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12 Best Xbox One Games (2019): Sidescrollers, Shooters, and More

After 2006’s macabre platformer Limbo proved to be one of the most enjoyable indie titles available for the Xbox 360, people wondered—OK, we wondered—if Danish studio Playdead could meet its own bar for the current generation. we shouldn’t have worried. Inside begins with the same gloomy monochrome that made Limbo …

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Grande Arrival: The Year Digital Native Pop Stars Took Over

Within the first 24 hours that Ariana Grande’s music video for “thank u, next,” went live in late November, it broke the internet. Well, sort of. YouTube reported that comments on the video, an extended homage to rom-coms like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, and 13 Going on …

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The Most-Read WIRED Culture Stories of 2018

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A Looming Government Shutdown Tops the Week's Internet News

Welp, 2018 is going out with a bang. In the last week, America got a reminder that Russia hacked the 2016 US election by hijacking social media; acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker rejected legal advice to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe; drones attacked British airports; and …

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Best Movies 2018: 'A Star Is Born' to Fill the 'Star Wars' Void

Every December, it comes: Cinephile Thunderdome. Movie critics, Twitter users, and Rotten Tomatoes commenters All Fire up their keyboards for a nettle royale over the best films of the year. It’s much the same this year, except the front of the pack looks a little different than it did in …

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'Max Einstein' Will Help Kids Today Relate to the Genius

The new children’s book Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment, written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, aims to introduce small children to the work of Albert Einstein. It’s a challenge that Patterson initially found a bit daunting. “The Einstein estate wanted to hook up with a publisher and a writer …

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In 2018, Movies Finally Got the Internet Right—Well, Mostly

In a year full of gnarly horror movies—Hereditary, Halloween, Vice—no film prompted me to squirm away from the screen quite as frequently as the teen drama Eighth Grade. Bo Burnham’s directorial debut follows the genial but despondent Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she not only navigates middle school’s judging adults, preening …

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YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube’s thirteenth year has proved just as confusing, mercurial, and pimply as any human teenager’s. But unlike the usual adolescent, YouTube isn’t actually a hormone-addled child, it’s the most popular social media platform in the United States. Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide …

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Watch the New 'Men in Black International' Trailer Now

It’s time for the final pre-holiday edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from box-office news to announcements about hot new trailers. In today’s installment: the Men in Black are back; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is officially a Netflix franchise; …

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Best Movies (2018): The Essential Films You Didn't See

Last year, folks in the US spent $11 billion going to the movies. Yet the bulk of those people, and those dollars, went to the mega-blockbusters—the Panthers, the Venoms, the Avengerseseses. Even though indies are getting a renaissance thanks to streaming services, there’s just not the same thriving middle-class that …

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