Ep. 209 - Blopper Goes Knobby, with K Thor Jensen

### Ep. 209 - Blopper Goes Knobby, with K Thor Jensen

Artist, writer, cartoonist and game designer [K Thor Jensen](https://twitter.com/kthorjensen) joins the panel to cover being Mr. Google-Ass, having to go fast and slightly worse, and episode titles. Original music by Kurt Feldman.


**Questions this week:**

  • 1. From Frank Cifaldi: Is the Intellivision Amico “physical game” scam the future of physical games? (06:12)
  • 2. How can video games adapt the comic book format better than Comix Zone? (13:08)
  • 3. What has been the worst video game music of the last generation? (18:21)
  • 4. How would you design a Dune game like never before? (23:43)
  • 5. Design a video game t-shirt that, even given prominent advertising, exactly zero people would buy. (29:27)
  • 6. Dirtbag Spencer asks: Does Nintendo actually have something that makes them the best game developer, or is that just fans projecting? (36:07)
  • 7. What are the best video game lists you’ve seen? (42:12)
  • 8. Violence Island (47:03)
  • 9. What is the The Simpsons of video games? (56:19)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND**: Gamenamensteins (01:01:41)

    Recommendations and Outro (01:14:41)


  • - [Hexic](https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/hexic)
  • - [Sine Mora](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sine-mora)
  • - [Intelivision Amico](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellivision_Amico)
  • - [Worms: Armageddon](https://www.mobygames.com/game/worms-armageddon)
  • - [Comix Zone](https://www.mobygames.com/game/comix-zone)
  • - [Understanding Comics](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Understanding_Comics)
  • - [Framed](https://www.mobygames.com/game/framed__)
  • - [Gorogoa](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gorogoa)
  • - [Future Aero Racing S Ultra](https://twitter.com/scully1888/status/1382026655112204288)
  • - [Mad Max](https://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation-4/mad-max__)
  • - [Dune](https://www.mobygames.com/game/dune)
  • - [Maneater](https://www.mobygames.com/game/maneater_)
  • - [That Box That Hurts Your Hand When You Put It In There](http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=39)
  • - [Cooking Mama](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/cooking-mama-series)
  • - [El Shaddai](https://www.mobygames.com/game/el-shaddai-ascension-of-the-metatron)
  • - [Death Stranding](https://www.mobygames.com/game/death-stranding)
  • - [Microsoft Solitaire "Keep It Casual" T-shirt](https://gear.xbox.com/products/microsoft-solitaire-keep-it-casual-t-shirt)
  • - [Microsoft Minesweeper Game Board Throw Pillow](https://gear.xbox.com/products/microsoft-minesweeper-game-board-throw-pillow)
  • - [K Thor's Gamer T-Shirt](https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2686770-gamer?store_id=147001)
  • - [Dudes With Attitude manual](https://www.gamesdatabase.org/Media/SYSTEM/Nintendo_NES//Manual/formated/Dudes_with_Attitude_-_1990_-_American_Video_Entertainment.pdf)
  • - [Metroid Dread](https://www.mobygames.com/game/switch/metroid-dread)
  • - [Link's Awakening (2019)](https://www.mobygames.com/game/switch/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening_switch)
  • - [Giger-likes thread at forums.insertcredit.com](https://forums.insertcredit.com/d/1134-giger-likes-non-aliens-games-with-art-inspired-by-hr-giger)
  • - [Satoshi Matrix's Top 100 NES/Famicom Games](https://satoshimatrix.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/top-100-nesfamicom-games-list-all-in-one/)
  • - [Gimmick!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nes/mr-gimmick)
  • - [PC-FX](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC-FX)
  • - [FM Towns Marty](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_Towns_Marty)
  • - [Gain Ground](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gain-ground)
  • - [Mount Celeste](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Celeste)
  • - [Hollow Knight](https://hollowknight.fandom.com/wiki/Hollow_Knight)
  • - [Segata Sanshiro](https://sega.fandom.com/wiki/Segata_Sanshiro)
  • - [Johnny Turbo](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Turbo)
  • - [Trouble Bruin](https://dynheaddy.fandom.com/wiki/Trouble_Bruin)
  • - [Storm Eagle](https://megaman.fandom.com/wiki/Storm_Eagle)
  • - [Mallow](https://www.mariowiki.com/Mallow)
  • - [Lakitu](https://www.mariowiki.com/Lakitu)
  • - [Sephiroth](https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Sephiroth)
  • - [The Simpsons](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons)
  • - [Grand Theft Auto](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/grand-theft-auto-series)
  • - [Sonic the Hedgehog](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/sonic-the-hedgehog-universe)
  • - [Street Fighter](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/street-fighter-series)
  • - [King of Fighters](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/king-of-fighters-series)
  • - [Family Guy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Guy)
  • - [That screenshot from Way of the Warrior that Frank keeps linking during the Lightning Round](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/743918905789120552/905933311912849448/65403-way-of-the-warrior-3do-screenshot-steroid-boost-ouch.png)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Frank**: [Guardians of the Galaxy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/marvel-guardians-of-the-galaxy)
    **Brandon:** [A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093978/), [Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland (1993)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106917/)
    **K Thor**: [Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0269217/) on Tubi, find something you can chew on

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    Mr Google-Ass sounds like a character you'd get in a Yakuza sidequest.

    Excellent episode, at one point I laughed so loudly that someone came to ask if I was OK.


    one step beyond?

    I'm looking forward to the 9th violence island bracket composed of past winners


    What has been the worst video game music of the last generation? (18:21)

    the panel have gone on record that they know nothing about smash brothers but i think this is a real contender:

    when smash bros ultimate dropped my roommate invited The Boys over to play. i , for some reason , kept repeating , "every soul contains a whisper of light". again and again and again. they hated it.
    i'm uh not really friends with those guys anymore ...

    Frank sounded like he didn‘t quite get what Jaffe meant when he asked if Hollow Knight is supposed to be really small scale (cause they’re all bugs)

    @“pizzascrub”#p47679 You’re wrong, this terrible song owns

    Haven’t finished the episode yet, but so far:

    Thorhighheels’ latest video is the bad game music segment but as a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48JbcPmaBQ0

    On video game t-shirts no one would buy, how about: https://www.google.com/search?q=boxxle+shirt&safe=active&client=safari&hl=en-us&biw=1024&bih=665&prmd=sivxn&sxsrf=AOaemvI-dkadfwA7jrFP9W_nHzK2KZO9fQ:1636459340500&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwir07eNnov0AhVdoHIEHaHbCQ4Q_AUIFCgB

    I like boxxle, by the way

    My idea for a terrible video game T-shirt no one would buy:

    The multi page end user license agreement for a single player Ubisoft game

    This was a really fun episode. Lots of thoughts while I was walking to work listening.

    Do y'all say "good answer" live every time or is that just a recorded snippet? Either way I always bust out laughing.

    That bonkers bad music could be good, or even great if you're trying to instill a sense of dread in the player. There's something real weird about it and I've listened to it like 10 times. Maybe if it eventually dropped the discordant notes and leveled out like in "Layer Cake" from Persona 5 it could work. I'd like to hear the music shift to that creepy stuff when you're getting close to danger in a game and level out when you're in the clear.

    The Bwong movie trailers are the worst. I pretty much don't watch any movie trailers anymore at all. I stopped about 12 years ago, but I still get stuck with them in the theater. There's something grotesque about how movie trailers are edited. Each one an almost exact duplicate of the previous, using as many techniques as possible to manipulate the audience. They scream "look at me! I'm that thing you've seen!" and I shun them, and avert my eyes, and live my best life instead.

    I'm all for the Dune games. Let's get a bunch of sandy planet games, but they are maybe just different enough that you don't need any licensing. Coasting in a ship through the desert just chilling.

    @“DavidNoo”#p47699 We do in fact say it live every time.

    @“Jaffe”#p47700 Good answer! I love it!

    I forgot to mention that the terrible song k thor mentioned always reminded me of the main theme from Smashing Drive, which the devs (spanish arcade developer Gaelco) liked enough to put in the arcade, gamecube, and GBA version. It‘s so discordant!! Especially the vocals, but there’s a lot of other stuff going on too.


    They even gave it a remix before crushing it down to dust to compress it on the GBA

    @“exodus”#p47706 whoa, that is unpleasant!

    As far as games that have a neat comic book mechanic going for it, other than FRAMED, this is what comes to mind:


    Also, I played Gotham City Impostors and had a pretty good time with it until it shut down.

    Oh, also, the best Dune game is basically Caves of Qud. It's not technically Dune, but boy does it hit the same vibe.

    This episode was so good that I listened to it afterwards, twice. I never do that!

    huh! it didn't feel that different to me at the time, I wonder what struck you so much about this one?

    The list talk reminded me of a recent list I meant to ask about on here: marc normandin’s 100 best Nintendo published games. I think there are quite a few caveats and stuff (been a while since I read it), but I remember finding it interesting

    Worth noting I am a Nintendo disliker so maybe the Nintendo enjoyers will think differently

    @“exodus”#p47706 Gaelco could also do, uh, this type of music: