Reconcilable Differences

John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.

#8: Devouring Essence

August 27th, 2015 · 143 minutes

This time around, John and Merlin talk about time-shifted media releases, corporate speak, and Dave the Marketing guy.

For the main topic, John educates Merlin about the first-person shooter game, "Destiny." Merlin feels overwhelmed, while John says we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

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Links and Show Notes

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Killer application - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In marketing terminology, a killer application (commonly shortened to killer app) is any computer program that is so necessary or desirable that it proves the core value of some larger technology, such as computer hardware, gaming console, software, a programming language, software platform, or an operating system.

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Destiny (video game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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