Vidjagame Apocalypse

Comedy

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.

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@Wikiparaz

Language:

English


Episodes

Music That Gives Us Pause - Vidjagame Apocalypse 509

2/3/2023
Last week, the games industry defied licensing issues and rivalries to bring back GoldenEye 007 - and its banger pause-menu music, which inspired us to grab TL Foster for a quick Top 5 about our favorite pieces of music that play when we don't. Then we'll dig into the Dead Space remake, Hi-Fi Rush, Valiant Hearts: Coming Home, Inkulinati, and the game dialogue you enjoy listening to most.

Duration:02:19:53

THAT Movie Got A Game!? - Vidjagame Apocalypse 508

1/27/2023
January is traditionally the dumping ground for movies that studios don't expect to do well, so before it's over, let's grab Chris Baker for a look at five movies that got game adaptations in spite of being obscure, deeply weird, and/or outright commercial flops. After that, we'll rocket straight into Forspoken and Fire Emblem Engage, The Avengers game sunsetting, a new episode of The Last of Us TV show, and the creators you'd like to see return to the games industry.

Duration:02:25:14

Games From Old-School Animators - Vidjagame Apocalypse 507

1/20/2023
There's a lot of overlap between the videogame and animation industries, but it's always a big deal when a big name in 2D cel animation decides to apply their talents to something interactive. This week, we'll look at five standout collaborations between game developers and old-school animators, after which we'll touch on Colossal Cave, Persona 3 and 4 coming to Game Pass, the demise of Stadia, and the games you'd like to see "enhanced" by voiceovers and/or FMV.

Duration:02:17:59

Enhanced for Sega CD - Vidjagame Apocalypse 506

1/13/2023
The Sega CD (or Mega-CD) turned 32(!) last month, and it remains the home not just of questionable FMV games and music-video makers, but of some of the best and weirdest versions of 16-bit games that were popular on other consoles at the time. Along with Greg Moore, we'll delve into five ancient games that got unforgettably "upgraded" with speech and FMV cutscenes, after which we'll talk about Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider, Borderlands movie news, the alleged end of PS5 shortages, and the...

Duration:02:17:23

2023's Most Anticipated Games - Vidjagame Apocalypse 505

1/6/2023
As a new year dawns, it's time to look ahead to the next 12 months (with help from Anthony "BruceWayneBrady" Abatte) and the five games we're most excited for. Will any surprise you? Probably not! But they'll be fun to talk about anyway. Then it's on to a few games we missed last year, including Sports Story, River City Girls 2, and Choo-Choo Charles, after which we'll talk about whether there's more story to be wrung from The Last of Us and your personal GOTYs of 2022.

Duration:02:05:10

Our Top 10 Games of 2022 (Part 2) - Vidjagame Apocalypse 504

12/29/2022
The clock's running out on 2022, so let's cap it off with part 2 of our GOTY show, with our Top 5 Games of 2022 and a roster of guests including Brendan Hesse of The Crawl, Kat Bailey of IGN and Axe of the Blood God, Tony Wilson of Framework, and Wii Universe's Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski! Which games claimed our top honors this year? Jump in and find out!

Duration:02:18:43

Our Top 10 Games of 2022 (Part 1) - Vidjagame Apocalypse 503

12/24/2022
As another year draws to a close, it's time to look back on the past 12 months and pick our top 10 games of the year, with help from special guests including Alex Faciane, Kat Bailey, TL Foster, Chris Baker, Anthony Abatte, and Tony Wilson. Following last year's precedent, we're splitting the top 10 into two manageable chunks. Check out our picks for 10 through 6 this week, and stay tuned for next week, when we'll tackle 5 through 1!

Duration:02:08:40

2022's Best DLC - Vidjagame Apocalypse 502

12/16/2022
2022 is almost over, but wait! There’s still DLC to talk about! So let’s grab Brendan Hesse for a look at five of our favorite pieces of DLC to launch this year, after which we’ll get into the Game Awards, High on Life, Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion, Lil Gator Game, God of War going live-action, and your favorite remasters/remakes of 2022.

Duration:02:15:25

2022's Best Remakes and Remasters - Vidjagame Apocalypse 501

12/9/2022
This year has seen some excellent revivals of old games on new hardware, so let's kick off awards season a little early and take a look at our five favorite remasters and remakes of 2022, after which we'll get into The Callisto Protocol, Marvel's Midnight Suns, Need for Speed Unbound, Microsoft's acquisition moves, and movie games that stuck out in your head as ignoring the movies' plots.

Duration:02:13:32

Games We Still Won't Shut Up About - Vidjagame Apocalypse 500

12/2/2022
Against all odds, we've somehow made it to 500 episodes, so we're celebrating by inviting a Secret Mystery Guest and digging into the five videogame franchises we've talked about the most over the past 499 episodes. Then we'll break format and talk about 10 games that have NEVER been in our Top 5s, plus a couple of brief cameos by other Secret Mystery Guests!

Duration:02:35:58

Classic Movie Games (That Ignored the Movie) - Vidjagame Apocalypse 499

11/24/2022
Some games based on movies try to faithfully adapt the events of the film; others invent new scenes to pad out their runtime. And a select few throw the script in the garbage and invent their own version of events, and it's that last category that Chris Baker joins us this week to discuss. Then we'll talk more about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet; get into Gungrave GORE, The Devil in Me, and Evil West; and take a last-minute look at Black Friday game deals and the Nintendo franchises you think...

Duration:02:19:28

Stuck on Wii U - Vidjagame Apocalypse 498

11/18/2022
With this week marking the 10-year anniversary of the Wii U's release, TL Foster joins us for a look at five of the coolest games that still haven't made the jump to Switch. Then we'll dig into Pentiment, Tactics Ogre: Reborn, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out The Game Awards 2022 GOTY nominations, and hear you talk about old stuff you're not nostalgic for (but still love hearing about anyway).

Duration:02:27:18

Most-Expensive Consoles - Vidjagame Apocalypse 497

11/11/2022
This week, we take a look at five of the most sophisticated, fantastically expensive gaming devices ever released - you know, the ones the REALLY rich kid at your school had - with font of knowledge Dan Amrich, who also tells us quite a lot about his involvement with Atari 50, which is out now. Then we'll get into God of War and Sonic Frontiers, highlights from the Nintendo Indie Showcase, and your favorite videogame trilogies of all time.

Duration:03:10:39

The Next Generation - Vidjagame Apocalypse 496

11/4/2022
The arrival of Resident Evil Village's Winters' Expansion DLC - which adds a new story starring Ethan's daughter Rose - inspired us to dig into five sequels where the hero's kid steps into the spotlight as the new protagonist. Then we'll get into Bayonetta 3, PSVR2's price and release date reveal, and the most you've ever spent on a game-related purchase.

Duration:02:11:36

Be the Slasher - Vidjagame Apocalypse 495

10/28/2022
It's our last show of spooky season, so TL Foster joins us for a look at five games that gave players the chance to be slasher villains, stalking and slaying hapless campers, partygoers, and other movie-inspired machete-fodder. Then we'll get into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Gotham Knights, the Witcher getting a modern remake, and your favorite bits from G4.

Duration:02:32:39

Who Ya Gonna Call? - Vidjagame Apocalypse 494

10/21/2022
Ghostbusters Spirits Unleashed is out this week and it's great, so we're leaning fully into it (and technically staying on-theme for Spooptober) by inviting Dan Amrich for a chat about the best and most memorable Ghostbusters games of the past 38 years. Then we'll get into Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, A Plague Tale: Requiem, the Silent HIll Transmission revelations, and your thoughts on who should play Mario.

Duration:02:44:37

Don't Even Breathe - Vidjagame Apocalypse 493

10/15/2022
It's the second week of Spooptober, so Tony Wilson of Framework joins us for a look at five games where holding your breath can make you invisible to ghosts and monsters - for as long as you can keep it in. Then we'll get into Asterigos: Curse of the Stars, reactions to the Mario movie trailer and the canceled Kingdom Hearts TV show, and your scariest water-related stories.

Duration:02:10:18

Entrapment Under the Sea - Vidjagame Apocalypse 492

10/7/2022
It's the first week of October, which means the start of four weeks of unbridled terror (OK not really) as we focus on horror games! This week, Anthony Abatte joins us to talk about five games that went for underwater scares, often by sticking players into oppressive deep-sea environments filled with massive wildlife and other threats. Then we'll switch gears to talk about Overwatch 2, Valkyrie Elysium, Stadia's shutdown, and your favorite X-Men.

Duration:02:48:35

Wondery Presents - The ReWatcher: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10/4/2022
Welcome to the Hellmouth Weirdos! Your favorite Morbid hosts Ash and Alaina are branching out from true crime and heading to Sunnydale for the ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch podcast! Alaina is a Buffy superfan and Ash has never watched a single episode, so whether you’re Team Angel, Team Spike, or have no clue who those people are…they’ve got you covered! Join them each week as they slay their way through the series, episode by episode, re-watching, and watching for the very...

Duration:00:05:11

SNIKT! - Vidjagame Apocalypse 491

9/30/2022
With Hugh Jackman confirming his return as Wolverine for Deadpool 3, we're going topical this week and inviting Steve Guntli of Wii Universe for a look at the five "best" games to star Logan by his lonesome. Then it's on to Session: Skate Simulator, Beacon Pines, more Metal Hellsinger, Disney's Star Wars game plans, and your preferences re: looking at leaks.

Duration:02:20:40