Ep. 169 - Quorantine Spectaskular

### Ep. 169 - Quorantine Spectaskular

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. Original music by Kurt Feldman.

**Questions 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)
  • **A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:**

  • - Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • - [Quora.com](https://www.quora.com/)
  • - [Johnny Cage Torso Rip Fatality](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifw9UgEHu8w) (warning: mortal kombat)
  • - [Red Eye Knight](https://demonssouls.wiki.fextralife.com/Red+Eye+Knight)
  • - [Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey-bu: Subette Koronde Dairantou](https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Ike_Ike!_Nekketsu_Hockey-bu:_Subette_Koronde_Dairanto)
  • - [Goofy Alien: Colonial Marines animation](https://cdn3.whatculture.com/images/2014/08/aliens-colonial-marines-dance.gif)
  • - [The Lion King III: Timon & Pumbaa](https://bootleggames.fandom.com/wiki/The_Lion_King_III:_Timon_%26_Pumbaa)
  • - [Simba Hanging Himself](https://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/135/750/9dc.gif) (cw: simba hangs himself)
  • - [A Way Out](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Way_Out_(video_game))
  • - [Children's Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/health/covid-kids-tech-use.html) by Matt Richtel
  • - [Jam](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam_(TV_series))
  • - [Envelope with the letter M and the number 2 on it](https://imgur.com/a/ywwlt98)
  • - [A Healer Only Lives Twice](https://store.steampowered.com/app/453300/A_Healer_Only_Lives_Twice/)
  • - [Building a 6502 in Minecraft](https://hackaday.com/2012/05/20/building-a-6502-in-minecraft/)
  • - [DooM running in Minecraft](https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/313241-its-now-possible-to-play-doom-literally-inside-of-minecraft)
  • - [Pokemon Red running in Minecraft](https://www.polygon.com/2017/3/13/14909266/pokemon-red-built-in-minecraft-video)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [Mandy](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6998518/) (2018)
    **Frank**: Speedrunning in general, [AGDQ VODs](https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/playlists), [Ep. 15: Speedrunning Around with Summoning Salt](https://gamehistory.org/ep-15-speedrunning-around-with-summoning-salt/) of [The Video Game History Hour](https://gamehistory.org/the-video-game-history-hour/) with Frank Cifaldi and Kelsey Lewin
    **Jaffe**: [The Video Game History Hour](https://gamehistory.org/the-video-game-history-hour/) with Frank Cifaldi and Kelsey Lewin, [Batman: Soul of the Dragon](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12885852/) (2021)

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    Haven‘t listened yet obviously but summoningsalt’s videos are super good!!! It‘s always kind of the same schtick (everyone thought that record was rock solid…. but then………this happened) but it’s a GOOD schtick. He paces his videos really well, knows how to explain complexities of the games/categories/speedrun processes he's discussing as well as glitches without getting too obsessive about it and leaving glitch explanation videos to people who are doing that in a more focused way, and his knowledge of and passion for speedrunning is palpable. He really knows how to maximize the drama of the overall story and the personalities involved. I look forward to all of his videos!

    My favourite experience of watching a summoningsalt video is thinking “dang this record/category/game is in tatters, must be wrapping up pretty soon then” only to find I've watched 20 minutes of a 40 minute video

    Tim‘s comment about Johnny Cage’s torso rip fatality reminds me of how in Mortal Kombat X, he has a daughter with Sonya Blade named Cassie Cage, and all of them are playable. If you pit them against each other, they have these cute little intro quips against each other that specifically reference their relationships, like “Wanna spar, mom?” or whatever, but you can still use Fatalities, and it is incredibly upsetting. You‘ll have Johnny Cage face off against his daughter and go "We’re training extra hard today!“ and then at the end of the fight he'll shove his hands into her back, rip a gaping hole in her chest, put his face through it, and cheerfully say ”here's Johnny!"

    I tend to play a good guy in games so I rarely do anything "messed up" myself, but maybe the one exception is killing NPCs in Dark Souls who I know have good gear I can use. Although the only one I do with any regularity is Lautrec in Dark Souls 1. I like to get his Ring of Favor & Protection by kicking him off a ledge as soon as he comes to Firelink Shrine. But Lautrec is an asshole who you can eventually wind up killing anyway for totally justifiable reasons, so I don't really feel that bad. My character just wouldn't have had any proof of Lautrec's bad dude-ness at the point in the game where I usually do the deed, lol.

    >

    Do soldiers in wars actually throw empty mags like in video games?

    So as veteran and whose specialty was firearms I feel like I can give an answer to this one.

    At first I assumed this question was about "throwing" partially empty mags when you reload before the depleting your magazine. In real life, reloading mags (as in, putting individual bullets into a magazine before putting that mag into a gun) is something you'll (hopefully) never be doing in the moment. You load all your mags in advance.

    You're trained to ideally leave one round in the chamber when you perform a mag change (this is often not how it works in real life, because it requires you to keep track of how many rounds you've fired, but it's a good habit we try to foster in shooters).

    Unlike real life, in a videogame when you exchange a partially expended mag for a fresh mag, whatever extra ammo was remaining in your current magazine when you reloaded is magically conserved in your bullet stockpile. Only the most hardcore/realistic games will make you lose the remaining rounds in your mag if you reload "prematurely".

    Magazines themselves, devoid of bullets, are extremely cheap (if you're the military), but people are still expected to keep track of the things they've been issued. Losing an empty mag in a middle east firefight here or there might not be a big deal, but its a practice that is not encouraged. Losing track of a live rounds you've been issued is an even bigger deal, but if you've been involved in a firefight it's easy to just say that you must have expended it.

    tl;dr: No. Sometimes. Maybe.

    Re: Roblox, I have driven my last two cars to exactly boobs miles.

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    God, I remember being in the “Gamer” crowd the first few times I went to GDC, back when everything was new to me and my heart hadn‘t been completely crushed. It was so exciting! I’m slowly turning into the “Person who makes games but is clearly miserable”.

    The big thing that comes to mind for “What is the cheapest thing you’ve done to win a video game that wasn’t technically cheating?” is using triple shot Holy Water to freeze bosses in place in Castlevania. I don‘t think I’ve ever beaten CV1 Death without doing that. The main thing that keeps it from feeling like cheating is that obtaining the triple shot and making it through the stage without dying and losing the powerup is a feat in itself, so it just feels like the game is rewarding you for playing well.

    The most messed up thing I‘ve done in video games was back in college when I decided to play Dodonpachi in tate mode and flipped my roommate’s enormous old tube television on its side. He thought it would ruin his tv set and I was trying to tell him that it was okay because people on the other side of the equator are using old televisions. He set the tv back up correctly and it now had this giant fuzzy blue line on one side, which slowly faded over a day or two but he was really mad about it while watching NBA finals with the scoreboard chyron obscured by a blue blur.

    that‘s exactly why I’ve never turned my TV on its side!! scares the heck out of me.

    five years ago i made a quora account to ask “Did non-Europeans in the 1700s think Europeans looked goofy for wearing powdered wigs?”

    no one ever responded!

    like tim, i eventually deleted my account to stop the digest emails (around early 2019).

    i find it weird and discomforting that they took the very simple and utilitarian concept of asking questions and receiving answers, and made that into a massive social media endless-scroll site that certain people devote all their free-time to.

    I dunno if it‘s cos I’m listening to this at 5am but this episode tickled me greatly, 100% on board with Tim‘s soundboard now there’s no going back

    the worst thing I remember doing in a game was commanding the Wookiee to kill his best friend the blue tentacle head girl in kotor. Didn’t want to do it but didn’t think the game would actually allow it. It did, and my younger self was genuinely upset

    Seeing MANDY in theatres coincided with a lot of dope stuff in my life. Suggested to my gf that we see if after she suggested we watch Vampire‘s Kiss.

    I’m somewhat looking forward to Cage's next quirky genre film:

    https://youtu.be/PxUjErnINU4

    @billy#15079 please report back in 720 miles

    @Squit#15245 No can do. Once I get a car to 80085 miles I have to immediately drive it into a ravine - preferably between two similarly-sized (although not identical) mountains.

    @treefroggy#15244 I watched Vampire‘s kiss a few weeks ago! I actually was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I said a bit more about it in the movie thread.

    This new movie looks awful in the best ways. I’ll definitely be checking it out. There‘s a line in the trailer though, "he’s not trapped in here with them, they‘re trapped in here with him" that I really can’t stand. I remember Rorschach says something to that effect in Watchmen and I thought it was badass, but now it‘s just so hackneyed. I mean in the context of this movie I think it’s fine, just a pet peeve of mine!

    Premise seems very much like Five Nights At Freddy's.

    yeah I mean this willy‘s wonderland looks dumb as heck but I’ll watch it. that particular line is bad but I like nicholas cage's third go-round as an unhinged leading man in higher budget arthouse-adjacent weirdness, what a positive career shift for the guy.

    the idea of someone not being bothered particularly by a demonic invasion or whatever is the kind of story I'm generally quite interested in (and is tough to tell) so I'm ready to view this particular thing.

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