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Brazil's Video Game Gray Markets, Cuphead The Fake Outrage, The Legacy of Dragon's Lair, how the death of net neutrality can effect smaller game studios and startups like Discord, Gore As Art in The Evil Within 2, Ovosonico founder finds the best game dev ideas while staying away from games, the realities of being an indie developer, Night in the Woods creator on copyright law, Raycevick on Destiny and different types of emotions and enjoyment games of the same genre can offer, how the term grimdark seems to apply to anything with a serious or real world tone, Civilization 6 expansion news, more advertisers leave Youtube, Solutions to Fix the Game Industry, UK Gambling Commission on loot crates, Deus Ex likely to return, RagnarRox on No One Lives Forever, modernizing the classic cartoon style of Cuphead, Game Informer interviews Yoko Taro, To the Moon sequel gets trailer with loot boxes, and more.

 

Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)

 

Finding Paradise has a new release date and an unexpected trailer

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To the Moon developer Freebird Games dropped some big news for fans today: It's time to gun up, buckle in, and hang on, because on December 14 you're going... 2 The Moon.

 

The new massively-multiplayer airship brawler from the makers of PUBG is a beautiful, chaotic mess

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We go hands on with the high-flying MMO's arena combat and early questing.

 

A Thriller Where the AI Gets Stressed, Drinks Too Much, and Needs to Pee

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A game of high-stakes political intrigue, 'The Occupation' needed an AI that players could push to the breaking point.

 

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Story Trailer Shows The New Face Of War

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Sega recently announced that Valkyria Chronicles 4, the fourth game in the real-time strategy RPG series, is coming surprisingly soon in 2018. Today, the website updated with some character details and a Japanese story trailer.

'Valkyria Chronicles 4' Wants Your Faith Back

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The reveal of Valkyria Chronicles 4 proves that’s not the case. Judging by the trailer, Sega seems like it really wants to reel old fans back in and make amends by returning to the series’ roots. The in-engine story trailer shows the more practical armaments and reasonable character designs of the earlier games, as well as more mature themes like the erosion of ideals in wartime. For the first time in years, it looks like Valkyria Chronicles fans have something to be hopeful about.

 

Indies In Development: This week's most promising picks from #ScreenshotSaturday

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This is a golden age of videogames. More than ever before, people from all backgrounds are making games using freely accessible tools that industry pioneers of the '80s and '90s could only dream of. The only problem now is information overload; with more games than anyone could ever process, what are you to do?

 

Purrfect Date promises surreal, floofy feline romance and moderate-to-heavy petting

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Sometimes, all a game needs to sell itself is a concept. A silly and deeply British take on the likes of Hatoful Boyfriend set on an island full of sassy cats with a dash of mystery, roleplaying, and citing Pony Island as a key inspiration? Yeah, I'm on board for Purrfect Date.

 

Seven: The Days Long Gone has Hitman-style disguises, time-manipulating mechanics

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New trailer shows off diversity in stealth.

Open-world stealth game Seven: The Days Long Gone gets aggressive in new combat trailer

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What happens after you get caught.

 

Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War puts a hex-based 4X spin on the setting

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You can't go ten yards without tripping over a Warhammer 40,000 game these days, but this one - just announced this weekend - might be worth sitting up and paying attention to. For the first time in the grimdark future-war series' history, we get to expeirnece the familiar setting through the lens of a 4X strategy game.

 

Remedy’s next game will feature Destiny-like online elements

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It seems Remedy's next game will be taking cues from online-connected titles like Destiny.

 

Magibot is a 'strategy platformer' about a cute robot wizard

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Generally, platformers emphasize quick reflexes over careful strategy. Strategies rarely evolve beyond 'jump over the thing.' Not so in Magibot, a self-proclaimed hybrid of "both strategic and 2D platformer gameplay" starring Ilo, a robot magician. As Ilo, you use 'magic blocks' to create a navigable path, and then you navigate it yourself.

 

Regain Your Memories Before Time Runs Out In The Longest Five Minutes

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The amnesiac hero trope gets taken to a whole new level in The Longest Five Minutes, an upcoming JRPG from NIS America.

 

Invade parody films in 2D platformer Epic Loon

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A tribute to the films of the '80s and '90s.

 

Nihon Falcom's RPG Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is coming to PC next month

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It's the third JRPG the developer has ported to PC this year.

 

Floor Kids ‘Highlights’ trailer

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Switch breakdance game due out this holiday.

 

Build a low-poly Jurassic Park in dinosaur park sim Parkasaurus

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Parkasaurus is an aptly titled, low-poly dinosaur park management sim from two-person Canadian developer Washbear. It's coming to Steam Early Access in spring 2018, Washbear announced today, and it's bringing a variety of Jurassic challenges with it.

 

Check out the surprisingly explosion-heavy trailer for Europa, Tencent's new battle royale

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Tencent have just released a trailer for their upcoming battle royale shooter Europa.

 

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds unveils two new guns

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Available on test servers this week.

Tencent get exclusive rights to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in China

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Chinese tech giant Tencent will publish PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China. The partnership was announced earlier today.

PUBG dataminer uncovers 3 new weapons and a flare gun

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And renamed desert map locations.

PUBG is heading to mobile

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A mobile version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is in development, Tencent announced this week. The mega-publisher is working with developer Bluehole to port the Windows PC hit to smartphones for Chinese audiences.

 

Total War: Warhammer 2 will soon give Old World Lords immortality

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Not long ago, Creative Assembly implemented a series of changes to the original Total War: Warhammer intended to make the game’s original races more viable against the creeping power of the DLC factions. The Foundation Update addressed these issues, and it seems some similar changes are coming to the sequel’s continent-spanning Mortal Empires campaign.

 

Everything we know about Civilization 6: Rise and Fall

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Civilization 6's first expansion is coming on February 8, and it's big.

8 new features coming to Civ 6 in the Rise and Fall expansion

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The first major expansion for Civilization VI has been announced. It's called Rise and Fall, and here are eight features it's going to bring to the game.

 

Bungie Changes Destiny 2 XP System After Players Discover It Was Rigged

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Bungie has announced that it’s changing how Destiny 2 handles experience points. The move comes in response to players who have been raising questions about it over recent days, with a growing consensus that the system was rigged.

Destiny 2's XP scaling is gone, but it now takes double the XP to earn a loot box

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After Bungie said Destiny 2's controversial XP scaling system would be deactivated "effective immediately," community testing suggests that you now need twice the previous amount of XP to gain a new level and, accordingly, a Bright Engram.

Bungie Cancels Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Stream To Address Fan Anger

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In the wake of widespread anger over the state of Destiny 2, Bungie said today that it is canceling tomorrow’s livestream, which was meant to be the third of three streams promoting the game’s upcoming expansion, Curse of Osiris. Instead, Bungie said, it will address the overall state of the game tomorrow in a blog post.

 

Two years after its launch, Rainbow Six Siege gets an option to report toxic behaviour

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Rainbow Six Siege players will be able to report teammates for toxic behaviour. The new option is currently available on the game’s technical test server.

 

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam update adds Australian forces, new weapons, attack helicopter

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Alongside a limited-time 50 percent Steam discount.

 

Star Wars: Battlefront II Data Miner Discovers Hidden Character Customization Menu

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A data miner on Reddit, known as uninspired_zebra, has discovered a hidden character customization menu within Star Wars: Battlefront II.

EA Doesn't Think Players Want Darth Vader In Pink, 'Not Giving Up' On Battlefront 2 Microtransactions

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 continues its rollercoaster ride post-release. After a microtransaction fiasco lead Disney to intervene and a swarm of angry fans, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen had a chance to speak at this year's Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on a number of topics, including its dedication to microtransactions and how it plans and doesn't plan to implement them.

 

Nioh's PC port to add mouse and keyboard support in update this week

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A sloppy port mars Nioh's opening hours, said Tom earlier this month of Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja's latest ARPG. The one-time console-exclusive is now lining up an update which aims to address some of its issues on PC.

 

Ninja Theory in profit only three months after Hellblade launch

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Game way ahead of nine-month target as it approaches 500,000 sales

 

Deus Ex is likely to return after Eidos Montreal’s Marvel game

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We knew that Eidos Montreal’s third Deus Ex game was shelved to shift development to a new Marvel title following Square Enix’s licensing deal with Disney. But that news coupled with Mankind Divided’s poor sales had many Deus Ex fans speculating about whether or not the cyberpunk franchise would be returning at all.

East meets West: Yosuke Matsuda on growing Square Enix's global empire

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The CEO tells GamesIndustry.biz how a blend of Western and Japanese games, plus both AR and VR, will bolster the firm's future

 

Sources: Gazillion have fired most their employees and will shut down Marvel Heroes tomorrow

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A source has shared a company-wide email from Gazillion CEO David von Dorman with reporter Jay Allen that confirms details alleged by employees yesterday evening. The email tells employees that there has been "a company-wide reduction in force" and that "The bank has decided not to pursue any course of action that sees Gazillion meaningfully continue into the New Year and this requires that the company terminate its workforce."

 

“People in AAA talk about games being mainstream - they're not”

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But they soon will be, and Massimo Guarini founded Ovosonico to be a different kind of studio, making a different kind of game

 

"It's not Hitman without IO": Why Square Enix set the franchise free

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President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda tells GamesIndustry.biz the reasons behind the surprise split with IO Interactive

 

Ultra Sun and Moon Shouts Out The Time Iwata Helped Save Pokémon

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Last week, fans discovered that the latest Pokémon games reference beloved Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, who died in 2015. The easter egg is touching, but it’s also kind of brief. Here’s the full story behind how Iwata saved Pokémon—and a closer look at why the man became so legendary.

 

PlayStation exec: "Sometimes we announced games too early"

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PlayStation Worldwide Studios SVP Michael Denny on why Sony took as long as it did to announce Sucker Punch's new IP, Ghost of Tsushima

 

A Fond Farewell to Demon’s Souls’ Servers

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It’s not every day we get to bid farewell to a title supported for more than 8 years, especially one so foundational to how we play games today.

Demon's Souls Servers Are Shutting Down, Removing Part Of What Made The Game Great

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Today, Sony Entertainment and Atlus announced that the online servers for Demon’s Souls will shut down next year on February 28th. The game, which mixed online and single-player elements, will transform into something completely different. This begs the question: how do we preserve experiences tied to online features?

 

FIFA 18 fans organize Black Friday in-game purchase boycott

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Facing consumer anger, Electronic Arts was recently forced to cancel in-game purchases, also known as loot crates, for Star Wars Battlefront 2. Now the company is dealing with another consumer backlash, this time with its highly lucrative FIFA 18.

 

Firms ditch YouTube ads over predatory comments on videos of children

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Despite YouTube promising to take an “even more aggressive stance” against predatory behaviour, the confectionery giants Mars and Cadbury, the supermarket Lidl, Deutsche Bank and Adidas have led a wave of brands removing advertising from YouTube.

 

Business is booming for Valve, as Steam sees over 17 million concurrent users this Saturday

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For so many developers and publishers, these are dangerous times. Incomes falter, staff get laid off, companies shuffle budgets away from interesting properties in favour of safe bets. But for one company - Valve - things couldn't be looking brighter.

 

EA’s day of reckoning is here after ‘Star Wars’ game uproar, $3 billion in stock value wiped out

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Electronic Arts' shareholders are running for the hills this month and for good reason.

 

Divinity: Original Sin 2 has now sold over 1,000,000 copies

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You can’t slow down Divinity, because Original Sin 2 has now surpassed 1,000,000 copies sold.

 

Sony posts record Black Friday hardware sales

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Head of PSN Eric Lempel says company sold more PlayStations over the weekend than in the 23-year history of the brand

 

Global gaming revenue on par with sports at $149bn for 2017

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Software revenue alone expected to reach $143.5 billion by 2020

 

14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Says He's A Scapegoat

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Last month, Epic took the unusual step of not just banning two Fortnite players from the game for cheating, but taking them to court. It’s since been revealed that one of the accused is only 14 years old, and his mother is not happy.

 

Games could be hit hard by net neutrality's death

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This is class warfare and gamers and small game companies are in the crosshairs

 

The State Of Hawaii Investigating EA For "Predatory Practices"

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Yesterday, Democratic State Representative from Hawaii Chris Lee held a press conference to explain that the state of Hawaii is going to be investigating legislation banning games like EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II from being played by young children, both in Hawaii and possibly pursuing it on a national scale.

 

Victorian gambling commission: "What occurs with 'loot boxes' does constitute gambling"

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Commission has limited options for enforcement, looks to work with other agencies to bring about change

 

UK Gambling Commission weighs in on loot crate legality

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The U.K. Gambling Commission today posted a statement clarifying that video game loot boxes do not qualify as gambling under current British law. However, the statement also warns that loot boxes show how “the line between video gaming and gambling is becoming increasingly blurred.”

 

Witcher 3 Development Is Over, But One Of Its Designers Is Still Making Mods

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In the two and a half years since it was released, The Witcher 3 has received hundreds of mods from enthusiastic fans. Some were silly, others were deadly serious, but the latest is a litany of unofficial improvements done as a side project by one of the game’s original developers.

 

Esports News

 

The Weekend In Esports: European Counter-Strike And Hadocon VIII

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It’s a relatively quiet weekend in competitive gaming given the American holiday and the general winding down of the year over all. As a result, Europe takes center stage with the conclusion of the Blast Pro Series and WESG 2017 qualifiers.

 

Riot Games Admits They Had No Plan In Place For Abusive Pros

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The League of Legends Championship Series has issued a 20-month suspension of Li “Vasilii” Wei Jun in response to abusive behavior he displayed last month on his Twitch channel. During one of his broadcasts, the pro gamer screamed and threatened his then-girlfriend and overturned furniture, culminating in a visit from local police.

 

Rainbow Six Pro League Season 3 Finals showcase the very best of live esports and Siege

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It is a fine November morning in Sao Paulo and I am spending it in a hot, sticky warehouse watching other people play videogames - I could not be happier about it.

 

Tekken 7 Competition Concludes With Miraculous Comeback

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The Japanese tournament Mastercup has few equals when it comes to Tekken competition, and the ninth installment of this annual event certainly lived up to its pedigree last weekend. The stunning conclusion saw one competitor singlehandedly defeat five straight opponents to earn his team a grand finals victory.

 

Guy Wins Mobile Game Tournament, Has Nothing To Say

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Tomato, the Shanghai finalist for Summoners War, went on to become its first world champion after a full day of harrowing matches against other elite players. When asked if he had anything to say to fans in the audience and online, he said “No.”

 

Germany’s Major Esports Organisations Join Together to Form National Federation

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Twenty esports teams, together with tournament organiser ESL and the German Games Industry Association (BIU), announced the foundation of the Esport-Bundes Deutschland (ESBD). One of the organisation’s expressed goals is to bridge the gap between the local esports associations and Esports.BIU, a group of game publishers within BIU, focused on the competitive scene.

 

UPDATE: Arrest Warrant Issued Against Former KeSPA President, Charges Expanded

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24/11/2017 — Just days after issuing a statement denying any wrongdoing, former Korean e-Sports Association president Jun Byung Hun has been issued an arrest warrant for charges including embezzlement and bribery. Government prosecutors probing Jun’s actions while running KeSPA claim to have found multiple incidents of corruption that reach into the Korean gaming and media industries.

 

A Critical Look at the Ecosystem, Part 1: Esports is Not Just About the Top 1%

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This is the first in a two-part guest series, written by Hendrik Mokrusch, looking at the esports ecosystem. Specifically, the semi-pro scene and what needs to improve from an academic standpoint.

 

Competing in America's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament: Evo 2017

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Waypoint Presents: Evolution profiles the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) through the eyes of two of the best in fighting games - SonicFox of Echo Fox and Punk of Panda Global.

Our focus on SonicFox, the world's #1 Injustice and NRS Fighting Game player, brings us to the top 8 finals as he competes in Injustice 2, documenting his rise through the rankings to a close final, where he competes to defend his title as a 4-time EVO champion. Punk takes us through the Street Fighter V brackets as we document his rise to the Grand Finals of EVO.

 

Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)

 

Du Lac & Fey: Dance Of Death

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Narrative adventure in which Arthurian immortals Sir Lancelot Du Lac and Morgana Le Fey hunt Jack the Ripper

 

NES-inspired platformer Super Mighty Power Man cancels Kickstarter, but publishers are interested

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Developer tells fans that the game "will get funded and published at some point"

 

Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)

 

I thought I could ship at least 700 units to stay in business

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I'm not having the best of time writing this post but I feel like I have to. I have been warned against going full time indie by everyone on the internet and by my friends and family. I believed I could make it, all I had to do was ship just 700 units of my game on steam. I'm not even close. And I've been in the industry for at least 7 years working for studios like Gameloft and Mobility-Games and as a freelancer and party-time indie dev. I've released a few games before on my own and I believed Steam to be the magical unicorn that has my back and fills up your pockets. Now, I'm not sure I'll still have a house past December. Here's my story.

 

The sunk cost fallacy: Devs describe how it almost destroyed them

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Sometimes game development goes wrong. It happens — technical problems emerge, designs can sound better on paper, early decisions can cause difficulties later on. It's just a reality of the craft that you will have failures and mistakes during development.

But what if you refuse to accept that a feature or project needs to be dropped or changed?

 

25 years ago, Mortal Kombat redefined American video games

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Midway’s fighter helped the US game market find its own identity.

 

If Shadowrun: Dragonfall is 'grimdark,' where does that leave us?

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Once the domain of wannabe-edgy SFF writers, these days 'grimdark' seems to apply to nearly anything with a serious tone.

 

Poetry in games

Thread on bad poetry in games.

 

Game designer explains how copyright law affects fan art and merch

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Scott Benson (@bombsfall) gets repeated requests to use images from his game Night in the Woods on stuff like shirts, keychains and other items. Unfortunately, in order to prevent exploitation of his work at a grand scale, he can't grant those requests, even when they come from fans just looking to make cool stuff.

 

Zelda concert producer: "I just want to bring video game music to the masses"

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Jason Michael Paul looks back on 14 years of creating video game concerts

 

Nier’s Yoko Taro On Success, Drinking, And Death

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Best known for directing the Nier and Drakengard series, Yoko Taro reached a new level of success after teaming up with Platinum Games for Nier: Automata, which sold over two million copies. We chatted with Taro about his newfound success and what's next. Just like his esoteric games, our talk was anything but ordinary.

 

Why, Two Years Later, Sci-Fi Horror 'Soma' Is Nerfing Its Monsters

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“I am still very much for removing combat as core mechanic in horror games,” he said. “The main reason for this is that once you add combat there is a huge shift in the game's focus, both from a player and design point of view. But the problem I am currently having with it is that it often makes the core play loop so quite boring. [..] You run, you hide and you do some sneaking. This means that you limit the type of experiences quite a bit. It also means that your gameplay is not very active as stealth in horror games is a lot of about simply waiting.”

 

How do you get bookworms into games?

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Games have plenty of antecedents in literature, but reading-heavy games have faced an uphill battle gaining recognition in the West.

 

Gore as Art in The Evil Within 2

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The Evil Within 2 is a game, one can sense, where an enormous amount of development resource was spent on getting the gory details just right. When hard-bitten protagonist Sebastian Castellanos pulls the trigger, and an enemy skull explodes into fragments, it is satisfying on the basest of levels.

The Evil Within 2's Real Horror Lurks Beneath the Surface

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One of life’s difficult realisations is that you can’t do everything. You’ll miss opportunities, fail to notice others, and sometimes act in ways which, years later, come back to hit you with the force of a train. But enough about me. The Evil Within 2 is developed by Tango Gameworks, directed by John Johanas, and produced by Shinji Mikami. It’s ostensibly a horror-slash-action title, but under the skin there’s something much more interesting going on.

 

Opinion – Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is The Queer Love Story I’ve Always Wanted In A Game

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Life is Strange dug its hooks in me with a genuine and heartfelt tale. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between its two teenage protagonists Max and Chloe blossom. Their connection is magnetic, and I often felt a spark between them. In one scene, I had the choice to let Max kiss Chloe. In another, they swam in an indoor pool at night time, speaking earnestly about the positive influence they have on one another. While I enjoyed these moments, I kept waiting and hoping for this intimacy to progress – but it never did in a satisfying way.

 

The Newest Batman Video Game Is One of the Best Explorations of the Joker in Years

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Episode three of Batman: The Enemy Within delivers a compellingly sympathetic portrait of a character that we’ve been trained to immediately hate on sight.

 

'Assassin's Creed Origins' Replaces Revenge With Justice

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Aya is not the main character of 'Origins' but her dawning political awareness is what gives the game—and the series—its meaning.

 

My Last Night With 'The Tomorrow Children'

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Until it shut down on November 1st, Tomorrow Children was a game whose mere existence was a little amazing to me. From the first time I saw footage I was transfixed by just the idea of it. Its player characters—little girls with identical chestnut bobs, an army of carved wooden dolls wearing kicky little pinafores—scurried like ants across a landscape cut from unfamiliar and fantastical materials. Crystal and beeswax, gold and hammered tin, shaped into the most surreal landforms possible.

 

Nier: Automata still needs a patch on PC, 8 months later

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A great community-made tool fixes the port's issues, but it deserves an official patch.

 

Super Mario Odyssey benefits from unlimited lives

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By doing away with a series staple, Odyssey changes how players interact with the game.

 

Watching History Fade Away in 'Call of Duty: WWII'

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Call of Duty: WW2 exists at the ragged end of a long chain of mediated history and fading memory. It is a pastiche of other games that, in turn, were more directly re-creating other movies and shows, which had themselves been informed by the gauzy Greatest Generation historiography of the 1990s. CoD:WW2 isn’t quite a World War 2 game about World War 2 games, but it reflects the obsessions and tics of its medium. In its telling, Europe was liberated by squads of melodramatic, heroic archetypes on a high-stakes achievement hunt.

 

The hottest video games of the year can be great teaching tools

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Robert Whitaker is assistant professor of European history and digital humanities at Louisiana Tech University. He is the creator and host of History Respawned, a podcast and YouTube series about history in video games.

 

Everything is Going to Be OK is about the circus performance of being all right

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A bean-shaped rabbit is impaled on some sort of prehensile spike, but it's fine. "That was surprisingly survivable!" the rabbit shouts, before making a randomly-generated, completely inexplicable motivational poster to help you be inspired by their life experience.

 

An ode to the sniper rifle

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Invisibility, invulnerability, and instant kills: the sniper rifle is a cheat code with a trigger.

 

Halcyon Dreams: The Legacy of Dragon's Lair

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A look into Dragon's Lair's impact on gaming, how long this impact lasted, what its creators did next, and who its creators really are.

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Cuphead: The Fake Outrage

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it is with a heavy heart that i must announce that the gamers are at it again

 

Found In Translation: Final Fantasy VII, Part Seven

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I have been playing through Final Fantasy VII in Japanese and English at the same time. This is part seven of my series comparing the two languages' scripts.

 

Brazil's Video Game Gray Markets

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Brazil's complicated history with electronics has created an alternate universe of video games.

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Destiny & Horizon

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Games as Lit. 101 - Quick Time Events & Context

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Quick time events are pretty hated, but they haven't always been! So we're going to talk about why that is, and how visual and narrative context can turn otherwise uninteresting gameplay into something really special.

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The Rise and Fall of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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No One Lives Forever | Forgotten Gems

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In this series, we're delving into video game oblivion.
Titles that have, at some point, fallen into obscurity.

Today, we're covering Monolith's spy movie homage and parody No One Lives Forever (aka The Operative: No One Lives Forever) and its sequel No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s way featuring the first female FPS protagonist Cate Archer.

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What Happened to Warframe? | The Game that Was Supposed to Fail

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If you were looking for a game in 2017, Warframe probably wouldn't be the first game that you thought of. Warframe was a game that was supposed to fail, a game that was never supposed to make it onto your ps4, and yet today its a game that may have managed to beat the odds. This Warframe review of its journey as well as a review of where it is at now, will look at things from every perspective in order to get a fuller picture on whether or not this game has become more than what was expected of it.

 

Why Resident Evil 7 Works

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In this video; I take a look at this year's reboot of one of the long-running survival horror series and explain how it brought the original's brand of restraint and scares back from the dead.

 

TMNT 4: Turtles in Time | The Completionist | New Game Plus

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Next episode of New Game Plus: TMNT Turtles in Time! Now, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a huuuuuuge part of my childhood and my obsession with them might have saved my life. How can that be? Guess you better watch my Turtles in Time review!

Sunday evening. You’re sitting around the sewer watching your main reported, April O’Neil do a live remote from the Statue of Liberty. Then it happens. A humungoso flying android screams out of the sky and rips Lady Liberty from her foundation, sending hundreds of freaked out tourists into the harbor below. “No way!” cries Raphael. “Way,” replies Donatello. And the crazy quantum chase is on! Face all your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villains in the classic SNES video game TMNT 4: Turtles in Time.

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Peering into Cuphead: Modernizing the Classic Cartoon Style

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As a lifelong fan of classic, hand-drawn animation, Cuphead was instantly on my radar when it released back in September. This game is masterfully done. It combines gameplay with the style of Fleischer's classic cartoons in an absolutely awe-inspiring way. There's so much love and care put into this game, and I cannot praise it enough.

 

Off Camera Secrets | Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - Boundary Break *FIXED*

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Exploring beyond the camera restrictions of Super Smash Bros Wii U.

"Why did you reupload?" - The original had some flickering to it and a fan cleaned it up for me. Reuploading oftentimes hurts a video and channel more than it helps. But sometimes you got to take the hit, not for money or subs. But to leave behind something you're proud of. Included is 2 minutes of extra footage if you're willing to help this version get some exposure. Thanks everyone!

 

Big Huge Charity - Giving in the Games Industry - Extra Credits

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This episode brought to you by DomiNations! Try the game free: http://smarturl.it/BigHugeCharity The games industry gives less to charity than any other major entertainment industry, but charity events can be great both for business AND for making the world better. DomiNations (Big Huge Games) shared data from their own charity events to help us show how!

 

Reliving the Horror: Taking Resident Evil 7 Forward by Looking Back

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In this 2017 GDC talk, Capcom's Koshi Nakanishi and Peter Fabiano explain how Capcom took the Resident Evil franchise somewhere new and different, while keeping true to the series' original concepts.

 

Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies

 

What Happened When The Guy Who Remixes Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan Met Jeff Kaplan

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When Dinoflask first started making comedy videos of Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, he never could’ve imagined he’d one day be surprising the man himself to celebrate his 15th anniversary at Blizzard. Heck, he could barely believe it right before it happened.

 

Solutions to Fix the Game Industry

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"But it's satire!!!"

All I need is ten minutes of your time to explain how we can further optimize the return on our options for greater quarter-end bonuses. Trickle your stock options down, fellow investors. It's finally time for pride and accomplishment to win out over the disdain and anxiety that's being felt by many our customers. Power to the players!

 

Things I Missed From Previous Weeks

 

Sonic, the Most Sincere Hedgehog in the World

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Sonic, I was told, was garbage. A childish series that had failed to make the transition to 3D. Its attempts at storytelling were juvenile, it played poorly, and it might have even never been good.

It was time to grow up and play games for adults, games about bipedal nuclear weapons, terrorism and geopolitics. It was time for real art games about your immigrant cousin who won’t stop asking to go bowling. Games where you stab rock monsters in the head to save your girlfriend, or where you protect your surrogate daughter, or even ones where you protect your surrogate daughter who is actually your real daughter, then feel the pain of the White Man’s Burden and open some portals to alternate realities where slave uprisings are just as bad as slavery.

 

The Developer Who Made 100 Games in Five Years

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James Cox wanted a way to find out if he'd be any good at making games, so he came up with a ridiculous challenge.

 

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood uses zombie schlock to talk about white supremacy

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Lesser known than The New Order or the recently released The New Colossus, 2015's Wolfenstein: The Old Blood actually plays into the themes of its brethren better than you might think.

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