RadioRadar podcast 075: Don’t try to explain it

RadioRadar returns to our regular scheduled programming. Rejoice. This week, we talk about games that defy explanation. So here’s the thing about that…

Hosts: Henry Gilbert, Lorenzo Veloria, Zach Betka, Tom Magrino
Question of the week: Which game, no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to get folks interested in playing?
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky


  • SunniDee - February 12, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    Fire Emblem Awakening is the hardest to get people to play for me. Talking about how how you can get your characters married and how they offer each other stat bonuses. Basically, my future occupation will not be a salesman
  • DonNerdleone - February 11, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    Zach's leaving?! ...Alright, lets just get this QOTW over with. Hmm okay, "The Getaway" for PS2. My friends hated that shit. Zach, you're considerably younger than me, but your knowledge of both old and new gaming is impressive as fuck. Your resume is already wicked impressive. Your contribution to the podcast was delightful, disarming, and uniquely intelligent. I mean, seriously, referencing the "Kinsey Scale Test" in relation to modern gaming storytelling. You'll be missed, dude. Good luck.
  • theguyinthecloset - February 10, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    What? Zach is living? aww, well I wish you good luck at Sledgehammer. It really was a short but good stay. QotW: Seriously guys, you have to play Lost Odyssey, it's the best Final Fantasy, without the Final Fantasy bullshit story of the last 10, it's even made by the Final Fantasy genius himself! It totaly has a super great story of these Immortal guys that explore into all kinds of emotions and it mixes video game narative with flashbacks that are litteral short stories with visual and audio supplement that are totally sad or heartwarming and it doesn't even have a long tutorial like other JRPGs have (although it has a long cutscene succession) and it's really intuitive and it gets really deep and the turn based gameplay isn't just starring at the screen because there is this thing with rings that's a timing thing that gives extra damage and it's really a great game you should really play it!!
  • shawksta - February 10, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    If your talking prequel wise, yeah Dead Rising 2 did it, but don't forget about Bravely Default that had a free demo that was it's own story and last for quite some time around 10 hours and stuff, there was talk over why this isn't talked about more in terms of design and flat out being a separate side story for the game as a free demo compared things like Dead Rising 2's prerelease DLC. Im with Zach, I liked Sonic Adventure 2 and I personally love the knuckles levels so there's that, you guys are so iffy when talking about Sonic Games, stop being stiff, just say what you wanna say. Bye Zach, good luck man, you were awesome.
  • Adesto - February 10, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    I couldn't shut up about Final Fantasy when I was a kid, to the point where all my friends would refuse to play the games just because my rampant fanboyism made them lose all interest in playing it, which, looking back, was totally understandable. After we finished high school, I convinced a couple of my buddies to buy the newest FF with me. I hadn't played it yet, and I liked the idea of playing through such a long campaign with other people. My friends thought, "You know what, we're older now. The series couldn't possibly be as bad as we thought it was. Let's buy it." And that game was Final Fantasy 13. Nowhere near the best FF, even though I didn't think it was a bad game. But it doesn't stop my friends from saying they have now experienced first-hand that Final Fantasy sucks.
  • rainn'sgaydar - February 10, 2014 4:35 a.m.

    And a clarification: I did mention a Majora's Mask remake two weeks in a row, but I also said "I've mentioned this in a few comment threads already." Tom even read that part of my comment. But it's okay. I understand that it's hard to remember all the comments and keep all that straight. Still though, the "maybe rainn'sgaydar isn't all that clever" was a little far. Although I may not be. Who knows? Not you.
  • GR_TomMagrino - February 10, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    That was a joke, my bad.
  • rainn'sgaydar - February 10, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    It's quite alright, good sir. No harm done
  • rcarrasco121 - February 9, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    Good luck Zach with wherever life takes you! You voice on this site will be missed! QOTW: I can't convince anyone to play JENGA with me. My friends say I'm overly competitive.
  • dangomushi - February 9, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    I have gamer friends who are actually too mainstream to give Portal a chance. They can't imagine how the concept could be fun. I had one friend try a few levels of it, before declaring it to be, "so fucking gay". Oh, also he refused to turn down his jock rock in order to hear the GLaDOS commentary. I have the worst friends.
  • Cyberninja - February 9, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Also in the case of P4, going by the anime even Yu is even kinda uncomfortable with Kanji.
  • punishment - February 9, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    I've tried countless times to get people into Fallout. I gave a copy of New Vegas to a friend, he didn't touch it. I bought my dad a copy on steam, he played "0.01" hours of it according to his account. He'll put 469 hours into Assassins Creed 3 but can't be bothered to get past the sweet roll conflict of Fallout 3?
  • kidking17 - February 9, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    I keep trying to convince my friend to play persona 3 Fe's and persona 4 golden. I keep telling him p3f is $10 on ps and p4g is the best game on vita but he won't listen. I did convince him to try tales of xillia and tales of the abyss and now he is a big tales fan.
  • kidking17 - February 9, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    I also got this friend to play anical crossing, fire emblem awakening(which is now his favorite game) and fallout 3 but I can convince him to try persona.
  • Shelbyvillian - February 9, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    QOTW: For me its always been Viva Pinata. I love the depth and complexity that this simple seeming farming/animal raising game has but its impossible to be taken seriously when you talk about it out loud. "Oh well its a farming sim where you collect different species pinatas. Then you can force them to mate to get better Pinatas. And if you have a REALLY awesome farm you can mate a Rashberry (pig) with a Swanana (swan) ... And every once in awhile a Lucha Libre comes and destroys your farm." Usually by Rashberry they have walked away.
  • Shigeruken - February 9, 2014 1:48 a.m.

    Gundam Musou Every year I have to keep buy ten thousand copies of the localization to fool Bandai into thinking it's commercially viable.
  • Shigeruken - February 11, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    But seriously though, those games have a Japanese dialog option and I need the practice. It's easy to pay attention to the dialog when the gameplay is menial.
  • TheGooseinator - February 8, 2014 10:40 p.m.

    Despite my best intentions, I can't seem to get anyone to play Gone Home. The fact that its gameplay is rather mundane seems to outweigh its genre defining story (I may be speaking a bit exuberantly, but the story still did touch me deeply). The good news is, the two or three people I've managed to convince seem to like the game just as much as I do, and I'm happy to spread the word about such an incredible experience. Also, terribly sad to see Zach leave. He brought a certain happiness to the podcast and the site in general that will be nearly impossible to replace. He will be greatly missed, and I can't wait to see how he will bring the same cheer to the game industry as he did to Gamesradar and it's content! Goodbye, and best of luck, Zach!!!
  • GR_ZachBetka - February 10, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Aww, thanks for the incredibly kind comment, I truly appreciate it (also lol let's see if this comment posts, I really have no clue if this account works anymore).
  • GR_ZachBetka - February 10, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Oh hey look it worked!

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