I thought it would be fun to pitch the name/concept of a feature to stretch our dumb creative wings, a la VinnyVania, Breaking Brad, etc.
Here's an easy one to get started:
Alex in Chains - Mr. Navarro plays through the God of War series.
Kingdom Heartache: 358/2 Dans - Dan playing through the Kingdom Hearts series. Came up with that twist on the original when Abby was trying to think of a way to torture Dan with a "masterpiece" he would hate the same way he did to her with Who's The Big Boss.
Jason! - a series where Jason plays through Heavy Rain.
All About the Benjamins - Ben plays every video game ever to feature a character named Ben.
Beyond the Jan - Jan plays wrestling games.
Dano Crisis - Dan and Alex play Dino Crisis.
CoBrad and Danquer - Dan and Brad play old Command and Conquer games.
I'm not a big fan of gimmick playthroughs but I can think of a few games I'd love to see let's played.
All I really want is for Jeff and Vinny to let's play a cool game together again. Best team, never teams up.
Jason! - a series where Jason plays through Heavy Rain.
For fun name stuff, I think a feature like Say My Name could be funny. You play whatever game, but you have to play a pre-existing character with the same name as you. It'sa lot harder for Vinny and Abby than for Alex.
I thought of one called Jason Lives!
Jason would have to play a rogue-like or a soulslike each episode -- anything hard, really -- in a hockey mask, getting as far as possible each time (saving is allowed between episodes), with the eventual goal of beating a game with one life, at which point he would scream JASON LIVES into the camera like a psychopath. He would also scream this when he survived between episodes...
Caravellaw of the West - It's just Vinny playing Law of the West. Note that this is not its own video feature, but is instead a segment that occurs within other video features anytime Vinny is encountering technical difficulties and doesn't know what to do next.
The Da Vinny Code: Vinny plays games with notoriously obtuse puzzles and incredible leaps of logic.
Jeff Gerstmann's Getting Off (with his face shopped onto Marc Ecko's Getting Up for the logo): Jeff's never-ending quest into the world of hentai in search of the game that has the best Naked Cartoon Pussy.
In all honesty, I would like to see Full Motion Vinny come back as a real, regular feature. The games and commentary in the past have been some of the best content the site has produced.
Done Piece: After finishing All Systems Goku; Jeff and Dan start a One Piece podcast
Danimal Crossing - Dan plays through every animal crossing game in the lead up to Animal Crossing Switch - Guided by Abby and Vinny
Resident V-Vile: Vinny Plays the Resident Evil series with Alex and Dan to guide him through it
Jeff to all but Metal: Jeff and Brad play through the Metal Slug series
Kingdom Heartache: Here we go A-Ben: Ben plays the kingdom hearts series and they take it seriously this time
Abby-solutely Fabulous: Abby plays various Otome Dating sims with help from the guys
Beast-point Hospital - Playthrough of Two point hospital
You're Gonna Finish It!
Everyone has a ball in this feature. For any game they bring on UPF or GBE Playdate, one of the crew can pull out a "You're. Gonna. FINISH IT!" once a year. Whoever is playing the game currently will have to finish whatever single player mode the game has. Nobody can play this card again until the current YGFI ends. They have to complete the game either live or in a prerecorded format, it doesn't matter, it just has to be documented. Every member only has one card they can play that year and it only works if nobody else plays it (on both coasts), so it requires some advanced cooperation if they want to screw someone over, i.e. texting in the moment to double check if this game is worth making their coworker suffer through. Bad ends count towards completion.
When they first started running these jokes on UPF and Gerstfield I really wished this was something they could spring on somebody. Not as a punishment or deterrent for bringing crappy games, but mostly as incentive for "This game is amazing/this person is struggling with this game in a hilarious way let's prolong this". The "Only one at a time" caveat would hopefully allow enough time to pass for people to forget they can use it (and after watching all of the XCOM episodes back to back there's ample room to forget a small feature after a period of time). It could be the Smirnoff Ice challenge of Giant Bomb.
Back when Vinny, Dave and Drew did the flight clubs I wished they'd do some kind of "history of the world" thing by playing through historical simulations in chronological order, maybe have Brad chime in with historical facts.
Don't know if there's anything besides stuff like Civ and Age of Empires that covers anything pre-Egypt, but if nothing else they could start with Pharaoh and onwards with Cleopatra and Caesar and the Total War stuff, and of course start playing flight sims once they get to WW1 (and then of course play flight sims covering all the wars thereafter).
This Ain't No Roleplaying Game: A successor to Giant Bomb Unplugged, where the crew plays through pen & paper adaptations of video games. Candidates include Green Ronin's Dragon Age, WotC's Diablo and Starcraft games, and the infamous White Wolf Street Fighter adaptation.
Meet You Maker - Abby uses the character creator in various games to make Giant Bomb staff and friends of the site. Maybe uses science to rank them.
There Are a Lot of Spiders Because the Dungeon Maker Likes It When I Get Webbed in the Face When I Enter His Dungeon - Vinny takes Alex, Dan, Abby, and Jeff through a Hero Quest campaign. Also available as a light novel.
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