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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No Girls Allowed

In what has to be considered another win for Polygon’s editorial team, this week the publication explores the backwards thinking and incredibly unfair thought processes that go into creating different types of games for boys and girls. No Girls Allowed is an incredible piece. In fact, its a perfect example of what happens when you give actual gamers the resources they need to report on the stores that matter to them. Now Girls Allowed @ Polygon

It’s Time To Kill Xbox LIVE

Originally, Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone was going to be that thing that convinced casual mobile gamers to flock to devices running Microsoft’s mobile operating system. To let Microsoft tell it, being able to earn achievements on your phone would change the way users think about mobile gaming and possibly, help Microsoft define mobile gaming. Of course, none of that happened. As such, the question that All About Windows Phone ponders in a recent piece is perfectly sensible. Is it time to Kill Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone? It’s Time To Kill Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone @ All About Windows Phone

No, The Xbox One Isn’t Penalizing You For Swearing, Developers Are

Oh console wars and the lies people tell. You may have heard that gamers playing NBA 2K14 found themselves facing a penalty whenever they swore while playing the game on Xbox One. Immediately, gamers took to the digital streets of Twitter to protest. “How could Microsoft tell me what to do in my own home,” they could be heard exclaiming while sitting in front of their Mountain Dew and Dorito-covered keyboards. As it turns out, reports of this aren’t total nonsense. Slate reports that NBA 2K14 players are specifically being penalized for swearing — by the game’s developer. What’s more interesting is that the feature also applies to PlayStation 4 players as well. NBA 2K14 for Xbox One Punishes Gamers for Swearing

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