Ep. 182 - Chipfaced, with merritt k

### Ep. 182 - Chipfaced, with Merritt K

Fanbyte writer and podcaster [merritt k](https://twitter.com/merrittk) 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.

**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)


  • - [Blind Box Vintage Game Magazines](https://the-video-game-history-foundation.myshopify.com/collections/featured-products/products/blind-box-vintage-game-magazine-subscription)
  • - [Primus - Too Many Puppies](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2zQKqgNAeE)
  • - [Ash Parrish](https://twitter.com/adashtra)
  • - [Six Days in Fallujah](https://www.polygon.com/2021/2/15/22279600/six-days-in-fallujah-interview-iraq-war-politics)
  • - [Hyperdimension Neptunia](https://www.mobygames.com/game/ps3/hyperdimension-neptunia)
  • - [Viva Pinata](https://www.mobygames.com/game/viva-piata)
  • - [Genshin Impact](https://www.mobygames.com/game/genshin-impact)
  • - [Battletoads Turbo Tunnel](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIsy8HaaeK4)
  • - [Danganronpa](https://www.mobygames.com/game/danganronpa-trigger-happy-havoc)
  • - [Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad](https://assassinscreed.fandom.com/wiki/Alta%C3%AFr_Ibn-La%27Ahad)
  • - [Gravity Rush](https://www.mobygames.com/game/ps-vita/gravity-rush)
  • - [Kudo Tsunoda](https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,36021/)
  • - [Reign of Fire](https://www.mobygames.com/game/reign-of-fire)
  • - [Phil Harrison](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Harrison)
  • - [Kickin' ass, takin' names, makin' games](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r3yJqw0hv8)
  • - [Crusader of Centy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/genesis/crusader-of-centy)
  • - [99 Potions](https://www.fanbyte.com/99-potions-podcast/)
  • - [James Rolfe](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Rolfe)
  • - [Oh, Deer!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/oh-deer)
  • - [Rocket Knight Adventures](https://www.mobygames.com/game/genesis/rocket-knight-adventures)
  • - [Faster Than Speed](http://segabits.com/blog/2020/11/14/faster-than-speed-is-the-newest-sega-dreamcast-atomiswave-port/)
  • - [Lester the Unlikely](https://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/lester-the-unlikely)
  • - [Wild Woody](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sega-cd/wild-woody)
  • - [Land Before Time](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Land_Before_Time)
  • - [Air Bud](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Bud_(series))
  • - [Mister Mosquito](https://www.mobygames.com/game/ps2/mister-mosquito)
  • - [Bee Simulator](https://www.mobygames.com/game/bee-simulator)
  • - [Deadly Premonition 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/dead2y-premonition-a-blessing-in-disguise)
  • - [Jersey Devil](https://www.mobygames.com/game/jersey-devil)
  • - [Glover](https://www.mobygames.com/game/glover)
  • - [Normy's Beach Babe-O-Rama](https://www.mobygames.com/game/genesis/normys-beach-babe-o-rama)
  • - [Sgt. Rock game](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Rock#Video_games)
  • - [Gumby vs. The Astrobots](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy-advance/gumby-vs-the-astrobots)
  • - [Snoopy vs. The Red Baron](https://www.mobygames.com/game/snoopy-vs-the-red-baron)
  • - [Jackbox](https://www.mobygames.com/game/jackbox-party-pack)
  • - [Every Ninja Turtles reboot](https://www.ign.com/articles/every-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtle-movie-tv-series-and-game)
  • - [Touhou](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/th-touhou-series)
  • - [Sakuna: of Rice and Ruin](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sakuna-of-rice-and-ruin)
  • - [Sonic Mania](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sonic-mania)
  • - [Dizzy the Egg](https://www.mobygames.com/game/dizzy-prince-of-the-yolkfolk)
  • - [Toxic Avenger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Toxic_Avenger_(film))
  • - [Alien cartoon](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(franchise)#cite_ref-53)
  • - [Robocop cartoon](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoboCop:_The_Animated_Series)
  • - [Total Recall](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nes/total-recall__)
  • - [Tool Assisted Speedruns](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tool-assisted_speedrun)
  • - [Rabbids](https://rabbids.fandom.com/wiki/Rabbids)
  • - [Alan Sherman](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yFTOvO0utY)
  • - [Toki Tori](https://www.mobygames.com/game/toki-tori)
  • - [Toki](https://www.mobygames.com/game/toki_)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [Clazziquai - Remix Pinch Your Soul](https://www.discogs.com/CLAZZIQUAI-PROJECT-Remix-Pinch-Your-Soul/release/18081877), [Yukiko Tanaka - Reflection](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IslOnO0WgIg), [Nobody](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7888964/) (2021), [Enter The Fat Dragon](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7335600/) (2020), recognize the misogyny and colorism in [Baahubali](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2631186/)
    **Frank**: Feel free to pirate games, [Gumby](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumby)
    **Merritt**: [Fanbyte](https://www.fanbyte.com/), [Fanbyte Podcasts](https://www.fanbyte.com/category/podcasts/), [twitch.tv/fanbyte](https://www.twitch.tv/fanbyte)

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    “Yoshi’s Island is the best Dizzy game.”

    Every time Jaffe casually tosses out a genius joke no one reacts even a tiny bit.

    I still don't get that one because I never played it. is it… because the island spins around in the title screen!?

    nobody should be allowed to make nintendo references, I don't understand them. sega and NEC jokes only please

    (some sony and microsoft jokes allowed)


    Around the 2:54 mark, Yoshi touches fuzzy, gets dizzy.

    whoa nice

    you know, they sure got some graphics on there. some day I'll play a super nintendo game again.

    is there like a gig economy job where someone will fill up your flash cart with roms

    @saddleblasters#28283 I don't do it for them, I do it for you. Each joke a soliloquy

    @exodus#28319 You like, live next door to Frank, dude

    @Jaffe#28326 frank offered to do it one and then he was like what am I thinking, you're an adult and you can do it yourself. To which I said: dang it!!!

    I hadn‘t noticed the reference list before, that’s so useful and I adore it. Before the forum or joining the patreon I used to grab a pen and try and take notes, then lose the notes~

    @saddleblasters#28283 @Jaffe “I'm not even sure atom is wave”

    @kory#28356 I openly admit I thought this was an Astroboy joke I didn't get, which makes me the worst kind of otaku.

    @JoJoestar#28361 Wow, if this was an Astro Boy reference, I have to admit that eluded me as well! Jaffe's brain operates on 17-dimensional synaptic connections that conventional science will be disentangling for millennia to come.

    Also, for me the Lester the Unlikely of video games that came immediately to mind was this:



    @exodus#28319 whoa nice

    > you know, they sure got some graphics on there. some day I’ll play a super nintendo game again.

    you can probably get away with just playing yoshi's island because although not my personal favourite, it is objectively The Best Super Nintendo Game


    What examples of fans officially taking a game forward have worked out?

    The Binding of Isaac: Repentance. The previous DLC (Afterbirth+) released with a bad reaction from fans for making the game hard in bad ways and generally not having much going on. At nearly the same time, a big mod called Antibirth released. People liked it way more and Afterbirth+ looked that much worse in comparison.

    The devs hired the modders and after initially working together for updates to Afterbirth+, the mod was implemented officially into the game along with much more as Repentance. It released a month ago and while a lot of people are upset over some rebalancing that happened, imo it's amazing. It's by far the biggest DLC, the amount of content in there is staggering and the new items and bosses are really good.

    @Auberji#28346 Esper does a great job with this!

    @kory in fairness to the atom is wave joke not getting laughed at, that was was actually said while someone else was talking, so it wasn't quite audible to us (but you get the benefit of editing)

    The Jaffe ‘Toxic Avenger? I thought that was Jeremy Renner’ joke had me losing it in the middle of my run.

    I also still don‘t get that one :o

    didn’t help that I had to look up who jeremy renner was though

    I registered just to chime in about Baahubali.

    After it was recommended on the show my wife got nice and stoned one weekend and put it on expecting a good time. We were immediately hooked, although we could only make it 45 minutes due to the cultural vibes it was sending out. As Brandon says there are clear mysgony and color-ism, but I think there is even more there that we didn't recognize, not being super familiar with the culture of the Indian subcontinent (for example the main character having a mustache is a big deal, as that's a sign of masculinity in India, and often associated with sexist attitudes).

    Anyway glad you recognized this, it made me feel less like some kind of paranoid lunatic.

    I‘m not sure about the mustache, but there’s a lot of caste system stuff in there, like the fact the “good” prince decides to “lower himself” by literally stealing his slave‘s lunch is an indicator that he’s progressive lol.

    I don't feel like I can say too much about it because I've only been to india once and only saw two southern states and I don't know all the nuances there and can't speak to a culture other than mine, but I certainly FELT like I could see a lot more distinct layers of wealth/"class" stratification than we have in the US. Here we have 4 or 5 levels and a lot of them blend together and intermingle. It felt like there were some bigger barriers keeping apart the many more layers of stratification there.