Ep. 241 - Octoplath Traveler, with Allegra Frank

### Ep. 241 - Octoplath Traveler, with Allegra Frank

Deputy editor of The Daily Beast [Allegra Frank](https://twitter.com/LegsFrank) joins the panel to cover Kirby adults, Pokemon Gonlyfans, and whether or not demons are cool. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Allegra Frank. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.


**Questions this week:**

  • 1. Does adapting a story focused on choice into another medium cheapen player agency? (04:58)
  • 2. Where does the Kirby franchise go from here? (13:19)
  • 3. What’s happened with Pokemon Go in the last six years since anyone played it? (20:13)
  • 4. Which video game character would you pick to guest host Saturday Night Live? (26:58)
  • 5. Are demons cool? (32:02)
  • 6. Kyle asks: Which famous writer would be best at writing a video game walkthrough? (41:36)
  • 7. Tim asks: who cares? (48:42)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND**: GameFAQ&As: Dragon Age Inquisition (49:35)

    Recommendation & Outro (01:00:44)


  • - [Demonschool](https://necrosoftgames.com/demonschool/) by Necrosoft Games, now wishlistable on Steam
  • - [Dornie](https://www.mariowiki.com/Dorrie)
  • - [Super Mario 64](https://www.mobygames.com/game/super-mario-64)
  • - [Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition](https://www.mobygames.com/game/genesis/jurassic-park-rampage-edition)
  • - [Castlevania: Symphony of the Night](https://www.mobygames.com/game/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night)
  • - [Yoshi](https://www.mariowiki.com/Yoshi)
  • - [Black Mirror: Bandersnatch](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror%3A_Bandersnatch)
  • - [F For Fake (1973)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/)
  • - [The Walking Dead](https://www.mobygames.com/game/walking-dead)
  • - [BioShock](https://www.mobygames.com/game/bioshock)
  • - [Dragon Age series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/dragon-age-series)
  • - [Mass Effect series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/mass-effect-series)
  • - [Life Is Strange series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/life-is-strange-series)
  • - [Halo](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2934286/)
  • - [Kirby games](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/kirby-games)
  • - [Kirby Air Ride](https://www.mobygames.com/game/kirby-air-ride)
  • - [Kirby and the Forgotten Land](https://www.mobygames.com/game/switch/kirby-and-the-forgotten-land)
  • - [Curb Your Enthusiasm](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264235/)
  • - [Pokémon universe](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/pokmon-universe)
  • - [Pokémon GO](https://www.mobygames.com/game/pokmon-go)
  • - [Mongo only pawn in game of life](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKRma7PDW10)
  • - [Cork](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cork_(city))
  • - [The Human Toll Of *Fallout 76*’s Disastrous Launch](https://kotaku.com/bethesda-zenimax-fallout-76-crunch-development-1849033233)
  • - [Marcus Michael Fenix](https://gearsofwar.fandom.com/wiki/Marcus_Michael_Fenix)
  • - [George Steinbrenner](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Steinbrenner)
  • - [Big Boss](https://metalgear.fandom.com/wiki/Big_Boss)
  • - [Solid Snake](https://metalgear.fandom.com/wiki/Solid_Snake)
  • - [Dr. Hal “Otacon” Emmerich](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otacon)
  • - [Demonschool](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1900250/Demonschool/)
  • - [Shin Megami Tensei series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/shin-megami-tensei-series)
  • - [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge](https://www.mobygames.com/game/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-shredders-revenge)
  • - [Persona series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/persona-series)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/yakuza-ry-ga-gotoku-series)
  • - [Final Fight: "Streetwise"](https://www.mobygames.com/game/final-fight-streetwise)
  • - [Ernest Hemingway](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway)
  • - [Homer](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer)
  • - [Beowulf](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf)
  • - [Salman Rushdie](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Rushdie)
  • - [Jonathan Franzen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Franzen)
  • - [Conker's Bad Fur Day](https://www.mobygames.com/game/n64/conkers-bad-fur-day)
  • - [Sylvia Plath](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Plath)
  • - [Warlock](https://www.mobygames.com/game/warlock)
  • - [Jean-Paul Sartre](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Sartre)
  • - [Jorge Luis Borges](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Luis_Borges)
  • - [Miguel de Cervantes](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [F For Fake (1973)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/), [Desiccation’s Cold Dead Earth](https://desiccation666.bandcamp.com/releases),
    **Tim**: [This lunchtime photograph](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/743918905789120552/987108525622849616/IMG_7629.jpg), Don’t call yourself a flexitarian
    **Allegra**: Freeze then thaw your tofu

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    SNL should have Bowser host. They can then spend the next 4+ years lampooning him, pretending that they hated him all along and didn’t have anything to do with his rise to power.

    I don't know why but this felt like an extraordinary goofy episode. Got me giggling over here.

    Pokemon Go brings many of my friends a lot of joy. It‘s honestly really cute when they all get together. For all of them, a group of 4 or 5 30-somethings, Go is their one entry into the franchise and video games in general. One got a Switch during lockdown and tried Let's Go but did not like the parts that weren’t like Go and sold her Switch after a month.

    I think it's pretty cool that this game does something so right that these friends have had many years of fun. It seems like what they like about it is at least partially outside "traditional gaming mechanics," a canon very much in a wild state of flux for this young art form.

    would it be too cruel to create a few gamefaqs accounts to reply the questions with the podcast's answers?


    Feels almost like this is what you're meant to do, yeah?

    I was a little flabbergasted to hear Otacon, the character from Metal Gear Solid who literally fucked his stepmom, referred to as a “mamma's boy”

    @“GigaSlime”#p74837 I thought it was Big Boss who was a momma's boy…

    also whoa totally forgot about that part!

    @“GigaSlime”#p74837 I was holding this in the entire time

    Whew that post-signoff joke was a killer

    Not finished quite yet but came across this while listening and it was a good confluence of things.


    Brandon’s “massively effected” got me, well done.

    Kirby your enthusiasm lol, good call on not making that the episode name so I was caught off guard.

    @“thebryanjzx90”#p74845 It's in these moments that the nature of my friendship with Tim has perfect clarity

    So happy to hear Allegra on the show!!! What a great episode :slight_smile:

    My parents called me today to tell me how much they loved my Wednesday Night Demon Talk. They wanted me to tell you @exodus that the reason the nadir of the week isn’t Friday afternoon right before Sabbath is because the Jewish people’s own joyous anticipation for the Sabbath increases the closer we get to it.

    Whoa - keep that joy at a fever pitch week-round and demons will be a thing of the past!

    Did Allegra work at Kotaku as well?

    @“bwood”#p75008 polygon, certainly, not sure if kotaku!

    still thinking about the donut platforms