The Video Games Show
The Video Games Show (or VGS for short) is a weekly gaming and pop culture podcast hosted by Rich Bergin, Matt Gurley, Bob Friedel and Kurt Bowers Combining extensive knowledge and experience in gaming, movies, music, comics and pop culture, VGS will provide a comical look at all things and go off topic many, many times.

From Steam sales to PR blunders, we cover all of the post holiday news!  We also review a few of the steam games we've had a chance to play; namely Demolition, Inc. and Reccetear.  Come join us for the last Video Games Show of 2011!

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Due to a technical error we have been experiencing issues with our podcast feed.  These issues have been remedied and we are happy to deliver our missing episodes.  We apologize for the inconvenince and hope you all have a merry holiday season.

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We're back with another fantastic episode of the world-famous Video Games Show!  We talk plenty about the new Sony Vita info and rumors, parse a Nintendo milestone, and talk about much, much more!

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This oddity of a show contains plenty of talk about Star Trek, a little talk about video games, and Rich admitting that he will be buying a 3DS.  Come join us for the final Video Games Show of 11/11!

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Another year has gone by and as always, we have much to be thankful for.  Come join us as we reflect on all the good that 2011 has brought us this far!

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Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim... the list blockbuster game releases keeps growing at an astonishing rate.  So much awesomeness has to be covered we even bring in some special guests into the studio!  Come join us once again for another grandeous Video Games Show.

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Well, we were courted, you all voted, and now here it is:  The MW3 midnight release event!  We break paradigms by doing an entire show dedicated to Modern Warfare 3.  If you were there, thanks for coming!  If you weren't, you missed out on a lot of fun.  Plenty of guests, plenty of prizes given away... come join us for this wild episode of The Video Games Show!

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Well, we have committed ourselves to an on-site show at the MW3 launch.  We hope you're happy.  We talk about what will be going on this upcoming November 7th, discuss news coming from Blizzcon and chat about the announced street dates for the PS Vita.  Also Rich gives his first impressions of the new Batman game.  Check it out on this week's Video Games Show!

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Tons of discussion on this show!  Should VGS do a live remote from the bowels of hell to cover a plague on gaming?  What constitutes a game getting a 10 out of 10?  Why does the 5th dentist not recommend chewing Trident?  All of this plus a full review of Rage on this all-new Video Games Show!

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Rich finally makes it back into the studio!  Probably a good thing because Kraft is so burnt out from a long week of school that he starts madly singing karaoke.  We cover a little news and talk about Rage, but a lack of sleep makes for an abrupt show.  We promise we'll be back on our game next week, but please, enjoy this week's all new Video Games Show!

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Whoops!  For some reason only half of the show of show 339 was processed!  We apologize for that and have uploaded the entire show now.

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It's the final week of Developer Month here at the Video Games Show!  We welcome in Jesse Chounard from Third Party Ninjas to talk about his latest iOS game, as well as pick his brain about how to get started in programming should you want to make your own video games from the ground up.  Not only did Jesse provide us a wealth of info, but offered to answer any questions people may have at his email address  Check out his website at  Also, Kraft has caved and finally bought a 3DS so come and check out his initial thoughts on this all new episode of The Video Games Show!

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This week we welcome Matt Raithel from Graphite Labs into the studio!  Matt tells us a little about the history of his company, some of the big projects they are working on, and chimes in on some relevant issues facing game companies today.  Also, we announce the winnders of the Multimedia Fusion giveaway!  Come check out this fun-filled week of the world-famous Video Games Show!

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We come back from our Labor Day break with a bang as we interview not just one, but two companies:  Clickteam, makers of Multimedia Fusion, and IDC Projects, a growing game company from Rolla, MO who are about to publish another new Android game, and have more projects coming right around the corner!  Also, a huge thanks to ClickTeam who are teaming up with us to give away over $700 dollars of Multimedia Fusion software!  Come join us on this all new Video Games Show for more details as we continue our journey through our Septermber Salute to Developers escapade!

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Developer Month has started early!  Come join us as we talk to Ben Cook from Well Bred Rhino about his new Xbox Live Arcade game, what it took to make it and what it took to publish it.  Ben sticks around as we do a rather interesting show:  no news.  That's right, we've had so much news that made us cringe the past few weeks that this turned into a VGS All Rant episode.  We talk 3ds, Gamestop, Origin, Activision and more.  Come check out the shenanigans on this week's all new Video Games Show!

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After an impromptu week off Rich and Kraft are back with plenty of news to discuss!  Gamescon has come and gone, PAX Prime is right around the corner, and once again DRM is the catchphrase of the week as Ubisoft manages to offened a huge chunk of the internet.  Kraft also takes some time to talk about an indie game you might want to check out:  Bastion.   If you have a couple of hours to waste, we invite you to waste it with us on this week's world-famous Video Games Show!

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Ahh, a magical trips episode!  Rich and Kraft are back with tons of info and talk about the 3DS, the Ambassador's Club, and more!  Come join us for not only the latest news, but one of Rich's iconic movie reviews as he talks about Tekken!  Fun like this can only be had on the world-famous Video Games Show!

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Why do you hate us, Blizzard?  We have bad news for anyone who hates drm and Blizzard is the culprit behind it.  Also, the 3DS sees a MAJOR pricedrop due to a lack of sales.  Actually there is a ton of interesting news this week, plus Kraft gives the 'bowchickawowow' button quite a work out.  Come check it out on this week's episode of the world-famous Video Games Show!

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Thanks to Nicky B for letting us know this show didn't get posted.  Apparently there was an upload error and it didn't post correctly.  The good news is I fixed it.  The bad news is it is a short show due to pressing outside work.  The really good news is there will be a new full show tomorrow.  Enjoy this belated edition of the world-famous Video Games Show!

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We welcome Rich back in much better health, and it's a good thing to because SHUTUP!  It's his birthday.  That's right, Rich celebrates another lap around Sol as we deliver the latest news, emails, and have on a special guest, IdiotBoy, to fill us in on all the latest happenings over at the VGS Minecraft server.  Plus we deduct that the best way to keep our listeners happy is by telling them they suck.  Curious?  Find out why on this week's all new Video Games Show!

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Mark your calendars:  it is a somber occasion.  This is officially the first episode of VGS without Rich Bergin :(  Rich is out with a fever, but Kraft takes the helm to deliver the latest industry news.  To help out with Rich's absense we have David and Elonka from Simutronics come in to give a recap of this weekend's festivities at the St Louis Game Jam.  On top of that, David tells us about the upcoming iPhone game beind developed at Simutronics:  Tiny Heroes.  You don't want to miss this great episode of the world-famous Video Games Show!

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This week we are live from the St. Louis Game Jam!  Come join us as we talk all about what the St Louis (and Global) Game Jams are all about.  As everyone was incredibly busy churning out their creations we didn't have a chance to talk to many participants.  We did, however, get to speak to a veritable legend of the gaming industry, John Ratcliff, about his upcoming game Duatiu.  Come check out this new and exiciting episode of the Video Games Show!

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We can finally take a final headcount on the barrage of hacker attacks that have plagued all sorts of game companies.  For as much as hacking in the gaming industry has sucked, at least one of the hackers got a job... at facebook.  Come join us for all this and more on this week's Video Games Show!

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This week brings more news on the Wii U, hackers galore, and Bobby Kotick:  Hollywood Star.  We also take some time to discuss our take on the new Duke Nukem Forever, as well as the new Red Faction game.  Come join us for a super-moist episode of the world-famous Video Games Show!

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As E3 wraps up we watch and talk about Nintendo's proverbial bombshell, the Wii U.  Of course we don't dedicate the whole show to this; we also have plenty of other news, reviews, and more!  Time to sit down for a Post-E3 wrap-up courtesy of the world-famous Video Games Show!

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And so the E3 extravaganza begins!  After an entire day of watching press conferences we are here to filter through the hype and fanfare to tell you about what you need to know.  We cover the Microsoft, Sony, Konami, and Ubisoft conferences.  Next Monday we will cover the last few conferences (including Nintendo) as well as any news from the floor that comes up.  It's a mad news day here at the world-famous Video Games Show!

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With E3 right around the corner, Rich and Kraft cover the impending hype and rumors.  This week we hear from Sony about why people are unreasonable in thinking they are in the wrong, we talk about why Sonic might not be coming to the Wii, and we explore the DOUBT option in LA Noire.  Join us for all of this and more on this week's all new Video Games Show!

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This week we jump in to our new earlier timeslot.  While that doesn't affect our podcast listeners, it does make a difference for people tuning in live.  Remember that you can listen to us from 3-5PM CST on  This week we talk about the PSN network coming back online, rumors of Modern Warfare 3 and more.

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Alright, I feel bad for our 321 joke episode.  Apparently some people didn't find it nearly as funny as we did.  As a consilatory gesture we've decided to give everyone a taste of what the Android App owners get as bonus content.  Not a ton of video game related material, but we hope you enjoy it none the less.

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As it is finals week we were not planning on doing a show.  Of course we couldn't leave every totally hanging, so here is an abridge episode of VGS delivering all of the big news!  Just an FYI, it is a good week to own our android app :)

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With all of the crazy news going on lately (royal weddings, dead terrorists, tornadoes and more) it was easy to miss news about the catastrophic soap opera that was the Playstation Network Saga.  Rich and Kraft take you through a 2 week timeline giving a blow-by-blow of what actually happened.  After an hour-long breakdown of events (trust me, it isn't boring) we get to non-Sony news.  Also, as an added treat we finally get an audio response from the one, the only, The Messiah of Pants!

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In a surprise move we decided to take our show on the road!  We found out that there was a video game developer meetup here in our home town of St. Louis so Rich and Kraft crashed the party and ate all the mozzerella sticks.  That's how we roll.  Kidding aside, we talk to some established and up-and-coming game developers from our home town!  Joining us on the air this week is Graphite Lab, Six3Six studios as well as Dan and Wes, two local developers who put this shindig together.  In other news there is a really cool event we've been invited to in July.  Come join us on an all new Video Games Show to find out more!

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On this edition of VGS, hosts Rich and Kraft respond to some interesting complaints regarding the previous Messiah of Pants incident. Also, Nick bitches about the Portal 2 hype, Nintendo Junkie reviews the 3DS, and a long lost special guest calls in. All this plus
Rich is on the verge of dying (thankfully.  Greg might move up the ladder now!)... and more on this weeks VGS!

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We finally find out who is our show's number 1 fan!  Plenty of news this week we talk about Gamestop's latest push into the digital market, trash talking from Sony concerning Nintendo, and more!  We also talk a little about the continuation of Telltale's Back to the Future episodic adventure.  By the way, for android app owners, there is a pdf available with pictures from the studio.  We apologize for the malfunctioning movie and are currently in the process of getting the player fixed.

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We are back with tons of news, 3 reviews and on top of that: our first hands-on with the 3DS!  Also, the long wait is over!  VGS now has an android app available on the market!  The app offers easy access to all of our shows, built-in options to interact with us live on the air, and plenty of app-exclusive content.  This week app-owners will get a video tour of the VGS studios.  Don't have an android phone?  Don't fret: you still have access to this all-new Video Games Show!

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With a very slow news week we try a fun project:  VGS on the Spot!  We take any question from our listeners by email or by live call-ins.  If you have any other questions for Rich, Kraft and Greg feel free to email us at

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Show 314 on 3-14?  That's a sign of awesomeness!  We take time this week to catch up on our listener emails, a few missed news bytes from last week and all new news from this week!  Also, we drop some info on our soon-to-be-live iphone and android apps!  (side note:  if you have our app, this is the first week we have included bonus material.)

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Our apologies for the lack of a show last week:  the studio burned down.  Well, not really, but after a string of problems our will to record was torched.  We're back this week with plenty of news from GDC, a surprise guest, and Rich tells you why you suck for not already owning Bulletstorm!  

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Did anything special happen this show?  To be honest with 3 tests this week I can't really remember.  We didn't burn down the studio which means the show was nowhere near as good as it could have been, but I bet it was still a good one.  You be the judge; check out this week's Video Games Show!

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VGS for two weeks in a row?  What a wild idea!  We're experimenting with a slightly different news format.  Instead of rapid firing through a bunch of news we don't necessarily care much about we've focused on the things we find intriguing.  Also we'd like to welcome Engineer Greg to his first episode on The Video Games Show;  hopefully he'll stick around for a couple more.

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Hoooo buddy!  It seems we are in full swing with the next generation of handheld consoles!  We drop tons of new details about Sony's upcoming successor to the PSP, codenamed the NGP.  We also talk about the Playstation-driven Xperia, more info on the 3DS, and plenty of other news to boot!  Come join us as we come back from our snow-break with a vengence on this all new Video Games Show!

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Much like the rest of the country we were slapped upside the head with snow.  We swear our schedule is about to be getting back on track.  That being said, here is a delayed episode of The Video Games Show.  That being said we will be back AT OUR NORMAL TIME on Monday!  (Mother Nature permitting of course.  Who knows, we might be in for another snowpocalyse.) 

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Well we finally made it back on campus and were able to pull the lost episode.  While the news might not be current the discussion is still relevant.  There may be some humor involved too.  Honestly I can't remember.  My apologies if the show is lame.

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Well, it is our final show in the home studio!  Next week we are back at UM- St Louis at our normal time:  Monday from 9-11pm.  This week we deliver our own State of the (Video Game) Union address, hit all the news from the week, and get around to reading our listener emails.  Hope you join us for another brand new episode of the Video Games Show!

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Not sure why, but this episode got lost in the mix.  Obviously winter is not agreeing with VGS.  Anyways, here is episode 307.  If anyone happens to notice a new episode hasn't dropped in a while and are curious, please feel free to email us at!

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