Ep. 195 - Knuckles' Chaotix Is For Lovers, with Jeff Gerstmann

### Ep. 195 - Knuckles’ Chaotix is For Lovers, with Jeff Gerstmann

Game journalist and Giant Bomb co-founder [Jeff Gerstmann](https://twitter.com/jeffgerstmann) joins the panel to cover The Wheelman, phone phreaking, and Super Sushi Pinball. Original music by Kurt Feldman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4F5yy9y9g4

**Questions this week:**

  • 1. Rachel Weil asks: What are you favorite hidden gem video game reviews? (03:20)
  • 2. What does Frank have to report on his two-week absence to save video games? (09:20)
  • 3. What’s going on with the video game speculator market? (14:43)
  • 4. How and why did Giant Bomb become a wiki for video games, and hows that going? (19:57)
  • 5. Design a game about phone phreaking in the 20th century. (25:48)
  • 6. Dirtbag Kory asks: In the year 2050, what will be known as the most ridiculous part of video games in 2021? (31:25)
  • 7. What game design principles make a really satisfying pinball table? (35:26)
  • 8. Fifteen years after the launch of the Wii, what do we have to say about casual games? (41:12)
  • 9. What’s the history and current state of publishers paying for reviews? (46:34)
  • 10. What is the Francisco Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son of video games? (52:27)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND**: Who’s It For? (56:36)

    **A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:**

  • - [Shade wolf from Nier (spoilers)](https://nier.fandom.com/wiki/Roc)
  • - [Dog's Life](https://www.mobygames.com/game/ps2/dogs-life)
  • - [The Revenge of Shinobi](https://www.mobygames.com/game/revenge-of-shinobi)
  • - [Kimimi The Game Eating She-Monster](https://kimimithegameeatingshemonster.com/)
  • - [Mizzurna Falls](https://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation/mizzurna-falls)
  • - [Old Man Murray](http://www.oldmanmurray.com/)
  • - [Erik Wolpaw's Final Fight One Review](https://www.gamespot.com/reviews/final-fight-one-review/1900-2817439/)
  • - [Chrontendo](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcIR456wyb4aVlJ9_2kGLtg)
  • - [Topher's Sonic 2 review](https://archive.org/details/LP_Sonic_2_SE)
  • - [Vin Diesel's Alternative Guide to Barcelona by tombo](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx6w6ltizoY)
  • - [Vin Diesel's The Wheelman](https://www.mobygames.com/game/wheelman)
  • - [The Video Game History Foundation, Which Was Co-Founded By Frank Cifaldi And Kelsey Lewin In Case You Didn't Know](https://gamehistory.org/)
  • - [Sealed Mario 64's Record-Breaking $1.5M Sale Has Retro Experts Skeptical](https://kotaku.com/sealed-mario-64s-record-breaking-1-5m-sale-has-retro-e-1847274681)
  • - [CheetahMen II](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nes/cheetahmen-ii)
  • - [Giant Bomb Wiki](https://www.giantbomb.com/games/)
  • - [ComicVine](https://comicvine.gamespot.com/)
  • - [Pup Breeder](https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/saturn/574283-pup-breeder)
  • - [Phone Phreaking](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phreaking)
  • - [The Thompson Twins Adventure](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thompson_Twins_Adventure)
  • - [Her Story](https://www.mobygames.com/game/her-story)
  • - [Flaming Carrot Comics](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Carrot_Comics)
  • - [Larry Sanders Show](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103466/)
  • - [Bloody Wolf](https://www.mobygames.com/game/bloody-wolf)
  • - [FunHouse pinball machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FunHouse_(pinball))
  • - [Centaur pinball machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaur_(pinball))
  • - [F-14 Tomcat pinball machine](https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=804)
  • - [Lethal Weapon 3 pinball machine](https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1433)
  • - [The Pinball Circus pinball machine](https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=4354)
  • - [Banzai Run pinball machine](https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=175)
  • - [Tap Titans 2](https://www.gamehive.com/games/tap-titans-2)
  • - [Saturn Devouring His Son](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Devouring_His_Son)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** The first half of [Take Care of My Cat (2001)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0296658/), [The Rippington's Weekend in Monaco](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weekend_in_Monaco)
    **Frank**: Stop subscribing to the Video Game History Foundations incredible ["Mystery Box" Vintage Video Game Magazines](https://the-video-game-history-foundation.myshopify.com/collections/featured-products/products/blind-box-vintage-game-magazine-subscription)
    **Jeff**: [Giant Bomb Podcasts](https://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/), garages

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    @“Jaffe”#205 It was late and I was tired but apparently in exactly the right frame of mind, because you sure did get me right at the end with “sneezed” and I had a good laugh.

    Jeff Gerstmann is still a threat, and now, a podcast guest!

    Browsing the Giant Bomb wiki is how I got the idea that became Star Turns.

    cool ep, thx. i think a lot of the filthy casual outrage was a reaction to the wii not attempting to match the horse power of the 360. the fear that nintendo was abandoning “real” gamers for moms and dads and cuz you couldnt play rayman raving rabbids in 1080p.

    @“bigjimbag”#p38751 No horsepower? This title begs to differ

    https://giantbomb1.cbsistatic.com/uploads/original/0/3715/801266-horsez_wii.png

    the horse power of the ps1 tho . . . [upl-image-preview url=//i.imgur.com/Y4lNipx.png]


    the most perplexed guest reaction to “one day early” yet lol

    a 6$ patreon tier with the episode unlocking 1 hour early. just an idea

    @“yeso”#p38762

    Ten minutes early?!?!?!

    the true highest reward tier is occupied by me alone, who gets to listen to the show four days early. i pay $150,000 a month for the privilege

    I am seriously considering a “highest tier” reward which is you can listen to the show live in the discord. You might wind up hearing stuff that doesn‘t make it into the show (and we might also have to mute for certain conversations about SECRETS but we’d work it out). It's a thought!!

    https://twitter.com/godaigamer/status/1420159623299018753?s=21

    uh oh. not sure if I want to click on that!!

    pretty excited about Super Sushi Pinball.

    question from an earlier episode that frank may finally be able to clear up: does ed semrad still call games carts?

    @“esper”#p38782 Wow. I‘m sure not gonna watch this. Here’s the archived official website:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20040210072601/http://www.nationallampoonnetworks.com/gamers/gamers.asp

    the I[MDb entry](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413571/episodes?ref_=tt_eps_sm) is missing a ton of episodes...i feel like i should fill in the blanks...

    Unbelievably, I have a reputable source of takes on lola bunny specific discourse.

    https://twitter.com/spacetwinks/status/1083111623626313751

    The same enigma is, why is Sonic furry and not Bubsy, or Crash Bandicoot? Why did Starfox get picked up by furries and not Croc, despite both coming from Argonaut Studios? Why does Cyberconnect 2 still make games in their shared universe despite maybe a dozen people knowing about it? Why are the best games with talking animals made by people who aren't actually furries?? All these questions and more answered on the hypothetical furry episode of Insert Credit.

    @“marlfuchs2”#p38835

    >

    All these questions and more answered on the hypothetical furry episode of Insert Credit.

    Inshallah