The panel you just can’t get enough of covers immediate pick-up-and-play-right-now games, Charles Marinet’s departure as Mario, and the stunning return of Violence Island.

Questions this week:

  1. Tim Rogers asks: what’s the deal with people thinking you need to have played earlier games in a triple-A franchise’s newest release? (04:56)
  2. Brandon Sheffield asks: What are five games you could play any time? (14:04)
  3. What does a Mario Ambassador do? (23:00)
  4. Seth asks: If you could replace one of your arms with the arm of a video game character, whose arm would you pick? (34:36)
  5. If you could only judge real world animals by the way they were presented in video games, how would your opinions on animals be different? (39:07)
  6. What was the most significant “sliding doors” moment in video game history? (42:27)
  7. What happens when a player reports a bug in a video game? (47:28)
  8. What are the Mario and Sonic of food? (49:15)
  9. Tim Rogers asks: What if Charles Martinet just starts his own video game company, and like he makes a new character named Charlieo?  (53:36)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Violence Island Season 3 (55:13)

Recommendations and Outro (01:15:26)

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