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Cult Week

Cults and extreme beliefs fascinate us because we are all susceptible to their pull. Cult Week explores these stories — and the liminal spaces between the real and the imaginary.

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Cult Week

How an ultra-nationalist religious group became one of the most popular film producers in Japan

Happy Science is an ultra-nationalist New Religious group that uses the media, a political party, and educational institutions to further its controversial belief system.

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Opinion

Why ChatGPT Could Usher in a New Era of Scientific Discovery

There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

Op-Ed

Everything Wrong with Netflix’s New Password-Sharing Rules

Netflix’s crackdown is impossible to fairly enforce.

D&D

D&D's Big OGL Reversal Can't Protect You From Space Nazis

The cost of freedom.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Could Become the New Marvel — But There's a Catch

The Whoniverse might be getting a ton of new spinoffs. But will it work?

Surprise!

Hi-Fi Rush reveals a surprising strength of Xbox Game Pass

Let’s break the endless hype cycle.

Gaming

"Mindboggling" Launcher layoffs prompt outcry and tributes to WaPo gaming vertical

“This isn’t bitter sweet. It’s bitter.”

Come out

Fire Emblem Engage needs to let its characters out of the closet

Queer is not a dirty word.

OMG OGL

OGL 1.2 update: The battle for D&D's future has only just begun

Wizards of the Coast has unveiled the Open Gaming License 1.2.

Sci-Fi Lingo

Ant-Man 3 interview proves Marvel is taking the wrong lesson from Jodorowsky’s Dune

Is this a good thing?

Gaming

Eight major trends that will shape the games industry in 2023

GDC’s annual survey highlights the latest in game development trends.

Mind and Body

One style of social media use makes you feel better than any other — it’s not what you think

Stop doom-scrolling.

Inverse Recommends

On the eve of M3GAN, Blumhouse’s blunt critique of digital sex work is worth another look

This isn’t the first time Jason Blum’s banner has tackled the palpable perils and pitfalls of digital innovation.

New Year

The 6 most intriguing indie games of 2023

Some of the most exciting titles might not be on your radar yet.

Family Matters

The 9 biggest nepo babies in video games

It’s all about who you know.

Timey-Wimey

New Doctor Who Season 14 costumes pay brilliant tribute to franchise history

Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson are rocking classic looks for Season 14.

Happy Holidays

Fortnite, FFXIV, and 9 more games with festive holiday events

Celebrate the holidays in your favorite game.