Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cecilia DAnastasio

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

Flight made video games like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV easier to play, but some say that convenience came at a cost.The sky in Final Fantasy XIV is full of catgirls on broomsticks and elves on dragonback....

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

A judge ordered significant changes to the App Store today, but the fight between Epic Games and Apple isn't over yet.On Friday, after a contentious legal battle over Apple’s alleged monopoly power over the iOS ecosystem, a California judge...

Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers

The lawsuit accuses two anonymous users of “targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content” in violation of its terms of service.Since early August, Twitch has been wrestling with an epidemic of harassment against...

'The Artful Escape' Is Psychedelic Perfection

This joyous game is full of surprisingly deep messages about what it means to be authentic and to make impactful art.Some games are like Skinner boxes, parceling out rewards for pulling the right levers. Others are like slot machines,...

Twitch And Reddit Protests May Be Only the Beginning

#ADayOffTwitch and dozens of subreddit blackouts were organized separately, but together they show the potential power of collective action by users.How much power do users have to influence the ways tech companies govern their platforms? This week, prominent Twitch...

Funimation’s Crunchyroll Acquisition Means Big Anime Is Here

The Funimation-Crunchyroll deal represents a big shift for the industry and the latest twist in the streaming wars.Earlier this month, Funimation finalized its acquisition of Crunchyroll for $1.175 billion, merging the anime megaplexes of Sony and AT&T and setting...

Pokimane Has Done Enough—and Has So Much Left to Do

The 25-year-old Twitch star has built her life into the optimal internet content machine. Now she just wants to enjoy it.Imane Anys was curled up in a high-backed gamer chair, live on camera, when a therapist began comparing her...

On Roblox, Kids Learn It’s Hard to Earn Money Making Games

A new report claims that the massive video game platform can exploit young developers.Roblox has become a video game titan, in recent years dominating the world of kids’ gaming and earning $454 million in revenue last quarter alone. A...

Pokémon Unite Is the Perfect, Simple Game We Need Right Now

Every round of this addictive summer jam contains small successes, big successes, big failures, and finally, the catharsis of a win or loss.Each year, right up until peak peach season, pop-culture mavens weigh in on the reigning “song of...

Blizzard President Departs as Workers Demand Systemic Change

Nearly a week after Activision Blizzard employees walked out to protest alleged discrimination at the company, executive J. Allen Brack has left. Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack stepped down today following weeks of controversy over the company’s alleged culture...

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