Fortnite is turning into a digital theme park

To celebrate Polygon’s 10th anniversary, we’re rolling out a special issue: The Next 10, a consideration of what games and entertainment will become over the next decade from some of our favorite artists and writers. Here, freelance writer Jay Castello looks into the future of the industry’s closest thing to...

The censorship wars have only just begun

June 27, 2011, was a red-letter day for a generation of video game fans. After years of argument, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law banning the sale of “mature”-rated games to minors — declaring that one of the youngest art forms of the new millennium deserved the...

RRR director S.S. Rajamouli: To save movie theaters, we have to deliver

Of all the blockbuster movies released in 2022, few have swept up audiences quite like director S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR. Since its release in March, the rhapsodic Telugu-language action drama, which fictionalizes the triumphs of Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem in superheroic fashion, has become the fourth-highest-grossing Indian...

Predicting the future of games is a fool’s errand, but let’s try anyway

To celebrate Polygon’s 10th anniversary, we’re rolling out a special issue: The Next 10, a consideration of what games and entertainment will become over the next decade from some of our favorite artists and writers. Here, freelance writer Khee Hoon Chan digs into the challenges of predicting what directions the...

A pooping burglar derailed Guillermo del Toro’s original animation career

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director of Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and Pacific Rim, has always been an animator. But Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, out now on Netflix, is his first animated feature film, arriving 30 years into his career. Things could have been very different. Back before...

The horror of Trump lives ‘very strongly’ in His Dark Materials’ S3

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is often seen as an atheist’s take on C.S. Lewis’ Christian allegory via fantasy adventure series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The comparison is less than one-to-one, but it’s undeniable that the series’ most present villains, the priests of the Magisterium, are a direct and...

The rise of the video game union

Atari workers in California tried to unionize in 1984 — an attempt struck down by anti-union sentiment and by an internal hope that the games industry would be different, that the young field would eventually mend itself. Hope didn’t work. For decades, studios across the industry and the globe, studios...

Castle Panic is a gateway to co-op board games, now it’s even better

One of the biggest genres in modern board gaming — cooperative games — effectively didn’t exist two decades ago. Even just 15 years ago, tabletop gaming was in a bit of a rut. On the one side were traditional, family-friendly board games that Americans had been storing in their hallway...