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Culture doesn’t cynically refer to the latest entertainment news. Culture is the collection of creative achievement. It encompasses books, movies, television, music, video games, internet memes, and thousands of branches of art. At The Verge, we construct entry points both into the mainstream and the niche, the tentpoles and the hidden gems, to help make the most notable and discussed parts of the cultural conversation understandable and accessible to everyone.

Is Drake's new ‘playlist’ an evolution of music or just flashy marketing?

Xbox Live will soon allow custom profile pics

A surreal film explores loneliness through YouTube culture

BBC America is bringing Top Gear to the US again

The Walking Dead still hasn’t solved its identity crisis

All filler, no killer

AccuWeather’s VR app is like dystopian design fiction

Mass Effect: Andromeda is a thrilling sci-fi drama stuck to a boring game

YouTube apologizes for hiding LGBTQ users’ videos in its Restricted Mode

Standby is a brilliant buddy cop drama told in under five minutes

Amazon’s pilot for Oasis raises more questions than it answers

The Belko Experiment edges up to horror-satire, but settles for splatter

The cannibal movie Raw is an incredible coming-of-age film, and if you say you fainted you’re lying

The wonderfully spooky adventure game Oxenfree is now on iPhone

Indie games get a permanent home on the App Store

This space heater for fingers probably won’t burn your hands off

Netflix is testing a button for skipping the opening credits

Monopoly will replace boot, thimble, and wheelbarrow pieces in new edition

Footage of the new 3D Sonic game looks awfully familiar

Like Sonic Generation for a new generation

Why Breath of the Wild is the future of blockbuster games

Five reasons to give the new Top Gear a chance

BBC Dad meme knockoffs can’t improve what’s already a perfect storm of comedy

In 2010, The Social Network was searing — now it looks quaint

Netflix poll: stars or thumbs?

Nintendo doubles Switch production plans after strong demand: WSJ

Spider-Man villain Venom will get his own movie in October next year

Netflix is ditching five-star ratings in favor of a thumbs-up