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An investigation into the lack of kissing in the Marvel Cinematic universe

Do the superheroes know there are many reasons to kiss? We should tell them

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The forgotten hero of Mortal Kombat

After Liu Kang (and before Cassie Cage and Cole Young) Shujinko briefly took the mantle as the hero of Mortal Kombat. What happened?

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X-Men: Children of the Atom: An oral history

Our Street Fighter history series concludes with a look at Capcom’s first licensed fighting game

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Breakout tabletop RPG by Native designers imagines an uncolonized North America

Connor Alexander says his new world is for Native and non-Native audiences alike

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Why hang a game map on the wall when you could build a world around one instead?

Fall of Magic and City of Winter make beautiful handmade maps the center of their TTRPG experience

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In Hitman 3, Agent 47’s freedom is more important than yours

Why IO Interactive flipped the script of Hitman’s design in service of its story

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X-COM got its name, in part, because ‘XCON’ sounded like ‘ex-convict’

A new book excerpt tells the story of how the X-COM series got its start

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Vampire: The Masquerade outdoes Gloomhaven with giant new campaign-in-a-box

Developers say the game is just too big, too pricey for stores — here’s how to get it

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Gnosia creators on the cult hit that’s finally coming to the US

The single-player impostor game comes to the Switch on March 4

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Candlekeep Mysteries preview: ‘Lore of Lurue’ brings D&D back in time to a magical forest

An interview with Girls Guts Glory’s Kelly Lynne D’Angelo

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Street Fighter: The Movie: The game: An oral history

Our Street Fighter history series continues with a look at the time Capcom copied the copycats

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Indie studios are making workers’ rights trendy

Smaller developers are showing that crunch-free games are possible

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Hunting for a PS5 has become an entire subculture

Communities and side hustles have emerged from the high demand for Sony’s new console

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Fanfiction about real people is flourishing

The two Minecraft YouTubers of Heat Waves aren’t dating, but they don’t mind the fantasy

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Why $100 Pokémon Shirts make sense

Two years in, Original Stitch’s Pokémon line is as strong as ever

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game just keeps selling out

Over the past year, The Pokémon Company’s game has seen a large upswing in popularity

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Spilling the secrets of the canceled Curse of Monkey Island movie

Behind the Lucasfilm/LucasArts collaboration that might have been

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Josef Fares might love co-op ‘too much’

The games industry wild card on It Takes Two and why everyone should ‘stop talking about replayability’

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Speedrunner clears 1,000 expert Mario Maker levels without a game over

Many levels were made to troll challengers like him, but he still made it through

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All the big video games coming out in winter 2021

With two months of winter left, here’s what we look forward to playing

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James Sunderland isn’t Silent Hill 2’s antihero; he’s the villain

A new book excerpt digs into Sunderland’s motivations

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Elite Dangerous players say they’re being scammed, trapped in space, and forced to work

Waylaid and forced into labor 800 light-years from home

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Make way for Yara Flor, the new Wonder Woman

DC’s new star will soon lead her own book: Wonder Girl

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Eve Online is getting crushed by its own success

What happens when too many people show up for your star war?

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Tabletop gaming in 2021 will be defined by these last 12 months of chaos

How the pandemic, social unrest, and labor relations have shaped board games and RPGs

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Capcom vs. SNK: An oral history

We continue our Street Fighter history series with a look at the time Capcom partnered with its crosstown rival

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Why the bottles in Half-Life: Alyx look so dang good

VFX developer Matt Wilde spills the beer

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Players in Eve Online broke a world record — and then the game itself

Developers said they’re not ‘able to predict the server performance in these kinds of situations’

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Polygon’s 50 most anticipated games of 2021

Games to watch in 2021 for Nintendo Switch, PS5, Stadia, Xbox Series X, and PC

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The 50 best games of 2020

From big to small, we rank them all

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The Disney renaissance was just a stepping stone for Glen Keane

The director of Netflix’s Over the Moon makes his feature debut after decades in the industry

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Among Us fans are creating stories and skits that expand its world

InnerSloth’s 2018 game has taken off this year, inspiring tons of next-level fan creations