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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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 27: Real World Memes

There’s a statue in the middle of London of a shirtless Jeff Goldblum, and of course someone’s complaining about it online. Do memes belong in the real world, or should they stay on the Internet? The DC Cinematic Universe keeps trying without much success. In What We’re Playing/Watching This Week, Randolf’s spent hours on a quirky JRPG, while Michael has gotten around to finishing Stranger Things. GIBI features even more trailers (for good things this time), and some cool webcomics.

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Show Notes
Jurassic Jeff statue in London
Guardian op-ed about the statue
Goldblum’s post about statue
Fine Brothers Controversy in 2016 (Medium post by vlogbrothers’ Hank Green)
Titans TV show trailer on YouTube
Aquaman trailer on YouTube
DC Cinematic/Extended Universe
Wonder Woman
Justice League

Gaming
Yakuza 0
Skyrim
Sega Out Run
Sega Super Hang-On
Dance Dance Revolution
Octopath Traveler
Chrono Trigger
Mana (Square Enix series)
IGN’s Review of Octopath Traveler

What Michael’s Watched:
The Big Sick (starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Aidy Bryant (mistakenly called Vanessa Bayer in the show))
Funny People
Stranger Things Season 2 on IMDb

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass trailer
Michael’s Good 1:  Series 11 trailer of Doctor Who
Randolf’s Good 2: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Comics (mentioned: Everyone lives a lie, zombie moviecomic relating to Three Word Phrase)
Michael’s Good 2: Three Word Phrase Comics (including this one and this one, and Randolf’s favorite)

Also mentioned:
Shyamalan’s Split movie
Unbreakable movie
DW S11 trailer
Jodie Whittaker
Peter Capaldi
XKCD

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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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