Vidjagame Apocalypse 234 – Ghost Adventures

It’s the first week of October, which means it’s time to gather around the campfire and start in on an increasingly spooky month of Top 5s. We’ll start off easy, as Heidi Kemps joins us to talk about the spectral protagonists of five games that let you play as ghosts. Then it’s on to a lot of talk about the SNES Classic, Cuphead, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, Red Dead Redemption 2, and the games you’d add to the SNES Classic.

Question of the Week
In the spirit of Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, have you ever been gifted the wrong game? If not, what’s the worst game you ever received as a gift?



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Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Super Mario Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Crackdown 3
Call of Duty: WWII
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
God of War
The Evil Within II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Metro: Exodus
Monster Hunter World
Dragon Ball FighterZ

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23 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 234 – Ghost Adventures

  1. Was Cart Mart the store on the corner of Edgewood and Johnson, behind Taco John’s? The one that was Top Tech at one point?

    I asked my mom for Dragon Warrior 2 for Christmas, and she got Double Dragon 2, which wasn’t a bad game, but it was no Dragon Warrior 2. DW 2 being hard to find, when I took DD 2 back to the store I couldn’t find DW 2, so I got Mega Man 3 instead, and never did get to play DW 2 until the Game Boy version came out.

  2. When I was a younger lad, ALL I WANTED was a copy of Doom 64 for Christmas (Atheists play Doom on Christmas, it’s just a thing we do). It was all I talked about for months and months before the holiday. When the day finally came, and I was given the Nintendo 64-shaped gift, my mouth began to water. Upon hastily tearing away the gift wrap, I was greeted by the smiling face of Donkey Kong and his obnoxious, banana-ejaculating friends. I guess my parents figured Donkey Kong 64 would be better for a young man’s development than a Space Marine running through the haunted hallways of moon bases, collecting keycards and giving out free lead-enemas.
    But I was at least relieved when I found out that Donkey Kong 64 was actually pretty good, and my disappointment eventually subsided. I just ended up buying Doom 64 a few weeks later with Christmas money, anyways. (Thanks, Grandma!)

    1. QotW: As a child, my unknowing aunt gifted me the NES classic, Color a Dinosaur. Between Jurassic Park and the original Power Rangers, I was obsessed with dinosaurs, and my aunt knew this. So for my bday, to my silenced horror I received the game. I wasn’t horrified it was a bad game, since I wouldn’t have known, more horrified I got an NES game – as by this time I’ve moved onto SNES/Genesis. I gave her a hug and a forced but loving thanks. I can’t really blame her, she doesn’t know games, heh.

  3. Being a foolish 9 year old who loved the movie, I really wanted the Hercules Game Boy game for Christmas in 1997. I think I had built it up in my headas something spectacular, probably based on a Nintendo Power article. Turns out, like most licensed games of that era, it was pretty awful. I don’t think I ever even made it past the first level. That one taught me an early lesson in harsh truths of the game industry.

  4. Best of luck to Heidi on her new Portland adventures! It’s been great having her show up every few episodes or so, so I’ll happily look forward to guest appearances whenever she can afford to in the future.

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to get an SNES classic anywhere, but I am hunting high and low, so hopefully I will prevail

  5. Kirby’s Dream Course is GOOD AS HELL and everytime the SNES classic comes up there’s always some schnook shoeshiner who’s gotta disrespect it. Sad!

  6. QOTW: My post from the forums suffering from the Spam-apocalypse is reposted below.

    Picture it: Christmas 1997. I finally got my N64 and got one game, diddy kong racing. Later that day I visited my other set of grandparents and received another game, Mario Kart 64. This second game was the mistake as my mom told them to get Super Mario 64. Instead I had two kart racing games with DKR being the superior experience with multiple vehicles, a story, etc. It took me forever to finally play SM64 and I can’t imagine how awesome it would have been to have it as my second game.

  7. No Chubby Cherub aka Q-Taro the Ghost: Bow-Wo Panic?

    QOTW- I generally don’t get video games as presents, mostly because I begged my parents to buy me the game in store no matter how much I kept annoying them. So… I would say I wanted anime DVD but got Tomorrow Never Dies on the PS1, leading to one of my worst return experiences ever as I spent Christmas Eve trying to get that $25 back from Toysrus because I didn’t have have the system then, plus I didn’t like Brosnan’s bond.

    Dave’s favorite game of the year, Enter the Gungeon is $7.50 on Steam.

  8. QOTW:

    I posted this story on the video of you guys reviewing the SNES Mini, but it’s perfect here. Christmas of 95. I’m 12 years old. All I want for Christmas is Chrono Trigger. I wanted Chrono Trigger more than anything. I see under the tree a package shaped exactly like a SNES game. I know, I know in my heart it’s Chrono Trigger. I’m gonna get to own Chrono Trigger. This is going to be the best fucking Christmas ever. Christmas morning of 95. It’s the last gift I open. I open it. What stares me in the face is Kirby’s Dream Course. Kirby’s Fucking Dream Course. I try to hide the intense disappointment but, and it breaks my heart to this day, I knew she could tell how disappointed I was.

    Later I learn that the Nintendo store was sold out of Chrono Trigger and she asked the clerk for a game that was challenging that would take me a while to get through and that piece of shit sold her Kirby’s fucking Dream Course. So I find it pretty funny that the SNES mini has no Chrono Trigger but little Kirby’s Dream Course gets a spot.

    That said I got a gold medal on every single course. I still hate it.

  9. Hey guys. First time, long time. The biggest instance I can think of getting a crap game I didn’t ask for was on the launch day of the Wii. I saved up MY OWN MONEY and because I had to work that morning I asked my loving grandmother, who worked at Walmart at the time, if she could pick me up a Wii and Twilight Princess if I gave her the money. She succeeded!……….In half of the mission. I did in fact get a Wii, but they had run out of Zelda. So instead of just getting me the system with Wii Sports and saving my money she thought I’d enjoy Call of Duty 3. I did not. While i was still desperate to try any game with those sick motiom controls i decided to open the game and play it anyway for all of 20 minutes. I decided to count my losses and just save up at my 16 year old paying job and wait another 2 weeks to get Twilight Princess.

  10. QOTW – I was able to get my parents to get me a SNES for Christmas one year, which is great, but the very next Christmas was the Christmas of Mortal Kombat and I needed blood in my Mortal Kombat, so I convinced them to get me a Genesis. And that part of the story is awesome, and forgive me for the obvious case of First World Problems, but following that I couldn’t get my parents or grandparents to get me a SNES game. Since I wanted the Genesis after already having a SNES, they just assumed it was better and the SNES was obsolete. I would make out a Christmas or birthday list and write down what games I wanted and for what platform, and it didn’t matter if I wanted the SNES version, I always ended up with the inferior Genesis version. Ever try to play Maximum Carnage with a stock Genesis 3 button controller? It’s maddening.

  11. QOTW: In 2001 my grandmother asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was 18 and didn’t want to bother her for anything, but she insisted, so I asked for Megaman X6 since I loved the series and it had just released. I soon learned that it was an awful piece of crap that would only be outdone in sheer lack of quality by its sequel, but I absolutely did not want to tell her to get me something else, so I resigned myself to getting a bad game. Fortunately, she got me the original Megaman Battle Network for GBA instead. I didn’t have a GBA, but once I was able to get one, I found it was a surprisingly fun game.

  12. Loved that bit of Kate Bush as the break song especially after last week’s sample of Sammus.
    Also, Chris, please do more adaptations of Tony Soprano as other people. Lol’d hard enough to almost fuck up my dinner tonight.

  13. QOTW: My uncle once tried to get me Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, but bought me MAG (Massive Action Game) for PS3 instead.

    I already had MW2 for Xbox 360.

    And I didn’t have a PS3.

  14. QOTW: 50 Cent: Bulletproof.

    I had asked for Shadow of the Collosus that year but my parents had problems finding it. So, like Chris’ uncle, my dad asked the GameStop clerk for a suggestion. I guess my dad told him I really liked Grand Theft Auto games and that fucking asshole had the balls to tell him it was a similar game. (Ron Howard voice) it wasn’t. I have never trusted a GameStop employee since and I never will again (former’s ok, love you Dave).

  15. By Christmas 1991, Mom — whom I love very much and am wishing a happy birthday today — was doing all she could to get me away from playing NES all the time. I had placed a few games on my Christmas list that year, only to be told that I wouldn’t be getting any NES games for Christmas. But then I saw a curious box under the tree — it was just the right size. I picked it up — it was just the right weight. I was convinced *some game* was in this box, and I couldn’t wait till Christmas morning to hear Mom say, “Just kidding.”

    Once December 25th came along, the time finally came — what game was Mom actually getting me, despite her warning? I opened it up excitedly to reveal…

    An NES Cleaning Kit ( I guess the concept of me cleaning anything in my early teens was appealing to Mom. She had kept her word. And I’ll always regret the next phrase to exit my mouth: “This is the worst Christmas ever.”

  16. Honorable mentions for games with playable ghosts: Pac-Man Vs. and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion (Nintendo Land).

  17. Growing up in the Northwest of the USA, we always called it the N-E-S, just pronouncing each letter. So when the Super Nintendo came out, it was natural to just call it the S-N-E-S. I never heard it pronounced as a single word until listening to British podcasters. Now I do catch myself saying SNES as a single word.

  18. QOTW: I’m sure I received the “wrong” gift many times, but I can’t recall any specific occurrence (I’m 36, it’s been awhile since someone in my family bought me a vidjagame…) However, what I do recall is a gift game my step-brother received. My parents divorced when I was 9, both parents remarried (other people, of course), and my Dad married a woman that came with 2 kids – one a boy almost the exact age as me. Anyway, I lived with my mom and step dad and one of the times I went to visit my Dad around the holidays, my step-brother received a brand-new NES game from his ultra-religious aunt: One of those non-Nintendo-approved Bible RPGs. What was funny is that it actually turned out to be a pretty decent RPG, and we loved playing RPGs together (I actually miss those days of playing an RPG along with someone else. It’s kind of like watching a TV series or a movie together.)

  19. When I was just a wee lad my mom tried to be nice, and per local rental store employee’s recommendation, rented me Quest 64. I was stuck with it all weekend holding back my tears. I didn’t want to offend my mom and was scared she would never rent me a game ever again. Was the employee at the store trying to fuck with an 8 year old kids head? I’ll never know, but I still hold a special hatred for that game in my heart today.

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