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Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast, focused on retro and non-current games. Every week, we play a game in its entirety, then discuss its merits and flaws at length. Most episodes begin with a short sketch, and we're pretty liberal about keeping tangents in. But it ultimately comes down to: Why do we like (or dislike?) this game.

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Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast, focused on retro and non-current games. Every week, we play a game in its entirety, then discuss its merits and flaws at length. Most episodes begin with a short sketch, and we're pretty liberal about keeping tangents in. But it ultimately comes down to: Why do we like (or dislike?) this game.

    357 Preview: Max Payne 3

    357 Preview: Max Payne 3

    Poor Max. Poor sad, hyper competent timelord Max.


    Our man is in Brazil this time, playing the patsy and killing more people than most video game protagonists do in a lifetime. When Rockstar took over the franchise, fans feared that they would ruin this classic series. They were half right, turns out, as bolting a cover system onto the breach and clear pace of Max Payne has damaged the pacing. So did adding a truly criminal number of cutscenes. There are moments of thrilling action and fun, and a genuinely interesting tale to be found here, but as fans of the first game, we're disappointed. Listen in to hear why!


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    356: Teardown

    356: Teardown

    Teardown is an extremely good game. Don't expect a meaningful story or even a huge amount of variety, but DO expect a lot of freedom and a lot of destruction. You're a criminal who takes on jobs to steal, destroy, and commit fraud across several sandbox-style maps made of physics-modeled voxels. The majority of missions are tense heists where you spend the first part meticulously planning your routes, and the second part just barely managing to escape in time. Like the best games, it's about the simultaneous importance and folly of planning, and you've gotta do yourself a favor and play it.
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    355: The Beginner's Guide

    355: The Beginner's Guide

    In 2022, you can play a video game about almost anything. So why is it most games are about how friends are good and honor is nice? Can robots feel? Been there, done that.


    The Beginner's Guide is a follow up to the wildly successful (and hilarious) The Stanley Parable dares to ask deeper and more personal questions about art and criticism. It's thematically rich and textually complex. Viva!
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    • 2 hr 3 min
    Dispatch: Your Chuck E. Cheese Memories

    Dispatch: Your Chuck E. Cheese Memories

    In lieu of a topic, we read as many of your Chuck E. Cheese memories as we can. We also do the Q&A, and read your responses to April's games.


    As a reminder, the Early Release feed will be going away at the beginning of May. Keep your eye on the Patreon page for information about where to get your audio when that happens.
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    • 2 hr 20 min
    WOFF 354 Preview: Deathloop

    WOFF 354 Preview: Deathloop

    Kill everyone on Reddit Island Fyrefest! Using superpowers and time travel. What a pitch!


    It's no secret we're big fans of Arkane, which makes Deathloop exceedingly interesting in both it's triumphs and failures. The apotheosis of density in level design saddled with awkward invasion mechanics from Dark Souls. A timeloop element that works wonderfully in terms of narrative but hampers the pace of play. Deathloop is a game with incredibly high highs but also low lows. Take and listen and see.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    353: Chuck E. Cheese's / Showbiz Pizza

    353: Chuck E. Cheese's / Showbiz Pizza

    Gather 'round the stage birthday boys and girls! It's time for a special episode about what for some will be a fond childhood memory, and for others will be a resounding horror: Chuck E. Cheese and Showbiz Pizza. A product of the arcade boom in the late 70s, these combination pizza parlor / arcade / entertainment centers were a place where childhood could be embraced. We look at the history of the dueling companies, clown on the characters, and share our own memories of the place.
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    • 1 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

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Mrman

It is real good!! I like how it’s kinda an audio gameplay walkthrough!!😁😁 I’ve already played through all of these Mario games👍👍👍

Master_Yogurt ,

Finally reviewing after 3 years

Good lord I’ve been listening to the podcast for years now and never did the solid favor of reviewing it. My favorite game podcast bar none. Gary and Kole find a perfect balance between analyzing experience, mechanics, and design. Their craft is well-honed but always improving. No ads (at least in modern episodes), just great discussion and deep dives. Happy to be a patron of this team.

Andrewsahn ,

A podcast with integrity

Love you guys, been a patron for years but just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I always have and always will appreciate your honesty, integrity, and genuineness in criticism. It’s why I continue to support, and I’m certain a large portion of your audience feels the same. Thanks for everything you do, your loyal listeners truly do appreciate your contributions to this sphere.

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