Author: Polygon

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A new draft of the Dungeons & Dragons Open Gaming License, dubbed OGL 1.2 by publisher Wizards of the Coast, is now available for download. The announcement was made Thursday by Kyle Brink, executive producer of D&D, on the D&D Beyond website. According to Wizards, this draft could place the OGL outside of the publisher’s control — which should sound good to fans enraged by recent events. Time will tell, but public comment will be accepted beginning Jan. 20 and will continue through Feb. 3. The OGL was developed and refined in the lead up to D&D’s 3rd edition, and…

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M3GAN has already taken the world by storm, with the film raking in huge box office returns and the title character becoming a breakout gay icon in the making. So it’s no surprise that we’re already getting official confirmation on a M3GAN sequel. The new movie, M3GAN 2.0, will bring back the same cast, and is set for release on Jan. 17, 2025, with Malignant screenwriter Akela Cooper back to once again write the script. Thankfully, if you don’t want to wait two years for more M3GAN, screenwriter Akela Cooper told the Los Angeles Times that an unrated version of…

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Persona games are masters at making us appreciate the mundane, mostly because every simple activity is an opportunity to improve yourself. Not just metaphorically, either. Much like other Persona games, Persona 3 Portable will test your knowledge to answer questions in the classroom, and on midterm and final exam questions throughout the school year. While some of these questions are easy if you’ve been following along in the lecture, some require a bit more outside knowledge. Our Persona 3 classroom answer guide will help you pick the correct responses from April to January. Getting each question right increases your Charm…

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Just a few days after a huge Christmas weekend, Avatar: The Way of Water became the latest James Cameron movie to score over $1 billion at the box office. And the mega-blockbuster, which was released on Dec. 16 in the United States, made $434 million globally in its opening weekend, with $134 million of that coming from the domestic box office. Now, after a couple more holiday weekends under its belt, The Way of Water has reached $1.9 billion at the global box office. This means the sequel’s only got around a billion more dollars to go until it reaches…

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Tense battles. Tons of superheroes (and villains). Holographic cards that practically compel you to go oooh and ahhh and shiiiiny. For the most part, Marvel Snap has it all, except for one thing: You can’t trade cards with other players. To a degree, this makes sense. Marvel Snap, developed by Second Dinner and out now for mobile devices and computers, became 2022’s most-hailed card battler thanks in no small part to how impeccably balanced it is. You can’t pay your way to a significant competitive edge. Everyone unlocks new cards at a randomized cadence, with higher-leveled cards restricted to tiered…

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HBO’s The Last of Us is a way to revisit the iconic and beloved video game of the same name — to revel in the ways it’s both unchanged and entirely different. For dedicated fans of the game, the appeal of The Last of Us is not necessarily in being surprised by twists and turns of the story; rather, it’s to see the franchise in a new light, picking out the little details that point back to the original media. There’s plenty to see in that regard. Video games are known for their Easter eggs, the small and obscure references…

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Microsoft is attempting to persuade regulators around the world to clear its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard — the biggest deal of its kind the gaming industry has ever seen. Amid concerns about its effect on competition in the industry, and in the face of ardent lobbying against the deal by competitor Sony, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has said it will attempt to block the deal legally, while the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority has also expressed skepticism. Here’s the latest on Microsoft’s plans to snap up Activision Blizzard. Google and Nvidia have reportedly raised concerns about the…

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Few genres contain the gap in quality between best and worst like true crime. The best of true crime is not only gripping in its storytelling, but revealing in what it tells us about each other and the place crime occupies in our society. The worst of true crime can be exploitative or downright cruel, taking advantage of our worst instincts as amateur detectives (or just as nosy people). Nowadays, when people hear “true crime,” it’s understandable the first thing that pops to mind are straight-to-streaming docuseries about some horrible person. But that’s not all the genre contains — it…

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Justin Roiland, co-creator and star of animated comedy Rick and Morty and the game High on Life, is facing felony domestic violence charges related to an incident in January 2020. NBC News reported the arrest and charges on Thursday, citing a criminal complaint filed in May 2020 in Orange County, California, by the county’s district attorney. Roiland was in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing. Roiland has been charged with two felonies: one count of “domestic battery with corporal injury” and one count of “false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit,” according to court records. If convicted, Roiland could…

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Swearing on YouTube has become challenging. In November, YouTube updated the profanity policy in its ad guidelines, which further restricts what users can or can’t say in a video. Now, all kinds of curse words “are treated equally,” rather than considered at different levels of “severity.” Videos with profanity in the thumbnail, title, or first seven seconds may be demonetized. (Under this policy, “hell” and “damn” are no longer considered profanities.) This week, gaming content creators are saying they have been impacted by the policy, as videos new and old — including videos posted before the new policy was enacted…

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