TSM Episode 506: All the Marios Are Dead

Memento mori-o.
Death comes for us all.

Download Link: Released 2018.11.05

Lusipurr and SiliconNooB provide an in-depth examination of the forthcoming Sony PlayStation Classic mini-console, review the biggest news from Blizzcon, and celebrate Lusipurr’s latest platinum accomplishment: it’s not tin, it’s Castlevania!


  1. Talking about Castlevania, have you played or downloaded Haunted Castle from the PS4 store? It’s Castlevania the arcade game.

  2. @PubPibbs: Yep, I’m familiar with it. Back in the day I had to play the “Swedish” version (until last year’s PSN release), and early last year or in late 2016, I played it on stream for an hour as well.

  3. First time podcast listener reporting in! The Literatur Platz (Plaza, vielleicht?) was both intriguing and fascinating. Rather strange, picking this section out on a mostly gaming podcast, but oh well! You led me on quite the poetry dive, which usually isn’t my thing. “I saw a man pursuing the horizon” sticks out as a fast favorite. It’s a shame he died so young. I do look forward to reading more, though!

  4. Blizzard seem to be taking a page out of Square’s book and re-releasing their classics. Diablo 1 (via D3), Starcraft, and now Warcraft 3. I look forward to the eventual remake of Rock ‘n’ Roll Racing.

  5. I think Lusipurr is the calm voice of reason on this particular podcast episode ……

  6. There were some audio artefacting issues in this podcast which result in my voice being clipped. Sorry about that, folks. We rolled back to an older version of Audacity and it apparently changed the silence truncate settings back to default. We’ll have it fixed for next week!

    @SNooB: For an arcade game of the time, Haunted Castle Dracula isn’t a bad game, But by any modern standard of a Castlevania game it’s dire and you should probably avoid it unless you love arcade games as a medium.

    @Dandin: Your German has GOT to be better than mine, so maybe you can translate more effectively? The joke here is a rhyme on the name of Dancing Matt, who is the sponsor of the literature corner, hence (in my pidgin German) Tanzenmatt’s Literaturplatz.

    Our podcast is quite eclectic, because Video Games are an eclectic medium, so you can expect a bit of poetry, a bit of prose, some music discussion (Lady Gaga News!) and even occasional reports on the Cricket in Australia and England. If it’s worth knowing, we cover it.

    @Imitanis: I thought they put RnR Racing up for free a few years ago, around the same time that they did The Lost Vikings. Maybe that’ll be the centrepiece at next year’s Blizzcon!

    @Ferchu: When am I NOT the calm voice of reason? I am perspicacious equanimity personified!

  7. @Lusipurr: The pidgin German works perfectly. Direct translations can be funny sometimes.

    I’ve read the Cricket explained link about two times and remain mystified. At this point I’m fairy certain it involves some form of black magic and have given up all hope of understanding. I’ll stick to Lady Gaga news.

  8. @Dandin: It might be best to start at Baseball. Cricket is broadly similar in that it is about scoring points (called runs) which occur when the batsmen hit a ball and run between points (wickets, in this case, as opposed to bases in baseball).

    The major difference is that in Baseball, a batsman hits the ball out into the field in front of him, and then runs, at which point he is done batting for the moment. Or, he may strike out. But the batting lineup rotates and he will come back again.

    In Cricket, however, the ball may be hit in any direction whatsoever, and instead of running a linear path to home, the batsman runs back and forth between wickets with his batting partner (standing opposite him at the other wicket), each swapping sides as they run. The batsman gets a run for every length of the pitch he covers. If the ball reaches the rope at the edge of the field, it’s automatically four runs. If it goes over the rope without ever touching the ground, it is six runs. This is similar to a home run, except that it guarantees a set number of runs.

    In Cricket, the batsman keeps batting until he is out, at which point he is done batting for that innings. Generally, an innings is completed when ten of the eleven batsmen are out (thus stranding one batsman who won’t have a partner). At that point, the other team bats. In test cricket, each team is allowed two innings over the space of five days. The highest score wins. Scores are displayed in terms of RUNS-OUTS, thus 245-8 means a team has scored 245 runs and eight of their batsmen are out. In Australia (only Australia), these numbers are reversed (i.e. 8-245). That is because Australia is on the bottom of the world and hence upside-down from our perspective. If there is no number for outs (called wickets, short for ‘wickets fallen’), that means they are ‘all out’ (i.e. ten are out).

    There are many rules (they’re called ‘laws’ in Cricket) regarding how the ball may be bowled, how a batsmen may be out, etc. Most of them are actually very straightforward. Batsmen are out if the ball is caught on the full after being struck, just like in baseball. Or, they are out if they miss the ball and it hits their wicket (which is like allowing a strike to go by). And so on and so forth.

    Finally, if a team is losing, they have to be all out before there will be a result. Even if a team is 500 runs behind, the winning team cannot win until the fall of the losing team’s final wicket. If time runs out on the fifth day (or weather interrupts, etc.), then the losing team will escape with a draw. This means there is a great deal of tactical play in Cricket. Also, Cricket play is strongly influenced by the weather, and conditions, which is another tactical angle.

    The best way to understand it is to watch a game. In the UK Cricket is carried on Sky; it is on radio via the BBC. In America, the best way to watch it is via Willow.tv (an inexpensive paid streaming service), or to listen to it via the BBC’s world-wide stream offered on YouTube. Outside of the US and UK, other countries make their own arrangements.

    It’s a fantastic game: England are currently playing Sri Lanka in a 3-game test series. After 2 days, here’s the score:

    England 342
    Sri Lanka 203
    England 38-0

    From this you can see that going into day three, England have 380 in total and Sri Lanka has 203, and both have a full ten wickets left in hand. That gives England a commanding lead and three whole days in which to force a result. Go England!

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