IC 38: The Industry For Your Attention

Lots of news outlets covered Netflix’s letter in which it said to investors that it sees the game Fortnite as its biggest competitor. What does it say that media companies view themselves as peddlers of attention-grabbing products instead of TV shows or other content? Plus, how Fortnite is actually a social networking platform and not simply a video game. We also discuss The Good Place Season 1, an eccentric YouTuber with a green screen, and a very artistic Reddit meme.

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Show Notes

Netflix says their main competition is Fortnite, not HBO (Tech Crunch)

“Fortnite isn’t a game, it’s a place” (Owen Williams)

PUBG: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Wikipedia)

Roblox (Wikipedia)

The Mystery Brand YouTuber scam (The Verge)

Youtubers respond to controversy, one guy says he got a fake pair of shoes from the company (The Verge)

Gaming
Mad Max 2015

Batman: Arkham Asylum

You’ve Gotta See This (YGST)

This time: The Good Place (IMDb)

For next time: Moon 2009 (IMDb)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Youtuber Zebra Corner (example commercial)
Michael’s Good 1: A chart showing the never-ending chain of Redditors painting art of each other (see one such Reddit thread here) (guy who did two different people)
Randolf’s Good 2: r/StuffOnCats
Michael’s Good 2: Facebook is making an awful new app called LOL and even news outlets think it’s awful. The Verge covers every app FB has failed to launch or acquired and shut down

IC 24: Parenting and Flamethrowers

Plenty of media outlets have been paying attention to Elon Musk for his antics with flamethrowers. Is he trying to avoid scrutiny of Tesla? Randolf’s found a blogger who found a bug in a 17-year-old game after a full year of sleuthing. Kingdom Hearts lets us down, what we’re playing this week, plus a renamed Good Internet, Best Internet with Mario Kart and bad parenting skills.

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Show Notes
1000 people get Elon Musk’s flamethrower via The Guardian
Elon Musk’s business fortunes dip via The Guardian 
EM’s controversial tweets about the media
Amateur ROM hacker finds a developer mode in N64 Animal Crossing

Gaming
Kingdom Hearts 3 pushed back to 2019 via EuroGamer
The Kingdom Hearts series via Wikipedia
Suikoden via Wikipedia
Final Fantasy 6/3 via Wikipedia
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) via Wikipedia
PUBG is losing player base via TechSpot
Stardew Valley on Steam
Stardew Valley on Wikipedia
Stardew Valley gets multiplayer with 1.3 patch via PC Gamer
Minecraft via Wikipedia
r/StardewValley
Stardew Valley farm planner
Eve Online via Wikipedia

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1:  Valve announces they will not be removing “offensive” games from the steam store.
Michael’s Good 1: Data scientist finds the optimal Mario Kart character/kart/tire combo (via r/dataisbeautiful)   
Randolf’s “Good” 2: A 9-year-old girl is placed into rehab for “Fortnite Addiction
Michael’s Good 2: Redditor breaks down how nuclear waste is relatively a non-problem (from this r/AskReddit thread “What is something that sounds extremely wrong but is actually correct?”)

Randolf’s Happily Never Equal podcast on iTunes

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