Can Meg Whitman outwit an outbreak with Quibi?

Can Meg Whitman outwit an outbreak with Quibi?

Not much is going as planned for Meg Whitman. For instance, there’s a pandemic on. When I first spoke to her for this profile in December, the new coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan already, but no one in the US was yet the wiser. In January, when Whitman gave the CES keynote about her startup,…

What Zoom doesn’t realize about the Zoom backlash

What Zoom doesn’t realize about the Zoom backlash

[Ed. note: Today’s newsletter and column was written and distributed before Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan published his 1,300-word plan to address the security and privacy issues related to the company’s unprecedented consumer growth. What follows is unedited because email is forever.] Just in time for one backlash against the technology industry to end —…

What is Twitch, even?

What is Twitch, even?

Twitch is difficult to describe, to understand, and to start using. It is also incredibly rewarding once you get the hang of it, which is the way these things tend to go: the harder it is to get into something, the more you’ll like your mastery of it. I’ve been writing about Twitch and its…

Why Half-Lifestyles’s Metropolis 17 modified into pivotal to gaming’s put up-Soviet obsession

Why Half-Lifestyles’s Metropolis 17 modified into pivotal to gaming’s put up-Soviet obsession

The underground labs of the original Half-Life were set somewhere among New Mexico’s towering desert canyons. It wasn’t your prototypical blockbuster locale, but it was still Hollywood-esque, reminiscent of Cold War-era sci-fi films like Them!, where US Army men battled against giant irradiated ants below a blistering American sun. The setting of Half-Life’s sequel, on…

Half of-Life: Alyx is a satisfying return to Metropolis 17

Half of-Life: Alyx is a satisfying return to Metropolis 17

Half-Life: Alyx is definitely not Half-Life 3. It is a full-fledged game that expands the Half-Life universe. And City 17’s exploding barrel industry is still going strong. These are answers to some big questions Valve Software raised last year when it announced the first new Half-Life game since 2007 — but exclusively for virtual reality.…

Apple lastly admits Microsoft used to be correct about pills

Apple lastly admits Microsoft used to be correct about pills

Apple has spent the past 10 years trying to convince everyone that the iPad and its vision of touch-friendly computing is the future. The iPad rejected the idea of a keyboard, a trackpad, or even a stylus, and Apple mocked Microsoft for taking that exact approach with the Surface. “Our competition is different, they’re confused,”…

Ashly Burch saves video video games by making fun of them

Ashly Burch saves video video games by making fun of them

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet isn’t just a great comedy about video games, but a strand connecting an older, weirder era of its culture to the more mainstream world of workplace comedies. Few people on the show exemplify this more than Ashly Burch, a writer on Mythic Quest who also plays Rachel, a wide-eyed game tester…

The upward thrust of impossibly wonderful and healthful games

The upward thrust of impossibly wonderful and healthful games

“hello im a detective i solve every mystery” reads the Twitter bio of the Frog Detective, who’s widely known as the second-best detective in the fictional universe of his very own adventure game. As a whodunnit, The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game follows the plucky, amphibious investigator as he gets to the bottom of…

Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season 3 in a ‘rapture of inflamed energy’

Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season 3 in a ‘rapture of inflamed energy’

Netflix’s Castlevania is the rare video game adaptation that’s actually worth watching. Executive produced by Adi Shankar and written by prolific comics author Warren Ellis, it remixes the classic gothic series into a bloody anime-influenced adventure featuring some of the games’ biggest characters. Yesterday, Netflix released a third season that’s longer, weirder, and more ambitious…

What Fb can even learn from Microsoft

What Fb can even learn from Microsoft

It was a big weekend on the tech and governance beat, led by news of the spread of the COVID-19 disease in the United States and its spiraling consequences for companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. Today we’re introducing a new, hopefully short-lived section of The Interface that covers the spread of the novel coronavirus…

Granblue Fantasy Versus is a huge first combating sport

Granblue Fantasy Versus is a huge first combating sport

Fighting games are different than other types of video games. A lot of titles — think action games like Control or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — are about giving you the feeling of becoming more powerful over the course of the game, or just being powerful from the get-go. However, fighting games and other…

Factor in a world without YouTube

Factor in a world without YouTube

Fifteen years ago this month, one of the most important web domains in history was registered: youtube.com. Today’s teenagers have never known an internet that couldn’t host as much video as they want for free, server costs be damned. YouTube has helped elect politicians, create entire industries, and taught millions of people how to use…

Past GTA: how tech and communities can also change the potential forward for open-world video games

Past GTA: how tech and communities can also change the potential forward for open-world video games

Historians of the future might look quizzically at the open-world phenomena, which swept video games during the opening decades of the 2000s. At a time of environmental precarity and extreme inequality, a handful of the world’s biggest entertainment and technology companies collectively sunk billions of dollars into virtual worlds of increasing vastness and detail, arguably…

World of Fright is a creepy, retro, and fully hypnotic dread sport

World of Fright is a creepy, retro, and fully hypnotic dread sport

Little is more terrifying than the unknown and the inevitable. The combination permeates the work of horror authors H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito, whose characters are driven to invariably horrible ends by mystifying forces, whether they’re an alien meteor or a rock full of human-shaped holes. World of Horror, a “1-bit horror game” that enters…

PS4 sport Dreams is an very worthwhile creation tool with an exposure boom

PS4 sport Dreams is an very worthwhile creation tool with an exposure boom

Dreams is a game about creating games. And not just games, but music, animation, and art, all through powerful creation tools provided by developers Media Molecule. Players have created hyperrealistic breakfast food and 90-minute detective games during the seven-month early access period, and a community emerged to teach one another tricks they’d discovered or showcase…

Meet the musicians who form in Mario Paint

Meet the musicians who form in Mario Paint

If you go to YouTube and search “Mario Paint Composer,” you’ll be treated to a variety of quirky remixed music. Some of the best tracks sound as if the original song was put through a chiptune music filter and uploaded, staying incredibly faithful to their source material. Mario Paint remixes, however, are not simply chiptune…

How slang helps flip on-line worlds into communities

How slang helps flip on-line worlds into communities

“God, look at that Squadette, I’m dodging the game,” my friend says to me. She’s been waiting in the Dead by Daylight lobby for what feels like ages, trying to find a group of players. In Dead by Daylight, you can either play as a killer who hunts survivors down to sacrifice on a hook…

What the Iowa Caucus plot for getting Iowa on-line

What the Iowa Caucus plot for getting Iowa on-line

If you need to get online in Winterset, Iowa (population 5,200), you head to the library. Free Wi-Fi has been in place for a while, but starting this week, the library is lending out ten Sprint mobile hotspots in hardshell cases, prepped for students and residents who can’t count on connectivity otherwise. It’s one of…

The iPad is composed discovering its assign ten years in

The iPad is composed discovering its assign ten years in

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the announcement of the original iPad. Tom Warren has our look back story here: Apple’s iPad changed the tablet game 10 years ago today. Tom’s piece investigates how Steve Jobs originally positioned the first iPad as a new kind of device that sits in between a phone and a…

YouTube is the consume of extensive e-sports activities leagues to seize on Twitch in agreeable reside-streaming wager

YouTube is the consume of extensive e-sports activities leagues to seize on Twitch in agreeable reside-streaming wager

Amazon’s Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer, and Google’s YouTube are all in the middle of individual creator wars, placing million-dollar bets on the biggest gaming streamers in the space. Now, YouTube is trying to corner another market in the space: e-sports. YouTube announced late on Friday that three different e-sports organizations — the Call of Duty League,…

Spree analysis: looking out for an viewers

Spree analysis: looking out for an viewers

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. When a real-life killer finds fame on a forum or a social network — a trend that’s become depressingly frequent in recent years — there are two common conclusions.…

How grand longer will we belief Google’s search results?

How grand longer will we belief Google’s search results?

Happy Friday to you! I have been reflecting a bit on the controversy du jour: Google’s redesigned search results. Google is trying to foreground sourcing and URLs, but in the process it made its results look more like ads, or vice versa. Bottom line: Google’s ads just look like search results now. I’m thinking about…

Why activists score frustrated with Fb

Why activists score frustrated with Fb

On Monday morning I met with a group of activists who live under authoritarian regimes. The delegation had been brought to San Francisco by the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation as part of a fellowship focused on the relationship between activism and Silicon Valley. And the big question they had for me was: why do social…

Right here’s what’s next for items in 2020

Right here’s what’s next for items in 2020

In 2020, this is what to expect in the world of consumer tech: the best stuff is going to get more powerful and more premium. At The Verge, we don’t like calling stuff “premium” because it’s such an overused word. But this year, it’s going to get used even more, and, well, it fits. It…

Sound Decision: The world of audio branding (2015)

Sound Decision: The world of audio branding (2015)

The year that Skype launched its calling service, the world was in the midst of a sonic crisis: the ringtone. Mobile phones — to which Skype was an indirect competitor — were becoming ubiquitous, and so were the personalized sounds that went with them. Shortly before the company put out the first of several betas…

TikTok will be edging nearer to a sale

TikTok will be edging nearer to a sale

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope your re-entry into working life went reasonably smoothly. 2020 is shaping up to a big year for this newsletter: it will see the most critical election of my lifetime, three hotly anticipated books about Facebook; and several live events where you’ll be able to talk about it with me…

The 30 games we are capable of’t wait to play in 2020

The 30 games we are capable of’t wait to play in 2020

2020 is poised to be an interesting year for video games. At some point this year, we’ll have a brand-new Xbox and a brand-new PlayStation, alongside other new platforms like the quirky Playdate handheld. Meanwhile, services like Apple Arcade and Xbox Game Pass will likely continue to gain traction, bringing a Netflix-like mentality to the…

The 10 ideal video games of 2019

The 10 ideal video games of 2019

It’s never easy narrowing down a list of the best games of the year, but 2019 seemed particularly difficult. There wasn’t a single blockbuster that dominated the conversation, games along the lines of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or God of War that everyone seemed to have on their list. That doesn’t…

A immediate list of the most easy immediate games of 2019

A immediate list of the most easy immediate games of 2019

The idea behind the Short Play column was to recommend games that anyone could finish in a weekend, because people finishing games turns out to be a surprisingly rare occurrence. And the longer a game gets, the more difficult it becomes. We’ve recommended 26 different short games over the last year, but if you are…

Anime is one in all the greatest fronts in the streaming wars

Anime is one in all the greatest fronts in the streaming wars

Over the course of the 2010s, streaming services for anime have grown from a niche market to a mainstream one. Companies like Sony, Netflix, Amazon, and AT&T / Warner Brothers are vying for top spots with shows like My Hero Academia and Carole & Tuesday. Investments by these huge corporations have helped produce more anime…

Faze Clan CEO talks rising pain, global expansion, and complaints

Faze Clan CEO talks rising pain, global expansion, and complaints

In this week’s interview on The Vergecast, editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel and Verge reporter Julia Alexander sit down with CEO / co-owner of Faze Clan, Lee Trink. Founded by e-sports players, Faze is an all-in-one e-sports / merchandising / influencer marketing agency and cultural phenomenon. Lee speaks about how he runs a multifaceted…

The decade in babies

The decade in babies

This decade, babies took on a new life. Everyone wanted to be a baby, and particularly this year, babies dominated the meme cycle. We’re obsessed with babyfication — turning everything into a baby including ourselves and beloved characters. Unlike infantilization, babyfication suggests corporate strategy, foresight about how turning users or characters into babies will spur…