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Solving laser puzzles and the meaning of life in The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle demands that you dig into some pretty heady stuff, whether it's philosophical ponderings on the nature of consciousness and artificial intelligence, or a super tricky laser puzzle. In the Overview video above, we dive headfirst into both. It's all very erudite, until, inevitably, we get stuck for a full two minutes on a block puzzle the likes of which you probably solved in kindergarten. Humiliation, thy name is puzzle games. The Talos Principle is available now on Steam for $35.99.
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This home's amazing Star Wars Christmas light show features a rooftop lightsaber duel

Somewhere in Newark, Calif.,  is the most amazing home Christmas light show you're likely to see, featuring 100,000 lights choreographed to an array of music, including some Star Wars favorites. This is the second year in a row YouTuber Tom BetGeorge set about decorating his house. "I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic," he writes in the YouTube description. "I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! If you look closely (especially during the Cantina song) the instruments are playing the real notes!" Those rooftop light beams, he adds, can be seen for miles (and he's sure not to have them hit houses or go through flight paths.) For scale,...
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Life is Strange's first episode arrives in late January, watch the debut trailer

The first episode of Life is Strange, the five-part adventure game from Remember Me developer Dontnod Entertainment, will be released Jan. 30, 2015, publisher Square Enix announced today. Life is Strange will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The episode will cost $4.99 by itself, and players who buy it will be able to pick up a season pass for the remaining four episodes for an additional $16.99. Those who want to get the entire package from the start can save $1.99 and purchase the complete season bundle, which will be sold on all platforms except Xbox 360, for $19.99. Dontnod expects to release the episodes about six weeks apart. The story of Life is Strange focuses on a teenage girl named Max Caulfield who lives in the fictional...
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Get a look at online heists in Grand Theft Auto 5, coming in 'early 2015'

Grand Theft Auto 5's online heists will finally arrive in early 2015, Rockstar Games announced via its website. Online heists add to the game's multiplayer mode with four-player missions in which players plan, prep and (hopefully) pull off a big job. The feature has already been delayed several times; an update last month promised heists after the re-release of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last month. In an IGN interview with producer and lead mission designer Imran Sarwar, the developer explained that delays happen when content is "not at the level we expect of ourselves." Heists will launch with "five unique strands" that include more than 20 missions and around 20 hours of gameplay. According to Sarwar, heists have taken so long to build because they were more difficult...
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This is what happens when you combine Devil May Cry, Street Fighter and Monster Hunter

Capcom made two big announcements in the last two weeks, and both will trickle down into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate next year. As you can see in the trailers above and below, characters from Capcom's Street Fighter 2 (above) and the Devil May Cry series (below) will join the roster of monster hungry travelers. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is slated for an "early 2015" release on Nintendo 3DS. At that point, you'll also be able to play as Link, Mega Man and Samus. For more on Capcom's recent announcements, be sure to read Polygon's coverage of Street Fighter 5 and the two Devil May Cry games coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Watch Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's brand new Lord of the Hunt DLC in action

A trailer released this morning for developer Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor puts its Lord of the Hunt downloadable content in motion. Set for release today, the $9.99 DLC will offer new monsters, missions, runes and nemeses. Press play above for an overview of each, which are included with the game's $24.99 season pass. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was released this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC. For more on the game, be sure to read Polygon's review.
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The Order: 1886 trailer shows grisly end to a London cop shop

Victorian London was not exactly known for its law-abiding citizenry, but at least The Great Wen could fall back on its beleaguered force of bobbies. Unfortunately, in The Order: 1886, set in a steampunk, fantasy version of the city, the local coppers aren't much of a defense against various abominations and monsters, as this short new trailer from developer Ready at Dawn shows. The Order: 1886 will be released for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 20.
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Watch Killer Instinct's new Riptor in action and see a tease of who's next

Riptor the cybernetic dinosaur is the next fighter coming to Iron Galaxy's Killer Instinct on Xbox One. She's the subject of a new trailer that highlights how she'll fight and helps explain why a dinosaur is in the fighting game in the first place. As you can see in the trailer above, Riptor is the creation of Ultratech, the same company that developed Fulgore. The "Riptor Advance Combat Infiltration Unit" features a cybernetically augmented tail for extra reach and is further weaponized by her ability to breathe fire. She also has color and genetic modification options, the video says, showing that Riptor comes with a variety of skins and accessories, like feathers. At the end of the video, players will get a peek (of sorts) at the next Killer Instinct character who describes himself...
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Hear Final Fantasy 15's English voice cast for the first time

If you been paying attention to the latest in Final Fantasy developments, you've likely seen the above trailer for Final Fantasy 15. Square Enix showed that footage at this year's Tokyo Game Show. But today, you'll be able to hear something new: the primary voice cast for Square Enix's next major Final Fantasy game. Listen as Final Fantasy 15's cast of heroes — Noctis, Prompto, Gladiolus and Ignis — talk about their fantastical road trip, their relationships and their battles against giant woolly beasts, this time in English. Fans will be able to actually play a portion of Final Fantasy 15 sometime next year. Square Enix will release a demo for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One role-playing game, titled Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae, with "day-one" copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD....
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Trine Enchanted Edition brings upgraded visuals to PS4 Dec. 23

Trine Enchanted Edition will arrive on PlayStation 4 Dec. 23 in North America for $14.99, developer Frozenbyte's Kai Tuovinen announced this morning on the PlayStation Blog. It will hit Europe Dec. 17 for €12.99. The remake of the original 2009 puzzle platformer Trine will make its PS4 debut with updated graphics as well as "a vast number of gameplay improvements and fixes," according to Tuovinen, as well as local and online co-op. Trine Enchanted Edition also supports stereoscopic 3D at 720p. "We're really excited to bring the origin story of the Trine series to PS4 in a remastered format with all the goodies of its sequel," Frozenbyte CEO Lauri Hyvärinen in a press release. "To celebrate this launch we've set special discounts and created a bundle of both Trine games on the PS4." T...
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DmC and Devil May Cry 4 headed to PS4 and Xbox One in 2015 with upgrades

DmC: Devil May Cry - Definitive Edition, an expanded and upgraded version of developer Ninja Theory Limited's 2013 franchise reboot, will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One March 17, 2015, for $39.99, publisher Capcom announced today. Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition is also headed to the same consoles in the summer of 2015, though Capcom did not announce a date or price. DmC: Devil May Cry - Definitive Edition will arrive on the new consoles with the original version's downloadable content as well as new modes of play, running at 60 frames per second in 1080p resolution. Must Read DmC: Devil May Cry's art director explores the series' 'visual rebirth' at GDC "New to DmC: Devil May Cry - Definitive Edition, players will be able to play as Dante's twin brother...
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Watch Street Fighter 5's first live gameplay and a 30-minute breakdown of its secrets

As promised, Capcom gave fighting game fans a first look at live Street Fighter 5 gameplay during this weekend's Capcom Cup. The six-minute match between Street Fighter stalwarts Ryu and Chun-li, while initially very familiar-looking, offers some interesting insight into how Capcom is changing things up. For an in-depth look you can explore the demo's secrets in a 30-minute analysis video. Fighting game community members Mike Ross and Peter "Combofiend" Rosas matched up in this weekend's Street Fighter 5 exhibition, which was commentated by James Chen and David "Ultradavid" Philip Graham. As you can see in the video above, Chen and Graham didn't have a chance to preview Street Fighter 5 before the live demo, so they're analyzing it on the fly. Some of the changes coming in Street...
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A globe-trotting dive into the world of pro League of Legends players

In the final video for the Team Razer: Great Games series, we get a look at what life is like as a professional League of Legends player. The half-hour video follows players in South Korea, Brazil and the United States. The three episodes were directed by Travis "Samox" Beauchamp, director of the documentary The Smash Brothers. You can watch the first two episodes on Polygon as well: first, second.
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Watch Bill Nye use emoji to explain evolution

Bill Nye, children's science educator and former Science Guy, has taken to viral videos to explain the nature of life, the universe and everything. Sporting a rad bowtie and an army of cute emoji, Nye explains exactly how life began on earth, with complex molecules replicating over time, eventually giving way to bacteria and complex, multicellular organisms... like us. As a child of the 90s whose understanding of many scientific phenomena is thanks to Bill Nye the Science Guy, I'm glad to see Nye still in his element. His ability to break down complex concepts with enthusiasm (and colorful props) always makes for a nerdy good time.
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Let's write erotic ALF fiction together in Elegy for a Dead World

We have either discovered the best way to play Elegy for a Dead World, Dejobaan Games' fiction-writing PC title, or we have discovered the worst way to play any video game, ever. See, if you give us the opportunity to fill in the blanks, we will invariably fill that void with romantic descriptions of Gordon Shumway. That's not up for debate — to change that, we would have to change our very being, and we're a little too late in the game for that. Check out the Overview above to see Justin and I pen some lusty extraterrestrial prose, which, at times, also turns into an unofficial sequel for Click? I don't know, y'all. This one really got away from us.
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NASA is all about that space, 'bout that space, space travel, in this fun video

You only have yourself to blame. NASA, basking in the sort of attention it hasn't experienced since faking that moon landing, finally had a nervous breakdown and created this wondrous remake of All About that Bass. Actually, I sort of love this. All About That Space is really the result of the Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Center being given unfettered access to places where they make massive engines of space exploration. It was created, we're told, to raise interest and excitement for the first flight of Orion, the spacecraft built to take people further than humanity has ever ventured into space before. Don't believe that it's really about Orion? Here are the lyrics, now go get some funding for these people, ASAP! "All About That Space" lyrics Chorus: Because you...
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