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Press Start: Star Wars' great disturbance at Comic-Con dominates the week

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

It's early, and certainly the older fans of this saga have been deeply disappointed before, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks to be in good hands. The film's Comic-Con panel completely took over pop culture's consciousness by being real — real sets, practical effects. When Harrison Ford is excited, it's time to get excited folks.

Other big stories of the week seem to pale in comparison. Ghostbusters showcased the new Ecto-1, as well as the crew in uniform. There are rumors EA Sports might give the cover of its flagship video game to a woman, and even that seems sort of meh when followed by Star Wars. Oh, Mister Burns' voice will return for a 26th season of The Simpsons, though it appears that may have been the plan all along. Capcom revealed the must-have toy of 2015, an official, wearable Mega Man helmet.

But in the end, this was Star Wars' week to shine. Recap it and everything else you need to know about the get ready for the next week with Press Start, a look at the big stories, perspectives and original reporting of Polygon from the past seven days.

Last Week in Five Stories

  1. Man in Stormtrooper armor walks 650 miles to Comic-Con in tribute to late wife

    On June 6, Kevin Doyle set out to walk all the way from Petaluma, California to San Diego in full Stormtrooper armor, in tribute to his late wife Eileen, a "self-proclaimed geek" herself, and the two were big fans of Star Wars.

  2. They will remember this: How Telltale taught me to love and fear parenting

    When people ask me what it's like to be part of a big family — and with five children, I have a pretty big family — I tell them that you just kind of deal with it. You do everything you need to because there's no other choice. It's not a good or bad thing, it just is. It informs my reality so completely I can't imagine life any other way. But I worry about spending enough time with each child.

  3. Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens' new behind-the-scenes Comic-Con footage

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy showed up at San Diego Comic-Con today with some new footage from Episode VII of the Star Wars saga. If you didn't make it to Comic-Con today, you can watch it here.

  4. Digital or physical? The case for the environmental impact of our gaming

    Game developers and publishers receive higher profit margins from digital sales, with the costs incurred from printing, packaging, and global distribution removed from the equation. It’s these reasons that are often cited as the key benefits of digital gaming over buying physical copies, but I feel there’s another important benefit that is often overlooked.

  5. Ex-Sony exec targeted by Lizard Squad: Convicted harasser 'will get what's coming'

    The former Sony executive whose plane was grounded by an online threat last summer applauded today the news of the conviction of a teenager linked to the group responsible for the threat. In a lengthy series of tweets, John Smedley said the individual is "a sociopath and will get what's coming to him."

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