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Until 2012 You Could Watch Netflix On A PS2 In Brazil

Netflix on consoles was a much different experience a decade ago. Today users just download an app, login and start watching some TV or movies. But back in 2009, depending on your console, you might have to order a disc from Netflix and link your account to their service to watch whatever was on Netflix in 2009. Amazingly, even some PS2 owners could get these discs.

Stop Skeletons From Fighting released a video recently that covers the entire history of Netflix on consoles, from the first Xbox app all the way to the Wii and PS3 discs and beyond.

If you had a PS3 back in 2010 and watched Netflix on it, you might remember those streaming discs. These were required on Wii and PS3 to watch Netflix due to an exclusivity agreement Netflix had with Microsoft and the Xbox 360. The deal was only the Xbox 360 could have instant app streaming. So the disc allowed Sony and Netflix to sidestep this agreement.

But something really interesting that is quickly mentioned in the video is that for a short period of time PS2 owners in Brazil could actually boot up Netflix on their PS2 consoles. This service also required a disc plus a memory card.

Netflix support for the PS2 was officially ended in 2012, which angered a user on the Gamespot forums. However, Googling the subject, it seems some folks were able to circumvent this and keep watching House Of Cards and BoJack Horseman long after official support was pulled.

The full video from Stop Skeletons From Fighting is an entertaining look back at the short period of time when Netflix was still growing into what they are today and was using consoles and exclusivity deals to help build their massive audience.

Source: Kotaku.com

Ignored By Nintendo, Brazilian Fans Film Their Own Nintendo Direct

If you want something done, you gotta do it yourself.

As USGamer reports, a group of Brazilian Nintendo fans, fed up with the way the company has withdrawn from the market (which has left them paying big import prices for games and hardware), decided to team up and record their own Nintendo Direct.

Led by the hard work of Rodrigo Coelho (who actually lives in Tokyo), the Direct showcases the work of Brazilian studios (or “developers with Brazilian backgrounds”), and puts them all in a very Nintendo Direct-style video, only with Coelho doing the presenting.

The hope is that by showing how much local fans care about Nintendo games, and how good so many Brazilian games are, they can convince the company to return to the market, from which they’ve been absent since 2015.

You can read more about Coelho’s hard work over in USGamer’s story.

Source: Kotaku.com

There’s a Mystery Car in the First New Episode of Black Mirror That Reveals Exactly Where It Was Shot

There’s a new season of the technology-themed Twilight Zone-like Netflix show, Black Mirror, and the premiere episode, called Striking Vipers, has a passing cameo from a very interesting car that reveals where the episode was actually shot, despite attempts to obfuscate this fact. I’m not going to spoil the episode for you or anything; let’s just look at this car.

The episode is set in a big city, but it feels like the city has been deliberately anonymized; its cast as a general American big city, with as few distinguishing characteristics revealed as possible. They generally did a good job of that, except for the fact that a few seconds into the episode, that sleek yellow car with one burned-out taillight comes rolling up to that nightclub.

At that moment, for certain kinds of car geeks, the attempt to mask where this has been shot has just failed.

Why? Because that pretty little car there is a Puma GT, a sports car built on a Volkswagen Beetle chassis. Well, I really should say a Volkswagen Fusca chassis, the Portuguese word for Beetle, because this is a Brazilian car, the very presence of which can only mean that this episode was shot in São Paulo.

Sure, some have made it to America, especially California, but it would be insane to source one just for some blurry background scene like that; this had to be a locally-sourced car.

I did a bit of research and found that, yep, this episode was shot in São Paulo.

The takeaway here? Cars are a fantastic way of telling where you are in the world. They’re a great way to tell where an old picture was taken, too, if there’s no clear other indicators, too.

If you ever wake up, confused and disoriented, with no idea where you are or how you got there, check out the cars around you. They’ll give you the quickest idea of where you are on the globe, more than almost anything else I can think of. Except maybe a sign that tells you where you are.

Source: Kotaku.com