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The Game Awards 2017

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Tune in for The Game Awards 2017 and find out who the biggest winners of 2017 are.

Josef Fares: "All publishers fuck up sometimes"

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"EA has been very good to me, and to be honest with you—because it's nice to hate EA, blah, blah, I don't care about that shit—what I'm saying is this, all publishers fuck up sometimes. That's how it is. They fuck up. But that's what it is. In this case, it's like they've been treating me very well, I have 100 percent of the income to my team for the game I'm doing, you know?"

Carol Shaw awarded 'Industry Icon' honour at The Game Awards

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Legendary developer of River Raid celebrated for her work in the games industry

All The Big Games And Announcements At The 2017 Game Awards

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Tonight in Los Angeles, a bunch of game developers won well-deserved honors for the games they released in 2017. A bunch of other people showed off games that won’t be out until 2018 or later. 00:00 00:00

Zelda Wins Game Of The Year At The 2017 Game Awards

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to snatch the 2017 Game Awards GOTY from a crowded field of contenders that included Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and somewhat controversially, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Developer defends ‘fuck the Oscars’ rant from The Game Awards

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‘I was caught up in the moment’

Despite Game Awards 2017’s record success, Geoff Keighley doesn’t want it to be gaming’s Oscars

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Viewership was up 200 percent, thanks to premieres

 

Here's What Happened At PSX 2017's Opening Night

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PlayStation Experience was organized a little differently this year with its game showcase taking place last night rather than today and no real keynote speech. Announcements were a little light as well. Regular games are still getting new VR capability added and hey, MediEvil is getting remastered.

PlayStation Experience indies round-up: Flipping Death, Donut County, Jupiter & Mars, Iconoclasts, Moonlighter, tons more

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It wouldn’t be PSX without a look at some of the lovely indie titles coming to PlayStation 4.

 

New Beyond Good And Evil 2 Video Shows Off The Game's Progress

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Ubisoft offers another look at its ambitious space-pirate game.

 

New Metro Exodus trailer released at The Game Awards

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4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter installment is looking grim.

 

A Long Look At Death Stranding, Which Is Still Weird As Hell

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Tonight we got an extended look at Hideo Kojima’s next big project, Death Stranding. It appears that Norman Reedus’ character has crash landed somewhere dangerous, where invisible creatures roam the land. The whole thing gives off a horror game vibe, so maybe we don’t have to be sad about never getting that Silent Hills collaboration anymore. 00:00 00:00

Kojima fans try to make sense of Death Stranding’s latest trailer

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All the theories and possible clues we might have missed

 

Bayonetta 3 Announced, Is Switch Exclusive

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Nintendo said at The Game Awards that Platinum Games is developing Bayonetta 3 exclusively for the Switch.

Bayonetta 1 & 2 Are Coming To The Nintendo Switch

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In addition to Bayonetta 3, the earlier Bayonetta games are also headed to the Nintendo Switch, with 1 & 2 out in February 2018.

 

New Tomb Raider game in development

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Shorter period between announcement and release

 

Exclusive Interview With Mega Man 11's Creators

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In this Game Informer exclusive video, Mega Man 11's producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya and game director Koji Oda talk about the grand resurrection of the beloved Capcom series and how Mega Man 11's gameplay compares to previous entries.

 

Far Cry 5, The Crew delayed as Ubisoft revises profitability targets

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The publisher is also moving one of its unannounced titles as it expects better profit for the 2017-18 fiscal year

 

20 Minutes of Far Cry 5 Fly, Fishing, and Killing Gameplay in 4K - PSX 2017

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Flishing, Flying an airplane, and running into a wild bear in the fun Far Cry 5 demo.

 

Insomniac Games talks about what makes Spider-Man

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It’s not the suit or the powers

 

Soulcalibur VI Announced

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It’s been five years since the last main Soulcalibur release, so Namco Bandai knows it’s about time to roll out Soulcalibur VI.

Soulcalibur 6 delivers 10 minutes of gameplay from PlayStation Experience

 

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Producer explains the origins of Reversal Edge

Soulcalibur 6 will take the series back to its origins

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“Revisit the events of the original Soulcalibur”

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance too often puts realism ahead of fun

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When Kingdom Come: Deliverance won 'Best PC Game' at the 2017 Gamescom Awards, the Kickstarted, history-based, open-world RPG shared a stage with the likes of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Super Mario Odyssey, and Assassin’s Creed Origins. While those games are already in people’s homes, we still don’t really know much about this swords and shields title.

 

Overkill's The Walking Dead is a four player co-op shooter where you fight zombies and other humans

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Trailer reveals the first playable character, Aidan, a former architect.

 

A new From Software game just got teased at The Game Awards 2017

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...and it's clearly not an Armored Core game.

 

Dragon's Crown Pro Gameplay Demo Panel - PSX 2017

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The developers behind Dragon's Crown Pro come by the PSX 2017 live stream stage to show off the Remastered version for PS4.

 

Sony’s bringing back MediEvil for PS4

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The PlayStation classic is getting a remaster

 

Ni no Kuni 2 delayed a second time to March 2018

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Level-5 needs ‘a bit more time’

 

Sea of Thieves' release date has been announced

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Sea of Thieves has a release date. In a trailer shown at last night’s Game Awards, Rare revealed that their swashbuckling adventure will be available on March 20, 2018.

 

Past Cure is a John Wick-inspired psychological action game from a tiny indie team

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Stealth, slow-mo pistol shooting, and terrifying prison monsters in this indie action debut.

 

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory Trailer Shows Off Characters And Story Scenes

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Bandai Namco shared a lengthy new trailer for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory with a look at key characters, plenty of story scenes and Digimon battles as well as other gameplay elements.

 

Despite weak AI, MechWarrior 5 is shaping up to be the mech game I've always wanted

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Hands-on with the latest build from MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is coming December 2018, will have 4-player co op

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Return to the Inner Sphere and run your own mercenary company.

 

Patapon 2 Remastered Coming Out For PlayStation 4

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Patapon Remastered came out for PlayStation 4 this year on August 1, but it was announced at PlayStation Experience 2017 that it will shortly be followed by a remastered version of the sequel, Patapon 2, as Patapon 2 Remastered.

 

Thrones of Britannia's ten factions will fight for control of Total War's "most detailed" map

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Creative Assembly have revealed new details about the map for the upcoming Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia. A new blog post from the developers reveals the size of the campaign map, as well as discussing the factions, settlements, and history tied to the game.

 

Monster Hunter: World is shaping up to be exactly the evolution we hoped for

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Hands-on with the PC's first Monster Hunter.

 

A Way Out’s online co-op is playable with just one copy of the game

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There’s good news for those anticipating the upcoming cooperative prison break A Way Out – you only need one copy of the game to play online co-op with a friend.

 

Devil May Cry HD Collection announced for PC, release date set

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In today's most surprising but welcomed news: Capcom has announced the Devil May Cry HD Collection.

 

Red Strings Club provides a fresh spin on old cyberpunk cliches

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The studio behind Gods Will Be Watching is taking a novel approach with its next project.

 

DJMax Respect’s Western Version Won’t Miss Out On Any Content From Japan Or Asia

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We recently learned that DJMax Respect is headed Westward, and Siliconera spoke with producer Seung-Chul Baek of Rocky Studio who told us more about the US version of the game.

 

Square Enix explain why after 25 years cult classic Romancing SaGa 2 is heading West for the first time

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Square Enix loves do-overs. Be it full-blown remakes, subtle touched-up remasters or tweaked ‘international’ editions of their games, the Japanese RPG powerhouse is pretty big on making liberal use of its back catalogue – but despite that, some major cult hits from their past remain untouched. Fans will be pleased to hear that Romancing SaGa 2 is no longer such a game.

 

See the trailer for Campo Santo's In The Valley of Gods, coming in 2019

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Firewatch creators' next game will take us to Egypt in the 1920's.

IN THE VALLEY OF GODS ANNOUNCED FROM THE DEVELOPERS OF FIREWATCH

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In the Valley of Gods is the next game from Campo Santo, the studio behind 2016’s Firewatch. The first-person adventure game is set for release in 2019 on PC, but much like Firewatch, the team is interested in bringing it to consoles.

Introducing the Valley of Gods

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In the Valley of Gods, Campo Santo’s second video game after Firewatch, is about two women making a movie.

 

Life is Strange: Before the Storm's final episode releases this month, and here’s the full trailer

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After a quick teaser accompanying the release date announcement earlier today, Life is Strange developers Dontnod have provided a feature-length trailer for the final chapter of Before the Storm.

Talking to the voice of Rachel from Life is Strange: Before the Storm

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Kylie Brown talks about bringing Rachel Amber to life, and what's coming in Episode 3.

 

Living Dark is a neo-noir, procedural narrative adventure from Dean Hall's RocketWerkz

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Teaser trailer within contains drugs, gangsters and cyborg soldiers.

 

Super Robot Wars X Announced For PS4 And PS Vita In Japan And Asia

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The above is a look at the game’s first trailer for the Asia version, which will come with Japanese voiceover and English subtitles.

 

Dreams Creation Gameplay Demo Panel - PSX 2017

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Check out how easy Dreams aims to make it for players to create what ever kind of level they want in this new demo.

Dreams Is Hard to Explain, But It Looks Brilliant

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Dreams is one of the most exciting upcoming releases for the PlayStation 4 next year. It’s also very difficult to explain what it is.

 

Tabletop giant Fantasy Flight’s next project is a digital card game

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Fantasy Flight Interactive, the newest digital studio within Asmodee North America, has just announced its first game. Called The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, it’s a single-player and cooperative multiplayer card game based on the successful Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, released in 2011.

 

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection coming in May 2018

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Plus online play for four titles

 

Shadow of the Colossus - PSX 2017: PS4 Gameplay

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Take a look at about 14 minutes of PS4 gameplay from Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4.

 

Killing Floor Incursion VR Gameplay Demo Panel - PSX 2017

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The developers behind Killing Floor come by the PlayStation live stream stage to show off their new VR project Killing Floor Incursion at PSX 2017.

 

Golem VR Gameplay Demo Panel - PSX 2017

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The developers behind Golem come by the PlayStation live stream stage to show off the game during PSX 2017.

 

Iconoclasts release date announced in stunning animated trailer

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Iconoclasts was already an ambitious project when we first played it in March 2013.

 

Unavowed's first teaser sheds light on a supernatural adventure from Wadjet Eye

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The point-and-click tale of resistance against demonic infestation is coming next year.

 

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter developer announces dark fantasy shooter Witchfire

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No word on its release date or even if it'll be on PC, but the teaser is certainly a looker.

 

Twin-stick farming roguelike Atomicrops looks like the exact opposite of Stardew Valley

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"Shoot to till."

 

Old-school JRPG Legrand Legacy gets a release date in new trailer

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Legrand Legacy, an openly old-school turn-based JRPG, will launch on PC on January 24, 2018, according to its newest trailer. Astoundingly, that puts the PC version a full year ahead of the console versions. What sort of loopy reverse-land have we entered?

 

GTFO gameplay trailer showcases a strange, sinister underground treasure hunt

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The four-player survival-horror game was announced earlier this year.

 

Cozy sandbox RPG Deiland was inspired by Stardew Valley and Final Fantasy

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Where Stardew Valley asks you to build a farm, Deiland, an upcoming sandbox RPG from developer Chibig, asks you to build a planet. Its Kickstarter ends tomorrow, and has already raised more than double its $10,000 goal.

 

Fade to Silence is THQ Nordic's new post-apocalyptic survival game

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Developed by the studio who brought you Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.

Fade to Silence: 5 Minutes of Survival Gameplay - IGN First

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Blizzards, sled dogs, scavenging, crafting, and slicing giant ugly monsters are just some of the things you can do in this wintry survival game.

 

World War Z is a four-player co-op survival game, coming next year

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'We're all alone and they just keep coming.'

 

Watch a new trailer for Polygod, a 'minimalist rogue-like FPS' coming next year

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The brightly-colored indie shooter will leave Steam Early Access next year.

 

Porn game publisher is paying to make motorcycle brawler Road Redemption X-rated

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In an interview with PC Gamer, Mark Antoon, President of Nutaku, a digital distribution platform for adult games, revealed that they've been working with developers Pixel Dash Studios and EQ-Games to produce an adult version of Road Redemption, the motorcycle brawler developed as a spiritual successor to Road Rash.

How anime porn is giving some games a second shot at success

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The NSFW story of Nutaku, a digital distribution platform made for sex games.

 

The creators of Job Simulator are making Vacation Simulator

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When you're done VR working, it's time to VR vacation.

 

Killing Floor 2: Krampus Christmas Seasonal Event

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KILLING FLOOR 2: Krampus Christmas Seasonal Update

 

Overwatch’s holiday event returns next week with new Mei-focused mode

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It’s that time of year: Overwatch’s seasonal event for the holidays, Winter Wonderland, returns Dec. 12 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today.

Overwatch will match you more closely with players of a similar skill rating from January

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Matchmaking changes incoming for season 8.

Today’s Winter Wonderland patch brings more than skins and snowballs

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Bug fixes galore, player reports, and one quality of life fix we’ve all been waiting for

 

Total War: Warhammer 2 reveals free Skaven-themed update, out next week

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The Laboratory's battles showcase the sublime to the ridiculous.

 

Dying Light unveils Bad Blood—a PvP battle royale-style standalone expansion due in 2018

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Sign ups for its global PC playtest are live.

 

‘We’ve Made Some Mistakes’: Bungie Backtracks On Locked Destiny 2 Content

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Shortly after last week’s Destiny 2 expansion Curse of Osiris came out, it became evident that players who hadn’t bought the DLC were locked out of activities they’d previously been able to play. Today, Bungie acknowledged they’d made mistakes with the existing system and said they’re changing how it’ll work.

 

Star Wars Battlefront 2’s new trailer teases December plans

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Even setting aside the loot box debacle for a moment, it’s easy to argue that Star Wars Battlefront 2 was incomplete at release given that the singleplayer campaign ending on a To Be Continued screen.

EA May Not Bring Certain Loot Boxes Back to 'Star Wars Battlefront II'

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Electronic Arts may not bring microtransactions back to Star Wars Battlefront II, the chief financial officer of Electronic Arts told a gathering of investors earlier this week. This is the first time EA has publicly acknowledged that the controversial money-making system may not return to the Star Wars game.

 

Stardew Valley multiplayer beta coming early 2018, underwater area teased

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How would one farm underwater?

 

Civilization VI: Rise and Fall – First Look: Netherlands

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Get a first look at the Dutch civilization and its leader, Queen Wilhelmina, one of nine new leaders in the Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion.

 

PUBG 1.0 to launch December 20, desert map will go live on test servers tonight

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We expected a long-awaited substantial look at the new PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds desert map Miramar during the Game Awards tonight, but we got more than just that.

Camel toes in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds won't make it to live servers, were an accident

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ controversial camel toe was apparently an accident. PlayerUnknown himself tweeted to suggest that the character model appearing on test servers was the work of a freelancer, and had not been changed in two years.

 

Street Fighter 5’s third season of characters revealed at Capcom Cup 2017

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All six characters will be part of the Arcade Edition

 

The Division’s Free 1.8 Update Is Better Than Its Paid Expansions

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After numerous multiplayer-centric patches and expansions, The Division finally got a big improvement for solo players this week. The new update is shockingly large and shockingly good. It seems designed to make every type of Division player happy. 00:00 00:00

 

I Voice 6 Characters in 2064: Read Only Memories on PS4

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This video is sponsored by MidBoss. Check out 2064: Read Only Memories on PS4, Steam, and more:

 

US lawmaker who called out Star Wars Battlefront 2 lays out plans for anti-loot box law

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Chris Lee aims to prohibit the sale of games with 'gambling mechanisms' to anyone under the age of 21.

 

Patreon raises user fees to stabilise creator payouts

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Crowdfunding platform will add a $0.35 service charge, but creators fear this will deter subscribers

 

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“It has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option”

G2A are now selling Bitcoin vouchers

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G2A have added cryptocurrency vouchers to their storefront, offering customers a way to purchase small amounts of Bitcoin and easily add it to an online wallet. The wallet services are handled through a partnership with Crypto Voucher, and vouchers can be purchased in denominations of €25, €50, or €100.

Steam Removes Game About Hiding Porn From Your Parents

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“We got an email from Valve informing us they had decided that they view our game as porn,” Cox wrote. “Less than two months after its Steam launch, Valve banned You Must be 18 or Older to Enter.”

A Bizarre Steam Removal Shows Why Valve Is a Poor Steward of Games Culture

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"You Must Be 18 Or Older To Enter" is a serious game about porn without any pornography, so what does it say that it was singled-out for removal?

 

Crappy Games Keep Trying To Steal PUBG's Name On Steam

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds? That’s old hat. These days, I’m all about, um, *checks list* PlayerUnkn1wn: Friendly Fire, PlayerUnkn4wn: Zombie, and Battle Pixel’s Survival. 00:00 00:00

 

As Discord nears 100 million users, safety concerns are heard

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Platform is growing at 1.5 million users a week

 

Twitch sees "glimmer of hope" in battle against toxic behaviour

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Co-founder Kevin Lin tells GamesIndustry.biz he believes positivity will perpetuate out from smaller, more controlled channels

 

Google Play: Gender bias in mobile gaming needs to change

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"Change the Game" initiative launched as survey finds 47% of most active male gamers would prefer not to play with women

 

Bethesda donates $100,000 to scholarship program for women and minority students

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Wolfenstein publisher claims to have made the largest donation in ESA Foundation's history

Single-Player Games Aren't Dying, Bethesda Won't Let Them

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An interview with Bethesda's Pete Hines on single player, VR and the Switch

 

Boss Key co-founder Arjan Brussee joins Epic Games

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Brussee has parted ways with fellow co-founder Cliff Bleszinski to work on an "exciting secret project"

 

NPD Shows Dismal 'Battlefront 2' Sales At 20% Of 'Call of Duty: WWII' Sales

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NPD is reporting (via WSJ) that Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales (in the US), were only 882,000 in its debut month. This is in sharp contrast to chief Activision rival Call of Duty: WWII, which instead sold 4.4 million copies during the month using the same metric.

35% or more of EA Sports players spend on Ultimate Team

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CFO Blake Jorgensen says publisher focuses on getting people into the funnel, not on making payers spend more

 

Outlast 3 will be made 'at some point', no DLC for Outlast 2, VR game could be in the works

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Red Barrels working on "distinct experience set in Outlast universe."

 

Fortnite cheater and Epic Games settle lawsuit

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Injunction requires destruction of the software, lays out consequences if he cheats again

 

Loot boxes aren't gambling, says New Zealand government

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Department for Internal Affairs will “continue to follow the international discussion around loot boxes"

 

A Light in the Darkness: Portable Gaming in Hurricane-Wrecked Puerto Rico

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Falmung hasn't had power for months. It's unclear when he'll get power back. For now, he focuses on charging his devices.

 

Working to Make Brazil's Gaming Scene More Accessible for Deaf Players

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From esports to eduction, how developers and players are trying to create opportunity and accessibility for Brazilians who are hard of hearing.

 

Thanks to PUBG, China may now have more Steam users than any other country

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Chinese-readers account for 64.35 percent of Steam Hardware Survey respondents, compared to just 8.6 percent last year.

 

Esports News

 

The Weekend In Esports: Capcom Cup

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2017 continues to wind down but not before some of the year’s biggest tournaments play out in full. This weekend features the annual culmination of endless Street Fighter tournaments with Capcom Cup 2017 as well as lots of action in the world of competitive Call of Duty and Counter-Strike.

 

Major Call Of Duty Tournament Delayed After Bomb Threat

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The Call of Duty Dallas Open was put on hold today when the officials on site evacuated the the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. According to the city of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department received a “call about a bomb threat” there.

 

Overwatch Pro Blasts Enemy Team Into Oblivion With Moira

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Seoul Dynasty’s Ryu Je-hong is one of the best flex and support players in the world, and he showed that much and more in last night’s Overwatch League match against the Houston Outlaws.

 

This Weekend's Marvel vs. Capcom Trophy Is A Light-Up Infinity Gauntlet

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Most trophies take the shape of a cup, goblet, or maybe the side of a mountain. For this weekend’s Battle For The Stones, Capcom has opted for a giant replica of Thanos’ gauntlet, complete with light-up infinity stones.

Marvel vs. Capcom Tournament With Special Rules Lets Pro Mess With Opponent's Controls

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This weekend’s Battle For The Stones allowed players who had won past Marvel vs.Capcom: Infinite tournaments to activate “infinity gems.” In the case of Justin Wong, this meant the right to change his opponent’s controls before a game.

 

Sneaky Defuse Almost Works At Call of Duty Tournament

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Blazt was the last man alive for Ground Zero during its match against Luminosity at the Call of Duty World League Dallas stop. But while his opponent passed over him once, unnoticed among the dead around the bomb site, a double-check quickly led to a Luminosity win.

 

StarCraft Pro Wins With His Foot, Naps Mid-Match, Thinks He's The Shit (Update)

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Lim “Larva” Hong Gyu proved last night that he can win a StarCraft: Remastered match with his foot. During the finals of the Zotac Cup Masters Showmatch, Larva made quick work of his opponent’s base, and in the game’s final moments, he lifted his bare left foot onto the keyboard to tap in a few final button presses.

The StarCraft Foot Heel Won't Be Cowed By Angry Brands

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Lim “Larva” Hong Gyu won the finals of last week’s Zotac Cup Masters Showmatch while playing StarCraft: Remastered with his foot and pretending to take a nap during the match. Zotac, the hardware company sponsoring the tournament, put out a statement in Chinese threatening to “officially ban Korean player Larva from attending any Zotac Cup competition organized by Zotac,” and saying that it “really, really hopes Korean player Larva would apologize to his opponent.”

 

League of Legends will bring the esports experience home with Clash mode

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League of Legends is getting a new high-level competitive mode built for premade teams in 2018. Called Clash, this mode is Riot’s attempt to bring esports-like competition to teams of every skill level, and it’s already in beta testing with a full launch scheduled for 2018.

 

What It's Like To Watch Overwatch At A Bar

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Yesterday marked the official beginning of Overwatch League, Blizzard’s official multi-million dollar pro Overwatch proving ground. To celebrate the occasion, a San Francisco bar called Brewcade played a couple preseason matches on a big screen.

 

Google now returns esports results, but only for events broadcast on YouTube

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In addition to standard search results, Google lists all kinds of more specific types of info when you enter particular search terms. Type in weather and you’ll get a local forecast, and if you type in a math problem you’ll get a calculator with the answer waiting. You can even type in the name of particular sports team or league and get current results for the games. Now, you can even do the same with esports.

 

Esports was worth $1.5 billion in 2017

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Analyst firm Superdata predicts strong growth to continue, citing the Overwatch League and PUBG as the prime movers.

 

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

 

The rise, fall and return of Dance Dance Revolution in America

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We look at the state of the DDR community in the U.S.

 

Cuphead artists illustrate the game’s five-year dev cycle

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See what it took to make one of the year’s biggest hits

 

The history of bleem!

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As retro game prices continue to rise and old games become lost to time, emulation is an increasingly popular option for players looking to sample the classics. And yet, while their use is legal if a little murky, emulators are generally frowned upon by video game publishers, and remain the preserve of hobbyists. But what if you could go into your local game store and purchase an emulator commercially that allowed you to play games from rival formats on your PC or console? In the late 1990s, that actually happened, when a west coast tech startup named bleem! tried to take on a gaming giant.

 

The Fun is Over, We Have to Get Serious about Games

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Joe messaged back our Twitter companion “We do have keys but the game is also on Steam for free!”

Our Twitter companion immediately responded. “I think it was removed from the Steam store. I cannot find it.”

We were confused. I sent a message to Steam Support asking if there was a bug. We began looking through Steam press releases trying to figure out what could’ve happened.

Late in the day, we got an email from Valve informing us they had decided that they view our game as porn. Less than two months after its Steam launch, Valve banned You Must be 18 or Older to Enter.

 

How an amputation saved Quadrilateral Cowboy’s life

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Quadrilateral Cowboy is a firstperson puzzle game about a group of hacker friends who stage heists across a set of increasingly challenging missions. Together they tell a surprising and affecting story of professionalism, friendship and rising threat through Blendo Games’ distinctive tight cutting between interactive scenes, flipping the action from a hoverbike chase to the gang’s return to their hideout. It’s clever, pacy, and rich in detail and nuance. Pretty much, in other words, what you’d expect from Blendo Games.

 

Sunless Sea's dev couple on the choppy waters of working relationships

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While working together at Sunless Sea developers Failbetter, Lottie Bevan and Alexis Kennedy harboured a secret admiration of each other. Neither was willing to utter it out loud for fear of disrupting their professional dynamics - Bevan was a producer, and Kennedy was her manager. For either to make a move on the other felt like career suicide. But that changed when, one day, Kennedy didn’t want to share his food.

 

Watch devs tell the stories behind games like Chuchel, Heat Signature, and Untitled Goose Game

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The developer commentaries from this year's Fantastic Arcade are full of insights.

 

EA Leak Gives Us A Glimpse At How Publishers Plan Marketing Campaigns

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That said, EA warns, in my favorite line of this whole thing: “Josef as a personality is a plus, his passion is great, but need to watch out for controversy.” After watching last night’s speech, that sure seems prescient.

 

The indie dev taking his brawler on tour to test it against the toughest audiences

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The Moon Fields' creator is building community first and a game second.

 

"Smaller studios will define the future of video game storytelling"

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A fresh wave of developers aims to change the industry with narrative titles that appeal to wider audiences than anything in the charts

 

Time for games to get cultured on culture

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Far Cry 4 writer CJ Kershner says developers are getting better about depicting other groups, still have room to improve

 

Best Places To Work: How to work with graduates and students

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"Graduates are vital to the growth of the industry, yet it wasn't that long ago that many studios wouldn't even consider hiring graduates"

 

Postmortem: Mimimi's Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

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By end of December 2016, our biggest dreams came true: Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, our love-letter to Commandos and Desperados was finally released and loved by both players and press.

At the same time, we were nearly bankrupt and had already signed terminations for most of the team. There wasn’t any money left to survive for another month.

 

What devs are saying about the design of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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Nintendo released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp worldwide last month, and some devs have feelings.

 

Why so many FIFA 18 players think the computer cheats

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For years now, FIFA players have wondered whether the all-conquering football game is cheating them. Some are convinced it is.

 

We'll be talking about Super Mario Odyssey's New Donk City Festival for years to come

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This inspired tribute to Mario's roots will live on, long after the Nintendo Switch is collecting dust on shelves.

 

Horizon Zero Dawn’s racial diversity is no mistake

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It’s all explained in the lore

There’s a frequent phrase that we hear when criticizing some of the biggest brands in entertainment: “It’s explained in the lore.” From The Witcher to Game of Thrones to Metal Gear Solid 5, you can’t even lovingly suggest that the creators might have done a better job of reflecting real human diversity without the phrase cropping up.

 

'The New Colossus' Switches Tones So Often, The Game Undercuts Its Message

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When the people laughed at Wild at Heart, I was confused because the tone issues serve some greater purpose. They are meant to make you laugh, then cringe, then wonder why you might have laughed. Sadly, I don’t think many in the audience got to the last part. But when I laugh at The New Colossus, I don’t know where I am supposed to go. I’m clearly not meant to be reflecting. At best, it seems, the tonal shifts are meant to keep me from becoming incredibly depressed at how similar the policies of fictional Nazis and real-world American politicians are.

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Behind the bloodshed, Wolfenstein II depicts the quiet rise of real-world fascism

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Wolfenstein II is set in 1961, and never, and right now.

 

Playing 'Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice' With Newly Restored Hearing

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The intense and disorientating sensation of experiencing the unique sound design of 'Hellblade' following surgery to repair partial hearing loss.

 

Confessions of a Semi-Reformed Video Game Completionist

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What happens when the thing that you love is the same thing that’s holding you back

 

This trucker put a gaming PC in his big rig to deal with the isolation of the open road

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Thousands of miles from friends and family, Steven turns to gaming to survive.

 

People of the Year 2017: Larian Studios

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With Divinity: Original Sin II, the Belgian studio combined both commercial performance with creative excellence - and it did so on its own terms

People of the Year 2017: SpecialEffect

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This year has been the video game charity's biggest and most important on record

People of the Year 2017: Nintendo

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The platform holder has reversed its misfortunes over the course of an incredible year, but can it maintain that momentum in 2018 and beyond?

People of the Year 2017: Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene

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The driving force behind the biggest game of 2017 was "a photographer, a DJ, a designer" for most of his life - the remarkable rise of Brendan Greene

People of the Year 2017: Tequila Works

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The Spanish studio has come into its own in 2017 with deep and engaging titles like Rime and The Invisible Hours

 

GOTY 2017: #8 Horizon Zero Dawn

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A planet is a terrible thing to waste.

GOTY 2017: #7 Prey

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Tradition as the democracy of the dead

GOTY 2017: #6 Persona 5

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Persona 5 isn’t a game I thought I’d like. Japanese RPGs, at least in their current form, just don’t appeal to me. Many games I’ve tried — Bravely Default, Ni no Kuni, Xenoblade Chronicles X — felt endless, disrespectful of the player’s time in a world where I have increasingly less and less of it. There’s just no way I can appreciate grinding for grinding’s sake anymore. The characters and settings aren’t just fantasy- or sci-fi-weird; they’re weird-weird (“This girl is also a sword – and also a spaceship!”)

Game of the Year 2017: #5 Resident Evil 7

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Resident Evil 7 feels like an inevitability. In another plane of existence, it was Silent Hills, the ambitious reboot of that flailing franchise, preceded by the singular P.T. — the mysterious playable teaser that Konami released in August 2014. But the timeline changed. When Silent Hills was cancelled following the unusually public departure of Konami’s star developer, Hideo Kojima, it seemed for a while that P.T. would remain an isolated experience, that rare AAA short preceding the feature-length main attraction.

Game of the Year: #4 Nier: Automata

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I’d always kind of sensed that Nier fans were intense, but at this year’s Tokyo Game Show I had a chance to see it up-close.

 

The 10 Best PC Games of 2017

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When cobbling together our list of the best PC games of 2017, we took a big picture view. We aren’t restricting this list to games that are only playable on PC. We’re looking at the entire range of experiences and adventures that were released for computers in 2017, whether they also exist for a console or not. Because, if you’re really serious about your gaming PC, you might not have a console at all. You might miss out on high profile games from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft in that situation, but most major third-party games and pretty much all independent games get released for computers, so there’s more than enough to play. Here are our picks, if you need a guide.

 

Losing Player Trust - The Data Dilemma - Extra Credits

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Companies rely on metrics to tell them how players respond to a game, which can mean that short-term bumps (like revenue gained by adding microtransactions) disguises real player unhappiness with a game's quality and a publisher's integrity over time.

 

Halfcoordinated, the Max-Agility Speedrunner Gaming with One Hand

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Speedrunners take pride in blazing through games that normally take hours, even days to complete, all in record times. Today, we meet a speedrunner named Clinton “Halfcoordinated” Lexa. Clint blazes through his favorite games at record speeds – and he does it all without full use of one of his hands. We followed him to 2017's Summer Games Done Quick, an annual charity marathon for speedrunners, to find out more about speedrunning culture and his influence as a disability advocate in the gaming community.

 

Pumped to Be Here: Brazil's Game Fans

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Brazil's games, consoles, and markets may seem strange, but there's plenty that's familiar, too.

Support Cloth Map on Patreon! https://patreon.com/clothmap

 

Fallout 1 Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 1)

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This is the first episode in a new video series on the history of isometric CRPGs.

 

Zone of the Enders | Forgotten Gems

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Today, we're covering Hideo Kojima's Zone of the Enders and its sequel Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner by Konami. A love-letter to the popular genre of mecha-anime, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and 2003.

To support my channel, consider joining my Patreon! http://ragnarrox.com/patreon/

 

Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: Halo 2

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Halo 2 presents a significantly more complex story than its predecessor. Let's take a look at what that story is about, and how it approaches its criticism of organized religion.

Enjoy the series? Support it on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/gamesaslit101

 

Found In Translation: Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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I played the first 20 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in English. Then I downloaded the Japanese language DLC and rewatched all the cutscenes. Here is a whole buffet table of differences I noticed.

 

What If Platformers Had Fighting Game Motions? | BoukenJima

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A recent indie platformer sparked my curiosity about Fighting Game inputs and their noticeable absence from other genres. Let's talk about these inputs, why they exist and if it would be a good or bad idea to implement Fighting Game motions in other types of games, like 2D platformers.

 

What Happened To Cheat Codes?

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Video game cheat codes gave me so many memories as a kid, but we don't really see them anymore - why is that? Let's talk about the rise and fall of cheats!

 

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

 

Video games of 2017 as represented by The Simpsons

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@ColdmanHot on Twitter started a trend to present video games of 2017 as screenshots from The Simpsons, and it's the best thread we've seen all day

 

Someone made a fake coffee shop to try and get free games, it didn't work

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The last few years have seen a tonne of people reaching out to developers to try and snaffle free games. Pretending to be journalists or streamers with large audiences, the scammers are looking for keys they can keep for themselves or sell on. According to Jacob Janerka, the developer of Paradigm, he came across someone who went a step further: making up an entire cafe to try and fish for game keys.

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