Vidjagame Apocalypse 141 – More-Than-Decent December Games

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Another Mikel-free episode features Hank, Dave, Chris, and Brett discussing the games that bucked the trend and were all-time classics despite releasing in the normally dead month of December. Tyler hops on the show to join in the discussion of Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six: Siege, a new Ninja Turtles game, and Metal Gear disarmament before moving onto your best game deals and the new question of the week!

Question of the Week

What game do you most associate with playing over a holiday break, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other extended break from work or school?

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14 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 141 – More-Than-Decent December Games

  1. I love youse guys and I know there are now 4 full timers in the LT crew + Mikel but it feels like Anne is like never on anymores.

    1. I kind of agree, at the start it was a Mikel, Anne, Tyler and Chris deal. I would love to hear more of that lineup assuming that Anne and Tyler want to jump in. Though its so good to have Brett on stuff again, i was missing his voice on LT and VGA. This is going to come off as mean and obviously this week is special in that Mikel is away but i kind of like not having Henry on VGA.

  2. QOTW:
    During Thanksgiving of 2014, my family from Texas came over and stayed over for the first half of Hanucha. During this time, I did my best to avoid these 3 members of my family by playing tons and tons of Far Cry 4. Also in 2014, for New Years Eve, I played Mirror’s Edge and Crysis 1 only because I had bought each for $3 digitally on the Xbox 360. I played both and beat Mirror’s Edge in three hours while sadly drinking a diet IBC root beer and lamenting the fact that I was 17 and alone on New Years Eve playing video games.

  3. I associate Pokemon Snap with the holidays. Every year at either Thanksgiving or Christmas my brother, two cousins, and I beat the game. Is it a good game? No. But at this point it’s tradition and we all laugh uncontrollably at my one cousin’s (awful) imitations of Pokemon calls.

  4. QOTW:

    I just want to say that Fallout 3, a snow mod and a radio station that only plays old timey Christmas songs is the best thing ever for a sandbox game in the winter. That’s what I played last year.

  5. Oh man a Gabriel Knight mention! Literally the greatest game of all time. I still replay it once a year. That remake was a total travesty though.

  6. Christmas of 2000, my first year in the Air Force, i was stuck on an air force base unable to go home for the holidays. It was just me, my newly purchased Dreamcast and a rented copy of Shenmue.

    With nothing else to do, i immersed myself in the game for days (ACTUAL DAYS). On the occasions when I’d leave my room to go to the chow hall, I’d literally have to re-acclimate to a world without QTEs and random Japanese guys trying to jump me. It was the first and only time that a game caused me to lose my grasp on reality.
    Ironically the game lost me when it got too real and made me get a mindless, repetitive job. Go figure.

  7. QOTW: It’s gotta be Smash Bros Melee for me. My friends and I skied constantly as kids, so after a day on the mountain during Christmas break in 2001, we would go straight into our circuit around town, stopping at anyone’s house who had a Gamecube, brandishing a newly-minted copy of Melee. So, imagine being a parent watching six or so gross high schoolers in soaked snowpants shrieking at a CRT TV about total nonsense (“PK… FLASSHHH!!”), and try to show even a modicum of patience. They usually didn’t. After we’d worn out our welcome at my first friend’s, we’d drive to my house a few miles up the road. Strategies and secret alliances were formed in each car between venues. Shortly after, my parents would kick us off the TV, and we’d go across town to our third friend’s place and play on his Gamecube, usually to re-unlock the characters we’d discovered earlier in the afternoon. By the time the day was over, we were still in our ski gear, full of pizza and Mountain Dew, and exiled to our last friend’s basement, where we could dwell undisturbed until the next day, when we’d do it all over again.

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