Cyber movie review: Hackers (1995)

The Netstorian reviews the 1995 cult-favourite, Hackers.

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Hackers movie cast
The main cast of Hackers (photo from Mike Flynn)

Last week I decided to finally watch the movie Hackers. As a cult film based around cyberculture, I was bound to check it out eventually. It’s more of a computing movie than it is an Internet movie, but the characters having to use the Internet to hack is enough for it to count as such. Continue reading “Cyber movie review: Hackers (1995)”

Let’s Play A Net Game: Peasant’s Quest

The Netstorian plays through the 2004 Homestar Runner classic.

Peasant's Quest title screen
Peasant’s Quest title screen

Game: Peasant’s Quest
Creator: Homestar Runner
Released: August 2004
Play it here: http://www.homestarrunner.com/disk4of12.html

For the second Netstorian live stream I thought it would be fun to revisit a game from Homestar Runner. Though Peasant’s Quest doesn’t feature any beloved main characters such as Homestar or Strong Bad, the game still serves as an important piece of the site. I remember playing this game about nine or 10 years ago when I would visit the website almost daily. Last night was my first time playing it since then. Continue reading “Let’s Play A Net Game: Peasant’s Quest”

Web Relic Showcase: The Subservient Chicken

Screenshot of The Subservient Chicken
Screenshot of the website. The chicken is on standby, ready to obey any commands.

Name: The Subservient Chicken
URL: http://web.archive.org/web/20040727012738/http://www.subservientchicken.com/
Year created: 2004
Year abandoned: 2011 [Only minor layout updates from 2005-2011]

If you recall any Burger King commercials from the early 2000’s, you may remember one which featured the “Subservient Chicken”. These ads were created to promote the restaurant’s then-new TenderCrisp Chicken Sandwich. The commercial featured a man controlling a person in a chicken suit to obey his every command, leading to the tagline “Chicken the way you like it”. This led to a marketing campaign in the form of website launched in 2004. The site allowed users to control the same person in the chicken suit via webcam. Continue reading “Web Relic Showcase: The Subservient Chicken”