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4 Women Photographers on the Hardest Photo They Ever Took

In honor of Women's History Month, we talked about the stories behind these artists' most challenging images—from the personal to the political.

Apple TV+ Just Won Best Picture. Everything Is Different Now

Hollywood has been waiting for years to see if a streaming service could nab the Oscars’ highest honor. This year, they got a historic answer.

Video Games Offered My Son a Haven From Bullying

For lots of kids, the IRL world can be lonely. Lego Star Wars and Super Paper Mario helped my son focus and find a community.

How to Watch the 2022 Oscars

Whether you want to stream it live on Sunday or catch highlights afterward, here’s how to watch the 94th Academy Awards.

Everything Everywhere All at Once Perfects Optimistic Nihilism

Equal parts soul-searching and sci-fi, the movie takes the idea of the multiverse to emotional and logical extremes.

Master Reveals the Finite Future of Social Thrillers

For Black people and others who are continually at a disadvantage, the genre has a major limitation: It can only imagine what is already painfully obvious.

Halo Is Another Carcass on the Heap of Bad Video Game Adaptations

The new Paramount+ series underestimates gamer audiences and falls into the “content-delivery” trap, losing the excitement of gameplay along the way.

A History of Hup, the Jump Sound in Every Video Game

You can hear it in your head: the grunt your character makes when hopping a fence or leaping into battle. Its sonic roots trace all the way back to 1973.

Ghostwire: Tokyo Brings Japanese Folklore to the Masses

The new action-thriller from Tango Gameworks uncovers universal themes by embracing cultural specificity.

Even the Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Button Soccer

Traditionally played with buttons and bottle caps, this Brazilian game, usually played offline, exploded on the internet when people were forced inside.

We Need to Talk About That Character in Horizon Forbidden West

The “heart and soul” of the game has been under wraps. Let's unwrap it.

Of Course We’re Living in a Simulation

The only people who absolutely disagree are, well, scientists. They need to get over themselves and join the fun.

Volodymyr Zelensky Is Not a Meme

The Ukrainian president's actions in the face of the Russian invasion turned him into a hero online. But the Marvelization of political figures is dangerous.

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.

What Are the Rules for Celebrities Promoting NFTs?

Non-fungible tokens are the next frontier of promotional content on social media. Right now, it’s the Wild West.

Ada Palmer and the Weird Hand of Progress

The sci-fi author writes about the 25th century and teaches college students about the 15th. The past we think we know is wrong, she says—and so is the future.

Spotify Was Never Going to Drop Joe Rogan

Neil Young removed his music from the platform to protest Rogan's vaccine disinformation. But Spotify is unlikely to cave on its star. 

Dystopia Is All Too Plausible in The School for Good Mothers

Jessamine Chan's new novel makes a world full of surveillance android children seem very real. 
Movies

Netflix’s Windfall Is a Perfect Class-Rage Noir

A tech billionaire confronts his burglar in the Netflix’s latest thriller. 
Win to Get Paid

Not Everyone Wants NFTs to Be the Future of Gaming

Tim Morten, cofounder of Frost Giant Studios and formerly production director on StarCraft II, doesn't see the same dollar signs some studios do.
TV

TV Struggles to Put Silicon Valley on the Screen

From WeCrashed to Super Pumped, Hollywood is still too infatuated with founders.
ARISE

In Life, as in Wordle, Success Often Depends on Where You Start

We all have to start somewhere, but some of us have a leg up over others—even when it comes to simple games.
Bright Ideas

This Is What an RPG for Indie Movie Heroines Would Look Like

Press A to cry in your overpriced apartment, press B to run toward the sunset.
Representation

Brazil's Indigenous Gaming Scene Is On the Rise

Featuring a native Brazilian as its protagonist, Araní takes a big step toward making gaming more authentic and inclusive.
Movies

Turning Red Doesn’t Follow Pixar’s Rules. Good 

The studio's early works were lauded for their “universal” storytelling. Its new approach champions personal stories—and audiences are the richer for it.
Movies

After Yang Will Make You Grieve For a Robot

The beautiful and strange new movie from South Korean filmmaker Kogonada presents a very different view of an AI-enhanced future.
Casual Gamer

Elden Ring Isn’t Made for All Gamers. I Wish It Were

The celebrated game has no difficulty modes, guaranteeing it will alienate some players.
Art Official

Why The Andy Warhol Diaries Recreated the Artist’s Voice With AI

The filmmakers had under four minutes of audio to work with. And yes, they considered the ethical concerns.
Bad Seed

The Diminishing Returns of Streaming’s Glut of Grifters

From The Dropout to Inventing Anna, nothing represents this era of television better than the prevalence of scammer programming.
Pause

The Gaming Industry Unites to Cut Off Russia

Ubisoft, EA, Epic, Microsoft, and others are suspending business in the country in response to its invasion of Ukraine. 
Prepare to die

High-Difficulty Games Don't Have to Be Toxic

Challenging games are often associated with gatekeeping. But designers can use difficulty levels in interesting and valuable ways.
Couples Therapy

The Benefits of Gaming As a Couple—or Even With Your Kid

Playing It Takes Two with my partner was challenging, eye-opening, and also proved that playing games cooperatively is good for all relationships.
The Monitor

I Keep Going Back to One Video From Ukraine 

Social media is a strange lens to watch a war unfold. But this post from a Ukrainian musician highlights the importance of watching—and remembering.
Bat Country

The Batman Leans Hard Into the Emo Revival

From the sartorial choices to the scenery, the latest superhero reboot drips with alt-rock influences.
Movies

The 20 Best Comic Book Movies You Can Stream Right Now

A lot of caped crusaders are hitting theaters this year. Here are a few you can catch at home.
Russia

Netflix Has Defied the Russian Government, for Now

With Russia accused of war crimes in Ukraine, the streaming platform finds itself increasingly isolated as Western companies abandon the pariah state.
Take Two

Horizon Forbidden West Is a Worthy Sequel

It's an intriguing mystery with heartfelt moments. It also wants to be Mass Effect 2 so bad.
Trending Topics

The Age of Everything Culture Is Here

When anything on social media can become A Thing, trends take on an unnerving shape and velocity.