Ep. 285 - Daria of Sorrow

### Ep. 285 - Daria of Sorrow

The panel returns to classic formation to cover UX design, Microsoft acquisition developments, gross Yoshis, and sellouts within sellouts. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, and Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJWR_1vx2M

**Questions this week:**

  • 1. From Simone de Rochefort: What else should Microsoft acquire and make exclusive? (03:33)
  • 2. What is The Day The Clown Cried of video games? (10:19)
  • 3. What makes a New Game+ feature the most enticing? (11:41)
  • 4. What are common terms game designers use that game players don’t? (17:10)
  • 5. How can User Interface inform the themes and story of a video game? (24:52)
  • 6. Let’s criticize some things we want to bring attention to. (31:13)
    Insert Credit Ad Break: [Midautumn](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1582380/Midautumn/) and [Games and Feelings](https://www.gamesandfeelings.com/) (37:04)
  • 7. JackOakleaf asks: How long should a cutscene be? (39:55)
  • 8. Which video game protagonist’s job would you want to do the least? (48:02)
  • 9. What is The Day The Clown Cried of video games? (54:19)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND:** Famicom Feud - Video Game Playboy Appearances (01:02:47)

    Recommendations and Outro (01:19:47)

    **A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:**

  • - [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar](https://www.biography.com/athletes/kareem-abdul-jabbar)
  • - [Legend of Zelda series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/596/legend-of-zelda-series/)
  • - [Vanillaware Ltd.](https://www.mobygames.com/company/9703/vanillaware-ltd/)
  • - [Dragon's Crown](https://www.mobygames.com/game/61582/dragons-crown/)
  • - [Horizon series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/13098/horizon-series/)
  • - [Halo series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/2782/halo-series/)
  • - [Destiny series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/11045/destiny-series/)
  • - [Britain blocks Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard](https://www.cnbc.com/2023/04/26/britain-blocks-microsoft-acquisition-of-activision-blizzard.html)
  • - [NieR](https://www.mobygames.com/game/46486/nier/)
  • - [George Washington](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington)
  • - [Daria](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daria)
  • - [Harmy's Despecialized Edition](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmy%27s_Despecialized_Edition)
  • - [Call of Duty series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12946/call-of-duty-series/)
  • - [Final Fantasy series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4847/final-fantasy-series/)
  • - [Street Fighter series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/379/street-fighter-series/)
  • - [The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magnificent_Ambersons_(film))
  • - [The Day the Clown Cried](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Clown_Cried)
  • - [Blue Dragon](https://www.mobygames.com/game/28617/blue-dragon/)
  • - [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)
  • - [OutRun series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/123/outrun-series/)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8208/yakuza-ryu-ga-gotoku-series/)
  • - [God of War series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/7242/god-of-war-series/)
  • - [Castlevania: Symphony of the Night](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3739/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/)
  • - [Kirby games](https://www.mobygames.com/group/493/kirby-games/)
  • - [Dizzy series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/361/dizzy-series/)
  • - [Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6602/super-mario-world-2-yoshis-island/)
  • - [Super Mario World](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6591/super-mario-world/)
  • - [Uncharted series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8931/uncharted-series/)
  • - [Video Game History Foundation](https://gamehistory.org/)
  • - [Kelsey Lewin](https://twitter.com/kelslewin)
  • - [User experience design](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_experience_design)
  • - [Static mesh](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Static_mesh)
  • - [Patrick Miller](https://pattheflip.medium.com/)
  • - [Demonschool](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1900250/Demonschool/)
  • - [Persona 5](https://www.mobygames.com/game/86408/persona-5/)
  • - [Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction](https://www.mobygames.com/game/46315/tom-clancys-splinter-cell-conviction/)
  • - [Batman Begins (2005)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Begins)
  • - [Shigeru Miyamoto](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Miyamoto)
  • - [The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Super_Mario_Bros._Movie)
  • - [Miyamoto Says Negative Reviews Of Mario Movie Helped It Grow](https://kotaku.com/super-mario-bros-movie-miyamoto-negative-bad-reviews-1850380112)
  • - [Nintendogs series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/11901/nintendogs-series/)
  • - [Gears of War series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8069/gears-of-war-series/)
  • - [Half-Life 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15564/half-life-2/)
  • - [Dolphin Emulator](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1941680/Dolphin_Emulator/)
  • - [Asus ROG Ally hands-on: Windows but tiny](https://www.theverge.com/23695254/asus-rog-ally-handheld-gaming-pc-hands-on-preview)
  • - [Midautumn](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1582380/Midautumn/)
  • - [Games and Feelings](https://www.gamesandfeelings.com/)
  • - [Hideo Kojima](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideo_Kojima)
  • - [Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6365/jade-cocoon-story-of-the-tamamayu/)
  • - [Ninja Gaiden](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7356/ninja-gaiden/)
  • - [Xenogears / Xenosaga universe](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1584/xenogears-xenosaga-universe/)
  • - [Harvest Moon / Story of Seasons series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/566/harvest-moon-story-of-seasons-series/)
  • - [Cooking Mama series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/7214/cooking-mama-series/)
  • - [L.A. Noire](https://www.mobygames.com/game/51693/la-noire/)
  • - [Mappy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/19631/mappy/)
  • - [Super Mario Bros (1993)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros._(film))
  • - [Bonk series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4907/bonk-series/)
  • - [Ridge Racer series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/375/ridge-racer-series/)
  • - [Gran Turismo series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/428/gran-turismo-series/)
  • - [Twisted Metal series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1166/twisted-metal-series/)
  • - ['Twisted Metal' Series Gets Peacock Premiere Date, Teaser](https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/twisted-metal-peacock-premiere-date-teaser-1235405647/)
  • - [The Last Starfighter (1984)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Starfighter)
  • - [David Harbour](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Harbour)
  • - [Stranger Things](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranger_Things)
  • - [Project Milo](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Milo)
  • - [Tommy Tallarico](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Tallarico)
  • - [ROBLOX_OOF.mp3](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0twDETh6QaI) (the hbomberguy video about Tommy Tallarico)
  • - [Earthworm Jim series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/353/earthworm-jim-series/)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** Plug things on different CRT inputs into different power strips to reduce interference, [Bullet Train (2022)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_Train_(film)), [Shudder TV](https://www.shudder.com/shudder-tv) if you’re Frank, [Joe Bob Briggs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Bob_Briggs)
    **Frank**: please do not actually mark [Video Game History Foundation donations](https://gamehistory.org/donate/) as “for Playboys”

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    re: Miyamoto‘s thoughts on the ’90s movie, I‘ve seen multiple interviews where he’s talked about the “Mario Mario/Luigi Mario” surname gag and how he thought it was funny, including instances where he's referenced the joke completely outside the context of discussing the movie, so take from that what you will.

    quick mid-listen break

    The [**Hook shot**](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_shot) deserves its own entry in the small selection of things referenced.

    Frank sounds different in this episode.

    @“◉◉maru”#p114102 Please enjoy New Frank

    If anyone at work ever emails me with COB im just going to be thinking about tasty corn until business is complete.

    The best moment of this podcast, which sadly went unremarked upon, was when frank said “Nothing is good” during the activision discussion. I heard you, Frank, and I appreciate and agree.

    @Jaffe for certainly the first time in my life, I fullthroated screamed “AAAA, AAAAA” in excitement and honked my car's horn (just some nice light taps, I was on a residential street), at the words “Playboy Magazine” being spoken aloud

    Worth every penny

    Also as hypocritical as it may be coming from me, who explicitly enabled Alex Jaffe to give money directly to the actual Playboy Magazine, and could potentially have almost inadvertently killed Alex Jaffe in doing so, I‘m just going to take a moment to myself echo Frank’s recommendation to NOT earmark donations to the Video Game History Foundation as “for Playboys”

    As one might guess, there‘s already a seemingly exhaustive archive of Playboy in the internet archive, so Frank probably doesn’t need to buy those Playboys. That being said, I think Frank should buy the Playboys.

    That was a good one!

    I do have fond memories of that 90's Super Mario's bros movie. I even have it on DVD.

    hearing Tim talk about First Time User Experience aka FTUE aka fuh-two-ee really brought me back to the beginning of my first QA job where my entire job day in and day out for months was playing our FTUE over and over again trying to break it

    Poor Frank. He's gonna be dreading packages coming to the office for the next few months.

    I have never played a New Game+. Not even in Chrono Trigger when I almost wanted to.

    Huh! I also saw the Super Mario Bros. Movie at the AMC Empire on 42nd! Won’t the Insert Credit Podcast crew ever stop copying my groove?

    @Gaagaagiins won this episode. I thought that segment was going to be about games which featured Playboy somewhere, like the [Playboy Karaoke](https://youtu.be/pHBAcpMlY0s) games on the Saturn. I would have been sure [that blonde girl](https://www.topware.com/jp/x-blades.html) from Gaijin Entertainment’s **X-Blades** was in there (Hungarian developer, Polish publisher). Pretty crazy that Sony participated (twice!) but then again that’s the "[sacrificing goats at PR events](https://www.cnet.com/culture/sony-offers-goat-sacrifice-to-god-of-war/)" era of video games.

    I agree with Jaffe that Frank is ignoring (bad) video games history by refusing to buy these Playboy issues. This is like the MLB avoiding to include the Steroid Era in the Hall of Fame!

    @“◉◉maru”#p114231 I had this idea back in February and put out a request on Twitter for $8 to subscribe to Playboy for a month, promising it was for the show, and GGG answered the call

    Also, I just saw Return of the Jedi at that very AMC today

    Everyone frames the ‘who has the worst fans’ question as PlayStation vs Xbox, but honestly Gaming PC owners are worse than either of them. The modern-day ‘console war’ is just PC owners vs people who have to listen to PC owners.

    I looked it up after the show, and Alicia Claus appears nude in the 2006 issue except for boots, a loincloth, and her gun on her back.

    Her bio appears as such:

    >

    Alicia Claus

    > Game: BulletWitch (360)

    > Profession: Heavily armed sorceress.

    > Hobbies: Acrobatics, weapons maintenance, spell design.

    > Turn-ons: Gunpowder, roses, aftershave, revenge.

    > Turnoffs: Gasoline, daisies, bad tippers, running out of ammo, tighty whities.

    What a time to be a Capital G Gamer.

    I would like to add that one of Uwe Boll's four(!) Bloodrayne movies is a parody of movie #3 but with an overweight actress ias the lead because lol fat

    @“edward”#p114230 i've even played chrono trigger front to back like 4 times and have still never touched the ng+ there or anywhere else