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A character from Elden Ring with an orb-like helmet stands between a giant glowing purple skeleton from Elden Ring and a giant skeleton from an old Japanese wood print.
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Why Elden Ring’s skeletons have such good bones

A Noise Marine rocking out. Yes, that’s a thing. He’s covered in freehand designs, including leopard print and zebra stripes.
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Painting miniatures? You’re probably overthinking it

A skull-faced figure festooned with grenades and trinkets stands in front of two golden AK-47 rifles as green smoke mushrooms from oversized soda cans.
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How Call of Duty turned war into a profitable circus

The prisoner figure, in a distorted metal helmet that covers its entire face, is being squashed by a giant boulder.
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Elden Ring wants you to stop hitting yourself

An armored warrior stands against a sunset in Elden Ring
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Elden Ring’s complex lore explained by an expert in just 30 minutes

The Bread Boy dances
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The true story behind BioShock Infinite’s Bread Boy

On the right, a man with an iPad taped to his face with an image of Sonic voice actor Ben Schwartz on it. On the left images of Sonic, Tales, and Knuckles from the Sonic the Headgehog 2 movie.
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Ben Schwartz is an iPad helmet in our Sonic 2 interview sequel

Margit, is a hairy, beastly man with a cluster of goat-like horns growing from his head. He clutches a wooden can in his right hand and leers at the camera.
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What’s up with Margit?

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Watch Tier Pressure, our high-impact ode to ranking stuff

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The weirdest video game reference in The Matrix Resurrections

A blue Armored Core robot covered in weapons stands in front of a blue gradient background.
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Why FromSoft fans should be excited for Armored Core

Cover art for Call of the Netherdeep.
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Critical Role’s new D&D campaign book features a rival group of antagonistic adventurers

a mid 30s white male stands in a suburban lawn with his hands on his hips. Behind him, the phrase “dad games” is drawn on a house.
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I reviewed a bunch of dad games and now I’m sad

A drawing man in a green medieval hood holds a whip in front of a pink background.
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Why power creep is a good thing in Vampire Survivors

A black woman in medieval clothes holds a skull on her hands. Above and below her, the worlds “time loops” appear
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Time loops are a weird genre for an anxious time

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

Our perception of historical accuracy needs major retooling

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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We played Valorant against Anderson .Paak

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