Ep. 317 - Gamer Taxes, with merritt k

### Ep. 317 - Gamer Taxes, with merritt k

Author and game developer [merritt k](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merritt_k?ref=insertcredit.com) joins the panel to cover The Game Commercials, Charles Martinet’s dark side, and the return of Violence Island. *Hosted by [Alex Jaffe](https://twitter.com/alexjaffe?ref=insertcredit.com), with [Tim Rogers](https://youtube.com/actionbutton?ref=insertcredit.com), [Brandon Sheffield](https://twitter.com/necrosofty?ref=insertcredit.com), and [merritt k](https://otherstrangeness.com/?ref=insertcredit.com). Edited by [Esper Quinn](https://ourbroadcastday.com/?ref=insertcredit.com). [Original Music](https://kurtfeldman.bandcamp.com/album/insert-credit?ref=insertcredit.com) by [Kurt Feldman](https://twitter.com/icechoir?ref=insertcredit.com).*


**Questions this week:**

  • 1. Brandon Sheffield: What are some recent or memorable emergent situations you’ve experienced in games? (08:21)
  • 2. Do we want to say anything about The Game Awards? (15:44)
  • 3. What does it mean that Epic won its court case against Google? (23:32)
  • 4. How would you design Mutant League Golf? (31:05)
  • 5. Dicegame Uchiha: What are the most uh oh and most YEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH moments in licensed video game soundtrack history? (35:16)
  • 6. What is your personal experience with LAN parties? (48:17)
  • **LIGHTNING ROUND:** Violence Island (54:48)

    Recommendations and Outro (01:14:57)

    [Discuss this episode in the Insert Credit Forums](https://forums.insertcredit.com/)


  • - [Destiny](https://www.mobygames.com/game/68327/destiny/)
  • - [Borderlands 3](https://www.mobygames.com/game/134555/borderlands-3/)
  • - [Fortnite: Battle Royale](https://www.mobygames.com/game/104208/fortnite-battle-royale/)
  • - [Bill Trinen](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Trinen)
  • - [Charles Martinet](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Martinet)
  • - [Super Mario series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/10044/super-mario-series/)
  • - [Kinda Funny](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinda_Funny)
  • - [Weird West](https://www.mobygames.com/game/182174/weird-west/)
  • - [Cyberpunk 2077](https://www.mobygames.com/game/128136/cyberpunk-2077/)
  • - [Grand Theft Auto series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/167/grand-theft-auto-series/)
  • - [Baldur's Gate III](https://www.mobygames.com/game/150689/baldurs-gate-iii/)
  • - [The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind](https://www.mobygames.com/game/6280/the-elder-scrolls-iii-morrowind/)
  • - [The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim](https://www.mobygames.com/game/53545/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/)
  • - [Ryū ga Gotoku / Like a Dragon / Yakuza series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8208/ryu-ga-gotoku-like-a-dragon-yakuza-series/)
  • - [Red Dead Redemption II](https://www.mobygames.com/game/115902/red-dead-redemption-ii/)
  • - [Elmore Leonard](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmore_Leonard)
  • - [The Game Awards 2023](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_Awards_2023)
  • - [Sega announced five games in 90 seconds at The Game Awards](https://www.polygon.com/game-awards-tga/23993016/sega-jet-set-radio-streets-of-rage-shinobi-crazy-taxi)
  • - [Jet Grind Radio series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/1462/jet-grind-radio-series/)
  • - [Bomb Rush Cyberfunk](https://www.mobygames.com/game/207427/bomb-rush-cyberfunk/)
  • - [Hideki Naganuma](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Naganuma)
  • - [Geoff Keighley](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Keighley)
  • - [Ironmouse](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironmouse)
  • - [VTuber](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vtuber)
  • - [OD trailer reveals horror game from Kojima, Jordan Peele](https://www.polygon.com/23160488/od-trailer-kojima-horror-reveal-jordan-peele-awards)
  • - [Epic win: Jury decides Google has illegal monopoly in app store fight](https://www.theverge.com/23994174/epic-google-trial-jury-verdict-monopoly-google-play)
  • - [Bandcamp](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandcamp)
  • - [Reese's Pieces](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reese%27s_Pieces)
  • - [Pokémon](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon)
  • - [Monster Hunter series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/7144/monster-hunter-series/)
  • - [Mega Man series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/193/mega-man-rockman-series/)
  • - [Resident Evil series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/374/biohazard-resident-evil-series/)
  • - [Street Fighter series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/379/street-fighter-series/)
  • - [Mutant League series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/4967/mutant-league-series/)
  • - [Mario Golf: Super Rush](https://www.mobygames.com/game/165935/mario-golf-super-rush/)
  • - [Trombone Champ](https://www.mobygames.com/game/191623/trombone-champ/)
  • - [Fallout series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/557/fallout-games/)
  • - [Ribbit King](https://www.mobygames.com/game/14482/ribbit-king/)
  • - [Dragula](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragula_(song))
  • - [Crazy Taxi series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/514/crazy-taxi-series/)
  • - [The Offspring](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Offspring)
  • - [The Exploited](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exploited)
  • - [NOFX](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOFX)
  • - [Bowling for Soup](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_for_Soup)
  • - [Dexter Holland](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexter_Holland)
  • - [Smash Mouth](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_Mouth)
  • - [CoLD SToRAGE](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Wright_(Welsh_musician))
  • - [WipEout series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/397/wipeout-series/)
  • - [Peep Show](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySqtuxadnn4)
  • - [Saints Row series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/8629/saints-row-series/)
  • - [Everclear](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everclear_(band))
  • - [Third Eye Blind](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Eye_Blind)
  • - [Death Stranding](https://www.mobygames.com/game/136593/death-stranding/)
  • - [Chvrches](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chvrches)
  • - [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](https://www.mobygames.com/game/75522/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain/)
  • - [Spandau Ballet](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spandau_Ballet)
  • - [Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin](https://www.mobygames.com/game/181690/stranger-of-paradise-final-fantasy-origin/)
  • - [Frank Sinatra](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w019MzRosmk)
  • - [Rock Band](https://www.mobygames.com/game/32021/rock-band/)
  • - [Dragonforce](https://www.vice.com/en/article/rdmwa6/dragonforce-demoniac-interview)
  • - [Guitar Hero series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/6603/guitar-hero-series/)
  • - [Brütal Legend](https://www.mobygames.com/game/43185/brutal-legend/)
  • - [Tim Schafer](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Schafer)
  • - [LAN party](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAN_party)
  • - [Doom](https://www.mobygames.com/game/1068/doom/)
  • - [Quake](https://www.mobygames.com/game/374/quake/)
  • - [Takeshi no Chōsenjō](https://www.mobygames.com/game/57104/takeshi-no-chosenjo/)
  • - [Takeshi Kitano](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeshi_Kitano)
  • - [Tribes series](https://www.mobygames.com/group/9577/tribes-series/)
  • - [StarCraft](https://www.mobygames.com/game/378/starcraft/)
  • - [Counter-Strike](https://www.mobygames.com/game/165613/counter-strike/)
  • - [Spaceteam](https://www.mobygames.com/game/59006/spaceteam/)
  • - [StreetPass Mii Plaza](https://www.mobygames.com/group/10539/streetpass-mii-plaza-games/)
  • - [Anker Prime 100W USB C Charger](https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charger-Compact-MacBook-Pixelbook/dp/B0C4DGBHY2/)
  • - [UGREEN](https://www.ugreen.com/)
  • - [Joel Miller](https://thelastofus.fandom.com/wiki/Joel_Miller)
  • - [Booker DeWitt](https://bioshock.fandom.com/wiki/Booker_DeWitt)
  • - [Siegfried](https://soulcalibur.fandom.com/wiki/Siegfried)
  • - [Roy](https://fireemblem.fandom.com/wiki/Roy)
  • - [Doomguy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomguy)
  • - [Master Chief](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Chief_(Halo))
  • **Recommendations:**
    **Brandon:** Check out the [Expect No Mercy](https://www.mobygames.com/game/11661/expect-no-mercy/) longplay on the [Expect No Mercy (1997)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expect_No_Mercy_(film)) blu-ray, [TNT's How the Grinch Stole Christmas ft. Phil Hartman (1994)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4eDDizz6B0), [Scavengers Reign](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scavengers_Reign)
    **Merritt**: [1900HOTDOG](https://1900hotdog.com/), [LAN PARTY](https://www.amazon.com/LAN-Party-Merritt-K/dp/0500026955), [Made in Canada](https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/MadeInCanada)
    **Tim**: Watch the 2023 Game Awards just to see when Geoff says “Honkai Star Rail”

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    One day early?!

    Today I learned that my mom has thought Brandon was Frank and Frank was Brandon this whole time

    It‘s probably some kind of heresy to comment before finishing listening to an episode, but I really enjoy merritt’s contributions to the show. Always glad when she makes an appearance!

    meow meow meow

    excited to listen tomorrow morning, nice and early :3

    had to work this past weekend and it was kinda bleh

    excited to play some video games in off time


    @“Jaffe”#p144817 Today I learned that my mom has thought Brandon was Frank and Frank was Brandon this whole time

    As in physically? Occupation-wise? Had they met your mother in person previously? Did she think that Brandon looks like a "Frank" and Frank looks like a "Brandon"?

    I have always been of the opinion that Mark McDonald looks more like a guy who would be named "John Ricciardi" and John Ricciardi looks more like a guy who would be named "Mark McDonald" (both of 8-4 fame).

    @“Jaffe”#p144817 how is this possible? We say our names right at the start and the end


    @“esper”#p144809 Made in Canada


    @“Jaffe”#p144817 I‘ve had this experience listening to one or two episodes of a podcast, but it’s very fascinating to imagine it lasting for dozens or even hundreds of episodes in your mom's case!

    I'm not fan of Offspring but being compared to Bowling for Soup is super harsh lol.

    @“exodus”#p144834 I know!


    @“saddleblasters”#p144837 I’ve had this experience listening to one or two episodes of a podcast,

    I've listened to a couple episodes of @whatsarobot's manga podcast and I still can tell which of the guys talking is him. it's funnier when you know one of the hosts from somewhere else cause I'm just waiting for one of the voices to mention being Canadian in order infer who's who


    @“esper”#p144809 TNT’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas ft. Phil Hartman (1994)

    Glad people noticed this one! Here's a copy in 1080p. Apparently it was on the How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD.

    and if you want the real 1994 experience, here's the TNT airing with commercials.

    @“穴”#p144848 Thank you for listening!

    I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I’ve had the “can’t tell which person is talking” phenomenon a couple of times, but it never lasts longer than an episode or two for me. If I end up listening to more than that, my brain always ends up figuring it out. I’m happy about that.

    @“MovingCastles”#p144839 haven‘t listened to the episode but I know it’s gonna be good one if we're getting reactions like yours lmao

    Very cool episode - Merritt's book sounds very interesting, as someone who did a couple of LAN parties in my youth!

    And customers who purchased that here in France (Which it is available without US shipping, nice work!) also purchased this:


    Some candidate answers for correct answer to the best licensed video games soundtrack is either Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, Def Jam fight for NY, and yes MGS V is pretty good. Death Stranding is excellent.

    Also, The Offspring isn't great, but they definitely aren't that bad. There are so many worse, less put together bands - sugar ray, everclear, everlast, Godsmack, Disturbed nu-metal failures of the 90s. "The Kids aren't alright" is at least one good song by offspring. Also, yes, the lead singer got a phd in molecular biology which is very cool.

    RE: tim celebrating Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra is the most boomer artist. Every adult republican I know in the state of Mississippi, where I grew up thinks he is amazing, because he has MAGA vibes, and would/did definitely punch a lady. They think he classy - ike jazz(music they won't listen to because its proximity to blackness). The dude is talking - not singing. Fuck Frank Sinatra. Nothing screams republican to me like the song "My way". I can't tell you how many times I've heard a Trumper singing it at Karaoke. Its like a pass-time here. And yes, even if I separate associations from the music. Again, he is just talk singing.

    @“MovingCastles”#p144839 Facts.

    @“Jaffe”#p144847 Very poor speakers? Their voices aren't similar. Frank is a baratone. Brandon is an tenor/alto