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Coming of Age With The Legend of Zelda

The franchise’s evolving complexity, its young protagonists, and its accessibility make it a particularly apt reflection of entering adulthood.<p>One of the first video games I ever played—if not <i>the</i> first—was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I couldn’t have been more than 10 years old, arguably …

Breath of the Wild

Want the best loot and challenge in Destiny? Start raiding

Why the one-percenters play the way they do<p>Since Polygon's Ben Kuchera wrote about his experience playing <i>Destiny</i> as a casual player, it seemed worth discussing what the experience playing <i>Destiny</i> as a hardcore player is like, what you get from the game for playing this way and whether it’s worth …

How to force Windows to start downloading the Windows 10 update files

Windows 10 is here! Well, it’s here for a lot of people, but many of us still cannot download it until Microsoft says it’s OK (unless you want to do it manually).<p>Windows 10<p>Review<br>• Microsoft Edge will kill IE<br>• Cortana has arrived<br>• What gamers can expect<p>You see, Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 in …

Windows 10

Warhammer 40k FPS Space Hulk: Deathwing Gets a New Trailer

Publisher Focus Home Interactive has released a new trailer for the upcoming first person shooter set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk: Deathwing.<p>The game is being developed for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC using Unreal Engine 4. We haven't seen or heard much details about the …

The truth behind those mysteriously cheap gray market game codes

The Steam key for <i>Gravity Ghost</i>, the new release from Ivy Games, cost Polygon $12.44. The indie game is just a few weeks old, and currently the only place to buy it is through the Humble Bundle store or Steam itself. Or rather, those are the official places to buy it. There, the game sells for …

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How To Turn Your Old Windows, Mac, Or Linux Laptop Into A PC Gaming Powerhouse

I’m willing to bet you have a dilapidated HP, Gateway, or Dell laptop gathering dust in a closet somewhere. Or perhaps like me you have a MacBook Air that you tote around to conventions or use at home for work, writing, and browsing the web. Maybe an Ubuntu or Linux Mint box is more your speed. …

The best, weirdest, and most comforting theories about BioShock Infinite’s Burial at Sea ending

<i>This contains spoilers for BioShock Infinite and its Burial at Sea DLC.</i><p>Few games make my brain hurt as much as BioShock Infinite.<p>With last week’s release of Burial at Sea: Episode Two (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC), developer Irrational Games completed its BioShock mythology. The …

See the Deus Ex fan film that was two years in the making

More than two years since it was first teased, the <i>Deus Ex: Human Revolution</i> fan film launched earlier this week on YouTube. Running 12 minutes, it features the kind of production values and special effects one might expect from a commercial work.<p><i>Human Revolution — Deus Ex</i> is written, directed, …

IBM’s Watson Tackles The Tumor Genome, On The Way To Personalized Cancer Treatments

To develop a specific treatment for each person’s cancer, doctors would need to learn their tumor’s genetic code. It’s a task too difficult for humans to do for every cancer patient. But it might not be too difficult for a problem-solving supercomputer.<p>IBM’s advanced artificial intelligence program …

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Ken Levine leaving behind linear narratives and ‘going back to the drawing board’

SAN FRANCISCO — Ken Levine has developed a reputation for being a master storyteller over the years thanks to games like System Shock and BioShock. But after nearly 20 years, he’s ready to try something new.<p>“I’m very proud of what I did with linear narrative. I we think took it pretty far,” Levine …