Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 7] : The Wasserman Sizzle

Half-Glass Gaming Wasserman

What’s Doctor Doom up to now? It seems he’s been spotted while riding around in the Senate Council hover thing from the Star Wars prequels. Wait. False alarm. That’s just another Doombot.

In this episode, we tackle the genre known as brawlers after a night of heavy drinking and heavy arcade-playing. Our axes are golden, our streets are ragin’, and our ninjas are turtlin’. Does the genre still exist to this day? How much does the retro brawler have in common with the modern hack ‘n’ slash? What’s with all the kidnapped girlfriends?

Also, we reveal our favorite arcade games, the Reverend regales us with tales of the Minnesota pro wrestling scene, and the show gets its first arch-villain.

Listen to the goodness right here:

Here’s a complete list of games we mention in this article:

  • The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
  • Gwent
  • Sly Cooper
  • Spider-Man (1991 arcade game)
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Streets of Rage
  • Double Dragon
  • Battletoads
  • Golden Axe (series)
  • Aliens vs. Predator (1994 arcade game)
  • Cliffhanger (Sega Genesis)
  • Final Fight
  • Demolition Man (FMV game)
  • Grief Syndrome (Puella Magi Madoka Magica doujin game)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989 arcade game)
  • X-Men (1992 arcade game)
  • Aladdin (Sega Genesis)
  • The Lion King (Sega Genesis)
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (NES)
  • Darkwing Duck (NES)
  • DuckTales (NES)
  • Micky Mania
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (series)
  • Bucky O’Hare (1992 arcade game)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
  • Dragon’s Crown
  • River City Ransom
  • Charlie Murder
  • The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (1993 arcade game)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (1996 arcade game)
  • Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo
  • Abyss Odyssey
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Contra (series)
  • Narc
  • Renegade
  • Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (Japan)
  • Sword of Sodan
  • Golden Axe (1989 arcade game)
  • Starblade (1991 arcade game)
  • Crazy Taxi (1999 arcade game)
  • Jurassic Park (1994 arcade game)
  • Virtual-On (arcade game series)
  • Alien vs. Predator (SNES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • The Death and Return of Superman (SNES)
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja (1988 arcade game)
  • Spartan X (1984 arcade game, Japan version)
  • Kung-Fu Master (1984 arcade game, US version)
  • God of War
  • Batman: Arkham (series)
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Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
5 years ago

Hey mates, been listening for a few weeks now and you’ve really been doing a bangup job. Keep it up!

Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
5 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

Hey! Thanks for listening, and thanks for taking the time to leave a nice note!

Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
5 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

Hey to you, Josh! It’s good to meet you, I’m Jimmy or JJ.

I’ve been looking for a retro podcast for a while and your podcast has been better than everything else I tried. Funny and informational. If they took national average of brains combined with beauty Mandi would be in the top 1%.

Rebecca Elfprincess
Rebecca Elfprincess
5 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

Oh, I see. Mandi’s the pretty one. You know, I like to feel pretty, too!

…It’s the mustache, isn’t it?


Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
5 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

My middle initial is J, so I’m a JJ too! In fact, there are still people who refer to me as Jay Jay (which was my nickname when I was playing in bands and such.)

Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
5 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

Ha! Js everywhere you look. Is Julian a JJ too? I prefer to be called JJ because Jimmy sounds a bit young.

5 years ago

Bill Wasserman gonna sue somebody

Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
5 years ago
Reply to  Specter

It wouldn’t be the first time!

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
5 years ago
Reply to  Specter

It really would not be the first time.

I can not stress this enough. Bill Wasserman is an asshole and deserving only of derision and mockery.

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