So you’ve had all the family togetherness, awkward dates, spoiled sports stars and overrated high-brow writing you can take this weekend? We’ve compiled The Favs, some of the best connected entertainment stories from this past week. It’s all that you need to feed for intellectual growth — short of going back to work tomorrow morning. Some of it is original reporting, and some of it is the work of others.

 

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Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian goes on record with Polygon

It’s not every day that a news magazine of actual record gets to sit down with someone who created a blockbuster game, who doesn’t mind talking about it. Don’t get me wrong, there are always those press junkets before the developer is about to unleash a new title on the world, but when we are actually treated to an interview with in-depth thoughts from a game developer, we take notice. Polygon’s interview with the Alex Seropian, co-founder of Bungie – you know, those guys who made Halo – is like Christmas morning for gaming industry watchers who want to learn more about the inner workings of development studios. Bungie Co-Founder Alex Seropian: The Polygon Interview

 

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As it turns out, having a 41 megapixel camera in a smartphone isn’t such a bad idea after all

When you tell people who don’t regularly keep their finger on the pulse of the smartphone industry that Nokia has managed to pack a 41-megapixel camera into a phone running an actually decent operating system, there are a few reactions that are just priceless. “Why in the hell would anyone need a camera that good in phone,” is surprisingly, not that high on the list, which is fortunate for Nokia.

Most people I talk with simply want to know if it’s as good what Nokia says it is. We haven’t tested the Lumia 1020 yet, but Arstechnica’s Peter Bright has, and judging by his declaration that, “shoehorning a huge sensor into a smartphone does result in a great camera”, I’d say Nokia actually delivered on their promise. The Nokia Lumia 1020: The smartphone to render point-and-shoots obsolete

 

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Never fear, its likely Windows RT, will continue being here

Naturally, folks are questioning the long term viability of the Windows RT operating system following Microsoft’s near-billion dollar write off of Surface RT tablets. After all, it’s an operating system in desperate need of applications and flagship device that captures user’s attention. AllAboutMicrosoft’s Mary Jo Foley is of the mindset that Windows RT, despite its dearth of applications, isn’t going anywhere. Why Microsoft isn’t going to dump Windows RT