Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 22] : Whale Sauce

Half-Glass Gaming Whale Sauce

We’re feeling a little sassy this week, as we talk about movies that, despite being good, aren’t allowed to be your favorites. Warning: There’s a fairly decent chance we’ll pick on your favorite movie — especially if your name is Rotten Tomatoes. But we’re not picking fights here; it’s all in good fun.

After the break, we don our proverbial wetsuits and splish splash into a conversation about underwater levels in video games. We have a wide array of opinions on such things, from the Rev’s unbridled hatred of water-themed platforming to Mandi’s fathomless love of deep-sea exploration. We talk about the games that got it wrong, games that got it right, and games that have very little to do with water at all. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to BioShock, from Super Mario Bros. to Black Ops 3, from Polaris to fish possession in Dishonored, we’ve got a long list of games that allow you to wet yourself and sploosh around in some fun time.

And then there are the underwater edutainment games, like Odell Lake, which is clearly a hoot. Of course, no conversation about underwater games would be complete without at least one random factoid about Seaman.

So don’t be a landlubber; slurp down some whale sauce and join us for an oceanic adventure like none other.

For more information about Odell Lake, check out this Retrovolve piece by Mandi.

Keep the conversation going by leaving a comment below or by contacting us on Twitter.

Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

For a full list of games we mentioned in this episode, visit the official Half-Glass Gaming website.

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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  • Jimmy Mamatas

    Like Mandi, I enjoyed the water temple. Rather than run in and fight enemies in each room, there was a cool metapuzzle throughout every room. Dark Link is also my favourite miniboss. My only complaint is that it takes too long to change the water levels. Perhaps the remake fixed that?

  • mako33

    I liked the underwater stuff in KOTOR, even though you move at the speed of a grandma with ankle weights.

    …I liked The Crow too.

    • I too am a big fan of the Crow, especially the special edition DVD with all of the removed scenes that totally would have made the movie better and more cohesive and make you realize that the movie as it was originally released was edited in a slightly different order than intended. So, I’m with you man.

  • Jelly Genesis

    My friend used to use the Sonic drowning music as the alarm on his phone. He had to stop because he said it was too effective. Anyways, this episode had good timing. I just heard about Classroom Aquatic the other day because of PSX.

  • Josh Wirtanen

    I replayed Earthworm Jim today, and Mandi was right: Down the Tubes is freaking great.

  • Thief921

    Some water levels are great. I love underwater exploring, for example. I just found a cat painting underwater in Fallout 4.

  • discipleofpizza

    Did you ever play Tomb Raider Underworld? They let you go in the
    water and fight sharks, lol. You could in Just Cause 2 too.

  • Specter

    I feel bad for Mandy that no one likes what she likes. She sounds sad. The swimming in Majoras Mask was fun I thought.

  • Tyrant Fluffy Pants

    Do you think their going to put underwater in DKSIII? I wanted to go in New Londo before you unflooded it. I like underwater because its so hard.

  • Jdcomix

    I like Curie best of the Fallout companions but she doesn’t make any sense. She has no combat training and should be dying all the time. Love the lore about her and her voice though. As for water levels, they’re alright except for Sonic.

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