Watch Out for Fireballs!

A retro and non-current games podcast

About the show

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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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 324 Preview: Prey (2017)

    Episode  |  July 22nd, 2021  |  1 hr 33 secs

    Which you can you trust?

  • Episode 323: Heat Signature

    Episode  |  July 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 42 mins

    Thank you I See Spiders!

    We all know defenestrating is one of the coolest things you can do in video games. But what if you could do that... in space? With a near best in class group of gadgets and weapons, In an immersive proc gen ludic playpen with real time pause? You'd get Heat Signature, quietly one of the coolest games we've done for the show. Check it out!

  • Episode 322: The Stanley Parable

    Episode  |  July 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 43 mins

    One day Stanley heard from nowhere a podcast about a narrator that was describing his life.

  • Episode 321: Horizon Zero Dawn

    Episode  |  July 1st, 2021  |  3 hrs 57 mins

    It's rare to be surprised by a sci fi twist, and this AAA action adventure genuinely surprises. Throw in some engaging combat and not even an electronic T-Rex sized barrel of bloat can hold it back.

    Thanks Doug!

  • WOFF Dispatch: Progression

    Episode  |  June 24th, 2021  |  2 hrs 17 mins

    This month's special topic is a discussion about RPG progression. What kinds of character upgrades are satisfying, which ones aren't, and why has there been a broader trend of games getting more bloated with bad RPG systems?

  • Episode 320: WOFF: Mario 3D World Preivew

    Episode  |  June 17th, 2021  |  42 mins 30 secs


    Thanks Joelle!

  • Episode 319: The Witness

    Episode  |  June 10th, 2021  |  2 hrs 25 mins

    This week we play the opinionated magnum opus of an opinionated creator.

  • Episode 318: Hotline Miami

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins

    Do you like hurting people?
    Who is leaving messages on your answering machine?
    Where are you right now?
    Why are we having this conversation?

  • Dispatch: Strategy Guides

    Episode  |  May 27th, 2021  |  2 hrs 14 mins

    This month we have a little love fest for strategy guides, talking about the roles they've filled for us over the years, and what scratches that itch for us nowadays.

  • Episode 317: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Preview)

    Episode  |  May 20th, 2021  |  36 mins 35 secs

    We were all teens once. Some of us listen to a lot of mall metal, and some of us end up child soldiers.

  • Episode 316: RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

    Episode  |  May 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 49 mins

    It's a management sim with a touch of whimsy and customers who are dumb as rocks.

  • Episode 315: Hitman 3

    Episode  |  May 6th, 2021  |  2 hrs 4 mins
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    Do you belieeeeeeve in life after Providence? One of our favorite characters in games gets a proper send off in a game trilogy that would function as a proper send off for the entire stealth genre. Another collection of fun sandboxes to murder in, another collection of funny situations and the like, and a final chance to embody Mr Bathroom, Hitman 3 is great.

    Thank you to Adam Bucceri! Be sure to check out their game here:

  • Dispatch: Food in Games

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2021  |  2 hrs 1 min

    This month, we settle in for a light topic... how food is depicted in games.

  • Episode 314: Ratchet and Clank, Into the Nexus (preview)

    Episode  |  April 22nd, 2021  |  33 mins 7 secs
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    You know, there's nothing wrong with an above average fastfood sandwich. Sometimes, your body just craves a pretty good game that does everything decently, while not doing anything exceptionally well, and is over in 5 or 6 hours. That game is Ratchet and Clank, which is a total snack game with some unintentionally hilarious pathos and very satisfying weapon upgrades.

    Thank you Sean!

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  • Episode 313: Riven

    Episode  |  April 15th, 2021  |  2 hrs 25 mins

    The odds are always stacked against a sophomore effort.

  • Episode 312: Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Part 2)

    Episode  |  April 8th, 2021  |  4 hrs 10 mins

    Become a Source to be reckoned with.