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  • By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Hello everyone and welcome to November! The season of ghosts and goblins has concluded. I'd like to take a quick moment thank everyone who came out during the month of October for our series of 'Fright Night' activities. The end of Fright Nights represents the the final stages of 2018. I personally can't believe how fast the year has gone by. This time of year marks the 'AJSA Anniversary' season where the entire community bands together to observe and celebrate the founding of the AJSA Gaming Community. This past weekend we kicked off the first series of events for the Anniversary with 'Special Operations: Quinquennial', a joint effort by the PC and console game organizers. We have two more sets of events slated for the Special Operation coming up so we hope you can join us for those.
    AJSA 5th Year Anniversary Week [Xbox Events] - Keeping with tradition on Xbox One, during the week of November 12th the Xbox One community will be celebrating the AJSA 5th Year Anniversary in our own, unique way. Since 2014 we've held our own series of events to observe the Anniversary and this year will be no different. We will do what we do best....kick ass and have crazy fun. The games selected this year will reflect these goals.
    It is important that we not only come together to play video games, but also use this as an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look ahead, building a strong foundation off of these activities to take the community into 2019. We want to give our thanks and appreciation to all those who make this community the best it can be. To all the members and organizers who come in day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year....THANK YOU...you make all of this possible. Thank you for being part of this community. Thank you for playing.
    In conclusion during the Anniversary Week on Xbox we will also be holding our annual 'Xbox Anniversary Raffle'. Every AJSA member who participates in the events scheduled for the Anniversary week on the Xbox One will be entered into a raffle. The more events you participate in, the more times your name gets entered into the raffle, and you increase your chances to win. Each event will also have a 'Contract', or challenge, you can complete to earn additional spots in the raffle. We are introducing 'Bonus Objectives' as well, secret contracts that we'll keep hidden.
    All Anniversary Week events will be recorded and streamed. Members can submit their game clips from their Anniversary week adventures to Rune to be part of the 'Xbox Anniversary Week 2018 Highlights' video. The video will go live after Thanksgiving break.
    Vault of Glass Raid Night - To observe and celebrate the 5th Year Anniversary of the AJSA Gaming Community, the 'Angry Guardians' are returning to the front lines once more to defeat an old foe. Together we will be entering the Vault of Glass with the goal of finding and eliminating Atheon, Time's Conflux to stop the Vex from taking over time as we know it. Our Raid Night and journey back into the Vault will begin at 7:30pm EST on Friday November 9th in this explosive trip down memory lane. Interested? Check out our public notice here.
    October 2018 Recap
    The following titles were featured as Weekly Events and/or Game Nights in October 2018:
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Call of Duty: World War II Dead by Daylight Destiny 2 DOOM Fortnite: Battle Royale Friday the 13th: the Video Game Gears of War 4 Grand Theft Auto V Halo: Master Chief Collection Left 4 Dead 2 (backward compat) Minecraft Overwatch Paladins Zombie Army Trilogy Once again thank you to all who came out to play during our Fright Night and Halloween themed activities!
    November 2018 Outline
    November will be heavy with AJSA 5th Year Anniversary activities. The outline below will showcase everything going on with Xbox and our Anniversary related events. Upcoming Special Operation events will also be included in this outline. Please click this link to view our complete and detailed overview of the Anniversary Week Xbox events plus full info on our raffle and Contracts.
    Week One [October 30th to November 3rd] - Completed -
    Fri. Nov. 2nd - Titanfall - 7:30pm EST Sat. Nov. 3rd - Battlefield 4 - 7:30pm EST [Special Operations: Quinquennial] Sun. Nov 4th - Paladins - 7:00pm EST Week Two [November 4th to November 11th]
    Weds. Nov. 7th - Halo Wars 2 - 7:00pm EST Fri. Nov. 9th - Destiny - 7:30pm EST [Vault of Glass Raid Night] Sat. Nov. 10th - Neverwinter - 7:30pm EST [Special Operations: Quinquennial] Sun. Nov 11th - Battlefield 1 - 7:00pm EST Week Three [November 12th to 18th] [AJSA 5th Year Anniversary Week]
    Mon. Nov. 12th - Fortnite: Battle Royale - 7:30pm EST Free To Play Tues. Nov. 13th - Gears of War 3 - 7:30pm EST Free with Xbox Game Pass Weds. Nov. 14th - Sea of Thieves - 7:30pm EST Free with Xbox Game Pass Thurs. Nov. 15th - Halo: Master Chief Collection - 7:30pm EST Free with Xbox Game Pass Fri. Nov. 16th - COD: Black Ops 4 - 7:30pm EST Sat. Nov. 17th - Overwatch - 7:00pm EST [Special Operations: Quinquennial] Sun. Nov 18th - Fallout 76 - 7:30pm EST November Break [November 19th to November 29th]
    During this time we will have no events or game nights scheduled. Weekly Events and Game Night dates/titles are subject to change.
    Attending the upcoming Raid Night for Destiny, and future Special Operation events, will also place your name within our raffle.
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    A new video is live on the AJSA Gaming Youtube channel. Highlights from our Friday the 13th Game Night from October 28th, 2018. It was the conclusion to our 'Fright Night' series for October. Enjoy.
    Xbox One Weekly Event Schedule [Nov. 7th to Nov. 11th]
    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.
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    Halo Wars 2 - Game Night - Weds. Nov. 7th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    The Angry Army on Xbox is returning to Halo Wars 2 this Wednesday night to kick off our final slate of activities before the Anniversary Week. This is a real-time strategy game set within the Halo universe. Halo Wars 2 is available through the Xbox Game Pass and you can download this game for free with an active subscription. We'll be playing a variety of online and custom game modes during the Game Night.
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    November 7th, 2018 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm MT 4:00pm PT 12:00am GMT - Host -
    Sickshock [Gamertag: Sickshock6]
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    Destiny - Raid Night - Fri. Nov. 9th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    To observe and celebrate the 5th Year Anniversary of the AJSA Gaming Community, the 'Angry Guardians' are returning to the front lines once more to defeat an old foe. Together we will be entering the Vault of Glass with the goal of finding and eliminating Atheon, Time's Conflux to stop the Vex from taking over time as we know it. Our Raid Night and journey back into the Vault will begin at 7:30pm EST on Friday November 9th in this explosive trip down memory lane.
    Early attendance is encouraged as space in each raid group is limited. Please note that Raid groups are limited to six players. None of the Destiny Expansions are required to participate and no particular Light Level is required to do the raid. The Vault of Glass Raid difficulty will be set to ‘Normal’. This will ensure a relaxed and fun Raid experience. Coordination will still be important and participants must be ready to listen to instructions by the hosts in attempting to complete the Raid. We expect the Raid to take up to at least 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    November 9th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm MT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Host -
    MasterfulJoe [Gamertag: MasterfulJoe101]
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    Neverwinter - Special Operation - Sat. Nov. 10th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Join the Angry Army this Saturday on November 10th for our second round of events for ‘Special Operations: Quinquennial’! Come celebrate the AJSA 5th Year Anniversary by revisiting more games that helped form the community what it is today. All games featured across PC and console this Saturday are free to play titles! This will be a great opportunity for those who wish to participate in our Anniversary festivities.
    On Xbox we are featuring 'Neverwinter', our first MMO game ever to be supported in our Division. Neverwinter dates back to May 2015 when our first Xbox events were held. It was one of our main MMO titles during a period of the Xbox community where MMOs were very popular. We want to thank Neverwinter, along with Elder Scrolls Online, for playing such an important part for Xbox during that very unique time in our history.
    The Neverwinter event will be hosted by our original Neverwinter Sergeant, WookieJedi, who will lead us on a series of quests and adventures for the evening. Neverwinter is free to play so any and all who are interested in playing can do so for free!
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    November 10th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm MT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Host -
    WookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi]
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    Battlefield 1 - Game Night - Sun. Nov. 11th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    Join the AJSA Platoon this Sunday night on 'Anniversary Eve' as we gather to play Battlefield 1. This game was recently added to Xbox Games with Gold for the month of November. This means you can download and play the game for free! Great opportunity for both old and new players to play the game before Battlefield V releases. We hope you can join us before the Anniversary Week begins and enjoy the 'calm before the storm'.
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    November 11th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm MT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Host -
    Sickshock [Gamertag: Sickshock6]
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    Xbox Section of the Forums
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    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Join the Angry Army this Saturday on November 3rd for our first round of events for ‘Special Operations: Quinquennial’! Across PC and console to kick off the AJSA 5th Year Anniversary celebrations we are gathering to play Battlefield 4, a unique title that undoubtedly served as a unifying force within our community for many years across numerous amounts of events, game nights, and other activities. We are proud to feature Battlefield 4 this weekend and look back on a title that brought so much of us together.
    On PC Battlefield 4 was an important title in the early months of the community following the launch of the AJSA in November 2013. May 3rd, 2014 marked the first ever ‘Battlefield 4 Op Night’ in the PC Division with members from the original ‘Angry Army Platoon’ banding together to play. This would mark the first of many AJSA events on PC for Battlefield 4 and support for the game continued into 2015 before regular events ended. Thanks to the hard and efforts of all the organizers and participants, Battlefield 4 served a key role in the beginning of the AJSA.
    On PS4 Battlefield 4 is a game that helped form what Game Nights in the Playstation 4 Division is today. Prior to what you all know and love about Game Nights, these events for PS4 members were once called ‘Angry Invasions’. The concept was simple. Show Up. Team Up. Blow Everything Up. The Angry Invasions served as a place for players on Playstation 4 to group up and play together back before the Playstation 4 Division, and Game Nights, were even a thing. Yes, back when the AJSA was first formed there was only a PC Division. For those who took part in these ‘Angry Invasion’ gathers on PS4, you are what set the foundation for Game Nights and Playstation 4 as a whole.
    On Xbox One Battlefield 4 also served as an important title during the early days of the Xbox One Division in the Spring of 2014. In April 2015 Battlefield 4 became the first ‘official game’ of the Xbox One Division with its own Game Officer and staff. (similar to what many PC games at the time had in the community). It served as the flagship game for the Division for nearly two years, holding the original record of the longest running weekly event series on Xbox with weekly events ending in the Spring of 2017. During a time of much change in 2015 for the Xbox Division, Battlefield 4 served as game that rallied the community, brought Xbox members closer and helped us move forward with new ideas leading to where we are today.
    Event Information
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    Playstation 4 - Game Nights
    Hosts: WITHASTICK, Dekaku
    Date: Saturday November 3rd, 2018
    Start Times:
    Universal Time Coordinated
    11:00 PM UTC
    North America Times
    6:00 PM ET
    5:00 PM CT
    4:00 PM MT
    3:00 PM PT
    United Kingdom/Ireland Times
    11:00 PM GMT
    How To Participate:
    Reply below with the Abbreviation code 'GNBF4' and include your PSN ID (You’ll be added to our Attendance List). Look for and remember your Game Nights Start Time for your region/country above. Remember who the Host/Hosts are. On the day and start time of Game Nights keep an eye out for an invite from the Host/Hosts (either an In-Game invite and/or a Party Chat Invite) ---
    Xbox One - Weekly Events
    Host: Rune [GT: AScapeRunePlaya]
    Date: Saturday November 3rd, 2018
    Start Times:
    Universal Time Coordinated
    12:30 AM UTC
    North America Times
    7:30 PM ET
    6:30 PM CT
    5:30 PM MT
    4:30 PM PT
    United Kingdom/Ireland Times
    12:30 AM GMT
    How To Participate:
    For new members/first time event participants, we highly encourage you to add to the host as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertag listed above). All event parties are launched from the AJSA Xbox Club so if you’re a member of the Club, you can join without a direct party invite. Communication during events are done primarily in the Xbox Live Party system.
    In case of emergency, we will use the AJSA Discord Channel. We accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in large groups and/or for people who have no mics. 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 event start times and join the host's Xbox Live party to simply begin playing/get placed in a squad.
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    PC - Expeditionary Force
    Host: Conan
    Date: Saturday November 3rd, 2018
    Universal Time Coordinated
    9:00 PM UTC
    North America Times
    4:00 PM ET
    3:00 PM CT
    2:00 PM MT
    1:00 PM PT
    United Kingdom/Ireland Times
    9:00 PM GMT
    How To Participate:
    The PC event for Battlefield 4 will be held in the AJSA Gaming Community Discord. Hop in the ‘EF Room’ voice chat in the ‘Play Games Together’ channel to start playing when the event starts. Here is an invite to our Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/0iHbkwYao3Pl1zdj
    Additional Information
    Code of Conduct: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/38795-ajsa-code-of-conduct/
    PC: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/176-pc-gaming/
    PS4: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/31-playstation-4-vita/
    Xbox One: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/32-xbox-one/
    AJSA Discord Invite Link: https://discordapp.com/invite/0iHbkwYao3Pl1zdj
    AJSA Gaming Events Calendar: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/calendar/
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


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    Red Dead Redemption 2: The Kotaku Review
    Red Dead Redemption 2's Puppet-Like NPCs Clash With Its Meticulous World
    The painted world of Red Dead Redemption 2
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    Far Cry 2's daring open world design is still paying off 10 years later

    Far Cry 2 was way ahead of its time
     
    Circle Empires Is A Strategy Game That Forces You To Rely On Your Gut

     
    Valkyria Chronicles 4's Squad Stories Made Me Fall in Love With its Secondary Cast

     
    The Rise and Fall of Skate
     
    Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: The World Ends With You (Part 1 - First Week)
     
    The Playful Suspense of Luigi's Mansion | PostMesmeric
     
    What Makes a Good 3D Platformer?
     
    Getting into the games industry
     
    History Respawned: Assassin's Creed Odyssey
     
    Why does Snake fight like that? | Fighting Styles Explained
     
    How Halo 3 Builds Large-Scale AI Battles | AI and Games
     
    Other Places Walks: Athens (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)
     
    How Telltale Went Broke
     
    Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 4: How Bendy Conquered The World
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    Morgana Reads Go The F*CK to Sleep! | Persona 5 Parody

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Welcome to 'Fright Night Week' on Xbox. All week we are celebrating All Hallows Eve with a variety special 'spooky' activities and ghoulish adventures. Each title will be crafted to fit the spirit of Halloween. Take up arms with the Angry Army as we battle in the wicked streets of Los Santos on GTA Online, travel to hell in DOOM, unravel deathly mysteries on Minecraft, and fight to survive the horrors of Camp Crystal Lake on Friday the 13th: the Video Game. These activities will be our last slate of events in the month of October for us here on Xbox. There will be no scheduled events on October 30th or 31st in observance of the Halloween holiday. Xbox 'Weekly Events' and 'Game Nights will return in the first weekend of November.
    Come back and read our article next week as we share to you our November projects. Thank you for a great month of gaming!
    Join us this week....if you dare!
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    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.
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    DOOM - Fright Night - Weds. Oct. 24th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    Vacation Destination: Hell
    To kick off our Fright Night week we are traveling to the deepest depths of Hell in DOOM! We will be surrounded by demons, horrifying creatures, and other otherworldly beings...the only option is to 'rip n tear' through as many of them as we can. This won't be like your mommy's Halloween party!
    During this Fright Night we will be playing a variety of online and custom games modes. We may also try out maps and modes from 'SnapMap' as well! Also please be aware that DOOM is part of the Xbox Game Pass. If you have an active subscription to the Game Pass, you can download the game for free and participate during the Fright Night!
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times - October 24th, 2018 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm MT 4:00pm PT 12:00am GMT - Host -
    Dr. Sick Loomis [Gamertag: Sickshock6]
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    GTA Online - Fright Night - Thurs. Oct. 25th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Los Santos....Hell On Earth
    Los Santos....the Netherworld of the San Andreas....a city of chaos and despair. Ghouls and ghosts have taken over the streets. It is up to the Angry Grand Theft Army to restore order and balance to the criminal underworld. Join us this Thursday night as gather to play Grand Theft Auto Online to celebrate Halloween and spread ghastly love across the city to all who risk to get in our way!
    During this Fright Night we will ask all participants to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. You can be as crazy and/or creative as you want! We'll take some group photos and then afterwards hold a special 'Angry Halloween Brawl' where we will battle it out to determine who is the spookiest of us all....
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    October 25th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm MT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Hosts -
    Oogie Boogie Joe [Gamertag: MasterfulJoe101] & Buffalo Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya]
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    Minecraft - Fright Night - Sat. Oct. 27th, 2018 @7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Falling into pits of lava shouldn't be your only worry...
    A wicked storm is creeping towards the Realm.....howling winds roar through the night, guiding the creatures of the darkness in their journeys. Weary travelers tell tales of a mysterious phenomenon outside our base walls. Villages disappearing overnight....blood-curling screams....strange lights....It will be up to the Angry Army to solve this mystery.
    During this Fright Night we will be participating in a new Halloween themed story-based quest (the first since the Summer) for participants to take part in. Members are encouraged to also dress up in their favorite Minecraft skins. The base has also been decorated with pumpkins and other Halloween related items. We hope you enjoy!
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    October 27th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm MT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Hosts -
    The Herobrine [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya]
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    Friday the 13th: the Video Game - Fright Night - Sun. Oct. 28th, 2018 @7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    Mirror Mirror On The Wall....Who Is The Best Slasher Of Them All?
    A trip to Camp Crystal Lake....it should've been the best time of our lives! What a better way to end October and Fright Night week by taking a nice vacation. Sickshock promised us rest and relaxation...instead we were given death and destruction. The genocidal marauder of Camp Crystal Lake is hunting down the Angry Army one by one. Going cabin to cabin. Searching....terminating...We will have to outrun and outsmart the slasher to survive!
    Event Summary:
    - Date & Start Times -
    October 28th, 2018 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm MT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Hosts -
    Sick Voorhees [Gamertag: Sickshock6]
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    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/
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    More AJSA Community Content
    AJSA Twitter
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    Edited October 15 by RuneX

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Video Game Story Time's video on The Story of Yacht Club Games and a Kickstarter That Was Too Successful, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser says some developers worked over 100 hour work weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2, Patrick Klepek talks about the need for reporters to hold companies accountable in order to facilitate positive change in the industry, PSN allowing name changes, Adam Millard on The Challenge Run Formula, Jon Bailes on how the design and choices in Life Is Strange mirror real world beliefs that we are responsible for things out of our control, David Milner's feature on the making of Hollow Knight, Sega credits strong localization for sales jump, Heather Alexandra on how SWERY65's new title The Missing gets queer love stories right, Daryl Talks Games covers How Speedrunners Make It Look Easy, Mark Brown continues his Designing For Disability video series with an episode focused on motor disabilities, 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)
     
    How the West Was Digitized The making of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2

    Rockstar has been “working 100-hour weeks” on Red Dead Redemption 2 The Industry Won't Change If Reporters Let The Powerful Off the Hook
    Developers Share Their Crunch Stories in the Wake of Today's Red Dead Redemption 2 Story
     
    Amanita Design's next game is a sidescrolling platformer called Creaks
     
    A new Control dev diary reveals a surprise addition to the cast
     
    Battlefield 5 War Stories Trailer is a Reminder That Shooters Can Still Have Single-Player Campaigns
     
    Just Cause 4 story trailer teases the torment and triumphs of Rico Rodriguez
     
    Metro Exodus wants you to feel liberated from all those trips through the tunnels

     
    Oh Hey, Star Citizen Is Still Out There
    Star Citizen Con 2018 - Angry Interview
    Star Citizen’s latest promise rakes in almost a million dollars
     
    New Gameplay Today – Starlink: Battle For Atlas
     
    New Gameplay Today – The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
    The Missing, by Swery - an encounter at TGS 2018
     
    Project Warlock is badass ’90s FPS by a developer who barely remembers the ’90s
     
    Resident Evil 2 Remake Devs On Staying True To The Classic
     
    Exclusive: Four Corpse Party Games Are Coming To PC Soon

     
    The Nukes of 'Fallout 76' Are Where Power Fantasies Hit a Breaking Point

    Fallout 76 Is a Strangely Lonely Multiplayer Game
    Bethesda reveals full Fallout 76 map
     
    LSL - Wet Dreams Don't Dry Making Of #01
     
    Death Mark English gameplay trailer
     
    EA confirm remasters of classic Command & Conquer games won't have microtransactions

     
    Get a First Look at "Ghost Mode," Hitman 2's Competitive Multiplayer Mode
    Hitman 2’s Ghost mode feels unlike anything the series has ever done
    “There will be more maps” for Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin
     
    Stories Untold dev reveals sci-fi thriller Observation, due in 2019
     
    Why Isn't Media Molecule's Dreams Out Yet?
     
    11-11: Memories Retold will launch with DLC to support the War Child UK charity
     
    Darksiders III will get a Horde mode as DLC
    Darksiders 3 feels under-featured and underwhelming after a few hours of play
     
    Pax Nova takes on multiple layers of future 4X strategy soon
     
    Return of the Obra Dinn, from the maker of Papers, Please, comes out next week
     
    Senran Kagura game delayed on PS4 after Sony requests removal of Intimacy Mode
     
    Ubisoft details Assassin's Creed 3 remaster improvements

     
    The next Cities: Skylines expansion puts the focus on Industries
     
    Cultist Simulator's first DLC, The Dancer, pirouettes into stores

     
    Here’s the Vampire Coast unit roster in Total War: Warhammer 2, featuring giant crabs

     
    Crusader Kings 2 expansion Holy Fury makes religion even messier on November 13th
     
    Vale Greg Stafford (1948 - 2018)

    In video games he was one of the designers of King of Dragon Pass which took place in a world he created.
     
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died

     
    John Carmack and ZeniMax have ended their legal dispute

     
    PSN Name Changes Are Officially Coming

     
    Runescape Developer Cuts Ties With Twitch Streamers After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment, Violence

     
    White Supremacists Still Have a Safe Space Online

    Discord launches its built-in store and Nitro games subscription
     
    Fan Translator Says The World Ends With You's Italian Text Looks A Lot Like His Work

     
    Valve investigated by Brazilian government over game which incites violence against election candidates

     
    West Virginia officially embraces the inevitable flood of Fallout 76 tourists

     
    Sega credits strong localizations for jump in worldwide game sales

    Sega reports 'long overtime' hours cut by 80%
     
    Star Wars: KOTOR Fan Remake Shutting Down After Cease And Desist From Lucasfilm

     
    Future Paradox games will be easier to mod thanks to engine upgrade

     
    Esports News
     
    Without Developer Support, Marvel vs. Capcom Players Organize Grassroots Pro Tour

     
    Meet SonicFox, The Queer Furry Who’s Destroying Everyone Else At Fighting Games
     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Bushiden - A Futuristic, Ninja Action Platformer
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The Making Of Hollow Knight

     
    A Long And Hopefully Interesting Conversation About Microtransactions

     
    I LEARNED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE BY WATCHING FORTNITE ON TWITCH

     
    The Riot Grrrl spirit comes to video games

     
    Atari: Game Over Featuring an Interview with Andrew Reinhard

     
    Neon and corporate dystopias: why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?

     
    Clowns, Houdini, and a vanishing teenager – the Borderlands developer isn’t your regular video game studio

     
    Tomb Raider’s grisly death animations are outdated
     
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Cultist System Is One Of The Game's Best Features

    History in Color
     
    Don't forget about Bayek when you're kissing Kassandra's feet

     
    Strange Flesh Is Like Streets Of Rage With Much More Sex

     
    Life is Strange 2 works to deconstruct the series‘ power fantasy

     
    Choice, Guilt and Life Is Strange

     
    The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes

     
    The Missing Gets Queer Love Stories Right

     
    DUE DILIGENCE: BLOCKY HORROR

     
    Capitalist present, collective future: Labor in Night in the Woods and Tacoma

     
    Detention
     
    Disaster: Day of Crisis | Back From the Dead
     
    A full Shenmue remake was in the works before Sega cancelled it for the HD re-releases
     
    Making Games Better for Players with Motor Disabilities | Designing for Disability
     
    Out of Bounds Discoveries | Resident Evil Games - Boundary Break
     
    How to Animate Mega Man 11
     
    Shovel Knight's Secret Mode- The Challenge Run Formula
     
    Shovel Knight: The Story of Yacht Club Games and a Kickstarter That Was Too Successful
     
    How Speedrunners Make It Look Easy | Psych of Play
     
    Hellblade: Senua's Psychosis | Mental Health Feature
     
    Ashraf Ismail of Assassin's Creed - The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
     
    Failing to Fail: The Spiderweb Software Way
     
    The Making of Fallout Shelter - Noclip Documentary
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    Whither the Software Artist? (or, How Trip Hawkins Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Consoles)