ON!VG! EPISODE 148: Matty Trousers Fall Down

Posted by Mat on 11th April, 2016 | There are no comments on this article.
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Laura’s favourite sandwich is a flavor we all have to accept and move on from. Plus: The Return of Wrestlemania or Wrestlemaniaren’t!

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Badge Arcade
Just A Whole Bunch Of VR Nonsense

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ON!VG! Episode 147: Put A Little Basil On It

Posted by Mat on 29th February, 2016 | There are no comments on this article.
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I’ve got a brand new combine harvester and I’ll give you: a nice podcast from some good internet boys.

We’ll talk about Firewatch with some spoilin’ until 13:30.

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Firewatch
Oxenfree
Devil Daggers
XCom 2
Codenames / Monikers
The Witness
Farming Simulator 2015
Pony Island

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ON!VG! Episode 146: I, Robot 2: II, Robot

Posted by Mat on 7th January, 2016 | There are no comments on this article.
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Learn about Danny Devito’s Limoncello, the proper meaning of Death of the Author, the “Pre-Dog” and I guess Mat’s starting a new job?

We have a chat about Pandemic: Legacy at around 26:50 until 32:20 so keep that in mind if you’re gonna play the thing! Okay!

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Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime
Papo Y Yo
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
The Long Dark / Banished
Read Only Memories

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Martin’s Games of the Year: 2015

Posted by Martin Falder on 30th December, 2015 | There are no comments on this article.

I’m Martin, and this year I mostly stopped having public thoughts about video games. Here are some games that were important to me in 2015.

Undertale

This game was too much. I feel like I cry – or at least, get choked up – much more easily than I used to. Undertale just pulled my heart out over and over. I can’t bring myself to do a kill everything run and instead watched other people do it on youtube, and even then it made my heart hurt. This is a game that made me evangelical; I bugged people to play it, and I try not to do that. It’s so pretty and nice and warm, everything about it feels like it was made for me, and I love it.

Fallout: New Vegas

Knowing that Fallout 4 was about to drop, I replayed New Vegas to prepare. When Fallout 4 eventually did come out, it was such a crushing disappointment, a tangled mess of nothing with nothing to say and layers and layers of time-sink nothing on top of it, I played New Vegas yet again to get over it. It’s so well written and interesting and it’s honestly a dang tragedy that Obsidian’s next project was a fucking South Park game.

Here are some really good tweets about architecture and spatiality in New Vegas.

I think one of the problems with Bethesda games is that they only ever want to convey awe with their design, rather than explore deeper or more interesting spatial messages? Everything is about the scale of the destruction, or the wonder of a huge technological / magical marvel. The furthest they go message-wise is, like, ‘this dungeon is dark because they are doing dark magic’. Bethesda want you to take screenshots of the big things, Obsidian put in big things because they felt right. I love that series of tweets because it made me realise how much New Vegas does with cultures and borders, with spaces being actively contested in ways other than military.

The other day I was playing and I found a whole sewer network that I’d never explored before. New Vegas is big, and often sparse, but it never feels empty.

Android: Netrunner

I still love this game so much. I’ve poured a billion hours into building decks and thinking about strategy and listening to podcasts and watching streams. It’s a perfect card game for me, and it devoured so much of my life in 2015, and it probably will continue to do so in 2016.

Jackbox Party Pack

Just an excellent time with friends. In 2016, I want to stop using it so much as a crutch when there’s a lull in conversation among people, but it’s a really fun way to get everyone laughing and on the same page.

Cobra Club

Cobra Club is sort of standing in for all of Robert Yang’s games for the past year or so here. He’s doing really interesting and playful things with games about sex, all funny and hot and silly in a way which nonetheless expresses a lot of warmth and affection for his subjects. His games manage to walk a fun line where they are, on the face of it, attractive for streamers and youtubers to gawk at – “A game about spanking! A game about taking dick pics! A game about scrubbing down your bro in the shower!” – but which possess a sincerity which resists passive consumption. These are games that are silly, but which are also sexy, games about recognising that desire is a little awkward and funny but also much more than that. It’s about knowing that what you’re into is kinda goofy, but that goofiness is also something to be treasured and protected. I love Robert Yang’s games so much.

The Beginner’s Guide

Not interested in going into here if it’s Real or not, but this game spoke to me and made me sob big ugly tears for the times I’ve felt like an unloveable bastard man, for all the people in my life I’ve hurt for no reason, and for failing. I’m getting older – sorry to the people reading this and rolling their eyes – and every day I feel like I’m making decisions which close some doors and open others. The Beginner’s Guide made me think about a lot of things and it hurt my soul, and I like that in a game.

Subterfuge

This is probably the best war game I’ve ever played, in that it’s completely exhausting and horrible, and everything is a huge slog, and the only way to win is to rig the game so six of you attack one person at once until they quit. Subterfuge is a game about being a bastard, and not necessarily in a fun, sneaky, way; you win by bullying and cajoling and tricking people, by lying out of hand, and by exploiting weaknesses. If there’s one thing Subterfuge teaches you about war, it’s that it’s basically fucking unfair. Subterfuge taught me a lot about myself, and I don’t think I like what I learned.

Other Games

I played a lot of Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V and they certainly occupied a lot of my time, but weren’t very good. The Talos Principle was good but should’ve been smaller. I’m going to play Her Story some time soon and I’m looking forward to it. Gang Beasts, Nuclear Throne, Nidhogg and Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes are all excellent and perfect. I think I want to play Alien Isolation again? I liked that so much last year. Twilight Struggle is a really cool boardgame that I’d like to play more of, especially considering I can play it online now. I feel bad about leaving the podcast so abruptly, but I think it was for the best; I was feeling so Done with video games this time last year, and I think I’ve felt better for ambling along without concentrating too much.

I’m looking forward to 2016. Here’s a song (epilepsy warning for the video):

ON!VG! EPISODE 144: Cool Bones Jones

Posted by Mat on 6th December, 2015 | There are no comments on this article.
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The 9 Mana 1-1 Skeleton. He’s taking over the meta.

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Metal Gear Solid 5
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Clairvoyance
Else_Heart.Break()
Hearthstone: The League Of Explorers
The Bloody Inn

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ON!VG! Episode 143: – Banksy

Posted by Mat on 16th November, 2015 | There are no comments on this article.
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Evolution is a myth. Lol jk. Lmao.

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Tomb Raider: Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Fallout 4
Mushroom 11
Infinifactory
Human Resource Machine
Playstation TV
Cibele
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That Tomb Raider Video
SSX 3 All Peak Run
Master Of None

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ON!VG! EPISODE 142: Two Seagulls Pecked My Dog To Death

Posted by Mat on 24th October, 2015 | There are no comments on this article.
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Hello! This episode is absurdly late. After we finished recording it Mat was convinced it’s one of the worst episodes we’ve ever tried to produce and couldn’t summon the energy.

It is alright, actually! Previous episodes of this show have seen Mat Jones admitting that he’d rather eat poison at his job than admit a minor dietary concern. Are we going to take our advice on podcast quality from that sort of a man?

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Undertale
Some Older Telltale Games
Pokémon. I don’t have to provide a hyperlink to Pokémon.
Metal Gear Solid 5

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Here’s: Human Resource Machine

Posted by Mat on 19th October, 2015 | There are no comments on this article.

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Hey! Mat’s not a programmer and loves Human Resource Machine, a game about programming.

Maybe you’ll be into this if you want to know more about the game, maybe you’ll be into this if you’ve already figured out the solution and feel like leveraging your superiority over some lovely man who’s just proud of his accomplishments and is looking for help.

Laura ‘n’ Mat Chat: The Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Mat on 2nd October, 2015 | There are 10 comments on this article.
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Laura and Mat really liked Davey Wreden’s The Beginner’s Guide and were going to burst inside if they didn’t talk about it for 40ish minutes.

We strongly recommend finishing The Beginner’s Guide before listening to this. If not because it’s an excellent game, then because you’ll have absolutely no idea what we are talking about.

ON!VG! EPISODE 141: The Triangle That We Put In You

Posted by Mat on 24th September, 2015 | There are no comments on this article.
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Mat’s got some things to say about when your job is accidentally a video game. Laura’s been thinking about the price of fame. Josh? Josh is here too. All your favs.

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Clicker Heroes
Lindsay Lohan: The Price Of Fame
Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes
Nintendoland
Just A Whole Bunch Of Suda51 Games
Mario Maker
Yoshi’s Wooly World
Metal Gear Solid V

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Mat Wrote A Thing For Vice
Waluigi Mario Maker Level
Mark Brown’s / Mario Maker Levels
The Idea Channel Video About Over Enthusiasm
The Death And Return Of Superman

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