Saturday, April 13

Tag: World Wide Web


Final Google Stadia Game, Released Today, Is A Piece Of History

Image: GoogleIf you haven’t heard, Google Stadia is shutting down and closing shop next week. But before the never-quite-successful game streaming service dies, it has provided one neat (and free) little gift you can only play for a few days before it all goes offline. Launched back in 2019, Google Stadia was a costly and massive investment from Google into the world of video games. Powered by the cloud aka a bunch of servers and off-site computers, Stadia’s big promise was instantaneous gaming on the go. No more updates or expensive consoles. And while it sometimes worked, the high cost of games, lack of features, small library, and internet costs ended up dooming the service. Sure, some superfans logged thousands of hours into it, but for most, it just wasn’t what they wanted or needed f...

First Ever Kingdom Hearts Fan Elected To US Congress In Florida

Maxwell FrostPhoto: The Washington Post (Getty Images)Amidst a sea of depressing, enraging, mildly promising and other election results tonight, one victory has proven to be truly inspiring. And it took place in Florida.In a state that has voted overwhelmingly in support of goons like Governor Ron DeSantis, Democrat Maxwell Frost won Florida’s 10th Congressional District—based mostly in Orlando—by a landslide, capturing 58.8% of the vote (at time of posting) against his nearest competitor, Republican Calvin Wimbish, on 39.7%.Frost’s victory is notable for a number of reasons. You’ll see him hailed in most reports as the “first member of Generation Z elected to Congress”, since he is just 25 years old, and don’t get me wrong, that’s an incredible achievement. But we’re here because Frost is...

Streamer Who Broke Back At TwitchCon Shows Off Surgery Scar

Screenshot: TwitchAdriana Chechik, who made headlines earlier this month after she broke her back in two places at TwitchCon, has returned to streaming with some updates—and a close look—at how her recovery has been going.If you haven’t seen the incident, Chechik broke her back at TwitchCon after jumping into a foam pit, a seemingly-innocuous move that, thanks to the reported shallowness of the pit, resulted in her smashing her tailbone on the floor so hard that her “bones completely crushed”, fusing multiple verterbrae together and suffering “nerve damage to [her] bladder”. Her recovery process has been rough. Here’s what she wrote on October 13 after a physical therapy session: Tried sitting up today in PT, I would rather die than do that again. I hate this my whole body hates it. I don’...

Amouranth Says She Is Being Abused By Her Husband

Streamer and content creator Kaitlyn Siragusa, aka Amouranth, has said on camera earlier today that she has been the subject of abuse, with her husband accused of making a series of manipulative threats against her.Content warning: abuseIn a video streamed earlier today, Amouranth is seen speaking on the phone with a man she says is her husband, who can be heard initially denying Amouranth’s claims that he has made threats to kill her dogs. The man later claims to have control over Amouranth’s bank accounts.Amouranth says her husband has been forcing her to stream at times against her wishes, and later shows a series of text messages where she is called a “dumb fuck” among other abusive threats like dumping her luggage off a hotel balcony and deleting her social media presence. The message...

Twitch Isn’t ‘Fulfilling’ Anymore, Will Stream Less

Screenshot: Pokimane / YouTubeAfter a more than one-month-long (and seemingly healthy) break from social media and content creation, Twitch star Imane “Pokimane” Anys has returned to uploading content. But things will be different now. Pokimane dropped a new YouTube video today detailing her time away from the internet, talking about what she learned and what her viewers can expect from her going forward. Overall, it serves to illustrate how “creatively unfulfilling” Twitch’s second-biggest female broadcaster has found the business of livestreaming as of late.Pokimane has become a household name on Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform. With 9.2 million followers there, Pokimane is second only to Amouranth. However, she’s been broadcasting herself playing games for almost a decad...

Twitch Shooting Planned On Discord Investigated As Hate Crime

Photo: John Normile (Getty Images)Tragedy struck New York on May 14 as an 18-year-old white male shot and killed at least 10 people in the city of Buffalo, police said. The shooter, whose online username is reportedly “jimboboiii”, has been taken into custody after livestreaming the whole thing on gaming platform Twitch, the company confirmed on Saturday evening. The shooter released a 180-page manifesto detailing his racist and anti-Semitic views, which he partially attributes to controversial online forum 4chan. The document also mentions what appears to be a private Discord chat server, where he allegedly detailed his plans in advance.The shooting happened at a Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Street, a dense suburban area in western New York state. According to local outlet The Buffal...