IC 39: Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts III has been out for a couple of weeks, and everyone’s talking about it. What’s it like so far? Why is it such a beloved series? We discuss where KH3 stands as a successor game and given the state of games today. We also discuss our You’ve Gotta See This movie, Moon (2009), and GIBI features explainer videos, a dubbed rap video, and some subreddit highlights.

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Show Notes

Kingdom Hearts released at the end of January (CNET)

“Kingdom Hearts is a game in which you had to Be There” (@MaxKriegerVG)

Final Fantasy XV (Wikipedia)

Final Fantasy VII (Wikipedia)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (Wikipedia)

Vaporware in gaming (Wikipedia)

You’ve Gotta See This (YGST)

This time: Moon 2009 (IMDb)

For next time: Russian Doll (IMDb)

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Rapper doesn’t pay video production company for his music video. So they release it anyway, dubbed.
Michael’s Good 1: Barry Kramer (formerly of Game Grumps) does a 30 minute dense explainer on the entire Kingdom Hearts series

Randolf’s Good 2: r/RoastMe refuses to roast a depressed teenager, instead offers him help.
Michael’s Good 2: A guy on r/TacoBell commits to eating at the restaurant every day of 2019. He posts a follow-up in February confirming he’s still alive.

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 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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