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Greetings adventurers! Each week, Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross will discuss a new episode of the Venture Bros., going through one of the most ambitious cartoons in animation history.
 
This is a podcast that's nominally about bad games. In reality, it's about the horror of daily life, GameFAQs Gold, strange combatants in the battle of Good vs. Evil, and a singular patriarch known only as Crick. Every Monday, Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross choose a game at random from the titles submitted by listeners, play it, and venture off on a freeform discussion that winds between the topic at hand, and the absurd.
 
An undead favourite. From Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, the creators of "Watch Out for Fireballs!", Bonfireside Chat is a podcast dedicated entirely to the Souls series of games. Starting with Dark Souls, we take a journey through the areas of the game and comment on lore, gameplay, bossfights... everything. Praise the Sun!
 
An undead favourite. From Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross, the creators of "Watch Out for Fireballs!", Bonfireside Chat is a podcast dedicated entirely to the Souls series of games. Starting with Dark Souls, we take a journey through the areas of the game and comment on lore, gameplay, bossfights... everything. Praise the Sun!
 
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The finale for the finale shows us the aftermath of Phantom Limb's attack on the wedding between the Monarch and Doctor Girlfriend. Brock easily takes a commanding role among the henchmen... I mean, minions. Meanwhile Dean has dissociated and is wandering around an unrelated Neverending Story fantasy sequence that ultimately has disastrous conseque…
 
Jinkies and or zoinks, it's groovy! This penultimate episode of the second season introduces us to the Groovy Gang, a parody of the cast of Scooby Doo that's all mixed up with famous killers and criminals from the counterculture. They stumble across the Venture Compound and hijinks ensue, while Rusty plays god and Brock has doubts about his path in…
 
To celebrate episode 400 of Abject Suffering, we dip into some Steam crapware, based entirely on its funny name. Last of Ass has nothing to do with The Last of Us, instead being a low-effort take on Slender: The Pages meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You're trapped on the land of some goddamn cannibals, and you need to sneak around to get the parts y…
 
Diplomacy is the heart of one of the best episodes of this season. The Monarch has fallen into a slump, and it's up to Dr. Henry Killinger and his Magic Murder Bag to consult the archvillain back to the top of his game. Meanwhile, the boys are kidnapped by Myra, an obsessive former bodyguard who believes that she is their mother. Special thanks to …
 
We believe that Guilty Gear is a good series that just isn't for us. We don't really go in for hyper-stylized, chaotic fighting games like this. What everyone can agree on, we think, is that Guilty Gear Isuka is a very bad entry in that series. In an attempt to add some gimmicks to the series, the developers break the design conventions that make 2…
 
In what is undoubtedly the worst episode of Season 2, the Ventures head to the White House for a ceremony honoring Bud Manstrong, who apparently heroically saved humanity while the space station Gargantua-1 crashed into Earth. While there, we get tired jokes about presidents, learn the metaphysics of Ghost Lincoln, and get misled about the potentia…
 
They killed Marlow Briggs on the wrong day with the wrong scythe. So an ancient Incan god king has revived him as a spirit of vengeance, Captain Planet-like! This game is actually competent, so we spend time talking about how the only reasonable way to spend money if you're a billionaire is to restore your hometown to exactly the way it was when yo…
 
Truth time: Buffy is a blind spot for us. Both of us were watching different things in the 90s, and sometimes it's just too hard to go back to something from that era if you don't have any nostalgia for it. This first Buffy game is an anemic GBC brawler, so instead we talk about our newest supernatural villain: the incompetent Frankenstein.…
 
William Shatner's magnum opus spans nine books, a theatrical release, a television show, and several TV movies, and you probably only know it from an offhand joke on the Simpsons. It's cyberpunk without the punk, where a digital drug named Tek is the scourge of the streets. In the game, you play as a Tek addict turned narc agent who has to hunt dow…
 
Autumn Greer joins us to talk about an episode that seems like it will be a coming-of-age tale for the Venture boys, but instead becomes a thirty date pileup as Phantom Limb and the Monarch vie for Dr. Girlfriend's affections, and Rusty is caught in the crossfire. Special thanks to Joshua Jarett for our cover art, Gwen May for our theme song, and B…
 
When Brock coincidentally finds a video taped message from Jonas Venture Sr., he sets in motion a globetrotting adventure to save the world. Unfortunately for Rusty, this means they have to ask for help from J.J. and Sally Impossible, who is still enamored with him. This episode is jam-packed with jokes and action-packed with... action. Special tha…
 
The wild swings that developers took on the PS2 are infinitely fascinating, and one that you don't hear too much about is Dog's Life. It's a bad game, but there's not much else like it. It's open-ish world, you play as a dog, and you can shit and piss at the press of a button. One person does all of the voices, and the ending needs to be seen to be…
 
Will Hughes joins us for the most belligerent episode of ORB yet... as we discuss Escape to the House of Mummies Part 2. We're dropped in media res into Team Venture's attempt to use a time machine to stop an Osiris cult from doing something horrible. Once the team gets trapped, Dr. Venture wriggles his way out of the pyramid and promptly forgets a…
 
In a remarkable bit of serendipity, this game wasn't a hit because you couldn't hit anything in it. Garry Winnick and Steve Purcell set about creating a quirky little brawler for the NES, and they made a comic to promote it. Then they made an animated series to promote it. And people were excited. Then they played the game and the whole house of ca…
 
Zoe joins us to talk about the introduction of Hunter Gathers, Brock's mentor at the OSI. Brock is called away on a special mission, forcing him to leave the Venture family in the hands of a freelance agent... Molotov Cocktease. While Mol attempts to whip the family into shape in the hopes that Brock will leave them for the mercenary life, Brock ve…
 
We all know the stereotypical traits of nerds. Thick glasses, nasally voice... narcolepsy? Lester the Unlikely is a cinematic platformer, a la Out of This World or Prince of Persia, that highlights how important good level design is to that kind of game. However, if you're looking for a game that lets you punish turtles, this one's got your number.…
 
It's a fantasy saga of high flying dragons and alien invasions where nothing at all happpens. This episode is our followup to the Companions of Xanth episode, this time featuring a fantasy series from Kole's childhood. Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern is a Dreamcast adventure game based on Anne McCaffrey's books about dragon riders who don't do ve…
 
This season premiere brings us the first of many new status quos, but not the one you expect. The boys are dead and Rusty is adrift, while Dr. Orpheus is wracked with guilt over what happened. The Monarch is in prison, and Dr. Girlfriend has fled to the arms(?) of Phantom Limb. How do we proceed from here? Special thanks to Joshua Jarett for our co…
 
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