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How accurate were 2009’s gaming predictions?

Brian David Gilbert stands next to a Sim version of himself. Behind them is a split room, one real, one recreated in The Sims.
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I used The Sims 4 to make my apartment perfect

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Former staff tell war stories for PlayStation’s 25th anniversary

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The best Polygon videos of 2019

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The trick to speedrunning The Outer Worlds: be an idiot

Brian David Gilbert’s face is tucked in among the faces of hundreds of Fire Emblem characters
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How to tell apart Fire Emblem’s 596 playable characters

Video game character in the game Journey stands on a pink sand dune, looking at a glowing mountain top in the distance.
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Why Journey’s ending was so hard to score

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Reticles are more important than you know

A thumbnail image of Brian David Gilbert holding a paper that says “Kojima Name Generator.” Higgs, Solid Snake, and Sam Porter Bridges are in the foreground.
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Figure out your Kojima name with my simple, 11-page worksheet

A group of people sitting around a board game with their eyes closed, hands held up, and laughing boisterously
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It’s fun getting locked in Obscurio’s treacherous library

A thumbnail image of Brian David Gilbert gesturing to a Vault Boy from Fallout who is playing the trumpet
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I made a new genre of music for Fallout

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Trixie Mattel gets the ax in Dead by Daylight

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Flow is the secret element that makes parkour games feel good

Control protagonist Jesse stands in front of a burst of sparks
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Video game explosions are a lie

A group of board game players sitting at a table aim bananas at each other.
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Cash ‘n Guns is how bank robbers learn to share

a woman and Capt. Price in front of a fence in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign trailer is violent, morally conflicted, and loud

a warrior with an ax leaps at an enemy holding a long pike in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
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Sekiro’s blood spray draws from the messy history of Japanese cinema

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How to calculate your pet’s HP

Four friends seated at a table, playing table top role playing game Cyberpunk Red.
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Watch us solve a murder mystery in Cyberpunk Red

Simone is standing in the center of a grassy field under a bright blue sky. She flings out her arms and shouts to the high heavens. Around her, four Pokemon are chilling: a Koffing and a Latios float above her, there is an Alolan Dugtrio rocking out to he
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It’s 2019, and it’s time to play Pokémon Go again

Screenshot from Noita showing some of the fire effects in the game
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Spelunky-esque Noita, filled with physics shenanigans, has a release date

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Watch Dying Light 2’s full E3 demo, plus developer commentary

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Why horror games always feature retro technology

A group of six friends laugh as they sit around a table playing a card game together.
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Anomia and Skull: two perfect board game appetizers

Two players storm a wooden structure armed with assault rifles in a screenshot from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
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Watch 24 minutes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer gameplay

An enormous creature, the Mantiqueen, which looks like a cross between a preying mantis, a purple lobster, and a dragon. She raises her claws in an attack posture.
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Watch gameplay from The Outer Worlds, Obsidian’s Fallout-like RPG

Luigi’s Mansion 3 - Luigi with hands on the sides of his face
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What do Luigi and Jackie Chan have in common?

A group of friends laughs while playing the board game Coup.
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Coup is a game for backstabbing your friends

Two F-16C air superiority fighters, with Tactical Air Command tail numbers and chevrons, fly in formation in DCS World.
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DCS F-16C, the spiritual successor to the legendary Falcon flight sim, gets a new trailer

artwork of a nuclear bomb’s mushroom cloud
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Why DEFCON is the scariest game ever made

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Do Breath of the Wild recipes taste good in real life?

A small, single-seat purple starship from Starbase, by Trine developer Frozenbyte Games.
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Starbase trailer details space combat and weapons systems

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Every technical detail about the Xbox Scarlett, explained

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Polygon plays Superfight with Spider-Man: Far From Home star Jacob Batalon

The box for the Gloomhaven tabletop game. It’s one of the heaviest games ever sold art retail, coming in at close to 20 pounds shipping weight. The cover art is warm and colorful, depicting a party of four heroes striding down a crowded street in a small
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Gloomhaven trailer gives us a look at the hit board game on Windows PC

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Where do fire/fighting Pokémon come from?

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Watch the full E3 demo of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order