IC 26: Westworld, MMORPGs, and Nightmare Comedy

Was Westworld Season 2 actually any good? Michael and Randolf discuss (with spoilers) the show’s pacing and compare it to other premium TV dramas. Plus, Randolf does a deep dive into a Final Fantasy MMORPG, Michael is stressing out over Darkest Dungeon, and we’ve found some surreal and adorable subreddits for Good Internet, Best Internet.

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Show Notes
WESTWORLD SEASON 2 SPOILERS START AT 13:15
Westworld Season 2 on IMDb
Westworld Season 2 premiere discussion in IC episode 21 “Fighting the YouTube Algorithm”
GOT Season Guide on IMDb
Dexter on IMDb

Gaming
Final Fantasy 14 on Wikipedia
“Why Final Fantasy 14 failed (and how it was reborn)” on GamesRadar
FF14: A Realm Reborn review by IGN (2013)
IC episode 25 “Roguelike Games”
Darkest Dungeon on Steam
Darkest Dungeon Crimson Court DLC on Steam
Roguelike games
Random Number Generation (RNG) on Wikipedia
FTL: Faster Than Light

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: r/CoolGamesInc “ghost town” subreddit and related defunct podcast
Michael’s Good 1: Thai Cave boys rescue (see Vox article , cave graphic , and Elon Musk helping)

Randolf’s Good 2: Violent J of Insane Clown Posse posts a video review with his daughter (since removed, see reddit thread). Also r/NotTimandEric (of Tim & Eric fame, purveyors of dark, surreal or nightmare comedy).
Also mentioned:
Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks video on YouTube
The Eric Andre Show on Wikipedia
Michael’s Good 2: r/HappyCowGifs

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IC 25: Roguelike Games 101

For our 25th episode, we’re talking all about gaming. We discuss What We’re Playing This Week, including a game that got looked over because of Breath of the Wild. Then, we discuss roguelike games. What’s with these super tough, unforgiving games, and what are some of the best examples of the genre? Randolf walks Michael through the history of the genre and talks about why gamers should give them a shot. Finally, GIBI features dancing in movies, Russians smuggling an American cadet, and Mister Rogers.

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Show Notes/Gaming
Horizon Zero Dawn
Breath of the Wild on Switch
Persona 5 and IC Episode 21 (where we discussed Persona 4)
r/patientgamers
Article about Horizon Zero Dawn being eclipsed by BOTW
Horizon’s developer hired anthropologists
Guerilla Games
Killzone series
Darkest Dungeon
Roguelike games
Dungeons and Dragons
Rogue (1980)
Hack (1985)
netHack (1987)
FTL: Faster Than Light
No Man’s Sky
r/NoMansSkyTheGame
Diablo series
Dwarf Fortress (2006)
Boatmurdered story

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Dancing in Movies on Vimeo (from this Reddit thread)
Michael’s Good 1: r/TodayILearned thread story about Russians smuggling an American Air Force Cadet into Lithuania
Randolf’s “Good” 2: r/BoneHurtingJuice (based on this meme)
Michael’s Good 2: Some guy visualizes all of Mister Rogers’ sweaters over the years (Movie prints “The Color of Motion”, including Disney movies)

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IC 16: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

There’s a lot of weird stuff in this one. Michael and Randolf discuss the DeepFake trend on Reddit that has been in the news. Weird cryptocurrencies you’ve never heard of, as well as some Bitcoin discussion. Some bloody indie gaming, and then a GIBI about social networks, Disney, and beautiful HBO shows we love.

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Show Notes
SFW DeepFakes subreddit
r/DeepCage
Neural network technology
CGP Grey: How Robots Learn
“Be Right Back” Black Mirror Episode
r/Garlicoin
Banks get cold feet about Bitcoin

Gaming
Martial Arts Brutality on Steam
Hearthstone from Blizzard

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Facebook’s usage drops, but Zuckerberg says it’s okay.
Michael’s Bad: The Solo TV Spot was meh. (They have since release a full trailer, but my thoughts are still similar about their teasers for the movie.)
Randolf’s Bad: r/AskReddit thread “Which Disney character would you want to have sex with?”
Michael’s Good: Westworld Season 2 trailer

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IC 15: Pineapple on a Leash

Michael and Randolf return for their first (publishable) episode of 2018. Some people aren’t liking the Last Jedi, a discussion of the merits of sleep, and some weird GIF based subreddits. Randolf is playing a cool Early Access game, and GIBI features both climate change denial and appreciation of fruit.

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Show Notes
Star Wars The Last Jedi on IMDb
Reactions to Star Wars The Last Jedi (articles on WaPo, Vox)
The Last Jedi is almost a Tragedy (Vox)
Why do we need to sleep? (The Atlantic)
r/nonononoyes (examples 1, 2, and others)
r/maybemaybemaybe

Gaming
Slay the Spire on Steam
Hearthstone from Blizzard

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Call Me By Your Name fan goes to Italy and takes photos (article, original tweets).
Michael’s Bad: NOAA says 2017 was the warmest year on record, Twitter idiots disagree .
Also Mashable review of the study and Vox’s graphic

Randolf’s Bad: Twitch streamer DrDisrespect announces his return to streaming, after marriage infidelity scandalMany commenters suggest that this entire thing was a ploy. (Also mentioned: Game Grumps on YouTube)
Randolf’s Good: r/KnightsOfPineapple

Randolf’s Happily Never Equal podcast on iTunes

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