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

  • Marathon 2: Durandal (Preview)

    Episode  |  November 19th, 2020  |  57 mins 9 secs

    What was Bungie up to before they bounced back with Halo?

  • Episode 296: Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons

    Episode  |  November 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 59 mins

    Thanks David!

    This goofy episode on this ambitious, but somewhat tedious, SNES era simulation game was a balm to record on election day, and we hope it's a balm for you to hear. Follow Joao as he travels from Ibiza to Allentown in search of Atlantis.

  • Episode 295: No One Lives Forever

    Episode  |  November 5th, 2020  |  2 hrs 35 mins

    Very nice! Groovy baby! One million lasers!

  • October 2020 Dispatch: Mobile Gaming

    Episode  |  October 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 46 mins

    In this episode, we answer your questions, discuss what makes a good mobile game, read your responses to October's games and announce what we're covering in December.

    Please note, there are a couple of audio issues, which are disclaimed at the beginning of the episode.

  • Episode 294: Doom 3 (Preview)

    Episode  |  October 22nd, 2020  |  55 mins 49 secs

    Crank that gamma up!

  • Episode 293: Resident Evil 5

    Episode  |  October 15th, 2020  |  2 hrs 37 mins

    Thank you Ryan!

    Beef Golem and Sheva go on a racially insensitive adventure in the 2nd worst mainline Resident Evil game that is, none-the-less, still sort of worth playing? Hear us shed some daylight on this black sheep of the series.

  • Episode 292: Soma

    Episode  |  October 8th, 2020  |  2 hrs 52 mins

    October's horror game parade continues with Soma, a game that questions what makes us us.

  • Episode 291: Dino Crisis 2

    Episode  |  October 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 46 mins

    This goofy action game is a dumb blast and this episode is a breezy start to the best month of the year. Join us as we discuss dino-teens from the year 3000.

  • WOFF! Dispatch 21: Cutting Bait

    Episode  |  September 24th, 2020  |  2 hrs 11 mins

    This week's WOFF! Dispatch is about the special topic of deciding when to stop playing a game. What's the difference between "finishing" a game and "being done" with a game? What makes you walk away for good?

  • Episode 290: God of War 2018 (Preview)

    Episode  |  September 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Kranky Kratos takes his vengeance quest to a brand new pantheon: the pantheon of fatherhood. Kole and Gary take an axe to the skull of this 2018 prestige game, and by take an axe to the skull, I mean we give a careful, considered look to this very good but still flawed cinematic game.

    This is just the preview! Join us at for the full episode, and dozens more.

  • Episode 289: Lords of Magic

    Episode  |  September 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 53 mins

    Assembled well-wishers, welcome to the land of crunch.

  • Episode 288: Plants vs. Zombies

    Episode  |  September 3rd, 2020  |  2 hrs 6 mins

    The idea of casual games is basically fake, and it's harmful because it leads to inclusive games being dismissed. Kole and Gary look at one of the titans of the "casual" gaming world and find that it packs tons of charm and more depth than it gets credit for.

  • Dispatch 20: Breaks

    Episode  |  August 27th, 2020  |  2 hrs 34 mins

    Sometimes you take time off from games, and that's fine.

  • Announcing... ORB, a Venture Bros. Podcast

    Episode  |  August 25th, 2020  |  5 mins 26 secs

    Announcing a new show from

  • Episode 287: Devil May Cry (Preview)

    Episode  |  August 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Big thanks to Moonborne! Though it has some early installment clunk, it's not that often that we get to play what is arguably (please don't argue with us) the first of a genre. Does it hold up? Does the devil cry? Does Dante get to 2nd base with someone who looks like his mom? Find out!

    Note, this is our preview episode for the month. To hear the whole thing, and a bunch of other stuff, join us at

  • Episode 286: Disco Elysium (Part 2)

    Episode  |  August 13th, 2020  |  3 hrs 38 mins

    I don't want to be this kind of animal anymore.