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This Week In Gaming 1-1-19

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The Best Games Writing of 2018 article was recently posted, the Best Videos of 2018 article will be following soon.


Rami Ismail and hundreds of developers create a game launcher that gives you one small game to play every day of the year, Ben Bertoli on Iran’s Growing Nintendo Scene, Austin Walker on how a year immersed in tactics games have him thinking about how to push through gridlock, New Frame Plus talks about his favorite game animations of 2018, Star Control Origins removed from Steam due to lawsuit with original Star Control creators with judge saying any harm done is Stardock's own making, Errant Signal on Dusk and the design of 90s FPS games, TazerHere builds a small town in Cities Skylines and reads the stories of the town created by his community, Jeffrey Grubb on the 2018 trend of the year being outraged fans discovering their power and Youtuber manufactured controversies, more of the year lists, interviews with Cory Barlog and Will Wright, From Software working on two unannounced games, 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)


Persona 5 R Announced, But What It Is Remains A Mystery


Atlus has announced Persona 5 R, a new version of its acclaimed RPG. A teaser video has been released and a website for the the game has also gone live. However, neither reveal what this new version of Persona 5 will include.


Chinese-only RPG The Scroll Of Taiwu has sold 1 million copies on Steam


An English translation is in the works.


MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries: Showing Off Fog and Water Effects - IGN First


Get a look at the literal fog of war in MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, along with a look at building destruction and water effects.


The team behind Alto’s Adventure tackles skateboarding



In 2018, making a skateboarding game might not seem like an obvious choice. Two decades ago, series such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater made action sports games a full-blown phenomenon, but these days you’d be hard pressed to find a new — much less good — entry for sale.

That’s not stopping Toronto-based independent studio Snowman, known for games such as Alto’s Adventure and its sequel Alto’s Odyssey, from giving it a go.


Celeste Developers Cancel Skytorn



Skytorn’s development began before the team shifted gears to work on Celeste, which ended up being an incredibly successful game. However, even before the development on Celeste took priority, the team working on it struggled with figuring out its identity.


Cyberpunk sidescroller The Last Night runs into 'massive legal and funding issues'


Creator Tim Soret is currently raising money for the game.


Star Control: Origins removed from Steam after DMCA takedown notice


Part of a long-running dispute between Stardock and the creators of the original Star Control games.


FromSoftware Is Working On Two Unannounced Games



FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki recently shared some tidbits on two unannounced titles that the Dark Souls and Bloodborne developers are working on, during an interview with 4Gamer.


Athletes Don’t Own Their Tattoos. That’s a Problem for Video Game Developers.



LeBron James has distinctive tattoos, which also appear on digital versions of himself in sports video games. Several of them are the subject of copyright lawsuits.


Ninja Responds to Backlash Over New Year’s Stream Ads


Popular “Fortnite” streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is hosting a special New Year’s Eve countdown stream on Twitch next week, and other content creators on the platform are unhappy about how the event is being advertised.


BioWare founders awarded the Order of Canada for 'revolutionary' impact on videogames


Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka were recognized with one of Canada's highest honors.


Activision Blizzard says it plans to fire its CFO for an unspecified cause



While Activision Blizzard made those assertions in a regulatory filing, Reuters reported that a source familiar with the matter told the news wire Neumann had been poached by Netflix to become the steaming giant’s new CFO. The video game company declined to comment on that report.


Esports News


Training For A Tournament With A Melee Pro Was A Rude Awakening



If failure is the quintessence of humility, then as I sat slumped over a fold-out chair in a bar beside a CRT television, GameCube controller in hand, I was the ultimate product of video game shame.


Dragon Ball FighterZ Has Been Mysteriously Pulled From Multiple Fighting Game Events



The future of Dragon Ball FighterZ competition is in flux. Over the last few months, several prominent fighting game events have had to pull the game from their official lineups, and no one is quite sure who’s to blame.


An Old-School Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Throwdown Was The Best Fighting Game Event Of 2018



On the evening of December 30, a group of fighting game veterans gathered together in New York City for Battle of the Strongest, a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 exhibition featuring some of the game’s best east coast competitors. Even though it was a small show with relatively low stakes by modern standards, the tournament turned out to be the most exciting fighting game competition of the year.


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


Games industry New Year 2019 cards and messages


2019 has arrived in several parts of the world, and the cards and messages from the games industry are pouring in. Get the full roundup below.




What if every day, there was a small message from the past with a small game or toy to play with? Meditations is a launcher that, every day, loads a small game and an accompanying text as a meditation, distraction, lesson, or inspiration for that day.


In 2019, We Need to Learn How to Break a Perpetually Tied Game



A year immersed in tactics games have me thinking a lot about how to push through gridlock.


How Fallout lost its soul



The game series took an existential threat and made it meaningless


Iran’s Growing Nintendo Scene Pins Hopes On Smash Ultimate



The gaming culture in Iran has grown and evolved substantially over the past two decades, as I reported for Mashable in 2017. Gaming has become one of the most popular hobbies for a younger generation of Iranian citizens. But being a fan of video games in Iran can be frustrating and expensive. Most gaming companies have no official presence in the Middle East, and players must find games, consoles, and accessories through various online importers and costly gaming shops. These issues are made worse by the fact that digital downloads and online play are hampered by strict government regulations and sluggish internet speeds.


The Gamers Of The Year, 2018



At the close of every year, Kotaku highlights not just video games but gamers—people who did noteworthy or influential things in the world of video games. This year, we’ve decided to honor an entire community, one that did its best to group together and recover after a senseless, unthinkable tragedy.


2018 was the year of outraged fans discovering their power



If they find a topic that reliably gets views, they stick with it until their audience grows old. Then they move on to the next one. If the next controversy doesn’t exist, YouTube creators manufacture one.


Gamasutra's Best of 2018: The top 10 game developers of the year



The way game developers are telling stories, serving their audiences, and helping their employees stay happy, healthy, and creative are evolving year by year. Looking back and seeing all the good stuff game devs have done this year reminds us how games are small miracles, and the people making them are some of the most gifted people around.


The 10 Best Mobile Games of 2018



When you think of mobile games, you probably think of microtransactions. You probably think of free-to-play games, where you can get a small taste for no money down, but then have to regularly pump your credit card into your phone in order to overcome an intentionally broken in-game economy. You probably think of witless ripoffs and knockoffs of older hits, or even those weird preemptive would-be mockbusters that beat a genuinely innovative game to market and then somehow steal all of its thunder. (See what happened to Ben Esposito’s mobile version of Donut County this year.)


Our Favorite Games of 2018: Rob's Top Ten



'BattleTech' and nine games I didn't resent for taking me away from more 'BattleTech'

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Patrick's Top 10


Anime may not be real, but these games that Patrick loved are.

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Cameron Kunzelman's Top Ten


There are two types of games on this list: Sprawling epics set in a massive world, and games focused on doing exactly one thing incredibly well.

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Natalie's Top Ten


Anime is real. And so is bug.

Our Favorite Games of 2018: Austin's Top Ten


Robots! We got robots. Get your robots here!


SWERY's Top 10 Games of 2018



The White Owls CEO highlights the games that stood out most to him in 2018.

Jeff Gerstmann's Top 10 Games of 2018


Congrats to Space Taxi, 2018's 1984 Game of the Year!

Danny O'Dwyer's Top 10 Games of 2018


Everyone's favorite European sports expert weighs in on the year that was.

Soha E's Top 10 Games of 2018


Indie horror games, Assassin's Creed DLC, and mobile Shin Megami Tensei all find their way onto Soha's 2018 top 10 list.

Chris Grant's Top 10 Games of 2018


The producer, speedrunner, and eSports Expert weighs in on another year in gaming.

Dave Nillasca's Top 10 Giant Bomb Moments of 2018


Business Dave is here to tell you all about Giant Bomb's most marketable 2018 moments.

Trevor Strunk's Top 10 Games of 2018


The No Cartridge host takes us through his favorite games of the year.

Scott Benson's Top 10 Games of 2018


The Night in the Woods co-creator reflects on his favorite 2018 games.

Lena Raine's Top 6 Games of 2018


Celeste composer Lena Raine talks Cytus II, The Missing, Octopath Traveler, and more.

Erica Lahaie's Top 9 Soundtracks of 2018


Artist Erica Lahaie writes about the video game music that connected most with her in 2018.

Ron Funches' Top 10 Games of 2018


Between performing stand-up around the world and watching a ton of pro wrestling, Ron found time to love these ten games.

Alex Navarro's Top 10 Games of 2018


2018 is almost dead and buried so let's sing one last song to celebrate the good games that came out of an atrocious year.

Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods' Top 10 Games of 2018


The two titans of esports entertainment put their rivalry aside to bring us another list of their favorite games of the year.

Greg Kasavin's Top 10 Games of 2018


Even with Hades' Early Access launch looming over his year, Supergiant's Greg Kasavin still found time for a bunch of the year's best games.

Dia Lacina's Top 10 Games of 2018


Critical Distance's Blogger of the Year takes us through her favorite games she played in 2018.

Subset Games' Top 10 Games of 2018


The duo behind 2018's mech strategy hit Into the Breach carefully plot out a list of their favorite games of the year.

Mike Drucker's Top 10 Games of 2018


Agent Mike Drucker reports for duty to tell us which 10 elite video games were the ones to beat in 2018.

Ed Boon's Top 10 Games of 2018


NetherRealm's Ed Boon kollects his thoughts on 2018's best games.

Leon Chang's Top 8 Games of 2018


Leon Chang tells us about his favorite games of the year, like Star Ocean: The Second Story, MUGEN, and Star Ocean: The Second Story.

Casey Malone's Top 10 Games of 2018


A comedian would love to talk to you about video games, which you can read about for free if you sit through a brief board game presentation!

Jason Oestreicher's Top 10 Games of 2018


Jason picked 10 more games that he thought were the best of the year. Let's see just how wrong he got it!

Jeff Bakalar's Top 10 Games of 2018


CNET's Jeff Bakalar rotates his chair toward his keyboard to write about his favorite games of 2018.

Keita Takahashi's Top 3 Games of 2002


The Katamari Damacy creator tells us about the games that helped inspire him to shape it into the ball-rolling classic we all know and love.


DUSK and the Design of 90's FPS Games


DUSK is a game that hearkens back to FPS games from 20 years ago. Is it just a warmed over collection of old hat tropes, or does the game make a case for something like this being made today?

This episode was made possible by generous support through Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/errantsignal


Telling Stories About A Decaying Small Town With Cities: Skylines


YouTuber TazerHere has created a sleepy Texas town called Berrysville in immaculate detail, but what really makes it unique is that it is chock full of stories created by community members.


My Favorite Game Animation of 2018 - New Frame Plus


Here's a list of 2018 games with amazing animation!


The Writing on Games "Top Five Games of 2018" List


Support the show on Patreon - http://patreon.com/writingongames


Looking Back at God of War (Almost) a Year Later with Cory Barlog - Beyond 572


The Beyond crew is joined by God of War's director, Cory Barlog, to reflect back on the year and artistic process of making games.


Will Wright On His Life After Maxis


In this excerpt from the Game Informer Show, Ben Hanson interviews the creator of SimCity and The Sims Will Wright about his time working at Maxis, creating The Sims Online, and his relationship with Shigeru Miyamoto.


Things I Missed From Previous Weeks


Rockstar's Game Design is Outdated


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