Vox Media Week: Polygon
Polygon is an exciting and innovative gaming publication, focusing on more than just news and updates. This well-rounded and thorough outlet focuses on the entire ecosystem, from fans to creators. Learn more about Polygon and what’s next for gaming below!
Polygon was built to cover more than the newest gaming releases: it is about the people who make them, their cultural impact, the fans who love them and the history that preceded them. Polygon eschews the product-focused perspective that most gaming outlets have clung to for the past 30 years. We love games, but what we’re really obsessed with are the people who make them and love them. It’s a new approach to games journalism that puts people before products, and it’s all presented with style and presentation made to delight the reader while never talking down to them.
Gaming is at a really unprecedented time where the industry is ever so slowly being ceded to smaller developers, as massive art and animation studios continue to layoff and downsize. Seeing this we realized that the next decade of the industry wouldn’t just be a story written by annualized franchises and gargantuan publishers but by the independent developer disrupting the whole system. We’re moving into a more humane age of gaming, maybe even the age of the auteur, and an outlet that doesn’t embrace that risks losing the plot entirely.
We’re going to continue to find new ways to tell stories, especially with regards to our video offerings. We’ll also be embracing video in our reviews department, trying to find a way to present video reviews in a compelling way that hasn’t been done before. And we’ll continue to expand our staff, increasing the range and depth of the stories we’re able to tell.
What are you looking forward to in gaming in 2013?
By all external signs, this will be the year we see the eighth generation of game console, which very well could be the last console generation, at least in the cyclical way we’ve come to think about it. As ever, we’ll see developers’ creativity sparked by the new tech, and watch as they try to test its limits. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got online social gaming, mobile gaming and an indie-friendly PC game distribution that makes for as welcoming a climate as has ever existed for independent developers and small teams looking to create something outside the norm. It looks to be a year of sweeping change, and we’re thrilled to watch it unfold and tell those stories to our readers.