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Noah Smith

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Recent articles by Noah:

The NFL hopes video games can get young people into sports again

The NFL wants to reach new fans through the metaverse. "Fortnite's" new NFL Zone, a football-themed hub, is one such effort. → Read More

The Spurs, ‘StarCraft’ and its link to the 1999 NBA title

NBA teams are often known to spend travel time playing cards. In their championship year of 1999, the San Antonio Spurs played a real-time sci-fi strategy game. → Read More

The pandemic and apps are fueling a surge of interest in Yiddish

More people are able to study the language through apps and online classes. → Read More

Zedd, the Grammy-winning DJ, was burned out. PC gaming was the fix.

"I try to keep a balanced life," Zedd said. A big part of that is gaming. → Read More

State Department pursues ‘people-people’ diplomacy through video games

The State Department is bullish on gaming as a way to facilitate conversation among young people on issues such as climate change, gender equity and food security. → Read More

Investors see lots to like in Fan Controlled Football. Players have a harder time.

Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens might be the stars, but it's the fans who get to pick the plays, as the interactive league wraps up its second season. → Read More

Surfing a record 86-foot wave took guts. Measuring it took 18 months.

Sebastian Steudtner was on his board, bobbing in the waters off Nazaré, Portugal, when he saw a lone monster approaching. → Read More

USC scholarship aims to help Black, Indigenous workers enter games industry

The scholarship is funded by Take-Two Interactive and Microsoft. → Read More

As Ukrainian pro gamers flee from war, esports community offers aid

“It’s hard for me to understand some of my friends already died,” Ukrainian Counter-Strike pro Viktor Orudzhev said. → Read More

Inside ‘contract hell’: Esports players say predatory contracts run ‘rampant’

Even as esports blossoms into a billion dollar industry, negotiations over player contracts resemble something out of the Wild West. → Read More

Kelly Slater at 50: Still on top of the big waves

Surfing legend is ranked No. 1 in the world for first time since 2014 → Read More

Academics want to preserve video games. The game industry is fighting them in court.

Research libraries preserve classic texts, films and recordings, but when it comes to video games, it gets complicated. → Read More

Leonard Fournette on Call of Duty, why he doesn’t play Madden and signing with Jerry Jones

Planning for future in gaming, Fournette discusses why he signed with Jerry Jones's esports organization and the gaming tendencies of Tom Brady (or the lack thereof). → Read More

U.S. pursues a unique solution to fight hackers. It revolves around esports.

The program hopes to groom cybersecurity specialists with real-time competitions to better fight hackers. → Read More

West Virginia Needs Biden’s Bill More Than Manchin Politics

The Democratic senator should drop his opposition and embrace a spending plan that would give a crucial boost to one of the poorest constituencies in the nation. → Read More

FDR Needed Two Global Crises to Reshape the Economy. Will Biden?

Centrist Democrats threatened FDR’s transformative agenda until WWII came along. Social unrest and China weigh in the balance if Biden can’t crush a similar revolt. → Read More

Social media influencer Alissa Violet sues FaZe Clan alleging she’s owed shares in the company

The esports organization says it “denies generally and specifically each and every allegation contained in the Complaint.” → Read More

Inflation Has Turned $15 an Hour Wages Into a Setback

Wages have risen this year, but inflation has made that money worth less than before, preventing any meaningful improvement in living standards. → Read More

New York City Has Once Again Defied the Doomsayers. Here’s Why.

By far the most densely populated metropolis in the country, Gotham offers a kind of urban living no other U.S. city has been able to replicate. → Read More

The Left’s NIMBY War Against Renewable Energy

State and national leaders need to move more forcefully to override local protestors who are blocking new solar and wind developments under the guise of land conservation. → Read More