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Fortnite Has a Political Violence Problem

In the hours after former US president Donald Trump was shot in Butler, Pennsylvania, a new Fortnite game appeared: Donald Trump vs Assassin. The game was quickly removed, but several other games that include antisemitism and political violence remained on the gaming platform, according to a new report from the Global Project Against Hate and […]

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The Real Reason Will Smith Broke Twitch’s Biggest Streaming Record

Every summer, the Spanish Twitch streamer Ibai Llanos hosts a livestreamed boxing tournament called La Velada del Año (The Evening of the Year). In just four years, it has gone from a relatively small event featuring matches between a few influencers from Spain to an enormous global phenomenon featuring over 20 combatants and a host

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‘Death Occurs in the Dark’: Indie Video Game Devs Are Struggling to Survive

Necrosoft Games was running out of money. At the rate things were going, the video game studio’s director, Brandon Sheffield, surmised that the company would be broke before its current project, a Persona-like RPG called Demonschool, shipped in September. This was in March, and prospects were looking glum. The funding climate for video games was

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How the Developer of ‘Among Us’ Is Helping Indie Studios Survive Gaming’s Current Tumult

In 2020, two years after its release, Innersloth’s social deduction game, Among Us, was the world’s most downloaded mobile title. It brought in millions of dollars and gave the developer not only the cash necessary to stay afloat but enough to help fellow indie companies get their own games off the ground. With Outersloth, a

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‘SimCity’ Isn’t a Model of Reality. It’s a Libertarian Toy Land

Unlike SimCity players, SimHealth players could tinker with the underlying model and adjust hundreds of parameters. Yet tweaking the parameters was not the same as tweaking the models themselves, and the game had a clear ideological bias. Much as in SimCity, there wasn’t exactly a win state. But SimHealth‘s values were hard to miss. The

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