Ep. 299 - Are You Out of Your Mind?

# Ep. 299 - Are You Out of Your Mind?

Fifty listener questions taking the form of “What is the ___ of video games?” are defeated by the full panel of the Insert Credit Show. 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. Vanilla Bean asks: What is the Aphex Twin to Radiohead to Coldplay of video games? (07:32)
  • 2. John H: What is the Studio Trigger of video games? (08:46)
  • 3. Danimal: Who (or what) is the Wednesday Campanella of video games? (10:14)
  • 4. Henry: What is the Action Comics #1 competition of video games? (11:42)
  • 5. Tomarrow: What is the meat and potatoes of video games? (12:49)
  • 6. Kiko b: What is the peanut butter and jelly on white bread of video games? (13:42)
  • 7. Ian: what's the everything bagel of video games? (14:52)
  • 8. Gaagaagiins: What is the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner of video games? (15:37)
  • 9. Chris B: What is the "walking by a store on a hot day that has the front doors wide open with the AC blasting and you catch a sudden blast of freezing air" of video games? (16:52)
  • 10. Justin: What’s the “Live Free or Die Hard” of video games? (18:24)
  • 11. BrillPickle asks: What’s the Normcore of video games? (20:10)
  • 12. BrillPickle asks: What’s the healthgoth of video games? (21:09)
  • 13. Spencer: what is the "going to the movies but spending the whole time on your phone" of video games? (22:08)
  • 14. Cwumble Fletkh: Who is the Oedipus of video games? (23:08)
  • 15. Fighting fudon: What is the “I’ve had too much coffee and now I feel like death” of video games? (23:58)
  • 16. JackOakLeaf: What is the Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather of video games? (25:24)
  • 17. Jimi: Who are the Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer of video game characters? (26:21)
  • 18. Jomch: What is the Frasier of videogames? (26:39)
  • 19. Dillson: What is the Hatsune Miku Guitar Synthesizer Stompbox of video games? (28:00)
  • 20. kory: What is the Jaws 19 from Back to the Future Part II of video games? (28:34)
  • 21. Anonymous: What is the finding an onion ring in your fries of video games? (29:12)
  • 22. Classic Anonymous: What is the Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud of video games? (31:22)
  • 23. U G: What is the Mark Z Danielewski's House of Leaves of video games? (32:29)
  • 24. Shlooter McGavin: What is the “reading a magazine back to front” of video games? (33:26)
  • 25. gordon "matty" freeman: What is the “vinyl just sounds better, dude” of video games? (34:31)
    Insert Credit Quick Break: Patreon listeners, please check your info because [Patreon screwed up](https://www.theverge.com/2023/8/3/23818598/patreon-payment-blocked-processing-declined-subscription-canceled) (34:57)
  • 26. Maybesheforgot: What is the O Brother Where Art Thou of video games? (35:37)
  • 27. Jeff Mangum: Who or what is the Neutral Milk Hotel of video games? (36:43)
  • 28. Skeletoncounter: What is the Wes Craven's New Nightmare of video games? (38:16)
  • 29. Gaagaagiins asks: What is the comparison between the theatrical and extended cuts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? (40:52)
  • 30. LeFish: What is the finding out Santa isn’t real of video games? (42:42)
  • 31. Anonymous: What is the going back in time to kill baby Hitler of video games? (44:09)
  • 32. Charlie: Who, or what game, is the first Mark Twain of video games? (45:28)
  • 33. Arvid: What’s the “built like a brick outhouse” of video games? (46:05)
  • 34. Buy Gebord: What is the Society of the Spectacle of video games? (47:20)
  • 35. Marxseny: What is the “It’s not a phase, mom” of video games? (48:19)
  • 36. Barclay: What is The Illuminatus! Trilogy of video games? (49:20)
  • 37. Crumbling Kwelfis: who is the jean-luc godard of video games? (50:29)
  • 38. Dustin: What is the high school reunion of video games? (51:31)
  • 39. Cole: What is the Nissan Sileighty of video games? (52:43)
  • 40. La_cuna: What or who is the Ricky Jay of video games? (53:35)
  • 41. Kyle: What is the Mission Impossible of video games? (55:32)
  • 42. Torbjorn: Who is the Søren Kierkegaard of video games? (56:42)
  • 43. Antho: What’s the Canadian tuxedo of video games? (57:40)
  • 44. ana: What is the cinéma-vérité of video games? (59:06)
  • 45. Snowtire: what is the Star Citizen of video games? (01:00:08)
  • 46. Smander Jettz: Who is the Ezra Miller of video games? (01:01:03)
  • 47. Brayden Bunker: What is the aeropress of video games? (01:02:53)
  • 48. Samf Sankey: who is the Jim Varney of video games? (01:05:47)
  • 49. Swift Justice: What is the BABYMETAL of video games? (01:07:03)
  • 50. nate: what is the 4'33 of video games? (01:09:06)
  • Recommendations and Outro (01:09:27)

    **A SMALL SELECTION OF THINGS REFERENCED:**

  • - [Super Mario series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/10044/super-mario-series/)
  • - [Super Mario Bros - Star](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFtr4rw-dwI)
  • - [The Stars and Stripes Forever](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stars_and_Stripes_Forever)
  • - [Turkey in the Straw](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey_in_the_Straw)
  • - [What's The Buzz](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpHdIsvIu8A)
  • - [Koji Kondo](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koji_Kondo)
  • - [Django Reinhardt](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_Reinhardt)
  • - [Limehouse Blues](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limehouse_Blues_(song))
  • - [The Entertainer (rag)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Entertainer_(rag))
  • - [1812 Overture](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_Overture)
  • - [La Marseillaise](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Marseillaise)
  • - [Happy Birthday to You](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Birthday_to_You)
  • - [Aphex Twin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphex_Twin)
  • - [Radiohead](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiohead)
  • - [Coldplay](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coldplay)
  • - [Bayonetta](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43659/bayonetta/)
  • - [Devil May Cry series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1104/devil-may-cry-series/)
  • - [Ninja Gaiden series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/615/ninja-gaiden-series/)
  • - [Final Fantasy XVI](https://www.mobygames.com/game/204724/final-fantasy-xvi/)
  • - [Dragon's Dogma](https://www.mobygames.com/game/56097/dragons-dogma/)
  • - [Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories](https://www.mobygames.com/game/15798/kingdom-hearts-chain-of-memories/)
  • - [SNL "Dear Sister" Parody](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVOD4_eI5NI)
  • - [Studio Trigger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_Trigger)
  • - [WayForward](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WayForward)
  • - [Gainax](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainax)
  • - [Wednesday Campanella](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wednesday_Campanella)
  • - [Castlevania series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/402/castlevania-akumajo-dracula-series/)
  • - [Final Fantasy XIV Online](https://www.mobygames.com/game/48497/final-fantasy-xiv-online/)
  • - [Bonk's Revenge](https://www.mobygames.com/game/17189/bonks-revenge/)
  • - [Action Comics 1](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Comics_1)
  • - [StarTropics](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7540/startropics/)
  • - [EarthBound](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6676/earthbound/)
  • - [Call of Duty series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12946/call-of-duty-series/)
  • - [Angry Birds](https://www.mobygames.com/game/46396/angry-birds/)
  • - [Destiny](https://www.mobygames.com/game/68327/destiny/)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8208/yakuza-ryu-ga-gotoku-series/)
  • - [Sonic Mania](https://www.mobygames.com/game/93759/sonic-mania/)
  • - [Days Gone](https://www.mobygames.com/game/125834/days-gone/)
  • - [Assassin's Creed series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8195/assassins-creed-series/)
  • - [Resident Evil series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/374/biohazard-resident-evil-series/)
  • - [Raw Danger!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/31819/raw-danger/)
  • - [Die Hard (film series)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Hard_(film_series))
  • - [Normcore](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normcore)
  • - [Roblox](https://www.mobygames.com/game/74075/roblox/)
  • - [Health Goth](https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/fashion/health-goth-when-darkness-and-gym-rats-meet.html)
  • - [Bullet Witch](https://www.mobygames.com/game/28268/bullet-witch/)
  • - [P.N.03](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10347/pn03/)
  • - [Rez](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5613/rez/)
  • - [Indiana Jones](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Jones)
  • - [Oedipus](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus)
  • - [David Cage](https://kotaku.com/david-cages-quantic-dreams-accused-of-being-a-toxic-wor-1822068440?ref=insertcredit.com)
  • - [Men in Black (1997)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_in_Black_(1997_film))
  • - [MadWorld](https://www.mobygames.com/game/41080/madworld/)
  • - [JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5856/jsrf-jet-set-radio-future/)
  • - [Shenmue](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3558/shenmue/)
  • - [Skies of Arcadia](https://www.mobygames.com/game/4052/skies-of-arcadia/)
  • - [Marlon Brando](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Brando)
  • - [The Godfather (1972)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godfather)
  • - [God of War](https://www.mobygames.com/game/107419/god-of-war/)
  • - [Seinfeld](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seinfeld)
  • - [Frasier](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frasier)
  • - [Cheers](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheers)
  • - [Virtua Fighter](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7971/virtua-fighter/)
  • - [Banjo-Kazooie](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3583/banjo-kazooie/)
  • - [Diddy Kong Racing](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3582/diddy-kong-racing/)
  • - [Donkey Kong Country](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5199/donkey-kong-country/)
  • - [Liquid Television](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_Television)
  • - [MIKU STOMP](https://www.korg.com/us/products/effects/mikustomp/features.php)
  • - [Undertale](https://www.mobygames.com/game/74938/undertale/)
  • - [Groove Coaster series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/11395/groove-coaster-series/)
  • - [Back to the Future Part II (1989)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_II)
  • - [PlayStation 9](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyPQVsdCuRk)
  • - [Halo: Combat Evolved](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5368/halo-combat-evolved/)
  • - [Understanding Comics](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Understanding_Comics)
  • - [A Grammar of Gameplay](https://www.raphkoster.com/games/presentations/a-grammar-of-gameplay/)
  • - [House of Leaves](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Leaves)
  • - [What Remains of Edith Finch](https://www.mobygames.com/game/87459/what-remains-of-edith-finch/)
  • - [Doki Doki Literature Club!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/96870/doki-doki-literature-club/)
  • - [Yesterday's Enterprise](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yesterday%27s_Enterprise)
  • - [Christopher McDonald](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_McDonald)
  • - [Tasha Yar](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasha_Yar)
  • - [Grand Theft Auto series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/167/grand-theft-auto-series/)
  • - [O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Brother,_Where_Art_Thou%3F)
  • - [Raising Arizona (1987)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_Arizona)
  • - [Brütal Legend](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43185/brutal-legend/)
  • - [Guitar Hero](https://www.mobygames.com/game/19812/guitar-hero/)
  • - [Neutral Milk Hotel](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_Milk_Hotel)
  • - [Final Fantasy IX](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3556/final-fantasy-ix/)
  • - [Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Craven%27s_New_Nightmare)
  • - [Bubsy series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/794/bubsy-series/)
  • - [Broken Age](https://www.mobygames.com/game/64596/broken-age/)
  • - [Monkey Island series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1/monkey-island-series/)
  • - [Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Max:_Fury_Road)
  • - [Fable series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4022/fable-series/)
  • - [Blaster Master series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/3148/blaster-master-series/)
  • - [A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street)
  • - [Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night](https://www.mobygames.com/game/127450/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night/)
  • - [Lord of the rings extended edition](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings:_The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring#Theatrical_and_extended_release)
  • - [Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES](https://www.mobygames.com/game/32307/shin-megami-tensei-persona-3-fes/)
  • - [Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 - Portable](https://www.mobygames.com/game/50461/shin-megami-tensei-persona-3-portable/)
  • - [Santa Claus](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus)
  • - [Tool-assisted speedrun](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tool-assisted_speedrun)
  • - [Castle Wolfenstein series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/46/castle-wolfenstein-series/)
  • - [FarmVille](https://www.mobygames.com/game/47268/farmville/)
  • - [Cyberpunk 2077](https://www.mobygames.com/game/128136/cyberpunk-2077/)
  • - [Mark Twain](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain)
  • - [Octopath Traveler](https://www.mobygames.com/game/104997/octopath-traveler/)
  • - [The Society of the Spectacle](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Society_of_the_Spectacle)
  • - [The Righteous Gemstones](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Righteous_Gemstones)
  • - [Succession](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succession_(TV_series))
  • - [The Illuminatus! Trilogy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illuminatus!_Trilogy)
  • - [Xenogears / Xenosaga universe](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1584/xenogears-xenosaga-universe/)
  • - [Jean-Luc Godard](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Godard)
  • - [Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacehunter:_Adventures_in_the_Forbidden_Zone)
  • - [Game Freak](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Freak)
  • - [François Truffaut](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Truffaut)
  • - [Super Smash Brothers series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/508/super-smash-brothers-series/)
  • - [F-Zero](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6630/f-zero/)
  • - [Nissan 180SX](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_180SX)
  • - [Initial D](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_D)
  • - [Ridge Racer 6](https://www.mobygames.com/game/20877/ridge-racer-6/)
  • - [Ricky Jay](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Jay)
  • - [Mission: Impossible](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission:_Impossible)
  • - [Mission: Impossible](https://www.mobygames.com/game/26209/mission-impossible/)
  • - [Søren Kierkegaard](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B8ren_Kierkegaard)
  • - [Michael Brough](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Brough_(game_designer))
  • - [Cinéma vérité](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin%C3%A9ma_v%C3%A9rit%C3%A9)
  • - [The Stanley Parable](https://www.mobygames.com/game/62249/the-stanley-parable/)
  • - [Among Us](https://www.mobygames.com/game/149316/among-us/)
  • - [Star Citizen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Citizen)
  • - [Star Ocean](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10916/star-ocean/)
  • - [Baldur's Gate III](https://www.mobygames.com/game/150689/baldurs-gate-iii/)
  • - [Ezra Miller](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Miller)
  • - [Reginald VelJohnson](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_VelJohnson)
  • - [Family Matters](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Matters)
  • - [AeroPress](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AeroPress)
  • - [Aero the Acro-Bat](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6990/aero-the-acro-bat/)
  • - [Mulholland Drive (2001)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulholland_Drive_%28film%29)
  • - [Jim Varney](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Varney)
  • - [Ernest P. Worrell](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_P._Worrell)
  • - [Paul Reubens](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Reubens)
  • - [Nintendogs](https://www.mobygames.com/game/19275/nintendogs/)
  • - [Babymetal](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babymetal)
  • - [BioShock](https://www.mobygames.com/game/29886/bioshock/)
  • - [4′33″](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%E2%80%B233%E2%80%B3)
  • - [What's Inside the Box?](https://www.mobygames.com/game/116583/whats-inside-the-box/)
  • - [Super Mario Clouds](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Clouds)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Frank**: Listen to episode 300
    **Tim**: Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants
    **Brandon:** [Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Boogaloo:_The_Wild,_Untold_Story_of_Cannon_Films), Trader Joes Rice Cracker Medley
    **Jaffe**: [Sandman Mystery Theatre](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandman_Mystery_Theatre)

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    21. Anonymous: What is the finding an onion ring in your fries of video games? (29:12)

    The Virtual On rip-off in Xenogears that uses all the character models for every big enemy and robot in the game.

    **28. Skeletoncounter: What is the Wes Craven’s New Nightmare of video games? (38:16)**

    Jordan Mechner's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
    (Bloodstained is my fave Castlevania, so I balked at the panel answer.)

    **Crumbling Kwelfis: who is the jean-luc godard of video games? (50:29)**

    Increpare

    >

    @“BIGHEADMODE”#p127574 The Virtual On rip-off in Xenogears that uses all the character models for every big enemy and robot in the game.

    I swear I heard that this was supposed to be the original gear battle system of the entire game and had dreams about exactly that after finding out about it

    the whole saga of Xenogears development is such a trip man

    >

    @“esper”#p127566 Who are the Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer of video game characters?

    this is so obviously the cast of SMB2 that I'm starting to suspect the show was actually inspired by it

    It is funny that they skipped the “what is the SNL ‘Mmm…whatcha say’ skit of video games?” question considering whoever sent that in was clearly teeing up that it’s literally the end of every Yakuza game

    The “Reading a magazine back to front of video games” is playing the series latest to oldest (what I've done so far with Yakuza)

    The "the Wes Craven’s New Nightmare of video games" might be Yuji Naka's _Balan Wolnderland_?

    PB&J is bad and if that makes me the worst so be it.

    @“yeso”#p127586 I would watch the Mario movie if they made a redub with the cast of Seinfeld

    and still no answer for what is the “Bartleby, The Scrivener” of video games

    I saw some people being surprised we didn‘t know the snl sketch but I think you’ve got to be either 10 years older than us, so you remembered when SNL was good and kept watching, or 10 years younger, so your parents made you watch it and then you kept watching. We're right in the no-hit zone on SNL.

    I eat PB&J at work most days now. It's great

    I‘ve recently taken to a “de-familiarized PB&J” where I just have some peanuts and raisins in a bowl. Trying to cut bread out of my diet. I’ve seen some people eat trail mix in such a way where they only pick out and eat the little chocolates or whatever, I guess this is the opposite of that.

    i haven‘t had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a while ’cuz man… you gotta take out the knife, and you gotta put some jelly on it, and you have to smear the jelly on the bread, and then do the same for the peanut butter, when you could just slap some turkey and provolone on that baby* and call it a day

    *this baby refers to bread, which made by brain think “breaby”

    @“exodus”#p127604 I knew the sketch but it would have taken me longer than a minute to explain it so I let it drop

    >

  • 20. kory: What is the Jaws 19 from Back to the Future Part II of video games? (28:34)
  • we're just one, very, very delayed, generation away from this gag from toriyama's *Sand Land* becoming a reality, the PS6:
    [URL=https://i.imgur.com/BkJ6aSd.jpg][IMG]https://i.imgur.com/BkJ6aSd.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
    ...and somehow we're also on track for the Dragon Quest iteration lining up as well.
    ... maybe he knew all along.

    >

    @“esper”#p127566 U G: What is the Mark Z Danielewski’s House of Leaves of video games? (32:29)

    That recent Doom II mod "[myhouse.wad](https://www.doomworld.com/forum/topic/134292-myhousewad/)" is supposedly [inspired by House of Leaves!](https://kotaku.com/doom-2-free-mods-myhouse-download-gzdoom-goty-1850616515)

    >

    @“esper”#p127566 What is the Frasier of videogames?

    Conker's Bad Fur Day