Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

By now, you’ve likely felt the subscription pinch, and readied yourself for the coming escalation. Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, Hulu, Disney Plus—it’s a mess out there! Then again, it’s nothing compared to what’s coming for gamers. Subscriptions aren’t anything new to the world of videogames. Microsoft and Sony have both offered them for over a decade, tying online experiences to Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus, respectively. But as ownership has given way to monthly payments—not just in streaming video but music, clothes, and everything in between—the choices facing gamers have multiplied. This trend was on full display at industry conference E3 last week, where developer Ubisoft revealed its UPlay Plus subscription, Google detailed its streaming Stadia platform, and Microsoft announced …

Deeply transphobic ad in Cyberpunk 2077 represents everything wrong with cyberpunk

The cyberpunk dystopia is here. No, not the one we’re living in. CD Projekt’sCyberpunk 2077is coming to PC and consoles early next year. But just like our own,Cyberpunk’s dystopiahas a transphobia problem. Nvidiaon Tuesday published an E3 2019 news post about its partnership with Cyberpunk 2077’s developer, CD Projekt Red. The two companies are working together to implementthe game’s real-time ray tracing graphical enhancements. Nvidia shared two exclusive 4K screenshots demonstrating the feature, and one of the two images features an in-game ad for a product named “ChroManticore.” The “ChroMantic0re” ad shows a feminine presenting person drinking a fictional product called ChroManticore, with the phrases “MIX IT UP” and “16 flavours you’d love to mix” surrounding their bottom half. The …