Replay: Welp, We Might Be Getting a Final Fantasy XIV TV Show

Welcome to Replay, where you can catch up on a week's worth of videogame news in just a couple of minutes. This week, Sony is looking to make a Final Fantasy XIV show, and also, uh, there's Budweiser-related news? It's a weird one; strap in. Sony's Making Use of Their TV Division to Make a … Final Fantasy XIV Show? As we reported recently, Sony has opened up a wide-ranging TV division to develop, produce, and distribute television adaptations of their videogame properties and, presumably, the properties of their partners. Their first choice, though, is an odd one. As PC Gamer reports, Sony's working on a live-action television show about the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Final Fantasy XIV. The …

Cantina Talk: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Got Made On the Run

Of course, everybody knows that WIRED already broke the biggest Star Wars story of the past couple of weeks when we told you that Lucasfilm failed us all by not putting Emma Thompson in a movie, even though she wants to be in one. Hey, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, you have a new Star Wars trilogy in the works—call her agent! Meanwhile, although things have been relatively quiet on the official movie and TV announcement front since the last time we spoke, it’s not as if nothing is going on. Read the latest Cantina Talk below and see for yourself. The Rise of Skywalker Got Made on the Run The Source: The woman responsible for ensuring Episode IX made …

What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained

Do you like games? Do you like jargon? Well, then you’ll love ambient occlusion, morphological anti-aliasing, adaptive vertical synchronization, and real-time ray tracing. All of the above were at one time the latest obtuse term for some complicated technology that’s been hyped as the next leap in gaming graphics. Except now, the last one might actually be truly revolutionary. Ray tracing achieved buzzword status at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Game announcements made by Microsoft, Nvidia, and AMD at the big gaming show were peppered with promises that their upcoming releases will bring this miraculous technology into our homes. “I think it’s paradigm shifting,” says AJ Christensen, a visualization programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. “There’s a lot …

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

At the start of Pathologic 2, I wake up in an empty room. I follow a light, and end up on a stage. I'm introduced to the show, by a wicked-looking director and extras in tragedy masks and skin-tight black suits. I'm an actor, the star, one of many. Then the game begins, I walk off the stage, and people start dying. Julie Muncy Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together Julie Muncy Rage 2's Open World Is More Barren Than It Should Be Julie Muncy Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility Pathologic 2 is the remake/sequel to the cult classic Russian plague simulator, Pathologic. Released in 2005, the game, developed by Ice Pick Lodge, …

Keanu Reeves Showed Up at E3 to Say He’s in Cyberpunk 2077

Happy Monday, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all the world's biggest pop culture news. What's up this fine Monday? For one, Dark Phoenix bombed pretty badly, and for another, HBO cancelled Vice News Tonight. But let's get to the real reason you clicked on this story: KEANU. Keanu Reeves Surprised E3—in a Very Big Way Here's some news (probably) no one expected: Neo himself, Keanu Reeves, showed up at E3 yesterday. And, not only did he show up, he walked out on stage during Microsoft's Xbox event to announce that he'll be in the forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. The game doesn't hit consoles until April 16, 2020, but as soon as Reeves announced his involvement, …

You Can Now Play Fortnite as John Wick

Greetings and welcome to a new edition of Replay, WIRED's videogame news roundup. What's happening this week? For one, John Wick is now a playable character in Fortnite, so that's pretty cool. Also, in the world of esports, Riot Games is backing former NBA star Rick Fox in his dispute with the organization he founded. Let's get started. Hey, You Got John Wick in My Fortnite! Well You Got Fortnite in My John Wick! Oh, this tastes pretty good. Listen, I'm going to take a brief moment here, before I introduce the story, to talk about how much I love John Wick. Keanu Reeves is awesome; and long-haired, bearded Keanu breaking stuff is possibly my favorite genre of film. The …

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

When the science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman, came out in 2014, WIRED called it “the best videogame you can’t play.” The film’s main character, Bill Cage, repeats the same day again and again—a day of futuristic combat with aliens. Each time he dies, Cage wakes up again on the previous day. Everything is as before, with the crucial difference that he remembers all the previous versions of that fatal next day. The repetitions are the film’s equivalent of a videogame’s replayability, and Cage’s battle skills improve, just as a player’s skills improve through replay. But Cage is not a player. He is a character in a narrative film, so the repeated days are in fact …

F. Gary Gray Is Working on a Saints Row Movie Adaptation

Hello, and welcome once again to Replay, WIRED's look at the world of gaming. This week, we're looking at the right and wrong ways to be upset with people, and also how amazing dumb action movies are. People say videogame movies need to be smarter, but I am wise and I say, no, no, they should be much dumber. Let's get going. Microsoft's Official Trash Talk Guidelines Are Good For Gaming, and Also Incredibly Pure Microsoft, as the host of Xbox Live, plays a major role in shaping what kind of discourse, language, and attitudes are and are not acceptable in online play. To that end, Microsoft this week updated its Community Standards for the platform, which includes some very …