Category Archives: Video Games

VoK 39: BlizzCon 2013 Recap


Join Vikram (Fortytwo), Zach (Alias) and Bill (MrKorb) as they Recap BlizzCon 2013.
@ 7:05 mins They Discuss New WoW expansion Warlords of Draenor
@ 42 mins they compare who spend the most money of Hearthstone
@ 53 mins they discuss Heroes of Storm Blizz’s new MOBA
@ 59:50 mins they debate if its worth buying the new Diablo expansion Reaper of Souls
@ 66:30 mins they discuss the state of StarCraft 2

Edited by Fortytwo
Stormwind from WoW Soundtrack
Main Theme from Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Main Theme from Heroes of the Storm
Main Theme from Diablo 3 soundtrack
Terran from Starcraft 2 soundtrack

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Conan O’Brien takes over Arena casting at BlizzCon

VoK 32: The Last of Us (Naughty Dog)


Join the Vassals for their very first video game podcast! Hosts Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Zach (aka Alias), Katie (aka Lady Griffin), and Peter (aka Shellfish) unite for a critical discussion of The Last of Us, for PlayStation 3 And stay tuned for the Aftershow, where they delve into their top 5 games for this console cycle, and ask the question: “Can video games be considered art?”

0:00 – Introduction [lemon cake ratings; favourite moments in the game]
11:36 – Story and Characters [Joel and Ellie’s character arcs; interpreting the ending; narrative and thematic structure; writing quality]
41:59 – Gameplay and Design [combat and inventory mechanics; level design; enemy and ally AI; music and visual presentation; voice acting and character animations; online multiplayer]
1:08:11 – Conclusion [criticisms of the game; recommendations for similar works; DLC predictions]
1:17:13 – Aftershow [top 5 games of this gen; can video games be considered art?]

Warning: Contains explicit language, and plot spoilers for The Last of Us and Game of Thrones.

Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by Sony Computer Entertainment

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The Last of Us: The Kotaku Review
The Last of Us – The Musical (with Orchestra)
Map of Joel’s Progress
The Rootwork Building: Interactive and Thematic Structure in The Last of Us
Two Best Friends Play The Last of Us