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 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 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 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 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 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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