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GS-Episode-04
"Vanquish"
URL: linkShow: Game Station 2.0Released: May 28, 2012
Season 1, Episode 4 (4)Time: 5:10
Reviews: Vanquish
Written by: Rich Evans — Edited by: Stoklasa/Bauman
Cast: Rich Evans, Tara Ketterer, Mike Stoklasa
Guests: Jay Bauman

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"Vanquish" is the fourth and final episode of video game and geek culture review web series, Game Station 2.0. It aired May 28, 2012 on YouTube,[1][2] the last of four episodes.[3] The episode, edited by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman, consists of a satirical introduction and a traditional review scripted by Rich Evans, interspersed with comedic sketches.[4]

In the series finale, Rich Evans meets a fellow reviewer who bullies Rich into reviewing the 2010 PlayStation 3 third-person shooter video game, Vanquish.[2][5] Rich also unhappily discovers that he is the pariah of the Game Station.

PlotEdit

In the introduction, Tara the Gamer Girl introduces Vanquish, a 2010 game from the creators of the Resident Evil video game series.

While waiting for the overseer to arrive, Rich Evans meets Jay, a co-worker in Unit 609, who immediately bullies Rich into reviewing the 2010 game Vanquish. Through Jay, Rich learns that his predecessor in Unit 603 died under mysterious circumstances. Rich is astonished by the amount of freedom Jay has to do what he wants, such as outsourcing his reviews, taking naps, and having orgies.

When the overseer finally arrives, he harshly reprimands Rich for reviewing an unsanctioned game. As Rich struggles to explain himself, Jay returns to check on Rich's progress. While the overseer and Jay chat idly, Rich overhears news of an employee banquet to which he was not invited. When Rich requests an invitation, the overseer electrocutes him.

Summary and ReviewEdit

Rich talks about Vanquish and Jay makes a guest appearance!

IntroductionEdit

The opening crawl claims Game Station 2.0 will cover video games, comic books, geek culture, picnic etiquette, S.A.T. cheat codes, and another thing.[2]

AppearancesEdit

ProductionEdit

See also: Game Station 2.0#Production

"Vanquish" was the last of four episodes developed and produced for release on Machinima.com.[6][7][8] Although the partnership was dissolved on February 24, 2012, the pilot and remaining episodes were completed before the pilot episode's debut.[6][7] The episode aired May 28, 2012 on YouTube.[1][2]

FutureEdit

After the episode's release, no further installments for Game Station 2.0 were produced,[9][7][10] despite the intentions of the Red Letter Media crew to make more episodes.[6][11][12] Rich Evans expressed dissatisfaction with the direction of the series,[13] and hoped to alter the format to allow for more discussion in future episodes.[12]

The Red Letter Media crew remained largely silent about status of the series and made no public announcements in the next year. With the filming of feature film Space Cop and the launch of ensemble movie review series Best of the Worst in 2013, it became unlikely that the crew would have time to make further episodes of Game Station 2.0.[9][12] In December 2013, they released a picture of the dismantled Game Station 2.0 set in December 2013,[14] putting to rest any speculation about the status of the series. In April 2014, two years after the cancellation of Game Station 2.0, Rich Evans and Best of the Worst co-star Jack Packard launched a discussion-based[13] game review show called Previously Recorded.[15]

SourcesEdit

  1. Platinum Games. Vanquish. Sega, 2010. PlayStation 3.


Season 1, Episode 4 (4)
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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Red Letter Media, LLC (May 28, 2012). "Twitter / redlettermedia: Game Station 2.0 - Vanquish: ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Red Letter Media, LLC (May 28, 2012). "Game Station 2.0 – Vanquish". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  3. Bauman, Jay (April 4, 2012). "redletterjay: For those wondering, we shot four episodes of this all ...". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  4. Red Letter Media, LLC (March 22, 2012). "Game Station 2.0 – Batman: Arkham City (Pilot Episode)". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  5. Fletcher, JC (July 8, 2010). "Sega defeats confusion over Vanquish release date: Oct. 19 in North America". Joystiq.com. Joystiq. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Stoklasa, Mike (March 21, 2012). "InvisionPB / Redlettermike: Hi friends, this was sort of ...". Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Bauman, Jay (April 4, 2012). "redletterjay: For those wondering, we shot four episodes of this all ...". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  8. Red Letter Media, LLC (July 24, 2011). "Twitter / redlettermedia: Hey guys! Machinima.com has ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 KMF (September 10, 2013). "„I hate the idea of self censoring”. Interview with Red Letter Media’s Mike Stoklasa". film.org.pl. KMF. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  10. Bauman, Jay (February 19, 2013). "InvisionPB / RedLetterJay: All the episodes that ...". Retrieved Nov 17, 2014.
  11. Riley's Autographs (April 3, 2012). "Mike Stoklasa interview". RileysAutographs.com. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Evans, Rich (June 10, 2012). "InvisionPB / CSunkyst: you could just make it ...". Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Evans, Rich (November 17, 2014). "InvisionPB / RedLetterRich: Basically this. Gamestation ended ...". Retrieved Nov 18, 2014.
  14. RedLetterMedia, LLC (December 9, 2013). "Twitter / redlettermedia: For those of you asking when ...". Twitter.com. Retrieved March 03, 2014.
  15. Red Letter Media, LLC (April 15, 2014). "Pre-Rec: Risk of Rain". RedLetterMedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2014.

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