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 18: Captain Skyhawk

    August 28th, 2013  |  32 mins 37 secs

    We don't contend with mediocrity that often. So far, the closest we got was Pac Man 2, and that doesn't really count since it's so weird. Captain Skyhawk doesn't really belong here.

  • Episode 17: Bubsy II

    August 14th, 2013  |  35 mins 57 secs

    This is the singularity that happens when 1000 bad ideas try and cram their way into a premise that isn't promising. This is our first mascot platformer... any why not live life to the hilt?

  • Episode 16: Road Runner's Death Valley Rally

    July 31st, 2013  |  37 mins 14 secs

    Kole has become unstuck in time. This is the epicenter of his primary dissonance: how can he be a 26 year old man, but appreciate Road Runner cartoons and Nick at Nite?

  • Episode 15: Where's Waldo?

    July 17th, 2013  |  33 mins 47 secs

    Saving Private Ryan started out as a Where's Waldo film adaptation. True fact. But Spielberg descended into the heart of darkness, gradually turning Martin Handford's whimsical vision into a twisted hellscape of severed limbs and broken hearts.

  • Episode 14: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

    July 2nd, 2013  |  32 mins 21 secs

    Michael Jackson put out a game where the objective is to collect as many children as possible. Don't worry, we make the obvious jokes as soon as possible. We continue the streak of Abject Suffering games about known sex offenders.

  • Episode 13: The Uncanny X-Men

    June 19th, 2013  |  30 mins 57 secs

    It's an allegory for all of mankind's struggle for equality. What if you were born different? What if everyone was afraid of you? What if you were the worst NES game Abject Suffering has played yet?

  • Episode 12: Spellcraft

    June 5th, 2013  |  34 mins 44 secs

    There aught to be a Chick Tract about Spellcraft. It tells you the reagents and processes necessary to do such awful things as Much to Stone and Return Home. What's this you say? You joust demons? I'll not hear of it.

  • Episode 11: Pac Man 2

    May 29th, 2013  |  31 mins 53 secs

    Routine errands beckon to you in a non-maze-like world. You are being mocked by a capricious god whose only mechanical means of influencing you are temptation and punishment. Can you feed your child and get to your finger-licious reward?

  • Episode 10: Wayne's World

    May 15th, 2013  |  32 mins 35 secs

    So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night.

  • Episode 9: Deadly Towers

    May 2nd, 2013  |  29 mins

    Dick Dagger: It's more than just an incredibly predictable porn star name. It's what you kill things with in this awful game. Join us as we try and talk about anything and everything but this atrocity.

  • Episode 8: Jurassic Park

    April 17th, 2013  |  34 mins 7 secs

    Hey there, Clever Girls... are you ready to have a prepubescent crush on Laura Dern? We thought so. There really isn't a great Jurassic Park game, but the Genesis one is made of human butt.

  • Episode 7: Home Improvement

    April 2nd, 2013  |  45 mins 6 secs

    Auuegh!? What we need now is more power. Wilson is across the fence, and we should mow him down with our Binford=Taylor Hedge Trimmers, because that's the only way to the truth about what happened in my tragic head injury.