Michael and Phaedra express their love of martial arts, and how they don’t mind deceiving themselves in the least, by gaining cardio exercise benefits while doing something inherently fun. “Dirt runs faster than I do” says Phaedra, thinking that zombies chasing her would be a great motivator to run even faster! Talk about living in the undead moment!
Phaedra and Michael talk about a wide variety of alternate reality games (ARGs), from the recently started Google Niantic Project, to the stolen Audi (from 2006 if you can believe that!) to the MIT Game Lab’s Smithsonian game.
Then, the concept of applying games to dating is raised, and while you may think that Phaedra and Michael would start thinking about The Dating Game — no, they take it fully in the more modern way, with phones acting as agents and helping to arrange Dating Flashmobs!
Concluding this show with saving throws featuring videos from Rhett & Link, Michael and Phaedra agree that if you have a tough problem, call the bacon bot ARG and have a good laugh. And a hot tip… if you watch the video in full screen view, there are some hidden videos interviews to find.
Selected show notes links
TechCrunch article: Are Games Really That Persuasive? — http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/10/are-games-really-that-persuasive/
Quest Center — http://chquestcenter.com
Zombies, Run — https://www.zombiesrungame.com
Niantic Project — Day of Weirdness — http://www.nianticproject.com
That’s Niantic — not to be confused with Nyan Cat — http://www.nyan.cat
Requesting an invite via Ingress — http://www.ingress.com
Audi game — find the stolen Audi — http://kotaku.com/038191/stolen-audi-could-be-viral-marketing-game
MIT Game Lab Smithsonian ARG — http://www.fastcompany.com/1748531/mit-creates-one-video-game-youll-be-thrilled-see-your-kid-get-hooked
Michael M — rub some bacon on it video — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSReSGe200A
Phaedra — the breakup song — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyfNZs2dPto&feature=relmfu