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.

Here’s a list of every game we mentioned in this episode:

  • Life Is Strange
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Mega Man
  • Shovel Knight
  • Super Metroid
  • Tomb Raider
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Minecraft
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Mega Man 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Super Mario 64
  • Polaris (Atari 2600)
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Frogger 2
  • Seaquest
  • Twisted Metal
  • Vigilante 8
  • Critical Depth
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Last of Us
  • Mother 3 (Japan)
  • The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
  • Dino Crisis 2
  • Submerged
  • Dead Space
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Myst
  • No Man’s Sky
  • ABZÛ
  • Journey
  • Classroom Aquatic
  • Tangiers
  • Dishonored
  • Odell Lake
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s
  • Aquanaut’s Holiday
  • Seaman
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Hey You, Pikachu!
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Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
8 years ago

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?

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago
Reply to  mako33

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
Jelly Genesis
8 years ago

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
Josh Wirtanen
8 years ago
Reply to  Jelly Genesis

I got the list of this week’s games listed out for you, buddy!


Episode 2 is done as well. Man, we mention a TON of games in every episode.

Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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
Tyrant Fluffy Pants
8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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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