Gaming & Culture

The chip shortage is driving up tech prices–starting with TVs

Enlarge Bloomberg | Getty Images Televisions, laptops, and tablets have been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people worked and learned via Zoom, socialized over Skype, and binged on Netflix to alleviate the lockdown blues. But all that extra screen time also helped set in motion a semiconductor supply crunch that is causing …

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Famed Arthurian tale comes to silver screen in The Green Knight trailer

Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain in the forthcoming epic medieval fantasy film, The Green Knight. An ambitious young knight of King Arthur’s Round Table makes an ill-advised bargain and embarks on a personal quest in the new trailer for The Green Knight, a forthcoming film by director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story) adapted from …

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Our fave gentleman thief is back for revenge in trailer for Lupin part 2

Omar Sy is back as Assane Diop, a modern-day gentleman thief who models himself on the classic French fictional character Arsène Lupin, in part 2 of Lupin, coming to Netflix on June 11. The Netflix French original series Lupin proved to be an unexpected hit when it debuted earlier this year, purportedly racking up views …

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It’s the battle of the alien symbiotes in Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, taking on Woody Harrelson’s villainous Cletus Kasady/Carnage, in Sony’s forthcoming film Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) returns as intrepid reporter Eddie Brock, infected with a parasitic alien symbiote that gives him super powers, in Venom: There Will be …

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New book Press Reset investigates the high human cost of game development

Enlarge / Jason Schreier’s latest deep dive on the game industry is out on May 11 at all major booksellers. Grand Central Publishing Games industry journalist Jason Schreier has left his mark over the years by digging up behind-the-scenes dirt at sites like Kotaku and Bloomberg, but he may be best known for Blood, Sweat, …

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Review: The role-playing game’s afoot in charming black comedy Murder Bury Win

Three friends trying to create their own RPG game about getting away with murder get more than they bargained for in the new black comedy, Murder Bury Win. Three friends get more than they bargained for when they think they are about to hit the gaming big-time in Murder Bury Win, a charming black comedy …

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It began as an AI-fueled dungeon game. Then it got much darker

Enlarge AI Dungeon In December 2019, Utah startup Latitude launched a pioneering online game called AI Dungeon that demonstrated a new form of human-machine collaboration. The company used text-generation technology from artificial intelligence company OpenAI to create a choose-your-own adventure game inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. When a player typed out the action or dialog …

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Sony faces lawsuit over alleged “monopoly pricing” of PlayStation downloads

Enlarge / A gift card like this goes less far because of Sony’s monopolistic control of the PlayStation downloads market, according to a new lawsuit. In Apple’s opening statements in the Epic Games v. Apple trial on Monday, the company argued that “the law protects Apple’s choice to have a closed system, just as it …

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Paramount+ hits 36 million subscribers, will stream sci-fi movie Infinite

Enlarge / Actor Mark Wahlberg confers with director Antoine Fuqua on the set of Infinite. Mark Wahlberg On the heels of revealing that it has reached just shy of 36 million subscribers, streaming service Paramount+ has announced that it will stream at least one original movie each week, including the long-delayed Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel …

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