The game enjoyer, in today’s political climate, is a rare breed of individual indeed. (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.) Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:What’s the last game you played for entertainment purposes? (05:44) What makes horror games fail? (13:44) When does video game culture most feel like a cult? (19:28) What are the most out of place songs on a video game soundtrack? (25:14) If you were making a Frankenstein monster out of video game characters, which body parts would you use? (31:13) Question by Patreon Supporter Kiko: Which game narrative would change the most if the protagonist had access to therapy? (38:08) What video games accurately reflect the time and money put into making them? (45:57) What are some fake video game titles you’d use as set dressing in a haunted house? (51:40) How do you do gore right in a video game? (CONTENT WARNING for artistic descriptions of gore) (56:42) What is the Rocky Horror Picture Show of video games? (01:01:55)
FRIGHTENING ROUND: Reccing Crew (01:08:55)
The term “Immersion” has been subject to perversion at the hands of vermin. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Gaming injuries (01:21) Audaciously breaking immersion (08:40) Volatile video game partnerships (14:39) Greatest handheld LCD games (20:24) Theme sale (26:05) Question by Patreon Supporter MoxBagel, who asks: When you walk into an arcade, what is Your Game? (33:18) Most accurate game company name (40:14) Video game characters that remind you of someone you know (46:01) Beating Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (51:30) The Crystal Head Vodka Bottle of video games (56:06)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design (01:00:00)
Special guest Laura Michet joins to ponder protagonist perspective and video game sainthood. The questions are perfect. The podcast is perfect. And I feel perfect. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Video game verb actions (3:12) The first well written video game story (8:00) What’s new with ARGs? (13:22) Game articles that are fun to read but a pain to write (19:02) Bubsy’s Smash reveal trailer (24:03) Question by Patreon Supporter Gumby asks: What would a video game holiday celebrate? (30:09) The balance of agency and personality in game protagonists (36:53) The best time of day for video games (40:31) Recommend Jaffe a dungeon crawler (44:37) The Niel Cicerega of video games (49:40)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Design a League of Legends champ (53:42)
Don’t buy tables that have gun holes in them. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Future Club slogan and jingle (03:34) Does rumble really matter? (09:01) Is it time to panic over Microsoft acquiring Zenimax? (14:22) Game director signature shots (20:29) Helping video game characters with tax breaks (26:39) Patreon Supporter Golok asks about the best video game cold opens (34:44) Rearranging level order (41:11) Saving the Mass Effect franchise (46:55) Five best video game documentaries (52:10) Musou games in other time periods (01:01:51)
Special guest Jonathan Kim joins the crew to cover what really matters: recognizing Columns as an essential work. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Sell me a PS5 (4:23) Whats The Deal with game names, Jerry? (9:22) Sega’s neglected canon (15:27) Best aesthetics in worst games (21:12) Ideal fighting game cameos ( 26:47) Patreon Supporter Sam asks: How did Japan’s game industry recover? (33:15) Scott Pilgrim’s nostalgia timeshifted ten years later (40:54) Insert Credit as Majora’s Mask NPCs ( 45:14) Non-hellish game employers (50:53) The Raid 2 of video games ( 54:01)
LIGHTNING ROUND: This or That (57:52)
In this episode, Insert Credit answers your questions. No, really this time! Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Golok inquires about Capcom remakes (04:55) Daniel C asks about Japanese hidden gems (07:07) Beandog asks about getting into the industry (09:12) Mox Bagel asks about changing time periods for games (11:30) An anonymous patron asks what the Quibi of video games is (13:40) Cera Sophia asks about the future of dedicated handhelds (15:47) Boogie asks about the Playdate (17:52) Kyle asks which novels are the most like playing games (19:56) Jesse asks about the current Peter Molyneux of games (22:36) An anonymous patron asks what the most painful control scheme is (24:40) Brenton Woodrow asks which five persons or teams should get resources to make a dream game (27:10) Gigaslime asks about rejecting games based on bad humor (29:22) Kiko asks which non-mainline Mario jumps best (31:46) Chris asks which games are chill enough to warrant 80-hour playtimes (33:50) An anonymous patron asks about designing Sonic in a ruined Earth (36:07) Josh J asks about improving arcade games on console (39:30) Jared P asks about “dream game mods” on many levels (42:26) Sam asks for a decision between freaking, marrying, and killing Yoko Taro, Swery and Yoshiro Mikura (44:53) David asks for a Bartleby the Scrivener game (46:53) An anonymous patron asks which game is the best palette cleanser (49:52) Shane asks about new Funko Pop lines (51:53) Anders M asks about asymmetrical multiplayer (54:10) Spencer S asks about Xbox Ones in the psych ward (56:46) Suda 69 asks about hyperspecific aesthetics in games (58:59) Anonymous asks about video game webcomic resurgences (01:01:23) Kind Of Bummed That Mappy Is A Cop asks about VR for dogs (01:03:34) Andy D asks to redesign the Tour de France series (01:05:44) Wemblin asks if The Witness was any good (01:07:45) An anonymous patron asks about recruiting new Creative Directors in AAA games (01:09:47) MVB asks what thoughts Insert Credit isn’t qualified to discuss (01:12:12)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Pokemon Design (01:15:38)
Breaking: Pregnant Elsa Dies at Dentist. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Games Requiring Original Hardware (03:33) Mario 35th (09:18) Most Difficult Game to Review (15:13) Good Overworlds (20:56) Best Dentistry Game (25:10) What does "Overrated" mean? Question by Patreon Supporter Ricky Bankemper (33:03) Vlambeer Legacy (40:23) Unfinished and Abandoned Games (46:36) Babysitting Diddy Kong (54:13) Gunsport is the Towerfall of Stadia (1:00:08)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Recc'ing Crew - SNL Edition (1:05:10)
It is only through playing Sonic R-Kam Knight that you realize: everyone is a person. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:BGDCOAT (02:22) Lies, Damn Lies, and Not Actually Playing Video Games (10:25) Favorite Trains (16:00) Copy These Game Designs (21:35) Cloneverwatch Character (26:19) Best Overshadowed Game Question by Patreon Supporter Dracula Is Behind You! (34:17) Dream Features for the Switch Update 2021 (40:16) What we wish "games as service" meant (45:58) The appropriate time for realism (52:00) "The Day The Clown Cried" of Video Games (56:15)
LIGHTNING ROUND: DND Alignment Chart for Video Games (1:03:45)
E pluribus unum, that means I got mine, go away. This special episode features Gita Jackson! Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:The Sims Rule (04:10) What's up with Roblox? (10:15) The line between video games and online gambling (16:49) What real or fictional location would make a great setting for a Hitman level? (23:10) G4 Lineup (29:17) Mario's New Look Question by Patreon Supporter Known as "Shigeru M." (39:20) Apple v. Fortnite (45:57) The Fables of Fable (51:49) Have you ever saved a video game for a special occasion? (57:41) Who are the greatest "Himbos" of video games? (1:02:53)
LIGHTNING ROUND: FANCASTING - MEGA MAN (1:08:52)
Insert Credit examines the balls on the stuff. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What the hell is wrong with video games? What can we do to make games better?
LIGHTNING ROUND: How have games gotten better in the last ten years?
Insert Credit maneuvers into the Pocket Position. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Pride (02:57) Unintended Demographics (08:57) ACAB (14:28) T-Shirts (19:41) Theme Sale: Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, Battlefield 4, Perfect Dark Zero, Crysis, Tom Clancy's End War (26:53) JRPG Pro Athlete Team (33:20) Missing the Best Part (39:49) Idea Jealous (45:38)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Gaming Pedigrees: Dog Breed Edition (51:32)
Dr. Mario Killed MJ and Other Leaks. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:The Aja of video games Question by Patreon Supporter Chris (08:21) Stage play games Question by Patreon Supporter Emmit (13:59) Which video game doctor most deserves to have their medical license revoked? Question by Patreon Supporter Kyle (19:29) Football manager games Question by Patreon Supporter Jordan (25:06) NeoGeo Pocket, Game Gear, Atari Lynx, and obscure Game Boy games Question by Patreon Supporter Sam (30:17) Video game Zoom table read Question by Patreon Supporter rootfifthoctave (42:24) Port into an FMV game Question by Patreon Supporter Mox Bagel (48:48) If you got eaten by Kirby, what power would he gain? Question by Patreon Supporter Keiko (53:20) High art movements or techniques for video games Question by Patreon Supporter Anonymous (57:56) Design the worst video game crossover Question by Patreon Supporter Anonymous (1:04:10)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design Star Wars Edition (1:09:44)
In the outer worlds, things are getting pretty wild. Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Xbox Series X Presentation Impressions Part I (03:00) Xbox Series X Presentation Impressions Part II (09:20) Is the world ready for Dreamcast 2? (15:58) What are the best games to play when you’re in excruciating pain? (23:27) The Adaptation Game: Moby Dick (29:30) What are the most satisfying video game environments to pulverize? Question by Patreon Supporter Breadface (34:48) Video Game Conspiracy Theories (42:02) Has a video game ever made you feel like throwing up? (48:49) On what occasions have game developers genuinely learned from their mistakes? (55:07) Which video game characters could do Agent 47's job better than him? (1:01:00)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Designer Drinks (1:07:07)
We all know what gibs are. Music Opening and closing theme created by Kurt Feldman.
Questions this week:Bryan Cranston Presents the Ford Bronco (02:42) A $1200 Pac-Man Collector's Edition (08:57) The Most Audacious Idea Thefts in Video Game History (15:19) Paper Mario EXP (22:19) Cashing in on the Cake Meme (28:22) 2007 IGN Campaign - Question by Patreon Supporter John (34:55) Does Deadly Premonition 2 live up to the original? (41:16) Twitter Account Ideas (47:20) Elemental Game Quadrants (53:40) The Horniest Video Game Without Sexual Imagery (58:53)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Recc'ing Crew - Disney Princesses (1:03:55)
Wario may be the Bonk of Nintendo, but unfortunately for him--Sega is back. Music 'Stage 11-2 Theme' from Vice Project Doom-Guitar Cover performed by YouTube user zer0_hunter 6066 and 'Grabbag' from Duke Nukem 3D.
Questions this week:Nintendo Switch Online (03:38) Video Game Reality Shows (09:50) The Sega Aesthetic (15:49) Games for Broken Thumbs (22:01) Improv Zone: Wily vs. Robotnik (27:35) 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) Cowardly Video Games (40:39) Your Walk-Up Song (46:41) Modern Day LCD Adaptations (52:38) Is Wario a Libertarian? (58:59)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Duke Nukem One Liners (1:04:58)
Questions this week:The Legacy of Andy McNamara (05:03) Is Video Game Box Art Important? (11:41) Worst Industry First Impressions (17:42) Video Game Dog Toys (24:20) 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) What beloved games are mostly regarded for their localization? Question by Patreon Supporter Colin (41:25) The “Luck” Stat (48:11) The Most Inaccurately Adapted Sport (53:50) Super Coen Bros. (1:00:25) The New York, California, Nevada, Indiana, and Florida of Video Games (1:07:32)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Name a Fake Castlevania Game (1:15:07)
Play it later, Emulator. 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.
Questions this week:Old Business - WB Games; Frauds (04:24) 3D Platforming since Jumping Flash (09:02) Life After Mixer (15:36) Getting Lost in a Game Map (22:29) Worst Thing to Happen To You While Playing a Game - Question by Patreon Supporter Samuel (30:20) Presenting Your Save Files to the Court (37:09) Compliments for Games That Turn You Off (43:37) Jump Around and Talk to People (49:18)
LIGHTNING ROUND: SODA FOUNTAIN (56:00)
There is no 'I' in Top Gear. Music 'Toe The Line' from Wolfenstein - The New Order and 'Blue Level' from Tempest 2000.
Questions this week:The Good Itch (05:02) Revive a Franchise (13:41) Greatest Frauds (20:05) WB Gaming Bid (29:07) Theme Sale (35:55) Best Pre-90s Games - Question by Patreon Supporter Samuel (44:33) Delay Announcement Strats (51:42) Crouching (58:30) Character Diet (1:05:03) What Are The Whats of Video Games? (1:11:14)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Name Design Trump Edition (1:19:53)
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:If This Was E3 (02:06) Consoles for Cockroaches (07:16) The Next Hot Exclusive IP for Xbox (12:10) Console Allegiance (18:04) Time loop games (23:24) Fortnite Kart (28:35) What was missing? (33:57) Do any games use the new graphics? (39:27) Called Shots (45:26) Frank's Bad Question (51:03) Controller Paddle Mystery (55:40) Will there be a PS6? (59:43)
LIGHTNING ROUND: Ranking Every PS5 Game (1:02:01)
If it's gotta be one, it's gotta be 2. Ranking games from the PS2. Music 'Magical Sound Shower EuroMix' From OutRun 2006 Coast 2 Coast and 'Ghost Approaching (Stage 4)' from Bujingai.
Official PS2 Games List:Raw Danger R-Type Final Katamari Damacy Bujingai Steambot Chronicles SMT Nocturne Silent Hill 2 Chulip God Hand Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex Breath of Fire V Psi Ops Burnout 3: Takedown Drag-On Dragoon 2 Neo Contra Ico Metal Gear Solid 2 Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Michigan Ape Escape 3
LIGHTNING ROUND: PS2 games that did not make the list