Xbox One vs Project Scorpio

Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake?

By on July 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake?

Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month.

On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales.

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Nintendo Mini NES Trailer

Watch Nintendo’s awesome retro trailer for the mini NES

By on July 21, 2016 at 1:38 PM.

Watch Nintendo’s awesome retro trailer for the mini NES

Although we’re all dying to see what Nintendo has in store for the next generation, the gaming company made waves earlier this month will some decidedly less timely news: the Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back.

On July 14th, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition — a miniature version of the original NES with 30 classic games built in. A week later, Nintendo shared a radical, tubular, totally retro trailer to hype up the console.

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Pokemon Go Paywall

If you want to be the best at Pokemon Go, you have to pay

By on July 21, 2016 at 12:13 PM.

If you want to be the best at Pokemon Go, you have to pay

Pokemon Go is a free-to-play game. In the world of mobile gaming, this really means that it’s free for anyone to start playing, but increasingly difficult for those players to make progress in the later stages of the game without spending money. That said, Pokemon Go generally falls on the friendlier side of the spectrum, allowing players to wander the world without forcing them to wait for a countdown timer to refresh or forcing them to unlock new abilities to progress.

Where players really begin running into trouble is when they make it above a certain level, at which point they either have to spend a significant amount of money or an unthinkable amount of time to continue to level up.

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Pokemon Go Minefields

Bosnia keeps having to remind Pokemon Go players not to wander into minefields

By on July 20, 2016 at 4:05 PM.

Bosnia keeps having to remind Pokemon Go players not to wander into minefields

If you’ve been playing Pokemon Go for the past two weeks, you’ve probably had to think twice before blindly following Pokemon into dark alleyways or private property at some point. One thing you probably haven’t had to deal with: landmines.

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Pokemon Go Best Pokemon Stats

Which Pokemon Go monsters are the strongest?

Which Pokemon Go monsters are the strongest?

By on July 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM.

If you want to be the very best at Pokemon Go, you need to read this.

Despite being the most popular app of all time, Pokemon Go is surprisingly inscrutable. There’s no tutorial, no instruction manual, and some of the game’s most basic rules are completely hidden from view. For example, did you know that Arcanine has a better base attack stat than Charizard?

You probably didn’t, which is exactly why you need to check out The Silph Road.

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Pokemon Go

When will it end? Video catches Pokemon Go player driving his SUV into a parked police car

By on July 20, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

When will it end? Video catches Pokemon Go player driving his SUV into a parked police car

In a few years, or even in a few months, we’ll probably see Psychologists examine and study the unprecedented level of gaming addiction we’ve seen from Pokemon Go players over the past few weeks. If you thought Candy Crush was bad, well, Pokemon Go takes things to an entirely new level.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen stories of Pokemon Go players crashing cars, getting shot at, falling off cliffs, aimlessly wandering into traffic and even creating Walking Dead-style stampedes in cities across the globe. Apparently the search for virtual monsters is so strong that players can’t help but throw all of their common sense out the window once they fire up the game.

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Batman Telltale Series Trailer Release Date

Watch the first trailer for Telltale’s Batman game, coming August 2nd

By on July 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Watch the first trailer for Telltale’s Batman game, coming August 2nd

There are few developers that know how to handle an important property quite as well as Telltale Games. They did it with Back to the Future in 2012, The Walking Dead in 2012 plus Game of Thrones, Minecraft and Borderlands in 2015.

In 2016, the studio has its biggest challenge yet with Batman: The Telltale Series.

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Pokemon Go Player Arrested

Pokemon Go player arrested after wandering onto secure military base

By on July 19, 2016 at 5:55 PM.

Pokemon Go player arrested after wandering onto secure military base

Just a few weeks after its release, the Pokemon Go phenomenon is still operating at full throttle. In turn, we’re still seeing an endless stream of reports involving oblivious players wandering into places they shouldn’t. The most recent example comes to us from Indonesia where a Pokemon Go-obsessed Frenchman was caught inadvertently wandering into an area housing a secure military facility in Indonesia.

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Pokemon Go Tips And Tricks

The most comprehensive Pokemon Go guide on the internet

The most comprehensive Pokemon Go guide on the internet

By on July 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Ever since Pokemon Go launched earlier this month, trainers the world over have been trying to figure out how to catch Pokemon as quickly and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t do a great of explaining itself, which is exactly why we made a quick start guide to help everyone hit the ground running.

But now that the game has been out for nearly two weeks, many players are looking for more advanced tactics. We could make another guide, but we quickly realized there was no point after discovering this Quora post.

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Xbox One S Release Date Price

Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399

By on July 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Xbox One S launches on August 2nd for $399

One of the most exciting (and least surprising) announcements at E3 2016 was that of the Xbox One S. After months of speculation, Microsoft finally unveiled a sleeker, slimmer model of its latest console, but the company wasn’t ready to share an exact release date quite yet. That all changed on Monday, when we finally learned when we’d be able to get our hands on the Xbox One S.

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Pokemon Go

The first Pokemon Go shooting just took place in Florida

By on July 18, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

The first Pokemon Go shooting just took place in Florida

More than a week after its release, the Pokemon Go craze shows no absolutely no signs of slowing down. If anything, the level of addiction to and general interest in the augmented reality infused game has only grown more pronounced over the past few days, even more so since the game launched across 26 countries in Europe over the weekend.

With millions of Pokemon Go players on the prowl, some players have inevitably taken to wandering into places they shouldn’t. In fact, some restaurants have even taken to putting up signs warning Pokemon players that they’re not welcome on the premises. On a more serious note, some players have even become injured while playing the game. Over the last few days alone, we’ve seen stores of players falling off cliffs, getting into car accidents, and even wandering into dangerously busy intersections.

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NES Classic Edition

Everything Nintendo’s mini NES can and can’t do

Everything Nintendo’s mini NES can and can’t do

By on July 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

The internet exploded this week when Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition. Not quite a game console, the Classic Edition comes preloaded with 30 touchstone Nintendo Entertainment System games, from Super Mario Bros. to The Legend of Zelda to Metroid to Final Fantasy.

With all the excitement surrounding the announcement, there was some confusion over what exactly the machine was, but on Thursday, Polygon got in touch with Nintendo to find out everything it could about the new NES. We’ve summarized some of the most important revelations below.

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