Retronauts Episode 438: X-Men Games

Yes, more mutants

Podcasts: They are the key to our evolution. They have enabled us to evolve from an individual program at a defunct website into the dominant retro-game show on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of episodes. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.

This week we harness the power of the atom and the infinite potential of the human genome to bring to you a conversation about famed mutant superheroes The X-Men and their many video game adventures. Just like their various team members, a few of their outings are all-time classics, but a few of them are less-than-astonishing.

Host Bob Mackey is joined on this episode by the uncanny Henry Gilbert and the extraordinary Gary Butterfield. Bob admits his own X-Men knowledge isn't all that vast, but our guests bring plenty of X-knowledge to the table. X-celsior!

Description: Despite existing for nearly 30 years beforehand, it took until nearly the '90s for the X-Men to find their way into video games. And it should come as no surprise that the IP's Renaissance during that decade coincided with some of the most notable games to ever feature Professor X's collection of special youngsters. (Though the aughts blessed us with a few worth talking about as well.) On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Gary Butterfield as the crew examines the most entertaining adaptations of this group of super-powered freaks who just might be an allegory for something.

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As with all of the episodes Bob produces, this week’s cover art is by Nick Daniel. Check out his Twitter, or patronize his Patreon!