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How to understand and play dating sims

The first ending many people experience when playing notorious pigeon dating sim <i>Hatoful Boyfriend</i> involves being ambushed by ninjas for "failing to display sufficient intimacy with the birds." You are unceremoniously killed and brought back to the main menu to start over from the beginning or are …

Coming Out To My Exes As A Gay Trans Man

Here’s how the men in my life reacted to the news that I'm not the straight girl they thought I was.<p>I'm one of those people who has managed to stay close with my exes. I also have a tendency to sleep with my friends. (At least I know we'll have something in common at brunch the next day.) As a …

If Dwight Schrute Quotes Were CrossFit Motivational Posters

Sasquatches are the strongest animal on the planet, so fine, call me a Sasquatch.

Fitness

7 Essays You Need To Read This Week: Gay Conversion Therapy, Addiction, And #BlackLivesMatter

This week, BuzzFeed exposed therapists who attempt to "cure" gay people. Read that and other stories from The Toast, The New Yorker, Salon, and more.

Black Lives Matter

Making your own visual novel is becoming so much easier

From Unity to Twine, tools that allow individuals to create personal games are becoming more accessible and useful. Last week saw the launch on Steam of a simple program that allows just about anyone to create their own visual novels.<p>I have no programming ability and no great desire to make games. …

Depression Isn’t What You Think It Is

Millions of people are diagnosed with major depression, while a growing number of scientists are saying it isn’t a distinct condition. It’s part of a big shake-up in psychiatry as researchers attempt to define mental disorders by what’s going wrong in the brain rather than using checklists of …

Before starting Bloodborne, check out our character creation guide

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p><i>Bloodborne</i> has the most difficult starting area of any game From Software's ever made — and if you've played a game from the Souls series, you know how difficult we're talking. Until you make it to the game's first boss, you won't be able to level …

Searchers recover ‘black box’ after jet crashes in French Alps with 150 aboard

Search teams found a "black box" from the plane that crashed early Tuesday in a remote section of the French Alps, providing the first possible clue as to what caused the Dusseldorf-bound aircraft to suddenly lose altitude and crash, likely killing all 150 people aboard.<p>The French Interior Ministry …

Airplanes

The Solitude of 'Skyrim' Remains The Remedy For An Overly-Connected Age

The first thing I did when I got my new gaming PC set up was to use Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome. The second? I downloaded Steam and installed Skyrim straight away.<p>I did it as a test of sorts. I’d never played Skyrim on PC before, because my past computers have always been too …

The Elder Scrolls

Why review an early access game? We discuss H1Z1 on Quality Control

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their …

Is the sexed-up Power Rangers short making a statement? Why the answer is important

Director Joseph Kahn released a gritty, 14-minute look at an alternate version of the popular Power Rangers characters.<p>The short quickly blew up, and video-sharing site Vimeo briefly featured the video on its front page before suddenly removing it entirely.<p>So what happened, and what does the future …

Laurie Halse Anderson Thinks Adults Should Be Reading More YA

BuzzFeed spoke with the author about her most recent novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, among other things. Here's what we learned.<p>Laurie Halse Anderson has been an important and beloved voice in young adult literature since her debut novel, <i>Speak</i>, was published over 15 years ago. Since then, …

This Video Explains Everything You Need To Know About The One Ring From "The Lord Of The Rings"

Sauron was quite a dick tbh.

New Line Cinema

11 Unexpectedly Sexy Bible Verses

Oh God. Oh God.

Bible

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

Brianna Wu speaks up about death threats and personal cost of opposing #GamerGate

<i>Disclosure: The International Mobile Gaming Awards paid my way to Marseille, France, to judge the event. My coverage remains objective.</i><p>Brianna Wu has been labeled a “social justice warrior,” or SJW, as part of the #GamerGate controversy. That’s actually one of the nicer things that’s been said …

ABC Family’s Campus Rape Storyline Goes Where Scripted Television Hasn’t Gone Before

Switched at Birth, which kicked off a multi-episode arc last night about campus rape featuring one of its main characters, might just be the bravest show on television.<p>The anger directed at HBO's <i>The Newsroom</i> in December in the wake of an episode that attempted to capitalize on the debate …

These 3-D Printed Bricks Cool Rooms Without Air Conditioning

The idea of “evaporative cooling” goes back centuries. Now it’s seeing new life in the shape of a brick–the 3-D printed “Cool Brick.”<p>Developed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Cool Brick is both masonry and an alternative to air conditioning. Containing thousands of holes, it’s porous …

FCC Pledges To Put In Place The Strongest Open Internet Protections It’s Ever Proposed

In an op-ed published this morning, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler publicly announced that his agency will use Title II of the Communications Act to “implement and enforce open internet protections.”<p>Title II has long been the favored legal option of net neutrality …

Net Neutrality

Spellsy's Stat Cards: ADCs

One of my most requested articles is a return of my quick guide series named Spellsy's Support Cards. This is a return of the series but instead of using my previous expertise I will be using statistics from high level games (Platinum-Diamond) across all regions (NA, EUW, EUNE, and KR) to find the …

Infographics

This Video Of An Indian Girl Confronting Her Alleged Harasser On A Flight Is Going Viral

The video appears to have been shot on an Indigo flight to Bhubaneswar, India.<p>Unidentified man: "I am recording it."Alleged harasser: "Please record the thing. Please record the thing. I'm prepared to face any consequence for it. I'm saying--"Girl: "So you want to say that you want to give me a …

The Radical Christianity Of Kendrick Lamar

To understand who Kendrick is, you have to understand what he believes. Parsing prominent religious themes in the life and music of hip-hop's most unconventional new superstar.<p>The first time the rapper Lecrae spoke to Kendrick Lamar, more than five years ago, he called him after hearing the song …

The Witcher 3's first three hours show off this sequel's changed attitude

I've never been a big fan of The Witcher.<p>When I reveal this tidbit to CD Projekt co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwiński, at first I'm worried that I've upset him. Then he grins and makes a joke about kicking me out of the preview event I'm attending.<p>It's not that I haven't tried, of course. I played …

The Witcher

The Movie That Proves Why Trans Actors Should Play Trans Roles

With humor and humanity, Tangerine vividly captures a world unknown to most audiences.<p>PARK CITY, Utah — Too often, the focus at the annual Sundance Film Festival is on stars we already know telling stories we've already heard, usually involving white upper-middle-class ennui. But <i>Tangerine</i>, which …

Sundance

Why Destiny Was The Best And Worst Game Of 2014

Bungie’s <i>Destiny</i> has inspired some of the most ambivalent thoughts I’ve ever had while clutching a gamepad.<p>Some people have said it’s the sort of game you either love or you hate. For me it’s much more of a love-hate relationship. It’s exactly what I want out of a video game, and yet its pieces are …

Game of Thrones
Dragon Age

Fan Overhauls Steam UI, Valve Should Take Notice

I’ve been using Steam since its inception, and I’ve never much minded its interface.<p>It used to be more bare-bones and simple, and now it’s a bit noisier and messy. It looks nicer than it used to but the trade-off has been a loss of minimalism (in its default view) that I find distracting. The last …

UI Design

Dragon Age: Inquisition recognized with GLAAD Media Award for its LGBT characters

<i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i> developer BioWare will soon have one more accolade to add to its mantelpiece: The game is being honored by the GLAAD Media Awards for its outstanding representation of LGBT characters, GLAAD announced yesterday.<p>GLAAD is giving a Special Recognition award to <i>Dragon Age:</i> …

Life in Japan — An 18-part look inside Japan’s game industry

"Ever since I was a child I've loved Godzilla and Ultraman and fantasy monsters too."<p>"[The controversy] wasn't a surprise at all ... I wanted that attention from the media."<p>"I'd want to have a disclaimer ... 'Not for casual users. Only for hardcore gamers.'"<p>"I think we need to [find a killer app] …