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Image: Summer Game Fest

Gaming auteur Hideo Kojima says he is reconsidering his creative process in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: Kojima is hailed as a major (albeit often strange) creative force in games. His latest game, "Death Stranding," was an eccentric sci-fi tale about human connection in a ruined world.

  • In thinking about how he makes games, Kojima said during a taped interview aired on Summer Game Fest that he was always trying to predict what society might look like in five, 10, or 20 years. "But this time it came much too soon," he said, reflecting on the pandemic.
  • "But since the era is catching up so quickly, it's not really just fiction anymore. So I've been re-thinking my creative process. I guess all creators are thinking the same way. It's almost similar to what happened after 9/11, considering which direction we should go as entertainment. I think that this is a big assignment for us."

As for how he creates games now, it will no longer be "one step at a time," he said. "We have to adapt and think about new ways of creating, as entertainment can't fall behind. I have to think about what's going to happen in the future."

  • Part of that challenge for Kojima personally is that he likes to inject concepts about society into his work. "I need to really consider which prediction I make and which ways I introduce ideas to the player," he said.

What's next: Kojima announced "Death Stranding: Director's Cut" for PS5 with a teaser trailer.

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Microsoft touts a gaming strategy that goes far beyond Xbox consoles

Image: Microsoft

Microsoft will offer access to Xbox games across an increasingly broad range of devices, including smart TVs and iPhones, company executives said this week during press briefings about its gaming business.

The big picture: Long a major player in the console market with Xbox, Microsoft is drifting away from a dependency on physical hardware, arguing that its path to success is about streaming.

Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.

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Congress sprints to meet crush of deadlines

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Congressional leaders have been pushing off vital action for months — and a lot of it will catch up with them in December, which begins Wednesday.

Driving the news: Funding for the federal government is set to expire at midnight on Friday. There are also consequential deadlines related to the debt limit, President Biden's agenda and annual actions like voting on the National Defense Authorization Act.