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  • 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

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Gamescom 2019 reveals and info, Steven T. Wright interviews developers about what it's like to work on a game in development for over a decade, Nic Reuben tells the story behind a failed Hotline Miami mod, Diego Argüello interviews current and former QA testers to learn about the industry's exploitative practices, Gamestop suddenly lays off half of Game Informer's editors, Michael Goroff talks with the people preserving game's past and future, Samuel Horti on the call that saved System Shock 2, Bioware co-founder Trent Oster talks to Mike Williams about the early days of the company, in his final piece Ed Smith discusses the wall big budget games seem to have hit and The Infinite Zeppelin of Wolfenstein, Mount and Blade II heading to early access, Ion Fury devs apologize for sexist and transphobic comments, Writing on Games appreciates the nonsense of MGS4, Core-A Gaming speaks with tournament organizers about how events grow, 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: Opening Night Live Stream
    Going Beyond Video Games At Gamescom 2019 [Sponsored]
    Google Stadia Connect Live Stream
    Spelunky 2 probably won't be out this year
    The First 20 Minutes of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
    Borderlands 3 preview – Gearbox has something to prove
    Borderlands 3 doesn’t have loot boxes because they don’t “feel like a Borderlands thing”
    Borderlands 3’s sense of humour: “be edgy, be funny, don’t be cruel, don’t be insensitive”
    Yakuza 3’s PS4 Localization is Uncut and Uncensored - Gamescom 2019
    The Yakuza Remastered Collection Brings Yakuza 3, 4, And 5 Back Throughout 2019 And 2020
    Why Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is choosing early access after eight years of development
    Dragon Ball Z Kakarot’s Epic Gohan Vs. Cell Fight Gameplay & Interview - Gamescom 2019
    17 Minutes of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gameplay - Gamescom 2019
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gets Driver's License Mission And New Characters
    Knights of Honor II: Sovereign aims to be a more “accessible” grand strategy
    Need For Speed Heat ditches any form of loot boxes
    Need For Speed: Heat Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Why So Many Former Infinity Ward Devs Returned For The New Modern Warfare
    One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows Official Characters Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Explore a doomed health retreat in upcoming Resort
    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes coming to PS4 and PC in October
    Psychedelica Of The Ashen Hawk PC Port Will Let Otome Fans Uncover A Small Town’s Secret On August 30, 2019

    Commandos 2, Praetorians HD remasters get first full gameplay trailers
    Everspace devs show off new open world space shooter
    PES 2020: Gameplay and Exclusive Licenses Interview - IGN LIVE Gamescom 2019
    Death Stranding - FULL Gameplay Reveal with Kojima | Gamescom 2019 | Opening Night Live
    Death Stranding: You Can't See Norman Reedus' Penis, Kojima Confirms
    Marvel's Avengers Hands-On Preview: We Know a LOT More Now - Gamescom 2019
    How Avengers Allows You To Play, Progress, And Customize Your Heroes
    With one year left until launch, Halo Infinite’s creative director leaves 343

    Disintegration Announcement Trailer
    The Surge 2 Goes Full Rockstar in New Gameplay Overview Trailer
    Humankind is Sega’s innovative new challenger to Civilization
    Horror Title Remothered: Broken Porcelain Arrives Next Year
    Earthnight - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
    Gears 5 Official Story Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Everything you ever wanted to know about Gears 5 Horde Mode
    Sequel To One Of 2016's Best Roguelike Games Announced At Gamescom 2019
    Kerbal Space Program 2 announced
    Kerbal Space Program 2's new devs on adding interstellar flight, colonies and more to the PC's greatest space sim
    Ghostrunner | Official Reveal Trailer 2019 | (PC, PS4, XBOX)
    Coffee Talk lets you make coffee for orcs and elves in an alternative Seattle
    Cyberpunk 2077 Behind the Scenes Deep Dive - Gamescom 2019
    Cyberpunk 2077's post-launch multiplayer still may not happen
    Bloodlines 2 RTX trailer teases sweet graphics and a mysterious woman in red
    Battletoads Gamescom 2019 gameplay
    Upcoming Exploration RPG Greedfall Has My Attention

    Little Nightmares 2 Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Learn how to pilot a stolen alien vehicle in Nauticrawl
    Empire of Sin Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    New Wasteland 3 gameplay video shows off combat
    Darksiders Genesis Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Orcs Must Die 3: Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Orcs Must Die! 3 - Official Dev Diary | Stadia Connect
    Blair Witch Official Story Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Blair Witch - Our First Impressions
    THQ Nordic reveals Saints Row’s return, Dead Island handover and another Timesplitters tease

    Iron Harvest draws from alt history and Warcraft 3’s storytelling
    Comanche Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Beyond a Steel Sky Is a Return to Cyberpunk Dystopia 25 Years in the Making
    How Burden Of Command Is Aiming To Be An Interactive Band Of Brothers
    Streets of Rage 4’s new character is a guitar-playing badass
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s PvP will have dedicated servers
    Predator Hunting Grounds Official Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Watch Dogs Legion - Official 'Welcome to the Resistance' Gameplay Trailer | Gamescom 2019
    Synced: Off-Planet: Official Cinematic Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Synced: Off Planet: Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2019
    Darq Developer Reveals Why He Turned Down an Epic Exclusivity Deal

    Metro Exodus DLC The Two Colonels Releases Tomorrow - Gamescom 2019
    You can become a wizard in The Sims 4's next game pack, Realm of Magic
    Sony's Insomniac Acquisition is Its First Major Salvo in the PS5 Generation

    GameStop Lays Off Over 100 People, Including Nearly Half Of Game Informer's Staff
    Ion Fury devs criticized for comments on transgender kids and feminism

    Ion Fury studio apologises for sexist and transphobic comments by staff
    Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store
    Respawn apologises for Apex Legends Iron Crown loot boxes, says “we broke our promise”

    Apex Legends Forum Becomes Heated as Developer Calls Toxic Community Members 'A**-hats'

    Epic opens a streaming-focused studio with the founders of Rogue Squadron dev Factor 5

    BioWare loses two producers on Anthem, Dragon Age

    Developer Fumes About Keyseller G2A, But Admits He Was Wrong About $300,000 Complaint

    Esports News
    The Nintendo 2019 World Championships will work with Eleague to air on CBS


    Underneath The International's $33m prize pool, a flawed system in continuous need of repair

    EVO 2019: Women of the FGC by Combo Queens (ComboQueens) Panel
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    What goes right and wrong when games like Diablo 3 take a decade to make

    The Uncertain Future of Video Game History

    What It’s Really Like to Be a QA Tester

    Remembering the Early Days of BioWare with Co-Founder Trent Oster

    The messy story behind the Hotline Miami mod that never was

    Designing Communities for Kindness

    Video game corporate satire is really overdue an upgrade

    In Narrative Adventure Games, Even False Choices Have a Real Impact

    The Origins of Awesome Games Done Quick

    How one phone call saved a tiny new studio and gave the world System Shock 2

    There's A Latinx Void At The Heart Of Video Games

    'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games

    Abe’s Oddysee, Ahead of Its Time

    Fire Emblem's Depiction Of Abuse Feels Real

    Alone in the Dark

    “The Infinite Zeppelin,” by Ed Smith

    Queer Cooperation


    Why Metal Gear Solid 4's Nonsense is Great, 11 Years On
    My Friend Pedro and Potential | PostMesmeric
    The Best Games from GMTK Game Jam 2019
    Video Game Fashion: Fire Emblem: Three Houses- Golden Deer
    How Rhythm Drives The Music Of Ace Combat
    How Tournaments Go from 10 to 10,000 People [4k]
    The Making of Castle of Illusion, Quackshot and World of Illusion

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,

    Greetings and salutations! Welcome to our Xbox community article for the week. This news series is our way to report and share with you on what is going on with the AJSA in the Xbox community on a weekly basis. We'll have updates on current projects, upcoming activities, community content ranging from interviews to Youtube videos, event recaps and more. These articles will always contain a copy our Game Nights schedule for the week to keep folks informed about what titles we're featuring and supporting. If you're interesting in getting involved with us on Xbox I'd encourage you to check out our 'Xbox Community Guidebook' where you can get up to speed on what we're all about and how you can start playing with us. If you need help and/or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the AJSA Xbox Staff for assistance. We'll be more than happy to help you out with any questions you have regarding the community!
    Xbox Reports
    - Minecraft Two Year Anniversary Recap -
    On Friday August 16th we celebrated our Two Year World Anniversary in our Xbox community Minecraft Realm. Since we founded the world back on August 7th, 2017, this world has been our Minecraft home playing host to all our adventures since. This past Friday we celebrated this momentous milestone with a special Anniversary event. In recap...
    We went on a journey back to where it all started.....the Mansion! This was our original base back on Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. As part of a restoration project, we've been upgrading the Mansion courtyard and interior to fit to current times. We also went back the to Empire Sick Building, Wookie Mountain Empire and the Underwater Sea Base in a trip down nostalgia lane. We unveiled the Amphitheater of the Architects, a special Anniversary monument built by AceyRenegade dedicated all the architects who have played an important role in the history of the world. Also includes and showcases all major landmarks from 2017 to present day. The Chamber of Remembrance was also unveiled. Connected to the Amphitheater, the Chamber documents our world history. We chronicled all our Quests, Expeditions, Game Nights, Architects and significant milestones from 2017 to present day. The final piece of the Anniversary was unveiled which was the Arboretum, the Realm's Garden of Trees.  Members were challenged to craft their own custom trees, showcasing their own unique and individual styles, in honor of the Anniversary.
    - Summer Games Conclusion -
    The finale to our Summer Games series is here. After three months worth of activities, this weekend will represent our last slate of Game Nights as part of this community project. Thank you to any and all who came out to play these past few months across our catalog of Game Nights. This was certainly a unique and interesting adventure. I hope you had a good time and enjoyed yourself!
    To mark the last set of Summer Game sessions, we're featuring:
    Jackbox Party Pack 2 - Friday Aug 23rd Battlefield V - Saturday August 24th Minecraft - Sunday August 25th [Closing Ceremony] Refer to the schedule included further down in this article for more details.
    Please be aware that following the conclusion to the Summer Games this Sunday night, we are going on a TWO WEEK BREAK. There will be no officially scheduled Game Nights during this period.
    - Summer Games 2019 Recap -
    As part of the Summer Games series, we played these titles:
    Battlefield V COD: Black Ops 4 COD: Modern Warfare Remastered Division 2 DOOM Forza Horizon 4 Friday the 13th: the Video Game Gears of War 4 Ghost Recon: Wildlands GTA Online Halo: Master Chief Collection Jackbox Party Minecraft Mortal Kombat 11 Overwatch Rainbow Six: Siege Red Dead Redemption 2 Rocket League Sea of Thieves Star Wars: Battlefront II Weekend Game Night Schedule | August 23rd to 25th

    How can I attend an Xbox Game Night? - For new members and/or first time Game Night participants, we highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). We also encourage you to join the community Xbox Club (all hosts can be found in the Club roster as well). We use the Club for a variety of purposes to unite members of the community and play together. As an extra reminder for new members, please make sure to review our AJSA Code of Conduct.
    To learn more about the AJSA on Xbox One, visit out our Community Information thread.
    For Game Nights and other community activities we use Xbox Live parties created from the Club for communication (text or voice), gatherings, and other purposes. In the case of an emergency where Xbox Live is down and we need to absolutely group up, we will use the AJSA Discord channel as a backup. All Game Night parties will be visible to Xbox Club members listed under the Club "Multiplayer" page.
    When our Game Night sessions are live, please join our Club parties to get invited to our lobbies. Please message the host if you require an invite to the party. If this is your first time playing with us, we will introduce you to the other members in attendance and we'll all exchange friend requests to get you set up and comfortable.
    If you would like to give advance notice to a host that you would like to participate in a particular Game Night, you are completely free to do so. If you have any questions, please reach out to any members of the AJSA Xbox One staff and we will be happy to assist you.
    All Game Nights are casual gatherings aimed at bringing people together to have a good time and enjoy their games in a group setting. Trash talking and bad attitudes are not tolerated. We're here to have a good time, help each other out, and build meaningful friendships! To view a monthly outline of all upcoming Xbox Game Nights, please view our monthly schedule here. --------------------
    Jackbox Party Pack 2 - Summer Games
    Friday August 23rd - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    To kick off our last weekend of the community Summer Games series, we're trying out Jackbox Party Pack 2 for the first time as an Xbox Game Night this Friday evening. Recently made available via Game Pass, the Jackbox Party Pack 2 features a variety of amusing mini-games like Fibbage and Quiplash best played in a group. This will be unlike any other Game Night we've ever done before.
    To play, follow these simple instructions:
    Only the host [Rune] needs to launch the game. You do not need Jackbox Party Pack 2 open on your Xbox One to join a lobby. To join the lobby, you will need to go to Jackbox.tv on your phone, laptop or PC Upon entry to the Game Night Xbox Live Party, you will be given a code to enter on the Jackbox.tv website This will allow you to vote and enter submissions during the mini-games To watch the full game unfold, you will need to watch the stream of the host. Open up Mixer on your Xbox One, PC or laptop, go to mixer.com/rune_x to watch Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Quiplash XL, Fibbage etc - Date & Start Times -
    Friday August 23rd, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started.
    - Host -
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    Battlefield V - Summer Games
    Saturday August 24th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
    Squad up with the AJSA Platoon as we play this WWII shooter across game modes like Conquest and Operations. Players across all skill levels welcome, we'll adjust squads to ensure everyone has a partner!
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    Prepare your download in advance! Battlefield V is 57GB.
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    Sick [Gamertag: Sickshock6] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    Minecraft - Summer Games
    Sunday August 25th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    The conclusion of our community Summer Games series here on Xbox One. For our Closing Ceremony, we are returning to Minecraft this Sunday night for our Olympic Celebrations. Join up in our Realm to take part in a series of Olympic mini-games and festivities as we close out this near three month long project. Thank you to all who have come out to play this Summer. 
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    Olympic Mini-Games Summer Games Closing Ceremony - Date & Start Times -
    Sunday August 25th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
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    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Minecraft for free.
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    Prepare your download in advance! Minecraft is less than 1GB.
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    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
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    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Blake Hester speaks with developers about the time and cost of trying to get the little details right in games, a year after her reporting on the culture of Riot Cecilia D'Anastasio interviews employees about progress made, consoles now require loot box odds disclosure and FTC reveals relationship between streamers/youtubers and loot box creators, recent political blaming of video games for US shooting have Joshua Rivera discuss why we are past the point where games require defending while Rowan Kaiser covers why companies and the ESA are afraid to aggressively call out bad faith attacks, Colin Spacetwinks uses increasingly ridiculous Call of Duty interviews to talk about PR speak and useful idiots that benefits corporate PR, Jacob Geller tells the story of the decade long quest to find the final secret of Shadow of the Colossus, threats against multiple game studios, Richard Meredith on the ignored difficulty of releasing PC games on every storefront, and more.
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    New Guilty Gear Will Be a "Complete Reconstruction" of the Series
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    Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to require loot box odds disclosure

    FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators
    Epic Games promises loot box transparency going forward
    Epic hit with class-action suit over hacked Fortnite accounts

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    Borderlands 3: Take-Two Addresses Investigation Into Streamer Leaks
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    Bandai Namco Is Investigating a Potential Bomb Threat At Its US Office

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    Subnautica dev to G2A: 'You now owe us $300,000'
    Xbox open to some first-party games appearing on other consoles

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    You Should Watch Ultra Fight Da ! Kyanta 2’s Tournament at Evo 2019

    Russia wins Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Nations Cup, UK manages not to come last

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    The 18-month fence hop, the six-day chair, and why video games are so hard to make

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    After It Doxxed 2000 Journalists, Why Should We Ever Trust the ESA Again?

    For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is the genre dying or already dead?

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    “Killing Nuance,” by Reid McCarter

    Fire Emblem Doesn't Just Need Gay Characters, It Needs Queer Life

    One of Judgment’s Biggest Enemies is Male Entitlement

    Baba is You is a Postmodern Masterpiece

    Redesigning Hitman's Agent 47
    The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus’ Last Secret
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    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    EVO announcements, winners, and rivalries. People Make Games investigates the truth of Civilization's Nuclear Gandhi bug, new gameplay for Mount and Blade 2 and The Outer Worlds, phone numbers and addresses of journalists and Youtubers leaked by E3 organizers, Radek Koncewicz looks at 10 JRPGs from the fifth console generation to analyse the generation's effects on pacing and structure, Moira Hicks examines how the magical realism of Metal Gear is used to better communicate the horrors of war and American imperialism while Reid McCarter explores how A Plague Tale does the same with the Hundred Years’ War, Noah Caldwell-Gervais gives his thoughts on the gameplay and worlds of Horizon Zero Dawn vs Days Gone and shares his critique and retrospective of the Alice series by discussing how it subverts the work it was based on, Archipel speaks with Koji Igarashi about development and alternative funding, and more.
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    Here's an hour of side-quests from The Outer Worlds—including a murder investigation
    You can kill every character in The Outer Worlds
    The Outer Worlds Is Just As Screwed Up As Real Life
    How I wasted my hour with The Outer Worlds
    'The Outer Worlds' and Having Politics vs. Just Referencing Politics
    You can kill everyone in The Outer Worlds. It’s a development nightmare.
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    We Talk About World Building in Obsidian's New Game The Outer Worlds
    Watch 20 minutes of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord beta footage
    The upcoming RPG Warsaw taught me an important piece of Polish history
    Ooblets is an Epic exclusive, and its creators say it's 'nothing to get worked up about'
    Epic condemns “misinformation and abuse” after harassment of Ooblets devs
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    Epic Store Rage Has Gotten Out Of Hand
    A new Borderlands 3 trailer introduces Moze and her best friend Iron Bear
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    Making family matter in Children of Morta

    Dark Envoy is a Divinity-like CRPG in which you save or doom the world and get an airship
    The Oriental Exorcist ChinaJoy 2019 off-screen gameplay
    New Guilty Gear title announced
    Granblue Fantasy: Versus EVO 2019 Percival gameplay
    The King of Fighters XV announced
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    The Good Life, Swery's life sim RPG, is delayed until 2020

    New Details On Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Multiplayer
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    How Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will offer the “ultimate multiplayer playground”
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    Soulcalibur VI DLC character Cassandra launches August 5; Season Pass 2 featuring Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown announced
    There Wasn’t Originally A Plan For A Season Pass 2 For SoulCalibur VI
    Valve apologise for leaking Street Fighter V DLC characters
    Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic sends in the cow men on August 13
    Total War: Three Kingdoms is getting a free horde mode
    Rocket League won’t have loot boxes later this year

    Ducktales Remastered Will Be Delisted From Digital Stores On August 8

    E3 Expo Leaks The Personal Information Of Over 2,000 Journalists
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    Amidst Controversy, Twitch Confirms That Breastfeeding On Stream Is Allowed

    Mixer's clothing guidelines are very concerned about cleavage
    Rockstar hires testers full-time after criticism – “things have been better since last year”

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    EVO 2019's best story was the unstoppable rise of Pakistani Tekken player Arslan Ash
    Smash Bros. Takes Center Stage At The Biggest Fighting Game Event Of The Year

    Under Night’s Community Found Validation and Explosive Growth at Evo

    Who Won at EVO 2019? Here are the Results and How They Did It
      The voice of Solid Snake says EVO “failed to consult me or Konami” on that Tekken 7 gag
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Psychonauts 2 investors are getting guaranteed profits before the game even launches

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    What it's like to get laid off in the games industry

    Player Two: An Interview with Ben Babbitt

    The moral panic over Fortnite and the “purpose” of play

    Thousands of people have come together for the most moving game of the year


    Making penises in games: it's hard

    How Metal Gear Eschewed Realism to Convey the Horror of Imperial Violence

    A Plague Tale: Innocence Is the Anti–Assassin’s Creed

    'Hotline Miami' Showed the Futility of Ultra-Violence as Critique

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    Good Game Design - Super Mario Maker 2: Building Better Creators
    Iga's Lair - an alternative path to game creation
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