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Let's Talk About: The cultural significance of Saints Row 4

Saints Row 4 has possibly the most progressive approach to player/character identity in any game I've ever played.<p><i>Let's Talk About... is an opinion series in which two members of Polygon's editorial team discuss an important game or topic. In this piece, Senior Reviewer Danielle Riendeau and</i> …

Plague of game dev harassment erodes industry, spurs support groups

The greatest threat to the video game industry may be some of its most impassioned fans. Increasingly, game developers are finding themselves under attack by some of the very people they devote their lives to entertaining. And this growing form of gamer-on-game-developer cyber harassment is …

Review: Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

It all starts innocently enough with a pair of brothers making their way through town. Sure, there's a task at hand, but urgency isn't an issue. It …

Why These Underdogs Are Actually The Best Pokemon EVER

One of the most popular memes on the web are the low quality yet highly passionate infographics that argue why some unlikely thing is actually the …

Pokémon

The Biggest Space Fight In History Involved Over 4000 Pilots

There's an epic battle going on in EVE Online right now, involving around 4000 people and enough space hardware to make screenshots look like bee …

Technology

Why The Last of Us is the first truly mature action game (and our Game of the Year)

<i>Warning before you start. I need to discuss the entire game to do this right, so there will be spoilers. Gigantic ones. With teeth.</i><p>“…it could be …

Microsoft’s Xbox One policy reversal is bad for gaming

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Forcing Microsoft to reverse some of its key plans for the Xbox One console maintains the status quo for the gaming industry — one that needed to grow and …

An industry that needs Xbox One DRM is a failed industry

It looks like we're going to do this dance again. So soon. In the wake of Microsoft reversing its Xbox One DRM policies, brave corporate warrior …

What is a next-gen game?

This November, the Xbox 360 will be eight years old. The PlayStation 3 will be seven. At the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, we finally got acquainted with their successors. The new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 represent a new generation of consoles, the fabled "next generation," and with them …

When Will Gamers Say Enough Is Enough?

I've seen some very similar responses to today's Xbox One news, whether it be the mandatory 24-hour "check-in" or the restrictions on game lending. …

Street Fighter

New research shows gamers make better citizens

New research claims that, far from being mind-numbing escapist entertainment, video games help prepare young people for productive, socially balanced lives.<p>Dr. Kathy Sanford at University of Victoria in British Columbia spent the last five years studying kids ages 13-17 and their relationship with …

Microsoft's Shortsighted Approach Might Have Already Killed Xbox One

With Microsoft having made it official that the new Xbox One will have draconian limitations on playing used games, sharing games and being played without an internet connection, the question now is whether the console is dead on arrival with gamers. Given that the Xbox division has been one of the …