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From Lemmings to Wipeout: how Ian Hetherington incubated gaming success

The Psygnosis co-founder looks back at one of gaming’s finest studios<p>“Back the talent. Not the product.”<p>It’s a simple philosophy, but one that Ian Hetherington — co-founder of one of Sony’s most successful publishing studios in the 1990s — holds dear. And he says it’s not being followed as much as …

Gaming Industry

The State of Xbox Scorpio

It’s almost frustrating knowing as much as we do about Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, but not quite knowing <i>enough</i>.<p>All that will go away on Sunday afternoon as Microsoft presents their annual E3 press conference a day earlier than usual, at a show most expect will be heavy with information and …

Xbox

The state of Switch heading into E3 2017

Coming off an impressive early lineup, can Nintendo keep up its pace?<p>Prior to Switch’s launch in March, many were skeptical of its chances. Wii U had bombed, and Switch — to some — looked like an evolution of the same concept. They questioned the appeal of a portable/console hybrid and criticized …

Gaming

Friday the 13th: The Game review

Jason Voorhees, one of the most iconic murderers in movie history, is an unstoppable, unkillable force of evil. But that’s not as good a starting point for designing a fun game as you might think.<p><i>Friday the 13th: The Game</i> started life as a concept on Kickstarter. Pitched as an asymmetrical …

Indie Gaming

Arms review

<i>Arms</i> is a rare and welcome thing from Nintendo: a wholly original property starring all-new characters in a new world.<p>A new property from Nintendo — in other words, a game not set in the world of Mario or The Legend of Zelda — is cause for excitement. Like 2015’s squid ink shooter <i>Splatoon</i>, <i>Arms</i> is …

Legend of Zelda

The Drybars of Facials Have Come to Save Your Skin

The spa industrial complex is evolving.<p>As a teen, the only thing I knew about spa facials was what I’d seen in <i>Legally Blonde</i>. In the film, Elle and Emmett found the snobby Mrs. Windham Vandermark at a spa in a fancy, remote location, where she and other rich middle-aged women paid hundreds of …

Skin Care

This Oakland high school robotics club should be the future of a more diverse tech industry

“When we go to competitions, we really don’t look like the other teams that are there.”<p>Just across the bay from San Francisco, a group of Oakland Technical High School students has been meeting twice a week for months, hacking away on robots slated to compete in two of the most important series of …

Computer Science

Trump’s Paris climate agreement speech, annotated by an expert in energy and foreign policy

Thank you very much. Thank you. I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period of time. But it is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with …

Paris Agreement

Seize the Hollywood Sign

The neighborhood below the landmark grew up with the city, but now LA must destroy Hollywoodland to save itself<p>There’s a woman who wants to get rid of the Hollywood Sign. I can’t blame the impulse: It looks so good attacked by tornadoes and aliens; there’s such a rush in the slow creak and the …

NFL
NFL

The Viral Machine

Super Deluxe built a weird internet empire. Can it succeed on TV?<p>When Wolfgang Hammer talks about the future of entertainment, people listen. Hammer is the mastermind behind the American reboot of <i>House of Cards,</i> the guy with the unlikely idea of bringing together David Fincher and a forgotten BBC …

David Fincher

Slop Machines

<b>In</b> <i>The Waste Makers</i><b>, his 1960 history</b> of American consumerism for consumerism’s sake, author Vance Packard describes a satirical city of the future. It’s a place of planned obsolescence, where papier-mache houses are torn down and rebuilt every other year, plastic automobiles melt if they’re driven …

MGM Resorts International

The state of the PlayStation 4 Pro

Are people buying it?<p>Heading into E3, the PlayStation 4 Pro faces challenges both real and imagined.<p>There’s a perception among some non-owners that the PS4 Pro doesn’t offer benefits for many games, that there’s not much reason to buy it if you haven’t made the jump to 4K. On the flip side, many …

Televisions

Pokkén Tournament is coming to Switch

Another Wii U remaster<p><i>Pokkén Tournament</i> will launch on Nintendo Switch. Nintendo revealed that the Wii U fighting game will be its next title to get the Switch re-release treatment, following April’s <i>Mario Kart 8</i> <i>Deluxe</i>.<p>The game is called <i>Pokkén Tournament Deluxe</i> and will launch on Sept. 22. Nintendo …

Pokémon

What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch

Developers and executives discuss the hybrid system.<p>Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale.<p>A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game …