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August 15, 2013 7:23 AM   Subscribe

1) Go to any old YouTube video.
2) Type "1980".
3) DEFEND THIS VIDEO FROM ATTACK. FOR GREAT JUSTICE!

(For those of you on tablets or mobile, it looks like this.)
posted by Rory Marinich (32 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
(Also try typing "1337".)
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:24 AM on August 15, 2013


Type Brony into the youtube search bar, hit enter, wait.
posted by hellojed at 7:30 AM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


here ya go folks, if you were as confused as I was...
posted by HuronBob at 7:39 AM on August 15, 2013


I've yet to have the "brony" one work (I've seen it on EQD described as searching for "My Little Pony," but it still doesn't work). If you search for several character names (and fan names) from the show, though, it'll change the color of the banner. (Try Lyra, Luna or Twilight Sparkle, for instance.)

It reminds me of the old customization they applied to the Nyan Cat video, where the progress marker and seek bar were a little Nyan Can trailing a rainbow, but soon after that they changed the player and that disappeared, and it really wasn't around for long. Just saying, YouTube has a history of removing these customizations after awhile, so enjoy them while they last.
posted by JHarris at 7:43 AM on August 15, 2013


(Also, "for great justice" is kind of misapplied to the Missile Command game, which was made by Atari, then entirely an American company. And you can't do matchbooks well, which is disappointing, but I guess understandable considering you have unlimited ammo in this.)
posted by JHarris at 7:45 AM on August 15, 2013


Well that was fun
posted by caddis at 7:47 AM on August 15, 2013


The magic search appears to be "bronies", not "brony". It's not terribly exciting, though.

I did get something pretty impressive when I typed Cthulhu, but now my monitor's broken, my rug is soaked, and I don't recognize any of the keys on my keyboard.
posted by 23 at 7:47 AM on August 15, 2013 [17 favorites]


The "bronies" search finally worked for me. They seem to have repurposed the graphics they use for Google Hangouts' /ponies command.
posted by JHarris at 7:52 AM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's Dylan Grillin?
posted by 256 at 7:57 AM on August 15, 2013


they should put in a 0891 that lets you fire missiles at videos
posted by Ad hominem at 8:01 AM on August 15, 2013


That is the best of the included videos I think, the second link in the FPP. Although the chicken yodeling has a certain appeal.
posted by JHarris at 8:01 AM on August 15, 2013


(That is, "What's Dylan Grillin?")
posted by JHarris at 8:02 AM on August 15, 2013


I always sucked at missile command.
posted by cashman at 8:05 AM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


On the one hand, this is cool. On the other hand, google is a giant corporate monopoly and they made this "cool" thing in the hopes that "cool" people would do some free guerilla marketing for them, and build a bunch of good-will for their brand. I hate it when mega-corporations try this type of thing and it succeeds.

For some reason, this feels different to me than when someone makes a "friday flash fun" post. Those flash games are usually produced by game development studios that are producing the game out of a commercial interest, much like how google produced this game out of a commercial interest. So I don't know why it feels different to me. Maybe it's just the size of the corporation? I'm more okay with people funneling money to an indie game-dev studio, vs solidifying the monopoly that google already has. But maybe it's because, with the flash game, there is no trick. The company made the flash game to make a flash game. Google made this game to advertise its video service.

I don't know. I have some allergy to guerilla marketing. I hope I didn't ruin anybody's day with this rant.

Cranky old man mode: Off.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 8:44 AM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


The creation of missile command and the haunting of its creator, Dave Theurer, a fantastic article on Polygon that happens to be topical.

It always bugs me when people make Missile Command clones and leave out the key strategic element of the game, the fact that you have 3 bases with limited animation. The bases aren't interchangeable; missiles fired from the sides take forever to reach the opposite side and the center base is most valuable because it can reach the whole screen fastest. Managing your defense missile stocks and choosing which base to save is a key element to playing Missile Command really well.
posted by Nelson at 9:17 AM on August 15, 2013 [8 favorites]


limited ammunition.
posted by Nelson at 9:38 AM on August 15, 2013


> I always sucked at missile command.

Missile Command, like a lot of '80s games, was existentially depressing. You couldn't win. All you could do was stave off death for a while. '80s games were kind of like life in general that way.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:41 AM on August 15, 2013 [7 favorites]


I am so bad at this game that it's actually ruined my afternoon
posted by joboe at 9:53 AM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Missile Command, like a lot of '80s games, was existentially depressing

It could have been worse. The original title for Atari's Missile Command was "Armageddon".
posted by JoeZydeco at 9:59 AM on August 15, 2013


That very efficiently locked up my browser. Well done!
posted by gjc at 10:02 AM on August 15, 2013


Well, thank god they freed up the corporate resources they were using for maintaining Google Reader for more important core business operations.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 10:23 AM on August 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Doesn't seem to work with find-as-you-type.
posted by oddman at 11:20 AM on August 15, 2013


On the other hand, google is a giant corporate monopoly and they made this "cool" thing in the hopes that "cool" people would do some free guerilla marketing for them, and build a bunch of good-will for their brand. I hate it when mega-corporations try this type of thing and it succeeds.

I had good fun with this until I realized that earlier in the day I discovered the "search" function doesn't work in Google calendar. Not only that, it hasn't worked since 2011.

So i'm thinking the best way to frag the free guerilla marketing is to fill the thread with the stuff Google's fallen down on.

And what up with the terrible user interface in Gmail? ....
posted by storybored at 11:35 AM on August 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I always sucked at missile command.

If it's any consolation, this isn't exactly like Missile Command. The invaders come too fast, but the player also has unlimited firepower and much quicker missiles.

I'm guessing they're not expecting you to play for more than 10 seconds.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 12:19 PM on August 15, 2013


I always feel bad for Dave Theurer, who made the ultra-classics Missile Command and Tempest, as well as the unsuccessful yet amazingly visionary games I, Robot (the very first 3D polygonal video game of all) and APB (a very early open world game, and in an arcade form factor to boot). Alas, APB had a long development time, and while it had great sales its first week they fell off rapidly after that, and (going from memory of things I've read here and there) it probably contributed in his departure from Atari.
posted by JHarris at 1:03 PM on August 15, 2013


Of course, this is Atari's APB, not the more recent 3D game.
posted by JHarris at 1:06 PM on August 15, 2013


I typed 1980 into the youtube search bar (even though where to type this was unspecified in the instructions), hit return, and I got 1980 search results. So I don't get it.
posted by dgaicun at 1:47 PM on August 15, 2013


You just type it while the video has focus. Not into a text box, but like a cheat code.
posted by JHarris at 1:50 PM on August 15, 2013


I remember when I Robot appeared at our local arcade and it was quite amazing to watch the demo screen. However it was also 50 cents a play there were other games I could play for 20 minutes or more per quarter.
posted by localroger at 3:39 PM on August 15, 2013


I just called up a Barenaked Ladies video and lost on purpose, which is as close as I'll ever get to my lifelong dream of nuking Barenaked Ladies.
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:55 PM on August 15, 2013


The Barenaked Ladies are triple-platinum. Are you??
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 6:06 PM on August 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


for the love of... Ranking Monkey, let's move on.
posted by JHarris at 8:05 PM on August 15, 2013


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