Let’s all play the game about ‘90s internet porn that got banned on Steam

You Must Be 18 or Older to Enter is a game about porn. To be clear, it is not actually porn, a rather important differentiation. In a landmark obscenity case, the threshold test for pornography was famously articulated by Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart as “I know it when I see it.” Unfortunately, it appears that the digital games distributor Valve has a harder time making the distinction between art and base titillation than a 50-year-old judge back in 1964.

According to one of the game’s developers, Valve’s distribution platform, Steam, recently removed You Must Be 18 or Older to Enter from its online store on the basis that it was porn (which, again, it is not). This is a conspicuously bad decision, and one that betrays a deep…

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10 things we wanted and didn’t get from The Last Jedi

Major spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The non-spoiler review is here.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson made a point of answering questions set up by The Force Awakens, and giving fans some answers they were slavering for. He directly addressed the mystery of Rey’s parentage, instead of stringing it out for another couple years. He explained, in brief, why Kylo Ren rebelled, while leaving plenty of the character’s past open for later reveals. He reunited Luke and Leia for the final touching moment of closure they really needed, considering Carrie Fisher’s death. He even brought Yoda back to lay down some smack on Luke one more time. There’s a whole lot of satisfaction to go around in this movie. But…

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BlackBerry promises at least two more years of BB10 support

There’s good news out there for anyone clinging to their BlackBerry Classic like a silicon security blanket: BlackBerry has announced that it will be supporting its BB10 operating system for at least another two years, giving yet another stay of execution to the long-defunct OS.

Released way back in 2012, the BlackBerry 10 operating system was BlackBerry’s last great hope for creating a modern smartphone platform. The goal was to offer all the major apps like Android and iOS and serve as a viable competitor to Apple and Google’s smartphone ecosystems. BlackBerry really did try to get BB10 to work, but even with support for Android apps, it ultimately gave up in 2015 with the release of the BlackBerry Leap, the last shipping device to…

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Apple let a fake $5 Cuphead game into the App Store

A version of run-and-gun game Cuphead unexpectedly showed up on iOS — but it’s a scam.

TouchArcade reported that an iOS version had been published today, linking to what seems like a legitimate App Store app. It’s got real game screenshots, and it lists the seller as Cuphead developer StudioMDHR. But the support page links to “studiomdhrgames.com,” instead of StudioMDHR’s actual site, “studiomdhr.com.” If you buy the game, you’ll see an incorrect name as well: “StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.”

The site “studiomdhrgames.com” is registered to someone named Walter Gregor, who isn’t listed as a StudioMDHR employee and apparently lives in the city of “Wasinghton, Wasinghton.” (StudioMDHR’s real site is using a privacy-guarding service — as…

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Read an excerpt from Eliot Peper’s new science fiction thriller, Bandwidth

A couple of years ago, I read Cumulus, a self-published book by Eliot Peper. The novel follows three characters in a near-future San Francisco, which is divided into a super-wealthy tech elite and the downtrodden customers who use their services. It’s an engaging satire of Silicon Valley, and it put Peper on my radar.

In May, Peper will publish his new book, called Bandwidth. It’s about a near-future Mexico City lawyer named Dag Calhoun, who begins to question the world he’s making by representing high-powered tech and energy executives. When he’s almost killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers that a group of activists have been hijacking digital feeds to manipulate public opinion and global markets, and revealing their existence…

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