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Mercy extending her hand, set against the background of an Overwatch League stadium audience.
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A 15-second play can make or break an Overwatch League match

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2010s: The Dark Souls of decades

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12 things to love about Wattam

On the left, Waluigi twists his mustache menacingly. On the right, Brian David Gilbert twists his mustache confusedly.
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Every piece of Waluigi lore Nintendo needs to make a game

League of Legends Pro Rekkles has an emotional reaction
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We learned how esports pros make big plays under big stress

A woman stares at a window in a large office building
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Why Control looks like that

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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

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

The best Polygon videos of 2019

The Outer Worlds guide
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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?