Month: May 2020

NYU’s digital graduation tournament grew to change into into ‘a vaporwave nightmare’

NYU’s digital graduation tournament grew to change into into ‘a vaporwave nightmare’

On May 19th, New York University student John DiLillo attended Grad Alley, the school’s annual block party to celebrate commencement. For two hours, he and a few friends went to places like “Pictionary Island” and peered into the (surprisingly hollow) rubbery inside of a dolphin. He got stuck underground. He ran into exactly six people,…

Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification contrivance won’t work in a vaccum

Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification contrivance won’t work in a vaccum

Last month, before Google and Apple announced their joint effort to enable COVID-19 exposure notifications, I wrote about the trouble with using Bluetooth-based solutions for contact tracing. Chief among the issues is getting a meaningful number of people to download any app in the first place, public health officials told me. And now that such…

Summer sport fest: suggestions to watch this summer time’s digital gaming events

Summer sport fest: suggestions to watch this summer time’s digital gaming events

Even though E3, Gamescom, and other summer gaming events have become online-only or outright canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems there’s still going to be a lot of gaming news this summer. Publishers and media have already scheduled many digital events, promising news and announcements, which could help fill the void left by…

Sundar Pichai on managing Google via the pandemic

Sundar Pichai on managing Google via the pandemic

Like all big tech companies, Google and Alphabet are playing an outsized role in our lives as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Whether it’s helping people find reliable information in search, working with the government on testing, building an exposure-tracking system into Android and iOS in partnership with Apple, or battling misinformation on YouTube, Google’s capability…

How public arts funding helps developers fetch uncommon, more diverse games

How public arts funding helps developers fetch uncommon, more diverse games

After launching Untitled Goose Game on my Nintendo Switch, the game loads into its opening credits, transitioning from logo to logo. First, it credits the studio that made it, House House, then the publisher, Panic. After that, the screen reads “with support from Film Victoria.” Although the moment is brief, the credit on-screen gestures toward…

This year’s graduates accept as true with one ingredient in general: disappointing online ceremonies

This year’s graduates accept as true with one ingredient in general: disappointing online ceremonies

Taylor Walker worked hard during her time at Salem State University. She was her class’s homecoming queen, she sang in the university’s Grammy award-winning choir, and she completed a double degree in communication and speech. Graduation was her chance to reflect on all those accomplishments. To celebrate, she planned to host a party with her…

See the first Xbox Series X gameplay photos, displaying off ray-tracing and graphics of the subsequent-gen console

See the first Xbox Series X gameplay photos, displaying off ray-tracing and graphics of the subsequent-gen console

After months of hardware reveals, spec reveals, and hype, Microsoft is finally doing a proper first look at gameplay footage for its upcoming next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, showing off gameplay from 13 games that will be headed to the console this fall. Before you get too excited, the trailers showed off come from…

Candidates can’t campaign, so they’re making an strive to head viral

Candidates can’t campaign, so they’re making an strive to head viral

On Wednesday, the field director for Mel Gagarin’s congressional campaign sat shirtless — illuminated by candlelight — in his bathtub reading a scary story over Instagram Live. “Bedtime Bathtime Storytimes” have become regular events for Gagarin’s campaign even if they’re only for an audience of around a dozen people, including other members of the campaign.…