Fyre Fest: Call it the ultimate scam; call it the most ill-fated music festival of all time; call it social media schadenfreude at the expense of rich millennial influencers. However you regard the fiasco, the imploded event has entered pop nomenclature as a synonym for disaster. Which is why the Fyre Festival, created by tech-bro entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, is the subject of not one, but two documentaries out this week. The third week of January was apparently the prime time for Hulu and Netflix to release dueling documentaries on the same notorious festival. But which one truly captures the quintessence of Fyre Fest? And which ones should you watch? To get to the bottom of the symbiotic streaming releases, three Polygon staffers convened to debate the merits and cross-check the facts: Karen Han watched Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened; Allegra Frank saw Hulu’s Fyre Fraud; and Petrana Radulovic watched both. Let the great Fyre … [Read more...] about Debating Netflix and Hulu’s dueling Fyre Fest documentaries
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On 22nd October, Polish game seller GOG - a part of CD Projekt - found itself in trouble again on Twitter. It had insensitively appropriated the trans civil rights hashtag WontBeErased. "Classic PC games #WontBeErased on our watch," it tweeted. "Yeah, how's that for some use of hashtags?"GOG quickly deleted the tweet but not before the internet noticed, and a stink was kicked up. Not only was it a problem on its own, but it was the third problematic tweet in a handful of months from inside CD Projekt. Once is a mistake; three times?A day after the #WontBeErased tweet, a response appeared, but it wasn't an apology. "Yesterday, we posted a tweet containing a trending hashtag as a pun," it said. "The tweet was neither intended as a malicious attack, nor as a comment to the ongoing social debate. GOG should focus only on games. We acknowledge that and we commit to it." It didn't go down well, as Sean Halliday knew it wouldn't. The tweet had been his fault and he'd drafted his own apology … [Read more...] about Troubling GOG tweets, a fired CD Projekt employee, and the spectre of GamerGate
FACEBOOK is locked in a never-ending battle with fake news – and its solutions are getting increasingly wacky. The company's latest attempt to snuff out online propaganda involves changing the font size on false posts in your Facebook News Feed. Right now, Facebook pays third-party "fact checkers" to work out whether news stories are fake or real. But warning users that stories are fake can be tricky. So Facebook is now shrinking down the size of posts it deems "false" so you're more likely to miss them in your News Feed. "We reduce the visual prominence of feed stories that are fact-checked false," a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. Normally, a shared Facebook news post would have a very large headline, a very clear website byline and a huge image. But for false news, everything will now be much smaller. The headline text will be significantly shrunk, and the image will be a tiny thumbnail – barely noticeable during a frenzied News Feed scrolling session. Facebook … [Read more...] about Spot fake news in your Facebook News Feed with this easy trick
Last week, news emerged of Nintendo's immediate and longer term plans for the Switch, reported on the Wall Street Journal, no less. The headline made it clear that there'd be no Switch hardware revision this year, with Nintendo's emphasis shifting to USB-C peripherals and its fascinating Labo initiative. However, tucked away at the foot of the report is coverage of a February investor briefing, where Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima talks about his plans of extending Switch's lifespan beyond the five to six year console average, taking the lifespan of the console hybrid up to 2021 at least. To make this work, hardware revisions may be inevitable. The question of when the first of those updates is set to arrive will almost certainly be a matter of economics - specifically, the build cost of the Tegra X1 processor currently used by Nintendo. The chip is mass produced by Taiwainese semi-conductor giant TSMC, and it's based on their 20nm technology. A stepping stone between various 28nm … [Read more...] about In Theory: Can a Switch hardware revision extend its lifespan?
Rockstar Games dropped a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 this morning, and after watching it a few dozen times, we know much more about the game than we did yesterday. Well, OK. Maybe not much more. But some more, at least! The second trailer is about 50 percent longer than the first one, which Rockstar released more than 11 months ago — two days after officially announcing Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar also sent out a one-line story synopsis confirming that the game is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, saying that it is “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” There’s more fodder for discussion in the trailer. Let’s dive in and see what we can glean from the footage! [Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for Red Dead Redemption.] The second trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer breakdown: what we learned