Ep. 284 - Let Me Be Frank, with Simone de Rochefort

### Ep. 284 - Let Me Be Frank, with Simone de Rochefort

What starts as a lively episode with Polygon editor and podcaster [Simone de Rochefort](https://twitter.com/doomquasar) becomes something far more interesting when one panelist’s audio goes missing. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield, and Simone de Rochefort. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.


**Questions this week:**

  • 1. From Frank Cifaldi: What is the Criterion Channel of video games? (10:48)
  • 2. Sega just bought Rovio. Why? (25:29)
  • 3. Simone, please convince the panel board games are good. (32:26)
  • 4. What’s the deal with those TikTok videos that all have Minecraft or Subway Surfer footage playing at the bottom? (38:48)
  • 5. Improv Zone - Video Game Pawn Shop (42:20)
    Insert Credit Show Ad Break - [Midautumn](https://midautumngame.com/) (46:35)
  • 6. Zara asks: Have you ever recognized something deeply personal from your real life inside of a video game? (48:29)
  • 7. From Ash Parrish: Who is the American Mario? (55:24)

    Recommendations and Outro (01:25:26)


  • - [Elden Ring](https://www.mobygames.com/game/174989/elden-ring/)
  • - [The Sun Also Rises](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_Also_Rises)
  • - [Charles Leclerc](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Leclerc)
  • - [Max Verstappen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Verstappen)
  • - [decimate](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decimate)
  • - [The Criterion Channel](https://www.criterionchannel.com/)
  • - [The Criterion Collection](https://www.criterion.com/)
  • - [Mega Man: Legacy Collection](https://www.mobygames.com/game/74447/mega-man-legacy-collection/)
  • - [Tubi](https://tubitv.com/)
  • - [Letterboxd](https://letterboxd.com/)
  • - [Rocket](https://www.relay.fm/rocket)
  • - [Legend of Zelda series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/596/legend-of-zelda-series/)
  • - [DF Retro](https://www.digitalfoundry.net/topics/df-retro)
  • - [Shadow of the Colossus](https://www.mobygames.com/game/19875/shadow-of-the-colossus/)
  • - [GameTap](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameTap)
  • - [GameFly](https://www.gamefly.com/)
  • - [Yoshio Sakamoto](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Sakamoto)
  • - [Esper Boukentai](https://strategywiki.org/wiki/Esper_Boukentai/Walkthrough)
  • - [Super Metroid](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6627/super-metroid/)
  • - [Hollow Knight](https://www.mobygames.com/game/84194/hollow-knight/)
  • - [Koji Igarashi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koji_Igarashi)
  • - [Sega is officially buying Angry Birds developer Rovio for $775 million](https://www.theverge.com/2023/4/17/23686155/sega-sammy-acquires-rovio-angry-birds-developer-mobile-games)
  • - [Angry Birds](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angry_Birds)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8208/yakuza-ryu-ga-gotoku-series/)
  • - [Persona series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/474/persona-series/)
  • - [Sonic the Hedgehog games](https://www.mobygames.com/group/584/sonic-the-hedgehog-universe/)
  • - [Bonk series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4907/bonk-series/)
  • - [Square Enix launches its first NFT project](https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/20/23271832/square-enix-nft-final-fantasy-vii-enjin-blockchain)
  • - ["It's not Hitman without IO": Why Square Enix set the franchise free](https://www.gamesindustry.biz/its-not-hitman-without-io-why-square-enix-set-the-franchise-free)
  • - [Small Town Murders](https://www.rovio.com/games/small-town-murders/)
  • - [Sugar Blast](https://www.rovio.com/games/sugar-blast/)
  • - [Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6620/sonic-the-hedgehog-spinball/)
  • - [Proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposed_acquisition_of_Activision_Blizzard_by_Microsoft)
  • - [Puzzle & Dragons](https://www.mobygames.com/game/62839/puzzle-dragons/)
  • - [Forbidden City](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City)
  • - [Sleep No More](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_No_More_(2011_play))
  • - [Among Us](https://www.mobygames.com/game/149316/among-us/)
  • - [Ticket to Ride](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ticket_to_Ride_(board_game))
  • - [Minecraft](https://www.mobygames.com/game/110401/minecraft/)
  • - [Subway Surfers](https://www.mobygames.com/game/56518/subway-surfers/)
  • - [Fontanelle](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontanelle)
  • - [Contra series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/516/contra-series/)
  • - [Gordon Freeman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Freeman)
  • - [Dragon Quest series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/436/dragon-warrior-dragon-quest-series/)
  • - [Shining Force series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/769/shining-force-series/)
  • - [Battle Chess](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1950/battle-chess/)
  • - [Coquí](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coqu%C3%AD)
  • - [Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite (1999)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodsport_4:_The_Dark_Kumite)
  • - [The Bear](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bear_(TV_series))
  • - [Diego E. Garcia](http://radstronomical.com/)
  • - [Casual Birder](https://www.mobygames.com/game/183866/casual-birder/)
  • - [Sons of the Forest](https://www.mobygames.com/game/199747/sons-of-the-forest/)
  • - [Oh, Deer!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/88428/oh-deer/)
  • - [Bubsy series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/794/bubsy-series/)
  • - [Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6673/zero-the-kamikaze-squirrel/)
  • - [Wild Woody](https://www.mobygames.com/game/21426/wild-woody/)
  • - [Sifu](https://www.mobygames.com/game/179410/sifu/)
  • - [Kao the Kangaroo games](https://www.mobygames.com/group/2953/kao-the-kangaroo-games/)
  • - [Ty the Tasmanian Tiger](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10595/ty-the-tasmanian-tiger/)
  • - [Vanquish](https://www.mobygames.com/game/48763/vanquish/)
  • - [Ezio Auditore da Firenze](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezio_Auditore_da_Firenze)
  • - [Grand Theft Auto series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/167/grand-theft-auto-series/)
  • - [Ray Liotta](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Liotta)
  • - [Kratos](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kratos_(God_of_War))
  • - [Diana, Princess of Wales](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales)
  • - [Depeche Mode - New Dress](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDJOtgPJ2rc)
  • - [Quiet](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiet_(Metal_Gear))
  • - [Shigeru Miyamoto](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Miyamoto)
  • - [Toad](https://www.mariowiki.com/Toad)
  • - [No One Can Stop Mr. Domino](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_One_Can_Stop_Mr._Domino)
  • - [Wild Woody](https://sega.fandom.com/wiki/Wild_Woody_(character))
  • - [Dynamite Headdy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamite_Headdy)
  • - [Miles "Tails" Prower](https://sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Miles_%22Tails%22_Prower)
  • - [Penitent One](https://blasphemous.fandom.com/wiki/Penitent_One)
  • - [Satan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [Echo Image](https://pitchblackdrive.bandcamp.com/album/compulation), [Spirit Posession](https://spiritpossession.bandcamp.com/album/of-the-sign), make more things like game stores and video stores so people can be paid to get baseline experience in a field they care about
    **Simone**: [Murder, She Wrote](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder,_She_Wrote)
    **Tim**: [Decision to Leave (2022)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_to_Leave), [The Little Drummer Girl](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Drummer_Girl_(TV_series)), [Interview with the Vampire](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interview_with_the_Vampire_(TV_series))

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    Well! Tim did a good job with this

    (also esper did)

    @“exodus”#p113489 tim really turned something catastrophic into something memorable and wild, i was very glad to get to make this episode happen. sorry for the holdup everyone!! i am going to go collapse in bed now lol

    @“esper”#p113491 well done and well deserved (your post-editing rest)!

    After reading Jaffe describe this as “audio kintsugi”, I‘m excited to see what the heck y’all did.

    is Frank ok

    OMG with Simone!!! Can't wait to listen to this

    @“yeso”#p113501 Frank‘s OK! He’ll be on the next one.

    @“connierad”#p113504 My only goal going into this episode was to make Simone laugh so hard she would nearly die. I lost the respect of the entire panel to make it happen, but I got there in Violence Island.

    OMG this is exactly what I was hoping for

    I'm only 4 minutes in, but…

    Holy shit, lmao

    Esper usually comes up with the episode titles, but I specifically pitched this one

    @“esper”#p113491 Long time listener but finally made an account and came here to comment for exactly this sentiment. This might be my favorite episode ever…

    Great work to both Tim and Esper!

    Dropping in to say that I really miss the Buddy Dumpster, good times.

    I was hoping this would be like the Important if True episode where Nick Breckon had to go back and re-record all his lines, and I am not disappointed.

    This is such a gift. Thank you.

    Very creative episode.


    @“Jaffe”#p113519 Esper usually comes up with the episode titles, but I specifically pitched this one

    This did not have the amount of aggravating French accent (or event _Frank_ accent) the label on the tin seemed to promise.

    Holy shit

    Brandon hating the Criterion Channel is simultaneously not surprising to me and also one of the most frustrating things I've ever listened to. Thanks for making me feel bad about wanting to watch some movies!