Ep. 161 - Legalize Bowsette

Ep. 161 - Legalize Bowsette

An asynchronous recording makes for a time-displaced good time. Featuring the **all-new intro theme** by Kurt Feldman! Original music 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)


  • - Princess Maker
  • - [La Pucelle: Tactics](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Pucelle:_Tactics)
  • - [Zombies USA](https://mattbierbaum.github.io/zombies-usa/)
  • - [TASbot Brain Age total takeover](https://youtu.be/mSFHKAvTGNk?t=797)
  • - [Zool](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zool)
  • - [Zoolander Film Series](https://imgur.com/bGMY71i)
  • - [Indiana Jones Disney Ride](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Jones_Adventure)
  • - [Inside Zynga Headquarters](https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-04-05-inside-zynga-headquarters)
  • - [SCUF Forza Elite controller](https://scufgaming.com/scuf-forza-elite-limited)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Frank**: [Game History Dot Org Forward Slash Monkey Island One Word](https://gamehistory.org/monkeyisland/)
    **Brandon:** [Hyperdrive](https://www.netflix.com/title/80189648), [Books in the Wild](https://www.booksinthewild.com/)
    **Tim**: [PC Engine Mini](https://www.konami.com/games/pcemini/gate)

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    this doesn‘t really contradict his point but Frank saying that no-one’s gonna make any more Pac-Man clones made me laugh cos there's a super good one in Yakuza 7

    Them buzzer sounds after Frank‘s answers threw me off at first, but I like ’em.

    @aolnetscape#10019 yeah; this episode was a little tougher than normal! on top of the time displaced recording, we had a few tech issues resulting in dropped audio.

    but once that got smoothed out, I needed something to indicate the transition from Frank Time to Brandon & Tim Time so I just clipped off the first beat of the new intro (which we’ll be cycling every other episode with Intro Classic btw, so don’t worry if you still love that one like I do). sorry if it’s jarring, I hope it doesn’t hurt the episode!!

    @Lesmocon#10016 I also like that frank said maze games, then I said “maybe maze games, but there are like tons of indie games doing it” so… I guess our brains work similarly.

    Love the new Kurt Feldman song!

    @espercontrol#10026 It‘s all good! It wasn’t jarring enough to get me to stop listening, heh. Appreciate every bit of work regardless :smile:

    Is there actually somewhere still selling the PC Engine Mini for less than $100?

    Regarding Tim's recommendation, is the PC Engine mini worth it even without knowledge of japanese?

    yeah, you can switch to american/english games even in the pc engine mini version.

    me: don't take what other people think about video games seriously or personally

    podcasts, twitter etc: BOTW is actually boring to like

    me: :(

    I like breath of the wild!! the point wasn‘t that it’s boring to like it, it‘s that that will soon become the boring “best game of all time” opinion among people who want to have opinions without knowing stuff. the game will still be extremely good, and is the only zelda game I’d ever be interested in playing another of. it was more a comment on The Discourse. (speaking for tim here, heh)

    I think I‘m gonna get an european one because I can get one of those kinda cheap, even though I’d prefer the japanese version.

    @sabertoothalex#10045 I will say that it is a lot better to like something boring than to like something BAD. And you can like something widely appreciated because of interesting reasons! Subjectivity is all about having an angle/perspective rather than the thing itself, and anyways, never feel bad for liking something as long as you really like it 💪


    @JoJoestar#10041 Regarding Tim’s recommendation, is the PC Engine mini worth it even without knowledge of japanese?

    He specifically recommended the PCE Mini over the TG16 Mini because it exclusively contains Tengai Makyou II and Tokimeki Memorial, but yeah, if you can't read them then the TG16 Mini's fine as the content's essentially identical otherwise and the vast majority of games either have an English option or aren't text-heavy (aside from Snatcher, which was left completely untranslated on the TG16 Mini).

    I think The Last of Us, the series, is the Watchmen of videogames. I think of Watchmen as the comic that a lot of nerds point to as something that is supposed to Elevate The Medium to serious art and I feel like The Last of Us holds the same level of that for games. It‘s brought up a lot alongside Shadow of The Colossus and the aforementioned Bioshock Infinite. To Tim’s point, The Watchmen isn‘t fun to read, and a lot of people said The Last of us 2 isn’t fun to play!

    I haven't played The Last Of Us, I did see Tim's review of it and it still wasn't enough to get me interested. I have no intention of playing The Last Of Us 2. I remember when the reveal trailer dropped and then immediately having a nightmare about it. I recently watched a critical video on it and saw a lot of gruesome death animations which genuinely ruined my entire day. It makes me depressed! It makes me want to throw my game consoles (all of them) out a window. I could subject myself to 30-40 hours of recreational trauma for the sake of making a point and being informed, but I'm not going to do that to myself.

    I agree with frank's idea that watchmen is a pretty good thing that succeeds in its relatively modest goals but has since been the victim (through no fault of its creators) of sophomoric commodification

    I don't think TLOU quite fits because it is itself juvenile and unsuccessful (in my opinion). I think that watchmen is kind of fun, or at least comfortable in its own skin as a pulpy murder mystery comic vs TLOU which is just kind of pathetic in its attempts to escape its nature and be instead "cinematic" or more accurately "prestige television"

    It's not a perfect answer but I'd say the original Fallout is the watchmen of vg. An accomplished and self-contained game that has been distorted into corporate big business nerd form by subsequent custodians

    Also don't want to overstep my bounds or tell people how to run their business, and I mean this with love in my heart, but tim should consider paying someone to read his emails for him

    Oh man if anyone thinks I'm going to miss the chance to dunk on The Last of Us then THINK AGAIN.

    I'm not sure if it's exactly the "Watchmen of videogames", as I feel Bioshock feels like a more proper choice of the "thing with some discourse that people take too seriously" phenomenon but I dread the zeitgeist around TLoU a lot more. TLoU was elevated as the new paradigm of great storytelling and presentation by every game critic just because it put so much effort trying to conceal the fact it was a videogame and present itself as an HBO series, as @yeso pointed at. And it WAS a videogame, with all its murders, upgrade systems and carrot hanging on the stick approach to level and game design. It was also a very bad one, with its mandatory "Uncharted tank breaking walls" section, and even a scripted sniper part for god's sake. That dishonesty and disconnection between its nature as popcorn entertainment (which can be fun if handed well) and all the façade of acting as "more than a game" reflects on the huge inferiority complex this whole medium has suffered for the longest of times.

    Looking back, Uncharted and The Last of Us robbed us of a good couple years of good videogames just because how the whole industry focused on trying to replicate what Naughty Dog did with their games before we entered the everything is open world now phase.

    re: leather controllers, wouldn't sweat quickly ruin the material?