the insert credit podcast, episode 18 – gamesptoptp


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Hey, kids! We know last week’s episode was a little spooky, so we’re calming things down this week with a quiet affair with just tim, frank, brandon and yours truly. You know, like it was in the first month of the podcast, except this time we almost know what we’re doing. I think this is one of our best episodes! But don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself after hearing us cover these astounding topics:

1. Sanford and Son on the PlayStation Vita
2. Polygon’s search for an identity
3. Preorder bonuses and collector’s editions
4. Surviving the Devil
5. Explaining Dishonored to your mom
6. Disney’s LucasArts buyout (LucasArts’ Disney buyout? One of those)
7. Spoiler-free Portal 3 predictions
8. Square Enix charging us like 15 bucks for mobile games
9. The P.T. Barnum of video games
10. Owning a GameCube

MORE GOOD NEWS: The Insert Credit Podcast is now on Facebook! If you’re one of the billion people on this planet with a Facebook account, you can use the pre-built Facebook interface to indicate that you like us by hitting the button with the thumbs-up sign (in many cultures, the hand signal which indicates approval) and the word “like”. Discuss our episodes, our topics, our music, our game show rounds, tell us who you want on the show, who you’d like back on the show, which of our panelists is the cutest, and meet your fellow fans.

While you’re using the internet to indicate your approval of this podcast, you can go to iTunes and leave us a rating and review, or email me at with your feedback, your fanmail, your questions for future episodes, or your own audio recording of 60 seconds or less responding to one of our previous topics. Special thanks once again to Andrew Toups for knocking it out of the sound-editing park this week.

And as for you, listeners: as the Pokemon Center nurse ominously says, “We hope to see you again!”

alex jaffe once preordered kingdom hearts: 358/2 days for the puffy stickers but never got them

the insert credit halloween specDRACULAr


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People Involved in this Podcast

Things We Talk About on this Podcast

  • Franchises needing a Halloween entry
  • Count Dracula and Death: Bros for UnLife
  • Easy video game costumes
  • Making zombies fun again
  • Why Pac-Man is chased by ghosts
  • Coming up with a better name than Resident Evil
  • The Insert Credit DOOM .wad
  • Spooky Kill Marry Screw
  • The Scariest Video Game Ever Made

What You Can Do To Help Out this Podcast

  • Rate and review us on iTunes
  • Submit your listener questions and feedback to
  • Record your own audio responses to our topics (60 seconds or less) to
  • Tell your friends
  • If you see any of us in real life, tell us we’re cool

  • bye
  • -alex jaffe 

the insert credit podcast, episode 16 – jump on the giant chicken


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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
2.Regional Lockout
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

alex jaffe still enjoys the occasional game of minesweeper

the insert credit podcast, episode 15 – not famous anymore



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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

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.

alex jaffe, writer of the new tumblr webcomic Easy Jokes

the insert credit podcast, episode 14 – train hard with bennett foddy


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Whether you’re a fourth place television network, a Kotaku-featured cosplayer, or just plain hate yourself and love to be reminded of that by your games, you can’t stop QWOP! Bennett Foddy, creator of this breakout indie darling (as well as a host of other equally fascinating games) joins Franny, Timitha, and Brandonia for some jangly-legged discussion of:

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 While you’re at it, keep those iTunes reviews coming, folks.

LIVECAST UPDATE: looks like that’s going to happen this weekend. Stay tuned!

gorblax jaffe is gradually dropping the first name.

the insert credit podcast, episode 13 – shave and a haircut with justin mcelroy


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OK, time to be real with you guys: the week before we started this podcast, I wrote a secret list of twenty-five goals I hoped to achieve through this. Getting to hang out with Joystiq‘s, Polygon‘s, and My Brother My Brother and Me‘s Justin McElroy for an hour was Number Four. I was not disappointed. (Frank, tim, and Brandon are there too.) Below the cut . . . uh, a far less creepy list Continue reading

the insert credit podcast, episode twelve – (#episodename)


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Oh hey! Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, we got another one of these. This week the frank/tim/brandon collective and I are joined by celebrated wordsmith and gamesman Hamish Petertodd. For your enjoyment and edification, we discuss the following topics:

1. Returning dead franchises to the Wii U
2. Competitive cosplay
3. Launch libraries
4. Video game we will never, ever play
5. Dr. Wily vs. Dr. Robotnik
6. Our hopes, dreams, thoughts and feelings
7. A game about Goombas
8. Novelizations
9. Unique instruments on video game soundtracks
10. Terrible unmade game ideas

Thanks again to Andrew Toups for the sound editing and original music, and thanks to all of you who have been leaving us reviews on iTunes and sharing us with your friends! If you want to drop your own two cents into the show, be it a question or an audio recording of 60 seconds or less, you can get in touch through

One more thing: there’s this event called IndieCade that will be happening in two weeks. It’s an “International Festival of Independent Games”. I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of both those nouns and their modifying adjectives! It will also be the place where we perform our first LIVE Insert Credit Podcast, complete with real time video. Watch this space for more details!

alex “gorblax” jaffe dreams of spreadsheets

the insert credit podcast, episode eleven – big head mode with adam saltsman


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If you are reading this blurb on the insert credit home page and also own an iPhone, then you have probably played CANABALTAdam Saltsman, the man who created CANABALT and is probably owed something like a billion dollars from Temple Run, joins the Insert Credit Crew for an hour and change for the following topics:

1. Video game depictions of Hell
2. The appeal of giant robots
3. GTA 20
4. Kill Marry Boff, Round 3
5. Demakes
6. A video game journalism death pool
7. Crossovers
8. The old Nokia phone I had in high school that only played Snake
9. Greenlight vs. Steam TV vs. Valv-O-Vision
10. The Dreamworks of Video Games

Thanks once again to our audio mixer in residence Andrew Toups. As usual, if you’d like to contribute in some small way to our rousing success of a podcast, you can leave us feedback on iTunes, send in your own questions to, or send an MP3 recording (60 seconds in length or less) answering one of our own questions to that very same address. Share and Enjoy!

alex “gorblax” jaffe  apologizes in advance for the roberto benigni jokes

the insert credit podcast, episode ten – my neighbor totilo


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 Hey there insert credit faithfuls! Thanks for sticking with us up to our tenth episode extravaganza. This week, Kotaku editor in chief Stephen Totilo joins Frankie ‘n’ Tim-Tom ‘n’ BranBran in celebration of this nice, round milestone. Together, we discuss:

1. Spending a $1000 GameStop gift card
2. The DualShock’s 15th birthday
3. Tears for Fears
4. People who comment under online video game articles as the lowest form of humanity (not counting you guys obviously!!!)
5. Expectations for the Metal Gear Solid movie
6. Mistakes to avoid when designing a dungeon
7. Planning Tony Hawk’s comeback
8. Soap operas as video games
9. The ultimate driving mix tape
10. The best quote from a video game to put on your tombstone

 I guarantee at the very least our usual rifeness with both insight and hilarity! Extra thanks to tim, who stepped in for sound editing duties while Toups is away at his big brother’s wedding. Mazel Tov, Elder Toups!

Our album art this week was designed by the embarrassingly talented Ghastly Gilbert Smith. Check out more of his work here!

 You know the drill, guys: leave us a review on iTunes, tweet about us with the hashtag #insertcredit, send in your questions to, and send your recorded MP3 answers in 60 seconds or less to that same address!

OR HEY: Why not send us your own insert credit fan art? If I end up eating my hair over how wonderful it is, I’ll probably use it as the header for a future podcast! Here’s to another ten BILLION episodes.

alex “gorblax” jaffe would really appreciate it if you didn’t let brandon know he called him ‘branbran’

the insert credit podcast, episode nine – al pacino’s vegas adventure


Episode 9 – Al Pacino’s Vegas Adventure



Because you the listener demanded it, this week we bring you an extra length episode featuring Action Button Entertainment‘s celebrity graphic designer Brent Porter! He joins brandon, tim, and frank for discussion of:

1. How horror games scare people
2. The correct method for establishing lore
3. Food in video games
4. Ideal real world Metroidvania settings
5. BioWare and Joss Whedon
6. D-Day
7. The oft-maligned Escort Mission
8. How actual sports translate into their game counterparts
9. Wreck It Ralph

…and a special Game Show Round!

Thanks as always to Andrew Toups for mixing this episode up! If you want to be a Total Podcast Hero like him, here’s a list of things YOU can do:

1. Leave us a review on iTunes
2. Tweet about the show using the hashtag #insertcredit
3. Send in your questions to
4. Send in a brief MP3 of one minute or less of yourself answering one of our questions to
5. Listen to our brand new monthly sister show, the action button dot net podcast: featuring tim, myself, and your pal from Episode 8, Vito Gesualdi

Because you the listener demanded it, we will be reverting to our normal one hour time schedule next week!

alex “gorblax” jaffe is happy to read and review your video game fanfiction