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    Polygon’s finest tales of 2021

    And similar to that, the top of 2021 is upon us. It’s been one other, shall we embrace, fascinating 12 months, and we hope we’ve been in a position to give you some respite from … *gestures at the whole lot* … within the big selection of tales and movies we’ve despatched out into the world. From the deepest secrets of The Lord of the Rings to the magic of playing games on an ancient television (and everything in between), we’ve bought you coated. Thanks, as at all times, for becoming a member of us on this wild journey we name Polygon. We look ahead to persevering with to serve you in 2022!

    The Yr of the Ring

    Illustration: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon | Supply pictures: New Line Cinema

    In honor of the twentieth anniversary of those enduring cinematic classics’ debut, we’re exploring each facet of Peter Jackson’s trilogy, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s supply materials to the very best scenes and moments, together with the continued affect of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King on fashionable popular culture. Read the stories

    Taking part in video games on my historic TV connects me to the current

    by Jordan Starkweather

    Illustration of vintage CRT game screens in various shapes and sizes and colors

    Illustration: Jinhwa Jang for Polygon

    CRTs could also be large, however they provide one thing a flat-panel TV by no means will. Read the story

    Break-ups, porn, and bakas: The legend of the Barnes & Noble manga part

    by Ana Diaz

    A young man standing browsing some manga in the manga section of Barnes and Noble

    Picture: Ana Diaz/Polygon

    What if we kissed within the manga part of Barnes & Noble? Read the story

    A information to the primary 15 seconds of each sport

    by Patrick Gill

    Once you boot up a online game, you see a bunch of logos and stuff you won’t acknowledge. Welcome to the thrilling world of middleware! Watch the video

    D&D’s Drizzt books have been constructed on racist tropes. R.A. Salvatore needs to alter that

    by Charlie Hall

    timeless a Forgotten Realms: Drizzt book cover by RA Salvatore

    Picture: Harper Voyager

    “If the drow are being portrayed as evil, that’s a trope that has to go away …” Read the story

    Within the ’80s, she was a online game pioneer. At present, nobody can discover her

    by Patricia Hernandez

    Illustration of a computer tragic woman on a green background looking at a question mark

    Illustration: James Bareham/Polygon

    The seek for Ban Tran. Read the story

    Netflix has a troubling downside with its biracial characters

    by Petrana Radulovic

    georgia doing ginny’s hair in Ginny & Georgia

    Picture: Netflix

    It retains eradicating dad and mom of shade from their coming-of-age tales. Read the story

    The origin of Noob Saibot

    by Michael McWhertor

    Noob Saibot from Mortal Kombat X

    Picture: NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Leisure

    Mortal Kombat’s secret ninja was even a secret to the person he was named after. Read the story

    Image of the character Shrek made from hundreds of pictures of Shrek

    Graphic: Alyssa Nassner/Polygon | Supply pictures: DreamWorks

    A set of tales eager about the ogre himself, 20 years after his origin story. Read the stories

    My lounge has three TVs and is the harbinger of human evolution

    by Ryan Gilliam

    Abstract illustration inspired by digital screens in lime green, sage and grey colors

    Illustration: Inkee Wang for Polygon

    What’s the very best TV to place in your lounge based mostly on measurement and wall availability? The reply is just not one TV, however three. Read the story

    A mini oral historical past of Willy Wonka’s gross chocolate river scene

    by Matt Patches

    Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    Picture: Warner Bros. Footage

    “That scene most likely wasn’t OSHA accredited.” Read the story

    It took me two years and 300 hours to beat Sekiro

    by James Bareham

    a collage of different scenes from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice video game

    Illustration: James Bareham/Polygon | Supply pictures: FromSoftware/Activision

    I don’t think about myself a gamer. After I first introduced to a couple skilled gamer associates that I used to be going to play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, most of them prompt I avoid it. I didn’t hearken to them. Read the story

    An investigation into the shortage of kissing within the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    by Joshua Rivera

    The Avengers are kiss emoji

    Picture composition: Joshua Rivera/Polygon

    Do the superheroes know there are lots of causes to kiss? We should always inform them. Read the story

    Why Murderer’s Creed Unity can’t rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral

    by Simone de Rochefort

    Our notion of historic accuracy wants main retooling. Read the story

    Road Fighter: The Film: The sport: An oral historical past

    by Matt Leone

    Our Road Fighter historical past sequence continues with a take a look at the time Capcom copied the copycats. Read the story

    Contained in the Neopets black market

    by Nicole Carpenter

    a yellow grundo in front of a keyboard

    Picture: Neopets/JumpStart

    ‘Black market’ gamers need you to know they’re not boogeymen. Read the story

    MiSTer 101: A basic gaming machine to rule all of them

    by Christopher Grant

    Illustration of game controller, cables and a MiSTer FPGA console

    Illustration: Justin Volz for Polygon

    If you happen to care about precisely enjoying the video games out of your youth, precisely the way you keep in mind them, look no additional. Read the story

    Deathloop’s large twist is unearned and underbaked

    by Maddy Myers

    art showing the hero of Deathloop running away from a time vortex

    Picture: Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks by way of YouTube

    The principle characters of Deathloop, Julianna and Colt, spend the sport buying and selling bullets and quips with one another. Their chemistry was my favourite a part of the sport — till Deathloop’s large twist and downer ending left me chilly. Read the story

    The Sonic Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade crash: An oral historical past

    By Jack Yarwood

    Sonic The Hedgehog - Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Picture: Andrew Toth/Getty Pictures for Sega of America

    The notorious second, as informed by those that have been there. Read the story

    Activision Blizzard employees stroll out, name for CEO Bobby Kotick’s resignation

    by Nicole Clark and Nicole Carpenter

    Activision Blizzard employees stage a walkout in the response from company leadership to a lawsuit highlighting alleged harassment, inequality

    Picture: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Instances/Getty Pictures

    Workers protested at Activision Blizzard’s places of work and on-line. Read the story



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