22 indie games to look forward to in 2022Polygon · 7 min
The exciting, innovative world of indie games.
The exciting, innovative world of indie games.
After falling in love with an obscure anime rhythm game, I became obsessed with obtaining a machine of my own—or finding the people who could.
Some game companies are spearheading the idea that employees should work less rather than more.
The Open Source Afro Hair Library, slated to launch on Juneteenth 2023, will be the gaming world’s first free database of 3D-modeled Black hairstyles.
The backstory behind the massively popular online word game, plus tips, tricks, and appreciations for the puzzler that won the internet this month.
15 WildermythA genuinely inventive tactical role-playing adventure that uses procedural generation to allow for player-created stories, all taking place in a fantasy world constructed from luscious papercraft set-pieces – like a digital board game.
It’s time to talk about the top games of 2021, but first... It’s a miracle when any video game is finished. But during the age of Covid? Every developer who successfully shipped a game this year deserves at least a couple of statues. Especially when they turned out to be great.
If you’re reading this, congratulations: You made it to 2022. It certainly wasn’t easy, but some of 2021’s best games helped us get through another 365 days of ups and downs. While 2021 was another rough year for just about everything and everyone, many of us found refuge in games.
it has been, once again, a year. Set aside the pandemic and you still had the chip shortage, console resellers, and the seemingly never-ending saga of Activision Blizzard.
(Xbox One/Series S/Series X, PlayStation 4/5, PC) The long-awaited fantasy epic from Dark Souls’ creators FromSoftware, with narrative input from George RR Martin.
For the last week or so, I’ve been buried in cartridges from my youth. I’ve spent hours slicing through cute blue slimes in Dragon Warrior III and reacquainting myself with a decades-old team of monsters in Pokémon Yellow.
So, what does Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard really mean for regular game developers — and game platforms? Well, firstly — it’s fractally complex. No one deal like this is transformative, and no one deal can significantly hasten the path to “the future.”
There was a time, not long ago, when real-time strategy (RTS) games ruled the world. StarCraft emerged out of the '90s as the world's most prestigious esport. The game's first sequel, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, sold over 3 million copies in its first month on the market.
In the winter of 1996, I almost lost my job because of the acclaimed management sim Civilization II. I was supposed to be reviewing it for the video game magazine Edge, where I was a fledgling staff writer. But I got so hooked, playing it was all I did for three weeks.
Move over, nerds: The geeks have arrived. This weekend is the esports tournament you didn't know about, but are going to love: The Financial Modeling World Cup. In the contest, competitors from around the world solve real-life financial case studies by building models in Microsoft Excel.
A year after video game director Ken Levine launched BioShock Infinite, his studio, Irrational Games, effectively closed. The video game industry tends to be a disaster like that. Big successes, bigger collapses, razor-thin windows for financial survival.
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Nick Bowman gestures to the old-fashioned gaming consoles littering his desk. Bowman, an associate professor of journalism and creative media industries at Texas Tech University, has a vast collection of consoles and hundreds of cartridges and discs.
Sometimes it’s all about the journey. Over the past decade, indie developers introduced us to the voices (and hamsters) living inside their heads. In 2021, they demonstrated how complete bodies of work can hit new highs in innovation when everything clicks.
Computer chips have become so tiny and complex that it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are real physical principles behind them. They aren’t just a bunch of ever-increasing numbers.
Facing time indoors again for the winter, and with the possibility of more time together with loved ones this year, our team was thinking about what we’d recommend for people looking for video games to enjoy with their kids, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandkids of all ages.
Movies and TV have a notoriously tough time depicting video games. They tend toward presenting games as either generic arcade titles or as impossibly full-featured virtual realities, neither of which captures the typical experience of playing one.