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May 282015
 
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When advertisers and games come together, the results are usually annoying in-game billboards, awkward insertions of commercial taglines into dialogue, or a set-up for stale jokes about Doritos and Mountain Dew. But once every 100 years (give or take), unholy pacts between ads and games create something wonderful, memorable, sometimes even playable. We count down five of our favorites in this week’s show, after which we talk about Witcher 3 (again), Ultra Street Fighter IV, Splatoon, the impending early release of Hatred, and your favorite mobile games.

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May 222015
 
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Sonic the Hedgehog? Tired and boring. Alex Kidd? Don’t insult us. Sega’s greatest spokesman was born in advertising, starred in one game, and never made it stateside before literally exploding on television. And since last week marked the two-decade anniversary of the Sega Saturn’s surprise (and, as we’d later come to realize, horribly timed) launch in the U.S., we’d be remiss if we didn’t spend some time recognizing the insane hard-sell mascot that hawked Sega’s lovably clunky 32-bit machine in Japan: Segata Sanshiro. Continue reading »

May 222015
 
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Conventional wisdom holds that handheld versions of multiplatform games are, at best, stripped-down shadows of their console brethren, and best forgotten. Sometimes, conventional wisdom is for idiots. USGamer’s Bob Mackey joins us this week for a Top 5 about handheld companion games that outshone their higher-profile console versions, after which we jump into a rambling conversation about Witcher 3 and Destiny: House of Wolves (and The Simpsons, and some other stuff) before looking at characters you used to think were cool.

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May 142015
 
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Two weeks ago, Vidjagame Apocalypse asked its listeners to post and explain the most embarrassing (or best, because not everyone’s willing to bare their souls online) fan art they’d ever created. Because our fans are awesome, the results were predictably amazing — so much so that we’re reposting them here for those of you who never venture into our forums. Some are cringe-worthy, some are brilliant, and some are a bit of both — dare you look for yourself? Continue reading »

May 142015
 
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Sega’s Saturn might have been an underpowered, overpriced mess of a system when it prematurely launched 20 years ago this week — but dammit, it still holds a special place in our hearts, partly because it boasted some truly amazing games. In this episode, we count down our five favorites, after which we dive into an anemic slate of new releases (including Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains), get excited over Fallout/Bloodstained/Assassin’s Creed Syndicate news, and the alt-history games that captured your imaginations.

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May 072015
 
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For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo is a grand opportunity to crowd into Mexican restaurants, get drunk, and wear ridiculous hats while not knowing the first thing about what the holiday’s actually about. Now that it’s come and gone, however, Gamespot’s Chris Watters joins us to talk about a different kind of cultural appropriation: Japanese games that include sombrero-wearing characters, often for no clear thematic reason. After that, there’s some argument about alternate histories in general, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood in particular, followed by Tony Hawk news and a look at some of the fan art that you consider to be your most embarrassing/favorite work.

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Apr 302015
 
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Our longtime friend Dan Amrich (of Palette-Swap Ninja and Critical Path) joins us this week, and we repay him by making him suffer through counting down five of the loudest, chattiest, most obnoxious cartoon characters ever to headline a platformer. Then there’s some excitement over the return of Broken Age; a lot of chat about recent Konami, Valve, and Hatred news; and a fond look at your favorite Star Wars games.

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Apr 232015
 
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It’s the week of 4/20, which means you probably spent most of Monday massaging your temples in anguish as the Internet brayed endless weed jokes and used the word “ganja” unironically. Well, tough, because it’s not over yet — we’re late to the party, Henry Gilbert is back on the show, and we’re getting our smoke on. Or, well, the protagonists in this week’s Top 5 are, as we count down a selection of games in which you can watch your avatar get high. Then there’s some chat about Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (during which we somehow fail to make any “chronic” puns) and Killing Floor 2, as well as a whole lot of talk about the weekend’s two big Star Wars trailers: The Force Awakens, and EA’s Battlefront.

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Apr 162015
 
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Do you often find yourself rooting for the bad guys, sometimes even when they’re not snappier dressers than the heroes? You’re not alone, and a lot of games cater to your dark impulses with the option to play as their Big Bads and put the sappy good guys in their place. Along with special guest Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe, we explore five of our favorite villain experiences this week, followed by a spirited discussion of Mortal Kombat X, Westerado: Double Barreled, Grand Theft Auto V on PC, and your last memories of being in an arcade.

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Apr 092015
 
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With David Lynch dropping out (at least temporarily) of the Twin Peaks resurrection over the weekend, the time was ripe for an idea that’s been sitting on our back burner for a while: games that borrowed heavily from the landmark ’90s show, forging their own uniquely weird identities in the process. Some of them may even surprise you. There’s also some light talk about Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, excitement over Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and ranting over Amiibos, and a look at your favorite April Fool’s gags of 2015.

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Apr 022015
 
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San Francisco seems to get destroyed a lot more often than most other cities in fiction, and that includes games – so this week, we take a look at five games that wreaked the most destruction on VGA’s hometown. Then there’s some extended Bloodborne chat with Michael Grimm, a bit of excitement over Axiom Verge, and a look at the games you said made purchasing a new console or video card worthwhile.

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Mar 262015
 
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Fresh off our playthrough of the dazzling Final Fantasy XV demo, we begin this week’s show by looking at the proud tradition of packing high-profile demos to help sell (and, more often than not, almost completely eclipse) medium-profile games. Then it’s on to some rapturous Bloodborne chatter, our thoughts on Hideo Kojima leaving Konami, and your best drunk-gaming experiences.

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Mar 192015
 
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Given that St. Patrick’s Day was this week, we opted for the convenient holiday theme and made this episode about the most Irish thing games have to offer: Irish accents, affected by (mostly) non-Irish actors. Then it’s on to some brief talk about Battlefield Hardline, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and Jason Voorhees joining Mortal Kombat X, after which we take a look at your ideas for the perfect VR experience.

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