The HotSpot - VGAs, Gears 3 - 12/14/11

VGAs are on The HotSpot's hive mind as we discuss The Last of Us, Fortnite, Revengeance, Generals 2; also, RAAM's Shadow.

If one thing can be learned from this week's episode of The HotSpot, it's that VGA is not an acronym that should be pronounced phonetically. But Shaun McInnis, Tom Mc Shea, Brendan Sinclair, and Tom Magrino do anyway! Repeatedly! We also give our impressions of The Last of Us, Command & Conquer: Generals 2, Fortnite, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, before Chris Watttttters puts a bullet in the week's show with talk of Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow.

The HotSpot - VGAs, Gears 3 - 12/14/11 by gamespot

A rebroadcast of last weekend's VGAs can not be found below. Do not click the below video if that's what you're looking for.

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Discussion

65 comments
ZackMAck43
ZackMAck43

@You still clearly said that DA 2 was bad game, which it is not! Thats the part i disagreed with

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@Millertime1989 I think someone needs a hug!!!!!! :)

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@ZackMAck43 I don't think you see the sarcasm in my comment, I know bioware makes good games. Try reading my comment again.

ZackMAck43
ZackMAck43

@FreedomPrime Dragon Age 2 was not a bad game, it was a really good game, but relative to DAO it was mediocre. Its because it was rushed, Bioware was not really to blame, it was EA. Bioware has always been a awesome game developer!

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

Oh, and rampart is amazing!!! I miss that game :(

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

I love how bioware makes one bad game (dragon age 2) and that somehow means they are now a horrible developer now. 0_o

Granpire
Granpire

I also want to like scary games, but I'm too stressed while I'm playing them. I admire the tension created in a lot of horror games, but I can't enjoy a game that uses tension too constantly throughout.

dillonpeterliam
dillonpeterliam

Great Podcast guys, I love listning to them in work.

subzero300
subzero300

Great show as always :-) So whats gonna happen with this years Outtakes Episode? Will there be a Video Outtakes Episode - like a Super Blooper Reel or something or will it just be audio only?

chaosnovaxz
chaosnovaxz

Woah woah woah, Tom McShea is saying we're idiots if we disagree with the VGA winners? What kind of statement is that? I gathered that he was saying I'm a close-minded idiot if I don't let the choice of a panel of journalists change my own opinion, which is an idiotic statement in itself. He said something to the effect of gamers "not wanting to listen to any dissenting opinion", as if we should listen to dissenting opinions (which we do) and then change our own preferences based on that. If you change your own opinion just to match someone else's, you should probably get your priorities straight. No one is stupid because they don't let their personal choice not winning an award diminish its effectiveness on them. @Millertime1989 The only retards who call into question the virginity (as if that had any relevance or bearing on anything) of anyone else are no doubt desperate virgins themselves, so way to call yourself out, kid. I shouldn't expect anything less from an idiot with a terrible beer (or water in Miller's case) in their username.

forest4
forest4

I have the downloaded audio-only Hotspot playing in a loop for like the fifth time while I play Tekken 6 BR with the sound turned down and I am having so much fun! You guys are all so in the know and make great jokes too. Keep up the AMAZING work! I did not even notice that Kevin was absent. I like the shouty intro, it's hilarious :D

OverTheTop66
OverTheTop66

I am so freakin excited for Metal Gear Rising! I don't get how someone who has played Bayonnetta or Vanquish can doubt for even a second that this game is going to be awesome!

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@TomM_GScom I should also add that those figures were from February, so by now those figures are much greater, but I understand what you are saying, do I agree, no. I feel the game really did need to exist, I personally do not like the DOTA style of RTS game's. They feel too shallow and really lack depth that a true RTS has. And as far as heart of the swarm sales go, we will just have to wait and see.

Silos911
Silos911

Oh, and I love Mr. Sinclair. Bring him back some more, I miss his hosting of the Hotspot.

Silos911
Silos911

Another great episode, thanks again Tom Magrino.

Vince21C
Vince21C

O snap, Magrino is scared of scary games GameSpot, all I want for Christmas is dark, sealed, room, yr choice of scary game (silent hill, fear, fatal frame), AND TOM MAGRINO WITH A CAMERA RECORDING HIS FACE WHILE HE PLAYS!!!!!!

Millertime1989
Millertime1989

Man these guys are so f****** lame... they think they are so funny but man i feel like 40 mins of this show is complete nonsense about taint and other stupid s***. Get better people to do pod casts, maybe some non virgins.

mikeraven77
mikeraven77

Magrino, you need to have a shock button hooked up to the other guys chairs for when they get out of control. Also it was good to have Brendan back for a cameo.

Magrino
Magrino

@Ahsan_ga People who have an interest in free games!

Magrino
Magrino

@boiardee14 Yeah, I agree. That whole down-voting thing is lame.

Ahsan_ga
Ahsan_ga

who's g0nna watch it for the whole hour i guess :P

boiardee14
boiardee14

@tomm_gscom you guys should remove the feature where if your comment gets alot of thumbs down, it gets blocked. it makes you feel like your getting in trouble by posting your own opinion of a game that people disagree with.

Magrino
Magrino

@FreedomPrime Yes, those numbers justify its existence, and I'm sure Blizzard turned a profit on that game. What I apparently failed to convey is that 4.5 million units no longer constitutes blockbuster status. Compare Cataclysm sales, which were 3.3 million on launch day. Also, I'm of the opinion that Wings of Liberty sold well due to nostalgia, not interest in the genre. I think the release of Heart of the Swarm will bear that out when it sells considerably less.

chicknfeet
chicknfeet moderator

Magrino, you just looked so ass whipped this week with the guys goofing off and talking about Jedi taint

twztid13
twztid13

Wasn't starcraft 2 in development for like 9 years?

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

I am extremely excited for metal gear rising, I love the new style and platinum games so far, have not disappointed me.

boiardee14
boiardee14

@d27x they used to be about 2 hours sometimes.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

Blizzard just trumpeted the sales numbers for StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, the first installment in its long-time-coming sequel to the strategy classic. The numbers: "a day-one sales milestone of more than 1 million copies sold worldwide" and "1.5 million copies in its first 48 hours." The context: It's already the "best-selling PC game of 2010 within its first 24 hours of availability" and now holds the "record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time."

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

tom, here is some knowledge During Activision Blizzard's financial conference call today, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime states that sales of its sci-fi RTS game StarCraft II are approaching 4.5 million units since its release back in July. While that's huge for a PC exclusive game that's actually less than some people though it would sell. Several months ago Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey predicted the game would sell as much as 7 million copies by the end of Activision Blizzard current fiscal year which ends on March 31

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

The VGA's are a joke. I hope then can that garbage.

twztid13
twztid13

Shaun McInnis needs to be on EVERY episode. He is so FUNNY!

RealHarry
RealHarry

I miss Brendan's logic on the show.

Silver_S
Silver_S

covered almost every thing about the reveals at the VGA's and not one word about the new rainbow 6?... why?...

endorbr
endorbr

Riding the "taint wagon." Wow...

kwanzudood
kwanzudood

Tried watching the video version, but I'm finding the cutting distracting from the actual videogame talk. I think it's back to the audio-only version for me...

D27x
D27x

1:05:34 WHY SO LONGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!???

jomipira
jomipira

What I don't understand is why are there platform specific Best Game Awards if the nominees are not platform specific. How can Skyrim be voted the best game of the year and not be considered the best game in all platforms it's been released in? Only if one of the versions is completly broken, otherwise it has to win. It's like a french film winning the Best Picture Academy Award but loosing the award for the Best Foreign Language film.

endorbr
endorbr

Well at least you admitted that The Last of Us looked pretty...

endorbr
endorbr

With a lot of gamers it's valid to say that they aren't objective about the games they like/don't like. But not all of us ignore the flaws/good points in games. Just because our opinions may not agree with a professsional game reviewers doesn't make the reviewers opinion more or less valid. The same goes for game awards going to games we like/don't like.

jecht_35
jecht_35

If the oscars were the VGA's, Michael Bay would win best director of the year, along with Transformers 3 winning best film of the year.-_-

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

Ashley Johnson is doing the voice acting for The last of us.

Derpalon
Derpalon

Andy Serkis corrupted this HotSpot with too much Jedi taint.

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

Tom go to CVG i think they have the name of the guy you're looking for that worked on enslaved and now tlou.

laimis911
laimis911

in my opinion the VGAs show was great and i care who won,i don't think that this show was based by bunch of journalists votes,i vote there and many other people and the host Zachary Levi was great especially that joke with potions to restore health :) Skyrim got GOTY of 2011,if there was nominee for Game Of All Time Skyrim gets my vote too.

Vince21C
Vince21C

YESSSSSS YESSS OMG FYK YESS!!! BRENDAN!!!!! YOU ARE BACK!!!!! I MISSED YOU, SOO SOOO SOOOO MUCH....................... Glad you are on the HotSpot again

mehrdad19872010
mehrdad19872010

Hey Tom Magrino can you expand the show to 2 hours again?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

They are so childish and yet I like to watch them make up stuff like Jedi taint.