The Sophist crew is back from a much deserved winter break of video game playing and daytime television viewing, and manage to kick off the new year in style. Discussions include Lost in Shadows, Castlevania: Lords of Shadows, darkness in general, Def Jam Rapstar, and Super Crate Box. The guys follow up that game talk, with more game talk. Mainly the idea of sequels -- Are they good? Do we really need them? And when does a game series wear out its welcome? All that, plus a story so embarrassing one of the co-hosts may never return to the show after telling it.