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What makes a good console MMO?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar and Senior Editorial Producer Griffin McElroy ask: What makes a good console MMO? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is DRM good for games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on...
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Blizzard silenced Hearthstone players, and it made the game amazing

A well-constructed Mage deck in Blizzard’s free-to-play collectible card game Hearthstone has the satisfying ability to take the enemy’s figurative arm over your knee to snap the bone in two.The Polymorph card allows you to turn any minion on the board into a sheep that can only hit for one damage, with one unit of health. It can take out some of the biggest threats from your opponent. The Fireball card costs four mana and deals six points of damage to whatever it hits. But the Mage's holy terror of doom is Flame Strike. It’s not a complicated card. You don’t have to set it up in order to bring destruction on your enemy. You don’t have to build your deck around it. It costs seven mana to cast, and deals four damage to every enemy minion on the board. It all but destroys...
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Is DRM good for games?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Features Editor Russ Pitts and Reporter Dave Tach ask: Is DRM good for games? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What's it like attending versus being a journalist at PAX? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on...
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VR headsets replacing standard displays is likely, not insane

Palmer Luckey is the founder of Oculus, the company that was recently acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in cash and stock. It’s a big story, and the Oculus Rift virtual reality hardware is likely the best chance that open, high-quality virtual reality has at a mainstream market. In a recent interview, which has since blown up online, Luckey stated that standard displays and televisions will likely give way to a virtual reality solution. Let’s take a look at the actual quotes, and I've embedded the video so you can watch the conversation itself. "Why in the world would you buy a 60-inch TV that, even if it were dirt cheap for that, it's still going to cost a lot to ship it and make it from raw materials," Luckey told Maximum PC. "A VR headset is going to be much better and much...
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A eulogy for World of Darkness, written by (and for) a White Wolf fan

The executive producer of World of Darkness, Chris McDonough, looked uncomfortable. CCP fans and a few members of the press had just seen a presentation showing some of the game’s technology and were given a few details about the ideas that would drive the title. We were warned not to take images of the content or share video. We were told the game was years away. Our expectations had been tempered by any number of disclaimers."My role is to minimize the PR. I don’t want to support it. I wasn’t kidding when I said I didn’t want that video up, and we’ll try to get it taken down and if pops up anywhere," McDonough told me. I asked why they had shown anything. "I think because it’s the tenth anniversary, Hilmar [Veiger, CEO of CCP] wanted us to show some of it, because it’s...
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What's it like attending versus being a journalist at PAX?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Reporter Alexa Ray Corriea and Reporter Dave Tach ask: What's it like attending versus being a journalist at PAX? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What can Sony do to save the Vita? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends...
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Tales from inside the Diversity Lounge: PAX's half-baked experiment

I figured volunteering at a booth for PAX's first Diversity Lounge would give me the opportunity to see what it was about from the inside. I knew what people were saying, but the reality might be very different.The lounge had already become controversial when documents describing the initiative were leaked onto the internet. I didn’t know if I was horrified, proud or somewhere in the middle. Why does PAX need this? Wasn’t the whole show supposed to be safe? There weren’t any actual diversity specialists involved to my knowledge; it was made up of volunteers, who had booths of their own inside the lounge. A bit misleading, but the intent was still commendable. PAX should be a safe place where people can be themselves and enjoy the things that make them happy, to meet new people or...
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What can Sony do to save the Vita?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Editor-at-Large Chris Plante and Editor-in-Chief Chris Grant ask: What can Sony do to save the Vita? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is Dark Souls 2 an entry point for the non-believers? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast:...
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Is Dark Souls 2 an entry point for the non-believers?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Senior Editorial Producer Griffin McElroy and Editor-at-Large Chris Plante ask: Is Dark Souls 2 an entry point for the non-believers? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: How can game jams rekindle your love for games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe...
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Game jams are a cure for jaded gamers as well as developers

Everyone I know that plays games has gone through a jaded period every now and then. Even those of us who are lucky enough to play games as part of our job. It's not a complaint, just a fact that sometimes, a few lackluster games in a row can get you down.People sometimes talk about these periods on social media as if they've done something wrong; the implication being that if they don't enjoy a popular game, or feel the need to take a break from gaming in general, there is something wrong with them. This is something most of us go through, although it's rarely discussed. And I may have found a solution. Enter the jam Game Jams vary in scope and length, but the basic idea is the same: participants have a set amount of time, and the time is usually extremely limited, to make a game on...
Opinion
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Heartbleed and gaming have devolved our lives into a series of security questions

I’m not sure what behavior on my Battle.net account was suspicious, but it has been locked down, and I can’t access my games until the issue is resolved. This is why I found myself holding an ID up to my computer's webcam in an attempt to prove that yes, I am Ben Kuchera. The one with the crappy Hearthstone deck that he wants back.I could probably have fixed the issue if I still had access to my old e-mail account at Ars Technica, under which I set up my Battle.net account, but that ship has sailed. I’m at the mercy of customer service to give me back access to my collection of Blizzard games. Much of this is my fault; it’s incredibly shortsighted to attach any long-term account to an e-mail address that’s been provided by an employer. Your career can and will change, but I...
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How can game jams rekindle your love for games?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Senior Reviewer Danielle Riendeau and Editorial Coordinator Michael Moore ask: How can game jams rekindle your love for games? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: What is indie? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List...
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Engaging the hardcore: the thinking behind Wind-Up Knight 2's unique take on free-to-play

The email in my inbox was titled "Hell Yeah" and contained a screenshot of the achievements screen from our 2011 iOS and Android game Wind-up Knight. The sender had completed every achievement available, which is quite a feat; of the ten million people who have played Wind-up Knight, only about 0.1 percent completed the final level, which is played upside down.This player was hardcore and clearly loved the game, but his exuberance was not simply a product of our game design; he was also very proud of having finished Wind-up Knight without spending any money. He’d completed the whole thing for free. He is not alone. In the two and a half years since Wind-up Knight came out, we have continued to receive similar messages from incredibly enthusiastic players who have finished the game...
Video
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What is indie?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Deputy Features Editor Matt Leone and Editor-at-Large Chris Plante ask: What is indie? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Why do we try to impress the fictional characters in our video games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast:...
Opinion
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Sony Online Entertainment wants to eat DayZ's lunch, and that's great news

DayZ and Rust are already massive hits, and the huge number of sales have come before either game is finished. They are both early access games in the truest sense; neither game feels close to being finished, and large changes are coming at a steady pace.Barrels of ink have been spent trying to figure out why these ultra-hardcore and often punishing games appeal to such a large audience, but a new genre has been born, and that attracts big companies with big budgets. It’s not surprising that Sony Online Entertainment is swooping into this brand-new territory with H1Z1, a game that seems to ape much of what of makes games like DayZ so interesting. You’ll be exploring an open world set after the zombie apocalypse, and of course other players will be just as dangerous as the walking...
The Besties Podcast
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The Besties: The Best Games of March 2014

I hope you enjoyed March.The month full of big game releases may be the last of its kind for the foreseeable future. Looking at the calendar, we won't see four weeks so full of hyped AAA and indie games until fall. That's why we chose to withhold Dark Souls 2 from this month's Besties. We can discuss its release on PC next month. April, after all, looks slim by comparison. Anyway, let's live in the now! This month we have four good games, a bag full of reader favorites and some big news involving a certain Lawnmower Man knockoff. 8:30 - Titanfall 25:00 - Mercenary Kings 37:00 - Halftime! 48:00 - Infamous: Second Son 1:14:00 - News of the month 1:24:00 - Luftrausers 1:34:40 - Reader emails Theme song by Ian Dorsch Get the show: Download MP3 Subscribe to the podcast...
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