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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.

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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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.






A Salute to Clueless Gamer – Vidjagame Apocalypse 424

E3 came back! Holy crap! And don’t worry, we’ll get deep in the weeds about it on this week’s show, but first we welcome PNB’s Brendan Hesse and take a look at our favorite episodes of Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer,... Read more


Raccoon Heroes – Vidjagame Apocalypse 423

We’ve always been great fans of trash pandas at VGA, so when this week’s release of Backbone cast one as a down-on-his-luck detective, we indulged our love of raccoons with a Top 5 about games that let you play as... Read more


Least-Valuable Videogames – Vidjagame Apocalypse 422

This week, we stumbled onto – a huge database of purported videogame resale values – and thought it would be fun to invite retro specialists Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski (of Ultra 64/Wii Universe) to talk about which (non-sports,... Read more


The Weed Number – Vidjagame Apocalypse 420

Well, here it is, episode 420 – but we already did games that let you smoke pot 311 episodes ago! So instead, let’s look at celebrities who’ve appeared in videogames and now have their own (legal!) cannabis brands, with help... Read more


Old-School Zombie Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 419

Resident Evil Village has its hooks firmly into the whole crew this week, so let’s invite‘s Mike Williams back on to talk about it a whole bunch more (along with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Wrath of the Druids DLC)! We... Read more


RE-lentless Pursuit – Vidjagame Apocalypse 418

Resident Evil Village is out, and the rampantly fetishized Lady Dimitrescu joins the hallowed ranks of Resident Evil’s iconic, nigh-indestructible “stalker” enemies. So let’s kick off this week’s show with five of the most memorable pursuers from Resident Evils past,... Read more


Guest Kombatants – Vidjagame Apocalypse 417

We’ve just passed two important Mortal Kombat milestones: the 10th anniversary of the franchise-revitalizing Mortal Kombat 9, and the release of a new MK movie that doesn’t suck. To celebrate, Anthony Abatte joins us for a look at five of... Read more


Stepping Out on Sony – Vidjagame Apocalypse 416

The formerly PlayStation-exclusive MLB The Show is now on Xbox, which is… kinda weird, right? Almost as weird as finding out that developers now owned by Sony used to make games for competing platforms, which is what we’re delving into... Read more


City by the Bay – Vidjagame Apocalypse 415

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to two-thirds of the VGA crew (along with a big chunk of the games industry), and it’s been re-created in a handful of games over the years – so now that our episode... Read more


It’s Like Dark Souls – Vidjagame Apocalypse 414

Thankfully, we’re long past the point where every unforgiving game gets compared to Dark Souls. What we’re talking about this week, with special guest Leif Johnson, are our favorite Souls-likes – that is, games that consciously borrow parts of Dark... Read more


3DS Launch Stumbles – Vidjagame Apocalypse 413

The 3DS turned 10 this week, so let’s grab friend of the show Micah Seff and celebrate the revolutionary, unassailable, beloved powerhouse of a handheld… by looking back at five ways it nearly dropped the ball in its first few... Read more


Tough-To-Emulate Arcade Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 412

There’s something about the arcade experience that’s tough to capture at home – especially for games that involve ridiculously bespoke hardware that would be impractical to set up in a living room. This week, we welcome back Dan Amrich for... Read more


Shut-In Adventures – Vidjagame Apocalypse 411

This week marks one full year since the first shelter-in-place orders went into effect in the US. To mark this dubious occasion, we invited PNB‘s TL Foster on to talk about five of the best games ever to take place... Read more


Old But Still Badass – Vidjagame Apocalypse 410

They may be gray and a little saggy, but there’s a certain kind of elderly man who, like a lobster, only ever seems to grow bigger and tougher with age. This week, we invite Greg Moore to help us pay... Read more


Jump In My Car – Vidjagame Apocalypse 409

If you haven’t commandeered a car by jumping to it from your own speeding whip, can you really be said to have commandeered it at all? This week, we celebrate five games that let us accomplish the impossibly awesome feat... Read more


Eye For An Eye – Vidjagame Apocalypse 408

Everyone loves a good revenge story, so this week we’re joined by Mike Williams of PCMag to take a look at five of the most gripping stories of single-minded, systematic payback produced by videogames. Then we’ll explore Bravely Default 2,... Read more


Genre-Switching Sequels – Vidjagame Apocalypse 407

With Persona 5 Strikers – the Dynasty Warriors-flavored sequel to the original P5 RPG – out this week, we’re joined by special guest Emmett Watkins of VGU.TV for a look at five sequels that switched to a new genre, forever... Read more


Corrupted Fighters – Vidjagame Apocalypse 406

Abrupt heel-turns are always fun, especially in fighting games where a goody-two-shoes hero gives in to the Dark Power within and becomes a corrupted, evil version of themselves (usually with cooler moves). This week, we welcome Anthony Abatte to help... Read more


To Live and Die and Respawn in LA – Vidjagame Apocalypse 405

Los Angeles is the setting of roughly 500% of all motion pictures, and yet relatively few games have tried to turn its sun-baked sprawl into a game world. So this week, let’s grab PNB‘s TL Foster for a look at... Read more


Strangers On A Train – Vidjagame Apocalypse 404

Train levels are a well-worn trope by this point; start at the caboose and fight your way up to the engine, all in a linear, narrow environment that allows for some variety as you move from car to car. As... Read more