Vidjagame Apocalypse

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Videogame-industry veterans Mikel Reparaz and Anne Lewis rally their colleagues for weekly discussions about games, the industry, and the circus of egos and information that surrounds it all.

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Shared Universes – Vidjagame Apocalypse 317
Games tend to live in their own conveniently isolated universes, where the rules are different and only one hero’s journey can unfold at a time – but sometimes hidden webs of connective tissue link seemingly separate franchises. With help from... Read more
May 24, 2019
Wrestlers in Non-Wrestling Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 316
When wrestlers become actors, the results tend to be either wonderful or laughable – and wrestlers who act in video games are no exception. This week, Larry Niece of Pody Slam! joins us for a look at five standout performances... Read more
May 17, 2019
Water Worlds – Vidjagame Apocalypse 315
Underwater levels have a long history of being terrible, but underwater games? Those are something special. This week, we welcome special guest Cicero Holmes of Spawn On Me and Discovery Debrief as we dive into five of our favorite undersea... Read more
May 10, 2019
Most Epic-est Battles – Vidjagame Apocalypse 314
Last weekend, nerd culture was rocked by two huge battles on the big screen and the small one (we’re talking about Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones, naturally), so with help from PNB Podcast’s TL Foster, let’s dive into five... Read more
May 03, 2019
Games Inspired by The Infinity Gauntlet – Vidjagame Apocalypse 313
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters this week! What does that have to do with videogames? Plenty, because even if there’s no official tie-in game, Marvel’s Thanos/Infinity Stone arcs have been fueling games since the ’90s. With help from two very... Read more
Apr 26, 2019
One for Our Lady – Vidjagame Apocalypse 312
We don’t usually let real-world tragedy make it into VGA, but the destruction at Notre Dame hit hard for us – and with medieval scholar (and Macworld editor) Leif Johnson joining us this week, we took the opportunity to honor... Read more
Apr 19, 2019
Games of Thrones – Vidjagame Apocalypse 311
Game of Thrones is back this weekend, and if you don’t watch it, too bad! This week starts off with the Top 5 Game of Thrones games, with help from Thirty Twenty Ten’s Diana Goodman, so expect a healthy amount... Read more
Apr 12, 2019
YOU FOOLS! – Vidjagame Apocalypse 310
Another April Fool’s Day is behind us, and this year brought a few fun, playable surprises our way, either showing up in familiar games or rolling out as entirely new ones. With PC Gamer’s Tyler Wilde in attendance, let’s take... Read more
Apr 05, 2019
Growing Old Aggressively – Vidjagame Apocalypse 309
With Mortal Kombat 11 revealing the return of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as (old) Shang Tsung, Jorge Albor of Experience Points rejoins us this week to talk about videogame heroes who’ve aged dramatically over the years, going from young rookies to old... Read more
Mar 29, 2019
Corrupt the World – Vidjagame Apocalypse 308
With GDC in full swing this week, the core VGA cast assembles for a look at games that let you make their worlds visibly worse, twisting the landscape through your own misdeeds, apathy, or sheer force of personality. We then... Read more
Mar 22, 2019
The Fight House – Vidjagame Apocalypse 307
With The Division 2 taking players to Washington, D.C., this week, we roped in Gamesradar+’s own Lucas Sullivan for a look at five other games that challenge you to literally fight for control of the White House. Then we switch... Read more
Mar 15, 2019
Reboots That Got The Boot – Vidjagame Apocalypse 306
Reboots happen pretty frequently in entertainment; what’s much rarer is the “reboot” that later gets pushed aside so the original story can continue. This week, we’ll look at five of the best (and one of the worst), with help from... Read more
Mar 08, 2019
Strange Bedfellows – Vidjagame Apocalypse 305
Competing game publishers don’t often let their characters out to play with each other, but when they do, the results are usually fun. This week, we celebrate five surprising crossover cameos in third-party games, with help from friend of the... Read more
Mar 01, 2019
Bad End – Vidjagame Apocalypse 304
When a game’s “bad” ending becomes the canonical one, interesting possibilities arise as its world and heroes continue to unravel. MacWorld’s Leif Johnson joins us this week to look at five sequels shaped by downer endings, after which we’ll plunge... Read more
Feb 22, 2019
Better Dating Through BioWare – Vidjagame Apocalypse 303
Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, so let’s bury it in style with a look at five of the best romances from BioWare games, as chosen by guest star Kayla Zumbaum of PNB Podcast. Things then take an apocalyptic... Read more
Feb 15, 2019
Journeys to the West – Vidjagame Apocalypse 302
Hope everyone had a happy Lunar New Year! To celebrate, we roped in friend of the show Heidi Kemps to help us dig into five games based on one of our favorite works of Chinese fiction, Journey to the West... Read more
Feb 08, 2019
Prologuetagonists – Vidjagame Apocalypse 301
This week, we’ll look at five games that gave us a single-serving protagonist, who stuck around just long enough to show us the ropes before stepping aside to make way for the real hero. Then, friend of the show TL... Read more
Feb 01, 2019
Golden Years – Vidjagame Apocalypse 300
Wow! We somehow made it to 300 episodes! In keeping with tradition, we do away with our usual format this week and grab friends of the show Brett Elston and Dan Amrich for a heated roundtable discussion to pick the... Read more
Jan 26, 2019
Passing the Torch – Vidjagame Apocalypse 299
When long-running franchises mix it up by swapping in a different protagonist every game, it can be a rare thrill to watch your hero cross paths with their fondly remembered predecessors, for better or worse. We take a look at... Read more
Jan 18, 2019
Once-Mighty Franchises That Faded – Vidjagame Apocalypse 298
With Onimusha and No More Heroes poised for a long-overdue imminent return next week, we spend this week’s show looking back on once-massive game franchises that have been silent for years, with help from returning guest and GameXplain/IGN alum Micah... Read more
Jan 11, 2019
2019’s Most Anticipated Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 297
The first week of January is always a slow one, making it an ideal time to reflect on some of the games we’re most excited to play in the next 12 months, with help from MacWorld’s Leif Johnson. For good... Read more
Jan 04, 2019
Our Top 10 Games of 2018 – Vidjagame Apocalypse 296
Welcome to our sixth annual end-of-year roundup, when we gather together a bunch of games-industry guests and count down our favorite games of the year. This year’s show is one of our biggest yet, weighting in at a hefty 3.5... Read more
Dec 28, 2018
Best Remakes of 2018 – Vidjagame Apocalypse 295
Next week, we’ll count down our picks for the top games of 2018 – but our rules exclude remakes and remasters, and it’s been an amazing year for those. So with help from USGamer’s Nadia Oxford, we’re dedicating this week... Read more
Dec 21, 2018
Maimed in Toyland – Vidjagame Apocalypse 294
With the holidays looming large and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tying up everyone’s Switches, GameXplain/IGN alum Micah Seff helps us celebrate by talking about five iconic killer toys that come to life and try to murder people. (It makes sense... Read more
Dec 14, 2018
Soundtracks That Were Better Than Their Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 293
Headphones are recommended for this week’s show, in which VGMpire’s own Brett Elston rejoins us to help pay tribute to mind-blowing music from unspectacular games. After that, we move on to Just Cause 4, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom,... Read more
Dec 07, 2018
Best Games to Get Drunk In – Vidjagame Apocalypse 292
The holiday season is officially upon us, which means that for one reason or another, a lot of you are statistically likely to get loaded over the next few weeks. If you’d rather watch a game character get sloshed on... Read more
Nov 30, 2018
Gaming’s Least Functional Families – Vidjagame Apocalypse 291
Happy Black Friday! We understand a lot of you might be spending time with family over the long weekend – and sometimes, that time can start to feel like a pressure cooker. Why not blow off some steam by listening... Read more
Nov 23, 2018
Excelsior! – Vidjagame Apocalypse 290
This week saw the passing of a true legend: the comics-creating, cameo-crushing alliteration aficionado known as Stan Lee. Marvel superfan Chris Baker rejoins us to celebrate Stan’s legacy with a look at his greatest videogame cameos, after which we’ll get... Read more
Nov 16, 2018
Mighty Monarchs – Vidjagame Apocalypse 289
Have election-week nerves left you wishing you could simply rule with the absolute power of a despotic tyrant? Well, tough, but we’ve got Tim Turi on and we’re talking about our five favorite playable kings, so that’s something. We also... Read more
Nov 09, 2018
Slow Starters – Vidjagame Apocalypse 288
If you’ve played it, you know Red Dead Redemption 2 gets off to a dramatically slow start – but in that, it’s hardly alone. This week, Scott Butterworth rejoins us to look at five other games that made players wait... Read more
Nov 02, 2018
Haunted Westerns – Vidjagame Apocalypse 287
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out today, and if you’re looking at this instead of playing it, it’s probably safe to consider yourself our #1 fan. You’re also about to hear us talk about five classic, horror-tinged games set in... Read more
Oct 26, 2018
Attack of the Chainsaw Maniacs – Vidjagame Apocalypse 286
Pair an unstoppable hunter with one of the most threatening power tools ever devised, and you’ve got a recipe for sheer terror. This week, Jorge Albor of EXP Podcast joins us to talk about hulking, chainsaw-wielding badasses who chased us... Read more
Oct 19, 2018
Them Bones – Vidjagame Apocalypse 285
As any toddler can tell you, nothing is more terrifying than a skeleton – except, of course, if they’re on your side. And with MediEvil turning 20(!) this week, Josh Shoup (of wrestling-history podcast Pody Slam, among others) joins to... Read more
Oct 12, 2018
The Telltale Heart – VidjaGame Apocalypse 284
Telltale Games may be gone, but it lives on through its legacy of redefining how games told stories, and through our memories of those stories themselves. This week, special guest and former Telltale employee Scott Butterworth joins us to celebrate... Read more
Oct 05, 2018
Star Wars Sans Jedi – Vidjagame Apocalypse 283
Not everyone can swing a lightsaber or use the Force, and this week, the legendary Chris Baker joins us to talk about five Star Wars games whose heroes got by with little more than blasters and sheer grit. Then it’s... Read more
Sep 28, 2018
Surprise Celebrity Cameos – Vidjagame Apocalypse 282
This month saw the passing of Burt Reynolds, a man who was no stranger to popping up in video games – and in his honor, we decided to spend this week’s Top 5 looking at other celebrities who briefly played... Read more
Sep 21, 2018
Making Manhattan – Vidjagame Apocalypse 281
Spider-Man’s still on our minds this week, and its beautiful re-creation of Manhattan made us nostalgic about other open-world games that re-created New York City’s central island. Comics expert Chris Clow of Comics on Consoles joins as we talk about... Read more
Sep 14, 2018
Capes Without Comics – Vidjagame Apocalypse 280
Spider-Man is out on PS4 at last, so this week we’re joined by USgamer‘s Mike Williams, here to talk about his 4.5/5 review. We keep the theme going with a Top 5 about superhero games that weren’t based on comics,... Read more
Sep 07, 2018
Back To School – Vidjagame Apocalypse 279
To mark the end of August and any lingering summer vacations, this week’s show takes a look at five games set largely in schools (just in case you thought games were any escape). What’s more, we’re expanding our scope this... Read more
Aug 31, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 278 – Starting Out Strongest
Tons of games load you down with an arsenal’s worth of guns and gadgets, but sometimes, it’s the one essential tool or weapon you get right from the start that turns out to be the most fun and effective thing... Read more
Aug 24, 2018
VidjaGame Apocalypse 277 – Tropic Thunder
Summer isn’t over quite yet, so the VGA boys are packing up their board shorts and Hawaiian shirts and taking a vacation to some of our favorite digital destinations — of the tropical variety, that is. This week, Mikel, Matt,... Read more
Aug 18, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 276 – Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
Meeting a shark in a game isn’t all that uncommon – but when they’re full-on bosses, you’re probably in for something terrifying. This week, animal expert and LaserTime community superstar Cody “CajunCrippler” Laveau joins us to talk about five of... Read more
Aug 10, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 275 – Dead Gaming Trends
When some new innovation helps turn a game into a big hit, it tends to spread across the industry like wildfire. Sometimes, these trends stick around to form part of the familiar patchwork of modern vidjagames. We’re not talking about... Read more
Aug 03, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 274 – All That Glitters
This week’s show is short by our standards, but don’t worry – every entry in our Top 5 is a treasure. Specifically, each one is a boss themed around treasure, and Trav “TurboBison” Foster joins Mikel, Matt, and Chris to... Read more
Jul 27, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 273 – Step Into the Spotlight
In the past weeks, we’ve seen a few once-minor characters getting their own star turns, from Captain Toad to Far Cry 5’s Nick Rye. Of course, side characters getting their own games is nothing new, and with help from Heidi... Read more
Jul 20, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 272 – From Pixels to Pinballs
This week, Dan Amrich returns to the show to talk us through something dear to his arcade historian’s heart: a deep dive into pinball games based on popular video games (some of which actually play something like their digital counterparts),... Read more
Jul 13, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 271 – Martinet Without Mario
The recent release of Runner3 reminded us of a strange truth: Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, has had a long and successful career outside of voicing Nintendo’s favorite plumber. And with help from Alaina Yee, we’ll touch on some... Read more
Jul 06, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 270 – The Best Games of 2018 (So Far)
It’s the end of June, which means it’s time to sit down and take a hard look at the games that came out over the past six months, and pick our five favorites from the madding crowd. Jorge Albor of... Read more
Jun 29, 2018
VidjaGame Apocalypse 269 – The Best of E3 2018
Since nobody else is doing them, and we know how starved you all must be for E3 2018 content, it’s a good thing we’re here with our annual Best of E3 show. We’re doing things a little differently this year.... Read more
Jun 23, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 268 – Obscure Smash Bros. Characters
By the time you listen this episode, E3 2018 will have come and gone, and we’ll all know a heck of a lot more about this year’s upcoming game releases. That includes one of the biggest games of the year:... Read more
Jun 15, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 267 – Cancelled E3 Games
E3 2018 is upon us, and even though the show technically doesn’t start until next week, the hype train has already left the station with a payload full of leaks and new game announcements. But not every game announced at... Read more
Jun 08, 2018
VGA 266 – The Comeback Kids
What do the new God of War and the YouTube Red series Cobra Kai have in common, other than the fact that they both feature leads with anger management issues? They’re both new entries in franchises we thought we’d moved... Read more
Jun 02, 2018
VGA 265 – Do Androids Dream of Vidjagames?
Things get technical in this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse as Chris and Matty Allen are joined by USGamer.net Editor in Chief Kat Bailey to discuss the top 5 androids in videogames. Inspired by the release of David Cage and... Read more
May 25, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 264 – We Are Legend
In this week’s legendary episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we make like mythbusters and explore some of gaming’s more infamous urban legends, myths, and fan theories. Want to know if all of those vidjagame rumors and crazy stories you used to... Read more
May 18, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 263 – The Weirdest Nintendo Peripherals of All Time
Surprise! We just couldn’t stay away, and while Mikel continues to enjoy his (well-deserved) sabbatical, Chris, Matty Allen, and special guest Trav “TurboBison” Foster are here with a bonus edition of Vidjagame Apocalypse. Prior to his break, Mikel suggested a... Read more
May 12, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 262 – Bottom of the Barrel
This is it, folks – VGA is going on hiatus, and we’ve cooked up a hell of an episode to tide you over until we come back. In addition to Chris and Mikel, we’ve assembled Brett Elston, Dan Amrich, Anne... Read more
Apr 27, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 261 – From the Land of the Ice and Snow
God of War is out this week, taking jaded Greek hipster Kratos on a spree of cultural appropriation through Scandinavia (or something like that). To celebrate the series’ by-all-accounts amazing rebirth, Matthew Allen and Alaina Yee help us dedicate this... Read more
Apr 20, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 260 – Guess The Fart!
This week, we’re breaking from format even further by trading the Top 5 for a quiz to see who can name gaming’s most famous farty butts. Feel free to play along with special guests Matthew Allen and Nathan Ortega (but... Read more
Apr 13, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 259 – Operatic Villains
Who doesn’t like to hear a villain sing about themselves and their evil plans? It’s a time-honored tradition, dating back to some really old thing or other, but it’s a more recent phenomenon in video games. So this week, special... Read more
Apr 06, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 258 – In-Game Contests, Real-Life Prizes
Ready Player One is in theaters this week, and whatever you think of it, the core idea of being rewarded with actual riches for doing something in a game is a powerful one. So powerful, in fact, that it’s been... Read more
Mar 30, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 257 – Missing Links in Localization
Big news this week – VGA is going on hiatus at the end of April. But we’ve got plenty of shows still to go, starting with this week’s, in which Heidi Kemps and Matthew Allen help us look at five... Read more
Mar 23, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 256 – Moral Panics!
Last week’s revival of video games as a political whipping boy brought some bad old memories rushing back – enough, in fact, that we decided to drag special guests Nick Suttner and Matthew Allen into an unexpectedly heavy discussion about... Read more
Mar 16, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 255 – Antagonistic Protagonists
Plenty of games let you play as multiple heroes, but how many have you switching back and forth between heroes that seriously have it in for each other, pushing you to work against yourself every time your perspective shifts? A... Read more
Mar 09, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 254 – Tiny Heroes, Big Worlds
This week’s big release is Moss, a VR game about a tiny mouse on a quest – so with help from Macworld editor Leif Johnson, let’s take a look at five classic games in which you’re a tiny creature trying... Read more
Mar 02, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 253 – Year of the Dog
The Lunar New Year has declared this the Year of the Dog, so let’s celebrate with a Top 5 about our favorite playable dog protagonists (dogtagonists?), with Matthew Allen! We then slip through a wormhole and wind up in a... Read more
Feb 23, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 252 – Taking the Fifth
VGA’s five-year anniversary was last week, so Henry Gilbert joins us for a belated Top 5 about some of the greatest fifth entries in game franchises ever. We also chat about Dynasty Warriors 9 and Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Kingdom Hearts... Read more
Feb 16, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 251 – On the Shoulders of Colossi
VGA passes its five-year anniversary with a cough-filled, Shadow of the Colossus-themed episode, in which Matthew Allen joins us to talk about five games that clearly took inspiration from Sony’s classic (and now remade) giant-killer. We then move on to... Read more
Feb 09, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 250 – Groundhog Day Games
Happy Groundhog Day, everybody! This week, Nathan Ortega and Aziz Twaijri join us to talk about heroes stuck in recurring time loops, struggling to change events yet seemingly helpless to escape their fates. We also shift our format around slightly... Read more
Feb 02, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 249 – Shut Up and Play Monster Hunter!
Of course we’re gonna yell about Labo, but we’ve also played Dragonball Fighters Z, SOS, the new OK KO game, and special guest Bob Mackey has played over sixty hours of Monster Hunter Worlds! DOWNLOAD RSS | iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | Facebook | Twitter This show is... Read more
Jan 26, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 248 – Weird Modes in Fighting Games
Street Fighter V Arcade Edition is out this week, so our old pal Brett “Brelston” Elston returns to help us talk about its new modes, as well as five fighting games that had some really bizarre modes built in. We... Read more
Jan 19, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 247 – Games You Can Finish in 15 Minutes
With Awesome Games Done Quick blasting through mesmerizing speedruns for charity this week, Matthew Allen and Bob Mackey join us to take a look at five games that you can play and beat (or “beat”) in 15 minutes or less... Read more
Jan 12, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 246 – 2018’s Most Anticipated Games
We’re back and ready to take on a new year, as industry veteran and community member Matthew Allen joins us to look ahead and count down five of the games we’re looking forward to the most in 2018. Then it’s... Read more
Jan 05, 2018
Vidjagame Apocalypse 245 – Our Top 10 Games of 2017
It’s time at last for our fifth annual countdown of our favorite games of the year, and this one’s a monster. Clocking in at nearly 3 1/2 hours, this episode’s rotating cast of guest hosts includes Tim Turi, Brett Elston,... Read more
Dec 22, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 244 – Bad Santas
In our second-to-last show of 2017, we’re joined by the legendary Tim Turi for a last-ditch attempt to do something holiday-themed: a look at five of the angriest, most threatening takes on Santa to ever appear in video games. Then... Read more
Dec 15, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 243 – Games Within Games
As 2017 and its new releases begin to wind down, Henry Gilbert rejoins us to start this week’s show with a topic that we somehow didn’t think to do until a listener suggested it: video games that your character can... Read more
Dec 08, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 242 – Nintendo Games on Other Platforms
Mikel isn’t here this week, and it’s probably because he’s playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on iOS. To commemorate that, we recount the five most important Nintendo franchises that came to other platforms with special guests Matthew Jay and Wes... Read more
Dec 01, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 241 – Don’t Eat The Scenery
Happy Black Friday, everybody! Since we just moved past Thanksgiving, we’re focusing this week on the last thing you probably want to think about right now: more food, this time in the form of our favorite food-themed levels. Joining us... Read more
Nov 24, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 240 – The Best of Wii U
The Wii U turns 5 this week, about a year after Nintendo first moved to pull the plug on its short-lived system. Oh, but what a short life it was! To celebrate it, we’re joined once again by Bob Mackey... Read more
Nov 17, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 239 – Be Your Hero’s Hero
With Sonic Forces fulfilling countless [Your Name] the Hedgehog fantasies with its character creator this week, erstwhile host Henry Gilbert helps us focus our Top 5 on five other games that let you squeeze a version of yourself into an... Read more
Nov 10, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 238 – RIP Kinect
Microsoft ended production of Kinect last week, dealing a final blow to the ill-fated camera peripheral, so we’re dedicating today’s Top 5 to a look back at five of its best games, with help from PCWorld Reviews Editor Alaina Yee.... Read more
Nov 03, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 237 – Mummies I’d Like to Frag
This is the biggest release week of the year – big enough, in fact, to hold two separate games that feature Egyptian mummies as plot points. So with help from Matthew Jay, we round out our month of macabre Top... Read more
Oct 27, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 236 – Residents Evil
This week, we switch gears from more generalized spooky topics to a spooky series, as Henry Gilbert rejoins to help us rank our five favorite installments of the legendary Resident Evil franchise. We’ll then suit up for South Park: The... Read more
Oct 20, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 235 – Horror Games Based on Horror Movies
Happy Friday the 13th! Our monthlong Halloween theme continues this week, as Matthew Jay joins us for an exploration of horror games based on horror movies, some of which might actually surprise you. We also dig into Middle-earth: Shadow of... Read more
Oct 13, 2017
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... Read more
Oct 06, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 233 – Games That Should’ve Been on SNES Classic
The SNES Classic is here at last! Will you be able to find one? Only one thing is certain at this point: lots of wishful thinking from fans who aren’t getting exactly what they wanted. We’re no exception, so this... Read more
Sep 29, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 232 – Metroids
The first Metroid game in seven years hit last Friday with Samus Returns, so let’s celebrate by taking a look back at our top 5 Metroid games, with help from Brett Elston and Nathan Ortega (who’s also here to plug... Read more
Sep 22, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 231 – Bands of Thieves with Walt Williams
This week’s guest is an especially special one: Walt Williams, co-writer of Star Wars Battlefront II, lead writer of Spec Ops: The Line, and author of games-industry memoir Significant Zero (out Sept. 19!). Inspired by Walt’s stories of youthful thievery,... Read more
Sep 15, 2017
The Top 5 Mario Kart Games
You may have already heard this segment on VGA 229, but now you can SEE it! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Kart, a few of the Laser Boys sat down to count down the top 5 games in... Read more
Sep 09, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 230 – You’ll Be A Dentist
Thanks to absent pun aficionado Dave Rudden, we’re dedicating Episode 230 (tooth hurty, hurr hurr) to gaming’s often-overlooked and frequently vicious dentists, with help from Bob Mackey and Matthew Jay. Then it’s time to pivot and chat about Destiny 2,... Read more
Sep 08, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 229 – Mario Karty
Between this week’s release of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Kart, this was a very Mario week – so to celebrate the latter, let’s rank our five favorite Mario Karts, with help from... Read more
Sep 01, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 228 – Total Eclipse
Remember earlier this week, when it seemed like the whole world was consumed with eclipse mania? That was enough to inspire this week’s topic, in which VGA vet Henry Gilbert and first-timer Matthew Jay join us to discuss five eclipses... Read more
Aug 25, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 227 – Sonic Spinoffs
With Sonic Mania restoring Sega’s mascot to critical success this week, we invite Heidi Kemps (who reviewed Mania for IGN) to join us for a look at our five favorite Sonic spinoff games. Then it’s on to (what else?) Sonic... Read more
Aug 18, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 226 – Gritty Sequels to Cute Games
Nathan “@kenjisalk” Ortega joins us this week for a dive into five cute and/or silly series that suddenly veered into shooty-shooty-brood-brood-murder territory, for better or worse. Then stay tuned for chat about Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Lawbreakers, the return of the... Read more
Aug 11, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 225 – Turn Back Time
This week, we delve into five games that made time travel and manipulation central parts of their gameplay – and with co-host Chris Antista out, we’ve got double guests with Henry “hEnereyG” Gilbert and Vincent Ingenito to help us sort... Read more
Aug 04, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 224 – It’s About Mii
With Miitopia and a new 2DS coming this week, this week’s Top 5 is devoted to Nintendo’s Miis (which have been around for nearly 11 years now) and to the games that let you actually play as them. Then it’s... Read more
Jul 28, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 223 – A Podcast to Surpass Metal Gear
Metal Gear turned 30 last week, so we’re devoting the first half of this week’s show to ranking our favorite Metal Gear Solid games, with special help from Henry “hEnereyG” Gilbert. With that out of the way, we move on... Read more
Jul 21, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 222 – FIGHT LIKE APES!
With War for the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters this week, it seemed like as good a time as any to rope in Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe and launch our own exploration of the simian perspective with five games... Read more
Jul 14, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 221 – Stories Hidden In Collectibles
Plenty of games like to litter their worlds with hidden items and secrets for you to ferret out, but how many of those actually come with their own self-contained storylines? Quite a few, it turns out – and with the... Read more
Jul 07, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 220 – The Best Games of 2017 (So Far)
It’s the last day of June, so let’s look back on a frankly stellar six months of game releases and pick five of our favorites. (Remember that these are just our opinions, which of course means they now have to... Read more
Jun 30, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 219 – Games Headlined By Comedians
It’s not unusual for comedians to star in games, frequently as mascots who never shut up, but there was a time when games could sell entirely on the strength of a comedian’s personal star power. Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe joins... Read more
Jun 23, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 218 – E3 2017’s Best Games
E3 2017 is in the books, and the usual duo of Chris and Dave are joined by Talking Simpsons on Patreon’s Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey as each dude delivers their top five games of E3! Question of the Week... Read more
Jun 16, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 217 – E3’s Biggest Celebrity Guests
We’re on the eve of yet another E3, so now seems like a good time to get Hank “Henry” Gilbert back in the studio to help us talk about some of the most memorable celebrities to have graced the show... Read more
Jun 09, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 216 – Cult Followings
Creepy, quasi-religious cults seem to be all the rage in games this year, with heavy hitters like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and now Far Cry 5 using them as major plot points – so this week,... Read more
Jun 02, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 215 – Arcade Deviants
This week, we finally give recurring guest Bob Mackey a topic fit for his Retronauts chops: ancient arcade games that were “ported” to consoles, but became completely different games in the process. Then it’s time to go aggressively modern with... Read more
May 26, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 214 – Here Comes a Guest Challenger!
Injustice 2 hit this week with more power than a locomotive – and with Sub-Zero as a DLC cast member. So to celebrate, we’ve invited Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe to help us count down our picks for the five best... Read more
May 19, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 213 – Fan Games That Went Legit
We’ve got a bona fide indie developer in our midst this week, as Theresa Duringer of Temple Gates Games joins us to talk about her new mobile adaptation of strategy board game Race for the Galaxy. She also helps us... Read more
May 12, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 212 – The Worst of Mike Myers
With Austin Powers recently turning 20, we undertake a fan suggestion this week and look at five awful, awful games based on Mike Myers movies… with the help of our old pal Dan Amrich, who won the internet this week... Read more
May 05, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 211 – Hybrid Heaven
This week sees the release of not one, but two games that mash up popular franchises to create strange and wonderful new hybrids of complementary gameplay – so Henry Gilbert joins the crew to count down a list of five... Read more
Apr 28, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 210 – Choose Pacifism
This week brings a storm of retro-styled games and revamped re-releases, but before we get to that, Michael Grimm joins us for a look at five games that let you choose paths of (relative) nonviolence, incapacitating and outwitting your enemies... Read more
Apr 21, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 209 – Mascots Riding Mascots
It’s always fun when someone appears on VGA for the first time, and this week, longtime community member and Anime Streaming Showcase creator Curtis “zabu_san” Stone joins us for a very serious discussion of mascots who habitually carry their partners... Read more
Apr 14, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 208 – Adventures in Psychology
Persona 5 is here at last, and given that the series has always relied heavily on concepts and symbolism from Jungian psychology (among other things), we thought it’d be fun to dig into five games that deliberately used Carl Jung’s... Read more
Apr 07, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 207 – Essential DLC
With at least two of last year’s biggest games getting big-time DLC this week, it seemed like as good a time as any to take a look – with the help of Telltale’s Nathan Ortega – at some of our... Read more
Mar 31, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 206 – Epic Trilogies
It’s Mass Effect week, so we honor its legacy by starting off with a list of some of the biggest, most important trilogies in gaming – ones that told overarching, three-part stories that stuck in our minds for years afterward.... Read more
Mar 24, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 205 – Frog Friends
Blaster Master Zero’s recent arrival on Switch revived a classic tale of a boy and his frog, so this week we let nostalgia be our guide and put together a list of five of gaming’s greatest green amphibians. We then... Read more
Mar 17, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 204 – Long-Term Sleepers
Following the surprise of 2010’s Nier getting a sequel with this week’s release of NieR: Automata, Heidi Kemps rejoins us to talk about five games that were largely ignored at release, only to find an audience years later and come... Read more
Mar 10, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 203 – Switch and Other Nintendo Launches
The Switch is finally a thing you can conceivably buy in a store, and erstwhile host Henry Gilbert returns this week to tell us about his experience playing Nintendo’s new console for Fandom.com – but first, we start off with... Read more
Mar 03, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 202 – Weird Spinoffs
The release of Halo Wars 2 this week set us a-ponderin’ about other huge franchises that have wandered outside their comfortable genres, usually in strange and beautiful ways — so we begin this week by focusing on five of the... Read more
Feb 24, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 201 – Tragic Romances
This episode was recorded in the aftermath of another Valentine’s Day, which we mark the only way we know how: by being miserable bastards and getting spoilery about gaming’s most tragically disastrous romances. With that out of the way, we... Read more
Feb 17, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 200 – Our 20 Best Games Ever
We’ve finally made it to 200 episodes of Vidjagame Apocalypse! Celebrate with us as we throw out our usual format and instead try to debate, cajole, and vote our way to a highly subjective list of the 20 best games... Read more
Feb 10, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 199 – Retro Sequels
The release of the throwback-y Double Dragon IV this week pushes us to look back at games that also looked back, despite being modern and not really having an excuse. With TechRadar’s Nick Pino in attendance, we dive into five... Read more
Feb 03, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 198 – Crime Lords
This is the first really big week of 2017 for new releases, with Resident Evil VII and other big AAA games hitting like a proverbial chainsaw to the POV – but before we get to those, Yakuza 0 inspires us... Read more
Jan 27, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 197 – Body Switch
This week is full of Nintendo Switch news, as Fandom’s Bob Mackey joins us to share his hands-on impression of Nintendo’s newest console and its games – but first, one of this week’s new (re-)releases inspires a Top 5 about... Read more
Jan 20, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse 196 – 2017’s Most Anticipated
We’re back in full for a new year, as Fandom’s Henry Gilbert joins us to pray feverishly that 2017 is not a complete slobbering shit-show look ahead to the games slated to come out in 2017 that we’re most excited... Read more
Jan 13, 2017
Vidjagame Apocalypse Mini – Holiday Gaming Adventures & Mass Effect March
Mikel is out sick recovering from a case of the 2016s, so Chris, Brett, and Dave cook up a quick VGA where they chat up some game deals, discuss their holiday gaming accomplishments, muse about Mass Effect Andromeda’s release date,... Read more
Jan 06, 2017
BEST OF 2016: Vidjagame Apocalypse’s Top Shows of The Year
2016 was a big year for Vidjagame Apocalypse, the show about friends who get drunk and make exhaustively researched audio listicles about video games. Thousands of new listeners joined our growing weekly audience, and five shows stood out as their... Read more
Dec 30, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 195 – Our Top 10 Games of 2016
2016 has been a shit year. We won’t miss it. But it’s nevertheless given us some amazing games, some of which we’ve been waiting on for years. After a couple of rounds of intense voting, we’ve come up with our... Read more
Dec 30, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 194 – The Walking Dad
It’s almost Christmas, so this week, Telltale Games Community Manager Nathan Ortega and Michael Grimm join us to talk about… games where you play as a dad and protect a kid? Really? OK, fine. We then move on to talking... Read more
Dec 23, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 193 – Intrepid Reporters
Dead Rising 4 inspires yet another episode theme, as special guests Henry Gilbert and Wes Green joins us to focus on five playable journalists who keep little more than a camera lens between themselves and danger. Then it’s on to... Read more
Dec 16, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 192 – Ruined Christmases
It’s our first show of December, which means the holidays are nearly upon us. More to the point, Dead Rising 4’s Christmasy zombie uprising gives us the perfect excuse to – along with Fandom editor Bob Mackey – look at... Read more
Dec 09, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 191 – Final Fantasies
Final Fantasy XV is out after a 10-year wait, and we’re celebrating the only way we know how: by looking back at our five favorite games from the series’ 29-year run. Once we’ve finished enraging fans with our wrong opinions,... Read more
Dec 02, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 190 – What’re Ya Buyin’?
It’s Black Friday here in the US, which means that at least some of you are probably already enduring a retail mosh pit to get a few bucks off a new TV. With that heady whiff of capitalism in the... Read more
Nov 25, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 189 – Lost on Wii
The Wii turns 10 in North America this week, pushing us to revisit a strange era of dominance built entirely on first-party games – or was it? In spite of its reputation, the Wii had a whole mess of fantastic... Read more
Nov 18, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse – A Bad Show for a Bad Week
Mikel’s gone. Dave’s gone. This week was not good. Who wants to talk about some goddamn vidjagames????!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and the PlayStation 3 is old enough to stop crying like a little baby, and there’s a smaller NES, let’s blarbbity-bluh… Question... Read more
Nov 11, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 188 – Badass Presidents
We’re just days away from the 2016 election as of this posting, and “tensions are high” doesn’t seem as appropriate an assessment of the general mood as “chaos reigns.” Still, we try to keep it celebratory, as Henry Gilbert rejoins... Read more
Nov 04, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 187 – Undercover Cops
Happy Halloweek, everybody! We’re… actually cutting our Halloween theme short a week early, because we only get one Episode 187, and we’d never forgive ourselves if we didn’t seize the opportunity to reference an ancient Dre/Snoop song by focusing on... Read more
Oct 28, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 186 – Horror Shoot-‘Em-Ups
As our month of spookiness continues, Heidi Kemps joins us to tackle one of our most bizarre subjects yet: SHMUPs (or shoot-’em-ups, or arcade-style shooting games) that ventured beyond familiar sci-fi trappings to confront something much darker than aliens and... Read more
Oct 21, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 185 – Creepy Whispers
Our monthlong spooky theme continues with some of the most understated scares games have given us over the years: mysterious, often unexplained whispers. Sometimes they’re part of the ambient sound, other times they seem to target us directly – but... Read more
Oct 15, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 184 – Vampire Protagonists
It’s the first week of October, which means we’re kicking off a month of supernatural- and horror-themed Top 5s, beginning with a look at immortal, superpowered bloodsuckers who starred in their own games. We then talk about the early releases... Read more
Oct 07, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 183 – N64’s Third-Party Exclusives
The Nintendo 64’s North American debut happened 20 years ago this week. Because any list of its best games would be dominated by Nintendo titles (and would be utterly predictable), let’s take a slightly less well-trod road and count down... Read more
Sep 30, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 182 – Cel-Shaded to Stand the Test of Time
With the legendary Okami turning 10 in North America this week, Michael Grimm joins us for a look at five cel-shaded games that – partly because of their graphics, and partly because of their forward-thinking design – still hold up... Read more
Sep 23, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 181 – Masters of Remastering
This is a big week for current-gen remasters of last-gen games, with Bioshock and Dead Rising re-releasing on PS4 and Xbox One, so let’s start with a look at five of the best, most feature-rich remasters to hit current-gen consoles.... Read more
Sep 16, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 180 – Reversals of Public Perception
In honor of this week’s episode number, our erstwhile co-host Henry Gilbert (now of Fandom) rejoins the show to talk about games that did a 180 in the minds of the gaming public – that is, games that went from... Read more
Sep 09, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 179 – Single-Player Series That Went Co-Op
After all the recent furor over Metal Gear Survive and Metroid Prime Federation Force, we for some reason decided it’d be a good idea to delve into five other games that turned traditionally single-player series into four-player co-op-fests, sometimes with... Read more
Sep 02, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 178 – Pivotal Moments in SNES History
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, so Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe joins the regulars this week to talk about key moments that created huge shockwaves not just for the SNES and Nintendo, but for the... Read more
Aug 26, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 177 – Games You Didn’t Know Were Licensed
This week, we enlist Retronauts host Bob Mackey to help us navigate an ancient landscape of games that were based on movies, TV shows, and cartoon characters… until they came to the US, at which point that was all stripped... Read more
Aug 19, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 176 – Famous Spaceships We Have Flown
We’ve got spaceflight on the brain this week with the release of No Man’s Sky, so before we start in on the game everyone’s talking about, Brett Elston joins us to look back at five of the most iconic spaceships... Read more
Aug 12, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 175 – Playable Babies
Who wouldn’t want to experience dangerous situations as a soft, helpless infant? Inspired by their recent playthrough of Baby’s Day Out, the VGA crew invite Michael Grimm to join this week for a look at games that let you play... Read more
Aug 05, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 174 – Also on PS2 and Wii
Erstwhile host Henry Gilbert rejoins the show this week, just in time to help us talk about multi-platform games that. for a variety of reasons, were completely different experiences on old-gen consoles. With that out of the way, we move... Read more
Jul 29, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 173 – Weird Guests in Fighting Games
Heidi Kemps of gaming.moe joins us fresh off last week’s EVO championships – and with fighting games on everyone’s minds, we take a look at some of the weirdest guest characters ever to grace games about people hitting each other... Read more
Jul 22, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 172 – “Knockoffs” That Surpassed The Originals
Friend of the show Bob Mackey (of Retronauts and USGamer) joins us this week to count down five games that took clear inspiration from an established series, but recaptured what made the originals great instead of being pale imitations. Then... Read more
Jul 15, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 171 – When They Were Young
Michael Grimm returns to the show this week to help us talk about five games that flashed back to their heroes’ childhoods, letting us experience their most important formative memories firsthand. Then it’s on to thoughts on Inside, Furi, and... Read more
Jul 08, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 170 – The Best Games of 2016 (So Far)
We’re at the midpoint of 2016, so it’s time to look back at the last six months and assemble a non-definitive, highly subjective list of our favorite games of the year so far. If you haven’t rage-quit by the end... Read more
Jul 01, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 169 – Porn Stars in Non-Porn Games
A show number with “69” in it only comes around every 100 episodes, so we take full advantage this week, as Michael Grimm joins us for a somewhat NSFW show about games that used the (sometimes-dubious) talents of former and... Read more
Jun 24, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 168 – The Best Games From E3 2016
With E3 2016 in our rear-view mirror, Dave, Hank, Brett, and special guest Aziz Twaijri count down their favorite games from the big show before breaking down each press conference and seeing how our listener predictions panned out. Question of... Read more
Jun 17, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 167 – Reality-Show Games
E3 is coming fast, so let’s distract ourselves just a little before the show starts with a Top 5 about (surprisingly competent) games based on “unscripted” television shows about “real” “people” who are “not entertainment lizards in hu-man guise.” The... Read more
Jun 10, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 166 – Something In The Water
In belated tribute to the PS2 “classic” Jaws Unleashed‘s 10th anniversary last week, this episode focuses not on the triumph of being a shark, but the terror of being its victim, with a Top 5 about the most stressful games... Read more
Jun 03, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 165 – It Was All A Dream
We begin this week’s show by exploring the theater of the mind, with five games that take place entirely in their characters’ heads and/or dreams. We then weigh in on the the Overwatch mania currently driving the internet bonkers, along... Read more
May 27, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 164 – Stories Without Words
Shadow of the Beast’s arrival on PS4 is a reminder that sometimes, it’s possible to tell a clear, engaging story without any actual dialogue. And that pushed us to spend this week’s Top 5 discussion looking at other games that... Read more
May 20, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 163 – Nolans of the North
This week’s release of Uncharted 4 is by all accounts a fitting send-off (for now) for one of the most beloved series of the past decade, and so we get all topical with a frank discussion of five iconic roles... Read more
May 13, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 162 – Baseball Games With No Baseball
Mikel returns as host this week, and we celebrate by cursing America’s pastime with a list of five baseball-themed games in which you never actually play baseball. We then jump back to the present with a look at Battleborn, before... Read more
May 06, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 161 – Playable Princes With Disney On Ice
Mikel is out meeting the royal family this week, so we have a rare VGA fivesome featuring two special guests from Disney’s ice-skating show; Wes Green and Nathan Miller. The gang drinks in honor of Prince and discuss the best... Read more
Apr 29, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 160 – Non-Japanese Ninjas with Heidi Kemps
Special guest star Heidi Kemps of Gaming.moe rejoins the show this week, just in time for a discussion about our favorite improbably non-Japanese ninjas. Then it’s on to talking about Star Fox Zero and the rumored PlayStation 4.5, after which... Read more
Apr 22, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 159 – Games Based on Media Based on Games
Ratchet & Clank’s arrival this week sparks a Top 5 discussion about that great and rare Ouroboros of modern media: Video games that got turned into movies and TV shows, and then back into games based on those movies and... Read more
Apr 15, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 158 – Development Hell Survivors with Scott Butterworth
Now that Final Fantasy XV finally has a release date 10 years after it was first announced, Gamespot editor Scott Butterworth joins the hosts this week for a look at five other games that had long and troubled development cycles,... Read more
Apr 08, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 157 – Single-Creator Games
Making a game is often a huge undertaking. Making a successful game all by yourself is a staggering feat, and it’s one that the five creators behind the games in this week’s Top 5 managed to pull off spectacularly. The... Read more
Apr 01, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 156 – NEERRDS! With Bob Mackey
It’s a jock-out lockout this week, as Retronauts host Bob Mackey joins us to take a look at the gawkiest, dorkiest, most pedantic nerd archetypes the games industry has thrown at us over the years. Then it’s on to a... Read more
Mar 25, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 155 – Boob-Centric Console Games
This week, we delve into those strange and short-lived days when it was considered bold and avant-garde to market cheesy games around the promise of nudity and stick them on consoles. We then return to modernity with a look at... Read more
Mar 18, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 154 – Sssnakes!
We get an early jump on St. Patrick’s Day this week, with a hiss-heavy segment celebrating five videogame snakes that Ireland’s patron saint would doubtlessly have run out of the country on a rail. We then snap right back to... Read more
Mar 11, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 153 – Bringing Guns to a Fistfight
The regular cast settles in this week for a look at five bosses that showed up to challenge fist-themed heroes while packing decidedly non-punchy firearms, often with predictable results. With that out of the way, we shift our focus to... Read more
Mar 04, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 152 – Caveman Games with Tim Turi
This week, former Game Informer editor Tim Turi joins us to talk about our favorite prehistoric adventures where sweaty men in loincloths fight dinosaurs. (Appropriately, none of them were made after 1997.) Then we shift slightly to talk about Far... Read more
Feb 27, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 151 – Playable Communists with Ryan Hodge
Ryan J. Hodge, author of Laser Time’s own Play/Write series, joins us for the first time this week to chat about frumpy Soviets, suspiciously unnamed guerrillas and other commies who’ve taken starring roles in games over the years. Then it’s... Read more
Feb 19, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 150 – Awesomely Bad Voice Acting with Heidi Kemps
Our sesquicentennial episode takes a fond look back at some of the absolute worst voice acting ever to appear in video games, as Heidi Kemps joins us to talk about her upcoming MAGFest panel. Then it’s on to a packed... Read more
Feb 12, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 149 – Underground Characters With Chris Hoffman
With Mikel on vacation, the gang recruits former Nintendo Power editor Chris Hoffman (of the Nintendo-focused Power Pros podcast) to talk about the coolest characters to emerge from the ground. Once we reach the surface, we discuss XCOM 2, Gravity... Read more
Feb 05, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 148 – Games That Critique Gaming
Video games have been around since at least the ’70s, but introspective games – ones with a statement to make about how we approach and play games, and what we expect from them – are still relatively rare. With The... Read more
Jan 29, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 147 – An Inside Blob
For decades, character designers have kept a hidden ace up their sleeve, one so powerful that they probably feel like hacks for using it, and so rarely do: if you put a cute face on a vaguely rounded shape, the... Read more
Jan 22, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 146 – Rumor From Ground Control
Following this week’s first round of sad news, Dan Amrich joins us this week to help pay tribute to David Bowie the only way we know how: by basing a Top 5 around his more notable ventures into gaming. The... Read more
Jan 15, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 145 – 2016’s Most Anticipated
Welcome back for another year of VGA! As has become tradition ’round these parts, we begin the year by looking ahead to five games we’re really excited about. (There isn’t a whole lot that’s been revealed about some of these,... Read more
Jan 08, 2016
Vidjagame Apocalypse 144 – Our Top 10 Games of 2015
It’s time for our last show of the year, and we’ve put together a big one. A rotating cast of regular VGA hosts is joined by friends of the show (including Bob Mackey, Heidi Kemps and Chris Watters) to discuss... Read more
Dec 25, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 143 – Best Star Wars Games
Sick of hearing about Star Wars yet? Too bad, because (after a surprise announcement from erstwhile cohost Anne Lewis) we’re making a shameless grab for its coattails with our (admittedly shaky) rundown of our favorite Star Wars games. With that... Read more
Dec 18, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 142 – Worse Than the Bad Guys with Heidi Kemps and Bob Mackey
Mikel’s back, and he’s bringing special guest hosts Bob Mackey and Heidi Kemps with him! This week, we get into five games that let you not just turn evil, but actually unseat the villain and conquer in their place. (Evil... Read more
Dec 11, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 141 – More-Than-Decent December Games
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... Read more
Dec 04, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 140 – Shopping Mauls
With Mikel out on assignment, Dave, Hank, Brett, and Chris play hooky and head to the mall! We count down gaming’s most memorable malls before discussing Bloodborne’s new DLC, possible PS2 emulation on the PS4, your favorite Xbox 360 memories,... Read more
Nov 27, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 139 – 360 Exclusives with Chris Watters
With the Xbox 360 turning 10 next week, we’re joined by GameSpot host/writer/producer Chris Watters (here to tell us about his brand new book, The Gamer’s Bucket List) and Brett Elston (in his first VGA appearance as a full-time LaserTime... Read more
Nov 20, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 138 – Grapplingest Hooks
This week, we go unabashedly old-school in honor of LaserTime’s newest full-time member, Brett Elston – who couldn’t make it, leaving us to stumble through a frank discussion of grappling hooks and swing physics without him. Then we dig into... Read more
Nov 13, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 137 – All About That Base
Whether you think of it as your house, headquarters, or simply a comforting save room, having a customizable home base has become a big part of a lot of our favorite games in recent years. As our string of horror-related... Read more
Nov 06, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 136 – Powerless and Afraid
Happy Halloween, everybody! For our final horror-themed episode of October, we’re going for the jugular with a genre feared even by some horror fans: scary games in which your only defense is to run, hide and hope the monsters don’t... Read more
Oct 30, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 135 – Cronenbergs!
Rick and Morty is a fantastic show, if for no other reason than that it gave us a new use for the word “Cronenberg,” referring to incomprehensible masses of writhing flesh and body horror that look like they just flopped... Read more
Oct 23, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 134 – Lovecraftian Horror
Our month of Halloween shows continues with five games about eldritch horrors from beyond the stars, as inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Then it’s on to talk about the decidedly less scary Minecraft: Story Mode and Dragon Quest... Read more
Oct 16, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 133 – Survival Horror for Kids
We’re big fans of Halloween around these parts, so this week’s show kicks off a full month of horror-themed shows, starting safe and slow with five survival-horror games (seemingly) intended for children. Then it’s time to talk about Transformers: Devastation,... Read more
Oct 09, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 132 – Inexplicable Music Games with Heidi Kemps
Bay Area games journo and kusoge* expert Heidi Kemps is our guide this week as we explore a slate of wonderfully bizarre and baffling music and rhythm games, a couple of which never made it to the States. Then we... Read more
Oct 02, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 131 – Konami’s Greatest Franchises
This week’s strange will-they-won’t-they narrative about Konami possibly exiting the console-game business perked our ears, and while it looks fairly certain that the publisher doesn’t plan to exit the industry anytime soon, a fond look back at our five favorite... Read more
Sep 25, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 130 – Star Power
Lego Dimensions’ voice-acting cast turned out to be an extremely hefty deal this week, with the likes of Michael J. Fox, Alison Brie and Peter Capaldi confirmed as voicing plastic versions of their iconic characters. This naturally turned our minds... Read more
Sep 18, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 129 – The Last Great Gasps of Classic Consoles with Brett Elston
Join us for a celebratory crossover episode with our old friend Brett Elston, who joins us fresh off the 100th episode of VGMpire for a Top 5 about games that pushed the hardware of dying systems to remind us that... Read more
Sep 11, 2015
New Donkey Kong Country Secrets Revealed By Rare Veteran
Before Diddy and Cranky Kong, see how the ape’s reboot looked in the early planning stages… If you were in the Play It Loud generation of Super NES owners, Donkey Kong Country holds a special place in your heart. Just... Read more
Sep 09, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 128 – 20 Years of PlayStation with Tyler Nagata
This week, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain took everyone’s attention by storm. It is, by all accounts, a fantastic finale for the series – or at least the part of the series written by creator Hideo Kojima –... Read more
Sep 04, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 127 – Mediocre Games, Amazing Stories
A new Metal Gear is just a few days away, and the critics can’t shut up about how great it is – but somehow, we manage to restrain ourselves long enough to get out a Top 5 about games with... Read more
Aug 28, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 126 – Last-Gen Games That Stood On Their Own
As much as the games industry catches flak for being a giant disgusting sequel factory, it has its fair share of great games that – whether by design or by circumstance – never got sequels, and maybe never will. Michael... Read more
Aug 21, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 125 – Super Secret Endings
They may not be canon and they may not always be happy, but few hidden extras are quite as satisfying to find as secret endings – and this week, we count down five of our favorites. Then it’s on to... Read more
Aug 14, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 124 – Rare Games That Didn’t Make Rare Replay
It’s been a great week for fans of retro games – and for GameStop employees, who now have an answer to the eternal question, “Do you have Battletoads?” The release of Rare Replay spurred our spoiled-child brains to talk about... Read more
Aug 07, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 123 – Old-School Adventures In Need of a Comeback
Seventeen years after its last installment, King’s Quest is back among the living with this week’s release of a new episodic adventure series. Happy as we are to see King Graham back in the thick of it, his return made... Read more
Jul 31, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 122 – Call Your Horse
Cars are great and all, but if you really want to get around in style, nothing beats nature’s motorcycle: the noble horse. Especially when you can call them to your side at any time, like the summonable horses in this... Read more
Jul 24, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 121 – Fighting Games That Never Made It to 3, with Heidi Kemps
The Evo Championship Series begins today, giving fighting-game fans around the world a chance to feel really inadequate by watching pro competitors at work. Since none of us are going, the best you’ll get is this week’s Top 5 –... Read more
Jul 17, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 120 – Hollywood Cameos
The Predator’s arrival this week in Mortal Kombat X isn’t exactly unprecedented, considering that the skull-collecting alien hunter has been the ultimate crossover star since the ’90s. But he’s not the first Hollywood character to make an appearance in an... Read more
Jul 10, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 119 – The Best Games of 2015 (So Far)
It’s the midpoint of the year, which means it’s time to pick our favorite games of the past six months. Which ones made the cut? Listen as we validate (or invalidate) your opinions, completely forget Troy Baker’s name, and then... Read more
Jul 03, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 118 – Jawsercise
In celebration of a certain shark’s 40th anniversary, the Steven Spielberg classic Jaws was re-released to theaters this week — and because we seize literally any excuse to bring up Jaws games, we’ve created a whole Top 5 around them,... Read more
Jun 26, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 117 – The Top 5 E3 Surprises
We countdown the most shocking reveals from E3 2015, then dig into a whole bunch of other wonderful vidjagame news and recaps. Prepare for geekgasms and fanboy rants aplenty! Question of the Week What was your favorite moment from E3?... Read more
Jun 19, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 116 – Tyrant Lizards
With Jurassic World hitting theaters and (LEGO-themed) games, this week seems like a perfect time for an appreciation of our favorite apex predator, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and its five best appearances as a menacing boss monster. Then there’s some excitable,... Read more
Jun 12, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 115 – Kill the Harmless
Hatred’s release grabbed headlines and then sort of fizzled out this week, but not before we put together a Top 5 about games that let you live out your worst bully fantasies by indiscriminately murdering innocent civilians. With that out... Read more
Jun 04, 2015
Top 5 Games About Murdering the Innocent
The ever-so-controversial Hatred is out this week, and early reviews give the impression that it’s neither as horrible nor as interesting as everyone decided it was after watching a single trailer. But it’s also this week’s highest-profile game release, which... Read more
Jun 01, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 114 – Advergaming Hell
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... Read more
May 28, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 113 – Games That Were Better on Handhelds with Bob Mackey
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... Read more
May 22, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse Showcase: Your Embarrassing and/or Favorite Fan Art
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... Read more
May 14, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 112 – Sega Saturn Turns 20
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... Read more
May 14, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 111 – Japanese Sombreros with Chris Watters
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,... Read more
May 07, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 110 – Mouthiest Mascots with Dan Amrich
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.... Read more
Apr 30, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 109 – Winners (Usually) Don’t Do Drugs
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... Read more
Apr 23, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 108 – The Villain’s Perspective with Heidi Kemps
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... Read more
Apr 16, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 107 – Twin Peaks-piration
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... Read more
Apr 09, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 106 – The Games that Destroyed San Francisco
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... Read more
Apr 02, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 105 – Games Overshadowed by Pack-In Demos
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... Read more
Mar 26, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 104 – Fake Irish Accents
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... Read more
Mar 19, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 103 – Metroidvanias with Chris Watters
GameSpot’s Chris Watters joins us this week to help us talk about our five favorite Metroidvanias (or Castletroids, if you’re the type to worry about infringing on trademarks), but that’s the tip of the iceberg. Part 2 launches into a... Read more
Mar 12, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 102 – Musical Acts With Non-Musical Games
This week, Ray Barnholt of Scroll, No More Whoppers and Retronauts joins us for frank talk about five faintly embarrassing vanity games that recast popular musicians as action heroes (or action-hero enablers). Then we move on to talk about tepid... Read more
Mar 05, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 101 – Direct-to-PSP Movie Games
Returning to business as usual after last week’s three-hour explodaganza, we’re kicking this week’s show off with a look at five movie-to-game adaptations that, for whatever reason, only ever appeared on PSP. Then it’s on to some talk about Dragonball... Read more
Feb 26, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 100 – Not-So-Secret Secrets
EPISODE 100 IS HERE AT LAST! To congratulate ourselves for actually sticking with a project for this long, we start with a Top 5 in which Chris tries to justify buying a New Nintendo 3DS immediately after dismissing it,  switch... Read more
Feb 19, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 99 – Indiana Clones
With the exception of maybe Rambo, it’s difficult to think of any characters who’ve been ripped off as frequently as Indiana Jones. (Granted, you could argue Dr. Jones is himself a ripoff, but that’s beside the point.) With rumors of... Read more
Feb 12, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 98 – Wretch Comedy
Not a lot of comedy sketches get their own video games, and after hearing about the mostly terrible entries in this week’s Top 5, you’ll understand why. With that safely out of the way, it’s on to some chatter about... Read more
Feb 05, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 97 – Dia de los Dumbasses
In honor of Grim Fandango’s long-overdue return, we decided to base this week’s Top 5 around games influenced (however loosely) by Mexican folklore and its vision of the underworld — and we approach the topic with all the sensitivity and... Read more
Jan 29, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 96 – 2015’s Most Anticipated
Now that we’re in a (still just) brand-new year, we’ve got 11 whole months of cool new games to look forward to, many of which will probably get bumped to next year. Best not to think negatively, though, so this... Read more
Jan 22, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse 95 – 2014’s Greatest Monsters
We’re back with our first show of 2015! Aaaand it’s about 2014, as Bob Mackey and Michael Grimm join the show to help us talk about our favorite villains of last year. After that, there’s some (very brief) new-release talk,... Read more
Jan 15, 2015
Vidjagame Apocalypse Special – The Serpent and the Ringtail
Before Mikel, Chris, Tyler, and Dave all left for the holiday break, they attempted to record one last show: a festive holiday special about their Top 5 Santas. It didn’t go as planned. This was the audio file we found... Read more
Dec 24, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 94 – Our Top 10 Games of 2014
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,... Read more
Dec 18, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 93 – Classics Revisited
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... Read more
Dec 11, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 92 – Tearjerk-Off
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... Read more
Dec 06, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 91 – Walking-Bird Day
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”... Read more
Nov 27, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 90 – Alternate Histories
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?... Read more
Nov 21, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 89 – Too Many Creeds
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... Read more
Nov 13, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 88 – Advanced Anti-Warfare
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... Read more
Nov 06, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 87 – Old-School Scares
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... Read more
Oct 30, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 86 – Top 5 Haunted Houses
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... Read more
Oct 23, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 85 – Put a Zombie On It
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:... Read more
Oct 16, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 84 – Cold Pursuit
Alien: Isolation’s deviously malicious xenomorph has been getting a lot of (mixed) praise lately, but it’s hardly the first randomized creeper to have chased us through a game. This week, we celebrate five of our favorite relentless, indestructible pursuers, then switch gears... Read more
Oct 09, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 83 – Steal the Spotlight
With Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor out this week and Alien: Isolation about to follow, Mikel resumes hosting duties to talk about five other movie-related games starring relative nobodies. Then there’s some talk about Super Smash Bros., Tyler’s identity gets “borrowed,” and... Read more
Oct 02, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 82 – Top 5 Products Nintendo Made Before Video Games
On Nintendo’s 125th anniversary, we’re looking at the company’s pre-Donkey Kong output. Also Hyrule Warriors, Disney Infinity, a TGS 2014 wrap-up, the new Oculus, and what we want from the next-gen! Question of the Week What do you want from... Read more
Sep 25, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 81 – The End is The Beginning
WARNING: Some games don’t truly kick in until after the credits roll. With that in mind, we’re shining a “Light” on Destiny, Disney Infinity 2.0, Microsoft’s Minecraft, handheld wishery and more! Question of the Week What game did you enjoy even... Read more
Sep 17, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 80 – The Top 5 Things Ruining Games
With video games under attack from every conceivable angle, only VGA has the journalistic fortitude to point the finger at what’s truly put our favorite medium in jeopardy and you won’t believe our findings! Also talking Destiny, fake news, Smash Bros,... Read more
Sep 11, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 79 – Hell is Weird
Thanks to Saints Row IV’s just-revealed Gat Out of Hell DLC, we’ve got Lucifer’s infernal realm on the brain. so we’ve devoted this week’s Top 5 to some of the stranger ways everyone’s favorite Lake of Fire has been realized in games.... Read more
Sep 04, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 78 – Simpsons Did It
The Every Simpsons Ever Marathon has an iron grip on our souls this week, so no, we actually couldn’t think of a better topic for this week’s Top 5 than our favorite Simpsons games. Once that’s out of our system, we move... Read more
Aug 28, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 77 – Genesis Turns 25
We’re about a week late to the party here, but that bad boy of ’90s gaming, the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive to our international listeners), just celebrated 25 years since its U.S. launch. Somehow, we managed to stop pitying... Read more
Aug 21, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 76 – Oh Tie-In! My Tie-In!
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you why this is a sad week. In light of recent events, we hastily, clumsily cobbled together a tribute to beloved comedy icon and fellow gamer Robin Williams for this week’s show by... Read more
Aug 14, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 75 – 1994’s “Best” Movie Games
Twenty years ago, it was a given that if a movie released between the months of May and September, it’d have a flashy-looking tie-in game on every major console — and actual humans would be excited for it. 1994 was... Read more
Aug 08, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 74 – Wind on Demand
No discussion of whether video games are art would be complete without totally ignoring all the ones that feature fart buttons. Good thing we’re not discussing art this week. After a spirited discussion of five games that let you pass... Read more
Jul 31, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 73 – Comics Without Capes
With Comic-Con in full swing this week, this episode revolves around our favorite games based on comic books… that DON’T FEATURE SUPERHEROES (at least not in a traditional sense). Then, following an unhealthy number of digressions, we lay into Oddworld:... Read more
Jul 24, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 72 – Weird Wrestling
“Pro Wrestling” doesn’t always mean “beefy dudes in Speedos.” Sometimes it means insultingly gratuitous panty shots, four-armed monsters, and Bart Simpson suplexing Moe Szyslak. This week, we take a look at five of the strangest wrestling games of recent years,... Read more
Jul 17, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 71 – Crappy Jobs, Amazing Games
No matter how monotonous, thankless, or gross a job is, you can bet it’d make a pretty badass video game with just a few conceptual tweaks. Our show this week starts off with five of them, followed by some vague... Read more
Jul 10, 2014
Video Time! The Top 5 Child Endangerment Games
What’s the easiest way for a game to put up emotional stakes? Put kids in peril! Hey, it worked for Steven Spielberg. Seriously, though, you want to watch this. Remember when we did a Vidjagame Apocalypse Top 5 about games that put... Read more
Jul 08, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 70 – The Best Games of 2014 (So Far)
We’re just past the halfway point of 2014, which means it’s time to fall back on a lazy topic look back at the past six months of games and collectively pick out our favorites. Also, Tyler and Mikel argue about... Read more
Jul 03, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 69 – Because Butts
We’ve been teasing this one a long time, and now Anne Lewis at last has the floor to recognize her five favorite (male and female) in-game butts. This is real, people. We’re doing this. Hang on to your butts, etc.... Read more
Jun 26, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 68 – E3’s Most Depressing Trailers
Another E3 has come and gone. Was it good for you? If not, too bad, because you’re not getting another one until next year. 2014’s show was a lot more grim and dark than it’s been in a while, at... Read more
Jun 19, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 67 – Kids in Peril
After last week’s child-endangering double-whammy of Watch Dogs and Among the Sleep, we thought, “Hey, that looks fun,” and decided to focus this week’s Top 5 on games that put kids into life-threatening situations, often for no other reason than... Read more
Jun 05, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 66 – Who Karted?
Watch Dogs is here! Watch Dogs is here! But first, let’s observe Laser Time’s weeklong Block Karty with a quick rundown of five questionable, mascot-themed kart-racing also-rans, none of which starred mustachioed plumbers. Then there’s some talk about new releases... Read more
May 28, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 65 – Make Love to the Mountain
Far Cry 4’s finally been announced, and even though it’s just concept art of a dude in a Scooby-Doo purple suit at this point, we’re still excited. So excited, in fact, that we hung this week’s Top 5 on the... Read more
May 21, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 64 – N64’s M-Rated Exclusives
When you hit episode 64 of any podcast, there are really only two directions you can go in, topic-wise: something to do with the Nintendo 64, or the iconic Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four.” If you’re the kind of person... Read more
May 14, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 63 – Superhero Games That Outscored Their Movies
Last week saw the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a movie reputedly so terrible that it’s actually scoring well below some versions of its terrible tie-in game on Metacritic. Or wait — it turns out that’s actually par for... Read more
May 08, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 62 – Games on Gamers
What do games really think of their audiences? If their portrayals of gamers are any indication, the sentiment is somewhere between contempt, pity, and outright affection. This week’s show takes a look at five standout examples before moving on to... Read more
Apr 30, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 61 – Total Gibberish
This week, the subdued trio of Mikel, Anne, and Dave lead an exploration into the deeper mysteries of games that use nonsensical babbling instead of voice-acting, after which we stumble through a meager field of new releases, a few news... Read more
Apr 24, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 60 — Remakes That Remade
Too many HD “remakes” these days are content to slap on some sharp new textures and call it a day. Most don’t want to risk the ire of gamers by actually overhauling gameplay or design that worked 20 years ago,... Read more
Apr 16, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 59 — Street Artists
By listener request (and in lieu of any better ideas), this week’s Top 5 is dedicated gaming’s greatest graffiti artists (or possibly just graffiti-themed games; we seem a little fuzzy on the concept). There’s also lots of talk about Amazon... Read more
Apr 09, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalyse 58 – Terrible Mutant Ninja Turtles
Last week’s trailer for the Michael Bay Ninja Turtles movie was an inspiration — specifically, an inspiration for a Top 5 about the worst TMNT games of all time. With that out of the way, we talk about Goat Simulator,... Read more
Apr 02, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 57 – VR Headset History with Hollander Cooper
After decades spent on the technological trash heap, virtual reality’s had a huge resurgence in the past week. Sony unveiled Morpheus, Oculus Rift rolled out its Crystal Cove prototype, and Microsoft revealed it was working on its own headset —... Read more
Mar 26, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 56 – Non-Canon in DLC
Inspired by the console-specific weirdness in this week’s release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Episode 56 rolls up with a Top 5 about DLC expansions that threw canon to the wind. Then we continue with some talk about... Read more
Mar 19, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 55 – Fightin’ Tall
Now that Titanfall is presumably eating up everyone’s time on PC and Xbox One, we kick off our fifty-fifth show with what may be our shortest Top 5 yet, about the weirdest mechs we could think of. There’s also some... Read more
Mar 12, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 54 – Basic Cable
In case the title didn’t give it away, this week we honor the arrival of South Park: The Stick of Truth with a Top 5 about other games based on basic-cable TV shows, and somehow manage to mess even that... Read more
Mar 06, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 53 – Heal the World
The last week of February boasts some notably dark-looking new releases, so we thought we’d add a little color with our five favorite games about bringing dead worlds back to life. Then we unwisely gush about Thief and Castlevania: Lords... Read more
Feb 26, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 52 – Prison Break
VGA takes another quick trip back to the criminality well this week, with a look at five  “heroes” who did hard time and became our favorite video-game convicts. Then we dive right into Earth Defense Force 2025 and Strider, talk... Read more
Feb 19, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 51 – Olympic Old
As athletes compete and hotel rooms disintegrate at the Sochi Olympics, we follow a listener suggestion and take a look back at some of our favorite games about The Games — with the caveat that few of them were ever... Read more
Feb 12, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 50 – Master Thief
Between last week’s Sly Cooper movie reveal and the incoming release of Thief, February is shaping up to be a very burgle-y month. So let’s kick it off with a celebration of our favorite master thieves, then get giddy about... Read more
Feb 05, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 49 – Hollywood’s Interactive Sequels
With Oscar season finally upon us, there’s no better time to (once again) use Hollywood’s long history with gaming as a creative crutch. This time, we take a look at games positioned as legitimate sequels to movies (whether by design,... Read more
Jan 29, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 48 – Head Games
Apropos of nothing, we start off this week’s show with a Top 5 about heroes who have, at best, a tenuous grip on their heads. Then there’s some talk about Broken Age, Banner Saga, and a smattering of last week’s... Read more
Jan 22, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 47 – Playing Dress-Up
The VGA crew limps through another slow January release week the only way we know how: with lots of tangential nonsense. There’s also a Top 5 about costume changes as a major gameplay mechanic, some chat about CES 2014 and... Read more
Jan 15, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 46 – Shiver with Antici…
Aaaand we’re back! VGA returns from its two-week hiatus with an obligatory Top 5 about our most hotly anticipated games. Then we get cheery on bumwine and talk about the booze- and game-related shenanigans we got up to while we’t... Read more
Jan 08, 2014
Vidjagame Apocalypse 45 – Our Top 10 Games of 2013
This year isn’t quite finished, but Vidjagame Apocalypse is until January 7, so here’s an extra-long, extra-late countdown of the VGA regulars’ 10 favorite games of 2013! After that, we touch on the meager crop of year-end new releases and... Read more
Dec 19, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 44 – Stalin Badman
As the wheezing beast that is 2013 enters its final weeks of life, we’ve come roaring back from hiatus with our Top 5 protagonists who went villain for the sequel, a little bit of talk about new releases (including the... Read more
Dec 11, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 43 – Happy Thanksgivukkah!
Has it really been 125 years already? Another Thanksgivukkah is nearly upon us, once again merging Thanksgiving with the first night of Hanukkah in an explosion of festive confusion! This week, we spend plenty of time talking about the Xbox... Read more
Nov 27, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 42 – Naked Launch
We’re stuck between launches as of this writing, with the PS4 (theoretically) in stores and the Xbox One poised to give us a slightly different version of the events of last Friday. What an exciting time to be alive, and... Read more
Nov 20, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 41 – The Games that Defined the Generation
In just a few days as of this posting, the PlayStation 4 will be a thing you can buy, bringing about the first major generational shift for consoles since the release of the Xbox 360 eight years ago. With “next-gen”... Read more
Nov 13, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 40 – Over the Hill
This week is Call of Duty week, with CoD: Ghosts hitting store shelves ahead of its next-gen launches, but let’s ignore that for the first half of the show. Instead, we’ll talk about our favorite heroes over 40, then chat... Read more
Nov 06, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 39 – Sea Wolves
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is out today, and to mark the occasion, we sit down with a SPECIAL GUEST STAR: Gabe Graziani, senior community developer at Ubisoft and the official face of Assassin’s Creed fandom! But first, Halloween is... Read more
Oct 30, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 38 – In the Wrong Hands
Remember way back when game publishers weren’t interested in locking down their intellectual property, and would hand the franchise keys to any porting house that had two ZX Spectrums to rub together? No? Well, this week’s Top 5 does, as... Read more
Oct 23, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 37 – The Pokéclypse
This week, Mikel and the rest of the regular VGA crew take a breather, giving special guests Henry Gilbert, Carolyn Gudmundson and Brett Elston exactly the opening they need to stage an impromptu reunion of their old Pokémon Monday podcast... Read more
Oct 16, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 36 – Caged Fury
If you’re not a Pokémon fan*, the biggest release this week is Beyond: Two Souls, the latest beautiful, divisive, interactive game-like thing from developer Quantic Dream and its cackling French overlord, David Cage. In honor of its arrival (and to... Read more
Oct 09, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 35 – One and Done
This week, we decided to take a look at some of our favorite, sadly misguided one-off consoles, created mainly by companies who’d dipped their toes into video games once or twice and suddenly thought they could be the next Nintendo.... Read more
Oct 02, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 34 – Is It Safe?
Grand Theft Auto has finally become so ingrained in mainstream culture that not only did GTA V break all sales records for all media ever (probably), but it took a torture scene to raise any real controversy this time around.... Read more
Sep 25, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 33 – You Forgot Poland
It’s all about one specific big release this week, as we begin with a celebration of GTA clones and then dive into a lengthy discussion about Grand Theft Auto V. We also talk about your favorite game tie-ins, and Tyler... Read more
Sep 18, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 32 – PAXsplodaganza
No Top 5 this week — just lots and lots of talk about the cool stuff we saw at PAX Prime. (Big thanks to everyone who came to our meetup at GameWorks!) We also chat about Killzone: Mercenary, Arma III... Read more
Sep 11, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 31 – Disowned
Everyone’s back from another successful PAX, and yet this week’s episode was recorded just before PAX. It’s not outdated — it’s a time capsule! A time capsule that focuses on five games disavowed by their own creators (or the creators... Read more
Sep 05, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 30 – I’ll Wear You Like Pants
Not a whole lot’s happening during the gap between Gamescom and PAX, and yet we somehow found a way to fill more than 100 minutes with chatter about great actors who slummed it in games, next-gen console release dates, and... Read more
Aug 28, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 29 – Concepts Evolved
For no other reason than that a listener suggested it, we spend a fat chunk of this week’s episode dissecting five games that changed radically during development, often into (or away from) something that completely defied our expectations — and,... Read more
Aug 21, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 28 – Fake Band Camp
You can never have too many musical episodes, right? This week, we give a listen to five bands that exist only in their respective games (counting down our favorites as we go). There’s also some talk about Luigis and clown... Read more
Aug 14, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 27 – Minions, d00d!
With the release of Pikmin 3 this week, it’s high time we paid tribute to the great unsung heroes of gaming: disposable minions. Specifically your disposable minions. We also have a lively discussion about Dragon’s Crown’s extreme stylization, chat a... Read more
Aug 07, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 26 – Annoy All Monsters
Giant city-crushin’ monsters are in right now, so why not devote a show to their greatest appearances in video games (and give kaiju expert Brett Elston a chance to wax nostalgic at the same time)? There’s also some talk of... Read more
Jul 31, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 25 – Hiyo Silver
Have we really been doing this for 25 straight weeks? Dang! To celebrate being halfway to 50, we spend this episode counting down our top 5 games of 2013 (so far), gushing about Earthbound, recounting your most memorable game deals,... Read more
Jul 24, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 24 – Apocalypsing the Cancel
This week, we pay our respects to five hotly anticipated games that were shut down before  ever really seeing the light of day. We also chat about a little iOS oddity called Deus Ex: The Fall (and other new releases,... Read more
Jul 17, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 23 — Hog Wild
Ride to Hell: Retribution is already being hailed by critics as the worst game of 2013, which has been enough to get most outlets to forget about it. Most outlets, however, are not run by masochists for whom the phrase... Read more
Jul 10, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 22 – Taste the Rainbow
Last week was a pretty important one for our LGBT friends; not only was it Pride Week, but the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, clearing the way for gay marriages to be recognized on a federal... Read more
Jul 03, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 21 – The Passion of the X
This week’s Vidjagame Apocalypse starts out innocuously enough, with a look at movies based on fake games, but things get heated in the second half, when the crew debates the merits of Microsoft’s decision to roll back its digital rights... Read more
Jun 26, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 20 – E3plosive Decompression
Last week was crazy, but it’s over now, so your exhausted hosts gather before the firelight and trade harrowing stories from the blood-caked trenches. Ha, just kidding — we sit around and complain about video games, just like always! This... Read more
Jun 20, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse 19 – 1 Million Enemy Crabs
This week we recorded our show before everyone left for E3, so we went light on speculation and instead counted down the most memorable moments from the expo’s past. Also, did you know there are new games coming out while... Read more
Jun 11, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Suicide is Painless
In this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we start up a suicide prevention hotline. JUST KIDDING. We talk about making people kill themselves in videogames. Good times. We also talk about Remember Me and your reactions to the Xbone. Question... Read more
Jun 05, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Going to the Dogs
In this week’s episode we talk about our favorite canine friends and the Xbox One reveal. It’s basically just four people talking about dogs for two hours. Question of the Week What do you think about the Xbox One? Short... Read more
May 29, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- It Was Tuesday
In this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we talk about memorable appearances in shitty videogame movies and make speculations about the next Xbox. Yes, we realize the reveal has already happened but when we recorded this, it hadn’t. Question of... Read more
May 22, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- It’s Only VG Wasteland
On this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we talk about our favorite barren, mutant-infested wastelands. There’s also a little more singing. Apparently we didn’t get enough last week. Question of the Week What’s one moment in a game that made... Read more
May 15, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- The Musical Episode
Things get musical on this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse. That’s not a joke. There’s a LOT of singing in this one and we’re not even drunk. Well, not all the way drunk. Maybe a little drunk. We also play... Read more
May 07, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Craptastic
In this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we talk about shitty games we love. These games are simultaneously painful and so much fun. Sorry about the wait, folks. The laptop we edit the show on is seriously fuuuuucked. We’re working... Read more
May 02, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Walk Like a Zombie
This week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse is hungry for brains. We talk about zombies, the things hurting the games industry and we delve into the forums. Question of the Week Do you think it would affect your enjoyment of a... Read more
Apr 24, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Sunshine Superman
This week’s episode is all about SUPERHEROES. Our Top 5 is all about superheroes. Our new releases section is all about superheroes (well, mostly). Our news is all about superheroes (okay definitely not all but we still talk about them).... Read more
Apr 17, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Arts and Crofts
In this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we talk Lara Croft wannabes and some sad news. We’re also doing a giveaway! Yay! Question of the Week Which LucasArts game do you have the fondest memories of? Also, what should the... Read more
Apr 10, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Jump Duck
On this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we revisit some of our favorite anxiety-inducing music from games and talk about beloved games from our youth. Sorry this episode is a little late. We ran into a minor technical difficulty. It’s... Read more
Apr 03, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Drunkpocalypse Now
We get a little silly in this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse and talk about BIOSHOCK INFINITE OMG. Episode 8 of Vidjagame Apocalypse is all about our favorite alcoholics with a very healthy helping of BioShock Infinite talk. Don’t worry,... Read more
Mar 27, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Rad Bromance
We are all about bro-love in this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse. For reals, this episode is about bromance, yo. We discuss our favorite bros with bro-nefits, make waaaaaay too many bro puns and really lose our shit near the... Read more
Mar 20, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Something Something Redemption
This week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse is all about one game in a failing series that raised the franchise from perdition to stand tall once more. We talk redemption, a whooooole lot of SimCity, QotW and answer some community questions.... Read more
Mar 13, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Podcast Ho!
On this week’s episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse we find ourselves lost on the high seas of tangents. We swear this episode was supposed to be all about pirates. Question of the Week What are your thoughts on microtransactions in games?... Read more
Mar 06, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse – Move 2
With the Oscars recently done away with, we present a special Top 5 (er, Only 5?) along with some new release talk, PS4 news and a quickie debate. Question of the Week We’re using the same question as last week... Read more
Feb 27, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Rumor Has It
We discuss our favorite narrators, recent releases and Sony rumors. This is a long one.   RSS DOWNLOAD
Feb 20, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Torture is Bad, Kids
  We talk sports, torture, teen wolves, and super secret industry rumors. All the good things in life…   DOWNLOAD
Feb 13, 2013
Vidjagame Apocalypse- Lusting for Violence
You’ve asked for it and here it is. WE’RE GONNA TALK ABOUT GAMES, Y’ALL! The first episode of Vidjagame Apocalypse has arrived to make the Laser Time family a little more complete. Our debut features potty talk, sexy violence and... Read more
Feb 06, 2013