The Great Cryptid Hunt – Vidjagame Apocalypse 389

In what may be our greatest Spooptober episode yet, the inimitable Alex Faciane of Chilluminati Podcast (among other things) joins us for a look at five real(ish) cryptids — creatures people swear they’ve seen but whose existence remains unconfirmed — that have made multiple videogame appearances over the years. Then it’s on to a heated discussion of the Monster Hunter movie trailer, Sega’s surprise 60th-anniversary games, and the classic Nintendo games you think should get the battle royale treatment.

Question of the Week: Does your hometown have any local cryptids or legends? Tell us about them.


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8 thoughts on “The Great Cryptid Hunt – Vidjagame Apocalypse 389

  1. QOTW: Legend has it meaningful jobs used to exist here in Northwest Indiana but I’ve seen no evidence beyond old railroad ties buried in people’s backyards.

  2. Aloha, VGA. That’s how we say hello in Louisville, KY. Not really, BUT, we do have a local cryptid called the Pope Lick Goatman. Pope Lick is a road in the more-rural part of the county Louisville is in. It is most-known because there is a long train trestle, a la ‘Stand By Me’ , where teens would try to run across this railroad bridge during the night without getting hit by a train. If you succumbed to the trestle, you were killed by the Goatman. Not the train, obviously. A perfectly stupid cryptid-excuse for teenagers in the 70s (and earlier??), but one I definitely heard as a kid. Fun fact: as of today, there is a super-sweet system of parks along the more-rural areas of Louisville, where the Goatman can frolic to his liking each and every evening. Long-time-listener appreciative of the great show/network. BAAAAAAAAHHHHH

  3. G’day from down Under.

    We got a few down here in Straya, the most famous ones are the Bunyip and the Yowie.

    The Yowie actually spawned a chocolate line of Kinder surprise style little Yowie characters.

    Oh and the drop bear is a thing of legend as well. You should look up the Bundy rum drop bear commercials.

    That’s all I got. Keep up the good work

  4. QOTW – Something about more mundane , a criptid associated with southwest Western Australia (which as a state, imagine the population of both Dakota’s spread over your entire us west coast) Legend has it we have a remenant population of mainland Tasmanian Tigers living here, named the Nannup Tigers after the town. In hand with it goes reports of headless roadkill kangaroo corpses indicating their favorites part of the body to scavenge. I worked in forestry briefly and did in fact pull a roo off the road one morning only to see it headless that afternoon! But of course it’s probably more likely a roo head makes for good bait to set in a crayfish pot. We also share some “unidentified big cats roaming the hills” stories like parts of the the UK has, popularly attributed to US army puma or wildcat kitten mascots brought over during the war then released.

    Speaking of Australian cryptids, when can we get an RDR style game featuring our own 1800s version of your banditos “bush rangers”?

    Keep up the great work fellas!

  5. To all these cryptids that are roughly human – sized or smaller, I say “pah!” Here in Colorado, there are tales of an enormous beast known as the Slide-Rock Bolter. It’s essentially a giant land whale that clings to steep mountain slopes by its tail and catches prey by releasing its grip and sliding down the slope with its maw open wide. It’s easily one of the strangest creatures I’ve ever heard of and it is definitely real and in no way the invention of a drunk lumberjack trying to describe a rock slide or to scare his friends.

    https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Slide-Rock_Bolter

  6. Loved this and the other spooky episodes VGA! QOTW – Sorry- it’s a little long but I promise it’s worth it.

    In Brooklyn there were some great urban legends, the Brooklyn Vampire Albert Fish, Cropsy (star of upstate NY slasher, The Burning), sewer gators and so on. I wanted to tell one a personal one. I grew up in a neighborhood called Park Slope, which was getting gentrified rapidly in the early 90s. Right in the middle of the neighborhood there was a large ominous building that took up a full block and stood higher than anything else. It was an abandoned clock factory, viewable from any kids window, and sometimes at night you could hear the deep, sorrowful sobs of the ghost that haunted it. The thing is, there really were the sounds of a woman crying, in real life.
    Lots of stories went throughout the kids there, “the owner of the clock factory that killed herself”, or “the clock makers scorned daughter”. It was the source of a lot of nightmares, and kept me awake and scared many nights.
    When I grew up, I learned there was an old armory that was turned into a battered women’s shelter next door to the factory that would take in some women who were probably having very, very bad nights. It’s sad to think that mournful crying was different people at such a terrible moment in their lives, but it’s the only thing that makes sense… at least that’s what I tell myself now.

  7. QOTW – I am from Frederick county, Maryland and we have the Snallygaster. This half-reptile, half-bird with a metallic beak lined with razor teeth would swoop down silently from the sky and pick up its prey. When first originated in 1730 farmers would paint a seven pointed star on their barns as it was said to keep the monster at bay. We still have barns from back then were you can see the star. The crazy thing about this cryptid is how much the press used it to increase their readership in the 1900’s. One reporter even wrote that the Smithsonian was offering a reward for the hide and that Theodore Roosevelt was thinking of canceling a African safari to hunt the monster personally. I couldn’t imagine someone writing something so false in the paper nowadays. If you think you have heard of this monster before it is because it appears in Fallout 76 along with a few others on your list. That version is said to just be from scientists failing at crossing different animal genes together. I’d prefer to keep my supernatural version. Keep up the great work guys.

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