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Press Start: Star Citizen woes, Star Wars toys, and naked dads

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

From farewell videos to the debut of one amazing little robot, the week before Labor Day grilled up some tasty stories. Reheat them here, with Press Start.

It wasn't just Hideo Kojima's goodbye or BB-8's coming-out. Other topics included some next-level cynicism in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's preorder scheme; a weeklong spat between Jimmy Kimmel and gamers, and the final look at Destiny's next expansion before its Sept. 15 launch.

So, welcome back to Press Start, a roundup of the past seven days in news, opinion, original reporting and video from the staff of Polygon, to help you get set for the short week on the way. Enjoy your Labor Day, folks.

Last Week in Five Stories

  1. What the hell is going on with Star Citizen?

    A significant part of Chris Roberts' job is reassuring the Star Citizen backer community. Speaking to Polygon, he's definitely in outreach mode. But this interview is different. This time, the subject is not just the game, but Roberts himself, and how he is coping with what is likely to be the most intense and challenging few years of his life.

  2. Star Wars' adorable, impossible droid is real: our impressions

    The $150 BB-8 is a toy. A very advanced toy that does many things, but it's a toy. The only utility it has is the joy that it's going to bring you when you play with it.

  3. Kojima says final farewell to Metal Gear Solid in emotional video

    In this touching video, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima sits down with some of the talented people he's worked with over the years to discuss the 28-year-old series. Kojima is parting ways with longtime partner Konami after a still undisclosed falling-out.

  4. FTC finds YouTube network used deceptive practices in Xbox One advertising

    Machinima paid YouTubers up to $30,000 to say positive things about the Xbox One, as part of a secret 2013 agreement with Microsoft about an advertising campaign, according to a Federal Trade Commission investigation made public today. In announcing the details of its investigation, the FTC ruled that Machinima engaged in deceptive advertising.

  5. Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is exactly what it sounds like

    Listen, I could sit here and prepare you for Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 all damn day and you probably still wouldn't be emotionally/spiritually/physically braced for impact. So sit back, relax and watch this video.

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