Ep. 255 - It's Boss Time Now, with John Learned
Ep. 255

Ep. 255 - It's Boss Time Now, with John Learned

Episode description

Game annotater and journalist John Learned joins the panel to cover dead babies, doing a Batman, and Mr. Bones and me.

Questions this week:

  1. What’d you think of Return to Monkey Island, Frank? (04:57)
  2. What have been the most significant improvements to the Metroidvania format since Symphony of the Night? (11:30)
  3. How many fighters should be in a fighting game? (16:53)
  4. What’s the best use of a musical instrument in a non-music based video game? (21:53)
  5. What job in the video game industry are you not qualified for, but could do an okay job at anyway? (27:14)
  6. Spencer’s Gifts asks: Are lost memories a compelling story device? (35:27)
  7. Violence Island Season 2 (41:37)
  8. Other than an achievement or trophy, what’s the best way to reward a player for 100% completion in a video game? (58:00)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Pull Quotes (01:03:30)

Recommendations and Outro (01:08:19)

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Brandon: Buy stuff from Japan right now since the exchange rate is so good, Cypher (2002),

Frank: Beavis and Butt-Head

John: Breaking Bad

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