It’s hard to believe today, but there was a time when the continued existence of the entire medium of videogames seemed doubtful.
After a long, arduous day at the office and a particularly hellish commute, you finally make it home to your apartment. All week, you’ve been thinking about an old video game you used to play, and tonight is the night you finally have time to break out your old game system and relive a bit of your childhood. After a bit of setup, and with pizza in hand, you’re all ready to go. You power on your TV, blow dust out of the cartridge, and turn the system on. For the first few levels, it’s exactly as you remember it. The sword slashes feel just as satisfying as you remember them and you even remember where a few hidden items are located. But, as you progress through the game, you start to notice that things are a bit peculiar. It’s just small glitches at first–a bit of garbled dialog text or a misplaced graphics sprite. But soon the glitches get worse. Characters appear with no eyes, the leaves of trees render as red instead of green, and areas begin to shift and change when you revisit them. You become increasingly frustrated, but continue to play, feeling almost strangely compelled to continue. The graphical glitches take a more and more macabre turn until trees look as if they are made of skin, ghastly faces appear in every window, and all of the water appears rust colored. Suddenly your TV goes black, and a line of text appears: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
You walk to school using your normal route. Making your way down the neighborhood roads, you notice a stone well in the space separating two houses. Was that always there? You approach it, but suddenly stumble over a rock. You tumble into the well. You brace for impact with the ground… but it never comes. You fall and fall for what seems like an hour until, at last, you somehow find yourself outside again. But everything is… different. The architecture, the roads, the clothes people wear–all of it is different! Dazed, you stare around you and happen to spot a hooded figure. It approaches and hands you a scroll. Tentatively, you unravel it and read the words: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
It’s a work day and you have just finished your coffee when you get a call on your cell phone. You scan the phone number but don’t recognize it and end the call. A few hours later, after lunch, you check your email. There is a new message labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” You figure it’s spam, but as you’re about to delete it you get a call from the mysterious number again. You end the call and glance at your inbox and see five more emails each with the same subject line as the one before. Your heart rate quickens. You leave for home, the entire commute your phone rings. You turn it off. It still rings. You get to your apartment and check your mail. There is a letter labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” Hands shaking, you open the envelope and find a sheet of paper labeled “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
Maybe you stumbled upon a funny clip from their podcast. Maybe you’ve seen some of their video game journalism work. Maybe you have some friends who cosplay characters from The Adventure Zone. However you went about it, you’ve probably encountered some form of content created by the McElroy Brothers. This post will serve as a guide for those looking to dive even deeper into the media empire created by Justin, Travis, and Griffin!
A lot of people love the Adventure Zone. I love the Adventure Zone. As someone who had little interest in tabletop roleplaying games beforehand, listening to Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy weave a disarmingly charming and lovely story out of their play sessions really opened my eyes to how special these games can be. If you’re caught up with TAZ and need something else to fill that hole in your free time, I’ve got a list of shows that provide something for all types of fans of Taako, Merle, and Magnus!
Did you pay attention in science class? Chances are, you answered no, but never fear! We’ve got you covered with five shows that will get your scientific knowledge up to snuff! Whether it’s bite-sized university courses, a fantastical voyage through time and space, or using science to explain our favorite comics and video games, these series make it fun to figure out how the world works!
Hi there, everyone! We’ve got another exciting week of new things for you to watch here at VRV, headed by a brand new science-based show! MinuteEarth explains the mysteries of our world in digestible, snappy chunks, and we’re proud to welcome it to the VRV Select family. Let’s get into what’s coming to VRV!
Hello everyone! Welcome to This Week in VRV, a way for us to highlight some of the new content we’re most excited about coming up soon! We wanted to switch up the VRV Weekend Forecast to include the entire week of new releases, and with a new format comes a new name. So let’s get to it! Welcome to 2018, and get ready to enjoy another week of excellent new stuff coming to VRV!
Game Grumps is objectively wonderful—I’ve wiled away plenty of hours watching their comedic let’s plays! Looking for more of that magic? We’re here to help! If you’re a fan of Dan, Arin, the rest of the Gumps, and their escapades, here are four titles you’ll love.
You’ve probably heard of tabletop gaming, but what about tabletop gaming shows? Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer and many more have provided countless hours of imaginative, engaging group storytelling between friends throughout the years. Recently, a new type of show has cropped up that seeks to bring that magic outside of the game room to a wider audience—the new genre of tabletop gaming shows!