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.

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.

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.”.

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.

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.

Mass Effect Is Kind of a Utopia for the Chronically Ill

Mass Effect Is Kind of a Utopia for the Chronically Ill

Sher adds that, especially now, in this time of Covid and mask-shaming, seeing immunocompromised heroes like Tali, and ones with respiratory illnesses, like Mass Effect 2’s wayward assassin Thane Krios, “helps to raise awareness and acceptance and create more empathy in others.”.

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.

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

When The Freshman, one of the first books released on the app, prompted me to pick a name for my character, I typed mine in full: Somdyuti Datta Ray. In Choices, players can pick interactive stories or “books” across genres like adventure, romantic drama, horror, fantasy, and mystery.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

Outriders Is Grinning Through the Apocalypse

Outriders Is Grinning Through the Apocalypse

Partway through Outriders, the player character—the “Outrider”—is tasked with finding a lieutenant who’s gone missing in one of the sprawling battlefields that cover the fictional planet of Enoch.

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

It looks like every game you own is followed by default, which means you may see news and content related to everything you've ever downloaded—even if you don't want to.(Unfortunately, this only works on PS5 games, but should hopefully become more useful as that library grows.).

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.

Watch Out—That Call of Duty: Warzone Cheat Might Be Malware

Watch Out—That Call of Duty: Warzone Cheat Might Be Malware

They provided a long list of Warzone Cheat Engine variants that installed a host of malware, including a cryptojacker, which uses the resources of an infected gaming computer to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency .Activision’s analysis said that multiple malware forums have regularly advertised a kit that customizes the fake cheat.

Independent Video Game Stores Are Here to Stay

Independent Video Game Stores Are Here to Stay

Over time, Jonathan built a business that catered to the needs of folks looking for retro games and console repairs—but, most importantly, his business flourished through large community events like midnight releases and in-store tournaments.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

No matter what your plans are, our hebdomadal deals roundup (aka the second-best part of the weekend) will help.The discount matches the best deal we've ever seen for it.

Game of Thrones on Broadway? This, I Don't Need

Game of Thrones on Broadway? This, I Don't Need

The Thrones play isn’t scheduled to hit the stage until 2023, but even then there will likely still be a lot of pent-up demand following the Broadway's dark year and half.

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

But a new game out on Steam, called qomp, might be the first to consider that playing as the table tennis ball rather than the paddle could make for a novel gameplay experience.

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

“We use a lot of metaphors through mechanics,” says Josef Fares, founder of It Takes Two developer Hazelight Studios.Like aspirational long-term relationships, there’s a satisfying mix of old and new, tradition and novelty, expected and unexpected.But Cody and May are not in a successful long-term relationship.

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

That’s a lot of math in a short amount of time, yet the game pulls it off without ever feeling like you’re doing work.

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

The New 'Story of Seasons' Is 'Animal Crossing' for Post-Lockdown Life

But if you’ve run out of things to do in Animal Crossing and are deeply missing that contentment you felt when you played it, if you need more of a sense of accomplishment in your entertainment, then Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town just might be your favorite game of 2021.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !Sci-fi writer or prophet?