‘Mortal Kombat’s’ 1997
Was the Opposite
of a Flawless Victory
The Mortal Kombat franchise was riding high… and then 1997 rolled around. AV Club takes a look at the hot streak before the release of two games and a movie in the fall of that year. All three fell flat. That trio of shortcomings didn’t kill the franchise completely, but it did enough damage to end Mortal Kombat’s reign atop the video game world.
Inside the Partisan Fight for Your News Feed
Craig Silverman, Jane Lytvynenko, Lam Thuy Vo, Jeremy Singer-Vine, BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed goes inside the partisan news push that’s taken over the internet and your social stream.
How Doris Burke Became the Best Damn Basketball Broadcaster There Is
Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, Deadspin
Doris Burke has been a fixture on ESPN’s basketball broadcasts for years now, and there’s good reason for it: She’s really good.
The Moral History of Air-Conditioning
Shane Cashman, The Atlantic
Air-conditioning is a sin? That was once the popular mindset, and it may not have been too far off.
The Very Human Return of Kesha
Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic
Kesha’s back. Her new album Rainbow is equal parts fantasy and reality following her very public personal struggles. It’s also very good.