Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too

Happy Friday and welcome to Replay, WIRED’s collection of all the week’s big videogame news. What’s happening this week? The biggest deal, most likely, is that a fake-news-slamming, deep-state-truthing member of Congress pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds for, among many other things, videogames. Destiny 2 and Snoop Dogg are also making the gaming news…

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How Rocket Wrecks the Ravagers With Physics

I’ve watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 multiple times, but I never noticed this awesome physics scene before. Rocket, the cyborg raccoon, is being chased through a forest at night by Ravagers, and he sets a bunch of traps, including some sort of antigravity mine or repulsor device. When the pursuers approach, he hits…

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What’s an Influencer? The Complete WIRED Guide

Much like trolls or the blockchain, the term influencer is one of those words that ubiquity has rendered meaningless. It is simultaneously an insult and an aspiration, the scourge of small business owners and the future of marketing, and a moniker for kids with middling social followings and megacelebrities alike. It’s how the Pope describes…

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Kamala Harris’ Opposing Truths

Symbols fail us. Case in point: Headlines this week reporting that California senator Kamala Harris was suspending her presidential campaign and, in doing so, ceding her chance to become the first black woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. When Harris initially announced her bid on Martin Luther King Day, less than a year ago,…

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