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A relentlessly on topic smorgasbord of hard hitting video game questions as addressed by a panel of experts. Featuring Frank Cifaldi, Brandon Sheffield, and a rotating group of special guests. Hosted by Alex Jaffe. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original music by Kurt Feldman.


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Ep. 262 - Phantastic, with Gita Jackson
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Journalist Gita Jackson joins the full panel to decide how much video games should cost, share research tips, and reveal Barbies in the garbies. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Gita Jackson. Featuring Harper Jay, Azurelore Korrigan, and Vincent Diamante, with writing by Mark Cerny. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this week:

  1. From Andrés Velasco y Coll: Has there been a speedrun that particularly impressed you? Or, how would you ruin Sony Computer Entertainment? (06:16)
  2. Now that every issue of Nintendo Power is uploaded to the Internet Archive, what should we do with it? (13:09)
  3. What should it cost to buy a video game? (19:46)
  4. What can we say about the legacy of Rieko Kodama? (34:39)
  5. Insert Credit contributors share memories of Rieko Kodama (48:31)
  6. Kiko asks: is it ever worthwhile to play all the way through a game you hate? (01:02:15)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Localization Station (01:11:55)

Recommendations and Outro (01:18:25)

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations: Frank: Follow Gita on twitter, Mad Men
Gita: Interview with the Vampire
Tim: Mad Men
Brandon: Star Trek: Lower Decks, Morbid Saint

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Nov 21, 2022
Ep. 261 - Clown Insanity, with Andrés Velasco y Coll and Fūnk-é Joseph
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EVO tournament organizer Andrés Velasco y Coll and PC Gamer editor Fūnk-é Joseph join Frank and Jaffe for the new Sonic game, predatory publisher tactics, and Nickelodeon’s Fortnite. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Andrés Velasco y Coll, and Fūnk-é Joseph. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this week:

  1. Are 3D Sonic games a failed experiment? (04:17)
  2. How do games best emulate being able to fly? (10:03)
  3. What precautions should developers take to avoid being taken advantage of by publishers? (14:11)
  4. How do you curate a video game zine? (18:37)
  5. The Adaptation Game: Turn a video game into a daytime game show (24:00)
  6. Bearcabin asks: What kinds of developers would video game magazines end up being? (29:44)
  7. Are there any good video game ads? (35:45)
  8. What is more difficult to do in video games than in real life? (42:32)
  9. What is the Avatar: The Way of Water of video games? (46:56)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Major Arcana (54:52)

Recommendations and Outro (59:48)

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Check out the SimCopter 64 article on GameHistory.org

Andrés: Tampa Never Sleeps for some the best North American KOF fighters

Fūnk-é: Making Comics, Fūnk-é Joseph

Jaffe: Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics

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Nov 14, 2022
Ep. 260 - Banjo-Kazoomer
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The full panel reunites to determine what a video game is, how to do RPG dungeon music right, and Bob Oldfather. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this week:

  1. Why did Embracer Group acquire Square Enix Montreal, change its name to Onoma, and then immediately shut it down? (05:25)
  2. What kind of video game items do you never want to use again? (08:09)
  3. When you’re playing an RPG and you complete an enemy encounter, should the overworld or dungeon theme start over from the beginning, pick up where it left off, or just play through the encounter itself? (15:15)
  4. NASCAR racer Ross Chastain pulled off a risky wall-riding maneuver this week setting a lap record, claiming that he learned the move from playing NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube. How is it that video games are changing the way sports are played in real life? (21:04)
  5. Is this particular dartboard a video game console? (30:02)
  6. Violence Island (39:17)

LIGHTNING ROUND: From Yeso: Guess the game based on its Metacritic review (01:06:38)

Recommendations and Outro (01:13:31)

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017)

Frank: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange if you’re in Tuscon or Phoenix

Jaffe: Vote! And tell your friends to subscribe to the new Apple Podcasts feed

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Nov 07, 2022
Ep. 259 - Specdracular 2022, with Christa Lee
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Game music composer and console restoration expert Christa Lee joins this year’s monster hunting party, taking on evils like foreshadowing, deceptively powerful industry figures, and ranking the Silent Hill series. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Christa Lee. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this year:

  1. What do we think of all the Silent Hill stuff that got announced? (03:35)
  2. What games best use technological constraints to their advantage? (09:59)
  3. When does a game seem perfect for you, but still doesn’t work? (15:58)
  4. What’s the right way to do foreshadowing in a video game? (23:09)
  5. The Fightening Return of Questions Deemed Too Stupid for the Dirtbag (29:36)
  6. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken in a video game? (39:50)
  7. Should video games even have unwinnable scenarios? (46:05)
  8. Who are the most surprisingly powerful people in the video game industry? (53:06)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Ranking the Silent Hill series (01:00:39)

Recommendations and Outro (01:12:32)

Visit the forums to see the final ranking of the Silent Hill series!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Tim: Have already put a “Skip Intro” on Star Trek: The Next Generation if you’re someone who has the ability to make that happen inside Paramount+ by the time this episode airs

Brandon: Virtuosic Hair Metal Band T-Ride, buy from CastleMania if you’re gonna buy any of these rereleases coming up

Christa: Insmouse no Yakata, get your VirtualBoy ribbons fixed at SoundRetro.co, Furuhata Ninzaburō, Mikey and Nicky (1976)

Jaffe: Wishlist Demonschool and Hyper Gunsport on Steam, Welcome to the Fantasy Zone

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Oct 31, 2022
Ep. 258 - Tapey Toppies
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The panel reunites in total to cover the death of the Stadia, if it’s ever okay to make a 30 FPS game, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Questions this week:

  1. Find any long lost NES games lately, Frank? (06:18)
  2. What do we have to say about the passing of the Stadia? (13:15)
  3. Which video game franchise took the greatest number of releases to start getting interesting? (19:01)
  4. When can a current game justify a 30 FPS frame rate? (25:03)
  5. Jaffe Guesses the Golden Age of Konami – Round 5 (36:21)
  6. Spencer’s Gifts asks: What is the best non-interactive work of video game media? (41:54)
  7. Is there a video game you think would have been more successful if it was released later? (47:43)
  8. What is the Aqua Teen Hunger Force of video games? (52:16)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (59:18)

Check out the forums to Colossus scream about this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Reservation Dogs, play Control in German

Tim: Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, put a “Skip Intro” on Star Trek: The Next Generation if you’re someone who has the ability to make that happen inside Paramount+

Frank: Check out the weird rough draft of the HD restoration that introduces each episode of The Next Generation on Pluto TV’s Star Trek channel

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 24, 2022
Ep. 257 - Building the Sandwich While You're Eating It, with Chris Plante
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EIC of Polygon and co-host of The Besties Chris Plante fills in for Frank on topics like the Cyberpunk anime, Anthem, and a Republican poet’s paradise.

Questions this week:

  1. How can game companies draw attention back to their titles after a botched release? (07:07)
  2. How do you make collecting treasure in a game feel significant? (14:14)
  3. What would you put in The Orange Box 2? (20:12)
  4. How would you quantify an experience point? (26:07)
  5. Design a game based on a White House press conference. (32:59)
  6. From PAX 2022: An interview with Starbucks Workers United organizer (37:59)
  7. MoxBagel re-asks: What’s the ideal video game to play over dinner? (41:11)
  8. Has a plot hole in a game’s story ever ruined the game for you? (48:37)
  9. What is the Avengers: Endgame of video games? (58:14)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design – Panic! At The Disco songs (01:05:38)

Recommendations and Outro (01:18:57)

If you look behind this episode’s waterfall you’ll find people discussing it in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Jaffe: Watch One Piece

Brandon: hold the up and down buttons to control those barrels in the Carnival Zone in Sonic 3, don’t watch Austin Powers, don’t watch any of the Bill & Ted movies, Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)

Tim: Check out Star Trek: Discovery if you want to see David Cronenberg be weird and Michelle Yeoh be weird

Chris: Subscribe to Shudder or The Criterion Channel

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Chris Plante. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 17, 2022
Ep. 256 - Top 20 Arcade Edition
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The full panel reassembles to create an Insert Credit approved ranked list of twenty arcade games. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

Nominees in Order of Discussion:

  • Asteroids Deluxe (21:30)
  • The Irritating Stick (26:10)
  • Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road (30:16)
  • Alien Vs. Predator (34:28)
  • X-Men (40:15)
  • Capcom Vs. SNK 2 Millionaire Fighting 2001 (44:43)
  • The Outfoxies (50:33)
  • NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (01:02:25)
  • Groove Coaster (01:08:24)
  • F-Zero AX (01:15:51)
  • Frogger (01:26:25)
  • Typing of the Dead (01:30:10)
  • Tapper (01:39:32)
  • Azumanga Puzzle Daioh (01:42:23)
  • Prop Cycle (01:47:39)
  • Dog Patch (01:57:29)
  • Darius (02:02:04)
  • Ibara Kuro: Black Label (02:07:28)
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (02:10:33)
  • Outrun (02:14:31)

View the finalized ranked list in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 10, 2022
Ep. 255 - It's Boss Time Now, with John Learned
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Game annotater and journalist John Learned joins the panel to cover dead babies, doing a Batman, and Mr. Bones and me.

Questions this week:

  1. What’d you think of Return to Monkey Island, Frank? (04:57)
  2. What have been the most significant improvements to the Metroidvania format since Symphony of the Night? (11:30)
  3. How many fighters should be in a fighting game? (16:53)
  4. What’s the best use of a musical instrument in a non-music based video game? (21:53)
  5. What job in the video game industry are you not qualified for, but could do an okay job at anyway? (27:14)
  6. Spencer’s Gifts asks: Are lost memories a compelling story device? (35:27)
  7. Violence Island Season 2 (41:37)
  8. Other than an achievement or trophy, what’s the best way to reward a player for 100% completion in a video game? (58:00)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pull Quotes (01:03:30)

Recommendations and Outro (01:08:19)

Return to the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Buy stuff from Japan right now since the exchange rate is so good, Cypher (2002),

Frank: Beavis and Butt-Head

John: Breaking Bad

Jaffe: Send proof of new or upgrading Patreon membership to personally choose an obscure video game reference to open a future episode with! Wishlist Demonschool on Steam by Necrosoft. Check out our sister show, The Video Game History Hour. Enjoy the new action button reviews boku no natsuyasumi. Subscribe to Annotated Games by John Learned.

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Brandon Sheffield, and John Learned. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 03, 2022
Ep. 254 - From Tokyo with Brandon Sheffield, Part II
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Brandon continues his time in Japan for the Tokyo Game Show by covering hidden shrines at Sega HQ with Lotte May and Yumiko Miyabe, Rez development with Mark Macdonald, Kaiju bars with Jun Shimizu, Tokyo Game Show games with Andrew Kiya, the Japanese language with Cheryl Ng, and video game purchases with Paul O’Leary McCann.

Discuss part II of this episode in the forums!

Hosted by Brandon Sheffield, with Lotte May, Yumiko Miyabe, Mark MacDonald, Jun Shimizu, Andrew Kiya, Cheryl Ng, and Paul O’Leary McCann. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 26, 2022
Ep. 253 - From Tokyo with Brandon Sheffield, Part I
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Full moon, hot cars, cool games, good records. Brandon Sheffield is in Japan for Tokyo Game Show 2022, and has lots to share from the trip, including a Nintendo HQ visit, Maidreamin’, highway driving and street racing spots with Chibi-Tech, and record store finds with Kenan Alpay.

Discuss this episode in the forums!

Hosted by Brandon Sheffield, with Chibi-Tech and Kenan Alpay. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 19, 2022
Ep. 252 - Quora Spectaskular 2, with Ash Parrish and Chris Kohler
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The reunited Ash Parrish and Chris Kohler, both formerly of Kotaku Splitscreen, join Frank Cifaldi and Alex Jaffe in answering the top video game questions on Quora.

Questions this week:

  1. Is there any reason to choose a female character in video games? (03:18)
  2. Why does everyone speak English in the Fallout video game series? (06:04)
  3. Playing Skyrim as a vampire, is it worth it? (06:56)
  4. Why is Magnus Carlsen hinting at not playing world championships anymore while at the peak of his power? (09:20)
  5. What’s the hardest video game ever made? (11:31)
  6. How can I permanently end my son’s gaming? (14:45)
  7. What are some good free game engines? (21:16)
  8. In a 4X game, do you play tall or wide? (22:45)
  9. What game has the environment that blew your mind? (24:27)
  10. Where do you scale the Game Sonic? (27:58)
  11. If you’re making a game and a company wants to buy it from you, how much should you sell it for? (32:41)
  12. Will the era of console exclusive games ever end? (38:28)
  13. Why is it when I play Minecraft with 1660Ti I barely reach 60fps? (39:28)
  14. My son is playing Elden Ring and it’s full of demonic imagery. What should I do? (40:28)
  15. What are the least known game genres? (42:34)
  16. Are there any games that can actually earn Paypal money?(45:42)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Overwatch League Team Slogans (46:37)

Recommendations and Outro (50:35)

Any questions? Ask them in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: The Video Game History Hour

Ash: BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Chris: Immortality

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Ash Parrish and Chris Kohler. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 12, 2022
Ep. 251 - Bye Forever PAX 2022, with Brandon Sheffield
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Brandon Sheffield reports from the Demonschool booth at PAX 2022, where he shares stories direct from Ian Adams, Frank Howley and our own Frank Cifaldi.

  1. Demonschool Booth Worries (00:14)
  2. A PAX-ish Anecdote, with Ian Adams (02:12)
  3. Day 1 Wrap-Up (03:19)
  4. Hotel Experience (05:06)
  5. Orange County in Newcastle upon Tyne (06:42)
  6. Day 2 and Adventure Game Panel, with Frank Cifaldi (08:53)
  7. Seattle Is Just San Francisco 2 (23:38)
  8. The Last of Us 2 Whiskey Event, with Frank Howley (26:16)
  9. Wrap Up (30:05)

Hosted by Brandon Sheffield, with Ian Adams, Frank Howley and Frank Cifaldi. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 05, 2022
Ep. 250 - Getcha Self a Hot Dog, with Liz Ryerson
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Insert Credit Fringe Games Correspondent Liz Ryerson returns to the panel to cover being a tool user, the year of peak stupidity in video games, and crystals of fun syrup.

Questions this week:

  1. If you had a free day at the world’s most complete arcade, how would you spend a thousand quarters? (02:27)
  2. Is Gamescom the new E3? (07:59)
  3. What is the Snyder Cut of game conferences? (13:19)
  4. Recommend a video game soundtrack for Alex Jaffe’s dad’s commute (18:57)
  5. Improv Zone: Game Director YouTube Channels (23:49)
  6. Mr. Heck asks: what makes successful video games similar, and what makes video game failures unique? (39:24)
  7. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen in a video game? (47:59)
  8. How would you put the sound of a black hole into a video game? (52:47)
  9. What kind of games and areas of game culture do we not talk about enough on Insert Credit? (56:30)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Episode Title Throwbacks (01:01:41)

Recommendations and Outro (01:11:06)

Two hundred and fifty? That’s a lot of episodes you could discuss in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Wash your car from top to bottom, watch the Comanche dub of Prey (2022), Winter Beast (1992)

Frank: If you like to channel surf old games, don’t forget to play the popular good stuff too

Liz: Death’s Dynamic Shroud, Season of the Witch (1972), Kitschfork

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Brandon Sheffield, and Liz Ryerson. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 29, 2022
Not 250 - Violence Island Exhibition and Waiting for Timbot
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Here’s something different! Episode Not 250 brings you a few of the Who Would Win In A Fight matches from forums.insertcredit.com and delivers swift judgment from Alex Jaffe. Stick around for conversation from Alex, Frank, and Brandon on subjects like Judaism in the Bay Area, Batman: The Animated Series, cultural aesthetic adoption over the decades, and more.

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 22, 2022
Ep. 249 - Space Jerks on Monkey Island
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Our beloved panel of experts discusses podcasts on Stadia, Chimp Chent, and Breath of the Gliald.

Questions this week:

  1. From Ash Parrish: If a game development studio was run like a busy kitchen, what would employees shout while running around? (01:18)
  2. How do developers make money from subscription services like GamePass? (06:12)
  3. Which former game development collaborators would you most like to see team up again? (10:52)
  4. What are the false impressions we get about war from war video games? (17:57)
  5. What’s the plot of Super Monkey Ball? (22:36)
  6. Gaagaagiins asks: Rank the following – dash, roll, slide, glide, hover, fly and jump. (27:22)
  7. How do you get past video game burnout? (37:11)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name a new Guilty Gear character (41:25)

Recommendations and Outro (44:03)

Legally, the government can’t stop you from discussing this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Tim: Don’t go outside if you live in New York

Brandon: The Cannibal Man (1972), you can eat squash leaves and stems, research the correct order to watch The Prisoner

Frank: New Beavis and Butt-Head series is pretty good

Jaffe: The Sandman

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 15, 2022
Ep. 248 - Insert Credit Flavored Questions that are too stupid for the Dirtbag, with Ash Parrish
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Insert Credit Hornt Correspondent Ash Parrish rejoins the panel to answer questions members of the Insert Credit forums deemed too stupid even to submit to the dirtbag.

Questions this week:

  1. BluntForceMama asks: What is your mom’s favorite TV show, and how would you adapt it into a video game your dad would want to play? (02:06)
  2. Gaagaagiins asks: Is Capcom just Sega without the Sega-ness? (07:09)
  3. beets asks: If you were going to make a table from video game hardware, which would you choose? (10:03)
  4. yeso asks: can Yoko Taro see out of that thing? (12:41)
  5. King Tub asks: when I’m rewarded with gold for fighting a monster, what’s it doing with that gold? (15:13)
  6. Is Superman just seeing everybody’s dicks all the time? (18:03)
  7. Gaagaagiins asks: Design a Fromsoft Onimusha game with a Jean Reno-level celebrity appearance and setting (20:44)
  8. antillese asks: If muddy brown is the color of Xbox 360 games, what is the video game color of other consoles? (22:12)
  9. The Fragrance of Dark Coffee asks: What isn’t the Jingle All The Way of video games? (26:19)
  10. dylanfills asks: Is the Phoenix Wright series copaganda? (30:15)
  11. Anna asks: If every video game character escaped the virtual world and attacked their creators, which developers could beat their creations? (35:22)
  12. TokuCowboy asks: What does the CD mean in Sonic CD? (40:56)
  13. HelloMrKearns asks: What is the Mitsuoka Le-Seyde of video games? (41:28)
  14. dylanfills asks: is Doomguy a bottom? (47:48)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Arcade of Our Own (51:16)

Recommendations and Outro (01:03:22)

Discuss this episode in the forums or ask questions of your own!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Wishlist Hyper Gunsport and Demonschool on Steam

Ash: Endling: Extinction Is Forever, Escape Academy

Frank: Try unsalted nuts, send Frank the Doom comic

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Brandon Sheffield, and Ash Parrish. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 08, 2022
Ep. 247 - The Criterion Collection of Video Games
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The panel convenes to assess the Oofya, share controversial Klonoa opinions, and choose the first five video games to be given the Criterion Collection treatment.

Questions this week:

  1. What difficulty mode do you start games on? (00:42)
  2. How do you remedy the tone of Grand Theft Auto while maintaining crass irreverence? (05:53)
  3. How do you create urgency in a video game without an explicit timer? (16:35)
  4. What should Roblox replace its iconic “oof” noise with? (20:31)
  5. Jaffe Guesses the Golden Age of Konami – Round 4 (28:37)
  6. Tom asks: If the Criterion Collection were to release video games, what might the first five titles be, and what would the ideal special features be for each of them? (30:04)

LIGHTNING ROUND: The Inaugural Criterion Collection of Video Games (01:01:33)

Share your picks for games 6 and onward in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Tim: The Criterion Channel

Frank: Get some good sleep and poop on the regular

Brandon: If you drink wine buy a wine aerator, and if you live in the Bay Area buy Alvarrado Street bread

Jaffe: The Bear on FX

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 02, 2022
Ep. 246 - Those Who Trod Upon Rodents, with Paul Tamayo
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Producer, critic and podcaster Paul Tamayo joins the panel to cover when you should pee your pants, Mario’s political affiliations, the coveted 7/11 video games, and Guantanamo Nights Zone.

Questions this week:

  1. Which real world racing event has the most interesting game mechanics? (06:54)
  2. What are the best implementations of alien technology in video games? (14:05)
  3. Could you design a game about New York City that doesn’t involve driving? (19:55)
  4. What would be the best city to drive around in a video game? (27:48)
    Spencer asks: Why did so many companies throw their hat in the console ring during the fifth generation? (35:28)
  5. Was PaRappa the Rapper good, or do we just remember it because it has a rapping dog? (42:56)
  6. What are your video game spending habits like? (48:04)
  7. Within the game’s fiction, why do video game villains design their bases as platforming puzzles? (56:01)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As - Grand Theft Auto Online (01:01:01)

Recommendations and Outro (01:09:05)

Kick! Punch! Discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Paul: RRR (2022)

Tim: Learn Chinese, it’s important

Brandon: Do not leave your dog in East Oakland unless you want Brandon to take care of it, GRRL, the current season of The Bachelorette if you liked Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Paul Tamayo. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 25, 2022
Ep. 245 - Romancing the Three Kingdoms
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Even Hollywood Florida can’t keep Alex Jaffe from asking the panel about Nobunaga’s Position, The Zorro Theorem, and Jonk Bonk.

Questions this week:

  1. What’s up with that Vice article about Embracer Group making a game archive? (04:47)
  2. What are your favorite kinds of puzzles in video games? (12:34)
  3. How would you design a new spinoff of Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdom’s series? (19:28)
  4. When does a game need a remake? (23:16)
  5. Which four video games would you buy for each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? (28:57)
  6. Le Fish asks: What would the title, plot, and promotional tagline of a Bonk movie be? (34:43)
  7. Is it always more exciting to play offense than defense? (41:02)
  8. Do you have any recurring intrusive video game memories? (43:35)
  9. What is The Orville of video games? (47:44)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Famicom Feud – Spike Video Game Awards Celebrity Hosts (53:05)

Recommendations and Outro (01:09:26)

Share your recurring intrusive video game memories in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Tim: Smoke weed every day

Frank: Be by yourself for a little bit

Brandon: The City of the Dead (1960) specifically for Venetia Stevenson’s performance

Jaffe: John Adams

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 18, 2022
Ep. 244 - Double-Sized Dirtbag Delve, with Andrés Velasco y Coll
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EVO Head Tournament Organizer Andrés Velasco y Coll fills in as host for a number of listener submitted questions, covering Italian David Cage, Stardon’t Valley, and how to get a job in the video game industry.

Questions this week:

  1. Anders asks: How do you get into the video game industry? (07:35)
  2. AOL Netscape asks: What series or franchise has a spinoff game arguably better than its predecessor? (23:32)
  3. Ross Hamrick asks: How would you remake Jackie Chan Stuntmaster? (29:52)
  4. Horizontal Hold asks: Which Nintendo IP would Sega make a good entry of? (37:08)
  5. Mox Bagel asks: Which game director would make the best physical version of their game? (44:24)
  6. Dilson asks: What are the best crouching animations? (54:40)
  7. The Fragrance of Dark Coffee asks: What is the oldest game you’d still recommend today? (59:48)
  8. Spencer asks: Which games have the best third act? (01:09:18)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design – Popular Podcasts (01:15:51)

Recommendations and Outro (01:22:32)

Delve into the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Listen to some other show if you want recommendations, GDQ 2022 Mario Kaizo relay race

Brandon: Space Is the Place (1974), Void Pyramid, Xoo: Xeno Xafari

Andres: Dimension 20’s Starstruck Odyssey

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Hosted by Andres Velasco y Coll, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 11, 2022
Ep. 243 - Alunderstanding Laryngoscopy, with Doc Burford
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Adios Director Doc Burford joins the panel to cover pulse oximeters, what Michael Bay understood about West Side Story, and the RP Walk Button.

Questions this week:

  1. At what point in playing a game do you feel justified picking up a guide? (06:05)
  2. If all video games are fantasy fulfillment, which games serve the most niche interest? (11:18)
  3. Design a game for the Nintendo Wii Vitality Sensor accessory. (17:14)
  4. Jaffe Guesses the Golden Age of Konami – Round 3 (24:20)
  5. Daisopop asks: What’s better? default running with a walk button or default walking with a run button? (25:31)
  6. Is Niantic a one-hit wonder? (31:58)
  7. Who is the Baz Luhrmann of video games? (37:59)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (43:11)

Recommendations and Outro (49:36)

Toggle your run/walk button and get over to the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: The Video Game History Foundation

Brandon: Mad God (2021) East Bay Wilds, wishlist Demonschool on Steam please

Doc: pick up Adios on Switch, Xbox, PC, whatever

Jaffe: Adios on Switch, Xbox, PC, whatever

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Doc Burford. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 04, 2022
Ep. 242 - Famous Characters in Funny Situations, with Mathew Kumar
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Game design lead for Future Club Mathew Kumar joins the panel to cover piles of graphics cards, Dall E, and customer service at the dream factory.

Questions this week:

  1. What makes a video game “obscure?” (06:27)
  2. Brandon Sheffield re-asks: What is a game you didn’t like until you played it? (14:52)
  3. Imagine you’re streaming through a glitch where half your viewers get audio but no visuals, and half get visuals but no audio. What game could you play that both audiences would enjoy the most? (21:00)
  4. Design a new mode for Minesweeper (27:59)
  5. Dirtbag Seth asks: What responsibilities does a King of Fighters have to their subjects? (34:27)
  6. What will AI-generated video games be like? (37:31)
  7. Does fast travel mean traversing a game’s world isn’t interesting? (44:39)
  8. Which video game feels the most Scottish? (51:48)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Famicom Feud - Top 8 Video Game movies on Rotten Tomatoes (56:36)

Recommendations and Outro (01:13:47)

Check out that AI forum game and lots more in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: If you know any retired or semi-retired game developers in the midwest, let Frank know

Brandon: Tool Assisted Speedrun of Pac-Man World for PSX, mikeyeldey: the album for Sega Genesis, set up a nice time for yourself

Tim: Say thank you for things in your life

Mathew: Ignore Big Luhrman, Mickey Reece’s Alien (2017)

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Mathew Kumar. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 27, 2022
Ep. 241 - Octoplath Traveler, with Allegra Frank
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Deputy editor of The Daily Beast Allegra Frank joins the panel to cover Kirby adults, Pokemon Gonlyfans, and whether or not demons are cool.

Questions this week:

  1. Does adapting a story focused on choice into another medium cheapen player agency? (04:58)
  2. Where does the Kirby franchise go from here? (13:19)
  3. What’s happened with Pokemon Go in the last six years since anyone played it? (20:13)
  4. Which video game character would you pick to guest host Saturday Night Live? (26:58)
  5. Are demons cool? (32:02)
  6. Kyle asks: Which famous writer would be best at writing a video game walkthrough? (41:36)
  7. Tim asks: who cares? (48:42)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As: Dragon Age Inquisition (49:35)

Recommendation & Outro (01:00:44)

Pokemon Go to the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: F For Fake (1973), Desiccation’s Cold Dead Earth,

Tim: This lunchtime photograph, Don’t call yourself a flexitarian

Allegra: Freeze then thaw your tofu

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Allegra Frank. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 20, 2022
Ep. 240 - Get On The Centaur, with The Night Sky Prince
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Final Fantasy and JRPG streamer The Night Sky Prince pals around with the panel for an RPG-focused episode covering wily game mavens, Bush doing 9/11, and the Lynchian madness of Kingdom Hearts.

Questions this week:

  1. Brandon Sheffield asks: What is the “Play it again, Sam” of video games? (05:46)
  2. What would make Final Fantasy XVI not just the best game in the series, but a game that even Frank and Brandon would want to play immediately? (12:44)
  3. What are some RPG mechanics from a bygone age you’d like to see make a comeback? (20:54)
  4. Rename Creative Business Units 1 through 4 (26:24)
  5. MoxBagel asks: If Chunsoft continued to make all eleven main Dragon Quests, how would they be different? (37:21)
  6. Is the practice of grinding a fundamental flaw in RPGs, or can it be additive to the experience? (43:38)
  7. What are the qualities of a party member you’ll always keep in your party? (50:44)
  8. Establish a canon of worthy 2D successors to Final Fantasies IV-VI (56:32)

LIGHTNING ROUND: RPGeography (01:03:07)

Recommendations & Outro (01:09:29)

Use Discussion on the forums! It’s super effective!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Wishlist Necrosoft’s new game Demonschool on Steam, check out the website

Frank: Our Flag Means Death

Tim: Buy a nice pair of shoes

The Night Sky Prince: The Night Sky Prince on Youtube, Twitch and Twitter

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and The Night Sky Prince. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 13, 2022
Ep. 239 - Panzer Dragoose
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The panel reveals which console has quietly become the second Dreamcast, their honest feelings on how Sonic Frontiers is looking so far, which game Tim started 24 times before finishing, and much more.

HEADS UP! During Question 6, beginning at 45:51, Tim starts telling a story that contains some pretty horrifying dental trauma. If you don’t want to hear bad things happening to teeth, please skip to 49:37.

Questions this week:

  1. Is a tech demo a video game? (02:36)
  2. Are we getting a new Space Harrier? (13:41)
  3. What are the best fonts and typefaces in video games? (20:22)
  4. Design eight characters for a Street Fighter spinoff where each character is based on a U.S. state (26:31)
  5. Mono asks: What’s the saddest sound you’ve ever heard in a video game? (35:06)
  6. Do you or does someone you know have video game superstitions? (41:27)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (52:39)

Recommendations and Outro (58:15)

Fly away to the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: George & Jonathan - The Best Music, Citizen Sleeper, please wishlist Hyper Gunsport on Steam, watch the PC Gaming Show on Sunday June 12 at 12:30p/3:30e to see Necrosoft’s new video game announcement

Tim: Figure out what Tim is recommending yourself, I guess. Sounds like he likes HBO shows.

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 06, 2022
Ep. 238 - Jackson Backcracker, Cowboy Chiropractor
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Questions this week:

  1. Tim Rogers asks: What’s it like going to a chiropractor? (05:08)
  2. What’s the Metal Gear Solid 2-style subversion Death Stranding 2 will have? (13:23)
  3. What would it take to get you to buy alternate costume DLC? (19:56)
  4. What would we do if we bought EA? (25:56)
  5. Jaffe Guesses The Golden Age of Konami – Attempt 2 (32:02)
  6. Anonymous asks: Design a mascot for the ESRB (32:26)
  7. What is the Porco Rosso of video games? (37:37)
  8. Violence Island – Shadowban Championship (42:41)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As – Minecraft (01:19:16)

Recommendations & Outro (01:27:02)

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: City of Blood by Akvan

Frank: George Carlin’s American Dream

Tim: Severance

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 30, 2022
Ep. 237 - Everything Everywah, with Maddy Thorson
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Developer of TowerFall and Celeste Maddy Thorson joins the panel to cover the Treasure of Sierra Madrock, Nephew Tokens, and if double jumps are really necessary.

Questions this week:

  1. Topher Florence asks: Cast a Super Mario Bros. Movie using the actors from the 1999 film The Matrix. There are no other restrictions. (06:51)
  2. How can a game’s soundtrack encourage gameplay? (13:45)
  3. Why did MicroKingBlizzardActivision show off that diversity chart like they were proud of it? (19:33)
  4. How much of Nintendo can the Saudi Prince of Arabia own before it’s no longer ethical to buy Switch games? (27:05)
  5. Should video games abolish the double jump? (30:42)
  6. Reg asks: What is the best video game manual you have read? (37:50)
  7. How do you implement accessibility options in a game where its difficulty is the point? (43:34)
  8. Do video game release dates mean anything anymore? (48:25)
  9. Will 3D platforming ever be better than 2D platforming? (54:16)

LIGHTNING ROUND: GameFAQ&As – Super Mario Maker 2 (01:00:03)

Recommendations & Outro (01:03:39)

Dash to the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Find and play the Titanic platformer made by Dragon Co.

Tim: Don’t play Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (or do)

Maddy: V Rising

Brandon: Don’t add Amazon Prime Movies to your list at the end of the month, Lacroix Despheres

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Maddy Thorson. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 23, 2022
Ep. 236 - Yggdraskill Tree, with Topher Florence
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Media Crossover Expert Topher “Docfuture” Florence sits with the panel to cover fetchy texture and Bare Nuckle. Ash Parrish shares thoughts on the Halo TV series in “Master Chief Does the Covenant.”

Questions this week:

  1. Can video games do anything interesting with the multiverse trend? (07:21)
  2. What are your predictions for Kingdom Hearts 4? (14:01)
  3. Why do games give you equipment and features later that would have made it more fun from the start? (19:30)
  4. Design a game based on the winter biathalon of cross country skiing and rifle shooting that doesn’t take place in an athletic competition. (25:34)
  5. How would you design a convention experience for Mario Party games? (31:05)
  6. Dirtbag Kiko B asks: What’s an example of a fetch quest you sincerely enjoyed? (42:09)
  7. What are the greatest challenges in video game animation today? (48:14)
  8. What distinctions would you make between the numbers 1 through 4 on a 10-point game rating scale? (53:47)
  9. What is the CW’S Riverdale of video games? (01:05:45)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Skin It To Win It (01:11:52)

Recommendations and Outro (01:18:10)

In some timeline, in some universe, you’re already discussing this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Truth Seekers

Topher: Three Busy Debras

Tim: Euphoria

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Topher Florence. “Master Chief Does the Convenant” by Ash Parrish. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 16, 2022
Ep. 235 - Unchardita, with Vincent Diamante
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Insert Credit Co-founder and legendary game composer Vincent Diamante joins the panel to cover Fighters Megamix romance, Russian Adventure, and the top 5 Sonic games that aren’t the immediately great ones.

Questions this week:

  1. Kris Graft asks: Which two fighters from Fighters Megamix would make the best or worst romantic couple? (05:17)
  2. Now that we have a little distance, what features of the PS4/Xbox One era will feel retro someday? (09:45)
  3. On what occasions have you restarted a game from the beginning before finishing it? (15:02)
  4. What is “immersion” in video games? (19:54)
  5. Design an “In This House We Do Disney” piece of wall art for gamers (25:16)
  6. Dirtbag Salvatore Romano asks: Excluding 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles and Mania, what are the top 5 Sonic the Hedgehog games? (30:36)
  7. Which video game series took the greatest number of entries to start getting good? (36:16)
  8. What is the best logo design in video games? (41:38)
  9. Is Nintendo evil? (46:31)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Acronymizer (50:33)

Recommendations and Outro (56:30)

Immerse yourself in this episode by discussing it in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Vincent: Scritti Politti

Brandon: Halloween (1978)

Frank: Dan Slott’s Spider-Man run

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Brandon Sheffield and Vincent Diamante. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 09, 2022
Ep. 234 - Come Play, My Laggardly Sort, with Kris Graft
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The Tarnished Kris Graft takes his spot on the panel to cover bloodwritten OSHA violations, snipers, and syphilitic electrocution revival.

Questions this week:

  1. Andrés Velasco y Coll asks: When did Konami go bad? (07:39)
  2. Kris Graft, what did you do to get fired from Game Developer? (14:28)
  3. Which NPCs deserve a promotion to playable characters? (21:13)
  4. Do negative status effects make a game more interesting, or just annoying? (27:34)
  5. Improv Zone: Elden Ring Political Debate (33:20)
  6. Dirtbag Gaagaagiins asks: What are some games that would be improved by the removal of their headline feature? (38:55)
  7. Violence Island (47:50)

LIGHTNING ROUND: This or That (01:05:22)

Recommendations and Outro (01:20:31)

Come discuss the episode, my laggardly reader, in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Smithereens (1982), tonyhax, Jun Chikuma’s The Midas Touch

Tim: Don’t shave with an electric razor

Kris: Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), older The Simpsons episodes, Dark

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Kris Graft. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 02, 2022
Ep. 233 - Pod of Casters, an ICS SNK KOF Roundtable
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Cool, cute, and Iori Yagami! Insert Credit Fighting Game Correspondent Patrick Miller hosts Brandon Sheffield, EVO Head Tournament Organizer Andrés “nothingxs” Velasco y Coll and classic Insert Credit writer Azurelore Korrigan to cover the King of Fighters, the fall of SNK, and Insert Credit’s history with both.

Questions this week:

  1. What brought this panel together? (02:11)
  2. What are your fighting game credentials? (10:55)
  3. How has SNK’s purchase by a murderous dictator impacted your relationship with the company and King of Fighters series? (18:24)
  4. What would an in-person Insert Credit event be like? (28:43)
  5. If you disappeared for twenty years, what alias would you return as? (34:49)
  6. Why do you play KOF? (41:26)
  7. How will Kyo and Iori’s long term relationship unfold? (51:32)
  8. Do you think this iteration of SNK is the most successful since the 90’s? (58:39)
  9. In a better world, what classic SNK series would you like to come back? (01:07:14)
  10. Which game in the series sound design has stuck with you the most? (01:13:03)
  11. What is the best outfit in KOF history? (01:20:56)
  12. What are your favorite King of Fighters spinoffs and minigames? (01:26:44)
  13. Who is the King of Fighters? (01:31:53)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Bio Logical (01:37:37)

Recommendations and Outro (01:46:56)

Ready? Go! to the forums to discuss this episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Casa Sanchez Picoso Chips

Azurelore: Far Away Times

Andrés: DNOpls, Patrick Miller’s patreon

Pat: Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 25, 2022
Ep. 232 - The Insert Credit 232nd Episode Spectacular
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After defeat at the hands of scheduling conflicts, Esper steps in to deliver a few of the best Insert Credit Show moments since October 2020.

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 18, 2022
Ep. 231 - The Insert Credit Substitute Teacher Study Hall, with Ash Parrish
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While Alex Jaffe is under the weather, Tim Rogers is stepping in to perform something vaguely resembling hosting duties. Ash Parrish joins the panel to relay Activision news, Sonic 2 The Movie thoughts, and spreadsheet olympics.

Questions this week:

  1. Did y’all see the news? (19:17)
  2. Let’s talk about video game movies. (27:09)
  3. What are some list episodes you guys wanna do? (35:17)
  4. What do we have to say about Street Fighter II sound effects? (46:21)

Recommendations and Outro (49:27)

If you want, you can discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: The Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin, specifically The Tombs of Atuan, watch a Jimmy Wang Yu movie

Ash: Do not read Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

Frank: John Swartzwelder’s The Time Machine Did It

Hosted by Tim Rogers, with Frank Cifaldi, Brandon Sheffield and Ash Parrish. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 11, 2022
Ep. 230 - This Podcast Is My Penance
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The panel reassembles once more to Game Now!, share the best soundtrack for walking your dog, and groan over a couple real Jaffeisms.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit 138: What is the best way to announce a video game release delay? (02:11)
  2. Will the new PS Plus program be worthy of investment? (07:16)
  3. What are the best player health management systems in video games? (13:28)
  4. How important is background art to a video game? (19:43)
  5. Custom Soundtrack: Half-Life 2 (26:53)
  6. Anonymous asks: when was the last time Konami did anything interesting? (33:51)
  7. What are the biggest missed opportunities for lawsuits in video game history? (39:59)
  8. What’s something modern video game designers have forgotten how to do? (45:41)
  9. Brandon Sheffield asks: What are some good action games that aren’t too hard? (51:31)

LIGHTNING ROUND: A Synthesthetic Experiment (01:01:58)

Go ahead and bark about this one in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth if you’re Brandon Sheffield, go pirate old games instead of buying them you fools

Brandon: 2002 (2001) if you like stuff that’s stupid

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 04, 2022
Ep. 229 - Bye Forever GDC 2022, with Liz Ryerson and Brandon Sheffield
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Insert Credit covers GDC 2022 with Liz Ryerson reporting direct from the expo hall on a quest to achieve corporate heaven, while Brandon Sheffield gets quick hits from some prominent attendees and reflects on GDC itself.

Chapters:

  1. Heaven or Corporate Hell: The GDC 2022 Expo Hall, by Liz Ryerson (00:47)
  2. GDC 2022 Reports by Brandon Sheffield: standing in front of a mural (14:32)
  3. hotel report and lumbar pillow (16:34)
  4. fomo (18:47)
  5. Why Is the Whole Idea of Todd Howard Funny? An Investigation, by Kris Graft (21:23)
  6. hodd toward (23:15)
  7. bbc interview about the ukraine bundle (23:49)
  8. piloting through shit, with Rami Ismail (24:35)
  9. an anecdote about gdcs past, with Vincent Diamante (25:51)
  10. unfortunately configured pizza, with Tyriq Plummer (27:47)
  11. wearing a fuck nfts shirt in business meetings, with Xalavier Nelson Jr. (29:02)
  12. a story about discovering punk bands, with Chris Charla (31:56)
  13. flaccid exchanges and ambient jazz (33:07)
  14. san francisco and oakland are different places in america (34:57)
  15. america is a whole country that has san francisco and oakland in it (36:08)
  16. masking (36:48)
  17. an event conspiring (37:49)
  18. something to say, with Anita Sarkeesian (38:31)
  19. something interesting about anthropology, with Trent Kusters (38:53)
  20. the best pancakes in los angeles, with Teddy Dief (40:57)
  21. what lyft drivers know about stem cells, with Scott Jon Siegel (42:33)
  22. Mental Health, by Nick Suttner (43:53)
  23. international news (45:51)
  24. crashing a crypto party, with Frank Cifaldi and Kelsey Lewin (46:39)
  25. a little more to say, with Frank Cifaldi and Kelsey Lewin (52:29)
  26. bye forever (55:13)

Share GDC memories in the forums!

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, Liz Ryerson and Brandon Sheffield reporting. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 28, 2022
Ep. 228 - Should I Drink This?
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The heroes known as Insert Credit return to do battle with Two Point Eight-A video games, Vectourmaun, and giving yousa unna bongo.

Questions this week:

  1. If you could play a video game with any three people, living or dead, who would they be, and what would the game be? (01:47)
  2. What is the best way for video games to represent aging? (05:28)
  3. What’s the stupidest argument you’ve ever been part of over a video game? (11:37)
  4. How much does it cost to make a video game? (14:39)
  5. The Adaptation Game: Adapt the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) handbook into a video game. (21:26)
  6. Dirtbag Anonymous asks: I recently had a job interview where I was asked ‘If your personality was a video game, what game would it be and why?’ How the hell was I supposed to answer this? (28:27)
  7. How effective can an adaptation of a video game be if considering only the lore of a series and not the gameplay? (35:17)
  8. How can you tell a game was made in Europe? (41:03)
  9. What is the seizing in your leg after you wake up that indicates you’re about to experience a horribly painful leg cramp over the next 30 seconds of video games? (46:20)

LIGHTNING ROUND: The Time is Right (53:08)

Recommendations and Outro (01:01:41)

Should you discuss this episode in the forums? I mean I think it would be pretty cool personally, yeah

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: My Kung Fu Sweetheart (2006)

Tim: You Love To See It featuring Tim Rogers, the F1 TV app

Frank: Sam & Max: Save the World

Jaffe: Watch Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) if you’re Frank

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 21, 2022
Ep. 227 - Door Bustin' Gun Totin' Flea Men
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In an eternal battle against time constraints, the panel speedruns tricky topics like shader bananas, unusually serious discussion of bullying, and Badstlevanias.

Questions this week:

  1. Is there anything we want to talk about from the recent Sony State of Play event? (02:13)
  2. How do you use video games to raise $3.5 million for Ukraine in three days? (08:37)
  3. When do you feel like a game was made specifically for you? (13:53)
  4. How can we stop Quantic Dream’s Star Wars game from being finished? (18:52)
  5. Violence Island (26:12)

Outro (38:34)

Quick! If you don’t discuss this episode in the forums it might get away!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations: Bundle for Ukraine

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 14, 2022
Ep. 226 - That's-a So Nice!
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The panel returns complete to confront dudekillers, money laundering, and quick-a time events.

Questions this week:

  1. On what occasion do you lie in video games? (03:40)
  2. What is your most treasured video game possession? (08:23)
  3. Which video game talent would you most like to have? (13:11)
  4. What is your favorite video game occupation? (18:27)
  5. Which video game words or phrases do you most overuse? (22:20)
  6. Where in a video game would you most like to live? (28:54)
  7. Who are your favorite video game writers? (32:54)
  8. What is it that you most dislike in video games? (36:52)
  9. What is your greatest regret in video games? (41:10)
  10. What do you consider the greatest achievement in video games? (45:41)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Dirtbag Lightning Round (49:42)

Recommendations and Outro (56:07)

Discuss-a this episode in-a the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Please check out the Bundle for Ukraine on itch.io

Frank: Please check out the Bundle for Ukraine on itch.io

Tim: Please check out the Bundle for Ukraine on itch.io, think about the words you use

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 07, 2022
Ep. 225 - Even More Games of the Year 2021
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It’s not over yet! Listen to Tim and Brandon mention honorables from last year that didn’t make it on the Insert Credit Top 21 of 2021 list. Plus the essay “isle o tims” by Brandon Sheffield, exploring Balan Wonderworld as a capitalism allegory.

Games Discussed:

Halo Infinite (01:47)
R-Type Final 2 (02:57)
Voice of the Cards (03:45)
The Good Life (04:05)
Inscryption (04:59)
Metroid Dread (05:30)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (06:31)
Far Cry 6 (07:26)
Guilty Gear: Strive (09:29)
Back 4 Blood (10:14)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (11:19)
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (12:24)
Forza Horizon 5 (12:55)
Solar Ash (17:02)
Age of Empires IV (18:50)
No More Heroes 3 (19:19)
Umurangi Generation: Special Edition (20:01)
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond (20:51)
Final Fantasy VII: Remake – Intergrade (22:29)
Castlevania: Advance Collection (22:58)
Overboard (23:26)
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (24:23)
Deathloop (26:33)
Unpacking (26:59)
Evil Tonight (28:35)
Eastward (29:57)
Paradise Killer (31:28)

“isle o tims” by Brandon Sheffield (36:04)

Hello it’s me, brandon sheffield.

Two weeks ago, during our best games of 2021 podcast, I made an offhand remark about Balan Wonderworld, a game in which you have an economy based on small creatures called tims, which you literally throw onto the gears of capitalism. I figured I’d expand on what I meant by that.

Tims are little creatures that hatch from eggs, and live on the isle o’ tims, which is your hub world. They have distinguishing markings like stripes or different cute ears and stuff like that, but functionally they all want to do the same two things: eat, and procreate. The other thing they can be compelled to do is work, which is what they spend most of their time doing.

At the start of the game, the only real structure in the island is a Conan the Barbarian-like turnstyle that has the appearance of a gear. next to that is a long black signboard that flips and makes a big clacking sound as numbers go up. To make that number go up faster, you can pick up your tims and toss them into this turnstyle, which eventually makes them push it. So that’s what I meant by throwing them onto the gears of capitalism.

As your number goes up – and by the way it’s not clear what this number represents, but let’s say it’s money – more structures unlock. The sole function of most of these structures is to enable more tims to do more work. There are little elevators that take them up into simple rube goldberg machines, which drop them through a series of gates and slides, before depositing them back on the ground to start the process over again. Some tims are never released into the world, they simply exist underground, turning a giant wheel. The floor is transparent so that you can watch them work.

All of this is work simply for the sake of work, because the only thing that is created out of this constant grind is a number that goes up, and then an occasional structural addition that theoretically enables more work to be done. But the apparatus itself is inefficiently designed. Tims get regularly jammed up at elevators. Two of them will try to enter a slide at the same time and be stuck for a while, causing a massive traffic jam behind them. There are regularly a dozen tims, piled on top of each other, stacked two or three high, bouncing up and down on an elevator to try to get to work, but unable to do so.

Of course, after a while there is more than one elevator. There are two, and then three. But the tims never take the second or third route – the first is easiest to slide into, so almost every tim takes that path. The number doesn’t seem to go up much faster when tims take the other two paths either, so why should they bother?

I also mentioned that tims want to eat, but I didn’t tell you that what you feed them is gems. You feed them one kind of money in order to make a different kind of money. Gems are something I can collect for free in game stages, and which Balan themselves will double if I complete their minigame.

Once you feed the tims enough to grow large, there are unique kinds of apparatus these rich tims can use to generate money, but they never want to do it. They’re full now and they don’t want to work. They just want to procreate, which happens when you throw a medium-sized tim at a large one. They instantly create an egg, which hatches a tim that’s too small to work. Feed them a few gems and they will become a worker and join the grind.

The structure you’re building is the somewhat ominously-named Clock of Happiness. The name of this structure, whose purpose is never revealed by the way, keeps coming to mind as I see these little guys toiling away to make my numbers go up. There’s a special platform that I can use to view the operation from all angles. It allows me to keep tabs on all my workers and is accessibly only by me. Even with all that I still don’t exactly understand what it is I’m forcing them to work so hard to construct.

But I have found myself, as the defacto boss of this operation, staring at the jammed up elevators, looking at my non-spinning turnstyle, surrounded by tims peeping at me for gems that I don’t have, and thinking “get back to work!” I toss them into the gears and they start it up again.

This game may not be an intentional allegory to capitalism but it’s an effective one anyway. This system definitely came from somewhere deep inside of somebody. The game is cynical about work, bosses, and the worker, all by turns. It’s no wonder Yuji Naka quit after making it.

Discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 27, 2022
Ep. 224 - Video Game History Pope
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In which our heroes (and you!) are absolved of the sin of piracy by the highest authority in game history, and Ice the Goose reveals arcane knowledge of anthropology.

Questions this week:

  1. What the hell is wrong with Nintendo? (02:32)
  2. What games with a setting contemporary to release have best aged into being period pieces? (13:32)
  3. What’s your favorite kind of environment in video games? (18:36)
  4. Other than canceled, what do you predict Netflix’s Bioshock movie will be like? (24:19)
  5. Jerry BreadyToDie asks: When is autosaving better than manually saving, and vice versa? (33:12)
  6. How do you balance player progression with game difficulty? (38:37)
  7. Review Super Mario Bros. 2 in six minutes. (44:07)
  8. Write the first sentence and the last sentence of a text book about video games. (53:31)

Recommendations and Outro (55:45)

If you discuss this episode in the forums, who knows what could happen!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Resident Evil 4 HD

Brandon: Green Frontier

Tim: Don’t buy crypto

Jaffe: Dog Days of Summer

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 21, 2022
Ep. 223 - Game of the Year 2021
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In which our heroes recount a few of the best video games released in 2021, the most interesting video games released in 2021, and the video games they actually played in 2021.

Nominees in Order of Discussion (Unranked)

Discuss this episode in the forums before you spoil yourself with the final list below!

THE INSERT CREDIT TOP 21 OF 2021:

  1. F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch
  2. Shin Megami Tensei V
  3. Dungeon Encounters
  4. Balan Wonderworld
  5. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  7. Hitman 3
  8. Psychonauts 2
  9. Lost Judgment
  10. Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  11. Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
  12. Fuga: Melodies of Steel
  13. Loop Hero
  14. Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection
  15. Final Fantasy I-V Pixel Remaster
  16. Dodgeball Academia
  17. Scarlet Nexus
  18. Cruis’n Blast
  19. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  20. Moon: Remix RPG Adventure
  21. Mass Effect Legendary Edition

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Frank Cifaldi and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 14, 2022
Ep. 222 - Quakearoni, with Kelsey Lewin
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Video Game History Foundation Co-Director Kelsey Lewin joins Brandon, Tim and Alex in exploring duality, Caroque, and Spider-Man Root Canaling Pregnant Elsa.

Questions this week:

  1. Which video game series really got it right on the second try? (02:38)
  2. What was the state of video games during the second console generation? (08:05)
  3. What are the keys to a great co-op video game experience? (13:27)
  4. What would be the easiest game to adapt into a movie on a limited budget? (20:30)
  5. Design a fourth Frogger 2. (23:36)
  6. Dirtbag Evoline Theory: What is the impact of the Five Nights At Freddy’s franchise on the games industry? (30:48)
  7. Violence Island (36:26)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Intellivision or ColecoVision? (46:47)

Recommendations and Outro (53:45)

Everyone else is discussing this episode in the forums, why aren’t you?

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Cancel Spotify Pro

Tim: Download 4K Video Downloader, download Insert Credit Show every week from YouTube to feel more like a pirate

Kelsey: Liquid I.V.

Esper: my personal advice is to download all Insert Credit Show episodes from the archive.org page, the canonical “source” files, to feel cool.

Support on Patreon

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Kelsey Lewin. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 06, 2022
Ep. 221 - Popey Fox
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Our heroes reunite to tackle the return of Reagen Sheffield, the Turkish Star Wars of Yuzo Koshiro, and Paul Blart Mall Battletoad. They also discuss the Microsoft-Activision-Blizzard-King merger, Tifa in the Italian senate, and the metaverse.

Questions this week:

  1. In the wake of the MicroBlizzion buyout, how screwed are video games? (03:20)
  2. What would be a less useless metric for determining game story quality than number of words in script? (14:46)
  3. What video game music would you play for the Pope? (20:31)
  4. What would be the worst video game clip to interrupt a national senate meeting with? (26:10)
  5. Dirtbag Spencer asks: What is the shallowest, nitpickiest reason you dislike a video game? (30:29)
  6. Does “the metaverse” actually have anything to do with video games? (37:45)
  7. In a video game, how high should you be able to jump? (44:03)
  8. What are the best uses of the PocketStation and VMU? (51:08)
  9. What is the mumblecore of video games? (58:16)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Bad Bad Game Reviews (01:02:22)

Recommendations and Outro: (01:24:13)

No pressure, but if you wanted you could discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: The digital single OARANA by our very own The World Famous Vincent Diamante

Frank: Put things in the world for reasons other than making money

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 30, 2022
Ep. 220 - Advergame Designathon, with Liz Ryerson
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Insert Credit Sells Out! Liz Ryerson returns with a vengeance to help design sixteen games for brands that owe us money now.

Advergame Designathon:

  1. Design a side-scrolling shooter for the WWE. (04:04)
  2. Design a top-down puzzle game for Six Flags. (06:28)
  3. Design a tower defense game for the Portugal Board of Tourism. (08:29)
  4. Design a platforming game for Ariana Grande. (11:00)
  5. Design an 8-bit roleplaying game for Monday Night Football. (14:21)
  6. Design a dating sim for Now That’s What I Call Music! (17:18)
  7. Design an FMV game for the U.K. National Lottery. (20:14)
  8. Design a VR racing game for the Rocky franchise. (22:41)
  9. Design a bullet hell for the Tasmanian Devil. (24:41)
  10. Design a party game for Wal-Mart. (26:33)
  11. Design a gacha game for Good Morning America (28:34)
  12. Design a fighting game for BBC Arts & Culture. (33:51)
  13. Design an isometric adventure game for Rolex. (38:37)
  14. Design an open world game for Doctors Without Borders (42:46)
  15. Design a first person shooter for Deer Park Spring Water (45:55)
  16. Design a Myst clone for the Catholic Church (48:03)

Recommendations and Outro (49:50)

Tell everyone your substantially better idea in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Jaffe: Identify the closest public bathroom to you in case of emergency.

Brandon: The House (2022), The Silent Sea

Tim: Hard to Be a God (2013)*

Liz: The Favourite (2018), Beetlejuice (1988)

*Not an official recommendation

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Liz Ryerson. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 24, 2022
Ep. 219 - The Insert Credit Consolebration
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You’ve waited long enough, now Insert Credit ranks the greatest video game consoles of all time, and a few others for good measure.

Choices:

  • -Round 1, Frank (05:25)
  • -Round 1, Tim (09:25)
  • -Round 1, Brandon (15:35)
  • -Round 2, Frank (19:36)
  • -Round 2, Tim (24:49)
  • -Round 2, Brandon (30:15)
  • -Round 3, Frank (35:46)
  • -Round 3, Tim (41:40)
  • -Round 3, Brandon (50:30)
  • -Round 4, Frank (56:51)
  • -Round 4, Tim (01:04:52)
  • -Round 4, Brandon (01:10:57)
  • -Round 5, Frank (01:19:10)
  • -Round 5, Tim (01:24:25)
  • -Round 5, Brandon (01:31:25)
  • -Round 6, Frank (01:38:07)
  • -Round 6, Brandon (01:44:23)
  • -Round 6, Tim (01:52:14)
  • -Round 7, Frank (02:00:05)
  • -Round 7, Tim (02:07:00)
  • -Round 7, Brandon (02:14:28)

Recommendations and Outro (02:25:09)

Discuss the results in the forums!

THE INSERT CREDIT RANKED TOP 20 CONSOLES:
1. PlayStation
2. PS2
3. SNES
4. Genesis
5. Xbox 360
6. Nintendo DS
7. PC Engine
8. NES
9. Dreamcast
10. Saturn
11. Windows PC
12. PSP
13. Game Boy Advance
14. Game Boy
15. Wii
16. WonderSwan
17. Switch
18. ZX Spectrum
19. Neo Geo Pocket Color
20. Jaguar
21. Atari 2600

A LARGE SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Tim: Get in touch with Christa Lee at Sound Retro Co. for all your console repair and upgrade needs, MiSTerAddons.com (i checked, they’re sold out of MiSTers at time of publishing)

Frank: Get in touch with Christa Lee at Sound Retro Co. for all your console repair and upgrade needs, use Dolphin for Wii and GameCube emulation

Brandon: Try playing old games on Composite cables

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 17, 2022
Ep. 218 - Donkey Milk, with Kris Graft
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GameDeveloper.com publisher Kris Graft joins the panel to cover E3, Square Enix NFTs, what rock and roll really is, and smoking weed at the Sega E3 booth.

Questions this week:

  1. How does Jaffe beat his friend in a Metacritic rating betting pool? (04:17)
  2. What video game character would you invite to a potluck, and what would they bring? (12:04)
  3. What the hell is Square Enix’s problem? (19:10)
  4. Design an emote for an online game. (25:58)
  5. What would a Rockstar Games version of an Orlando theme park be like? (33:28)
  6. Tim Rogers asks: You guys wanna talk about E3? (40:46)
  7. Dirtbag Mike Larkey asks: Design a recently public domain Winnie-the-Pooh game (47:57)
  8. Violence Island (53:52)
  9. What is rock and roll? (01:05:06)

Recommendations and Outro (01:12:44)

Maybe everyone who discusses this episode in the forums will talk about donkey milk less!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Thanks:

Brandon: Syzygy of the Insert Credit Forums

Recommendations:

Jaffe: thanking Syzygy

Kris: Alan Partridge audiobooks

Tim: Don’t bother looking into what Wordle is

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Kris Graft. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 10, 2022
Ep. 217 - Asynchronicity
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In which our heroes, scattered across time and space, convene by way of editing to cover The Freak Sword, looking to the One Mode Future, and sexy slutty bunny boys.

Questions this week:

  1. What is the ugliest video game ever made? (02:05)
  2. Have you formed any habits in video games that have translated into your normal life? (07:50)
  3. Should every game have an easy mode? Should every game have a hard mode? (12:20)
  4. Imagine that you had the power to create video game mods just by speaking them into existence. What would you make? (18:20)
  5. IMPROV ZONE: Game Counselor help line (22:23)
  6. What does it take to convince someone to try a video game? (31:42)
  7. Design a track in the same a video spirit as any video game character for Mario Kart. (38:26)
  8. How have focus groups affected game development? (43:18)
  9. What is the worst game that you would still consider the game of the year for its year, considering its competition? (47:55)
  10. Knowing that they will probably never listen to this episode, what are your feelings about the other two panelists? (53:09)

Recommendations and Outro (57:28)

Now that you have all the pieces, you can discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Drive-in Theaters

Tim: Drink more water, if you’re Tim’s dad

Brandon: The song Walk from the Sega CD game Nostalgia 1907, sincerely it would be really appreciated if you wishlisted Hyper Gunsport on Steam, thanks for being a part of Insert Credit, take care of yourselves

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 03, 2022
Ep. 216 - The Dirtbag of Podcasts Part II: Double Dip
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Alex Jaffe, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield continue the celebration of Patron-submitted questions, upending the dirtbag for even more “What is the ____ of video games?”

Questions this week:

  1. Dirtbag Sailor Silica asks: What is the squeezing through a gap while the next area loads for previous eras of video games? (03:02)
  2. Dirtbag Dilson asks: What is the video game equivalent of a sommelier? (04:27)
  3. Dirtbag Walt asks: What is the The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension of video games? (05:08)
  4. Dirtbag MoxBagel asks: What is the This restaurant packaged the salt and pepper packets in a bag with the napkins and now the napkin is all peppery and unpleasant to use of video games? (08:35)
  5. Dirtbag Kory asks: What is the OK Computer of video games, and what is the Kid A of video games? (12:13)
  6. A Dirtbag We Don’t Have the Name Of asks: What are the farm-to-table restaurant and microwave dinner of video games? (14:39)
  7. Dirtbag UG asks: What is the Joe Pera Talks with You of video games? (19:15)
  8. Dirtbag Roman asks: What is the 1989 Velvet Revolution of video games? (22:02)
  9. Dirtbag Chopemon asks: What is the Chinese food buffet of video games? (24:07)
  10. Dirtbag Dusty asks: What is the DMC DeLorean of video games? (26:29)
  11. Dirtbag TapeVulture asks: What is the British accent of video games? (29:39)
  12. Dirtbag Chopemon asks: What is the hanging up of holiday decorations of video games? (34:43)
  13. Dirtbag Marshall asks: What is Ross Dress for Less of video games, and what is the TJ Maxx of video games? (34:43)
  14. Dirtbag A Dry Cleaner for Dogs asks: What is the hoop trundling of video games? (40:42)
  15. A Dirtbag We Don’t Have the Name Of asks: What is the James Joyce’s Ulysses of video games, and what is the Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses of video games? (42:55)

LIGHTNING ROUND: The Gaagaagiins Six (46:00)

Recommendations and Outro (54:05)

Discuss this episode in the forums, please! You’ll be glad you did!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Tim: Listen to some more podcasts, subscribe to patreon.com/insertcredit

Brandon: Cellular shades

Jaffe: Stop playing gacha games, read more comics

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 27, 2021
Ep. 215 - The Dirtbag of Podcasts
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In which our heroes dive deep into the Dirtbag, receptacle of all Patron-submitted questions, on the hunt for “What is the ____ of video games?” format in particular.

Questions this week:

  1. Dirtbag Benjamin asks: What is your fine barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon of video games, your Mad Dog 20/20 of video games, and your oversized lollipop of video games? (03:23)
  2. Dirtbag Eric Eaton asks: What is the Bob Dylan of video games? (05:54)
  3. Dirtbag Timothy asks: What is the F For Fake of video games? (07:54)
  4. Dirtbag Anonymous asks: What is the Anna Karenina of video games? (09:47)
  5. Dirtbag Kiko B asks: What is the Sonic the Hedgehog the Movie of video games? (11:58)
  6. Dirtbag John H asks: What is the Shake Shack of video games? (12:26)
  7. Dirtbag Per Hasselstrom asks: What is the Satantango of video games? (16:38)
  8. Dirtbag Crumbling Zero asks: (19:01)
  9. Dirtbag Devils Blush asks: Who is the Carlo Rambaldi of video games? (21:35)
  10. Dirtbag Andy Douseman asks: What is the using a shaving brush and shaving soap instead of a electric razor or disposable razor with canned shaving cream of video games? (22:45)
  11. Dirtbag UG asks: What is the Neapolitan ice cream of video games? (26:41)
  12. Dirtbag Rainbow Battlekid asks: Who or what is the Michael Jordan of Baseball of video games? (27:20)
  13. Dirtbag Paul asks: What is the “Weird Al” Yankovic of video games? (29:41)

Patrons get to submit questions, but everybody gets to discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 20, 2021
Ep. 214 - The Ocarina of Time of Anything
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Questions this week:

  1. Brandon Sheffield asks: What was the first time a parent of your praised a video game unprompted? (02:01)
  2. Has Dark Souls replaced Ocarina of Time as The Greatest Game of All Time? (07:59)
  3. If you could clone one person 100 times to make an entire game development team, who would it be? (15:03)
  4. In light of his passing, what can you tell us about NES and SNES lead architect Masayuki Uemura? (20:45)
  5. Is Halo cool? (26:06)
  6. Dirtbag Nick asks: What are the best times a game has broken its own rules? (31:55)
  7. You wanna talk about the Game Awards? (37:53)
  8. Are there really any video games that you couldn’t make today? (45:18)
  9. Previously on Insert Credit: What is the real life equivalent of playing a Far Cry game? (50:21)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design – JAV Titles (56:22)

Recommendations and Outro (01:02:54)

Your post could be the Dark Souls of discussing this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: School of Chocolate if you’re interested in seeing a reality show that doesn’t work so great, Hyper Gunsport now wishlistable on Steam

Frank: Get a Costco card

Tim: Don’t even try getting a PS5 for the holiday season, get your child a MiSTer

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 13, 2021
Ep. 213 - The Gumption of My Own Horse
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In which our heroes consider for whom the Hey Guys tolls, deliberate Superman questions, and witness the birth of Peggle exercise.

Questions this week:

  1. Frank Cifaldi asks: Do you remember seeing Super Mario 64 for the first time? (06:35)
  2. Which are better, ranged or melee weapons? (13:05)
  3. What are some video game resources more people should know about? (18:13)
  4. What’s the stupidest way you’ve ever died in a video game? (26:09)
  5. What’s the difference between a Bizarro and a Wario? (31:12)
  6. Dirtbag Gachaman asks: What is the best single button press in video games? (38:28)
  7. Review Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in six minutes. (45:50)
  8. Violence Island (51:47)
  9. What’s the Coronavirus booster shot of video games? (01:04:49)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Trophy Life (1:10:32)

Recommendations and Outro (01:19:16)

Did you see what those guys said about Sonic 2? Talk about it with people in the forum!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Regency Solitaire, Cruis’n Blast

Frank: The Fraction/Aja run of Hawkeye that the show is based on

Tim: Action Button Patreon

Jaffe: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure - Stone Ocean

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 06, 2021
Ep. 212 - This Game Is Legal Grounds for Divorce
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The panel covers the only Funko Pop Tim Rogers owns, the worst gravy text in the history of video games, and Brandon Sheffield saying “poggers.”

Questions this week:

  1. Tim Rogers asks: Did you all see there’s Funko Pop NFTs? (03:38)
  2. What’s the best online multiplayer experience you’ve had in a video game? (11:35)
  3. Design some demons for the next Shin Megami Tensei, and detail the negotiation options (16:27)
  4. Let’s talk about flavor text in games (21:25)
  5. Improv Zone: Fortnite Streaming (28:02)
  6. An anonymous dirtbag asks: Can a relationship in a video game constitute emotional infidelity? (32:47)
  7. What is the right amount of enemies to put in a level? (40:02)
  8. Make a workout mixtape entirely from video game music (44:51)
  9. What is the live action Cowboy Bebop of video games? (50:11)

LIGHTNING ROUND: The Gamer’s Journey (55:35)

Recommendations and Outro (01:04:26)

It’s never too late to discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Don’t interact with things you think are just going to upset you, Sabaithong Powpuri

Frank: Use The Final Countdown in commercials and media, The Video Game History Hour

Tim: Don’t ask Hollywood directors if they want to make superhero movies, That New Paul Thomas Anderson Movie

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 29, 2021
Ep. 211 - George R. R. Binks the Time Sweeper
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The panel covers Youngen Ring, the popular opinion of Souls games, and whether we can get Phil Spencer on the show.

Questions this week:

  1. Jenna Stoeber asks: What’s the worst (or most out of place) sound effect in video games? (03:44)
  2. On its 20th birthday, what are our memories of the original Xbox? (08:46)
  3. Aren’t the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Remasters Rockstar’s greatest heist of all? (14:04)
  4. Are there some things in video games it took you a while to understand, but you finally get now? (18:29)
  5. What will be the Game of Thrones reference in Elden Ring? (21:54)
  6. Dirtbag Kiko asks: What are the best and worst moments of horse death in video games? (27:50)
  7. How do video games use spite as a motivator? (33:38)
  8. Is Bobby Kotick a singular evil dunce, or are all C-level executives this slimy? (38:25)
  9. What are the Neuromancer and Snow Crash of video games? (43:26)

Recommendations and Outro (47:31)

Now’s your chance to discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Stop tying physics to framerate, stop using The Final Countdown in media

Brandon: Check out Europe’s first two albums, use any Visa gift cards you get at physical locations to get the full value

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 22, 2021
Ep. 210 - Mario's Big Spaghetti Time, with Jenna Stoeber
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Writer and Video Producer for Polygon Jenna Stoeber joins the panel to litigate whether P.T. is a complete game, milking for sport, and Zapdouglas.

Questions this week:

  1. K Thor Jensen asks: does your inventory management system reflect your real-world inventory management style? (04:56)
  2. What is the most incorrect prediction about video games you’ve ever heard or made? (10:25)
  3. What video game series should be adapted to young adult novels? (15:35)
  4. Which dormant video game series with three or more entries ended on the highest note? (19:41)
  5. What twitter account would you start to influence a trend in video game development, a la Can You Pet The Dog? (24:32)
  6. Dirtbag MVB asks: What are some good games made from reused assets? (30:09)
  7. What’s some of the juiciest drama you’ve seen in a video game community or message board? (35:16)
  8. What songs not written for video games do you associate with video games? (39:55)
  9. How do you make failure in video games fun? (45:28)
  10. What is the Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho of video games? (50:34)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pokedexperts (54:03)

Recommendations and Outro (59:05)

I don’t see why you wouldn’t discuss this episode in the forums, you know?

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: The Ink Spots baby, take Frank’s file boxes

Jenna: Inscryption

Brandon: Get a buyout from your landlord if you’re moving out of a rent-controlled apartment

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 15, 2021
Ep. 209 - Blopper Goes Knobby, with K Thor Jensen
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Artist, writer, cartoonist and game designer K Thor Jensen joins the panel to cover being Mr. Google-Ass, having to go fast and slightly worse, and episode titles.

Questions this week:

  1. Frank Cifaldi asks: Is the Intellivision Amico “physical game” scam the future of physical games? (06:12)
  2. How can video games adapt the comic book format better than Comix Zone? (13:08)
  3. What has been the worst video game music of the last generation? (18:21)
  4. How would you design a Dune game like never before? (23:43)
  5. Design a video game t-shirt that, even given prominent advertising, exactly zero people would buy. (29:27)
  6. Dirtbag Spencer asks: Does Nintendo actually have something that makes them the best game developer, or is that just fans projecting? (36:07)
  7. What are the best video game lists you’ve seen? (42:12)
  8. Violence Island (47:03)
  9. What is the The Simpsons of video games? (56:19)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Game Name Combo Breaking (01:01:41)

Recommendations and Outro (01:14:41)

You’re the best there is at what you do, but what you do is discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Guardians of the Galaxy

Brandon: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (1993)

K Thor: Tears of the Black Tiger (2000) on Tubi, find something you can chew on

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 08, 2021
Ep. 208 - How To Correctly Pronounce Ocarina, with Jackie Cole
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Community Manager for Singularity 6 Jackie Cole joins the panel to cover the dark truth behind convention booths, not letting the gacha getcha, and Call of Looney.

Questions this week:

  1. Can games be used as tools for mental health? (03:00)
  2. Why does every MMO feel so bad to play, and can that be fixed? (07:04)
  3. Are emulation hobbyists saving or destroying video games? (11:26)
  4. Who are the nicest, most well-adjusted people in video games? (15:53)
  5. What do most people not know about running a convention booth? (20:06)
  6. Dirtbag Spencer asks: How can we make gamers care less about brands and more about the people who make video games? (23:57)
  7. Has a video game ever satisfactorily addressed a complaint you had with it while you were playing it? (29:08)
  8. Where would be the point in a documentary series about game companies where a still flips to a photo negative and the voiceover goes “And that’s where it all went wrong?” (33:15)
  9. Is there any way for Call of Duty to redeem itself ethically? (37:29)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Celebrity Gamer Tags (41:57)

Recommendations and Outro (49:18)

Quickly, discuss this episode in the forums, before they get you!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Insert Credit Recommends: ACTION BUTTON Reviews Cyberpunk 2077, the 1-6 Route

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 01, 2021
Ep. 207 - Specdracular 2021, with Ian Ferguson
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Video game documentarian and podcaster Ian Ferguson joins the panel to assist in the slaying of that vile creature that haunts this very night, Gamer Dracula. Original music by Kurt Feldman. Mashtlevania by Max Hully.

Castle Gamer Dracula:

  1. What’s the best way to orient a video game player in a space and provide direction? (02:46)
  2. What’s the worst NPC in a video game? (07:49)
  3. How do you create good interior design for locations in video games? (13:10)
  4. What are the worst attempted comebacks in video games? (18:29)
  5. Improv Zone: Monster Mash (23:50)
  6. Dirtbag Triple Dive - Dusty: DeLorean of Video Games? Spencer: Do you watch the credits? MoxBagel: Shareware boom today? (28:38)
  7. Which two unrelated video games would you Frankenstein together? (34:25)
  8. How do video games evoke horror in a way other media cannot? (39:24)
  9. What competitive game could you beat Death at? (44:32)
  10. What are the greatest boss battles in video games? (48:00)

FRIGHTENING ROUND: 13 Spooky Game Names (53:26)

Recommendations and Outro (57:35)

If you don’t discuss this episode in the forums, it’ll haunt you for all your days!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: The Void (2016), Demon Wind (1990), Death Spa (1988), Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection

Frank: Watch kids get excited when picking out pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, buy some Halloween stuff for your house

Ian: Empire of Ants by Susan Foitzik and Olaf Fritsche, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson, Extra Napkins, Completely Unnecessary Podcast, Mon Amour

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman. Mashtlevania by Max Hully.

Oct 25, 2021
Ep. 206 - Bmups, with Christine Love
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Developer of Get in the Car, Loser! Christine Love joins the panel to cover Alf, tactical romance action, and the crushing economic realities of indie games.

Questions this week:

  1. How has video game art and design been impacted by Christian iconography? (03:40)
  2. What are the worst ports of the best games? (09:00)
  3. Has the Metroidvania outgrown Metroid? (13:01)
  4. What is the weirdest advice you’ve gotten for playing a video game? (17:22)
  5. What is and is not a visual novel? (21:11)
  6. Dirtbag Spencer asks: What Mortal Kombat character should get the next Mythologies game? (27:13)
  7. Are video games capable of evoking Britcom-style secondhand embarrassment? (32:37)
  8. Should games with a customizable protagonist and multiple love interests assume bisexuality? (36:59)
  9. From Brandon Sheffield: Christine, how can you justify giving away your game for free? (41:57)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design: Meme Girls (50:17)

Get over here! So you can discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Dead & Buried (1981), Miho Fujiwara’s tracks on the California Crisis OST

Frank: Can-Am Modular Metal Cabinetry, reach out to frank@gamehistory.org if you’re interested in donation matching for the upcoming winter fundraiser

Christine: Get in the Car, Loser! and the Battle on the Big Boardwalk DLC

Jaffe: Kurt Feldman’s Insert Credit Show Soundtrack

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 18, 2021
Ep. 205 - A Richness of Embarrassments, with Kelsey Lewin
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Co-Director of the Video Game History Foundation and Co-Owner of Pink Gorilla Games Kelsey Lewin rejoins the panel to cover twitch leaks, EVE Oncrime, and the most difficult boss fight in the Braid franchise.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit: Does the intended commercial reach of a game have any meaningful impact on it as a creative product? (03:37)
  2. How would the game industry change if everyone’s salaries were completely transparent? (08:15)
  3. From Ash Parrish: What would be the most interesting reveal if your gaming information leaked? (12:46)
  4. What is the most excited you have been by a video game as an adult? (19:21)
  5. Who would be the worst video character to sit next to on an international flight? (24:46)
  6. Dirtbag Larry Bang asks: Which video games surprised you with the feeling of inhabiting a specific character? (30:58)
  7. What are the most exciting crimes in video game history? (37:39)
  8. Is there any way the Gamergate TV show could be even remotely a good idea? (45:02)
  9. Violence Island (50:05)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Who Is This For? (01:06:09)

If you’re looking for a sign, here it is: discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Kanopy, Les Archives by Jun Chikuma

Frank: hoopla, F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch

Kelsey: The Life & Times of Video Games Ep. 33 - MobyGames

Jaffe: Libby, Squid Game, Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 11, 2021
Ep. 204 - Hoodie Bones, with Mathew Kumar and Ash Parrish
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Leading game industry professionals and Insert Credit Show regulars Mathew Kumar and Ash Parrish rejoin the panel for Mario voice cast announcements, Bayon3tta, and esports.

Questions this week:

  1. From Brandon Sheffield: What games have been helped or hindered by having a tertiary gameplay system? (3:00)
  2. Was the Mario movie voice cast announcement really that bad? (09:17)
  3. In a side scrolling game, how large should the player character be? (15:13)
  4. Where does Bayonetta go from here? (20:22)
  5. What is the greatest unsolvable problem in game design? (24:45)
  6. Dirtbag Tiger Tiger asks three questions and for some reason Jaffe allows it (29:45)
  7. How do you report on mods and fan projects, knowing that more attention might get them shut down? (35:02)
  8. What’s going on in the Overwatch League lately? (39:10)
  9. How concerned should we be about video game censorship in China? (48:34)
  10. For real though, what is the Mamma Mia! of video games? (54:49)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Mash-up Merch (59:25)

Wait a minute, were you really not gonna discuss this episode in the forums?!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Mathew: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Commission Reports, Native-Land.ca

Brandon: Shuumi Land Tax, Mntu by Ushangvagush

Ash: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Oct. 11th, Sable

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 04, 2021
Ep. 203 - Tomb of the Unknown Gamer, with Mathew Kumar and Liz Ryerson
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Leading game industry professionals and Insert Credit Show regulars Mathew Kumar and Liz Ryerson rejoin the panel for cryptid talk, Nintendo Direct, and pissing on gentrifiers.

Questions this week:

  1. Vincent Diamante asks: What’s the best money you’ve spent on a free-to-play game? (04:33)
  2. How do you make blocking in a game feel as good as attacking? (10:40)
  3. What ideas does Quantic Dream have for Star Wars? (14:37)
  4. Which games were most interesting to you prior to their release? (21:04)
  5. Improv Zone: Nintendo Direct (25:15)
  6. Dirtbag PrivatelyAttack asks: What cryptids show up in an Altus JRPG set in the American midwest? (31:44)
  7. Who are the heroes and role models in the video game industry today? (40:01)
  8. Make a video game about Passion Orange Guava juice without making it entirely about POGs. (45:58)
  9. What is the I Love Lucy of video games? (50:54)
  10. Would the world be better off if there weren’t video games? (54:13)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design: Old Cursewords (from Dirtbag Yeso) (01:00:14)

Don’t even act like you don’t wanna discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Jack Frost (1997), Pig (2021)

Liz: Cruelty Squad, Salad Fields

Jaffe: Batman the Audio Adventures

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 27, 2021
Bonus Credit - The Winds of Ganoria
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A rare confluence of Jewish high holidays and immovable project deadlines results in a Patreon content unlock for the week! We celebrate the return of Frank with a few excellent stories about what he’s up to lately, Mathew Kumar has an incredible impromptu interview with Chris Remo about the design considerations of crosswords, and Ash Parrish talks about the shift from Kotaku to The Verge. Find over a year’s worth of excellent bonus content just like this at the Insert Credit Patreon!

A SMALL DESCRIPTION OF EPISODES PULLED FROM:

  • (Ep. 196, the weed episode) Pre-show. The panel describes what they’re doing to alter their perceptions of reality. Frank is so successful he’s gotta start turning people away.
  • (Ep. 196, the weed episode) Extended break. Brandon shares the details of his dad’s weed, and an excellent spoonerism. Frank thinks Special Guest Patrick sounds gorgeous, and high. Jaffe is rotating a letter in his mind right now and explains the details of Doctor Who.
  • (Ep. 197) Pre-show. Jaffe has been waiting for someone to take the easy joke, and Brandon does. Special guest Mathew Kumar writes down a new title in his Fantasy Book Idea Journal. Finally, you’ll understand Jaffe’s intro line for this episode!
  • (Ep. 197) Post-show. Extended in-depth crossword puzzle discussion with Special Guests Mathew Kumar and Chris Remo. Genuinely fascinating stuff. big thank you to mathew for hosting this impromptu interview!
  • (Ep. 198) Post-show. Special Guest Ash Parrish goes into some detail regarding her move from Kotaku to the Verge, and the current state of game journalism is discussed. Also, accents. (Note: from 36:35 to 38:53, there’s some compelling but also terrifying climate climate discussion. feel free to skip to 38:53 if you need a break from that)
  • (Ep. 199) Extended intro. Frank, Brandon and Jaffe talk comic books.
  • (Ep. 199) Special Guest Chris Kohler is playing Star Ocean. Frank likes that Final Fantasy I remake.
  • (Ep. 199) Post-show. Brandon recommends F1: Drive to Survive. Frank and Special Guest Chris Kohler discuss moving from one office to another. Frank has an incredible story of busting bootlegs. All names censored.

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 21, 2021
Ep. 202 - Sincerely Sony Imagesoft, with Vincent Diamante
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Insert Credit Co-Founder and legendary video game music composer Vincent Diamante joins the panel to cover the Playstation conference, Frank Cifaldi’s necromancy of Clippy, and Daft Williams.

Questions this week:

  1. Since we’re recording on Dreamcast Day, what are your favorite Dreamcast memories? (03:23)
  2. What are the coolest ways to use specific instruments in a video game soundtrack? (09:12)
  3. What are the most interesting risk/reward mechanics in video games? (13:06)
  4. Which video game character would give the best deep tissue massage? (18:22)
  5. Improv Zone: Sony Keynote (22:33)
  6. Dirtbag Dilson asks: What is the most out of touch with reality game design idea you’ve ever heard? (28:09)
  7. Design a video game about the Nintendo 64 kid. (33:46)
  8. What is the most hellish assignment you can imagine for a video game composer? (36:54)
  9. Which video game set pieces would make the best Lego sets? (41:17)
  10. Who is the John Williams of video games? (46:26)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name That Game Tune (51:01)

This is the line of the episode description where I recommend discussing this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Specifically Not A Recommendation:

Brandon: Documental

Recommendations:

Frank: Kate Willaert, acriticalhit.com, Video Dames #0, Wild Gunman ‘74: Nintendo’s Forgotten First FMV Game

Vince: Kate Willaert, acriticalhit.com, Video Dames #0, The True First Easter Egg: Ready Player One Was Wrong

Jaffe: Congratulations Kelsey Lewin, The Sculptor

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 13, 2021
Ep. 201 - Lovely Ball Kicking, with Kris Graft
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Questions this week:

  1. Let’s talk about the rebranding of Gamasutra to Game Developer. (03:43)
  2. What are the best video game postmortems? (10:41)
  3. What are the most common mistakes when someone first gets into video games? (15:24)
  4. Which video game characters have the most complicated morning routines? (20:46)
  5. What video game or game adjacent companies should be renamed? (25:54)
  6. Dirtbag MoxBagel asks: Is it possible to have fans take games less seriously as an identity and more seriously as creative endeavors? (31:42)
  7. Why don’t you design a new item for Mario Kart? (38:26)
  8. Violence Island: forums.insertcredit.com Submissions (43:25)
  9. From Frank Cifaldi: Here’s whats up with that video about game price collusion (52:45)
  10. Who is the Mike Richards of video games? (59:08)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design: JAV Titles (01:01:34)

Don’t you think this would be a good episode to discuss in the forums?

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Check out the new GameDeveloper.com, Melissa’s self titled album, Ask Hershers Pizza for the Insert Credit, Enjoy with a D’Aquino Chianti Flask

Kris: Go to gamedeveloper.com, learn something new, Dishonored

Frank: Psychonauts 2

Jaffe: Superman Smashes the Klan

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 06, 2021
Ep. 200 - Insert Credit Vs. The Dirtbag
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After Frank’s brief absences, the full Insert Credit panel reunites upon their two hundredth battle. The task? Their greatest foe yet: one hundred rapid fire questions from the more than 420 dirtbags at patreon.com/insertcredit. Each panelist has four skips, but will it be enough to survive your best? Find out now!

Have you considered discussing this episode in the forums?

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983), Formula 1: Drive to Survive, JVC D series

Tim: The Last Dance with Michael Jordon

Frank Trailblazer Cifaldi: Do not own a CRT television

Jaffe: Usagi Yojimbo

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 30, 2021
Ep. 199 - Dreamcast Fruit, with Chris Kohler
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Editorial director of Digital Eclipse Chris Kohler joins the panel to cover bug-free cartridge games, on air game history research, and a brutal round of Famicom Feud. Original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this week:

  1. Mathew Kumar asks: What are the “phantom games” in your collection? (03:59)
  2. Which areas of games are most in need of preservation? (10:36)
  3. What’s the line between stealing an idea and iterating on it in video game design? (16:26)
  4. What are some mundane activities that would make good simulator games? (21:19)
  5. What would be on your cardboard sign at a wrestling event? (26:33)
  6. Dirtbag Seasons asks: Why and when did we start calling old games “retro”? (30:23)
  7. How, when, and where should games present content warnings? (36:39)
  8. Brandon Sheffield asks: What are your favorite side quests? (45:19)
  9. What is the Ghostbusters 2 of video games? (52:26)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Famicom Feud – Video Games Notable For Negative Reception (56:24)

Quick, now’s your chance! Discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: The new Twilight Zone series

Brandon: Vote no on recalling Newsom if you live in California, even if he sucks he’ll get replaced by somebody a whole bunch worse

Chris: The Ultimate History of Video Games vol. 2

Jaffe: The Many Deaths of Laila Starr

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 23, 2021
Ep. 198 - YSCBA, with Ash Parrish and Liz Ryerson
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Fan favorite panelists Ash Parrish and Liz Ryerson return triumphant to to cover Knuckles, vaporwave, and the multitude of things the hell wrong with video games.

Questions this week:

  1. Let’s talk about Idris Elba as Knuckles (05:02)
  2. What are some cool video game collections you know about? (10:42)
  3. If you were in charge of a Fortnite music fest, who would you feature? (17:22)
  4. Are video games part of vaporwave? (23:00)
  5. Dirtbag Sleepy Nice demands: Name five metal genres, then assign five video games to them. (27:44)
  6. What the hell is wrong with video games? (33:19)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Initial Design (01:16:18)

A lot of smart people will have more to say about this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Liz: The Blood Zone, death’s dynamic shroud

Ash: Pig (2021)

Brandon: G.I. Samurai, Oddtaxi

Jaffe: The Nice House on the Lake

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 16, 2021
Ep. 197 - Myst Opportunities, with Chris Remo and Mathew Kumar
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Game designer, composer, and co-creator of Idle Thumbs Chris Remo joins the panel along with Mathew “Agent of Chaos” Kumar to cover the Honda Prelude, Crossword of the Dead, and live on-air cat noises.

Questions this week:

  1. Jeff Gerstmann asks: What’s the coolest vehicle to ever appear in a video game? (04:54)
  2. Are the Myst games still good? What should people play instead? (10:55)
  3. What kind of feeling does acoustic guitar give to a game? (16:41)
  4. What’s better in a video game, an elevator or stairs? (22:45)
  5. What six C-list video game villains would you recruit for a government black ops team? (28:20)
  6. Dirtbag Gaagaagiins asks: What’s the best autoscrolling section in video games? (33:08)
  7. When and how do games successfully recontextualize frustrating tropes? (40:28)
  8. Review the concept of crossword puzzles based on their graphics and mechanics. (44:57)
  9. What are some of your favorite harmless video game hoaxes? (50:41)
  10. What is the Waiting for Godot of video games? (56:48)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design – Jodi Picoult (01:01:44)

Don’t you wish you could share your answers to the prompts? You can do exactly that in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: To Kill With Intrigue (1977), Walker (1987)

Mathew: Gold Ninja Video fundraiser

Chris: Police Story (1985)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 09, 2021
Ep. 196 - The 420 Episode, with Patrick Miller
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Insert Credit Fighting Game Correspondent Patrick Miller rejoins the panel to cover questions from the world’s hottest editor and producer, as well as lightly flavored sparkling water, the hottest games in palladiums, $5 bets, and WEEEEEED, DUUUUDE!!! Original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this week:

  1. What game characters smoke weed, and what game characters are narcs? (06:11)
  2. What are some underrated gamer snacks? (11:52)
  3. What are memorable video game dreams? (17:42)
  4. Do you think Bayonetta and Lady Dimitrescu know each other? What’s that like? (22:06)
  5. Do you think Sonic the Hedgehog gets tired of all the Chronic the Hemphog jokes? (26:09)
  6. Describe the worst Flash game you can remember, and give constructive criticism. (31:14)
  7. What’s with the weird relationship between video games and movies? (36:15)
  8. What can we say about the Winners Don’t Do Drugs campaign in palladiums? (41:51)
  9. Esper Quinn asks: What’s a game that’s just alright? (47:28)
  10. Who is the Willie Nelson of video games? (53:39)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Untimed Video Game Weed Parody Titles (55:09)

Puff puff pass on by the discussion thread for this episode in the Insert Credit Forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Pat: Green Crack, Trainwreck

Brandon: Sea of Green - Northern Lights, Mammoth Value - A Single Book Of Songs By, Terra Firma, Lowrider - Ode to Io, Gamera - Smoke and Mirrors, Bongzilla - Stash, Nightstick - Ultimatum, EyeHateGod - Southern Discomfort

Frank: Roasted in-shell peanuts

Jaffe: The Righteous Gemstones

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 02, 2021
Ep. 195 - Knuckles' Chaotix Is For Lovers, with Jeff Gerstmann
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Game journalist and Giant Bomb co-founder Jeff Gerstmann joins the panel to cover The Wheelman, phone phreaking, and Super Sushi Pinball.

Questions this week:

  1. Rachel Weil asks: What are you favorite hidden gem video game reviews? (03:20)
  2. What does Frank have to report on his two-week absence to save video games? (09:20)
  3. What’s going on with the video game speculator market? (14:43)
  4. How and why did Giant Bomb become a wiki for video games, and hows that going? (19:57)
  5. Design a game about phone phreaking in the 20th century. (25:48)
  6. Dirtbag Kory asks: In the year 2050, what will be known as the most ridiculous part of video games in 2021? (31:25)
  7. What game design principles make a really satisfying pinball table? (35:26)
  8. Fifteen years after the launch of the Wii, what do we have to say about casual games? (41:12)
  9. What’s the history and current state of publishers paying for reviews? (46:34)
  10. What is the Francisco Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son of video games? (52:27)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Who’s It For? (56:36)

We have a lovely forum available if you want to discuss the episode!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: The first half of Take Care of My Cat (2001), The Rippington’s Weekend in Monaco

Frank: Stop subscribing to the Video Game History Foundations incredible “Mystery Box” Vintage Video Game Magazines

Jeff: Giant Bomb Podcasts, garages

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 26, 2021
Ep. 194 - Kim Cardassian, with Rachel Weil and Lotte May
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Artist and FEMICOM founder Rachel Weil alongside gamedev Lotte May join the panel to cover the Bally Astrocade, Jaffe’s favorite isekai, and Amethyst Princess of Gemworld.

Questions this week:

  1. What’s the deal with the Steam Deck? (03:44)
  2. How does femininity best express itself in video games? (08:10)
  3. How can we translate the appeal of mahou shoujo into video games? (13:31)
  4. What’s the relation between video games and glitch art? (18:35)
  5. Excluding Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Sega, who are the top 5 console manufacturers? (23:09)
  6. From Brandon Sheffield: What are the best action games with female protagonists? (29:23)
  7. Dirtbag Spencer asks: what video game allows for the most self-expression, while not specifically being about creativity? (34:29)
  8. What are the greatest movie tie-in games made before 1995? (39:33)
  9. Who would you use as the template for a “look book” for designers of female game characters? (44:11)
  10. Who or what is the Lisa Frank of video games? (48:37)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pink Games (53:04)

People will think you’re cooler if you discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Lotte: Turn A Gundam, Godzilla Singular Point

Rachel: FEMICOM Museum, Pop Cutie! Street Fashion Simulation

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 19, 2021
Ep. 193 - The Gex Hive, with Ian Bogost and Ash Parrish
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Writer, game designer, and professor Ian Bogost joins the panel along with Kotaku and Insert Credit regular Ash Parrish to cover Hairizon Zero Dawn, Gex vs. Bubsy, and Sonic Actually Being Back. Original music by Kurt Feldman, including the all new Violence Island theme!

Questions this week:

  1. From Liz Ryerson: What’s your favorite romhack? (06:04)
  2. Which video game metrics and features do critics tend to ignore? (11:17)
  3. Which games were most affected by ESRB ratings? (16:34)
  4. What are the best non-Bonk Turbografx platforming games? (21:58)
  5. Now that Facebook games are mostly gone, how do you explain Cow Clicker to somebody who wasn’t there? (26:23)
  6. Violence Island: forums.insertcredit.com Submissions (32:49)
  7. Has a video game ever changed your opinion about something outside of video games? (41:47)
  8. What was the most ambitious video game to actually deliver on its promises? (47:13)
  9. Who is the Slavoj Zizek of video games? (51:47)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Dirtbag Driftglass presents: Casting call (55:29)

Have answers of your own, do you? Share them in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: dedeco VGM DJ, Kino Lorber’s Cool As Ice blu-ray

Ash: Chicory, Kotaku Splitscreen Podcast

Ian: Drink an Americano, play Psychonauts

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 12, 2021
Ep. 192 - July 4th Best British Games Spectacular, with Bennett Foddy and Mathew Kumar
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Happy Canada Day! To celebrate, Brandon and Frank (American) along with writer, designer and Insert Credit regular Mathew Kumar (Scottish) and legendary game designer Bennett Foddy (Australian) determine the greatest British video games of all time. Original music by Kurt Feldman.

The List, in order of discussion:

  • Sonic R (05:51)
  • Lemmings (09:02)
  • Pipe Mania!! (12:03)
  • Burnout Paradise (15:20)
  • Alien Resurrection (17:29)
  • Elite (21:27)
  • Damocles (25:34)
  • Where Time Stood Still (29:46)
  • TxK (33:40)
  • Skool Daze (37:56)
  • Wizkid (42:20)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (45:52)
  • The Chaos Engine (50:11)
  • Head Over Heels (54:12)
  • Populus (58:35)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (01:02:35)
  • WipEout 2097 (01:06:55)
  • Sensible World of Soccer (01:10:32)
  • Deus Ex Machina (01:16:27)
  • Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk (01:20:11)

See the final rankings in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 05, 2021
Ep. 191 - The Not Game Making Dimension, with Liz Ryerson
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Musician, writer, and Insert Credit regular Liz Ryerson returns to cover lawyer angels, Charles Martinet’s infidelity, and Le Console.

Questions this week:

  1. Kelsey Lewin asks: What’s the recipe for the worst way to play Super Mario Bros.? (03:42)
  2. Has a spiritual sequel to a game ever surpassed it? (08:58)
  3. How would you commemorate a series 30th anniversary when you have no new games to announce? (13:16)
  4. Can listening to a game’s soundtrack spoil the game? (18:00)
  5. How have video games failed the queer community? (23:09)
  6. Dirtbag MoxBagel asks: How do you design around players hoarding items? (32:49)
  7. If all the big tech giants made video game consoles, which one would be the biggest disaster? (38:28)
  8. What are the best unlicensed games? (43:36)
  9. Can realistic human jumping be fun in video games? (49:15)
  10. Who’s the Christopher Columbus of video games? (54:26)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Glitchfork Reviews (59:03)

Got somethin’ to say about this episode? Discuss it politely in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Ace Combat 3 soundtrack, Liz’s Sounds From The Abyss mixes

Frank: Sleep, drink water

Liz: Stretch, Ross’s Game Dungeon, The Blood Zone

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 28, 2021
Ep. 190 - Crazy Taxicab Confessions, with Kelsey Lewin
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Co-director of the Video Game History Foundation Kelsey Lewin joins the panel to discuss how weird the letter 7 is, the WonderSwan, and Metallica covers of Barney songs. Original music by Kurt Feldman.

Questions this week:

  1. Brandon Sheffield asks: What is the best video game console nobody actually plays? (03:56)
  2. What would be the best way for a disgraced indie developer to announce his retirement? (09:19)
  3. What are the pros and cons of controlling multiple party members? (14:14)
  4. What’s the next ubiquitous video game trailer song? (20:11)
  5. Improv Zone – Museum Tour (26:13)
  6. Dirtbag Anonymous asks: What is the best callback joke in video games? (31:13)
  7. Which video game went through the most interesting development cycle? (37:06)
  8. Famicom Feud – Wonderswan Top 15 (42:53)
  9. What is the oxford comma of video games? (51:45)
  10. How do you really appraise hard to find retro video game ephemera? (51:59)

LIGHTNING ROUND: The Discourse – How Cunning A Linguist? (57:09)

You know, you could always discuss this episode in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Kelsey: Video Game History Foundation, Video Game History Hour, Blind Box Vintage Video Game Magazines, One Punch Man season 1

Brandon: Ginger Root - Loretta (Official Music Video)

Frank: Loki, Sweet Tooth, look up fan edits/restorations of work

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 21, 2021
Ep. 189 - Purse Owner 5, with Dami Lee
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Questions this week:

  1. From Frank Cifaldi: What’s up with E3? (03:47)
  2. How is the Korean video game industry different from other parts of the industry? (09:45)
  3. What are the biggest headaches in the world of video game translation and localization? (14:38)
  4. What’s the ugliest video game hardware you’ve ever seen? (19:42)
  5. What video game eggs would make the best omelettes? (24:13)
  6. Dirtbag Kory asks: How do you define the Japanese use of the word ‘gear’? (29:45)
  7. Which two game industry figures have never worked together, but really should? (34:51)
  8. Design a 90’s Master System clone. (39:34)
  9. Is there such a thing as a good webcomic about video games? (44:14)
  10. Who is the Nathan Fielder of video games? (48:35)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design – Dame Judi (52:45)

Are YOU a bad enough dude to discuss this episode in the forums?

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992) if you have a strong stomach, Oh, DEER! Soundtrack

Frank: A Forensic Analysis of Earthbound’s Deepest Secrets, The Video Game History Hour

Dami: Trick, Vincenzo

Don’t miss our watchalong for the Morton Jankel Cut of the Super Mario Bros movie, Friday June 18th at 6:30p/9:30e!

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 14, 2021
Ep. 188 - Mariountain Dew, with John Linneman
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Questions this week:

  1. From Brandon Sheffield: How would you run a cafe-arcade hybrid, and what would you call it? (03:10)
  2. How would video games be different if Microsoft bought Nintendo twenty years ago? (10:33)
  3. What factors decide whether a video game should be first person view or third person view? (15:02)
  4. What historical video game hardware breakthroughs are bigger deals than people realize? (20:26)
  5. What scenes do you hope to see in the new restored version of the Super Mario Bros. Movie? (25:29)
  6. What video games suffer the most from being played on unintended hardware? (30:37)
  7. Dirtbag Devils Blush asks: Who is your favorite developer of games you aren’t interested in playing? (39:33)
  8. As a player, when can you feel the absence of a cut feature the most? (43:21)
  9. How do you make a cool video game desert? (48:01)
  10. Who is the Guy Fieri of video games? (53:02)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Product Placement (58:47)

Discuss this episode among generally polite and universally cool people in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Video Game History Foundation “Blind Box” Vintage Video Game Magazines

Brandon: Enjoy the media you’ve collected over the years, The Brat - Attitudes EP

John: DF Retro, Retrotink 5X

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jun 07, 2021
Ep. 187 - Revealed: What War Is Actually Good For, with Gene Park
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Washington Post Video Games Reporter Gene Park joins the panel to cover 3D growing pains, Magic: the Gathering card theft, and the return to that mountain of murder, Violence Island.

Questions this week:

  1. From Mathew Kumar: What’s your “ol’ trusty” game peripheral? (03:34)
  2. Which franchise presented the more exciting future this week: Dragon Quest or Sonic the Hedgehog? (08:37)
  3. How has eBay’s recent reorganization impacted game history preservation? (14:04)
  4. Violence Island: Sonic’s Best Friend (19:39)
  5. Dirtbag Official_Danimalz asks: When was the “awkward puberty” of video games? (31:35)
  6. What makes a video game timeless? (36:05)
  7. What are the best murders in video games? (41:29)
  8. What should you never do when titling a video game article? (45:39)
  9. What is the Dragon Quest of movies? (51:27)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Achievement Unlockers (57:07)

What are YOUR answers to these immaculate questions? Share in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Gene: Subscribe to your local newspaper only if they’re good, twitter.com/genepark, Launcher,

Frank: The old Perry Mason is on Paramount+, though note that this is not a recommendation of Paramount+, Good Deal Games

Brandon: Slay in Hell by Steel Bearing Hand, mention insert credit when buying Genesis games from Good Deal Games for $5 off

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 31, 2021
Ep. 186 - Dirtbag Strikes Back, with Alex Jaffe and Mathew Kumar
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With our regular host recovering from vaccination, Riot Games’ Alex Jaffe steps in along with Insert Credit correspondent Mathew Kumar to dig into our Dirtbag of Patreon subscriber submitted questions. (Content warning: conversation takes a pretty morbid turn in question 5. Also it’s a Mathew Kumar episode, so there is some swearing.)

Questions this week:

  1. What should Brandon do with all these copies of TV Sports Football and Hockey? (06:37)
  2. TheFragranceOfDarkCoffee asks: Whats the best heist in video games? (12:17)
  3. Yeso asks: What personal problem in your life would make a good Yakuza sidequest? (17:57)
  4. Shun asks: Design a Kanye West-focused Nintendo game (23:53)
  5. Ravioli asks: What video game attack move would you want to be killed by? (28:23)
  6. Billy asks: Name two video games each in ten seconds each, then rank those games (34:29)
  7. Kyle in Montreal asks: if the main character of a game were to become the director of a sequel to that game, what would it be like? (40:14)
  8. Skebump asks: What would a new Panzer Dragoon game look like in 2021? (44:34)
  9. Shin asks: What is the most engaging video game credit sequence? (49:13)
  10. Sam B asks: Who is the Marcel Proust of video games? (53:49)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Emptying the Dirtbag (54:36)

Think YOU have better answers than the panel? You don’t! But you can discuss the episode here in the insert credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Mathew: Check out decolonizepalestine.com, BDS, donate to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

Brandon: itch.io Solidarity Bundle for Palestine

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 24, 2021
Ep. 185 - Newman On The Toilet, with Kazuma Hashimoto
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Translator and media critic Kazuma Hashimoto joins the panel to cover zabbing bloboids, the three hundred and twenty six pathways of Shadow the Hedgehog, and The Masked Tuber.

Questions this week:

  1. Liz Ryerson asks: What’s the hot new genre of video game in the year 2050? (06:11)
  2. Is there a spectrum of quality for pachislot games? (11:02)
  3. What defining element of a video game series do you wish the developers would be more flexible with? (15:43)
  4. What were the most self-ruinous business decisions in video game history? (19:59)
  5. Friend of the show Ash Parrish broke a story this week about a $10 calculator app for the Switch. What features can we expect? (24:42)
  6. Dirtbag Deadbeat asks: What is the most interesting reason you have stopped playing a video game? (30:24)
  7. Repeat from last week now that we have an expert: what are the components of an ideal RPG party? (35:45)
  8. What are the best video games you can’t play anymore? (40:06)
  9. When will we know vtubers have officially peaked? (45:18)
  10. What is the Jurassic Park of video games? (50:14)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Review Scale Calibrations (56:31)

Think YOU have better answers than the panel? You don’t! But you can discuss the episode here in the insert credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Dreams of the Carrion Kind by Disincarnate, G2 (1999),

Frank: A big book of unreleased NES games Esper can’t find a link to because Frank doesn’t even attempt the title

Kazuma: +81 Podcast, Shusenjo (2019), HazVsRPG, Kagenaga on twitch

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 17, 2021
Ep. 184 - Gamer Type Gamers, with Liz Ryerson
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Liz Ryerson triumphantly joins the panel to cover DDR dance pads, Batman games, and Burger Time Royale with Cheese.

Questions this week:

  1. What are we learning about the video game industry from the Apple v. Epic court case? (03:52)
  2. What would be an interesting game series to play a Shuffler of? (09:04)
  3. Is there something you’ve wanted to see video games do for a long time, but once they finally did it you weren’t that impressed? (15:25)
  4. Which property-based video games take the greatest liberty with their source material? (20:33)
  5. Design a new non-dance game for the DDR pad. (26:25)
  6. Dirtbag Spencer asks: What makes a definitive edition of a video game definitive? (31:07)
  7. What game has the best party members? (36:41)
  8. Is there anywhere for the Battle Royale genre to go from here? (41:47)
  9. When have you had to lie about how you felt about a video game? (46:43)
  10. Who is the John Swartzwelder of video games? (52:34)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Donkey Kong Universe - Phase 1 (57:11)

Think YOU have better answers than the panel? You don’t! But you can discuss the episode here in the insert credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Beat Nier Replicant, get bored on the second playthrough and watch the endings on YouTube (both Jaffe and Esper strongly recommend against this)

Liz: Tomato Way trilogy

Brandon: Touch and Go by Toshiki Kadomatsu, Returner (2002), Get your parents and grandparents vaccinated

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 10, 2021
Ep. 183 - We Need To Talk About The Noid, with Jim Stormdancer
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Jim Stormdancer, developer of Frog Fractions and host of Topic Lords joins the panel to hearld/warn of the return of The Noid, how to craft an ARG, and The Insert Credit Greatest Game of All Time (ICGGOAT). (Content warning: This episode contains strong language.)

Questions this week:

  1. We Need To Talk About The Noid (00:57)
  2. What game did you have to learn to like before liking it? (06:29)
  3. Is there a line between surprising players and not giving them the game they paid for? (09:34)
  4. What do we have to say about NFTs? (15:27)
  5. Which game series have the most interesting naming and numbering conventions? (20:08)
  6. Dirtbag Kory asks: What are the best games about electricity? (25:52)
  7. What are the game design principles behind a good ARG? (31:39)
  8. What would your video game vanity license plate be? (37:53)
  9. What’s the best Star Wars game, and how could you make a better one? (40:57)
  10. What is the Paddington 2 of video games? (46:13)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Adjectivity (51:33)

Think YOU have better answers than the panel? You don’t! But you can discuss the episode here in the insert credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Dance Volunteer by Portable Rock, Pensieri di Nessuno by Words And Actions, Gozu (2003)

Frank: Play video games on easy

Jim: The Hat DLC which is no longer on sale, Topic Lords

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

May 03, 2021
Bonus Credit - Crazy Horse As Well
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A half hour bonus episode of unaired material, previously exclusive to Patreon subscribers. Subscribe now for more like this! Original music by Kurt Feldman.

(Ep. 175) Brandon explains who could potentially enjoy the film Pyscho Gore Man and talks about how incredible Mark Dacascos is. Special Guest Topher Docfuture Florence explains what he would have liked Batman: Soul of the Dragon to be and discusses Hong Kong filmmaking economics. Frank identifies which Daredevil comic Brandon is talking about.

(Ep. 176) Brandon is frustrated by a Metal Gear Acid purchase and discusses The Grapes of Death. Frank makes a pun and recommends Metal Gear 2.

(Ep. 176) Extended break. Frank doesn’t know what to do with the phrase “Golden Teet” and the strip club Crazy Horse Too. Special Guest Ash Parrish knows which one of the panel doesn’t write erotic fanfiction. Jaffe is upset about by A to X Video Outlet. Brandon solves the problem.

(Ep. 176) Jaffe’s chewing again. Brandon just watched Reign of Fire. Frank was talking with a couple guys from Rare about Dinosaur Planet. Special Guest Ash Parrish has seen all the Olympus Has Fallen movies.

(Ep. 176) Extended post-show. The panel, joined by Special Guest Ash Parrish, absolutely dogs on the box art for Monster Maxx. Jaffe asks a question he almost saved for a future episode: What is the qualitative difference between a 94% review and a 96% review? We make fun of the British again.

(Ep. 178) Extended break. Special Guest Mathew Kumar discusses how we’re all going through it during the Pandemic and breaks down the No Woman No Cry equation. Jaffe makes a pun. Special Guest Kris Graft is taken aback by the hatred for Geometry Wars. Brandon explains how Insert Credit show works.

Subscribe at any level to receive monthly episodes just like this, and much more exclusive content!

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 26, 2021
Ep. 182 - Chipfaced, with merritt k
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Fanbyte writer and podcaster merritt k sits with the panel to cover the darkness within Viva Pinata, Bad Boy Reggie Fils Aime, and an explanation of what Touhou actually is. Original music by Kurt Feldman. (Content warning: This episode contains strong language.)

Questions this week:

  1. From Ash Parrish: Congress has a button to destroy all video games, and you’ve been brought in to convince them not to press it. What’s the worst game to present? (03:25)
  2. What are the most egregious cases of falling upwards in the video game industry? (08:47)
  3. What game did you come around to liking after vocally disliking before playing? (14:12)
  4. How do video games express extreme speed, without sacrificing control? (20:06)
  5. Leaving aside Lester the Unlikely, what is the most unlikely video game? (24:45)
  6. Dirtbag Derek asks: What do you predict will be the cause of the next video game renaissance? (32:16)
  7. What’s happened in the Japanese indie game scene since Cave Story? (38:14)
  8. What examples of fans officially taking a game forward have worked out? (42:58)
  9. What is the Alvin and the Chipmunks of video games? (48:52)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Seven Virtuous Minigames (54:40)

Think you have better answers than the panel? Politely discuss this episode in the Insert Credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Clazziquai - Remix Pinch Your Soul, Yukiko Tanaka - Reflection, Nobody (2021), Enter The Fat Dragon (2020), recognize the misogyny and colorism in Baahubali

Frank: Feel free to pirate games, Gumby

Merritt: Fanbyte, Fanbyte Podcasts, twitch.tv/fanbyte

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 26, 2021
Ep. 181 - All Six Of Them, with Ash Parrish
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Game journalist and friend of the show Ash Parrish returns to cover Amiga AI, alien boyfriends, and pynball.

Questions this week:

  1. From Heather Alexandra: What game has the tastiest potions? (03:53)
  2. What’s something you never want to see in a video game again? (08:27)
  3. What are the best achievements in video game AI development? (12:56)
  4. Which officially released video games are most transparently fanfiction of other games? (17:37)
  5. Design the perfect romancable alien RPG NPC, but make them distinctly nonhuman. (22:27)
  6. Dirtbag MoxBagel asks: How would you re-design pinball to be more of a 30 minute game instead of a 3 minute game? (28:40)
  7. Have you ever wished a game challenged you a little more? (34:53)
  8. What are the best liminal spaces in a video game? (39:41)
  9. Has your opinion of a game ever changed after speaking with the developer? (43:53)
  10. What is the Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” of video games? (49:52)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Alphanumerous Characters (55:26)

Think you have better answers than the panel? Politely discuss this episode in the Insert Credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Ash: Kotaku Splitscreen, twitter.com/adashtra

Brandon: Fourth Dimension, Melinda’s Hot Sauce

Frank: Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce

Jaffe: The Unknown (1927)

This Week’s Insert Credit Art Jam Topic: Cheating

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 180 - Insert Credit 20th Anniversary
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Twenty years of insertcredit.com, as remembered by past and present contributors. Featuring Vincent Diamante, Chris Woodard, Azurelore Korrigan, Patrick Miller, and more.

Questions this week:

  1. What do you remember about the GP32, and how does obscure hardware fit in Insert Credit’s taste? (07:20)
  2. What are the best video game comeback stories? (11:42)
  3. If Insert Credit could secure the film rights to any video game, what would it be? (16:09)
  4. What gets changed when porting a video game? (19:19)
  5. What Insert Credit-type games influence Vincent’s music composition? (23:06)
  6. What is Tose up to now, and what other important game companies don’t we know about? (31:51)
  7. Insert Credit declared the death of print video game media on April 16th, 2008. Is that about right? (36:38)
  8. In 2009, there was some pontification on Insert Credit on what constituted “good” or “bad” video game journalism. Where do you stand on that now? (41:03)
  9. What are some of the most striking video game convention displays you’ve seen? (44:43)
  10. How did the cottage industry of new games for old consoles happen, and which ones are worth discussing? (49:50)
  11. How did the forums and community shape Insert Credit’s identity? (59:03)
  12. How can one still find obscurity on the internet? (01:09:03)
  13. What are the biggest differences between video game culture in 2004-2006 and now? (01:14:00)
  14. After all these years, how would you define your relationship to video games? (01:20:35)
  15. What the hell is wrong with video games? (01:24:54)
  16. How has Insert Credit changed since the start of the podcast? (01:44:53)
  17. How did you all go from writing about to developing and preserving video games? (01:49:24)
  18. Are video game blogs dead? (02:00:09)
  19. What are the best things to come out of Insert Credit? (02:04:40)
  20. Finish this sentence: Insert Credit is the _____ of video games. (02:09:15)

Discuss these questions and obscure video game hardware in the Insert Credit forum thread for this episode.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 12, 2021
Ep. 179 - Dirtbag Deep Dive, with Tyriq Plummer
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The panel opens the Dirtbag, joined by game developer and composer Tyriq Plummer. Also covered: petty attract modes, the steamy details of Wario’s parentage, and Bleomard Nimoy.

Questions this week:

  1. David asks: What are your favorite home console attract modes? (01:33)
  2. Big Steve Lasanga asks: is the pursuit of “legitimacy” by prestige games a creative dead end? (04:46)
  3. Sam asks: Why aren’t there more genre mash-ups in video games? (09:22)
  4. Shun asks: what would a Quadruple A video game be like? (12:10)
  5. Thundercricket asks: What is the most practical dungeon in a video game? (14:49)
  6. MoxBagel asks: How would video games be different if Sega was the dominant console manufacturer today? (18:36)
  7. Graphite asks: What are the most notable video game misreadings? (21:58)
  8. Aldo Leopold asks: is cranking the resolution in a PS2 emulator playing “the real game”? (25:32)
  9. Daniel R asks: What are the selling points of quadruple-A game Steampunk 1877? (29:00)
  10. TheFragranceOfDarkCoffee asks: How do you recommend a competent and enjoyable but not remarkable game? (32:27)
  11. Kiko asks: Is it possible to reboot Seaman? (35:41)
  12. Anders M asks: What countries besides the US, Japan, and UK put out the best games? (38:23)
  13. GigaSlime asks: What celebrities would you cast in your expensive vanity project? (41:58)
  14. George Rohac asks: What about video games still gives you hope for the medium? (45:30)
  15. Eric Eaton asks: What is the Bob Dylan of video games? (49:45)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Spilling the Dirtbag (52:47)

Think you have better answers than the panel? Politely discuss this episode in the Insert Credit forums.

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: On-Gaku: Our Sound (2019), Night of the Kings (2020), Katedralen by Mork, The Insert Credit Art Jam

Tyriq: Catacomb Kids, twitch.tv/fourbitfriday, Mid-Air Thief, Crumb, Frror

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Apr 05, 2021
Ep. 178 - Top 20 Xbox 36Tacular, with Kris Graft and Mathew Kumar
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Special guests Kris Graft of Gamasutra and Mathew Kumar of Future Club join the show to rank the top 20.17 Xbox 360 games of all time, as well as discuss unconventional promotion techniques, vanilla cake, and living to see yourself as a robot.

THE INSERT CREDIT XBOX 360 TOP 20.17:

  1. Deadly Premonition
  2. Left 4 Dead
  3. NieR Gestalt
  4. Dead Rising
  5. Bloody Checkers
  6. Halo: Reach
  7. Gears of War
  8. Mamotte Knight
  9. Pac-Man Championship Edition
  10. Rock Band
  11. Lost Planet 2
  12. Lost Odyssey
  13. Bullet Witch
  14. Ridge Racer 6
  15. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  16. Trials HD
  17. Iron Brigade
  18. Crackdown
  19. Vidiot Game
  20. Castle Crashers

20.17. Earth Defense Force 2017

Got a different list, or think we missed something big? Come politely discuss the list in the forums!

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 29, 2021
Ep. 177 - Yakuza the Musical, with Heather Alexandra
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Double Fine’s Heather Alexandra joins the panel to cover Jerry Lewis, beating coins out of people, and The Ultimate MacGuffin.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit 20: You encounter someone who, quote, “plays video games for the story.” What games can you assume they own? (7:12)
  2. What does it mean to be a community manager for a game studio that mostly makes single player games? (12:35)
  3. What are the most video gamey things you’ve seen in real life? (18:04)
  4. It’s been one year since we all went into a global quarantine. How would video games be different right now if that never happened? (23:06)
  5. The Adaptation Game: Yakuza movie (27:49)
  6. Dirtbag Kory asks: What is the most underappreciated button on a controller? (32:20)
  7. What is the best MacGuffin in a video game? (37:25)
  8. Frank’s question: How would you design a video game museum? (40:48)
  9. What tea blends would you match with games? (48:37)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Blue Rogue’s Code (52:59)

Think you have better answers than the panel? Politely discuss this episode in the Insert Credit forums

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Heather: To The Horizon, Psychonauts 2, Lapsang tea, Kukicha tea

Frank: DG Voodoo 2

Brandon: Ploho, Morwan, D’LaVance, Moondog, Peppermint Bark tea, Turmeric Three Root tea, Unicorn Grass tea

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 22, 2021
Ep. 176 - Gin & Sonic, with Ash Parrish
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Ash Parrish rejoins the panel to cover Final Fantasy XIV’s superiority, the Screaming Idea, and G4M3R5.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit 86: What games not originally designed for arcades would best make the transition to arcades? (01:58)
  2. What specifically makes Final Fantasy XIV the best MMO game? (05:17)
  3. Which games have benefitted the most from changing course during development? (10:37)
  4. What game features the greatest distance of quality between how good the music is and how bad the game itself is? (15:42)
  5. The pandemic is over, and each of you is opening up a barcade. What do you name it? (20:44)
  6. Patreon Supporter THX Deep Note’s #1 Fan asks: If you could design a startup jingle for a video game console, what would it sound like? (28:28)
  7. What are some things that video game fans THINK they want, but won’t actually enjoy? (33:36)
  8. What is the longest you’ve ever struggled with a particular challenge in a video game? (38:44)
  9. Topher “Docfuture” Florence gives this challenge: Design a singular controller to be put into a time capsule that will be the only controller to play all console games. It can have any button or stick configuration, but is arbitrarily limited to only 3 “gimmicks.” (44:07)
  10. Who is the Meghan Markle of video games? (49:31)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Guess That Fanfic (54:29)

Think you have better answers than the panel? Politely discuss this episode in the Insert Credit forums

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Brandon: Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar (2021), Frankie Rose’s Cage Tropical, Crazy Samurai 400 vs 1

Ash: Kotaku Splitscreen

Jaffe: The Tobolowsky Files

Frank: The Video Game History Hour

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 15, 2021
Ep. 175 - Just Wanna Murder Kids Again , with Topher "Docfuture" Florence
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Topher “Docfuture” Florence joins the panel to cover holographic divorce, appeasement of the Froot Brute contingent, and Lammypedia.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit 31: Design a game for the Star Trek holodeck. (06:36)
  2. Which games in genres with traditionally minimal or completely absent narratives have the most compelling stories? (12:05)
  3. What would Animal Crossing be like if Tom Nook were as villainous as internet memes say he is? (17:38)
  4. Which corporate mascot has the most potential as the star of a great video game? (22:43)
  5. If there was a Friends video game, what would the strats be to speedrun it? (28:59)
  6. Patreon Supporter MoxBagel asks: In an alternate reality your favorite game that deserved a sequel but never got one just had its 10th game. What is it like? (33:31)
  7. What are the good Twitch streams and Let’s Plays for the discerning Insert Crediter? (38:10)
  8. Which video game characters should guest star in the next season of Scooby-Doo, and what should their episodes be about? (43:18)
  9. From Liz Ryerson: What would a DocFuture prestige TV show look like? (48:53)
  10. What is the Police Dogs of video games? (54:05)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Death by Degrees (57:08)

A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:

Recommendations:

Frank: Phantasy Star IV: Ludonarrative and the Artistic Value of Classic Games

Brandon: The Baddest by Toshinobu Kubota, The Changin’ Times of Ike White (2019), THE ALL NEW insertcredit.com !!!

Topher: Lunatic Obscurity

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 08, 2021
Ep. 174 - Sega Macarena, with Liz “Lids” Ryerson
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Liz Ryerson joins your favorite 7/10 podcast to cover the secret origins of CapyGames, the true name of the Saturn, and misunderstanding pixel art.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit #12: Which video game soundtracks are notable for their use of uncommonly heard instruments? (05:07)
  2. What musicians would you have chosen to celebrate Pokemon’s 25th anniversary? (10:06)
  3. Which video games are the best at inducing claustrophobia? (15:28)
  4. Which is better: games about upward movement, or games about downward movement? (21:09)
  5. Improv Zone: Salty Bet Commentary (27:17)
  6. Patreon Supporter Malcove asks: What is the best 3-player game? (34:42)
  7. What’s with Sony shuttering Japan Studio? (39:45)
  8. Is it time to retire pixel art in video games? (48:48)
  9. Frank’s Question: What do we think of modern pixel art emerging as a misunderstanding of classic pixel art? (53:58)
  10. What is the forgetting to defrost your ingredients until right before it’s time to make dinner of video games? (59:47)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design - Tennessee Williams Plays (01:01:28)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Mar 01, 2021
Ep. 173 - We Don't Usually Swear, with Lotte May
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Content warning: Brandon says a swear at 53:03, but it’s justified. Special guest Lotte May joins a Tim-less panel to have a chill hangout. This episode is a Chill Version features three new lofi tracks from Kurt Feldman!

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit #14: If you could send 3 portable games to everybody in the world, what would they be? Game Boy Color edition (04:26)
  2. How will strategy guides in the Library of Congress benefit future Americans? (09:37)
  3. Why are some games so much better when played on smaller, portable screens? (15:44)
  4. What are your favorite pieces of bespoke, custom made video game hardware? (20:47)
  5. It’s 1995. What games would you design to enhance the launch library for the Casio Loopy? (26:06)
  6. Patreon Supporter MoxBagel asks: What game would you give a young Brandon Sheffield to change his destiny as an inveterate Nintendo hater? (30:50)
  7. When and how is the color pink best utilized in a video game’s color palette? (36:27)
  8. It has now been 24 hours since the February 17th Nintendo Direct aired. What can you still remember about it? (40:13)
  9. What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten about your video game industry job? (46:14)
  10. What’s a game that would be worth making for an old system? (50:57)

LIGHTNING ROUND: The Blank of Video Games: Coffee (57:44)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 22, 2021
Ep. 172 - Dithligonal Heckahedron
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Permanent tracheal damage, Geoff Keigh3, and Dr. Wowy’s Pee Factory.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit #10: What can we expect from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie? (4:56)
  2. Frank’s question: What do you say to someone who wants your career in video games? (10:17)
  3. Remember E3? It’s back, in streaming digital presentation form! Is there no turning back now? (16:44)
  4. If we define a perfect game as one which exhausts every satisfactory application of its core concept, which games fit that definition? (22:25)
  5. The Adaptation Game: Saturday Night Live (28:43)
  6. Patreon Supporter Meghan Murphy asks: what game has the best post-game? (35:27)
  7. What’s the right amount of random chance to use in a video game? (42:20)
  8. What are the greatest lengths to which you have ever gone to play a particular video game? (48:06)
  9. What are the best bombs in video games? (53:40)
  10. What is the finding a long, crispy french fry in your order of onion rings of video games? (59:16)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Playing Flavorites: Mega Man Robot Masters (01:05:13)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 15, 2021
Ep. 171 - Hidden Glass Shard
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Bad jokes, meaningful treehouse hangouts, and the Five Best Video Game Magazines Of All Time.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit #123: What would be the worst movie to license as a beat-em-up? (02:21)
  2. What’s keeping big tech companies from breaking into video games after Microsoft? (07:42)
  3. What is executionally the worst joke you have ever seen in a video game? (13:21)
  4. Which human video game characters would be most valuable to examine for medical science? (19:39)
  5. What are the top five video game magazines of all time? (25:34)
  6. Patreon Supporter Beaion asks: What game are you always trying to get your friend group or social circle to play and why won’t they play it? (31:43)
  7. What are the ideal personal and environmental conditions which must be met before you play a video game for a long period of time? (38:28)
  8. When do you feel like you need to start an unfinished video game over from the beginning before you can finish it? (42:53)
  9. What was the best day you ever had just playing video games? (48:34)
  10. What is the “figuring out how to use the shower in an unfamiliar bathroom after a long day of travel” of video games? (56:50)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Trademark-Free Video Game Valentines (01:01:53)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 08, 2021
Ep. 170 - Sonic the Hedgefund
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Earthworm Jim didn’t invent the 90’s, he was just there.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit: What’s the most backhanded compliment you could give a video game? (02:52)
  2. Can we harness the feedback loop of gacha games for good? (09:33)
  3. What pair of short video games would make the best double feature? (14:58)
  4. Biolence Island: Viohazard Protagonists (20:31)
  5. Patreon Suppoerter John Beyer asks: is it wrong to play old video games and remakes instead of new video games? (32:50)
  6. If you weren’t aware of the credits, would you be able to tell Balan Wonderworld is a Yuji Naka game? (39:40)
  7. What video game actions would be more fun if they were decompressed? (46:23)
  8. Who are the Dexys Midnight Runners of video games? (50:33)
  9. Explain Gamestop stock manipulation to your mom. (56:03)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Stock Market Tips & Tricks (01:03:13)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Feb 01, 2021
Ep. 169 - Quorantine Spectaskular
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A last minute guest cancellation means double value for you! Jaffe presents the panel with Quora.com’s top twenty video game questions at three minutes a piece.

Quoras this week:

  1. Jay Sapinsky asks: how do you spot gamers in real life? (06:06)
  2. Nor Reza asks: What about Fallout Lore bothers you? (08:57)
  3. Aditi Triveti asks: What is the most messed up thing you’ve ever done in any video game? (11:49)
  4. Anthony Andranik Moumjian asks: Is it bad to leave a gaming PC on all the time? Can it damage the PC? (14:56)
  5. Andre Xast asks: Hulk will protect you from the final bosses of the last 3 video games you played. Do you live? (17:35)
  6. Kaan Kala asks: How difficult is legendary difficulty in Skyrim? (20:21)
  7. Nor Reza asks: What is something in the Call of Duty games that makes no sense? (22:02)
  8. Kyle Dring asks: Why are low morality games so popular? (24:11)
  9. Lily Shen asks: What is the cheapest thing you’ve done to win a video game that wasn’t technically cheating? (27:39)
  10. Anonymous asks: How do I find inappropriate games on Roblox? (31:21)
  11. David P. Black asks: Do soldiers in wars actually throw empty mags like in video games? (35:15)
  12. Sam Bunn asks: What game feature or animation makes you think “This person must’ve had a lot of fun making this?” (37:36)
  13. Nor Reza asks: What if you woke up in a video game and there was no way out? (40:39)
  14. Ryan Nelson asks: Are there any games that punish or mock you for playing it in a certain way? (43:18)
  15. Sean Kernan asks: What’s the furthest a parent has gone to get their kid to quit gaming? (46:10)
  16. Ryan Russell asks: What are some things that only gamers would understand? (49:01)
  17. Christopher Abrahams asks: Why do Marvel games not made by Sony feel like they are pandering to MCU fans? (50:33)
  18. Nor Reza, King of Video Game Quora asks: Why are support classes so dang boring in video games? All you do is heal people and it doesn’t feel rewarding. (52:56)
  19. Craig O Grant asks: What’s your favorite Minecraft trick and how do you do it? (56:16)
  20. Anonymous asks: Why is video gaming a “teenage” thing? (58:22)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 25, 2021
Ep. 168 - Game of the Year 2020
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The only game of the year podcast willing to say, On Main, that VR isn’t video games, Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie is a game, and Dragon Quest XI came out in 2020.

Alphabetical Nominees (Unranked):

  1. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (09:39)
  2. A Short Hike for Nintendo Switch (14:00)
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (18:18)
  4. Blaseball (25:03)
  5. Deadly Premonition 2 (28:45)
  6. Demon’s Souls Remake (32:44)
  7. Disc Room (37:02)
  8. DooM 64 for Nintendo Switch (41:25)
  9. DooM Eternal (46:10)
  10. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (49:56)
  11. Final Fantasy VII Remake (53:57)
  12. GG Aleste 3 (01:01:01)
  13. Hades (01:07:17)
  14. Half-Life: Alyx (01:11:51)
  15. Ikenfell (01:20:22)
  16. Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (01:26:28)
  17. The Last of Us Part II (01:30:14)
  18. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (01:35:58)
  19. Streets of Rage 4 (01:40:26)
  20. Yakuza: Like a Dragon (01:45:27)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.


THE FINALIZED AND RANKED 2020 TWENTY:

  1. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  2. A Short Hike for Nintendo Switch
  3. Ghost of Tsushima
  4. Demon’s Souls Remake
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie
  6. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  7. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  8. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
  9. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  10. Hades
  11. Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  12. Deadly Premonition 2
  13. The Last of Us Part II
  14. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  15. Disc Room
  16. DooM 64 2020
  17. DooM Eternal
  18. Hyperspace Delivery Service for Nintendo Switch
  19. GG Aleste 3
  20. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Jan 18, 2021
Ep. 167 - The Great Great Gatsby, with Patrick Miller
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Patrick Miller victoriously rejoins the panel to cover high literature, experimental film, and the ultimate fighting game tournament arc.

Questions this week:

  1. Previously on Insert Credit: What can you tell about a person based on their fighting game style and preferences? (04:41)
  2. As far as video games go, what is and is not cyberpunk? (10:50)
  3. What studio which has never made a fighting game before could probably make a pretty good fighting game? (16:36)
  4. What did Adobe Flash mean for video games over the past 24 years, what have we lost, and what can be saved? (22:12)
  5. Design The Great Gatsby 2 (28:00)
  6. Which video games make you feel the heaviest? (34:40)
  7. What are some games you went too easy on? (40:32)
  8. What is the Eraserhead of video games? (46:34)
  9. Giant-Sized Violence Island: Fighting Game Protagonists (51:35)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Patreon Suporter Grandbag’s Funeral presents Name Design: Baskin Robins Ice Cream Flavors (01:03:40)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 11, 2021
Ep. 166 - Insert Credit Annual #3
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The greatest video games ever made, ranked…again! The panel weaves through a new elaborate structure to determine, inarguably, the best video games of all time.

Final List:

  • DooM [Action]
  • Celeste [Platforming]
  • Mother 3 [Narrative]
  • Dragon Quest V [RPG]
  • Outrun 2 [Driving]
  • Raw Danger [Adventure]
  • Valkyria Chronicles [Strategy]
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night [Metroidvania]
  • Phoenix Wright [Visual Novel]
  • Link’s Awakening [Action-Adventure]
  • Capcom vs. SNK 2 [Fighting]
  • Saturn Bomberman [Party]
  • Stardew Valley [Sim]
  • Hades [Roguelike]
  • VIDEOBALL [Sports]
  • Final Fantasy XIV [MMO]
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 [Creative]
  • Baba is You [Puzzle]
  • LoL [E-Sports]
  • Genshin Impact [Free-To-Play]

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jan 04, 2021
Ep. 165 - Best of Insert Credit 2020
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Some podcasts pull up old audio and call it a day, but when Insert Credit goes retro, we do it up right. All-time great questions return anew for fresh answers.

Questions this week:

  1. Who are the greatest frauds in video games? (09:52)
  2. How would you adapt Bartleby the Scrivener into a video game? (15:13)
  3. Which video game characters who have never met before would you set up for a blind date? (19:28)
  4. What is the exact middle game? (24:04)
  5. What the hell is wrong with video games? (29:01)
  6. A national pizza chain has hired you to choose the games to emulate on their arcade cabinet; but they can only be abandonware by defunct publishers. What do you choose? (32:13)
  7. If there were a video game convention where only one company could represent each country, who would be there? (37:35)
  8. Who is the Prince of video games? (43:16)
  9. How could we save Sega by readjusting their timeline? (48:50)
  10. What’s the Day the Clown Cried of Video Games? (53:43)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pokedexperts (01:00:39)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 28, 2020
Ep. 164 - Happy Asparagus Week
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The most wonderful time of the year descends upon us. The panel covers fishing, fancy finishing, and Finland.

Questions this week:

  1. What was the last innovative use of 3D space in a video game? (04:04)
  2. What should I mean when a video game receives an award for “Best Direction”? (08:55)
  3. Why are fishing minigames so ubiquitous, and what’s the best one? (13:40)
  4. Are there any really good adaptations of video games into physical games? (18:12)
  5. How would you adapt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade into a video game? (22:11)
  6. Patreon Supporter Gwifblymth asks, what’s going on with Treasure? (27:17)
  7. How good was the TurboGrafx-16? (35:40)
  8. What’s the Christmas Game? (40:52)
  9. What is the Cheesecake Factory of video games? (48:34)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design: Christmas Songs (55:26)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 21, 2020
Ep. 163 - It Doesn't Get Eddie Vedder Than This, with Heather Anne Campbell
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Special guest Heather Anne Campbell of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Twilight Zone and How Did This Get Played joins the crew to discuss economics, Eddie Vedder, and an extremely good Improv Zone.

Questions this week:

  1. Does something need to be done about poor performance and understanding of console transition games? (06:53)
  2. What is your favorite video game you’d still consider a bad game? (12:59)
  3. What’s the most interesting economic system in a video game? (18:12)
  4. What’s the most spectacular video game award show failure? (23:24)
  5. Which video game characters would most likely sign up for a UCB class? (29:18)
  6. Improv Zone: Video Game Characters in UCB Class (34:25)
  7. Question by Patreon Supporter Cera Sophia: What are the underappreciated creative/production roles in video games? (39:15)
  8. What can you tell about a person based on their fighting game style? (45:24)
  9. What can someone say to convince you to check out a game, in four words or less? (50:25)
  10. What is the Neon Genesis Evangelion of video games? (54:35)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Slogan Slingin’ (59:33)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 14, 2020
Ep. 162 - Stanley Cuberick
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A nearly educational episode, featuring time travel, masterclasses, and film director name pronunciation.

Questions this week:

  1. Let’s fix the Sega Timeline (03:23)
  2. How can video games reward and encourage patience? (08:48)
  3. Who would you ask to teach the Game Design Masterclass, and who would actually do it? (14:55)
  4. Which video games have the most upsetting color palettes? (20:50)
  5. The Adaptation Game: 2001: A Space Odyssey (26:09)
  6. Question by Patreon Supporter Blue Milk: Who would you cast as the Kacho for an American GameCenter CX? (31:26)
  7. If you had to place five video games on the elemental plinths from The Fifth Element, what would you choose? (37:45)
  8. If Nintendo released a new version of R.O.B. today, what would it do? (43:17)
  9. Which video game has the best map? (48:07)
  10. What is the Freebird of video games? (53:25)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pokedex Entries (58:47)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Dec 07, 2020
Ep. 161 - Legalize Bowsette
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An asynchronous recording makes for a time-displaced good time. Featuring the all-new intro theme by Kurt Feldman!

Questions this week:

  1. What dead video game genre is least likely to ever make a comeback? (02:36)
  2. If there were an international video game conference where only one company could represent each country, which would be present? (06:55)
  3. How are status effects best used outside of traditional RPGs? (10:48)
  4. Theme Sale: Pokemon Red Version, Chess Titans for Windows 7 and 8, 1992’s Clue, Zool, and Picture Puzzle by HAL Laboratory. (15:10)
  5. Question by Patreon Supporter Ross Hamrick: How do you think videogame nostalgia of the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch era will manifest in a decade from now? (21:14)
  6. What ISN’T a game, but FEELS like a game? (26:41)
  7. How can Nintendo improve the experience of waiting in line? (31:18)
  8. What is the least responsible video game journalism you’ve ever seen? (36:49)
  9. Tim’s Soapbox (41:25)
  10. What is the WATCHMEN of video games? (48:38)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Game FAQs Poll Responses (54:25)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 30, 2020
Ep. 160 - Press H to Hershey
5485

A decidedly digestive discussion of Dragon Quest, DuckTales, and Diedrich.

Questions this week:

  1. What video game character creator has the best hair? (05:20)
  2. What is the most disappointed you’ve ever been by a video game? (10:27)
  3. What songs would you put in one of those video game-themed orchestral performances? (17:37)
  4. When has a video game been significantly improved by a glitch? (24:14)
  5. How would you make a video game where the initial design document is just the DuckTales theme? (29:51)
  6. Patreon Supporter Slick Rick asks, what is the most successful video game scam? (36:46)
  7. When does an otherwise good video game take itself too seriously? (43:11)
  8. What are the best shops in video games? (49:23)
  9. What abandonware games would you put in a national pizza chain’s arcade? (54:37)
  10. What is the Apocalypse Now of video games? (01:00:50)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Closest Without Going Over: Video game fanfiction totals (01:07:36)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 23, 2020
Ep. 159 - Loopy Lorries, with Ash Parrish
4472

Fanfic, narcware, The Lost City of Zinj, and Weiner Hotdog.

Questions this week:

  1. From previous winner Gita Jackson, what video game would be most improved by making the protagonist black? (07:26)
  2. Which video game trilogy has the strongest three act structure? (14:33)
  3. What kinds of video games inspire the best fan fiction? (18:45)
  4. What role has console cloning played in video game history? (24:24)
  5. If there were a fighting game with only characters from dorm room movie posters, who would the strongest be? (29:16)
  6. Patreon Supporter Nathan Roberts asks, what video games could or should have received a sensitive British localization? (36:06)
  7. What’s with all the DMCA takedowns on Twitch streamers all of the sudden? (41:32)
  8. When do you wish a game was longer? (46:13)
  9. If you worked for a video game matchmaking service, what characters would you set up on a date? (51:54)
  10. What are the Black Eyed Peas of video games? (57:37)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Video Game Sequel Subtitles (01:04:03)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 16, 2020
Ep. 158 - Writing Python Scripts While Skateboarding
4654

Console talk, Tricky Dick, and the activities of teens.

Questions this week:

  1. Who should get a Playstation 5? (04:18)
  2. Who should get a Xbox Series X? (09:47)
  3. In what ways can gamehuggers be more ethically minded consumers? (13:39)
  4. What video game was most improved by a remaster? (20:06)
  5. The Adaptation Game: 1972 Watergate Scandal (27:06)
  6. What are the best blunt combat weapons in video games? (32:14)
  7. What T-rated games are actually most suitable for teens? (39:21)
  8. What video games got popular years after initial release? (45:29)
  9. If you lined up every video game ever from best to worst, what would be the exact middle game? (52:00)
  10. What is the Pee Wee’s Big Adventure of video games? (57:54)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Patreon Supporter Shun asks: in an alternate universe where video games never exist, what would the following video game industry figures be doing for work? (01:04:03)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Nov 09, 2020
Ep. 157 - The Dirtbag Hour, with Mathew Kumar
4245

A mistake at our Scheduling Factory means Patreon questions at blow-out prices! With special guest Mathew Kumar.

Questions this week:

  1. Jerry asks, what life skill should be the next to receive the Mama treatment? (03:53)
  2. Moe asks, what video game action would make for the best Olympic event? (08:43)
  3. Dirtbag asks, have you ever realized you don’t like a game only after sinking lots of time into it? (13:28)
  4. Squit asks, how would you improve Sonic’s bonus levels? (19:59)
  5. Ross Hamrick asks, who is the Prince of video games? (24:53)
  6. Sam asks, what did we lose when we lost dedicated portable consoles? (29:59)
  7. Jonathan Qiao asks, what’s the most realistic RPG progression system? (35:40)
  8. Jack O’Keeffe asks, what non-racing games have the best driving? (39:56)
  9. tim rogers asks, whats everybody’s Sonic OC? (45:24)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Bottom Line Review (53:09)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman. Art by forum user @SuperEffective

Nov 02, 2020
Ep. 156 - Horror Game Ranking Spec-Drac-ular
6750

The greatest horror games of all time, according to a bunch of people who don’t play that many horror games.

  1. Silent Hill 2
  2. Resident Evil 2 (2019)
  3. Resident Evil 4
  4. Left 4 Dead 2
  5. Clock Tower (1995)
  6. Silent Hill
  7. Silent Hill 3
  8. P.T.
  9. D2
  10. Deadly Premonition
  11. Until Dawn
  12. Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation to Darkness
  13. Baroque
  14. Rule of Rose
  15. Sweet Home
  16. Parasite Eve
  17. Danganronpa
  18. Siren
  19. Dino Crisis
  20. Devil’s Crush

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman. Opening theme “Mashtlevania” by Max Hully.

Oct 26, 2020
Ep. 155 - Animal Cro666ing, with Liz Ryerson
5256

The game enjoyer, in today’s political climate, is a rare breed of individual indeed. Special guest Liz Ryerson

CONTENT WARNING: This episode features artistic descriptions of gore during Question 9. Question 10 begins at 01:05:55 if you’d like to skip.

Questions this week:

  1. What’s the last game you played for entertainment purposes? (05:44)
  2. What makes horror games fail? (13:44)
  3. When does video game culture most feel like a cult? (19:28)
  4. What are the most out of place songs on a video game soundtrack? (25:14)
  5. If you were making a Frankenstein monster out of video game characters, which body parts would you use? (31:13)
  6. Question by Patreon Supporter Kiko: Which game narrative would change the most if the protagonist had access to therapy? (38:08)
  7. What video games accurately reflect the time and money put into making them? (45:57)
  8. What are some fake video game titles you’d use as set dressing in a haunted house? (51:40)
  9. How do you do gore right in a video game? (56:42)
  10. What is the Rocky Horror Picture Show of video games? (01:01:55)

FRIGHTENING ROUND: Reccing Crew (01:08:55)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 19, 2020
Ep. 154 - Fist or Twist or Blister
4277

The term “Immersion” has been subject to perversion at the hands of vermin.

Questions this week:

  1. Gaming injuries (01:21)
  2. Audaciously breaking immersion (08:40)
  3. Volatile video game partnerships (14:39)
  4. Greatest handheld LCD games (20:24)
  5. Theme sale (26:05)
  6. Question by Patreon Supporter MoxBagel, who asks: When you walk into an arcade, what is Your Game? (33:18)
  7. Most accurate game company name (40:14)
  8. Video game characters that remind you of someone you know (46:01)
  9. Beating Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (51:30)
  10. The Crystal Head Vodka Bottle of video games (56:06)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design (01:00:00)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 12, 2020
Ep. 153 - Ain't No Sunshine When Game, with Laura Michet
4173

The questions are perfect. The podcast is perfect. And I feel perfect. Special guest Laura Michet.

Questions this week:

  1. Video game verb actions (3:12)
  2. The first well written video game story (8:00)
  3. What’s new with ARGs? (13:22)
  4. Game articles that are fun to read but a pain to write (19:02)
  5. Bubsy’s Smash reveal trailer (24:03)
  6. Question by Patreon Supporter Gumby: What would a video game holiday celebrate? (30:09)
  7. The balance of agency and personality in game protagonists (36:53)
  8. The best time of day for video games (40:31)
  9. Recommend Jaffe a dungeon crawler (44:37)
  10. The Niel Cicerega of video games (49:40)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Design a League of Legends champ (53:42)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Oct 05, 2020
Ep. 152 - Doctors Hate Tim!
4535

Don’t buy tables that have gun holes in them.

Questions this week:

  1. Future Club slogan and jingle (03:34)
  2. Does rumble really matter? (09:01)
  3. Is it time to panic over Microsoft acquiring Zenimax? (14:22)
  4. Game director signature shots (20:29)
  5. Helping video game characters with tax breaks (26:39)
  6. Patreon Supporter Golok asks about the best video game cold opens (34:44)
  7. Rearranging level order (41:11)
  8. Saving the Mass Effect franchise (46:55)
  9. Five best video game documentaries (52:10)
  10. Musou games in other time periods (01:01:51)

Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 28, 2020
Ep. 151 - Sex Zelda, with Jonathan Kim
4487

Special guest Jonathan Kim joins the crew to cover what really matters: recognizing Columns as an essential work.

Questions this week:

  1. Sell me a PS5 (4:23)
  2. Whats The Deal with game names, Jerry? (9:22)
  3. Sega’s neglected canon (15:27)
  4. Best aesthetics in worst games (21:12)
  5. Ideal fighting game cameos ( 26:47)
  6. Patreon Supporter Sam asks: How did Japan’s game industry recover? (33:15)
  7. Scott Pilgrim’s nostalgia timeshifted ten years later (40:54)
  8. Insert Credit as Majora’s Mask NPCs ( 45:14)
  9. Non-hellish game employers (50:53)
  10. The Raid 2 of video games ( 54:01)

LIGHTNING ROUND: This or That (57:52)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 21, 2020
Ep. 150 - Patreon Question Bonanza
5121

In this episode, Insert Credit answers your questions. No, really this time!

Questions this week:

  1. Golok inquires about Capcom remakes (04:55)
  2. Daniel C asks about Japanese hidden gems (07:07)
  3. Beandog asks about getting into the industry (09:12)
  4. Mox Bagel asks about changing time periods for games (11:30)
  5. An anonymous patron asks what the Quibi of video games is (13:40)
  6. Cera Sophia asks about the future of dedicated handhelds (15:47)
  7. Boogie asks about the Playdate (17:52)
  8. Kyle asks which novels are the most like playing games (19:56)
  9. Jesse asks about the current Peter Molyneux of games (22:36)
  10. An anonymous patron asks what the most painful control scheme is (24:40)
  11. Brenton Woodrow asks which five persons or teams should get resources to make a dream game (27:10)
  12. Gigaslime asks about rejecting games based on bad humor (29:22)
  13. Kiko asks which non-mainline Mario jumps best (31:46)
  14. Chris asks which games are chill enough to warrant 80-hour playtimes (33:50)
  15. An anonymous patron asks about designing Sonic in a ruined Earth (36:07)
  16. Josh J asks about improving arcade games on console (39:30)
  17. Jared P asks about “dream game mods” on many levels (42:26)
  18. Sam asks for a decision between freaking, marrying, and killing Yoko Taro, Swery and Yoshiro Mikura (44:53)
  19. David asks for a Bartleby the Scrivener game (46:53)
  20. An anonymous patron asks which game is the best palette cleanser (49:52)
  21. Shane asks about new Funko Pop lines (51:53)
  22. Anders M asks about asymmetrical multiplayer (54:10)
  23. Spencer S asks about Xbox Ones in the psych ward (56:46)
  24. Suda 69 asks about hyperspecific aesthetics in games (58:59)
  25. Anonymous asks about video game webcomic resurgences (01:01:23)
  26. Kind Of Bummed That Mappy Is A Cop asks about VR for dogs (01:03:34)
  27. Andy D asks to redesign the Tour de France series (01:05:44)
  28. Wemblin asks if The Witness was any good (01:07:45)
  29. An anonymous patron asks about recruiting new Creative Directors in AAA games (01:09:47)
  30. MVB asks what thoughts Insert Credit isn’t qualified to discuss (01:12:12)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pokemon Design (01:15:38)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 15, 2020
Ep. 149 - The Dunked-On Ratio
4902

Breaking: Pregnant Elsa Dies at Dentist.

Questions this week:

  1. Games Requiring Original Hardware (03:33)
  2. Mario 35th (09:18)
  3. Most Difficult Game to Review (15:13)
  4. Good Overworlds (20:56)
  5. Best Dentistry Game (25:10)
  6. What does “Overrated” mean? Question by Patreon Supporter Ricky Bankemper (33:03)
  7. Vlambeer Legacy (40:23)
  8. Unfinished and Abandoned Games (46:36)
  9. Babysitting Diddy Kong (54:13)
  10. Gunsport is the Towerfall of Stadia (1:00:08)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Recc’ing Crew - SNL Edition (1:05:10)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Sep 07, 2020
Ep. 148 - GaaS Redirects Here
4538

It is only through playing Sonic R-Kam Knight that you realize: everyone is a person.

Questions this week:

  1. BGDCOAT (02:22)
  2. Lies, Damn Lies, and Not Actually Playing Video Games (10:25)
  3. Favorite Trains (16:00)
  4. Copy These Game Designs (21:35)
  5. Cloneverwatch Character (26:19)
  6. Best Overshadowed Game Question by Patreon Supporter Dracula Is Behind You! (34:17)
  7. Dream Features for the Switch Update 2021 (40:16)
  8. What we wish “games as service” meant (45:58)
  9. The appropriate time for realism (52:00)
  10. “The Day The Clown Cried” of Video Games (56:15)

LIGHTNING ROUND: DND Alignment Chart for Video Games (1:03:45)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 31, 2020
Ep. 147 - E pluribus unum, with Gita Jackson
4815

E pluribus unum, that means I got mine, go away. This special episode features Gita Jackson!

Questions this week:

  1. The Sims Rule (04:10)
  2. What’s up with Roblox? (10:15)
  3. The line between video games and online gambling (16:49)
  4. What real or fictional location would make a great setting for a Hitman level? (23:10)
  5. G4 Lineup (29:17)
  6. Mario’s New Look Question by Patreon Supporter Known as “Shigeru M.” (39:20)
  7. Apple v. Fortnite (45:57)
  8. The Fables of Fable (51:49)
  9. Have you ever saved a video game for a special occasion? (57:41)
  10. Who are the greatest “Himbos” of video games? (1:02:53)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Fancasting - Mega Man (1:08:52)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 24, 2020
Ep. 146 - What Is Wrong with Video Games and Nine Other Questions
4563

Insert Credit examines the balls on the stuff.

Questions this week:

  1. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  2. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  3. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  4. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  5. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  6. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  7. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  8. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  9. What the hell is wrong with video games?
  10. What can we do to make games better?

LIGHTNING ROUND: How have games gotten better in the last ten years?

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 17, 2020
Ep. 145 - Saving Blind
4036

Insert Credit maneuvers into the Pocket Position.

Questions this week:

  1. Pride (02:57)
  2. Unintended Demographics (08:57)
  3. ACAB (14:28)
  4. T-Shirts (19:41)
  5. Theme Sale: Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, Battlefield 4, Perfect Dark Zero, Crysis, Tom Clancy’s End War (26:53)
  6. JRPG Pro Athlete Team (33:20)
  7. Missing the Best Part (39:49)
  8. Idea Jealous (45:38)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Gaming Pedigrees: Dog Breed Edition (51:32)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 10, 2020
Ep. 144 - Demonology Alternative Medicine
5078

Dr. Mario Killed MJ and Other Leaks.

Questions this week:

  1. The Aja of video games Question by Patreon Supporter Chris (08:21)
  2. Stage play games Question by Patreon Supporter Emmit (13:59)
  3. Which video game doctor most deserves to have their medical license revoked? Question by Patreon Supporter Kyle (19:29)
  4. Football manager games Question by Patreon Supporter Jordan (25:06)
  5. NeoGeo Pocket, Game Gear, Atari Lynx, and obscure Game Boy games Question by Patreon Supporter Sam (30:17)
  6. Video game Zoom table read Question by Patreon Supporter rootfifthoctave (42:24)
  7. Port into an FMV game Question by Patreon Supporter Mox Bagel (48:48)
  8. If you got eaten by Kirby, what power would he gain? Question by Patreon Supporter Keiko (53:20)
  9. High art movements or techniques for video games Question by Patreon Supporter Anonymous (57:56)
  10. Design the worst video game crossover Question by Patreon Supporter Anonymous (1:04:10)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design Star Wars Edition (1:09:44)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Aug 03, 2020
Ep. 143 - Every elephant that has ever died
5247

In the outer wilds, things are getting pretty world.

Questions this week:

  1. Xbox Series X Presentation Impressions Part I (03:00)
  2. Xbox Series X Presentation Impressions Part II (09:20)
  3. Is the world ready for Dreamcast 2? (15:58)
  4. What are the best games to play when you’re in excruciating pain? (23:27)
  5. The Adaptation Game: Moby Dick (29:30)
  6. What are the most satisfying video game environments to pulverize? Question by Patreon Supporter Breadface (34:48)
  7. Video Game Conspiracy Theories (42:02)
  8. Has a video game ever made you feel like throwing up? (48:49)
  9. On what occasions have game developers genuinely learned from their mistakes? (55:07)
  10. Which video game characters could do Agent 47’s job better than him? (1:01:00)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Designer Drinks (1:07:07)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 27, 2020
Ep. 142 - Football Numbers
4829

We all know what gibs are.

Questions this week:

  1. Bryan Cranston Presents the Ford Bronco (02:42)
  2. A $1200 Pac-Man Collector’s Edition (08:57)
  3. The Most Audacious Idea Thefts in Video Game History (15:19)
  4. Paper Mario EXP (22:19)
  5. Cashing in on the Cake Meme (28:22)
  6. 2007 IGN Campaign - Question by Patreon Supporter John (34:55)
  7. Does Deadly Premonition 2 live up to the original? (41:16)
  8. Twitter Account Ideas (47:20)
  9. Elemental Game Quadrants (53:40)
  10. The Horniest Video Game Without Sexual Imagery (58:53)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Recc’ing Crew - Disney Princesses (1:03:55)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.

Jul 20, 2020
Ep. 141 - Park My Bricks
4432

Wario may be the Bonk of Nintendo, but unfortunately for him–Sega is back.

Questions this week:

  1. Nintendo Switch Online (03:38)
  2. Video Game Reality Shows (09:50)
  3. The Sega Aesthetic (15:49)
  4. Games for Broken Thumbs (22:01)
  5. Improv Zone: Wily vs. Robotnik (27:35)
  6. Have you ever been sitting in your car, at a traffic light or in a parking spot, and the car next to you starts moving slowly… and you freak out and think you’re the one moving? What a weird feeling! How can this feeling be translated into a video game? Question by Patreon Supporter Adam (35:56)
  7. Cowardly Video Games (40:39)
  8. Your Walk-Up Song (46:41)
  9. Modern Day LCD Adaptations (52:38)
  10. Is Wario a Libertarian? (58:59)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Duke Nukem One Liners (1:04:58)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Stage 11-2 Theme’ from Vice Project Doom-Guitar Cover performed by YouTube user zer0_hunter 6066 and ‘Grabbag’ from Duke Nukem 3D.

Jul 13, 2020
Ep. 140 - The Other Belmont
5059

In this episode of Insert Credit, we delve into the contents of the latest issue of Game Speculator.

Questions this week:

  1. The Legacy of Andy McNamara (05:03)
  2. Is Video Game Box Art Important? (11:41)
  3. Worst Industry First Impressions (17:42)
  4. Video Game Dog Toys (24:20)
  5. THEME SALE: Super Punch-Out, Skies of Arcadia, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Resonance of Fate, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (30:22)
  6. What beloved games are mostly regarded for their localization? Question by Patreon Supporter Colin (41:25)
  7. The “Luck” Stat (48:11)
  8. The Most Inaccurately Adapted Sport (53:50)
  9. Super Coen Bros. (1:00:25)
  10. The New York, California, Nevada, Indiana, and Florida of Video Games (1:07:32)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name a Fake Castlevania Game (1:15:07)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Theme of the Cheetahmen’ from Action 52, Remix by YouTube User GaMetal Remix and ‘Reincarnated Soul, Part 2 (Stage 1)’ from Castlevania Bloodlines.

Jul 06, 2020
Ep. 139 - The Wonder Bread of People
4634

Play it later, Emulator.

Questions this week:

  1. Old Business - WB Games; Frauds (04:24)
  2. 3D Platforming since Jumping Flash (09:02)
  3. Life After Mixer (15:36)
  4. Getting Lost in a Game Map (22:29)
  5. Worst Thing to Happen To You While Playing a Game - Question by Patreon Supporter Samuel (30:20)
  6. Presenting Your Save Files to the Court (37:09)
  7. Compliments for Games That Turn You Off (43:37)
  8. Jump Around and Talk to People (49:18)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Soda Fountain (56:00)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Toss A Coin To Your Witcher - METAL COVER’ Cover by the band Ghost Fight featured on YouTube Channel NateWantsToBattle - Give Heart Records, ‘Iron Man - 8 Bit Tribute to Black Sabbath’ by 8 Bit Universe, and ‘Round 1-1 Shooting Ristar’ from Ristar The Shooting Star for the Sega Genesis.

Jun 29, 2020
Ep. 138 - Dumb-Like-A-Baby Stupid
5695

There is no ‘I’ in Top Gear.

Questions this week:

  1. The Good Itch (05:02)
  2. Revive a Franchise (13:41)
  3. Greatest Frauds (20:05)
  4. WB Gaming Bid (29:07)
  5. Theme Sale (35:55)
  6. Best Pre-90s Games - Question by Patreon Supporter Samuel (44:33)
  7. Delay Announcement Strats (51:42)
  8. Crouching (58:30)
  9. Character Diet (1:05:03)
  10. What Are The Whats of Video Games? (1:11:14)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design Trump Edition (1:19:53)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Toe The Line’ from Wolfenstein - The New Order and ‘Blue Level’ from Tempest 2000.

Jun 22, 2020
Ep. 137 - Raystration 5
5175

The Truth is He Hate You. Music ‘PS5 Hardware Reveal Trailer’ from PS5 Hardware Reveal Trailer and ‘Web Launch’ from Spider-Man for the PS4.

Questions this week:

  1. If This Was E3 (02:06)
  2. Consoles for Cockroaches (07:16)
  3. The Next Hot Exclusive IP for Xbox (12:10)
  4. Console Allegiance (18:04)
  5. Time loop games (23:24)
  6. Fortnite Kart (28:35)
  7. What was missing? (33:57)
  8. Do any games use the new graphics? (39:27)
  9. Called Shots (45:26)
  10. Frank’s Bad Question (51:03)
  11. Controller Paddle Mystery (55:40)
  12. Will there be a PS6? (59:43)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Ranking Every PS5 Game (1:02:01)

Edited by Blaine Brown.

Jun 15, 2020
Ep. 136 - PS2CULAR
6749

If it’s gotta be one, it’s gotta be 2. Ranking games from the PS2.

Official PS2 Games List:

  1. Raw Danger!
  2. R-Type Final
  3. Katamari Damacy
  4. Bujingai
  5. Steambot Chronicles
  6. SMT Nocturne
  7. Silent Hill 2
  8. Chulip
  9. God Hand
  10. Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex
  11. Breath of Fire V
  12. Psi Ops
  13. Burnout 3: Takedown
  14. Drag-On Dragoon 2
  15. Neo Contra
  16. Ico
  17. Metal Gear Solid 2
  18. Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
  19. Michigan
  20. Ape Escape 3

LIGHTNING ROUND: PS2 games that did not make the list

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Magical Sound Shower EuroMix’ From OutRun 2006 Coast 2 Coast and ‘Ghost Approaching (Stage 4)’ from Bujingai.

Jun 08, 2020
Ep. 135 - Tim Schafer Definitely Listens to This Show
4494

Gotta Fro Grast, Randomize your Chicken, and head on down to OnlyFranks.com on this week’s Insert Credit.

Questions this week:

  1. Jigsaw puzzles (05:36)
  2. The Next Video Game Animal Star (11:24)
  3. Universal Standard Game Length Time (17:37)
  4. Soundtracks to Dance To (24:25)
  5. The Improv Zone: Magazines, YouTube, & Insert Credit (30:19)
  6. The Velvet Underground and Nico of Video Games Question by Patreon Supporter Esper (36:06)
  7. Video Game Offices (The Mortal Kombat Ad) (42:36)
  8. Localizing American Video Games (48:08)
  9. Video Game Characters on TikTok (54:14)
  10. Ranking the Decades (1:00:03)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Flavor of the Month (1:06:24)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Intro’ From Digital Pinball - Last Gladiators and ‘Dunes’ from Xeno Crisis.

Jun 01, 2020
Ep. 134 - Finding the Promontory
4717

Insert Credit has it all: robot turds, dead fish, speedbuns, night candy, and even the satisfaction of having eaten a full meal in one second.

Questions this week:

  1. Genre Subversion (06:58)
  2. Getting Stuck (13:04)
  3. Good Game Sound Effects (19:18)
  4. Business Games (25:42)
  5. Video Game Marching Band (Parappa Sucks) (31:16)
  6. Brian from Patreon asks about: Renaming Video Games (38:02)
  7. The Correct Size of an RPG Party (46:52)
  8. Limited Run Games (53:09)
  9. Playing Games Wrong (59:12)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design (1:05:24)

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘Title Theme’ from Sim City SNES and ‘PaPaPa Love’ from Muscle March.

May 25, 2020
Ep. 133 - Doom Demon Plate Crash
5259

The Brain Kickstarter. Insert Credit and The Whimsical Shooting Simulator.

Questions this week:

  1. Aging Video Game Stars
  2. The Legacy of the 2010s
  3. Video game preservation in the time of constant updates
  4. What are the hallmarks of a great video game trailer?
  5. The Adaptation Game: Bazooka Joe
  6. Alex C asks: Was Lost Planet 2 Proto-Destiny?
  7. Has anyone played any game they backed on Kickstarter?
  8. Podcasting Games
  9. Joke Weapons
  10. Most effective space-based games

LIGHTNING ROUND: Crunch Time

Edited by Blaine Brown. Music ‘The Rival (Black Knight - First Battle)’ From Shovel Knight and ‘Neonlight Galaxy (Combo Mix)’ from Penguin Wars.

May 18, 2020