Brian Willett
Brian Willett
Brian Willett is a Federalist senior contributor and the publisher of fwd, a daily tech newsletter. He tweets sporadically @brianjwillett
‘Far Cry 5’ Is Shaping Up to Be A Fantastic Video-Based Interactive Game

‘Far Cry 5’ is shaping up to be a Day 1 purchase, assuming it avoids overtly bashing Trump voters and any ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’-style launch issues.

There’s An Existential Problem With Taco Bell’s New Nacho Fries

The fries themselves? Good enough. They’re thicker than most fast food potatoes, but more svelte than steak fries.

If Game Makers Don’t Address Loot Crates, Lawmakers Will

The ESRB’s decision to label video games with paid add-ons essentially does nothing to address the complaint that loot boxes are akin to gambling.

Why Now Is A Great Time For First-Person Shooters

First-person shooter fans have three solid options that each offers an active player base, consistent updates, and no additional purchases required to make the game feel complete.

Research Suggests All Those Soccer Moms Might Have Picked A Dangerous Sport After All

Soccer may be the next sport to deal with the fallout of brain trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy concerns already breathing at football’s heels.

6 Reasons 2018 Is A Great Year To Own A PlayStation 4

For fans of narrative-driven or single-player games, PlayStation excels. And that’s especially true this year

Arby’s Oreo Bites Are Not Anywhere Near Oreo Enough

Similar in design to Taco Bell’s Cinnabon Delights, the Bites are simply dough filled with creamy goo. Where’s the crunch, Arby’s?

Is Blake Bortles Elite, Or Eliter?

Some would say just making a football team in the NFL qualifies one as elite. But others would say that you can’t truly be elite until you’ve won a World Cup.

25 Liberals To Follow On Twitter

It’s almost a new year, and time to diversify your Twitter feed. Here’s a selection of top journalists with lefty views.

Structural Changes For Soccer Are Worthy Goal, But No Guarantee of Success

I’m skeptical of the focus on (mostly European) developmental structures as the cure-all for America’s soccer woes, at least in the short term.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Today

If EA succeeds here, game publishers will feel emboldened to put more gameplay content behind a paywall/grindwall in multiplayer games.

‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Drops Camp Firewood Spirit

‘Ten Years Later’ lacks the relative cogency and, most importantly, the laughs of its predecessors. It feels rushed and less goofy, despite rampant absurdity.

‘The Gifted’ Is Broadcast Television’s Best Superhero Show

‘The Gifted’ eschews typical network conventions and is better for it. It’s a show crafted with care, not just a lazy means of cashing in on a license.

To Soothe The U.S. World Cup Failure, Watch The Under-17s Play

Three wins in four while playing the style of soccer that many American fans wish the senior team could. It’s enough to give hope to even the most cynical fans.

The United States’ World Cup Failure: Victims Of Our Own Success

I wonder if the U.S. national soccer team failed because no one on this team knew how to handle failure.

For First Time In A Generation, The U.S. Will Not Be In The World Cup

I saw the U.S. Men’s National Team walking for the nth time in a match they only needed to draw.

‘American Vandal’ Is A Great Mockumentary, But It’s Not Perfect For Everybody

The ridiculous (and crude) new Netflix show manages to parrot true-crime shows like ‘Making a Murderer’ while somehow still feeling real.

‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’ Beta Again Balances Fun And Frustration

For now, I would not recommend pre-ordering. Instead, wait a week or two until the inevitable patches and deep-dive reviews land.

5 Thoughts Following The ‘Rick And Morty’ Season Finale

Dan Harmon said they ‘finale-ified’ this episode once they realized they wouldn’t be able to make the intended 14 episodes this season. And it showed.

The NFL’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Anthem Protests, But Physics

The NFL has yet to address the one issue that could be its downfall: The brain repeatedly striking the skull, every play of every game and practice