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 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?”)

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IC 22: How Far Down Does This Subreddit Go?

A new study says that Americans, especially young people, are lonely. But what can we really take away from these findings? We find some utterly fantastic ASCII art, a discussion of games much-anticipated and not so anticipated, and GIBI features a grab bag of subreddits that are incredible and/or horrifying.

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Show Notes
Americans are lonely (NPR) and Cigna study
Research that discusses loneliness and social media correlation
UK appoints Minister of Loneliness via New York Times
ASCII art on Wikipedia
Diana Smith’s ASCII art via Vox

Gaming
E3 2018 conference on Wikipedia
Luigi’s Mansion 3DS remake via Polygon
Kirby Star Allies for the Nintendo Switch
The Virtual Boy console on Wikipedia
Stardew Valley on Wikipedia
Kingdom Hearts 3 on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy 15 on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy 13 on Wikipedia
r/PatientGamers

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: r/shittylifeprotips (also mentioned r/lifeprotips)
Michael’s Bad: r/RebornDollCringe
Randolf’s Bad: Cambridge Analytica changes its name (see also IC episode 19: “Surprise, Facebook is Bad”)
Michael’s Good: r/ATBGE (including German police stop post) ….and r/NeverTellMeTheOdds (including gymnast hat flip and random scripted game event) (also mentioned No Man’s Sky)

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IC 21: Fighting the YouTube Algorithm

A discussion of the premiere of Westworld Season 2. Buzzfeed has an utterly bizarre story out that involves Jordan Peele and reminds us of a technology we’ve discussed previously. Randolf’s deep in JRPGs, both of us have tried PUBG Mobile and have very different takeaways, and Good Internet, Bad Internet has a subreddit that’s the trash heap of the Internet.

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Show Notes
Westworld on IMDb
Westworld trailer during the Super Bowl
Hannibal on IMDb
/r/westworld
IC Episode 16 about deepfakes: “Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
Buzzfeed deepfake video and story
YouTube’s new government-funded creators policy
Twitter trying to fix its verification process
Russia Today on Wikipedia

Gaming
Persona 4 Golden on Wikipedia
IC Episode 19 about Persona 4 Golden: “Surprise, Facebook is Bad”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Metal Rain event

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Jessica Jones Season 2 (also Carrie Anne Moss , Kristen Ritter )
Randolf’s Bad: Verne Troyer passed away (Reddit account and Instagram notice about his passing)
Michael’s 2nd Good: A very good dog in Australia (photo, article
Randolf’s Good:  r/DeepIntoYouTube

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IC 20: A Starship of Chameleons

A look at a crazy Google Glass-like invention that purports to understand a person’s inner monologue. We have yet another conversation about Facebook, with Zuckerberg’s Messenger history in the news. Michael’s playing a more casual survival game, PUBG throws the book at some imitators, and in Good Internet, Bad Internet, Randolf shares a truly awesome set of Japanese gum commercials.

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Show Notes
The AlterEgo device on The Guardian
Black Mirror “The Entire History of You” on IMDb (incorrectly mentioned as “Be Right Back”)
Zuckerberg’s FB messages are being deleted on TechCrunch

Gaming
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PUBG creators finally going after imitators on Ars Technica
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Don’t Starve on Steam
r/PatientGamers
Surviv.io
Internet Citizen Episode 18 about Surviv.io tactics (discussion starts at 35:21)

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Series of excellent Japanese gum commercials (Reddit thread here)
Michael’s Good: A Redditor uncovers a minor conspiracy about the group name for chameleons
Randolf’s Bad: r/WhatCouldGoWrong
Michael’s 2nd Good: The American Chopper Argum Meme on Know Your Meme (also mentioned the Dinosaur comics)

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IC 19: Surprise, Facebook is Bad

Michael and Randolf dive into the complex story of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and what a “good” social network should be. They also discuss Randolf’s “new” gaming system, a spectrum of battle royale games, and Michael finally has tried Breath of the Wild. Plus GIBI sees a cute school project, possible deepfakes, memes in the wild, and more.

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Show Notes
Cambridge Analytica articles by The Guardian
The Case against Facebook by Vox
News Feed Eradicator extension for Chrome
Facebook says sorry in full-page newspaper ads by The Verge
“Facebook killers” like Ello
Nearly half of U.S. teens prefer Snapchat over other social media by Recode

Gaming
PS Vita
Persona 4: Golden
Fortnite: Battle Royale
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Surviv.io
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Producer dad helps kid with weather report video
Michael’s Bad: People are faking an image/GIF of Emma Gonzalez (Parkland student) ripping up a constitution.
Randolf’s Bad: Facebook, again. Many people are participating in the twitter #DeleteFacebook campaign (Elon Musk also deletes his Facebook pages)
Michael’s Good: Teens at March for Our Lives using Spongebob memes on signs (via Daily Dot) (Mocking Spongebob and Savage Patrick on Know Your Meme)
4chan on Wikipedia

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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 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

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IC 14: A Year in Review

A spoiler-free preview of Star Wars The Last Jedi (AKA Michael and Randolf make a bunch of guesses about the movie), and an episode reviewing the year that was 2017. We look at Reddit novelty accounts gone by, what’s happened in podcasting, and our favorite games of the past year. We also replace Good Internet, Bad Internet with a superlative Best Internet, Worst Internet. We hope you all enjoy and we’ll see you in 2018!

Please note that we do discuss current American politics in this episode starting around 50:10 for about 15 minutes.

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Show Notes
Star Wars The Last Jedi on IMDb
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on IMDb
Solo: A Star Wars Story on IMDb 
u/AWildSketchAppeared says he’s leaving Reddit
u/Poem_for_your_sprog
u/Shitty_Watercolour
Will Wheaton’s reddit account
Serial podcast on Overcast
S-Town podcast on Overcast
The Daily podcast by the New York Times
Missing Richard Simmons podcast on Overcast

Gaming
Factorio on Steam
Notch’s review of Factorio on Twitter
Starcraft II
Overwatch
World of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment on Wikipedia
The Witcher 3

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Best and Worst Internet: Twitter
New York Times article about the President’s daily routine
Randolf’s Worst: The politicization of everything online (and offline)
Randolf’s Best: r/place (see the summary post , the r/place video summary and the r/place interactive Atlas )

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