Aaron Littleton

Season 2: Episode 12 – Final Fantasy III Commercial

Listen, when you’re a busy account executive at the biggest advertising firm in the city, you haven’t got time to do things like research. Or care. Especially when it’s for an ad for one of those “video games” your kid keeps talking about. You take a look at the artwork the client sent over, throw away the ones by some hack named Amano that look like the characters subsist on nothing but Jergens body lotion, circle the weird teddy bird thing on the cover of the box and write “make it edgy” before sending it down to production. Done. Time for martinis.

Thus is almost certainly the story with the Final Fantasy III commercial that your host, John Hurst, chose as our video to watch on loop this episode. Co-host Aaron Littleton uses the opportunity to correct a grievous misunderstanding about animation techniques.

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Season 2: Episode 10 – Chuck Wagon Dog Food Commercial

What if you only kind of liked your dog? What if you worshiped a horse? What if you hated cooking and/or shopping and/or Imagine Dragons? We ask these questions but dare not answer them with any kind of authority while watching the classic Chuck Wagon Dog Food Commercial. After all, who are we to speak for the giant bronze equestrian statue born aloft on the backs of men?

John Hurst is your host and chose a classic dog food commercial for our video this week! Aaron Littleton is your cohost and contemplates the 70s.

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Season 2: Episode 9 – OS/2 Warp Commercial

It’s a warped world, and you’re about to take a dip in the most liquid of operating systems! IBM’s ill-fated alternative OS from the 90s had seemingly dozens of commercials, but we have chosen one of them to watch until our minds melt. Starring a line up of musicians, old ladies and Gabe Newell, this particular TV spot is much more interested in showing you how a random selection of passers-by react to OS/2 Warp’s incredible features than anything about the program itself.

Aaron Littleton hosts this week and plays video games real good. John Hurst co-hosts and attends the bleak company picnic.

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Season 2: Episode 8 – NSYNC – Bye Bye Bye Music Video

Before JT was JT, before Joey was Lance and before Lance was a home renovator with a penchant for kitchens, there was NSYNC. Now that we stand deep in the post boy band (PBB) era, it can be hard to recall the sway these heartthrobs held over pop culture, but truly they were titans of their time. All we can say for sure is that they were no match for…hostile corporate takeovers.

John Hurst hosts and decides to spend his free time watching NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” music video on loop. Aaron Littleton cohosts and looks for Miatas.

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Season 2: Episode 7 – Ctrl + Alt + Del Cartoon at Half Speed

What if…you played video games? The Ctrl + Alt + Del cartoon sets out to ask that heady question and precious little else. The answer it comes up with is a distressing mixture of self-congratulation and homicidal rage under a thin veneer of us-versus-them superiority, so it basically succeeds in its task.

To truly let its genius sink in, we watched the first episode of the webcomic-based cartoon at half speed. On loop. My God.

Aaron Littleton is your host and lead investigative journalist for this episode. John Hurst co-hosts and pretends to know very little about Tim Buckley.

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