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_369_-_A_Long_Ass-Time.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am PDT

We're taking a quick break from our 24 hours of Extra Life to tell you about some of the games we played, like Tetris Effect, We Happy Few, Business Clicker, Castlevania II, and... Guilty Summer Kiss 2: Bloody Secret? OK, sure.

Episode Timeline:
00:38 - Intro
01:20 - Extra Life hype continues
12:00 - Tetris Effect
23:30 - Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
28:32 - Business Clicker
35:45 - Murder Mystery Adventure
39:55 - Guilty Summer Kiss 2: Bloody Secret
49:45 - We Happy Few
59:40 - Monster Hunter World: Behemoth
66:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_368_-_A_Horrible_Night_to_Have_a_Curse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am PDT

Even with Extra Life right around the corner, we find ourselves distracted and wondering what it's like to play the Cowboy Game. Also, the thrilling deaths of Spider-Man and his lady friends, returning to New Donk City, and — why not? — Dragalia Lost.

Episode Timeline:
00:40 - Intro
02:01 - Extra Life hype
13:15 - Red Dead Redemption 2
21:00 - Spider-Man
46:58 - Dragalia Lost
52:05 - Super Mario Odyssey
68:02 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_367_-_Moppin_Up_Moons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:59am PDT

We're getting spooOOooOokythis week with Slayaway Camp, Detention, and... Soulcalibur VI? Also, Konami rises from the dead.

Episode Timeline:
00:51 - Intro
04:33 - Soulcalibur VI
18:04 - Slayaway Camp
37:28 - Detention
49:45 - Pixel Puzzle Collection
54:01 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_366_-_Permanent_Cringe_Face.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13pm PDT

We wrap up both Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, then bust ghosts like it's 2001 in the Luigi's Mansion remake. Also, getting raidy in Dragalia Lost, and self-dismemberment for fun and donuts in The Missing.

Episode Timeline:
00:38 - Intro
01:48 - What's up guys it's Call of Duty Black Ops IIII
05:10 - Spider-Man contest winner
07:11 - Extra Life hype
11:19 - Spider-Man
32:42 - Dragalia Lost
42:11 - Luigi's Mansion
54:30 - Shadow of the Tomb Raider
64:20 - The Missing
76:12 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_365_-_Maximum_Spider.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm PDT

Randy does some minor time traveling in The Gardens Between. D.J. survives the latest Monster Hunter World festival, only to find himself surrounded by dragons in Dragalia Lost. Paul sets everyone straight on what is a sword and what is an axe.

Episode Timeline:
00:38 - Intro
03:30 - Spider-Man
13:11 - The Gardens Between
24:45 - Dragalia Lost
43:24 - Monster Hunter World Autumn Harvest Fest
53:20 - Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
65:38 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_364_-_A_Huge_Head_on_a_Tiny_Body.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am PDT

Randy advances his chicken liberation agenda by implanting one with deadly explosives in Bomb Chicken, then spends some time in the slightly less volatile world of Hob. D.J. re-enters the Stage of History in Soulcalibur VI. Also, Fortnite for adults.

Episode Timeline

00:27 – Intro

03:22 – What is Fortnite?

14:50 – Bomb Chicken

25:27 – Soulcalibur VI

42:52 – Hob

57:28 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider

1:16:17 – Outro

Direct download: VGH_363_-_My_Super_Flashy_Desperation_Move.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT

Paul's thrilling 14859024-part Yakuza segment comes to a close as he wraps up Yakuza Kiwami 2. Also, Forza Horizon 4 vs. The Crew vs. a pleasant Hawaiian vacation, and a nearly endless buffet of exploding heads in Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.

Episode Timeline:
00:38 - Intro
07:00 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
29:25 - Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
43:38 - Forza Horizon / The Crew
68:08 - Spider-Man minute
70:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_362_-_Help_a_Noob_Out.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am PDT

We're continuing to murder people indiscriminately as Spider-Man but occasionally tagging in Lara Croft to show us how it's really done. Also, full-contact lawyering in the Yakuza studio's upcoming Judge Eyes.

Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
02:50 - Judge Eyes
32:47 - Shadow of the Tomb Raider
53:22 - Spider-Man
65:09 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_361_-_Famous_Asian_Actors.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22am PDT

We've got Spider-Man fever, although we can't seem to remember all the words to his theme song. Also, a return to World War II via the Battlefield V beta, and follow-up thoughts on Pokémon Go and Dragon Quest XI.

Episode Timeline:
00:41 - Intro
03:10 - Viewer Mail feat. Pokémon Go and Dragon Quest
17:14 - Spider-Man
46:24 - Battlefield V
63:16 - Alphabear minute
65:60 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_360_-_Charleston_Bomb.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

After a Pokemon-infested detour around Seattle, we're back to our old tricks: Gushing about the latest Yakuza game and arguing about donut semantics. Also: A tiny bit of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.

Episode Timeline:
00:42 - Intro
02:55 - Pokemon Go
17:30 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
38:10 - Donut County
62:25 - Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
69:18 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_359_-_Corporate_Donut_Hole.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26am PDT

We're putting a wrap on this year's Summer Backlog Attack with the offensively relaxing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, the extremely old Elder Scrolls: Arena, and the original Dragon Quest alla giapponese.

Episode Timeline

00:44 - Intro
05:56 - Bad sequels
14:10 - Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
35:20 - 日本語でドラゴンクエスト
52:10 - The Elder Scrolls: Arena
73:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_358_-_We_Dont_Talk_About_Dino_Crisis_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Randy continues his trip deep down the Holedown hole. Paul remembers what it's like to Uncharted. D.J. is completely baffled by Street Fighter 1. Also, Life Is Strange hot takes.

Episode Timeline

00:39 - Intro
01:48 - Holedown
11:44 - Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
27:32 - Street Fighter
43:58 - Life Is Strange
57:20 - Doom
62:45 - Outro


Direct download: VGH_357_-_Naughty_Dad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

It's most ambitious crossover event in VGH history: We played both sides of the Monster Hunter World x Final Fantasy XIV collaboration. Also, Randy discovers new things in Night in the Woods, D.J. plays the original Far Cry, and Paul tries a new Yakuza.

Episode Timeline

00:39 Intro
05:08 - Monster Hunter x Final Fantasy
22:48 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
30:18 - Night in the Woods
46:50 - Doom
64:30 - Far Cry
74:28 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_356_-_Shirtless_Demon_Punching.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am PDT

Randy fills that Arkanoid-shaped void in his life with some Holedown before stepping back into No Man’s Sky to see if they’ve added more inventory slots. D.J. tries to learn about World War II via the original Call of Duty. Also, a brief Dragonball detour.

Episode Timeline

00:00 - Intro

01:18 - Evo 2018

12:24 - Holedown

27:47 - No Man’s Sky Next

53:16 - Call of Duty

1:10:22 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_355_-_Like_D-Day_but_Worse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31am PDT

Randy and D.J. try to make sense of the new Shin Megami Tensei mobile thing. Also, life in an underwater subway in Splatoon 2‘s Octo Expansion, re-learning how to hunt in Monster Hunter Generations, and the summer Backlog Attack is back!

Episode Timeline

00:31 - Intro

01:58 - Shin Megami Tensei Liberation D×2

29:07 - Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

40:25 - Monster Hunter Generations

49:02 - Backlog Attack!!

1:02:30 - Outro

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