Good news, fake-crime fans: True Detective season 3 is a legitimate descendant of the first (and best) season. In our first guide (or what I like to call our “watchthrough”), we’re going to do a few things: introduce the characters, discuss how they weave through though the plots of the first two episodes, and talk about the evidence. The first part gives us the knowledge we need to understand and analyze the show. The second part allows us to draw conclusions. Why focus so much on characters? In an interview about the second season, creator Nic Pizzolatto talked about why he’s drawn to detectives. “It puts you in everything,” he told Vanity Fair. “That’s why they’re great engines for stories. They go everywhere. A detective story is really just the way you tell a narrative — you start with the ending. At the end, this person is dead. Now I’m going to go back and piece together the story that led to it…. … [Read more...] about True Detective season 3 recap: the mystery, suspects and clues so far
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SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away on Monday, following a battle with ALS. Many of us at Polygon have a lot to thank Hillenburg for, and to remember him by: Through favorite episodes (“Chocolate With Nuts” and “Krusty Krab Training Video” are the best, for the record), unforgettable jokes and trope-defying characters, SpongeBob dug its heavy spatula into our collective consciousness. We’re grateful for it; the Nickelodeon show has informed so much about who we are, both when we and the cartoon were at our youthful peaks and now in our childish adulthoods. And while Hillenburg’s legacy continues on proudly through his most famous animated creation — which turns 20 next year — we at Polygon found now as good a time as ever to share our fondest SpongeBob memories. Below, a group of us share moments from one of our favorite cartoons of all time that still strike a chord. Ashley: I will never forget seeing a … [Read more...] about SpongeBob SquarePants continues to influence us, and it will never stop
In the wake of renewed debate about violence and video games, I suppose I should put that sociology degree to work and explain, roughly, the academic state of play. It’s worth noting that there’s next to nothing that supports what I like to call the “monkey-see-monkey-do” model of media influence. That is: a piece of media shows a violent act, and viewers/players go out and commit the same act. The heart of the debate in the social sciences is, instead, about “aggression.” And, indeed, in the words of the American Psychological Association, “all existing quantitative reviews of the violent video game literature have found a direct association between violent video game use and aggressive outcomes.” But what, exactly, are “aggressive outcomes”? As I often tell students, the simplest words are the most devilish in science (consider how a sociologist might have to confront the idea of “love” and you’ll see … [Read more...] about Opinion: So what *does* the science say about games and violence?
Students in a school in Florida are being encouraged to throw out violent video games, along with signing pledges in which they state they will no longer play specific games to protest against virtual violence. The effort to "send a message against violence" has seen middle school students participating in the “Violent Video Game Toss,” a campaign in which they're encouraged to throw away their mature-rated games in the midst of the ongoing debate surrounding gun control in the US. In the wake of the shooting in Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, politicians and the NRA have attempted to turn the focus onto video games and other forms of entertainment, shifting the blame away from guns in the process. Rekindling an argument that previously reached a boiling point in the '90s, those who do not wish to see new gun control laws enforced are pointing at violent video games as a root cause of mass shootings, with some US students taking this belief on board. In … [Read more...] about Violent Video Games Thrown Out by Students in Protest Against Mass Shootings
US President Donald Trump will meet with representatives of the videogame industry tomorrow to discuss matters of violence in videogames, and their impact on incidents of real-world violence such as school shootings. It's still unknown exactly who will be attending, although the ESA confirmed earlier this week that it will be one of the invited parties. One group that apparently will not be taking part, however, is the International Game Developers Association. The IGDA took to Twitter today to express what could best be described as disdain for the process. Insert heading here "The stereotype of gamers as disaffected teenage boys is simply untrue: 41% of the 150M+ gamers in the United States are women, and more women over 35 play videogames than boys under 18," the IGDA said in followup tweets. "Gamers come from all walks of life. We're all genders, all ages. We're teachers and students, parents and children." "Making videogames—or any form of media—a scapegoat … [Read more...] about International Game Developers Association says it ‘will not be used as a scapegoat’ for real-world violence