Day: May 22, 2020

One year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to get
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One year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to get

One year ago today, Facebook released the Oculus Quest, its first headset to deliver a credible standalone VR experience — true head tracking, good motion controllers, and so on. It also marked a split in the Oculus ecosystem: the Quest had its own store, curated with games that had been tailored specifically for the headset’s…

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Summer game fest:  inquire of this summer’s digital gaming events
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Summer game fest: inquire of this summer’s digital gaming events

Even though E3, Gamescom, and other summer gaming events have become online-only or outright canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems there’s still going to be a lot of gaming news this summer. Publishers and media have already scheduled many digital events, promising news and announcements, which could help fill the void left by…

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Ghost of Tsushima is a grounded open-world sport that goals to honor traditional samurai films
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Ghost of Tsushima is a grounded open-world sport that goals to honor traditional samurai films

When Nate Fox was working on Sly Cooper, a series of stealth games about a master thief who also happens to be a raccoon, he looked around for inspiration on how to make anthropomorphized animals feel more real. This led him to the comic Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai, which followed a wandering samurai who…

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Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification machine obtained’t work in a vaccum
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Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification machine obtained’t work in a vaccum

Last month, before Google and Apple announced their joint effort to enable COVID-19 exposure notifications, I wrote about the trouble with using Bluetooth-based solutions for contact tracing. Chief among the issues is getting a meaningful number of people to download any app in the first place, public health officials told me. And now that such…

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Eschaton is a surreal Zoom nightclub — and a theater for the age of social distancing
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Eschaton is a surreal Zoom nightclub — and a theater for the age of social distancing

The hyperlink reaches my inbox a few minutes before 10PM on Saturday night. I click the link and enter a password. And at precisely 10PM, a video pops up on the page, welcoming me to Eschaton: part performance art, part nightclub, and all conducted over video chat. During the next hour, I stumble across some…

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