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RadioRadar podcast 104: Grumpy gamers

We crew closes out another week with cranky talk about crankiest bastards, followed by some Dragon Age multiplayer, Smash Bros. leaks, and talk of our scariest scares in games...

Hosts: Henry Gilbert, Lorenzo Veloria, Lucas Sullivan, Ashley Reed, Jann Jones

Question of the week: What game did you enjoy that your friends and peers just didn't get? Let us know in the comments and you might just win something!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky


32 comments

  • angryblackrob - September 5, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    My greatest fear is that all my hard work in life amounts to nothing. Despite how much I work the idea that i'll get nowhere and my struggles are pointless shakes me to the core. Sometimes i have nightmare im back in the violent streets of the hood i used to live in and the daily gunshots that used to be my alarm clock for school are a reality in my adult life as well. Because of the Eternal Darkness had a scare that nearly made me quit the game. There is a point in the game where if your insanity meter is low and you try and save the game. Instead it takes you through the motions of ERASING YOUR WHOLE GAME SAVE FILE. After it does this it shows you the screen with no saves on it, then it laughs at you and returns to normal. Eff you video game.
  • shawksta - September 4, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    This was a fun and enjoyable episode. Im with Lorenzo on this one, even if you hate Bowser Jr Henry, him fighting in the Koopa Klown Copter is AWESOME. QOTW: Jump scares suck and are too generic but goddamn does it get you when you least expect it. On the more Rated E horror, Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon did get me in one part. If you played the game you would know there were these Photos you collect from toads that you have to examine for clues, it was more to glorify the 3D effect, but in the final photo you take you finally spot King Boo, only for the image itself to distort and King Boo's model jumping straight at you with no warning, that shit made me jump especially since i was wearing headphones and played it with the lights off.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - September 4, 2014 8:56 p.m.

    Henry.... Is your nostalgia bias forcing you to hate Bowser Jr? Don't fret, because apparently all of Jr's alternate colors are all gonna be the Koopaling alts so now you can happily throw your bias for free without a care.
  • rxb - September 4, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    I'm not good with Scary games but I needed achievement points. I played Condemned on the 360. The constant dark and claustrophobic setting really messed with me. Also the weapons were next to useless and enemies were so agile. I played one level per day, but never at night time. I really 'suffered' for those points.
  • hernzy - September 3, 2014 8:05 p.m.

    Well, the game that got to me the most is not exactly a scary video game. So I have a fear of heights. I just can't do it; ferris wheels? Never been on one. With that said, my heart was racing when I started climbing that radio tower in the new Tomb Raider. Even in a video game, I would terrify myself by looking down (well looking around Lara). There were many parts of the game where Lara would be high above the ground and it wouldn't bother me, but this particular scene was so well created that it was almost too much for me to bare. It was the fact that I knew the game didn't end here and that I knew Lara would be ok that I was able to pull through. The interrogation room in Resident Evil 2 gets 2nd place....good show, ciao!
  • The_Tingler - September 3, 2014 5:32 a.m.

    QOTW: I've definitely got a slightly irrational fear (I deny the "irrational" part) of giant sea monsters. Whenever I'm in a game and I'm in a large volume of murky water that could conceivably hold a giant squid I start tensing my bowels. The specific encounter I have to bring up surprisingly isn't Shadow of the Colossus or any Resident Evil, it's Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. One of the things I love about the game is the relaxing sailing - some people think it's dull, but I like just chilling out taking in the ocean sights and listening to the cool overworld theme tune. I let my guard down. I was talking with a couple of friends about the game at the time while I pointed the boat towards the next island, and the conversation went like this: "yeah, I'm really liking it so far. The graphics are quite nice actually, and the combat system's really goooOOOH WHAT THE F***ING F*** IS THAT?!" The jolly colorful sea went dark, a whirlpool trapped me, and I watched in horror as a giant Kraken rose from the center and started dragging me in, and since this was early in the game I had no way of fighting it. I was crapping myself while my friends were in hysterics at my reaction. I died and never underestimated Wind Waker again. And that's why it's my favorite game of all time! Oh, and screw Mario 64 too.
  • EAC73 - September 2, 2014 5:27 p.m.

    Well that was last weeks question I replied on accident, woops. This weeks QOTW: I don't really play that many horror games, besides for the early RE games, but I got a little jump scare while I was watching my brother play Outlast. Outlast nailed the atmosphere with ambient noise. I was startled when your character first gets knocked down by one of the patients that jumped behind you, I just left the room and went to play Hearthstone, where I knew no psycho patients would hunt me down.
  • EAC73 - September 2, 2014 5:19 p.m.

    I loved the failed MMO, and now free to play, APB. I jumped into the game as any newbie, getting completely destroyed by higher level people, due to the broken match making system. I just figured once I get better weapons I would get better, so I stuck with it. I eventually got better at the game, and when I tried to get my friends to play, they all had the same issue, "All that keeps happening, I go into a mission that the enemy team is already winning." Well yes that was a big problem with APB, but some reason I played it, knowing it was poorly designed. I just so happened to be slightly better than average, so I enjoyed winning about half the time, and raging the other half.
  • theguyinthecloset - September 2, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    QOTW: My biggest fear is probably solitude, as in being socially alone. I have very VERY bad social skills (nonexistant even) and the anxiety of losing my few friends can be paralysing at times. This came up in Journey. In the Snow level, there is a part at the end where you can fall to the begining of the level. I fell there and was anoyed at the work lost so I paused the game and went to do something else for a while. I had been pretty much alone for the whole game up til there. I had seen people, but they just ignored me. So after like 20 minutes of just sitting in the snow meditating, someone comes up and wakes my character. We went together and discovered that we could share our body heat to keep our powers from freezing. He would even wait for me when I fell behind and distracted the big monster to get me through at the expense of his own scarf. Very quickly a bond was formed and we had a more or less effective means of comunication with the bleeps. Then we get to the end of the level and we climb this hill with strong wind and just snow as far as you can see in the blizzard. At this point we start to move slower and slower and our body heat can't keep us warm anymore. Our bleeps become weaker and weaker and at some point I understood that we might die here and that we would never see each other again. We both started calling each other with barely visible bleeps and soon fell the the ground. I don't think a game ever genuinly reached inside my heart like this before. In the end you come back in the sky and almost dance through the GORGEOUS scenery and I was reunited with him/her and would keep pace with the other until we reached the light in wich we said one final goodbye and walked together.
  • tractorbiker - September 2, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    QOTW: Vertigo. As soon as i saw the radio tower in Tomb Rider I knew I was going to have a problem. The devlopers did an awesome job of playing up to the fear of heights, even with a few clichéd break rung moments. Loved the grumpy Henry BTW. Much more fun to listen to than happy Henry.
  • tractorbiker - September 2, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    CORRECTIONS!!! No such thing as a space breeze to blow you about in the vaccuum you say (during your why Dead Space scares me discussion)! Haven't you people heard of the solar wind. Admittedly, its not exactly hurricane strength, but still....
  • Ghostwriter - September 1, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    QOTW: The game that scares me the most...Disneys Ducktales on the NES! Yes you read that right but bare with me. When I was 9 I got the game for my birthday, played it all the time and loved it....or at least I thought I did. One morning my dad randomly asked me if I was "okay now", I didn't know what he was talking about. Apparently during the previous night, he found me curled up out side my room crying uncontrollably that I would never beat the game, it was too hard and I was a failure. I have no memory of this but apparently it happened on more than one occasion but only with Ducktales. So yeah, a game that I loved playing as a child was subconsciously torturing me while I slept, that to me is scary!
  • Adamizerr - September 1, 2014 midnight

    QOTW: This is hard. I've played few horror-y games because I'm terrified of everything from gore to jump scares and everything in between. One of the few scary games that has had the most impact on me was Prototype. It was 2009 and I did not know that much about gaming. I walked into a Gamecrazy and was meshed into a small crowd, about 15 people, watching a 15 inch TV. On that TV was a demo of Prototype. 5 minutes later I took all the money I had, about $40 plus the money my dad game, and pre ordered it on the spot. When prototype came out I was so excited. My dad picked it up on his way home from work and as soon as he got home I started playing. 4 and half hours of gamig later I went to bed. I had the worset nightmare of my life that nigt. I got my friend to play it with me and I still ended up with nightmares. A week later I sold the game to my friend for $25 and after a week the nightmares stopped. That was the first and last horrorish game I ever played.
  • Tim_Gruver - August 31, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    QOTW: Tingle. He's always creepily willing to help Link and he always hangs out around kids. In Majora's Mask, he's flying around Clock Town watching some little boy play and in Wind Waker he's actually in jail unspecified charges. You don't know why, but there are a ton of kids on that island so the implications are pretty sick: He's basically a subtle Freddy Krueger.
  • AngelsandDemons1 - August 31, 2014 10:54 a.m.

    F.E.A.R.....there's a moment in the game where you find yourself alone for hours roaming subterranean levels...the blood, jump scares, the bodies....the lack of music.....and, the fact that I was playing in the dark after midnight gave me that uncomfortable feeling that I just needed to get the hell out of there before it consumed me all!
  • Psylockerules - August 31, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    im happily suprised i won the QOTW but alas, im here in good old blighty, so please feel free to pick another winner. Sorry i will make sure to put in next question of the weeks that im in UK
  • Ghostwriter - September 1, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    I "won" the QOTW a couple of weeks ago, I emailed them but never heard anything back from them....im from Ol' Blighty too so maybe that's why.
  • punishment - September 3, 2014 8:11 p.m.

    I'm starting to wonder if the email is messed up or something. Emailed about a Valiant Hearts win a while back and nothing came of it.
  • punishment - September 3, 2014 8:11 p.m.

    And not a blighty. A Canadian....so whatever that would be.
  • Telshaw - August 31, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Correction!!!! (Or more of an oversight) Shaun from Ass Creed and the Narrator for Thomas Was Alone is the same guy, racist Henry thinks all British guys sound the same.

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