0:15 – Introductions (Let’s Explain Jokes!)
1:45 – What We’ve Been Playing
14:35 – Everything’s an RPG!
15:15 – Quality Control on Steam, Pt. 1
20:50 – Virtual Reality and Failed Consoles
25:30 – Quality Control on Steam, Pt. 2
33:35 – Quality Control in Major Titles
53:10 – Tetris and Old Games that Are No Longer Available
56:30 – Retro Gaming
59:00 – Quality Control on Steam, Pt. 3
1:00:10 – Localizing and Releasing Games in the West
1:05:25 – Sega’s Problems and Our Lovely Tradition of Shitting on Sonic
1:09:05 – Superman Games
1:10:40 – Will There Be Another Crash? And When Should You Buy a PS4?
1:14:00 – Wildlife in Games
1:23:35 – Chickens and Cows
1:26:10 – Fictional Animals in Games
1:32:55 – Time Travel and the Mana Series
1:42:25 – Animal Enemies in Games
1:50:00 – Star Fox and Games Merve Hasn’t Played
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Linkdump after the jump.
Introductions (Let’s Explain Jokes!) (0:15)
- Konami is run by the Kozuki family. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The “Have you played Atari today?” soundbite. (Source: Gimme The Games Or Else! on YouTube)
- Mamoru Hosoda directed such films as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children. (Source: Wikipedia)
- How to pronounce Disqus. (Source: Disqus on Twitter)
What We’ve Been Playing (1:45)
- Steam store page for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
- Dishonored 2 is set to be released on November 11th. (Source: Steam)
- Official websites for Warhammer, Bolt Action, and War Machine.
- Arkham Horror is an awful board game with confusing rules that takes way too long to play. Merve is not editorializing at all with this comment. (Source: Fantasy Flight Games)
- Trailers for Shin Megami Tensei IV and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. (Sources: GameSpot and AtlusUSA on YouTube)
- Trailer for Dragon Quest VII on the 3DS. (Source: Nintendo UK on YouTube)
- The Retronauts Micro episode about Dragon Quest VII.
- Dragon Quest VII was released in North America on October 31st, 2001. Final Fantasy X was released a couple of months later in North America on December 17th, 2001. (Source: Wikipedia)
Everything’s an RPG! (14:35)
- The Perks system from Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Source: Wolfenstein Wiki on Wikia)
Quality Control on Steam, Pt. 1 (15:15)
- Wikipedia articles on Digital Homicide Studios and The Slaughtering Grounds. I’m not providing official links for either because I can’t find one for the latter and the official website of the former slows my browser down to a crawl. Trust Digital Homicide to load their website with resource-hogging garbage.
- Digital Homicide sued 100 Steam users and subpoenaed Valve for their personal details. (Source: VG247) They have since dropped the lawsuit. (Source: Kotaku)
- The Kotaku editorial that Otakunomike mentioned, which blames Valve for letting the Digital Homicide situation arise in the first place.
- Valve removed Digital Homicide’s games from Steam in response to the lawsuit. (Souce: Polygon)
Virtual Reality and Failed Consoles (20:50)
- The HTC Vive was released on April 5th, 2016. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer launched in 1993 with a suggested retail price of $699 US. That’s in 1993 dollars. No wonder it flopped. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Wikipedia article on the Nintendo Virtual Boy.
- Gunpei Yokoi died in a car accident on October 4th, 1997. He worked on the Game Boy and the Virtual Boy at Nintendo before leaving the company to work at Bandai and develop the WonderSwan. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The Bandai WonderSwan was discontinued in 2003. (Source: Wikipedia)
Quality Control on Steam, Pt. 2 (25:30)
- Wikipedia article on Custer’s Revenge, possibly the most offensive game of all time.
- Zits & Giggles was the game Otakunomike was referring to. It managed to sell
14 copies at $299.99. (Source: Cult of Mac)
- Jimquisition video about Digital Homicide. (Source: Jim Sterling on YouTube)
- Merve was way off. Valve employs about 330 people. They really have no excuse for not doing quality control. (Source: Wikipedia)
Quality Control in Major Titles (33:35)
- An unofficial list of bugs in Might & Magic: Heroes VI. (Source: Steam Community)
- Peter “Durante” Thoman is well known for modding bad PC ports. (Source: Wired)
- Durante didn’t make any fixes to the Tales of Zestiria port, but he did praise it. (Source: PC Gamer)
- Blinking cursor bug in Might & Magic: Heroes VI. The patch to fix it came about five days after release. (Source: Stack Exchange)
- The Trenches comic strip.
- Howard Scott Warshaw had less than six weeks to develop E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The actual Shigeru Miyamoto quote is: “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” (Source: The Guardian)
- Final Fantasy XV was delayed to November 29th of this year. (Source: Kotaku)
- Much of the Final Fantasy XIV team was fired or shuffled around after the game’s initial poor reception. (Source: Tyranny Oasis)
- SiN was littered with bugs upon release and required a 31 MB patch, which was huge for a game back in 1998. (Source: Wikipedia)
- A summary of The Lion King’s technical issues on Windows. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Development history of DirectX. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Wikipedia article on the Vulkan API.
- Some information on the Mega Man PC games. (Source: Wikipedia)
- DarkAge tries to play the first Mega Man PC game. It doesn’t go well. (Source: YouTube)
- Total War: Rome II had a lot of technical problems at launch. Correction: Total War: Atilla was released between it and Total War: Warhammer. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Yes, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 does indeed require 6 GB of RAM at a minimum. WTF? (Source: Steam)
- IGN demonstrates just how broken Tetris Ultimate was on PS4. Correction: It was not released on PS3, and it was the PS4 version that had technical issues. (Source: YouTube)
Tetris and Old Games that Are No Longer Available (53:10)
- There must be some other reason why Tetris-like games don’t always get released in the West, because the Tetris Company only holds the rights for Tetris and Tetris clones. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The story behind why No One Lives Forever is stuck in limbo. (Source: Kotaku)
- Commander Keen on Steam, which is missing two of the games in the series.
- Zombies Ate My Neighbors was on the SNES. (Source: Wikipedia)
Retro Gaming (56:30)
- The game Otakunomike was describing was probably Puyo Pop. (Source: Wikipedia)
Quality Control on Steam, Pt. 3 (59:00)
- Idea Factory’s games on Steam.
Localizing and Releasing Games in the West (1:00:10)
- Valkyria Chronicles III was released in Japan back in January 2011. There still has not been a Western release. (Source: Wikipedia)
- The next game in the Valkyria series is Valkyria: Azure Revolution. (Source: Wikipedia)
- It took over 3 years for Yakuza 5 to be released in the West after its Japanese release, and Yakuza 6 hasn’t even been announced for a Western release yet. (Source: Wikipedia)
- It actually took about 3 and a half years for the localized 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII to come out in the West. A Western release of Dragon Quest VIII has been announced for 2017. (Source: Wikipedia)
Sega’s Problems and Our Lovely Tradition of Shitting on Sonic (1:05:25)
- The Sonic game Merve mentioned is actually called Sonic Mania. Sonic Unlimited is a
fan game. (Sources: PlayStation and badog2002 on YouTube)
- The Game Grumps’ let’s play of Sonic ’06. Approach with caution if seeing glitches makes you cringe. (Source: YouTube)
Superman Games (1:09:05)
- Proton Jon’s let’s play of Superman 64. (Source: YouTube)
Will There Be Another Crash? And When Should You Buy a PS4? (1:10:40)
- The upcoming game in the Fate series is called Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star. (Source: PlayStation Japan on YouTube) This is not to be confused with WildTangent’s Fate series. (Source: Wikipedia)
Wildlife in Games (1:14:00)
- A screenshot of deer in Total War: Shogun 2. (Source: Dom on Steam)
- Steam store pages for Shelter and Abzû.
- Fultoning a bear in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
- Yep, you do get an achievement for killing all the buffalo in Red Dead Redemption.
(Source: Red Dead Wiki on Wikia)
Chickens and Cows (1:23:35)
- Chicken cucco attack in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Source: Wayland Uzumaki on YouTube)
- The Bovine Defense Force Initiative from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. (Source: Tech Times)
- Beating up chickens cuccos in Hyrule Warriors. (Source: Game Informer on YouTube)
- Playing as a Giant Cucco in Hyrule Warriors. (Source: Somewhat Awesome Games on YouTube)
Fictional Animals in Games (1:26:10)
- Nugs in Dragon Age. (Source: Dragon Age Wiki on Wikia)
- The teacup pigs from Valkyria Chronicles are called porcavians. (Source: Encyclopedia Europa on Wikia)
- Chocobos and moogles in the Final Fantasy series. Moogles use
a system called Mognet to communicate with each other. (Source: Final Fantasy Wiki)
- Some fanart of a moogle riding a chocobo. (Source: axel-kitty on DeviantArt)
- “Crazy Chocobo” from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 soundtrack. Never change, video games. (Source: psychotron502 on YouTube)
- The shitty aggro-metal soundtrack for Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. (Source: OVGST on YouTube)
Time Travel and the Mana Series (1:32:55)
- The Dino Age ending for Chrono Trigger. (Source: Xygor on YouTube)
- The Dog from Secret of Evermore. (Source: Secret of Evermore Wiki on Wikia)
- Flammie from the Mana games. (Source: Wiki of Mana on Wikia)
- There doesn’t seem to be any character named Cid in Secret of Mana. (Source: Wiki of Mana on Wikia)
Animal Enemies in Games (1:42:25)
- Fighting a Great Bear in Dragon Age: Inquisition. (Source: MechaMonkeyz on YouTube)
- The giant bear showdown from Yakuza 5. (Source: ParaParaKing)
- Ape beasts from the Thief series. (Source: Thief: The Dark Wiki on Wikia)
- How to defeat MJ12 Commandos in Deus Ex. (Source: Deus Ex Wiki on Wikia)
Star Fox and Games Merve Hasn’t Played (1:50:00)
- Wikipedia article on Slippy Toad.
- A stage with birds in Ninja Gaiden. (Source: Turmio1 on YouTube)
- A Nintendo 64 ad featuring the “fun machine” slogan. (Source: Andreas Grenasberg on YouTube)
- Amusement 2000 Plus in Montréal. (Source: Google Street View)
- Wikipedia article on Akihabara, Tokyo. The neighbourhood has a multi-level Sega arcade called GiGO.
- Official website for the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
- Official website for California Extreme.
- Wikipedia article on Jackson Pollock.