Shane Dawson’s new series of investigative documentaries has become YouTube’s Game of Thrones: appointment television for more than a billion people. The short docs, which previously unpacked the disastrous events of TanaCon, are over-the-top, charming and play out like old friends whispering intimate details about their seemingly luxurious lives. The docs aren’t HBO- or Netflix-worthy. They’re not going to win any Emmys next year. Yet they portray actual reality — something often taken for granted on YouTube. Dawson, a prolific creator who’s turned his comedic video series into a multimedia operation, draws out admissions and hard truths from people who’ve built careers out of sharing every aspect of their lives with an audience. He managed to fix a problem that YouTube creators didn’t even know they had: The Kardashian Conundrum. Trying to keep up Today’s era of YouTube recalls reality TV’s struggle with constant … [Read more...] about Shane Dawson’s new documentaries crack YouTube culture’s Kardashian problem
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CHILDREN screaming expletives down the phone have made life hell for the owners of tabletop gaming store Epic Loot Games as they try to reach Fortnite developer Epic Games. Kotaku reports that "playing bartender" to raging children taking a break from the massively popular multiplayer shooter is now almost a full-time job for store staff as they handle hundreds of calls a day. “A kid between nine and 16 screamed expletives at me,” store assistant manager Hunter Davies told Kotaku. “‘Fix your f***ing game, fix your servers.’ Then he hung up on me,” he said. Another child demanded store staff take action because his parents had stopped him playing Fortnite and were making him go to counselling because of his tantrums over the game. Frustrated players taking a break from hunting for rubber ducks and looking to complain about the state of the game, technical problems or other perceived slights don't have an official customer service line to call as … [Read more...] about Board game shop deluged with calls from foul-mouthed Fortnite players
Good and evil is barely the start of it, frankly. Fable is one of those rare, fascinating game series upon which nobody can really seem to agree about anything for very long. It's a shallow RPG, or maybe it's a canny and satirical examination of RPGs in general. It's hilarious - oh, the burping! Or maybe it's just juvenile. Let's face it: Fable's easy to the point of being obsequious, isn't it? Or maybe it's choosing to measure itself in ways that go beyond mere difficulty? It's no surprise, then, that with all this discussion churning around it, the world of Albion is so often defined by a mechanic that it doesn't even contain. As a young child, the story once went, you will find an acorn. If you plant the acorn, green shoots will emerge from the earth. Years later, after a long life of consequence and heroism, you will return to the place that you planted that acorn and a huge oak tree will tower overhead. A lovely idea, isn't it, that a game would be both so reactive and so poetic, … [Read more...] about What’s Fable really all about?
As Polygon's recent fifth birthday approached, we started thinking about what we could do to celebrate it. And what's more fun than ranking the 100 best games of all time? 500? So we did. We started by setting rules upfront. We asked everyone to vote based on innovation, polish and durability, rather than simply personal taste. We cut games released in 2017 to eliminate recency bias. And we left out sequels that we deemed too similar to the games that came before them. Then we voted, but we knew we had gaps in our knowledge on staff. So in addition to gathering votes from the Polygon team, we worked with a group of external and freelance writers to pull in their input: Kahlief Adams, Susan Arendt, Katherine Cross, Jon-Paul Dyson, Benj Edwards, Cara Ellison, JC Fletcher, Jenn Frank, Harold Goldberg, Janine Hawkins, Blake Hester, Laura Hudson, Henry Lowood, Jeremy Parish, Carolyn Petit, Andrea Rene, Jaz Rignall and Gary Whitta. Collecting all those votes together, we then combed through … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 500-401