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Sudden Death is Banjo-Kazooie to Die Hard’s Super Mario 64

Last week, as part of our ongoing Jean-Claude van Jeanuary (just jeanuary for short) celebration on You Love To See It, we watched and analyzed Sudden Death, a 1995 action film heavily inspired by Die Hard. In it, a traumatized fire marshal (Van Damme) is tasked with stopping a horrible…

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The Fancies 2021: Danielle’s Top Games of 2021

Content warning for a mention of a COVID 19-related death in this article. I’ve been writing about video games professionally since 2006. I’ve done it full-time since early 2013, when I joined the staff at Polygon, and I think this is the first time since then I haven’t had a…

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Cozy Grove Wishing Well Guide

Cozy Grove’s big winter update just dropped, adding a host of new improvements (including some major crafting system/menu overhauls), new activities, and the wishing well, a godsend for longtime players (or simply, players with deep pockets!). The wishing well is an expensive new feature, but a very welcome one: essentially,…

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Shudder Reviewers are Dead Wrong About The Strings

I’ve taken to a new routine at night: after work and training, I like to settle in, get under a blanket, and watch a horror movie while I grade my students’ work. It’s a weirdly comforting mood: I watch something spooky, I snuggle my pets, I get my second job…

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The Advent Calendar is a Dark, Delicious Holiday Horror

Content warning for ableism, sexual assault, and violence. Holiday-themed horror movies, like so many holiday-themed things, are pretty hit or miss for me. Aside from the occasional masterpiece (Black Christmas) or schlocky delight (MST3K’s utter classic Santa Clause, and the more popular Santa Claus Conquers the Martians), the misses add…

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Walmart Trying To Sell Me Laxatives Instead of a PlayStation 5: A Review

Today, like many days in a typical week, I tried to buy a PlayStation 5 console. One of my friendly colleagues posted a Wario64 tweet with a handy link to Walmart’s website, where the retailer was reportedly selling a bunch of PS5s at 3 p.m. my time. This was right…

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