Ep. 345 - Tater Haters

Ep. 345 - Tater Haters

Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers and Brandon Sheffield cover Alex Jaffe’s questions about SGF showcases, the N64 controller, and DQ slime war crimes. 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. Ash Parrish asks: What’s your dream Summer Game Fest showcase? (05:46)
  2. Why did the Nintendo 64 controller look like that? (14:42)
  3. Write a musical about Akihabara twenty years ago. (20:18)
    Insert Credit Quick Break: Mannequin Deposit by The Houseflies (47:25)
  4. Ponda asks: Which video games feature the best eating animations, and why is this difficult? (28:18)
  5. Which standard 52 playing card deck game has the best game design? (34:56)
  6. When has a game company returning to its roots most paid off? (40:06)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Soda Jerk - Car Companies (45:14)

Recommendations and Outro (52:15)


Brandon: Get a DNR, get a Five Wishes document, make sure someone can access your medical records
Frank: Will your assets, Recognize your own mortality
Tim: Don’t own a lot of stuff
Jaffe: Be mindful of the mess you leave for others

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A tangential nomination for the food discussion is Kirby momma birding/smooching the second player when sharing healing items. I know that half-chewed maxim tomato hits the spot.

Also I’m not usually one to contest the winner that Jaffe crowns, but man, Tim deserves a gold star for that slime rhyme.


i love the idea of crouching on a food and instantaneously consuming it.

On the recommendations i gotta say: both my parents decision of dnr were up to me and my sis and we followed it because it was less suffering for them. The stuff they owned it’s still ongoing and it’s such a pain that i just signed everything to my sis since she’s a lawyer.

I already have a catalog with everything i own (not that much stuff, just some board games and video games) and instructions of what to do if i come to pass away. It’s kinda morbid but i know it’ll be easier this way lol

Not owning a lot of stuff is great!

As a person that was a caretaker in my dad’s final years, i know it’s hard and takes a toll on us. Stay strong Brandon!


In the same vein as Beat Them Ups,

First Person Ranged Combat Simulators
Metroid And Castlevania Like
Emotionally Unabrasive Life Sim Games


I looked into the organ donor situation in Austria and found out that here everyone is signed up as an organ donor automatically and it’s an opt-out system rather than an opt-in feature, which is pretty cool.

I should probably try and figure out the other stuff that was mentioned at some point too…

I got into video game collecting (like 40 games) over the last year, but now that I have a longer (3 months) trip coming up, I’ve actually started having anxiety about what I’ll do with all my stuff when I’m gone and probably subletting my apartment. Maybe I should just draw a line with the collection I have now and maybe thin out some stuff I don’t reallly love. Will my life really improve in any way if I buy that copy of Shadow of Memories I’ve been eyeing?

Owning a little stuff is nice though, just enough to make your apartment a little cozy. I had a roommate who was big on the minimalism thing and he literally owned nothing but his laptop and 7 identical shirts and shorts. I thought that was kinda depressing lol.

Anyway, wishing all the best and much strength to Brandon!


i too breathe a sigh of relief after consuming a loaf of bread as long as my arm


I would like to be overtly negative for a second and say that I’m so tired of Devolver Digital’s whole schtick. Most annoying video game publisher.

I had never heard about five wishes documents. Thanks for that, very good to know.


can speak with some professional experience with advance directives including the 5 wishes form. Depending on your state of residence, you can likely find a simple medical power of attorney form and complete that yourself with witnesses as dictated by the form. It’s a pretty straightforward document and simple to complete. Designates a surrogate decision maker and authorizes release of protected medical information to that person if so desired.

5 Wishes is much more detailed regarding what specific care tasks you want to receive while dying, essentially. It asks about if you want people to play music, if you want to be bathed, etc etc. That specificity can be useful and some people prefer that form to the standard POA document which is mostly about designating a surrogate decisionmaker with some broad choices of end of life care, but it can also be kind of intense imo. 5 Wishes also has some religious overtones to it which may or may not be appealing. I believe the org that created 5 wishes is explicitly a Christian one. Not saying the podcast is giving anything less than a good rec, just that there are trade-offs between those options (standard medical POA form vs 5 wishes). Important to note that 5 wishes is a valid medical POA form in most if not all states these days, so that will do the job if it appeals.

For DNR - that’s just about consent to provide or withhold life-sustaining treatment and needs to be completed by a physician. You can’t do that yourself.

Regarding financial POA and planning - the most comprehensive way to get that taken care of is with an Elder Law attorney. Unfortunately, you can’t complete a financial POA form yourself (at least not in any states I’m familiar with) but you may be able to do certain court filings pro-se and get part of the way there to minimize costs. Would consult with local legal aid orgs for referrals.


Someone else can take care of that though, like a social worker or etc. Then it gets sent off somewhere and we get the official document in 2 weeks. as far as I know!


Right. The DNR form just needs to be signed by a physician, so for people who want that document in place would say talk to your doc about it, is my point. I’m sure whatever process you encountered local to you was correct, just elaborating on the guidance from the podcast a touch

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Makes sense to me! yeah, I was sort of going on the fly there.

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Good lord, what happened in the recommendations section? Is this just because getting horribly injured and put into a coma in America can spontaneously create intergenerational poverty, or did someone actually almost die


End of life decisions on care are a serious issue that benefits from planning and discussions in countries with universal health care too


It’s genuinely good advice. Me and my partner got our wills sorted after we had children. Never too early.


Another Great episode. The idea of a musical set around Dragon Quest XIII’s release in Japan is so fun. Tim’s verse contribution made me cry laugh in the car.

And yeah, to echo many people’s sentiment from another POV, it’s never too early for that DNR/DNI talk. I was an emergency room social worker for a bit, and things get real rough for families who have to make those decisions or even consider those concepts when time is of the essence. And it’s not just for people who want a DNI/DNR, but for those who don’t as well. Unclear or lack of paperwork can both delay treatment and put loved ones thru unnecessary medical hardships.

Sending you and your fam strength and love Brandon.


With regards to the best game design for playing cards, I want to shout out A Solitaire Mystery from Hempuli (AKA the Baba Is You dev). It’s 23 different variations on Solitaire and they’re all at least interesting.

My favorite is Royal Flush Solitaire. The premise is that you deal four columns of cards (with a fifth column open) and have five spaces at the top of the board to put any card. Whenever you have all five spaces filled, that gets played as a poker hand, so you’re turning 52 cards into ten hands of poker and earning points based on that. It’s surprisingly hard!


The Toyota of video games is JVC