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Watch Out for Fireballs!

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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.

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By Lidrien - Aug 09 2019
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This podcast is centered around reviewing and talking about games, as well as giving you a heads up for what games they cover in the future so you can play along. The concept alone hooked me, but what the hosts bring to the show is what makes this podcast exceptional. Gary and Kole are both remarkably articulate when it comes to explaining why a game is good and why a game is bad. There were nuances in game design that I never heard expressed in words, until I discovered this podcast. I’ve since become a backer on Patreon, and I enjoy playing games with the friendly community that this podcast has established.

Considered and entertaining

By Dezba713 - Aug 02 2019
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Insightful analysis paired with wonderfully cheesy jokes. Doesnt get much better than this.

iTunes Ratings

652 Ratings
Average Ratings
608
19
6
10
9

Play Games along side this Podcast!

By Lidrien - Aug 09 2019
Read more
This podcast is centered around reviewing and talking about games, as well as giving you a heads up for what games they cover in the future so you can play along. The concept alone hooked me, but what the hosts bring to the show is what makes this podcast exceptional. Gary and Kole are both remarkably articulate when it comes to explaining why a game is good and why a game is bad. There were nuances in game design that I never heard expressed in words, until I discovered this podcast. I’ve since become a backer on Patreon, and I enjoy playing games with the friendly community that this podcast has established.

Considered and entertaining

By Dezba713 - Aug 02 2019
Read more
Insightful analysis paired with wonderfully cheesy jokes. Doesnt get much better than this.
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Watch Out for Fireballs!

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 245: Final Fantasy V (Part 1)

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Kole and Gary tackle the Final Fantasy with some of the most complex mechanics and most anonymous characters and places in the series. This episode covers generalities and world one.

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Aug 08 2019
3 hours 18 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 141: Resident Evil 4

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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 episode to date. Leon Kennedy is back, this time on a mission to rescue the President's daughter Ashley from a mysterious cult in rural Spain. His mission marks a turning point for the Resident Evil series, for Survival Horror, and for all action games that followed it.

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Oct 27 2016
4 hours 11 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 100: Super Metroid

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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. They're top tier. If we brought them out regularly, everything else would feel like a chore.

But sometimes it's a special occasion, and you have to bring out the fine china. And Super Metroid is some fine, fine China. On one hand, it's an expansion and elaboration on the stuff that made Metroid 1 and 2 unique. On the other, it's a foundational text that cemented a whole new genre in place. Listen, as we break the glass and talk about one of the best games of all time.

But first, get hyped by watching this trailer, created for us by Allison Baker: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGM20MejGGg

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May 14 2015
2 hours 26 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 63: Dishonored

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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 Corvo, the disgraced royal bodyguard who has been framed for the Empress’s murder. Spoiler: we really love this game. This is part of our series on new games called Watch Out for Lens Flare!

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Dec 26 2013
2 hours 23 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 96: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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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 refuses to be reflective about the ideas it does have. It could be argued that it all began here. However, it's more complicated than that. Call of Duty 4 is a perfectly fine shooter with moments that really stand out. Moreover, it's a game that has heart, from a series that notoriously lacks it.

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Mar 19 2015
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 68: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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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 Zelda. We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Brad for being a generous Kickstarter backer and an awesome guest.

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Mar 06 2014
2 hours 22 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 72: Shadow of the Colossus

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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 away, but here’s a hint: you kill a bunch of huge monsters in this understated yet grandiose experimental classic.

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May 01 2014
2 hours 22 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 57: Bioshock

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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 first-person shooter obscures a brilliant survival horror game, with some of the best political commentary and indirect storytelling ever found in a game.

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Oct 10 2013
2 hours 17 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 85: Resident Evil

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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 first Resident Evil is an establishing work in the survival horror cannon, but this remake is the definitive version. Beautiful and horrifying, this is a game you should play.

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Oct 30 2014
2 hours 25 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 88: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Part 1)

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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. Instead, it's a world you inhabit. This episode sees us completing the main quest of Morrowind, fulfilling the Nerevarine prophecies and defeating the evil Dagoth Ur. But that's only one part of the story. Next week, we will look into the various guilds of Morrowind.

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Dec 11 2014
2 hours 12 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 154: Dead Space

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross stomp through Dead Space.

Resident Evil 4 changed games forever. Especially horror games. Pretty soon it wasn't acceptable for a scary game to sacrifice mechanical sophistication for atmosphere. While the world waited for Resident Evil 5, which would carry the idea further, EA came through with Dead Space. The world and story are science fiction cliches, but the aiming based gameplay loop is incredibly satisfying. But does it hold together enough to make re-entry? Listen to find out.

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Apr 06 2017
3 hours 22 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 117: Fallout 3 (Main Quest)

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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 up one morning and your dad has fled the vault... this is how the story begins, as you emerge into a fully 3D world to gun down raiders and have awkward conversations. How does Fallout 3 stack up, 7 years later?

This episode covers the generalities of the game, and the main quest line. The next episode will cover the side quests, while part 3 will cover all of the downloadable content for the game.

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Dec 31 2015
2 hours 55 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 139: 139: Super Mario Galaxy

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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 Nintendo finally arrived at the apotheosis of SM64-style play... and then they promptly abandoned it. So, let's take a close look at this weirdo entry in gaming's most established series.

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Sep 29 2016
2 hours 45 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 223: Final Fantasy X (Part 1)

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This is the first of two episodes about Final Fantasy X, a watershed game for Square that acts as a bridge between old and new for the series. Tidus is swept away into a strange world by an eldritch monstrosity. He finds new friends and ends up on a pilgrimage to rid the world of that same monstrosity.

This episode covers the generalities and the first third of the game, up through Operation Mi'hen.

Special thanks to our guest and backer Matthew Campbell for picking this game and offering his insight!

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Jan 17 2019
2 hours 48 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 124: Silent Hill 3

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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 most upsetting games in existence. The story has problems, but for atmosphere and dread it has almost no rival.

If you haven't played the original Silent Hill, don't worry: We go out of our way to provide all of the context you need to understand what's going on here. Enjoy!

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Mar 24 2016
3 hours 27 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 150: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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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 doors off and really play something noteworthy. Symphony of the Night is one of the most beloved games of all time. It took elements of Super Metroid, added RPG elements, and created a genre that still dominates certain parts of the industry. But looking back, we try to decide if it all hangs together as well as we remember.

Thanks so much for listening and joining us for 150 episodes (and more).

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Feb 09 2017
3 hours 4 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 161: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Part 1)

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Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross do a postmodern postmortem on the first portion of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

Metal Gear Solid 2 is a game that's been talked to death, but we try our best to bring our own perspective and approach to it. It's a sequel that Kojima never wanted to make. It's full of curveballs and "fuck you"s aimed at series fans. It has lots of ideas that are shockingly prescient. But, most of all, it's got some play issues that haven't aged super well.

This episode covers up through the encounter with Fat Man on the Big Shell.

Special thanks to Zachary Deane, this episode's executive producer.

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Jul 13 2017
2 hours 53 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 113: System Shock 2

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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 many great ideas that System Shock 2 has, and the many ways it burns through whatever good will it earns.

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Nov 05 2015
2 hours 51 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 188: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Part 1)

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It reinvented the series, breathing fresh new life into a stale formula. Listen in as we talk about the mechanics and generalities of the game, because there are plenty of them. Special thanks to special guest John Hurst for his support on Patreon, and for finally getting us to play this game.

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Mar 15 2018
2 hours 46 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 137: Team Fortress 2

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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 Fortress goes way back, but Valve has taken the formula and engineered and iterated it to the point where it's a joy to play. Huge thanks to everyone who played with us!

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Sep 01 2016
2 hours 43 mins
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