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WIRED November 2020

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13 min.
fortnite: dad invasion

I’m in the end stages of a Fortnite battle royale. The game’s lethal storm circle is tightening around the combat zone, a sleepy beach town with a bubblegum-pink ice cream parlor, and the handful of remaining squads are duking it out for survival. My three teammates, who are all children, are taking intense fire. One squares off with an especially ruthless competitor and is promptly dispatched. “Watch out, that kid is sweaty,” he warns. Another falls to a grenade burst with a cry of “I’m knocked!” A third pleads for the Fortnite equivalent of a field medic: “Rez me!” And then—suddenly, alarmingly—the game is in my hands. A torrent of instructions, piped out in shrill voices, comes crackling through my headset. As I chug a health-restoring Shield Potion, a grinning gold-crowned skeleton…

1 min.
angry nerd

DO MORE EVIL The heroes of my youth—J. K. Rowling, Pizza Hut, and most of all Disney—are the villains of my adulthood. This is only natural for a curmudgeon of my caliber; to mature is to make enemies. To learn, in other words, to vilify. What’s unnatural is the reverse process: heroization. This I never do, and not just because I can barely pronounce it. The very act arrests development. So of course the Walt Disney Company excels at it. Once a minter of great heroes, it’s lately sunk to the business of heroizing great villains. You remember Maleficent, eidolon of evil, dragon lady writ literal? In not one but two pop-feminist productions, Disney has defanged and unwinged her. The only thing edgy about nu-Maleficent is Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones. Being an…

1 min.
double play

BEST FOR: POWER SEEKERS Microsoft Xbox Series X The new Xbox looks as boring as the Dunder Mifflin building, but its dedication to speed and efficiency would please any executive board. It easily renders 4K games, with support for 8K too. Titles like Madden NFL 21 load from its 1-terabyte solid-state drive faster than Tyreek Hill on a 50-yard run. It also does real-time ray tracing—positioning and drawing beams of light as they bounce off moving objects—which makes the sunlight glinting off the Ring in Halo Infinite seem just shy of reality. On a budget? Get the Series S for $300. It plays the same games but with less brawn, half the storage, only 1440p resolution, and no Blu-ray drive. $500 BEST FOR: VIBE PLAYERS Sony PlayStation 5 Just like the Xbox, the PS5 supports 4K…

2 min.
sound unbound

BEST OVERALL Razer Opus This is our top pick for gamers looking for a set of killer wireless cans, no matter the gaming system. Powerful active noise canceling eliminates distractions and keeps your head in the game, and THX-tuned audio brings an added dose of cinematic drama to whatever you’re playing (or listening to—music sounds fantastic as well). Soft leatherette-wrapped memory foam earpads keep them cozy all day. They’ll stay alive the whole time too, thanks to a battery that lasts around 25 hours. The mic isn’t great, but the upsides make up for it. $200 • BEST FOR PC SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless The stretchy elastic headband and foam-padded earcups are a signature of the Arctis lineup, and they make for a comfy, snug fit. A built-in boom microphone extends from the left earcup with…

42 min.
cipher in chief

In the years before he became America’s most powerful spy, Paul Nakasone acquired an unusually personal understanding of the country’s worst intelligence failures. Growing up, he was reared on his father Edwin’s recollections of December 7, 1941: how Edwin, then age 14, was eating a bowl of cornflakes with Carnation powdered milk when he saw Japanese Zeros racing past the family’s screen door on Oahu on their way to attack Pearl Harbor. They were so close that Edwin, who would grow up to become an Army intelligence officer, could see one of the pilots. “I can still remember to this day,” Edwin would recall years later, “that he had his hatchimati—his headband—around, goggles on.” Decades later, Paul himself experienced another disastrous surprise attack on America at close range: He was working as…

42 min.
“they look sketchy as shit”

In a calmer spring—when facts weren’t so slippery, social media so noxious, the country so ready to combust—what happened in Forks, Washington, on June 3 might have been a perfect plot for a farce. A giant white school bus known as Big Bertha puttered into a two-stoplight town far north on the Olympic Peninsula, in desperate need of a new battery, on the very day the town was on alert for a different bus, one full of violent antifa activists ready to riot. But this was not a calmer spring. A week had passed since a Black man named George Floyd died while a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. People who had been trapped at home during a tense pandemic spilled into the streets, first in Minneapolis and…