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At the Buzzer (04/24/14)

Episode 128: Blowing it Sky High — The guys examine some anger-inducing topics, like the most frustrating part of video games or the penalty for spending your life working in a cubicle, then have a two-man debate on proper behavior in Buzzsaw. Also, Chris pulls out a very specific example about missing ice cream, and Shaun talks about how his girlfriend makes him feel old.

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  • “Main Theme (Rhythm Thief)” by Tomoya Ohtani
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson

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The hype that fueled your anger

“Don’t Believe The Hype” by linehan42

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If your feeds looked something like this the past few days, I apologize for participating in the hype around the launch of this new game about our favorite Japanese monsters (sorry Godzilla). Once the hype train gets rolling, there’s hardly anything able to stop it. If you’re not on the train, you just hope it will zoom by or crash and burn, allowing you to witness weeping fanboys. It’s the little things in life.

Sometimes, you’re not just not on the hype train. The entire craze about something just gets you so annoyed that you start hating the topic without really knowing why. It’s not that you dislike GTA V, but the way everyone treats it like a game coded by the Messiah himself just makes you wish it was never released. It’s the most primitive, honest form of hatred, fueled by the fiery passion of others.

For example, die-hard Tolkien movie fangirls just rub me the wrong way. When the latest The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug trailer was released, my feed echoed with the sound of exploding ovaries and frame-by-frame analyses of every Lee Pace-filled second in the trailer. Really, I’m looking forward to the movie, but I wouldn’t mind if those fangirls would make an unexpected journey to Mordor so I can enjoy the flick without their drooling.

So, has there ever been a hype that just got you mad? A craze that still fills you with anger? Use the comments as your chance to vent it all, and share your traumatic experiences with the skillfull psychologists of GFN!

At the Buzzer (09/26/13)

Episode 112: Anger Leads to Hate — The guys discuss why spiking your wife like a football is a bad choice and behaving like a child is a horrible idea, then reminisce about two great things in Buzzkill. Also, Chris creates awkward nicknames for his younger self, Dave makes plans to avoid dying alone, and Shaun reveals his fantasies about Joe Rogan.

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Music:

  • “Main Theme (Rhythm Thief)” by Tomoya Ohtani
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson

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Video Game Aggression and You!

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Since a few days, I’ve been back into the free-to-play, MMOFPS called Planetside 2. If you’re even remotely interested in shooters with a mild RPG aspect, and you don’t mind being just one person amidst hundreds during epic battles, you should check it out. However, plugging this game to you is not the reason I’m writing my first post on this brand-new website. No, ladies and gentlemen, Planetside 2 was merely the source of inspiration for today’s topic: aggression. More specifically: video game aggression.

If you call yourself a serious gamer, you will have experienced it. You will be familiar with the feeling of rage, building up inside of you and coming to its culmination in a burst of spontaneous violence. Some people yell at their screen, while others grab their controller and throw it out of the window, knocking the neighbour’s cat unconscious in the process. I belong to the first category, and my forays into Planetside 2 have proven that again. If you’re playing a shooter with me, and you’re either within earshot or on a voice communication server with me, you will learn a few exotic new curses and “bad words”. My specialty is international cursing, and by now, I’m able to use filthy vocabulary in English, German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish and Latin (just a little). I will damn you and your so-called “skill” as long as it pleases me, and until my well of anger has run dry.

Of course, we all know that cursing isn’t nice, and feelings of aggression aren’t the best feelings a person can have. However, I am totally convinced that a good dose of video game aggression is actually the best medicine against more dangerous forms of anger. I’d rather shout at pixels than at my girlfriend, and from my own experience I can tell that a bit of digitally vented frustration can help me after a long day of disappointments and conflicts.

Scientists might argue that video games are the source of aggressions, but I beg to differ. True, many video games have frustrated me with their mind-shattering puzzles and hard boss encounters, but that frustration was gone as soon as I shut down my console, or turned into a great feeling of triumph once I succeeded. On the other hand, the “real life” has given me many reasons to just turn into a cheap, not so muscular version of the Hulk, but a few hours in World of Warcraft while chatting with my guildmates always soothed me. To me, aggression caused by video games motivated me to try harder, while those same games always found a way to ease my mind.

But hey, that’s just me. Maybe there are people out there who take their video game aggression (can we just call it “VGA”?) to a dangerous level. Maybe their existing frustrations get amplified by some twelve-year old yelling at them during Call of Duty. Maybe some of you readers are just like that. If you are, and even if you aren’t, share your VGA stories below. How do you deal with annoying teammates or hard in-game puzzles, and do video games calm your nerves? Share your tales below!