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When Foursquare split its app in two with a second dedicated to check-ins, the move was questionable to say the least. The company eventually brought its popular mayorships back to Swarm and has largely held on to users as a directory for food and more inside the namesake app. The New Yorker takes a look at how the company has been able to survive largely due to its very active users and a trove of data.

'Shovel Knight' Rethinks Gender in Retro Games With Body Swap Mode
Yacht Club Games, Polygon

The Shovel Knight developer penned a blog post on Polygon to explain the details behind the decision to offer both male and female versions of the main characters in the game.

How Prompto's AI-driven Selfie System in 'Final Fantasy XV' Was Built
Alex Wawro, Gamasutra

Final Fantasy XV designer Prasert "Sun" Prasertvithyakarn explained how the game's AI system was built at GDC this week and Gamasutra has a breakdown of the talk.

A Formula for the Perfect Superhero
Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano, The Ringer

Two editors from The Ringer set out on a quest to build the perfect super hero. You may not agree with all of the choices, but that doesn't make the results any less interesting.

How the Chili Dog Transcended America's Divisions
Christina Olson, The Atlantic

A food that's a mixture of a few different immigrant dishes originating in several different countries has united America behind the need for more napkins.