Heath fills in for Addie once again in this week's episode. The neighbor's lawn
mower fills in as an annoying bit of bad luck. We don't have a sound-proof
recording studio or anything, unfortunately, so I apologize in advance for the
droning buzz that can be heard through most of the show. At least my pre-recorded
segment, with a spoiler-free review of Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4), isn't
affected by that.
In this episode, I rant about YouTube's cryptic "inappropriate content" complaint
about one of our recent episodes, which resulted in its removal from YouTube.
Even after disputing it, an uninformative and unhelpful cookie-cutter response
was the only result. Since our content doesn't actually voilate their content
policy, and no specifics were given, it's impossible to continue uploading to
YouTube because I have no idea what the issue was. As a result, we're no longer on
YouTube. My first thought was the ending music in that episode (from Blaster Master
Zero), but I generally only include stuff that others have set a precedent by
uploading already. Even so, a "copyright strike" is an entirely different thing
on YouTube, so the specifics of what went wrong may forever remain a mystery.
After news and new releases, I include my previously-mentioned pre-recorded review.
We had no email this week, which may have been for the best, since Heath was very
anxious to move ahead into game discussion. Much of his gaming time has been spent
on the Nintendo Switch, so he talks a little about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of
the Wild (Switch) and Snake Pass (Switch). Most of the discussion is about Lego
City Undercover (Switch), which prompts us to talk about collectibles and
completion percentages in games.
This week's Steam code give-aways include Puzzle Agent, Puzzle Agent 2,
and The Silent Age. The ending music is the
Mass Effect: Andromeda title theme.
Episode 145 is also available as an MP3 here.
Game code give-aways have been streamlined (even though you wouldn't know it from
my lengthy explanation in this episode). Instead of solving clues and filling in
the blanks, just listen for the password each week, and enter it in the box near
the bottom of our main page (www.vggpodcast.com). This week, we're giving away one
copy of Christopher Brookmyre's Bedlam and a copy of Lichdom: Battlemage, both on
Steam. Plus, last week's codes are still available, as far as we know.
Addie doesn't have much to say about the Xbox Scorpio announcement, but I share
my thoughts during our news segment. After that, she helps me with this week's
list of new game releases. In email, I talk more about the Mass Effect: Andromeda
faces/animation controversy (a topic that comes up again later in my pre-recorded
segment), math, and Pawel's thoughts on Psychonauts and Blackwood Crossing.
Also in my pre-recorded segment, I give first impressions of Thief Town (PS4) and
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4), plus a brief update on my progress in Syberia
II (PS3) and Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4). Being busy as usual, Addie played very
little and doesn't really have anything to add. In fact, this episode may be a bit
more monolouge-y than usual.
Mentioned in this episode:
Thief Town on
Late Shift (game trailer) on
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on
Blackwood Crossing (game trailer) on
Episode 144 is also available as an MP3 here.
This week's free Steam codes are for Just a Cleric, Just Bones,
and Monster RPG 2. As always, if you're the first listener to fill in
the blanks using show-related clues, you can redeem one or two or even all
three of these on Steam. Sometimes the codes don't get redeemed for days or
weeks, so it's always worth checking them out, just in case.
This week's news is a recap of April's free PlayStation Plus games, and the
games releasing this week for various platforms. In email, listeners share
opinions about several games, including Limbo, The Incredible Adventures of
Van Helsing, Guacamelee, TellTale's Batman, Night in the Woods, and L.A. Noir.
Blaster Master Zero (Switch) gets a review in my pre-recorded segment. After
that, Addie talks a little about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
and I Love Hue (iOS), which is her Mobile Game of the Week.
Without adequate time to prepare, we have no top ten list or quiz this week.
But we do have some Blaster Master Zero music. The show ends with the title
theme and a sampling of early level music in all its retro-inspired glory.
Episode 143 is also available as an MP3 here.
Even though it's still March, I think Addie considers this our April 1st episode.
Rather than spoil anything, I'll just leave it at that.
After news and new releases, an email from Pawel gives us a chance to talk briefly
about Addie's role as co-host. Nothing is decided, and she's here for now, but
the time may come when it's just me and Heath, as Addie's priorities change with
school, friends, and various other activities and interests. The same email also
gives me a chance to disagree with him about Horizon: Zero Dawn.
I have a brief update on Blaster Master Zero (Switch) and opening thoughts on Mass
Effect: Andromeda (PS4). In my pre-recorded segment, I review Nier: Automata (PS4).
After that, Addie has a short game review of her own. Then, in a new quiz, I
challenge her to name the exclusive gaming platform (Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo)
associated with each of sixteen iconic game characters. Bonus points are awarded
if she can name a game featuring that character. Listeners can play along too.
Steam game codes given away this week are Time Mysteries: Inheritance Remastered
and Broken Sword 1: Director's Cut. As always, the first person to fill in the
blanks using simple show-related clues (the answers to which can be found at our website)
gets one or both of these free games.
The ending music this week is the amusement park theme from Nier: Automata.
Episode 142 is also available as an MP3 here.
Addie's back, but it's our shortest episode ever due to limited prep time and
Addie getting a bit sick. I have no pre-recorded review segment this week, but
I talk a little more about Blaster Master Zero (Switch) and my opening thoughts
on NieR: Automata (PS4). Addie's gaming time was spent mainly on the 3DS with
Stretchmo and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but she also played a
bit of Castle Crashers (Xbox 360) with Heath and Hadleigh.
In email, we talk about the ways we relate the similarities in games, losing
cohesive storytelling in open world games, and the possibility of Horizon or
Zelda copycats after the recent success of those games. That's after news and
Two Steam game codes are given away early in the show.
These are Poker Night at the Inventory and Poker Night 2. If you're
the first listener to solve the simple clues to fill in the blanks, you can redeem
these PC games on Steam. Last week's Steam codes may still be available too, since
I haven't received word yet that they're redeemed (as of this posting).
Episode 141 is also available as an MP3 here.
Heath returns again to guest-host in Addie's place, due to yet another
scheduling conflict. We're trying to get things back on track, though.
Next week, the plan is to return to our normal Tuesday night recording,
with Addie back on the show. Somehow, the show runs longer with Heath.
Keeping him focused on the subject at hand has been a challange.
This week, we talk about the upcoming PLAY Collective games on PS4, this week's
new releases, more on the Nintendo Switch and upgrading your memory card,
listener feedback about Horizon: Zero Dawn, and thoughts on recent events
involving the co-host of a much more popular podcast.
In my pre-recorded segment, I give opening impressions of Blaster Master Zero
(Switch) and a review of Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) -- without spoilers, of course.
Heath talks briefly about everything he's playing, including Super Bomberman R
(Switch), Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PS4), Tearaway Unfolded (PS4),
Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch), and Snipper Clips (Switch).
In this week's top ten list, I count down my favorite 80's movies, but with
one constraint. I choose movies that also happened to have an associated
video game. This excludes many of my 80's favorites, but those are mentioned
in a lengthy honorable mentions section.
Two Steam game codes are given away early in the show. These are Rest in Peace
and the classic puzzle-platformer Limbo. If you're the first listener to
solve the simple clues to fill in the blanks, you can redeem these PC games on Steam.
And finally, the ending music this week is from Horizon's title theme. Enjoy!
Episode 140 is also available as an MP3 here.
In a surprise twist, Addie had a second scheduling conflict on our alternate
recording night, so younger brother Heath fills in as a guest host. It looks
like next week will also be one day late, before we're back to our normal
schedule of releasing on Wednesday, but at least Addie should be back to her
regular hosting duties then.
With Heath here, though, we talk about the Nintendo Switch late in the show.
We share our thoughts and early impressions of the new handheld/home hybrid
console. Heath talks a little about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,
and I try to steer him clear of anything that might be a spoiler. Before that,
my pre-recorded segment is a few opening thoughts on Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4).
I'm saving a more in-depth review of the game until I finish it, hopefully by
For this week's new game releases, Heath tries to guess what each game is
about. There's some confusion, though, because at one point he thinks he's
supposed to predict what it is without even hearing the title. After that,
email dominates the show in what's probably this week's longest segment.
Of all the weeks to get a whopping five emails from listeners -- some with
questions specifically to Addie -- it's the one week she isn't here. Topics
are interesting and varied, including recent movie recommendations, how we
recommend games based on similarities to other games, a different take on
Horizon: Zero Dawn, a recommendation for Super Mario 3D Land (3DS), what age
is right for kids to start learning games with more advanced mechanics, the
paradox that is game developer Spiders, and a mini-review of the
recently-released game Night in the Woods.
This week's Steam game give-away, early in the show, is for TellTale's The Wolf
Among Us. Solve the clue to be the first listener to redeem and win the code.
Episode 139 is also available as an MP3 here.
With the Nintendo Switch releasing tomorrow, we combine a history lesson with
this week's top ten list to bring you the ten best launch games on Nintendo consoles.
They're ranked based on the one best game per console launch, so a weak launch might
still rank highly if it included one stellar title. That's up late in the show.
Before that, email includes feedback about last week's list of hypothetical game
character cross-overs, Gravity Rush 2, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, and a
preemtive Nintendo friend request for when Mario Kart releases on the Switch.
News includes this week's new game releases (half of those being Switch launch titles)
and the free games line-up for Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus. In gaming updates,
Addie has very little to say about what she played (Splatoon on Wii U and The Last
Tinker on PS4). My pre-recorded segment includes a wrap-up for Nioh (PS4) after I
managed to finish it late last week, and a spoiler-free review of the Portal-inspired
first person puzzle game The Turing Test (PS4).
Steam game codes given away this week are The Last Tinker: City of Colors and
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl. Listen for that early in the episode and
solve the clues to be the first person to claim the codes on Steam. The ending music
this week is from a hidden radio in The Turing Test.
Mentioned in this episode:
The history of console launch games at
Episode 138 is also available as an MP3 here.
Topics from email this week include Sort the Court from Ludum Dare 34, Picross 3D,
Broken Age, Nintendo's current place in the console wars, and the recent absence
of video games featuring Disney princesses. We have no news this week (although
the Xbox Games With Gold for March were announced and I forgot to include them),
but plenty of new releases to talk about.
Addie's gaming time has still been very limited. She started over in The Sims
Freeplay (iOS), and that's about it. My pre-recorded segment is more ongoing
coverage of my time in Nioh (PS4), which is starting to throw some really tough
late-game bosses at me.
Inspired by last week's question about video game crossovers, this week's top ten
list imagines games where an important character gets replaced by a different
character from some other game, leaving that character to invade a different
game, and so forth. What crossovers would you find most interesting?
Steam game codes given away this week are BoneBone: Rise of the Deathlord and
Insurgency. Listen for that early in the episode and solve the clues to
be the first person to claim the codes on Steam.
Mentioned in this episode:
Nikhil recommends Ludum Dare 34 game
Sort the Court
Episode 137 is also available as an MP3 here.
We haven't been without a top ten list or a game/quiz in several weeks,
but the streak is broken. Hopefully we've made up for it in the other segments,
including email topics that cover last week's QotW about mid-generation
console updates, the next game from Spiders, PS4 remote play using
Playstation TV, and video game characters stumbling into a different game's
world. Before all that, we have the usual news and new game release segments.
And before that, even, listen for more codes given away for a Nioh PS4 dynamic
theme and some Walking Dead games on Steam.
My pre-recorded segment this week is all about Nioh (PS4). I haven't
finished it, and I'm likely not even half-way through, but I cover quite
a bit more than last week. We also talk more about Borderlands 2 (PS4) from
The Handsome Collection, after Addie decided to try it out in split-screen
co-op with her brother and me. Addie's Mobile Game of the Week is Color
Switch (iOS). She also talks about another tough-to-describe mobile puzzle
game called Paper.io (iOS). After looking at it post-show, it seemed kind
of like a blockier multiplayer version of Qix, at least in its
This week's ending music is from the Nioh title screen. Next week, more
Nioh talk (if there's anything left to say), and it'll be our third of
five weeks recording on Wednesday evening for a Thursday release. We're
almost half-way back to our usual schedule of a day earlier.
Episode 136 is also available as an MP3 here.
Each week, we give away codes for free games -- usually on Steam, but sometimes for
PlayStation or Xbox. These are one-use codes, so the first listener to redeem them
gets them. With each episode, the page name changes, so listen to the current week's
episode to get the latest key or number or password. Enter it here and click "GO" to
see which codes (if any) are still available. If the password you enter is invalid
or from an older episode, you'll get a "page not found" page instead. Just use your
browser's back button to return to this main page.