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The Weekender: buying games, investigating atmosphere, and recreating a cult classic

The Weekender: buying games, investigating atmosphere, and recreating a cult classic


The best of the week gone by

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again. You can follow along below, or keep up to date on Flipboard.

  • Review

    Xbox One review

    The new Xbox is far from a traditional console: it wants to take over your entire TV by moving between apps, games, and shows without ever getting in the way. Can it live up to that ambitious goal and actually be a fun way to play games?

  • Feature

    Treasured moments? Inside the weird world of 4D prenatal portraits

    Expensive medical technology is being turned into something of a novelty by services offering "4D scans" of growing fetuses. There's certainly something neat about it, but could it actually have any medical value?

  • Report

    MAVEN takes off: what you need to know about NASA’s new mission to Mars

    NASA launched its latest mission to Mars on Monday, sending off a probe named MAVEN that's been 10 years in the works. Its goal? To study Mars' atmosphere and find out a bit more about what happened to its once-watery surface.

  • Review

    Nokia Lumia 2520 review

    Nokia's first Windows tablet is a gorgeous, bright-red slate with one big advantage over its competitors: built-in LTE. Can great build quality and constant connectivity create the perfect mix of tablet and laptop?

  • Interview

    ‘I wasn’t scared’: Spike Lee on reimagining ‘Oldboy’

    Spike Lee has taken on the daunting task of adapting a cult classic film for American audiences. We spoke with Lee about how he approached Oldboy, whether he worries about fans' reactions, and how he's liked working through Kickstarter.

  • Report

    Cash for climate change: poor countries want payback for pollution they didn't cause

    At the UN, countries harmed by climate change are looking for answers from some of the biggest greenhouse gas contributors. Their request for money is gaining attention, but naturally, no one's eager to pay up.

  • Report

    What's the best way to spend $600 on games right now?

    It's hard not to want Microsoft and Sony's new game consoles, but holding off — or heading down a route less traveled — could just get you a lot more bang for your buck. We checked out all of the options worth considering when shopping for the holidays.

  • Review

    'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' review: dystopia done right

    Bringing a book to film is never easy, especially when its big budget demands something simply explosive. But Catching Fire might just manage to build a real and scary world — and do it even better than its predecessor.

  • Report

    Putting Pencil to Paper: FiftyThree debuts the best iPad stylus yet

    Tablets and styluses should go together like pencil and paper, but so far they haven't really done that. Now the team at Paper — the dreamers behind Microsoft's canceled Courier project — are finally making it a reality through a careful set of tools on the iPad.

  • Report

    Syria's polio outbreak could resurrect a once-rare disease

    Polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years. Now scientists are concerned that it might spread to Europe, and the UN is launching the Middle East's biggest vaccination campaign ever to put a stop to it.