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.

‘The Internet Remains Undefeated’ Must Be Defeated

‘The Internet Remains Undefeated’ Must Be Defeated

On the morning of August 12, 2013, he posted on Instagram a meme of a , the mercurial NBA dynamo, photoshopped into a character selection screen from the arcade classic Mortal Combat, with the caption, “The internet remains undefeated.” It’s a textbook usage, the kind Hall says he’s been deploying on social media and in group chats in the years since.

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.

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

I Want My Daughter to Live in a Better Metaverse

While I appreciate the ability to shield my teenager from unseemly content, I also understand the importance of having meaningful conversations about why certain words and actions can harm others.It’s not difficult to imagine nefarious actors injecting extremist or toxic content into metaverse experiences directly.

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Family finances should be discussed openly, and kids should be allowed to choose how to spend their own money, even if that means they buy something you consider to be a waste.

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Whether it is the “indecent” provision of the CDA or the sex work crackdown in the later Fosta-Sesta law, the brunt of laws that make internet service providers liable for certain categories of posts has inevitably fallen on marginalized users.

Why Insider Job ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop

Why Insider Job ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop

Stringhini and his fellow researchers, who specialize in how online communities coordinate malicious activity, monitored the organization of mass Zoom-bombing actions on both Twitter and 4chan over the course of 2020.Their findings point to a surprising conclusion: The majority of Zoom-bombing cases the researchers observed began with a participant in the call posting the link publicly and inviting trolls and miscreants to attack it.

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

Anti-Secrecy Activists Publish a Trove of Ransomware Victims' Data

DDoSecrets' cofounder Emma Best argues that the trail of dumped data that ransomware operations leave in their wake often contains information that deserves to be scrutinized and, in some cases, revealed to the public.

After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!

After 2020, Live Events Might Not Look the Same. Good!

Back in January, the filmmaker got married on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival , where she headed the documentary program for six years.Jackson watched as other festivals in Toronto and New York went (mostly) online and tried to reengineer what Sundance would look like in a pandemic.

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The US Military Buys Location Data From a Popular Muslim Prayer AppFor years, shadowy companies have been buying and selling your location data based on what apps you use.

An Engineer Gets 9 Years for Stealing $10M From Microsoft

An Engineer Gets 9 Years for Stealing $10M From Microsoft

In late 2017 and early 2018, he stole millions of dollars worth of Microsoft store credit and resold it online for bitcoin, which he then cashed out using Coinbase."The value of the bitcoin deposits to Kvashuk's Coinbase account generally correlated with the value of the purchased and redeemed [Microsoft credit]," the government argued.

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

Surprise! The Section 230 Hearing Wasn’t About Section 230

In the event, however, the hearing was mostly an opportunity for Republicans on the committee to berate Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for supposedly discriminating against conservative users—especially conservative user number one, Donald Trump.

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

As the election approaches, many liberal and left-leaning digital organizations and influencers have rallied behind Biden, creating a late-breaking wave of online support.

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

Polls show that some 7 percent of Americans believe in or support QAnon, the cultish conspiracy theory and community that originated in online message boards in late 2017.

Maria Ressa Says Disinformation Is More Insidious Than We Think

Maria Ressa Says Disinformation Is More Insidious Than We Think

Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of Rappler, an investigative news website in the Philippines, says we talk about disinformation all wrong.Ressa repeatedly warned Facebook of the threat to press freedoms and democratic institutions just as Russian campaigns were working to destabilize the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic

Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic

You might think some other communication (like a Slack channel) would help, but in my experience it still takes a significant effort to get all the students to use a new system.It takes extra time to get things working for remote classes.

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

“When they come to a new website with the aim of doing business, they obviously are steered into what the bank or other company wants them to see or do.” Sometimes the patterns are subtle—the websites might use clever images, text placement, or bright colors that steer consumers into a particular action, account, or service, Sherry says.

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

While Gmail doesn’t scan the content of your emails to collect information for its advertising machines, data from your Google account is used to serve ads in your Gmail inbox.

Trump’s Fight With Twitter Finally Grew Teeth. Now What?

Trump’s Fight With Twitter Finally Grew Teeth. Now What?

GE : I think what Lauren is really saying is when they make a TV show out of this podcast, Michael, who do you want to play the Michael Calore character?I would love someone to say I look related to Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Could Staring Into a Stranger’s Eyes Cure Zoom Fatigue?

Could Staring Into a Stranger’s Eyes Cure Zoom Fatigue?

The main function of the website is the Human Minute: When you sign on, it hooks you up with a stranger somewhere in the world, and then you stare into their eyes without speaking for a full 60 seconds, kind of like if Marina Abramovic designed .

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

To help flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, universities across the nation have closed, and many professors are scrambling to transition to teaching online.Both of us have experience teaching lab courses in person, which often already involve an online interface for sharing syllabi, files, grades, and to foster student discussion.

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

However, as the degrading sexualization of Thunberg and others demonstrates, the criticism and harassment women politicians and activists experience is different in kind than that experienced by their male counterparts.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

Does Facebook Need an ‘Understand’ Button?

“We’ve just introduced an easy way to tell friends that you like what they’re sharing on Facebook with one easy click,” the note says.We think of the new ‘Like’ feature to be the stars, and the comments to be the review.”.

Tinder Swipes Right on AI to Help Stop Harassment

Tinder Swipes Right on AI to Help Stop Harassment

Now, Tinder is turning to artificial intelligence to help people dealing with grossness in the DMs. The popular online dating app will use machine learning to automatically screen for potentially offensive messages.

Looking Back at 2019's Weirdest and WIRED-est Photo Projects

Looking Back at 2019's Weirdest and WIRED-est Photo Projects

When photographers show their work to us WIRED photo editors, common responses as to why they’re reluctant to show off some of their most interesting projects include “I wasn’t sure if this is WIRED's style,” or “I didn’t think you cover this.”.

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

But for a brief moment, as 2009 turned into 2010, we had a glimpse of what a different social web might look like.Later, when the site became an international craze with over 30 million users, Ternovskiy would describe Chatroulette as “one hundred percent my window into the world.”.

The Safari Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right now

The Safari Browser Settings You Should Tweak Right now

From the Safari menu, choose Preferences then Tabs , and then tick the checkbox labeled Show website icons in tabs to apply the change to the browser.