Ep. 310 - Specdracular 2023

### Ep. 310 - Specdracular 2023

Frightening Frank Cifaldi, Terrifying Tim Rogers, and Bone-chilling Brandon Sheffield rank every Resident Evil game after facing a gauntlet of qreepy questions by Affable Alex Jaffe. 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. How many different subgenres exist under the umbrella of “horror game?” (04:31)
  • 2. What are the scariest things in non-horror games? (14:58)
  • 3. What is the best kind of zombie? (20:19)
    Insert Credit Quick Break: [See You, Space Cowboy… Cybernetics Catalogue Kickstarter](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/seeyouspacecowboy/cybernetics-catalogue-for-see-you-space-cowboy) (32:03)
  • 4. Adapt Bobby Boris Pickett's "Monster Mash" into a video game. (26:11)
  • 5. ThatsSoRevan asks: What are the best ways to do combat in a horror game? (33:33)
  • 6. What is the “My costume is I came as myself” of video games? (40:01)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND:** Ranking the Resident Evil series (45:52)

    Recommendations and Outro (57:52)


  • 1. ||Resident Evil 4 w/texture pack||
  • 2. ||Resident Evil 2 Remake||
  • 3. ||Resident Evil 3: Nemesis||
  • 4. ||Dino Crisis 2||
  • 5. ||Resident Evil 6||
  • 6. ||Resident Evil 2 (Original)||
  • 7. ||Resident Evil 5||
  • 8. ||Resident Evil 0||
  • 9. ||Resident Evil CODE: Veronica||
  • 10. ||Resident Evil||
  • 11. ||Resident Evil 7: Biohazard||
  • 12. ||Resident Evil VIIIage||
  • 13. ||Dino Crisis ||

  • - [ThorHighHeels](https://www.youtube.com/user/ThorHighHeels)
  • - [K. Thor Jensen](https://twitter.com/kthorjensen)
  • - [Candy corn](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_corn)
  • - [Hanafuda](https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Hanafuda)
  • - [Sour Patch Kids](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sour_Patch_Kids)
  • - [Resident Evil series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/374/biohazard-resident-evil-series/)
  • - [Lost in Blue](https://www.mobygames.com/game/22260/lost-in-blue/)
  • - [Don't Starve](https://www.mobygames.com/game/60803/dont-starve/)
  • - [Dorf Goes Fishing](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorf_Goes_Fishing)
  • - [Dredge](https://www.mobygames.com/game/201121/dredge/)
  • - [Doom](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1068/doom/)
  • - [Corpse Party](https://www.mobygames.com/game/68767/corpse-party/)
  • - [Desolate Roads](https://www.mobygames.com/game/152513/desolate-roads/)
  • - [The Path](https://www.mobygames.com/game/39703/the-path/)
  • - [Sweet Home](https://www.mobygames.com/game/13590/sweet-home/)
  • - [Choo-Choo Charles](https://www.mobygames.com/game/195724/choo-choo-charles/)
  • - [Yume Nikki](https://www.mobygames.com/game/44624/yume-nikki/)
  • - [Corpse Killer](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8180/corpse-killer/)
  • - [The House of the Dead](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1218/the-house-of-the-dead/)
  • - [Death Crimson OX](https://www.mobygames.com/game/39996/death-crimson-ox/)
  • - [Castlevania series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/402/castlevania-akumajo-dracula-series/)
  • - [TurboGrafx-16](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TurboGrafx-16)
  • - [Splatterhouse](https://www.mobygames.com/game/16377/splatterhouse/)
  • - [Red Screen of Death](https://playstation.fandom.com/wiki/Red_Screen_of_Death)
  • - [Winners Don't Use Drugs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winners_Don%27t_Use_Drugs)
  • - [Phantasy Star](https://www.mobygames.com/game/8194/phantasy-star/)
  • - [Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin Cartridge](https://www.mobygames.com/game/12278/advanced-dungeons-dragons-treasure-of-tarmin-cartridge/)
  • - [Wallmaster](https://zelda.fandom.com/wiki/Wallmaster)
  • - [Legend of Zelda series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/596/legend-of-zelda-series/)
  • - [Zombie](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie)
  • - [The Smoker](https://left4dead.fandom.com/wiki/The_Smoker)
  • - [Left 4 Dead](https://www.mobygames.com/game/38055/left-4-dead/)
  • - [28 Days Later (2002)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28_Days_Later)
  • - [White Zombie (1932)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Zombie_(film))
  • - [Night of the Living Dead (1968)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Living_Dead)
  • - [The Night Eats the World (2018)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Eats_the_World)
  • - [Wyrmwood (2014)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrmwood)
  • - [Oppenheimer (2023)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppenheimer_(film))
  • - [28 Day Slater](https://archive.org/details/TeamTigerAwesome28DaySlaterEpisode1)
  • - [Mario Lopez](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Lopez)
  • - [Tony Hawk series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/442/tony-hawk-skateboarding-series/)
  • - [Simple 2000 series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8189/simple-2000-series/)
  • - [Monster Mash](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Mash)
  • - [Rampage](https://www.mobygames.com/game/124/rampage/)
  • - [Frankenstein](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein)
  • - [Shaun of the Dead (2004)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_of_the_Dead)
  • - [Call of Duty series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/12946/call-of-duty-series/)
  • - [Dance Dance Revolution](https://www.mobygames.com/game/3794/dance-dance-revolution/)
  • - [Moonwalker](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1412/moonwalker/)
  • - [Alan Wake series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9457/alan-wake-series/)
  • - [Silent Hill 3](https://www.mobygames.com/game/9324/silent-hill-3/)
  • - [The Last of Us series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/10525/the-last-of-us-series/)
  • - [Sonic: Generations](https://www.mobygames.com/game/59514/sonic-generations/)
  • - [Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Into_the_Spider-Verse)
  • - [David Cage](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cage)
  • - [Sonic the Hedgehog 4](https://www.mobygames.com/game/48575/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-i/)
  • - [Lemmy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmy)
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** [Siege (1983)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_Defense_(1983_film)), [The Night Eats the World (2018)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Eats_the_World), [Wyrmwood (2014)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrmwood), [Cargo (2017)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_(2017_film)), [The Horde (2009)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horde_(2009_film)), [Republic Z (2018)](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9858794/), [Blood Quantum (2019)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quantum_(film)), [6/45 (2022)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6/45_(film)), [Dorohedoro](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorohedoro), [Octopus Girl](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus_Girl)
    **Tim**: The short stories of [Edogawa Ranpo](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edogawa_Ranpo)
    **Jaffe:** [Rain Jerks](https://kbones.itch.io/jerks)

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    I just listened to the ad and I feel like they should‘ve upsold the fact that you can get all the books and supplements in this ttrpg series for $30 as part of this kickstarter. That’s pretty solid.

    Also, bruco and the strange tale of panorama island (less horrorish) are two edogawa rampo stories that suehiro maruo has illustrated


    @“esper”#p138374 What is the “My costume is I came as myself” of video games? (40:01)

    Related to this question, earlier today I saw the best low effort way to pull this off



    Great episode! Thanks for including RE for the lightning round @“Jaffe”#205 as I have been curious to know the panels ranking of the series since the new entries and remakes appeared - even if RE Gaiden was overlooked!

    oh boy insert credit time


    @“TomoftheFog”#p138397 Maybe we’ll revisit the list to place the other Residents Evil next year!

    @“Jaffe”#p138426 Specdracular 2: Electric Boogaloo

    How I imagine trick or treating at Brandon’s would be like:

    Hang on, why isn't Castlevania a horror game? It seems like it should slot right into that “action horror” category.

    @“connierad”#p138429 ah man, that's how it should be.

    @Mnemogenic HE SAID HE DIDN'T WANT TO DISCUSS IT (lol)

    I don't know what his reasoning is but I feel like it's more of a fantasy game. it has blood in it but not the horrific elements of suspense, forcing you to view something unpleasant, the unknown, etc. I can't imagine someone being scared by or turning away from it.

    Horror Manga:

    • Anything from Masaaki Nakayama! So Fuan no Tane and PTSD Radio.

    • I‘ve been reading The Summer Hikaru Died, which has its first two volumes available in English officially right now. It’s fantastic, sort of BL as well, but there is an underlying dread to it all. I love a good “They came back, but they aren't them anymore…” story.

    • Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki, the god of Yokai, is a collection of sometimes funny and other times spooky folk tales as written and illustrated by him! Also check out Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro, as a lot of those are now officially out in english too!

    • Kawaidan by Lafcadio Hearn. Not a manga but a novel and an easy one to breeze through in an evening. A collection of Japanese folk ghost stories as collected by Lafcadio Hearn. Fantastic read!

    @“Mnemogenic”#p138430 I‘ve always thought of Castlevania as a platform game with horror elements but not a horror game. For me a horror game does something most other genres don’t - puts you in a position where you really have to play well to survive. And still has that element of chance that something may come up behind you and impale you. Really a good balance of skill and luck.

    I can't think of a castlevania game that has an enemy appear almost instantly with almost no hope of survival outside of the Lords of Shadow ones with the action events. And almost every enemy can be beaten with skill and patterns.

    Which I love, Castlevania rocks.


    i would probably grab halloween

    i barely watch any horror movies

    so i figure that would be a good one to play, even if im not really into horror stuff too much

    also, i was listening to the podcast on the patreon feed

    and i totally expected to hear the ad but since its the patreon version



    @“exodus”#p138434 HE SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO DISCUSS IT (lol)

    I actually didn't hear that part lmao sorry

    But I see the argument. I think I _want_ it to be a horror game, because it's got a Frankenstein and Dracula and what all, but yeah it's not really playing in any sort of scary zone.

    that ps2 screen really is kinda scary

    My Halloween candy opinion is that “Reese's Cups” very clearly has an apostrophe in it, implying that these are cups made or possessed by someone named Reese, so anyone who says “Reesies Cups” is doing so specifically to drive me insane

    @“GigaSlime”#p138498 I have never heard “reesies” in my life! also reese's is pronounced correctly in all commercials. It also rhymes with “pieces.”

    anyway the cups belong to the man who will one day lead the resistance against the robots in the coming war with skynet, so we should give respect to his name.

    @“exodus”#p138500 I've heard it many times but it really got to me when I worked concessions at a theater when I was 17, where I heard it over and over, and you would think the word “Pieces” would be a clue, but god dangit they said “Reesies Piecies!” Piecies!!!