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What It’s Like Going Viral On TikTok and How To Do It

Yesterday I got a text from my friend from film school. She said, “I just had a TikTok get really good attention, and I don’t know what to do next!” The video was of her in clown makeup, smoking a cigarette, and doing an amusing, raspy-voiced character. The last shot was her Mom, who was condescendingly asking her what she was doing with her life. It was a really funny video that got 70k views and 16k likes. She went on to ask me, “Do I continue doing a clown character? If I have to dress up as a clown every day, I’m going to kill myself.” It made me laugh. Why would she have to dress up as a clown? Charli D’Amelio gets a deal with Dunkin Donuts, and my friend Rose is tying her own noose in shoes 5 sizes too big.

The First Time

Why would many people appreciate her video mean that she would have to make the same joke if she no longer wanted to tell it? She went on to tell me, in regards to her video’s success: “it’s fun when the validation starts to roll in, and you don’t want the high to stop.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. My friend has just gone viral on TikTok for the first time. As someone who has gone viral quite a few times, I can attest that calling it a “high” is not at all an understatement though it is fun, it can leave a void in its wake if you don’t approach it with the right mindset.

What Kind of Person Wants to go Viral?
Sean Millea

In my fifth grade yearbook, I had listed next to my photo that my favorite movie was Superbad (I snuck in a viewing at a sleepover) and that the occupation I one day hoped to attain was a comedian/ impersonator. The only impression I can do is Patrick Warburton (Joe from Family Guy, Kronk from Emperor’s New Groove). I don’t foresee leading a particularly successful career impersonating Patrick Warburton. Considering I look nothing like him and he has no distinguishing features beyond his voice, only being able to give a convincing “hey Peter!”  would get old quick if you rented me for a party. So… sorry, fifth grade me, that dream has since passed.

However, I have had success making funny videos on the internet, specifically TikTok. If that classifies me as a comedian, I’m not sure, but it didn’t stop me from putting it in my bio (I used to frequent stand-up but have since stopped). My whole life I liked being funny, and sometimes, I was! I have had several videos reach millions of views and amassed 650k+ followers on TikTok alone. For whatever reason, I have always daydreamed of being famous. Tons of us have. When you want to have a successful career in entertainment, a lot of the time, it requires fame, as shallow as it may seem. It’s the human condition. We want to be validated, and the more people doing it, the better. But what little sliver I’ve had of it, the microcosm of fame TikTok has granted me—and seeing the pursuit of it from others—has made me realize it can be an unhealthy obsession to have.

How I Went Viral

My first viral videos were me challenging kids on TikTok to guess Justin Bieber’s social media passwords and to message me “I got in” once someone did. I followed up with a video where I made it look like someone successfully got into Justin’s Instagram and DMed the code words to me (I just messaged Justin “I got in” on Instagram and marked it as unread, so it looked like he sent ME the message). 

That video got 7 million views. It was quite cool knowing that Justin probably saw the video. If he did, he might have absolutely hated it. But it made me laugh, and that’s really all that mattered. Plus, I know he must have double authentication – so who gives a damn! The thought of millions of kids trying to guess Justin’s password is hysterical to me.

And therein lies the key factor for me having gone viral many times: Making myself laugh.  

I did another series where I had a bunch of kids tag celebrities like Billie Eilish, David Dobrik, and Ellen in photos of me in a Teletubby costume on Halloween until they answered me. We successfully got David Dobrik and Ellen to acknowledge us. At one point, cults of children (and adults, I’d later find out) started tagging other celebrities. At a time, Former President Barack Obama, and every other celebrity I could think of had photos of me in their tagged photos. As fun as it was, it was also kind of scary — some kids started “revolting”, accusing me of using them for clout. Others were just demanding more “targets” to “attack”. It made me laugh, watching children form governments inside Instagram group chats akin to Lord of The Flies. Even the photos of me being beheaded made me laugh.

But after a while, the virality made me anxious. Were these celebrities pissed? Was I going to be known as the Teletubby guy for the rest of the time? I once thought of myself as an artist, but am I now just destined to be a meme? Just like my friend in the clown costume, I was worried that the artistic integrity I thought I once had would be undermined by a juvenile joke in a costume.

What Virality Feels Like

The nature of the internet is such that people will tell you what they really think, and when millions of people are seeing something you’ve done, there are going to be people that don’t like it. Even if it’s great… even if it’s the BEATLES… by nature of probability there will be people who will hate it… and they will tell you. Maybe you can have a higher percentage than most people. Fewer people hate the Beatles than they do, say, Lil Pump (no disrespect Pump), but the opposition will always exist. And that is what you have to be ready for when going viral. There’s not much you can do to stop it besides preventing yourself from reading all the comments.

The Tiktok “clout” I’ve received has definitely resulted in some experiences in the real world. I’ve been recognized twice in public beneath the mask—and it was pretty underwhelming. 

Girl at liquor store: Are you the teletubby guy? 

Me: Yeah.

Girl: Oh, cool. Your total is $15.98.

Me: Nice. 

Seeing people I know is cooler because they most certainly know about it already. But even that has gotten somewhat old. You get sick of telling the same story. They wanna know about the Teletubby thing! Forgive me if I seem ungrateful, but sometimes you just don’t feel like telling a story 1000 times. Now imagine being Paul Mccartney, where everyone knows and loves the Beatles. I bet it gets annoying talking about how the song “Yesterday” came to him in a dream or that the original words in place of “Yesterday” were “scrambled eggs” for the millionth time. Or maybe it doesn’t, I don’t know. I won’t pretend my Tiktok clout compares to being among the best songwriters to have ever lived. But it does make me wonder.

Don’t get me wrong. I love that people enjoyed the videos I have made so far. And I will always tell you about it if you wanna know. But you can only ride the high of that successful thing you did for so long before you think, “Well, what’s next?”. When you make the video, and tons of people like it and commenting on it, you feel like a legend. But a week, a month, a year later, you no longer feel like you did on the day it got a million views.

I hit 700 thousand followers on Tiktok. Then, over a few months, it dropped down to 660k. My first thought was, “wow, I could fill Madison Square Garden twice with the number of people that thought, “fuck this guy’.” A friend of mine pointed out that I could fill it 33 times with the people that stayed, which is a nice sentiment, but “a broken heart has never been mended through the ears.” I realize everyone is different; the nature of my relationship to going viral will be different from other peoples’. Some people post 20 times a day, anything that pops into their head, and they have no problem receiving hate, losing followers, etc. And some people cannot post at all. Everyone’s different! I can only tell you my own perspective. Additionally, getting a lot of followers made it harder to post because there was suddenly a guarantee that a ton of people would see my video, whereas before, it was contingent on the video doing well with the algorithm. 

Going viral is undeniably an amazing feeling. Tons of people enjoying what you’ve made, adding their own twists and observations in the comments, further amplifying the value of the video (and bringing you, the creator, a satisfaction with having collaborated with strangers). It’s not going viral that makes you feel down, but the failed pursuit of getting it again can make you feel like shit. If you’re expecting a video to get a ton of views, or for people to just think it’s funny/engaging, and it ends up tanking, It’s like that first sip of your hot coffee when you find out it’s cold. It’s waking up from the dream where you were married to that person. You can’t go into it with expectations. You have to make it for yourself and be okay with it not connecting like you thought it might have.

How to Go Viral (Understanding the Algorithm)

So how do you go viral on Tiktok? First of all, post a lot. I’d post one, and then watch as the algorithm would take my video away… first to 100 people, then, to 1000 (if the first 100 interacted with it positively)…. And when one would fall flat at 100, I’d delete it and try again. The nature of Tiktok’s algorithm (and art in general) is you really can’t be certain what is going to do well. Doggface said after going immensely viral with his cranberry juice video that he almost didn’t post it, he thought it was silly. 

That being said, there are still some things you can understand about the algorithm. The algorithm likes when you watch a video more than once. If you’re stopping to pause throughout and reading things with text and going back to look at something else, it picks it up and determines, “well, this must be a pretty decent video,” and shows it to more people. It seems to understand how much the audience liked the video based on if they watched it to the end, if they watched it again, if they liked, commented, shared, paused, etc. To achieve these things, I believe it’s similar to essay writing in high-school; you need to hook the viewer right away and keep them throughout. 

Sometimes, like in the case of the Teletubby video, I straight up asked them to watch the video over again. I said, “if you wanna be a part of the cause but don’t feel like tagging celebrities, watch this video multiple times so more people will see it”. And that worked! I think kids, or audiences in general, like to feel like they are a part of the video. Both in the case of Justin’s password, and in the case of the Teletubby thing, it wasn’t just a funny video, but a call to action. 

Chris Rock said in “Talking Funny” that you need to have a clear premise for a stand-up bit to work. I think that is true for videos too. You need a clear premise or a clear thesis. In one video, I say we have to guess Justin Bieber’s Password. In another, I’m showcasing how easy it is to flood celebrities’ Instagram profiles or be seen by them. In another, I’m writing a prisoner. The rules of storytelling remain consistent across platforms, and the baseline rule there is you need to have a story to tell. 

Another thing I like to keep in mind is that there are a lot of kids on TikTok, so remembering that makes being funny, or at least knowing your audience, easier. Not that they laugh easier, because kids are smart (and based on what I see on TikTok, super funny too), but you can still cater to the adolescent humor they would appreciate. And for whatever reason, they seemed more likely to take part in the calls to action.

Some Final Words of Encouragement

So I told you about my friend in the clown costume. I specified she was a friend from film school because I know that she too is an artist. I know she wants to be appreciated for her hilarity and unique storytelling ability. And for the first time, on Tiktok, she was! But instead of feeling great about making tons of people laugh, she turned it into a negative thing. “I guess I have to be a clown for the rest of my career.” No. You have to be you for the rest of your career. That is what people enjoy. You brought life to the clown, and the clown didn’t bring life to you. So untie the noose, take off the big shoes, and go make some people laugh. Or cry. Or whatever it is you want them to do as a result of your story.

And if they don’t, fuck ‘em.

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A Throwback to 15 Different Video Games Based On Classic Cartoons

Maybe it has something to do with quarantine, but if you are anything like me, then you have probably been experiencing massive feelings of nostalgia as of late. I was speaking with a friend recently, and we were reminiscing about our favorite childhood cartoons and video games. That conversation eventually sparked a debate on which animated series had the best accompanying video game. I grew up in the early 2000s—an era where loads of legendary cartoons were on the air at the same time, and I realized that many of my best gaming experiences came from the games associated with those cartoons. So I thought it would be interesting for the ONE37pm team to revisit a few of those titles, and experience that childhood joy again. Here is a throwback to 15 different video games inspired by classic cartoons.

1. Rocket Power Beach Bandits

This game was way more difficult than what I imagined it would be. I originally thought Beach Bandits would be similar to its prequel Rocket Power: Team Rescue where you participated in different skating missions. Boy was I wrong! Beach Bandits was a full-on ‘investigation game’ where you had to take down a company called Golem Industries after finding out they were the ones responsible for stealing all of the sand on the beach. Along the way, you also had to battle Tsunamis, evil robots, an earthquake machine, and plenty of other random obstacles.  I know from a review standpoint this game wasn’t highly rated, but I do believe Beach Bandits was a more cohesive game than Team Rescue. You still got to skate, but the storyline was more entertaining in my opinion. A great game for sure!

2. Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble

Many members of the ONE37pm team are huge Looney Tunes fans, so we definitely had to get a Bugs Bunny game on this list. Double Trouble was unique because you were actually operating in Bugs Bunny’s dream. You had to time travel as Bugs through four different levels in a haunted castle while trying to defeat Gossamer and Yosemite Sam, and but the defeat somehow led to you being stuck in outer space. My mother loved this game and said it was perfect.  I’m not sure if that means anything, though.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better game than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was probably the most popular and in-demand game for a while, and they had a stand-alone version in the arcade with long lines of people waiting for their turn. You could play with four people at a time, and the game was straight fire. Years later, the original Ninja Turtles game remains iconic.

4. Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies

Attack of the Twonkies was one of the most chaotic games that I have ever played. Seriously. The game was based on the Attack of the Twonkies TV special, but it took things a step further by making you battle ‘grompers’ (twonkies in their evolved state) and ‘specialty monsters.’ The ‘Thunderstorm Battle’ was the ultimate test of skill, and I was stuck on that mission for a few days. Attack of the Twonkies is an underrated game that didn’t get its due, and I have fond memories of playing this game on the weekends. It took me about a week to beat, and I wound up playing it again a couple of years later. While Boy Genius was also a decent game, I believe Attack of the Twonkies was the better of the two.

5. Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures

Something is seriously wrong with you if you didn’t like Ed, Edd n Eddy. Now, this title wasn’t my favorite cartoon game, but it served its purpose. You could play as either Ed, Edd, or Eddy, and you had to scam your way through six different levels to get enough money to buy jawbreakers. Yes I know it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hilarious putting your scamming skills to use. Ed, Edd n Eddy only had three games during its duration, and this one is widely considered the best. I would have to agree.

6. Avatar: The Last Airbender

It is kind of hard to put into words just how big Avatar was during its heyday. Even people who weren’t heavily into anime watched the show religiously, and The Last Airbender video game was highly anticipated. I enjoyed this game a lot. You could choose to play as either Aang, Haru, Soka, or Katara, and you had to help Aang (Avatar) master the four elements to bring peace across the four different nations. The storyline was interesting, and there was never a dull moment. I would play it again if I still had my PS2!

7. The Adventures of Batman and Robin

This SNES classic, The Adventures of Batman and Robin, was a platformer fighting game where you played as both Batman and Robin to save the city of Gotham from Joker. Batman games have become so advanced that it is easy to write this one off when it comes to the all-time list, but Adventures was groundbreaking in many different ways. The mechanics of this game were very similar to what Batman fans had come to know and love by the year 1989, and the equipment was also stellar. The music and visuals were outstanding, making the game even more enjoyable. 

8. Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.

Codename: Kids Next Door was one of my favorite cartoons growing up, so of course I had to add the game to my collection. Codename only had two video games based on the series, and to me, this was the better of the two. Every single dangerous villain that the Codename Kids put behind bars through the seasons had escaped, and you were given the task of recapturing them. You also got the opportunity to play as all of the Codename characters, and the gameplay mimicked the series. Not too shabby!

9. Nicktoons Unite

Nicktoons Unite was one of the best games I have ever played. Unite was kind of like an early ‘Ultimate Smash’ in the sense that it featured just about every major Nickelodeon character at that time (Spongebob, Jimmy Neutron, Danny Phantom, and Timmy Turner). The plot was interesting as you had to battle an evil plan put together by the villains of each series. For some reason, most cartoon games from the early 2000s period received negative reviews from critics, and I can’t really put my finger on why. Some criticized the monotony of the gameplay, but it never bothered me.

10. The Powerpuff Girls: Relish Rampage

Mojo Jojo was up to no good yet again in this one, and as usual, The Powerpuff Girls had to step in and save the day from his destructive antics. This was another crazy storyline that is hard to explain if you didn’t actually play the game. In short, Mojo Jojo opened up a huge can of worms by stealing a van containing ‘electoral votes’ in the attempt to steal the mayor’s election in his favor. Apparently, the stolen van contained exclusive pickles, and Mojo’s rampage sent ‘stolen pickle’ transmissions to a dangerous group called the Pickloids leading to a Pickloid Townsville invasion. It took me two weeks to beat this game (a record for me at that time). Thanks, Mojo Jojo.

11. Simpsons Hit and Run

Driving games where you can wreak havoc are always amusing, and The Simpsons cast never fails to bring mischief. A play on the Crazy Taxi formula, Simpsons Hit and Run had players suit up as different Simpsons characters and attempt to drive other characters from the show to different places throughout Springfield. You could approach this game in two different ways. Either you could drive around like a normal law-abiding citizen (boring), or you could choose to attack pedestrians and destroy buildings. The game itself was hilarious and provided many off-beat puns and references that only Simpsons fans would understand. The actual cast voiced the game making the experience even more enjoyable.

12. Ducktales

All hail the almighty Ducktales! Another NES legend, Ducktales, was five different levels of gaming heaven where you could explore the world as Scrooge McDuck. You could use Scrooge’s cane to throw objects and attack enemies while on your quest to discover enough fortune to make you the richest duck in the world. The game took you from Africa all the way into outer space and was rich in adventure and experiences. Ducktales was one of the first non-linear games to ever be created, making it ahead of its time.

13. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Castle of Illusion was essential to the legacy of both the Illusion video game series and the SEGA video game console. This game was well received and did some pretty big numbers upon its release. Playing as Mickey Mouse, you had to rescue Minnie from the evil witch Mizrable, but in order to do so, you had to find the ‘Seven Gems of the Rainbow.’ Illusion captured the magic of 80s/90s Disney games beautifully and paved the way for later releases.

14. South Park

A first-person shooting game, South Park gave you the option of controlling one of the show’s four main characters (Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, or Stan), and you had to defeat enemies through various stages in order to advance to the exit point. The game was released in conjunction with the 1999 South Park film Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, and was received well on the N64 version. As for PC and Playstation, South Park received negative reviews due to the terrible graphics, and voice acting, but we still have a soft spot for it. The popular series has since gone on to release several other games with the most recent release, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, being in 2017.

15. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

I know this game was based on The Spongebob Squarepants movie, but I absolutely had to include it on here. Out of all the video games I have played in my life, this game remains the only one that I have never beaten, not because of its difficulty, but because Spongebob and Patrick were too annoying. The two never stopped talking (even during tense moments), and I’m pretty sure the Krabby Patty car was making Patrick hungry because he kept mentioning making a Krusty Krab stop. Jokes aside, many of my elementary school friends enjoyed this game, and I’ll admit that I did have some fun too. You can definitely make the argument that this was the most dynamic out of all the Spongebob games, and it didn’t disappoint in terms of enjoyment and comedic relief.

In the words of Bugs Bunny ‘That’s All Folks.’ We hope you enjoyed this article, and we will back with a sequel in the near future.

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The 30 Best PS4 Indie Games You Should Pick Up and Play

Okay, we get it. By now you probably have purchased a brand new PS5 and your ‘old’ PS4 is probably in your garage somewhere. Here us out though—even if you have already upgraded your console, you can still play PS4 games through backward compatibility. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a minute to talk about the importance of indie video games. Indie games are sometimes underrated due to ‘big releases’ commanding the most attention, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t incredible games worthy of your time and money. That said, we have put together a list of 30 different PS4 indie games that you can try out on either your PS4 or PS5.

1. ‘Void Bastards’

Release Date: May 28th, 2019

Developer: Blue Manchu

Praised for its comic-book aesthetics, dark humor, and mechanics, players have to survive in the treacherous Sargasso Nebula through battling enemies and swiping life-sustaining objects from spaceships. The camera-cuts combined with the overall visual style of this game make Void Bastards a solid first-person shooting adventure. 

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2. ‘Enter The Gungeon’

Release Date: December 14th, 2017

Developer: Dodge Roll

Described as being a ‘bullet hell roguelike video game,’ Enter The Gungeon is a platform action game in which players follow the story of four explorers as they ‘enter the gungeon’ with the mission of finding a gun strong enough to defeat their past. The fast-paced nature combined with retro pixel visuals makes this a unique title to try out.

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3. ‘CrossCode’

Release Date: September 20th, 2018

Developer: Radical Fish Games

Speaking of old-school style games, CrossCode combines 16-bit NES graphics and intricate puzzles reminiscent of Castlevania and perhaps Zelda. A long-form MMORPG, players control the main character, Lea, as she explores and fights her way through the ‘Crossworlds’ to regain control of her memories. The combat style is excellent in this one, and along the way, players are able to connect with a diverse cast of characters. A great game for the PS4/PS5.

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4. ‘A Hat in Time’

Release Date: December 5th, 2017

Developer: Gears of Breakfast

Open world environments are always a refreshing gaming experience, and A Hat in Time brings mystery and enjoyment with its third-person perspective. The game contains four open levels with no time limits or restraints, and the overall object is to collect 54 timepieces within the game to unlock additional levels. A cute relaxed game that is also perfect for the kids, A Hat in Time is a great pick-up for those lazy days when you want something to play that is fun but not too challenging.

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5. ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’

Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Developer: Ninja Theory

Senua’s Sacrifice has the storyline of a horror movie. A dark fantasy action-adventure game, the gameplay is enthralling, with unexpected twists and turns awaiting you at every corner. Playing as Senua, you have to hack and slash your way through hell-fire while battling psychosis conditions as you attempt to retrieve the soul of Senua’s partner. A literal mind-boggling experience, you won’t be disappointed with this pick-up.

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6. ‘Inside’

Release Date: June 29th, 2016

Developer: Playdead

Speaking of horror games, if you like creepy adventures, then you might want to give Inside a shot. Centered around a frightening world, players operate as a young boy looking to solve various environmental puzzles in the attempt to avoid death. The 2D monochromatic features add to the spooky environment, and you have to rely on visual cues to solve these puzzles. A solid PS4 game that can occupy your time nicely.

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7. ‘Hyper Light Drifter’

Release Date: March 31st, 2016

Developer: Heart Machine

A challenging action game, Hyper Light Drifter, is modeled after The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, with pixel visuals and intense combat. You can use your energy sword to destroy enemies while exploring the many different worlds and environments. Hyper Light Drifter is very similar to many SNES classics and could be a great throwback for those that enjoyed those games.

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8. ‘Stardew Valley’

Release Date: February 26th, 2016

Developer: Eric Barone

Most of us won’t get the chance to be farmers in real life, so the second-best option is to play a farming game. Taking on the role of a character who has inherited their deceased grandfather’s farm, there is a lot of work to be done in Stardew Valley. This is one of those ‘chill’ games that you play on a Sunday afternoon, and it isn’t too complex either. Stardew Valley remains one of the more distinctive games on this list, and one of the best RPG’s out there.

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9. ‘The Witness’

Release Date: January 26th, 2016

Developer: Jonathan Blow

Another puzzle game, The Witness is an exploration journey taking place on an island, with players having eleven regions at their disposal. Puzzles are scattered around the island, and depending on which mode you select, you can either choose to solve them, or walk around the island. The choice is up to you. 

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10. ‘Mark of the Ninja’

Release Date: September 7th, 2012

Developer: Klei Entertainment

If you are looking to put your stealth skills to the test, Mark of the Ninja is right up your alley. The objective is just like any other stealth game: sneak through environments, avoid being detected, and silently take out enemies. The 2D platforming makes spotting enemies and objects a little more difficult, so you will be kept on your toes at all times.

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11. ‘Kentucky Route Zero’

Release Date: January 28th, 2020

Developer: Cardboard Computer

Deviating from the other puzzle games on this list, Kentucky Route Zero is a truck driving adventure road trip game where you will come across many escapades and eccentric characters. The game is divided into five acts, and each act has its own set of missions. Kentucky Route Zero is considered one of the best road trip games ever created.

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12. ‘Cat Quest’

Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Developer: The Gentlebros

Perfect for cat lovers, Cat Quest follows the journey of a cat looking to rescue his kidnapped sister. Players will have to complete a series of battles with real-time combat. Cat Quest is loaded with cat references, and is pretty neat for both kids and adults.

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13. ‘Rocket League’

Release Date: July 7th, 2015

Developer: The Gentlebros

Rocket League is such a huge force in esports that it’s hard to believe it originally started as an indie game. A traditional game played in an untraditional way, players use cars instead of soccer players to hit soccer balls into the opposing team’s goal areas. Many of you have probably already played Rocket League, but for those that haven’t, this is a great game to try out.

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14. ‘Hotline Miami’

Release Date: October 23rd, 2012

Developer: Devolver General

As Will Smith once said—‘Welcome to Miami.’ Except you aren’t in Miami to have fun, you are there to do some dirty work. Playing as ‘Jacket,’ you have to take down members of the Russian Mafia all by yourself while also deciphering cryptic phone calls. Definitely an amusing game to play if you have time.

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15. ‘Towerfall Ascension’

Release Date: June 25th, 2013

Developer: Matt Makes Games

Towerfall Ascension is a combat arena game where players kill one another by flinging arrows. While the plot sounds boring, the actual gameplay isn’t. Players are constantly challenged, and the layouts change provide different scenery and challenges. Towerfall is a powerful game worth your time and attention.

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16. ‘Velocity 2X’

Release Date: September 2nd, 2014

Developer: FuturLab

An action ‘shoot em-up’ game from FuturLab, Velocity 2X follows Lt. Kai Tana as she suddenly finds herself in the Vokh Empire. A platform shooting game, players have to fight enemies and use Kai Tana’s teleporting skills in order to successfully escape. This platformer is totally worth the investment.

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17. ‘Rogue Legacy’

Release Date: June 13th, 2013

Developer: Cellar Door Games

Rogue Legacy is probably one of the most punishing indie games on the market. Incredibly challenging, the goal is to explore a dangerous dungeon while defeating four bosses located in different parts of the dungeon. If you die, the control gets transferred to an heir of the deceased. You can explore castles, upgrade your equipment, and so much more. Fun right?

BUY NOW, $17
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4488-CUSA00629_00-CDGROGUELEGACY01
18. ‘Undertale’

Release Date: September 15th, 2015

Developer: Toby Fox

Another RPG, Undertale is a fun adventure in which players operate as a child who has fallen underground. While Undertale sounds like a relatively calm game, it’s actually the exact opposite. You have to dodge bullets and fight monsters as you try to climb your way back to the surface. The game has various different outcomes depending on which path you choose, meaning you can play more than once if desired.

BUY NOW, $15
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3893-CUSA08801_00-TFSHVCUTPS400084
19. ‘Shovel Knight’

Release Date: June 26th, 2014

Developer: Yacht Club Games

Taking it back to the retro 8-bit graphic style. Shovel Knight is a platform game where players try to collect treasure and fight against the ‘Order of No Quarter.’ Shovel Knight is a vibrant game with an interesting storyline and characters. A good throwback if you were a fan of the SNES/NES era. 

BUY NOW, $40
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2200-CUSA01867_00-SHOVELKNIGHT0001
20. ‘OwlBoy’

Release Date: November 1st, 2016

Developer: D-Pad Studio

From the makers of D-Pad Studio, OwlBoy is a platform-adventure game that follows the journey of Otus, an owl looking for a way to help save his village from evil pirates. Players can fly and pick up random objects along the way that can be used as weapons. A simple yet addicting game, you won’t be able to step away from.

BUY NOW, $25
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4218-CUSA09914_00-OWLBOY0000000000
21. ‘Celeste’

Release Date: January 25th, 2018

Developer: Matt Makes Games

A single-player platform game, ‘Celeste’ is a unique game in which players control a young girl by the name of Madeline as she tries to climb up a treacherous mountain full of lethal objects. As the game progresses, the task becomes harder, so players are provided with enhanced mechanics. Celeste is a compelling game that won’t take up too much of your time either.

BUY NOW, $20
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2120-CUSA11302_00-CELESTEXXCELESTE
22. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Release Date: March 10th, 2015

Developer: Dennaton Games

If you are going to play the first one, then you might as well play the sequel right? This game finds the protagonist, Jacket, in prison after killing off the leadership of the Russian Mobs, and his actions have since ‘inspired’ a group called The Fans to continue his tradition of mass killings. Death and violence is literally everywhere in this one, so you’ll have to be on your toes at all times. 

BUY NOW, $15
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/hotline-miami-2-wrong-number/
23. ‘Resogun’

Release Date: November 15th, 2013

Developer: Housemarque

Resogun is another ‘shoot em up’ game where players have to battle enemies and rescue trapped humans. The graphics on this are incredible, and so is the gameplay. Resogun is divided into three different levels with the primary goal being to eliminate the enemies while saving those individuals that are trapped for bonus points. A nice ‘throwback’ experience if you are into retro-style video games.

BUY NOW, $15
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00038_00-RESOGUN000000002
24. ‘Dead Cells’

Release Date: August 8th, 2017

Developer: Motion Twin

Developed by Motion Twin, Dead Cells is a roguelike action platformer in which players take on the role of a slime creature that has taken control of a dungeon corpse that they have to fight their way off. You have to unlock weapons, battle enemies, use your assets to explore, find treasure, and more in this crazy adventure. The combat is excellent, making a great game that you shouldn’t miss out on.

BUY NOW, $12.49
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4016-CUSA11253_00-DEADCELLS0000000
25. ‘Overcooked! 2’

Release Date: August 7th, 2018

Developers: Team 17 and Ghost Town Games

It’s been a while since we’ve had a great cooking game, and Overcooked 2 provides the ultimate MasterChef vibes while players prepare meals in an ‘eccentric’ kitchen. Players also have to season and chop food, serve dishes, and clean their workspace all in a timely manner. While it sounds easy, the task can get quite challenging, so you have to be ready to rock and roll at all times.

BUY NOW, $25
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4064-CUSA10940_00-OVERCOOKED200000
26. ‘Fall Guys’

Release Date: August 4th, 2020

Developers: Mediatonic

Yes Fall Guys is an indie game. A highly addictive 60-player Battle Royale jamboree that involves a lot of never-ending jumping, ducking, and dodging. Fall Guys became one of the most popular games of 2020, so it’s likely that you have already played. If you haven’t though, it is not too late to get in on the action.

BUY NOW, $20
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/fall-guys-ultimate-knockout/
27. ‘Moss’

Release Date: February 27th, 2018

Developers: Polyarc

We know some of you are still a little hesitant to try out VR gaming, but Moss is definitely a good introduction to the system. Moss is an exploration puzzle game complete with exceptional graphics, and the ability to play in the game in both first-person and third-person modes. While Moss is certainly an enjoyable game, it’s not too taxing, so you won’t be overwhelmed if you are new to VR. A solid game, and one of the best on the PS4.

BUY NOW, $40
https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/playstation-4/games/products/moss/10155882.html?gclid=CjwKCAiA9bmABhBbEiwASb35Vwuk72X_RdJtDVZSgl6zXQwEgCPQbjgmkNytNo4ilhcvIDMLhEMz9RoCThQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
28. ‘Beat Saber’

Release Date: May 21st, 2019

Developers: Beat Games

You can choose to play Beat Saber in either a regular format or VR. The objective of this game is to destroy the beat blasting objects that are viciously flying in your direction. The mechanics of this game have drawn comparisons to other musical games such as Guitar Hero, and the graphics are sick (especially in VR). This has slowly become a fan favorite, and probably one of the best games on this list.

BUY NOW, $30
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4882-CUSA12878_00-BEATSABERFULL000
29. ‘Wasteland 3’

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Developers: inXile Entertainment

Released this past August, Wasteland 3 is a wintery apocalyptic mission straight from the bowels of hell. The third installment of this popular series, Wasteland 3 is set in the post-apocalyptic 22nd Century, with players battling some pretty intense stuff including a drug operation, a dangerous dictator, and a cult worshipping group called the Grippers. The game is dynamic with plenty of twists and turns along the way. You’ll have your hands full with this one.

BUY NOW, $60
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2047-CUSA13473_00-WL3USDEEPS000002
30. ‘Budget Cuts’

Release Date: May 15th, 2020

Developers: Neat Corporation

This game is absolutely sick in VR mode. A virtual reality stealth game, Budget Cuts was developed by Neat Corporation as a fun way to put your ‘sneaky’ ninja skills to the test. During the game, players have to escape an office while avoiding lethal robots in the process. The VR component makes you feel like you are actually in the office battling enemies, making it a worthy mention.

BUY NOW, $30
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP5030-CUSA20553_00-7666010101337901

That is going to do it for today. Whether you own a PS4 or a PS5, we hope you that you give these games a chance.

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Grind Productivity

Joe Rogan Book List: 35 Books He Recommends

This phrase gets overused a lot, but you truly must be living under a rock if you don’t know about the kind of impact that Joe Rogan has. If hosting Fear Factor and commentating for the UFC weren’t enough, his podcast that launched back in 2009 has since become the biggest and most successful in the world. In April of 2019, Rogan claimed to receive 190 million monthly downloads of it. When The Joe Rogan Experience moved to Spotify in September of last year, it was for a deal reportedly worth $100 million. The show boasts guests like Mike Tyson, Robert Downey Jr., Elon Musk, Lance Armstrong, and Kevin Hart, to name a few.

As you might be able to imagine from the versatile list of names above (which is just a small sample size), the conversations that take place on the show can go to a lot of places. A running joke is that the only topics that Rogan covers are DMT and hunting, but there’s so much more to things. Along with the clichés, Rogan is a massive fan of martial arts, working out, and, of course, reading.

Many take his word as gospel, so if you want to share some of the same reading material as Joe, we’ve compiled a list of 35 books that Joe recommends and loves. Take a look at them below in alphabetical order.

1. American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
Amazon

As the name suggests, this one recounts Steven Rinella’s unique hunt for the rare American Buffalo.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/American-Buffalo-Search-Lost-Icon-ebook/dp/B001MYA396/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=american+buffalo+book&qid=1611805658&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
2. Best Evidence by David Lifton
Amazon

Joe called Best Evidence has favorite conspiracy book ever. It takes a look at the Kennedy Assassination.

Buy, $53
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Evidence-David-Lifton-1982-04-01/dp/B01N1XPV32
3. Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Amazon

Joe came across this one due to his fascination with Native American History and it’s the one to check out because he calls it his favorite on the topic.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Elk-Life-American-Visionary-ebook/dp/B01EROYPI2
4. Blood and Thunder West by Hampton Sides
Amazon

Hampton Sides’ offering takes a look at how the West transformed throughout the 1800s.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Thunder-Epic-American-West/dp/0385507771
5. Breath by James Nestor
Good Reads

We all breathe, but few of us have done the research into breathing as James Nestor has.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art-ebook/dp/B0818ZZNLR
6. Chaos by Tom O’Neill
Amazon

Chaos boasts some fascinating revelations about the FBI’s involvement in the case of the Manson murders.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Charles-Manson-History-Sixties/dp/0316477559
7. Coyote America by Dan Flores
Amazon

Everything you need to know about coyotes is covered here. Joe Rogan thinks it’s amazing.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Coyote-America-Natural-Supernatural-History-ebook/dp/B01BZ7XJ86
8. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Dr. Rick Strassman
Good Reads

No surprises that Joe loves this seeing as though he hosts the documentary version.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/DMT-Molecule-Revolutionary-Near-Death-Experiences-ebook/dp/B003N3U3J4
9. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
Amazon

Although other tribes are mentioned more often than them, the Comanches were the most powerful Native Americans that had an incredible impact in their time.

Buy, $10
https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Summer-Moon-Comanches-Powerful/dp/1416591060
10. Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
Amazon

This one explores the relationship between humans and plants and the roles of things like spices and spirits in society.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Food-Gods-Original-Knowledge-Evolution/dp/0553371304
11. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Washington Post

An insight into Scientology that Joe Rogan called “one of the weirdest books” he’s ever read.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Going-Clear-Scientology-Hollywood-Prison-ebook/dp/B00A9ET54E
12. Industrial-Strength Denial by Barbara Freese
Good Reads

Barbara Freese writes about corporations that negatively impact the earth but are still managing to thrive.

Buy, $17
https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Strength-Denial-Corporations-Defending-Indefensible/dp/0520383087
13. Ladies and Gentlemen – Lenny Bruce!! by Albert Goldman
Amazon

All that needs to be said about this is Rogan called it “required reading for aspiring stand-ups”.

Buy, $32
https://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Gentlemen-Lenny-Albert-Goldman/dp/0140133623
14. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Amazon

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell details the factors that make successful people successful. 

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017930
15. Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West
Amazon

A deep dive into debates about skin color in the United States by former JRE guest, Cornel West.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Race-Matters-25th-Anniversary-Introduction-ebook/dp/B071LRZ3X1
16. Savage Son by Jack Carr
Good Reads

Carr’s work appears on this list multiple times, which says all that needs to be said about what Joe thinks of it. He recommended it on Instagram last year.

Buy, $18
https://www.amazon.com/Savage-Son-Thriller-Jack-Carr-audio-cd/dp/1508299617
17. Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
Scribe

Sex at Dawn is about human mating systems, how they developed, and the idea of monogamy in the greater context of humanity.

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Sex-at-Dawn-audiobook/dp/B004ADQAPM
18. Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
Amazon

Rogan calls this both “excellent” and “perplexing.” It’s a look at why people misunderstand quantum mechanics.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Something-Deeply-Hidden-Emergence-Spacetime-ebook/dp/B07NTYJJDX
19. Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
Amazon

A non-fiction account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in the late 19th century. Rogan calls it “intense.”

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Son-Morning-Star-Custer-Bighorn/dp/B002HXDHTY
20. Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler
Amazon

A book about meditation, the limits of humans, and how and why alternate states of consciousness should be achieved.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-audiobook/dp/B01N2HREQU
21. The Art of Living and Dying by Osho
Amazon

A good read on living and dying that is not as morbid as it sounds—questions like how to approach death and reincarnation attempt to be answered.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Living-Dying-Celebrating-Death-ebook/dp/B0728G2YYP
22. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Amazon

A self-help book that endorses freedom from self-limiting beliefs, one of the only true causes of suffering.

Buy, $6
https://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319
23. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Amazon

An exploration into historical ideas about happiness from the likes of Jesus and Buddha through the lens of modern psychological research.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Hypothesis-Finding-Modern-Ancient-ebook/dp/B003E749TE
24. The Hustler by Walter Tevis
Amazon

A rare fiction entry here, The Hustler is about a young pool hustler learning the true ways of winning and losing.

Buy, $21
https://www.amazon.com/Hustler-Walter-Tevis/dp/1560254734
25. The Immortality Key by Brian Muraresku
Amazon

Here, Muraresku writes about the role of psychedelics in the formation of Western society. According to Joe, “it’s fucking sensational.”

Buy, $20
https://www.amazon.com/Immortality-Key-Secret-History-Religion-ebook/dp/B0818QJHKF
26. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Amazon

A look into the true life of Lakota Indian, Crazy Horse. It seems to have been enlightening for Rogan.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/The-Journey-of-Crazy-Horse-audiobook/dp/B0007Y9KCS
27. The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray
Blackwell’s

A somewhat controversial take on the political correctness of dealing with different identity groups.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Crowds-Gender-Race-Identity-ebook/dp/B07VK9J63L
28. The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross by John M. Allegro
Amazon

A unique take on the Bible and the linguistics of early Christianity.

Buy, $23
https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Mushroom-Cross-Christianity-Fertility/dp/B010EVUY4G
29. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Amazon

They say talent is something you’re born with. But is it? Daniel Coyle talks about rewiring the brain and the true benefit of the deep practice of any activity.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Talent-Code-Greatness-Born-Grown/dp/055380684X
30. The Terminal List by Jack Carr
Amazon

A story about a Navy SEAL by a Navy SEAL. What more could you ask for?

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Terminal-List-Jack-Carr/dp/1683249437
31. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Amazon

Another one of Rogan’s favorites, The War of Art is about the barriers that artists, entrepreneurs, and more face.

Buy, $31
https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/B002YNS0VC
32. Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Amazon

Junger writes about what a lot of us can learn from tribal societies, including true loyalty.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Homecoming-Belonging-Sebastian-Junger-ebook/dp/B01BCJDSNI
33. True Believer by Jack Carr
Amazon

The third Jack Carr book on this list, Joe binged all of his works in a month. “I’m hooked!”

Buy, $9
https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thriller-Terminal-List-ebook/dp/B07GNTMB9F
34. Your Dad Stole My Rake by Tom Papa
Amazon

This one is a comedic look on families, and Papa’s specifically. Rogan says, “Tom is an awesome, hilarious guy, so if you’re looking for a great read, your search is over.”

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Your-Dad-Stole-My-Rake-ebook/dp/B076H8WVM8
35. Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Amazon

A study on a form of Japanese archery called Kyūdō. The German philosophy professor’s book is credited with introducing Zen to the West in the 1940s and 1950s.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Archery-Eugen-Herrigel/dp/0375705090
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Culture Music

Fresco Trey: A Memphis-Born Star on the Rise

Fresco Trey is the truth, and it won’t be long before the entire world knows it. Memphis bred, Trey is an emotional artist known for his feel-good vibes and willingness to address love, pain, and everything in between. A trailblazer determined to make his own path, Fresco Trey has gone from a budding artist sliding underneath the radar to working with some of the top artists and producers in the music industry in just two years.

The multi-talented rapper and singer is coming off an eventful three days in Atlanta, where he worked with ATL producing legend Zaytoven on a soon to be released single. Zaytoven, a Grammy award-winning producer, has put together an extensive resume over the past 20 years working with the likes of Gucci Mane, Usher, Drake, and Future, and closed out 2020 with a bang, partnering with Scooter to release a collaborative effort entitled Zaystreet. Zaytoven typically only takes on longer projects but was willing to make a rare exception for Trey, which actually isn’t a total surprise considering the producer has a passion for recognizing and developing young talent (he is credited for producing many of the early hits that took Migos to the next level). Checking in with ONE37pm’s Mike Boyd, Trey talked about his time in the studio with Zaytoven, his plans for 2021, and more.

Boyd: During the course of this pandemic, you’ve been in L.A., Miami, and Atlanta working on new music. What’s been the motivation to go so hard?

Trey: I’m from Memphis, where nothing is given, so it teaches us to go hard for everything you want. Plus, I know if you want to be a worldwide artist, you’ve got to move around the globe. We’re just starting!

Boyd: The ‘Feel Good’ video is out now. What does that song and video mean to you?

Trey: In a time of a pandemic, racial tension, and all of the depressing stuff going on in the world, I want my fans to know you can still feel good about life and the possibilities of returning to a fun place in time.

Boyd: You’ve been working with some notable producers as of late, including Zaytoven. What has that been like, and what can we expect musically?

Trey: It’s been a humbling experience to get to work with some of the best. Working with the best in the game right now has caused me to step my own game up. I’m excited and grateful all at once.

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Fresco Trey and Zaytoven

Boyd: What city has been the most fun so far? How have they been different?

Trey: Each city has its own vibe, and I love each one for a different reason. The crazy thing is that I’ve been blessed to, wherever I go, they mess with me and my music. That part has been surreal!

Boyd: What are the main highs and lows from being independent right now?

Trey: I guess the main high for being independent is my team! I have the best team ever, and we came together by the grace of God. They weren’t just people who were thrown on me, but they were handpicked from that real cloth that my dad so often speaks of. The down part is that the world hasn’t heard all of this great music yet. That’s another reason we go so hard—we want the world to hear this heat!

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Boyd: What is the plan for the rest of 2021?

Trey: The plan for 2021 is to release more great music and move around more to introduce our sound to people in every city and every part of the world. We want to try and take the music game by storm and do what we’ve been doing, times 10!

You can watch the video for ‘Feel Good’ here. Be sure to follow Fresco Trey on Instagram and Twitter for all of his latest music releases.

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Gaming Interviews

Xmiramira Talks Expanding Diversity in Gaming From the Ground Floor

On this week’s episode of Inside the Screen, Aaron AKA Don sat down with New York-based gamer Xmiramira. Primarily a Sims streamer, Amira created the Black Simmer, “a community & forum dedicated to diversifying the Sims community.” They cover a ton of ground in her interview, discussing everything from her genesis in modding (at only 12 years old!), the future of Sims and making a career out of gaming.

Throughout her career, Queens Gaming Collective member Xmiramira has emphasized the importance of representation in video games. She and Don speak about her impetus for getting into content creation. There was a total dearth of proper representation in the gaming content, and she wanted to start to demonstrate that people from all backgrounds can make a career out of gaming. “You didn’t really see any black Sims in Let’s Plays. You didn’t really see too many black creators, there was only like like two or three well-known black creators at the time. And I’m like, well where’s the variety? Where’s the range, with black and POC content?” she tells Aaron. 

By successfully creating amazing content as a black woman, she was opening up pathways for people not historically represented in gaming to find themselves mirrored. “Just to let other black folks know like, ‘Hey, you’re not the only one that plays Sims,” she says of her reasoning.

As with a lot of episodes of Inside the Screen, they also spend a bit of time discussing what it’s like going into gaming as a career path. Xmiramira addresses the support she got from her parents, with the caveat that there’s always a bit of resistance when it comes to unconventional career trajectories. “So they were supportive, it’s just they were kinda like, ‘So when are you gonna get paid?’” she says. She’s since been brought on by Sims to consult on some of their updates emphasizing a more robust commitment to diversity. Her forum, Black Simmer, has amassed a whopping 160,000 members. I’d say she’s getting paid.

Xmiramira also notes that this isn’t just an issue with the Sims, it’s an issue with video games generally: “It’s not just a Sims issue, it’s a broad, it’s a very broad industry issue.” There are potential avenues for improvement. “I want to see games created with more than just two demographics in mind. I want to see games created for all of us. As far as accessibility, affordability, diversity, proper representation in stories. But in order to do that, things have to be changed at the ground floor. Different people from different backgrounds would need to be hired and make sure that they’re in comfortable work environments and paid and paid properly,” she says. She’s absolutely right.

Don and Xmiramira conclude the interview with some amazing advice for upcoming creators. Whether you’re a gamer, streamer or any variety of creative, her advice cannot be beat. “Stay consistent. Don’t let people and their negativity get to you. Do your research, and whatever you do, try to be the best at it you can absolutely be. Be open to taking advice. Be open to learning from people. I think one of the biggest things is just not listening to naysayers.”

This is an episode for the books. Between her advice and incredibly astute assessment of what needs to change in gaming, Xmiramira is an absolute earthshaker in contemporary gaming culture. She is continuing to change gaming for the better; we can only hope the industry will follow suit.

You can follow her on IG, Twitter, her personal website and Twitch. Queens GG has also recently collaborated with ColourPop Cosmetics on a beauty collection, so make sure to keep your eyes on their Twitter for all the latest news.

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Sneakers Style

The Five Hottest Sneakers Released This Week

Drops, Drops, and more Drops! In earlier entries in this series, I mentioned that things would pick up towards the end of January, and this week certainly didn’t disappoint. The theme word of this week is ‘bold.’ From bright yellow colorways to neon green exclusives, you’ll have no choice but to step out of your monochromatic comfort zone if you are looking to purchase any of this week’s sneakers. So let’s get to it!

1. Adidas ZX 8000 Frozen Lemonade
Adidas
Adidas ZX 8000 Frozen Lemonade

Release Date: 1/29

If Minute Maid and Sierra Mist were to have a child, it would be the ‘ZX 8000 Frozen Lemonade.’ Seriously, these belong in a commercial. Designed in a retro citrus yellow and green pattern, and sports a cushioned midsole. A lemonade recipe is featured on the insoles, and the shoe is great for both running and personal wear. I personally would opt for the former as the unique colors could make it hard to pair with your regular outfits. It’s important to look stylish while exercising too, and I imagine this shoe would really make a workout outfit pop.

BUY NOW
https://www.adidas.com/us/zx-8000-frozen-lemonade-shoes/H68010.html
2. J. Cole x Puma Dreamer 2
StockX
J. Cole x Puma Dreamer 2

Release Date: 1/28

J.Cole is back with a new colorway called the ‘Dreamer 2.’ An edgy performance shoe, the silhouette is dressed in what I call the ‘bumblebee’ with a yellow upper and black midsole. You could wear these shoes with any solid black color, and I think these would look especially dope with leather or vinyl. You could also for jeans, but I would veer more towards the darker side. The shoe itself is so bold that an equally bold outfit could end up overpowering the sneaker. However you choose to wear it, this is definitely a solid pick up.

BUY NOW
https://stockx.com/puma-dreamer-2-j-cole-yellow?country=US&currencyCode=USD&size=12&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=OD-Segment-Sneakers-AdultSizes-(US)&utm_campaignid=1032998786&content=244607812448&keyword=&gclid=Cj0KCQiA3smABhCjARIsAKtrg6I6q1vWmHmsUkOYEpYvfClm52Ysbuen9A9OfjPu00TGVEiHDXNhgSEaAiWmEALw_wcB
3. Paris Saint-Germain x Air Jordan 1 Zoom Comfort
StockX
Paris Saint-Germain x Air Jordan 1 Zoom Comfort

Release Date: 1/29

I’m putting these on the list because many of us are having technical difficulties getting the ‘White Shadows’ and the ‘All-Stars.’ At this point, your only real shot purchasing them is on the secondary market (which can be nearly impossible). While not exactly the same, the ‘Zoom Comforts’ are a nice backup. It’s pretty much a replica of the ‘White Shadows,’ but with a purple gradient towards the top of the shoe. I understand some may not be fond of the purple, but I think it gives the shoe a unique look. The reflective Nike logo is also a nice bonus, and the $150 price tag looks a lot better than the $650 one I saw on the ‘All-Stars’ the other day. Your call.

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4. Nike LeBron 18 ‘Dunkman’
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Most of us took an L last week when Lebron dropped the Graffiti 8s, but we have a chance to redeem ourselves with this new version of the ‘Dunkman’ colorways. Similar to the ‘Lebron 7 Dunkman’ shoe released in 2010 (gosh, that was a long time ago), the ‘18s’ are pretty much a remixed version. The shoe has a black and green speckled design and sports a green midsole. It’s giving me Matrix Reloaded vibes, and I love it.

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5. Jordan 9 Retro University Gold
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Release Date: 1/30 

These remind me a little bit of the ‘Jubilees,’ but with a black midsole and gold accents. You can never go wrong with a solid black shoe, and any ‘University’ style is a banger (if you go to Georgia Tech, you definitely need to cop these). I’d say this is a good transitional sneaker that can be worn during any season. A nice blend of black, grey, and orange without overwhelming the shoe. A solid pickup if you choose to purchase.

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This week was the toughest one I’ve had so far. See you guys next week, and be sure to keep up with my sneaker updates via Twitter!

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Sports Strength

Demetrious Johnson on Greatness, Gaming, and Life After MMA

When it comes to resumes, it is tough to match up to Demetrious Johnson’s. A quick rundown:

-Former UFC champion.

-He defended the title 11 times. 

-He is the One Championship Flyweight Grand Prix champion.

On April 7th, he will challenge for the Flyweight belt at One Championship.

Some consider him to be the greatest fighter who has ever lived.

Oh, and he is a sick gamer to boot.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson joined Bo Templin on “In the Fight” to talk about his career, gaming, and the safety measures he takes when training for a title fight. 

ONE37pm: Demetrious, if I listed every accolade of yours, we would never even get to the interview. So before we begin today, what is the accolade that you are most proud of? 

Demetrious Johnson: “I would say the duration of how long I have been in this sport… that’s a big thing. So many athletes never reach the championship and I’ve held that title for six years. I’m happy to be blessed and still able to compete.” 

ONE37pm: Gary Vaynerchuk has made a big push to be a part of the MMA sphere. We now represent a few clients in the MMA world, so we will tackle that. But we also do a lot of gaming here at One37pm and you are a die-hard gamer. Can you compare the MMA community and the gaming community?

Johnson: “I’d say the similarities between the two is that they are both die-hards. They both love what they love… and they can smell a rat or somebody being fake from a mile away.”

Training and competing safely

One day before the interview with Johnson, an article circled the internet about how a fighter named Spencer Fisher. Fischer has struggled with his post-fighting career, specifically the damage that CTE has done to his everyday life. Since then, there has been an ongoing conversation about the health and safety concerns in fighting and how fighters can avoid the long term effects of CTE. Fans heard Max Holloway talk about his reduced sparring leading up to his fight with Calvin Katter. Fans also voiced concerns about Kattar’s health following that bout, as he ate more shots than any other fight in the history of the sport. Dana White was heard voicing similar concerns as well. 

ONE37pm: Demetrious you reached an outrageous level of success that few other athletes are able to tackle. And that’s when the conversation becomes, ‘can anyone beat this person. He is so good it is boring.’ When you hear ‘he is so good, it is boring” what does that mean to you? 

Johnson: “It doesn’t mean anything to me. I just read an article, have you ever heard of the athlete Spencer Fisher?”

ONE37pm: I was going to ask you about this exact article. 

Johnson: “At the end of the day, Spencer Fisher was a great athlete. I watched him fight growing up. I actually trained with him… and you look at that. And he went out there and he competed and he did well. And he was in some wars. For me, I don’t want wars. I want to go out there and do my best to stay above the competition and not take damage when I’m competing. At the end of the day, I’m going to retire. I am not going to be fighting for the rest of my life and when I’m done I don’t want CTE, I don’t want concussions… I want to be able to read a book, obtain that knowledge and apply (it)… When people say I’m boring, it’s not my fault. I’m not going to bang and give you blood, what you want… If you want to see some craziness, take your ass to the bar, have five beers, tell the guy next to you that he’s a bitch and you can have at it.”

ONE37pm: I joined the local boxing gym a few weeks ago and just started sparring. Knowing that you are so conscious and aware of the damage you take, how safe am I doing that? 

Johnson: “You are safe. Obviously go with people that are the same level as you and respect where you are at. I’ve been training for 14 years. I’ve never been knocked out, never had a concussion from training. I don’t even wear headgear in the gym and that because we know what we are doing… It’s not about having these wars… Let’s make sure I’m ready that my tools are sharp. So especially because you are not a professional athlete, you are totally safe.”

ONE37pm: With the no headgear thing, I am curious, is that because you don’t like the reduced vision or that you are wearing a larger target on your head? 

Johnson: I don’t like that it gives you a false sense of security. It’s ok to eat a shot and for me… I’ve worn it a couple times. And I am way more comfortable getting hit… when I have no headgear on… let’s spar like we are in a fight… for boxing it makes more sense, but for MMA not as much.”

Strategy

When it comes to the X’s and O’s of fighting, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who understands the sport better than Mighty Mouse. As Bruce Lee says, he is like water. If you put a striker in front of him, he will out grapple him. If you put a grappler in front of him, he will strike him down. And if he really feels good, just to prove a point, he will beat you at your own game. 

ONE37pm: If there was one thing you wish the general MMA audience could understand better, what would it be? 

Johnson: “Just the gamesmanship. And the chess that is being played when a fight is taking place. I tend to not watch fights with friends or not watch fights at all because I analyze it and not enjoy it. Think outside the box, what is he trying to do? What is he trying to exploit?” 

ONE37pm: I know your next opponent, Adriano Moraes, is a tall, long grappler. What is the advantage he has as opposed to someone who is shorter and stockier? 

Johnson: The biggest thing is that long grapplers have long ass legs. So when they wrap your body in a body triangle, it takes forever for a guy my size to unravel those legs…. Those are the things that… they are just longer limbs to wrap you up.

ONE37pm: I know you are an obsessor of the “chess match” that goes on in the octagon… If you were devising a game plan for a “chess match” with Demetrious Johnson of three or four years ago, how would you devise that gameplan? 

Johnson: It’s hard. Everybody asks me, “what’s your game plan?” Well it’s to go in there and ‘fuck shit up.’ My coach says one of my greatest skills is that I analyze the fight as it goes. If I go in there and I compete then I would never be able to exploit anything. So for me to devise a game plan for myself three years ago, it would be the same thing. Go in there, fight, make sure my skills are sharp, and just be smart in the fight.” 

ONE37pm: So you think you are better under the pressure of that chaos than your opponent? 

Johnson: “Controlled chaos. It’s a difference. When I go in there and fight it’s not a blazing fight. It’s controlled chaos. We are in a clinch, then it’s wrestling, then it’s grappling. Then we get back to our feet for striking… it might look like chaos. But for me, it’s controlled chaos…”

Gaming

When you consider that Johnson may be the greatest mixed-martial artist who has ever lived, it crazy to think that there is an entire demographic who doesn’t even know him for that. Over the last decade, Johnson has built an incredible audience from his video game empire. Outside of MMA, Johnson is constantly streaming a variety of games. And although I don’t consider myself to be an “expert” in the field of gaming, like our guy “The Don,” it would have been a mistake to not ask Johnson about the video game industry. 

ONE37pm: I know you complained about the failed game console launches when they happened. And I know that you don’t obsess as an MMA fan to watch fights. But one of the pet peeves among MMA fans is when you purchase a pay per view and the stream doesn’t work. So, which one is worse? 

Johnson: “I think it’s the faulty stream. The reason I say that is because the game console launch, at least with the Playstation 5 launch… Sony wants control over that. The mystique of the Playstation 5. I have buddies who still can’t get one… when it comes to faulty streams, it can be a lot of things. Technical issues, camera issues. But when people pay the $65, they expect to have it run correctly. The Playstation 5 runs phenomenal… last time I paid for a stream and it didn’t work I was like, ‘where is my money?”

ONE37pm: Do you think your interest in gaming is because of the obvious differences between gaming and MMA? Or because of the similarities? 

Johnson: “They are completely different and completely similar. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna say, ‘oh that makes no sense.” But they’re similar because they challenge the mind. I play World of Warcraft… I’ve been blown away by it… the puzzle is always changing. Same thing with fighting, the puzzle is always changing. The difference is that your body isn’t getting beat up playing video games. You can game for six hours, you can’t train for six hours. Your body will give out… A lot of people like to go to the bar, or go to the movies… for me, video games are my coping.”

ONE37pm: Some games are more skill-based. It is about hitting the right buttons at the right times. Others are more strategic based. You need to know the maps and stuff like that. Which one do you think you are better at? 

Johnson: “When you said the maps and the strategic… Rainbow Six Siege. You gotta know the map, you gotta listen. For skill, like with World of Warcraft… and I’m going up against a Demon Hunter, and the demon hunter has a covenant… and they hit you for 15,000 damage… there is nothing you can do about that. A game like Street Fighter 5, yes that game takes a little bit of skill.” 

ONE37pm: I know in 2020 you did not fight… but you have been working out the whole time. You are already to go… and you enjoy fitness outside of your career… Is there something in the gym that you are just religious about that you wonder why more people aren’t doing it? 

Johnson: “Rest and stretching. Taking breaks. And listening to your body. I’m still wrestling with this whole concept. That sometimes less is more. With the whole pandemic, I was training 3-4 days a week. When I am training for a fight, I am training 5-6 times a week. Just burning myself out. And I’m like why? I’m burning myself out. This is the best I’ve ever felt… you basically are pushing your body through hell.”

Johnson’s perception in MMA is confusing. For years, people said that the 125 lb. division couldn’t sell to a mainstream audience. However, as the old saying goes, “you never know what you got, til it’s gone.” And I think people are FINALLY giving him the flowers he has deserved for so long.

*Demetrious Johnson’s bout on February 24th was pushed back to April 7th. The fight will be broadcast on TNT.

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Culture Music

Big 8 and Robert Lee Discuss Their Plans For 2021

The music industry is a totally different ball game than what it was let’s just say two decades ago. Since social media wasn’t really a ‘thing’ back then, artists pretty much needed a full team from the very beginning of their careers if they wanted to achieve success. Today things are slightly different but one thing remains a constant—artists still need a good manager. This is where the dynamic tandem Big 8 and Robert Lee come into play. With a resume consisting of artists of: Lil Keed, Lil Got It, and Slimelife Shawty, the duo dropped some gems in a conversation with Mike Boyd.

Boyd: Congratulations on everything that happened last year for you guys! I know Corona kind of ruined a lot, but y’all were still going crazy. I saw Keed promoting a song with Playboi Carti…  is that how you guys help artists get their buzz up?

8 & Lee: The main thing is to anticipate. We just try to keep things going and never stop. That is our main thing. Keep going on and keep moving!

Boyd: What is the biggest thing you guys have learned so far from being managers?

8 & Lee: That every artist is different. Everybody works differently, and some you have to be more understanding when dealing with them. 

Boyd: Since you guys have such a large roster when it comes to artists, what is the difference between working with somebody like Slimelife Shawty and an artist like Lil Keed?

8 & Lee: They come from the same background, but they are two totally different people. Keed is more of a ‘people person,’ and Slime is more laid back. You just have to learn your artists. Once you learn your artist, you will know how to work and deal with them. Being a manager means you have to get to know your artist and be there for them.

Boyd: I saw where Lil Keed posted to his story about being in the studio and wanting people to hit you two for features. How busy did you guys get? Does your email start flooding like crazy in situations like that?

8 & Lee: Our inbox is always at capacity which is crazy! The phone never stops ringing—it’s never ending. 

Boyd: Talk to us a little more about that because Atlanta is a different beast, and a lot of people don’t really know how it goes down. What’s your plan of attack?

8 & Lee: Basically we make everybody contact a lawyer first so we can get the paperwork to make sure nobody is playing around. 

Boyd: What is your opinion on when artists should drop projects?

8: My personal opinion is that artists should drop projects fast. I don’t think artists should hold back especially if you have an ear. I think you should drop at least every three or four months. Especially if you have a project that didn’t do as well as you thought it should. Try to come back and win.

Lee: I agree. At least drop something!

Boyd: What should we be on the lookout for 2021?

8 & Lee: The whole team is dropping projects so be on the lookout. Mad Marcc, Slime, Keed, everybody! Oh and we’re dropping a collaboration with all of the artists! It’s a L8TE Ent project. We already started, and we got a lot of big features on there!

Boyd: How do you approach achieving your goals? Do you plan them out?

8: I believe in both short-term and long-term goals. So if it is something that I can accomplish in a month, I will do it, but I believe in long term goals as well. I write everything down. I like to make a checklist, and mark things off. I have a morning routine—I check my missed calls and messages, and then try to get work done for each artist after that. 

Lee: Yeah it depends on what it is. If it’s something quick we will pull it out for sure, but if it’s a project, we’ll make a long-term goal. It’s the same for me.

Boyd: Last question, what is one of the biggest things people may not know about being an artist manager?

8 & Lee: You have to take the time to get to know your artist. It’s a round the clock job, and pretty much have to be their parent! You’re like the additional parent basically—they are going to come to you with their problems! You have to be there for everything. So you have to learn your artist or you are going to have a lot of problems. 

Be sure to keep up with Big 8 and Robert Lee on Instagram.

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Culture News

TikTok’s ‘For You’ Podcast Starring Brittany Broski Needs To Be On Your Radar

Over the course of the past few years, TikTok has established itself as one of the most impactful social media platforms in the world. Like a movie/television show, TikTok has its own ‘leading stars,’ and one of the most familiar faces on the app is 23-year-old viral sensation Brittany Broski. You may know Broski as the ‘Kombucha Girl,’ who first blew up with her TikTok that featured her trying Kombucha for the first time. 

With six million followers and counting, Brittany possesses a wit and charm similar to that of Rebel Wilson (while still remaining herself, of course). Her relatability makes her an easy fan-favorite on the app. TikTok recently decided it was time to create an official podcast series, and it was clear that Broski would be the perfect host for the show. Entitled For You, the show features a different influential creator every week. A new episode will debut every Wednesday at 5:30pm PST/ 8:30pm EST on TikTok LIVE. The first official guest of For You is none other than the electrifying Frankie Jonas.

The Jonas Brothers have been one of the most dominant forces in the entertainment industry for nearly fifteen years. While brothers Nick, Joe, and Kevin may have the famous Jonas Brothers moniker, little brother Frankie is the TikTok star. 

Since his October debut, Jonas has soared to TikTok fame, becoming one of the most famous comedians on the app with his clever puns, humor, and willingness to make himself the butt of his own jokes. The social media star is quickly approaching two million followers with nearly 40 million likes on the app. His most recent video is a hilarious rating of a few childhood red carpet outfits and showcases the essence of his popularity on the platform.

Broski and Jonas covered a ton of ground in this first episode of For You and discussed a wide range of topics, including filming setups, how they handle newfound fame, Jonas’ ability to separate his persona from his brothers, and more. Below is an excerpt of their interview.

Broski: Since quarantine started, we have seen you blossom. You are so funny! I was shocked!

Jonas: Thank You! I’m shocked that people have thought that I am funny! I’ve been making jokes for years—not many people have been laughing at them, and then suddenly I had a few people think that I am really funny!

Broski: So let’s get into this TikTok journey. When did you download the app, and how did you get into it?

Jonas: I actually did everything I could for like a year to not download the app. I thought it was super elitist, and I was like, “Oh, I’m too posh—I don’t need it.” Enough people were like, “Frankie, you spend all day on Instagram watching TikTok reposts and sending it to people who have seen it on TikTok—you are a massive hypocrite!” I downloaded the app, and the first thing I did upon making the app was create a video. At the time, I had a broken iPhone—the diaphragm was ruptured, and it was me recording a video where all you could hear was noise similar to a wind tunnel! It was fun!

Broski: Does the engagement that you get drive your content, or are you just like, “oh whatever?”

Jonas: Honestly, not that much! For me, the real viral moment was when my brother Nick posted a TikTok, and I made a video responding to it. For those who don’t know, Nick posted a video with his wife (actress Priyanka Chopra), which was a duet of another person’s video. The resounding factor of my video was the comment section, which had 20,000 people asking Nick if he was my brother! I didn’t plan that—I had no part in the cults of Frankie Jonas! That got so publicized that I subsequently gained over a million followers in like a 30-hour span. After that, it was definitely a moment of “Oh, I have so much attention right now, what do I do?!” I honestly had a panic attack for like a week straight. I had no idea what to do with myself. 

Broski: How did your brothers respond to your videos about them? Are there any complaints, or are they supportive?

Jonas: They are super supportive! I’ve done everything I can to make sure it’s done in good taste while also poking fun at the general life light of it all. I would definitely never want to exploit them at all! I think they are really happy for me and it’s cool! They are such supportive brothers just in all facets of life. They are amazing people! So with TikTok and everything going on, they have just been happy that I have found a voice and am comfortable with it.

You definitely don’t want to miss out on Broski and Jonas’ full conversation. If you happen to miss out on the TikTok LIVE episode, you can catch it on all major podcast platforms such as Apple, Spotify, Google and TikTok’s YouTube channel on Thursdays.