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Recent articles by Jessica:

The terrible, fantastic life of AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn

When Twitch streamer DrDisrespect won the Trending Gamer prize at the 2017 Game Awards, there was a tiny riot on Twitter. There's always a buzz of hashtag activity after a winner is announced as people congratulate or disagree with the pick, but this time around, there was a small yet clear consensus: Steven Spohn should have won. As the Chief Operating Officer of AbleGamers, a charity working… → Read More

'Half-Life: Alyx' is proof Valve answers to no one

Valve's anti-consumer tendencies aren't contained to the Half-Life franchise. The company is notoriously unable to count to three in any of its established series, leaving fans hanging after Left 4 Dead 2 (2009), Portal 2 (2011) and, of course, Half-Life: Episode 2 (2007). And then there's Team Fortress 2, a competitive, class-based multiplayer shooter that's been running since 2007. In an era… → Read More

The Xbox E3 event will still happen, just online

Xbox head Phil Spencer shared the news about Microsoft's digital showcase on Twitter, just minutes after the Entertainment Software Association announced the cancelation of E3. "E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox," he wrote. "Given this decision, this year we'll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event.… → Read More

How Riot Games' new team plans to curb trolling before it begins

As the studio behind League of Legends, a competitive MOBA with an average of 8 million concurrent players a day, Riot has battled in-game harassment, trolling, sexism and racism for more than 10 years. Over this time, League of Legends has earned a reputation as an explosively popular multiplayer game, and also as a hotbed of offensive language and negative behavior. In 2012, the studio… → Read More

Coronavirus panic is expediting the demise of tech conventions

You know the scene: A man in a crisp suit stands on a dark, sterile stage at the head of a packed auditorium, surrounded by sleek screens. It's the year 2045 or... → Read More

Microsoft won't be at GDC because of coronavirus

Microsoft is skipping the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this year, citing concerns about the global coronavirus outbreak. It isn't the only compan... → Read More

PlatinumGames' first original project looks like Ant-Man meets Godzilla

PlatinumGames is about to unleash its full freakish flamboyance on the world. Led by veteran director Hideki Kamiya, PlatinumGames has created stand-out titles... → Read More

Google is disappointing the Stadia community

"This is fine." Andrey Doronichev is in charge of gamer experience at Stadia, Google's fledgling cloud-gaming service. In a conversation with him about t... → Read More

We're all kinda fine with DRM now

Digital Rights Management. The phrase alone, or just its abbreviation, DRM, once had the power to spark scathing editorials and spawn furious debates in online... → Read More

'Anthem' is about to change completely

"Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we miss." That's how BioWare boss Casey Hudson closes out today's blog post about Anthem, the sci-fi loot shooter that Bi... → Read More

Strict visa rules are still keeping game devs out of the US

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Foundation awards scholarships each year to up-and-coming artists, writers and programmers from around the... → Read More

'Apex Legends' is the next big name to try to crack China's mobile market

During its earnings call last week, EA confirmed that a mobile version of Apex Legends is definitely in development. Executives didn't say when it's expec... → Read More

Geforce Now goes live for all users today

Geforce Now has arrived. After seven years of tweaking its delivery systems and gathering beta feedback, NVIDIA has finally unveiled the consumer version of its... → Read More

Ninja's management agency is 'actively seeking to diversify' its talent pool

Bridget Davidson helped establish the League of Legends Championship Series nine years ago. Back then, competitors brought their own equipment to world-class to... → Read More

This is the end of 'Kentucky Route Zero'

We review the long-awaited final act, and then ask the creators to react to promises they made in 2013. → Read More

'Life is Strange 2' and the reality of gun violence in games

Life is Strange 2 deals with a litany of heavy themes, covering everything from police violence and immigration in the United States, to racism and family bonds... → Read More

Playing 'NBA Jam' on a 16-foot cabinet at CES 2020

A much smaller, WiFi-connected version launches this year. → Read More

Segway's S-Pod is a ridiculous lounge chair on wheels

Yes, the Segway S-Pod looks a lot like the floating chairs that future humans use in Wall-E. Ok, that's out of the way. → Read More

The Arcadeo Gaming chair has 10 customizable zones of haptic feedback

Arcadeo isn't messing around with its first connected gaming chair. The Arcadeo Gaming chair has 10 haptic transducers positioned along its spine and seat, plus... → Read More

Ivanka Trump disrupted the conversation about women in tech

Decades of CES speaker pages and Las Vegas ballroom stages have been populated by men, some years exclusively. In 2018, CES ended up with an all-male keynote r... → Read More