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This Week In Gaming 9-25-18

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TGS reveals and gameplay, Michael Saba's essay on How NieR Automata Tells the Ultimate Humanist Fable, Writing on Games on Spider-Man and bringing joy back to games, Kitfox Games blog talks about the work behind making their Kickstarter and game a success, Cecilia D'Anastasio covers how debt collection comes with the increased popularity of streaming, Total War Rome 2 newest game subjected to review bombing and community abuse, Telltale suddenly closes and fires employees with no warning or severance, Keith Stuart covers a discussion by narrative designers about how game stories are changing, Justin Haywald and Yuji Horii on the legacy of Dragon Quest, postmortem of Ultima Online with its developers, US army turns to Esports as recruitment tool, Two Point Hospital reviewed by a hospital administrator, 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)


The Games That Drew Big Crowds At The Tokyo Game Show



Today was the first public day of the Tokyo Game Show. The crowds were massive, and the lines were long. Let’s look at which games were drawing the biggest crowds.


Devil May Cry 5 TGS trailer shows off Dante gameplay, reveals new playable character


Capcom released a new trailer for Devil May Cry 5 at Tokyo Game Show today, showing series favorite Dante in action. Dante will join Nero and a third playable character, known as V, in Capcom’s over-the-top character action game.

Devil May Cry 5 Mega Buster Trailer


Check out the first look at Mega Man's Mega Buster in Devil May Cry 5.

20 Minutes Of S Rank Devil May Cry 5 Dante Gameplay - TGS 2018


Check out this S-rank demon killing from the Devil May Cry 5 demo from Tokyo Games Show. Featuring fiery kicks, twirling shotguns, and motorbikes as weapons.

Dante's New Weapons Changes The Devil May Cry Formula - Devil May Cry 5 Impressions TGS 2018


With a new suite of tools, including a weapon that is also a motorbike, Dante is bringing something fresh to the Devil May Cry series. Peter and Tam talk about this, as well as the other new features in DMC 5 at Tokyo Games Show 2018.

Devil May Cry 5 Music Video Pulled Amid Stories About Vocalist's Sexual Harassment History


 (9:05 p.m. CT): Instead of a Dante trailer, Capcom released the same trailer as Gamescom with an extra few lines of dialogue. The Dante portion has been edited to simply loop Nero's "Devil Trigger" again, which features vocalist Ali Edwards.

Devil May Cry 5 Online Multiplayer And PC System Requirements Revealed By Product Listings


Product listings are going live for Devil May Cry 5, and they are providing more information about the game. The Steam page, Xbox Store page, and PlayStation Store page for the game all list online multiplayer. In addition, the PC system requirements were revealed.

Devil May Cry 5 will have upgrade microtransactions


In Devil May Cry 5 you'll be able to collect red orbs and trade them in for upgrades but, as Gamespot noticed during a recent demo of the forthcoming game, there's also an option to pay for them with real money. They asked Hideaki Itsuno, director of Devil May Cry 5, for clarification.


Halo Infinite will have microtransactions, but no loot boxes



343 Studios boss Chris Lee reassured fans that the game 'will not include real-money loot boxes.'


Mega Man 11’s Tundra Man Gets A Chill Welcome


Capcom has introduced another one of the Mega Man 11 Robot Masters who will be testing players this October. One of the foes this time around will be Tundra Man. That figure skater outfit isn’t because this boss is a Yuri on Ice fan. Rather, this is a foe who uses icy attacks and can give Mega Man the Tundra Storm.


Red Dead Redemption 2: Hands-On Reaction


Two IGN editors played two hours of Red Dead Redemption 2. Here's what they thought.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Upgrades to Horse 2.0


Red Dead Redemption 2 is ponying up and adding a whole bunch of new horse features. Check out the details we learned in our hooves-on time with the game.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s easy-to-miss moments are built for Twitch and YouTube


Everywhere you look, the Wild West comes to life in stunning fashion

Red Dead Redemption 2's Red Dead Online Will Be A Huge Money-Maker


Red Dead Online is expected to make a lot of money from microtransactions.

Two Hours With The Amazingly Detailed Red Dead Redemption 2


I played Red Dead Redemption 2 for the first time this week, and I swiftly caused glorious chaos.

There's Some 200 Animal Species in Red Dead Redemption 2, All of Which Can Probably Kill You


Red Dead Redemption 2 is about a month away, and if the previews are anything to go by Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to be massive. There're territories to explore, and animals to hunt and today Rockstar detailed some of the various wildlife populating the old west.


Watch 12-minutes of gameplay and a boss fight from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice


The TGS 2018 demo includes a boss fight and an enormous snake


Death Stranding - TGS 2018 The Man in the Golden Mask Trailer [HD 1080P]


TGS 2018 The Man in the Golden Mask Trailer of Death Stranding


Warhammer: Chaosbane - Rise of Chaos (PEGI Gameplay Trailer)


Rally under the banner of Magnus the Pious, as you and your friends, become the bane of Chaos. Battle across the Old World in the first Hack N' Slash set in the Fantasy Battles universe, Warhammer: Chaosbane.


Left Alive Demonstrates Its Third-Person Shooter Action And Wanzer Battles


Square Enix shared a look at some brand-new gameplay footage of Left Alive, the survival action successor of Front Mission, at TGS 2018. We got a look at some of its third-person shooter and Wanzer action.


Space Hulk: Tactics - Genestealer Trailer


See what you're up against in this latest trailer profiling the Genestealers, the festering malice at the heart of the Space Hulk, ready to cut down any and all Space Marine Terminators that come aboard. The adaptation of the classic Warhammer 40,000 board game will be available on October 9 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with the pre-order beta beginning September 25 on Steam.


Dying Light 2’s wildcard factions will make your life harder



Dying Light 2’s world is a complex one. Its top-level choices appear simple enough: Do you support the authoritarian Peacekeepers or the idealistic Scavengers? Should you explore by day to avoid the infected or by night to raid their nests? But there’s greater nuance to be found below the surface. The Peacekeepers hand out free water and make regions safer to explore, for example, but if you fall foul of their strict laws you could become a victim of their conservatism.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy - Announce Trailer


TAKE THAT! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is coming to PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC in early 2019! Check out this trailer for a sneak peak at what to expect. More info coming soon!


Magic: The Gathering Arena goes into open beta next week


Magic: The Gathering Arena has been in closed beta for the better part of a year, but it won’t be closed for much longer. The open beta is set to launch in just over a week, giving all players the opportunity to get in and play on September 27. There’ll be plenty of new features for those who got into the more limited tests, most notably the new Guilds of Ravnica card set.


The Last Remnant Remastered Footage Shows Off More Of Its Improved Graphics


At TGS 2018, Square Enix showed off the latest gameplay footage of The Last Remnant Remastered, with a look at its improved resolution and graphics from changing to Unreal Engine 4.


Hyperspace Delivery Service enters early access and looks like ALL the DOS space adventures


I grew up playing DOS-era space adventures. From Psi 5 Trading Company to Blake Stone, Star Control and beyond. Hyperspace Delivery Service looks like most of them all at once. Making its Steam early access debut yesterday, Zotnip’s multi-genre space sim also been around on Itch for a while now. It’s part space-trading sim, part crew management, part space shooter, part Wolfenstein-derived FPS and all powerfully nostalgic. Take a peek at its universe of chunky pixelated delights below.


Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition's New Scenes Won't Use Troy Baker To Voice Yuri


Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is coming out this January, letting fans replay or play for the first time one of the most well-loved titles in the series. A high point for many fans of the original was protagonist Yuri Lowell, a no-nonsense former soldier that was ready to take on the world, and Troy Baker's acting helped elevate the character. Unfortunately, Baker says he didn't even know about the project and wasn't asked to return.


Banner Of The Maid Trailer Talks About Its Commanders, Units, And Features


The latest Banner of the Maid trailer has arrived, showing off what Pauline Bonaparte’s campaign during the French Revolution looks like! This video is dedicated to various features people will see when playing through this strategic-RPG, while also trying to give people an idea of the personalities of some major characters with quotes.


Just Cause 4: 20 Minutes of Live Gameplay


Square Enix showed off Just Cause 4 with a live 20-minute gameplay presentation at Gamescom. Just Cause 4 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on December 4!


Resident Evil 2 - Story Trailer (TGS 2018)


Capcom has released a story trailer for the Resident Evil 2 Remake, due out early next year.

The Resident Evil 2 remake is a gross and truly scary spin on the original's campy horror


We go hands-on with Capcom's reinterpretation of the classic horror game.


God Eater 3 Footage Shows Off Battles From Its TGS 2018 Demo, Details Latest Improvements


God Eater 3 has a new demo for TGS 2018 and V-Jump shared some footage from the expo, providing us with a look at several battles as well as improvements made from the Development Summit back in April.


Little Bug is a cute indie game about a lost girl, out next week


Help Nyah find her way home.


WWE 2K19 - The Unofficial IGN Preview


You've probably seen our professional, slick coverage of WWE 2K19. Now watch this clown have a go...


Call of Duty's Blackout Impressions: The Best Battle Royale for Anyone Who Hates Building


After dozens of hours spent in the Call of Duty: Blackout beta, here are our thoughts.


Sony Just Announced The $100 PlayStation Classic Console


If Nintendo can do it, Sony can too: the company just announced the PlayStation Classic, a small retro console that comes bundled with a range of the original console’s best/most popular games (including Final Fantasy VII).


Dead Cells is getting a Custom Mode before end of the year



Then the team will start work on the game's first DLC.


Subnautica: Below Zero returns to the sea for a brand-new mystery



Unknown Worlds has made no secret of the fact that it's been working on an expansion to the undersea survival game Subnautica, and has even shared some info on what's coming, including (via the Subnautica Wiki) an Arctic setting and an orbital station. Today it finally made everything official with the announcement of Subnautica: Below Zero, a standalone story that takes place in a new region of planet 4546B after the events of the original game.


Sources: Telltale Games Closes Majority of Studio, The Wolf Among Us 2 and Stranger Things Canceled



Telltale co-founder and former Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner has posted a blog calling the layoffs at Telltale a "closure." Seemingly confirming the fate of the studio he co-founded.

USgamer learned from multiple anonymous sources familiar with the layoffs at Telltale that employees laid off today will not receive severance pay.


Let us be clear. The executives at Telltale are incompetent. They are exploitative. They knew that this was coming and failed to warn anybody. We know that the management disregards their workers. Several reports have continually highlighted the working conditions at Telltale, demonstrating that this is more of the ongoing prioritization of board members and shareholders that has existed since the studio’s founding - always to the detriment of their employees.

And Now For Some Videos From The Telltale Archives


With adventure studio Telltale closing up, former employees are starting to share and upload all kinds of stuff from their time with the company. One of those is Jake Rodkin (now at Campo Santo/Valve, but was key to the success of Monkey Island and Walking Dead S1), who is uploading all kinds of old videos like Sam & Max director’s commentary, secret Strongbad footage and old panel discussions.

Telltale hit with class-action lawsuit for breaking labor laws


Former employee says layoffs violated federal and state WARN laws


PS Vita production to end in 2019 in Japan



PS Vita will be manufactured until 2019 in Japan and there are currently no plans for a successor, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda told Famitsu at Tokyo Game Show 2018.


Alone in the Dark is now a THQ Nordic series



The publisher has also acquired Act of War – both from Atari.


Legendary Composer Nobuo Uematsu Ceases Work Due To Health Issues


Nobuo Uematsu, the composer behind a number of Final Fantasy games, Chrono Trigger, and a host of other major RPGs in the past 30 years, has announced that he is ceasing his current work due to health problems.


Steam Introducing Community Comment Moderation



Beginning on September 25, a moderation team at Valve “will start reviewing reported discussion posts in all game hubs on Steam.”


Hackers Have Already Cracked Open The Switch Online's NES Library



Nintendo Switch Online hasn’t even been out for a day and hackers have already found a way to upload new NES games to its existing library.


Livestreaming site Twitch is now locked out of China



After a surprisingly successful month in the territory, Chinese authorities have now blocked access to Twitch – Amazon’s massive livestreaming site – at a national level.


Esports News


Here are the eight qualifying teams for BlizzCon’s Overwatch World Cup Finals



The world of Overwatch esports isn’t all about the Overwatch League and DJ Khaled: it’s also about the Overwatch World Cup. And the final group phase has now finished, meaning the full list of BlizzCon finals qualifiers is out, and the draw has been completed, meaning we know who’s matched against who for the quarter finals.


LFT OWL: Inside Overwatch League’s off-season



From a computer in Brazil, Felipe “liko” Lebrao types out six letters: LFT OWL—he’s looking for a team in the Overwatch League. Liko, like many Overwatch Contenders players, is hoping to be pulled up into the big leagues: the Overwatch League. The months-long tournament series ended last month, and the off-season is in full swing. With eight new expansion teams to fill, there are a lot of organizations looking for players.


Street Fighter V pro out of tourney after domestic abuse allegations



Reigning EVO Japan champ Infiltration will skip Capcom Pro Tour competition at Tokyo Game Show as his team Panda Global continues investigation


Esports still need to become more accessible to casual spectators



Not too long ago, I was screaming myself hoarse at the TV while two groups of men kicked a ball across a field. What's even wilder than me getting invested this much is how I dependably stop caring about any sport unless a large scale-event is on.


The US Army turns to esport fans after missing its recruitment goal



As a result of poor recruitment numbers the US Army is planning to place a greater focus on esports and other competitive gaming events, sending recruiters to events and actively taking part in contests.


Football Fans Throw Controllers Onto Field In Protest Against Esports



A football game in the Swiss league was halted on Sunday when fans threw tennis balls—and control pads, some emblazoned with the words “FUCK ESPORTS”—onto the field.


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


Encased — old school isometric turn-based RPG


Tactical turn-based combat and intense non-linear storyline inspired by original Fallout and classic sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic.


New games: Aquamarine revives ‘70s comic art in a sci-fi adventure


One problem with mainstream science fiction is that it all winds up looking more or less the same. Drawing from the same set of big-name influences, new sci-fi films and games all wear their influences on their sleeves – Star Wars looms large, naturally, as do Halo and Doom.


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


Years In the Making: How Kitfox Games played the long game with Boyfriend Dungeon hype



Overnight successes don’t exist, from what I’ve seen. There’s usually years and years of work behind the scenes and then MAYBE your game blows up, but mostly not. Plenty of people work for years and their game still doesn’t blow up — that’s certainly what happened for our previous games. I guess it’s possible SOME game out there enjoyed overnight success. Maybe they had a good game idea, made that game, and enjoyed sudden fame and prosperity. But that isn’t the story of Boyfriend Dungeon.


As Streaming Games Goes Big Money, Debt Collection Comes Along



For four years, Dariani has been head boss of the Online Performers Group, a full-service management company for Twitch streamers. He has 50 streamers in his stable, including big names like CohhCarnage (1 million followers), KingGothalion (900,000 followers) and ProfessorBroman (700,000 followers). After six, eight or ten hours a day playing games for huge, tuned-in audiences, a lot of streamers are too burnt out to be their own accounting departments, he said over the phone.


Why Game Industry Workers Need Unions


For many people, working in the gaming industry is a dream come true. Until recently, I was one of those people. But what many people don’t know until they’re on the inside is how quickly that dream becomes a nightmare.


Total War Game Gets Review Bombed On Steam Over Women Generals


Others rant and rave about “CULTURAL MARXISM” and call for boycotts. It’s a grand old time, in other words. Elsewhere, on Rome II’s Steam forums, people are calling for McConnell’s firing, even though she said she was just relaying a message from on high. It’s reminiscent of the way a vocal contingent of Guild Wars 2's community went after narrative designers Jessica Price and Peter Fries, or the pile-on that recently saw systems designer Daniel Klein and communications associate Mattias Lehman leave Riot in the wake of controversy surrounding a PAX panel focused on women and non-binary people. While the circumstances are different, the broader idea is the same: game developers didn’t spoon-feed a handful of players exactly what they wanted to hear, and now that their precious faberge skin has been cracked, they want blood. And of course, at the heart of it all lies a person in a position of influence—in this particular case, a woman—talking about women. Naturally, people rallying around Rome II are employing the same sorts of tactics and rhetorical tricks that worked for other roving bands of enraged culture warriors because, well, they worked. People got fired.


From superheroes to soap operas: five ways video game stories are changing forever



The narrative designers behind Witcher 3, Alien Isolation and Destiny chat about bodies, comics and the future of video game story-telling


Narrative Designers


Suspended, Mid-air



“I found that over the course of Last Life’s development, the tone on Kickstarter changed to this preorder-type vibe, to the point where you even got a button on the page that links you to where you can ‘preorder the project.’ That didn’t exist [when we started]. There was no concept of this being a store that was that was still selling things, or it was routing you to a place where you can buy them,” says Sam.


How the Creators of the Otome Genre Bring Romance to Modern Audiences



We spoke with Ruby Party Director Mei Erikawa about the challenges and exultations of making romance games aimed at women, and the excitement of bringing 'tokimeki' to everyone.


Yuji Horii on the legacy of Dragon Quest



Religion, storycrafting and making cute monsters


Meet the pioneering Japanese indie behind La-Mulana



Given its own long history, and the longer history of the games to which it’s a love letter, it’s a surprise that there’s still nothing out there quite like La-Mulana.


Nintendo Fulfills Cancer Patient Chris Taylor’s Wish To Play Smash Bros. Ultimate


Chris has already overcome cancer three times in the past, but revealed back in July that this time it was terminal, and that he had decided to no longer pursue treatment. After Isabelle’s reveal in this month’s Nintendo Direct, he tweeted that he was scared he couldn’t make it to Smash Bros. Ultimate’s launch date, seeing as he was already bedridden.


How great game explosions are made



Videogames love a good explosion, but how are these spectacular effects designed?


How EA Sports made Shaquem Griffin look like himself in ‘Madden 19’



We go behind the scenes to show how the most unique player in Madden history was created.


"Companies really need to ask themselves if they're serious about diversity"



"We founded the field. We created nearly every single major advancement. We've been here. We created this. The question is not how do we get more women in, but how do we stop men from pushing those women out?"


Committing career suicide, telling true stories about game development



He looked towards my face, eyes unable to meet with my own for just a second as he said “We don’t have a magic pool of money to fix problems like these”. I sat still and silent for a moment, realizing I had just quit my job at Sledgehammer Games. “Ok” as pleasantly as I could muster was my explicit and direct response, “no problem” as I gathered myself, lifted from my chair and returned to my desk. The feeling of working a fulltime job during crunch, and two part time jobs while delivering a game had become stale. I wasn't going to subject myself to three more years of that “life”. “It’s just business”, I told myself, feeling better about the approved counter offer I had already secured from my new company ahead of time. But the taste of that moment stained the memory of my experience there. That day was a Friday, and to my coworkers it was a normal Friday. To me, I was seeing the threads of bonds formed beginning to unravel. I felt myself detaching from the area I called home for nearly 3 years and from the project I was so proud to be a part of, knowing that I was not going to be there anymore. I remember the taste of the envelope touching my tongue as I sealed my resignation letter that Monday morning. I can still feel it pressed between my two fingertips as I drove to work, anticipating exactly how and when I was going to turn it in. The moment that envelope left my hands I felt an uncertainty wash over me, but I also felt relief simultaneously somehow. I looked back at it for a moment, and in that very moment I felt unchained.


Retrotainment's cartridge revival



Co-owners Tim Hartman and Greg Caldwell are making new NES games that run on old NES hardware in 2018, and they say the audience is growing


Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Realest Dad Game



There has been a lot of talk over the last few years about ‘dad simulators’, from games like Dream Daddy, which has you meeting and dating an eclectic cast of father figures, to The Last of Us, which shows how far a father will go for his child, to God of War, which showcases how turbulent and trying a father and son’s relationship can be.


Two Point Hospital, As Reviewed By An Actual Hospital Administrator



Fifteen years ago, I played Theme Hospital religiously as a medical student. Now, I find myself playing Two Point Hospital as a medical administrator. That’s video games for you.


“Love and Hate in Kamurocho,” by Reid McCarter



Kaoru Sayama is the only character the audience ever sees Kazuma Kiryu kiss. Despite the few women he’s been involved with throughout the series—including his girlfriend in Yakuza 5, who makes clear that he hasn’t so much as touched her in their time together—Kiryu seems uninterested in romantic love. He may visit massage parlours, watch porn in downtown Tokyo video booths, or pay money to chat with or take photos of women in bikinis, but otherwise, he’s notably, remarkably chaste.


The Computer and the Orient | Assassin’s Creed: Revelations



omputers are arcane cultural objects. We may use them for utilitarian purposes and become familiar with them over time, but the full implications of their design will always elude us. As computer software reflects both the traditions and the point of view of its creators, each application is an amalgamation of cultural values and contradictions, bound to time and space. Operating a computer then, is like navigating a collection of cultures, with all the messiness that entails.


A Cyberpunk Detective Game About Finding Rogue Androids



In Subserial Network, humanity as we know it doesn’t exist. Instead, synthetic beings populate the world. They live mostly normal lives. There’s only one rule: don’t connect yourself directly to the net. The synthetics who disobey are deemed “Subserials.” Your job is to hunt them down.


How Overcooked’s Kitchens Force You to Communicate | Game Maker's Toolkit


Overcooked is one of the best co-op games I’ve played, because it seems to force players to not only work with each other - but talk to each other. In this video, I’ll explain how the kitchens themselves encourage this behaviour.

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The Story of The Golden Triangle: Nintendo's Secret Weapon (Part 1/3)


We felt like doing a Nintendo video this week. They're always fun, even if BretonStripes struggles with Japanese name pronounciation sometimes.

Learning about what Satoru Iwata calls "The Golden Triangle" has been fascinating. A few key faces always seem to get the credit at Nintendo, so it's fun to learn a little about some of the less well-known creators who are vitally important to some of Nintendo's best games, such as Excitebike, The Legend of Zelda, and of course, Super Mario Bros.


The Socialist YouTuber Using Cities: Skylines To Explain Politics


You can do a lot of things with city builder games. You can replicate real cities, or you can simulate massive natural disasters. A YouTuber going by the name of “donoteat” uses Cities: Skylines to explain the politics and power behind the creation of American cities.


Why Frequency is the Secret of Adaptive Music | Psych of Play


Adaptive music in video games is one of the greatest innovations to come to the industry, and its use is far reaching. But what exactly makes dynamic music effective? Why do some sound effects and soundtracks seem to “fit” any given moment in a game? It turns out, musical frequency has quite a significant effect on that “fit”, and if used well, can actively play a part in shaping the player’s thought. IN this video, I’ll dive into psychological research on the frequency of music, and how its utility in marketing can make games a much deeper experience.


The Rise and Fall of Driver


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In the late 1990s, the PlayStation was abound with racing games. Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, Ridge Racer, and many more provided players with plenty of hours of breakneck entertainment behind digital steering wheels. Among these games, however, was a decidedly different experience from Newcastle-based developer Reflections Interactive. Simply titled Driver, the game focused more on emulating the thrill of Hollywood-style car chases than on pure racing, allowing players to unleash their inner Steve McQueen across the United States’ roughest roads. The game was immensely successful, and quickly spawned a lesser, yet ambitious sequel that allowed players to exit and hijack cars nearly a year before Rockstar allowed players to do the same in Grand Theft Auto III.


The Rise and Fall of Telltale Games


Over the weekend, the unthinkable was announced. Telltale games, once a grand player in the exciting world of adventure game development, has laid off the vast majority of its staff in a majority studio closure.

In the wake of this closure, now seems like the perfect time to explore the history of Telltale, as we all learn a little about the creators of some of the most enjoyable and emotionally impactful adventure titles in recent years.

It's not an exaggeration to suggest that Telltale helped usher in a renaissance for adventure games in general. Once a genre that most people deemed to be obsolete, adventure games and walking simulators have since proven that there really is a place in the modern gaming landscape for exciting narrative-driven gaming experiences.

That said, it would be unjust to ignore the studio's toxic working environment. Telltale made fantastic work, but at a cost, as developers across the studio were forced to work long hours for inadequate pay, all in an effort to line the pockets of the company's board of directors.


How NieR: Automata Tells the Ultimate Humanist Fable


At long last, here is my comprehensive analysis / critique / thematic deep-dive of NieR: Automata, one of the best games ever made.


Spider-Man: Bringing Joy Back to Games


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In which I discuss my (personal it's personal it's just my opinion I swear) fatigue with much of what recent games have had to offer, and how Insomniac's Spider-man - despite seemingly adhering to fairly typical design methodologies - has managed to rekindle my love for a medium I was becoming jaded with.


So I've Finally Played... Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)


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Classic Game Postmortem: Ultima Online


In this 2018 GDC session, Raph Koster, Starr Long, Richard Garriott de Cayeux & Rich Vogel talk about the things that went wrong and right during the development and operation of Ultima Online.


Things I Missed From Previous Weeks


With Great Power Comes Great Irresponsibility



Growing up, Spider-man was always the superhero. He was practically the only one anyone I knew, myself included, was interested in reading; of the maybe 9 or 10 comic books I ever bought until I was about 15 (look, I was poor) were Amazing Spider-man issues. I even learned how to draw trying to write my own Spider-man comics. As a cultural phenomenon the character is practically modern mythology, with his origins so well-known and well-trodden at this point that you would probably be hard-pressed to find anyone not familiar with them. It’s an almost by-the-numbers tragedy in structure, hitting upon all the millenia-old markers of Greek tradition – Peter Parker reaches a high point in his power and strength (in Amazing Fantasy 15 he even becomes a minor celebrity), arrogantly makes a mistake, and pays for it with the life of his dear uncle Ben. Maybe more famous than anything is the mantra that this first appearance affixed to him as a result of the tragedy; ‘with great power comes great responsibility’.


Rare and Beautiful Battlefield 1 Animations


Battlefield 1 is full of wonderful and rare animations that you will probably never see or notice. I've spent the last 2 days recording them all in glorious 4K to celebrate the work of the animators and artists who made them.

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