This is a podcast that's nominally about bad games. In reality, it's about the horror of daily life, GameFAQs Gold, strange combatants in the battle of Good vs. Evil, and a singular patriarch known only as Crick. Every Monday, Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross choose a game at random from the titles submitted by listeners, play it, and venture off on a freeform discussion that winds between the topic at hand, and the absurd.
Episode 391: Lester the Unlikely
We all know the stereotypical traits of nerds. Thick glasses, nasally voice... narcolepsy? Lester the Unlikely is a cinematic platformer, a la Out of This World or Prince of Persia, that highlights how important good level design is to that kind of game. However, if you're looking for a game that lets you punish turtles, this one's got your number.. Shredder.
Episode 389: Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog
This week's Abject Suffering is about an admirable joke game that asks the question: is it possible for a dog to be bad?
Episode 388: Companions of Xanth
When you're a kid with unlimited free time, and games are not plentiful and the internet isn't around, you end up reading a lot of questionable novels. Enter Xanth: Piers Anthony's problematic saga that continues to this day. Listen as we talk about the Legend adventure game based on the books, and also dig into bad kids fantasy in general.
Jones in the Fast Lane
Imagine a pop-o-matic world. That might have made the Game of Life more interesting! Everything ensconced within perfect plastic and metal, the ideal randomizer. However, another way to make the Game of Life more interesting is to make it into a video game like Jones in the Fast Lane. A lesser-known Sierra title that plays like a board game, you start at the bottom rung of your career, and try to use your limited time and money to reach your goals. It's neat!
Episode 386: Contra Force
We all like Contra, right? What if we did it again but worse? And what if Konami wasn't as great as you remembered it, and you've been letting them coast on Castlevania for decades?
Episode 385: Tyrian 2000
This kind of good PC shoot-em-up game takes your regular arcade shooter like Raiden and adds more story and a dash of humor. That doesn't give us a lot to work with, so we talk about the prospect of grown-up sleepovers, and start recommending products.
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If you want to understand why I love these guys, listening to this will do it. Not the discussion about the the game, but the phrase “Vagueblogging in a Lyft blog”, best story.
More fun than a hangover
Which is to say, it's as entertaining and often tangential as drunken pub chats, only coherent, and genuinely funny. Gary and Kole are always fun to listen to, and this strange cousin to their more grounded shows is my pleasant, casual podcast favourite.
Worth a try.