Gaming can be good for you

A recent review of over ten years of gaming studies found that gaming in moderation has some positive side effects.

Mia Sullivan • May 23, 2022

Digits: Coldplay tickets, hump day, and more

Plus: Redbox, 129.2k bitcoins, and $120 diapers.

Rob Litterst • May 16, 2022

Why 2022 could be a massive year for art

The sale of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe kicked off what could be a massive year for art.

Rob Litterst • May 12, 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine is causing ripples in the world of online chess

A government ban has made it harder for Russian players to play on Chess.com.

Rob Litterst • May 6, 2022

Three months later, what’s up with ‘Wordle’?

Are people still playing “Wordle” or did it pull an “HQ”?

Jacob Cohen • May 5, 2022

Movie product placements are big money

Nike had $94m worth of airtime, just from Space Jam.

Jacob Cohen • April 21, 2022

The craziest art project in internet history

What happens when 10m+ people paint on the same page at the same time?

Jacob Cohen • April 11, 2022

These locations are ready for their close-ups

Location booking platform Giggster crunched some numbers to find the most popular filming locations in the world.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 8, 2022

VR comedy is growing with the metaverse

Oddball metaverse interactions are becoming a source of laughter for many.

Jacob Cohen • April 7, 2022

How fantasy novels blew away Kickstarter’s record

Author Brandon Sanderson doubled Kickstarter’s previous record for most-funded project with a good campaign and a passionate fan base.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 6, 2022

Webtoons are taking over the world. Is the US next?

The digital comic format may be South Korea’s next big hit in the US.

Rob Litterst • March 30, 2022

Why the Oscars needed drama this year

To put it bluntly, fewer and fewer people have a reason to watch the Hollywood ordeal.

Jacob Cohen • March 29, 2022

Digits: T. rex money, new cars, Mars, and more

Plus: Music royalties and sky-high art prices.

Jacob Cohen • March 28, 2022

We tried Amazon Luna and it’s not bad

Amazon’s Luna launches as a cheap option for the casual gamer — even if they don’t have a gaming computer.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 4, 2022

Digits: Bible apps, ‘The Crown’ thieves, and AI racers

Plus: Longer movies cost more (who knew), and Americans are moving less.

Jacob Cohen • February 28, 2022

It turns out VR can get a little too immersive

Immersive virtual reality games are leading to accidents, resulting in an increase in insurance claims and injuries.

Rob Litterst • February 22, 2022

You’re a fashion icon, Charlie Brown

Peanuts’ global merchandise strategy, fueled by brand partnerships, brought in $150m in royalty revenue in 2021.

Rob Litterst • February 17, 2022
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Roblox went to court to ban a troll

Roblox sued a YouTuber who it claims harassed employees and users in myriad ways, including posting bogus terrorist threats.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 24, 2022

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard for $69B, explained

Satya Nadella just made his biggest deal ever, topping LinkedIn in 2016 ($26B) and Nuance Communications in 2021 ($20B)

Trung T. Phan • January 19, 2022

Why did Take-Two Interactive buy Zynga for $12.7B?

The acquisition will give the combined company 1B+ users, and a strong position in the $180B+ gaming industry.

Trung T. Phan • January 12, 2022

Wordle is the viral daily word game you’re about to get addicted to

Wordle is a daily word game that is going viral, with 300k+ daily players just a couple months after launching.

Rob Litterst • January 6, 2022

A big video game company enters the metaverse

Square Enix, whose video game roster includes “Final Fantasy” and “Tomb Raider,” is entering the metaverse with token economies.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 6, 2022

Riot Games agrees to $100m settlement in gender-discrimination lawsuit

Any woman who worked at Riot Games from 2014 on is eligible for a piece of its class-action settlement.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 29, 2021

Tinder’s new meet-cute is solving a murder

Tinder has found success with interactive story games that let people make choices, then match with similar players.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 11, 2021

Redbox just IPO’d, and it’s out to prove there’s more than meets the kiosk

Redbox, operator of everyone’s favorite DVD kiosks, IPO’d this week, and wants to prove that it can grow beyond DVD rentals.

Rob Litterst • October 28, 2021

What you can learn by analyzing ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

An Instagram account dedicated to ‘The Bachelor’ has been breaking down the data behind TVs most addicting reality franchise.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 26, 2021

Digits: Dino millionaires, 305m bottles of Champagne, and Chinese films.

PLUS: Netflix jumps when Facebook falls, and F1 comes to America.

Jacob Cohen • October 25, 2021

Roblox is growing up, and bringing the metaverse into clearer focus

Roblox announced new features for users and developers to take the platform to the next level, and bring the metaverse into clearer focus.

Rob Litterst • October 18, 2021

Lego is proving toys are still big business

Lego cemented its status as the biggest toymaker in the world after posting a 46% increase in first-half sales despite global supply chain issues.

Rob Litterst • October 5, 2021

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