Google Stadia ought to obtain stayed in beta

Google Stadia ought to obtain stayed in beta

I have been playing a lot of Stadia lately — not because I think Google’s game streaming service is amazing, but because, in order to get anything out of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (about which I have many thoughts), you have to play a lot. It’s a long game. I have put in enough hours in…

sixteen predictions for social networks in 2020

sixteen predictions for social networks in 2020

Programming note: With this edition, The Interface is now on holiday break! We return January 6th. And just like that, we’ve reached the final issue of the year — and also, somehow, the decade. As is tradition around here, let’s close out the year with some predictions from you about where platforms and democracy are…

Taco Bell’s creative director on raise a cult note

Taco Bell’s creative director on raise a cult note

When Christopher Ayres started as Taco Bell’s creative director, he didn’t realize just how passionately some people loved the fast-food chain. “I didn’t even know how fervent the fandom was,” Ayers says. But that enthusiasm is what allowed the brand to lean into a playful persona that doesn’t take itself too seriously. “I think that’s…

Quibi versus the arena

Quibi versus the arena

Jeffrey Katzenberg insists that his new video-streaming service Quibi isn’t competing against Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, or any of the other streaming services that have launched or are launching soon. You’ve got it all wrong. You’re not even asking the right questions. “We don’t think we’re in the streaming wars,” Katzenberg, the former boss…

The fight over encrypted messaging is merely starting set

The fight over encrypted messaging is merely starting set

In October, a group of top elected officials in western democracies wrote to Facebook expressing concern about the company’s plans to incorporate end-to-end encryption in all of its messaging products. US Attorney General Bill Barr, along with his rough equivalents in the United Kingdom and Australia, wrote that encryption would make it difficult or impossible…

The Verge’s objects of the decade

The Verge’s objects of the decade

The story of technology in the 2010s is the story of gadgets going from the corners of our lives to everywhere all the time. The tools to create and consume culture are omnipresent now, offering us incredible new capabilities but also demanding that we care for them more than any consumer products in history. We…

The 15 only video video games of 2018

The 15 only video video games of 2018

It’s hard to top a year like 2017. Last year saw some of the biggest names in video games reinvented and rejuvenated, from the lush open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the heart-pounding Resident Evil 7 to the manic wackiness of Super Mario Odyssey. Meanwhile, we were surprised and…

Why Beat Saber is my game of the yr

Why Beat Saber is my game of the yr

2018 has been a good year for video games. From blockbuster epics to smaller indie experiences to inventive takes on VR, the breadth and variety of games that came out over the last 12 months is astounding. To celebrate, Verge staff members are writing essays on their own personal favorite games, and what made them…

The Handiest Locations To Rob Damaged-down Games

The Handiest Locations To Rob Damaged-down Games

Collecting video games is easy. All you have to do is create an eBay account and click “Buy It Now” on every video game you ever wanted. Congratulations, you have a video game collection! Your bank account balance is now negative a million dollars.It’s collecting video games without going broke that’s hard. In the first…

I’m Kaeo Milker, Heroes of the Storm Manufacturing Director, and This Is How I Work

I’m Kaeo Milker, Heroes of the Storm Manufacturing Director, and This Is How I Work

Kaeo Milker (L) and Findlay Milker (R)Photo: Kaeo MilkerHow I WorkThe How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more. Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? [Email Nick](mailto:nick.douglas@lifehacker.com).  Kaeo Milker has enjoyed a long and eye-opening career at…

Why Spider-Man is my game of the 365 days

Why Spider-Man is my game of the 365 days

2018 has been a good year for video games. From blockbuster epics to smaller indie experiences to inventive takes on VR, the breadth and variety of games that came out over the last 12 months is astounding. To celebrate, Verge staff members are writing essays on their own personal favorite games, and what made them…

One easy thing Facebook ought to aloof create in Myanmar

One easy thing Facebook ought to aloof create in Myanmar

In March, human-rights investigators from the United Nations found that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech in Myanmar, fueling ethnic violence that has spurred more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh. The report, which came amid growing concerns about the way that social networks can incite…

Walmart’s unique gaming PCs fight with the basics

Walmart’s unique gaming PCs fight with the basics

Should you buy a Walmart gaming PC? Walmart began selling its own Overpowered-branded gaming PCs this fall, including both desktop and laptop variations. The devices were designed and produced via a partnership with Esports Arena, which runs the first dedicated e-sports arena in North America. It might seem unexpected that one of the largest retailers…