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 39:  Hide and Chic  

Whoops: we tried, but we couldn't resist just talking about the Nintendo Switch for the entire episode. Sorry!

Episode 38: Alan Twodiscs  

New year, new us! This week, Griffin and Nick kick off a 2017 "pawncast" rebrand, quadruple their game output, and explore some potential 2K17 launches: games like FuddBorne, Ninten_Dogs, Burnout 3: DMCA Takedown and more.

The 2016 Spike TV Video Game Awards  

Griffin and Nick set aside the jokes and finish off 2016 with a recap of all the greatest video games that came out in this wonderful, wonderful year.

CGI Jr: Dis-ho-ho-honored  

Deal or No Deal but with mimics, Doctor Robotnik's Nice Rice Device, Scribblenauts: The Lost Words, and so much more.

CGI Jr: Burnout, With Horses  

Griffin graciously takes some time out of his paternity leave to make an appropriately baby-sized episode of CoolGames Inc, where we explore a small but delightful selection of ideas — including a horse-based Burnout clone.

Episode 37: OLD PERSONα (& Knuckles)  

OlliOlli Oxenfree, Urine Danger, Mr. Bean x Hitman, and so, so, so much more.

Episode 36: Death Stranding: Ground Zeroes (feat. Dan Ryckert)  

Super Mario Moonshine. Darrenfall. Steal Me I'm Perfect. Mario & Sonic Judge the Olympic Games. Dan Ryckert guest stars.

Episode 35: Foreverteenz: Pencils Down! Motor  

This time around, we finally — finally! — give Waluigi his own game, before ditching that idea and creating the ultimate teenage driving exam simulator.

Episode 34: Dale's Crossing / Spaghetti Trouble  

To celebrate the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, Griffin and Nick attempt to do an all-Switch episode. It does not go well for them.

Episode 33: Stacks on Stacks on Stacks (feat. Austin Walker)  

This week, we non-confrontationally enforce theater etiquette, remake Danganronpa with Adam Sandler characters, create a 5-vs-5 Voltron-style mech game, and build a bizarre VR noun-stacking game that harbors a terrible secret. Waypoint editor-in-chief Austin Walker guest stars.

Episode 32: Yummy & Wild  

Griffin and Nick go on a Trophy Nut Flavor Adventure, create a game about stealth vaping in class, devise a Gran Turismo game but for wheelbarrows, and reimagine Lucky & Wild as a 3-on-3 competitive food truck simulator.

Episode 31: Dr. Robotnik's Dinner Blasterz  

We kick off October with a full-length eppy, which means it's time to grapple with some Halloween-themed Twitter display names, a Mary Berry weed review show, a Shenmue-style game set in an early-2000s gaming comic, and pinball with a hunk of raw meat.

CGI Jr: Time-Travelling Prank Wizard  

This week on CoolGames Inc, Griffin and Nick learn a valuable lesson about why you maybe don't record 4 back-to-back episodes of a podcast: because you might end up running out of good ideas. As a result, this final installment of CGI Jr includes such gems as Night at the Bad Dragon Museum, an Applebee's equivalent of Chex Quest, Rainbow Six Siege for surprise parties, and some sort of dumb game about hiding a Bop-It Extreme thousands of years in the past. Enjoy!

CGI Jr: Anime Food (for VR)  

In the episode 3 of our 4-part SPECIAL PODCASTING EVENT, Griffin and Nick briefly flirt with an all Shrek the Third-themed episode, explore an asymmetrical Olive Garden game, and then settle on an idea that's poised to change everything: BeamNG.drive for anime food.

CGI Jr: Why Hasn't Anyone Made a Video Game About the TV Show "Monk" Yet?  

For week 2 of CGI Jr Month, we explore games for olds: a MUCH easier Dark Souls, a game about Wonder Trading phone apps with your dad, and an-depth industry expose about the glaring lack of Monk video games.

CGI Jr: Kingdom Hearts for Babies  

Welcome to CoolGames Inc Jr — packed with all the game design you know and love, but in a convenient, bite-sized 20 minute format! In CGI Jr's debut episode, we explore Kancolle for babies, Kingdom Hearts for babies, VeggieTales for babies, and much, much more.

Episode 30: Beep Beep Evolution Party (feat. Thomas Biery)  

After spending a few minutes just really letting those darn millennials have it, Griffin and Nick explore Charlotte's Deep Web, an Incredible Machine but for bongs, a game about being Mario's cameraman, and a whole lot more. Polygon editorial intern Thomas Biery guest stars.

Episode 29: InduStreet Boys  

This time on CoolGames Inc, we explore a game about sneaking food into a movie theater, a Where's Waldo edition of No Man's Sky, Nintendogs but for Doom demons, and Nine Lives: Origins.

Episode 28: THUDDS  

This week's episode opens with about 7 minutes of Griffin electrocuting himself, but once that's done, we hop right into the thick of it with a haunted Casino Kid cartridge, a cooking game with delivery, and the social media reboot WarioWare needed.

Episode 27: Homestuck  

This week, Nick and Griffin are set upon by two special guests: a man with a drill and an audio engineer. They do eventually make some games, though, including a No Man's Sky / Crazy Taxi hybrid, an MGS2 skateboarding role reversal, a game based on Griffin's intepretation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and finally, a game set to revolutionize the survival game genre.

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