Now THIS is Ray Tracing - 8/22/2018 - Episode 21

All the seats are taken for episode 21 of Video Games Were a Mistake. During his brief sickness hiatus, Benson found his way back to Dead Cells which the entire crew is enthralled with at this time. Ian is still hunting all the monsters and Jermaine garnered a strange obsession with virtual dart games. The gang is absolutely baffled by Amazon’s changes to their Twitch Prime service, Ubisoft is taking a breather in 2019 for Assassin’s Creed, and Nvidia dropped some insanely powerful new graphics cards for Benson to spend his lunch money on. Did we mention how good Dead Cells is?

Michael Benson
Down with the Sickness - 8/15/2018 - Episode 20

Welcome to episode 20 of Video Games Were a Mistake! This week Benson was feeling under the weather so Jermaine and Ian took charge and jumped head first into this week in the world of video games. Despite our minor protest, Ian took the plunge into Monster Hunter World and has fallen hard for it. Jermaine finally started Dead Cells and it’s quickly becoming one of his favorite games ever.  The duo also talked about Diablo 3 coming to switch, the ongoing saga of the ex-IGN editor who apparently plagiarized his whole life, Ninja and his “no girls allowed” streaming policy, as well as the announcements coming out of QuakeCon.

Michael Benson
No Man's Malta - 8/8/2018 - Episode 19

We took a mini break but Video Games Were a Mistake is back! Fresh back from Malta, Ian shared his thoughts on Thumper, Hammerwatch, and his fun adventures with Yakuza 0. Benson jumped back into No Man’s Sky, played a bit more of Dead Cells, and started a discussion on the 3rd and 1st person views in video games. Jermaine, while he was on the cast, played nothing new at all! Be sure to encourage him to change that via Twitter. The crew also touched on the plagiarism case that was tossed at IGN and ended the cast with talking about the death of Luigi.

Michael Benson
Beer Darts - 7/25/2018 - Episode 18

Welcome to episode 18 of Video Games Were a Mistake! This week the crew talks about a surprising amount of old games as the summer drought continues to persist. Benson introduced everyone to quite possibly the greatest drinking game ever invented by the name of Beer Darts, Jermaine found a new main character in Overwatch, and Ian made his way back to Shadow of War to move up the ranks of the Orcs. A little time was spent on the future of Microsoft’s console initiative and what that could mean for the future of gaming. All that and more can be heard on this week’s VGWAM.

Michael Benson
Free to Play Fireworks - Episode 17 - 7/11/2018

After a glorious 4th of July break, the VGWAM crew is back! This week Ian convinced everyone to check out Warframe again, was somewhat disappointed with Fear the Wolves, and attempted to make Toukiden 2 sound like something that was worth playing. Jermaine grinded out some loot in Diablo 3 and Vermintide, then got lost in VR with the creepy puzzle game called Statik. Benson destroyed cars, lawnmowers, and buses in Wreckfest and shared some interesting tidbits on where VR headsets are heading in the future. All this and more can be heard on this week’s episode.

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Michael Benson
Guns, Bugs, and Hawaiian Shirts - 6/28/2018 - Episode 16

The crew is back together for talk of fashionable shirts and video games! But mostly games. Ian’s been wrapping up Assassin’s Creed Origins and checked out a little stealth shooter called Acid Spy. Jermaine has been back in the Diablo 3 mines, and had a chance to dip into Realm Royale. He also found a mobile soccer game called Dumber League, which Ian and Benson downloaded immediately. And of course, more Vermintide 2.

In the news, Nintendo has unveiled a Labo-themed Switch, which looks gorgeous. Edmund McMillen has a Binding of Isaac card game on Kickstarter, and it sure looks like Cyberpunk 2077 is (eventually) going to be multiplayer.

All that and more on this week’s Video Games Were A Mistake!

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Michael Benson
E3 Wasn't a Mistake - 6/21/2018 - Episode 15

Jermaine has returned, but Benson is out on a secret mission! Ian talks about becoming one of those Dynasty Warriors weirdos, and a little card game called Slay the Spire. Then it’s Story Time With Jermaine as he relates his time in Los Angeles for the Electronics and Entertainment Expo. He got hands-on time with some heavy hitters like Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kingdom Hearts, and the Resident Evil 2 Remake, and tried out some very exciting upcoming VR titles like Drums of War and Evasion.

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Here are the links to the Waluigi stories Ian mentioned:
Washington Post: Waluigi was robbed and humiliated by Nintendo, and his fans are furious
Motherboard: Counterpoint: Fuck Waluigi, He Doesn’t Deserve to Be in the New ‘Smash Bros.’

(Sorry, it was Motherboard, not Deadspin)

Michael Benson
Swipe Left BioWare, Swipe Right Bethesda? - Episode 14 - 6/13/2018

It’s a skeleton crew this week, with Roving Correspondent Jermaine prowling the show floor of E3 in Los Angeles. Benson and Ian have lots to talk about though, and they cover some lovely VR experiences, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and then make a dash through the highlights of the big publisher showcases of E3. What’s BioWare up to? Does Microsoft have time to right the Xbox ship? Why is Todd Howard suddenly our best friend? All this and much more on this week’s Video Games Were A Mistake!

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Michael Benson
Sexy Sweaty Vampires - Episode 13 - 6/6/2018

Welcome faithful listeners and fresh newcomers to episode 13 of Video Games Were a Mistake. This is the episode before the video game industry showers us with all of the latest and greatest news/announcements from our favorite companies and developers. On this episode Jermaine and Ian dive into the games they've been playing as the Benson attempts to cool down in the real world since he was without power for a majority of the day. Jermaine shared his thoughts on Bayonetta 1 for the Switch, finally started Detroit: Become Human, and has given up hope on becoming great in Mario Tennis Aces. Ian shared some more insights on his review of Vampyr, made Sushi Striker sound like a game that must be witness for one's self, and also opened up a new world of possibilities with Bus Simulator 18. The duo then spent some time chatting about the news from the past week including Bungie's next planned expansion for Destiny 2, the unfortunate delay of Crackdown 3(again), and attempted to understand Steam's decision to do absolutely nothing when it comes to curating their storefront. The podcast ended in a slew of E3 hopes, dreams, predictions and wants that left the host more than excited for the event to come.

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Michael Benson
Press X to Gain Equal Rights - Episode 12 - 5/30/2018

Welcome to a jam packed episode of Video Games Were a Mistake! It's that time of year where a lot of major E3 announcements get leaked out and this week was no exception. The crew talks about the new Fallout trailer, the plethora of Pokemon titles Nintendo is preparing to drop, and the new Team Sonic Racing game. We also dive into the inevitable suing of Epic by PUBG over intellectual property in Fortnite and show some love to the Killer 7 port that is headed to PC. Ian shares his thoughts on State of Decay 2, Jermaine finally rips off the digital plastic for Metal Gear Solid 5, and Benson almost soils himself playing The Forest in VR. Detroit: Becoming Human gets time to shine as Benson shares his thoughts with his time with the game and we also find out just how much he loved Fallout 4. This and more can be heard on this week's show.

Also, Cultist Simulator comes out this week so be sure to check it out and let them know that VGWAM sent you!

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Michael Benson
Breaking Plague Hearts All Over Town - Episode 11 - 5/23/2018

We’re missing one Benson due to an infected zed bite, but Jermaine and Ian are back to talk about the latest and greatest in games this week. Jermaine checked out Overwatch’s anniversary event, and finished God of War. Ian’s been into Destiny 2’s Warmind expansion and learning about interpersonal relationships in State of Decay 2. The guys talk about Rainbow Six Siege - Jermaine’s just getting in in time for the new Operation Para Bellum content to drop next month, and Ian’s headed back to Toussaint to finish The Witcher 3’s Blood & Wine DLC. In the news, Sony’s CEO has said the PlayStation 4 is in its “final phase” of its lifecycle, and Call of Duty and Battlefield had competing reveals. And it turns out, Fortnite is making a lot of money.

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Michael Benson
Bonus Interview Episode! Weather Factory founders Alexis Kennedy and Lottie Bevan

Cultist Simulator is a difficult game to classify - it’s a card-based strategy game, but also a Lovecraftian weird fiction engine that focuses on discovery through exploration and dreaming. Ian spoke with creators Alexis Kennedy and Lottie Bevan, who collaborated on games like Sunless Sea and Fallen London prior to founding their own studio to make experimental games like Cultist Simulator. They discuss their literary influences, game design goals, and what they’ve learned over the course of the game’s development.

Cultist Simulator will launch on Steam May 31.

Michael Benson
It's Gonna Be Mue - Episode 10 - 5/16/2018

Oh did you miss us? We've missed you too! Welcome to episode 10 of Video Games Were A Mistake? This week was a mini skeleton crew with Benson and Jermaine while Ian handled some life business. He was missed but rest assured, you haven't heard the last of him. This week Jermaine continues his gushing over God of War, gave praise to Alien: Isolation, and admitted to his current level in the mobile addiction known as Fishing Strike. Benson is putting Battletech on the shelf for now, dived back into PUBG, and struggled to get Dead Rising Up and Running while he anxiously awaits State of Decay 2.

The crew also talked about the Boss Key shut down, the non-surprising delay of Shenmue 3, and go down memory lane of the PSP spurred off the news of a working PSP emulator on the Playstation 4. It's that time of year where leaks are happening and this year is no exception. Topics of conversation ranged from the release trailer of Rage 2, the massive leak that occured because of Walmart.com, and we talk briefly about Battlefield 5.

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Michael Benson
Frosted Mini Gods - Episode 9 - 4/26/2018

If losing power 5 minutes into the latest show won’t stop us, nothing will! Welcome to episode 9 of Video Games Were a Mistake. As probably predicted, Jermaine went gaga over God of War, Ian dipped his toes into the world of Frostpunk, and Benson jumped into his time machine and played a ton of Hitman. Ian also gave some insight on his thoughts of Battletech, which you can read the full review of at StrategyGamer.com. The crew gave our quick thoughts on the inevitable but sad news about the Nintendo Switch being hacked and we are pretty sure Jermaine will end up with all things Nintendo Labo. We also took a stroll down memory lane where Benson dropped some very interesting knowledge regarding the Power Glove. If you don’t know what “banana bread” is, be sure to listen to this episode in its entirety. Last but not least, Benson has officially become a Twitch Affiliate!

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Michael Benson
Fishing with Billy Mitchell - Episode 8 - 4/18/2018

We are back at it again! Fishing Strike for iOS consumed two-thirds of the cast this week, Jermaine finally started playing Darkest Dungeon, and Ian opened our eyes to an Android game called Guild of Dungeoneering. Benson goes deep on Fishing Strike and explaining why it's so amazing. Ian shared his thoughts on Total Warhammer 2, detailed why ARMA 3 was interesting, and finally dipped his toes in the Radical Heights pool. We ponder on what PUBG is doing with all of their new random modes and what the future looks like for Bluehole. Benson recommend a new story driven game called Marie's Room and talked about his time with Cultist Simulator. We end the cast with goofing on Billy Mitchell for a bit. Man...Billy Mitchell.

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Michael Benson
Nicki Minaj Presents DropMix - Episode 7 - 4/11/2018

This week Benson regales us with tales of the Pax in Boston. He was able to get hands on Divinity 2, Dark Souls for the Switch, Dropmix, a little indie game called Below, Detroit: Become Human, and Phantom Doctrine. Ian is still digging Dying Light and Jermaine tried out Radical Heights. Also, Jermaine is going down a dark, dark hole with Hearthstone. Ian finally bought a Switch like the rest of the world and is enjoying Breath of the Wild finally. For some reason Ubisoft put Sam Fisher in Wildlands, Nicki Minaj is putting out Street Fighter DLC, and Tanks are out for Arma 3!!

Discussed: PAX, Divinity 2, Dark Souls, Dropmix, Harmonix, Below, Detroit Become Human, David Cage, Beyond Two Souls, Phantom Doctrine, XCOM,Dying Light, Radical Heights, Dying Light, Zelda Breath of the Wild, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Splinter Cell, Nicki Minaj, Capcom, Witcher 3, Chun Li

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Michael Benson
Bass Pro Shops 5 - Episode 5 - 3/28/2018

This week we go live and stream while podcasting! Ian goes in depth with his time with Far Cry 5,  Benson talks about his time with Ni No Kuni, and Jermaine found a new addiction in Hearthstone. We briefly touch on more VR news and Benson provides one of the most compelling stories about his time with Fallout 4 VR that made us instantly want a Vive.

Discussed: Far Cry 5, Ni No Kuni, Hearthstone, Artifact, Valve, VR, Fallout 4, Skyrim, Gabe Newell, Vive Pro

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Michael Benson
Video Games Were a Mistake - Episode 4 - 3/21/2018

This week we attempt to scavenge the little bits of news that occured over the past week. Ian shared a terrifying airplane story, Benson got sucked back into PUBG, and Jermaine is still addicted to Vermintide 2. We also discuss the Fortnite news eruption caused by Twitch Streamer Ninja and recording artist Drake.  The big game release for this week is Sea of Thieves and Benson was not impressed. We also touch on the new indie machine known as the Nintendo Switch and forecast the future of VR.

Michael Benson