RadioRadar podcast 78: House Rules

This week is a quick one, but we think you'll enjoy hearing us ramble about our childhood rules about games.

Hosts: Hollander Cooper,  Ryan Taljonick, Tom Magrino, Lorenzo Veloria, Henry Gilbert
Question of the week: What was your personal house rule when playing games? Answer to win a cool game or something else from around the office!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky


  • scifly - March 5, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Rule #1: No throwing controller, those things are too expensive. Rule #2: Pants are entirely optional. Rule #3: If there is a dispute over cheating, the accuser and accused have a knife fight in the backyard to decide who is right.
  • SunniDee - March 5, 2014 8:18 p.m.

    QOTW: I don't have any crazy house rules but I did set a rule that any game I bought my younger brother would not be allowed to play the game until I beat it. The sad part is that sometimes I wouldn't beat a game for over a month. I was shitty brother back then.
  • Shigeruken - March 4, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    Take it easy on your non-gamer friends. If there are a few skilled players at a lan party, then maybe I'll put in a little effort. But if I'm playing with people who don't practice often, I move slower and stick to basic weapons and items. Killing everyone immediately and winning every game may be fun for me, but it's not fun for anyone else.
  • pedobearclaw - March 4, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    House rule for fighting games: Boss characters are off limits, as they're cheap and way too OP.
  • cubeenigma - March 4, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    While think of rules for this answer, I realized that I totally fit this meme, -Whoever owns the console the game is being played on, they get to be first player. -Since I bought all accessories for my consoles, I would normally be first player and would get the first party controllers with LE ones being exclusively mine. -guests would have third party controllers since that's all I could afford haha -When me and my friends played games, I would have to sit on the right most side, and it was weird since I was always first player and that's generally on the right side. made some moments frustrating to others. and if I ever lost when being forced to play on the left side, I'd blame it on room position haha
  • GOD - March 3, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    Don't attack spam. Also, I'm not sure what was up with the site but it refused to let me comment since Friday afternoon and I only realized this after typing out a long comment... or three... so I've just had all these tabs stuck open.
  • GR_RyanTaljonick - March 3, 2014 11:05 p.m.

    Sorry, finally fixed those issues :(
  • GOD - March 3, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    On the bright side, realizing it was the site meant it wasn't my computer! DS2 comes out in a week and a day. Unfortunately I'll have a professional ethics paper to write... so you can die extra for me in the game while I die on the inside. Also fyi you should hear the last 30 seconds of last weeks Vidjagame Apocalypse.... because I certainly didn't know that, and quite frankly I can't believe you hid it from us Ryan.
  • SpadesSlick - March 3, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    This was probably standard, but when I battled my friends in pokemon as a kid we all had an agreement that no one would use legendaries. No one liked to battle the guy with the level 100 mewtwo. Of course I was that guy, but you know.
  • arehexes - March 3, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Let me tell you a story that not only made this house rule, but ruined a series for me and made me consider a method of playing games through out college that isn't liked by Nintendo. It was 8th grade, and I like most kids my age in 2003 was into pokemon. Unlike most of my friends I was into collecting over battling, and man was I into it. I owned Two GBA's, Ruby, Sapphire, Fire Red, Leaf Green, Coliseum, and working on getting XD. Dropped a combined total of 500 hours (Most dumped into Fire Red my main game) spending that time trying to build a living pokedex. I was around 50 or so pokemon away from finishing this goal (not counting event pokemon because Nintendo). Until one day a friend wanted to borrow my fire red over the weekend, no problem right I mean we were both friends and he helped me before. Sadly on Monday I got my cart back and I decided to play it in class, and what did I see...not my name but someone else's, and not my time clocked in Fire Red at around 300 hours but 5 hours. I asked what the hell happened and was told "Oh I think my cousin played it or something", and I lost fucking my mind. Needless to say this ruined the part I enjoyed of pokemon because, I couldn't do this again nor would I do it again. The thought of dumping that much time again neglecting other games I could have played and having it gone "poof" because raisins (yes I said raisins) ruined pokemon for me. Just playing the later ones to finish the story then shelf it more or less was the most I could muster. It lead to the rule of no one borrows my games ever (This compounded by the fact I let someone borrowed my copy of Legend of Mana and he pretended I didn't let him borrow it). It even lead to me looking for a flash cart because while I bought my games I wanted my saves backed up if ever I lost a game or someone over wrote a save (And while in college I had games stolen from me when I had this cart so it did pay off). Also if your wondering what I did to my friend who let his cousin overwrite my save file, I destroyed his RPG Memory card for the PS2. So he kissed all those games he 100% good bye (Like all the Square-Enix RPG's for instance). I wanted to be the very best, and he shot me down.
  • Sinosaur - March 3, 2014 6:58 p.m.

    QOTW: I owned all the video game consoles in the house, but my brother enjoyed playing open world games sometimes. Since they weren't multiplayer, the rule was that if there were two of us in the room and someone didn't leave laughing, something had been done wrong. Crazy car chases were the rule, and since you were going to go down, you were going to go down in the best way possible. It was discovered that even with no tires, a dump truck is an unstoppable monster. It was discovered that jumping out of a flaming taxi and dying as your back bends around a light pole is hilarious. ...It was also a rule that my brother would make fun of every jRPG I played, and that was most of what I played on the PS1 and PS2.
  • shawksta - March 3, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    Really Henry? Frankly im dissapointed there's flat out no one in the GR Nintendo team that cares as much about the DKC series, but im not a hateful man, i respect your opinion. QOTW: Me and my brother only have 1 rule, and its that whenever we buy a local Multiplayer game, we will play it through together, the only time one can play alone is either after we beat the game or to go back to previous levels and get collectables. The only exception to this rule is Super Mario 3D World because 3D Mario is sacred and needs precious alone time but we will try its Multiplayer together in a run through at some point, maybe in the bonus worlds.
  • punishment - March 3, 2014 5:34 p.m.

    I play UFC Undisputed 3 with some buddies from my Muay Thai class, and our only house rule is that if you play as Bob Sapp, you don't touch gloves. No real reason, but I'd imagine Bob Sapp would be a dick like that.
  • GR HollanderCooper - March 3, 2014 7:54 p.m.

    Literally giggling like an asshole at this one.
  • n00b - March 3, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    I have no power to enforce rules because i live with my parents and i have no friends
  • supergiraffe - March 3, 2014 4:43 p.m.

    My friends and I aren't big fighting game fans, so we always play random to keep things interesting when we do play them.
  • punishment - March 3, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    We used to do this in Soul Calibur because none of us were good enough to counter Kilik spam lol.
  • Cyberninja - March 3, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    My only house rule is their are no rules, as long as everyone gets a turn and no one is just being a cheap player then everything goes.
  • EzPzLmnSqz - March 3, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    My favourite house growing up was whoever lost the first round at whichever game we were playing at that time would have to buy the rest of us our dinner for that night (normally Burger King). Also an irrelevant house rule was whoever fell asleep first at sleepovers got beaten up.
  • EAC73 - March 3, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    Well I had 2 other brothers that played pokemon with me, so our rule was, no picking the same pokemon as each other for your team. In an addition to that, I usually got my way, and I would have the water starter no matter what, except for pokemon Y, for which I picked Fenekin.

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