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Next Generation of Everything

The way we consume, engage, and create content online is in constant flux. In this special collection of stories at Polygon, we'll take you on a tour through various micro-trends emerging right this second in media and pop culture.

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Piepacker aims to be the ‘Game Boy of the cloud gaming space’

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I Marie Kondo’d my entire internet presence, one account at a time

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Have a phone with a camera? You can make games

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TikTok and Instagram tags are changing how people cook

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Breath of the Wild fans are making expansive mods while waiting for the sequel

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Neocities celebrates ‘the old internet,’ offering relief from 24/7 social feeds

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I logged my entire wardrobe into a Clueless-style closet app

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A cryptid trading card game is blowing up the resale market

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My ancient tablet finally let me read manga in peace

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18 years later, The Sims 2 fandom is thriving on TikTok

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The MCU’s future lies with those it previously neglected: teen girls

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Inside Epsilon, a mod for creating custom Worlds of Warcraft

It’s an ambitious project by dedicated fans

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How to let a metaverse die

The death of beloved MMOs can teach us how to let go

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My living room still has 3 TVs, but I have regrets

I’m not the only one with three TVs in my living room — meet my compatriots

There are dozens of us!

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The torpedo of stan Twitter hurts everyone

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Discord is my most important household management tool

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Mobile games have quietly exploded

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This game about hanging with AI pop stars sent me into an existential tailspin

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TikTok’s emo revival emerged from the creative chaos of quarantine

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Webtoon’s greatest weapon is comics where people are just nice

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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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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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Vtuber confessions with Caves of Qud’s mutant hyena mascot

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My living room has three TVs and is the harbinger of human evolution

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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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