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 18: What’s With Alexa?

Michael gives his review of Black Panther, he and Randolf discuss whether Black Mirror is hitting its stride or going off the rails, and lots of detailed gaming talk around a PUBG imitator. That plus more Netflix #content, people’s Alexa speakers are acting weird, and a live on-air meltdown.

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Show Notes
Black Panther on Wikipedia
Black Mirror signed for new season
Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce is a disappointment on Eater

Gaming
Surviv.io
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam
Agar.io
Slay the Spire on Steam
Hearthstone on Wikipedia
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Altered Carbon on Wikipedia
Randolf’s Bad: Twitter video of Alexa laughing
Amazon’s patch for Alexa on The Verge
Super bowl Alexa ad on The Verge
Michael’s Bad: Sam Nunberg story on Vox and The Washington Post
Randolf’s Good: Violent video game research article and research summary

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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

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IC 13: An Ever-Present Sense of Impending Doom

China goes off the rails with smart bikes, Michael has been reading a self-help book, and Michael and Randolf spend good bit of time agreeing about the importance of Net Neutrality (made up for with a good bit of disagreeing about an article later in the episode). In our Gaming Corner, Electronic Arts screws up royally with a Star Wars Battlefront comment while Randolf is buying lots of Steam games. Good Internet, Bad Internet features some funny videos, a Nazi sympathizer, and a thought experiment in r/Tinder about an immortal and deadly snail.

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Show Notes
Sky News reporter on Twitter about China’s bikeshare bubble
Guardian article – China’s bikeshare “graveyard”
Michael’s local city subreddit has a post about smart bikes
“frequency illusion” or the Red Car/Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
Cal Newport’s Deep Work on Goodreads
r/DepthHub
r/TrueFilm

Deep Work’s quote from researcher Clifford Nass: “People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy. They can’t manage a working memory. They’re chronically distracted. They initiate much larger parts of their brain that are irrelevant to the task at hand…they’re pretty much mental wrecks.”

Net Neutrality explained, via Wikipedia (also Vox explainer)
SOPA 2011 bill
Ajit Pai
Protests at Verizon stores, via The Verge

(If you’re in the US, get involved with the fight to save Net Neutrality: Battle for the Net or if you want more info, this is a non-partisan subreddit about Net Neutrality.)

Gaming
Moira on the Overwatch Wiki (& live on patch 1.17)
League of Legends via Wikipedia
The infamous EA comment on r/StarWarsBattlefront
r/DataisBeautiful chart comparing most downvoted Reddit comments ever
EA reduces cost to unlock heroes in Battlefront II, via IGN
Middle Earth: Shadow of War on Steam
Rocket League on Steam
Wolfenstein II on Steam

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Five-year-old kid explains how everything in an airplane cockpit  works and airline invites him to use airplane simulator 
Michael’s Bad: The New York Times’ Nazi Sympathizer profile (the author’s response) (tweet by Ezra Klein)
Randolf’s Bad: Video showing the effects of the opioid epidemic (and related Reddit thread with insightful comment about medical professionals)
Michael’s Good: r/Tinder poster gets asked the immortal snail question (also a clip of the original podcast where the snail thought experiment first showed up)

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IC #12: Pugs All The Way Down

We start off with a discussion of the recent Paradise Papers revelations, followed by a supersized gaming corner wherein Randolf gives his verdict on Super Mario Odyssey and Michael is confused by play-to-win gamers. Then a Good Internet, Bad Internet with amazing Reddit comments in odd places, the onslaught of sexual harassment news stories, and a pug-tastic photo that will brighten your day.

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Show Notes

Paradise Papers via The Guardian
r/PanamaPapers (combined subreddit for the Paradise Papers)
“How the Aristocracy Preserved Their Power” via The Guardian

Gaming
South Park Phone Destroyer (official game website)
South Park: The Stick of Truth on Steam
South Park: The Fractured But Whole on Steam (sequel to The Stick of Truth)
Super Mario Odyssey on Wikipedia
Super Mario Galaxy on Wikipedia
Overwatch’s new hero Moira – intro trailer on YouTube and the Overwatch Wiki
Doomfist on the Overwatch Wiki
Orisa on the Overwatch Wiki
Zarya on the Overwatch Wiki
League of Legends via Wikipedia
Bastion is too powerful (from early 2017) via Eurogamer

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: r/WashingtonDC tourist bike post gets a Fresh Prince comment
(see also u/Shitty_Watercolour and u/poem_for_your_sprog)
Randolf’s Bad: r/GIFS thread “Stealing Money from Uber driver’s tip jar”
Michael’s Bad: The sexual harassment stories in the news this month, aka “The Weinstein effect” (via Wikipedia)
Randolf’s Good: r/photoshopbattles: Pugs on pugs on pugs

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