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.

Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Raptor Boyfriend, an upcoming dating sim set in a 1990s high school, appears to strike a tone somewhere between Hatoful Boyfriend and Dream Daddy.

A New Way to Trace the History of Sci-Fi’s Made-Up Words

A New Way to Trace the History of Sci-Fi’s Made-Up Words

“The thing about making up new terminology—and this is a place that writers can fall down—is that, like anything else, it has to make sense not only within the universe that you’re building but also in the universe of the reader,” says John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and The Last Emperox, among other sci-fi works.

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

How to Bust Your Spotify Feedback Loop and Find New Music

Such is the popularity of recommendation systems that we’ve come to rely on them to serve us what we want without us even having to ask, with music streaming services such as Spotify , Pandora, and Deezer all using personalized systems to suggest playlists or tracks tailored to the user.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life

Reality TV Has Never Felt More Untethered From Real Life

Producers wanted everyone to feel invested, to ultimately have those separate realities merge—theirs with the viewer's.It’s the need for what was, a reminder of how normal used to feel.

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.

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

It’s just that, this year, when it came to new shows, genre kind of kicked all the butts.In fact, we could’ve left off the sci-fi/fantasy qualifier and called this list “The 5 Best TV Shows of 2019,” period.

When Black Horror Consumes Us

When Black Horror Consumes Us

Most of all, Atlanta asks an essential query of black horror, one not just informed by the genre but propelled by race and history: How might one find a way to survive.

Reality Dating TV Still Has Some Growing Up to Do

Reality Dating TV Still Has Some Growing Up to Do

Reality dating TV wants to be a wilder thing, messy and mesmerizing, more reflective of the times. Dating Around rejects all the usual tropes of the genre. That is what gives Dating Around such a strange magnetism: It rejects all the usual tropes of the genre.

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

Apex Legends ' ping system is a means to fix that, while also empowering players who, for many valid reasons, maybe don't want to have active conversations with random teammates.

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

8 Sci-Fi Writers Imagine the Bold and New Future of Work

“In the early 21st century, perhaps the most important artistic genre is science fiction … [It shapes] how people understand the most important technological, social, and economic developments of our time.” —Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyHalf of being human, give or take, is the work we do.