There was a period of time, through the 1990s and into the early 2000s, when many game critics and analysts speculated that PC gaming was on its last legs. They argued that the platform had become a creative backwater, and would soon be completely overtaken by modern consoles thanks to their burgeoning, easy-to-use online capabilities. Those who kept the faith through those troubled times knew the truth of the matter. PCs have flexibility, moddability and power unavailable in consoles. As a result, PC gaming is able quickly pivot to serve its players. In the past 15 years, digital distribution has made it easier for creators to sell games directly to players, no longer relying on publishing deals. More and better development tools have made the creative process more accessible than ever before. This combination has led to an era of abundance. In 2017 some 7,672 games were released on Steam alone. That’s roughly 21 games per day. Now most of the biggest new games (Minecraft) and … [Read more...] about The best PC games
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There are echoes in the careers of comic writers Brian Michael Bendis and Tom King. Bendis’ first successes, on Spider-Man and Daredevil, hit just as comics were climbing out of the malaise of the ’90s, while Tom King’s co-writer stint on Grayson put him on the map in the comparatively young year of 2014. Bendis’ work on the Avengers and his invention of Jessica Jones and Miles Morales has defined Marvel Comics to the wider world. And while Tom King’s Vision was a big Marvel hit, he’s primarily produced critically-acclaimed-book after book for DC Comics with Omega Men, Mister Miracle and more. Today, Bendis and King are at the top of their game, working on the most famous superheroes in the world, Superman and Batman. While King is penning a 100-issue epic in Batman, and gearing up for this week’s release of Heroes in Crisis #1, Bendis is shepherding both main Superman titles, Action Comics and Superman. And this month they’ll trade … [Read more...] about The World’s Finest: Batman’s Tom King and Superman’s Brian Bendis in conversation
Barbara Pierce Bush, who helped propel her husband and their son to the presidency and became by virtue of her wit, self-deprecation and work on literacy one of the most popular first ladies in U.S. history, died Tuesday, according to a family spokesman.Bush, who suffered from heart and respiratory problems, was 92.On Sunday, the office of her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush, said that following a series of hospitalizations, she had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.”“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” the statement said. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and, especially, the prayers she is receiving.”The announcement led to an outpouring of praise from the public and … [Read more...] about Barbara Bush dies at 92; popular first lady was also the mother of a president
In Ridealong we send Brendan into game worlds to meet the inhabitants that dwell within. This time, the bony condo owners and anti-social gamblers of Tower Unite’s casino town. He never blinks. The red, glowing eyes of KrazyKillerSheep are transfixed on his widescreen television, and he never blinks. I’d like to say it’s because he never wants to lose sight of what he’s got. His penthouse is a grandiose apartment, full of chic furniture and musical instruments. There’s a swimming pool upstairs, a drum kit in the corner, a long dining table, set for three. A piano sits on an intricate marble floor, surrounded by glass windows that overlook an unreachable skyline. The owner has all this, and yet his crimson eyes are set firmly, unfalteringly on his massive TV. He isn’t worried for his possessions, nor captivated by television. Killer can’t blink because he’s a skeleton. He’s not the only fleshless human in the world of Tower Unite. … [Read more...] about Ridealong: The bizarre resort town of Tower Unite
On May 17, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City sent out an e-mail blast announcing that it had limited supplies of the $200 KAWS Companion action figure available for sale in its stores and online. The resulting rush of traffic promptly crashed the MoMA Design Store website, which stayed down for most of the day It isn’t usually the MoMA’s style to circulate breathless messages about the limited availability of hot toys, so I was immediately curious. I decided to go to the museum and see what was going on. What was going on, as it turned out, was that KAWS had basically taken over the entire block of 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. The Uniqlo store was wrapped in huge decals of a 30-foot tall Snoopy, wearing a t-shirt celebrating the fact that he is now “Joe KAWS.” The MoMA store, which is on the same block, had set up a display case with a set of the KAWS Companion toys, but they hadn’t bothered to shelve their stock of the toys; there was … [Read more...] about Why did a $200 toy crash the Museum of Modern Art’s website?