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.

Y: The Last Man Isn’t About Politics—It’s About Survival

Y: The Last Man Isn’t About Politics—It’s About Survival

What happens after the elimination of cisgender men is that a lot of devastated people must decide how much they want their new world to look like their old one.

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.

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.

It’s Hard to Play a Character Who’s a Dick—but It’s Worth It

It’s Hard to Play a Character Who’s a Dick—but It’s Worth It

It’s clear from the start that Kratos’ wife was the nurturer, and Kratos himself was the sullen, withholding, and emotionally distant father, because when the game begins, he’s downright cruel to Atreus.

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

“You could certainly come up with an episode of The Simpsons that is voiced by the characters in a believable way,” says Tim McSmythurs, a Canada-based AI researcher and media producer who has built a speech model that can be trained to mimic anyone’s voice.

The Crushing Disappointment of Fandom

The Crushing Disappointment of Fandom

Fans looked up to Cara, and by extension Carano, but the actor’s comments on social media left one of those things harder to do.

Bliss Is the Worst Kind of Open-Ended Sci-Fi Movie

Bliss Is the Worst Kind of Open-Ended Sci-Fi Movie

Released in 2014, it’s about vision scientists searching for the origin of the human eye—look, a pun—which, if you didn’t know, is “the window,” as one character literally says, “to the soul.” They find it in the genes of a sightless worm, but not before Karen, played by Brit Marling, warns her lab partner that she, at least, has no interest in getting famous, in being seen: “Recognition makes me nauseous,” she says.

Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity

Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity

The Dungeons & Dragons roundtables have been excellent, and they highlight the community-led efforts to make role-playing games more inclusive.

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

“We're going to adjust them so that the dildos don't appear too out of place/context and distracting.” Meanwhile, a designer at the company who told me that he wished to remain anonymous an account of the “tumultuous PR” around the game said they’d put in all the dildos for two reasons: to be controversial, and also “to represent the cyberpunk future as sex-positive.”.

Forget Imposters. Among Us Is a Playground for Hackers

Forget Imposters. Among Us Is a Playground for Hackers

The crux of the game's security bugs, Sebree says, is that its servers aren't designed to validate information sent by the game client running on the players' computers, a basic safeguard against cheating in most popular PC games.

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

Streamers, YouTubers, and TikTokers have glommed onto Chinese role-playing game Genshin Impact like it’s a magic top hat unspooling an endless rope of content.And while players can earn free wishes by reaching certain benchmarks, to get and max out all 23 characters or experience the full game, they have to open their wallets.

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

He told people he met along the way that he had worked in the tech industry and he wanted to detox from digital life.A veteran hiker named Matt Mason was working that day, and the two men started talking.

Genshin Impact Is Too Good to Be a Zelda Clone

Genshin Impact Is Too Good to Be a Zelda Clone

An anime Breath of the Wild knockoff or a charming, character-forward adventure that’s too fun to put down, Genshin Impact is plainly fantastic, and there is no reason you shouldn’t play it.Whatever fighting style you like, Genshin Impact probably has it.

'Genshin Impact' Is Too Good To Be a ‘Zelda Clone’

'Genshin Impact' Is Too Good To Be a ‘Zelda Clone’

An anime Breath of the Wild knock-off or a charming, character-forward adventure that’s too fun to put down, Genshin Impact is plainly fantastic, and there is no reason you shouldn’t play it.Whatever fighting style you like, Genshin Impact probably has it.

‘Marvel's Avengers’ Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip

‘Marvel's Avengers’ Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip

The second half of this opening sequence, which will be familiar to players of the generously sized beta, familiarizes the player with how to play as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow.

You Hate The Legend of Korra for All the Wrong Reasons

You Hate The Legend of Korra for All the Wrong Reasons

The first thing any fan of The Legend of Korra will tell you is this: To enjoy it, you must not compare it to its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Sick of 'Animal Crossing'? Try 'Ooblets'

Sick of 'Animal Crossing'? Try 'Ooblets'

Ooblets’ world is a welcome one, where the player is free to farm, amass tiny Ooblet creatures, accomplish silly quests and drink beanjuice.The Pokémon-like creatures range in concept from “grumpy beetle” to “small yeti” and “long-legged mushroom.” They trail behind your character and fight, too—in dance battles.

Palm Springs Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the Now

Palm Springs Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the Now

“It’s one of those infinite time-loop situations you might have heard about,” he explains to Cristin Milioti’s Sarah, who is wild-eyed and pissed off after realizing she’s stuck living the same day—her sister’s wedding day—on repeat.

Joel Schumacher and the Non-Crisis of Infinite Batmans

Joel Schumacher and the Non-Crisis of Infinite Batmans

Midway through 2014’s Neighbors, thirtysomething Seth Rogen asks Zac Efron, who plays college frat star Teddy Sanders, “Who is Batman to you?” Without missing a beat, Teddy replies, “Christian Bale,” a clear indication that he grew up on the Dark Knight films of Christopher Nolan.

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Moments like these, along with flickers of inspiration from Cindy Sherman, the Italian horror film Suspiria, and the seductive glow of a neon sign, led photographer Rachel Cabitt to her latest project: drafting a storyboard for a suspense-laden tale about her lockdown experience in her New York City railroad apartment.

5 Free Digital Comics to Spend Time With During Lockdown

5 Free Digital Comics to Spend Time With During Lockdown

For comic book fans, though, there's a bit of a silver lining: All kinds of publishers are making a lot of their material available for free right now.

Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

A week and a half ago, Melody appeared on Chaturbate, a site that allows cam models to livestream sexually explicit videos and chat with fans.By the time Melody started streaming on Chaturbate, Digitrevx had imbued the character with a better command of English and an unquenchable sex obsession.

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack Horseman Made It Easier to Get Out of Bed

BoJack’s very first episode, from 2014, features the final scene of Horsin’ Around’s very last.The hospital joke also portends the bleak turn Bojack itself would take.

'Which Character Are You?' Instagram Filters Are Radically Dumb

'Which Character Are You?' Instagram Filters Are Radically Dumb

Some of them were people I knew liked Pokémon, but more than a few were non-gamers who were simply curious enough to have an app tell them something they didn’t really need to know.

Love Baby Yoda, You Must

Love Baby Yoda, You Must

There is Baby Yoda merch on the way, but, historically speaking, there have been toys, T-shirts, keychains, and all manner of schwag for nearly every Star Wars character regardless of their adorableness level.Hate leads to suffering.” Yes, people love Baby Yoda.

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

The imitation of forward movement in games like Destiny 2 is catnip to a mind stuck in neutral. It's about what videogame players call "grinding"—the act of repetitiously getting resources, experience points, or anything else you might need in a game to achieve your goals.

Star Trek: Picard Shows Where the Franchise Is Boldly Going

Star Trek: Picard Shows Where the Franchise Is Boldly Going

When CBS announced last year that the network's second new Star Trek series to run on its streaming network would center on Picard, well, that was like replicating red meat for the base.

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Of the 126 games we tallied from the E3 events held by Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, a paltry six centered exclusively female protagonists, while almost five times as many, 28, centered male characters.

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

Researchers at Brown University just got a robot to do something as linguistically improbable as it is beautiful: After training to hand-write Japanese characters, the robot then turned around and started to copy words in a slew of other languages it’d never written before, including Hindi, Greek, and English, just by looking at examples of that handwriting.