the insert credit podcast, episode 30 – electro-lester the unlikely

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This week on the Insert Credit Podcast, I come one step closer to realizing my destiny as the Drew Carey of Video Games. Join us on our bold attempt to add story to our podcast’s gameplay as we tackle the following topics:

1) Deleting one video game from your memory
2) A Club Nintendo Makeover
3) Ralph Nader vs. Video Games
4) The deal with Team Fortress 2 and hats
5) Improv Zone: Two doting parents (Rogers, Cifaldi) support their nationally ranked teenage Call of Duty player (Sheffield).
6) Pinball Wizardry
7) First Person Non-Shooters
8) Game wiki management
9) Pulling game villains from the public domain
10) Manipulating the touch-screen interface without your fingers

Sound production and music curation provided by Andrew Toups. Write into with your own questions for the show, nominations for the  BGOAT (best game of all time) or the BGGOAT (best Genesis game of all time), and who you think deserves this week’s lightning round win. See you at 31!

alex jaffe will have a serious discussion on this show about lsd dream emulator one of these days, he swears

the insert credit podcast, episode 29 – endless walker with kirk hamilton

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Video game journalism web log Hypertext Transfer Protocol Colon Double-Slash World Wide Web Dot Kotaku Dot Com features editor Kirk Hamilton joins us to discuss some topics I came up with literally 20 minutes before the show. It turned out pretty good! Here’s what you’re in for:

1) BioWare’s Gay Planet
2) Super Mario World as a Modding Community Playground
3) Electronic Arts president John Riccitiello vs. United States vice president Joe Biden
4) Modern pop artists in game music composition
5) Game-Inspired Hairstyles for your Girl/Boyfriend
6) Title schema for future Pokémon games
7) A report card for Platinum Games
8) The best power-up in a video game (and what constitutes a power-up)
9) Why Capcom hates Mega Man
10) How to inflate your game’s metascore

Plus, a lightning round with results to be judged by you the listener! E-mail who you think did the best job to

Thanks again to Andrew Toups, who did all the sound editing again. Music for this episode includes Sleater Kinney’s “Oh!” and Pizzicato Five’s “Trailer Music” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”.

Oh yeah! Last week, we had a whole show where we eulogized the PlayStation 2. Our “PS2culuar”, if you will (or even if you won’t, I don’t care, I will never stop making puns out of the word “spectacular” and there is not a thing you can do to stop me). If you haven’t grabbed it off iTunes or our RSS feed yet, you can download it here.

Lots of you have been requesting the Best Games of All Time list from a couple weeks ago, so I’ll post it here for your consultation. Don’t like these results? You can influence the 2014 Edition by e-mailing your nominations to Get to it!

alex jaffe is particularly fond of Zexion’s hair in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Tetris (Various)
OutRun 2 (Arcade)
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (Arcade)
EarthBound (SNES)
Mother 3 (GBA)
God Hand (PS2)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB)
The Secret of Monkey Island (DOS)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
Another World (Amiga)
Sid Meier’s Civilization (PC)
Bonk’s Revenge (TurboGrafx-16)
Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Minecraft (PC)
Cave Story (PC)
Super Metroid (SNES)
Final Fantasy Tactics (PS)

the insert credit 2012 retrospectacular


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The Oakland Three reminisces upon the highlights of this fiscal year through the lens of events in the world of the video game entertainment medium. The topics discussed are these:

0) Tim’s victory assignment
1) The most memorable moment in a video game this year
2) The greatest disappointment this year
3) Who won 2012
4) Video Games’ Person of the Year
5) 2012: Year of the Kickstarter
6) Vita vs. Wii U
7) New Year’s Resolutions
8) Game of the Year 2013
9) Closing thoughts

Sound editing provided by Andrew Toups, with music from The Zombies (“This Will Be Our Year”) and Neu! (Fur Immer). Next week, we will finally settle once and for all (until next year) what should be considered the Greatest Game of All Time. There have been a whole lot of video games, though, so we are only considering those nominated by you, the listener: e-mail your choice for Best Game Ever to, and who knows? We may just prove you right.

-alex jaffe believes that while 2012 was pretty nice overall, it was no 2010

the insert credit podcast, episode 25 – grateful deadly with jordan morris


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This week, Jordan, Jesse GO!‘s Jordan Morris joins the list of guests I specifically started this show for the express purpose of getting on the podcast. Together with frank, tim, and brandon, we discuss:

1. Video games of Christmas Past
2. Fighting games as an Olympic event
3. Comedy in Japanese games vs. comedy in American games
4. Adrien Brody’s Predators: The Official Game of the Movie
5. Santa Games
6. What defines a good side quest
7. Chun-Li as a sex icon
8. Mid-nineties mascot design
9. The Grateful Dead of video games?
10. A GOD HAND Christmas Miracle

And, of course, our music list:
Lemon Demon – BRODYQUEST
Add N to (X) – Metal Fingers In My Body
Add N to (X) – Revenge Of The Black Regent

Sound editing provided by Andrew Toups. Join us next week for our end of the year podcast! We’ve already revealed our Game of the Year, but there’s plenty more to talk about where that came from. And, in TWO weeks, we will begin what we hope will be an annual tradition where we re-evaluate the Best Video Games of All Time. If you’d like us to consider a game, submit your nomination to, and follow the news in our Facebook group.

“Yabba Dabba Doo”
alex jaffe (as made famous by Fred Flintstone, as made even more famous by tim rogers)

the insert credit podcast, episode 23 – antcopter


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1. Q*Bert, narrated
2. Anatomy of a Fake Gamer
3. Internal Game Economies
4. SimCity wish lists
5. The Spike TV Video Game Awards: for your consideration
6. Essential music for Grand Theft Auto V
7. Wikipedia: The Game
8. The history of games as a male activity
9. Overused protagonist archetypes
10. The most pretentious video game ever made

Francoise Hardy – “Le Temps d’Amour”
Jacques Dutronc – “Les Playboys”
France Gall – “Teeny Weeny Boppie”
Francoise Hardy – “Ce Petit Coeur”

Cifaldi, Frank
Rogers, Tim
Sheffield, Brandon

Sound Editing:
Andrew Toups

I’m Alex Jaffe.

the insert credit podcast, episode 22 – i, gradius


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What the heck, man? Did you miss the livestream this week again? We reminded you about it like ten times! Okay, don’t panic. The good news is that the main event has been preserved for all time right here in our podcast archive. Here’s an overview of the topics frank, tim, and brandon discussed while you totally dropped the ball:

1. Brandon’s homework assignment
2. Fighting game spinoffs
3. Using the GPS in smartphone games
4. Rail shooters
5.  Redrafting ESRB policy
6. Acceptable circumstances in which to use the word “epic”
7. Jobs which prepare you for game design
8. How the impending Mayan apocalypse will affect the video game industry
9. Exceptional minigames
10. Minesweeper, reimagined as a Tetsuya Nomura project

Look. I don’t want this to happen again any more than you do. So why not join our Facebook group? We’ll be sure to let you know when the show’s coming up, and even provide a link to where you can watch it. I promise no one will look at you funny like you just showed up for the first time in class halfway through the semester.

While you’re at it, you can drop a quick e-mail to some time between now and December 25th to let us know what your pick is for the 2012 Game of the Year! We’ll discuss the results in our final show of the year, provided we have not all ascended to an ineffable plane of existence on the back of Quetzalcoatl.

Special thanks as always to soundsman Andrew Toups, who provided original music for this week’s episode. Hot job, Toups!

Remember guys: YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, email, Twitter, RSS. I think that’s everything. Is that everything?

alex jaffe thinks that’s everything

the insert credit podcast, episode 21 – grim fans dango


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Frank Cifaldi, Patrick Miller, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield


  • Mistakes as a game mechanic
  • Wii U: The Next Generation
  • Skyrim with guns”
  • Planning a Capcom restaurant franchise
  • Kratos vs. Bayonetta
  • When it became socially acceptable to talk about video games in public
  • Metroid: The Movie: The Soundtrack
  • The Fender Stratocaster of video games
  • Tim Schafer’s fanbase and what they want
  • Visual novels in America

  • Brainlord, “Natural Cave”
  • Shuggie Otis, “Purple”, “Sparkle City”
  • Sound editing by Andrew Toups

We’ve threatened you with it before, and this time we actually followed through — we had our very first livestreamed podcast! We had a blast doing it, so if the lord is willing and the creek don’t rise, that’s how we’ll be doing those from here on out. We were blown away by how many of you who showed up on such short notice! In the future, we’ll be keeping you in the loop through our Facebook group. So if you haven’t joined yet, now’s the time. Keep sending in your questions to, and we’ll see you later this week. Or, at any rate, you’ll see us.

alex jaffe didn’t realize his hair was getting that thin

the insert credit podcast, episode 20 – 9 cent convenience fee


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I’m gonna  be honest with you guys: there is no possible way we’re ever going to be able to live up to last week’s show. Prepare for every episode of this podcast to pale in comparison to Episode 19, because I don’t think we have it in us to do another one like that. It’s a once in a lifetime sort of thing, and if you heard it, it is now a part of you forever. Still, we can’t exactly leave you hanging, so Tim, Frank, and Reserve Panelist Patrick Miller show up this week for a nice chat about . . . these things:

1.  Roll-Playing Games
2. Games as recruiting devices
3. Warren Spector’s DuckTales
4. Level editors
5. “Playing for the story”
6. Four consonants which will change your life
7. Women in Rockstar games
8. Packing swimsuits
9. The most difficult type of video game to review
10. Bottom Line Reviews: Console Edition

Remember to rate and review our show on iTunes, guys! It’s not an inherently evil program, people. If you don’t have it you can just install it, leave us a review, and then uninstall it. Nobody checks that sort of thing. Come on, tell me you at least have a Facebook page. Because we’re on there too! Join the party! What? You have got to be kidding me, you don’t have iTunes or Facebook? Man.


Okay, let me think about this. All right. Here’s what we’re going to do: you can send an e-mail to with your questions for the show, or your recorded responses to one of our topics (60 seconds or less, please). You’ve got e-mail, right? I think they give you one with your birth certificate now. The government can fine you for not having one.

Thanks again to Andrew Toups for coming through with some most excellent sound editing! Did you know he’s in a band? I saw them last week and they were pretty hot. Here is their Wikipedia article. We don’t even have a Wikipedia article! So that’s pretty impressive. Talk to you next week!

alex jaffe revels in being “that guy”