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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Xbox Series X event and game reveals, Nadia Oxford speaks with former translator Ted Woolsey about the original release of Final Fantasy 6 and the early days of localization, Heather Alexandra discusses good faith criticism as being an act of empathy and kindness for her final article at Kotaku, Skeleton on Mass Effect ignoring the communal ideas of a setting like Star Trek to focus on the superiority of humans with similar ideas to American exceptionalism, Jon Bailes looks at the FF7 remake as a narrative that manages to stand between nostalgia and revolution in its themes and framing of the original, Chris Bratt works with Noclip to tell the story of Creative Assembly and its founder, Natalie Flores covers a recent translation controversy manufactured by people that never played the game and speaks with localizers about their wider work and reactions to it, Red Candle Games share future plans after the removal of their previous game from sale, 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 Microsoft Showed During Today's Xbox Series X Event
    Xbox say they "set some wrong expectations" for yesterday's gameplay reveals
     
    Chorus, a New Space Combat Shooter, is Coming to Xbox Series X in 2021
     
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla “won’t be the longest or biggest game in the series”
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Season Pass unlocks exclusive Beowulf mission
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Is Bringing Back The Instakill Hidden Blade, In A Signal To Hardcore Fans
     
    Tonight We Riot Devs Wanted To Make An 'Unapologetically Leftist' Game

     
    Gorgeous 1930s tropical adventure Call of the Sea announced for Xbox Series X
     
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remaster Coming September 4
     
    H.R. Giger inspired horror game Scorn is back with an extremely moist trailer
     
    Cygni: All Guns Blazing Announced
     
    The Last of Us Part II story trailer teases a brutal and emotional journey
     
    The Ascent - 12 Minutes of Next-Gen Gameplay - IGN First
     
    Second Extinction is a 3-player co-op shooter for the Xbox Series X
     
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 'Come Dance' Trailer
     
    Diablo co-creator announces new studio that will bring “hidden gems” to light
     
    The Medium is basically a new Silent Hill, and Akira Yamaoka is just bloody icing on the cake
     
    New Trails of Cold Steel 4 Trailer Brings Together Some Familiar Faces
     
    Halo co-creator’s sci-fi FPS Disintegration gets a June release date and new trailer
     
    Yakuza: Like a Dragon | Cinematic Trailer
     
    Empire of Sin Features John Romero's Great-Grandmother, Who Was A Crime Boss In The 1920s
     
    'Dirt 5' will arrive in October
     
    Bright Memory: Infinite’s Gameplay Continues to Impress as We Await a PS5 Confirmation
     
    Bandai Namco reveals action RPG Scarlet Nexus for Xbox Series X
     
    Those Who Remain Dated for 28th May After Coronavirus Push Back
     
    Mirror's Edge meets Dishonored in this time-limited demo for Ghostrunner
     
    A new Total War game’s been announced – a CCG called Elysium
     
    PGA Tour 2K21 - Official Teaser Trailer
     
    A brutal war between the High Elves and Greenskins is the next DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2
     
    Doom Eternal Update 1 adds Empowered Demons, some Battlemode enhancements
     
    Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a story DLC with a new campaign, fighters, and RoboCop
     
    Civ 6 is getting eight new civs, and the first two are out next week
     
    Indivisible DLC Forces You to Face Razmi’s Challenges
     
    Children of Morta - Setting Sun Inn - NEW GAME+ | Free Update Official Trailer
     
    The Sims 4’s next expansion makes your neighbourhood prettier if you’re eco-friendly
     
    The Culling is making an unexpected return with a baffling business model
     
    Riot bans nearly 9,000 Valorant cheaters, warns that this is 'only the beginning'
     
    Platinum dispatches Wonderful 101 backer codes and acknowledges Switch error
     
    You Can Now Play A Bunch Of Old Phone Games Legally, Easily And For Free
     
    Looks like Valve’s planning Steam loyalty discounts and rewards
     
    Red Candle Games Looks Back on Devotion, And The Controversy That Shook a Region

     
    Larian Studios, ZA/UM, and lots of other indie developers are having their own showcase in June
     
    EA Free Upgrades Planned for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Versions

     
    PlayStation Store has been suspended indefinitely in mainland China
     
    Esports
     
    Top Overwatch Team Loses Entire Player Roster Amidst Allegations Of Mismanagement

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Black Book - An RPG Rooted in Slavic Mythology
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Games Criticism Is A Kindness

    To The Horizon
     
    Ted Woolsey Remembers Final Fantasy 6, Evading Nintendo's Censorship Rules, and the Early Days of Localization

     
    Indycar's Virtual Race Crashes Sparked Real-World Controversy Among Drivers

     
    The video game apocalypses are already here - and they're all around us

     
    The House in Fata Morgana’s Controversy Shows the Difficulties of Localization

     
    Beyond emulation: The massive effort to reverse-engineer N64 source code

     
    Why Do We Keep Going Back to Old Games?

     
    Even The Guy Who Wrote That Sea Bass Joke In Animal Crossing Is Tired Of It
     
    1983 and the Future of Videogame Writing

     
    The Best Videogame Soundtracks of All Time

     
    Dissecting the Anatomy of the Fight in Treachery in Beatdown City

     
    Shadows of Chernobyl: tracing the inspiration of Escape from Tarkov

     
    TOWARDS THE STARS

     
    Fighting for Lost Causes

     
    A dream paradox

     
    I think, therefore I think. I think.

     
    Grinding The Gears – Half Life’s Adrian Shephard

     
     
    The History of Creative Assembly (Total War / Alien Isolation) - Documentary
     
    Asura's Wrath Is Deeper Than You Might Think
     
    Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 4
     
    Should Game Designers Listen to Negative Player Feedback? | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    The Making of Gears 5, Revealed by The Coalition's Lead Designers
     
    Crusader of Centy: Sega's Zelda Clone on the Genesis | Gaming Historian
     
    A Hat in Time Developers React to 36 Minute Speedrun
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Graeme Mason tells the story of a gaming magazine that outlived its platform, Violet Adele Bloch on Pathologic and how disease can reveal the sickness in society, Felipe Pepe looks at what makes good RPG dungeons, Jacob Geller finds the beauty in the sounds of horror games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla announced while another viking game halts production, FCC loses legal battle to hide IP addresses of net neutrality comments, Razbuten covers how games make use of colors to signify things about the world and why purple is the color of corruption, new composer to score Doom Eternal's DLC, Yakuza Like A Dragon coming to Steam, Archipel speaks with Final Fantasy character designer and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, 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)
     
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is Assassin’s Creed with vikings
    Assassin's Creed Valhalla Devs Preemptively Shut Down Bullshit Concerns About Female Vikings
    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will use smart delivery on Xbox
     
    Viking-murdering monster game Darkborn, previously called Project Wight, is on ice
     
    Nier Replicant is more than a remaster, features new characters, improved story and more

     
    Hardspace: Shipbreaker dev diary showcases zero-g spacecraft surgery
     
    Vampire RPG Nighthawks bares its fangs in a new teaser
     
    Dual Universe looks part Eve, part No Man’s Sky in this new trailer
     
    Dauntless - Official Rogue Elements Trailer
     
    Skater XL - Official Customization Trailer
     
    VECTORLORD - Release Date Trailer
     
    Looks like Yakuza: Like A Dragon is coming to Steam
     
    Tale of Ronin Will Be a Humanist, Psychological Samurai RPG from Dead Mage

     
    A Day In The Life Of Grounded
     
    Port Royale 4 launches September 25, PC closed beta available now
     
    The Last of Us Part 2 leaked online

    The Last of Us Part 2 Development Wraps With a Message From Neil Druckmann
     
    Here's your first look at Lord Of The Rings: Gollum

    Where are all the idyllic Lord of the Rings games?
    Does Anyone Actually Want to Play a Lord of the Rings Game About Gollum?
     
    Population Zero - Official Launch Trailer
     
    C&C Remastered is looking good, and comes with a treasure trove of rediscovered FMV
     
    Röki is a lonely adventure steeped in snow and Scandinavian folklore

     
    Jessika is a Her Story-style FMV mystery about a young woman's suicide—or murder
     
    Dying Light - Hellraid DLC Teaser
     
    Mortal Kombat 11 is getting new story DLC
     
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Zangetsu and Randomizer update launches May 7 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, late May to early June for Switch

     
    After deadline issues for Doom Eternal's OST, a new composer will score its DLC

     
    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's new update adds NG+ and challenge mode for veterans

     
    Nintendo to close 3DS and Wii U eShop in 42 countries

     
    Epic Games Store adds local pricing for Canada, Australia, and more
     
    Over 85,000 games made available for free to NHS workers

     
    Dr Disrespect's Shtick Takes A Dangerous Turn Into Spreading Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

     
    PewDiePie Signs Exclusive YouTube Live-Streaming Deal

     
    FCC loses legal battle to hide IP addresses of net neutrality comments

     
    INDIVISIBLE DEVELOPERS DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEIR GAME WAS LAUNCHING ON NINTENDO SWITCH TODAY
     
     
    Esports
     
    EVO Cancelled
     
    Top Smash Player Uses Fake Name In Online Tournament

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    What makes a good RPG dungeon?

     
    The story of Your Sinclair

     
    The Shareware Scene, Part 2: The Question of Games

     
    Creative Assembly boss: “This is not how I imagined my first month as studio director”

     
    Inside Minecraft Dungeon's Journey From a Zelda-Inspired 3DS Game to an Approachable Dungeon Crawler

     
    Adventure, Humor, and Humanity's Utter End: The Enduring Appeal of Mega Man Legends 2

     
    Blizzard co-founder believes accessibility has made World of Warcraft less social

     
    The Forever War

     
    The neverending quest for Absolver's ultimate martial art

     
    Pathologic and the Morality of Illness

     
    Subverting Expectations and Misogyny in Yes, Your Grace

     
    Let’s Chill – Jedi Academy and the Lost Art of Casual Play

     
    A Late Game Boss Fight Shows Final Fantasy VII Remake At Its Best

    Cloud Threatens Gender Norms Through Way More Than Cross Dressing
     
    Yoshitaka Amano - his universe, on paper
     
    Blips 6: Conspiracies! Street Brawls! Spaceships! Old Books?
     
    A Tale of Lost Potential - Tales of Zestiria Analysis - Part 1: An Environmental Problem
     
    How They Remade the Mako Reactor Theme from Final Fantasy 7
     
    Why Do Horror Games Sound So Beautiful?
     
    The Color of Corruption
     
    The Worst Game I Enjoy?
     
    Something Rotten: A Max Payne 3 Miniseries | Episode 3
     
    How Nintendo changed SMB2 Mario for Mario Maker
     
    Total War Warhammer 2 Review
     
    Good Design, Bad Design Vol. 9 - The Graphic Design of Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 2, and More
     
    The (Controversial) History of L.A. Noire
     
    Dead Cells Developers React to Multiple Speedruns
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Siddhartha Bajracharya's reflections on being a doctor and gamer during COVID19 and the way that video games portray pandemics, Noclip releases the final part of their documentary on The Outer Worlds, Stacey Henley reports on the game industry's poor handling of maternity, People Make Games tells the story of John Kirby the lawyer that defended Nintendo's use of Donkey Kong against Universal Studios, Natalie Flores on the way her favorite Final Fantasy XIII character Vanille impacted her life, Deadly Premonition 2 gets a release date, Cloth Map covers Croatia's game development pioneers, Andrew Cogswell on becoming your parents and God of War (2018), Gameumentary presents their documentary on Darkest Dungeons, 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)
     
    Deadly Premonition 2 has a July release date
     
    Be an 'investigation freak' and solve the murder of reality in this first-person exploration game
     
    Minimal Affect is a Mass Effect parody that doesn't look promising
     
    Offworld Trading Company devs launching Old World into early access in May
     
    Destroy All Humans! Remake - Official Release Date Trailer
     
    Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Reacts to Leaked 18+ Rating: "You Surprised?"

     
    Maid of Sker launches in June for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, October for Switch
     
    Rock of Ages III: Make & Break ‘The Untold Tale of Humpty Dumpty’ trailer
     
    The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Until June and The Ghost of Tsushima Delayed Until July

     
    The Last of Us Part 2 leaked online
      A year after being delisted, Lego: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are back on Steam

     
    MechWarrior 5’s DLC is delayed, but will be expanded

     
    Battlefield 5 is wrapping up, but there's one more update to come

    Star Wars Battlefront 2’s April content update will be its last
     
    Remnant: From the Ashes - Official Swamps of Corsus Launch Trailer
     
    Riot Says It Will Curb Valorant Toxicity After Own Employee Posts Video Of Sexist Harassment
     
    Nintendo confirms up to 160,000 accounts accessed in huge privacy breach
     
    More than 12 million people attended Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert
     
    2K Games Wants To Spend More Time Developing Next Game After The Disaster That Was WWE 2K20

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Game Query Zine
     
    How Blizzard, Ubisoft, and other studios went remote in the time of COVID-19

     
    Burnt out by abuse over a game he didn't make, the creator of Jalopy is trying to move on

     
    The Doctor, The Disease, And The Division

     
    ‘Being pregnant changes everything’: The game industry awkwardly grapples with maternity

     
    The Galaxy Is At Peace

     
    Major Video Game Companies Could Be Doing More For Covid-19 Relief

     
    How Bohemia's "almost accidental" mod support became a staple of the studio

     
    There’s Still No Right Way to Advertise Your Queer Game

     
    Neo-Midgar and Neoliberalism: The Myth of an Apolitical Game in Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Final Fantasy 7 Remake Has Big Yakuza Energy And It's Wonderful
    Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Haunted By What Came Before
    ETHER
     
    We Shall Know No Fear

     
    An Ex-Ranza extravaganza

     
    One of the best 3D shooting games available, presented for your pleasure

     
    God of War (2018): Sins of the Father

     
    An Ode to Final Fantasy XIII’s Oerba Dia Vanille

     
    How video games consistently fail Gandhi

     
    The real-life Kirby who defended Donkey Kong in court
     
    Croteam: Croatia's Game Dev Pioneers
     
    History Respawned: Attentat 1942
     
    Phantasy Star III 30th Anniversary Retrospective
     
    LNP: Octopath Traveler and the Parallel Narrative
     
    The making of Total War: Warhammer’s Necrofex Colossus
     
    How Obsidian Designed Player Choice in The Outer Worlds
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Blake Hester spends two days in Columbia with the founder of Rockstar San Diego to talk about how he used to run the company, lying to Nintendo, and living life by the seat of your pants. Renegade Cut's essay on the policing of Disco Elysium, Mathew Olson interviews arcade owners trying to survive the pandemic, Megan Farokhmanesh interviews developers to see how they are adapting to working from home, Jason Schreier reports on changes Rockstar has made for a less abusive work environment and is leaving Kotaku which he talks about with Kinda Funny along with their current and former media owners, Games Done Quick's coronovirus relief stream, Doom Eternal's composer won't work with id Software again, Joseph Cox looks into how resellers are driving the Switch shortage, music producer Alex Moukala on the soundtrack of FF7's remake, 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)
     
    Crysis Remaster Appears To Be Coming To Major Platforms, Including Switch
     
    Bloober's next-gen sci-fi horror remaster Observer: System Redux gets first trailer
     
    Streets of Rage 4 - Official Release Date Trailer
     
    Industries of Titan has the potential to be one of the great management games
     
    Jalopy dev's new game lets you drunkenly build stuff in '80s working-class Britain
     
    Peaky Blinders: Mastermind announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC
     
    Gorgeous and surreal bullet-hell adventure ITTA releases this week
     
    80 Days studio Inkle is looking for a little help making its next gam
     
    Cities: Skylines goes cyberpunk in Industries of Titan
     
    Desperados 3 and its “gorgeous gunslinger” arrive this June
     
    Predator: Hunting Grounds - Official Gameplay Trailer
     
    The Inner Friend - Official Trailer
     
    This Trailer for SnowRunner, an Off-Road Trucking Sim, Parodies Death Stranding's Launch Trailer
     
    Baldur’s Gate 3 development has “slowed”, but Early Access still starts in 2020
     
    Metamorphosis official trailer
     
    Age of Wonders Planetfall: Invasions - Official Announcement Trailer
     
    Super Mario Maker 2 – Official World Maker Update Trailer
     
    18 Months After Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Has Made Big Cultural Changes
     
    Jason Schreier is leaving Kotaku, citing G/O Media as reason
    Press Sneak Out
    Leaving Kotaku for Bloomberg: Jason Schreier Interview - We Have Cool Friends
    The uncertain, unflinching future of games media
     
    Doom Eternal’s composer won’t work with id Software again after soundtrack was mixed without him
     
    Cooking Mama Cookstar’s Publisher Insists It Is Within Its Rights to Publish the Game
     
    Games Done Quick speedrunners raised $400,000 for coronavirus relief

     
    Resellers Using Checkout Bots Are Driving the Nintendo Switch Shortage

     
    Riot Offering Up To $100,000 For Finding Vulnerabilities In Valorant’s Anti-Cheat System

     
    Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Voice Actor Keiji Fujiwara Has Died

     
    Paul Haddad, Voice Of Leon Kennedy In Resident Evil 2, Dies At 56

     
    Germany bans major events through August, effectively killing Gamescom

     
    Selena Gomez suing Chinese mobile publisher over using her likeness

     
    Bush's Press Secretary Bought His Kid a Fake PS4 Controller, Blames China

     
    Esports
     
    Valorant Tournaments Will Have To Turn Off Blood

     
    Dear Overwatch community: Fran is not your scapegoat

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Equity crowdfunding platform Fig acquired by Republic

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    ‪Two days in Colombia with the founder of Rockstar San Diego

     
    IN A SELF-ISOLATED WORLD, DEVELOPERS ARE LEARNING TO MAKE GAMES FROM HOME

     
    The Pandemic Could Be the End of Your Favorite Arcade

     
    With coronavirus closing schools, here’s how video games are helping teachers

     
    Gaming Sales Are Up, but Production Is Down
     
    Final Fantasy 11 Devs on the "Huge Hurdles" of Working on an 18-Year-Old MMO

     
    'Call of Duty' Will Sell Me Weed Guns But Won't Let Me Say 'Weed'

     
    Final Fantasy VII Remake’s New Midgar Eerily Reflects Our Crumbling Society

    Honey Bee Inn is the Queer Space Final Fantasy VII Remake Desperately Needed
    Final Fantasy VII Remake Gives Cloud's Honeybee Inn Makeover The Update It Needed
    Why the original Final Fantasy 7 remains essential, even after the remake
    An Ode to Final Fantasy VII’s Aerith Gainsborough
     
    The Games That Let Me Have an Imaginary Social Life

     
    'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Is Not the Game We All Need Right Now

     
    In Doom We Have Faith

     
    LEGO STAR WARS, FIFTEEN YEARS LATER

     
    Disco Elysium - All Hobocops Are ... | Renegade Cut
     
    How Obsidian Designed The Outer Worlds' Quests
    Designing the Music & Sound of The Outer Worlds
     
    The Five Types of Stealth Game Gadget | School of Stealth Part 2
     
    Figuring Out Donkey Kong 64 - A Retrospective | PostMesmeric
     
    Why You Get Spooked From 4th Wall Breaks | Psych of Play
     
    Music Producer Reacts: The Airbuster (FF7 Remake OST)
     
    FF7R & RE3: Remaking games that have "aged poorly"
     
    The Art of Failure in Video Games | Designing Difficulty, Tragedy and Death
     
    The History of Mirror's Edge
     
    Doom Eternal Developers React to 27 Minute Speedrun
     
    Gusty Garden Galaxy's Perfect Melody
     
    Getting Chased by an Unstoppable Monster: A Review
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Many articles and videos on Final Fantasy 7 with Patrick Holloway detailing how the marketing of the original helped make RPGs viable in the West, Skeleton considers how growing up changes your view on Midgar, Grace shares how it tells a resonating story on gender, and New Frame Plus looks at the animations in both games. Jimmy Maher covers the history of Trilobyte’s FMV adventure The 7th Guest, a new XCOM releasing next week that is neither sequel or expansion, Resident Evil 4 is being remade, ESRB rating now to warn of in-game purchases, for EGM's last feature Stephen K. Hirst shares the unique perspective on a global pandemic he gained through gathering an international Mario Kart group, Heather Alexandra on what remakes decide to change says about the current gaming culture, Eurogamer put together a list of 40 of their best articles, why Overwatch pros are considering switching to Valorant, eurothug4000's analysis of life simulator games, 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)
     
    New XCOM game coming April 24 with a twist on turn-based gameplay
     
    Valorant's Mix Of Hardcore Action And Magical Powers Kicks Ass

     
    Capcom is working on a Resident Evil 4 remake

    Resident Evil 4 remake team larger than 2 and 3, carefully considering fan feedback – report
     
    Gears Tactics - Official Launch Trailer
     
    Xenoblade Chronicles Future Connected Is Set a Year After the End
     
    Fishing Spirits Switch Localized as Ace Angler
     
    Obsidian's Grounded will enter early access in July
     
    The launch of horror game Hellpoint has been delayed due to the coronavirus
     
    Dev Diary #22: A Medieval Tapestry

     
    Preview: shape nations and annoy kings in Old World, the new 4X from Civ 4's Soren Johnson

    Old World - Official Developer Walkthrough Trailer
    11 Minutes of Old World Gameplay
     
    Cyberpunk 2077 on track to meet September release

     
    Dordogne is a promising watercolour adventure game with a stunning trailer
     
    Face Sakura Wars’ Demons With Enemy Intel and a New Trailer
     
    Indie shooter sequel Receiver 2 is launching next week
     
    Remnant: From the Ashes expansion Swamps of Corsus is on the way
     
    Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 release date delayed over a month
     
    Square Enix warns coronavirus will "significantly impact" Final Fantasy 14's development schedule

     
    Google Launches Two Month Free Trial of Stadia Pro Featuring Nine Games

     
    Over 1,100 Steam games earned at least $10k within two weeks of launch in 2019
    Steam applies its own definition of 'success' to indie games
     
    RICK MAY, THE VOICE OF PEPPY AND ANDROSS IN STARFOX 64, HAS PASSED AWAY FROM CORONAVIRUS

     
    Introducing a New Interactive Element: In-Game Purchases (Includes Random Items)

     
    China bans sale of Animal Crossing: New Horizons after it becomes a haven for Hong Kong protesters
     
    The Most Iconic Gaming Journalist in Latin America, Gus Rodríguez, Has Died

     
    Esports
     
    ESPN becomes the official broadcast home for League of Legends’ Spring Split Playoffs

     
    Sure looks like a lot of Overwatch pros are ditching the game for Valorant
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Let your mind wander with 40 of our best reads

     
    A Pandemic, Seen From Rainbow Road

    (Blank spots above would be a tweet that was deleted because it lead to outlets thinking all of EGM was going away when it was just the featured/freelance writing)
     
    The (7th) Guest’s New Clothes

     
    How making Final Fantasy 7 changed over two decades

     
    Getting the hate out of games

     
    Is This the Most Virus-Proof Job in the World?

     
    Hey History Games, The Nazis Were The Bad Guys

     
    What We Remake

     
    Meet the Final Fantasy 14 players who marry in the game - and in real life

     
    Why Final Fantasy VII’s Trans Story Resonates

    Because The Night – DEEPHELLDOTCOM’s FF7 Remake Analysis
    Remaking the Past: Final Fantasy VII and the Psychology of Nostalgia
    In Midgar’s Shadow
    I Adore Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Dorky Eco-Terrorists
     
    Eternal Content

     
    Bizarre Brutalism

     
    A funny kind of freedom

     
    Get Equipped With Righteous Violence in Treachery in Beatdown City

     
    Anatomy of a DOOM Eternal Fight | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    FF7 vs FF7 Remake: Animation Comparison
     
    The Outer Worlds: From Concept to Creation - Documentary
    Writing the Characters & Companions of The Outer Worlds
     
    What Makes a Good New Game Plus? ~ Design Doc
     
    The Anxiety of YouTube // HeavyEyed
     
    Awesome Possum: Tengen's Failed Mascot | Gaming Historian
     
    What Makes Doom Eternal Different?
     
    The Extraordinary Ordinary - Exploring Life Simulators
     
    Fear of Depths
      How Homeworld Almost Got Lost in 3D Space | War Stories | Ars Technica
     
    How Great Horror Sounds Are Made || Waveform
     
    Things I missed from previous weeks
     
    Final Fantasy VII - A Literary Analysis
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


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