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Bloodborne gameplay walkthrough part 14: Cathedral Ward sightseeing

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>In episode 14 of our <i>Bloodborne</i> let's play series, Phil and I tour the majestic Cathedral Ward, watching the sun set as we destroy giants with axes, ghouls and gun-toting masked men. It's all in a day's work for our hero, Pickle Hedgehog.<p>Check back …

Cathedrals

Game of the Month March 2015

In some cases, choosing Game of the Month is difficult because the month is light on standouts and heavy on games that are good or even great, but not necessarily masterful. In the case of March of 2015, the choice has been difficult for a very different reason: because several games are so clearly …

SimCity

15 Things Bloodborne Is Harder Than - IGN Video

YOU DIED. AND DIED. AND DIED. AND DIED.

New Study Finds No Link Between Gaming And Sexist Attitudes

A few days ago a German longitudinal study was published that explored the connection between gaming and sexist attitudes. The results broadly show that playing videogames doesn’t make people sexist.<p>The study was based around cultivation theory, which posits that long-term exposure to media content …

Research

Xbox One/PS4/PC Post-Apocalyptic Cyberpunk RPG The Technomancer Revealed

Paris-based independent game developer Spiders (Bound by Flame, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper) on Friday announced its latest project, a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk RPG for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is called The Technomancer, and the early details about it certainly sound …

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Ships 1 Million Copies

Recently released role-playing game Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which comes with access to the Final Fantasy XV demo, has now shipped more than 1 million copies worldwide since its arrival in March. Square Enix announced the news today through its Japanese Twitter account, as translated by …

Gaming

BioShock creator Ken Levine's next game starts with passions, wants and needs

Ken Levine wants to make characters more believable in his next game by focusing on their "passions, wants and needs," the BioShock creator told GameInformer.<p>Levine's new philosophy sounds like an evolution of the systems in <i>BioShock</i> and <i>BioShock Infinite</i>. Those games, he said, offered players …

The hidden cost of playing as a woman, as explained by a 12-year-old

The team at NPR's Planet Money, originally a crack team assembled to help make sense of the global financial crisis, does some amazing work exploring the weird financial world we live in. But it took a 12-year-old girl to enlighten them to the hidden economics of gaming as a woman, and with her …

Path of Exile's Act 4 Expansion Unveiled - IGN Video

Path of Exile: The Awakening brings new features and a new act to the online RPG.

RPGs

Shrek in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin - IGN Video

We create the hero of Far Far Away in Dark Souls 2.

Dark Souls

Path of Exile's Jewel System Detailed - IGN Video

Developer Jonathan Rogers explains how jewels effect the passive skill tree in Path of Exile: the Awakening.

Jewels

Bloodborne gameplay walkthrough part 15: Hemwick Charnal Lane

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>In episode 15 of our <i>Bloodborne</i> let's play series, Phil and I break new ground in Yharnam's most happening district. We tour Hemwick Charnal Lane, learn the meaning of "charnal," and kill a whole lot of agitated, mutated monsters.<p>Check back every day …

Gameplay

Hilarious Photos Offer a Fun Look into Secret Lives of Superhero Toys

Photographer Edy Hardjo humanizes superhero toys in his hilarious, on-going series of images. Using high-quality action figures, the Indonesian creative poses characters from the Marvel and DC-comic universes into picture-perfect situations. The Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, and many more are seen playing …

Photography

Viscous-Looking Photos of Models Completely Encased in Honey

Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little covers the human body in honey and captures the sweet, sticky results. The series is titled <i>Preservation</i>, and it features images of nude or barely-clothed models that are coated from head to toe in the amber-colored liquid. This simple act seems to …

Art

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

Consciousness

A horrible person deleted a fifth-grader’s Destiny characters

Earlier this month, an 11-year-old <i>Destiny</i> player gave control of his PlayStation 4 to a stranger who was supposed to help him. Instead, using the PS4 Share Play feature, the other <i>Destiny</i> player deleted two out of three of his characters, and the awkward moment was caught live on Twitch.<p>The apparent …

The case against short games

<i>The Order: 1886</i> has many, many problems, and its relative lack of length is not the most troubling.<p>But the pre-release stories about its supposed length, and what it means for its success, were passed around and fretted over endlessly among the gaming press and social media. The question of game …

Mona Lisa

What video games can teach us about consent and intimacy

Consent is a prickly topic to navigate — in society, in sex, even in our own heads. But learning how to properly practice it in a video game space could help educate entirely new audiences, according to speakers at IndieCade East 2015.<p>The development trio of Allison Cole, Jessica Rose Marcotte and …

World of Warcraft 10-year subscribers will get this statue as thanks from Blizzard

<i>World of Warcraft</i> subscribers who have been with the game since (very close to) day one, 10 years ago, are reporting that Blizzard is surprise-shipping them a rather elaborate statue as a gesture of thanks.<p>A comment attributed to Blizzard on the forums of MMO Champion says that the publisher will …

World of Warcraft

The Best Boss Battles of 2014

Chipping away health bars to victory.<p>Is it just us, or did boss fights make a major comeback in 2014? Of course, they never went away entirely. But …

Four ways to become a happier gamer, and person, in 2015

2014 was the year I got serious about happiness.<p>It was a strange thing to look at my life and realize how rarely I was happy. I'm making a good living as a writer, which has always been my dream. I have a wonderful family, and we all have our health. It felt like I had hit all the necessary …

Capcom Registers Trademark for Dragon's Dogma Online

No, it's not Dragon's Dogma 2.<p>A trademark for a project known as Dragon's Dogma Online has been filed in Japan, Europe, and the United …

Capcom

In Your Heart Shall Burn Part 1 - Dragon Age: Inquisition Walkthrough - IGN Video

The Inquisition moves to close the rift. For a full walkthrough for Dragon Age: Inquisition, head over to the wiki.

Dragon Age

In Your Heart Shall Burn Part 2 - Dragon Age: Inquisition Walkthrough - IGN Video

The Inquisition must defend Haven from the attacking forces. For a full walkthrough for Dragon Age: Inquisition, head over to the wiki.

Dragon Age

From the Ashes - Dragon Age: Inquisition Walkthrough - IGN Video

The Inquisition looks to a new ally to learn more about its enemy. For a full walkthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition, head over to the wiki.

Dragon Age

Islands in the Stream: The 10 Biggest Holdouts in Digital Music

Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, Prince and the Beatles are some of the last major acts who won't stream. Here's why<p>Taylor Swift hates Spotify. Prince hates …

Square Enix's three MMOs have less than 1 million subscribers total (correction)

Square Enix's efforts in the massively multiplayer arena are pulling in just under one million paying subscribers in total, across three of its MMO offerings: <i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Final Fantasy 11</i> and <i>Dragon Quest 10</i>.<p>The publisher confirmed its numbers in its end-of-year report this …

Intricately-Detailed Paper Cut Animals Mimic Ink-Drawn Lines

Berlin-based artist Max Gärtner produces intricate paper cutouts that have the quality of ink-drawn lines. Heads of jaguars, lionesses, and the wings of birds are all crafted using curvy bold marks that create contour, add visual weight, and define form. Large groups of lines wrap around each to …

Extracted

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Genius

‘Faces of Skyrim’ celebrates a startlingly beautiful game

Take a good long look at Eorlund Gray-Mane, here with the legendary Wuuthrad. This isn't embellished, retouched, ‘shopped or anything, it's an in-game shot from <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim,</i> which launched more than three years ago.<p>The portrait is part of "Faces of Skyrim," a two-gallery series on …