Dec 182014
 
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This week’s show marks our last “real” VGA for 2014, so following last year’s established tradition, we’re going out with a countdown of our 10 favorite games of the year. Which ones will make the cut? After we find out, it’s on to some new-releases talk about Elite: Dangerous, an unexpectedly heated debate sparked by Hatred news, and some of the old movies you’d like to see made into games.

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Dec 112014
 
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VGA93

The longer a tie-in game takes to come out after the movie it’s based on, the better it tends to be. By that logic, the five games in this week’s Top 5 — which all adapted movies that came out at least two decades before — must be AMAZING. Then it’s on to some chatter about Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Suikoden II, the PlayStation Experience, and the games that made you cry.

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Dec 062014
 
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VGA92

Who says games can’t make you cry? As the Bay Area shifts from a yearlong drought to winter monsoon season, it seems like a perfect time to make things awkwardly personal with a Top 5 about the games that made the hosts choke up and shed a tear or two. Just a little. In a totally manly way. After that, we take a look at the last big game releases of 2014, the Assassin’s Creed Victory leak, and the stories you wish you could change.

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Nov 272014
 
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VGA91

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in America, meaning everyone’s blowing off work so they can gorge themselves while cooped up in pressure-cookers of familial loathing and resentment. We’re no exception, so in honor of the noble sacrifice of the walking-bird (or “turkey” to non-Simpsons fans), we’ve invited Retronauts host Bob Mackey to share in a short, Top 5-centric show about our new favorite genre: the “walking simulator.”

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Nov 212014
 
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VGA90

Everyone loves “what-if” scenarios, and games are a great way to explore them, particularly when it comes to alternate views of world history. What if, for example, two warring, medieval secret societies had survived to spread their influence across the world? What if World War II had been fought by anime teenagers? These and other questions are answered by the games in this week’s Top 5, followed by some talk about Grand Theft Auto V (again), Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and WWE 2k15, and a look at the franchises you got sick of first.

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Nov 132014
 
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VGA89

The holiday game-release season is in full swing this week, with headliners that include two Assassin’s Creed games – one of which inspired a Top 5 about our favorite interquels. After that, it’s on to a discussion of AC Unity and Rogue (as well as Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Valkyria Chronicles), before moving on to Overwatch, Just Cause 3, and the best lies you’ve ever been told about games.

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Nov 062014
 
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VGA88

Another year brings another Call of Duty, along with another round of jaded gamers rolling their eyes at the silly rah-rah army hero baby game. As anyone who’s played through its slickly realized campaigns can attest, however, there’s more to CoD’s stories than big guns and simplistic pro-war attitudes. There’ve even been a few times when the series has been downright subversive, and these are the fodder for this week’s Top 5. Then it’s on to some talk about multiplayer shark-shooter Depth, the Evolve alpha, and your favorite games for playing as a villain.

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Oct 302014
 
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It’s Halloween! Well, Halloweek, at least. After a few weeks of spooky Top 5 topics, we dug deep into gaming’s roots for five seriously old-school horror games. Atari 2600 old-school. Terrifying. With that out of the way, it’s on to business as usual with Sunset Overdrive, Lords of the Fallen, the return of X-Wing and TIE Fighter, and your favorite in-game haunted houses.

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Oct 232014
 
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VGA86

It’s still October, which means another quasi-spooky episode (spoopisode?), this time about our favorite creepy, horror-infested houses.  Then the conversation moves on to this week’s monstrous crop of new releases (including Fantasia: Music Evolved, Bayonetta 2, and Screencheat) and a look at the game characters you’ve dressed up as for Halloween.

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Oct 162014
 
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Continuing with this month’s horror theme, our Top 5 this week focuses on the oft-maligned practice of shoehorning zombies into games that didn’t have them initially — often with spectacular results. Then there’s some fevered discussion of The Evil Within and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a brief dusting of New York Comic-Con news, and a look at how well you’d do — realistically speaking — in a zombie apocalypse.

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