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This Week In Gaming 3-6-18

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Hepyrian on expressions of faith in Celeste and Iconoclasts, Innuendo Studios on the narratives themes and philosophy of Secret of Monkey Island, Cecilia D'Anastasio profiles the streamer nourished by bitter gamer tears, Writing on Games on why the Sleeping Dogs movie won't work as well as the game, the story behind the team that created the Otome genre, Noclip's new show analyzing the world of video games, Reid McCarter on Kingdom Come's portrayal of history, White House spokeswoman says Trump to meet with people in game industry over video game violence, Kazuma Hashimoto on Catherine and Japanese society, a look into the Siege team's creation of Operation Chimera, Noah Caldwell-Gervais critique of the Torment games, Bioware and EA employees talk and answer questions about their jobs and how they got started in the industry, the Aliens game made by the Final Fantasy team, 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)

 

Play As A Talking Duck In Upcoming New 'XCom' Style Game

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, an upcoming tactical adventure game that mixes XCom-like turnbased combat with with exploration and stealth, has been announced by publisher Funcom and developer Bearded Ladies.

 

New Frostpunk developer update outlines endgame and confirms price

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The society simulator will release in March.

 

BLIND GAMER plays WAY OF THE PASSIVE FIST

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Hi, I'm Steve Saylor. I'm blind and I'm playing Way Of The Passive Fist from Household Games. The game comes out March 6th, 2018 on Steam, PS4 and Xbox One!! Check it out!

 

Crytek's Co-Op Zombie Shooter Is Buggy But Promising

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We've been playing Hunt: Showdown in Early Access. Here are our impressions of Crytek's co-op zombie cowboy movie.

 

Here’s Why Metro Exodus Doesn’t Have Multiplayer

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Metro has always been a single-player narrative-driven experience, but the games’ universe does seem like it’s ripe for expansion into other genres and modes. The claustrophobic setting and the emphasis on firefights against both bandits and monsters make it seem like a great co-op experience could be crafted for that universe. During our visit to the 4A Games, we asked them if the team had considered creating a multiplayer Metro experience.

 

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth ‘First Teaser Trailer 2018’

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Current-gen re-release on the way?

A Drunk, A Coward, And A Walking Omen Of Death Are Part Of Your Army In Valkyria Chronicles 4

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The official Valkyria Chronicles 4 Twitter recently shared several new trailers for characters that will join Squad E, including a drunk, a chivalrous woman, and a man who keeps saying things that are bad omens.

 

Chucklefish Provides Insight Into Next Project Spellbound, A Game About Magical Schools

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Chucklefish, the publisher of the infectiously popular farming simulation game Stardew Valley, is working hard on its next title Spellbound. Spellbound has a similar aesthetic and vibe to Stardew Valley, but this time revolves around magic schools instead of agriculture.

 

Fire Emblem Warriors Devs On How They Fulfilled User Requests For Updates

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The producer and director of Fire Emblem Warriors recently held an interview in Nintendo Dream, talking about the post-launch updates and DLC content. One of the aspects they focused on was how the tried to fulfill fan requests in updates.

 

Cyan reveals Firmament, a steampunk adventure by the creators of Myst and Obduction

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I don’t often do trailer posts here, but it’s also not often a trailer post doubles as a “Studio I love announces a new game” post. Which is to say: Nearly two years after the release of Obduction (and uh...25 years after Myst, if you can believe it), Cyan is ready to show off its new game.

 

Valkyria Chronicles 4 battle system overview trailer

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A four-minute introduction.

 

Wargroove shows off new commanders ahead of late-2018 release

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The spiritual successor to Advanced Wars needs a little more time in the oven.

 

One Finger Death Punch 2 strikes in 2019

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Left-click, attack to your left. Right-click, attack to your right. From these simple controls, One Finger Death Punch builds into a ludicrously fast barrage of blows as torrents of enemies assault from both sides.

 

Machinarium Studio’s New Game Is A Comedic Point-And-Click Adventure

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Chuchel is an adventure game set in a colorful world full of unique characters.You’re tasked with helping Chuchel, a tiny fuzzy black creature, and his little rodent friend get his sacred cherry back after it repeatedly gets stolen in a series of strange and hilarious ways.

 

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Kickstarter funded, will creep onto doorsteps this year

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A turn-based tactics version of the Nazis-meet-Lovecraft RPG Achtung! Cthulhu just wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign and will be out later this year.

 

Fame comes quickly to Total War: Thrones of Britannia's Welsh Kingdoms

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Following the arrival of the Saxons and now the Vikings, Wales is one of the last redoubts of native Britons in A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia. A new trailer from devs Creative Assembly gives us a look at their leader, Anaraut, and the burden he carries.

 

State Of Decay 2 Release Date And Price Announced

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The open-world zombie game arrives in May.

 

Way to the Woods looks like a beautiful dream in debut trailer

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Like a deer-fronted Spirited Away

 

Delightful-looking cartoon dungeon crawler The Swords of Ditto gets a new trailer, and an April release date

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The procedurally generated dungeon crawl has come a long way in my lifetime. I grew up practically learning to read by playing the original Rogue. Whole worlds constructed of letters and symbols, full of strange new words like Q for Quaff (a fancy word for drink) and K for Kestrel (a cave-dwelling, face-hating murderbird).

 

The next Life is Strange will feature “new story and characters”

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The bonus episode for Life is Strange: Before the Storm launched earlier today, closing out the prequel’s story with a chance to say goodbye to Max and Chloe. The developers already warned that this may be the last we’ll see of the two, but it’s not the end for Life is Strange. In fact, we should expect to know what’s next very soon.

 

Soulcalibur VI Nightmare character breakdown

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A symbol of the "dark" element.

 

Get A Better Look At Dragon’s Crown Pro’s Heroes In A New Trailer

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A new Dragon’s Crown Pro trailer has been released.

 

Necromunda: Underhive Wars gets first trailer, with trash talk from all-female gang

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The first trailer for Necromunda: Underhive Wars has just dropped. It's just a teaser, so no gameplay yet, but it does a great job of capturing the grimy tone of the niche Games Workshop tabletop game upon which it is based.

 

Indie Megabooth will show these 24 games at GDC

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The four-minute preview video above is as good a place as any to get a glimpse into the variety, quality and wit of indie games right now.

 

After The Loot Box Fury, The People Behind The Next Battlefield Are Being Very Cautious

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The people who make Battlefield, just like many other developers across the video game industry, have heard the loot box furor loudly and clearly.

The next Battlefield will have co-op play for randomly-generated missions, according to a report

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The game will let players go prone on their backs, Rainbow Six Siege-style.

 

Ys VIII for PC launches in April

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Confirmed by NIS America president Takuro Yamashita.

 

Fight giant boars, spiders, crabs, evil trees in Battle Princess Madelyn boss montage

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Ghosts 'n Ghouls 'n looking good.

 

Detroit: Become Human’s cover art is uncomfortably bad

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It’s ... not great

 

After Three Hours With 'Far Cry 5,' Its Politics Are Far From Clear

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After spending three hands-on hours with the game, I know that it's made some big leaps mechanically. But narratively, it's hedging its bets.

Talking Cults and Culture with the Developers of 'Far Cry 5'

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We spoke with Far Cry 5 director Dan Hay and cult expert Mia Donovan about the game's treatment of religion, community, race, and more.

Far Cry 5’s map editor includes bits from Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs

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The Far Cry 5 map editor will include bits and pieces from other Ubisoft games, Ubi announced today, which should let players create places far beyond rural America – and the modern day. A number of assets from atch Dogs, Far Cry 4, the prehistoric Far Cry Primal, WAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (the pirate one), and Assassin’s Creed Unity (the French one) will be thrown in. I’m so up for building a Virtuaparis monster truck obstacle course. It sounds like Ubisoft are planning to make a real go of player-made maps, building around them something they call the Far Cry Arcade.

 

Behind the Scenes with the Bloodstained Music Team

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Bloodstained's orchestra soundtrack has been completed! Take a peek at the recording sessions and hear from Michiru Yamane and the other composers on the music creation process!

 

Megadimension Neptunia VIIR launches May 8 in North America

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European release date to be announced at a later time.

 

The Heretic-like fantasy FPS Amid Evil will arrive on Early Access next week

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A new trailer showcases five minutes of combat in the game's endless 'Hordes of Evil' mode.

 

Weta has been developing a Magic Leap game for the past six years

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New Zealand developer talks about Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders

 

Defiance 2050 is a 'reimagined' sci-fi shooter coming this summer

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The new game updates Trion's 2013 MMO with improved graphics and gameplay systems.

 

New Overwatch Character Is Brigitte, Here's What She Can Do

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Blizzard has revealed the newest hero joining Overwatch: Brigitte (pronounced Bri-gee-ta). The character has been detailed in the latest Public Test Realm patch notes and also on the game's official website, and is listed as a support class hero.

Ovewatch's Newest Hero Makes Supporting On The Frontline Fun

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Overwatch’s newest hero, released onto the test server yesterday, is a well-rounded hybrid character whose extensive skill set is a delight to play, and to play with.

 

A new method of banning toxic players is being tested in Rainbow Six Siege, so stop using slurs

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The button that allows you to report players in Rainbow Six Siege has often been somewhat of a mystery to players, as the inner workings of what it does and how Ubisoft respond have always been under wraps. Macie Jay, a popular YouTuber, has tweeted that he's seen a notification that says players can be banned for toxic behaviour, and Its_Epi, a community developer for Ubisoft, has confirmed that Ubisoft are testing a new system that targets toxic players, banning them for specific language.

Rainbow Six: Siege’s editions are getting updated for Year 3

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Ubisoft is making some big changes to the way fans buy Rainbow Six: Siege, and what it means for their in-game unlocks.

Get a peek at the making of Rainbow Six Siege's Outbreak

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Ubisoft have produced a short behind-the-scenes featurette that lifts the curtain a little on the development of Rainbow Six Siege’s upcoming Outbreak event. In it, developers discuss some of their design decisions and goals for the game.

 

Looks like Ubisoft has major plans for The Division

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If Ubisoft’s job listings are anything to go by, there are big things in store for The Division. The company is seeking a raft of new hires to work on the two-year-old game in their Malmö, Sweden studio Massive Entertainment.

 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole DLC ‘From Dusk Till Casa Bonita’ launches March 20

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Mysterion’s sister falls in love with the Vamp Kids.

 

Arkane hints at Prey expansion, possibly involving the moon

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A cryptic tweet from the official Prey account seems to indicate that something’s on the way for the game.

 

Grim Dawn pines for the Pyramids in its next expansion

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Dry and dusty seems to be the In Thing for RPGs lately, action, MMO or otherwise. Among others, in developing a love of levelling and stats Assassin’s Creed picked up a fondness for Egyptology, and Guild Wars 2’s most recent expansion took the game out into the desert.

 

Release date set for Rule Britannia, Europa Universalis IV’s newest add-on

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The ever-expanding world of Europa Universalis IV is ready to grow again with Rule Britannia

 

David Jaffe's The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency closes down

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Closure follows major round of layoffs after the Drawn to Death developer's next project was cancelled

 

Controversial Crytek boss Cevat Yerli steps down

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Cevat Yerli, the controversial boss and co-founder of Crysis developer Crytek, has stepped down as CEO and president.

 

Ubisoft acquires Brawlhalla studio Blue Mammoth Games

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Ubi also recently picked up mobile adventure developer 1492 Studio.

 

PUBG is now partnered with the wealthiest man in China

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The Hurun Report, a leading luxury publishing group out of Shanghai, China, has published its annual list of the world’s wealthiest individuals. One of this year’s rising stars is “Pony” Ma Huateng, the founder of Tencent, who is now reportedly the richest man in China.

 

Speedrunner Says He's Banned From All GDQ Events After Sharing His Medical Marijuana

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A prominent speedrunner says he’s been banned from participating in all future events hosted by the charity organization Games Done Quick after he gave marijuana to a friend at the most recent speedrunning marathon.

 

Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers

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‘It’s always the right policy decision to reject organized hatred’

 

Steam Is Filled With Groups That Celebrate School Shooters

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Most people use the giant online video game platform Steam to buy games and move on, but others build communities. As we've previously reported, Valve, the company that operates Steam, does very little moderating. So the platform is full of hate groups.

A developer is selling an empty folder on Steam

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Highlighting a gap in Valve’s moderation of Steam, there is a game on the Steam Store that installs an empty folder on your computer. While it is likely an error on the developer’s part it appears there is nothing in place to prevent it happening.

 

Facebook launches #SheTalksGames initiative to promote women in video games

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Women In Gaming Stories is designed to encourage more women into the games business, and into leadership roles

 

Trump Will Discuss Guns and Violence With Video Game Industry

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President Donald Trump will be meeting with members of the video game industry next week to discuss gun violence and school shootings, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee.

Video games and violence are linked – but not the way Trump thinks

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Yet video games do bear a real and corrosive relationship with violence – just not in the way that Trump suggests. From threats and harassment of developers and critics, to online game lobbies filled with verbal abuse, to the exponential growth in the number and severity of violent attacks against the video game streaming community, to the relationships between video game publishers and weapons manufactuers, to, yes, the presumptive and extreme violence in many games themselves, video games and violence are uncomfortably intertwined.

Teen Barred From Playing Violent Games After Threatening School Shooting

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After threatening to shoot up a high school, a 16-year-old Chicago teenager has been ordered to not play violent video games, The Chicago Tribune reports.

White House Says Trump Will Meet With 'Members Of The Video Game Industry' Next Week [UPDATE: Video Game Industry Had No Idea]

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The ESA says it is not aware of this meeting. Here’s the statement that the lobbyist group sent Kotaku:

 

This total conversion mod turns StarCraft 2 into a 25-chapter survival horror game

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A demo is out now, and the full mod is coming later this year.

 

Esports News

 

StarCraft II Just Had One Of Its Best Tournaments In Years

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StarCraft II might not pull in the massive viewer numbers of Overwatch or League of Legends, but a tournament in Poland this past week proved that Blizzard’s real-time strategy game is still thriving as an esport.

 

Heroes of the Storm’s Western Clash saw a new prodigy take to the stage

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Last weekend, Heroes of the Storm hosted its biggest event of the year so far: the Western Clash. Eight teams battled it out at IEM Katowice for part of the $100,000 prize pool and regional glory, plus an extra spot for the team’s region at the mid-season Brawl taking place later this year. Coming into the tournament, the European teams were expected to dominate, but disaster struck for favourites to win, Fnatic: their captain, Dob ’QuackNiix’ Engström, fell ill, and they had to find a replacement. Enter Rodney Anyani ’SonicLeBeast’ Kwaku.

 

Blizzard will organise a StarCraft: Remastered competition this year

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Blizzard hope to support a StarCraft: Remastered esports scene alongside that of its sequel, and will organise a competition some time this year. That’s according to Sam Braithwaite, Blizzard’s esports franchise lead on Heroes of the Storm.

 

Professionalism, Pick & Ban, and big orgs: how Ubisoft are taking Siege esports up a gear for Year 3

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There were more than a few flashes of brilliance at the Season 3 Finals in São Paulo, but only an event like the Six Invitational 2018 could cement - at least in the minds of viewers - the staggering transformation of competitive Siege over the past 12 months. The Six days of competition brought in nearly nine million viewers, an increase of over seven million from the total views of the Season 3 Finals. An impressive new coliseum-style arena, big new orgs in the form of FaZe, CLG, and Team Liquid, and an expanded prize pool of $500,000 support the message conveyed by those viewership figures: Siege esports is growing at a blistering pace.

 

Overwatch Pro Called An Opponent A "Fucking Faggot"; ESPN Reporter Who Broke Story Immediately Caught With Racist And Sexist Tweets

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According to an ESPN report, someone filed a support ticket with Blizzard after Overwatch League player Taimou called another player a “fucking faggot kid” on a Twitch stream on January 23. The Overwatch League has yet to comment publicly, while his team, the Dallas Fuel, sent this statement to Compete:

 

Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson on his "scary" journey to the Overwatch League

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Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson is living out his life’s dream at the age of 19 years old. Every week he gets to take to the stage of Blizzard’s newly converted Burbank Studio in California to compete in the Overwatch League as part of OpTic Gaming’s Houston Outlaws. Once home to The Tonight Show, the freshly crowned Blizzard Arena stands as testament to both the spectacle that esports has become and the sum of $696 million the industry was projected to make in 2017.

 

Controversial Overwatch League coach quits following January scandals

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The head coach of the Shanghai Dragons Overwatch League team has left the team. Chen ‘U4’ Congshan has left the role “effective immediately.”

 

Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime talks about the future of Overwatch League

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Veteran game developer is focused on esports

 

Star-Studded Tournament Can’t Transcend PUBG’s Esports Problem

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The relative entertainment value of all sports can, believe it or not, be boiled down to a single question: are competitors playing to win, or are they only playing to not lose? PUBG’s tournament rule set, unfortunately, leaves a lot of room for the latter, which put a damper on a recent tournament full of Twitch stars.

 

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

 

Third Editions: Your Ultimate Gaming Library - Season 2

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After a successful first KS campaign, Third Editions is back with a new campaign to bring more of its video game books to the world.

 

Be Patient With Kickstarted Videogames

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Last week, Nightdive Studios, the creators of a $1.4 million funded Kickstarter to remaster 1994’s System Shock, announced that the project was being put on hiatus in order to “reassess our path so that we can return to our vision.”

 

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

 

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine Developer Thread

The Old, Weird America of Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

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No matter how many records exist, or how much research a historian performs, the past is essentially unknowable. We can remember dates and names and the deeds of prominent people, we can excavate what’s left of ancient settlements, we can read all the primary and secondary sources that have survived from whatever time period we’re studying, and we’ll still never know what it’s really like to have lived back then. History is built on facts, but its inherent mystery leaves room for all manner of fiction to creep in as it’s told and retold over the centuries.

 

'Titty Streamer' Kaceytron Is Nourished By Bitter Gamer Tears

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Accordingly, viewers rained hate down on Kaceytron right from the get-go. The accused her not only of being bad at games, but of leveraging her goods for clicks. It didn’t upset her, she says. The backlash, to her, was hilarious—how could people care so much about this? Kaceytron decided to lean in—figuratively and literally. The necklines dropped and the trolling increased.

 

What indie developers think of Unity in 2018

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We spoke to several studios working with the famously accessible engine to see how they feel about where it's at.

 

Bioware and EA Employees Talk About Their Jobs

Many others talk about what their jobs involve, how they got started, and tips for getting into the industry if you check the Twitter page.

 

How Slay the Spire's devs use data to balance their roguelike deck-builder

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Mega Crit Games' roguelike deck-builder Slay the Spire has already amassed over 500,000 players since entering Early Access in November, according to SteamSpy, and received almost unanimous praise from critics and players – not bad for a game with just two full-time developers.

 

Into the Breach’s interface was a nightmare to make and the key to its greatness

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“I think we were resolved to having a UI nightmare from the beginning,” says Matthew Davis, co-designer and programmer of Into the Breach.

 

The Story Behind the All-Woman Team Who Invented the Otome Genre

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Nearly 25 years ago, Ruby Party released the first romance-focused game targeted towards women.

 

A brief history of the ESRB rating system

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According to the FTC, it works — even if not everyone agrees

 

That Time The Final Fantasy Team Made An Aliens Game

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The name Square is closely associated with RPGs, and for good reason. But in the days before it had its first huge hit with Final Fantasy, Square tried all kinds of different things, including licensing the rights to the 1986 film Aliens and producing an action game with some now-familiar names in the credits.

 

[Discourse] Catherine, Trans Identities, and Representation in Japan

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This plays into both the heavily gendered roles still present within Japan and further excludes trans identities from the norm. If one cannot adhere to what it means to be a “woman” or a “man” by traditional Japanese standards, such as following these cultural expectations about marriage or children, it’s almost impossible to be viewed as acceptable or part of the norm. This in itself is highly damaging, as Japanese society values conformity over individuality and views belonging to a sexual minority as either a choice or a sickness.

 

Farewell, Demon's Souls

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Today, a game that launched an epoch goes offline.

 

'Into the Breach' Is About Abandoning the People You're Supposed to Protect

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Into The Breach mourns the loss of those you leave behind.

 

Kingdom Come: Deliverance – Myth-making and Historical Accuracy

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Henry, the player character in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, is designed to come across as a real human being. He gets hungry if he doesn’t eat enough, tired when he’s been awake for too long, and grosses out people when he’s skipped too many baths. Nobody expects a complete simulation of human biology in Henry—players don’t need a metre gauging whether his nails need clipping—but what is represented in the simulation of his body goes a long way toward turning him into a more lifelike character. Making Henry believable is a process of selection—of sorting out what’s important to Deliverance’s designers and what isn’t. It reflects, in its own small way, their priorities.

Kingdom Come Deliverance’s quest for historical accuracy is a fool’s errand

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Right off the bat, it’s clear that KCD’s main interests are politics, war, and material culture (weapons, architecture, etc). Its claims of historical accuracy are measured almost solely against these interests. The more intangible aspects of life, such as social conduct, creativity, language, religious belief and mentality, aren’t given as much attention. KCD mostly assumes that people behaved, spoke, and reasoned just like we do today: throw in a “God be with you” as the opening line of every dialogue tree, and voila, medieval conversation!

 

Shadow Of War Was A Dreary Mess, But Its Expansion Is Good

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It’s not the loot boxes that bummed me out about October’s Shadow of War. When playing the game, you can easily ignore them. I had a harder time ignoring the game’s bummer mood, ugly scenery, trite and tedious quests and mechanical messiness. I liked its predecessor. I wanted to like this game. I bailed halfway but recently tried the game’s expansion.

 

Three Short Arguments on The Secret of Monkey Island

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Peering Into Celeste and Iconoclasts | Expressions of Faith

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Celeste and Iconoclasts, while similar games on the surface, explore the nature of faith in very different ways, but complimentary ways. In this video, I take a look at these games as expressions of faith while simultaneously finding my own faith. Also, sorry about some of the bad audio for the live action stuff. I really didn't have time to do a lot big fixes for it

 

Scars & Stories [Planescape: Torment vs. Torment: Tides of Numenera]

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This is a total-spoiler analysis and critique of Black Isle's Planescape: Torment and its years-later successor from InExile, Torment: Tide of Numenera. It goes into great detail to highlight what makes the first game unique, and the challenges posed in trying to follow up such a legendary role-playing title.

https://www.patreon.com/noahcaldwellgervais

 

The Return of Combat Chess - Noclip Bonus Level

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Welcome to Noclip Bonus Level - the show where we take a break from making documentaries for five minutes, to analyze the world of video games around us. In our first episode, Danny takes a look at the history of the first-person-shooter and celebrates the return of combat chess.

Our work is 100% crowdfunded. Consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/noclip

 

Revisiting Sleeping Dogs or: Why The Movie Won't Work

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There's a Sleeping Dogs film in production, so obviously I revisited one of the most criminally underrated titles of the decade to argue why it wouldn't work as anything other than a game. Sleeping Dogs is smarter than you think.

Patreon: http://patreon.com/writingongames

 

Okami Analysis - What Is a 3D Zelda Clone Anyway? // HeavyEyed

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Okami is the most beloved game that no one ever played, was that cause it's constantly referred to as a 3D Zelda clone? Probably not but I wanna discuss what counts as a 3D Zelda clone and if Okami is actually the clone people make it out to be.

All songs used from the Okami OST

Special Thanks to Hamish Black from Writing on Games for script help!

patreon.com/heavyeyed

 

The Zany and Dystopian Future of Beneath a Steel Sky

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Today I'm looking at the point-n-click sci fi adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky. Beautiful and wacky, this game is considered a cult classic.

Consider Supporting me on Patreon: http://patreon.com/pushinguproses

 

Kingdom Hearts Retrospective

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It's a Kingdom Hearts Retrospective, so you know I've already gone crazy.

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kingdomklannad

 

Anachronox (Moderate Spoilers)

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Anachronox! You know! The last of the three big Ion Storm original properties; the one that came out just before they closed the Ion Storm Dallas offices. The one with the comedy and the JRPG mechanics and the vaguely Ron Gilbert sense of humor. The one made by Tom Hall! That Anachronox. No? Well, listen up...

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Delightful Video Game Departures | SSFF

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Metroid, Castlevania, Phantasy Star and Mega Man, we take a look at games that departed and redefined their series in meaningful and delightful ways.

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Owlboy: The Story of Simon Andersen and a 10 Year Development Period

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After more than ten years since Simon Andersen initially started work on his video game magnum opus, Owlboy has finally been released on consoles.

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Disney's Cancelled Pirates Game - Investigating Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned

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The Legality of Loot Boxes - Designing Ethical Lootboxes: II - Extra Credits

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Legislating regulation around in-game purchases seems like a good idea, but let's proceed cautiously: the phrasing of such potential rulings could create situations that unfairly affect gamers themselves, not just publishers.

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