Recommended Reading: The challenge of remastering 'Blade Runner'

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Replicating Blade Runner: Why the adventure game classic is so tough to remaster

Wesley Yin-Poole, Eurogamer

Nightdive Studios announced earlier this year that it planned to remaster the 1997 Blade Runner game for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2020. That’s not going to happen now, and Eurogamer explains the challenges of the remake in an interview with Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick.

How Microsoft brought ‘Gears Tactics’ to the Xbox Series X and S

Sam Byford, The Verge

The turn-based take on the Gears franchise was already a significant release for Microsoft, but it will also be important for next-gen consoles at launch. The Verge has the story on how a console version was always in the plans.

How the awful stuff won

Tom Scocca, The New York Review

In a review of books by Andrew Marantz and Megan Phelps-Roper, Scocca examines how dependence on the internet has dire consequences. The two books offer unique perspectives on the issue as well. Phelps-Roper penned a memoir about her time at Westboro Baptist Church (she’s the granddaughter of former pastor Fred Phelps) while Marantz examines how the internet normalized things like misogyny and xenophobia.