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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    The Game Awards winners, announcements, and previews. Kinda Funny Games Showcase looks at 69 upcoming games and what playing games means to people in the industry, Ahoy looks at the history of the Amiga, John Romero's new Doom mod, Noclip's Half-Life documentary, Scott C. Jones tells a personal story of childhood trauma and how games helped to guide him through them and to heal in adulthood, some Epic Store games delaying or cancelling Steam release, PewDiePie promotes racist anti-Semitic Youtuber's content (again) as other top gaming Youtubers desperately try to get more people to subscribe to him, Starbreeze HQ raided by police, Monster Hunter World's new expansion, author Dmitry Glukhovsky discusses the politics of his Metro books and games, Panzer Dragoon remakes in development, Noah Caldwell-Gervais on Fallout 76 and how it is rooted in choices Bethesda has been making since Fallout 3, 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)
     
    Here are all the biggest announcements from The Game Awards 2018
    The Game Awards Winners 2018: Full List
    SonicFox Steals The Show At The Game Awards
    Music From Red Dead Redemption 2 Performed Live | The Game Awards 2018
    The making of The Game Awards 2018
     
    Kinda Funny Games Showcase: Judgment, The Walking Dead, and 67 More Games
    Yakuza Dev's Judge Eyes Has A New Name, Western Release Date
     
    After five years in development, Capybara's Below will release next week
    The Full Story Behind Below's Long Development
     
    Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds might just be the New Vegas follow-up you’ve wanted
    The Outer Worlds Looks A Lot Like Fallout, But That's Only Half The Story
    Get a closer look at Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds with 15 minutes of gameplay footage
    The Outer Worlds: Interview with Senior Narrative Designer Kathryn Megan Starks
    Obsidian's The Outer Worlds blends Firefly and Fallout into a bold, open-ended sci-fi RPG
     
    John Romero’s new project is an enormous Doom mod called Sigil
     
    Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition system trailer
     
    Super Meat Boy Forever release window set, will be Epic Store exclusive for a year
     
    Kingdom Hearts III - Official Opening Movie | Hikaru Utada, Skrillex
     
    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown ‘F/A-18F’ trailer
     
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Coming To Nintendo Switch In 2019
     
    Psychonauts 2’s first story trailer introduces the Motherlobe
    Psychonauts 2: Tim Schafer Reveals New Details in New Trailer - IGN First
     
    Watch 25 minutes of Beyond Good and Evil 2
     
    Left Alive’s New Trailer Shows How You Can Make Choices Every Step Of The Way
     
    Jon Shafer's At The Gates launches next month
     
    Danganronpa Trilogy Heading To The PlayStation 4 In 2019

     
    Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove is now set for release in March
     
    Lapis x Labyrinth Coming To The West In 2019 For PS4 And Switch

     
    New Stranger Things Game Announced, Set Around Upcoming Season 3
     
    Anthem’s Game Awards trailer doubles down on story and reveals the villain
    Anthem director details Game Awards story trailer, addresses Destiny comparisons
     
    No Man’s Sky developer Hello announces its next game, The Last Campfire
     
    Panzer Dragoon remakes in development

     
    Sayonara Wild Hearts is a motorcycle dance party for Switch
     
    Ape Out, the ultra-violent ape escape game, finally has a release date
     
    Surreal indie RPG YIIK is finally out next month
     
    Skater XL is a realistic skateboard sim coming to Early Access this month
     
    Biomutant - Gameplay Sizzle Trailer
     
    Hades is the next game from the creators of Bastion, it’s out tonight
    Hades is already a killer combat game in early access
     
    BioWare confirms the next Dragon Age with a Game Awards trailer – sort of
     
    RTS Conan Unconquered out next year, developed by C&C veterans
     
    Far Cry: New Dawn takes you to post-apocalyptic Montana this February
    Far Cry: New Dawn builds better co-op from the nuclear ruins of Far Cry 5
    The full Far Cry: New Dawn interview: building the super bloom of a post-nuclear Hope County
    Far Cry New Dawn: A Deeper Look at the Surprise Follow-Up to Far Cry 5
     
    The Walking Dead: The Final Season continues in January
     
    Zen Studios on Developing Its First Dungeon-Crawler, Its Pursuit of Hungary's "Witcher" Moment

     
    Journey is coming to PC

     
    The Pathless is a supernatural forest adventure from the makers of Abzu
     
    Mortal Kombat 11 launches in April, here's the first trailer
     
    Jenny LeClue: Detectivu launches in Q1 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC

     
    Tactical RPG Fae Tactics announced for PC
     
    Journey to the Savage Planet is an indie sci-fi game from the Far Cry 4 director
     
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Getting A Persona 5 DLC
     
    The Messenger free DLC ‘Picnic Panic’ announced
     
    Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion announced
    Play as Geralt in Monster Hunter: World with 2019's The Witcher 3 collaboration
     
    KAREEM HUNT PULLED FROM MADDEN 19

     
    Unlicensed casino websites are being streamed on Twitch, UK gambling watchdog confirms
     
    What indies think of Valve giving more money to big sellers
    Valve explains Steam Discovery bug that made indie games harder to find
     
    Some Epic Store games are pushing back or scrapping Steam releases

    Tim Sweeney Answers Questions About The New Epic Games Store
     
    CS:GO receives 14,000 negative Steam reviews in a single day after going free to play

     
    YouTube’s Biggest Personality Promoted an Anti-Semite

     
    Rapper 2 Milly Sues Epic Games For Stealing His Dance
     
    A Bethesda web glitch revealed everyone’s support tickets, including personal info
     
    Daybreak Games lays off estimated 70 employees

     
    Starbreeze HQ has been raided by Swedish authorities, one arrested

     
    Amy Hennig to receive lifetime achievement award

     
    Apple Pulls Strategy Game Because It Features The Taliban
     
    Why the game dev group will benefit from non-U.S. board chair

     
    China's new Ethics Committee has been reviewing existing titles

     
    Esports News
     
    Europe’s Top Counter-Strike Team Eyes $1 Million Grand Slam Prize

     
    DreamHack’s high school Rainbow Six team “got stomped, but we laughed and smiled the whole way”

     
    Oh God, Fox Won An Early Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The 30 Best Videogames of 2018

     
    The video games that are good for your children

     
    Writer's Guild
     
    Author Meagan Marie on Her New Book Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play
     
    What 'Darksiders 3' Teaches Us About Gaming's Weirdest Company, THQ Nordic

     
    Spacewar! Creators Didn't Know They Were Making History

     
    “I’ve always used the opportunity to make political statements in Metro games” – Dmitry Glukhovsky

     
    Brian Fargo: “I spent 50% of my time raising money”

     
    How Bad North makes humans out of little soldiers

     
    'Hitman 2' Makes You The Catastrophe Everyone Is Dreading

    Hitman 2's First Elusive Target Showed What's Great About The Series
     
    The Thin Blue Webline: Spider-Cops Are Bastards

     
    Putting On A Tough Face: The Insecurities of Dead Cells

     
    Battlefield V's First Expansion Is A Gamble That Doesn't Pay Off

     
    OPENED WORLD: STANDING STILL

     
    FLATLINE: How The Amiga Languished
     
    Unforeseen Consequences: A Half-Life Documentary
     
    What Makes HITMAN's Sapienza So Memorable?
     
    How Does Fallout 76 Compare to Previous Fallouts? [Spoilers]
     
    Passage: Dark Messiah & Arkane | Arkane Studios Ludography (2/5) CRITIQUE/REVIEW
     
    Bad Game Design - NES Games
     
    Building the Online World of Tom Clancy's The Division (Part 2 of 2) | AI and Games
     
    The Making of Sonic 3 & Knuckles
     
    The Cancelled PlayStation Exclusive - Investigating Eight Days
     
    Super Smash Bros: The Story of Masahiro Sakurai
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    Video games saved my life

     

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Last week we entered the last phase of Xbox events for 2018 and I'd like to thank everyone who came out to participate to kick off our December activities. This weekend we will be seeing the return of 'Winter Wonderland' on Overwatch, a new Operation in Black Ops 4, and a festive celebration on Minecraft. We hope you can continue to join us and play with fellow members of the community in these last two weeks before Holiday break. We also have our 'Top 10 Xbox Games' voting survey going on right now as well that members can take part in.
    Top 10 Games of 2018 - Xbox Voting Survey
    Our campaign to determine the 'Top 10 Games of 2018' according to Xbox members continues! Our voting survey is still up and going for those who wish to cast their vote and opinion on what games they enjoyed the most. We are asking for your thoughts and opinions on what games you liked and why. We don't want this to a 'normal' Top 10 List, we want to make it as fun and unique as possible. For this to happen we need as much members of the community as possible to participate. This survey will take you only a few moments of your time. We also have some extra, optional questions at the end that you may find interesting.
    Voting ends on December 21st, 2018. To vote, please click this link to be directed to our voting survey.
    Holiday Break Notice [December 22nd to January 10th]
    Reminder that we will be entering our 'Holiday Break' on December 22nd which will last until January 10th. Our last Xbox event will be held on December 21st. We will return to normal activities following the end of the break.
    --------------------
    Xbox Event Schedule [Dec. 14th to Dec. 16th]
    How Can I Join An Xbox One Activity? - For new members/first time event participants, I highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). You can also join the AJSA Xbox Club and add hosts/members there. All event and game night parties are launched from the Club. Additionally, please review our Code of Conduct. To learn more about the AJSA Xbox One Division, check out our Community Information thread.
    All Xbox Live 'Weekly Event' & 'Game Night' parties are open and participants can join freely without restriction. Communication is done primarily in the Xbox Live Party system. In case of emergency, we may use the AJSA Discord. We accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in large groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have the host as a friend, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the activity and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. Most, if not all, parties will be visible to all Xbox Club members. Look under "Looking for Group" at the start/during an event to view the event party and join up.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to play, you are free to do so. Otherwise keep note of the activity start times and join the host's Xbox Live party to begin. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at "RuneX" on the forums or on Xbox Live.
    --------------------
    Overwatch - Xbox Weekly Event - Fri. Dec. 14th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]
     
    Tis the season to be jolly! Winter Wonderland has arrived on Overwatch. Join us as we kick off the holiday season on Xbox One! We'll be playing a mix of both casual online and custom game modes during the evening. This will be an awesome opportunity to earn holiday cosmestics, skins, and other goodies with fellow members from the community.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 14th, 2018 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Host
    WookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi] --------------------
    COD: Black Ops 4 - Xbox Weekly Event - Sat. Dec. 15th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    Squad up with the AJSA this Saturday night on COD: Black Ops 4 as we play a mix of Battle Royale, Multiplayer, and Zombies as we draw closer to the end of 2018. This will be a casual COD experience. We don't care about stats or K/D. Play your best and keep a good attitude win or lose. If our group is large enough we'll also do play some custom matches!
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 15th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
    Minecraft - Xbox Weekly Event - Sun. Dec. 16th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    Winter. Is. Here. Join up in the AJSA Minecraft Realm this Sunday night for our last Minecraft event of the year as we wrap up projects around the main base, get members set up with housing, and building some commemorative structures to mark this Holiday season. Members can also check out some of the new changes made to the world since the last event and new participants can get invited to the Realm to play whenever they want.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 16th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
    Connect With the AJSA Xbox One Community
    Xbox Section of the Forums
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/32-xbox-one/
    Join the AJSA Club on Xbox One
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/37127-ajsa-xbox-one-club-how-do-i-join/
    Xbox One Gamertag List
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/38719-xbox-one-gamertag-list/
    Xbox Community Information
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/39605-xbox-one-division-information/
    More AJSA Community Content
    AJSA Twitter
    https://twitter.com/AJSAgaming
    AJSA Stream Team
    https://www.twitch.tv/team/ajsa
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/user/AJSAGaming
    AJSA Community Content Area
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/42-community-content/

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Gameumentary's documentary on the making of Divinity Original Sin 2, Nintendo ends its Creator Program, Laura Kate Dale reports on how disabled gamers feel about the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Esteban Martinez's Noclip documentary on Team Spooky and fighting game tournaments, MechWarrior 5 and Resident Evil 2 previews, James Holland covers how FIFA is ideal for teaching mental health patients about resilience, Steam reveals new revenue program that favors AAA publishers over indie developers while Epic announces store that it will give 88% of revenue to developers, Jeremy Parish on how Ultima 4 and Wasteland ushered in an era of maturity in RPGs, The Gaming Historian tells The Story of Punch-Out, Obsidian's next game to be announced at Game Awards, Gamestop posts another loss for last quarter, 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)
     
    Obsidian's next RPG will be announced at The Game Awards

     
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Diplomacy Gameplay Reveal (Part 2)
    Total War: Three Kingdom’s latest general is axe-wielding bandit queen Jiang Zheng
     
    MechWarrior 5 will release in September 2019
    How MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries’ creators plan to rearm the series
     
    Resident Evil 2's remake reveals its biggest star
    Resident Evil 2’s horrible humans are more disgusting than its monsters
     
    Story comes first in the making of Cyberpunk 2077

     
    Rust studio go turn-based tactical with Clatter next month
     
    Hell Let Loose gameplay trailer showcases 'authentic' WWII combat
     
    New games: Later Alligator is an animated adventure about New York City and reptiles
     
    Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden's new character is a stone cold fox
     
    Tekken 7 - Negan Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer | TWT 2018
    TEKKEN 7 - Season Pass 2 Reveal: Craig Marduk | PS4, X1, PC
    TEKKEN 7 - Season Pass 2 Reveal: Armor King | PS4, X1, PC
     
    Big Changes Coming To Battlefield 5 | Weapon Balance Dec 4th Patch
    Delayed Battlefield 5 Update Releases Tomorrow
     
    The Nintendo Creators Program draws to a close this December

     
    Brenda Romero, Jade Raymond and Fumito Ueda to be honoured at Fun & Serious Festival 2018

     
    Ubisoft acquires server company i3D.net

     
    Games Done Quick 'Indefinitely' Splits With Speedrunners Over Sexist And Transphobic Comments

     
    Bethesda bans Fallout 76 players for life after shocking in-game homophobic attack
    $200 Fallout 76 Edition Promised Fancy Bag, Delivers Nylon Trash Instead
    UPDATE: BETHESDA TO REPLACE NYLON BAGS WITH PROMISED CANVAS BAGS FOR OWNERS OF FALLOUT 76'S $200 POWER ARMOR EDITION
     
    New Revenue Share Tiers and other updates to the Steam Distribution Agreement
    Fortnite maker Epic takes on Steam with its own PC games store
     
    IGDA calls for industry action on loot boxes

     
    Starbreeze CEO departs as company files for administration

     
    GameStop posts $488 million loss for last quarter

     
    Tumblr to Ban All Adult Content in a Blow to NSFW Video Game Fandoms
     
    No-deal Brexit would 'devastate' UK gaming industry, says report

     
    Account boosting in Korea could soon land you in jail

     
    Chinese Gamers are More Competitive and Completionist, More Homogeneous in Gaming Motivations Than US Gamers

     
    Esports News
     
    A high school CS:GO team has accidentally ended up in a pro Rainbow Six tournament

     
    Fanatics Signs Major Multi-Year Overwatch League Merch Deal

     
    The best Tekken player in the world is a panda

     
    After Dota 2 Team Fails To Ban One Of Its Players, Valve Does It For Them

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Two Months On, Here's How Disabled Gamers Feel About the Xbox Adaptive Controller

     
    Developer Shows How To Write Good Game Dialogue Using Blade Runner

     
    THE GAME STORE THAT OUTSHINES STEAM BY STAYING SMALL AND WEIRD

     
    Kotaku Reporting
     
    Inside Livestreamfail, The Controversial Forum That Fuels Twitch Drama

     
    Yasuhiko Fujii – 2007 Developer Interview
     
    It turns out FIFA is ideal for teaching mental health patients about resilience

     
    One Designer's 15-Year Journey to Ship The 'Doom' Mod He Started as a Teen

     
    Red Dead Redemption 2's Redface Proves How Far Games Haven't Come

    On Voice Acting and Diversity
     
    A Stairway To The Unconscious — Thief: The Dark Project, 20 Years Later
    Thief: The Dark Project is 20 years old, and that makes me feel the following emotions
     
    “My Life Didn’t Begin Until The World Ended” — Sunset Overdrive and the post-apocalyptic identity

     
    “Women Out of Date,” by Esther Wright

    The Cynical Politics of Red Dead Redemption 2’s Symbolic Violence
    The meaning of death and Red Dead Redemption 2
    The irony of Red Dead Redemption 2’s themes
    “The Daguerreotype, Real,” by Julie Muncy
     
    The Emotionless Death Throes of 'Battlefield V'

     
    The Bizarre Animation of MR. GAME & WATCH - New Frame Plus
     
    The Making of Divinity: Original Sin 2 | Gameumentary
     
    STAY FREE: The Team Spooky Story - FGC Documentary
     
    The Story of Punch-Out!! | Gaming Historian
     
    The Magic of Super Smash Bros and Pro Wrestling | Psych of Play
     
    God of War - Dealing With Disappointment (Spoilers!)
     
    The AI of Tom Clancy's The Division Part 1: Enemy AI Design | AI and Games
     
    Game Boy Advance: First Person Shooter Ports | Punching Weight [SSFF]
     
    The Horror of Universal Paperclips and Space Engine
     
    Playing with Pride: When Game Culture and LGBTQ Culture Collide
     
    Classic Game Postmortem: The Bard's Tale I and II
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    How Ultima 4 and Wasteland Ushered in a New Era of Maturity for RPGs

     

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Hello everyone and welcome back! Our November Break has concluded and we are returning to regular programming here in the AJSA Xbox One community. It was a nice opportunity to recharge and rest after a busy Anniversary Week. I'd like to once again thank everyone who participated in our AJSA 5th Year Anniversary Week festivities here on Xbox. If you'd like to check out our recap of the Anniversary Week, please check out our last article. In this article we'll be covering the latest news and updates coming out of the Xbox community plus we're highlighting the winners of the AJSA 5th Year Anniversary Xbox Raffle. Our December outline will represent the last series of events for 2018. We hope you can join us as we close the year!
    Anniversary Raffle Winners [Xbox]
    During the AJSA 5th Year Anniversary Week on the Xbox One, we held a special raffle in observance of the community's birthday. Members on the Xbox One who participated in our Anniversary activities and completed various Contracts throughout the week in those events had their names placed in a raffle. For those on Xbox who also attended the Special Operation and Destiny 'Vault of Glass' Raid Night events also had their names included in the raffle.
    I'm very pleased to announce the winners of the #AJSA5Year Anniversary Raffle on Xbox One:
    First Place - EJGarza02
    Second Place - AlphaDelta1994
    Third Place - SavvyDoomSlayer
    Congratulations! All well deserved.
    Overwatch Moving to Friday Nights
    Overwatch, our longest running AJSA event series on Xbox, is moving to Friday nights in December. Due to IRL work obligations of our host, WookieJedi, we feel it is best we move the event a day early from its usual Saturday spot and keep our Overwatch crowd engaged as the year closes. Meet up time will remain the same at 7pm EST for Friday nights. COD: Black Ops 4 will be taking our Saturday night event spot for the rest of the month. Thank you for your understanding!
    Top 10 Games of 2018 - Xbox Voting Survey
    Our campaign to determine the 'Top 10 Games of 2018' according to Xbox members continues! Our voting survey is still up and going for those who wish to cast their vote and opinion on what games they enjoyed the most. We are asking for your thoughts and opinions on what games you liked and why. We don't want this to a 'normal' Top 10 List, we want to make it as fun and unique as possible. For this to happen we need as much members of the community as possible to participate. This survey will take you only a few moments of your time. We also have some extra questions at the end that you may find interesting.
    Voting ends on December 21st, 2018. To vote, please click this link to be directed to our voting survey.
    2019 Changes
    As we close out 2018 we are looking towards the future. The closure of the year symbolizes both an end and a new beginning. It is an opportunity for us to look at what is currently in place and what we can do to make things better. What has to change, what needs to stay in place, and what new ideas can we come up with to make the new year unique. There are several initatives and other plans in place that will taking hold within the Xbox community as 2019 approaches. We are looking at matters such as restructuring our event format and organization and introducing new community engagement projects, among other thing. We will be sharing our plans for 2019 in the coming weeks.
    December 2018 Outline
    The following Weekly Events and Game Nights for December 2018 is as follows:
    Week One [December 7th to December 9th]
    Fri. Dec. 7th - Overwatch - 7:30pm EST Sat. Dec. 8th - COD: Black Ops 4 - 7:30pm EST Sun. Dec. 9th - PUBG - 7:30pm EST Week Two [December 14th to December 16th]
    Fri. Dec. 14th - Overwatch - 7:30pm EST Sat. Dec. 15th - COD: Black Ops 4 - 7:30pm EST Sun. Dec. 16th - Minecraft - 7:30pm EST Week Three [December 19th to 21st]
    Weds. Dec. 19th - Star Wars: Battlefront II - 7:00pm EST Thurs. Dec. 20th - Red Dead Online - 7:30pm EST Fri. Dec. 21st - Overwatch - 7:30pm EST Holiday Break [December 22nd to January 10th]
    During this time we will have no events or game nights scheduled. Xbox Event Schedule [Dec. 7th to Dec. 9th]
    How Can I Join An Xbox One Activity? - For new members/first time event participants, I highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). You can also join the AJSA Xbox Club and add hosts/members there. All event and game night parties are launched from the Club. Additionally, please review our Code of Conduct. To learn more about the AJSA Xbox One Division, check out our Community Information thread.
    All Xbox Live 'Weekly Event' & 'Game Night' parties are open and participants can join freely without restriction. Communication is done primarily in the Xbox Live Party system. In case of emergency, we may use the AJSA Discord. We accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in large groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have the host as a friend, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the activity and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. Most, if not all, parties will be visible to all Xbox Club members. Look under "Looking for Group" at the start/during an event to view the event party and join up.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to play, you are free to do so. Otherwise keep note of the activity start times and join the host's Xbox Live party to begin. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at "RuneX" on the forums or on Xbox Live.
    --------------------
    Overwatch - Xbox Weekly Event - Fri. Dec. 7th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]
     
    Overwatch events are moving to Friday nights in December! Join us as kick off the last slate of events for 2018 as we play our longest running weekly event series on Xbox! Meet up times will remain the same despite the day change with 7:00pm EST remaining our start time. This will likely be the final weekend before the Overwatch WInter Wonderland seasonal activity starts so this will be a great opportunity to practice, play, and get ready for the holiday grind. We'll be playing a mix of both casual online and custom game modes during the evening.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 7th, 2018 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Host
    WookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi] --------------------
    COD: Black Ops 4 - Xbox Weekly Event - Sat. Dec. 8th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    Squad up with the AJSA this Saturday night on COD: Black Ops 4 as we play a mix of Battle Royale, Multiplayer, and Zombies to help ring in our last round of events for 2018. Black Ops 4 has quickly risen as a favorite within the community and we're excited to bring back this game to our event rotation. This will be a casual COD experience. We don't care about stats or K/D. Play your best and keep a good attitude win or lose. If our group is large enough we'll also do some custom games.
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 8th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
    PUBG - Xbox Game Night - Sun. Dec. 9th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    PUBG has been finally released as a full retain title, coming out of the Xbox Preview Program. PUBG has a special place in our hearts here in the AJSA Xbox Community. This gamew has been a frequent title featured as a Game Night in 2018 and we find it only approriate we play it in a Game Night setting one last time before the year ends. PUBG is also a new addition to the Xbox Game Pass meaning anyone with a Game Pass subscription can download and play this game for free. We hope you can join us this Sunday as we end the week and revisit a game that has provided us countless hours of fun over the past year.
    Rune will be taking up hosting duty this Sunday for the Game Night as our regular Game Night host, Sickshock6, is out of town for the next week visiting family. Have a great trip Sick, we will miss you and we will try to be as silly as possible playing PUBG in your honor!
    Event Summary
    Date & Start Times
    December 9th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Host
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] --------------------
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    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Codex Entry discusses The Emotional Journey of Tetris Effect, TheParryGod created a beautiful Dark Souls short film, Maddy Myers on the inexplicable sexiness of Soul Calibur's Ivy Valentine, Jacob Geller on The Architecture of Fumito Ueda, Gaijillionaire looks at the Dreamcast's marketing version of Segata Sanshiro, Matt Leone covers the legacy of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, Jason Schreier speaks with Blizzard employees about Diablo and the company's present and future, Giant Bomb moderator Gamer_152 discusses spoilers and the treatment of death in What Remains of Edith Finch, Divinity Original Sin 2 gets a Dark Eye GM campaign, Patrick Klepek's How Players Used Shotguns to Tear Open the Fabric of Reality in Spelunky, Super Bunnyhop looks at the "historical" setting of Soulcalibur, 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)
     
    Warborn is bringing the hex appeal back to anime mech-war
     
    Artifact’s Monetisation Is A Mess

     
    Tropico has been “rebuilt from scratch” for its big glow up

     
    The Last Remnant Remastered Discovers A New Trailer Featuring Story Cinematics
     
    Platform brawler Bladed Fury is looking sharp in its latest trailer
     
    Just Cause 4 ‘One Man Did All This?’ trailer
     
    The Council's fifth and final episode arrives next month

     
    Divinity: Original Sin 2 added an official The Dark Eye GM campaign today
     
    Pathfinder: Kingmaker’s first DLC will add tieflings and a new companion

     
    A big Bard's Tale 4 update adds grid movement, save anywhere, and respeccing

     
    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC ‘Story Arc 1 – Legacy of the First Blade’ launches December 4
     
    Enter The Gungeon DLC canned in favour of new projects and one final update

     
    Rainbow Six Siege Devs Talk Wind Bastion Balance and Pro League | Rainbow Six Siege Reinforcements
     
    Total War: Arena shutting down after failing to meet expectations

     
    Disappointing Overkill's The Walking Dead Sales Prompts Starbreeze to Cut Costs

     
    Amplitude Studios co-founder opens new studio for tactical RPG

     
    Obituary: Carolyn Enlow, one of Sierra Online's first female coders
     
    Number of child gamblers quadruples in just two years

    UK Gambling Commission: No link between loot boxes and exposure to gambling
     
    US Federal Trade Commission agrees to investigate loot boxes

     
    TwitchCon is heading to Europe for the first time

     
    Esports News
     
    A sloppy setup marred the Smite and Paladins World Championships

     
    Cracking the curious case of Toronto Esports

     
    H1Z1’s esports league collapses as teams go unpaid

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Koruldia Heritage, a pixel-painted adventure RPG
     
    Shenmue 3 dev ends crowdfunding efforts with over $7.1M raised

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The legacy of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, in 24 stories

     
    The Past, Present, And Future Of Diablo
     
    How Players Used Shotguns to Tear Open the Fabric of Reality in 'Spelunky'

     
    Strong National Museum of Play recognizes herstory

     
    On Media Oversaturation, How The Past Is Competing With The Present

     
    Fallout 76

     
    At the Games Accessibility Conference, 2018

     
    What a giant catfish taught me about happiness at Final Fantasy XIV fan festival

     
    Off the streets and onto the dancefloor: the lasting impact of Streets of Rage's soundtrack

     
    QA
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    Attentat 1942: The Long Road Towards German Release

     
    Ikari Warriors, Guerilla War, and The SNK Golden Age originally featured in the 3/01 issue of CONTINUE magazine
     
    We talk to Alexios and Kassandra voice actors about the beauty of mocap, and using Pink Floyd to get psyched up

     
    For Lucas Pope, Return of the Obra Dinn was a bunch of appealing design problems

     
    InXile acquired by Microsoft: the interview

     
    The Inexplicable Sexiness Of Ivy Valentine

     
    Tetris Effect Thread
     
    “Up, In Smoke,” by Ed Smith

     
    Hitman's humour evolved because of 47's penchant for disguises

     
    A Battlefield for Everyone, But Rarely at the Same Time

     
    On Warframe and Late Capitalism

     
    The Emotional Journey of Tetris Effect // Codex Entry
     
    Subjectivity is Implied
     
    The "Historical" Setting of Soul Calibur
     
    Spider-Man and the Effective Use of Musical Clichés
     
    Building Better Skill Trees | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    Which SNES Action RPGs Are Worth Playing Today? - SNESdrunk
     
    World Record Progression: Super Mario Bros. 3 Warpless - Episode 20
     
    History Respawned: Crime and the Pinkertons in Red Dead Redemption 2
     
    Pokémon: The Story of Junichi Masuda (Red & Green, Ruby & Sapphire, Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee)
     
    The Rise and Fall of Dead Space
     
    Indie Dev Releases Game After Documenting Its Development Every Week For Three Years
     
    The Dreamcast Has A Segata Sanshiro? Meet Mr. Sega Hidekazu Yukawa! Gaijillionaire's Club - GTV
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    Beautiful Dark Souls Fan Film Tells The Story Of The Chosen Undead
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    Epitaph: What Remains of Edith Finch and Death

    Bonus Observations on What Remains of Edith Finch
     
    The Architecture of Fumito Ueda
     

    By WITHASTICK, in Frontpage,


    5 years ago I joined the AJSA as a member much like the majority of you reading this. I had just gotten a PS4 right at its release. A lot of my friends didn’t jump on board right away, and who could blame them it was still a pricey investment. So I had no one to play with, figure I give a gaming community a try, what could go wrong! Joined on the site, became invested with the forums, and found other people looking for others to play games with. I discovered we could make a crude chatroom system with the PS4 messaging feature, and began to bring all kinds of AJSA members into it. That’s where it all started, a single man with a selfish want to have people to play with.
    If I could go back and tell myself all of the things I did in the past 5 years. That he would be a Game Officer, and soon a Commander that represents the PS4. That he would grow to think of these people on the PS4 as friends and family. That he get to run an event series that went on for 4 years. He laugh, he wouldn’t believe it, and hell that’s not even the half of it. But I think he would be proud, that his selfish want helped others out in a strange way.
    I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. Commanders, Game Officers, members, some of my Team over the years. But I stuck around, because I enjoyed the little life we built on the PS4 side. I was told once “Stick you’ll be here till the end at this rate. You’ll out exist ever Commander, watch all the Officers step away, and even see decay before your eyes. At this rate you’ll be the last man standing.” At the time it was a funny joke, born from my determine nature to have the last word. But as the years went on that “joke” got too real for me, and I got tired.
    I don’t know what the future holds. I never been good at predicting it. But I know one thing, as long as someone has one crazy idea others will follow. Like the late Stan Lee said “You know, I guess one person can make a difference.” From the bottom of my heart, thank you everyone. I know I’ve helped others over the past years, but really you all help save me.
    It’s never goodbye, oh no it’s!...
    See you later. - WithaStick