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The Quest to Save the Most Precious Voices on Earth

“My whole world is the human voice,” says Harry Yeff. And he isn’t just referring to his previous life as a champion beatboxer (alias Reeps One). Yeff is also a…

The Director of ‘Pentiment’ Wants You to Know How His Characters Ate

Obsidian Entertainment’s latest game, Pentiment, takes its title from the term pentimento, a change made by an artist while painting. Its origin is the Italian word pentirsi, which means to…

‘Age of Empires’ Is 25 Years Old. Fans Are Shaping the Franchise

It’s been 25 years since a small studio in Dallas recast the ancient world through the prism of a real-time strategy game. Age of Empires has echoed Monk wololos about…

The Bruce Willis Deepfake Is Everyone’s Problem

For some experts, this transferability could lead to people losing control of their “personality” as firms take full ownership of their identity rather than just a licensed use for a…

Success on Twitch No Longer Comes on Twitch

Streaming is precarious labor, explains Jamie Woodcock, a senior lecturer at the University of Essex. In 2017, he coauthored a paper examining the tensions inherent in turning it into a…

Gabrielle Zevin Believes Games Show People Who They Really Are

That was the thing I wanted to explore with Solution. Also just thinking: What could an enterprising undergraduate in 1995 make? What’s the other aspect of that game? The tech…

It’s Not Just Loot Boxes: Predatory Monetization Is Everywhere

Whenever a term from the world of video games enters broader society, it’s a safe bet that it’s not for a good reason. Loot boxes—like Hot Coffee or Gamergate—don’t buck…

‘Stray’’s Post-Apocalyptic World Evokes the Walled City of Kowloon

In Stray, you play as a cat. For many, this is a mic drop worthy of an instant purchase, and Blue Twelve Studio, the former Ubisoft employees responsible for the…