Life is Strange's first episode becomes free download

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Life is Strange's first episode becomes free download

Start the beloved episodic game from the beginning at no cost

Square Enix will give away Life is Strange: Episode One indefinitely, the publisher announced this morning. Starting tomorrow, July 21, the award-winning episodic adventure game will become free to start on all available platforms.

That means that those who have yet to discover Max and Chloe's supernatural coming-of-age drama can try out Life is Strange at no cost. The remaining four episodes and the all-inclusive season pass will continue to come with a price tag, however.

How Pokémon Go could land you in court, but not protect you from it

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How Pokémon Go could land you in court, but not protect you from it

We talked to a legal expert about how the game holds up against the law

Pokémon Go could lead to unprecedented legal cases — and it might work in Niantic Labs' favor to do what it can to limit its own culpability before the game sends players to court. That’s according to one law professor, Shaun G. Jamison of Kaplan University, who spoke to Polygon about the legal repercussions Pokémon Go fanatics could face if they get overzealous about visiting PokéStops or catching Pokémon, and to what degree the developer is liable for players’ actions.

Stories of police warning Pokémon Go players to stay away have been abundant since the game’s launch, while some have already run into legal trouble in search of Pokémon and PokéStops. Jamison cited a pair of trainers hopping a fence at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio as a prime example of an illegality whose consequences Pokémon Go can’t protect you from.

Pokémon Go chat app finally arrives ... from Razer

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Pokémon Go chat app finally arrives ... from Razer

Gotta chat em all!

Pokémon Go is finally getting chat, but it’s not coming from the game’s developer.

Razer today announced a new mobile and computer messenger app for Pokémon Go that it says will interface seamlessly into the popular Android and iOS game and support team colors, a variety of chat modes and eventually pop-up chat room beacons.

Hackers take over Shuhei Yoshida's Twitter

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Hackers take over Shuhei Yoshida's Twitter

Same group that claimed to bring down Pokémon Go servers this weekend

Hackers who claimed they briefly brought down Pokémon Go's servers this weekend appear to have taken control of the Twitter account for Shuhei Yoshida (pictured above) the president of Sony Computer Entertainment's worldwide studios.

Seven tweets, sent early this morning, claim to be testing Yoshida's account security, linking to the hacker group's web page and telling Yoshida to contact them to regain control.

Hearthstone’s next adventure set likely to be announced next week

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Hearthstone’s next adventure set likely to be announced next week

We’ll know what’s next for Blizzard’s card game soon

It’s been about three months now since Blizzard released Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods, the card game’s first big expansion for 2016. Now, if an invite we’ve received from Blizzard is to be believed, the next add-on for Hearthstone is set to be revealed next week.

In an e-mail sent to Polygon earlier tonight, Blizzard invited us to tune in to a stream on the official Hearthstone Twitch channel on Thursday, July 28, at 11:00 p.m. PT.

Pro skier Matilda Rapaport killed while filming for Ubisoft

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Pro skier Matilda Rapaport killed while filming for Ubisoft

The beloved athlete was filming video for the upcoming game Steep

Thirty-year-old Matilda Rapaport, a Swedish professional skier known for participating in extreme sports events, died yesterday while filming footage to be used in connection with Ubisoft’s upcoming game Steep.

The sad news comes courtesy of The Guardian, which reports that Rapaport was caught in an avalanche in the Andes mountains, near Santiago, Chile. Rapaport posted the image above to her Instagram account one week ago, just days before she was caught in the avalanche; it shows off the equipment she was using while filming.

Canadian Pokémon Go players on why they didn't wait for the official release to start playing

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Canadian Pokémon Go players on why they didn't wait for the official release to start playing

More than 1,000 trainers show up to the launch party

More than 1,000 Pokémon Go players showed up to the base of the CN Tower in Toronto last night to trade stories, take photos, greet fellow teammates and, of course, catch Pokémon.

The event was organized by a group of passionate fans, Legacy Gamers, who wanted to celebrate the official launch of the game in Canada, nearly two weeks after it was released in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. While thousands of players turned up to play, the vast majority of them said they had no plans to wait for Niantic Labs, the game's developer, to release the title in Canada and started playing when their neighbors to the south did.

Pokémon Go player hits cop car while playing behind the wheel, all caught on camera

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Pokémon Go player hits cop car while playing behind the wheel, all caught on camera

"That's what I get for playing this dumbass game"

In the two weeks since Pokémon Go’s U.S. debut, there have been numerous reports of players getting injured while trying to catch ’em all. But perhaps nothing is as astonishing as this video from the Baltimore Police Department of a distracted driver crashing into a patrol car because he was playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel.

The accident in question took place at about 3:30 a.m. ET yesterday, July 18, according to the Baltimore Police; the location appears to be the corner of Eastern Avenue and S. Linwood Avenue in the Canton neighborhood of the city. While three cops were chatting on the sidewalk, a Toyota Rav4 drove through the intersection and struck a parked squad car. The video came from a body camera on one of the officers, none of whom, thankfully, were sitting in the police car at the time of the collision.

The second Star Wars VR experience is OK, we guess

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The second Star Wars VR experience is OK, we guess

Disney's second free app is also underwhelming

Trials on Tattooine is a free Star Wars virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive. It’s available now. You should grab it if you have a Vive; it takes about five minutes to play if you skip the opening craw,l and you get to swing a lightsaber around.

Its hard to complain about something so slight and free. I had a fun time playing it for the first time, and my children likewise had fun pretending to be Jedi in virtual reality. The individual who handles the voice-over work does a pretty good impersonation of Harrison Ford, and I instinctively ducked when the Aluminum Falcon landed above me. It’s neat to crouch down to get a sense of the R2-D2’s "real" scale.

The second Star Wars VR experience is OK, we guess

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The second Star Wars VR experience is OK, we guess

Disney's second free app is also underwhelming

Trials on Tattooine is a free Star Wars virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive. It’s available now. You should grab it if you have a Vive; it takes about five minutes to play if you skip the opening craw,l and you get to swing a lightsaber around.

Its hard to complain about something so slight and free. I had a fun time playing it for the first time, and my children likewise had fun pretending to be Jedi in virtual reality. The individual who handles the voice-over work does a pretty good impersonation of Harrison Ford, and I instinctively ducked when the Aluminum Falcon landed above me. It’s neat to crouch down to get a sense of the R2-D2’s "real" scale.