IC 31: Unwanted Songs and Cut Scenes

News of Telltale Games shutting down leads to questions about their production model, original IP, and stories of overworked developers. Randolf has lots to say about Spiderman on the PS4, and Michael tried the Black Ops 4 battle royale mode a while back. That plus a GIBI with great streaming TV, some weird Twitter videos, and even weirder Reddit threads.

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Show Notes
Telltale games shuts down (The Verge)
Telltale cofounder announcement
Game of Thrones Telltale game (Wikipedia)
Article about Telltale layoffs and working conditions (The Verge)
Kingdom Hearts series (Wikipedia)

Gaming/What We’re Watching
Spiderman (2018 game) (Wikipedia)
Skyrim (Wikipedia)
COD Black Ops 4 (Wikipedia)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) (Wikipedia)
Fortnite: Battle Royale (Wikipedia)
WoW: Battle for Azeroth expansion (Wikipedia)
Discussion of WoW in IC episode 30
WoW: Burning Crusade (Wikipedia)
WoW: Cataclysm (Wikipedia)
Nightmare/horror comedy discussion in IC episode 26

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Will Sasso in NYC (Twitter)
Michael’s Good 1: Bojack Horseman Season 5 (IMDb)
Michael’s Good 2: r/KenM (examples: 12,  3) ; Ken M Vox video on YouTube)
Randolf’s Good 2: The Most Unwanted Song (Wikipedia) (the song on YouTube;  Reddit discussion thread of the song)

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IC 30: Twitter and Other Birds

Michael’s having a reflective moment about his Twitter usage. When is this often frustrating platform actually good for us to use? And when should we reconsider using it? Randolf keeps finding this weird, clever moments on Reddit threads. Lots of games TV/movies we’ve seen lately, plus a slew of fascinating subreddits, mostly about birds and nostalgia.

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Show Notes
Hurricane Florence on Wikipedia
Seth Abramson on Twitter
“What’s a Bogan?” spontaneous r/AskReddit thread

Gaming/What We’re Watching
Spiderman (2018 game)
Spiderman 2 (2014 game)
Marvel Cinematic Universe
WoW: Battle for Azeroth
“Battle for Azeroth Smashes Launch Records as Players Return to the World of Warcraft” via Extreme Tech
Insomniac Games on Wikipedia
The Spyro Series on Wikipedia

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous on IMDb
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming Kin on IMDb
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Aubrey Plaza on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: r/lewronggeneration – “a subreddit dedicated to satirically mocking those people who, blinded by their own nostalgia, believe certain things in the past to be unequivocally better than today”
Michael’s Good 1: r/BirdsBeingDicks – (cockatoo taking apart house, parrot messing with Alexa, “level 5 Goose warning”)
Michael’s Good 2:  video on Twitter of an eagle’s view as it flies over Orkey, Scotland
Randolf’s Good 2: r/CityPorn (SFW) – Like EarthPorn, but for cities instead of nature. (example: Casablanca)

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IC 29: Pokemon Don’t Go

It turns out that using your phone numbers to identify yourself online is pretty unsecure, as a recent T-Mobile hack shows us. That plus Pokemon Go is in the news again, and it isn’t any good news. Randolf’s playing a pun-tastic game, Michael’s seen a cringe-inducing but excellent indie movie by Bo Burnham, and GIBI has us talking about lazy dogs, a useful noise app, and some conspiracy  subreddits.

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Show Notes
T-Mobile hack and the problem of phone numbers as public identifiers (Wired)
Two-factor authentication on Wikipedia
CGP Grey YouTube explainer about why Social Security numbers are bad identifiers
IMEI numbers on Wikipedia
Google Authenticator on Google
Equifax 2017 breach (FTC)
Niantic’s Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago park was a disaster (The Verge)
Pokemon Go on Wikipedia
Niantic’s Ingress game on Wikipedia

Gaming/What We’re Watching
South Park: The Fractured but Whole on Wikipedia
South Park: The Stick of Truth on Wikipedia
Eighth Grade on IMDb
Ghost World (2001) on IMDb
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) on IMDb
Boyhood (2014) on IMDb
Hannibal Buress on Wikipedia
The Eric Andre Show on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: mynoise.net
Michael’s Good 1: r/FinlandConspiracy
Randolf’s Good 2: r/undelete
Michael’s Good 2: The Museum of English Rural Life’s Twitter thread on lazy working dogs (favorite responses here, here, here, and here)

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IC 28: Mattress Wars

What happened to the one guy who ruled over the entire online mattress market with his review site? We discuss that ridiculous story, as well as Game of Thrones Season 8: who will live, who will die, who becomes a zombie? Plus some gaming nostalgia, Randolf continues to serve up some very odd subreddits, and the logo designs for SPACE FORCE!

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Show Notes
Sleepopolis article in Fast Company, including Derek Hale’s first ever review
Affiliate marketing on Wikipedia
Deadpool on r/gameofthrones for season 8
Sad Jon Snow meme

Gaming
Heroes of the Storm
Hearthstone
Factorio
Sim City (original title)
Cities: Skylines
Kingdom Hearts II
Civilization V
Age of Empires II and III
Truck Simulator
Prison Architect

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: r/hmm
Michael’s Good 1: BBC hospital documentary during 2017 Westminster attack (from r/videos)
Randolf’s Good 2: r/DeepIntoYouTube
Michael’s Good 2: Space Force logos (looks like No Man’s Sky)

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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 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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