CoolGames Inc

CoolGames Inc

United States

Join Griffin McElroy and Nick Robinson as they create a new video game every week – with your help. Got an idea for a game you'd like us to explore? Send it to coolgamesinc@polygon.com for a chance to hear it on the show!

Episodes

Episode 61: Breeding Amiibles (with SoftHard™ Technology)  

Link's CrossFit Training, a Taken roguelike based with randomized "particular sets of skills," a game where the goal is not to rhyme, and toys-to-life but for marbles.

Episode 60: Barry Bertical's Uphill Jam  

This time around, the boys get all hung up on the idea of a multiplayer cooperative mountain-scaling game — complete with a shaky alliances, werewolf-style lying, and Mountain Justice™.

Episode 59: Business and Pleasure (featuring Marina from the Splatoon™ series)  

This week, we make DDR Go, a game about adding new bones to your skeleton, and a 4X strategy game about dating world leaders. Also, Marina from Splatoon 2 is there.

Episode 58: Lexiconquest  

After a few false starts with an anti-tycoon game concept and a Miitomo + Tinder hybrid, we settle into what might be our greatest idea yet: a marriage of Scribblenauts and Bookworm Adventures that redefines what edutainment can be.

Episode 57: Exquisite Corpse  

We return from E3 chock-full of inspiration, which leads us to design a DDR game for horses, Call of Duty's new wizard class, and a video game loosely inspired by the parlour game Exquisite Corpse.

Episode 56: PoolGames Inc 2.0  

It's E3 time, which means we're once again, despite our better judgment, getting in a hot tub with some friends and some alcohol and recording a wet and wild hot tub episode, featuring just about every friend we could get our hands on. (For the video version of this episode, head to youtube.com/polygon!)

Episode 55: The "V"  

This week, we create one of our greatest ideas yet — a skateboarders vs. mall cops MOBA — only to dash it against the rocks for a chance to make some of that sweet Mark Cuban money.

Episode 54: MorphCorps  

We return from our week of absence to explore Mario & Sonic at the Eurovision Song Contest, Bad Dad Redemption, a competitive news chopper piloting game, and a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds mod that adds a shapeshifting companion.

Episode 53: Angels in the Paint  

We take a deep dive in Sonic lore, make a game about One Weird Trick, a Weekend at Bernie's-style Splinter Cell game, and a game about celestial b-ball interference.

Episode 52: Property Brothers in Arms: Global Front Door  

After kicking things off with an 8-almond challenge, we dust ourselves off and develop some games — including Breath of the Wile E. Coyote, Adjustin' Timberlake and Shrekken.

Episode 51: The Prestige Goose  

This week, we design a game about a fake zoo, a Spider vs. Man Paragon/Renegade system, an Applebee's based fighting game, and a movie.

Episode 50: CoolGames Inc in the City  

In this special video episode of CoolGames Inc (available on youtube.com/polygon), Griffin and Nick lay out their plans for Taste Buds, a friends-only cooperative VR food experience.

Episode 48: Silhouette of the Big One: Takedown  

This week, we set aside some time to address #Cheetogate, introduce the first in our three-part "algorithmically-generated video games" segment, and then do what we do best: make video games inspired by Burnout 3.

CGI Jr: Vitality Egg  

With Griffin all souped up and Nick reporting in from the South, we've produced a baby-sized episode centered mostly around creating the ultimate proprietary Nintendo peripheral: the Nintendo Vitality Egg.

Episode 47: Mr. Bucket's Stroke Wars  

This week sees us barrelling headfirst into Easter as we reminisce about our favorite holiday traditions — before making a monstrous classic movie / anime hybrid, designing a Shadow the Hedgehog ending-based birthday quiz, figuring out what S.E.X. Tricky would be, and ultimately designing the ultimate minigolf MMO featuring everyone's favorite discontinued 90's tabletop toy.

Episode 46: Munchlax Analysis  

We briefly set aside the video games while Griffin pitches us on his new app that's taking SXSW by storm — and then hop back into our game developer chairs to make games about Borrowers in a snack machine, a cover-based shooter where you're invincible but VERY shy, and a game about being an aging film critic trying to review Pokemon: The First Movie in the year 1999.

CGI Jr: Oops! All Baileys  

Nick is dying of a mysterious GDC ailment that renders his brain non-functional, so we're doing a half-length episode about bear mascots, a sweetlip emperor-based successor to Dolphin Olympics, and a world full of Cash Cabs.

Episode 45: The Crew: Wet Country  

It's Nintendo Switch launch day, a day that we here on CoolGames Inc treat as a federal holiday. To celebrate, we treat ourselves to a big ol' batch of good, stupid video game ideas, including a game about going to heaven, another about buying a Vita in Reggie Fils-Aime's body, and a alternate history prohibition game so elaborate we don't have time to summarize it in this podcast description text.

Episode 44: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  

The boys set a new landspeed record for crime confessions in a video game podcast, before diving into a Mario Party 6 microphone reboot, a Santana-driven baseball game, and a Skyrim toilet game.

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