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A bright yellow cars drifting from the right to the left in a low poly video game world that looks like a Japanese mountainside, complete with pink cherry blossom trees.
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Drifting is cool, and it’s even cooler in video games

Raz from Psychonauts 2, a young boy with big red goggles, stands with his hands up. A big yellow speech bubble with text that reads “OOPS” is behind him.
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How video games help you play better

A collage of images including a fake version of Halo for Mac operating systems, a strange confidential document with Waluigi on it, Steve Jobs wearing a gamer headset and holding a Mountain Dew, and a curvaceous portable console.
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What if Halo had been a Mac exclusive?

Jenna Stoeber, holding a knife, with EMMI standing menacingly behind her.
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How to make Metroid Dread soup

Arno Dorian from Assassin’s Creed Unity, crouching in the foreground with Notre Dame cathedral in the background. The cathedral’s spire is covered by a semi-transparent yellow square with a splash of red across it.
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Assassin’s Creed Unity can’t help rebuild Notre-Dame, and that’s OK

Polygon video producer Patrick Gill makes a stupid youtube thumbnail face while gesturing towards the logos for game middleware tools Oodle, Havok, and Simplygon
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A guide to the first 15 seconds of every game

A cow patterned board game box labeled Herd Mentality sits upon an assortment of cow patterned playing cards and tokens from the game.
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In Herd Mentality, it pays to be a part of the crowd

Phoenix Wright pointing at Lt. Columbo and Dick Gumshoe with text at the bottom saying “ It’s the same guy”
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How the classic mystery series Columbo influenced Ace Attorney

Simone posing with two dinosaur puppets, looking confused but delightfed
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Dinotopia is the best dinosaur game, and it’s got puppets

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Polybius, gaming’s oldest urban legend, is mostly Atari’s fault

A bullseye image with the words FIASCO! in the middle and www.bullypulpitgames.com underneath.
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Fiasco proves how fun it is to role-play without a DM

DEATH in big red letters appears on a black background. In the letter H, a brunette woman with a distasteful look on her face peeks through.
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Game-over screens: are they a bummer?

Nigel Thornberry, Nathan Drake, and Spartan 458 are grouped together with a Tier list in the background. All of this under the words Crossovers
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Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl might be a High Tier crossover

A simplistic cartoon of a masquerade ball where five pairs of dancers are shocked to see four dead bodies in the center of the room.
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Weapons Drawn brings a murder mystery to Jackbox

The text “what if we had liked the Super Mario Bros movie” appear on a sunset-colored background. Next to it, there’s a fake movie poster for Kirby, in which Kirby has realistic human teeth. The image has a purple border with the text “VERSUS” in the bottom-left.
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What if we had liked Super Mario Bros.: The Movie?

An axe-weilding knight looms over you. He wears a tall bucket-style helmet, over which is superimposed rosey cheeks, glimmering eyes, and a cutesey feline smile.
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I have never been mad while playing Chivalry 2

A rotund cartoon Frenchman with a big red nose and bottles of wine behind him.
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French games used to be weird

A collage with two people in front of microphones on the left and another person on the right enthusiastically playing a melodica, all over a background of a fox drawn in green colors.
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We faced the Green Knight in the movie’s tabletop RPG

A grey alien Sectoid from the XCOM game franchise makes a screaming face while silhouettes of XCOM soldiers stand behind.
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Save scumming: reviled exploit or useful mechanic?

A close up of Bob Hoskins as Mario, with Dennis Hopper as Bowser, with a tiny-headed goomba in the background. Behind them the text says “NOT BAD?”
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We were never going to like Super Mario Bros.: The Movie

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What’s up with Voldo?

Bill from Left4Dead, Archer from Vermintide 2, Driller from Deep Rock Galactic , A silhouette of Shrek. A background of a zombie apocalypses
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What makes a good Left 4 Dead-like, beyond having 3 friends?

A gross, long-necked monster known as the khezu with Pennywise the Clowns’ head on it, facing off against a hunter wearing JNCO jeans. The text says “let me hunt it.” An orange frame around the edge says “Polygon: Spicy Takes.”
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Monster Hunter Rise should let me hunt Pennywise

The Polygon video team, definitely at E3. They are standing in front of the LA Convention Center, and are not poorly but purposefully photoshopped there.
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Watch Xbox, Ubisoft, and more with Polygon on Twitch

an unmasked Miles Morales wearing the Spider-Man suit in Spider-Man: Miles Morales
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How Insomniac Games created Miles Morales’ dope fade

Final Fantasy’s Cloud Strife and Dragon Quests’s Hero stand face to face
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What if Final Fantasy 7 was an N64 game?

Three Neopets on a soft purple background
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What’s the future of Neopets?

The box for the board game Decrypto sits at top a pile of the games cards and components.
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Crack ridiculous codes with your friends in Decrypto

A still frame from McCree’s dive-roll play of the game animation; his face and fingers are weirdly, unnaturally elongated. Behind him the word “SMEARS” appears.
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One weird trick animators use to make movement look fast

Cloud from Final Fantasy 7 Remake, standing in front of an ornate Beaux-Arts building in Sector 8.
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The real architecture behind FF7 Remake’s Midgar

Text reading Simcity’s blackbox sits above an abstract black box containing a SimCity 2000 city.
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The ideology hiding in SimCity’s black box

Agent 47 throwing a banana with the text Agent Yeet next to him.
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Why Hitman 3’s throwing feels so good

A top down shot of Lady Dimitrescue, an very tall woman wearing a white dress and a broad black hat. She has a wide, menacing smile.
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The secret backbone of animation

The box to the board game Snake Oil sits on a pile of cards from the game.
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Few party games are as funny as Snake Oil

Scott Adkins smiles in the foreground as Mortal Kombat 11’s Jaqui Briggs punches a zombified Shaolin Monk in the background.
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I made a real action star look at my computer game fights

A cartoon Zagreus from the game Hades looks at the viewer with a confused face while a bone hydra behind him prepares to blast him with energy.
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Hades is a roguelike for everyone

Two Creepers and Travis Scott on stage under the text WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
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Fortnite concerts may be our musical future