THE RANDOM CACHE
ALEX RUBENS
Hi there!

I'm here to share things with you that I think are great. We all consume, endlessly and, even more-so, randomly. I am no different. With content pulling us in endless directions, it can be difficult to find the good stuff. We get the larger tub of popcorn at the movies. This gives us more opportunities for good pieces, but it doesn't make it any easier to find those good pieces. Below are some things that I consider to be among 'the good stuff', I hope you'll share what you find as well.

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
 
 
These are some of the works that I've been reading, watching, or playing recently. I'm not here to tell you what to do, but if you find that any of these sound appealing and may fit your style, they might be worth a look. Conversely, if you find that anything you've been digging fits into my style, send it my way!
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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
 
I won't say much about this since it's still pretty fresh in theaters and relies heavily on a clean watch, but 10 Cloverfield Lane is exceptional and left me uncomfortably tense for long after the credits rolled. Watch it then read all about it, like this take on the film's marketing setup.
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HOUSE OF CARDS – SEASON 4
 
 
House of Cards. Never have I hated something so much while knowing full well that my hate was nothing but full admiration at the level of despise the creators were able to cast over each and every one of the characters. Do I even care what happens in Season 5? I tell myself no, but haven't been able to stop counting the days until the show returns next year, so I'll take that as a yes.
 
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HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
 
BY DALE CARNEGIE
 
Don't let the title deceive you. Carnegie's classic is less about manipulation and more about not being a jerk to people, whether your wife or the random mechanic working on your car. Forget The Great Gatsby or any other novel meant to instill basic virtues in children, How to Win Friends and Influence People should be required reading in schools. Just read it.
 
AMAZON
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FIGHTING GAME FUNDAMENTALS
 
BY GOOTECKS
 
Fighting games are difficult, especially if you hope to move beyond the button mashing days of your past. Actually moving beyond the basics and into anything resembling strategic play requires unbelieably complex levels of thinking. Understanding where to start is the hardest part and Fighting Game Fundaments breaks down that jargon-imposed barrier in a smart way. 
 
AMAZON
 
 
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WHY WE LOVE THE GAMES THAT ENRAGE US MOST
 
BY JOHN PAVLUS
 
Hard fun. It's fun. It's hard. It's fun because it's hard. You get the gist. Scientific American dives into the many theories behind why this style of play works for people and how these learnings can be applied to areas like education. It's an interesting look at how brains work and the science behind intrinsic motivation.
 
 READ MORE @ SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
 
 
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THE MAKING OF PLAYSTATION VR
 
BY MATT LEONE
 
A look at the history of PlayStation VR, from early ideas to final product, as PlayStation executives reflect on past learnings from the PlayStation 3 and the way these learnings influenced the development and release of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.
 
READ MORE @ POLYGON 
 
 
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HITMAN (2016)
 
SQUARE ENIX
 
Hitman (2016) is fun. It offers the most freedom that any Hitman has to date and feels more complex and in-depth in its setups that ever before, but falls flat just when you're getting spun up. The game isn't officially out until the fall, sort of, but there's an 'intro pack' out now that features the tutorial and Paris, the first section of the game; with the other locales released monthly between now and October. There's nothing inherently wrong with this release schedule, but for a game like Hitman that relies so heavily on a heart-pounding flow state, it's a big buzzkill. I'm not going to shy away from it by any means, but I probably won't pick it back up until full release.
 
READ WIRED'S TAKE
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STREET FIGHTER V
 
CAPCOM
 
I want so badly to be good at Street Fighter. I understand the core mechanics, but others understand them better and at a deeper level than I will ever comprehend. Time and time again, no matter how many times I win, that surprising loss always hurts the most; the loss that was this close to being a win. Those are the killers. They make me want to quit, proclaiming the game to be broken, unfair, or even just too difficult. But I can't. Street Fighter V won't let me do anything but progress; and that's why my love grows in tandem with frustration after each resulting loss. It's just too good to abandon, especially with help from Gooteck's book above.
 
WATCH ULTRADAVID'S ZANGIEF GUIDE
 
 
RECENT SNEAKER STEALS
 
 
 
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ROYALS
 
JORDAN 1
 
I don't care what anyone says, Royal 1s are among the best sneakers ever made. Finally copped a pair from 2001 for a steal. They're in ridiculous shape for their age too.
 
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PIRATE BLACK
 
ADIDAS YEEZY 350
 
Blessed by the 2016 restock, I got my hands on some of the 2015 Pirate Black Yeezy 350 Boost. Happy to have them in my collection, even if I think Nike's Air Yeezy is better.
 
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MASTER
 
JORDAN 12
 
People hate on non-OG colorways, but if the Jordan 3 Sport Blue taught me anything, non-OGs can be hard as hell for a great price. The Master is no exception. 
 
 
 
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MORE ON ME
 
ALEX RUBENS
 
DIGITAL STRATEGIST, GAMING & ESPORTS
 
 
 
I create media strategies around gaming and esports.

I don't know how to 'hit the quan', sorry.
 
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