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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Supergiant's 10th Anniversary Orchestral Show, previews of The Last of Us 2, Cameron Kunzelman responds to the criticism of Control's gun detailing what they find interesting about what the game says about violence, Razbuten's informal experiment to see how people learn the language of games by having someone who never plays them try nine different titles, Jacob Geller discusses potential effects of being in a real or virtual space designed with violence in mind, Seva Kritskiy on why most games will continue to disappear despite preservation efforts and rejecting profit and immortality as motivation for preservation, HeavyEyed's Ethics of Buying games series covers the impact buying games has on different aspects of life, Jennifer Scheurle looks at Death Stranding to discuss how designers and players talk about the subject of difficulty in different ways, The Game Overanalyser examines how games can explore morality and guilt through their mechanics and systems, and more.
    Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)
    The Last of Us Part II - Inside the Demo | PS4
    Three Hours With The Last Of Us Part II
    The Last of Us: Part 2 hands-on – virtual murder never felt so bad
    The Last Of Us Part II Will Not Include A Multiplayer Mode
    The Last of Us 2 is "a story about the cycle of violence", says co-writer Halley Gross
    Help Will Come Tomorrow is a story-driven survival game set in pre-revolution Russia
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — “Cal’s Mission” Trailer
    Shenmue 3's Demo Is 1999 In A Bottle
    Shenmue 3 does not disappoint
    Heavy metal platformer Valfaris gets October release date
    Check out a full 10-minute match of Project Resistance
    Thrones of Britannia was “a valuable lesson” for A Total War Saga: Troy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Shock and esports triumphed at the Overwatch League 2019 final

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

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

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

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

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


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

    “The Banality of Control,” by Cameron Kunzelman

    How Greedfall’s RPG framework exacerbates its colonialist impulses

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

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Patrick Gill on the history behind the blood sprays of Sekiro, eurothug4000 delves into the weird and eerie of Control while Nick Capozzoli considers if the architecture of Control serves as anything more than the foundation of a shooting gallery and Carol Grant covers the frustration and fascination that comes from the implications of Control's ending, Austin Walker reviews Untitled Goose Game a game where you can feel like Agent 47 but as a goose, French court rules that Steam needs to allow users to sell their games as indie developer worry about the effect that and the increasing popularity of subscription services have on their survivability, Arkham Origins developer teases new Batman, Cecilia D'Anastasio reports on 21 developers pledging to combat climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Austin Wintory shows the detail behind scoring a single scene in the game ERICA, 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)
    Everything PlayStation Announced In Today's State Of Play
    Disco Elysium is a 'colossal' game that can take 90 hours to finish
    Total War Saga: Troy is resplendent in the Warhammer 2 engine
    Total War Saga: Troy may get Ajax and others as post-launch DLC
    There's An XCOMish Narcos Game, Which Just Might Work
    Kunai Is The Best Feeling Platformer I've Played Since Dead Cells
    New Batman game from Arkham Origins developer teased
    John Wick Hex release date set for October
    Phantom Brigade Is a Fantastic New Spin on the Front Mission Formula

    Oxenfree dev's pub-crawl-in-hell adventure Afterparty gets October release date
    Resident Evil: Project Resistance Q&A With Producer Masachika Kawata

    The Outer Worlds Gameplay - Solving Crimes In Stellar Bay
    Indivisible opening animation
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint - FULL Jon Bernthal Inside Xbox Presentation
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint raids explained
    It looks like Ghost Recon Breakpoint is getting a battlepass
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Story Trailer
    Modern Warfare's Special Operations 'Survival mode' is PS4-exclusive for a year (Updated)
    Infinity Ward shares feedback from the Modern Warfare crossplay beta
    Close Combat: The Bloody First – A First Look – Beta
    The Last of Us 2 - Official Story & Release Date Trailer (4K)
    Wattam - Official Gameplay Trailer (Katamari Damacy Creator)
    Medieval - Official Gameplay Trailer
    Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition ‘Battle’ trailer
    Terminator: Resistance is a single-player FPS set 31 years after Judgment Day
    The Long Dark Episode 3 arrives soon, but its director doesn’t “expect all of you to like it”
    Star Wars Battlefront 2 teases Episode 9 content ahead of the Felucia update
    BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle DLC characters Celica A. Mercury, Elizabeth, Tohru Adachi, Hilda, and Susanoo announced
    Steam should let users resell games, French court rules

    French court rules country's Steam users can resell their games
    Valve makes more changes to Steam's Discovery update to address visibility complaints
    Developers Raise Alarm Over Their Cut of Google Play Pass' Subscription Money

    It’s Hard to Use Apple Arcade Without Wondering How Developers Will Be Paid
    Epic Games paid €9.49 million for PC-exclusivity rights to Control
    Borderlands 3 is the fastest selling game in 2K's history

    Twitch has acquired the Internet Gaming Database

    Fallout 76 wearable helmet recalled because of dangerous mold

    Untitled Goose Game’s Developers Stopped Work On Launch Day To Attend The Climate Strike

    Warframe Faces Criticisms, Review Bomb Over Chinese Translator Controversy

    Playing For the Planet

    PlayStation has committed to lowering its carbon footprint with its next gen system
    Reboot Develop secures more game talent for first Canadian conference

    French President calls Twitch streamers “inspiring” for breaking charity record
    Esports News
    To Build its Future, Call of Duty Esports Is Killing its Biggest Rivalry

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    The making of Devotion, China's least favourite horror game

    About Alexis Kennedy

    Video Game Companies Vow Action On Climate Change, But Critics Say They Need To Do More

    Let’s Pop: Behind the Bubblegum Dream of Sayonara Wild Hearts

    At 20, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Reflects the Series’ Past, Present, and Potential Future

    Star Trek Online players held a torchlit vigil for Aron Eisenberg in Quark's Bar

    Developers Cash In By Selling Their Switch Games For Pennies

    Video Games are Reshaping My Relationship with My Chronic Illness

    When Every Game is Hard Mode
    I just found out my favorite Grand Theft Auto 5 role-play character is a serial killer


    “Falsework,” by Nick Capozzoli
    Everyone Wants The Big Chair, Meg
    The Creepypasta Community That Influenced Control
    “Taking Control,” by Emma Kidwell
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses Surprisingly Calls Out Its Own Problematic Romances

    Pleasure to Burn: Why Campfires Are so Ubiquitous in Games

    Blasphemous Turns Catholicism Into A Haunted House

    'Untitled Goose Game' Is Like Playing Hitman... as a Goose

    How Telltale reinvented The Joker

    CONTROL: The Weird and the Eerie
    Sekiro and a brief history of spraying blood all over the darn place
    The Rise and Fall of Dungeon Siege
    Rediscovering the Joy of Exploration
    Why the Guns In Modern Warfare Sound So Incredible
    ERICA - Anatomy of a Scene
    How Sid Meier Almost Made Civilization a Real-Time Strategy Game | War Stories | Ars Technica
    Exclusive: Infinity Ward Developers On Leaving Respawn And Creating Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
    'Mortal Kombat' Stars Play 'Mortal Kombat': Robin Shou vs Linden Ashby! | Heat Vision

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    TGS gameplay and reveals, Jason Schreier reports on the exploitation of publisher Nicalis while Nathan Grayson learns the secret to the success of Supergiant Games, Kate Willaert covers the first narrative video game and the woman that wrote it, Patrick Klepek talks to Rod Fergusson about his career of salvaging trainwrecks, Cecilia D'Anastasio looks at the rise of GameStop and former ideas of online and offline identities through the lens of adolescent escapism, excerpts from David L. Craddock's book Arcade Perfect tell the story of the slog to port Double Dragon to the Genesis/Mega Drive and how Mortal Kombat's blood changed the industry, some idie devs claim Steam's new recommendation update had made things even worse for them while others see no difference, Gears 5 has poor sales but is the most successful launch for the series, Discord removing games from their Nitro Subscription program, 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)
    Resident Evil spin-off Project Resistance gets its first gameplay overview trailer
    Resident Evil Project Resistance makes being evil so much fun
    Capcom producer addresses concerns about Resident Evil spin-off Project Resistance
    New Gameplay Today – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
    Empire Of Sin Gameplay And Impressions | Empire Of Sin Is XCOM meets The Untouchables
    Death Stranding: 49 Minutes of New Gameplay (Japanese VO) - TGS 2019
    Hideo Kojima Answers Our Questions About Death Stranding
    FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Tokyo Game Show 2019 Trailer (Closed Captions)
    Final Fantasy VII Remake Seems Popular At The Tokyo Game Show
    Human Head's Viking action-RPG Rune 2 gets a release date
    Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection introduces a clever twist on speedrunning with Z Chaser mode
    System Shock 3 Pre Alpha Gameplay Teaser 1080p
    PS4, XB1, PC | TALES OF ARISE – TGS 2019 - A Fateful Encounter
    Nioh 2 - TGS 2019 Trailer | PS4
    Nioh 2 adds more complexity, also lets you pet a cat
    Here are 20 more minutes of The Outer Worlds gameplay from TGS
    Why Yacht Club is Handing Shovel Knight Dig to Nitrome

    Thinbloods and the Politics of Living Forever: An Interview with Bloodlines 2 Writer Cara Ellison

    Book of Travels is a TMO: A tiny multiplayer online game
    Onion Games interview with Moon writer Yoshiro Kimura at TGS 2019

    Stalker-like Chernobylite hits early access next month
    Mondo Museum will help put together your dream exhibition next year
    Undertale creator shares a development update on Deltarune, including new music
    New GUILTY GEAR Sol and Ky Trailer - TGS2019
    Gungrave GORE Official Cinematic Trailer - TGS 2019
    Resi-inspired zombanger Daymare: 1998 is out now
    The Division 2 Developers Promise Some Good Changes For October

    Total War: Three Kingdoms revising plans following Eight Princes DLC feedback

    Thank God, Next Year's 'Control' DLC Will Apparently Involve [Redacted]
    The Small But Important Change 'Celeste' Made to Its Celebrated Assist Mode
    Discord’s Nitro Games library is being shut down due to lack of use

    PewDiePie Has To Explain That His $50,000 Pledge To An Anti-Hate Group Is Legit

    PewDiePie pulls $50,000 pledge to Jewish anti-hate group after fan backlash
        Nintendo files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against ROM website

    Borderlands 3's Review Situation Sure Is Strange
    Borderlands 3 has doubled Borderlands 2’s peak player count on PC
    Steam's Discovery update is making things worse for some indie developers
    Rockstar Has Its Own PC Games Launcher Now

    Twitch Suspends Streamer After She Wears Chun-Li Cosplay

    Twitch's Latest Crackdowns On 'Sexual' Content Are Leaving Streamers Baffled
    Gears 5 sales are bad – it is also the most successful launch in series history
    DCMS recommends UK Government regulates loot boxes under the Gambling Act

    Esports News
    Video Games Get One Step Closer To Being In The Olympics

    Hearthstone pro caught playing Auto Chess during Grandmasters league match after making huge mistake

    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Inside The Ghosting, Racism, And Exploitation At Game Publisher Nicalis
    The Secret To The Success Of Bastion, Pyre, And Hades: No Forced Crunch, Yes Forced Vacations

    Why Super Meat Boy Forever Is Taking Forever

    Confessions Of A Teenaged Strip-Mall GameStop Delinquent

    The Story Behind the Tireless Slog of Porting 'Double Dragon' to Genesis

    Nearly 30 years ago, Mortal Kombat’s blood forever changed the video game industry

    The Perpetual Tomorrow of Virtual Reality

    'Gears 5' Director on His Career of Salvaging Game Development Trainwrecks

    Life is Strange 2 interview with Michel Koch: Family, religion, and race

    Why are games journalists giving Kentucky Fried Chicken free advertising?
    Masahiro Sakurai's Arcade Days Taught Him To Be Mindful Of All Types Of Players

    Most video games ask me to do everything, which makes doing nothing so fun

    Control freak: Inside the narrative design of Remedy's least linear game

    It's Hard to Keep Returning to Video Game Apocalypses

    20 years later, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is still a frightening prophecy

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the Cruel Realities of White Phosphorous

    A tale of revenge and murder in Rust

    Designing the Powerful Loneliness of The Long Dark
    Insurgency Documentary - The Mod That Started it All | Gameumentary
    Greedfall: Colonial Bullsh*t? - Conquest of Dread
    The Animation of Hollow Knight
    The World Design of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption | Boss Keys
    Remembering The Bureau: XCOM Declassified / GAMESD
    Suda 51's Blood+ | The Missing Link Between Killer7 & No More Heroes
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
    Larian Studios breaks into Valve for Divinity: Original Sin 2

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Nintendo Direct reveals new games, ports, and translations. Eurogamer on reaching 20 and adapting to industry changes, Game Maker's Toolkit's new series aims to chart the history of game design by looking at the most influential games, Daryl Talks Games examines Dead Cell's connection with the psychology behind loss aversion, Doc Burford on the desire people have to see their hobby validated by championing games that attempt to be intellectual and his desire to see people seek out more for themselves, Steam designer explains why Valve doesn't comment on exclusives after previous comments acted as a lightning rod for harassment, Nintendo wins case to block piracy and modding websites, Anthony McGlynn on the growing alliance between esports and the US military, Jimmy Maher covers the history of the Origin Systems and EA merger, Jacob Geller on Control and Anatomy and the legacy of the haunted house, 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)
    Nintendo Direct 9.4.2019
    Nintendo Direct Recap: A Deluge of Ports From September 2019 Onward
    Cult-classic RPG Moon coming to Switch on October 10 in Japan, later worldwide
    Wii U Gem Tokyo Mirage Sessions Is Coming To Switch
    The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be

    Kerbal Space Program 2 Will Have Real Science Underlying Its Wacky Spaceships

    Deadly Premonition 2 gets a surprise announcement
    V1 Interactive's Disintegration Interview - Pax West 2019
    Predator: Hunting Grounds Interview - Pax West 2019
    Rogue Company is the new game from Paladins and Smite maker, will support cross-play and cross-progression
    Daemon X Machina’s Flashy Mech Gameplay In Action
    ‘1000 Days To Escape’ Deals With Climate Change, Space, And Irony
    Journey to the Savage Planet is the comedy Metroid Prime I didn’t know I wanted
    Marvel's Avengers Hands-On: Gear, Skills, and Co-Op Explained
    Haven Is A Sci-Fi RPG About Being In A Long-Term Relationship
    With FIFA 20, it feels like EA Sports has finally fixed pace
    Project Resistance is a team-based Resident Evil spin-off
    Cloudpunk trailer teases a new driver's first night in the big city
    Kojima on Death Stranding: “Even now, I don’t understand the game”

    Death Stranding has a very easy mode for movie fans, Kojima says
    To totally know this game’s character, you must erase every single page of her diary
    The Surge 2 - Exclusive 13 Minutes Of Official Gameplay
    Smart City Plan brings data-driven urban planning next year
    Darksiders Genesis - Official "Introducing War" Trailer
    Planet Zoo - Immortal guests, exotic architecture, habitat restrictions
    Luigi's Mansion 3: Scream Park Mode Reveal
    Super Kirby Clash Gameplay Reveal
    The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Gameplay - Nintendo Direct
    Terry Bogard in Smash Bros. Ultimate REVEAL TRAILER
    Hitman 2’s September roadmap sends Agent 47 to The Maldives
    Remnant: From the Ashes is getting an 'Adventure Mode' and a new dungeon

    Gears 5 to receive major content updates every 3 months
    Gears 5 earns praise for its accessibility options
    Gears 5 Steam version has been pulled in China
    Gears 5 was pulled from sale in China, so fans are review-bombing it
    Total War: Warhammer 2 is getting Gotrek, Felix, and Brian Blessed
    Civilization 6 battle royale ditches the civs and cities but keeps the nukes
    Celeste's Upcoming Free DLC Closes Out The Story
    Celeste developer says that a sequel is not in the works
    You can build your own botanical garden in Anno 1800's latest DLC expansion
    Days Gone’s New Game Plus and extra difficulty modes arrive next week

    Endless Space 2's Awakening expansion out next week, introduces new Nakalim faction
    Life is Strange 2 will be removed from digital storefronts in Australia tomorrow
    Ikumi Nakamura Departs GhostWire: Tokyo Studio

    'It Wasn't Meant To Be This Lightning Rod': Valve Developer Looks Back At Company's Epic Store Exclusivity Comments

    Up to 200 more GameStop stores set to close, with more to follow

    Double Fine Presents could be coming to an end

    Nexon's labor union calls on the management to guarantee job security
    Igniting a Chinese fighting game revolution
    Smash Bros. Creator Just Made "Xbox" Trend On Twitter In Japan

    Nintendo wins UK high court case to block piracy websites

    The Red Dead Redemption PC emulation project has been halted

    Esports News
    War Games: The Growing Alliance Between Esports and the Military


    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Eurogamer at 20: Adapting to a changing industry

    i don’t think i like prestige games

    Jeremy Soule accuser Nathalie Lawhead speaks out on vile abuse in video games industry: ‘We can’t afford to speak up’
    The Games Industry Is Wrestling With Multiple New Allegations of Abuse
    Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility
    A Game Dev Documented Her Discomfort Of Networking As A Woman In This Tiny Game
    Origin Sells Out

    The Pernicious, Persistent Myth That Games Will Break Our Brains

    The Composer of Kingdom Hearts Has Never Stopped Reinventing Herself

    A camera hack reveals that in horror classic P.T., Lisa is always right behind you
    Where is the “Authentic” LGBTQ Content in Games?

    Amy Hennig, Hideaki Itsuno, and Other Developers Share Their Favorite Dreamcast Games, 20 Years Later

    Video Games Face Mass Extinction. For Some, It’s Already Too Late.

    EVE Online will one day be sentient, its developers told me during a nude hot tub session
    Catherine: Full Body’s Successes Make Its Reductive Gender Tropes Sting So Much More

    “A Loose Grip on Reality,” by Reid McCarter


    Control, Anatomy, and the Legacy of the Haunted House
    Space Invaders | Design Icons
    The Story of Celeste's Development
    The Animation of Metal Slug
    Outer Wilds Part 2: Being There (Spoilers)
    Towards an Aesthetic of Latin American Videogames
    How Dead Cells Exploits Your Indecision | Psych of Play
    When a 9-Year-Old Sued Nintendo | Gaming Historian
    We Visited Belgium, a Country that Banned Lootboxes - Fast Travel

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    RagnarRox on what makes Pathologic 2 a unique masterpiece that makes struggle, choices, and even death meaningful. Telltale games revived in worst possible way, more developers outed for abusive and sexually abusive behavior including Alexis Kennedy, People Make Games looks at how the more powerful sound of a weapon in Wolfenstein Enemy Territory made players play better, Gearbox crowdfunding Homeworld 3 while Randy is accused of contempt in court filing, Patrick Klepek explores the relationship between Mario Maker hackers and Nintendo, Yakuza 7 is turn based, Chucklefish's exploitation of young devs, Ewan Wilson on brutalism and the concrete foundations of Control, Alexi Alario on being nostalgic for Minecraft and how young players have been urged to monetize their creativity, HeavyEyed's new series The Language of Games begins with an episode about the origins of magic and mana, 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)
    Gearbox PAX West Panel 2019
    Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Accused Of Contempt In Latest Court Filing
    Manifold Garden, Wattam, and No Straight Roads will be Epic exclusives
    Untitled Goose Game is coming to the Epic Games Store in September
    Epic revamped the Epic Games Store roadmap to remove target months
    Shovel Knight Dig Official Announce Trailer
    Yakuza 7 announced with menu-based combat and new Yokohama setting
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon Is More like An Action Game Than You Might Think, Says Director Nagoshi  
    Cyberpunk creator talks clown gangs and making the biggest RPG of 2020 | Cyberpunk 2077 Interview
    The Making Of Cyberpunk 2077's Night City | Cyberpunk 2077 Interview
    Cyberpunk 2077 - FULL Gameplay Deep Dive Presentation
    CD Projekt Red confirms Cyberpunk 2077 will use first-person cutscenes
    Greedfall extended gameplay video shows a promising blend of The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens Shows Off Fusion Magic And Monster Cards In PAX West Gameplay
    Aladdin and The Lion King games remaster collection announcement leaked
    We can’t tell if this is an NBA 2K20 trailer or a casino ad
    Trailer deleted
    PEGI rating board explains why it didn’t flag NBA 2K20 as gambling
    The Sojourn is a lavish love letter to Myst and The Witness
    The Outer Worlds: 'Come to Halcyon' Trailer - PAX West 2019
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Gameplay Deep Dive | New Gamescom Impressions
    7 Reasons Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is The Game Wildlands Should Have Been | Breakpoint Gameplay
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s campaign is linear yet freeform, complex yet accessible
    Crying Suns, the FTL-inspired strategy space opera, comes out this month
    Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Official Gameplay Trailer
    Solasta: Crown of the Magister - 55 Minutes of Fantasy RPG Gameplay
    In The Longing, Time Is Everything

    Luigi's Mansion 3's Co-Op Is A Blast | PAX West 2019
    Eternal happiness awaits when Little Misfortune arrives later this month
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Hops Along to an October Release
    Predator: Hunting Grounds Hands-On Impressions
    Here's 15 minutes of spoiler-rich Gears 5 campaign footage
    NASCAR Heat 4 Launch Trailer
    The Surge 2 Official Combat Trailer
    Wasteland 3 Preview – Rocky Mountain Way

    Is John Wick Hex A Good John Wick Game? | John Wick Hex Gameplay And Impressions
    Star Citizen's singleplayer beta release date has been pushed back

    PAX West 2019: Bravery Network Online Evolves Competitive Pokemon

    CD Projekt is officially making more Witcher and Cyberpunk games in the future

    Mordhau now has an experimental ranked mode for duels

    Total War: Warhammer 2 is adding forts to Mortal Empires

    Telltale Games is being revived
    No, Telltale Games Is Not Being Resurrected - Its Brand's Being Capitalized Upon
    'Doom' Programmer John Carmack Says Games Industry Doesn't Need Laws Against Crunch

    Steam’s current business model is “unrealistic,” says Ubisoft

    Chucklefish responds to allegations it exploited volunteer Starbound developers
    Uplay+ launches today with a free month-long trial
    Blizzard sues Chinese game company over its Warcraft ‘ripoff’

    The Messy Relationship Between Mario Maker's Hacking Community and Nintendo

    Esports News
    Why King Of Fighters Dominates Latin America's Fighting Game Scene

    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    PleaseFundMe: How Crowdfunding Is Changing the Way We Talk About Games

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Two Women Accuse Skyrim Composer Jeremy Soule Of Sexual Misconduct

    (Was pretty sure I would regret donating to Cultist Simulator someday after reading that article) Night in the Woods Developer Alec Holowka Dies
    (Either to step away from social media or due to Youtubers, grifters, and probable/literal rapists attempting to mob or threaten people many of the above accounts might be locked leading to messages not appearing and leaving blank areas)
    Eighteen Years in, Ace Attorney Is Stuck in Its Past

    20 years after Seaman, Saito reflects on creativity and making new, strange things

    How A Colorblind Artist Makes Magic Cards & Video Games
    Vagrant Story – 1999 Developer Interview

    The Story of Sonic Team – 1997 Developer Interview
    Lufia – 2016 Composer and Developer Interviews
    The First, Mostly Forgotten Blair Witch Games Were Weird as Hell

    Videogames Don't Need Defending Because They're Part of the Problem

    I Am the Cheapest Bastard In Indie Games

    Why you may be underpricing your video game

    An Ode to the Wine Aunts: Enough with the Dad Builds and Dad Games

    Game of Pawns: Power and Agency in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

    Open Worlds How we became nostalgic for Minecraft

    ‘World of Warcraft Classic’ Is a Nostalgia Trip For a Game That Doesn't Exist

    Remedy's Control is built on concrete foundations

    The Revelation of Link: The Legend of Zelda at the End of the World

    The Fonts In Control Make Its World Feel Way Creepier

    The History of Magic and Mana in Video Games // HeavyEyed
    Why We're Wrong About Violence In Games
    Why the sound of a gun had to be nerfed in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
    How Hideo Kojima Designs Games | The Secret History and Design Philosophy of Metal Gear Solid
    Games as Lit. 101 - The Theology of Dishonored
    The Brilliant Soundtrack of Metal Gear Rising | PostMesmeric
    You Need To Play Dicey Dungeons
    The History of The Saboteur
    Video Game Fashion Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Blue Lions
    5 Completely Broken, Unbeatable Games, Thanks to Developer Stupidity | Fact Hunt
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
    A Red Dead Online player has achieved the impossible and carried a bowl of stew from Valentine to Saint Denis


    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Gamescom previews and features, Super Bunnyhop discusses if and how games can teach history with history professors, Blake Hester spends the day with the man behind Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Megan Farokhmanesh covers how gamer and Youtuber culture has damaged classroom settings, developers warn other women of abuse and sexual assault from composer Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls/KOTOR) and developers Alec Holowka (Night in the Woods) and Luc Shelton, with game budgets increasing Samuel Horti speaks to indie developers about working smarter, Riot claims they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle discrimination lawsuit, SonicFox's 72 hour charity stream, doing accidental Minecraft colonialism with Folding Ideas, Dan Root and Daniel Floyd each look at the animations of Breath of the Wild, Austin Wintory joins Waypoint's podcast to discuss composing music for games and how branching narratives make the job more difficult, 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)
    Gamescom 2019 Awards Show - IGN Live (ENGLISH)
    Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Campaign Gameplay (Gamescom 2019) | Castle Siege
    Everything New in Mount and Blade 2 - Gamescom 2019
    7 Minutes of New Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Desperados 3 has a dangerously distracting cat
    Streets of Rage 4 is disgustingly good – and it isn’t just about preying on nostalgia

    Honouring the Warsaw Uprising With the Developers of WARSAW

    Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection announcement leaked
    Wasteland 3 is a prettier, more polished post-apocalypse

    Wasteland 3 Improves on Everything Except the Story
    Stela PAX West 2019 trailer
    Everything about Marvel’s Avengers will “continue to change as we polish”
    Marvel’s Avengers confirms Ms. Marvel as a playable character
    John Wick Hex is a “stunt choreography game,” but not a “director game”
    Dark Envoy is a Tactical RPG with a Unique Multiplayer Twist - Gamescom 2019
    15 Minutes of Spiritfarer Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Blasphemous is "Deeply Influenced" by Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Gamescom 2019
    Dragon Ball Z Kakarot gameplay demo | Gohan vs Cell in new open world Dragon Ball Z game
    The Impressive New Tech Behind Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

    Moons of Madness is One of the Scariest Looking Games We've Ever Seen - Gamescom 2019
    17 Minutes of The Eternal Cylinder Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    One Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 playthrough will last “about 30 hours”
    12 Minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Taking to the skies in Airborne Kingdom's floating toybox cities
    Giant's Uprising Turns the Tables on Puny Human Protagonists - Gamescom 2019
    Blair Witch gameplay | Upcoming survival horror game
    Ghostrunner Gameplay | Gamescom Demo Walkthrough And Impressions
    Cyberpunk 2077 | Creator Mike Pondsmith’s shock Keanu Reeves admission
    Cyberpunk 2077's Night City strives to be a unique and grounded cyberpunk city
    Cyberpunk 2077 might secretly be a cool hacker stealth game
    Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City: inside the design eras, the communities, and how they affect the player
    Dying Light 2: 26 Minutes of Gameplay With Developer Commentary
    7 Minutes of Disintegration Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Disintegration - Multiplayer Mech Gameplay | Gamescom 2019
    6 Minutes of Outer Worlds Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Watch Dogs Legion's version of London is surprisingly accurate

    Check out 20 minutes worth of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts gameplay
    Eternal Cylinder is like 'Spore' on Drugs - Gamescom 2019
    Here’s an hour of Halo MCC Firefight gameplay on PC
    Carrion Will Fulfill SOME of Your Gross Tentacle Monster Fantasies - Gamescom 2019
    9 Minutes of GreedFall Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Why GreedFall is the game Bioware fans should care about
    Elite Dangerous shows off long-awaited 16-player Fleet Carriers
    Amaru and Goyo Impressions: Rainbow Six Siege - Gamescom 2019
    Mortal Kombat 11 - Spawn, Joker, Sindel & Terminator Official Teaser Trailer
    The Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11 will look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but won’t have his voice
    Ion Fury Developer Backtracks, Says It Won't Remove Gay Joke Because Of 'Censorship'

    Ion Fury retains controversial in-game content after all
    Frostpunk's first paid DLC The Rifts and season pass are out now
    Aliens will invade Two Point Hospital next week
    New publisher Modern Wolf declare commitment to "ethical game development"
    Riot Games settles class-action suit by female employees who alleged harassment and discrimination

    Riot Games claim they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle gender discrimination lawsuit
    SonicFox to do a 48-72h LGBT charity stream this weekend
    The Best And Funniest Moments Of SonicFox's 72-Hour Charity Stream
    After Ori, Microsoft has no plans to bring more exclusives to other platforms

    Investment fund Kowloon Nights signs 10 more games in its second year

    Bungie says Activision wasn't a 'prohibitive overlord' on Destiny 2

    Gamescom 2019 - MachineGames says it never meant Wolfenstein titles to be relevant and that it's "incredibly disappointing" that they are

    Steam China will be a curated, separate store for the Chinese market

    Valve talks Steam China, curation and exclusivity
    Six Counter-Strike Players Arrested Over Match-Fixing Allegations

    Esports News
    The International crowns its 2019 champions
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Escaping the Inescapable

    calling out my rapist
    Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule and Night In The Woods co-creator Alec Holowka accused of sexual assault
    How a summer camp is bringing young women into the game industry

    Waterskiing and running for my life with the guy behind Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

    The Fight Against Toxic Gamer Culture Has Moved to the Classroom

    Interview Extra: Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian)

    Flash emulation project aims to preserve gaming history

    Click, whir, ping: the lost sounds of loading video games

    On Your Marx: The Developers Bringing Socialism to Games

    Yakuza Remaster Translation
    As Game Budgets Balloon, Indie Devs Learn to Work Smarter

    As Games Get More Systemic, Composing Music For Them Is Getting Harder

    Problematic Bodies

    “Faceless Murderers,” by Blake Hester

    Final Fantasy XIV's Depiction Of The World Ending Is A Bit Too Real

    Crapshoot: The original Duke Nukem, who just wanted to be home in time for Oprah

    I Played Breath of the Wild With My Sister And Put Her Through Hell

    How Link's Climbing Animation Works in Breath of the Wild
    How to Wield the Master Sword // Video Game Animation Study
    Could Games Teach History?
    The Music of Cecil's Redemption - Final Fantasy IV | Warriors of Leitmotif
    Minecraft, Sandboxes, and Colonialism | Folding Ideas
    The Rise and Fall of Empire Earth
    Video Game Fashion Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Black Eagles
    Review: Metal Wolf Chaos XD
    Richard Garfield On Artifact's Emotional, Stressful Launch