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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Blizzcon announcements, previews, and protests. Matt Leone finds out what it was like working at Kojima Productions Los Angeles, Heather Alexandra covers how Death Stranding communicates themes of togetherness and worker solidarity through its systems and how it creates a desire to build something while Tim Rogers' hour long review looks at the game from five different perspectives, Dia Lacina asks if a game ever changed the way you act in the real world, Steven T. Wright profiles Cyrille Imbert the CEO of a company dedicated to resurrecting old games and franchises, Disco Elysium's creator talks about why they made a video game and their plans for the future, Game Maker's Toolkit looks at the world design of Hollow Knight, HeavyEyed on what makes Session the perfect game to represent skateboarding, strafefox tells the story of the making of Ecco the Dolphin, 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)
     
    Hong Kong Protests Are Growing Outside Of BlizzCon
     
    The biggest changes coming to Diablo 4
    Diablo 4 will not have an offline mode, and the game is 'not coming anytime soon'
    Hands-On With Diablo IV: Dungeon Delving With An Open-World Twist
    Overwatch 2: New Modes, New Hero, And Everything Else We Know So Far
    Overwatch 2 focuses on the story, but doesn't seem to correct any of its issues
    14 Minutes of Overwatch 2 Story Mission (Rio de Janeiro)
    Overwatch 2 - 5 Minutes Of The New PVP Mode "Push" Gameplay
    WoW Shadowlands Info: Blizzard Talks Player Choice, Customization, and More
    Blizzard says ‘we failed in our purpose’ after Hearthstone Hong Kong controversy
    Blizzard president clarifies decision to ban Hearthstone player and two casters over Hong Kong controversy
     
    Death Stranding - Official Story Gameplay Launch Trailer
    Hideo Kojima says Death Stranding is a reaction to 'Trump and Brexit'
    Norman Reedus is so happy he did Death Stranding instead of Silent Hills
     
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 narrative director talks high expectations, demos and delays

    You can play Bloodlines 2 like it’s Untitled Vampire Game
     
    Keanu Reeves Loved Cyberpunk 2077 So Much He Had His Character’s ‘Screen Time’ Doubled

     
    Black Future '88 gives you 18 minutes until your heart explodes, out next month
     
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Official Majin Buu Arc Trailer
     
    Nebuchadnezzar channels classic city builders like Pharaoh and Zeus
     
    Terminator: Resistance - Official Gameplay Trailer
     
    Phoenix Point - The Disciples of Anu Faction Trailer
     
    Marvel’s Avengers trailer delves into hero customization, more
     
    The retro horror game Faith is coming to Steam with a brand-new chapter
     
    Acclaimed detective RPG Disco Elysium coming to Xbox One and PS4 next year
     
    Nioh 2 will release March 13, open beta detailed
     
    Soulcalibur 6 - Official Hilde Character Reveal Trailer
     
    Payday 2's first DLC in almost a year takes you along the Silk Road
     
    With no new title on the near horizon, Battlefield is returning to its roots
     
    Is Kotaku Dead? - Inside Gaming Daily
    Deadspin’s Last Staff Member Quits. But Deadspin Is Not Dead, the Boss Says.
    What Happened to Deadspin, According to the People Who Were There
     
    Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent

     
    Reggie Fils-Aimé to Be Awarded New York Game Awards' Legend Prize

    His Name Is Reggie, and He Is Still Happy - Talking to Ex-Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aimé

      The Ambitious Future of 'Dead Cells' Is Ditching Co-Ops For Capitalism

     
    Esports News
     
    Incredibly Stable Company WeWork Appears To Be Investing In Incredibly Stable Industry: Esports

     
    Who Is Jarvis and Why Is He Crying About Fortnite?

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    CHORUS: AN ADVENTURE MUSICAL
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    What it was like working at Kojima Productions Los Angeles

     
    Cyrille Imbert, the Man Who Brings Gaming’s Past Back to Life

     
    Indivisible Creative Director On Making A Party-Based RPG That Feels Like A Fighting Game

     
    Why the Creator of Disco Elysium Hasn’t Read the Reviews, and What’s Next for the IP

    Disco Elysium’s writer wants to “lead the youth astray,” so he made a videogame
    Disco Elysium writer doesn’t “want to be like JK Rowling” – “our Dumbledore is already out”
    No Truce With The Disco
     
    The story behind Parvati, the internet’s favorite Outer Worlds companion

     
    How the Janitors in White Day: A Labyrinth Named School Made Me Change How I Act in the Real World

     
    The New Weird and racist structures

    The Poster and the Wall: The Society and/of Control
     
    Death Stranding: The Kotaku Review

    CRITICAL CONSENUS
     
    How The Missing combines survival horror and puzzle platforming to capture queer hope

     
    “My Cool Friend, Blood,” by Zack Kotzer

     
    The Slow Burn Arthouse Horror of The Space Between
     
    John Wick Hex and the Problems of Adaptation
     
    Session Is More Than Just Skate 4 // HeavyEyed
     
    How Does the Blair Witch Game Compare to the Movies? [SPOILERS]
     
    The Making of Ecco the Dolphin
     
    The World Design of Hollow Knight | Boss Keys
     
    Noclip Podcast #13 - Horror Game Spooktacular
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Ubisoft designer Stanislav Costiuc starts video series on what game designers do and what to think about if you want to become one, EA games and Access comes to Steam, Blake Hester interviews game writers and academics about the legacy of Modern Warfare 2's No Russian level, Astrid Rose on the use of violence and psychosexual meanings behind the design choices of Silent Hill 2, Death Stranding coming to PC, Chris Tapsell travels to Shanghai to get an understanding of the gaming market of China and what it means for everyone else, theScore interviews Ryan Hart about how he used fighting games to escape homelessness and tells the story of SonicFox, Modern Warfare turns real US war crime into fictional Russian one, Dia Lacina explores the trauma and forgiveness of Bloodborne The Old Hunters, Ben Lindbergh looks at the history of mainstream media's attempts to cover games and what the The Washington Post dedicating resources to their coverage means, 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 bestest games of EGX 2019
    EGX 2019: 5 OF THE BEST GAMES WE PLAYED
    The 10 best indie games showcased at EGX 2019, London’s massive gaming expo
     
    Watch Dogs Legion: Interview with Narrative Designer Kaitlin Tremblay

    Ubisoft delays multiple titles, including Watch Dogs Legion
     
    Crawl creators announce noir thriller The Drifter
     
    The Last of Us Part II Comes to PS4 in May
     
    Size is ruled by perspective in the bizarre dreamworld of Superliminal
     
    Game Freak explains the 1,000 staff, missing creatures, and leek size of Pokémon Sword and Shield

     
    Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is based on the Netflix series and it’s out in November
     
    Making it in Unreal: reinventing the ’90s shooter in Hellbound
     
    Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York trailer shows the basic points of the narrative game
     
    New GTFO gameplay shows group stealth, teases punishing difficulty
     
    Panzer Dragoon: Remake is coming to PC
     
    Death Stranding is coming to PC in 2020
     
    RÖKI IS A TRULY CHARMING GAME FROM POLYGON TREEHOUSE
     
    Sources: Overwatch 2 to feature PvE, new map, at least one new hero

     
    Microsoft Flight Simulator will use live, real-world data for in-game weather
     
    Battlefield V Is Going Back To The Pacific
    New Battlefield 5 War in the Pacific maps are “as close to fan service as it gets” – an interview
    Battlefield V Pacific Gameplay - Battlefield is back
     
    Elite Dangerous' long-overdue Fleet Carriers get another six month delay
     
    Embattled Starbreeze resurrecting Payday 2, despite officially ending development last year

     
    Sony issues refunds to unhappy WWE 2K20 PlayStation 4 players
     
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint critical reception and sales “very disappointing”

    Ubisoft explains how it's going to fix Ghost Recon Breakpoint
     
    Bethesda Is Now Selling $100 Annual Subscriptions For Exclusive Fallout 76 Features

    Fallout 1st Is Creating A Class Divide Among Fallout 76 Players
     
    'Nearly All' Counter-Strike Microtransactions Are Being Used for Money Laundering

     
    Modern Warfare Highway of Death blames US war crime on Russi
    'Modern Warfare,' The Highway of Death, and Call of Duty's Exploitation of the Past
     
    EA Access and EA Games on Steam

     
    Epic sues Fortnite tester for “spoiling the suspense” with Chapter 2 leaks

     
    Blizzard Loses Sponsor Over Hong Kong Actions

     
    G/O Media Is Fighting Its Staff Over 'Objectively Bad' Autoplay Ads

     
    Facing Burnout, Stress, And Health Issues, Top Twitch Streamers Are Taking Extended Breaks

     
    Ubisoft suing Rainbow 6 cheatmaker who talked about his works on the BBC
     
    Teenage Fortnite Pro Swatted Live On Stream

     
    Japanese Government Honors Shigeru Miyamoto As Person of Cultural Merit

     
    Esports News
     
    Women-only e-sports events are building toward a future where they’re unnecessary

     
    The Man Who Used Fighting Games to Escape Homelessness
    The Furry Who Beat Everyone: The Story of SonicFox
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Video games in China: beyond the great firewall

      WHY DOES THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA STRUGGLE TO COVER VIDEO GAMES?

     
    The Very Real Person Behind Twitter’s Surreal ‘Shitty Gamer Takes’ Account

     
    Joystick Fantasia: Inside the Spectacle of Video Games Live

     
    'Disco Elysium' Is a Landmark RPG About the Politics of Our Broken World

    How Disco Elysium's opening sets the stage for existential revolt
     
    How 'Outer Worlds' Turned Me Away From Revolution into Maddening Pragmatism

     
    "Remember, No Russian:" Critics and Developers Remember Call of Duty's Most Infamous Mission

     
    “Nurse With Wound,” by Astrid Rose

     
    “Devotion, Delusion, and Design Honesty,” by Daniel Fries

     
    Exploring the Bottomless Trauma and Questionable Forgiveness at the Heart of Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

     
    Persona 5 Needs to Stop Using Ryuji as a Punching Bag

     
    INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCE

     
    The mystery of Atlantis

     
    The Secrets of Puzzle Design | How Game Designers Explore Ideas and Themes with Puzzles and Problems
     
    The Key to Metroid Prime's Atmosphere
     
    Idea People? | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#1)
     
    The Rise and Fall of Max Payne
     
    The Eternal Struggle of Video Game Genres
     
    Ridiculous & AMAZING Dreamcast Peripherals | Punching Weight [SSFF]
     
    Noclip Podcast #12 - Support Local Video Game Museums
     
    An Interview with Paradox's Johan Anderson | On Being an Entertainer and Mana Systems
     
    Things I missed from previous weeks
     
    Suikoden II | Retrospective Review

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    EGX previews and developer sessions, Nick Ransbottom looks into the aftermath of E3's data breach, Alex Donaldson on how a fansite owner ended up as President of Falcom, previews of Star Wars Fallen Order and early reviews of The Outer Worlds, Razbuten looks at the only Zelda game without a hero, Super Bunnyhop compares Assassin's Creed Odyssey to real-life locations in Greece, Dan Root on the importance of animations principles and Mega Man X7, Manifold Garden suddenly released after seven years in development, Crusader Kings 3 announcement, announcements for World of Darkness fans, Game Informer's podcast goes over the process and answers questions about writing a game review, Riot announces new games in development, Patrick Klepek interviews the developers of Untitled Goose Game, Game Maker's Toolkit covers the creation of and legacy of Pac-Man, 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)
     
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 delayed to avoid repeating the mistakes of the first game
     
    Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is about eco-terrorism and lycanthropy
     
    Swansong is the name of the Vampire: The Masquerade game due out 2021
     
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order shows the fallout of Order 66
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - The Final Preview
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is much more than a lightsaber action game
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order plays like a safe, conventional adventure with great lightsabers
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Isn't Groundbreaking, But Could Still Be Satisfying
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order interview – how Respawn integrated exploration into a combat-first lightsaber game
    We Played 3 Hours Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
     
    Crusader Kings 3 is confirmed and coming in 2020
    Crusader Kings 3 is happening: here's ten things we know so far
     
    Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Talks Multiplayer, Censorship, And More

     
    Dying Light 2 – official gameplay reveal deep dive
     
    Manifold Garden - Release Date Trailer
     
    Encased is a promising, Fallout 2-inspired RPG entirely set inside a mysterious dome
     
    Root Film Localization Confirmed For North America And Europe
     
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot game introduction trailer
     
    Shenmue 3 PS4 Gameplay - We Can't Believe We're Playing It!
     
    MediEvil on PS4! Exclusive New Gameplay - Scarecrow Fields
     
    Luigi’s Mansion 3 ‘ScreamPark’ multiplayer modes gameplay
     
    Terra Invicta, the strategy game from XCOM's Long War modders, gets first trailer
     
    Every game announced at Riot's jam-packed 10th anniversary livestream

    Why Riot doesn’t want you to pay for card packs in Legends of Runeterra
    The art and inspirations behind Riot’s Legends of Runeterra
    First look at Riot Games’ fighting game Project L
     
    Fairy Tail game EGX 2019 gameplay
     
    Darksiders Genesis - Official Strife Cinematic Trailer
     
    MLB The Show 20 - Official Announcement Trailer
     
    PlanetSide Arena the "stepping stone" to PlanetSide 3

     
    Marvel’s Avengers: Development insights with Crystal Dynamics
    Marvel’s Avengers -- Studio Head Talks Character Appearances, Crunch, And Squirrel Girl
     
    Redefining the rules of adventure writing: How Beyond a Steel Sky is breaking new ground
     
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon details ‘Bonds’ system

     
    The Outer Worlds - Official Launch Trailer
    'The Outer Worlds' Isn't Revolutionary, It's a Warm Blanket
    The Outer Worlds Will Rattle Your Idea Of A Perfect Planet
    The Outer Worlds highlights the RPG genre’s inventory problem
     
    Pokemon Sword and Shield is the most detailed Pokemon adventure yet
     
    Doom 64 Port Gets New Trailer, Will Release as Pre-Order Bonus Alongside Doom Eternal
     
    Battletech is getting mod support and a mech that’s new to the entire IP
    What’s next for Battletech after Heavy Metal? “No f***ing clue!”
     
    Stellaris: Federations - Expansion Announcement Teaser
     
    Join the resistance in the new Hearts of Iron 4 DLC
     
    Age of Wonders: Planetfall REVELATIONS - Announcement trailer ESRB
    Why Age of Wonders: Planetfall is moving further toward sandbox campaigns
     
    Prison Architect New Expansion 2020 Teaser ESRB
     
    My Friend Pedro sells almost 500,000 copies, now has more modes
     
    Sunless Skies is getting an upgraded Sovereign Edition
     
    Blizzard finally suspends US Hearthstone team that staged Hong Kong livestream protest

    Blizzard postpones event in Taiwan amid Hong Kong protests
    Blizzard faces an impossible choice, but choose it must
    US Congress members 'concerned' over Blizzard's Blitzchung ban
     
    Esports News
     
    Teenage Tetris World Champion Wins The Throne Two Years Running

     
    A Smash Tournament Brought in Therapy Dogs to Help Players Destress
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Honks vs. Quacks: A Long Chat With the Developers of 'Untitled Goose Game'

     
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Fighting Games

     
    Fear, Anxiety and Hope: What It Means to Be a Minority in Gaming

    Minorities In Game Development Still Don't Have The Support They Need
     
    Even the Mediocre

     
    How a fansite owner ended up as President of Falcom, one of Japan’s most prestigious RPG houses

     
    Paring down the elegant control scheme of Sayonara Wild Hearts

     
    Case study: Steam's 'Deal Of The Day' & DLC attach
     
    For the ESA, the E3 Data Breach Came at the Worst Possible Time
     
    Academic research finds no evidence of gaming as a clinical disorder

     
    All the discussions about the artistic nature of videogames overlook these three crucial aspects

     
    Disco Elysium Proves Why It's Sometimes Good to Play to Fail

    Disco Elysium puts a full party of NPC companions in your head
     
    Vietnamese Gamers Are Keeping a 20 Year Old Strategy Game Alive

     
    Let’s Compare Assassin's Creed Odyssey to Real-Life Greece
     
    Pac-Man | Design Icons
     
    X7 and The Importance of Principles
     
    Games Within Games - Emulated Classics, Enhanced Ports, and Bonus Discs / MY LIFE IN GAMING
     
    Outer Wilds: A Seven-Year Struggle
     
    The Only Zelda Game Without A Hero
     
    Noclip Podcast #11 - Welcome (Back) to Earthquake Country
     
    How to make an RPG like Disco Elysium ~ Rezzed sessions 2019
     
    RPS Presents: The making of Observation ~ Rezzed sessions 2019
     
    The Rat Brigade: Dissecting a distinctly Failbettery story ~ Rezzed sessions 2019
     
    Storytelling through music in games
     
    Head Cook and Pot Washer - Being an Artist in an Indie Games Company ~ Rezzed sessions 2019
     
    The Resurgence Of Management Sims | EGX Theatre | EGX 2019
     
    How To Write A Game Review (Via Game Informer's Reviews Editor)
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Game Workers Unite co-founder Emma Kinema's presentation on the state of the industry and reasons behind the effort to unionize it, Reid McCarter researched the Warsaw Uprising to tell how the recently released game Warsaw captured the events brutality and complexity, Keith Stuart speaks with CD Projekt designers about the challenges behind the writing and location designs of The Witcher 3, Like Stories of Old considers the unfulfilled potential of Minecraft by discussing how different your interactions with the environment could be if it was created with different assumptions in mind, Kimberly Koenig covers how a gaming library helped a small neglected neighborhood in Portugal find a new identity, Martin Robinson interviews Hiroshi Kawaguchi to learn tales from inside Sega AM2's top-secret studio, promising games from PAX Australia, Skeleton on the state of emulation and the importance of having the games be accessible to everyone, 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)
     
    Promising indie games we saw at PAX Australia 2019
    The highlight of PAX Aus was Unpacking, which is a game about unpacking
     
    Dragon Age Writer Reveals A New Game, And It Is Completely Different

     
    How dare Disco Elysium tell me I am boring??
     
    Official fan-made 7th Guest sequel The 13th Doll finally ready for release this Halloween
     
    RAN: Lost Islands Brings Its Multiplayer Warfare Onto Steam In Late 2019
     
    Granblue Fantasy Versus Reveals Zeta And Vaseraga As Playable Fighters, Here’s A New Trailer
     
    Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia Introduces The Themes Of Four Of Its Six Factions
     
    The Wanderer: Frankeinstein’s Creature shuffles into stores on Halloween
     
    Murder By Numbers is Phoenix Wright in leg-warmers from the designer of Hatoful Boyfriend
     
    The Ninja Saviors: Return Of The Warriors Will Cut Its Way Into North America On October 15, 2019
     
    Unity of Command 2 will be out in November, beta signups are open
     
    How MediEvil Remake Captures Original's Intended Vision

     
    Visiting Game Freak For Pokémon Sword And Shield
     
    Divinity: Fallen Heroes development put on hold indefinitely
     
    Cotton Reboot Flies Through Classic Cute ‘Em Up Stages With A Spring 2020 Release Window
     
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon Has Kasuga Taking Tests To Improve “Human Power”

     
    Upcoming Museum Sim Lets Players Combine Artifacts To Tell Cool Stories
     
    You can fly to your house in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, alpha starting this month

     
    Lovecraftian horror and Mars exploration game Moons of Madness hits PC October 22
     
    Crimsonland devs going zapping again with Tesla Force
     
    More Dramatic Readings Of Video Game Patch Notes, Please
     
    Only Fortnite could pull off a total blackout
    370,000 people are watching Fortnite do nothing on Twitch
     
    The Division 2 brings The Last Castle crashing down in today's story update
     
    Wargroove gets a new story campaign with co-op as free DLC

     
    New Paradox Game Steals Halo Artwork, Gets Pulled
     
    Saints Row 2 for PC is finally being fixed

     
    Steam's 'Remote Play Together' will introduce online support for all local multiplayer games

     
    Twitch Explains How Another Shooting Got Livestreamed On Its Site

     
    Twitch Streamer Says She Was Banned For 'Suggestive' Attire After Brigade From Racist Trolls

     
    Report: 50 workers laid off at Bendy and the Ink Machine developer Kindly Beast

     
    Another round of layoffs hit Planetside 2 developer Daybreak Studios

     
    Blizzard's Hong Kong Missteps Prove Video Games Aren't Neutral

    Popular Hearthstone Caster Quits In Protest Of Blizzard’s Hong Kong Punishment
    A coach in Blizzard's Overwatch League was told to delete a tweet condemning the company for censoring an esports competitor from Hong Kong
    REGARDING LAST WEEKEND’S HEARTHSTONE GRANDMASTERS TOURNAMENT
    Blizzard's statement on Blitzchung's ban digs them deeper
    Hearthstone Streamers Respond In Aftermath Of Controversial Blitzchung Ruling
    Protests Are Coming To BlizzCon In The Wake Of Blizzard's Hong Kong Fiasco
    Suspended Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung responds to Blizzard's statement
    Blizzard Cancels Overwatch Launch Event At The Nintendo World Store In New York City
     
    Riot doesn’t want League of Legends broadcasters discussing ‘sensitive topics’ on the air
     
    Legendary Japanese Arcade Anata no Warehouse Is Closing
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The Gaming Library That Helped a Neglected Neighborhood Find a New Identity

     
    INDIE GAME MAKERS OPEN UP ABOUT THE MONEY THEY ACTUALLY MAKE

     
    Tales from inside Sega AM2's top-secret studio

     
    The writing of The Witcher 3
     
    Indie Developer And Her Boyfriend Talk About Making A Game About Their Relationship

     
    'BARF!': Designing River City Girls' approachable, challenging brawling

     
    DON’T GO REMAKING MY HEART

     
    “Pour Your Heart Into It”: How Indies Bring New Perspectives to Visual Novels

     
    How Hypnospace Outlaw's 1990s internet was made

     
    The Tension Of Playing Overwatch During A Blizzard Controversy

     
    Games Don’t Cause Violence—But They Might Help Breed the Online Hate That Does

     
    Anomalous Architecture

     
    The real buildings that inspired Control's Oldest House

     
    How Warsaw Captures the Brutality—and Complexity—of the Historical Uprising that Inspired It

     
    “Making the Right Choices in The Man of Medan,” by Reid McCarter

     
    Ask Not For Whom The Goose Honks

    I Did Not Expect Untitled Goose Game To Trouble My Conscience
    Untitled Goose Game and the Inconvenient Natural World
     
    ‘The Witcher 3’ and the Unknowable Fear of Woodlands

     
    The Transitory Space of Smoking Shelters in Judgment

     
    The Unfulfilled Potential of Minecraft – Assuming a Different Perspective
     
    Why You Keep Playing Brutally Tough Games | Psych of Play
     
    Harry Brewis, Hbomberguy - XOXO Festival (2019)
     
    Emma Kinema, Game Workers Unite - XOXO Festival (2019)
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    Fallout 76 Players Stage Their Own Murder Mystery Night

     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    PS5 information, Folding Ideas examines World of Warcraft classic and how RPGs/MMOs have changed over the years, Aron Garst interviews the Smash Community to learn how it became what it is today, Noah Caldwell-Gervais' analysis of the entire God of War series, Game Brain interviews former CoD devs about the making of CoD 4, Blizzard fires casters and rescinds Hong Kong Hearthstone player's prize money for a liberate Hong Kong comment, Jess Morrissette covers a character rarely thought of when it comes to influential milestones for female characters, Cian Maher explores Zelda's ties with Celtic mythology, Stephen Totilo interviews developers to learn why game launches are often such a mess, Leslee Sullivant on harassment faced at Riot and why she decided to stop working in games after trying to work at an indie studio, Ahoy looks into the history of the game's that were at different times considered the first video games, Red Dead 2 coming to PC, 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)
     
    Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5

    Crossplay is now fully supported on PS4, and that's good for PC
     
    101 Rapid-Fire Questions About Pokémon Sword And Shield
     
    My Hero One's Justice 2 - 15 Minutes Of Offscreen Gameplay
     
    Disco Elysium's developers are in "a bloody battle" for the human mind

    Disco Elysium devs already have big ideas for a sequel
    Disco Elysium lets you be Sherlock in flares
     
    Broken Roads is a philosophical CRPG set in a post-disaster Australian outback
     
    Ms. Marvel Gets The Team Back Together In The Avengers Video Game
     
    Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC

     
    Austin Wintory Is The Composer Behind John Wick Hex

     
    Rumoured House of the Dead 1 & 2 remakes officially confirmed
     
    Resident Evil Project Resistance Closed Beta | GameSpot Live
     
    Paradox’s post-apocalyptic Surviving Mars sequel will launch on the Epic Games store this year
     
    Doom Eternal delayed to March 2020
     
    Charting the darker periods of history in Humankind
    Introducing Humankind, the Sega-backed Civ killer from the Endless Legend devs
     
    Ultima Online's lead designer is making a sandbox MMO at a new studio

     
    Afterparty: The First 11 Minutes of This Outdrink-Satan-in-Hell Comedy
     
    There's a glimmer of hope in the gray and gloomy adventure game Mosaic
     
    Mortal Kombat 11 - Official Terminator T-800 Gameplay Trailer
     
    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Welcomes Resident Evil's Leon And Claire To The Hunt
     
    Battlefield V's Operation Underground brings back Metro massacres
     
    Frogwares Saves Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments for PC, But Loses Console Listings and Others in Publisher Dispute
     
    Mario & Luigi RPG series developer AlphaDream files for bankruptcy

    A Funeral for AlphaDream (Super Mario RPG, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
     
    Court dismisses lawsuit accusing the CEO behind the blockbuster 'Borderlands' video games of lewd behavior and mismanagement of funds

     
    Epic Games faces class action lawsuit in Canada over "Fortnite addiction"

     
    NHS targets gaming addiction with new specialist clinic

     
    'Unlawful and vicious': union organiser sacked by games company

    Union Busting at Ustwo games
     
    EA data breach could impact 1,600 FIFA 20 players

     
    Source: Departing ArenaNet President Was Working On Potential Guild Wars Sequel

     
    John Kirby, Former Nintendo Lawyer And Kirby's Namesake, Dies At 79

     
    Esports News
     
    The Smash Bros. community: An oral history
     
    Teen Dominates Smash Tournament Using 6 Different Fighters

     
    Hong Kong player Blitzchung calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview
    Blitzchung removed from Hearthstone Grandmasters for 'liberate Hong Kong' comments
    Blizzard's Hong Kong Screw-Up Is Officially an International Incident   Blizzard is in an Even Bigger Mess Than the NBA on China, and It Has No One to Blame But Itself
    Collegiate Hearthstone Championship match ends with call to 'free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz'
     
    Looking back on the Shock’s legendary run through the Overwatch League

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    EVERSPACE 2
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    “You seem suspiciously clever for a blonde.” Why I left my jobs in gaming

     
    Jam Sesh: How a Popular Online Contest Sparks Design Innovation

     
    Playing Your Song: The Evolution of Dynamic Music in Games

     
    Why Online Game Launches Are Often A Mess
     
    Dontnod: "If we didn't talk about politics, that would be a political message"

     
    Crafting In Games Feels Less Like A Chore Now

     
    The story behind Liberty Island, Deus Ex's most iconic level

     
    Report: Steam's 30% Cut Is Actually the Industry Standard

     
    The Legend of Zelda is teeming with Celtic mythology

     
    THE POLITICS OF PASSIONATE PATTI

     
    Betrayal at Krondor

     
    Realms of the Haunting

     
    A Thorough Look At God of War [Spoilers]
     
    Clockwork Games and Time Loops | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    World of Warcraft Classic And What We Left Behind
     
    Making Mortal Monday | Retrohistories
     
    Orion Burger (1996) | Forgotten Gems
     
    SQUASH & STRETCH - The 12 Principles of Animation in Games
     
    The First Video Game
     
    Video game explosions are actually a lie
     
    Chernobyl Sniper: The Making of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s ‘All Ghillied Up’
     
    Resident Evil 4 and the Real American Hero - Games, Etc.
     
    How Celeste Takes a Little and Gets a Lot

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    The Last of Us Part II - Inside the Demo | PS4
    Three Hours With The Last Of Us Part II
    The Last of Us: Part 2 hands-on – virtual murder never felt so bad
    The Last Of Us Part II Will Not Include A Multiplayer Mode
    The Last of Us 2 is "a story about the cycle of violence", says co-writer Halley Gross
     
    Help Will Come Tomorrow is a story-driven survival game set in pre-revolution Russia
     
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — “Cal’s Mission” Trailer
     
    Shenmue 3's Demo Is 1999 In A Bottle
    Shenmue 3 does not disappoint
     
    Heavy metal platformer Valfaris gets October release date
     
    Check out a full 10-minute match of Project Resistance
     
    Thrones of Britannia was “a valuable lesson” for A Total War Saga: Troy

     
    Willing to Risk Anything: How Streets of Rage 4 Aims to Revive a Beloved Franchise

     
    Indivisible - Combat & Character Trailer
     
    System Shock 3 Has A Clear Vision: Playstyle Matters

     
    Rebel Inc: Escalation expands into Early Access in October
     
    Build your own Hogwarts-style magic school in this charming management sim
     
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint: 10 Survival Tips from Beta Players
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s open beta has players frustrated but hopeful
    Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Open Beta Highlights a Battle Pass and Other Microtransactions
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s Microtransactions Explained
     
    Pokémon Sword And Shield Have Mechanics To Let You Use Your Favorite Pokémon Competitively

    Exp. Share Is Baked Into Pokémon Sword And Shield
    Sword And Shield's Max Raid Battles Could Be Among Pokémon's Most Challenging Encounters
     
    Intriguing indie RPG Death Trash hits Steam Early Access next year
     
    TGS Encounters - Yoshiro Kimura Interview, moon phases
     
    Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG could be the modern Fallout we need
     
    Respawn Is Reviving Medal Of Honor… As An Oculus VR Exclusive
     
    Villains, lawmen, businesses, photography, and heists – the future of Red Dead Online, a Rockstar interview
     
    Guilty Gear’s new trailer shows off May, and confirms Axl Low as a playable fighter
     
    Apex Legends Season 3 map World’s Edge takes you to a new planet
     
    Half-Life 2's downtrodden NPCs have been unable to blink for five years, until now

     
    Frogwares claims Focus Home Interactive is delisting its games without approval
     
    Twitch Is Making Ads Less Annoying

     
    The Epic Games store has some new features and slimmer patch sizes

     
    Judge: Streamer who didn’t read contract can sue Twitch for over $50K

     
    Joy-Con drift lawsuit adds Switch Lite to class-action complaint

     
    Breaking: PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss Shawn Layden is ‘departing’

     
    Duke Nukem 3D composer sues Randy Pitchford, Gearbox and Valve

     
    Nvidia's RTX Broadcast Engine boasts AI accelerated streaming and improved quality
     
    The GoldenEye N64 fan remake is coming along nicely
     
    Esports News
     
    How France Became Competitive Soulcalibur's Global Superpower

     
    The Shock and esports triumphed at the Overwatch League 2019 final

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Kickstarter’s Year of Turmoil
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO
     
    Game preservation and the quest for immortality

     
    Difficulty is about trust and communication, not ‘hard’ vs. ‘easy’
     
    I want to play your game but I can't: Overland and its journey with dyslexia
     
    How a joke about the milkman inspired Psychonauts' best level

     
    Supergiant's Greg Kasavin on Hades' Development and Why Epic Games Store Was the "Obvious Choice"

     
    Video Game Preservationist Finds Rare Prototype N64 Controller and the Joystick That Should Have Been
     
    Designing the varied control schemes of multi-animal wonder Lost Ember

     
    Having a Guinness with Troy Baker and Nolan North
    “They wouldn’t go union” – Troy Baker on why Gearbox didn’t use him for Rhys in Borderlands 3
     
    Creative leadership: The pitch (Part 1 of 3)

     
    HOW GAMES LIKE MINECRAFT AND NO MAN’S SKY HELP PLAYERS CONNECT TO THEIR WORLDS

     
    Gone for Good: The Phantom Pain of Peace in Metal Gear Solid V

     
    “The Banality of Control,” by Cameron Kunzelman

     
    How Greedfall’s RPG framework exacerbates its colonialist impulses

     
    What Games Are Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games
     
    Games, Schools, and Worlds Designed for Violence
     
    The Environmental Impact of Physical Games - The Ethics of Buying Games
     
    Morality and Guilt in Video Games | How Game Designers Reveal our Heart of Darkness using Mechanics
     
    Final Fantasy IV | Warriors of Leitmotif
     
    The History of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
     
    Astral Chain Analysis | Platinum Game's Evolving Design
     
    Untitled Goose Game and Player-Driven Comedy
     
    Catherine Full Body - Analyzing Rin's Story | PostMesmeric
     
    How Pathologic 2 Sets a New Standard for Psychological Horror Games
     
    IndieWatch: Top 15 "Don't Miss!" Indie Games (September 2019)
     
    Blips 3: Cyberpunk Stealth, Digital Therapy, and Road Trips!
     
    Supergiant in Concert - LIVE 10th Anniversary Orchestral Show
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    A Large Group Of Red Dead Online Players Tried To Carry Bowls Of Soup Across The Entire Map