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Pushing Buttons: When even PlayStation is cutting jobs, something is seriously wrong with games

In this week’s newsletter: Sony’s news that it is cutting jobs and cancelling projects for the mega-console underlines a depressing fact about game development – it’s go big, or go home• Don’t get Pushing Buttons delivered to your inbox? Sign up hereI wrote last week about the decades-long console wars between Xbox and PlayStation – and how the Microsoft’s...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 15:03
Google chief admits ‘biased’ AI tool’s photo diversity offended users

Sundar Pichai addresses backlash after Gemini software created images of historical figures in variety of ethnicities and gendersHuman or fake? How AI is distorting beauty standards – videoGoogle’s chief executive has described some responses by the company’s Gemini artificial intelligence model as “biased” and “completely unacceptable” after it produced...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 15:03
In a toxic online world, Warframe is a refuge for my son – and millions of others

Little discussed outside its fanbase, it amassed 75 million registered users who provide a brilliantly welcoming community for neurodivergent gamersSix months ago my son Zac started to play a video game I knew very little about – which, as a games journalist, I found slightly disconcerting. Created by the Canada-based developer Digital Extremes, Warframe...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 11:54
Sony to lay off 900 workers in its PlayStation division

Company will cut 8% of workforce, citing changes in industry and a need to ‘deliver on expectations from developers and gamers’ Sony will cut about 900 jobs in its PlayStation division, or about 8% of its global workforce, becoming the latest company in the technology and gaming sector to announce layoffs.The company cited changes in the industry as...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 11:54
Everyone Knows That: can you identify the lost 80s hit baffling the internet?

Entire online communities have developed around naming this 17-second snippet of catchy pop – and three years after it was uploaded no one has solved the mysteryIt’s only 17 seconds long, and sounds a bit like 80s-era Genesis playing at the bottom of a swimming pool. But this snippet of bouncy yet sonically degraded pop has become one of the biggest...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 11:16
Apple reportedly scraps multibillion-dollar plan to build electric car

Reports say tech giant made announcement during meeting and forecast layoffs, ending secretive and resource-heavy projectApple is canceling its plans to build an electric car, according to multiple outlets, ending a secretive project that has consumed immense resources over the past decade. Executives from the company made the unexpected announcement...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 10:56

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