TSM Episode 84: Oliver Says Hello

Mayonnaise!? Bees!? Not another day!
Oliver ‘Riddles’ Motok

Produced 2013.01.27

When Imitanis and SiliconNooB try to end the podcast on a depressing note, Lusipurr steps in to save the listeners from lasting psychiatric damage. With a few buttons, Riddles is summoned and, with Eeyore-like complacency, he duly satisfies Lusi’s whims.


  1. I believe the only place to order the special edition of Ni No Kuni was from the Namco website. Still, a certain Chris Privitere should have known better than to trust Digital River to not screw up the situation.

  2. I don’t believe that that was the case, as I know that there was a Canadian online store which sold a bunch of them, and I would find it difficult to believe that Amazon didn’t stock them at one point…

  3. If you are referring to Play Canada, the Ebay store that has sold upwards of 200 copies, it is because Namco/Digital River made the wise idea to not limit the number of copies that could be pre-ordered.

  4. What leads me to believe that Amazon never stocked it, at least in the US, is because there is not even a page on Amazon for the Wizard’s Edition.

  5. LOL, well I guess at least the Digital River pre-order campaign worked out for Play Canada!!!

    That actually makes this story even more delicious! ^_^

  6. When I can afford the time and money, I am taking the 20 minutes it takes to walk to my local EB and back to buy Ni No Kuni.

  7. At one point, Amazon.com did have a page for the Wizard’s Edition of Ni No Kuni, as I remember it suggesting it to me when I initially ordered the normal version.

  8. I especially liked the discussion on high and low culture. I think “mass” or “consumer culture” are more appropriate nomens, as it describes the products of corporations made to be widely consumed and disposable (referring not only to the physical [yet now mostly digital] media, but to the ephemeral attachments of video games, movies, music [which is now caught in the most dismal plunge into widespread mediocrity {by percentage}, reaching across all genres; innovation, integrity, musicianship are rare commodities], et cetera.) “Popular culture” suggests something of “by the people, for the people,” which methinks lays too much emphasis on human qualities rather than the money and materialism which are unfortunately the greater emphasis in this late age. I don’t necessarily require high art, but neither is folk art very flourishing. Corporations and mass media: ’nuff said.

    Literary note: I’ve completed reading Confederacy, and absolutely it. This book now forms an integral part of my world-view. Thank you for introducing it. I’ll definitely be going back to the reading room to hear it all again in the future.

    Music note: Bach is the greatest. When I first payed attention to his organ music, I was awe-stucken. It’s as if, whilst composing, he shook his fist as heaven and demanded, “kannst du jetzt mir hören, Herr Gott?” His harpsichord music is among my favorite too; it’s all great. Philip Glass is Bach’s closest modern analogue in my opinion, especially his music from Glassworks.

    Aw, I liked Motok’s brief reemergence.

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