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.
Frank Cifaldi is away for the week, but don’t let that worry you because former podcast champion Christian Nutt (whom you may remember from Episode Six) returns to fill out the empty seat. Along with tim and brandon, this week we discuss:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.