Sam Alexander

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Portland biking gets some help from big data

Portland is improving city biking with the help of Strava, a fitness app. But are the app's users biasing city planning?

The narrative lottery at XOXO

XOXO was bigger in 2014. The organizers sold roughly 750 conference passes and 250 festival tickets. It was less intimate in some ways, but not in …

Inside a video game voiceover studio

In the studio with the writers and actors of Defense Grid 2.<p>Jennifer Hale asks a few questions about the character. That's less than 30 seconds after she walks in the room.<p>Her arrival prompts the usual bit of Hollywood hug and kiss, and some hello-how-are-yous, but then it's down to business.<p>Who is …

Hotseat: Dave Allen

Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk group. When he …

Psychogeography

Lucky's Tale, and the untapped potential of third-person virtual reality games

Few people question the idea that virtual reality games work best in the first-person. If you can look around the world and react with your body, why not place your point of view inside the player-character?<p>Entering a new world as someone else is a very attractive thing for many people, and most …

Good Magazine plots an editorial comeback

In 2012, cause-driven magazine Good magazine made a fateful decision, laying off six of its nine editorial staffers in favor of pushing a …

Advertising Industry

Andrew Sullivan on native ads: Journalism has surrendered

Journalist and blog entrepreneur Andrew Sullivan is not one to jump on bandwagons. The outspoken political blogger left the Daily Beast nearly a year …

Journalism

How Facebook Could Actually Give You Anonymity

Facebook wants to give you anonymity.<p>At least, that's the word from Recode, which says the social network is in talks about a partnership with …

The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted

<i>When we think about the spectacular collapses of once untouchable Internet properties, companies like MySpace and Pets.com come to mind. The rise and</i> …

Parenthood makes gaming better by making time your most precious resource

Parenthood changes you in nearly every way.<p>You lose free time, but you gain the ability to see things through a different set of lenses. Suddenly what you want or need isn’t the most important thing, and you wake up every morning with a sense of purpose and understanding about what your day will …

What should we then play? How I celebrate Lent through gaming

Every year during the holy season of Great Lent, I and many Christians of various denominations examine our day-to-day behavior and attempt to change our habits, with the aim of diminishing our affection for material pleasures.<p>Lent is the 40 day period that precedes the celebration of Jesus …

The Battle for the Body Field

In the early ’90s, every page was a handcrafted labor of love. Sadly, anyone who managed a large site eventually hit the wall: writing piles of …

Web Development

Final Fantasy 6 now available on iOS

Japanese role-playing game <i>Final Fantasy 6</i> is out today on the iTunes App Store for $15.99, publisher Square Enix announced.<p>Originally released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994, the game has been re-worked to run on iOS devices and includes touchscreen controls and a battle …

20 ways to not be a gentrifier in Oakland (Community Voices)

By Dannette Lambert<p>Gentrification is the word of the day in Oakland. Everywhere you look people are asking, “Am I a gentrifier? Is it bad? Should I …

What 8th Graders Taught Me About Where Social Strategy Needs to Go (Like 'Dark Social')

I taught some teens about content marketing last week. In return, they showed me the future.<p>My wife's teaching advertising to her eighth grade …

Social Media

Twitter's Redesigned Homepage Keeps Mobile in Mind

Twitter is rolling out a new homepage for the platform's desktop users.<p>The new layout and design is meant to resemble the company's mobile versions, …

Jun 9, 2018<br>7:03 PM<p>Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Justify ran into the history books Saturday, winning the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion and completing horse racing’s Triple Crown, becoming just the 13th horse to accomplish that feat and only the second undefeated horse to do so.<p>…

Finding Popular Conversations on Facebook

By Chris Struhar, Engineering Manager<p>Facebook is a space where people from all over the world gather every day to share their thoughts and …

The birth of Xbox Live

How Microsoft's engineers created the world's first broadband-connected game console, based on interviews with the people who made it.<p>There was a dream that was a box.<p>Part sci-fi, part nostalgia, this box would unite people from around the world and provide a platform for entertainment that would …

The many faces of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified: from 2006 to 2013

The true story behind 2K's most troubled game.<p>W<p>ith enough money — and talent — Take-Two could buy its way to the top. At least, that was the plan.<p>Since its formation by the son-of-a-billionaire Ryan Brant in the early 1990s, Take-Two had existed as a mid-level video game publisher, the sort that …

Gaming in West Africa | Photo Essay

A look at how games can fit in anywhere.<p>People play video games all over the world. Games are becoming, in many ways, a form of universal language. Although the manner and places in which people play vary wildly, especially in the resource-poor nations of West Africa.<p>Nick Hagen is a U.S.-based …

Concerning Cake, Bilbo Baggins, and Charity

So a couple days ago I did an AMA on Reddit.<p>It was fun. I enjoy goofing off, interacting with my readers, and answering questions. So this sort of …

The Secret Developers: Wii U - the inside story

<i>The Secret Developers is Digital Foundry's occasional series where game-makers come forward to talk with us - and you - about topics they are</i> …

Retrogaming

Childish Gambino interview: Know The Ledge

<i>This feature appears in the<br>February/March 2014 issue<br>of COMPLEX.</i><p>It’s a Wednesday night in L.A., and Donald Glover is sitting in front of a computer in …

The National Film Mistaken for Strangers to Get Digital, Theatrical Release

The National's comedic documentary <i>Mistaken for Strangers</i> will be in theaters and out through iTunes on March 28. The 2013 movie was directed by its lead character, Tom Berninger, the younger brother of National frontman Matt Berninger. Tom was brought on the <i>High Violet</i> tour as a roadie, and shot …

Roundhouse, the Portland advertising agency, launches incubator for small businesses

Joe Sundby remembers what it was like to be a couple of guys with nothing more than a basement and a vision.<p>In 12 years, Sundby and a core executive …

Instagram Video Booth Will Ask Celebs Your Questions at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES — Instagram wants you to play journalist during the Golden Globes red carpet. The Facebook-owned photo company exclusively told <i>Mashable</i> …