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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Game Informer Australia shuts down due to falling shares of parent company GameStop, Richard Moss' retrospective on bringing the Game Boy and some of its games to the west, Jeremy Antley looks at Twitch culture and the labor and effects that both growing and entertaining chat has on many streamers, Colin Campbell reports on the months of intense crunch at Epic after the sudden success of Fortnite, Tim Rogers discovers a beat em up with phenomenal writing, hands on with Control and A Plague Tale and new gameplay of Rage 2, developers discuss the making of Into the Breach and creating a language for Heaven's Vault, with the Notre-Dame fire Gilles Roy considers how virtual spaces can carry the memory of real ones and wonders what will carry the memory of the digital, Forest Lassman looks into where the careers of the Uncharted 2 developers have taken them, 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)
    A Plague Tale: Innocence explores war, sickness, and the wrath of the French Inquisition

    Partisans 41 Looks A Lot Like A Modern Commandos
    Cel-shaded FPS XIII is being remade for modern consoles, PC
    Here’s 45 fresh minutes of Rage 2 gameplay
    New Gameplay Today – Nowhere Prophet
    Hands-on with Control, Remedy's most ambitious game yet

    Total War: Three Kingdoms Episode 1: Bringing the Three Kingdoms to Life
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - How to play as Lu Bu
    New Gameplay Today – SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
    Investor: Phoenix Point developers got more than $2 million for Epic exclusivity deal
    Retro City Rampage followup Shakedown: Hawaii comes out next month
    Little Misfortune is a disturbing adventure about an 8-year-old girl on a walk in the woods
    Steel Division 2 delayed into June
    Mortal Kombat 11 Devs Promise Fixes for Towers of Time, Krypt Progression

    BattleTech: Urban Warfare hits the streets on June 4th
    "Shovel Knight is Not Done:" Yacht Club Games on the Road to King of Cards and Beyond

    Nintendo is deleting what it deems inappropriate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stages

    Atlas Reactor is powering down on June 28th

    After 11 years, Burnout Paradise servers will close this August
    Epic says new account security features are coming this year

    Game Informer Australia Is Shutting Down
    All of Infocom's text adventure source code archived and public

    New AbleGamers website pairs game devs with disabled players

    Esports News
    Arcade Setups Keep The Dream Of Competitive Darkstalkers 3 Alive

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    How Fortnite’s success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games

    Where Are Uncharted 2's Developers Today?

    How fans helped this 11-year-old pirate MMO outlive 2 studio closures

    How Nintendo introduced the Game Boy, Tetris, and Pokémon to the West

    The Game Boy Was the Only Console I Needed Growing Up
    Running the Numbers

    How Inkle developed its own ancient language for Heaven's Vault

    The making of Into the Breach: how Subset Games stripped back to the essentials

    Warren Spector: "If immersive sims disappear, I disappear"


    Everyone should experience what I felt playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    The Cathedral and the Simulacrum

    After Notre Dame Fire, Players Return to Its Recreation in 'Assassin's Creed Unity'
    A Teen Dirtbag Beat-Em-Up With Phenomenal Writing

    The Heartache Of A Video Game That Makes You Shred Real Books

    'We. The Revolution' Is a Bleak Morality Tale of Revolutionary Violence

    The 10 Best Management Sims on Itchi.o

    Spyro Reignited is a Joyous but Troubling Trip Through Childhood

    “The Unkind-Faced Buddha,” by Chris Breault

    Grow Up: Gone Home is Wonderfully, Perfectly YA

    A real-life lobbyist was just permanently banned in EVE Online for corruption

    How Interface Screws Mess With You | Psych of Play
    The Beauty of Parallax
    Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: The World Ends With You (Part 5 - Week 3)
    Wrestlemania! Games Under Five Hours Q1 2019
    How Yoshi's Crafted World Crafts Level Music
    Procedurally Crafting Manhattan for Marvel's Spider-Man
    Classic Game Postmortem: Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, and Panzer Dragoon Saga
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
    NFL team reveals its match schedule with a journey through gaming history

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,

    Hello and welcome to our Xbox community article for this week. I hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend. This article series is our way to report and share with you on what is going on with the AJSA in the Xbox community on a weekly basis. We'll have updates on current projects, upcoming activities, community content ranging from interviews to Youtube videos, event recaps and more. These articles will always contain a copy our Game Nights schedule for the week to keep folks informed about what titles we're featuring and supporting. If you're interesting in getting involved with us on Xbox I'd encourage you to check out our 'Xbox Community Guidebook' where you can get up to speed on what we're all about and how you can start playing with us. If you need help and/or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the AJSA Xbox Staff for assistance. We'll be more than happy to help you out!
    Xbox Reports
    - Kountdown to Kombat Series Finale -
    This Sunday night with the inaugural event for Mortal Kombat 11 will represent the conclusion of our three month long Kountdown to Kombat Fight Night community project. This journey started with an idea to bring together fighting game enthusiasts and players in the Xbox community in a series of events that would have us explore fighting games from the past and present. From this idea the 'Kountdown to Kombat' was born. A series of Fight Nights, leading to the release of Mortal Kombat 11, that would bring together members to play fighting games in a fun and casual environment.
    The brianchild of Sickshock6 (who has taken up the mantle the ruthless Emperor, SHAO SICK, for this series) this community project started back in February with Mortal Kombat X and since then we've held numerous Fight Nights covering titles such as Street Fighter IV (via backward compat), Brawlhalla, Injustice 2, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, and Killer Instinct. This became one of our most ambitious community projects in history and first major project for the Xbox community in 2019.
    We look forward to finally playing Mortal Kombat 11 and concluding the series with the community this weekend. Thank you all for your support of the Kountdown to Kombat and the Fight Nights. The final battle awaits you on Sunday.
    - Halo Retrospective Series Finale -
    This weekend will also mark the conclusion of our Halo Retrospective series on Xbox. The objective of this series was to play all the Halo FPS titles on Xbox One. We went back to revisit Halo 5: Guardians as an event for the first time in over a year and played a host of custom games in the Master Chief Collection in the four original titles. This Friday will see us travel back to Halo; Reach via backward compat in what could be our last event for Halo: Reach via backward compatibility as Reach will be heading to the Master Chief Collection soon.
    Please for Halo: Reach all the DLC and map packs are free to download so to ensure we can get to play as many maps and modes a spossible for the Game Night on Friday, everyone will need to make sure you have these map packs downloaded. File sizes are small and shouldn't take up too much time. Thanks all!
    Xbox Community Spotlight
    - Avengers Assemble! -
    One of the biggest blockbuster movies in the history of cinema is releasing this weekend. Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th, concluding a story arc spanning over 10 years of 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' films. For Twitter savvy users you may have seen the people tagging their friends and followers to assemble their own Avengers team. We thought we could take that idea and put our own spin on it.
    For our Xbox Community Spotlight this week, Sickshock6 has crafted an 'Avengers Initiative Report' where Agent Phil Coulson is briefing SHIELD Director Nick Fury on various members of the AJSA Xbox One Community and a few MCU characters they're associated with.
    He wrote the description for each member featured below and decided which member would fit with what super hero. He is a big comic book fan and loves super hero movies, so this was a perfect project for him! Thank you Sick for making this list!

    To Director Fury: I have completed my task of surveying all of the enhanced humans located within the AJSA Community on Xbox One. Entailed in my report are candidates I believe are eligible for the Avengers Initiative. I hope that this report will help you in you final decision on possible candidates Director Fury. - Agent Coulson
    IRON MAN | O0PP34 [A.K.A: OP]

    I believe you have approached this individual already boss but I'll provide you with some information nonetheless. Besides the sarcasm and the smart ass remarks, OP is always prepared for any situation. He is always two steps ahead of the enemy. He is smart and has a deep understanding of mechanics, robotics, and systems. His resourcefulness and ability to aid and help his teammates are the true benefits of this individual. Plus Canadian-made Iron suits! We need this guy!
    HULK | SpartanMaster93 [A.K.A: SPARTANMASTER]

    All I can really say is do not, I repeat DO NOT make him angry you will regret it! You will not like him when he is angry!!
    ANT-MAN | WookieJedi [A.K.A: WOOKIE]

    This criminal turned terrible jokester is a real piece of work. Don’t let Wookie's underperforming jokes turn you away from this guy boss. What he lacks in size he makes up for it where it counts! He is dedicated to his team members and most importantly he will do anything to protect his family. But seriously boss the jokes are really bad I recommend you carry earbuds or something! 
    STARLORD | Dylmah93 [A.K.A: DYLMAH]

    Another Jokester to add to the list here boss. However this one can be actually funny at times but also a bit of a douchebag. Dylmah knows how to band his people together to get the mission done. He packs his own arsenal to say the least. He is caring and protective over his people. Plus he is from earth. I can't seem to get more information on where he is exactly from. All I know is that he plays “Down Under” by Men at Work quite a bit in his ship. Not sure why?
    THOR | JTK858 [A.K.A: JT]

    With this guy we are dealing with something otherworldly! JT is really in love his viking lore. He even calls himself the Thunder God. This guy is some piece of work. Honestly I think he is stuck in some Shakespeare play. Nonetheless he is powerful and a true force of nature. JT loves a good fight! Boss I tell you this guy is more than just a highly technological light show.

    Fox is a tough dude, boss. He is the powerhouse of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He may take you very literal boss. I would suggest to try and not joke around so much with him because he may not get your joking. He is however very protective of his teammates and is there when you need him most.

    The King of Wakanda is no stranger to danger. Delta will do whatever is necessary to protect and aid his fellow members of the community. Always on the front lines with his people! He will have very big shoes to fill in the future but I feel he is on the way to be a great king. By the way boss have you seen this guys suit? It is kick ass!

    Titandog is calm, cool, and collected. He doesn't screw around in the battlefield. This guy is the complete opposite of Iron Man. He is a true warrior. He can always count on him in any battle situation.
    CAPTAIN MARVEL | Toxic Sarah 696 [A.K.A: SARAH]

    I think you know her personally boss but I'll include what I know in this report. Otherwise I won't hear the end of it from you. I can't really seem to find much information since her 1990’s Appearance crashing into that blockbuster. Sarah is very friendly and caring about the people of Earth. I know she gave you that pager to only call her when we need her but boy we could use her around more often!
    HAWKEYE | Dom54321 [A.K.A: DOM]

    This silent and deadly killer never misses his target. Dom will strike is target quick and efficiently. He will never make a scene and will leave a battle just as quietly as he entered. Personally boss I think it would be a good idea to have someone like this guy!

    Don’t let this loud mouth racoon fool you. Garza knows the in’s and out’s of any technology he may come across with. Boss let me tell you this guy…or racoon I should say really knows how to ‘SLOW DOWN’ his opponents. Just like the Hulk he has quite a temper so don't make fun of him or mock the fact he is a racoon. However once on the team I feel that he will make a great asset to us.
    CAPTAIN AMERICA | AScapeRunePlaya [A.K.A: RUNE]

    Boss let me tell you somethin' about this guy! Rune goes above and beyond the Call of Duty for the community. We can all count on the Cap to see it though. He is always there to help members in any way he can. From his approachability to discuss anything or to something simple as spending an evening playing games to forget that bad day at work or school you had. He'll help us fight the good fight!
    SPIDER-MAN | StraightUpMelon [A.K.A: MELON]

    Don’t let the age of this kid fool you boss, he has spunk! Melon is a true friend to his neighborhood and community. He looks out for all his friends! He has a good heart and an amazing fighting spirit! Melon also has some quirky one liners. Just try not to call on him too much on missions boss as he still needs to finish college! 
    VISION | SavvyDoomSlayer [A.K.A: DOOMSLAYER]

    This all knowing artificial lifeform is well informed on all current happenings here on Earth. Doom has a wealth of knowledge that will help teammates. He uses his advanced intellect to survey any battlefield and form important battleplans for his squad to use. Doom knows how to take care of business! He can be useful to us Director Fury. No question about that!
    GROOT | AwakeningRager [A.K.A: RAGER]

    Boss, this is something I've never quite seen before! Rager is a unique soft spoken, hard hitting specimen. He backs up his fellow teammates while also providing critical supporting roles when it is needed. He says few words and when he does boss he likes to imitate Golum from Lord of the Rings. It is said that he can only be understood by one Individual, Rune.
    BLACK WIDOW | Psykogrl [A.K.A: PSYKO]

    This undercover super spy can hit the enemy where it really hurts! Psyko has the ability to be the first to notify her fellow teammates of the under dealings our enemies will be sending our way. She will obtain this information by any means necessary and kick butt doing it!
    WINTER SOLDER | GhostRider [A.K.A: Ghost]

    Ghost is ruthless, unforgiving, and deadly. These are the traits implanted on to him since his capture by the Russians. He is a true weapon of destruction....if he plays for the right team of course! Don't expect any mercy from this man for he will show you none.

    She may be shy to begin with boss but when you get to fully know her she is friendly, caring, and dedicated to the cause. Blivz will go out of her way to help our fellow community members no matter what or who gets in her way!

    This neurological surgeon turned Master of the Mystic Arts is always prepared for the fight ahead. With the aid of his Eye of Agamotto he is able to plan well in advance of foreseeable events. It is Sickshock's job to protect the world multidimensional creatures and villains! He does tend to joke around from time to time. Don't let that fool you boss I have surveillance footage of him saying that if it came down to saving the time stone or his fellow teammates….he would pick the stone. Hopefully he will change his mind....
    I think however deep down inside he does truly care for this team members safety! We could always use a weird dungeons and dragons wizard on the team boss. It would give us something to do on Wednesday instead bingo night every week.
    Boss I really hope my intel has been of some use to you. I will be on the next flight to Washington D.C. See you then. - Agent Coulson

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful friends I have here in the Xbox community! For without you guys none of this would be possible for me to do. Personally I tend to think comics have affected and inspired the way we wish to be like the heroes in our favorite stories.
    None would be possible without the great Stan Lee. As Avengers Endgame is set to release this weekend concluding 11 years and 22 movies worth of amazing story telling I feel that a very big thank you is owed to Stan. From the days pretending to be Spider-Man to all the games, movies, and cheesy 90’s cartoons....Thank You Stan!!!
    I encourage you all to go ahead leave a comment tell me you favorite superhero from wherever Marvel or DC. Tell me what character you imitated as a kid, or your favorite TV show that is comic related!!!  - Sickshock6
    Weekend Game Night Schedule - April 26th to April 28th

    How can I attend a Game Night? - For new members/first time Game Night participants, I highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). We also encourage you to join the community Xbox Club (all hosts can be found in the Club roster as well). We use the Club for a variety of purposes to unite members of the community and play together. As an extra reminder for new members, please make sure to review our Code of Conduct.
    To learn more about the AJSA on Xbox One, visit out our Community Information thread.
    For Game Nights and other community activities we use the 'Xbox Live Party' that are created from the Club for communication, gatherings, and other purposes. In the case of an emergency where Xbox Live is down and we need to group up, we will use the AJSA Discord channel as a backup. In our parties we fully accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have a Game Night host on your friend list, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the Game Night and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. All Game Night parties will be visible to Xbox Club members under the "Looking for Group" section. You can join the party via the Club or through the profile of the host.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to participate in a particular Game Night, you are free to do so. If you have any questions, please reach out to any members of the AJSA Xbox One staff and we will be happy to assist you.
    All Game Nights are casual gatherings aimed at bringing people together to have a good time and enjoy their games in a group setting.
    Halo: Reach - Game Night
    Friday April 26th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Angry Spartans! Come join us this Friday night as we kick off the #AJSAGamingWeekend with Halo: Reach via backward compatibility. We're revisiting planet Reach in epic multiplayer fashion. A variety of online and custom game modes will be showcased throughout the evening. This event will the last of our 'Halo Retrospective' series for April. Thank you all who came out on Friday nights this month to play Halo.
    ICYMI - Halo Reach is coming to the Master Chief Collection later this year. Check out this blog post from Halo Waypoint to get up to speed on the recent announcement from 343 Industries.
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Variety of online & custom games/modes - Xbox Backward Compat Status: ACTIVE -
    Already own a physical or digital copy of Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360? You can install the game without charge.
    - Date & Start Times -
    Friday April 26th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Hosts -
    Commander Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Officer AwakeningRager [Gamertag: AwakeningRager1] Please contact the hosts if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    Minecraft - Game Night
    Saturday April 27th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    New adventures await you this Saturday night in our Minecraft Realm! We're checking out the latest expansions and building projects that folks have been working on this past month. This Game Night will have us playing in the main base area around the community Lodge.
    ICYMI - Minecraft has come to the Xbox Game Pass in April! If you've never played Minecraft before but have the Game Pass, we'd love to have you be a part of our Realm.
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Tour of new buildings Monument unvieling Building projects and more - Xbox Game Pass Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Minecraft for free.
    - Date & Start Times -
    Saturday April 27th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Hosts -
    Commander Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the hosts if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    Mortal Kombat 11 - Fight Night
    Sunday April 28th - 7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    The epic conclusion to the Kountdown to Kombat Fight Night series, three months in the making....
    "You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me."
    Emperor of Angerworld, SHAO SICK, presents the final Fight Night of the Kountdown to Kombat this Sunday night. Orchestrated by SHAO SICK, Kombatants of the AJSA on Xbox have been fighting for the past three months, traveling across the fighting game universe. Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, Brawlhalla, Injustice, Marvel vs Capcom, Mortal Kombat X....we've battled through hell and back. Now the final battle, the fight of our lives, arrives this Sunday with Mortal Kombat 11.
    Our Fight Night this Sunday will be the last chance to stop Emperor Shao Sick and his plan to take over Earthrealm. Who among us will emrge as the mightiest Kombatant to take down Shao Sick?
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    1v1 Fights - King of the Kill Settings Checking out all the new modes and characters - Date & Start Times -
    Sunday April 28th, 2019 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Host -
    SHAO SICK [Gamertag: Sickshock6] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
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    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Information on the next generation Playstation, John Walker gives the history of Rock Paper Shotgun, Jacob Geller on the art and sound design of APE OUT and how they lead to one of his favorite gaming moments, Jedi Fallen Order reveal trailer and early information, Eyepatch Wolf on the horror of Red Candle Games, Avelene Perry on the cost of revolution in Ogre Battle 64, Tetsuya Mizuguchi discusses burnout after using all his passion and energy in the creation of Child of Eden, Dia Lacina in pursuit of the perfect photograph in Sekiro, Edwin Evans-Thirlwell interviews Amy Hennig on what is next for her and the industry and her thoughts on Jedi Fallen Order, Chris Avellone explains why he would never work with Obsidian's senior management again and what KOTOR 3 could have been about, 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)

    PlayStation 5: Why to be skeptical about next-gen console reveals
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Official Reveal Trailer
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has a big focus on story, and six narrative designers
    Amy Hennig reacts to Jedi: Fallen Order announce, reveals more of her cancelled single-player Star Wars game
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order store page touts “cinematically-charged” Lightsaber combat with “striking, parrying, dodging”
    Trine 4 is meant to be a nightmare but it’s a co-op puzzling dream

    Deep Silver to publish Iron Harvest

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Captures the Invigorating Helplessness of Being a Primal Human
    New Gameplay Today – Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
    BioShock-styled horror game Close to the Sun is out in May
    Rage 2: Breaking Down the Deadly Factions - IGN First
    Conan Unconquered video showcases rotting corpses and an angry god
    Raji: An Ancient Epic mixes Prince of Persia with demonic ass-kicking in ancient India
    New Gameplay Today – The Sinking City
    'The Sinking City' Isn't Shying Away From the Racism in Lovecraft's Work
    Mortal Kombat 11 - Official Kitana & D'Vorah Reveal Trailer
    How NetherRealm Creates Mortal Kombat Story Modes That Matter
    Mortal Kombat 11 has microtransactions, but they’re just ‘time savers’
    Utawarerumono Zan Collector’s Editions Gives You A Fan Like Haku’s When It Arrives In Fall 2019
    Octopath Traveler Is Headed To PC Via Steam On June 7, 2019

    Alan Wake and Wolfenstein 2 composers worked on Control
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Release Date Revealed, New Characters Confirmed
    Yakuza Kiwami 2’s PC port finally arrives next month
    Trident’s Wake is a spiritual successor to Helldivers that needs more interesting missions
    Announcing ‘Onslaught’, the Newest Expansion Coming to Star Wars™: The Old Republic

    Total War: Warhammer 2 Free-LC Will Add Lizardmen Lord Tiktaq’to

    See Total War: Warhammer 2's new doom flayers in action
    Total War: Warhammer 2 will still get DLC, but no new races
    Free Celeste DLC Chapter Won’t Be Released In April 2019
    Overwatch goes co-op again tomorrow in the Storm Rising event
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey: The Fate Of Atlantis takes us beyond Greece next week
    Two Point Hospital is getting a free co-op feature later this month
    Sea Of Thieves' Big One-Year Anniversary Changes
    Respawn co-founder Jason West is the next Epic exclusive
    Summer Games Done Quick 2019 announces June schedule

    Sony clamps down on sexual content in PS4 games

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Banned In Nepal Because Of Addiction Concerns

    Rocket League nixes loot boxes in Belgium, the Netherlands

    This SNES emulator mod makes Mode 7 graphics 'HD' with amazing results
    Esports News
    $155,000 Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition series kicks off in May
    From Fernando Alonso to Alfa Romeo, the esports team looking to change the face of motorsport

    Rocket League gets an esports shop that shares revenue with teams and players

    One Of North America’s Best League Of Legends Teams Is Itching For A Comeback

    9-Year-Old Dragon Ball FighterZ Player Faces His Own Dad In Tournament

    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Backers have pledged over $1b total to games on Kickstarter

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    The Secret History Of Rock Paper Shotgun - Part One: Matters Of Import
    You cheated the game
    The big Amy Hennig interview

    Telltale Co-Founder Opens Up About Studio's Troubling Closure
    Obsidian’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 was about battling ancient, monstrous Sith lords

    The long, hard road of creating Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Weed is worse than murder, if you're selling a video game

    “I wouldn’t work with senior management” at Obsidian ever again, says Chris Avellone

    “I spent my everything. I broke.” – Tetsuya Mizuguchi on burnout and creating the “new-wow”

    How Journals Are Bringing Humanity to Video Games

    Forget easy mode. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice needs an equal mode
    In Pursuit of the Shot in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

    Sekiro's Smartest Boss Fight Is Against A Giant, Poop-Throwing Ape
    Journey — to the Mother Tongue

    Ogre Battle 64 and the Cost of Revolution

    Ace Combat 7 Wants the Context of War Without its Baggage

    How Culture & History Inspired the Design of Falcon Age
    How Games Get Balanced | Game Maker's Toolkit
    DEVOTION: The Disturbing Horror of Red Candle Games
    Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: The World Ends With You (Part 4 - Side Stories)
    How Amnesia: The Dark Descent Tricked Players Into Scaring Themselves | Ars Technica
    Let's Mosey: A Slow Translation Of Final Fantasy VII: Part Eleven-One
    Classic Game Postmortem: Command & Conquer
    It's Still Emulation: Saving Video Game History Before It's Too Late
    Building a Living World from Ancient Ruins in Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
    You told us your best MMO raiding war stories

    Time Crisis II

    By Conan, in Frontpage,

    Greetings soldiers of the Angry Army, Auraxius calls for War once again. Join us as we make for the planetside, to conquer it in the name of our force, factions will be chosen at the start of the event, to give the opportunity to play a different side. 
    This event will be held Wednesday April 17th, 2019, 2pm EDT/7pm GMT in the Angry Joe show army discord.
    Also I would like to make aware that Daybreak is testing DX11 on its PS2 play test server, which will allow planetside to draw on both the CPU and GPU rather than mostly on CPU for its performance in game, if you want to give it a try and also earn a nifty item for participating you can download the play test server here: 

    By Conan, in Frontpage,

    This Saturday, the 13th, we here at the EF will revisit the era of the Napoleonic Wars, with an old community favourite: EF: Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars event. During the event itself, we'll reconnect with old faces from the M&B: NW era in the AJSA and see how the game has aged, as well as how it compares to the newer Holdfast: Nations at War. The event itself will take place on a public server.

    The event will take place this at 7pm BST/ 2pm EDT on our Discord Server.

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    BAFTA Game Awards, EGX Panels, John Romero gives a talk on industry patterns he's noticed throughout his career, Nathan Grayson covers how the perception of fairness has been defined by major companies and the inevitable unfairness that comes from the scale of competition between Valve and Epic, Elise Favis covers the rise and fall of Telltale, Microsoft employees share stories of ignored gender discrimination and harassment, accessibility experts discuss the framing of conversations regarding difficulty in games and the elements that go into making games more accessible, Borderlands titles show first use of Valve's anti review bomb system, Jason Schreier reports on the original cancelled version of Dragon Age 4, Adam Millard on why we need weird games, European Commission claim Valve and other companies worked together to breach EU international competition rules, console manufactures under investigation by CMA for subscription renewal methods, 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)
    All 2019 BAFTA Games Awards winners
    The five best things we played at PAX East
    Mortal Kombat 11 adds new character Kollector
    Exclusive Mortal Kombat 11 Cetrion Reveal Trailer
    166 Rapid-Fire Questions With Mortal Kombat 11's Ed Boon
    Control is one of my most anticipated games of the year, but I’m worried

    Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 teaser trailer
    Developing Daniel : Life is Strange 2 | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Designing A Lost Language For Heaven's Vault | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Fantasy General 2: Invasion announced and due in 2019
    Let's Play Katana Zero - Katana Zero Switch Gameplay PAX East 2019
    Rage 2 extended gameplay trailer showcases the BFG-9000 and some very okay action
    See a demon get murdered with its own horn in this Devil's Hunt gameplay video from PAX
    Randy Pitchford: “What part of ‘2K makes Borderlands 3’s publishing decisions’ don’t you understand?”
    Borderlands 3 will have split-screen, but only on console
    Borderlands 3 was “developed from the ground up with AMD”
    Steam's new "off topic" protections kick in over Borderlands review bombing
    Overtaking Nostalgia To Create The Fantasy Of Knights & Bikes | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    RPS presents: Creating the comic book world of Void Bastards | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Doesn't Feel Quite Right In Its Latest Demo

    The Return of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
    Blood, sex, and magic: Why we're excited for Bloodlines 2
    The Outer Worlds doesn’t have crafting because capitalism

    Developing Road to Guangdong | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Anno 1800 | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Pathway goes raiding for lost arks on April 11th
    Samurai Shodown - Characters
    Trials Of Fire is turn-based strategy with deckbuilding and post-apocalyptic ethics
    Draugen departs to unravel nordic mysteries next month
    How MechWarrior 5's Team Fixed Their Player-Killing Level Generator | War Stories | Ars Technica
    Here’s your first look at Warhammer: Chaosbane’s Wood Elf
    Warhammer: Chaosbane – Fight Evil In The Old World | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Ben & Dan resume adventuring in Lair Of The Clockwork God
    Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory takes us troubleshooting in 2019
    Total War: Warhammer 2 DLC trailer recreates a classic scene from Predator
    Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Introducing... the Salamanders
    Inside Warhammer: Vermintide 2's endgame expansion Winds of Magic

    Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Year 1 Update - Invasion: Battle for D.C. | Ubisoft [NA]
    HITMAN 2 April Roadmap 2019
    Sunless Skies overhauls Albion in the Wayfarer update

    Fallout 76 players say incoming Repair Kits break Bethesda's no pay-to-win promise

    Risk of Rain 2 devs talk hitting 500,000 players, mod support, and what's coming next

    FTC sets date for loot box workshop

    Pervasive sexual harassment alleged at Microsoft, including death threats to coerce sex

    Valve respond confusingly to European Commission region-locking complaint

    Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo under investigation in the UK over their subscription services

    Microsoft increases Xbox Live Gold price in the UK

    Tencent have launched their WeGame client outside China

    BioWare Boss Addresses Studio Issues, Vows To 'Continue Working To Solve Them'

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice tool lets you slow it down or speed it up

    Doom Mod Turns The Game Into One Extremely Long Hallway
    Esports News
    Dragon Ball FighterZ Player Overwhelmed After Winning Tournament He Lost Last Year

    Overwatch Teams Owe Care to Their Players, Not the Other Way Around

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Making Video Games Is Not a Dream Job

    "The Epic Games Store is Spyware:" How a Toxic Accusation Was Started by Anti-Chinese Sentiment

      Why People Are So Mad About The Epic Games Store
    The Rise And Fall Of Telltale Games

    The Past And Present Of Dragon Age 4

    Devil May Cry 5: The post-mortem interview

    Meet 100 of the most influential women working in the UK games industry

    John Romero: "There are always people who question games that push the boundaries"

    How Knights Of The Old Republic Pulled Off A Voice-Acting Triumph

    How Earth Defense Force went from bargain bin to blockbuster

    Easy Mode Isn’t An Easy Fix For Accessibility
    Video Game Difficulty Is An Accessibility Issue  
    Interplay Takes on Trek


    Immigrants and Blood-Suckers: Vampyr and the right to healthcare

    Crazy Taxi Tycoon and the Art of Selling Out

    The Haunting of Billie Lurk: Queer Spectrality in the Dishonored Franchise

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    Why Kingdom Hearts Means So Damn Much to People

    Donkey Kong Country 3 and Purpose | PostMesmeric
    History Respawned: Return of the Obra Dinn
    What Does It Mean To Player Character?
    Resident Evil 2 Beta (1.5): Hideki Kamiya's Interesting Failure - Design Documentary
    Sekiro, Difficulty & the Importance of Perspective (Noclip Bonus Level)
    How Final Fantasy defined weird JRPG fashion
    Why We Need Weird Games
    YouTuber Takes Beautiful Walks Across Huge Video Games
    Voice Chat - Gus Lanzetta on Brazil's Game History
    Retrohistories: Obscure in the West, Big in Japan
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    Making Games With Stories At Their Heart | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    The Future Of Adventure Games | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Nutshots & Nazis: The Sniper Elite Story | Developer Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    How To Get Into Games Journalism | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Telling Stories Through Voice Acting | Rezzed Sessions | EGX Rezzed 2019
    Video: Sean Murray reflects on No Man's Sky and grit in game dev
    Dreams: Unlocking Creativity in Everyone
    Devil May Cry 5: Creating a Standout Action Game
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
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    Real-life lobbyist permanently banned from Eve Online’s elected player body

    The Eight Best Dwarf Fortress Stories We've Seen

    Sekiro Breakdowns