WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew plays Project Highrise after receiving it as part of this month's Humble Bundle subscription service, while Dan reads a book about the history of the Japanese game industry in Chris Kohler's Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life.
THINK INSIDE THE BOX: With Andrew's sojourn into the world of subscription grab-bag services, he and Dan discuss the growing phenomenon and where they think the trajectory may end up.
ACCELERATED EVOLUTION: When a YouTube star gets the spotlight from a major industry publication, his world starts to crumble a little bit despite his denial of it. Swedish YouTube sensation, PewDiePie, encountered some issues after an exposé by the Wall Street Journal causes him to lose valuable contracts and allies and seemingly sends him into a strange spiral of denial and self-pity––without losing any subscribers. Andrew and Dan look at this very strange situation and how it connects to the larger cultural issues the news media and celebrity are dealing with while trying to figure out a solution.
For all intents and purposes, that was an episode recap.
-"Stayin' in Black" by Wax Audio -"(The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box" by Murray Gold (from Doctor Who) -"Fall From Grace, Pt. 2" by Andrew Hale & Simon Hale (from L. A. Noire)