Some Favorite Tech Viral Videos
I’m researching an upcoming article on the history of viral videos and in the process I came across some of my favorites with a tech theme and wanted to share them. Some of these have been around for a while, but they are all near and dear to my heart. Viral videos are one of the most interesting phenomenon in the digital age. It seems like everyone is constantly trying to recreate them, but nobody has found that secret recipe that makes one video take off and another fall flat. When something does explode everybody is fast to jump on the bandwagon and create parodies and remixes. The videos below all have achieved some degree of success and for good reason. I’d love to get reader reaction as well as some links to your favorite tech related viral videos. And without further ado:
Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton: Anything by Coulton is gold, but this one deserves a special place of honor in nerd lore. Who among us hasn’t tried to have a conversation with a pretty girl only to achieve all-time epic failure in the attempt. If only those conversations went as well in real life as they do in our heads.
Hug a Developer Today: What makes it so funny is how true it really is.
Pixels By Patrick Jean: This is great fun for all of us that grew up during the 80’s. I especially love seeing Donkey Kong on top of the Empire State Building. I remember thinking that graphics just couldn’t get any better…I mean we had 8 bits, what else did we need?
Windows 7 Party Time (Censored): One of the great things about viral videos is the way the public edits and modifies them to make something even better than the original. Microsoft’s lame video was funny by itself, but this version takes it up a notch and let’s your imagination make funny, funny for you.
All Your Base Are Belong To Us: Okay, this is an oldie but a goodie. It was one of the original viral videos to win our hearts and deservedly so. I don’t know why, but I always find myself coming back to All Your Base Are Belong To Us. It’s just a classic.
Office 2010 The Movie: Microsoft strikes again with this fake movie trailer for Office 2010. My favorite part is the tombstone to his dead partner Clippy!