Ep. 183 - We Need To Talk About The Noid, with Jim Stormdancer

### Ep. 183 - We Need To Talk About The Noid, with Jim Stormdancer

[Jim Stormdancer](https://twitter.com/mogwai_poet), developer of [Frog Fractions](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1194840/Frog_Fractions_Game_of_the_Decade_Edition/) and host of [Topic Lords](https://topiclords.com/) joins the panel to hearld/warn of the return of The Noid, how to craft an ARG, and The Insert Credit Greatest Game of All Time (ICGGOAT). Original music by Kurt Feldman.

**Questions this week:**

  • 1. We Need To Talk About The Noid (00:57)
  • 2. What game did you have to learn to like before liking it? (06:29)
  • 3. Is there a line between surprising players and not giving them the game they paid for? (09:34)
  • 4. What do we have to say about NFTs? (15:27)
  • 5. Which game series have the most interesting naming and numbering conventions? (20:08)
  • 6. Dirtbag Kory asks: What are the best games about electricity? (25:52)
  • 7. What are the game design principles behind a good ARG? (31:39)
  • 8. What would your video game vanity license plate be? (37:53)
  • 9. What’s the best Star Wars game, and how could you make a better one? (40:57)
  • 10. What is the Paddington 2 of video games? (46:13)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND**: Adjectivity (51:33)


  • - The Noid
  • - [Hatsune Miku](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatsune_Miku) <3
  • - [Avoid The Noid](https://www.mobygames.com/game/avoid-the-noid)
  • - [Yo! Noid](https://www.mobygames.com/game/yo-noid)
  • - [KFConsole](https://landing.coolermaster.com/kfconsole/)
  • - [Dr. Muto](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy-advance/dr-muto)
  • - [Dr. Neo Cortex](https://crashbandicoot.fandom.com/wiki/Neo_Cortex)
  • - [Ys](https://www.mobygames.com/game/ys-the-vanished-omens)
  • - [Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes](https://www.mobygames.com/game/dragon-slayer-the-legend-of-heroes)
  • - [Warlock](https://www.mobygames.com/game/warlock)
  • - [Frog Fractions](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1194840/Frog_Fractions_Game_of_the_Decade_Edition/)
  • - [King of the Hill "Full Metal Dust Jacket"](https://kingofthehill.fandom.com/wiki/Full_Metal_Dust_Jacket)
  • - [NFTs](https://www.wired.com/story/nfts-hot-effect-earth-climate/)
  • - [Long Blockchain Corporation](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Blockchain_Corp)
  • - [List of Kingdom Hearts games](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kingdom_Hearts_media)
  • - [NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nier-replicant-ver122474487139)
  • - [Driv3r](https://www.mobygames.com/game/driv3r)
  • - [Battle Frenzy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/battle-frenzy)
  • - [Herzog und Herzog Zwei](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/herzog-series)
  • - [Zwei und Zwei 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/zwei-series)
  • - [Megamanx](https://www.mobygames.com/game/mega-man-x)
  • - [9 Stories 9 Rooms 9 Whatevers](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nintendo-ds/999-nine-hours-nine-persons-nine-doors)
  • - [Shenzhen I/O](https://www.mobygames.com/game/shenzhen-io)
  • - [Chibi Robo!: Plug into Adventure!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/chibi-robo-plug-into-adventure)
  • - [Gunpoint](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gunpoint)
  • - [Elec Man](https://megaman.fandom.com/wiki/Elec_Man)
  • - [Electrician](https://www.mobygames.com/game/electrician)
  • - [Hansha de Spark!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sega-saturn/hansha-de-spark)
  • - [Pipe Dream](https://www.mobygames.com/game/pipe-dream)
  • - [Frog Fractions ARG](https://wiki.gamedetectives.net/index.php?title=Frog_Fractions_2)
  • - [What's That Game?](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/156-whats-that-obscure-game/) on the [insert credit forums](https://forums.insertcredit.com/)
  • - [Train Hot Dog Podcast](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy5JGFfB4yEmIajXWgD17Ag)
  • - [Sea of Thieves](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sea-of-thieves)
  • - [GTA2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/grand-theft-auto-2)
  • - [Star Wars: Dark Forces](https://www.mobygames.com/game/star-wars-dark-forces)
  • - [Star Wars](https://www.mobygames.com/game/star-wars)
  • - [Super Star Wars](https://www.mobygames.com/game/super-star-wars)
  • - [Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order](https://www.mobygames.com/game/star-wars-jedi-fallen-order)
  • - [Battlefront und Battlefront Squadrons](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/star-wars-battlefront-series)
  • - [Star Wars Holiday Special](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Holiday_Special)
  • - [Paddington 2](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4468740/) (2017)
  • - [Babe: Pig in the City](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120595/) (1998)
  • - [Kuron and the Jelly Islands](https://www.mobygames.com/game/kuron-and-the-jelly-islands)
  • - [The Quiet Man](https://www.mobygames.com/game/quiet-man)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [Dance Volunteer by Portable Rock](https://www.discogs.com/Portable-Rock-Dance-Volunteer/master/828550), [Pensieri di Nessuno by Words And Actions](https://detritirecords.bandcamp.com/album/words-and-actions-pensieri-di-nessuno), [Gozu](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361668/) (2003)
    **Frank**: Play video games on easy
    **Jim**: The [Hat DLC](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1366091/Frog_Fractions_GotDE__Hops_Iconic_Cap/) which is no longer on sale, [Topic Lords](https://topiclords.com/)

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    As in Japan, Dominos Pizza in Mexico is actually good, though it can be somewhat expensive if you dont use any promo or coupon, for a long time it was the largest pizza chain in Mexico (I think most people consume from local pizzerias over here so it wasn‘t thaat big) until Little Caesars arrived like 10 years ago, and took the pizza chain landscape by storm, killing some dominos locations and a lot of local pizzerias, it’s hot and ready model and the low prices being what made them so successful over here. In the city where I live (which has a population of 2 million-ish) there are more than 30 little ceasars locations.

    Mexican Dominos is waaay better than Mexican Little Caesars (which tastes exactly the same as the U.S one).

    The last time I had U.S Dominos was like 8 years ago so I can't quite compare U.S Dominos and Mexican Dominos.
    Granted I haven't had Mexican Dominos in almost 3 years because I went vegan, but from what I remember it was really good.

    well now I'm real curious to try mexican dominos. (but not little caesars)

    @ana-yipyip#29214 i feel like u.s. dominos is about the same quality as little caesars? i mean, i haven’t had either in a long time, so someone can correct me if i’m wrong. i just remember both always being dried out. little caesars might be greasier?

    laughed so hard at bonk: advent children, for some reason

    I very much disagree with Dominoes being good in Japan…I would literally rather eat the one pizza on the menu from some random family restaurant, because at least it is less dry. I have never tried Dominoes in the US (or any pizza as I have never visited) so it might well be worse there I don‘t know, but I cannot let this notion that it is good in Japan go unchallenged! It is also extremely overpriced, although to be fair pizza in general is overpriced here. Back home it is one of the cheapest fast-foods, but here where eating out is generally much cheaper than Denmark and there are many good, tasty and cheap meals to be had, a pizza is (often, sometimes you can get some for more reasonable prices) somehow more expensive than at home. I really don’t understand.

    As a youth I was obsessed with star wars and let me just say there are lots of great star wars games:

    (1) Rogue Squadron - both the N64 & Gamecube Entries

    (2) Shadows of the Empire - Which Tim did a fun video on for Kotaku

    (3) Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast - my personal favorite star wars game

    (4) Star Wars Episode I Racer - Now This is Podracing

    (5) Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith - fun beat em up on GBA & DS

    (6) Star Wars Battlefront - PS2, Xbox

    (7) Kotor - ofc

    (8) Jedi Fallen Order - this game got me in to Souls-likes

    yes Jedi knight II is excellent and what immediately came to mind. That and Yoda’s Desktop Adventures


    You must be juuuuuuust a bit younger than me because my list is more along the lines of Dark Forces, Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast: Dark Forces 3, TIE Fighter, X-Wing, Rebel Assault*. I bought Rogue Squadon for my new gamecube and I just bounced off of it. It must have been overshadowed by Metroid Prime.

    *Actually, this game is bad. I don't think I made it past the first level more than once or twice.

    i know tim always recommends Babe 2: Pig In The City as a joke but i watched it with my little sister and it contains some pretty distressing scenes including a dog hanging from his own leash for about five minutes. also it‘s clearly a parody/fantasy version of NY and the portrayal of the different animals is weirdly racial-ised… it’s just not great overall.

    Babe 1 on the other hand is better in every respect, its humor and message are conveyed way more tastefully; it's just a 100% earnest film about empathizing with animals and reckoning with the cruelty in the world. i love it.

    I don’t want to start another big movie argument tombo, but babe 2 is the superior entry in the babe duology

    right, I wonder why I didn’t think of kotor 2. Almost doesn’t register as a star wars game in my memory it’s that distinct (a good thing)

    I feel like maybe the idea Dominoes is better in Japan might just come from the fact that there aren‘t many options for pizza over there? For me and my friends, our go-to for big ol’ American trash boy pizza was Costco


    it‘s been a while since i watched it, so i can’t say for sure, but this rotten tomatoes review sums it up pretty well:


    i just would rather... not... have any of that. it's so extremely cheap and trashy. it's annoying how almost none of these terrible things actually happen, they are just implied to have happened for about five minutes and then are suddenly reversed (the crippled dog is fine now!) and then the movie quickly moves on to the next atrocity. also it kinda makes the character of Babe and the supposed message seem absurd because of how exaggerated everything else is.

    edit: now that i think about it, there's also the farmer falling and being completely crippled, the woman being covered in slime, puke jokes, fat/pig jokes... it's just like all the greatest hits of '"comedy"" that should stay in the 90s' in one movie (no transphobia, thankfully (looking at you, Ace Ventura)).

    I will admit that both “dominos is good in japan” and “babe 2 is good” are both tim opinions that I‘ve never felt compelled to investigate. I have come back with "I don’t believe it“ with dominoes being good in japan, and ”maybe some day" re: watching babe 2.

    in general mass produced food is of lower quality, that's how they get it made so fast and at such a high volume, so while it's possible dominos is better in japan than it is than the US, I don't think I would ever make the assumption it's better than any other pizza made by hand with some measure of care!?

    there‘s some stuff you just don’t want to research (I don‘t remember whether I presented these opinions as any stronger than "someone else’s opinions" but if I did, oops)

    Breath of the Wild is the Paddington 2 of video games. It's a new-ish sequel that is extremely well regarded by a wide fanbase, especially by those of a younger age.

    @exodus#29274 Frank is also on record on the Video Game History Hour as a Babe 2 defender.