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This Week In Gaming 2-13-18

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Cecilia D'Anastasio interview employees about working at Atari in the 70s, The Ambitious Music of Tim Follin, the grandma guildmaster of Ultima Online tells her story, new Kingdom Heart 3 trailer, the history of Yakuza, Star Citizen developer meets with consumer protection group, Raycevick's The Orange Box 10 Years Later, Why Ubisoft Is Obsessed With 'Games As A Service', What EVO Japan Is Like, Twitch and Youtube get rules and guideline updates, Road to the IGF stories, Swery to relaunch The Good Life crowdfunding campaign, Sweden investigating if Loot Boxes are gambling, 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)

 

Kingdom Hearts III D23 Expo Japan 2018 Trailer Shows New Monsters, Inc. World

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Square Enix released a brand-new Kingdom Hearts III trailer at D23 Expo Japan today, where we got a first look at a new Monster, Inc. world for the game, and more from the worlds of Toy Story and Tangled.

 

Dreams: the video game that unlocks the creative genius within us all

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Ever yearned to chisel a sculpture, compose a symphony or design a gigantic neon metropolis? A riveting game from the makers of LittleBigPlanet unleashes your suppressed artist

 

Inside Yakuza 6's In-Depth Localization

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This was the first game helmed by Sega's current localization team on the series. Yakuza 5, and the much earlier predecessors, were under a different reign. Localization is a hotly contentious topic in the realm of video games. Persona 5 and Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana were controversial for their rougher localizations. For the former, clunky sentences were the worst offender, with some players blaming it on it being closer to a "translation" rather than a "localization" (the distinction being the latter molds the original language's intent to English). On the other hand, Ys 8 got a whole new localization, including updated voice acting after outcry. With the matter of Yakuza 0, there wasn't widespread unrest, only gentle jabs towards its era-confused dialogue.

Some Thoughts on Several Hours With The Very Good Crime Boys of 'Yakuza 6'

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'Yakuza 6: The Song of Life' is jam packed with fun fights, incredible dialogue, and lots of dad Kiryu.

8 Weird (And Delicious) Things We Did in Yakuza 6 - Yakuza 6 PS4 Gameplay

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Yakuza 6 is a weird and wonderful game. One minute you're beating gangsters to a bloody pulp, the next you're cuddling stray kitties or belting out a classic all on your tod in a karaoke booth. Forget that we have a young and vulnerable ward to rescue, let's go for another late lunch!

 

Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

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There's no new delivery date, but Failbetter has assured fans there was "no danger of us failing to deliver the project you backed".

 

Dontnod's Vampyr will release in June

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Dontnod’s bloodsucking RPG Vampyr is due for release on PC in June, after being delayed from November last year.

 

Fear Effect: Sedna Set For March 2018

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Fear Effect: Sedna, a new entry in the Fear Effect series that raised €107,285 on Kickstarter, has a release date.

 

Piracy makes Pillars of Eternity II's seas more enticing than the land

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Even at 600 metres away, the Rathun must be an intimidating sight. If you squint a bit they look like Vikings. But Vikings, even the really scary ones, were never ten feet tall. Or, for the most part, on fire. While the eye slits in the Rathun’s helmets suggest facial features, they merely give shape to the flames that lick beneath. When the Rathun smoulder, they really smoulder - the fire falling across their glowing shoulders like molten locks.

 

Star Citizen’s developers met with nation’s leading consumer protection group

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The developer has made changes to its terms of service and published an interactive roadmap

 

New Gameplay Today – Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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Bandai-Namco's new entry in the Ni No Kuni series brings more to the table than just it's revamped combat, and Reiner is here to guide Cork and Leo through everything that's changed from the original.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom ‘Goldpaw Tour’ trailer

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Bandai Namco has released a short new trailer for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom that tours the in-game city of Goldpaw.

 

You're an indigenous shaman in northern Mexico in action platformer Mulaka

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This could be the most exciting history lesson you'll ever have.

 

The Surge 2 announced for 2019, taking the Souls-like to a "sprawling, devastated city"

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The Surge 2 is in development. Focus Home and Deck 13 announced the renewal of their partnership and the creation of a second game for PC and console earlier today.

 

4A Games Reveals Scope Of Metro Exodus' World

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In this exclusive Game Informer interview, Metro Exodus' creative director Andiry "Prof" Prokhorov and executive producer Jon Bloch talk about the blending of open-world games like STALKER and the atmospheric tone of games like Metro: Last Light to create the multiple open areas for the new game. More exclusive features on Metro Exodus here - http://bit.ly/2nGeGqy

 

Into the Breach, from the makers of FTL, is coming this month

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Suit up. We've got bugs to kill.

 

The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Heads To North America On March 13, Europe On March 16

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NIS America announced during its Press Event 2018 that SUDA51’s visual novel adventure game The 25th Ward: The Silver Case will release in North America and Europe this March.

 

Mount Your Friends in 3D on February 23

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New trailer shows off customisation options.

 

The Sea of Thieves endgame sounds super cool

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While the Sea of Thieves closed beta answered many questions about Rare's big new shared-world pirate game, it left many questions unanswered. Chief among them, perhaps, was, is this it?

Sea Of Thieves' swashbuckling is like "improv comedy that the player creates"

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What makes a Rare game? Perhaps it is the ostensibly child-friendly, anthropomorphic creatures whose statues greet you as you drive through the studio’s substantial, wooded grounds. Slightly unhinged squirrels and birds stare toothily, convincing you that, if you stay after the sun sets, you will never leave this place alive. Perhaps it is the mischievous, sometimes scatalogical sense of humour that ties all the games together. Or maybe it is the use of colour that make Rare games like Viva Pinata an enduring joy.

10 Minutes of a Sea of Thieves Order of Souls Quest (4K 60FPS)

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Check out 10 minutes of an Order of Souls quest in Sea of Thieves, running on a PC in 4k.

Rare Says Sea Of Thieves Will Run Well Even On Crappy PCs

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Usually, when developers talk about PC ports of big games, they emphasize top-tier performance. The best possible graphics, the highest resolutions. God rays, 4k, a million frames per second. Rare, though, has taken a different approach with Sea of Thieves.

 

New tycoon game Rise Of Industry hits early access

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Industry! Productivity! Commerce! Construction! Development! Innovation! Bustle and business in the world of yesteryear!

 

Someone Made A New Game For The Sega Genesis, Decades After The Console's Release

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If you happen to have your Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive, outside the US) hooked up to your TV right now, you're in luck! There's a new game you can play on it.

 

Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk coming west for PS4, Switch, and PC this fall

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It took two years, but it is finally happening.

 

Her Story creator's next project is a multi-viewpoint story that changes based on which perspective you watch

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Sam Barlow describes it as a "choice-based story without choices".

 

Fe’s mysteries unravel as you become one with nature

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A streak of light flashes across the sky. Soon Fe, a black, fox-like creature with spikes lands on Earth — or what we assume is Earth. You have to play as this creature, but you’re not sure what to do or even what you can do. All you can do is move forward through the dark trees and toward the light.

But what happens next? In the next 10 minutes, a lot.

The First 9 Minutes of Fe Gameplay

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Check out the opening moments of the newest EA Original, Fe.

 

Abandon Ship set to hoist its mainsails and head into Early Access

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Age of Sail adventure Abandon Ship will head for the open waters of Steam Early Access February 21. There's a brand new trailer out now to mark the imminent launch.

 

Far Cry 5’s dog explains why he’s the best gun for hire

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Many things divide us in the world today, but there’s one thing which we can all agree - dogs are adorable, and precious, and help to make life worth living. Far Cry 5’s resident pooch, Boomer, is no exception, and he’s here to explain why he’s the very best helper character in the game.

 

I hope the digital card game industry as a whole moves more toward the LCG model

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I've been playing a lot of the Lord of the Rings LCG (Living Card Game). In the past two months I went from not even being aware that it exists, to creating my own decks in my spare time, to having a dedicated group to play with. It's one of the most enjoyable games I've ever experienced, tabletop or otherwise.

 

Ex-STALKER developers reveal new battle royale game, Fear the Wolves

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Fight to be the last man standing in radiation-ravaged Chernobyl

 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Clone Wars DLC and customisation confirmed

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Clone Wars DLC and player customisation are coming to Star Wars Battlefront II, according to DICE employee Dennis Brännvall.

 

Kerbal Space Program's Making History expansion bringing mission builder next month

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Get ready to make history. Literally.

 

Check out the Ninja Turtles in action in Injustice 2

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to DC fighting game Injustice 2 as downloadable characters next week, Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment announced today.

 

Friday The 13th Game Introducing New Single-Player Challenges

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After a less-than-stellar release, Friday the 13th has slowly been making amends by adding new content, characters, modes, and more. The latest content is a new set of single-player challenges, which should offer players looking for something to do between matches something to do.

 

Gwent Arena is a draft mode for the Witcher card game

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Gwent Arena is coming soon.

 

Roguelike platformer 20XX adds third playable character Hawk

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Plus a bunch of fixes and additions free to all players.

 

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak: Everything We Know

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We break down Siege’s upcoming Outbreak co-op mode including trailers, operators, infected types, pricing, loot boxes, and why we probably shouldn’t nuke New Mexico.

Expect Rainbow Six Siege’s new operators to boost health and see through walls

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A recent leak for Rainbow Six Siege just got a big boost in veracity thanks to the Six Invitational stream.

 

9 Fascinating Facts You Should Know About Assassin's Creed Origins: Discovery Tour

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Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour is a new mode that allows you to explore Ancient Egypt without time pressure or the threat of combat. IT's basically like a virtual museum, complete with audio commentaries on a whole host of wonders. We spoke to Ubisoft about Discovery Tour, and the team had some very interesting stories to tell us about how it was made.

Ancient history shines in Assassin's Creed's new Discovery Tour - but it's the gaps that are truly thrilling

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One of the most fascinating things I ever read about Shakespeare revolves, rather perversely, around how little we actually know of him. Putting the plays and the sonnets to one side, everything we know about Shakespeare the man is "contained within a few scanty facts," according to Bill Bryson. In his book, Shakespeare: The World as a Stage, Bryson marvels that Shakespeare exists within the historical record in a mere hundred or so documents. Despite almost a million words of text in his drama and poetry, "we have just 14 words in his own hand - his name signed six times and the words 'by me' on his will."

 

The Overwatch hacker Sombra is next in line for a rework

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Sombra has never really had a place in Overwatch. Categorized as an Offense hero, her wide weapon spread causes her to pump out significantly less DPS than heroes like Tracer and Soldier: 76. She ends up feeling more like a hybrid-support hero, helping her team with healing via hacked health packs.

 

With Voice Chat Coming, Heroes Of The Storm Players Brace For Harassment

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In the near future, Blizzard is adding built-in voice chat to Heroes of the Storm. Announced at BlizzCon last year, it’s been a long time coming to a game that’s been out since 2015. Some players, however, are worried that voice chat will cause more problems than it’ll solve.

 

Fortnite: Battle Royale is getting a rotating set of alternate game modes

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50 vs. 50 was only the beginning

 

Relic abandons plans for additional Dawn of War 3 content

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Real-time strategy fantasy game failed to spark

 

Twitch Community Guidelines Updates

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Today, we’re sharing an update to our Community Guidelines. This is just the first of many improvements coming to the policies, moderation processes, and safety features on Twitch.

Twitch Gets New Policies For Sexual Content and Harassment

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Twitch is taking extra steps to clean up their community and combat harassment on the platform. A revised set of community guidelines focuses on harsher penalties and cracking down on sexual content with measures including permanent bans and off-site harassment moderation.

 

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Without mentioning him by name, YouTube announced new policies in the wake of Logan Paul’s latest headline-grabbing vlog.

Logan Paul doesn’t deserve to be banned, says YouTube CEO

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Taste is, apparently, not universal

YouTube CEO and community can’t agree on what YouTube Red is

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YouTube Red is a music platform, according to the company’s CEO, but that’s not how most creators view the service’s premium content.

 

Why is Mixer’s community seen as more positive than Twitch and YouTube?

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The company says it has to do with transparency

 

Horizon Zero Dawn wins Writers Guild Award for best video game writing

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Record-breaking PlaytStation 4 exclusive fends off Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and Madden NFL 18: Longshot to win prestigious award

 

Quantic Dream calls harassment allegations ‘unfounded,’ pursuing legal action

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“Since January 14, 2018, Quantic Dream has been the subject of a smear campaign by some [media], based on slanderous statements, the truthfulness and origin of which are questionable,” the developer wrote in a French-language post on its Facebook page.

Those slanderous statements that they pretty much accidentally confirmed were true in their first response.

 

Billy Mitchell Breaks Silence About Donkey Kong High Score Controversy

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Last week, a popular Donkey Kong website announced that it would be removing former champion Billy Mitchell’s scores from its list after an analysis that it said showed his playthroughs of the game were achieved on the emulator MAME and not on original arcade hardware. Yesterday, Mitchell made what is so far his only response to the accusations, on an Internet talk show called “East Side Dave.”

 

Dr Disrespect Calls Criticism Of His Mock Chinese Accent ‘Laughable'

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“Got friends I can call right now that are multicultural, multiracial, I love it, I love it. Mrs. Assassin, my wife, multiracial, all the way from the small island of Malamawi. Lots of Filipino blood. I love it. And you got this idiot on Twitter, this idiot searching for, desperate for attention wanna be idiot, right, trapped in a box, trapped in a gated community, a private school, if you will.”

Popular streamer Dr Disrespect defends use of racially insensitive fake Asian language

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Dr Disrespect's behavior is arguably in breach of Twitch's community guidelines which reads "hateful conduct is any content or activity that promotes, encourages, or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment, or violence based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, physical characteristics, or veteran status, and is prohibited."

 

IGDA officially appoints Jen MacLean executive director

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Jen MacLean has been formalised into the role of executive director for the International Game Developers Association after having taken on the interim position nearly six month ago.

 

SAG-AFTRA detail sexual harassment code of conduct protecting film and voice actors

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AG-AFTRA is primarily known for representing actors in the film industry, but the union also supports many of the most prolific voice actors in gaming.

 

QuakeCon 2018 dates announced for August, and the LAN party will double in size

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Dallas will host the 23rd annual QuakeCon from August 9-12, with twice the space for BYOC as last year.

 

GameStop fires COO and EVP without cause

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GameStop COO Tony Bartel and EVP Michael Hogan have been let go by the games retail giant.

 

Fredrik Wester stepping down as Paradox CEO

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Board member Ebba Ljungerud will take the helm of publisher as Wester assumes new role to focus on new business areas

 

David Gaider has left Beamdog

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Gaider, the lead writer of the Dragon Age games, left BioWare for Beamdog in 2016.

 

Bandai Namco plan to “aggressively” create new IP

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Bandai Namco recently published their third-quarter financial report, providing fiscal results for the company through December 31, 2017. Not everything is as the company had hoped, and they’re refocusing their efforts in a new “Change for the Next” strategy.

 

G2A are using Microsoft software to create fraud protection tools

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G2A are developing new fraud protection systems. The company, arguably best-known for its controversial key-selling practice, say they’ll be “establishing cooperation” with Microsoft software to create the new program.

 

Sweden are investigating whether loot boxes are gambling

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Another day, another country investigating loot boxes. This time it’s Sweden who may be classifying loot boxes as gambling in the future.

Hawaii state law could soon require game makers to publish loot box odds

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Bills regarding the sale of games featuring loot boxes are now under consideration in the Hawaii state legislature.

 

Creator Of Amazing Division Screenshot Mod Swiftly Banned For Life

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At the beginning of the month a modder from Finland updated a program that lets players of the 2015 game The Division take jaw-dropping screenshots. On Tuesday of this week, just over a week later, he was informed by the game’s publisher that he’s been banned from the game forever.

Player permabanned for creating The Division photo mode might have ban overturned (Updated)

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I hadn't noticed when I first spotted this story, but Ubisoft creative director Julian Gerighty has tweeted that he will "look into" the permabanning of Matti Hietanen, who made a photo mode for The Division's PvE areas (see original story below).

 

This graphics mod makes The Witcher 3 look loads better

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The Witcher 3 was already one of the best looking games on PC, even as we close in on three years since the game’s release.

 

Esports News

 

The Weekend In Esports: CS:GO, Smash 4, And More Overwatch

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Below you’ll find where and when you can catch all the weekend’s biggest events in competitive gaming. Let us know what you’ll be watching in the comments or if you think there’s something we might have missed.

 

Evo just slammed the final nail in the coffin for Marvel vs Capcom Infinite

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite will not feature at this year's Evo tournament - sounding the death knell for the embattled crossover fighting game.

 

London Win Overwatch Stage 1 Playoffs In Reverse Sweep

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After a long, almost 12-hour day of competition, the London Spitfire emerged victorious last night in the first stage playoffs of the Overwatch League. After dropping two maps to the New York Excelsior, the Spitfire surged back and took three straight to reverse-sweep the finals and win the playoff bonus.

Houston Makes Overwatch Stage 1 Playoffs After Do-Or-Die Final Round

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The second of today’s matches would determine who would continue on to tonight’s playoffs, so of course, it went the distance. The Houston Outlaws and the Boston Uprising seemed to match each other blow-for-blow, all the way to map five, round three, each determined to shape the playoffs to come.

Overwatch League Exceeds Revenue Expectations, Gets Bigger and More Expensive

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The Overwatch League is performing significantly better than many expected, including league executives and involved team owners.

Compete Discusses: Is Overwatch League Any Good, Or What

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After a full year of hype, we now have a decent idea of what the Overwatch League looks like in practice. With the season a quarter over—“Stage 1" just ended—Compete staff checks in on how things are going.

Overwatch League Teams Are Making Their First Trades

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Overwatch League’s first stage had some big moments, but it felt like everybody was still trying to find their footing. With the big OWL slumbering in a mighty oak somewhere until February 21, teams are fine-tuning their rosters.

 

Fortnite Pro Gets Fired After Saying He Would 'Dare' Suicidal People 'To Do It'

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Yesterday, partnered Twitch streamer and Fortnite pro Jordan “Scubby” Selleck said on a stream that if anyone he knew threatened suicide, “I would dare them to do it, and then I would never talk to them again.” (The topic came up after another Twitch streamer said she had been having suicidal ideations.) Scubby also repeatedly decried anxiety as “fake.”

 

What it's like being an Overwatch League pro

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After months of uncertainty, Overwatch League is a dream come true—but it's still a job.

 

Scarlett's win at IEM Pyeongchang makes her the first woman to win a premier SC2 tournament

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Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn beat WCS Global Champion Korea's Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin in a 4-1 win.

Scarlett's 'StarCraft II' Victory Was An Important Moment For Many Reasons

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The story wasn’t that simple of course. Scarlett initially came up through the now-defunct scene of women’s StarCraft II tournaments. Though the practice is not without its critics, who contend that gender-segregated competitions betray esports’ unique promise as a venue for competition between men and women without differences in size or physical strength, Scarlett’s initial rise to prominence is a testament to how such tournaments are supposed to work under ideal conditions. Tournaments like the NESL Iron lady (which Scarlett won twice) are intended to offer a stepping stone for talented female players, while also normalizing the image of women competing in serious, if not always especially visible, tournaments. The fact that Scarlett was perceived as coming from “nowhere” is a sign of how easily these competitions were ignored.

 

How Far Can Rick Fox And The Yankees Take Esports?

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Turn your TV dial to the Yankees’ YES network next Wednesday, and instead of finding a documentary about Mickey Mantle or a replay of the 1998 World Series, you might end up watching a match of H1Z1 or League of Legends. It’s not just an offseason thing, either—the New York Yankees, baseball’s most storied franchise, are betting on esports.

 

Cloud9 Talk Over Their Boston Counter-Strike Major Win

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Cloud9's win at the Eleague Boston Major was a huge one, for the team and North American Counter-Strike in general. Broadcast house Beyond The Summit sat the team down, less than a month later, to rewatch a reel of its finest moments and talk over them.

 

Japan Finally Welcomes Esports and Legalizes Professional Gaming

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Despite being the undisputed home of video gaming, Japan has never managed to stay on par with North America, Europe, or South Korea when it comes to esports. The main reason behind that was a decades-old law which originally targeted gambling but led to preventing professional tournaments from being held as well. Japanese lawmakers solved the problem, and as a result, licenses have started to be issued to professional esports players.

 

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

 

A Light in the Dark - VN by CreSpirit, Storia and Narrator

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This is a new visual novel collaboration by CreSpirit, Narrator and Storia and we're helping them to fund voices and extra content!

 

SWERY65 Relaunching The Good Life Crowdfunding Campaign On Kickstarter

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Last year, Hidetaka Suehiro, also known as SWERY65, tried to crowdfund a pet-based mystery RPG titled The Good Life, and ultimately did not succeed.

 

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

 

Sex, Pong, And Pioneers: What Atari Was Really Like, According To Women Who Were There

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Yes, Atari walked a thin tightrope between sexy and sexist, depending on who you ask about it. The 12 women I interviewed described Atari’s culture as a product of the free-love ‘70s, but also, as an outgrowth of feminism’s second wave, which helped empower women to seek equal workplace opportunities. “It was a different time,” nearly all of them said at some point during our conversation. It’s entirely possible that the women who choose to stay in touch, and publicly affiliated with Atari’s brand, are bonded over their positive experiences. It’s entirely possible unsavory and potentially damaging behavior occurred between men and women at Atari—but speaking up about 40-year-old incidents remains tricky for a variety of reasons.

Well that certainly makes the company sound....worse.

 

My life as the grandma guildmaster of Ultima Online Forever

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I'm a 50-year-old grandmother of five and an award-winning journalist with a respectable job at a local newspaper. My days are spent writing stories about the town I live in, telling people what their local government is up to or who was arrested the night before. My PC is nine years old and runs Windows Vista in the corner of my living room. Nothing about me says "gamer," but every night I sit at my computer, boot up the classic version of Ultima Online, and my second job begins.

 

The 'CRPG Book Project' Is A Magnificent Love Letter To Computer RPGs

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The CRPG Book Project: Sharing the History of Computer Role-Playing Games is a labor of love and a valentine to everyone who ever loved a computer role playing game. More than 400 game reviews form the heart of the book but there are also essays, articles, guides, “best of” lists and more. I’d be willing to haul a treasure out of a dungeon to pay for the CRPG Book Project, but I didn’t have to. The book is available for free as a PDF, or it can be read in a browser at Scribd.

 

Firewatch Inspiration

 

Learning the Level Design Secrets of 'BioShock'

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The game was originally going to have more resources, fuses, and interactive flooding.

 

Road to the IGF: The Voxel Agents' The Gardens Between

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The Voxel Agents' The Gardens Between takes players to striking islands built of fragments of childhood memories, evoking a kind of nostalgia as players use their time traveling powers to solve puzzles and strengthen the bond of friendship.

Road to the IGF: DANG!'s IO Interloper

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DANG!'s IO Interloper aims to make the player feel like a hacker, working through clunky interfaces to hack cameras and drones in their attempts at corporate espionage. Attacking a company from thousands of miles away, the player must use their limited viewpoint, as well as any information their hacking can coax from files and the environment, to continually dig deeper into this location to find the buried secrets within.

Road to the IGF: Nifflas Games' Uurnog Uurnlimited

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Uurnog Uurnlimited is a game of unintentional mayhem, where players collect animals and puzzle-solving (sometimes explosive) blocks, bringing them to a save room that saves their every mistake. Each block the player brings back can have some interaction with the other blocks the player grabs, sometimes causing a chain reaction in their save room that may cost all of their progress, or possibly the player's life, in ridiculous fashion.

Road to the IGF: Pocketwatch Games' Tooth and Tail

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Tooth and Tail looks to simplify and streamline the RTS to make it approachable, quick, and focus on improvisation and strategy over reflexes and memorization (plus add fun animal units). By honing in on elements that slow the game down and cutting them, finding ways to discourage map memorization, and make the game more approachable for new players, it looks to open the genre up to those who might have previously been intimidated by it.

 

The Fire Fades: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev

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Being a game developer is often an exercise in endurance: working on a creative project for years on end, there's a constant pressure to push harder to see the thing through. A sense that the task is endless, but that more work might just get it done quicker. Financial, social, and cultural reasons make developers throw themselves into it, feeling guilty or lazy or afraid of what will happen if it doesn’t get done quicker.

 

Why Ubisoft Is Obsessed With 'Games As A Service'

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Wondering why big video game publishers are so enamored of games as a service? The answer may not shock you: It makes them way more money. Wayyyyyyyyyy more money.

 

Football Manager Only Offers a Shallow Glimpse of the Real World

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From Brexit to players coming out of the closet, Football Manager's simulations miss the mark on a human scale.

 

Subnautica's hands-off approach to storytelling is brilliant

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By taking its hands off the wheel, Subnautica creates space to draw your own conclusions from its story.

 

Why 'Neverwinter Nights' Remains the Most Faithful D&D Adaptation Ever Made

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Revisiting the virtual homes built at the crossroads of PC and tabletop role-playing.

 

What The Red Strings Club teaches us about conversation

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In the dialogue-heavy cyberpunk game it doesn't just matter what you say, but how you are understood.

 

The Ambitious Music of Tim Follin | Punching Weight [SSFF]

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Today on Punching Weight we wanted to celebrate a prolific, yet obscure video game composer: Tim Follin. He's composed some of our favorite retro video game music, from Silver Surfer to Rock 'n Roll Racing, and always managed so we decided to take a closer look at his career.

http://bit.ly/SSFFpatreon

 

All Our Asias is a PSX-style adventure that shows the beauty of lo-fi graphics [siegarettes]

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From one of the creators of Anodyne and Even the Ocean comes a game about Asian identity and our place in the world--inspired by games like LSD Dream Emulator and SMT3: Nocturne.

 

The Orange Box... 10 Years Later

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00:00 - Intro
02:06 - Pre-Production
10:22 - Half-Life
2 26:41 - Half Life 2: Episode One
32:57 - Half Life 2: Episode Two
45:59 - Portal
52:50 - Team Fortress 2
1:05:31 - Conclusion

Support the Channel at: https://www.patreon.com/raycevick or https://www.paypal.me/LucasRaycevick

 

The History Of Yakuza

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We take a look at the over 20 year history of Sega's Yakuza series in honor of the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life for the PS4. The final game for series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.

 

A Hat in Time: The Story of Jonas Kaerlev

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Fun fact: if it weren't for Left 4 Dead and the modding scene surrounding that game, then Jonas Kaerlev and his development studio Gears for Breakfast might not ever have created A Hat in Time.

 

Games With Mental Health Themes #CHECKPOINTSERIES ft Hellblade, Neverending Nightmares

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We're here to tackle mental health issues, using the power of video games. Proudly Kickstarted and presented by Way Down Deep, The CheckPoint Series is here to improve wellbeing, boost resilience, and teach how games can be used for good!

Self-Care For Gamers! #CHECKPOINTSERIES ft Jennifer Hale!

 

What The Witcher 3 owes to classic RPG series Gothic

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45-minute documentary examines how a 2001 cult classic influenced one of the best RPGs

 

What Evo Japan Is Like

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Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/coreagaming

My experience at Evo Japan 2018.

Thanks to Kayane, James Chen, Infiltration, Knee, and Alex Meyers for the interviews! Follow them on Twitter: @kayane @infiltration85 @jchensor @holyknee @alexmeyersfgc

 

How Cuphead Arranges for Ragtime Orchestra

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In this video I take a look at how Cuphead's "Inkwell Isle One" theme takes a dynamic roadmap and adapts it to both solo piano and full ragtime band arrangements.

 

The Shadow of the Colossus Remake Isn't Quite The Same

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What really changes when a game is remade? Staff Writer Heather Alexandra takes look in this critical video.

 

Off Camera Secrets | Shadow of the Colossus - Boundary Break

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AI 101: Monte Carlo Tree Search

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This AI 101 gives a brief overview of the logic behind the Monte Carlo Tree Search algorithm.

Support my videos on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ai_and_games

 

Revolutionary Warfare | The AI of Total War (Part 3)

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In part three of the Total War series I take a look at one of the biggest innovations not just in the franchise, but in game AI development. The implementation of the Monte Carlo Tree Search algorithm in Total War: Rome II.

 

Joe Madureira Documentary - From Comics to Games | Gameumentary

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During our recent trip to Austin, TX for the filming of our Darksiders documentary, we took some extra time to sit down with Joe Madureira to tell his personal journey from developing comics to video games.

Support future docs and Gameumentary content on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gameumentary

 

Things I Missed From Previous Weeks

 

Game dev in Oceania: A hands-off Aussie gov't, and a Kiwi PM's visit

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It’s been an interesting week for videogaming in both Australia and New Zealand, but more than the Tasman Sea divides the two countries.

 

How God Hand Tests Your Skill

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"You can wax on, wax off all you like. I'm still kicking your ass."

God Hand was an unlucky Clover game. It may have failed to win a jackpot in sales, but it still sports a killer hand...

https://www.patreon.com/turbobutton

 

toco toco - Akira “Akiman” Yasuda, Illustrator

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Akira Yasuda is a renowned illustrator and character design, known under the pen name “Akiman”, standing on a 30-year career working in the game and animation industry and as a freelance illustrator.
He is known as the father of iconic characters such as Chun-Li, Guile or Cammy from the Street Fighter series and his work on other classic Capcom titles such as Final Fight or Darkstalkers. His work in animation includes character design on Turn A Gundam and mecha design on the Code Geass series.

This episode focuses on Akiman’s career and his countless contributions to the industry - he will also give us his viewpoint on the Shinjuku area, and introduce Piman, a 30-year old cold-press vegetable juice shop ahead of its time.

 

Hygge in Video Games

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I'm back, friends. Let's talk about the Scandinavian concept of "hygge" in video games.

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