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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Episodes

  • Episode 397: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    April 5th, 2021  |  32 mins 27 secs

    Truth time: Buffy is a blind spot for us.

  • Episode 396: William Shatner's TekWar

    March 29th, 2021  |  37 mins 10 secs

    After all, the kids need to learn about TekWar sooner or later.

  • Episode 395: Eternam

    March 22nd, 2021  |  41 mins 40 secs

    The words are funny, but the faces spewing them are nightmares.

  • Episode 394: Dog's Life

    March 15th, 2021  |  38 mins 30 secs

    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.

  • Mystical Fighters

    March 8th, 2021  |  40 mins 4 secs

    This mediocre brawler about Kabuki warriors fighting generic monsters doesn't provide much fertile ground for discussion, so we default to talking about tragedy and the ways out education failed us.

  • Defenders of Dynatron City

    March 1st, 2021  |  35 mins 18 secs

    In a remarkable bit of serendipity, this game wasn't a hit because you couldn't hit anything in it.

  • Episode 391: Lester the Unlikely

    February 22nd, 2021  |  28 mins 17 secs

    We all know the stereotypical traits of nerds. Thick glasses, nasally voice... narcolepsy?

  • Episode 390: Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern

    February 17th, 2021  |  37 mins 53 secs

    It's a fantasy saga of high flying dragons and alien invasions where nothing at all happpens.

  • 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!