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How choosing ‘Girl’ in early RPGs inspired today’s game designers

From Pokémon Crystal to today, gender representation has come a long way

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Jason David Frank was a Power Rangers icon and a bona fide star

The late Power Rangers star was a superhero for a whole generation

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Destiny 2 is daunting to play alone, but content creators are here to help

Space feels lonely for a fireteam of one

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After 35 years painting minis, Chris Clayton wins it all at the UK Golden Demon 2022

How he built and painted the jaw-dropping miniature

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How The Menu connects to Succession and Game of Thrones

Director Mark Mylod, who worked on all three, lays out the links — and names his favorite character in each one

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Meet the Call of Duty boyfriends who play until their ‘hands fall off’

Polygon explores what it’s like to be a Call of Duty boyfriend

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Flesh and Blood, MTG’s upstart competitor, has found strength in community

James White, the Magic: The Gathering pro turned entrepreneur, on the new TCG taking the world by storm

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How Love Is Blind creates ‘television magic’ with pitch-perfect music choices

It’s not through locking musicians in a basement somewhere

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Tabletop, card game retailers join the game industry’s burgeoning union push

In Wisconsin and Washington, tabletop workers are unionizing

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Pentiment’s defining detail is its fonts

Words have a life of their own in Obsidian Entertainment’s new game

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The oral history of Andor’s prison, one of Star Wars’ most frightening creations

One way in, one way out

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Park Chan-wook explains Decision to Leave’s ‘sacred’ ending and strange, crucial details

What’s up with the pockets? The eyedrops? The language barrier? He put a lot of thought into all of it

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Chinese animation is a vibrant, distinctive industry — so why do so many people still call it ‘anime’?

Donghua has its own identity, and it’s one worth knowing

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Daniel Radcliffe kinda wants to just do comedy for the rest of his life

His new Weird Al movie everything he wanted to be doing when he was Harry Potter

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Black, queer, and trans Supermans? 30 years ago, Superman’s death predicted them all

The Death of Superman lives on in the modern DC Universe

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The ‘video game studio from hell’ is still battling the blaze

Workers at Dungeon Defenders developer Chromatic Games detail the studio’s culture over the past few years

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How Splatoon fans discovered the secret of ‘Fuck You’ Tuesday

Deciphering the game’s fictional language reveals Easter eggs and lore

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Welcome to Warhammer 40K’s anti-fascist future

Games Workshop has turned a corner after years of silence allowed hate to fester in its community

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How Bayonetta the witch cast a spell on LGBTQ+ fans 

The action-game protagonist has become a queer icon

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Triangle of Sadness’ fascinating hero/villain Abigail has a crucial secret backstory

Actor Dolly De Leon walks us through her character’s past — and what it means for the movie’s enigmatic ending

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As Iranian youths protest, cafes filled with board games and D&D provide community

‘We find ways to adapt and find happiness in tyranny’

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Acronym casts a long shadow over cyberpunk fashion

The inspirations behind the techwear seen in games like Death Stranding often come from the same place

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Indie game designers were refashioning the Regency long before Bridgerton

We dig into the Regency-era romance games that diversified their leads

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How The Sims 4 designed for size-inclusive fashion

Dress-up games could learn a thing or two from EA’s approach

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Horse armor was mocked, but it launched a billion-dollar cosmetic industry

A lot can change in 15 years

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Yes, Werewolf by Night is MCU canon — weird, weird canon

‘We just don’t show you where, when, how.’

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Other Ever Afters makes fairy tales subversive, kinder, and a whole lot queerer

Mel Gillman explains how a hit online series became a book to rival Grimms’ fairy tales

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The Deer King director brought every lesson from Princess Mononoke to his epic fantasy

Masashi Ando, a student of Studio Ghibli, explains his vision for a new tale

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Elden Ring’s Malenia embodies FromSoftware’s problems with women

The game’s strongest boss betrays the developer’s biggest weakness

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Smile’s take on mental illness was designed to be messy and complicated

Writer-director Parker Finn loves provoking an audience, even in a sensitive story

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Looper’s experimental soundtrack slapped then, and slaps even harder now

Composer Nathan Johnson on how he and cousin Rian found the film’s unorthodox sound

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Star Trek has truly reinvented itself

The sci-fi franchise is all TV these days, and there’s something for (almost) everyone

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