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.

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

The Case for Launching an Easy Mode for Difficult Games

That’s not to say that the intention of the studio or developer doesn’t matter if they want to create a very difficult game—just that it’s one piece of a larger puzzle.

Charlize Theron and the Best Movie Never Made

Charlize Theron and the Best Movie Never Made

It all started on Saturday when a Twitter user with the handle @f_osis posted a seemingly innocent tweet with a brilliant idea: “Lesbian Christmas rom coms are all well and good but what I REALLY want is a Die Hard where Charlize Theron goes on a rampage to save her wife.” What started as a thinly-veiled jab at Happiest Season soon snowballed into a wing-and-a-prayer production pipeline.

Why Just Zoom When You Can Bend Reality?

Why Just Zoom When You Can Bend Reality?

So much so that he’s made up a list of five fake facts to explain why he burdened his innovative virtual conferencing enhancement with a name like Mmhmm.

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

There’s now a booming industry of gadgets for turning a computer into a home video studio: webcams, laptop stands, speakers, lights.But I have a solution that will be cheaper, easier, and probably work better: Just Zoom on a Facebook Portal.

14 Best Weekend Deals on Computer and Audio Gear

14 Best Weekend Deals on Computer and Audio Gear

Vizio 5.1 Channel Soundbar System With Wireless Subwoofer for $200 ($50 off): Vizio soundbars are a favorite among WIRED's gear team because they're affordable and still sound good.This system includes two surround speakers, a soundbar, and a 5-inch subwoofer for booming bass.

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Turns Out Late Night Talk Show Hosts Are Just Like Us

Almost immediately after lockdowns hit Los Angeles and New York, the hosts of gabfests like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon began taping their shows from home, trading in their desks and velvet chairs for Zoom calls with celebs trying desperately to find their best angles on a laptop screen.

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

In early May, when Valorant was in closed beta, publisher Riot Games said it would make an effort to curb toxicity after several of the company’s female developers spoke out about harassment they’d received in-game.

Desus & Mero Adapt to Life in Quarantine

Desus & Mero Adapt to Life in Quarantine

Normally filmed in a midtown Manhattan studio with a live audience, Desus & Mero is currently working with two ad hoc sets: Mero’s basement in his New Jersey home and Desus’ “sneaker room” in his New York apartment.

Google Is Opening a New Studio to Make Stadia Games

Google Is Opening a New Studio to Make Stadia Games

This week, we've got news about Google Stadia, Riot Games, and some more coronavirus updates.According to a blog post from Google's head of Stadia games, Jade Raymond, the company is opening a new studio dedicated to developing content for the streaming console.

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

The latest of these, Netflix’s Miss Americana, trains its camera on Taylor Swift, an artist known for both her social media prowess and her skill in controlling what, exactly, the world knows about her.

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

Why So Many High-Profile Videogames Have Been Delayed

“There is no longer a good time to release a game,” said Michael Douse, the director of publishing at Larian Studios, which in October announced the indefinite delay of Divinity: Fallen Heroes.

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Scene Debuts on 'Fortnite'

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Scene Debuts on 'Fortnite'

Also, Fortnite debuted some exclusive Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker footage this weekend.If you weren’t logged into Fornite this past weekend, you might’ve missed something truly sensational: a brand-new scene from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Spider-Man Swings Back to Sony—Unraveling the Universe

Spider-Man Swings Back to Sony—Unraveling the Universe

After months of negotiations between Sony Pictures and Disney, it appears that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Sony first got the rights to Spider-Man in 1999, the year before the success of X-Men revived Hollywood’s appetite for superhero movies.#Spider-Man #Marvel #Sony.

Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies

Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies

Now that focus is finally paying off in the world of games: Last year's Spider-Man was the first Marvel game in memory that felt like a spiritual sibling of the MCU.

The Best Things at Comic-Con Aren't at Comic-Con

The Best Things at Comic-Con Aren't at Comic-Con

Thursday morning, as the con opened with its first big Hall H panel, Comic-Con programming director Eddie Ibrahim took to the podium to give his usual address to the crowd.

Shopkeepers Around the World, Photographed With Their Wares

Shopkeepers Around the World, Photographed With Their Wares

Photographer Vladimir Antaki and a friend were wandering along a crowded street in Mexico City a few years ago when they stumbled upon a hole-in-the-wall sculptor's studio that, except for a dusty radio, wouldn't have looked out of place in Renaissance Italy.

Prince Harry Has a Very Important Message About Fortnite

Prince Harry Has a Very Important Message About Fortnite

Prince Harry thinks the game should not be allowed in the United Kingdom at all. Turns out, Bioware's latest and not-at-all-most-loved game, Anthem had a rather tough birth.

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

That movie would be a modest hit upon release late in 1997, but at the time of the Matrix casting, Reeves wasn't high on the studio's wish list for Neo. According to di Bonaventura, the role had been passed on by Will Smith (who wanted to make Wild Wild West ), Brad Pitt (who'd just been through Seven Years in Tibet ), and Leonardo DiCaprio (who didn't want to do another special effects movie after Titanic ).

One Woman Pushes Hula-Hooping to Its Absurd, Glittery Limits

One Woman Pushes Hula-Hooping to Its Absurd, Glittery Limits

"The Hula-Hoop stays aloft thanks to conservation of angular momentum, but the system is extremely unstable—one little hiccup, and the hoop comes tumbling down," says Ramesh Balasubramaniam, a sensorimotor neuroscientist at UC Merced and an expert in how the brain and body work together to perform skilled tasks.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

“The operator has a tool that lets him choose the right scenario.”For this specific clip, it took only 90 minutes from the time NHC data came in to broadcast the final product.'The entire goal is to try to paint and recreate a reality that’s in the future.'Michael Potts, The Weather ChannelThat short window of time belies how much tech underpins the rest of the operation, though.

Henry Cavill Flying Away Is an Opportunity for DC to Start Over

Henry Cavill Flying Away Is an Opportunity for DC to Start Over

Henry Cavill Flying Away Is an Opportunity for DC to Start OverHenry Cavill is reportedly not going to star in any more DC Comics-based films.Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesThe latest death of Superman is upon us: Henry Cavill, the English-born actor who’s played the Man of Steel in three movies, is reportedly leaving the DC Universe.

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

So it'll be interesting to see how Cavill does, and doesn't, live up to the stellar precedent set by CD Projekt Red and voice actor Doug Cockle.Korea's Biggest MMO Developer Just Bought the Studio Behind Eve: OnlineEve: Online, probably the most notable cult success in all of gaming, might be going through some changes in the future.

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

The free Noise app wirelessly connects you to hundreds of tones, and the Seaboard pairs with the other modules in the Blocks family of touch-sensitive sound shapers.$300Buy Now5.