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If you hate spiders, don't watch this new Hearthstone video

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>We're back with another look at <i>Hearthstone</i>'s new tavern brawl mode. But if you happen to suffer from arachnophobia, you're going to want to stay away from this week's challenge.<p>Watch the video above to see how we handle a spider infestation in our …

Sources Say Warner Bros. Was Aware Of 'Arkham Knight's' PC Problems Well Ahead Of Release

According to anonymous sources speaking with Kotaku, Warner Bros. Interactive, the publisher of <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i>, was well aware of the many problems facing the game’s PC version months ahead of release.<p>“I will say that it’s pretty rich for WB to act like they had no idea the game was in such a …

Gaming

Contemporary Beach House in Peru by DA-LAB Arquitectos

A relaxing family retreat with beautiful sea views and contemporary comforts, <b>The Panda House</b> in <i>Playa Blanca de Asia</i>, Peru takes you away from the …

How 'The Witcher 3' And 'Arkham Knight' Complement Each Other Nicely

This past week, I’ve been in the final stretch of The Witcher 3, trying to finish up the game before the release of Arkham Knight. This isn’t entirely necessary of course, I could easily just put it down and pick it up later, but to me it’s like stopping a movie midway through and starting another. …

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Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin's PC upgrade priced

<b>UPDATE 2ND APRIL:</b> Upgrading to the remastered 64-bit, DirectX 11 version of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will cost you £20 on Steam. If you …

Warface adds frigid Domination and Marathon Survival modes

<i>Warface</i>, Crytek's free-to-play online shooter, added two new modes this week, according to the developer.<p>In Domination, players vie to hold three positions on the maps to earn points. It will debut on the game's SubZero Versus map, which is set in Siberia.<p>Warface Domination and Marathon Survival …

HBO coming to Sling TV in time for Game of Thrones

Starting next week, HBO will be available on Internet TV and video subscription service Sling TV, according to company CEO Roger Lynch.<p>HBO will cost $15 in addition to the $20 Best of Live TV core package and will be available on all devices that Sling TV supports including the Xbox One.<p>"Best of …

Xbox One-exclusive Quantum Break leaps to 2016

Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment has confirmed its upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break has been delayed into 2016.<p>We've seen little of …

Surprise! Elite: Dangerous is now on Steam

Frontier has released its space game Elite: Dangerous on Steam.<p>The game just went live on Valve's platform, where it costs £39.99.<p>Those who buy the …

Ready Player One

Dark Souls 2 PS4 framerate much better than Xbox One version, Digital Foundry shows

<i>Scholar of the First Sin</i> is a package that contains <i>Dark Souls 2</i>, all three of the game's content packs plus some other new additions. The game is coming to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.<p>"We revised the enemy placement completely for all maps in the …

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC 60fps gameplay footage

Rockstar has published footage of Grand Theft Auto 5 running on PC at 60 frames per second.<p>The new gameplay trailer shows off the open-world crime …

Redeem old S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Gamespy keys on GOG and Steam

What a nice idea: get the GOG version of a boxed PC game you own by simply entering your old key code there.<p>The buzzword is "reclaim", and at the …

Sony Announces Limited Edition 'Batman: Arkham Knight' PS4 Bundle

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> is a video game being developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. It is the final installment of the <i>Batman: Arkham</i> series by Rocksteady Studios. The release …

Comic Books

Latest Mortal Kombat X video introduces us to the Briggs family

In this latest <i>Mortal Kombat X</i> video we get a look at the Briggs family, which includes the cybernetically-enhanced Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs and his daughter Jacqueline "Jacqui" Briggs. The video shows up their fighting moves and, of course, just a touch of bloody finishers.<p>Make sure you check out …

Has Rockstar really downgraded GTA 5?

<b>UPDATE 2/4/15 5:41pm:</b> Rockstar has just rolled out patch 1.10 for Grand Theft Auto 5, which it says fixes "graphical issues across GTA Online and …

Game Development

Next wave of amiibo pre-orders starting today at GameStop, Target and others (update)

Nintendo's amiibo are hot commodities, with the next wave coming in May, and GameStop will start taking reservations in stores for those upcoming figures this afternoon, the retailer announced today.<p>You can head to your local GameStop today to reserve the following amiibo, all of which will be …

Bloodborne gameplay walkthrough Part 9: the glitchy hunter of Old Yharnam

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>In this episode of our <i>Bloodborne</i> let's play series, Phil and I break new ground, exploring the haunted depths of Old Yharnam. The beasts are nastier, the warnings are more dire and the glitches are way creepier than the game itself.<p>Check back every …

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Xbox One Joins The Delay Party As Microsoft Moves 'Quantum Break' To 2016

It’s only April, but each of the Big Three console players has already delayed a high-profile exclusive to 2016. First, it was Sony moving PS4’s Uncharted 4 to 2016, then it was Nintendo realizing that 2015 was too ambitious for a new Zelda title after all. Today, Microsoft has announced that their …

Tomb Raider

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin makes everything harder; here's proof

Some segment of the Souls series fanbase had a serious complaint about <i>Dark Souls 2</i>: that it wasn't hard enough. That may seem unbelievable to an outsider of the series, but it's true!<p>Luckily, From Software has taken matters into its own hands to fix these concerns. <i>Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First</i> …

Minimap April 2, 2015: Quantum Break, Binding of Isaac Rebirth, Elite: Dangerous, Doctor Who, amiibo, This War of Mine

Welcome to Polygon Minimap, a daily audio tour through the latest news about video games, related technologies and culture.<p>Subscribe on iTunes<br>• Subscribe to the podcast (RSS)<p>Here's what we're covering today:<p>THE BIG STORIES<p>Remedy's <i>Quantum Break</i> delayed to 2016• <i><br>The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth</i> heads to Wii …

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Sony buys what's left of OnLive, service shuts down April 30th

Sony Computer Entertainment is buying the remaining patents and assets belonging to OnLive, the cloud-computing service that some might say was ahead of its time. OnLive as a service will shut down on April 30th and the company won't collect any more subscription fees. On April 30th, all OnLive …

Bungie bans 'toxic' players from Destiny matchmaking, making some strikes easier

Bungie says it's working to improve the player experience in <i>Destiny</i>'s strikes and raids in a number of ways: tackling the worst bugs that affect raid bosses, making some strike bosses a little easier and banning some toxic players from matchmaking with others. In a new weekly update, Bungie goes …

'Grand Theft Auto V' PC Screenshots Look Terrific, But They Always Do

Rockstar games has released images for the upcoming release of <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> on PC.<p>As we all know, PC gaming is where you go if you want high-resolution, graphically rich graphics and a decent frame-rate. Anyone looking to new-gen consoles for these things will almost always be sorely …

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Microsoft isn't selling Kinect for Windows anymore

Given that Microsoft has consolidated so many other parts of how it operates lately, word that it's discontinuing the new Kinect sensor for Windows shouldn't be much of a surprise. From here on out, Redmond will no longer sell the now redundant desktop-specific version and instead point app …

Michelle Rodriguez on Why She Quit ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and Her Tears For Paul Walker

The kickass star of Furious 7 opens up about why she once almost quit the blockbuster franchise, the struggles of being a woman in Hollywood, and her …

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

Aston Martin Sues Fisker, Galpin Over Thunderbolt Design

Henrik Fisker’s Thunderbolt, at Amelia Island<p>Astons are nothing if not beautiful, and like every car manufacturer out there, the company holds its intellectual property—in this case, its designs—very dear. So Aston Martin did not particularly appreciate its former designer, Henrik Fisker, rolling …

Aston Martin