Actor Will Poulter, who played the star video game designer on the buzzy choose-your-own-adventure Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch, has announced he's reconsidering how he uses social media in the wake of his "recent experiences." He said he's taking a "step back" from Twitter to focus on his mental health.In a statement released on Twitter, Poulter said he thanked everyone for watching Bandersnatch, and added that he accepts "all criticisms." He's stepping away from social media due to his "recent experiences." Though Poulter didn't mention any specific experience, he may be referring to the reaction on social media to his character, a game designer named Colin Ritman who has some interesting ideas about the way the world works and conspiracy theories."In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. Before I do, I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched Bandersnatch and for their responses (whatever they may be) … [Read more...] about Black Mirror Bandersnatch Actor Will Poulter Leaves Twitter
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AN annoying glitch is leaving some Whatsapp users receiving messages without the name of the sender in the push notifications. The issue is apparently down to a bug that seems to have been caused by a recent software update to the app. Unhappy users have been complaining about the problem on Twitter, with some describing it as "a new level of annoying". One Whatsapper said: "Does anyone know how I change my whats app settings so it come up the name of person texting me but not a preview? It’s just showing this nonsense". Another wrote: "I updated WhatsApp to version 2.18.60 and am now getting notifications without the contact name appearing!!!" Others reached out to Whatsapp directly on social media asking for help with several have taken to Apple's support forum in the hope of a solution for iPhones. One person wrote: "If preview is turned on it shows both the name and the message, which I don’t want for privacy reasons. "Any way to turn it back to the original design … [Read more...] about Here’s why Whatsapp notifications are not showing names and how you can fix it
THE OWNERS of the world's rarest Twitter names have been offered tens of thousands of dollars to sell their digital monikers, despite the platform banning the controversial practice. Germany-based IT specialist Mark Douglass, known as "@m" on the site, told The Sun he turned down $15,000 for his beloved ID. "Honestly, I just can't quite part with it," he said. "First come, first served, I guess." Meanwhile photographer Gene X. Hwang (or @x) said no to multiple offers ranging between 10k-40k because he didn't think they were legit. "I Really didn't entertain any of them seriously," he said. Both users claimed they were approached by individuals and businesses eager to snap up their precious handles – but what is it that makes these usernames so valuable? The answer is intertwined with the history of Twitter, a site that now boasts 330million users, including world leaders, celebs, parody accounts, purveyors of hardcore porn, and tons of fake bots. Rewind to 2007, and the platform … [Read more...] about Why owners of Twitter’s rarest names turn down THOUSANDS to keep their handles
If Freud was around to play video games, I think he’d have quite a lot to say about they way they portray the relationships we have with our parents. While fatherhood or father figures are regularly a pivotal storytelling device and a plot driver - look at The Last of Us, Telltale's The Walking Dead and BioShock Infinite for example - mothers, and even motherhood as a concept, are a much more complicated topic. Despite the fact that mothers are literally the only way we arrive on this Earth, video games tend to stay away from making them part of a narrative or including them among the roster of main characters. The majority of mother figures in games are distorted, monstrous things, killed off in the first few minutes, only available in letter form, or simply not mentioned. They’re pretty important figures, mothers, so why are they so grossly under-represented in games? It’s something that I became acutely aware of with Mother’s Day just around the corner. … [Read more...] about Why do video games have such a problem representing positive mothers and motherhood?
On the first anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, it seems strange to look back at that first reveal video and remember the hubbub of confusion and excitement. Our first look at Ninty’s strange little hybrid pitched it as the coolest piece of kit to bring to a frat party, as something you’d play in the park, as something that would bring people together. I, along with hundreds of other gamers, scratched my head, wondering if the Japanese gaming giant had finally lost its mind by creating a hybrid console; a device that could potentially fall in the gap between console and handheld. However, the brilliance of Switch has burned brighter and brighter throughout the first year of its life, leaving me - and many others - in no doubt about its technical accomplishments or universal appeal. With the Wii U it was clear Nintendo had lost its way. After the success of the Wii, the Wii U was a failure; a cumbersome, awkward and downright weird attempt at a hybrid that made sure gamers … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch then vs now, how a year can change a console