Vidjagame Apocalypse- It’s Only VG Wasteland


On this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we talk about our favorite barren, mutant-infested wastelands. There’s also a little more singing. Apparently we didn’t get enough last week.

Question of the Week

What’s one moment in a game that made you genuinely over-the-moon happy? It could be a visual moment, a story moment, a musical moment or some combination. Just tell us about a time playing a game made you ecstatic.




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59 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse- It’s Only VG Wasteland

  1. Love wastelands, playing through S.T.A.L.K.E.R. right now. Onto metro 2033 next. Best genre.

  2. For me the portion of Journey where you slide down the huge sand mountain. Between the beautiful and surreal reflection of the light off the sand and the swell of orchestral music made me happy for reasons that can never really be expressed in words and permanently cemented it as one of my favorite games of all time artistically.
    P.S. I’ve been listener since I discovered TDAR in early college when it was still in it’s early episodes but this is my first time commenting. Just wanted to say thanks for all the great work and keep it up! (oh and you have at least two listeners in Nebraska:])

  3. Hey that’s good that Anne got a job at Ubi. Been thinking lately about how many good IPs they have these days. Sad to see you leave the co-host position. At least now Michael can get sexy without you interrupting in disgust. Some of us are lonely enough to love it.

  4. 3 Post combo! but for the QOTW i wish i wasn’t so jaded, i guess the last mission of Blood Dragon was pretty cool and the most fun i have had was playing Perfect Dark and Smash Bros multiplayer with my friends all weekend.

  5. I couldn’t record it because i don’t have any ps3 capture equipment but from metal slug anthology, when playing metal slug three, i think stage 2 or 3 when you can become a zombie. There a hidden path you can take by blasting of the door of a frozen coal mine, which when followed all the way leads to a dead end and a frozen mammoth when you free the mammoth you can ride him back killing tons of enemies on the way back. But this isn’t all of it, you could feed him batteries to get it to shoot lightning out of its nostril, So i guess the moment would be me riding a mammoth equipped what appears to be vulcan cannons and shooting lightning while my friend rides on the back spewing zombie blood vomit giving me cover fire.

  6. The very end of Assassin’s Creed 3. I loved the previous titles but I despised 3. The unlikeable protagonist, boring story and so many god damn desmond sections uuuuuggghhhhh. The only fun thing that kept me playing was the naval warfare. I was over the fucking moon when that game ended. Objectively it wasn’t a terrible game but subjectively I think it was garbage.

    1. …and on a less cynical note Rayman Origins. The stupidly embarrassing grin I had on my face while playing that game is something I haven’t felt since I was a kid. I guess that’s what it does; remind me of childhood hardcore platformers (because that game was hard as dicks). Ahhh, sweet nostalgia.
      Suggestion for the next QOTW: what game would you like to see a de-make of?
      I’d love to see army of two done double dragon style, fitting don’t you think?

  7. Does beating both God of War 1 and 2 on God Difficulty and Titan difficulty count for moments of happiness?

    Other then that, I can’t really think of any endings I could say made me happy. There were some satisfying endings to be sure, and I was happy that they were finally over and done with. But, lately, none that I would say made me feel joy or elation when it was over.

  8. Great to hear on the new job Anne and for someone who was apparently “slumming it” this whole time you were pleasantly upbeat haha!

  9. QOTW: Both of mine are call back reveals; the return to rapture in Infinite and the return of Big Boss and the end of Metal Gear Solid 4. I was so elated I couldn’t help myself from running around the room at how awsome it was for this to be happening. Both time I had to reload the scene to across ally watch it one I calmed down.

  10. If the fight with the third colossus in Shadow of the Colossus was my “whoa” moment for that game, then the battle with the Basaran (the giant tortoise one with the geyser battlefield) was probably my happiest moment in the game. There was just something so jaw dropping about the scene and the scale of the fight that got me to feel the feels. All of them. All the feels.

    Also, when I finally got a double eagle in Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, which was the final trophy I needed for the platinum. That’s was super happy times.

  11. So, now that Anne is no longer a host, will Sexy Dr. Claw be a permanent member of the cast?
    Seriously, though, congratulations Anne. Now the podcast will have 63% less charm.

  12. QoTW: I’d have to say that hands down the thing that made me happiest in a game was Mordin singing “The Major General’s Song”. I was so taken aback by him just going into a singing solo out of the blue that I loved it. He was definitely one of the most intriguing characters from the series and probably the most fun to interact with and this was just the icing on the cake for me.

  13. The moment of gaming that pushed my happiness to the max was starting Fez. It was during a time when it seemed every damn game was the same dull thing. Suddenly I’m in this bright vibrant world that is a genuine joy to explore and moves like nothing I had experienced before. I get a similar feeling from the new Rayman games. Colorful, clever, and fun!

  14. Probably the most excited I ever got over a game would be in Pokemon red, when I finally caught a sycther in the safari. Me being four at the time I thought the idea of a Pokemon with swords for hands was “so cool”, and that somehow this one Pokemon could help me win against my dad’s army of dragon Pokemon.
    Clearly I ended up being wrong, but at that moment when all my searching finally payed off I can say I was definitely over-the-moon happy.

  15. Since this podcast is a successor of TDar and all, you guys should bring back Game Deals. Granted, I don’t live in America so I can’t take advantage of the deals, I just wanna hear that awesome Donald Duck jingle and Zelda Market theme. I ama sad sad man

    -Everything about Rayman Origins made me happy. It was like a breath of fresh especially when every other game wass a brown depressing shooter that year
    -Playing Battlefield with friends as an efficient squad and winning. Also, the first time I snuck upto a tank and planted C4 on it.
    -*Spoilers* The end of Journey when you and your anonymous companion slowly inch into the light together to become one while a slow orchestra played. That really tickled my pleasure boner

    1. My brothers and I will randomly run through Chest Chases and Land of the Livid Dead. What a fantastic game. I remember one lever where everyone of us would start by running and punching in an effort to get to the first enemies, some sort of bee, but whoever got punched got struck by lightning and missed the first moving platform. We were stuck on that level for hours because my little brother kept killing us trying to get out ahead, yelling ” IT HAS TO BE ME! I’M THE FASTEST!’

  16. QotW: I think my happiest gaming memory is of Harvest Moon: Back To Nature, which I played alongside my younger sister.
    We played it every weekend for about a year, doing the first 3 years over and over again, trying all kinds of different methods to try and get another 3 years on the farm, rather than being made to start again because we weren’t worthy, and the sunday afternoon when we finally earned our second term in charge (Via marriage and winning Best Animal competitions ultimately) we were so happy that we just hugged each other for about 5 minutes straight, then saved the game and turned it off, both being content that we’d won the game, and never went back and played it again.

  17. Side note, very sad to hear that Anne will be a less regular fixture on the podcast now, but very happy for her in her new job, I hope everything works out, as that’s far more important than bringing entertainment to a bunch of freeloading nerds.


    In all seriousness though, congratulations on the Job and, and I wish you the best of luck! That being said, you’ll definitely be missed as a co-host!

    Keep rocking on VGA!

  19. I would say that by a long shot, the moment that made me happiest was when Mordin sang the song about being a scientist salarian from the play he was in once in Mass Effect 2. It caught me so off guard. Mordin was always a fun and intersting character, but this really put the icing on the cake for me as being my favorite.

  20. My “Happy Moment” is from Majora’s Mask. When I was a kid I was pretty terrible at that game, and I couldn’t get past the first part where you’re stuck as a Deku and you have 3 in-game days to do a bunch of stuff to turn back into Link. When I FINALLY got past that part and was able to play a Link I was ecstatic. I guess sometimes my happiest moments are when I get past a very difficult (or relatively difficult considering my age) part of a game.

  21. In 2002 my girlfriend and I stayed up all night drinking and beat Mario 3 all the way no whistles. I want to make a joke about going all the way now but I will leave that to Mikel.

    1. Beating all of Mario 3 while intoxicated and with a girlfriend in one night? Impressive sir. Very impressive.

  22. The opening of The Scott Pilgrim Game when Anamanaguchi’s Scott Pilgrim Anthem kicks in for the first time accompanied with the pixel sprites of the comic characters. It put me in such a state of bliss I put down the controller and just experienced it.

    1. Also, the moment in Mass Effect 3 shooting with Garrus on top of the Citadel. It made me so sappily happy and I felt like he really was a great friend of mine. Then the brutally realistic part of my brain took over and I realized he was a program but still…feels.

  23. Best moment was being drunk and remembering how great I thought the ps2 era James bond games were. A week later 4 packages from eBay arrived and I had no idea I drunk purchased everything or nothing, from Russia with love, agent under fire and night fire. Games do not hold up at all epic fail.

  24. QOTW: Winning my first match at my second fighting game tournament, only then to loose my next two matches and get eliminated. The guys i lost to came in 3rd and 5th so i guess its not too bad for my second try.

    Other than that, suplexing a two headed dragon in Bayonetta

    best wishes Ann, really gonna miss your filthy mouth on the podcast.

  25. QOTW: One of the happiest moments of my life was finally getting skyrim home and popping it in. Oblivion is my favorite game to this day and seeing an elderscrolls game realized in a truly beautiful world with mechanics that work filled me with joy to no end.

  26. Happiest moment in a game? Slamming down the first big hill in Crazy Taxi and catching so much air that you fly right over several trollies. Right out of the gate this game hit me with so much freedom and excitement. And of course, the “YAH YAH YAH YAH YAAHH” for Offspring. It was a lollercoaster of emoticons.

  27. QOTW: I think the best moment in my gaming history is when I finally got my Minecraft account and started playing it for the first time. The sense of awe that I got from walking around the randomly generated world, and the pure vitriol terror of when I first heard that *SSsssssss* behind me. It was truly a one-of-a-kind feeling, that sadly goes away as you get more accustomed to the game.

    Another thing was every time in Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, when I put down one of those DO NOT ENTER signs on the exit of the park, and all of the people just couldn’t leave the park, and were stuck there forever. That was an evil feeling.

    The other thing non-game related that made me happy was the season 3 finale of My Little Pony. Man, those songs and emotions got right to me.

  28. QoTW: I genuinely freaked out when I found PLAYABLE space harrier at the arcade in shenmue. Playing a game In game was so meta! I got so gitty and amped I literally couldn’t stand still and had to tell the first person I could find. The first person was my grandmother, the sweetest little old lady who could not only care less but had Alzheimer’s, severe hearing loss and a deep disdain for men with long hair. She smiled , said ” that’s nice Joey (my fathers name). My kids used to love howdy doodie!” and then fell asleep on the toilet.

    I spent the rest of day eating an entire box of hamburger helper and playing space harrier.

  29. The moment that made me the most happy was beating the high score of James Mielke, one of the guys who worked on Lumines: Electronic Symphony, in Lumines: Electronic Symphony.

    Also, the tutorial from Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon had the best tutorial ever.

  30. QotW: People turn to video games for a lot of things: a feeling of badassitude, engaging story/game-play, or as a place to vent their frustration. However, some turn to video games when they are sad. I am one of these sad (sad, sad) people, and the video game that makes me genuinely, over-the-moon happy is “Viewtiful Joe.” If you are unfamiliar with the game, you should go play it and feel instantly better about the human condition. It’s on the GameCube and PS2.

    Joe, the protagonist, gets sucked into the land of the movies and becomes a power-ranger superhero (his lifelong dream) so that he can rescue his girlfriend from the bad guys. The specific moment that makes me genuinely happy in “Viewtiful Joe” is when Joe becomes a hero for the first time. It happens within the first ten minutes of the game, and it never fails to make me smile.

    The ghost of Joe’s idol, Captain Blue, descends from the heavens and bestows upon Joe a “V-Watch” that will only function when his “heroness has awakened.” Joe gets the costume and the superpowers soon enough, but that moment between him and Captain Blue says to me, “hey, even you (the player) can be a hero.” And it’s not the idea of “slipping into” the character, such as with the Master Chief or Jack from “BioShock,” but a genuine feeling that “holy crap, the coolest of cool superheroes (in this universe anyway) just gave an average Joe (/eyeroll) the key to his dreams.”

    That, if it is anything, is a message of empowerment, and, as a person that struggles with depression, it is exactly what I need when I feel that the world is turned against me. Sure, Joe gets a push in the right direction by the ghost of Captain Blue, but saving the world is up to him. And he handles it with style, enthusiasm and bravery. Joe never doubts himself, he never loses hope, and he is never afraid. I wish I could say the same of myself, but Joe still gives me hope.

    That moment makes me think that I can be a hero too. That moment makes me realize that I can save myself.

    TL;DR: When Joe gets the V-Watch in “Viewtiful Joe,” he makes me feel that I can be a hero.

  31. As the token Icelandic listener to VGA that is both semi-closely related to Björk and Jón Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavik, I can confirm the usefulness of the Anti-incest phone app.

    Fun fact: The app is called: Íslendingabók

  32. Mine was probably playing Far Cry 3 and just seeing how amazing and colourful the graphics looked. It was a nice change from the dry, brown, dull landscape that was Far Cry 2. Any game that looks very colourful is a big plus in my book!

  33. The Golden Spork thing is a reference to the Lady of the Lake who gives the Excalibur to Arthur in a similar fashion.

    QOTW: The end of Paper Mario for the N64; after the credit roll Peach and Mario watch fireworks from Mario’s house with some peaceful music, very nice, I could watch that scene for hours.

  34. Playing Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Being a massive Batman fan and having sat through countless shitty Batman games (Dark Tomorrow, Beyond: Return of the Joker, etc.), it was a hugely satisfying experience and I couldn’t stop playing them. Even with City two years later, I was still captivated as ever and a really happy camper. Here’s hoping Origins is at least half as good as City is.

  35. For the question of the week:

    I would have to say that my gushing moments came from the Fallout 1 and 2 ending montages. I was in middle school when I enjoyed the first Fallout, and it was the first time I encountered the concept of a montage finale in a vidya game. The amazing narrative work of Ron Perlman (I met the man when I was counselor at one of his camps for impoverished children down in the LA area, and he is just as imposing as his voice and his acting) mixed with the still images of every town your vault dweller avatar had influenced made me feel damn important at 13 years old.

    Love the show, sorry to see lady host go bye bye, keep up the good work!

  36. I’d like to add one more.

    When Half Life 2 was finally released, and you’re transported into the dystopian Earth the fact that I was finally playing in the same universe you did half a decade prior gave me lots of good feels. Then when you run into Barney, raging broner ensues. It’s that security guard that opened all those doors for me! I was beaming at my CRT screen.

  37. Okay, sorry for all the responses, but if you had to choose one of my anecdotes, it’d be this one:

    Slapping creatures in Dungeon Keeper (especially the chickens which out satisfyingly explode in blood and feathers) would fill me with glee. Slapping the dark mistress, who enjoyed the slapping, would fill me with other, more confusing feelings.

  38. I have a personal memory with Journey that I think fits the QOTW. The moment I will always remember was right at the end of the game before you go through the final door. I had lost the person I had been playing Co-Op with the whole time and I didn’t want to go through the door without them, I waited for 2 minutes and thought that I had gotten too far away from that person so they must have disconnected.

    So I thought I should push through the final door but just as I started making my way to the door, the other player showed up and then when I saw the 2 characters holding hands as they went through the door together, I started tearing up but these were tears of joy not sadness. I was so ecstatic to find my buddy and it was the perfect way to end my playthrough of Journey.

    I can’t think of any other game that reduced me to tears and for this reason, I think Journey might be my favorite game of all time.

  39. For me the happiest moment was getting the Big Boss emblem in MGS4 and 100%-ing Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory on hard, because only achieving something significant makes me happy.

    1. Also on the topic of Metro 2033: I’m Russian, I recently played Metro 2033 and I’ve never seen a more realistic depiction of current day Russia than the one in Metro. Saint Petersburg is beautiful city but pretty much every other inhabited place has nuclear waste everywhere, majority of people live underground and the streets are littered with mutants that’ll chew your face right off. Also, interesting fact, in my hometown we’ve been using bullets as currency since 1993 – way ahead of the curve, bitches.
      I actually am Russian and while the preceding paragraph was a joke, it’s not too far from reality.

  40. The happuest moment I remember the most is loading up Command & Conquer: Red Alert, and hearing Hell March for the first time. It filled me with giddyness, and I couldn’t wait to play the game. That game was also the first time I saw an FMV, and the opeining video of Einstein and Hitler is still one of my favorites. I used to turn on the game just to watch it, memorised what they said to each other, and said it along with them. I was a strange child.

  41. The best moment in a video game was the opening video for Kingdom Hearts II. The joyful feeling and amazing music was priceless. The funniest moment in my video game history was meeting the bosses in borderlands and borderlands 2.

  42. QOTW: This. –

    I was able to play Final Fantasy 2 in a Famicom at the Final Fantasy retrospective at PAX Prime 2012. It was more of a gaming experience that made me giddy as a schoolgirl than a moment in a game.

    Otherwise I’d say hearing “Never Gonna Give You Up” while playing Chrono Trigger, Getting to Oregon in Oregon Trail back in 1988, and finally beating Super Mario Brothers just last month.
    I’d also say that when I made my first game back in school when I was going to school for game design watching other people play it and like it made me so happy.

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