Abject Suffering

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About the show

This is a podcast that's nominally about bad games. In reality, it's about the horror of daily life, GameFAQs Gold, strange combatants in the battle of Good vs. Evil, and a singular patriarch known only as Crick. Every Monday, Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross choose a game at random from the titles submitted by listeners, play it, and venture off on a freeform discussion that winds between the topic at hand, and the absurd.

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  • Episode 389: Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog

    February 15th, 2021  |  35 mins 23 secs

    This week's Abject Suffering is about an admirable joke game that asks the question: is it possible for a dog to be bad?

  • Episode 388: Companions of Xanth

    February 8th, 2021  |  49 mins 57 secs

    When you're a kid with unlimited free time, and games are not plentiful and the internet isn't around, you end up reading a lot of questionable novels.

  • Jones in the Fast Lane

    February 1st, 2021  |  36 mins 19 secs

    Imagine a pop-o-matic world.

  • Episode 386: Contra Force

    January 25th, 2021  |  39 mins 30 secs

    We all like Contra, right? What if we did it again but worse?

  • Episode 385: Tyrian 2000

    January 18th, 2021  |  40 mins

    This kind of good PC shoot-em-up game takes your regular arcade shooter like Raiden and adds more story and a dash of humor.

  • Episode 384: X-Files: Resist or Serve

    January 11th, 2021  |  39 mins 34 secs

    It's actually good!

  • One

    January 4th, 2021  |  38 mins 41 secs

    Just so you're not disappointed, this isn't the PSX game that stars Bruce Willis.

  • Episode 382: Mouse Trap

    December 28th, 2020  |  39 mins 44 secs

    Cheese was the bait!

  • Episode 381: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare DS

    December 21st, 2020  |  42 mins 17 secs

    Our suggestion would be that you not make a game that's physically painful to play.

  • Episode 380: SCP: Secret Laboratory

    December 14th, 2020  |  33 mins 56 secs

    The best, most expansive creepypasta universe lends itself to an admirable fan game. Problem is, it's multiplayer, and playing games with strangers is the pits!

  • Episode 379: Spud!

    December 7th, 2020  |  35 mins 23 secs

    A game that, for legal purposes, is unaffiliated with the real Santa or Christmas.

  • Episode 378: Crystalis

    November 30th, 2020  |  35 mins 57 secs

    Crystalis is, first and foremost, a pretty good game.

  • Episode 377: Baldi's Basics

    November 23rd, 2020  |  48 mins 56 secs

    Baldi rules this school with an iron fist.

  • Episode 376: Ariel the Little Mermaid

    November 16th, 2020  |  39 mins 5 secs

    Games don't get better down where it's wetter.

  • 375: Battletoads

    November 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    Imagine, if you will, a kind of battling toad.

  • Episode 374: Arctic alive

    November 2nd, 2020  |  27 mins 41 secs

    That capitalization is not a typo, that's how the game is listed on Steam.