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How Cyberpunk 2077 got the faces mostly right

Agent 47 in disguise as a private investigator in Dartmoor in Hitman 3
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Hitman 3 has a secret weapon — its story

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Why the bottles in Half-Life: Alyx look so dang good

VFX developer Matt Wilde spills the beer

Brian David Gilbert looks dejectedly at the camera. He is surrounded by the Pokémon Miltank and Farfetch’d along with slab of roast beef and a roasted duck.
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I finally unraveled Pokémon edibility

The body of a spider is covered with a large peach emoji; large text says “We have censored the spiders in this video”
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How video games are easing our phobias, one spider at a time

A collage of orbs from the Destiny series, including the Traveler, enemy spheres, and a guardian preparing to slam dunk a ball of energy.
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Why is Destiny so orb-obsessed?

A wireframe Polygon logo surrounded by glitch effects.
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LIVE: Join Polygon for a 56-hour charity stream!

Kirby Suplexes a waddle dee while Zangief and Incineroar watch encouragingly.
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You got wrestling in my video games

Kofie Yeboah and Brian David Gilbert stand side by side in a large football stadium. Kofie is holding a phone and Brian is getting ready to throw a dodgeball.
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We created the future of sports

In a freeze frame from the film 1917, a World War I soldier runs toward the camera while the video game character Lakitu follows behind him with a video camera. There is a large explosion in the background behind them and other soldier running directly left.
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What game cameras learned from movie cameras

A cluster of hands reaching out to pet Cerberus, from the game Hades
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Every game needs a pet-the-dog mechanic

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

A loading screen from Quiplash 3 with six cute characters, each with a name underneath: Brian, Patrick, Jersh, The Jenna, Simone, and Clay Clay.
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We played Quiplash 3 early and it’s just as funny as ever

Graphic grid of four rectangles on bright purple blue background with various images from the game Tigtone
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Polygon’s D&D session with Adult Swim’s Tigtone creators goes extremely weird

Marco Inaros in season 5 of The Expanse.
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First The Expanse season 5 trailer announces December release

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

A plane on a beautiful sunset horizon is flying towards the words CAN THEY SAVE US
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Can flight simulators solve the pilot shortage?

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

Brian David Gilbert gestures in confusion in front of an image of Tony Hawk falling into a pit of spikes.
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Why did Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 include a UN-banned booby trap?

A screenshot of the Create A Park level Roller Coast from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2
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Look at this ridiculous Tony Hawk grinding level made by the developers

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What if Digimon had defeated Pokémon?

Multiple digital cards sit a top of one another, each with a location name and humorously exaggerated art. These locations include a movie studio, night club, restaurant, day spa, and school.
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Spyfall is just asking questions

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

A man in uniform presses his hand to the top of a coffin in respect
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Why games can’t abandon the HUD

A box for the board game Codenames lays on a messy pile of cards from the game.
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Codenames is a tricky word game where every clue is a minefield

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Our Cyberpunk Red real play concludes its first story arc

Brian David Gilbert gives a thumbs up while he sits at a desk covered in a video game themed tablecloth. On the monitor is another picture of Brian wearing a green screen suit
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I built the perfect gamer space

Ben Schwartz and Patrick Gill have a chat on Zoom
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We talked to Ben Schwartz about Space Force, space love, and space ice cream

On the left, Brian David Gilbert drinks from a large water bottle. He slowly transforms into Sam Bridges from Death Stranding, who is drinking a can of Monster Energy.
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I tried increasing my stamina with video game techniques

Neatly organized grenades are arranged in Resident Evil 4’s attache case, with a smiling character from Wilmot’s Warehouse in the lower right corner.
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What makes organizing fun in video games?

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Wil Wheaton stopped by our Twitch channel for a chat

Three Tom Nooks peering at you.
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Is Tom Nook actually a crook?