You know the drill. Links after the break.

  • Writing for Kotaku’s TMI blog, Nathan Grayson writes about a meeting he had in a bar with a video game troll. It’s a somewhat disturbing piece, because from the description, it sounds like Grayson was dealing with a sociopath.
  • HitFix’s Daniel Fienberg would like ABC to stop giving terrible titles to their comedies. Sometimes, they favour ironic titles like Cougar Town and Trophy Wife. Other times, they use silly wordplay like Better Off Ted or Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. But now they’re using racially-charged, “reclaimed” titles like Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat. Expecting the American TV-viewing audience to understand that these are “reclaimed,” ironic titles sounds like a tall order, especially in an environment where racism still abounds. I’ll have more to say on this subject soon.
  • Ryan Lambert of Deadspin is excited about the introduction of player tracking to hockey. He thinks it might lead to a data-driven revolution for the sport. But will it lead to the game becoming more exciting for fans? Time will tell.
  • Finally, Patricia Hernandez of Kotaku writes about mysterious videos posted to the YouTube channel Webdriver Torso. Most of them consist of nothing but a few frames of red and blue geometric shapes, accompanied by high-pitched tones. Is this part of some viral marketing stunt? An ARG? Secret communications? A huge prank? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon.

That’s all for now. Feel free to leave comments below.