Ep. 165 - Best of Insert Credit 2020

### Ep. 165 - Best of Insert Credit 2020

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. Original music by Kurt Feldman.

**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)

    **A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:**

  • - Aura Noir - Sons of Hades
  • - [Peter Molydeux](https://twitter.com/petermolydeux)
  • - [Mamoru Samuragochi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamoru_Samuragochi)
  • - [G2A](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G2A)
  • - [Shady Market G2A Offers To Pay Journalists To Run Pre-Written Article Defending Them](https://kotaku.com/shady-market-g2a-offers-to-pay-journalists-to-run-pre-w-1836186979) by Nathan Grayson
  • - [Twin Galaxies attacks Billy Mitchell as a fraud in new legal claims](https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/12/twin-galaxies-goes-on-the-legal-offensive-against-billy-mitchells-fraud/) by Kyle Orland
  • - [Bartleby, the Scrivener](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartleby,_the_Scrivener) by Herman Melville
  • - [Omikron: The Nomad Soul](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nomad_Soul)
  • - [Rambo: First Blood Part II](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089880/)
  • - [Drawn to Death](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawn_to_Death)
  • - [David Jaffe's The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency closes down](https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-02-28-david-jaffes-the-bartlet-jones-supernatural-detective-agency-closes-down) by Matthew Handrahan
  • - [R.B.I. Baseball](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.B.I._Baseball_(series))
  • - [Knack](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knack_%28video_game%29)
  • - [Revolution X](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution_X)
  • - [Insert Coin](https://www.insertcoindoc.com/) (that Midway Games documentary)
  • - [Home of the Underdogs](http://www.homeoftheunderdogs.net/)
  • - [Antman 2](https://www.squakenet.com/game/antman-2/)
  • - [Lars: the Wanderer](https://www.squakenet.com/game/lars-the-wanderer/)
  • - [Dungeon & Garter](https://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/gamepark-gp32/dungeon-and-guarder-dragon-gore)
  • - [GP32](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP32)
  • - [Human Entertainment](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Entertainment)
  • - [Hydlide](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydlide)
  • - [Scorched Earth](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorched_Earth_(video_game))
  • - [Controversial Taiwanese Horror Game Returns, GOG Immediately Pulls It](https://kotaku.com/gog-bails-on-selling-taiwanese-horror-game-devotion-1845895225) by John Walker
  • - [Jeff Minter](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Minter)
  • - [Ring Fit Adventure](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_Fit_Adventure)
  • - [The Day the Clown Cried](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Clown_Cried)
  • - [Peter Sellers](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sellers)
  • - [Jerry Lewis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lewis)
  • - [Project Milo](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Milo)
  • - [Shigeru Miyamoto Wants To Create a Kinder World](https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/shigeru-miyamoto-wants-to-create-a-kinder-world) by Simon Parkin
  • - [Metroid Otherm](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroid:_Other_M)
  • - [Game of the Year submission form](https://forms.gle/YTsBhWqKeRexbSj79)
  • **Recommendations:**

    **[Frank](https://twitter.com/frankcifaldi)**: Attempt to have a Happy New Year
    **[Brandon](https://twitter.com/necrosofty):** [The Thing (1982)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/), [The Repair Shop](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Repair_Shop)
    **[Jaffe](https://twitter.com/gorblax)**: [The Joker: Year of the Villain](https://www.dccomics.com/comics/the-joker-year-of-the-villain-2019/the-joker-year-of-the-villain-1)
    **[Tim](https://twitter.com/108)**: Wood, [Succession](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7660850/)

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    “did he say something mean about tofu or whatever?”

    ironically, prince was a noted animal rights activist and vegan

    I know there’s no accounting for taste, but I find it hard not to love the genius behind the song “wonderful ass”

    I liked the interpretation of the Prince question that framed him as a sort of brilliant iconoclast. Although I think Tim's reading of Prince as someone who had a really wide range of talents is also interesting to think about in game development, where you do have folks who do make whole games by themselves.

    not to always bring everything back to Earthbound but the “someone with a broad range of talents who happened to define genres in a particular medium” makes me think of Itoi.

    I apologize for saying it was fenriz/darkthrone instead of aura noir but to be fair aura noir sounds an awful lot like darkthrone at times. this song rules either way

    A thought I'm not sure where else to share

    If taking the first letter of a name and horizontally flipping it is the name of its evil twin (a la Mario and Wario)

    is the evil twin of Insert Credit named... Insert Credit...

    yes

    https://wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=insert+credit&t=500&a=n

    “Discern RE: tit”

    @yeso#12314 Centrist Ride seems like a pretty reasonable opposite of the show

    “cretins tried” is prob the best one

    Disc Trier Ten is pretty good

    “Critters Dine” is the horror movie version

    @exodus#12296 My favorite Fenriz thing was an interviewer asking him what he's been listening to and he talks about all these new house and techno records and the interviewer asks him if Darkthrone would ever get into making dance music and Fenriz just gets so mad at him for even thinking of asking that.

    I really like the question about finding the exact middle of video games, and thought it warranted a ton more discussion from the pod. What are your thoughts?

    I'd like to propose Assassin's Creed 3.

    you mean assassin's threed?

    @yeso#12317 I really like cretin stride