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 37: Internet Parenting

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was on everyone’s minds at the start of the New Year, but why is everyone so down on it? We discuss the film (with spoilers!), as well as the games we’ve been playing this week. We also talk about the movie Roma and Syfy’s Happy!, and a number of interesting places we found on Reddit and YouTube over the holiday.

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Show Notes

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch released on December 28th (Deadline)

Bandersnatch not playing on some platforms

IGN’s map of Bandersnatch endings

Bandersnatch reviews on Rotten Tomatoes

Bandersnatch path system and story development (The Hollywood Reporter

Bandersnatch actor Will Poulter exits Twitter (CBR)

Gaming

Oxygen Not Included (Steam)

God of War (Steam)

You’ve Gotta See This

Last time: Happy! (IMDb) and Roma (IMDb)

Next time: The Good Place Season 1 (IMDb)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: This Sesame Street iteration of the Yanni / Laurel audio phenomenon
Michael’s Good 1: musicforprogramming.net – music designed to help while concentrating on your work
Randolf’s Good 2: YouTuber PaymoneyWubby (Kids ASMR Example, Musical.ly example)
Michael’s Good 2:  r/InternetParents

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IC 36: Death Just Comes For You

Streaming took over TV in 2018 according to a recent article. We also talk about (another) Battle Royale mode, this time from CS:GO, and the release of Smash Bros. Ultimate. We discuss our first TV/movie assignments for You’ve Gotta See This, and in Good Internet, Best Internet we’ve found a moral dilemma machine and tracking our screen time.

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Show Notes

Streaming Shows Outnumbered Cable in 2018 (Indiewire)

Gaming

Counter Strike: Global Offensive launches “Danger Zone” BR mode

Smash Bros. Ultimate Release Date, Characters and More (Polygon)

r/patientgamers

You’ve Gotta See This

Last time: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (IMDb) and Schitt’s Creek (IMDb)

Next time: Happy! (IMDb) and Roma (IMDb)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: MIT’s Moral Machine
Michael’s Good 1: r/asianpeoplegifs (amazing balancing bottles GIF)
Randolf’s Good 2: r/youseeingthisshit (Example 1, Example 2)
Michael’s Good 2: iOS’s new Screen Time report (also mentioned RescueTime)

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IC 35: You’ve Gotta See This

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Netflix is parting ways with Marvel, and the reason why is a bit more complex than we expected. We talk about a Japanese strategy game and a futuristic Nazi shooter, and GIBI features more subreddits and a new YouTuber that Randolf’s discovered. We also introduce our newest segment, You’ve Gotta See This.

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Show Notes

Netflix Cancels Daredevil (NBC)

“The Real Reasons Netflix is Cancelling its Marvel Shows” (Forbes)

Marvel won’t be on Disney+ (CBR.com)

Gaming

Monster Hunter World (Wikipedia)

MHW review on YouTube

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Wikipedia)

r/patientgamers/

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Wikipedia)

Bulletstorm (Wikipedia)

Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (Wikipedia)

Medal of Honor series (Wikipedia)

Half Life 2 (Wikipedia)

Doom (2016) (Wikipedia)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Wikipedia)

Minions from Despicable Me (Wikipedia)

You’ve Gotta See This

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (IMDb)

Schitt’s Creek (IMDb)

Arrested Development (IMDb)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Girlfriend Reviews (YouTube)
Michael’s Good 1: r/perfectlycutscreams (dog petting example) (To Be Continued YouTube examples)
Michael’s Good 2: r/MaliciousCompliance (pedestrian walkway example)
Randolf’s Good 2: Red Dead Online’s bad economy and crazy online content (Examples 1, 2, 3, 4)

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IC 34: Social Media FOMO

Social media is bad for us, and a new university study has proof. We talk about the impact of “FOMO” that social media causes in younger people, plus the 2018 Game Award nominees are both surprising and unsurprising. Fallout’s new game looks quite bad, and GIBI features a social media site we actually like and dogs!

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Show Notes
FOMO study shows mental/behavioral improvement when social media is limited to 10 minutes a day (Business Insider, cited study by the UPenn)
Reddit thread about the study

Gaming
2018 Nominees for the Game Awards
Celeste indie game
Metroidvania game genre
No Man’s Sky
Undertale
Detroit: Becoming Human trailer
Video game designer David Cage 
Fallout 76
Fallout 76 article from The Verge about raids
Scorchbeast queen video
Leroy Jenkins WoW video meme
Final Fantasy 14
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
(Note: in the episode we mention that Freddie Mercury was gay, but evidence suggests he actually didn’t identify as gay specifically, but more sexually fluid.)
The Rageaholic band review of Queen (YouTube)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Letterboxd.com, a social media site for film enthusiasts, including cataloging the movies you’ve seen.
Michael’s Good 1: The movie trailer for Pokemon Detective Pikachu (see also the 2018 game Detective Pikachu)
Randolf’s Good 2: r/ooer (and a quintessential example here). Also Reddit removing CSS customization.
Michael’s Good 2: Netflix’s Dogs trailer (also Daredevil Season 3 and The Defenders)

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IC 33: Blizzard’s Diablo Fiasco

Remember that short bit of drama over Justin Bieber eating a burrito incorrectly? Turns out, it was a hoax, but what exactly happened? Plus, Blizzard is in trouble with its fans over the Diablo series, and Red Dead 2 is on everyone’s game consoles. Plus some GIBI with English rural life, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more.

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Show Notes
Video documentary on YouTube by the creators of the viral “Justin Bieber eating a burrito” photo (BuzzFeed)
Alternate Reality Game (ARG) (Wikipedia)
Overwatch’s Sombra ARG (Overwatch Wiki)
Halo 3 ARG marketing campaign “Iris” (Wikipedia)
Randolf’s ARG circa 2008

Gaming
BlizzCon announces Diablo mobile game (PCGamer)
Videos of questions from BlizzCon audience: “Do you guys not have phones?” and “Is this an April Fools’ joke?”
Red Dead 2 reviews on Metacritic
Red Dead 2 advertising photos
Red Dead 2 game is 99-107GB big (GameSpot)
Red Dead 2 makes $700m in opening weekend (Fortune)
The Witcher 3 (Wikipedia)
Red Dead Redemption (2010) (Wikipedia)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Some guys watch the Disney film Sky High for 24 hours straight and it goes how you might expect.
Michael’s Good 1: r/reddeadredemption has some great, ridiculous gameplay posts (horse tracking GIF, intimidationGIF)
Randolf’s Good 2: Scottish girl singing Bohemian Rhapsody (and other Scottish girl doing a “singing” video of Cher Lloyd) 
Michael’s Good 2:The Museum of Rural English Life does it again on Twitter, this time with Star Wars, and Mark Hamill joins in.

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IC 32: Spiderman Selfies

Facebook has another breach of user data – when will enough be enough for users to quit it? Plus some mischievous hackers are making PS4 users brick their consoles. Randolf’s getting through a JRPG remake, Michael’s all into Doctor Who right now, and some GIBI with video game selfies and sound-based subreddits.

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Show Notes
Facebook story (New York Times)
PS4 bricking (Verge)
Reddit post about PS4 bricking
Xbox One “backwards compatibility” bricking story

Gaming/What We’re Watching
Doctor Who Series 11 (IMDb)
Jodie Whittaker (IMDb)
Honest Trailer for modern Doctor Who (YouTube)
/r/doctorwho
Maniac (Wikipedia)
Trailer for Maniac (YouTube)
Bojack Horseman (IMDb)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Gizmodo’s “100 Websites That Shaped The Internet As We Know It
Michael’s Good 1: Spiderman 4 selfies and DLC update
Michael’s Good 2: Treyarch dev comments on Black Ops 4 Reddit Thread with incredibly detailed response.
Randolf’s Good 2: r/SoundsLikeMusic (and (“20th Century Fox” highlight)

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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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