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.

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.”.

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

However, it’s not only these characters and the player asserting their presence but the game’s 28-year-old designer Tali Faulkner, whose Māori heritage is suffused throughout the world with visual cues like tāniko and raranga patterns.

A Bird-Feed Seller Beat a Chess Master Online. Then It Got Ugly

A Bird-Feed Seller Beat a Chess Master Online. Then It Got Ugly

Highlighting Dewa_Kipas’s knight on his stream, Rozman said he was worried that his opponent might move it to A5.Levy Rozman, Chess International Master.Dewa_Kipas’ accuracy, or similarity to how a chess engine would play, during the match was 94 percent; Rozman’s was 76.

‘Heaven’s Vault’: A Linguist’s Buried Treasure

‘Heaven’s Vault’: A Linguist’s Buried Treasure

Jon Ingold, cofounder and creative narrative director of Heaven’s Vault developer Inkle Studios, invented the unique translation mechanic, which puts the player in charge of deciphering a lost alien language called Ancient—bringing players the closest they can get to a linguistics and translation game.

Flash Is Dead—but Not Gone

Flash Is Dead—but Not Gone

On January 12, Adobe took things a step further, triggering a kill switch it had been distributing in Flash updates for months that blocks content from running in the player—essentially rendering the software inoperable.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

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.

How Rock the Vote Became Tok the Vote

How Rock the Vote Became Tok the Vote

She takes us deep inside the world of political TikTok, the impressive creators who are making the videos, and how they’ve helped galvanize young voters who are likely to remain active long past this election season.

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

17 Tips to Help You Survive Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

You might have to race your opponents to a finish line by navigating tricky obstacles, work with other beans to hoard eggs, or simply outlast your fellow players on a rolling-log contraption.Fall Guys is available for $20 on PC and PlayStation 4.

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Suffice to say very few people watching understand chess at the level someone like Kasparaov does, but movies from Searching for Bobby Fischer to Queen of Katwe to Fresh have proven audiences want to know what it’s like to play as a grandmaster.

AI Ruined Chess. Now, It’s Making the Game Beautiful Again

AI Ruined Chess. Now, It’s Making the Game Beautiful Again

DeepMind and Kramnik tapped AlphaZero’s ability to learn a game from scratch to explore new variants more quickly than the decades or centuries of human play that would reveal their beauty and flaws.

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

Cassiopea's far-flung adventure feels less grounded, both literally and in the written details, which come off somewhat more cartoonish than Kasio's more personal narrative in a way that doesn't necessarily do the game a service.

The NFL's Helmet Tests Are Brainless

The NFL's Helmet Tests Are Brainless

So it’s not surprising that the NFL's helmet testing and ranking has had no discernable impact on the incidence of concussions (to say nothing of the incidence of clinically silent injury, which hasn’t been measured at all).

Watch Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event Right Here

Watch Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event Right Here

We should also see some new hardware for the smart home, and now that Google has been busy pulling all of its smart devices under the Nest brand, if new smart speakers and mesh Wi-Fi routers are announced at Tuesday's event, they should also carry the Nest name.

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Over the weekend, an esports player for another Blizzard title, Hearthstone, had shouted a Hong Kong protest slogan on the game's official Taiwanese livestream; in response, Activision Blizzard suspended the player from high-level competitive play for a year and said it would not pay out his past winnings, claiming that he had violated rules barring acts that "offend a portion or group of the public.".

'Destiny 2: Shadowkeep' Is Ready to Kill the Past

'Destiny 2: Shadowkeep' Is Ready to Kill the Past

In Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Bungie's first major game expansion since its break with Activision, the developer allows players to return to the moon.The decision to make Destiny 2's most blatant fan service into its first attempt at horror is a curious one, made more interesting by the way Shadowkeep changes how the game plays.

Three Simple Tests Might Help Prevent Athletes' Injuries

Three Simple Tests Might Help Prevent Athletes' Injuries

The Redskins test players each week with the Sparta Science force plate and software program, according to head strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart.

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

Depth of Field: Coco Gauff and the Future of Women's Tennis

The US Open culminates Sunday—where Serena Williams again has a chance to seize tennis immortality—but the tournament's real crowning moment came last weekend, on Day 6, between Naomi Osaka, the No. 1 ranked women's player, and Cori "Coco" Gauff, a 15-year-old rising talent of unforgettable resolve.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Is a Rare Game About Sisterhood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Is a Rare Game About Sisterhood

The half-goofy half-earnest story of these sisters gripped me, and I adore the way the co-op element of the game ties it into every aspect of play.

Golf's Longest Drives Are Creeping Up and Changing the Sport

Golf's Longest Drives Are Creeping Up and Changing the Sport

It seems like the kind of statistic that number-crunching sports fans would agree upon, yet there exists surprisingly little consensus on the distance of the longest drive ever measured in the game of golf .Some say the record belongs to Mike Austin.

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

Earlier this week, Bungie ran a stream detailing the future of Destiny 2 and revealing the first major moves of the game and the company since they both split from Activision a few months back.

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

When I leave the performance space and walk out into the world of the game and its nameless, likely doomed town, the theatre follows me. Which it is; all games are, a performance of one for an audience of one, for the player by the player, with a stage and script created by developers.

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

One of the principal pleasures offered by both videogames and social media is the experience of flow . Our media culture today offers a variety of passive experiences that share a key characteristic with Csikszentmihalyi’s flow: the pleasure of losing oneself.

Kingdom Hearts III and the Value of Difficult Gaming Modes

Kingdom Hearts III and the Value of Difficult Gaming Modes

These games have always been accused of being button-mashers—games where you can just hit the attack button over and over again and win most encounters—but Kingdom Hearts III , being balanced primarily for new players in all of its difficulty settings, was a particularly glaring example for the vast majority of the game.

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall series, its approach to the mega-popular genre has found a large, eager audience, one that's interested to see what changes and growth the game will have in store as its first season continues.

Free Throws Should Be Easy. Why Do Basketball Players Miss?

Free Throws Should Be Easy. Why Do Basketball Players Miss?

But also: If Nash can show up unpracticed, four years after retirement, and drain 98 percent of his free throws in an impromptu shootout against a ham-handed journalist, what kept him from shooting that reliably during his career. Surprisingly, Silverberg says there's very little separating players like Nash from those who average 75 percent from the line.

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion Is a Brilliant Videogame—Too Bad You Can't Play It

Devotion is now impossible not to see doubly, as both a brilliant piece of familial horror and a story of backlash and political misunderstanding.

'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.