Journalism

I've been a freelance journalist for local, national, and international publications, both big and small, print and online. Here's everything I've run lately.

You Can Now Receive Slack Messages Inside a Super Nintendo Game

You can get Slack, the ubiquitous office-chat program, to work on pretty much anything. Though I already have Slack running on two laptops, a desktop, and a mobile phone, I can now realize the life-long dream of running Slack on an old Super Nintendo system. Bertrand Fan, a platform engineer at Slack, used an obscure game on an obscure branch of a Japanese version of the SNES to make it work. Here's how it looks: The Japanese SNES had a small modem peripheral called a Satellaview, which a few

Here are all the times companies have tried to make 'Netflix for gaming'

Google announced Project Stream earlier this month, a "technical test" for a new service that will let players stream games. The idea is simple: instead of owning games or machines that run them, we'll pay a subscription service that does the heavy pixel-crunching remotely and streams great-looking graphics to us with minimal latency. The idea is often called "Netflix for gaming," and would theoretically allow us to play the latest games at the highest graphical settings.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Orichalcum guide: Ubisoft's daily challenges for special rewards

Assassin's Creed Odyssey asks you to collect a lot of stuff. Money, friends, and sailors are just the start of it: There's also wood, leather, iron, glass, and a few other essentials needed to upgrade your gear and your ship. Then there's Orichalcum, a special glowing ore that one, and only one, merchant accepts for payment. The good news is, this one merchant has a store full of seriously awesome stuff.

Killing Floor 2 on sale now with new Halloween update just in time for spook season

Killing Floor 2 has long been one of our favorite shooters. It regularly shows up in the fabled halls of out top 100, and we've pointed to it as an example of great grenade design and mesmerizing gun animations. Heck, it's even one of a few games we pointed to last year when we declared a new FPS golden age. OK, so the game is good. Fine. But one of the reasons it stays good and we stay so enamored with it is its near constant stream of big content updates. There's a truly staggering amount of new stuff live now as part of the second annual Halloween update, Halloween Horrors: Monster Masquerade.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Mythological Beasts guide: How to kill Odyssey's toughest monsters

What would a romp through ancient Greece be without bumping into every chapter in your old college Greek Mythology textbook? The Gates of Atlantis quest line in Assassin's Creed Odyssey starts out as a hunt for four ancient relics. As you track them down, you realize that all four relics are personally guarded by a different mythological legend: the Sphinx, the Cyclops, the Minotaur, and Medusa.

Tips for playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Despite being another entry in Ubisoft's nearly annual series, Assassin's Creed Odyssey has enough new systems and stuff to confuse new and veteran players. The big open world is open enough that I accidentally wandered into a few situations before the game had explained how to handle them. To help you avoid the same issue, here's eight general Assassin's Creed Odyssey tips that I wish I'd known from the beginning of my Odyssey.

NHL team bans video games on the road

Balancing time between work and video games is a struggle, no matter who does it—even, apparently, for professional hockey players in the NHL. According to Bo Horvat, a 23-year-old center playing with the Vancouver Canucks, players have decided amongst themselves to ban video games for the upcoming 2019 NHL season, which starts tonight. "I know he likes Fortnite, so we're going to have to get him off that," Horvat said jokingly of 19-year-old Elias Pettersson.

'Spider-Man' for PS4 Has to Be Patched to Remove This Failed Marriage Proposal

The new Spider-Man game is enjoying a bit of a moment right now. Not only is it the fastest selling game of 2018 according to UK sales charts, but the PlayStation 4 exclusive is also the biggest subject of discussion on social sites like reddit and Twitter. The game is even generating its own mythology: specifically, the appearance of a marriage proposal for a now-defunct relationship.

Here’s What ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Would Look Like in Unreal Engine 4

Modern game and graphics engines are powerful, but they're nowhere near as powerful as fans' neverending need to remake and remaster scenes from classic games. We already knew this was true thanks to fan recreations of World of Warcraft and Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but this shot-for-shot remake of the Metal Gear Solid introduction is something else. When I say shot-for-shot, I mean shot-for-shot: I used YouTube Doubler to play both intros next to each other, and everything is identical down to t

Curt Schilling's Disastrous Role-Playing Games Find a New Home

THQ Nordic announced Thursday that it has purchased all of the intellectual property produced by developer 38 Studios—including everything related to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. If you don't quite remember Kingdoms of Amalur, that's understandable: Amalur was a pretty good role-playing game from 2012 that doomed a studio, cost Rhode Island taxpayers around $28 million, and launched a fleet of investigations from the SEC and FBI.

Ark plays better on mobile than you'd think, but really needs crossplay

I punched a tree in my doctor's waiting room yesterday. I was hanging out for an appointment, and I had 's mobile edition running on my phone. My headphones were in, piping the sound of jungle and beach to my brain. Punching trees, picking up rocks, running from dinosaurs—the whole bit. Then I felt a nurse tap my shoulder, so I unplugged my headphones, stood up, and started to close the application. That's when my character defecated.

This Virtual Reality Dog Could Prevent Dog Bites

It's a fact that all dogs are good dogs, but communication between humans and canines isn't always smooth. Dogs bite sometimes—especially when they're scared, hurt, or anxious. In almost all cases, dogs take great pains to warn humans when they're feeling unsafe, but the trouble is that most humans simply don't speak Dog. When misunderstandings happen, it's the human who ends up bitten and, depending on local animal control laws, the dog who ends up dead. Faced with reports of 6,740 patients ad

Kerbal Space Program mod recreates Andy Weir's The Martian

I thought I knew the kinds of stories that would come out of Kerbal Space Program’s newest expansion, Making History. Now that KSP’s legendary modding community has access to all the scripting and planning tools it could ever need, I was sure we’d see recreations of the doomed Apollo 13 mission, recreations of Apollo 11’s historic moon landing, and probably even an interplanetary trading run inspired by the sci-fi TV show, The Expanse. It seems foolish that I never saw The Martian coming.
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