“ten super nintendo games you can purchase for less than $100 each”
by tim rogers
Hello, my lovelies!
I suppose many of you don’t know that I have a Formspring. Formspring is a website where people can ask people questions, either anonymously . . . or nonymously.
I’ve been glibly, quickly, hiply answering a lot of questions in as few words as possible (“What magazine would you most like to be on the cover of?” “Big Penis Decadely”), though every now and again I look at a question and decide to give it a good once-over.
Someone recently asked me “I just got a SNES, and you just so happen to be in control of the next ten games I will buy and play on the SNES. What are the 10 games I should play that aren’t going going to cost 100+ on ebay? And what are 1 or 2 rarer games that are worth it?”
I liked this question, so I decided to give it a long answer — which I have decided to post here. I had fun answering it. So: it gives me an idea — send me questions to my Formspring, either anonymously or not, and maybe I’ll answer them in a short feature post like this on insertcredit.com. Or maybe I won’t! I reserve the right to ignore your question with extreme prejudice.
So . . . think of this as something of a slower-paced, text-based, one-question installment of the insert credit dot com podcast. (I’ve just given myself the idea to write short features based on previous insertcredit.com podcast questions. Oh man. We should do that, guys.)
Anyway, let’s get on with my little answer to that big question:
(alt title: vomiting and throwing iPhones: the future of video games)
To people who play games and people who make them: Our world is changing at a rapid rate, and for once, the people who spent their lives playing and making games are not the ones on the cutting edge. Kickstarter, free-to-play, mobile/social — all of these are things that are changing the medium we love (and not always for the better). Read these four stories about the future of video games, and you will come to embrace change, though maybe not with both arms but just one of those man-hugs that starts with a handshake and transitions into a shoulder-bump with a back-pat finisher.
As a so-called “video game journalist,” my work day is perhaps a bit outside the norm. After all, I am essentially paid to play video games, a concept so absurd that I’m often forced to wonder if I’m not trapped in a fever dream, destined to wake up drooling on myself and fervently screaming about the cultural significance of Kid Icarus: Uprising. Thus, I live with the constant fear that someone will finally discover how ludicrous it is to pay me to put together Amazing Spider-Man walkthroughs, every day stumbling out of bed, downing a handful of Xanax, and nervously editing video files. All while waiting for that inevitable “you’re fired” email. Continue reading →
As an employee of Action Button Entertainment LLC, interviewing my boss every week can sometimes be a harrowing experience (this is a lie). This week, we even the playing field for frank and brandon by inviting over Gamasutra Editor in Chief Kris Graft. Here’s that list of stuff we talk about this week (hi, NeoGAF fans):
1. Christian Nutt’s homework
3. Interior decorating tips
4. Halo 4 spoilers
5. Games to pack in with Windows 8
6. What the Dead or Alive fans want
7. X-COM: Enemy Unknown being a pretty neat game
8. The best mounted weapon in a video game (aka, more Warthog praise)
9. Saving you money on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
10. Insert Credit’s Official Endorsement for the United States Presidential Election
I hope you’ve got your spook-diapers on, because next week we’ll be recording our HALLOWEEN SPEC-DRACULAR! If you wish your mortal soul to be spared from the upcoming harvest, know that survival depends on rating and reviewing us on iTunes. And it wouldn’t hurt your case to send in questions and sixty second audio responses to previous topics on the show by way of firstname.lastname@example.org.
-alex jaffe still enjoys the occasional game of minesweeper
It’s a well-known fact that the first ever Archie comic book story (Pep Comics #22, 1941) is about Archie trying to convince all of his friends in Riverdale to start calling him “Chick”. Of course, the name didn’t take and Jughead, Moose and the gang all dismissed him as ridiculous. The moral, one familiar to every fan of Seinfeld, is that you’ll never be successful trying to give yourself a nickname. The point I’m trying to make here is that Gorblax is a very silly nickname and I’m starting to get a little embarrassed by it.
1. Nice things about bad games
2. The Smithsonian’s “Art of Video Games” exhibit
3. Up and coming rookie game developers
4. Waluigi’s big debut
5. Designing ideal games for Brandon and Tim
6. What’s next for CliffyB
7. Pitching game franchises to HBO
8. Sending messages back in time to 2006
9. Video game t-shirts
We wrap it all up with a fantastical Game Show Round, which we may or may not do again. Thanks to Andrew Toups for cutting this episode up again, and to all of you who send in your questions to email@example.com.
We’ve been slowing down on the audio responses to previous topics, so here’s what I’m going to do: the first person to send me a really great one for next week (sixty seconds or less, please) and include their address will get this extra copy of Soldier of Fortune: Payback I have lying around for the Xbox 360. That’s a $5.99 value! (you must be 17 or older to qualify.) See y’all next week, and watch out for that malware.
1. Getting people back into arcades
2. A, AA, and AAAA titles
3. When DLC is worth buying
4. The best underwater segments
5. Awaiting the Alan Moore of video games
6. Air-dropping handheld game systems to everyone on Earth
7. The Nintendoland Theme Park Resort
8. Capcom vs. . . ?
9. Explaining QWOP to your mom
10. A listener question from my sister Maya!
Thanks again to Andrew Toups for just taking out the lightning round in this week’s episode completely. I take a lot of risks with this segment, and this week, well, it didn’t pay off.
Also, no listener call-in segment this week. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped doing it! Send in your own recorded MP3s (60 seconds or less, please) as well as your questions for the show to firstname.lastname@example.org. While you’re at it, keep those iTunes reviews coming, folks.
LIVECAST UPDATE: looks like that’s going to happen this weekend. Stay tuned!