Ep. 215 - The Dirtbag of Podcasts

### Ep. 215 - The Dirtbag of Podcasts

In which our heroes dive deep into the Dirtbag, receptacle of all Patron-submitted questions, on the hunt for “What is the ____ of video games?” format in particular. Hosted by Alex Jaffe with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original music by Kurt Feldman.


**Questions this week:**

  • 1. Dirtbag Benjamin asks: What is your fine barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon of video games, your Mad Dog 20/20 of video games, and your oversized lollipop of video games? (03:23)
  • 2. Dirtbag Eric Eaton asks: What is the Bob Dylan of video games? (05:54)
  • 3. Dirtbag Timothy asks: What is the F For Fake of video games? (07:54)
  • 4. Dirtbag Anonymous asks: What is the Anna Karenina of video games? (09:47)
  • 5. Dirtbag Kiko B asks: What is the Sonic the Hedgehog the Movie of video games? (11:58)
  • 6. Dirtbag John H asks: What is the Shake Shack of video games? (12:26)
  • 7. Dirtbag Per Hasselstrom asks: What is the Satantango of video games? (16:38)
  • 8. Dirtbag Crumbling Zero asks: (19:01)
  • 9. Dirtbag Devils Blush asks: Who is the Carlo Rambaldi of video games? (21:35)
  • 10. Dirtbag Andy Dausman asks: What is the using a shaving brush and shaving soap instead of a electric razor or disposable razor with canned shaving cream of video games? (22:45)
  • 11. Dirtbag UG asks: What is the Neapolitan ice cream of video games? (26:41)
  • 12. Dirtbag Rainbow Battlekid asks: Who or what is the Michael Jordan of Baseball of video games? (27:20)
  • 13. Dirtbag Paul asks: What is the “Weird Al” Yankovic of video games? (29:41)

  • - [Halo 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/halo-2)
  • - [Feel the Magic XY/XX](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nintendo-ds/feel-the-magic-xyxx)
  • - [Final Fantasy VII](https://www.mobygames.com/game/final-fantasy-vii)
  • - [Super Mario 64](https://www.mobygames.com/game/super-mario-64)
  • - [Chrono Trigger](https://www.mobygames.com/game/chrono-trigger)
  • - [Panzer Dragoon Saga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sega-saturn/panzer-dragoon-saga)
  • - [Mad Dog 20/20](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavored_fortified_wine)
  • - [Under Defeat](https://www.mobygames.com/game/under-defeat)
  • - [R-Type Final](https://www.mobygames.com/game/ps2/r-type-final)
  • - [PUBG Mobile](https://www.mobygames.com/game/android/playerunknowns-battlegrounds)
  • - [Super Mario Run](https://www.mobygames.com/game/super-mario-run)
  • - [Castlevania: Symphony of the Night](https://www.mobygames.com/game/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night)
  • - [Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy/castlevania-ii-belmonts-revenge)
  • - [Kid Dracula](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy/kid-dracula)
  • - [Castlevania Judgment](https://www.mobygames.com/game/wii/castlevania-judgment)
  • - [Bob Dylan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan)
  • - [Anthem](https://www.mobygames.com/game/anthem)
  • - [King's Quest](https://www.mobygames.com/game/kings-quest)
  • - [Roberta Williams](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberta_Williams)
  • - [Star Fox by Dylan Cuthbert](https://www.mobygames.com/game/star-fox_)
  • - [F for Fake (1973)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/)
  • - [Segagaga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/dreamcast/segagaga)
  • - [Citizen Kane (1941)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/)
  • - [Orson Welles](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_Welles)
  • - [Anna Karenina](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Karenina)
  • - [The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt](https://www.mobygames.com/game/witcher-3-wild-hunt)
  • - [S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl](https://www.mobygames.com/game/stalker-shadow-of-chernobyl)
  • - [Metro series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/metro-series)
  • - [Alan Wake](https://www.mobygames.com/game/alan-wake)
  • - [IL-2 Sturmovik](https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/il-2-sturmovik)
  • - [Rig'n'Roll](https://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/rignroll)
  • - [Tetris](https://www.mobygames.com/game/tetris_gb)
  • - [Hatris](https://www.mobygames.com/game/hatris)
  • - [Street Fighter: The Movie](https://www.mobygames.com/game/street-fighter-the-movie)
  • - [Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie](https://www.mobygames.com/game/peter-jacksons-king-kong-the-official-game-of-the-movie)
  • - [King Kong (2005)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360717/)
  • - [Kong: Skull Island (2017)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562/)
  • - [Kung Fu Panda (2008)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441773/)
  • - [Nacho Libre (2006)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457510/)
  • - [Brütal Legend](https://www.mobygames.com/game/brtal-legend)
  • - [Shake Shack](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shake_Shack)
  • - [In-N-Out Burger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-N-Out_Burger)
  • - [Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning](https://www.mobygames.com/game/kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning)
  • - [BioShock](https://www.mobygames.com/game/bioshock)
  • - [Bubsy series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/bubsy-series)
  • - [Battletoads](https://www.mobygames.com/game/battletoads)
  • - [Satantango (1994)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111341/)
  • - [Goat Simulator](https://www.mobygames.com/game/goat-simulator)
  • - [Cow Clicker](http://cowclicker.com/)
  • - [Euro Truck Simulator series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/euro-truck-simulator-series)
  • - [Breathless (1960)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053472/)
  • - [Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081746/)
  • - [The “Nathan for You” Finale, My New Favorite Love Story](https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-nathan-for-you-finale-my-new-favorite-love-story) By Errol Morris
  • - [Metal Gear Solid](https://www.mobygames.com/game/metal-gear-solid__)
  • - [Carlo Rambaldi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Rambaldi)
  • - [Stan Winston](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Winston)
  • - [John Carmack](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carmack)
  • - [Hollow Knight](https://www.mobygames.com/game/hollow-knight)
  • - [Final Fantasy VII: Remake - Intergrade](https://www.mobygames.com/game/final-fantasy-vii-remake-intergrade)
  • - [Tingle Tuner](https://zelda.fandom.com/wiki/Tingle_Tuner)
  • - [Asuka 120% LimitOver](https://wiki.gbl.gg/w/Asuka_120_LimitOver)
  • - [VIDEOBALL](https://www.mobygames.com/game/videoball)
  • - [Tim’s Instagram picture he talks about, I think](https://www.instagram.com/p/t9QLu9Q_bp/)
  • - [Neapolitan ice cream](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_ice_cream)
  • - [Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet](https://www.mobygames.com/game/nes/super-mario-bros-duck-hunt-world-class-track-meet)
  • - [Michael Jordan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jordan)
  • - [The Last Dance (2020)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8420184/)
  • - ["30 for 30" Jordan Rides the Bus (2010)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509848/)
  • - [Boom Blox](https://www.mobygames.com/game/wii/boom-blox)
  • - ["Weird Al" Yankovic](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic)
  • - [Saints Row](https://www.mobygames.com/game/saints-row)
  • - [Family Guy](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182576/)
  • - [Undertale](https://www.mobygames.com/game/undertale)
  • - [Arcane Kids](https://www.mobygames.com/company/arcane-kids)
  • - [Palladium Interactive, Inc.](https://www.mobygames.com/company/palladium-interactive-inc)
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    the Sátántangó of video games = Pathologic 2. How so?

  • * the game quotes a couple notable shots from the film
  • * both game and film have 12 part structure
  • * both portray dense and complex social relations in a small, isolated town
  • * both have a 'return of the native' type character catalyze simmering tension/dynamic in the town
  • * both the film and the game make considerable demands of the audience, both are fairly grueling but give you the sense of having had an experience and come out the other side
  • * thematic focus on political ideology vs individual greed or opportunism

  • also has broader similarities to Tarr films: werckmeister and Turin horse too


    @“esper”#p51796 Dirtbag Andy Douseman asks: What is the using a shaving brush and shaving soap instead of a electric razor or disposable razor with canned shaving cream of video games? (22:45)

    Esper - you transcribed my German name phonetically, and I can't fault you to correct it because **this is an amazing answer**. Its like you all did a perfect psychological analysis of Game Player me. Or you think that I would appreciate the conceptual aesthetics of going to great lengths to play _Tingle Tuner_ or _Asuka 120% Limit Over_ because I post on this forum. I do.

    Thank you Esper, Alex, Brandon, Tim, and Frank for the fun Christmas present.

    And before any of you think that I'm some kind of poseur (one who "poses"):
    [upl-image-preview url=//i.imgur.com/AJLIj2G.jpeg]
    I did recently replace the brush because it wasn't badger and it fell apart and I got a synthetic one to be kinder to badgers. But the razor is like 11 years old and rules. (Sorry about the water scale. Our neighborhood has very hard water.)

    @“antillese”#p51808 tell me how to spell it (dm if you like) and i’ll get it fixed!!

    My Satantango of videogames might be The Long Drive, a game where I have spent about 8 hours driving nowhere, and yet I cannot stop [upl-image-preview url=//i.imgur.com/oUpOtzc.jpeg]

    @“Yeso”#p51802 be fooled not, Dear Reader; this is but one small part of a year(s)-long strategy to turn the topic of all conversation to Pathologic 2.

    (Or be fooled! And come along for the ride!)


    @“rejj”#p51820 Yeso be fooled not, Dear Reader; this is but one small part of a year(s)-long strategy to turn the topic of all conversation to Pathologic 2.


    (Or be fooled! And come along for the ride!)

    To be fooled into wisdom... it's like we're out on the steppe already, [Dүү](https://pathologic.fandom.com/wiki/Steppe_Language)!

    The Annana Kareninanana of video games is obviously


    @“rejj”#p51820 in my defense, it's an apt response to the prompt and also I waited a full hour after this thread was posted before replying. Didnt want to be the first post but I had no choice…

    .... $9.79 usd right now at gog ! https://www.gog.com/game/pathologic_2

    If we‘re going Russian for the Anna Karenina of games, I’m going Ringo Ishikawa. I think it even has Anna Karenina in it.

    Frank played hollow knight with a fight stick, we're kindred spirits.

    It's not ideal, but I spent time and money putting that stick together, and I was gonna use it on any game that didn't need a right stick, dammit

    @“KingTubb”#p51848 If you're looking for other suggestions, Streets of Rage 4 rules on a stick.

    Spoiler Alert: If it turns out we don‘t have time for the Console Ranking this week either, the plan is to do “The Dirtbag of Podcasts, Part II.” We’ve still got 21 more of these to get through.

    The part seven minutes in where I call Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize a “travesty” is an in-joke just for my mom, who does listen to the show every week, when her friend's kind-of pretentious son described it as such

    dang it, i went and searched for that videoball pic on instagram like some stalker weirdo and now i see you guys have linked it!

    @“Jaffe”#p51856 Well MY mom thought it was “pretty cool” so YMMV (your mom may vary)

    the Shake Shack of video games is Killzone because they went super hard at the HALO KILLER moniker and extremely did not even come close to earning it

    btw they opened Shake Shack in SF and the peninsula some time ago and just plopped one into downtown Oakland....I haven't been to that one yet. The burger wars are miserable. Who cares

    @“rootfifthoctave”#p51857 don’t worry, I already searched tim’s instagram like a weirdo for you.

    @"sabertoothalex"#p51863 that actually was my immediate response too, lol

    @“sabertoothalex”#p51863 good choice for shake shack of video games and also good choice for whether the burger wars are interesting (they are not)