Daniel Radcliffe kinda wants to just do comedy for the rest of his life

Daniel Radcliffe has come to terms with the fact that no matter what roles he takes, no matter what projects he works on, he’s still likely to be best known for the rest of his life as the guy who played Harry Potter. But knowing what his legacy will look...

How Splatoon fans discovered the secret of ‘Fuck You’ Tuesday

Since Nintendo launched the Splatoon franchise in 2015, each game in the series has represented its in-universe languages with writing seen in almost every aspect of gameplay: clothes, weapons, maps, and even the UI. Most of the time, players who decode this text into English simply find gibberish. But occasionally,...

The ‘video game studio from hell’ is still battling the blaze

Chromatic Games, once Trendy Entertainment, is the developer of the Dungeon Defenders franchise, the once successful tower-defense games that originated in 2010. But it’s also been labeled the “video game studio from hell,” maligned as an allegedly sexist, dysfunctional studio where workers are constantly in fear of losing their jobs,...

Welcome to Warhammer 40K’s anti-fascist future

Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 setting has a problem with fascist fans. Alt-right partisans have tried to co-opt the hobby, using images of brutal despotism from its dystopian setting to further their cause. In recent years, Games Workshop started to speak out about this problem, and many fans have begun resisting...

How Bayonetta the witch cast a spell on LGBTQ+ fans 

When Bayonetta is first introduced, the tall, slender woman is wearing a habit, the traditional conservative wear of a nun. But within minutes this outfit is ripped off her body as she moans, and a toe-tapping, sped-up electronic remix of “Fly Me to the Moon” plays. It turns out she’s...

As Iranian youths protest, cafes filled with board games and D&D provide community

Iran is known in Western circles primarily for its Islamic fundamentalism and its animosity toward the United States. The historically minded, of course, will hold a great respect for the country’s literature, its poetry, and its cultural history. But vanishingly few outside the Middle East know Iran for its board...

How The Sims 4 designed for size-inclusive fashion

I spent a good chunk of my childhood developing a passion for fashion. It started with dressing up Disco Barbie in shiny purple pants before I went digital with dress-up games on Flash sites. Once I found my all-time favorite fashion game, Style Savvy on the DS, I spent hours...

Acronym casts a long shadow over cyberpunk fashion

Like most kids in the ’90s, my ideas about futuristic fashion were primarily driven by the self-lacing Nike Air Mags in Back to the Future 2. As I got older, I started reading William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, whose sartorial visions of cyberpunk were filled with selective minimalism, practical jackets,...