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The Culture: Hey now, ‘Smart Guy’ is 20 and still a classic
11 months ago

The Culture: Hey now, ‘Smart Guy’ is 20 and still a classic

By  •  The Culture

I hesitated to run a short piece about Smart Guy so soon after I published a glowing review of the Power Rangers movie. I mean, if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s constant navel gazing about how much better the past was than the present is. I don’t care, though because a recent piece celebrating the 20th anniversary of Smart Guy has me ready to queue clips on YouTube and forget all my troubles.
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The Culture: ‘Halo’ is in trouble
12 months ago

The Culture: ‘Halo’ is in trouble

Published by Glixel, the long form piece goes into detail about what’s hurting the Halo franchise. In particular, it focuses on how Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians made some huge mistakes that also doomed Bungie’s Halo 2.
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Tonight on Xbox Live: Watch Super Bowl LI
1 year ago

Tonight on Xbox Live: Watch Super Bowl LI

For one night only, your gaming privileges have been suspended because everyone wants to use the big television in your living room to watch Super Bowl LI. I feel for you but don’t be coy. You secretly want to watch too. Tonight on Xbox Live, you can. Actually, anyone can.
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This Weekend on Xbox Live: Play the Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta
1 year ago

This Weekend on Xbox Live: Play the Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta

By  •  This Week

This weekend’s big Falcons vs Patriots battle during Super Bowl LI isn’t the only excuse you need this weekend to head to your local electronics retailer and purchase a television that roughly takes up 80% of your living room wall. The other event that some folks have waited a year for is almost at hand. This weekend on Xbox Live, at least some of you will be able to enjoy the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta.
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From The Social: This just in, GameStop is sketch as hell
1 year ago

From The Social: This just in, GameStop is sketch as hell

GameStop is getting a little attention this week for a community post that alleges the company has a ratio system that forces its sales teams into primarily selling people used products at all costs.
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The Culture: Skittles & Marshawn go to that other Houston
1 year ago

The Culture: Skittles & Marshawn go to that other Houston

By  •  The Culture

The en isn’t just about what you play, it’s also about what you play. I’m talking about video people. My aim for this year is to add more culture and more games to this little operation. It’s with that in mind that I bring you the first edition of The Culture for 2017. It involves Skittles and Marshawn Lynch, because this close to the Super Bowl, why wouldn’t it?
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From The Social: What did you get for the holidays?
1 year ago

From The Social: What did you get for the holidays?

I don’t know about you, but it’s after 6PM the day after a four-day weekend, and I’m dying here. I’ve got no more steam left for this year. I might even call it a day and go back into hibernation. I Joke, you know I missed you folks. You probably don’t miss me though because you’re too busy playing games on your new Xbox One.
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Endorsed: The plight of gaming’s contract workers
1 year ago

Endorsed: The plight of gaming’s contract workers

Perhaps it’s fate that Polygon would choose this week of all weeks to run a piece of longform concerning the gaming industry’s practice of using contractors to save on game production as much as possible. We’re now comfortably in the awkward lull between the big hits of November and the silent but important February releases that are coming our way in 2017. Right now seems a perfectly good time to reflect on how our games get made. Especially as people who work for Crytek examine what to do now that it’s announced plans to close five different studios.
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