Aliens have come to earth and want to see a video game, what do you show them? Will Call Of Duty make them think we're all super-violent? Will Halo offend them? Do UFOs like puzzle games? Will anything distract them from administering the anal probes? This is the latest in a series of big questions we'll be interrogating our writers with, so share your answers and suggestions for topics with us on Twitter. Stardew ValleyLet's pretend Earth is a gloriously peaceful place where our main concerns are growing fruit and veg, breeding cows and chickens, making cheese and wine, and trying to wed the hot doctor in town by giving him a cup of coffee every goddamn day. No war, no politics, just quiet Sundays spent sea fishing, or down the mines. It might not be the truth, but boy is it idyllic. And maybe they'll be distracted long enough to realise that Earth isn't always a pleasant place to be. Too dark? Sam LoveridgeThe SimsIs there a more human game than The Sims 4? Not … [Read more...] about What game would you show to visiting aliens?
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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