Ep. 309 - Jovial Duress

### Ep. 309 - Jovial Duress

Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield answer host Alex Jaffe’s questions and uncover the most Insert Credit thing to ever happen, the latest industry megamerger, and a giant cheese wheel. Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield. Edited by Esper Quinn, original music by Kurt Feldman.



**Questions this week:**

  • 1. How’d the Atari Jaguar Museum at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo go, Frank? (09:18)
  • 2. Tina Carter asks: Is taking advantage of a a game’s technical system in a single-player environment “cheating”? (19:33)
  • 3. What happens now that Microsoft bought Activision? (25:03)
  • 4. You’re at a family dinner, and your six year old nephew asks if you’ve got any games on your phone. What do you show him? (31:30)
  • 5. Tom Arrow asks: What are some other game franchises that could make interesting use of Sonic & Knuckles 'Lock On Technology'? (35:28)
  • 6. Design a minigame for Insert Credit: The Video Game. (46:03)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND:** Video Game Baby Shoes (52:14)

    Recommendations and Outro (56:01)


  • - [Batman: Arkham series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9940/batman-arkham-series/)
  • - [Dragon's Lair](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1503/dragons-lair/)
  • - [Super Metroid](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6627/super-metroid/)
  • - [Yakuza / Ryū ga Gotoku series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8208/yakuza-ryu-ga-gotoku-series/)
  • - [Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon](https://www.mobygames.com/game/207710/armored-core-vi-fires-of-rubicon/)
  • - [Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8053/street-fighter-ii-champion-edition/)
  • - [Atari Jaguar](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_Jaguar)
  • - [Portland Retro Gaming Expo](https://www.retrogamingexpo.com/)
  • - [Video Game History Foundation](https://gamehistory.org/)
  • - [Hasbro Releases Jaguar Publishing Rights](https://www.atariage.com/Jaguar/archives/HasbroRights.html)
  • - [Songbird Productions](https://songbird-productions.com/)
  • - [BigPEmu](https://www.richwhitehouse.com/jaguar/)
  • - [Rayman](https://www.mobygames.com/game/2247/rayman/)
  • - [Ultra Vortek](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6767/ultra-vortek/)
  • - [Monkey D. Luffy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_D._Luffy)
  • - [Boba Fett](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boba_Fett)
  • - [Imagin HotRod Intra-Oral Camera](https://archive.org/details/HotRodDSFinal)
  • - [Bubsy series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/794/bubsy-series/)
  • - [Blinx: The Time Sweeper](https://www.mobygames.com/game/7400/blinx-the-time-sweeper/)
  • - [Ty the Tasmanian Tiger](https://www.mobygames.com/game/10595/ty-the-tasmanian-tiger/)
  • - [Baldur's Gate series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/287/baldurs-gate-series/)
  • - [Animal Crossing series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4468/animal-crossing-series/)
  • - [The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom](https://www.mobygames.com/game/203119/the-legend-of-zelda-tears-of-the-kingdom/)
  • - [Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review - IGN](https://www.ign.com/articles/animal-crossing-new-horizons-review-for-switch)
  • - [Boku no Natsuyasumi](https://www.mobygames.com/game/82250/boku-no-natsuyasumi/)
  • - [Microsoft completes Activision Blizzard acquisition](https://www.theverge.com/2023/10/13/23791235/microsoft-activision-blizzard-acquisition-complete-finalized)
  • - [Call of Duty series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12946/call-of-duty-series/)
  • - [Spider-Man 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/13848/spider-man-2/)
  • - [Pitfall!](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8793/pitfall/)
  • - [Barnstorming](https://www.mobygames.com/game/11026/barnstorming/)
  • - [SEGA Rally Championship](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1708/sega-rally-championship/)
  • - [King's Quest](https://www.mobygames.com/game/122/kings-quest/)
  • - [3-D Ultra Pinball](https://www.mobygames.com/game/935/3-d-ultra-pinball/)
  • - [Donkey Kong Land 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/5592/donkey-kong-land-2/)
  • - [Quest 64](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6688/quest-64/)
  • - [Infinite Jest](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_Jest)
  • - [Leisure Suit Larry series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/6/leisure-suit-larry-series/)
  • - [Halo series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/2782/halo-series/)
  • - [Candy Crush Saga](https://www.mobygames.com/game/61070/candy-crush-saga/)
  • - [Overwatch series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/11930/overwatch-series/)
  • - [Diablo series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/210/diablo-series/)
  • - [James Corden](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Corden)
  • - [Carpool Karaoke](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpool_Karaoke)
  • - [Jimmy Fallon](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Fallon)
  • - [Random.org](https://www.random.org/)
  • - [Zaga-33](https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zaga-33/id516903940)
  • - [Vampire Survivors](https://www.mobygames.com/game/178788/vampire-survivors/)
  • - [Super Hexagon](https://www.mobygames.com/game/59493/super-hexagon/)
  • - [Holedown](https://www.mobygames.com/game/118862/holedown/)
  • - [One pound](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_pound_(British_coin))
  • - [Sonic & Knuckles](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6614/sonic-knuckles/)
  • - [Lost Judgment](https://www.mobygames.com/game/172770/lost-judgment/)
  • - [Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes from Liberty City](https://www.mobygames.com/game/48888/grand-theft-auto-iv-episodes-from-liberty-city/)
  • - [Super Mario Bros. 2](https://www.mobygames.com/game/27861/super-mario-bros-2/)
  • - [Fallout games](https://www.mobygames.com/group/557/fallout-games/)
  • - [Mega Man: Legacy Collection](https://www.mobygames.com/game/74447/mega-man-legacy-collection/)
  • - [Ghost of Tsushima](https://www.mobygames.com/game/146988/ghost-of-tsushima/)
  • - [God of War](https://www.mobygames.com/game/107419/god-of-war/)
  • - [Horizon: Zero Dawn](https://www.mobygames.com/game/84338/horizon-zero-dawn/)
  • - [The Last of Us](https://www.mobygames.com/game/60922/the-last-of-us/)
  • - [Marvel Spider-Man](https://www.mobygames.com/game/113066/marvel-spider-man/)
  • - [Super Mario Bros. Wonder](https://www.mobygames.com/game/210462/super-mario-bros-wonder/)
  • - [Sonic Superstars](https://www.mobygames.com/game/210305/sonic-superstars/)
  • - [Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/10197/mario-sonic-at-the-olympic-games-series/)
  • - [The Insert Credit Video Game](https://insertcredit.com/show/300/)
  • - [Ore no Ryōri](https://www.mobygames.com/game/60907/ore-no-ryori/)
  • - [Diner Dash series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/5393/diner-dash-series/)
  • - [The big cheese wheel](https://oaklandside.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Crucolo-JulianaCutting-AlixWall.jpg)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [DVLSBLSH zine vol. 1 and 2](https://dvlsblsh.com/), check out the writing of [Izumi Suzuki](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izumi_Suzuki)

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    Very nice episode, great to have the gang back together again! I would have been mad at the multiple British accents at the start of the show, if it wasn't for the extreme ripping of James Corden which always gets my vote.

    Also stick clicks are the devils work - they are **H**orrible!

    The only stick click that ever bothered me was [color=Tomato]B[/color] / [color=Tomato]○[/color] + L3 to jump in a certain game that rhymes with “fart bowls”. Otherwise add 20% more tacticle feedback and we're fine.

    [user was banned for this post]

    To heck with stick clicks. Primary reason I enjoy a controller with paddles: map paddle to stick click

    Someday, somebody is going to visit the portland retro gaming and cat enthusiast expo and think, “this was all made possible by Frank Cifaldi”.

    Say what you will about Ultra Vortek but it has a badass character select screen. No wonder the kids love it.

    I haven't finished listening yet, but had to come and post a rebuttal real quick:



    for the longest time, i had no idea what L3 and R3 were

    some sort of mysterious hidden button hiding in plain sight

    but then, click down on the stick, bam! the stick will click

    it almost reminds me of computer mice, the way pressing down on the stick sounds

    just took a nice morning shower; gonna brush teeth, grab a lil breakfast, smoke a joint, and listen to this insert credit pod

    i couldve listened to it last night on patreon a lil early buttt i was too busy playing milk outside a bag of milk outside a bag of milk and drawing (great game, its short and hard to describe, very good atmosphere to it)

    Bubsy is obviously a bobcat, what the hell.

    @“Emily”#p137578 I was struggling to even think of what L3 and R3 were right now


    @“esper”#p137550 One pound

    random.org uses the old pound, which is good and correct. the new pound is charmless, the old pound felt like there was history in it, like it was the same stuff they used in tudor or roman times or something. of course, that's not true, but it's plainness gave it that feeling (also i think made it very easy to counterfeit).



    just took a nice morning shower; gonna brush teeth, grab a lil breakfast, smoke a joint, and listen to this insert credit pod

    you've done it!! you've unlocked the ideal insert credit listening experience!!


    stick clicking


    @“rootfifthoctave”#p137585 I thought you meant the pre decimal pound. When I hear old pound I think of trying to understand old currency and my brain just gives up!

    I‘m not sure there’s much of a point in speculating about Activision's satellite studios as (semi-)independent entities at this point. They exist in more in name since all development outside of CoD has essentially been dropped (not announced publicly, but very much the case).


    @“esper”#p137550 Ultra Vortek



    i ate breakfast from mcdonalds and smoked a joint while listenin to this cool pod :3

    tim rogers' analogy of microsoft trying to buy activision | blizzard | king with microsoft trying to tell the fcc that "it's a yard sale! there's plenty of other things in here Besides the super valuable thing." (that's not a direct quote, that's how i remember it lol), reminded me of that venture bros ep in season 1 where doc has a yard sale with old his old gadgets and there's a bunch of villains coming to the yard sale to buy his stuff

    should probably get those devils blush zines.... they look cool
    could be nice for drawing references too, that'd be fun

    for question number 4: ok kid, you've gotta check out these fellas called nitrome. they've got some pretty great stuff. icebreaker: a viking voyage and gunbrick, both highly recommended. they've got other free, smaller arcade like games that are also great; go pogo, magic touch, and rust bucket are all great.
    cardinal quest 2, thats a great roguelite to play on your phone, for free, you dont even need to sweat any of the in app transactions (unless you wanna support em of course) because the currency you ear is dulled out in a way to allow meta progression pretty easily.
    vvvvvv, that one works pretty great on phone honestly, its such a wonderful small game that gives a wonderful sense of adventure and exploration in a nice way

    already looking forward to next weeks episode, feels nice to be on the insert credit train

    I like to imagine if Henry David Thoreau were dropped in Concord, Massachusetts in 2023, he'd see that huge wheel of cheese and give up on the whole living alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which he built himself, on the shore of Walden Pond, earning a living by the labor of his hands only thing

    @“Osu 16 Bit”#p137576 Kasumi Ninja has that 3D selection screen so to me it gets the win.


    @"◉◉maru"#p137580 yeah, did someone indicate otherwise?

    @"sdead"#p137608 oh yeah, in case it wasn't clear we are all in favor of control schemes being changeable.