What starts as a lively episode with Polygon editor and podcaster Simone de Rochefort becomes something far more interesting when one panelist’s audio goes missing.

Questions this week:

  1. From Frank Cifaldi: What is the Criterion Channel of video games? (10:48)
  2. Sega just bought Rovio. Why? (25:29)
  3. Simone, please convince the panel board games are good. (32:26)
  4. What’s the deal with those TikTok videos that all have Minecraft or Subway Surfer footage playing at the bottom? (38:48)
  5. Improv Zone - Video Game Pawn Shop (42:20)
    Insert Credit Show Ad Break - Midautumn (46:35)
  6. Zara asks: Have you ever recognized something deeply personal from your real life inside of a video game? (48:29)
  7. From Ash Parrish: Who is the American Mario? (55:24)


Recommendations and Outro (01:25:26)



Brandon: Echo Image, Spirit Posession, make more things like game stores and video stores so people can be paid to get baseline experience in a field they care about

Simone: Murder, She Wrote

Tim: Decision to Leave (2022), The Little Drummer Girl, Interview with the Vampire

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Frank Cifaldi, Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Simone de Rochefort. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.