Titles: Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

Developer: Animation Magic

Publisher: Philips Interactive Media

Designers: Dale DeSharone, Rob Dunlavey, Jonathan Merritt, Vasiliev A., Smirnov V.

Platform: Philips CD-i

Release date: October 10, 1993 (NA)

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: The Cuntry Club

SHOWNOTES: It's that time of year again, folks! Yep, Stoner Christmas is here, and Collateral Gaming is pumped to bring you hilarious content this 4/20! In our very first #420day special, Ash and Dakota suffer atrocities to bring you feedback on the infamous Zelda CD-i titles Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon! Collateral Gamers, if you ever come into contact with these disasterpieces, make sure you're completely blazed because there is just no other way to tolerate it. In this double feature, we ask ourselves the most important questions upon playing the games: Are they so bad they're good, or just plain bad? Is it worth it to play these for yourself? We answer these wonders as we discuss the meme value of the notorious animated cutscenes, questionable level design choices, frustrating gameplay challenges (not always intentionally), and the many toils we had to endure not just while playing—but while getting these things to run! Let's just say, it's an episode like no other.

Collateral Gaming is on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Developer: Atari, Inc.

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

Designer: Howard Scott Warshaw

Platform(s): Atari 2600

Release date: December 1982 (NA)

PODCAST SHOUTOUT: Hey everyone, Collateral Gaming is starting a new segment at the beginning of every episode that features a shout-out to a variety of podcasts we feel deserve a mention. Our first featured shoutout is our parent, Collateral Cinema Movie Podcast (@CCinemaPodcast), the only movie podcast that matters, which Ash and Dakota Chancellor also cohost with Beau Maddox and Robert Ortegon. Give us a listen wherever you get your podcasts and on Patreon!

SHOWNOTES: Happy April, Collateral Gamers! On this fine first day of April, we are delving into the greatest game ever made, determined by universal consensus: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial! Chill with your hosts, the Chancellor Bros. (joined as usual by Collateral Cinema cohosts Beau and Robert), as we reveal how every facet of the Atari 2600 video game adaptation of Spielberg's classic is truly incredible. By no means are we reviewing or analyzing any other game, no sir or ma'am or non-binary honorific you may prefer. Clearly, THIS is the title we have been alluding to prior. So, mine your resources—er, I mean, collect your Reese's Pieces, start your launch thrusters, and fly off into a procedurally generated universe boasting 18 quintillion planets—dammit, no, sorry, that's another game we are definitely NOT talking about!!!

Collateral Gaming is on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: Hello Neighbor

Developer: Dynamic Pixels

Publisher: tinyBuild

Engine: Unreal Engine 4

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS, Android

Release date: December 8, 2017 (Microsoft Windows, Xbox One)

Welcome back, gaming nerds! We're stoked to bring you the first of many mini-episodes focusing on independent game-making. Our featured video game this week is called Hello Neighbor: a stealth survival horror game courtesy of developer Dynamic Pixels and publisher tinyBuild using the Unreal Engine. Our spoiler-free review covers the juxtaposed cartoonish graphics and unsettling fear-ish tones, learning AI behavior, platforming elements, and ambiguous-yet-deep underlying plot. 

Collateral Gaming is on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Developer: Nintendo EPD

Publisher: Nintendo

Designers: Hidemaro Fujibayashi (director), Eiji Aonuma (producer)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Release date: 03/03/2017

Collateral Gaming is more excited than ever before to share our thoughts with you on the latest title of one of the most revolutionary franchises in the world of gaming! 2017 Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild deserves a place among the most ambitious video games in recent—or total—history. Is it truly as revolutionary as it aims to be within its series, and as a standalone title? Find out on this episode, as we delve into its world, dungeons, story, and placement in the Zelda series! You'll also find out why The Legend of Zelda remains one of our favorite game franchises of all time!

Collateral Gaming is on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Titles: Infamous Second Son and Infamous First Light

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Designer: Jaime Griesemer

Platform: PlayStation 4

Release date: March 21, 2014

On the inaugural episode of Collateral Gaming Video Game Podcast, the Chancellor Bros. invite you into the world of inFAMOUS Second Son, the third and most recent game of the inFAMOUS franchise, a series of action-adventure platformer games revolving around elemental-powered superhumans known as Conduits. Taking the series onto the latest generation of consoles, this 2014 title stars Delsin Rowe (voiced by Troy Baker) as an empath-type Conduit thrust into the city of Seattle. Chill with us as we discuss Delsin's expansive powerset, the Karma morality system woven into it and the story, and the rich variety of characters entangled in the plot. We also bring up the standalone DLC inFAMOUS First Light, featuring Abigail "Fetch" Walker (Laura Bailey) and her Neon powers. Finally breaking into our regular Season One schedule, we're so excited to be your new favorite gaming podcast!

Collateral Gaming is on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)

Title: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Director: David Slade

Producer: Russell McLean

Writer: Charlie Brooker

Starring:Fionn WhiteheadWill PoulterAsim ChaudhryCraig ParkinsonAlice Lowe

Release date: December 28, 2018

A spontaneous extra for you cinephiles and gamers out there! Before releasing our regular episodes of Season One as per schedule, we wanted to produce a little something in collaboration with our parent, Collateral Cinema Movie Podcast! This is something trending this month that also we feel presents itself as both a movie and a game in many ways—Black Mirror: Bandersnatch! This is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style Netflix original movie, in which the viewer (or player) guides protagonist Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) through a dark and twisted plot to develop a five-star game. Without spoiling the multiple endings and meta narrative twists in full, we discuss the value of this new interactive media adventure, with Collateral Gaming and Collateral Cinema taking different sides! Give our spoiler-free review a listen and check out the movie/game for yourself if you haven't! And stay tuned for our next regular episode, Sucker Punch Productions' InFAMOUS: Second Son next week!

Collateral Gaming and Collateral Cinema are both on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us each on Patreon; we will have exclusive commentaries on our favorite movies and games soon!

(Collateral Gaming and Collateral Cinema are LCompany Productions. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and movie clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!) 

Title: Fable III

Developer: Lionhead Studios

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Designers: Peter Molyneux, Josh Atkins

Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Release date: October 25, 2010 (Xbox 360)

It's finally here! On the pilot episode of Collateral Gaming Video Game Podcast, hosts Ashley and Dakota Chancellor delve into Fable III, developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. We explore the world of industrializing Albion, discuss the progressing gameplay of the series, review aspects such as the morality system and playable character, and predict the potential future of the series. The poll is over now, but go follow our Instagram page (@collateral.gaming.podcast) to vote in future polls and let us know which games YOU want us to review! If you like this pilot episode, stay tuned for the rest of Season One, starting after the New Year!

Collateral Gaming is on iTunes, Chill Lover Radio, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Also, find us on Patreon; we will have exclusive Let's Play! commentaries on our favorite games soon!

(Collateral Gaming is an LCompany Production. Intro song is a license-free beat. All music and game clips are owned by their respective creators and are used for educational purposes only. Please don’t sue us; we’re poor!)