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Neko Atsume and the confessions of a self-described 'crazy cat lady'

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Neko Atsume is a strange game to describe. It's a strange game to play. And it's the game that, more than any other, Polygon reporter Allegra Frank thought about when she looked back on 2015. Today on Polygon Minimap: Worldmap Edition, we focus on a weird game. Or at least that's what we thought we were going to do. We got a lot more.

It's funny how these things work sometimes. You start talking about Neko Atsume, and before you know it, you're discovering important truths about video games — about why we play them, about when we play them, about why even those that might turn a recent college graduate into a self-described "crazy cat lady" wind up staying with us months later.

Welcome to Polygon Minimap: Worldmap Edition, a roundtable discussion about the most interesting stories in gaming, entertainment and pop culture. Press play below to hear Allegra and your host Dave Tach trace the relationship back decades and make a long and complicated story easier to understand.

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If you're looking for more guest-filled Worldmap Edition discussions, don't miss our four-part Star Wars series (including a trilogy on The Force Awakens), our discussion of the year in sports gaming with Owen Good, our biggest panel yet, which tries to figure out why so many people play so much Destiny and our recap of Konami, Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear's bizzare year.