Missing The Days Of Friending Strangers On Xbox Live

When I was younger, I used to play online games with strangers. By the end of the match, I'd add them to my friends list, and we'd become close friends — even if they were absolute jerks to me. That almost never happens anymore.

Why is that?

Today I am happy to announce a project helmed by Kotaku staff writer Gita Jackson and me: Fave This, a new podcast/YouTube show. No, we won't really be discussing the latest in gaming news — there are enough people out there doing that. The idea is for us to open up a space to chat about internet culture, fandom, and the unusual things people do in video games.

In this first episode, I talk about an awkward Nintendo Switch moment that made me reflect on why it's harder to become friends with strangers online now, and Gita discusses what can go wrong when fans ship real people together (such as famous YouTubers).

Watch us on YouTube in the video embedded above, where you can see the horrendous Splatoon 2 outfit that I mentioned on the last episode of Splitscreen. Please don't make fun of me!! And yes, that is Rihanna playing an Xbox 360 game in the top image / thumbnail. Here's the description on Getty Images:

Pop sensation, Rihanna relaxes while playing some of her fans as part of the latest Xbox Live Game with Fame. During the game, Rihanna chatted with countless fans via Xbox Live prior to celebrating the release of her sophomore album A Girl Like Me.

I bet Rihanna misses the old days of Xbox Live, too.

Alternatively, you can listen to the episode below:

Missing The Days of Friending Strangers In Xbox Live | Fave This

In the inaugural episode of the Favecast, Patricia details an awkward moment of multiplayer on the Nintendo Switch, and Gita talks about what can go wrong when fans ship real people together - and much more!

You can find an MP3 of this episode here, and check out our RSS feed here. We'll be on iTunes soon!

For the next episode, we'd love to take some reader submissions for topics. Feel free to email me with comments, questions, or topic suggestions via email, [email protected]com, with the subject heading "Fave This." We'll have a mailbag segment during the next episode.

Image credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images for Xbox.


    It still happens, so long as you are either entertaining, good at the game or have a nice voice.

    I get people adding me on a semi regular basis, though I find it funny that it seems to happen more when I am drunk.

    As long as you're friendly and not a douche bag troll, people will still friend request and chat. Can't speak to Xbox but on PS4 it happens reasonably regularly.

    Rihanna: will pretending to play this nerd machine make me money or get me more followers on instagram?
    PR guy: yup
    Rihanna: call the photographer

    Ooohh yay! Can't wait til this is up on iTunes, been patiently waiting since vita joined on and mentioned the potential podcast xD

    Made some great friends playing Siege.
    That game demands you play as a team so maybe its down to the games?

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