Art of Video Games Eras 4-5 – The Horrible Show 051811

The Horrible ShowNow that we’ve been schooled by the curator Art of Video Games, Justin, Cole, Ethan, and Justin finish their analysis of the winners lists and move on to the modern eras. From the N64 to the PS3 see which selections awed us and which raised eyebrows. Send in your questions to simon@horriblenight.com or @TheHorribleShow

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Truthfully, we could have gone another full episode on the Art of Video Games exhibition, but we do somehow manage to get through the modern eras this week. That isn’t until after we take a Ninja detour through Swamp Brothers territory. Then, it’s all about the games, where we show arcade games some love and make some of nominations of our own because every museum needs Splatterhouse representation. In Era 4 we realize just how damn fun the Nintendo 64 was and mourn Sega’s confusion and demise. Era 5 leads to a good old fashioned fight over the legitimacy of Fallout 3, but we come together in the end to express our adoration for the exhibition as a whole. Our Horrible Game Night is coming up soon and Justin answers questions about our featured games. Ethan takes us home with a man-sized hug for Serious Sam.

Show Notes

Cast:
Justin L, Cole, Ethan, Justin G

Background Info:
Smithsonian Art of Video Games ExhibitWinners PDF
Podcast: Eras 1-3 Discussion
Interview: Chris Melissinos, Curator

Guide:
Intro and Threesomes (00:54 – 19:52)
On the Spot Question (19:54 – 25:27)
Art of Video Games (25:28 – )
Era 4 (28:29 – 50:54)
Era 5 Part 1 (50:55 – 1:11:18)
Era 5 Part 2 (1:11:20 – 1:37:02)
Closing Statements (1:37:04 – 1:39:51)
HorribleNight.com Updates (1:39:52 – 1:42:30)
Shout Outs (1:42:31 – 1:42:45)

Threesomes of the Week:
Cole – Ninja, Mortal Kombat, Joe Danger
GiffordGalaxy Unknown Series, Swamp Brothers, Outland
EthanZombie Estate, Red Faction: Armageddon, Tough Mudder
JustinBeyond the Mat, Podtoid, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue

Game Industry Shout Outs:
EthanSerious Sam HD
ColeVideogamesgetarty.com
GiffordSka Studios
JustinGears of War 3 Special Editions

Games:
Mortal Kombat, Joe Danger, Excitebike, Outland, Ikaruga, Zombie Estate, Red Faction: Armageddon, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, Virtua Fighter, Time Traveler, NBA Jam, DOOM II, Diablo II, StarCraft, Super Mario 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Goldeneye, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, Phantasy Star Online, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, Prince of Persia: Sand of Time, Oddworld, Final Fantasy VII, Suikoden, Halo, Fable, Splinter Cell, BioShock, Mass Effect 2, Portal, Half-Life 2, Call of Duty, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic, Minecraft, Metroid Prime, Pikmin 2, Boom Blox, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros,  Shadow of the Colossus, Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain, Flower, Brutal Legend, Civilization Revolution, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Section 8: Prejudice, Serious Sam HD, Gears of War 3

References:
American Ninja, David Drake, Honor Harrington, Jake the Snake, Chris Melissinos, Hieronymus Bosch

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