How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

(When contacted, Nintendo declined to comment on the discrepancy in reporting and instead pointed to its most recent CSR report which states that its renewable energy usage is now 44 percent.).

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

Seeing the Forest for the Deer: Alaskan Scientists Harness Big Data for Conservation

For scientist Sophie Gilbert, who spent four recent summers tracking the movements of Sitka black-tailed deer in the Tongass National Forest in a project with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, that means notebooks with waterproof paper.

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

Rewilding, with its focus on the degradation of the natural world and the possibility of restoring it, belongs to a long tradition of games that grapple with environmental issues.Other recent games with environmental themes indulge in naive fantasies about the control of nature, rewarding players for mastery over it.

The Fall and Rise of Real-Time Strategy Games

The Fall and Rise of Real-Time Strategy Games

The last new Command & Conquer entry was a freemium mobile game, and we've all been waiting on the next Empire Earth for nearly two decades.I assumed that my life would be dotted with new RTS games forever; that the genre would remain an unwavering priority within the economics of PC development.

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

This Marvel Game Soundtrack Has an Epic Origin Story

Richard Jacques says he had to pinch himself when he got the call to score Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy game.“We all knew we wanted to carve our own identity, and it was one of the things that Marvel encouraged—[they] were always saying to us ‘We want you to make this your own,’” Szczepkowski tells WIRED.

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

To further confuse matters, Europeans have had a tendency to label just about any game bird they encountered a “partridge.” several North and South American species are often called partridges, even though they are not.The long-tailed tree quail looks quite partridge-like.

Climate Stress Was Getting Me Down, So I Made a Clicker Game

Climate Stress Was Getting Me Down, So I Made a Clicker Game

(Of course probability doesn't work like that; I was just trying to figure out how weird things might be getting.).Another flood will surely come, though, which means it's time to broaden our expectations.

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

Scott Brodie, founder of Heart Shaped Games and lead developer on the game, told WIRED, “I look at Afrofuturism as a way to center stories around Black people and the broader diaspora and not being so Western-centric.

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

Why Diablo II: Resurrected Kept Its Rough Edges

Why Diablo II: Resurrected Kept Its Rough Edges

But for Vicarious Visions, a 30-year-old game studio acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2005, revamping Diablo II meant looking at the game through the eyes of a circa-1990s game developer.“Those spiky bits are the things people remember," Gallerani says.

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

The challenge, which goes by the moniker of the “homeless” or “rags-to-riches” challenge, sees players dress their Sims characters so that they appear homeless and then set out to acquire 5,000 Simoleons—enough in-game currency to build a modest multiroom house—without any shelter or a job, according to the challenge’s community page.

In This 'Socially Conscious Monopoly' Game, Race and Privilege Are Currency

In This 'Socially Conscious Monopoly' Game, Race and Privilege Are Currency

“The sad part is that things are not that different from 50 years ago,” says Barbara Sommer, Robert Sommer’s wife, whom he was “courting” while he worked on the original game.

Worn Down by Covid Anxiety? Keep a Handheld Game With You

Worn Down by Covid Anxiety? Keep a Handheld Game With You

Right now it’s hard to find time to even sit down and watch Netflix for 20 minutes, so having a handheld device provides an opportunity for disconnection in an ever-connected world.It’s hard to find time to recharge because nothing is restful.

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

These Deepfake Voices Can Help Trans Gamers

More than 100 people asked if the technology could ease the dysphoria caused by a mismatch between their voice and gender identities.“We realized many people don’t feel they can participate in online communities because their voice puts them at greater risk,” Pappas, Modulate’s CEO, says.

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

When the cofounders of video game developer Ember Labs asked Ayu Larassanti to read for the part of Kena, the main character in their upcoming game Kena: Bridge of Spirits, she was surprised.

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

When game developers introduced mounted flying to online superhero game City of Heroes and World of Warcraft in the mid-aughts, it changed the MMORPG genre forever—both for better and for worse.

Cozy Management Games Remind Us How to Care

Cozy Management Games Remind Us How to Care

Whatever anxieties I felt throughout the day are washed away.” She relates this heavily to the management mechanics in these games: “I’m focused on the simple task that the game places in front of me, whether it’s collecting shells, farming, or talking with my neighbors.”.

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

In November 2020, Twitch helped out by donating $1 million, money that Spohn says will go to hiring and distributing new controllers to disabled gamers like Thad.

Can a Game Get Young Players Interested in Holocaust History?

Can a Game Get Young Players Interested in Holocaust History?

When Bernard sent Salter pictures of some of the work he’d previously done, she picked up right away on the fact that he had Nazis rounding up the children.

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

On Friday, after a contentious legal battle over Apple’s alleged monopoly power over the iOS ecosystem, a California judge snipped the tug-of-war rope between Apple and Epic Games.And Apple must change its App Store rules to allow developers to use other payment systems⁠—a blow to Apple’s iron grip on the iOS ecosystem.

Behind the Art and Atmosphere of Destiny

Behind the Art and Atmosphere of Destiny

Destiny, the live-service sci-fi shooter from Bungie—makers of games like Halo, Myth, Marathon , and the criminally underrated Oni—is having a moment.Each of these destinations has to be fully fleshed out before they can be turned into places you can go in-game.

The Artful Escape Is Psychedelic Perfection

The Artful Escape Is Psychedelic Perfection

Never have I played a game like the intro to a Parliament record: Partying on the mothership / I am the mothership connection / Gettin' down in 3-D / Light year groovin'.Funk isn’t a perfect comparison for The Artful Escape, a game specifically about rock ‘n’ roll and a young prodigy’s journey to guitar stardom.

In Red Dead Redemption, the Wild West Is a Refuge

In Red Dead Redemption, the Wild West Is a Refuge

Now, 3 years and a pandemic later, the base game itself and the online multiplayer mode Red Dead Online (RDO) continue to capture player’s attention through the story, characters, and open world exploration that Red Dead Redemption has come to be known for.

Biomutant and Ratchet & Clank Epitomize the Gaming Budget Gap

Biomutant and Ratchet & Clank Epitomize the Gaming Budget Gap

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the latest in a nearly two-decade-long video game series from American studio Insomniac Games, has done much better, commercially and critically—as is to be expected of a technologically impressive, major-publisher-backed release.

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

The Case for Video Game Tutorials

We start every game like a newborn giraffe struggling to stand; a well-designed tutorial mitigates the time wasted on unproductive stumbles.“The real story of a game is teaching how to play it,” says Désilets.

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

Not only that, it’s a big, stupid chore that too often comes during those precious early hours of a game when you’re just trying to get your bearings and master the gameplay mechanics.

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Courtesy of Annapurna InteractiveThis opening to Last Stop, a new narrative-adventure game by British studio Variable State, is kind of a feint.

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

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

“I literally just say ‘hello’ and I feel like crying,” she told Alok Kanojia, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and mental health coach to celebrity gamers who streamed their session last May. She moved a neat curl of hair out of the way and dabbed her eye.

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

The ping system and redeploy beacons have become, and still are, staples of the FPS genre that other developers (like Activision Blizzard, developers of Overwatch) are eager to bring to their own games, and while Respawn's new methods aren’t always practical from the start (see “heat shields”), they’re consistently rewiring the importance of team communication.

Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever

Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever

In any case, the influencers who dusted off silly old Dogecoin, after the joke had gotten shopworn and trading was flat, are a forerunner of the merry pranksters on Reddit who put the squeeze to hedge funds that were short-selling GameStop in January.

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