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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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 #11: The Conspiracy Podcast

Michael and Randolf discuss how the Internet is handling the JFK Files release, polarized opinions around Blade Runner 2049, and what games we’re playing this week. That plus a Good Internet, Bad Internet segment featuring Halloween costumes, healthcare, creepypasta and a very weird animal behavior.

JFK files download link
r/JFKFiles
British paper received tip to call the American Embassy on the day of the assassination
Reddit’s Boston Marathon bombing investigation (via the Atlantic)
Overwatch ARG for Sombra
Blade Runner 2049 on Wikipedia
r/movies official Blade Runner (spoiler-heavy) thread
r/truefilm Blade Runner thread
Hardcore Henry on IMDb
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Wikipedia
Wonder Woman on Wikipedia
Deadpool on Wikipedia

Gaming
Super Mario Odyssey on Wikipedia
Fallout 4 on Wikipedia
KeeperRL
Dungeon Keeper on Wikipedia
Battle Brothers on Steam
Opus Magnum on Steam

GIBI
Randolf’s Good: r/pics halloween photos megathread
Randolf’s 2nd Good: Polybius on Wikipedia, Angry Video Game Nerd video series about Polybius
Michael’s Bad: Woman ranting on Twitter about healthcare bureaucracy actually becoming life threatening
Randolf’s Bad: An example of what tiered Internet would be like (also Reddit discussion of this page)
Michael’s Good: Opossum catnapping/training on Twitter

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IC #10: The Dumbest Story of 2017

This episode features possibly the dumbest story of the year, the McDonald’s Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle. Michael and Randolf also talk about how online communities celebrate Halloween and the games we’re interested in right now. In Good Internet, Bad Internet they discuss a $100 hamburger in the middle of nowhere, some hard truths about cruise ships, and a very, very good dog.

Season 3 Episode 1 of Rick and Morty on IMDb
Article about Szechuan Sauce debacle (also here)
Justin Roiland sent a jug of sauce by McDonald’s employee
Justin Roiland says he wasn’t involved with promotion
Photos of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce promotional materials
Twitter Moment about McDonald’s running out of Szechuan sauce
r/rickandmorty “the fanbase reacting to the fanbase”
People on Twitter change their display names (via The Verge)

Gaming
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Steam
Halloween events on World of WarcraftHeroes of the Storm, and Overwatch
JasonR on Twitch
Fran Bow on Steam
Super Mario Odyssey
Edge Magazine gives Super Mario Odyssey a perfect score (via GamesRadar)
Super Mario RPG on SNES
Super Mario 64
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

GIBI
Randolf’s Good: Alaska guy’s documentary about the $100 hamburger in rural Alaska (found on this subreddit)
Randolf’s Bad: Cruise ship emissions are really, really bad.

Michael’s Bad: Sonoma CA Tubbs fire (map of fire spreading, #CAfires Twitter hashtag of stories about victims) (Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Wikipedia)
Michael’s Good: Smiley the Dog gets a 15/10 on WeRateDogs

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