When the pandemic lockdowns first started, most people started staying home on nights and weekends and even worked or studied from home. Quarantine didn’t do much for everyone’s mental health, but it did have a silver lining for some Twitch streamers: If everyone’s at home, there’s more time to watch (or play) games.
The past year has helped lead to a massive shift for some streamers who have managed to grow their audience and build up their community at the same time.
“You’re too low. Pull up.”
My dad replies, “Up. Pull up.”
“I’m trying. It’s not pulling up,” I answer. I really am trying.
“Pull the yoke and increase the throttle. You don’t have enough power.”
“I’m trying to turn, but it’s going down.”
“You’re stalling. Pull up!”
And that’s how I crashed my virtual Cessna 152 in Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s probably a costly vehicle to crash in real life, but in the world of the 2020 version of Flight Simulator…
When the coronavirus started to spread, I bought two things for which I should never escape ridicule: nine packages of Dude Wipes — 432 wipes in all, out of concern that I might never see toilet paper again — and a prebuilt Hewlett-Packard gaming PC.
I didn’t need the computer, but I wanted it. It was a way to create an escape pod for myself: With the world shutting down, I could hide away with my machine and its imaginary places. Doom Eternal, a relentless shooter partially set on an Earth ruined by demonic invaders, was an early favorite.
Though the company doesn’t often acknowledge it, for the last three years, Nvidia’s business has been inextricably linked to the unpredictable price of bitcoin. That’s because bitcoin miners realized that Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) were perfect for the mathematical calculations required to mine cryptocurrency and quickly started buying out whatever stock they could.
When bitcoin boomed in 2017, Nvidia’s consumer and datacenter GPU business did too. When 2017’s crypto bubble burst, Nvidia was left holding the bag (or the GPUs, as it were). In 2018, Nvidia reported that a shrinking demand for cryptocurrency mining GPUs left the company with…
In January, personal media streaming service Plex announced a new game streaming feature called Plex Arcade. The new subscription lets users take their library of classic emulated game ROMs and stream them to their phone or computer. The launch has been rough, and the reasons behind Plex Arcade’s bumpy rollout point to a broader challenge the entire game streaming industry faces — and perhaps how to fix it.
Plex occupies a unique space in the streaming media industry. While the company has some content offerings, its primary product is a tool that lets users stream their own media from their…
In “Gaming With My Boys Has Become a Necessary Artificial Reality,” poet and professor Alan Chazaro writes that there’s a world of gamers beyond the stereotypical young, white, and heterosexual…
Sometime around mid-December, parts of my family abandoned their game consoles and went very, very PC.
It’s not that we don’t love our game consoles: I’m finally getting around to building out island homes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch with my daughters. My brother Pablo scored a PlayStation 5 against all odds before the holidays were in full swing. Mario Kart Live was on some of our wishlists.
But several nights…
Anyone who truly loves technology can likely trace their passion back to one key piece of hardware, one defining gadget that sparked their curiosity, excitement, and the motivation to learn more. Hands down, for me, that inspirational machine was the Commodore 64 personal computer. As a lucky fifth grader, I spent as much of my spare time as my parents allowed programming in basic, hand coding Machine Language programs from Compute! Magazine, downloading and playing games from Bulletin Board Systems, and ultimately getting into a considerable amount of hot water (for a seventh grader) complete with a visit from the…
Face masks have become a daily wearable around the world, and even with vaccines, we’ll still be wearing them for a while. With that in mind, Razer, the acclaimed gaming peripherals brand, just announced what it’s calling the “world’s smartest mask,” a prototype of a gear-equipped face mask, named Project Hazel. According to Razer, this special mask is made from recycled plastic, is waterproof and scratch-resistant, and combines the latest anti-Covid technology with an unconventional design to enhance its usability and sustainability.
The prototype’s first value proposition is, of course, safety. It integrates detachable ventilators with a surgical N95 respirator…
The Atari 2600, or Video Computer System (VCS), introduced in 1977, would ultimately become the first commercially successful video game console that accepted plug-in ROM cartridges, allowing the consumer to expand their library of games without having to buy a new console.¹