WIRED25: Netflix’s Reed Hastings on Broadening Your Horizons

Thanks to Covid-19, the mantra for 2020 has got to be “quarantine and chill.” Good thing Netflix is here to “entertain people all over the world,” as the company’s cofounder Reed Hastings explained at this year’s WIRED25. Sating the global entertainment palate, though, requires an undying spirit of invention as well as narratives that span both the US and abroad. Netflix’s secret, according to Hasting’s new book No Rules Rules, is that it values its workers over its work process. It’s this employee-centric attitude that allows a startup to maintain a culture of innovation as it grows from, say, a 30-person rent-by-mail DVD provider into the world’s largest streaming service, with a film production arm that rivals Hollywood’s Big Six. SUBSCRIBE Subscribe to WIRED to catch the biggest stories on tech, science, and the future of how we live. The service offers movies and TV shows made in Spain, Germany, Japan, Korea, the UK, Brazil, and more, providing lockdowners with stories from everywhere to everyone. “If you’re a globalist, like I am,” Hastings said in an interview with WIRED editor-in-chief Nick Thompson, “you want to knit the world together and you want people to understand, respect, love, and appreciate each other. And entertainment is a key part of how that happens.” And during a time of rampant nationalism, if culture is the antidote to bigotry, stream on! Hastings’ globalist ethos, however, doesn’t translate to tracking your travel plans for better binge-worthy recommendations. So while the occasional Korean flick might pop…Continue readingWIRED25: Netflix’s Reed Hastings on Broadening Your Horizons


New Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies – TechCrunch

Kaiser Hwang is a longtime member of the games community and a vice president at Forte, an organization building an open economic platform for games. “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a bonafide wonder. The game has been setting new records for Nintendo, is adored by players and critics alike and provides millions of players a peaceful escape during these unprecedented times. But there’s been something even more extraordinary happening on the fringe: Players are finding ways to augment the game experience through community-organized activities and tools. These include free weed-pulling services (tips welcome!) from virtual Samaritans, and custom-designed items for sale — for real-world money, via WeChat Pay and AliPay. Well-known personalities and companies are also contributing, with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” scribe Gary Whitta hosting an A-list celebrity talk show using the game, and luxury fashion brand Marc Jacobs providing some of its popular clothing designs to players. 100 Thieves, the white-hot esports and apparel company, even created and gave away digital versions of its entire collection of impossible-to-find clothes. This community-based phenomenon gives us a pithy glimpse into not only where games are inevitably going, but what their true potential is as a form of creative, technical and economic expression. It also exemplifies what we at Forte call “community economics,” a system that lies at the heart of our aim in bringing new creative and economic opportunities to billions of people around the world. What is community economics? Formally, community economics is the synthesis of economic…Continue readingNew Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies – TechCrunch

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is adding swimming

The oceans of Animal Crossing: New Horizons are opening up. Today, Nintendo revealed a summer update for the Switch game, which will be launching on July 3rd and adds a very important feature: swimming. Now, players will be able to jump into the waters that surround their island and even search for new sea life that can then be donated to the museum. The update will also introduce new crafting options, add mermaid-themed furniture to collect, and make some changes to Gulliver, a bird who frequently washes ashore and will now be decked out as a pirate. [Announcement]Cool off this summer by diving into the #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons free Summer Update – Wave 1, arriving 7/3! Put on your wet suit to dive & swim in the ocean, and even meet new characters! Stay tuned for info on Wave 2, planned for release in early August. — Tom Nook (@animalcrossing) June 25, 2020 This is arguably the biggest change to the game since an April update that added new gardening features and a mysterious art seller. It also looks like there’s more to come as well. “Another summer update is planned to be released in early August, so stay tuned for further details to come,” Nintendo says. Source linkContinue readingAnimal Crossing: New Horizons is adding swimming

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Win a Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing New Horizons and more cool stuff for free

TLDR: Just win the Nintendo Gaming Bundle Giveaway to take home a new Nintendo Switch, a copy of Animal Crossing New Horizons and more great prizes valued at $1,000. In a true sign of the times, thousands of Animal Crossing: New Horizons players took to their islands to kick off the start of a virtual Pride festival earlier this month, honoring LGBTQPIA+ STEM communities. Meanwhile, you can now also download an app that will pretty accurately forecast the weather of a player’s virtual island, offering them a leg up on your game goals. If that last paragraph has you scratching your head in total bewilderment, you are behind the curve. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is gaming’s latest sensation, selling nearly 12 million copies in its first 12 days of release back in March. The phenomenon has also pushed its platform, the Nintendo Switch, to some gaudy sales figures of its own, doubling its March 2020 sales figures over March 2019 totals.  And since we want to make sure you up on all the latest hot trends, we’re looking to give you a copy of the game plus a Nintendo Switch to play it on and other assorted goodies in The Nintendo Gaming Bundle Giveaway. And it costs absolutely nothing to enter. For newbies to the Animal Crossing franchise, you take up residence on a deserted island — and the rest is up to you. There is no winning or losing or time to worry about in Animal Crossing, just exploration,…Continue readingWin a Nintendo Switch, Animal Crossing New Horizons and more cool stuff for free