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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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!

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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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