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The Quarry Blurs the Line Between Video Games and Cinema

With impressive digitized performances and seamless storytelling, Supermassive Games' newest title hints at the future of both mediums.

The Weirdest Official Doom Game Is Now Playable on Windows

GEC.inc, a small collective of developers, has freed the surprisingly fun Doom RPG from a pre-iPhone world.

What’s Going on With RadioShack’s Twitter Feed?

It's a sign of the times: the off-kilter '90s nostalgia that's also bringing back Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.”

Netflix’s Spiderhead Lacks the Charm of the Story It’s Based On

The movie takes itself far more seriously than the George Saunders story at its core.

How a YouTube Sensation Became a Movie—12 Years Later

In Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, the eponymous character learns what internet fame can do.

Brian and Charles Imagines an Optimistic Future for AI

Cowriter Chris Hayward finds most real-life robots terrifying. But if the future looks like the film's sentient droid, he says, "we'll be fine."

The Star Wars Universe’s Exhausting, Underwhelming Expansion

The franchise now exists in an ever-sprawling TV universe full of diminishing returns. Thanks, Disney+.

Cozy Grove Doesn’t Shame Me

And that’s why I keep going back to it.

This Travel Game Takes Connect Four to the Extreme

What if Connect Four and TheAmazing Race had a baby? WIRED spoke to Jet Lag creator Sam Denby about his new state-hopping whirlwind of a game show.

The Loneliness of the Junior College Esports Coach

He tried to save his wife through the video game they loved—and nearly lost himself. Then he signed up to lead a fledgling team of gamers in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Isn't the Game You're Expecting

Square Enix is still tinkering with its beloved series.

Charity TikTok Videos Put an Uncomfortable Spin on Morality

#HonestyTest videos, which reward people for being “good,” show a skewed view of who deserves kindness.

Why Twitter Can Be a Perfect Portfolio for Artists

Sure, it's known as a text-based platform. But it has some unique features and tools that can help visual artists share their work.

Nobody Knows How to Watch Movies Anymore

People get distracted, hit pause, never finish. It seems hopeless—but it’s not as dire as it sounds.

Has the US Learned Nothing From the UK’s Gambling Woes?

As American sports betting accelerates, a similar reckoning is sure to follow.

How to Make Your Musical Magnum Opus on an iPad

From recording to mixing tracks, Apple’s tablet might be all you need to get a song out of your head and in front of your fans.

Young Thug and What Happens When Prosecutors Use Social Media

The rapper and several members of his group Young Slime Life are facing criminal charges, many of which are based on lyrics and Instagram posts.

Radioactive Beasts Are Invading Our Cities

Even though they may seem more modest than our fictions imagined, creatures like the boar and the rabbit have become the real Godzillas.

Finally, a Novel That Gets the Internet Right

Jordan Castro’s The Novelist nails the experience of being online, in all its abject glory.
Video Games

Thirsty Suitors Won’t Fit In. That’s the Point

In Outerloop's new game, the South Asian hero battles exes and cooks with her parents. It's a big step toward creating more games for non-white audiences.
Primal Stream

The Franchise Frenzy Leaves Nothing to the Imagination

From The Rings of Power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+, streaming services are adapting everything in sight. No one’s head canon is safe.
Every Vote Counts

Can Democracy Include a World Beyond Humans?

A truly planetary politics would extend decisionmaking to animals, ecosystems, and potentially AI.
Primal Stream

Reality TV Has Become a Parody of Itself

If you can think of it, there’s probably a reality show about it. The surplus has taken the genre into the surreal.
Power Up

The Activision Blizzard Union Win Is Only a Beginning

The company’s future owner, Microsoft, has entered into a labor neutrality agreement, making it easier for workers to unionize.
Primal Stream

Streaming Is Too Big for Its Own Good

Viewers are overloaded with content. And as Netflix and other major services are now learning, blind excess comes at a cost.
Social Sop

Johnny Depp Has Become a Full-Circle Meme

TikTok played an integral role in his defamation trial—now Depp himself has joined the cacophony of memes.
Cloud Support

Prediction Engines Are Like Karma: You Get What You Stream

WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on the virtues of sharing a streaming profile and screwing with algorithms.
Video Games

The Quarry Lets You Experience What’s Great About Slasher Films

The video game combines couch co-op bonding with the joy of watching horror films with friends.
Six-Foot Turkeys

The Real Story Behind Jurassic World Dominion’s Dino Feathers

It took 29 years, six movies, and a flock of VFX artists and puppeteers, but the franchise finally bows to paleontologists in creating feathered dinosaurs.
Video Games

Summer Game Fest’s Biggest Announcement Was a Remake

But at least it’s a remake of The Last of Us Part 1.
Additional Pylons

Frost Giant Studios’ Debut Mixes Starcraft With Diablo

Founded by ex-Blizzard devs, the new studio’s first foray is a real-time strategy game that focuses on fun and ’90s vibes.
Game Green

How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

A new book by researcher Ben Abraham charts gaming’s path to carbon neutrality.
Video Games

Do Xbox Consoles Still Have a Place at Microsoft?

As low supply and high demand continue, cloud gaming is more attractive than ever.
Must-See TV

For All Mankind Is the Best Sci-Fi of Its Era

The Apple TV+ alternate history series is simply more ambitious and thought-provoking than its contemporaries.
Comics

After Ms. Marvel, Read These 5 Comics

The latest Marvel show on Disney+ will be a game-changer. Here’s what to read after you’ve fallen for Kamala Khan.
WIRED Q&A

The Boys’ Tribute to Ant-Man Was Explosive

Let's just say Amazon can send superheroes where Marvel can't. We talked to the showrunner about how that scene from the third season opener came to be.
Evolution

It’s the End of a Pokémon Era

The coming of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet demonstrate the brand’s next evolution.