Ep. 269 - Pure Podcast Content, with Christa Lee

### Ep. 269 - Pure Podcast Content, with Christa Lee

Console modification expert [Christa Lee](https://soundretro.co) joins Brandon and Tim on the panel to cover raytracing in 4K at 120 fps, the things players care about that developers don’t, and the return of Violence Island. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Christa Lee. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.


**Questions this week:**

  • 1. From [Ash Parrish](https://twitter.com/adashtra): What video game would you swear into Congress on? (01:59)
  • 2. What can you tell about a video game cartridge from its circuit board? (09:41)
  • 3. Is raytracing just a graphical enhancement, or can it be gameplay? (15:02)
  • 4. What do players think about a lot more than game developers? (20:33)
  • 5. What is the best dead video game company? (26:32)
  • 6. Spencergifs asks: When did video games become mainstream? (29:51)
  • 7. Violence Island (36:57)
  • 8. How should games signal that a “point of no return” is coming? (46:57)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND**: Pokedexperts (01:02:41)

    Recommendations and Outro (01:09:37)


  • - [Bonk series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/bonk-series)
  • - [Canceled Duke Nukem 3D remake is the latest Duke project to leak](https://www.pcgamer.com/canceled-duke-nukem-3d-remake-is-the-latest-duke-project-to-leak/)
  • - [They Live (1988)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Live)
  • - [Robert Garcia (D-CA) sworn into Congress on Superman #1](https://twitter.com/RobertGarcia/status/1610396414353313793?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw)
  • - [Bible](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible)
  • - [The Witness](https://www.mobygames.com/game/witness_)
  • - [Sneak King](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sneak-king)
  • - [Disaster Report / Zettai Zetsumei Toshi series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/disaster-report-zettai-zetsumei-toshi-series)
  • - [Xevious](https://www.mobygames.com/game/xevious)
  • - [Darius](https://www.mobygames.com/game/darius)
  • - [Gradius](https://www.mobygames.com/game/gradius)
  • - [Anarchy Reigns](https://www.mobygames.com/game/anarchy-reigns)
  • - [Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit](https://www.mobygames.com/game/xbox/murakumo-renegade-mech-pursuit)
  • - [Armored Core series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/armored-core-series)
  • - [Super Mario series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/super-mario-series)
  • - [Shenmue series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/shenmue-series)
  • - [Voyeur](https://www.mobygames.com/game/voyeur)
  • - [INSANE PAIN](https://blast-process-games.itch.io/insane-pain)
  • - [GameShark](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameShark)
  • - [Game Genie](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Genie)
  • - [Sonic the Hedgehog series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/sonic-the-hedgehog-universe)
  • - [Super Noah's Ark 3-D](https://www.mobygames.com/game/super-noahs-ark-3-d)
  • - [Pokémon series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/pokmon-universe)
  • - [Game Freak](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Freak)
  • - [Digital Foundry](https://www.digitalfoundry.net/)
  • - [Hitman series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/hitman-series)
  • - [Ray Tracers](https://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation/ray-tracers)
  • - [The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt](https://www.mobygames.com/game/witcher-3-wild-hunt_)
  • - [Cyberpunk 2077](https://www.mobygames.com/game/cyberpunk-2077)
  • - [Ridge Racer series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/ridge-racer-series)
  • - [Cleopatra Fortune](https://www.mobygames.com/game/cleopatras-fortune)
  • - [Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_2_(film))
  • - [Space Harrier series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/space-harrier-series)
  • - [Sakura Taisen series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/sakura-taisen-sakura-wars-games)
  • - [NiGHTS series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/nights-series)
  • - [Hudson Soft](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Soft)
  • - [Nihon Bussan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nihon_Bussan)
  • - [Game Arts](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Arts)
  • - [Midway Games](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midway_Games)
  • - [Hasbro Interactive Ltd.](https://www.mobygames.com/company/hasbro-interactive-ltd)
  • - [Frogger](https://www.mobygames.com/game/frogger_)
  • - [MediEvil](https://www.mobygames.com/game/medievil)
  • - [SNK](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNK)
  • - [Neverland](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neverland_(company))
  • - [Halo series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/halo-series)
  • - [GoldenEye 007](https://www.mobygames.com/game/n64/goldeneye-007)
  • - [Pong](https://www.mobygames.com/game/dedicated-console/pong_______)
  • - [Pac-Man](https://www.mobygames.com/game/pac-man)
  • - [The Sonic Macy's Thanksgiving Parade crash: An oral history](https://www.polygon.com/features/22798112/sonic-balloon-macys-thanksgiving-parade-crash-oral-history)
  • - [Candy Crush Saga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/candy-crush-saga)
  • - [Words With Friends](https://www.mobygames.com/game/words-with-friends)
  • - [TwoDots](https://www.mobygames.com/game/twodots)
  • - [Wordle](https://www.mobygames.com/game/browser/wordle_)
  • - [Maximo series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/maximo-series)
  • - [The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time](https://www.mobygames.com/game/legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time)
  • - [Half-Life](https://www.mobygames.com/game/half-life)
  • - [Panzer Dragoon Saga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/sega-saturn/panzer-dragoon-saga)
  • - [Banjo-Kazooie](https://www.mobygames.com/game/banjo-kazooie)
  • - [Tomb Raider](https://www.mobygames.com/game/tomb-raider)
  • - [Angry Birds](https://www.mobygames.com/game/angry-birds)
  • - [Donkey Kong Jr.](https://www.mariowiki.com/Donkey_Kong_Jr)
  • - [Jr. Pac-Man](https://pacman.fandom.com/wiki/Jr._Pac-Man)
  • - [Master Hand](https://www.ssbwiki.com/Master_Hand)
  • - [Crazy Hand](https://www.ssbwiki.com/Crazy_Hand_(SSBM))
  • - [Balrog](https://streetfighter.fandom.com/wiki/Balrog)
  • - [Mike Tyson](https://punchout.fandom.com/wiki/Mike_Tyson)
  • - [Sam & Max](https://samandmax.fandom.com/wiki/Max)
  • - [Lucky & Wild](https://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/lucky-wild)
  • - [Persona series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/persona-series)
  • - [Harvestella](https://www.mobygames.com/game/harvestella)
  • - [Chrono Trigger](https://www.mobygames.com/game/chrono-trigger)
  • - [Live A Live](https://www.mobygames.com/game/switch/live-a-live_)
  • - [God of War: Ragnarök](https://www.mobygames.com/game/god-of-war-ragnark)
  • - [Red Dead Redemption II](https://www.mobygames.com/game/red-dead-redemption-ii)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/yakuza-ry-ga-gotoku-series)
  • - [Final Fantasy VII: Remake](https://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation-4/final-fantasy-vii-remake)
  • - [Legend of Heroes series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/legend-of-heroes-series)
  • - [The Last of Us series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/last-of-us-series)
  • - [Ratchet & Clank series](https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/ratchet-clank-series)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [Bee and PuppyCat](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_and_PuppyCat)
    **Christa**: [Mushihimesama](https://www.mobygames.com/game/mushihimesama)

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    Looking further into Robert Garcia‘s swearing-in (okay, just clicking the link that @espercontrol put up), seems like the Superman #1 was underneath a copy of the US constitution: a S-class implementation of the ol’ “reading a comic book in class by hiding it inside your copy of Of Mice and Men” gambit. For Garcia, history moves in cycles

    I hate that I‘m aware of any of this, but the genealogy of the Kong family isn’t super cut and dry, and Tim wasn‘t exactly wrong to say the current DK is DK Jr. In some of the early DKC material, Cranky was his dad, and that was the case. But Rare being Rare, QC wasn’t terribly consistent, and the character was sometimes referred to as a father or a grandfather. I think the present Nintendo ‘canon’ to the extent that such a thing exists is that he's the grandfather, though?

    AFAIK Cranky was introduced in DKC as DK‘s grandfather and that hasn’t (intentionally) wavered, but Nintendo themselves doesn‘t necessarily care about nor want anyone else to think or ask too many questions about it and basically tries not to bring attention to the details of their relationship anymore… I mean, he’s not even that cranky in the new games.

    My favourite bit of weird DK lore is that Cranky Kong's wife died in between the DKC games and DK64 and has appeared in multiple Nintendo-made DK game in ghost form—it's such an odd example of continuity for a character and universe that absolutely does not warrant it, coming from a company that typically wouldn't give a crap either way.


    @“gsk”#p99963 it’s such an odd example of continuity for a character and universe that absolutely does not warrant it, coming from a company that typically wouldn’t give a crap either way.

    Since it is from Rare, it’s probably some weird inside joke about a girl at a local pub in Twycross.


    @“esper”#p99939 Robert Garcia (D-CA) sworn into Congress on Superman #1

    I am a bit late on episodes but I am gonna listen to this one first for the inevitable Art of Fighting jokes.

    @“chazumaru”#p99967 I sadly didn‘t notice the dude’s name until seeing it written out here :/ I hadn't heard of him and part of his name got swallowed by a mic flub

    I definitely enjoyed Sonic 2 (the movie) over the first one, BUT, yeah really could just throw away the human story. “Hopelessly boring” was a good way to describe it. Any time the Hawaii wedding came up I felt like Milhouse whining about when they're going to get to the fireworks factory. Breaking down, crying and all.

    The second movie basically continued to solidify the idea that we really don't need that irl people side story. A lot of it felt like, "Well we really have to do _something_ with these people..." Let me just see Sonic and Tails getting into adventures, and not the kind of adventure that's just a rerun of going to the dive bar and dancing. Why was that in there? Why did they do that again? Why did they do the same dive bar joke again, but put a dance scene in there? And why was it Uptown Funk in the year 2022?


    @“esper”#p99939 Darius

    was there ever a [blowfish](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hootie_%26_the_Blowfish)-enemy in one of those games, because I just thought of a bad joke?

    Hootie and the [Blowhard](https://darius.fandom.com/wiki/Blowhard)
    "I'm like a baby even the Great Thing makes me cry"

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    Repeating this to myself while staring into a mirror at midnight

    @“Jaffe”#p100008 !?


    An idea for a really good Sonic game came to me in a dream during a storm during a crisis. So, although I'm curious about them I must abstain from watching the movies until after I jot it all down properly to avoid mind poison. But knowing Uptown Funk is in it, it makes it easier to avoid.

    I think a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3 seems appropriate for everyone to swear on.


    @“DavidNoo”#p100011 I think a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3 seems appropriate for everyone to swear on.

    Swear at more like

    @“exodus”#p100015 Well it seems reflective of the chaotic situation of the house

    @“Jaffe”#p100008 consider: G-Darius

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    Oh wow, Mushihimesama was also the first game I ever 1CC'd – I agree on its approachability! I've never seen a single game with so many difficulty modes, all of which have such distinct care put into them. The easier modes felt just as genuine of an experience as the harder ones. Great way to acclimate oneself to this kind of thing.

    @“connrrr”#p99951 2nice

    I‘m a little surprised that Warp wasn’t even mentioned as one of the best dead video game companies. Although I wouldn‘t say it’s the best dead video game company, it's a very Insert Credit style company. And since Kenji Eno is sadly no longer with us, it could never come back in its original form.

    This week's Violence Island final battle was probably one of my favorites :-D


    @“exodus”#p99987 I sadly didn’t notice the dude’s name until seeing it written out here :confused: I hadn’t heard of him and part of his name got swallowed by a mic flub

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