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RadioRadar podcast 035: No place for hate, princess!

Hey, everyone! RadioRadar is long this week, as an apology for a few weeks of shorter episodes, so get ready to hunker down for nearly two hours of audio goodness. We discuss the top 7, go over some reviews, and discuss games that offended us. We also ramble about Nintendo for a while, so get ready for that nonsense. 

Hosts: Hollander Cooper, Greg Henninger, Ryan Taljonick, Lucas Sullivan, Tom Magrino, Henry Gilbert
Question of the week: Has a game ever offended you or anyone you know? Answer to win a free game!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky


Fan art courtesy of Codystovall and wadesmit, respectively. Have fan art? Send it to us and we'll post it on the site!

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45 comments

  • rainn'sgaydar - April 25, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    I take back what I said before. The most offended I've ever been by a game was when Super Mario 3D Land offered me the invincible leaf. It was degrading in ways I can't describe.
  • rainn'sgaydar - April 25, 2013 3:14 p.m.

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  • MyCoolWhiteLies - April 24, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Wow, that was a lot longer than I realized.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - April 24, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Most offensive things don't actually offend me personally, but there are tons of situations where I think people are totally justified in being offended and I can empathize with them. I think if you proudly proclaim that nothing offends you and that everyone else is just being an oversensitive pussy, then you're just being a dickhead. That being said, one of the few moments that I genuinely found distasteful was the section with Poseidon's mistress/princess in God of War III. I'm actually surprised this whole bit went under the radar, and if the game had come out this year I think it would have been called out. I think it's far worse than that bit in Ascension that seemed to bother a lot of people. Basically the section starts with trying to raise a gate with a really large water-wheel crank that you can turn, but not keep in place. In looking for a way to solve the puzzle, you find a young, beautiful, bountiful, topless woman locked up, named only "Poseidon's Princess". She begs you not to "help" her, but you still find a way to release her. The next section basically has you fighting off enemies while she cowers, then you really roughly shoving this girl around towards your objective. When you finally get to the wheel, Kratos slams her against it and locks her to it, forcing her to try and hold it up (as opposed to any of the dozens of enemies you fought on your way back there). This allows you to pass through the door. However, as you're walking towards it, you hear her scream and the crank turn and get jammed, causing the gate to only fall halfway. They don't just leave it implied though, you can walk back and see her mangled corpse stuck under the crank, now holding it in place. For completing this section, you get a trophy called "I didn’t do it… But I wish I did". Maybe someone could enlighten me, but the only way I read that is "I didn't fuck her, but I wish I did", which is a horribly distasteful joke to make considering what just happened. I think it's less misconstrued than "Bros before Hos", and worse to begin with anyway. In a game defined by cruelty and violence, this section still really stood out to me. It was sexualized violence that reeked of misogyny, and was tone-deaf in a way that unfortunately said a lot about the people who made it. They didn't have to make her topless, they didn't have to make Kratos throw her around, they didn't have to literally use her as an object to solve a puzzle, they didn't have to show you the explicit results of what you did, and they didn't have to add that shitty trophy at the end. In the end, the whole bit just kind of ruined Kratos as a character for me, and it made the already stupid fucking ending to that trilogy ring even more false and hollow. (Spoilers) In a moment of desperate characterization, Kratos suddenly gives a shit about this one innocent (a.k.a. clothed) girl? Kratos is the embodiment of "hope" for humanity? Fuck that unearned bullshit. I just played a game of Kratos as the hate and anger fueled monster who destroyed the world in an act of vengeance. He's a villain, and if the game had actually acknowledged that, you could ALMOST justify a sequence like this. It could have at least been an interesting commentary. As it stands, it's just shitty.
  • SunniDee - April 23, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    No because I am: white, young, male, Christian, and doesn't get butthurt at evey little thing.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - April 24, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    I can't tell if you're trying to be ironic. I hope so.
  • JarkayColt - April 23, 2013 3:25 a.m.

    Great episode this week; I laughed more than I probably should have. By the way, about something Coop said about EarthBound; exactly where and when did Nintendo suggest they were actually changing the name Pokey to Porky? I hadn't seen it mentioned anywhere else until now. I want it to be true because of the implications it has for MOTHER 3, but yeah, when did they say that? In any case, I don't remember ever being offended by a game, except the rare cases when I feel they're insulting my intelligence. For some absolutely bizarre reason though, when I went back to my parents' over Easter my mum was incredibly offended by my playing Tokyo Jungle, saying it was just the most horribly violent and disgusting thing she'd seen, whilst I was attacking and then devouring a few dog and horse corpses. She was just like "what ON EARTH are you playing?" (later "you aren't still playing that vile thing are you?" Well it's not like animals kill and eat each other all the time...is it..? :/ *facepalm* I just thought it odd how, out of ANY game of mine she could have taken offence at (and I mean, EVER since I started playing games), it was that one? They didn't even care that I was playing the original GTA on the PC when I was, like, five. C'mon!
  • BRiDeath - April 22, 2013 6:02 p.m.

    These fuckin' comments... I'll just be "man enough" to admit that I was really taken aback by the flower-collecting mission in Red Dead Redemption where you find out the guy's wife is just a corpse sitting in the chair. Duke Nukem Forever was absolutely horrible (seriously, the rape pregnancy joke was not cool at all). Saints Row III's lax handling of transporting sex slaves didn't sit well with me either. But hey, what do I know. I'm just a "childish liberal cunt." :\
  • avantguardian - April 22, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    honestly, i feel being offended is a choice, so, no i have not. i think the closest i ever came was the ire my ten year-old self felt when the ninja turtle nes game was single player only. i mean, the fucking nerve.
  • Sinosaur - April 21, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    I don't think I'm allowed to get offended at video games after my brother and I laughed for 10 minutes when I ran over an old lady with a walker in Road Rash while I was nitro boosting and went flying like it was the best ramp ever. ...Or that was just the funniest thing ever, I can't be sure.
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAnd - April 21, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    No, I have never been offended by a game, neither has anyone I know, because we are not a bunch childish liberal cunts.
  • g1rldraco7 - April 20, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    In Dante's Inferno, you are sent to defeat the circle of lust. It hurts to see that Dante was unfaithful to Beautrice. Oh yeah the main boss appears with her breasts exposed and you hear moans and gasps of excitement as you walk near the tower. The monsters are supposedly attractive women their breasts exposed and a tentacle that comes out of their stomach. Oh yeah let's not forget tht when you hit them, they moan and gasp erotically as they are trying to seduce Dante. I'm a female gamer and this really ticked me off so I haven't played it since. I should finish it, but that really offended me as a woman and made my insecurity worse I believe. I have a soul since I want The Lion King game redone in HD and I love Darkstalkers, hell I have a HUGE crush on Jon Talbain the werewolf in the game and don't be jealous Greg, I like you alot ;) Also Lucas, I bet if you made a video of yourself without a shirt, it would get a million hits on youtube XD
  • g1rldraco7 - April 21, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    Are you trying to kill me? You make my head spin sir and yet I like it.
  • winner2 - April 20, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    I was really uncomfortable watching my dad play conker's bad fur day on the Xbox back when I was a 6th grader I think. The whole world just felt wrong, as if it was torn out of the doodles and conversations from a gang of depraved junior high boys. First the sunflower, and then the cow, the almighty poo, the blood, the Dracula castle, just the violence of it all clashing with the cartoony kid's story world gave it a happy tree friends quality. And I can't deal with that stuff, I can't even watch tree friends for more than 1 death scene or I start to feel sick. It just feels so fucked up beyond all the violent games I've played.
  • ShadowOps117 - April 20, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Well for the QOTW... One time, I was playing Fallout 3. My mom was putting clothes in my dresser, so she was watching me play. A Raider started to flee from me, and he yelled: "Please don't hurt me! I don't want to die!" which is also when I promptly pulled out my Hunting Rifle, and exploded his head. My mom was like: "WHAT GAME IS THIS?!? WHY ARE YOU KILLING PEOPLE?!?" She wanted me to return it. I never did.
  • Jonamon23 - April 20, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    What do you think Wario does with all his money? Prostitutes.
  • thombilous - April 20, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    It's a toss up between Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3 - the British level that opens with the camcorder, which is pretty tough to watch for two reasons. The sheer, unrelenting, 'we're in England' tweeness of the whole thing, (you're half expecting a chim-en-ey sweep like Dick Van Dyke to stroll through the shot) and then the bomb itself - I'm pretty sure they could have gotten the whole thing across without exploding a child. Not unlike 'No Russian', it felt like controversy for controversies sake. The other would be Manhunt 2. It was just so hard to watch very very graphic deaths, I made it about 2 seconds into the deleted death sequences and then I felt sick. It was a bit much.
  • BladedFalcon - April 20, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Pretty sweet, nice and lenghty episode everyone! ^^ And as for the QOTW: Well... honestly, not really. Overall I find that getting offended at anything coming from an entertainment media to be kinda silly.
  • winner2 - April 20, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    What about snuff films?

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