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Nicholas Quah
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Nicholas Quah is a freelance tech journalist based in Brooklyn. He principally writes about things that seem hella illegal and/or dumb, but are apparently celebrated.


Columns

Monday, September 8 2014

What Happens When an Interactive Horror Experience Figures Out the Fourth Wall?

P.T. has the digital world bleeding out into the real, hands flailing in search of something to hold onto so it can pull itself out of the game and into your living room.


Wednesday, July 16 2014

The Benefits of Not Really Living: On Let's Plays in Videogaming

With Google looking to buy Twitch, we take a look back into an early form of videogame spectating and what it means in the context of that acquisition.


Thursday, June 12 2014

The Future of Work Looks Like an Agency-Free Hole That Goes Nowhere

A recent Planet Money episode about worker analytics provokes two things: a memory of a troubling past, and troubling vision of the future of work.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

Marketing in the Age of Surveillance

What do you get when you try to marry perky start-up optimism with the ominous prospect of the surveillance age?


Reviews

Sunday, August 17 2014

'Console Wars' Is a Deeply Flawed Telling of a Great Story about Videogames

A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.


Blogs

Thursday, July 31 2014

How We Should Feel about the Facebook Emotion Manipulation Experiment?

So it turns out that Facebook has been emotionally manipulating users as part of a scientific experiment. And it's partly our fault.


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