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This Week In Gaming 5-22-18

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Matt Paprocki looks into the troubled development of the 2010 Splatterhouse game, Dan Root on How to Animate a Fighting Game, Ahoy on early adventures games and The Secret of Monkey Island, Dia Lacina on the role of motherhood in God of War, Xbox announces adaptive controller, Kingdom Hearts III gameplay and impressions, Chris Bratt leaves Eurogamer to focus on telling interesting stories about games and developers full time, Black Ops 2 multiplayer reveal and confirmation of no single player campaign, Steam Pulling Visual Novels For 'Pornographic Content' Regardless Of Actual Content, Metro Exodus delayed, Overwatch anniversary event begins, Daryl Talks Games on How to Make a Video Game Memorable, new paid and free content for Total War Warhammer 2, ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games, E3 schedule, 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)

 

E3 2018 press conference and livestream schedule

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Where and when to watch the biggest announcements of E3

Devolver Digital is already apologizing for its upcoming E3 press conference

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Devolver Digital is returning to E3 on Sunday, June 10 with another late-night press conference.

E3 2018: The games, gaffes, and hardware we expect to see

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From surefire bets to wild guesses, this is what we expect to see at E3.

Hideo Kojima teases Death Stranding at E3 2018 with moss screenshot

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'Decima Engine x Kojima Productions = Death Stranding.'

 

13 Things We Know After Playing Kingdom Hearts 3 - New Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay

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New Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay! Yesterday, we were among the first people in the entire world to finally play Kingdom Hearts 3 and get some new information on the Kingdom Hearts 3 release date.We played around in Toy Box, the new Toy Story inspired world, and tried out new keyblade transformations, attractions and links, as well as hear from Square Enix and Disney Pixar on the Kingdom Hearts 3 development process.

Kingdom Hearts 3 - Toy Story World Gameplay

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Here's some brand new gameplay (captured off-screen) of Kingdom Hearts 3's new Toy Story world. We fight in Andy's Room with Woody and Buzz, visit the nearby Galaxy Toy shop, and even get a surprise visit from Wreck-It Ralph! (This was actually captured on Xbox One, we apologize for the incorrect label at the beginning of the video.)

Kingdom Hearts 3 is a whimsical spectacle full of Disney cheer

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We played two sections of the game for the first time

 

Metro Exodus Delayed To Early 2019

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THQ Nordic, which recently acquired Metro Exodus publisher Deep Silver and its parent company Koch Media, announced in their earnings report today that Metro Exodus has been pushed to Q1 2019.

 

Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 — Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer raises the bar for the famed multiplayer mode delivering the most thrilling grounded combat experience yet with a focus on tactical gameplay and player choice.

5 massive changes coming to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on PC

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Treyarch revealed at Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's reveal event that the first-person shooter would drastically break from series tradition. We've collected together the five biggest changes that every fan should know about.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is Getting A Battle Royale Mode

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting a battle royale mode, developer Treyarch said today, following in the footsteps of PUBG and Fortnite with a mode called Blackout. It confirms Kotaku’s report from last month that Activision will be the first major publisher to join the battle royale craze.

Treyarch confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a single-player campaign

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch acknowledged this week that the game will not include a standard single-player story campaign, making it the first mainline entry in the franchise to do so.

 

Revealing The Ambitious Development Of Days Gone

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In this exclusive Game Informer video, Sony Bend opens up on the full development history of their PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone. The video features new gameplay alongside interviews with creative director John Garvin, game director Jeff Ross, and studio director Christopher Reese. Learn more about Days Gone in our exclusive hub

 

Star Control: Origins reveals your future alien comrades

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It’s been a little while since we heard from Star Control: Origins, the reboot of the classic space combat series that roamed the wild wastelands of the 1990s. But developers Stardock have released a new trailer that showcases some of the alien races you’ll encounter in your struggle against the menacing Scryve.

 

Be the bad guy in digital card game Cultist Simulator

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Found your own cult, summon alien gods, profit?

Why the Cultist Simulator devs built their Lovecraftian game on a house of cards

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Failbetter Games has always been a studio with a distinct style.

 

First Look at Kara in Detroit: Become Human

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Explore Kara's story and see the run-down side of Detroit: Become Human. What will you do to protect a child?

 

Soulcalibur 6 - Yoshimitsu Character Reveal Trailer

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Tekken's sword-wielding weirdo returns for another stab at his other series.

 

With Jupiter and Mars, Two Former Game Journalists Hope to Save the Planet

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Walk 100 miles in another dolphin's shoes. Or maybe swim. In their fins.

 

Shenmue III Shows Off The Graphical Brush-ups Since The Last Trailer

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THQ Nordic gave an update on Shenmue III this week, showing off the same trailer from before but with graphics that have been brushed-up since then.

 

Learn More About Cyrus, Ophilia, And The Vast World Of Octopath Traveler

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Square Enix shared the latest screenshots for Octopath Traveler along with more info on two recently introduced characters with Cyrus the Scholar and Ophilia the Cleric, plus a closer look at its vast and pretty world.

 

Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient coming west this fall

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The nightmare has returned.

 

Omnibion War brings Star Fox style shooting back to PC

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A confession: I love on-rails shooters. At least, I did during the peak of the genre, when Panzer Dragoon, Star Fox 64 and their ilk briefly ruled the roost. There’s just something especially pure and cathartic about them. As such, it’s no surprise that the debut trailer for Omnibion War – a new shooter in this largely forgotten style from Chilean studio Crazy Bullet – caught my eye. It’s even got Itano Circus missiles, objectively the best sort.

 

Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk ‘The Wrong Idea’ gameplay

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NIS America has released a short new gameplay video of its upcoming dungeon RPG Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, showcasing an event scene where Marietta gets the wrong idea about Dronya.

 

Safe House is a management game about cool ‘60s spies

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The trailer’s blocky animated title graphics and jazzy soundtrack set the stage for Safe House instantly - it’s a game of spies, where instead of doing all the sneaking and peeking, you’re running the base of operations. The safe house, if you will.

 

Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 remasters announced for PS4

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Yakuza 3 remaster due out first on August 9 in Japan.

 

Imperator: Rome is the next grand strategy game from Paradox

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The next game from the grand strategy specialists at Paradox Development Studio is Imperator: Rome. Announced today at Paradox Con, the historical strategy title will begin in the early days Rome at 302 BC, covering the development of Rome’s rule all the way through the Roman Empire centuries later.

 

Earthfall’s L4D-ish alien-blasting action arrives July 13

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What if Left 4 Dead but aliens? Earthfall is what, a cooperative multiplayer first-person shooter about four peeps blasting across the Pacific Northwest and through hordes of aliens. It puts a little spin on the monstoblasting with deployable barricades and turrets but yep, mostly just shoot those nasties good. I’ve heard some encouraging things about Earthfall over its thirteen months in early access, and I fancy a look once it launches properly. That’ll come on July 13th, developers Holospark announced today.

 

Blade Strangers Liongate trailer

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Nicalis has released a new trailer for crossover fighting game Blade Strangers introducing playable character Liongate from Code of Princess EX.

 

Agony ‘Agony Mode’ trailer

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Test your survival skills in procedurally generated chambers.

 

Shining Resonance Refrain ‘The Dragon’s Power Awakens’ trailer

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Unleash the power of the Shining Dragon.

 

The Kids’ Video Games Are All Right at NYU Game Center Student Showcase

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A great way to keep yourself excited about the future of video games as a medium is remind yourself it can be an actually vibrant cultural art form, not just an endless deluge of bland big-budgeted products. And here in New York at least you can do that by going to any of the hip smaller indie game showcases that happen frequently throughout the year.

 

Beacon Interview - Mutate to Survive In This Colorful Roguelite | Gameumentary

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In this week's developer interview we take a look at the backstory of an indie studio called Monothetic, who are working on an exciting new top-down roguelite called, Beacon.

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

 

A Heist Game Where You Steal Pieces Of 15,000 Player-Made Levels

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The Steam Workshop for Garry’s Mod—the monolithic physics sandbox that emerged from Half-Life 2—contains 15,974 maps made for all sorts of different game types and purposes. Jazztronauts is its own separate heist game, but it takes place on those maps. Yes, that means it already has nearly 16,000 levels.

 

Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo English version ‘Chisato Shinjo’ trailer

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Spotlight on the distinguished daughter.

 

Mecha anime-inspired 3D shoot ’em up Omnibion War announced for PC

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Transform, take down enemies, and complete various objectives.

 

Blade Strangers Emiko trailer

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Nicalis has released a new trailer for crossover fighting game Blade Strangers introducing playable character Emiko from the Umihara Kawase series.

 

Halo: Fireteam Raven Arcade Experience Reveal Trailer

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Microsoft just showed off Halo: Fireteam Raven, a lightgun shooter for the arcade that’s set during the events of the first game in the series.

 

New Total War: Warhammer 2 DLC out this month pits High Elves against Dark Elves

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The Queen and the Crone brings a new quest chain to the Eye of the Vortex and Mortal Empires campaigns.

Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Queen & Crone Let's Play

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Join Guy and Wheels in this Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Queen & The Crone Head to Head Let's Play.

Total War: Warhammer 2's next update is huge and adds "Dwarf Forging"

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Total War: Warhammer II gets another DLC expansion in two weeks, and the free Resurgent Update will come alongside to bolster the occasion. Creative Assembly have detailed a bit more of what to expect from all those additions, all of which launch at the end of May.

 

Crusader Kings 2, Hearts of Iron IV, and Europa Universalis IV all get expansions this year

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Paradox have far more DLC in store for all their big games, including Crusader Kings II, Hearts of Iron IV, and Europa Universalis IV. Major expansions are in line for all three grand strategy titles, and they’re all due for launch this year.

Paradox: 'There's room for improvement in how we present our DLC'

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In order to prevent inundating players with expansions and add-ons.

 

Everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Para Bellum

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Lasers? Holograms? Bulletproof Cameras? Why not.

 

No Man’s Sky gets multiplayer this summer

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Hello Games’ Sean Murray has announced that the big new update for No Man’s Sky will launch on July 24th - and will include multiplayer.

 

Overwatch’s anniversary event skins and cosmetics leak out

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Overwatch's upcoming Deathmatch map, Petra, has a breakable floor and a lethal pit

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Blizzard has published a new video teasing Overwatch's upcoming Deathmatch map, Petra.

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure Has Rabbid Cranky Kong As Well

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Donkey Kong, Rabbid Cranky, and Rabbid Peach are the stars in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle’s ‘Donkey Kong Adventure’ DLC, as shown off by two new trailers for the additional content coming this summer.

 

Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller

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Create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours. The Xbox Adaptive Controller connects to external switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to help make gaming more accessible.

Xbox Adaptive Controller first look: A new, necessary gamepad

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The video game industry has long ignored players with disabilities.

 

Sony CEO: “The PlayStation 4 Is Entering The Final Phase Of Its Life Cycle”

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Today is Sony IR day, and Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO John Tsuyoshi Kodera shared a few statements on the company’s current business plans.

 

Valve advises sexualized anime-themed titles to censor content or be removed from Steam

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HuniePop, Mutiny!!, Tropical Liquor and more received warnings today for "pornographic content"

Valve's Inconsistent Rules On Sexy Steam Games Continue To Baffle Devs

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Developers of games with sexual content are saying that Steam is threatening to remove their games, and they don’t know why.

Valve are walking back their visual novel purge, according to devs

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Developers of adult-themed visual novels say they’ve received notice from Valve that the two-week deadline for censoring their games is now off, and that Valve will “re-review” the games for content and give the developers specific feedback if they find content violations.

Visual novel devs head to GOG after uncertain warnings from Steam

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MangaGamer and Sekai Project will bring their visual novels to GOG, with 11 titles currently available and more to come. This comes in the wake of uncertain policies from Valve regarding sexual content on Steam, and MangaGamer specifically cite that recent controversy in their announcement.

 

ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games in June

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The Entertainment Software Rating Board has confirmed it will cease offering free age and content ratings for video games next month.

 

EA acquires GameFly's cloud gaming service

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Electronic Arts announced its acquisition of the cloud gaming technology assets and personnel of GameFly today.

 

Paladins Developer Says It's Fired Contractor For Using Overwatch Art In Ad

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Free-to-play hero shooter Paladins has always invited comparisons to Overwatch. There’s a tanky knight character with a deployable shield and a bearded dwarf who builds turrets. While developer Hi-Rez Studios has always denied cloning Blizzard’s game, a mobile port of Paladins lifted artwork from the game, a foul the studio is blaming on a contractor.

 

Josh Sawyer is 'taking a break' from directing once Pillars of Eternity 2 is done

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Pillars of Eternity 2 director Josh Sawyer has an enviable list of credits to his name, from Icewind Dale to Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and Tyranny. But after two decades in the business, Sawyer said in a blog post that he's going to take a little time off.

 

Overwatch players have spent almost $10 million on Pink Mercy

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The Overwatch team have announced on Twitter that the Pink Mercy skin has raised nearly $10 million USD for charity.

 

We Happy Few Has Been Refused Classification

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Remember We Happy Few, one of the more interesting indies from the Xbox E3 conference a few years ago? Well continue remembering it fondly, because the game has just been refused classification in Australia.

 

Esports News

 

The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Finale

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Here’s what is going down in the wide, wide world of esports this weekend.

 

Rainbow Six Siege Pro League 3 Finals And Operation Para Bellum Reveal

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Tune in to watch the best Rainbow Six Siege teams duke it out in the Pro League 3 Finals and also find out more details on the new map and new operators in Operation Para Bellum.

 

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Is Getting An Official Side Tournament At EVO 2018

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Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja announced that its fighting game Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will make its first major appearance at EVO as a side tournament called Dead or Alive EVO Showdown 2018.

 

Justin Wong Won A Major Tournament With Street Fighter V’s Newest (And Allegedly Worst) Character

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Justin Wong is a legendary fighting game player, and he’s nearly unbeatable when given the chance to use an ultra-defensive character or system mechanic. This part of Wong’s skillset was on full display last weekend during the Canada Cup Master Series tournament in Calgary, where he won the stacked event using Falke, the latest character to join Street Fighter V’s playable roster.

 

The First Evo Japan Lost Over A Million Dollars

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This January, Japan hosted its first Evo tournament. It lost over one million dollars. If you know how the event was set up, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

 

Rainbow Six Siege's new esport rules promise to make Pro League massive

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Ubisoft are overhauling the esports side of Rainbow Six Siege. Announced at the Pro League Season Seven finals in Atlantic City, Ubisoft have detailed seval major changes being made to the structure of the Pro League. The core change revolves around shifting the professional side of the game away from a tournament-style event and adapting it to a true league format.

 

Uzi Gets His Trophy In Midseason League of Legends Finals

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Jian “Uzi” Zi-hao is easily one of the best players in China’s League of Legends championship series, the LPL. But on the international stage, he’s frequently come up just short of the title. With a commanding win in today’s 2018 Midseason Invitationals, Uzi seems to have started his campaign to topple the regional hierarchy of League of Legends.

 

Smash Players Plead With Each Other To Please, For The Love Of God, Stop Smelling So Bad

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At Jason “RustyTrombone” Husisian’s first Super Smash Bros. tournament at a hotel in Easton, Pennsylvania, he was focused on out-maneuvering his opponent when a nearby attendee’s smell filled his nostrils. “I get a whiff and I legit start coughing,” Husisian recalled. “It smelled like he worked in a crematorium.”

 

The Shanghai Dragons’ training schedule raises concerns for player health

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Twelve hour days, six days a week hasn’t helped the Shanghai Dragons score their first win.

 

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

 

Introducing People Make Games

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Support us here: https://www.patreon.com/PeopleMakeGames

People Makes Games aims to tell fantastic stories about video games and how they get made. After proving there's an audience for this type of video journalism at Eurogamer, I want to see what happens if I work on it full-time. Join me! It's going to be a lot of fun.

 

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

 

Splatterhouse 2010: What went wrong

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We look into what happened behind the scenes with BottleRocket Entertainment’s final game

 

Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game

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What does the end of Boss Key mean for celeb game developers?

 

Games and Visual Identity

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This week I woke up to news feeds announcing a new trailer for Bethesda’s Rage 2, and after watching it, it really got me thinking again about the importance of creating a strong visual identity for your game.

 

A Thought on Service Games

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I think a lot of criticism of games as service is fair, yet also somewhat reactionary – a completely normal response to large-scale changes in an industry that thrives on nostalgia and long-held assumptions about what games should be, what they should represent.

 

Devs share the most memorable things they've had to cut from games

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For as many polished finished products make their way to market, there are thousands of ideas that never make the cut, or end up so iterated on and mutated by the time they’re finished that they’re unrecognizable from their original form.

 

An Interview with Scott Benson (Night in the Woods)

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In Night in the Woods, you play twenty-year-old Mae Borowski upon moving back to a hometown in decline. Her parents want to know why she just dropped out of college, her friends have all gotten jobs, her dreams keep getting weirder, and she believes there’s a mysterious threat lurking in the woods. NITW has won the BAFTA Game Award for Narrative and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival, among other accolades.

Scott Benson is the co-creator of Night in the Woods. Below, Scott talks with Cartridge editor William Hoffacker about gothic horror, researching town histories, how Twitter helped him write dialogue, and more.

 

In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last

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God of War begins with a handprint. A testament to where a woman—a mother—once stood and thought about her child. It’s a marker, we learn, that says “I was here to keep you safe,” as much as it hides “I was here to restrict you.” It’s our first taste of how, in God of War, mothers are interchangeably flat, and come in two varieties: dead or alive. But one thing remains constant—mothers keep secrets.

In fairness, everyone in God of War is keeping some kind of secret. The narrative overemphasizes Kratos’ secret, but it is the secrets mothers keep that form its core.

Your Monster No Longer: God Of War and Final Fantasy X

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Kratos’ emotional distance is not new in portrayals of aloof fathers. In fact, Kratos feels completely one-dimensional because of how neatly he fits into those archetypes. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; Kratos’ flat design only proves that the story is not about him, but about Atreus.

The Silence and the Scream: God of War’s Tyranny of Masculinity

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Kratos, for all the talk about maturity, can’t mature past the toxic masculinity of his past. Even though he can recognize the problem, he only ties it to all the people he’s killed. But with God of War’s issues with a rigid concept of what being a man means, even if Kratos doesn’t pass on the body count, he’ll pass on the exact same mindset.

Atreus begins the game a whole person. It’s downhill from there.

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After becoming the the template for a whole generation of brawlers, God of War isn’t sure what it means to bring a new entry into the modern day. So its answer is to become an unholy amalgam of every action game design trend of the last 15 years. But unable to be satisfied with being an imitator it draws attention to itself. It’s design for the age of CinemaSins: determined to answer every logical inconsistency inherent to games with a knowing joke or a long winded explanation that insists the answers are in the lore.

God of War Is a Great Reminder That Most of Our Dads Suck

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I don’t know what breaks my heart more: watching Kratos try to be a single father, or listening to folks talk about how much they identified with the father-son relationship in God of War.

The Game of The Generation

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God of War has always been the game of the generation, a mirror in which we can see ourselves and our values, polished with a spit-shine and shot up to the top of the charts. In 2005, this meant Devil May Cry with the irony sanded off, simple combat and violent spectacle, with some light Zelda puzzles and Jak and Daxter platforming to keep you from getting bored. It took the beloved games of the era and removed their soul, smashing them together into unholy frankenstein that with an almost self-aware cynicism seemed to ask the audience: is this enough? The answer, of course, was yes.

Fast forward thirteen years, and little has changed.

God Of War Gets The Stress Of Parenthood Right

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Occasional games like The Last of Us screw around with the traditional setup of those roles, reversing them from time to time, but they rarely go further than this very basic interpretation of what it means to be a parent: being responsible for another person’s survival. They rarely explore the other ways in which parents and children learn from one another, or the damage that parents fear they might inflict.

 

Frostpunk Is a Refreshingly Honest, Boldly Fascist Look at Steampunk's Victorian Roots

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Make no mistake, Frostpunk is fascist. It is fascist in a boldfaced way, the fascism of survival, the fascism that is “the only good option.” It is refreshing in its honesty. While I enjoyed They Are Billions greatly, it never felt like a game where I could indulge the interiority of the city. You were not concerned with the populace, but the constant war effort, the feverish expansionism.

 

Nancy Drew is the most important game series no one

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For the criminally underserved audience of girls and women who love games, it’s one of the few franchises that was actively welcoming us to play since 1998. Amid an unrelenting onslaught of male power fantasies and protagonists, there was always Nancy: a video game hero who gave us the chance to embody our empowerment narratives and wish fulfillment.

 

The Game of Everything, Part 10: Civilization and the Limits of Progress

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To listen to what Sid Meier says about his most famous achievement today, my writing all of these articles on Civilization has been like doing a deep reading of an episode of The Big Bang Theory; there just isn’t a whole lot of there there. Meier claims that the game presents at best a children’s-book view of history, that the only real considerations that went into it were what would be fun and what wouldn’t. I don’t want to criticize him for that stance here, any more than I want to minimize the huge place that fun or the lack thereof really did fill in the decisions that he and his partner Bruce Shelley made about Civilization. I understand why he says what he says: he’s a commercial game designer, not a political pundit, and he has no desire to wade into controversy — and possibly shrink his customer base — by taking public positions on the sorts of fractious topics I’ve been addressing over the course of these articles. If he should need further encouragement to stay well away from those topics, he can find it in the many dogmatic academic critiques of Civilization which accuse it of being little more than triumphalist propaganda. He’d rather spend his time talking about game design, which strikes me as perfectly reasonable.

 

Deadfire's Maps Are Really Good

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Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is a big epic fantasy game about gods, pirates, boats, and ghosts, but what’s stuck with me post-game is how good the maps are. They’re really good, and the navigation is even better.

'Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire' Has Too Many Debts to Pay

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A weight of expectation and obligation detracts from an otherwise great narrative adventure about colonialism and its politics.

 

Bioshock Infinite’s Modern Racism

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Bioshock Infinite is without question one of the most critically acclaimed and talked about video games of 2013. It has been praised for a well-crafted storyline, memorable characters, and outstanding gameplay. It has also evoked the most intense feelings of discomfort and disgust I’ve ever felt toward a video game.

 

RetroAhoy: The Secret of Monkey Island

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Next up: Chicken-o-meter.
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ahoy

 

So I've Finally Played... Firewatch

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How to Animate a Fighting Game ✏️🎮

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Want to know the difference between Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 5? Or the difference between Marvel vs Capcom and Marvel vs Capcom Infinite?

Then just watch this video on video game animation!

 

How to Make a Video Game Memorable | Psych of Play

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What gives a game “good pacing”? How do you make moments in a game “memorable”? When is less information, actually more? These questions are all something that video game developers should be asking, and I would recommend looking to the psychology of primacy and recency for the answers. The human mind has a natural desire to process the stimulation in front of it, and in this episode of Psych of Play, I’ll take a swing at explaining how you can play with levels of color and sound to make your video game memorable.

 

Cuphead: The Story of Animator Tina Nawrocki

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Tina Nawrocki has spent her entire life learning about traditional, hand-drawn animation. As a student, she often lamented the fact that big sriltudios like Disney no longer require traditional animators, and she wondered if anyone would ever appreciate the unique talents she was developing.

Hey, so our Patreon has been going through a rocky time lately, if you could throw us some support we'd really appreciate it! (http://patreon.com/videogamestorytime)

 

The Rise and Fall of Half-Life

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In 1998, a little known company named Valve released a first-person shooter named Half-Life and changed the face of gaming. Where other shooters struggled to provide even a semblance of a story, Half-Life had brains to match its brawns; a stirring tale featuring a realistic human cast and a protagonist that was more than a hand and a gun unfolded before the player’s eyes as they progressed through each level.

 

Exclusive Interview With God Of War's Writers Matt Sophos And Richard Gaubert

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In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show podcast, two of the writers behind Sony Santa Monica's God of War Matt Sophos and Richard Gaubert talk about their journey from Ion Storm, to Lost Planet 3, to writing Kratos and Atreus' journey on the PlayStation 4. The interview contains spoilers in the back half, but we give a clear warning.

 

Things I Missed From Previous Weeks

 

Ebb and Flow - Conversations on the recent momentum of Japanese games

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Starting end 2016, we saw the release of a succession of Japanese games that were critically acclaimed both in Japan and overseas.

We met with some of their directors to discuss their views on this period and on the state of the Japanese game industry.

 

The History of Atari In Japan - Story of Arcade Pong, 2600 / 2800, Lynx & Jaguar GTV

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GTV 55 The History of Atari In Japan! The Pong era, 2600 VCS aka 2800 era and Lynx / Jaguar era are all covered!

This video used several resources others worked hard to find. Those can be found at Atari Age, Atari Museum run by Curt Vendel, Chris Covell and Random Terrain/Replayability.

Japanese information came from Famitsu, Famimaga and Skora magazine.

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