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Watch Out for Fireballs!

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A retro and non-current games podcast
Episode 153: Tomb Raider
Mar 22
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross rise to talk about Tomb Raider (1996). For as important as Tomb Raider and Lara Croft are to the history of games, it's surprising it's taken us this long to cover her debut. So we extend our thanks to Allison Baker for…
Episode 152e: Extrasode: Nintendo Power
Mar 16
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your fond memories of Nintendo Power and other video game magazines.Links:Treasures of the Deep - Wikipedia
Episode 152: Nintendo Power
Mar 9
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross thumb through the history of Nintendo Power, and visit some other game magazines along the way. Every year we choose a special topic for a special episode, and we've wanted to cover this year's topic for a while: Nintendo…
Extrasode: Shadow of Destiny
Mar 2
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Shadow of Destiny / Shadow of Memories.Links:Ben There, Dan That!/ Time Gentlemen, Please! Trailer - YouTube
Episode 151: Shadow of Destiny
Feb 23
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross will always have been talking about Shadow of Destiny (or also Shadow of Memories). If you're sensitive to us being negative about games, this might be one to skip. Eike Kusch is fated to die, but a strange interloper has…
Extrasode: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Feb 9
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.Links:Nocturne in the Moonlight: Cursed Prison Theme - YouTubeThe Critic - Ross Perot - Not the right clip, but also good. Godspeed Boots clip
Episode 150: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Feb 9
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross delve through Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for our 150th episode spectacular! We're creatures of habit and pattern, not creatures of the night. Whenever we hit one of these big anniversary episodes, we want to blow the…
Extrasode: Dishonored 2
Jan 22
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Dishonored 2.Links:Our Favorite Memes of Richard Spencer Getting Punched in the Face | SPINOn Publishers Controlling Game Reviews (The Jimquisition) - YouTube
Episode 149: Dishonored 2
Jan 22
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross take a vacation to the present to talk about Dishonored 2. The original Dishonored is an amazing game with a pedigree that made it perfect fodder for the show. Following in the footsteps of Deus Ex and Thief, this series was…
Appendix: Mega Man 2 and 3
Jan 19
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3.Links:Bit BrigadeMusic | ArmcannonX-23 - WikipediaChannel Zero (Syfy) "The Tooth Child is Hungry" Promo HD - YouTubeRenegade (NES) Playthrough - YouTube
Episode 148: Mega Man 2 and 3
Jan 12
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross flash through Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 2. We're home again. Watch Out for Fireballs! began with an episode about Mega Man X, and now it's time to talk about Capcom's platforming superstar at the height of his powers. After a…
Extrasode: Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Jan 5
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Neverwinter Nights 2 and Mask of the Betrayer. LINKS OF NOTE: Waypoint article on D and D in prisons Constantine XI
Episode 147: Mask of the Betrayer (Part 2)
Dec 29, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross absorb the second portion of Mask of the Betrayer. The story continues AND the plot thickens, as we learn more about the nature of our curse and take the battle to the gods themselves. Seriously, just play this game. LINKS…
Episode 146: Mask of the Betrayer (Part 1)
Dec 22, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross devour the first half of Mask of the Betrayer, the first expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights 2. Guess what… it's the Fireworks Factory! We laid out our case about Neverwinter Nights 2, painting it as a mechanically…
Episode 145: Neverwinter Nights 2 (Part 2)
Dec 15, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross crumble over the back half of Neverwinter Nights 2. This episode picks up where the last left off, covering all of Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. This period of the game includes some of the best stuff… the Trial, the Crossroad…
Episode 144: Neverwinter Nights 2 (Part 1)
Dec 8, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross roll on through the first portion of Neverwinter Nights 2. Let's face it, this is an awkward, awkward game. They heydey of Dungeons and Dragons CRPGs didn't involve 3D graphics or voice acting, and Neverwinter Nights 2 leans…
Extrasode: Pokémon Yellow
Dec 1, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross recount their stories of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and read some of your thoughts about Pokémon Yellow.
Episode 143: Pokemon Yellow
Nov 24, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross capture the hearts of PRGE by talking about Pokémon Yellow. This is our Portland Retro Gaming Expo live show for 2016, where we talk about Pokémon Yellow, and Gen1 Pokémon in general. The game is an archaic drag…
Extrasode: Bastion
Nov 17, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Bastion.
Episode 142: Bastion
Nov 10, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk over Bastion's narration. It's a newer game, but ancient when it comes to the fast-moving indie scene. The Kid is on a mission to reassemble the old world after a Calamity, but at what price? Bastion takes the action…
Extrasode: Resident Evil 4
Nov 3, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Resident Evil 4.Links:The Evil WithinDetroit Become Human - E3 2016 Trailer | PS4 - YouTube
Episode 141: Resident Evil 4
Oct 27, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross burst with joy over Resident Evil 4. We held off on playing this game for too long. There's so much going on here. So much great design, so many memorable moments, that our discussion of Resident Evil 4 is our longest single…
Extrasode: Punch-Out!!
Oct 20, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about the experience of talking about Punch-Out!! at the Austin Classic Game Fest 2016.Links:Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! still has secrets to share, 29 years later - Polygon‘Pixel Perfect’, The Canceled Punch-Out Book…
Duckfeed.tv State of the Union
Oct 14, 2016
This is a special announcement about a few important policy things, and a few big changes to our Patreon campaign. It's all good stuff. [Please direct your attention to the public post on Patreon for the full text of the…
Episode 140: Punch Out!!
Oct 13, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about Punch-Out!!… again. You'll hear the sordid story about what happened in the episode, but suffice to say that we ended up having to re-record our live episode about Punch-Out!! We love this game so much that we…
139e: Super Mario Galaxy
Oct 6, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Super Mario Galaxy.Links:Co-op mode | Mario Kart Racing Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia
Episode 139: 139: Super Mario Galaxy
Sep 29, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross cram-jam Super Mario Galaxy. 3D Mario is a tricky thing. Though Mario 64 forged a path, it arrived at a different feeling and flow than we were used to in our 2D Mario games. Over a couple of iterations, it feels like…
Extrasode: Starflight / Toe Jam & Earl
Sep 22, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Starflight and Toe Jam & Earl. LINKS OF NOTE: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday This is indistinguishable from actual dialogue in Juno
Episode 138: Starflight / Toe Jam & Earl
Sep 14, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross blast off and crash down with Starflight and Toe Jam & Earl. This is the "Genesis Games that Want to be PC Games" special, as we look at two bizarre console titles from the early 90s. Starflight is the prototypical galaxy…
Extrasode: Team Fortress 2
Sep 7, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Team Fortress 2. LINKS OF NOTE: [Alis Landale](phantasystar.wikia.com/wiki/Alis_Landale) [Errant Signal on Overwatch/TF2](www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hj1haLcdI0) [Don't Give up…
Episode 137: Team Fortress 2
Sep 1, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross gang up to talk about Team Fortress 2. For our fifth anniversary show, we wanted to do something special. We wanted to play a classic game with our community, and it turns out choosing Team Fortress 2 was a great move. Team…
Extrasode: Phantasy Star IV
Aug 25, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium. LINKS OF NOTE: [Phantasy Star Retronauts](archive.org/details/Retronauts1-100) [The Mimic](www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEJmcOftuIg)
Episode 136: Phantasy Star IV (Part 2)
Aug 18, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross launch through the latter portion of Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium. It's now time to leave Motavia and head to Dezolis, because the Algo solar system is in peril. Can we fix the systems, retrieve the data, and…
Episode 135: Phantasy Star IV (Part 1)
Aug 11, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross soar through Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium. We're guilty of focusing on Final Fantasy games when we talk about JRPGs because that's mostly what we grew up with. However, concurrently, there was a whole big,…
Extrasode: Elite Beat Agents / Rhythm Heaven
Aug 4, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Elite Beat Agents and Rhythm Heaven.
Episode 134: Elite Beat Agents / Rhythm Heaven
Jul 28, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross groove to Elite Beat Agents and Rhythm Heaven. This summer, we decided to let our listeners decide which rhythm games we should play. The resounding winners were to non-peripheral Nintendo DS rhythm games that couldn't be…
Extrasode: Deus Ex: Invisible War
Jul 21, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Deus Ex: Invisible War. LINKS OF NOTE: [Asshole Physics](www.somethingawful.com/news/max-payne-asshole/) [Sunglasses at Night](www.it-he.org/deus.htm) [Moraff's…
Episode 133: Deus Ex: Invisible War
Jul 14, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross link up to talk about Deus Ex: Invisible War. How do you follow up a masterpiece? Almost never with another masterpiece. Invisible War has some real problems, but taken on its own it's a perfectly competent shooter with some…
Extrasode: Day of the Tentacle
Jul 7, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Day of the Tentacle.
Episode 132: Day of the Tentacle
Jun 30, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross experiment with Day of the Tentacle. It's a time-hopping, interactive Looney Toon that's also LucasArts at the height of their powers… We revisit the world of Maniac Mansion to solve adventure game puzzles with the added…
Extrasode: Fallout: New Vegas (and Mods)
Jun 23, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Fallout: New Vegas, and then Brayton Cameron joins us to talk about New Vegas mods. LINKS OF NOTE: [Top Mods](www.pcgamer.com/25-best-fallout-new-vegas-mods/) [Smart…
Episode 131: Fallout: New Vegas (DLC)
Jun 16, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross expound upon the many expansions for Fallout: New Vegas. Here, in part three, we visit Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, and Lonesome Road, the four expansions released for Fallout: New Vegas in the year after the…
Episode 130: Fallout: New Vegas (Side Quests)
Jun 9, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross indulge in the side quests of Fallout: New Vegas. The Mojave wasteland has a wealth of things to do, and we try to cover them all. This episode covers all of the companion side quests, and then goes around to different…
Episode 129: Fallout: New Vegas (Main Quests)
Jun 2, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross take a gamble on Fallout: New Vegas.
Extrasode: Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead
May 26, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross take a gamble on Fallout: New Vegas. Talking about Fallout 3 this previous winter really put a fire in us… Though we were underwhelmed by the Capital Wasteland in the moment, all roads led back to pining for the Mojave. So…
Episode 128: Oregon Trail / Typing of the Dead
May 19, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross take Oregon Trail and Typing of the Dead to school (for show and tell). Edutainment is, inherently, kind of lame. We can all smell a "message" coming a mile away. But the best examples can make you forget you're learning,…
Extrasode: Turtles in Time / D&D: Shadow Over Mystara
May 12, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time and Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara. LINKS OF NOTE: [One example of old Unreal Portal guns](www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYgdg1YZx3s) [Guardian…
Episode 127: Turtles in Time / D&D: Shadow Over Mystara
May 5, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross rumble through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time and Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara. Brawlers have a reputation for being simplistic and exploitative. They're a game design born of economic…
Extrasode: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
Apr 28, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. LINKS OF NOTE: None
Episode 126: Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
Apr 21, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross charge through Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Warcraft III is probably one of the most influential games of all time. There's a lot that came before it, but Blizzard's first 3D real time strategy game came at just the right…
Extrasode: Portal / Portal 2
Apr 14, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Portal and Portal 2. LINKS OF NOTE: [Another Cold Morning](comicvine.gamespot.com/transmetropol…g/4000-44857/) [Portal 2 Mods](twinfinite.net/2015/02/portal-2-mods-you-need/) [Portal…
Episode 125: Portal / Portal 2
Apr 7, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross open up a door to the elemental plane of praise for Portal and Portal 2. Last year, with Super Metroid at episode 100, we decided to try doing a "perfect" game once a year. Portal and Portal 2 are both obvious choices for…
Extrasode: Silent Hill 3
Mar 31, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Silent Hill 3. LINKS OF NOTE: [Project Scissors](www.kickstarter.com/projects/playis…issors-nightcry)
Episode 124: Silent Hill 3
Mar 24, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross ooze affection for Silent Hill 3. A teenage girl is in trouble. The world is warping around her, and strange people are saying that she's destined to birth Paradise. That's the setup to Silent Hill 3, one of the scariest and…
Extrasode: Interactive Fiction
Mar 17, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Interactive Fiction. LINKS OF NOTE: [MUD](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MUD)
Episode 123: Interactive Fiction
Mar 10, 2016
gary butterfield and kole ross, interactive fiction_ Two men speak into microphones about interactive fiction, also known as text adventures. They cover the basics of the medium, a brief history and discuss four games in-depth: "Planetfall", "A Mind…
Extrasode: The Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Mar 3, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. LINKS OF NOTE: [Dunder Mifflin Chatroom](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Out_(The_Office)) [Onimusha](www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sueu7x2lAUE) [Information…
Episode 122: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Feb 25, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross excoriate Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. This episode isn't for the faint of heart… What started out as a well-intentioned desire to talk about a beloved action-adventure game turned into a hit piece against an entire era and…
Extrasode: Sanitarium
Feb 18, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Sanitarium. LINKS OF NOTE: [The Perfect Drug](www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSLqeZzTU8I) [Tiny Wings](www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky65XZXLcLU)
Episode 121: Sanitarium
Feb 11, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross commit to talking about Sanitarium. You wake up with no face, no memories, and no name. You're surrounded by people banging their heads against walls, talking about mechanical bugs and Aztec prophecies. Diagnosis? Crazy.…
Extrasode: Mega Man Legends
Feb 4, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Mega Man Legends. LINKS OF NOTE: [Broad City](imagesmtv-a.akamaihd.net/uri/mgid:fil…21182807.gif)
Episode 120: Mega Man Legends
Jan 28, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross respectfully disagree about Mega Man Legends. It's the first fully 3D Mega Man game, but it doesn't take a lot of cues from the series that preceded it. You spend most of your time dungeon crawling, but the interesting stuff…
Extrasode: Fallout 3
Jan 21, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Fallout 3. LINKS OF NOTE: [Gabagool](www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5fmz5XdGq4) [Environmental Storytelling](www.somethingawful.com/news/fallout-…ing-skeleton/) [Davide's Game](…
Episode 119: Fallout 3 (DLC)
Jan 14, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross expand upon the DLC expansions for Fallout 3. It's a first for the show: We're covering all five pieces of DLC released for Fallout 3. From the highest highs (Point Lookout) to the lowest lows (Mothership Zeta, ironically…
Episode 118: Fallout 3 (Side Quests)
Jan 7, 2016
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross meander through the side quests of Fallout 3. LINKS OF NOTE: [Whomp](www.whompcomic.com/2011/03/11/get-…etting-is-goop/) [Mr Fischoeder](bobs-burgers.wikia.com/wiki/Calvin_Fischoeder) [Look at those…
Episode 117: Fallout 3 (Main Quest)
Dec 31, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross set Fallout 3 on fire. This is it: Our first modern Bethesda game. Morrowind was kind of on the edge, but it's hard to talk about Fallout 3 without also talking about a whole bunch of other games that are like it. You wake…
Extrasode: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
Dec 24, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime. LINKS OF NOTE: [Gurumin](www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFrUWUevtFc) [FF3](www.hardcoregaming101.net/finalfantasy…f3/ff3-2.htm) [Dragon Quest](www.retronauts.com/?p=1178)…
Episode 116: Dragon Quest Adventures: Rocket Slime
Dec 17, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross gush about Dragon Quest Adventures: Rocket Slime. This is the first Dragon Quest game we've covered, and of course it had to be a weird one. Rocket Slime trades in the turn-based combat for top-down action and surprisingly…
Extrasode: Thief: Deadly Shadows
Dec 10, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Thief: Deadly Shadows. LINKS OF NOTE: [Gamer Sorter](slimedrippings.tumblr.com/gamefaqssort) [Deadly Shadows Gold](www.ttlg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143659) [Papa…
Episode 115: Thief: Deadly Shadows
Dec 3, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross are the hands that rock Thief: Deadly Shadows's cradle. Thief: Deadly Shadows won our Fall 2015 Stealth Game poll, and we're glad it did. Not just because it gave us an excuse to talk about the Shalebridge Cradle for 30…
Extrasode: Castlevania
Nov 25, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about the 2015 Portland Retro Games Expo 2015 and read your responses to Castlevania.
Episode 114: Castlevania (Live)
Nov 19, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get cracking on Castlevania, live at PRGE! No show notes, except to thank Brayton Cameron, Nick Glauber, and the staff of the Portland Retro Games Expo. Also, thanks so much to everyone who came out to the show!
Extrasode: System Shock 2
Nov 12, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to System Shock 2. LINKS OF NOTE: [Mancow](www.mancow.com/) [Don't Shit Your Pants](www.kongregate.com/games/rete/dont-shit-your-pants) [System Shock 2…
Episode 113: System Shock 2
Nov 5, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross lay into System Shock 2. System Shock 2 will pretty much always show up on any "Greatest PC Games of All Time" lists. It inspired Bioshock, a game that we very much like. But, does it hold up? Listen as we talk about the…
Extrasode: Blaster Master
Oct 29, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Blaster Master. LINKS OF NOTE: [Crusader Kings 2](www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzkVTDfxIUI) [Totally Rad](www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4zfEVP4zAc) Let's Play mentioned
Episode 112: Blaster Master
Oct 22, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross blow through Blaster Master. We've covered several NES platformers on the show, but mostly from bigger publishers. Capcom and Konami are mainstays, and of course we've talked a lot about Nintendo itself, but SunSoft has…
Extrasode: King of Dragon Pass
Oct 15, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to King of Dragon Pass.
Episode 111: King of Dragon Pass
Oct 8, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross gird their loins to battle King of Dragon Pass. File this one under "Gem that should have gotten more attention." It's a strategy-game-meets-CYOA, but it's so much more. It's a tale of barbarians, but not in the way you'd…
Extrasode: Doom II: Hell on Earth
Oct 1, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Doom II: Hell on Earth. LINKS OF NOTE: [I Love Lisa](www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8T9ZRAk7Vc) [Hocus Pocus](www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UUMsInka2s) [Outlaws](www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCMh-88a2DI)…
Episode 110: Doom II: Hell on Earth
Sep 24, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross mow through Doom II: Hell on Earth. It's time to talk smart about a game that (seems) dumb. Where did first-person shooters get their start? Well, not here. But for most of the 90s, FPSs were called "Doom Clones". Doom II…
Extrasode: Paper Mario
Sep 17, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Paper Mario. LINKS OF NOTE: [Outkast](www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw) [Freakin Weekend](www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR0v0i63PQ4) [Sat on some gum](www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sat+in+gum)…
Episode 109: Paper Mario (Part 2)
Sep 10, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross wrap up their series on Paper Mario. Last week, we sprinted across the finish line with gusto. Chapter 3 was one of the strongest in the game. However this week, Paper Mario hits some doldrums before ultimately coming out…
Episode 108: Paper Mario (Part 1)
Sep 3, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross tear into Paper Mario. Simplicity and charm are two things you rarely find in JRPGs, but Paper Mario has both. It takes everything you know about the Mario universe, and runs it through a filter of pure joy. Join us for our…
Extrasode: Zone of the Enders
Aug 27, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Zone of the Enders. LINKS OF NOTE: [Radical Dreamers](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Dreamers) [Disability girls!](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katawa_Shoujo) [Steins Gate](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steins;Gate)…
Episode 107: Zone of the Enders
Aug 20, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross fly through Zone of the Enders. It's not bad for a game to be simple, or for a game to be slight. It's bad for a game to feel incomplete. That's what we're up against with Zone of the Enders. We went in expecting satisfying,…
Extrasode: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Aug 13, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. LINKS OF NOTE: [Pizza Totino's Boy](www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lPX5b9m7ro) [Energy Hook](www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9xr1Z6UDEA) [Enneagram of…
Episode 106: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Aug 6, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross branch out into Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. 999 is the winner of our Summer Reading poll. Considered by most to be one of the best entries in the Visual Novel(ish) genre, we take a look and see if it holds up to…
Extrasode: Spider-Man 2
Jul 30, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Spider-Man 2. LINKS OF NOTE: [Jay-Z is a business](genius.com/17918) [Game of Thrones Board Game](www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZPbqpelVjs) [The Red Balloon](www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Y1tRBOXfA) [Tomb…
Episode 105: Spider-Man 2
Jul 23, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross spin a yarn about Spider-Man 2. What happens when you have one great mechanic, one okay mechanic, and a bunch of other stuff that surrounds them? You get Spider-Man 2, the first superhero game that did a great job of making…
Extrasode: L.A. Noire
Jul 16, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to L.A. Noire. LINKS OF NOTE: [Toonstruck](www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIIXjulD3_w) [How to Get Ahead in Advertising](www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJQHdhjQXgg) [3rd Man Sewer…
Episode 104: L.A. Noire
Jul 9, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get to the bottom of L.A Noire. It's 1947. The war is over, and changed men are returning to a changed nation. Cole Phelps, a Marine-turned-cop, must face down his own demons while tackling corruption in the system. This is…
Extrasode: Demon’s Crest
Jul 2, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Demon's Crest. LINKS OF NOTE: [Kemco iOS games](www.kemco-games.com/global/games.html)
Episode 103: Demon’s Crest
Jun 25, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross blaze through Demon's Crest. The Summer of SNES continues with Demon's Crest, a neglected entry in a neglected series. It takes non-standard platforming mechanics, and spreads them across a non-linear story rich with bosses…
Extrasode: Harvest Moon / SimCity
Jun 18, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Harvest Moon and SimCity. LINKS OF NOTE: [Robert Moses](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Moses) [Butthead and his son Beavis do America](www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7WoJvEAuPU)…
Episode 102: Harvest Moon / SimCity
Jun 11, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross manage to talk about Harvest Moon and SimCity (the SNES versions of both). This Split EP is dedicated to two SNES games that take it a little bit slow. Both Harvest Moon and SimCity ask the player to make decisions about how…
Extrasode: Katamari Damacy
Jun 4, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Katamari Damacy. LINKS OF NOTE: [AGS](www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/) [Whiskey LIbrary](www.multnomahwhiskeylibrary.com/) [Crystal Clear Dew](www.mountaindew.com/dewshine/) [Dew…
Episode 101: Katamari Damacy
May 27, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross heap praise on Katamari Damacy. It's simultaneously a singular expression, and one of the most eclectic games we've covered for the show. Katamari Damacy is an extremely simple game with one goal: to instill as much joy in…
Extrasode: Super Metroid
May 21, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Super Metroid. LINKS OF NOTE: [Dragon Age Inquisition](www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJqxfkgSUog) [Landstalker](www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5hat4xLoVI) [Alundra](www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTyDw2OthMo) [Metroid…
Episode 100: Super Metroid
May 13, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross gush about Super Metroid in this centennial episode of Watch Out for Fireballs! "Break Glass in Case of Emergency". There's a whole category of game that Gary and I avoid playing for the show. They're in the upper echelon.…
Extrasode: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
May 9, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Episode 99: Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Apr 30, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross hide in a corner while Amnesia: The Dark Descent happens. This game won our Spring Survival Horror poll, and for good reason. Frictional mastered the "first person, pursuit-based exploration horror" genre, and created a game…
Extrasode: Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon
Apr 23, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon. LINKS OF NOTE: [Michael Kupperman](michaelkupperman.com/) [Azure Dreams](www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o9KVgt4014) [CoD…
Episode 98: Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon
Apr 16, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross delve into Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon. If you're judging this game on adorableness, it passes with flying colors. If you're judging it on mechanics, it's the best introduction to Roguelikes you're likely to get.…
Extrasode: Commander Keen in “Goodbye, Galaxy!”
Apr 9, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Commander Keen 4 and 5, along with some straggler responses to Call of Duty 4. LINKS OF NOTE: [Darkest Dungeon](www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQLxdHfMPF8) [Keen Dreams](www.youtube.com/watch?v=scC5hbMQYlE)…
Episode 97: Commander Keen in “Goodbye, Galaxy!”
Apr 2, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross walk backward and talk about Commander Keen in "Goodbye, Galaxy!" We're always looking to shore up blind spots in the games we cover. After nearly four years of doing this show, it's important to avoid ruts. Commander Keen…
Extrasode: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Mar 26, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to… well, some weird stuff, because nobody wrote in about Call of Duty 4 on time. LINKS OF NOTE: [Jan and Dean](www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Qr6Ky1Lbg) [The Fabled Lands](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabled_Lands)…
Episode 96: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Mar 19, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross noscope with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Call of Duty has become emblematic of AAA bloat. Podcasts like ours tend to dismiss it out of hand as the poster child for a kind of game that hasn't just run out of ideas, but…
Extrasode: Game Books
Mar 12, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to game book and Choose Your Own Adventures. LINKS OF NOTE: [Choose Your Own Autobiography](www.amazon.com/Neil-Patrick-Harr…phy/dp/0385346999) [The Aviator…
Episode 95: Game Books
Mar 5, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross venture forth to discuss game books, choose your own adventures, and Steve Jackson's Sorcery! What is game? It's any interactive experience that has both failure states and a success state. By that reasoning, game books are…
Extrasode: Star Control II
Feb 26, 2015
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Zack Johnson read your responses to Star Control II, then talk about disgusting stuff for a little while. LINKS OF NOTE: [Ultranomicon](wiki.uqm.stack.nl/Star_Control_II) [Chubby…
Episode 94: Star Control II
Feb 19, 2015
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Zack Johnson open a hailing frequency to talk about Star Control II. The Ur-Quan and their battle thralls have dominated this quadrant of the galaxy, and it's up to a human crew with some Precursor technology to reunite…
Extrasode: Jet Set Radio
Feb 12, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Jet Set Radio. The audience was mostly in agreement with us that the game is a case of style over substance. But tune in to hear the praise anyway, because damn is that style good. Also, Brayton…
Episode 93: Jet Set Radio
Feb 5, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross dig through the ditches of Jet Set Radio. It's gang warfare in its most stylish and innocent form. It's also a gleeful tribute to free expression in the face of corporate oppression. It's got one of the best soundtracks in…
Extrasode: Brave Fencer Musashi
Jan 29, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Brave Fencer Musashi. LINKS OF NOTE: [These guys. Don't watch this](www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt0_oPPK6eA) [Malabar Farm](www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42yI287qD4) [Treehouse…
Episode 92: Brave Fencer Musashi
Jan 22, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross absorb Brave Fencer Musashi. What happens when a young swordsman is summoned into a world built entirely around food puns? An episode that splits our hosts on whether or not Brave Fencer Musashi stood the test of time. This…
Extrasode: Rock Band
Jan 15, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Rock Band. Links of Note: [Gneiss Schist](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schist) [Guitar Hero Arcade](guitarhero.wikia.com/wiki/Guitar_Hero_Arcade)
Episode 91: Rock Band
Jan 7, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross jam on Rock Band. Music games used to be massive, but now they barely exist. Those plastic instruments helped us feel like we could play music. For me personally, these games helped me get better at appreciating music, and…
Extrasode: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Jan 1, 2015
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Links of Note: [Pollos Hermanos](www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIQ2F3T1ydM) [Greatest Mod of All Time](www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF-XMtNEudQ) [LGNPC. Look at these…
Episode 90: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Part 3)
Dec 25, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross meander through the remaining quest lines in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. This is the final chapter of our Morrowind adventure. Things take a religious bent as we look at the Tribunal Temple and the Imperial Cult, then…
Episode 89: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Part 2)
Dec 18, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross profess ambivalence about the guild quests in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Sure, the world is in danger… but there's rats to be slain. Also, corrupt and inept guild leaders to oust. Part 2 of our Morrowind series dives…
Episode 88: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Part 1)
Dec 11, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross expand upon the main quest of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It's the biggest game we've ever done for the show. It's so big that it's immune to our usual treatment. This isn't a text you can read from front to back.…
Extrasode: Street Fighter II
Dec 4, 2014
The attendees of the Portland Retro Games Expo 2014 speak their minds about Street Fighter II.
Episode 87: Street Fighter II (LIVE)
Nov 27, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross frame-jab a double-floop in Street Fighter II, live from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2014. We managed to do it, guys. We managed to not only expose how bad we are at Street Fighter II to a whole convention hall of…
Extrasode: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
Nov 19, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. Links of Note: [Wolfman Jack](www.youtube.com/watch?v=99z-H_NEccU) Lockjaw: marvel.wikia.com/Lockjaw_(Earth-616)
Episode 86: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
Nov 12, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross analyze I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. An evil AI named AM has destroyed the world, but he saved five people… in order to torture them for an eternity. Why did he pick these five people? This strange adventure game…
Extrasode: Resident Evil
Nov 5, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to the 2002 remake of Resident Evil. Links of Note: [3T Scroat](www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-6YU1vX3-0) [Cellulitis](www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condit…on/con-20023471) [The Thing. You should watch this…
Episode 85: Resident Evil
Oct 29, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross experiment with the 2002 remake of Resident Evil. It's the best example of what a video game remake should be: Don't just keep what worked before, but add to it while still remembering what made the original special. The…
Extrasode: God Hand
Oct 22, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to God Hand. Links of Note: [Owen Good False Equivocating](twitter.com/owengood/status/521000335507464192) [The Escapist on Gamergate](storify.com/alexlifschitz/escapist-drama) [Clowns. Look at these…
Episode 84: God Hand
Oct 15, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get spanked by God Hand. It's as simple as can be: You have special kung fu arms, and demons want them. What follows is one of the craziest games we've played for the show. Crazy FUN, that is. By all rights, we shouldn't…
Extrasode: Half-Life
Oct 8, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Half-Life. Links of Note: [All American Magic Show](magicpdx.com/) [Gummo](www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtY_545-ST8) [Lost Highway](www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZowK0NAvig) [Black Mesa…
Episode 83: Half-Life
Oct 1, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross bang out a conversation about Half-Life. It's pretty safe to divide first person shooters into two categories: everything that came before Half-Life, and everything that came after Half-Life. Gordon Freeman's journey through…
Extrasode: Contra / Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Sep 24, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Half-Life. Links of Note: [All American Magic Show](magicpdx.com/) [Gummo](www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtY_545-ST8) [Lost Highway](www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZowK0NAvig) [Black Mesa…
Episode 82: Contra / Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Sep 17, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross bang out a conversation about Half-Life. It's pretty safe to divide first person shooters into two categories: everything that came before Half-Life, and everything that came after Half-Life. Gordon Freeman's journey through…
Extrasode: Suikoden II (Part 2)
Sep 11, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Contra and Little Nemo: The Dream Master. LINKS OF NOTE: [Desert Golfing](www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TTl5uByusk) [XOXO](2014.xoxofest.com) [Badass Store in Portland](paxtongate.com/) [Contra…
Episode 81: Suikoden II (Part 2)
Sep 4, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross turn the tables on the back half of Suikoden II. The tides of war are turning, and the City State of Jowston is making its advances on the Highland Army and the evil Luca Blight. But what happens after they win? Our opinion…
Extrasode: Suikoden II (Part 1)
Aug 28, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to the first half of Suikoden II. Links of Note: [Iron Sheik](twitter.com/the_ironsheik) [iOS Dragon Quest](www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CCAMcaJMo8) [Lunar 2 Collector's…
Episode 80: Suikoden II (Part 1)
Aug 21, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross join up to talk about the first half of Suikoden II. It's Summer RPG time, and this year we turn our attention toward Suikoden II. It's probably known best nowadays for being incredibly rare and expensive, but there's so…
Extrasode: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel
Aug 14, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Metal Gear: Ghost Babel. Links of Note: [Lowtax LP](www.youtube.com/watch?v=qISSdqMJF…-OOTb0rqZr6bJlMkQ) [American Science and Surplus](www.sciplus.com/)…
Episode 79: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel
Aug 7, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross wheez Metal Gear: Ghost Babel. It’s Solid Snake’s tiniest adventure yet! Returning to an old place to fight an old enemy, this unjustly forgotten entry in the series returns to Metal Gear’s roots on the MSX. 2D stealth is…
Extrasode: Cave Story
Jul 30, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Cave Story.
Episode 78: Cave Story
Jul 23, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross plumb the depths of Cave Story. It’s a story that will make you feel like you’ve wasted your life. A while back, a single man dedicated five years to singlehandedly crafting one of the most beloved modern platformers. Oh,…
Extrasode: Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
Jul 16, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. LINKS OF NOTE: Reunification Day: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reunification_Day Vacation Movies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rMcRJVY1-0
Episode 77: Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within
Jul 9, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Will Owens sniff around Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within. FMV games are a bizarre evolutionary dead end, but we found the very best one to give the WOFF! treatment. Gabriel Knight is back on the case, in full living…
Extrasode: Crackdown
Jul 2, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on Crackdown. LINKS OF NOTE: Patton Oswalt on Brian Dennehy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=boTKLuI7nzM Infamous: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-NBsSfxH30 Saint’s Row 4: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT03ezSnVL8
Episode 76: Crackdown
Jun 25, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross kick it, you know, just talkin’ ‘bout Crackdown. With the announcement and release of the Xbox One, the Xbox 360 is now just retro enough for us to not feel bad covering it. What better place to start than the pack-in that…
Extrasode: X-Men Legends II
Jun 18, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on X-Men Legends II. LINKS OF NOTE: The most insane thing ever. Watch this: shakefire.com/video/spider-man-t…e-show-performance U Talkin’ U2 To Me? www.earwolf.com/show/u-talkin-u2-to-me/ Ecks Vs Sever:…
Episode 75: X-Men Legends II
Jun 11, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross tap into X-Men Legends II. Tappa tappa tappa. Tappa tappa tappa. We can’t let Apocalypse win! This marks our first foray into Diablo-likes, talking about the one and only time the X-Men and Brotherhood joined forces for the…
Extrasode: Alpha Protocol
Jun 4, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Ben Merkel interview Chris Avellone about Alpha Protocol, then read your thoughts on the same game. LINKS OF NOTE: [Days of Future Past](www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsjtg7m1MMM)…
Episode 74: Alpha Protocol
May 28, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross investigate Alpha Protocol. We’re talking about talking, as Mike Thorton gets double, triple, and quadruple-crossed on his mission to save the world from all-out-war. What’s the opposite of a critical darling? A critical…
Extrasode: Killer7
May 21, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on Killer7. LINKS OF NOTE: Goodbye Cruel World: www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Csg0XCGIk Tiger Lady: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD-I8omPcVs
Episode 73: Killer7
May 14, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross deconstruct Killer7. I can't even pretend to summarize what happens in Killer7. It even defies genre delineation. Instead, I will go with the angle that Killer7 is an incredibly divisive game that places style over…
Extrasode: Shadow of the Colossus
May 7, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on Shadow of the Colossus. Also, at the end, we do some Hardware followup. LINKS OF NOTE: Combo Breaker: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezdptxvyAxo Cut Colossi: teamico.wikia.com/wiki/Unused_Colossi RE4 Super…
Episode 72: Shadow of the Colossus
Apr 30, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross surmount a discussion about Shadow of the Colossus. We generally like to avoid talking about things that have been game-clubbed to death, but Shadow of the Colossus is an unabashed masterpiece. We don’t want to give to much…
Extrasode: Hardware
Apr 23, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your stories about video game hardware. LINKS OF NOTE: Rocksmith: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaHsqGSetVo Deus Ex Lecture: www.youtube.com/channel/UCkpl-VMsq1m9AcWb2QMFHww Cartridge Tilting:…
Episode 71: Hardware
Apr 16, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross drop some science in a survey course about video game hardware. Rounding out our roster of Kickstarter special episodes, this one is a whirlwind tour of the boxes and dinguses that make video games work. Side A is systems…
Extrasode: Blade Runner
Apr 9, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on Blade Runner. LINKS OF NOTE: Turtles are gross: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCjsWpM9zFU Lorenzo Music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=luKppFZvG3U Lego Movie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTP9U0oDDKg Todd Redden:…
Episode 70: Blade Runner
Apr 2, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross eye Blade Runner. It would be hard to find a movie that’s had more influence on video games than Blade Runner. So what happens when you make a video game in that world? You get something pretty neat. LINKS OF NOTE: Live Porn…
Extrasode: Deadly Premonition
Mar 26, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Bob Mackey read your response to Deadly Premonition, and then talk about noisy fish. LINKS OF NOTE: Big Mouth Billy Bass: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WC6EbRQmJ0 Let’s Play Deadly Premonition:…
Episode 69: Deadly Premonition
Mar 19, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Bob Mackey ask Zach whether or not Deadly Premonition is worth playing (it is). Continuing the WOLF (Watch Out for Lens Flare!) Initiative, we address the quirkiest survival horror game of the past decade. Francis York…
Extrasode: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mar 12, 2014
EXTRASODE Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brad Carey read your effusive praise for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. LINKS OF NOTE: The Odd Life of Timothy Green: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG0iWQgeRao Tokyo! www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BX3RyE68Xk…
Episode 68: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mar 5, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brad Carey tell you what you already know about The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. What’s left to say about A Link to the Past? Seriously, this is the Zelda that you know and love… and the Zelda that got you to love…
Extrasode: Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares
Feb 26, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brayton Cameron read your thoughts on Master of Orion II, then we goof around a little. LINKS OF NOTE: American McGee: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG_-3T1Tljw Mr. Limpet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sItfoiWpnb8 DJ Hero:…
Episode 67: Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares
Feb 19, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brayton Cameron explore, expand, expound, and express their love of Master of Orion II: The Battle at Antares. Continuing our Winter of Strategy, we now turn our attention to the 4X genre by tackling the king of the genre.…
Extrasode: Star Fox / Pokemon Snap
Feb 12, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on both Star Fox and Pokemon Snap. LINKS OF NOTE: Stella: www.stellacomedy.com/ Keepin’ The Beat! www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi4iGjiYgD8 Song of the Year: www.rhcp2014.com/ Rockband Lawsuit:…
Episode 66: Star Fox / Pokemon Snap
Feb 5, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross offer some pointed praise for Star Fox and Pokémon Snap. In another one of our split EP episdes, we explore a foundational on-rails shooter, and an experimental on-rails shooter. Star Fox for the SNES will alway stick out in…
Special Presentation: Dungeons and Dragons Play Session
Jan 29, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross are joined by Levi, Nick, Ben, and Courtney for a very special live play session of Dungeons & Dragons. We've been talking about it for a while, and here it finally is. Thanks to your Kickstarter donations, it was possible…
Episode 65: Dungeons and Dragons
Jan 22, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross put pen to paper (in an audio sense) to talk about Dungeons & Dragons and its legacy in this very special episode. If you’ve ever played a game where a number was assigned to a character, you have D&D to thank for that. This…
Extrasode: Heroes of Might and Magic III
Jan 15, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brian read your thoughts on Heroes of Might and Magic III. LINKS OF NOTE: Mazes and Monsters: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6AOd6r6Qi8 Murphy Brown: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQRKJLoTjIw Rekall:…
Episode 64: Heroes of Might and Magic III
Jan 8, 2014
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Brian skirmish with Heroes of Might and Magic III. PC strategy games have been something of a blind spot for us, but Heroes III is the perfect entry point. People really love this game, and we can tell why. The different…
Extrasode: Dishonored
Jan 1, 2014
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on Dishonored. LINKS OF NOTE: Sex Type Thing: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxXf7yFH7q4 Credits Song from Dishonored: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyTCtbYNzRg Biblical Leviathan: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan
Episode 63: Dishonored
Dec 25, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross hunch over and gruffle a can of Dishonored. Games aren’t very good at depicting nuanced ethics. Is it better to kill someone for revenge, or sentence them to a lifelong fate worse than death? That’s what we go through with…
Extrasode: Snatcher
Dec 18, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Snatcher. LINKS OF NOTE: Badger: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eVez_EpeuM Chrimbus: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V399tenKALA
Episode 62: Snatcher
Dec 11, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about, look at, and investigate Snatcher. Can you trust your eyes? Will all of these moments be lost like tears in rain? How far can you stretch the line between homage and plagiarism before it straight up snaps?…
Extrasode: Fallout 2 (Part 2) - Feat. Chris Avellone
Dec 4, 2013
Gary and Kole are joined by Chris Avellone to talk about the creation of Fallout 2. We also read your letters about the game.
Episode 61: Fallout 2 (Part 2)
Nov 27, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross radiate praise for the last half of Fallout 2. Continuing our search for the GECK, we run across crime lords, run down mining towns, and a conspiracy to kill all people on earth. Worst of all? Hubologists. LINKS OF NOTE:…
Extrasode: Fallout 2 (Part 1)
Nov 20, 2013
Kole and Gary read your responses about the first part of Fallout 2. LINKS OF NOTE: [Quit!](5by5.tv/quit)
Episode 60: Fallout 2 (Part 1)
Nov 13, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross choose to talk about the first part of Fallout 2. Not only are you the descendant of the person who saved humanity from utter destruction, but you’re also called “The Chosen One”. Pressure much? The Garden of Eden may be a…
Extrasode: Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Nov 6, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Eternal Darkness. LINKS OF NOTE: Skype Ads: community.skype.com/t5/Windows-desk…733807#U1733807
Episode 59: Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Oct 30, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross lose their shit while talking about Eternal Darkness. Where is my mind? In this very spooky episode of our show, we talk about one of the best survival horror games out there. The Roivas family, along with a cast of…
Episode 58: Fun Centers
Oct 23, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross roll their experiences with fun centers up a gentle slope and into a small hole, rewarding them with points and (hopefully) tickets. Two grown-ass men return to conquer the Valhalla of their youth. Mini Golf. Go Karts.…
Extrasode: Bioshock
Oct 16, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses to Bioshock.
Episode 57: Bioshock
Oct 9, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross drill deep into Bioshock. Somewhere under the sea, all hell has broken loose. In this first episode of our “Watch Out for Lens Flare!” series, we explore one of the most beloved games of this generation. A choice-based…
Extrasode: Kirby Super Star
Oct 2, 2013
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Sam Anderson read your responses about Kirby Super Star. LINKS OF NOTE: [Josh Groban](duckfeed.tv/pitch/19) [Fear 3 Co Op](www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlJWqLOZ8tk) [Gameboy Camera](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Camera)
Episode 56: Kirby Super Star
Sep 25, 2013
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Sam Anderson fully absorb Kirby Super Star. We’re rectifying a pretty big blind spot in our Nintendo pantheon here by addressing Kirby Super Star. Usually this text expounds on a pithy overview of a game’s plot and…
Extrasode: Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck’s Revenge (Feat. Ron Gilbert)
Sep 18, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross are joined by Ron Gilbert to talk about Monkey Island 2. Also, your responses and our deleted scenes. LINKS OF NOTE: [Why Adventure Games Suck](grumpygamer.com/2152210) [Blazing Saddles…
Episode 55: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
Sep 11, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross determine how dry dem bones actually are in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. If Guybrush is so hapless… then what does it say about LeChuck? I mean, dread pirate keeps getting all defeated and shit. No matter how big the…
Extrasode: Final Fantasy VII
Sep 4, 2013
LINKS OF NOTE: FF7 PC Mods: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsOW6y4gCpk Manic Pixie Dream Girl: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBNss2PMj60 Problem with Memes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaKYsLQ-98A New Order: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK4xVWVOAOc Weedlord Bonerhitler:…
Episode 54: Final Fantasy VII (Part 3)
Aug 28, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross go supernova on the final third of Final Fantasy VII. Thus concludes our longest saga ever: Final Fantasy VII. We hope you enjoyed it, because we likely don’t have another one in us (at least for a year). Cloud is lost to…
Episode 53: Final Fantasy VII (Part 2)
Aug 21, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross plunge into their second episode about Final Fantasy VII. The chase continues as Sephiroth flees ever northward. As we follow him, we reveal more of his past… but mostly uncover more mysteries about What Exactly is Going On…
Episode 52: Final Fantasy VII (Part 1)
Aug 14, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross take their discussion of the first part of Final Fantasy VII to the limit. This is the beginning of a long saga. Not just for one of the most popular games ever, but for our discussion of it. Final Fantasy VII is kind of…
Watch Out for Interaction!
Aug 7, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross respond to your discussion prompts from our Kickstarter campaign. Thanks so much to everyone who donated! LINKS OF NOTE: San Juan: boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8217/san-juan KoL Con:…
Extrasode: Indigo Prophecy
Jul 31, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your responses about Indigo Prophecy. Then we talk about resisting arrest, saving the world, and IKEA. LINKS OF NOTE: It’s Hammer! www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufoVE-3gfLY Odin: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin ChipCheezum:…
Episode 51: Indigo Prophecy
Jul 24, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross express a chilly attitude toward Indigo Prophecy. It’s the strongest opening in adventure game history: Lucas Kane has murdered a man in cold blood, and he has no idea why. The rest of the game is dedicated to unraveling…
Extrasode: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Jul 17, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross read your thoughts on Castlevania III, then talk about Chuck E Cheese, Pete and Pete, and GameFAQS bounties. LINKS OF NOTE: Chuckie Cheese: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4OFbSQQXWE Rockafire Explosion:…
Episode 50: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Jul 10, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get cracking and talk about Castlevania III. Oh, and this is our 50th episode. An ancient evil awakens, a hero rises from disgrace, and spooky skeletons roam Europe. We’re not sure what foul oversight caused us to wait 50…
Extrasode: Soul Blazer
Jul 3, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk a lot about poop, and a little about Soul Blazer. LINKS OF NOTE: Kickstarter PUA Retraction: www.kickstarter.com/blog/we-were-wrong?page=6 Powerhouse: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9-7uLg-DZU I Am a Rock:…
Episode 49: Soul Blazer
Jun 26, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross release an episode about Soul Blazer. We don’t really have good luck with action RPGs. While Soul Blazer is plenty charming, it’s definitely an early, simplistic take on the genre. Deathtoll has captured all living things,…
Extrasode: Deus Ex (Part 2)
Jun 19, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about cancelled cartoons, improv comedy, and a little bit about Deus Ex. LINKS OF NOTE: [State of Decay](www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8yvLrjnGdU) [An Underground…
Episode 48: Deus Ex (Part 2)
Jun 12, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross touch base on the second half of Deus Ex. The search for the truth continues, as J.C. Denton defects from UNATCO in order to fight Majestic 12. On the way he will side with the Illuminati, discover “aliens”, and visit as…
Extrasode: Deus Ex (Part 1)
Jun 5, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about “This is Water”, why marketing is evil, liquor, and a little about Deus Ex. LINKS OF NOTE: Sponsored Content Pretty Fucking Awesome: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia This is Water (Video):…
Episode 47: Deus Ex (Part 1)
May 29, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross blow the lid off of the first half of Deus Ex. Everything you’ve heard is true. The fluoride in your water is intended to keep you docile. Black Helicopters are tracking your grocery habits. And smoking will kill others.…
Extrasode: Mario Golf / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
May 22, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about how awful the world is, taking advantage of disabled people, and the importance of staying hydrated. LINKS OF NOTE: Disabled Tour Guides: startingpoint.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/15/…r-new-book/ Matt Bors: Millennials…
Episode 46: Mario Golf / Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
May 15, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross chip into a kickflip to talk about both Mario Golf and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. We were originally going to talk about Mario Golf 64, but it wasn’t robust enough. So, in a first for the show, we expanded our discussion to…
Extrasode: Max Payne
May 8, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross briefly talk about huge houses in Neverwinter Nights, the Dishonored DLC, and a little bit about Max Payne.
Episode 45: Max Payne
May 1, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross enter an altered state to talk about Max Payne. Your wife and only child are dead, and you want blood. Also, it’s a noir video game. We ultimately express our indifference towards the shooter genre, but we love the…
Extrasode: Metroid Prime
Apr 24, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about genitals, outakes, and a little bit about Metroid Prime. LINKS OF NOTE: Scrotum: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/scrotum Couch St. news.travel.aol.com/2010/08/27/portland-slang/
Episode 44: Metroid Prime
Apr 17, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross slather themselves with Phazon and talk about Metroid Prime. An ancient evil springs of a meteor, a verbose race of bird people leave you notes, and a classic series is taken to 3D. Neither of us beat the game this time…
Extrasode: Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Apr 12, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about Roger Ebert’s death, gym class, dying young, and a little bit about Sonic 3 and Knuckles. LINKS OF NOTE: Jeff Goldblum on SNL: www.funnyordie.com/videos/25633d24…jeopardy-5-9-98 Kurt Braunohler Kickstarter:…
Episode 43: Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Apr 10, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross sprint through Sonic 3 and Knuckles. Something about emeralds, something about robots, something about going real fast. There's some measure of debate over what the best Sonic game is, but Sonic 3 and Knuckles is probably…
Apology: Crash Into Me
Apr 3, 2013
Gary Butterfield explains why there isn't a new episode of WOFF! today. Kole Ross is in an iron lung at the Mayo Clinic after getting into a car accident. We will return next week with our previously scheduled Sonic 3 and Knuckles episode.
Extrasode: Resident Evil 2
Mar 27, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about Orson Welles, Transformers, we spoil the shit out of the Walking Dead, and say a little bit about Resident Evil 2. LINKS OF NOTE: Resident Evil 0 Resident Evil Novels Orson Welles Frozen Peas James Adomian Orson…
Episode 42: Resident Evil 2
Mar 20, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross experience an outbreak of positive opionions toward Resident Evil 2. Thousands have died, but don't worry… they're back again. Raccoon City is overrun with zombies and the ultimate bioweapon is on the loose. We join a biker…
Extrasode: Final Fantasy Tactics (Part 2)
Mar 13, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about kidnapping, David Fincher’s low points, poorly explained memes, and a little bit about the last half of Final Fantasy Tactics. LINKS OF NOTE: HP Lovecraft Film Festival: www.hplfilmfestival.com/ Shanghai Tunnels:…
Episode 41: Final Fantasy Tactics (Part 2)
Mar 6, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross summon up the courage to talk about the last half of Final Fantasy Tactics. Ramza is a heretic, and the political intrigue we once knew is being replaced slowly by demon possession. FFT is still an amazing game that we would…
Extrasode: Final Fantasy Tactics (Part 1)
Feb 27, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about death, backlogs, how to say an interrogative, and a little bit about the first half of Final Fantasy Tactics. LINKS OF NOTE: Meteor videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Omh7_I8vI Xenosaga Episode 1:…
Episode 40: Final Fantasy Tactics (Part 1)
Feb 20, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross calculate the best way to make a podcast about the first half of Final Fantasy Tactics. A bitter war of succession, flowery prose, and grid-based combat. In what might be our most technical and considered podcast ever, we…
Extrasode: Video Game Music and Sound
Feb 13, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross continue their discussion of video game music and sound, get your raves and faves, then they go on for a while about Kevin Spacey, Tim Burton, comics, and R.E.M. LINKS OF NOTE: Dishonored ending song:…
Episode 39: Video Game Music and Sound
Feb 6, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross make some noise about video game music and sound. We talk about it a lot: music and sound can make or break the game. In this unusual episode of the show, we do a deep dive into the history and particulars of why sound is…
Extrasode: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Jan 30, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about illicit deals, John Leguizamo, motion sickness, and a little bit about Yoshi’s Island. LINKS OF NOTE: Deviantart Poochy: browse.deviantart.com/?q=poochy Witches: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsA1L3M0y4g Super Mario…
Episode 38: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Jan 23, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross crack open Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Well, this game is delightful. It looks and sounds awesome, and is some of the best platforming to come out of the Mario series. Oh, and throwing eggs is great, too. LINKS OF…
Extrasode: Parasite Eve
Jan 16, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about comics, Dino Crisis, Spec Ops: The Line, and a little bit about Parasite Eve. WARNING: WE SPOIL THE SHIT OUT OF NEW X-MEN. LINKS OF NOTE: New X-men: www.amazon.com/gp/product/078516…veASIN=0785165053 The Walking…
Episode 37: Parasite Eve
Jan 9, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross take a microscope to Parasite Eve. Organelles have run amok on New York City! It’s up to you to kill an actress who is possessed by your younger sister or an ancient woman from Africa or something! Squaresoft got really,…
Extrasode: Shadowrun (SNES)
Jan 2, 2013
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about ice levels in games, GameStop woes, and HollywoodIsCalling.com. LINKS OF NOTE: Sonic 3 Ice Cap Zone: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYxlqTpZ-24 Little Penguin Lost Speed Run:…
Episode 36: Shadowrun (SNES)
Dec 26, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross learn the true name of Shadowrun (SNES). You’re Jake Armitage, but you don’t know that. You wake up dead in a city crawling with people who want you to be even deader. You point and click and shoot your way to answers about…
Extrasode: Fallout (Part 2)
Dec 19, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about unacceptable living spaces, media fidelity, and a little bit about the last half of Fallout. LINKS OF NOTE: Goon Lairs!!! www.google.com/search?q=goon%20l…ILFKZH1iQKsroCQAQ Chris Avellone in Fallout:…
Episode 35: Fallout (Part 2)
Dec 12, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross offer glowing praise for the last half of Fallout. Your vault has water. Hooray! Now you just have to deal with the big green dudes. It’s a story as old as time, with irradiated ruins, power armor, and TV monsters straight…
Extrasode: Fallout (Part 1)
Dec 5, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about The Stand, Dark Souls, we spoil the shit out of the Walking Dead, and a little bit about the first half of Fallout. LINKS OF NOTE: Fallout: New Vegas: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028I…=stunthdottran-20 Deal With…
Episode 34: Fallout (Part 1)
Nov 28, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross radiate praise for the first half of Fallout. Great games. Great games never change…es. Continuing our infatuation with CRPGs, we delve into Gary’s favorite game of all time. This is a two-parter, so we cover everything up…
Extrasode: Metal Gear Solid
Nov 14, 2012
Gary and Kole talk about progressive rock, Blade Runner, and a little bit about Metal Gear Solid. LINKS OF NOTE: Steely Dan: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steely_Dan Perchance to Dean: video.adultswim.com/the-venture-bro…ce-to-dean.html Blade Runner PC:…
Episode 33: Metal Gear Solid
Nov 14, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross engage in a protracted codec conversation expositionizing about Metal Gear Solid. You’re Solid Snake. Your twin brother is threatening the world with an unprecedented nuclear walking battle tank made of existing technology.…
Extrasode: Tomba!
Nov 7, 2012
Gary and Kole talk about game pitches, Gremlins 2, and John Daly. LINKS OF NOTE: Tomba! Episode: duckfeed.tv/woff/32 Spiritual Warfare: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_W…are_(video_game) Religious Video Games Dinocast Takeshi no Chosenjo:…
Episode 32: Tomba!
Oct 31, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross give Tomba! a stone age beatdown. Evil Pigs have taken your grandpa’s watch and cast a curse over the entire world. It’s your job to… Wait, I can’t do this. To treat it seriously would be lying to you. Tomba! is a fondly…
Extrasode: Arcades
Oct 24, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross play Action Castle, talk about the most recent season of Breaking Bad, and talk a bit more about arcades. LINKS OF NOTE: Parsley Games: memento-mori.com/online-store/parsely-games/ Action Castle:…
Episode 31: Arcades
Oct 17, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross grab the sticks and get to the bottom of why arcades are the best. This episode is in the same vein as Episode 30. Recorded in person, both in-studio and in the field, Gary and Kole talk about arcade experiences in their…
Episode 30: Super Mario World
Oct 10, 2012
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and the attendees of the Portland Retro Games Expo talk about Super Mario World. This episode is a bit of a different beast than our previous outings. Normally we play a game, then talk about it, and pepper in your thoughts.…
Episode 29: Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Oct 3, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross investigate Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. It’s no secret: We love adventure games. And we’ve done a lot of them recently. However, we’ve never done a Sierra adventure game, of which Gabriel Knight is probably the…
Extrasode: Maniac Mansion (Featuring Ron Gilbert)
Sep 26, 2012
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Ron Gilbert talk about bicycle safety, the way of the future, the horror of silence, and a little bit about Maniac Mansion. LINKS OF NOTE: Bicycle Safety Camp: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qli_U6yyZs0 The Way of the Future:…
Episode 28: Maniac Mansion (Featuring Ron Gilbert)
Sep 19, 2012
Gary Butterfield, Kole Ross, and Ron Gilbert achieve critical mass regarding Maniac Mansion. In a first for the show, WOFF! has the creator of a game in to talk about it. Maniac Mansion was foundational for both Gary and Kole, and it was a huge honor to…
Extrasode: Anniversary
Sep 12, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about Maniac Mansion, steak, PAX Casual Encounters, and a little bit about a year of doing this show. LINKS OF NOTE: Maniac Mansion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maniac_mansion Lorne Lanning: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorne_Lanning
Episode 27: Anniversary
Sep 5, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross celebrate WOFF!’s anniversary by talking about bad old NES games, retraux games, and transient game experiences. LINKS OF NOTE: Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006…=stunthdottran-20 Sonic…
Extrasode: Earthbound (Part 2)
Aug 29, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about color in games, linearity, sarsparilla and a little bit about the second half of EarthBound. LINKS OF NOTE: 5 Annoying Trends That Make Every Movie Look the Same | Cracked.com:…
Episode 26: Earthbound (Part 2)
Aug 22, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross put their spirits into robots in order to gush about the end of EarthBound. From a beach resort to a womb in the past, Earthbound remains one of the finest games we’ve played for this podcast. It’s not without its flaws, but…
Extrasode: Earthbound (Part 1)
Aug 15, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about lockjaw, Gary’s distaste for Homestar Runner, more Breaking Bad spoilers, and a little bit about the first half of Earthbound. LINKS OF NOTE: Tetanus - Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetanus The Exorcism Of…
Episode 25: Earthbound (Part 1)
Aug 8, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get weird with the first half of EarthBound. They say playing good RPGS (after a month of awful games) is healthful and dandy. We’ve found this to be true. Join us as we follow Ness and his friends on the most good-natured…
Extrasode: Sword of Mana
Aug 1, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about debauchery, random violence/tragedy, how fun it is to insult Kole, and a little bit about Sword of Mana. LINKS OF NOTE: The Rape of the Lock: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rape_Of_The_Lock Live Rust:…
Episode 24: Sword of Mana
Jul 25, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross lambast Sword of Mana. It’s a veritable cornucopia of JRPG cliches: evil empire, plucky children, godlike powers… And a bunch of extraneous systems. It’s a remake of Final Fantasy Adventure, which was a perfectly good game,…
Extrasode: Sacrifice
Jul 18, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about the Earl of Lemongrab, Moonrise Kingdom, Breaking Bad, and a little bit about Sacrifice. LINKS OF NOTE: Frank Welker The Earl of Lemongrab Royal Tenenbaums "Needle in the Hay" Moonrise Kingdom For Your…
Episode 23: Sacrifice
Jul 11, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross bleed Sacrifice dry upon the altar of Good Taste in Games. You’re a wizard in a hostile land full of squabbling gods, each vying for the last scraps the shattered earth that float in the sky. You must ally with them and…
Extrasode: Bionic Commando
Jul 4, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about t-shirt cannons, consoles vs. PC, save states, and a little bit about Bionic Commando.
Episode 22: Bionic Commando
Jun 27, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross latch onto the finer points of Bionic Commando. Pro-tip: There is no jump button. Instead, you must use your rad bionic arm to swing into the hidden bases of the Badds (NOT THE NAZIS) and rescue your mentor and life-mate…
Extrasode: Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
Jun 20, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross talk about a particular episode of The Simpsons, Pokemon, the Talking Heads, and a little bit about Psi-Ops. Links of Note Lisa the Vegetarian You Only Move Twice "Sorry It's Not in Packages" Hank Scorpio's Coat Gordy Howe…
Episode 21: Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
Jun 13, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross hurl mixed praise at Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy… With their minds. You’re Nick Scryer (GET IT!?) and you can run, shoot, sneak, and bang people against walls like bloody, screaming rag dolls. Or make their heads…
Extrasode: Deja Vu, Uninvited, and Shadowgate
Jun 6, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross perform Boston chiptunes, sleepwalking, game novelizations, and a little bit about the MacVenture series.
Episode 20: Deja Vu, Uninvited, and Shadowgate
May 30, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross die repeatedly in their attempt to talk about the MacVenture games (Deja Vu, Uninvited, and Shadowgate). Hi! Can I ask you a question? Do you like pointing? Do you like clicking? Then you’ll sure love these three games.…
Extrasode: E.V.O.: The Search for Eden
May 23, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross grinding, posthumous fame, and Joss Whedon.
Episode 19: E.V.O.: The Search for Eden
May 16, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, despite their lack of fitness, survive long enough to discuss E.V.O.: The Search for Eden. You have 4.6 billion years to turn from a fish into a human so that you can have sex with the planet Earth. And that’s just the…
Extrasode: Planescape: Torment
May 9, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross try out the skit material, bad organic art, and tattoos.
Episode 18: Planescape: Torment (Part 2)
May 2, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross will the second part of their Planescape: Torment episode into existence.
Episode 17: Planescape: Torment (Part 1)
Apr 18, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross will the second part of their Planescape: Torment episode into existence. And so it ends. We left off with a clue to find an old hag, but all we found was ourselves. Torment wraps up in a satisfying and mind-bending way, and…
Extrasode: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Apr 11, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross software updates, Emmanuelle, not missing Bart at all (BOH!).
Episode 16: Klonoa: The Door to Phantomile
Apr 4, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get saccharine about Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Klonoa nyaahs like a cat and is anime as hell. He’s also fated to save the world of dreams from Ghadius, who wants to unleash nightmares into the world. Is this cult classic…
Extrasode: Silent Hill 2
Mar 28, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross gender benders, corn orbs, and survival-horror based crushes.
Episode 15: Silent Hill 2
Mar 21, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross leap into bottomless pits of effusive praise for Silent Hill 2. James Sunderland is a haunted man in a haunted town. Beckoned to Silent Hill by a letter from his dying wife, James is tortured by guilt as he’s drawn ever…
Extrasode: Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Mar 14, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross discuss Action Castle, the blind, and GamePro.
Episode 14: Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Mar 7, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross grind Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee to a pulp. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is a puzzle platformer that was revered in its time for its beautiful graphics, excellent sound, and abundant character. Unfortunately, its trial-and-error…
Extrasode: Duck Tales
Feb 29, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross seedy hotels, Scrooge McDuck’s dark past, and free strategy guides.
Episode 13: Duck Tales
Feb 22, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross capitalize on the nostalgic popularity of Duck Tales. Duck Tales is regarded as one of the best NES games, and for good reason. Scrooge’s journey from the Himalayas to Transylvania to the Moon and back to Transylvania a few…
Extrasode: Metroid Fusion
Feb 15, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross Brian Doyle Murray, exposition, and Christmas memories.
Episode 12: Metroid Fusion
Feb 8, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross kvetch about Metroid Fusion. What began as the most divisive game WOFF has ever covered quickly became the game we loved to bash. Metroid Fusion is the black sheep of the Metroid series, having broken many conventions and…
Extrasode: Final Fantasy VI (Part 2)
Jan 31, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross Downton Abbey, great lengths, and chronological perspective.
Episode 11: Final Fantasy VI (Part 2)
Jan 24, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross survive after the end, and talk about the last half of Final Fantasy VI. Welp, we done lost. Kefka destroyed the world, and it seems like all hope is lost. The Returners have to conquer their pasts and regroup to storm…
Extrasode: Final Fantasy VI (Part 1)
Jan 17, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross game shame, literature, and college music.
Episode 10: Final Fantasy VI (Part 1)
Jan 10, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross perform a delightful and emotionally affecting opera about the first half of Final Fantasy VI. The Empire is casting a black shadow across the land, and the Returners fight an increasingly futile battle to keep them at bay.…
Extrasode: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Jan 4, 2012
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross McRibs, Fatal1ty, and bus monsters.
Episode 9: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Dec 28, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross float to the moon to talk about Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Mario has returned to his kingdom, only to find his throne usurped by the devious Wario. He must now venture forth and gather the six golden coins to unlock…
Extrasode: The Longest Journey
Dec 21, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross narrative, hypocrisy, and foreign lands.
Episode 8: The Longest Journey
Dec 14, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross go on at length about The Longest Journey. The worlds are in peril, and it’s up to April Ryan to fulfill the prophecies and team up with a talking bird to maintain the Balance. The Longest Journey is the magnum opus…
Extrasode: Shadowrun
Dec 7, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross past experiences with Shadowrun, pen and paper RPGs, and try out weird accents.
Episode 7: Shadowrun
Nov 30, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross plug in and talk about Shadowrun for the Sega Genesis. It’s a dystopian cyberpunk future, and your brother is dead. By committing contract crimes and hacking into computers, you get to the bottom of the mystery and save the…
Episode 6: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Nov 17, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross quaff the heady potion that is Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Dr. Tongue is wreaking havoc on suburbia, as creatures of the night spill forth from the soil and devour the innocent. It’s up to you to grab a friend and save your…
Episode 5: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Nov 3, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross shine some daylight on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Being a vampire is tough. You’re doomed to an eternity of walking the Earth as a cursed living corpse, and most of those millennia will be spent running errands…
Episode 4: Super Mario RPG
Oct 20, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross jump right into Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The Mushroom Kingdom is in peril. The princess is missing, Bowser has been kicked out his home by a dimension-hopping blacksmith, and the Star Road has been…
Episode 3: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Oct 6, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross lose their minds re: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Welcome, Stranger, to a macabre world of undescribable cosmic horror. Feel how insignificant you are when face with non-euclidian angles and strange beasts.…
Episode 2: Myst
Sep 22, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross get literary about Myst. Come with us to a magical world of sedate wandering, perplexing puzzles, and power-hungry brothers. Myst is one of the most well-known, and misunderstood titles on the PC, and we’re here to set the…
Episode 1: Mega Man X
Sep 8, 2011
Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross ruminate on Mega Man X in this inaugural episode of Watch Out For Fireballs! To get you up to speed, every Maverick is a Reploid, but not all Reploids are Mavericks. X, Zero, and Sigma are characters, not math terms. And…