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Polygon's 2020 Favorites

It's been a heck of a 2020. So much has happened, and the break-neck pace of events means some good, enjoyable stuff might have slipped through the cracks. We've compiled the work Polygon is most proud of for you to read and watch. Catch up stories light and serious over your holiday break. Or enjoy some of Polygon's funniest, or most thought-provoking videos. And if you're diving into a new game, we've shared some of the guides we're most proud of.

Cyberpunk Red RPG is a funhouse mirror version of our troubled, modern world

One of the best platformers of the year is in … first person?

Jesse standing at the threshold of Control’s Ashtray Maze
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Video game architecture is full of secrets

Modern Crash Bandicoot and Brian David Gilbert stand in front of a CRT TV that shows an image of ‘90s Crash Bandicoot and Brian wearing a ful denim outfit .
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I made a ’90s dimension to fully understand Crash Bandicoot

Fall damage is bullshit

Brie Larson’s laid-back YouTube channel is a surprising act of anti-troll defiance

Several Bruce Lee look-alikes from video games pose dramatically
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Street Fighter and basically every fighting game exist because of Bruce Lee

Hades is a near-flawless romp through hell after two years of early access

Two decades after Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, I finally got on a skateboard

The controversial cut that solidified Mulan as an Asian-American film

Sony’s ‘Ready for PlayStation 5’ TVs are not, in fact, ready for the PlayStation 5

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Phantasy Star Online’s director talks Diablo influences, cut features, and Christmas Nights

We look back with the second entry in our six-part interview series

An image of Brian David Gilbert from July 2019 seated behind a bunch of Halo novels. Behind him is the Master Chief, and behind the Master Chief is another image of Brian looking sad from July 2020.
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I spent a year reading every Halo novel

Ghost of Tsushima, Kurosawa, and the political myth of the samurai

The Sims 4’s 100-baby challenge is wild now

D&D will change to address racism, but someone has already done the work

Hamilton on film is a very different experience than Hamilton on stage

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Former employees accuse Cards Against Humanity of a racist and sexist office culture

Co-founder Max Temkin has stepped down following these accusations

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Commander: The definitive history of Magic’s most popular format

How Elder Dragon Highlander took over the world

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‪Two days in Colombia with the founder of Rockstar San Diego

Diego Angel left Rockstar and returned home, so we went to meet him there

The Xbox Series X master plan

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Animal Crossing’s fake language sounds different in Japanese

The most tragic moment in Batman’s history almost looked like this

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The next chapter of Indigenous representation in video games

A new crop of games teaches language and culture

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The biggest names in comics on what defined the last 20 years — and what’s next

What it means that the third decade of the Modern Age is upon us

Ben Schwartz, voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the 2020 movie, shows us a clipboard with his Sonic fan art
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We drew Sonic fan art with Sonic’s voice actor

An image from the first person video game Firewatch where the camera is looking down at the character’s shoes.
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Are walking simulators good at simulating walking?

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How the creators of Kentucky Route Zero ended their seven-year saga

Cardboard Computer opens up about completing its five-act saga, cultivating a positive outlook on indie game development, and life after Kentucky Route Zero

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All the money in the world couldn’t make Kinect happen

For a moment a decade ago, the game industry looked like a very different place

An armored knight kneels at a bonfire
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2010s: The Dark Souls of decades