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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.

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    • 4.8 • 286 Ratings

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 378: Crystalis

    Episode 378: Crystalis

    Crystalis is, first and foremost, a pretty good game. There are fun details about its story, and why they still honor the American dollar, but mostly it serves as a good launching point for talking about the absurdities of NextDoor.

    • 35 min
    Episode 377: Baldi's Basics

    Episode 377: Baldi's Basics

    Is there a name for the kind of stealth horror game that's popular with streamers? Things like Hello Neighbor and Bendy and the Ink Machine? Whatever that is, this is one of those, but with a fun, crappy educational vibe. Truth is, this is actually pretty good and fun, so we range far afield on this episode.

    • 48 min
    Episode 376: Ariel the Little Mermaid

    Episode 376: Ariel the Little Mermaid

    You may be thinking, "Hey guys! That Capcom NES Little Mermaid game wasn't bad! What gives?" And you're right. The only crime that game commits is being too simple. This week, we're talking about the very bad Little Mermaid game made for the Sega Genesis, which looked at the Dam level from TMNT and said "hold my conch".

    • 39 min
    375: Battletoads

    375: Battletoads

    Imagine, if you will, a kind of battling toad. Nobody asked for this episode, we just felt like talking about it. Rare's darling baby that launched a thousand memes, about things ranging from its difficulty to its availability in stores. We don't care for it very much! But we only talk a little bit about why the game doesn't work, and spend most of our time talking about the Dark Queen's Pixar ass, horrible holiday memories, and comparative power ratings of the toad boys.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 374: Arctic alive

    Episode 374: Arctic alive

    This survival horror/survival sim set in an arctic base is notable for one reason: It was made entirely in Blender, which is not a game engine. It would be like somehow making a JRPG run in MS Paint. Other than that, it's got a baffling "barely translated" charm... so instead, we talk about how Gary recently developed hypothermia in his house.

    • 27 min
    Episode 373: Whiteboyz Wit' Attitude: The Pursuit of Money

    Episode 373: Whiteboyz Wit' Attitude: The Pursuit of Money

    We need to re-calibrate what constitutes an "Abject Suffering Emergency". It's hard to tell how earnest the Whiteboyz Wit' Attitude are. On one hand, the music is pretty bad and farcical, but on the other hand, they've been at it for many years. This Steam game is a gussied up sales pitch for their compilation album, featuring some limited rhythm gameplay set to their low production value videos.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
286 Ratings

286 Ratings

Knights_Alchemy ,

Always Wonderful

After listening for years I have realized that I somehow never put in a review for this show. In short, it is great. I can’t say it is for everyone, but I can say confidently that it works for me. Gary and Kole pul off being unprofessional in a professional way in this show. Just listen and have fun, okay?

Dopetydopedope ,

Sometimes

This podcast used to be one of the best, but nowadays it’s just them briefly mentioning the title of a game before going into the mundanity of their lives or virtue signaling. A shame 😫

Blueberry Fathead ,

Sellouts

They had an ad for Raid Garbage Game... I have lost all respect for you Gary and Cole. This network has ceased to be quality content. Don’t waste your time on this podcast.

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