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Polygon Wireframe episode 1: Peter McConnell, Grim Fandango and the making of a composer | Polygon


Quality Assured: What It’s Really Like To Test Games For A Living

There’s an old commercial for Westwood College that’s become something of a running joke in the video game world. Two young men sit at a couch, …

Call of Duty

Bound Women: Why games are better without a damsel to save | Polygon

"You can also use a person as a goal without forcing them to be as powerless."<p>"...the female protagonist is seeking to <i>give</i>, rather than acquire, the inanimate thing."<p>"Games are uninterested in the characters they victimize."

Dear Film Critics: Comparing Bad Movies To Video Games Is Ruining Your Credibility

The most recent round of movie-to-video game comparison fails with the release of Neil Blomkamp's terrific "Elysium," a special-effects heavy, science fiction action-adventure film filled with high tech gun-play and big ideas. And as a result, ripe for a few of you reviewers to totally miss the …

Japanese box art that's a billion times better than ours

Battle of the boxes<p>When the same video game launches in two different regions, language isn't the only thing that must be translated--so, too, must …

Final Fantasy

Video games make us all losers!

Does dying over and over in modern video games create a new kind of artistic tragedy?<p>Jesper Juul<p>July 13, 2013 6:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games”<p>I was playing Patapon. Things were going well, but when I came to the desert, my tactics began to …

Death is dead: how modern video game designers killed danger

When you live by the gun, how do you make one life meaningful?<p>"The word 'Newtown' is something we need to be thinking about and having conversations about."<p>It's a jarring moment at GDC 2013's Narrative Summit, where writers gather to swap tips on everything from creating relatable characters to …

Why aren't video game actors treated like stars?

Voice actors anchor billion-dollar games but only get paid by the hour.<p>When Nathan Fillion says you're disposable, it tends to stick with you.<p>For voice actor Jen Taylor, that moment came when Fillion, star of <i>Firefly</i> and basically geek culture's handsome older brother, dropped by her hometown of …