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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Riley Hopkins on the reverence Outer Wilds has for its music, Super Eyepatch Wolf covers the creation and marketing of Final Fantasy VII and how it uses gameplay and 3D models to flesh out the characters and world, Adam Millard and the games of 2019 you should have played, CD Projekt and Andrzej Sapkowski settle royalty dispute, Chris Compendio examines the use of the unreliable narrator in Katana Zero, Colin Campbell tells the story of Silas Warner the often forgotten creator of Castle Wolfenstein, soccer player Mesut Ozil removed from PES over tweet about China's treatment of Muslims, Super Bunnyhop reviews Death Stranding after having recently gone on a cross country bike tour, Aimee Hart on the small moments of peace in A Plague Tale Innocence, John Walker plays Star Trek 25th Anniversary and is surprised to find that it has things to teach modern games, Giant Bomb's guest top games of lists, Razbuten considers why they rarely roleplay in RPG 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)
     
    Crusader Kings 3 reveals tons of new features in a new developer diary video
     
    New Half-Life Alyx gameplay shows why it’s VR-only
     
    The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki announced for PS4

     
    Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Will Be an Xbox and PC Exclusive
     
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore overview trailer
     
    Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions launches December 27 in the west
     
    Puzzle & Dragons Gold Gets a New English Version Trailer
     
    Age of Empires IV interview: “it is absolutely not past the time for RTS”
     
    New World release window confirmed, new multiplayer details revealed
     
    Nurse Love Addiction and Syndrome Switch Versions Being Released Outside Japan

     
    The Future of Control With Director Mikael Kasurinen - Inside Gaming Interviews
     
    Battle At Ji Province | Mandate of Heaven DLC Cinematic Battle | Total War: Three Kingdoms
     
    Resident Evil 2 gets officially stripped of Denuvo DRM

     
    CD Projekt and The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski settle royalties disagreement

     
    Star soccer player Mesut Ozil removed from PES 2020 in China over tweets criticizing the government

     
    Little Nightmares developer acquired by THQ Nordic’s parent company
     
    In Memoriam of Charles “Chuck” Peddle
     
    Esports
     
    The 15-year-old British gamer who won almost £1 million at the Fortnite World Cup

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Guest Top 10 Lists

    Giant Bomb is doing their usual guest lists for the end of the year, go to the site and scroll down to check them out.
     
    How Atari took on Apple in the 1980s home PC wars

     
    The man who made Wolfenstein

     
    'Civilization' and Strategy Games' Progress Delusion

     
    The Switcher: How Saber Interactive Took One of the Biggest Games Ever Portable

     
    How Disco Elysium captures our current political moment

     
    How Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II Made The Force Interesting

     
    The Outer Wilds: Six Notes Make a Chord

     
    In The Outer Worlds, Hard Decisions Feel Like an Illusion

     
    Coming Home-Wolfenstein: Young Blood

     
    Star Trek: 25th Anniversary has so much to teach modern games

     
    Gears of War 5 Plays Like Its Predecessors, But it Has More to Say than Ever

     
    A Plague Tale Innocence: Flowers Grow in the Strangest Places

     
    Katana Zero: Playing with Time to Fix a Fractured Memory

     
    Control and The Bomb

     
    Roleplaying in Video Games (and why I barely do it)
     
    The Impact of Final Fantasy 7: The Game that Changed Everything
     
    On Death Stranding, Bike Touring, and Cultivating Personality
     
    The Splinter Cell Game Ubisoft Won't Let You Buy | Pandora Tomorrow Retrospective
     
    20(19) Games You Should Have Played
     
    2019 Snoglobes - Best & Worst Games of the Year
     
    The Making of Bastion - Documentary
     
    Gameplay Loops | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#6)
     
    The Story of Super Mario Bros. 3 | Gaming Historian
     
    Virtual Reality is No Gimmick
     
    Chord Voicings in Halo 3: ODST's "Rain"
     
    The History of the Xbox 360 Kinect | Past Mortem [SSFF]
     
    How Emulators 'Rewind' Games | MVG
     
    Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn - The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
     
    Amy Hennig - The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
     
    Bioshock Composer Garry Schyman - The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
     
    Dead Space Composer Jason Graves - The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
     
    Noclip Podcast #20 - Noclip's 2019 Year In Review
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    The top 50 games of the decade, in 7 words or less
     
    Things I missed from previous weeks
     
    The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    The Game Award winners and reveals, Outer Worlds developer Taylor Swope describes fixing an unusual bug, Japanese gaming focused news site Gematsu has been having their articles copied by edge-lord focused site Nichegamer for years, Jacob Geller examines Modern Warfare to see if the writer's belief in having created an apolitical perspective-less story could possibly be true and if it really was a narrative or mechanical departure for the series, GOG adds Blade Runner to their catalog of games, Modern Warfare sells the ability to view your kills and deaths, Emily Rose and Catherine Brinegar interview the narrative designer of Control, Emily Rose on the the corporate politics of Descent,The Game Overanalyser discusses creating emotional games with mechanics and the design philosophy of Fumito Ueda and Jenova chen, Dan Root looks at how The Last Guardian's Trico was animated, 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)
     
    All The Big Announcements At The 2019 Game Awards
    The Game Awards 2019: All the Winners
    Beaker Meets Untitled Goose Game at The Game Awards 2019
    Disco Elysium Developers Shout Out Marx And Engels In Game Awards Victory Speech
    Xbox Series X: Microsoft reveals new console at Game Awards
    Reggie's Speech at the Game Awards 2019 (Indie Award)
    How That 'Apex Legends' Moment Came to Life at The Game Awards
    Developer On Pranking Game Awards With Golf Balls: 'It's A Boring Show'
    12 Epic Games Store Free Games Being Given Away Starting December 19, 2019
     
    Gears Tactics arrives in April
     
    THQ Nordic releases Gothic remake playable teaser to decide if it gets made
     
    Death Come True Shows Off Teaser Trailer With Choices And Atmospheric Music By Danganronpa Composer
     
    Ghost of Tsushima gets new trailer, summer 2020 release date
     
    Indie FPS Receiver is getting a sequel
     
    Nine to Five is a Rainbow Six Siege-like FPS from former Wargaming and Remedy devs
     
    Weird West is the first game from former Prey, Dishonored developers at WolfEye
     
    Naraka: Bladepoint is a multiplayer melee combat game with a striking visual style
     
    The 'System Shock' Remake Demo Shows Its Development Is Back on Track

     
    Tainted Grail [PC] - announcement trailer
     
    Surgeon Simulator 2 slices things four ways with co-op next year
     
    Adventure RPG ‘Hero must die. again’ Reveals Gameplay in First English Trailer
     
    Humankind trailer reveals the game’s avatar system
     
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens will launch in spring 2020
     
    A New Bravely Default Is Coming To Switch
    Bravely Series Producer Asano And Composer Revo Share Thoughts On Bravely Default II
     
    Billion Road first English trailer
     
    Magic: Legends is an MMO set in the Magic: The Gathering universe
     
    ‘The Wolf Among Us 2:’ Telltale CEO Discusses New Sequel
    The Wolf Among Us 2 development is starting over on a new engine
     
    Cyberpunk 2077 – Official Behind The Music Trailer | The Game Awards 2019
     
    The Forgotten City delayed to winter 2020
     
    'Fast & Furious Crossroads' game promises heists and bro-hugs in May
     
    Endnight reveals sequel to The Forest, Sons of the Forest
     
    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Is Coming Back With A Brand New Game
    Expect "seven or eight" Dungeons & Dragons games in the near future
     
    Ruined King and Convergence are the first indie League of Legends spinoffs
     
    Travis Touchdown returns in colorful No More Heroes 3 trailer
     
    PCGladiux teaser trailer
     
    Ori And The Will Of The Wisps trailer reveals short delay
     
    Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is the first Xbox Series X game
     
    Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Official Cloud Strife Trailer | The Game Awards 2019
     
    Resident Evil 3 remake: Everything we know
     
    Amazon’s questionable MMO has you colonize the ‘new world’
     
    Godfall is the first game announced for the PlayStation 5
     
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC Rise of the Phoenix adds four playable X-Men
     
    Play as the Han Empire in Total War: Three Kingdoms’ Mandate of Heaven prequel pack
     
    The Outer Worlds will get story DLC in 2020

     
    Frostpunk's pre-apocalyptic second paid DLC The Last Autumn out in January
     
    Star Wars Battlefront II celebrates The Rise of Skywalker film with new in-game content
     
    Modern Warfare Will Show You Your Kill-Death Ratio For $20

     
    Blade Runner is back! It's on GOG! You can buy it! It works!
     
    PlanetSide Arena Is Shutting Down After Only 4 Months

     
    Official DualShock 4 attachment adds two back paddles
     
    Japanese gaming focused news site Gematsu has been having their articles copied by edge-lord focused site Nichegamer



     
    The CEO of Japanese Indie Publisher Dangen Entertainment Resigns As Allegations of Harassment Mount
    Ben Judd departs Dangen, DDM amid accusations of harassment, bad business
     
    Valve Removes Nazi Steam Profiles After German Complaints

     
    Another ex-Google employee accuses company of union busting

     
    A Lawyer Explains the Very Messy Way YouTube Is Handling Videos for Kids

     
    Esports
     
    Apex Legends is getting its own esports league with online and local events

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Tangletorn
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    How the Discord Store's sudden closure destroyed and remade this indie horror game

     
    Outer Worlds Developer Finds Bug That Caused Companions To Climb Infinite Ladders Until They Died
     
    Maintaining CONTROL – An Interview with Remedy Entertainment’s Brooke Maggs

     
    Why We Do Research, or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned to Love Clickbait.

     
    From Kamurocho, With Love

     
    Jedi Fallen Order and Sekiro Shadows Die Twice: A Leap in the Dark and the Chaos of History

     
    Metro: Exodus-Home is Where Your Stuff Is

     
    The Muddled, Flavorless Politics of Death Stranding

     
    In Defense Of Final Fantasy XIII

     
    If We’re Going to Talk About Untitled Goose Game Then By God Let’s Talk About Untitled Goose Game

     
    Material Defender – Freelancers and The Corporate Politics of DESCENT

     
    How Trico Was Animated / Video Game Animation Study
     
    Discovering NOCTURNE
     
    Frappe Snowland: The History of Mario Kart 64's Most Broken Track
     
    Good Game Design - Shovel Knight: King of Cards (ft. Yacht Club Games)
     
    How Toby Fox Put Sans "Over" | Psych of Play
     
    Designing Emotional Games | Jenova Chen, Fumito Ueda and the Lens of Emotion in Game Design
     
    Building The Pillars | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#5)
     
    Noclip Podcast #19 - Video Game History Unleashed

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Carolyn Petit on the perception of the role of a critic, the shifting of that role over time, working as a critic in a professional environment, and how reactions towards Death Stranding lead to thoughts of there being nothing more useful than individual perspectives outside the hive. In her final Kotaku article Cecilia D'Anastasio interviews former Razer employees who talk about the CEO threatening and berating staff, Reid McCarter covers how Death Stranding signals for hope in the most hopeless situation, Jeremy Peel looks at the work of four people that worked with Kojima and heavily influenced his work, many new game announcements including Resident Evil 3 remake, Summoning Salt explores the history of Castlevania speed runs, Aimee Hart on the bland protagonist of Fallen Order hiding the more interesting stories from the rest of the cast, Justin Reeve on Gotham's architecture in Arkham Knight, Yacht Club Games continues their Shovel Knight retrospective, 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 3 Remake finally confirmed, and it includes Project Resistance
     
    Brenda Romero breaks down Empire of Sin's complex relationship system
     
    Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous announced

     
    Former Payday dev's co-op alien shooter GTFO enters Steam early access next week
     
    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries prepares for launch with a flashy new trailer
     
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Trailers Introduce its Characters, Story, and Battles
     
    Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle Comes to PS4 on February 18, 2020

     
    Stronghold: Warlords isn’t just about RTS combat, it’s about managing a feudal castle
     
    Sisters Royale coming west for PS4, Switch on January 30, 2020
     
    The Suicide of Rachel Foster is a Gone Home-meets-Firewatch mystery in an old hotel
     
    Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Trailer Looks at the Red Hero’s Abilities
     
    Sony's MLB The Show Franchise Headed To Non-PlayStation Platforms
     
    Langrisser I & II ‘Langrisser I’ story trailer
     
    Superliminal coming to PS4 in April 2020
     
    Paper Beast delayed to Q1 2020, gameplay trailer
     
    Marvel’s Avengers’ Creative Director on Making a Superhero Game for Everyone

     
    Golf Story sequel Sports Story coming to Switch
     
    Bullet Girls Phantasia coming to PC in early 2020
     
    Solve Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard next week
     
    Check out Adam Hunter in this new Streets of Rage 4 trailer
     
    ‘Shack-and-slash’ dungeon crawler Boyfriend Dungeon adds Switch version
     
    Murder by Numbers - trailer Nintendo Switch
     
    SkateBIRD - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch
     
    For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel
     
    Babylon's Fall absolutely looks like a Platinum game
     
    Watch new Ghost of Tsushima teaser, full trailer coming at The Game Awards
     
    Danganronpa Creator Announces New Full-Motion Video Game
     
    Final Fantasy 7 Remake cover art confirms one-year exclusivity on PS4
     
    Predator: Hunting Grounds release date set for April 24 on PS4, PC
     
    Phoenix Point has been delayed on Xbox Game Pass and the Microsoft Store

     
    Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate Arrives West on PS4, Switch, and PC in 2020
     
    Here’s why Age of Empires 4 doesn’t have environmental destruction – sort of
     
    The Survivalists is an island life follow-up to the Escapists, and it hits Steam next year
     
    Temtem, an online monster-catching RPG, releases January 21
     
    Dead Cells' first paid DLC is The Bad Seed and it's due early next year
     
    Kingdom Hearts III DLC ‘ReMIND’ launches January 23, 2020 for PS4, February 25 for Xbox One
     
    Watch 13 minutes of Borderlands 3's first expansion
     
    Here are the next two DLC fighters coming to Tekken 7
     
    Elder Scrolls Legends development "on hold for the foreseeable future"

     
    The Curse of Outdated DRM Claims Another Victim, 'Tron: Evolution'

     
    Rune 2 developer Human Head being sued by publisher for abandoning game

     
    In Japan, a Dispute Filled With Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Bad Business Practices Boils Over
    Dangen Entertainment Warning #2
     
    Wargroove Developers Respond to Criticisms of Whitewashed Voice Cast
     
    Kalypso opens third internal studio to work on 'next-gen' Commandos title

     
    Vaping Congressman Who Spent Campaign Funds On Steam Games Resigns

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Razer CEO Berated And Threatened His Staff, Former Employees Say

    Goodbye
     
    The Shape of Videogames To Come

     
    Ruthless Individuality: Criticism’s Past, and Hopefully Its Future

     
    Four genius Kojima Productions staff who aren’t Hideo Kojima

     
    The cult of Hideo Kojima

     
    Big Weird: Control (The Game), Death Stranding (The Game), and Control (The Concept)

     
    The modders who spent 15 years fixing Knights of the Old Republic 2

     
    The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 3: Our Favorite Secrets and More

    The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 4: The Subtle Art of Backgrounds
    The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 5: Fin
     
    How character creators help us explore gender identity and expression

     
    Always on Edge: my life with Jason Brookes

     
    Everybody's Gone: Dan Pinchbeck on Rebuilding The Chinese Room

     
    Keeping History Alive

     
    No Blood for Imulsion: Gears of War and the Military-Industrial Complex

     
    WE’RE GONNA CRASH!

     
    Gotham’s Multiple Masks

     
    Jedi Fallen Order’s interesting female relationships are hidden behind a bland protagonist

     
    Why Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete Remains One of the Best JRPGs Ever

     
    Tea and Warfare

     
    Life is Strange 2 is the most important game of 2019

     
    My Favorite Witcher 3 Quest Has No Fighting, Just Drunken Shenanigans

     
    Not Quite Human: Frostpunk, Papers, Please, and the Dehumanization of Totalitarianism

     
    Death Stranding Finds Hope in Despair

    Death Stranding’s Hero Is Just A Side Character
     
    Blips: Minesweeper Roguelikes, Soccer Coaching, and Ecological Disaster!
     
    The Most Innovative Game of 2019 | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    Other Places: One Day in Valentine (Red Dead Redemption 2)
     
    Glock.
     
    Establishing Vision | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#4)
     
    The History of Castlevania World Records
     
    The Environmental Impact of Digital Games // HeavyEyed
     
    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice cut content gives context to that moment with Anayama
     
    I Hate The Word 'Consumer' (The Jimquisition)
     
    How Mind Control Saved Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee | War Stories | Ars Technica
     
    The History of Quake with Tim Willits
     
    Into the Breach with Justin Ma - The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook
     
    Things I missed from previous weeks
     
    THE FIRST 25 YEARS

     
    Paradox Interactive is Not Immune to Propaganda: Leftist Politics in Grand Strategy
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    RagnarRox on why Disco Elysium is a role-playing dream come true, Yacht Club Games recounts how the development of Shovel Knight turned into making five games over the course of six additional years, C o n q u e s t o f D r e a d discusses concepts of decolonization and how they affect video and tabletop games, Writing on Games critiques the campaign of Modern Warfare, Quantic Dream ordered to pay former employee over failed security obligations, multiple developers warn about working with Dangen Entertainment, Persona 5 Royal gets a release date, Peter Tieryas interviews the composer of Ghost Trick, Riot pays 10 million in gender discrimination suit, Archipel and Matt Leone interview key developers and businessmen about how the original PlayStation changed video games, Harold Goldberg interviews Hideo Kojima to discuss how his childhood influences his games and wanting to help his audience find connection and relief, 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)
     
    10 lovely-looking indie games to look out for in 2020
     
    To the Moon 3: Impostor Factory announced for PC
     
    Crusader Kings 3 will finally add knights, making warfare much more interesting
     
    Let's Play Phoenix Point - Part 1 - Tactical Tutorial
    Let's Play Phoenix Point - Part 2 - Geoscape Tutorial
     
    One of the most underrated Metroidvanias on Steam is getting a sequel
     
    Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York release gets delayed by one week
     
    Life Is Strange 2's final episode is out today
     
    Firewatch team’s next game ‘on hold’ as it works on other Valve projects

     
    Enhanced and Expanded ‘Persona 5 Royal’ Arrives on March 31, 2020
     
    Starship Troopers gets a survival RTS in 2020
     
    Mike Pondsmith: "If you want to get somebody to see your point of view, don't preach"

     
    Q&A: Blizzard Answers Our Biggest Overwatch 2 Questions

     
    Earthbreakers is a new FPS from Command and Conquer developers
     
    The memes of medieval monks inspired the artwork for this comedic turn-based strategy
     
    Snikch confirmed for Total War: Warhammer 2 Shadow and Blade DLC pack – here’s everything it adds
    The Shadow & The Blade - TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER 2 DLC Reveal
    NEW SKAVEN UNITS + REPANSE! Close-Up & Stats Guide | Shadow & The Blade DLC - Total War: Warhammer 2
     
    Square Enix shares more info about Kingdom Hearts 3's Re:Mind DLC (but there's still no release date)
     
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint is getting a new loot system next year

     
    Euro Truck Simulator 2 DLC trailer is a hypnotic ride through Eastern Europe
     
    Rainbow Six Siege adds two new operators in today's Shifting Tides update
     
    YouTube lightens up about videogame violence

     
    Quantic Dream has been condemned by French Court over still ongoing cases of employees harassments & toxic working conditions

    Quantic Dream ordered to pay former employee over failed 'security obligations'
     
    Riot Games will pay $10 million to settle gender discrimination suit

      Dangen Entertainment Warning

        Esports  
    ForZe defeat Tricked, win DreamHack Open Winter CS:GO
    CS:GO player caught openly cheating by a streamer at DreamHack
     
    A Tekken Legend's Visit To Pakistan Is Met With Both Cheers And Drama

     
    The Kid From Nowhere Who Won it All... and Gave the Money Away
     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    A Profound Waste of Time: Issue 2
     
    Former Fire Emblem ROM Hack Becomes Brand New Video Game
    Path of the Midnight Sun | A dark fantasy jRPG-VN
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    A Video Game Auteur’s Quest for Connection

     
    How Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Went From Minor DLC to a Collection Built to Last

    The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 1: The Plan
    The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 2: Froggy Foreshadowing
     
    ACID GAMES Talks: Unlearning - Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hive Mind (Troy)

    Ghost Trick Has One Of The Catchiest OSTs On The DS


    Working for major studios
     
    ‘Death Stranding’ imagines the eco-horror of our future dystopia

     
    ONCE AGAIN (november review)

     
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Turns Trauma and Fear into Cheap Tricks

     
    Disco Elysium offers a dark mirror to my mid-life crisis

    “Dick Mullen and the Miracle Plot,” by Chris Breault
     
    Disco Elysium is a Role-Playing Dream Come True
     
    The Trouble with the Video Game Industry | Philosophy Tube
     
    DECOLONISING GAMES - Conquest of Dread
     
    Critiquing the Campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
     
    Control taught me to love the ugliest architecture
     
    How Link's Awakening Rearranges a Soundtrack
     
    What happens when you try to recycle a video game?
     
    Super Paper Mario - A Flat Game with a Deep Story | The Completionist
     
    Elite Dangerous Review
     
    How Riven Makes The Player Feel Isolated - Riven Retrospective
     
    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare... 12 Years Later
     
    How the PlayStation changed video games forever
    Staying up all night and riding in a car trunk: The early days of Tekken
     
    A Hidden Masterpiece! - The History of Beyond Good and Evil
     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Folding Ideas covers the FTC's COPPA agreement with YouTube and how YouTube won't make the most of the tools at their disposal to comply with their agreement to instead take advantage of misinformation in order to use confused Youtubers and fans to plead against the case against them, hbomberguy on the genius of Pathologic and the value of negative experiences, Clayton Ashley speaks to Austin Wintory about the difficulty in composing the last song in Journey, Razbuten on how the varied solutions of Breath of the Wild helped a player new to gaming build confidence, Game Maker's Toolkit plays 50 of this years games to see if accessibility has improved, Nick Capozzoli on the artificial feeling of Call of Duty's "realism," Writing on Games' analysis of Death Stranding, Khee Hoon Chan on controlling what is canon for the lore of The Elder Scrolls, Shesez interviews five of the original creators of Donkey Kong Country for its 25th anniversary, 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)
     
    Half-Life: Alyx is a full-length VR prequel out in March 2020
    The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx -- Behind Closed Doors at Valve
     
    MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries trailer finally gives us some smashing spreadsheets
     
    Phoenix Point lays out final bits of pre-launch polishing

     
    Worldwide Langrisser I & II Release Will Appear In March 2020
     
    Star Citizen devs add another feature: 40-player ‘Theaters of War’ battles
     
    John Woo's Stranglehold dives onto GOG, in slow motion, surrounded by doves
     
    Darksiders Genesis gameplay footage and system requirements
     
    11 Minutes Of Guilty Gear Strive High Level Gameplay
     
    Granblue Fantasy: Versus - Official Gran Character Trailer
     
    Inside The Open World Of Diablo IV
     
    Phoenix Point - Phoenix Project Trailer
     
    Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer monetisation is still being explored

    Cyberpunk 2077 will have mocapped sex scenes
    Cyberpunk 2077 will give you plenty of reasons for a second playthrough
     
    Reworking the combat system in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2

     
    Ikaruga PS4 and Switch physical edition announced

     
    Dead Or Alive 6 Brings Back Rachel, And A New Collab With A Certain Dumbbell Anime
     
    SOULCALIBUR VI - Season 2 Introduction Trailer - PS4/XB1/PC
     
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - Official Curse of the Vampire DLC Trailer
     
    Jurassic World Evolution: Return To Jurassic Park

     
    Code Vein Season Pass DLCs launch in early 2020

     
    What's Gone Wrong With the FTC's COPPA Agreement With YouTube
     
    What It's Like Building a Company for Marginalized Voices
     
    Arkane veterans launch WolfEye: a small studio making big games

     
    Facebook acquires Beat Saber developer Beat Games

     
    Visual Novel Sets Out To Buck Trends By Being Less Sexual, Gets Blocked By Steam Anyway
    Steam just deleted hundreds of games from the store
    Valve Is Not Making Any More Steam Controllers
     
    Twitch Loophole Is Still Inflating Views

     
    Google Points Finger at Developers For Stadia Games Not Streaming at 4K

     
    Teenager identifies over 14,000 CS:GO cheaters with homebrewed AI

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Divinity Original Sin the Board Game
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The story of Eight Days, one of Sony’s canceled big bets

     
    Microsoft went all in on accessible design. This is what happened afterwards

     
    The battle to control what's fact and fiction in The Elder Scrolls' lore

     
    How Assassin's Creed Brings History to Life—and to the Classroom

     
    Fear of an Irradiated Planet

     
    A Russian Crucible: Pathologic 2 and the Problem of Video Game Difficulty

     
    How developers left violent combat behind to create kinder games

     
    How did Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order get so unusual?

     
    Fallout 3, The Outer Worlds, and the Megaton Problem

     
    How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war

     
    “A Hallucinatory Plea,” by Maddi Chilton

     
    Indivisible Sorta-Review

     
    Pokemon Rivals Are Always Better When They’re Assholes

     
    'Jedi: Fallen Order' Is an Exploration Game That Discourages Exploration

     
    Shenmue III Is a Masterpiece of the Mundane

     
    Space and Place(lessness) in NieR: Automata

     
    Pathologic is Genius, And Here's Why
     
    Why Journey's last song was the hardest to compose
     
    The Donkey Kong Country 25th Anniversary Interview Documentary
     
    What Breath Of The Wild Is Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games
     
    Designing Sounds For Sci-Fi Vehicles In Games
     
    How Accessible Were This Year's Games? | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    Keep Running Up That Hill: An Analysis of DEATH STRANDING (Spoilers)
     
    The Outer Worlds Critique | More like Fallout 1 than New Vegas
     
    How Games Are Actually Designed | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#3)
     
    Noclip Podcast #16 - Sea of Solitude (Cornelia Geppert)
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    How to tell apart all 596 Fire Emblem characters | Unraveled
     
    Things I missed from previous weeks
     
    World on Fire: The Oral History of Fallout and Fallout 2

     
    A Spectre is Haunting Martinaise — Detective Fiction and Disco Elysium’s Disappointing Ending

     

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Inside Xbox at X019 reveals, Patrick Klepek interviews former players about how World of Warcraft changed gaming and ruined a lot of lives, Jacob Geller on living spaces and gratefulness towards artificial loneliness, Alastair Hadden examines Disco Elysium and how you sort through the wreckage of its world to see how it reckons with history, Path Of Exile 2 announced, Alexis Ong covers the final days of Japan's most incredible arcade, former Bioware GM describes difficulty of working with the Frostbite engine, Reyan Ali tells how a club bouncer starred in the arcade hit NBA Jam, Dan Root examines the animation of Indivisible, Diablo's original creators comment on Blizzard, John Romero on what he finds wrong with modern shooters, The Game Award's nominations, 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)
     
    Inside Xbox - IGN Live X019
    The big XO19 interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Game Pass, streaming and Project Scarlett
     
    The Game Awards 2019 Nominations: Control and Death Stranding Among Top Nominees
     
    Grounded is Rust Meets Honey I Shrunk the Kids - IGN Live | X019
     
    Humankind preview: The end of Civilization?

     
    Path of Exile 2 announced, but it's not a separate game
     
    Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Won’t Appear Until February 25, 2020
     
    How Watch Dogs: Legion’s quantum systems create near infinite possibilities

     
    Everwild Announced For Xbox One As A Brand-New IP From Rare
     
    Ultimate ADOM Gameplay | A Dungeon Crawler Classic Reborn
     
    Try the super-cute adventure-RPG Garden Story for free in the new demo on Steam
     
    West Of Dead is a damned twin-stick western starring Ron Perlman
     
    Broken Lines looks like XCOM mixed with Darkest Dungeons in an alt-history WW2
     
    Last Stop is the new game from the makers of Virginia
     
    Inkulinati Gameplay | Living Ink Turn Based Animal Battles
     
    GLAAD, Microsoft Collaborate on Major Playable Transgender Game Character
     
    Wasteland 3 – "1987" Official X019 Trailer
     
    Everspace 2 Gameplay | Everspace 2 Is Like Diablo In A Spaceship
     
    Age of Empires 4 Expands its Era - IGN Live | X019
     
    Stronghold: Warlords Gameplay | Classic Castle Sim Returns
     
    Suzerain Gameplay | What Would You Do As President?
     
    Planet Zoo is, temporarily, a game about mass-producing knackered warthogs
     
    This War of Mine's final update adds a new character, scenario, and remastered graphics
     
    Dicey Dungeons planning big updates, ports, and expanded mod support

     
    Bethesda forms new studio made up of former Human Head developers

     
    2K Sports’ social media got hacked last night
     
    EverQuest and Pantheon developer Brad McQuaid has died

     
    Indie Devs: Apple Arcade is Healing a Wound in Mobile Gaming
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The Final Days Of Japan's Most Incredible Arcade

     
    'World of Warcraft' Changed Video Games and Wrecked Lives
     
    The True, Secret History of the Creepiest Cult Game Ever Made

     
    “He’s on fire!”: How a club bouncer starred in the making of billion-dollar arcade hit NBA Jam

     
    Video Game Ladders Suck. Here's Why that Matters

     
    As Left 4 Dead 2 turns 10, we speak to its creators about the Valve game that won't die

     
    Gaming’s Pleasure Principle: How Virtual Worlds Make Our Creative Brains Come Alive­

     
    Doom creator John Romero on what's wrong with modern shooter games

     
    Former Bioware GM opens up about difficulties of Frostbite engine

     
    Blizzard 'has completely changed,' say Diablo's original creators

     
    A Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Disco Elysium on the Past and Present

    “Chaos as Canon,” by Joshua Calixto
     
    UNLUCKY SKIN

    Together, alone: the radical promise of pathfinding in Death Stranding
     
    Remedy’s Control Is Actually a Cold War Thriller

     
    Lie in my Heart and dealing with the aftermath

     
    Console Gaming's *tiniest* problem | Game Accessibility and Text Size
     
    Artificial Loneliness
     
    The Animation of Indivisible
     
    Forever In Our Hearts: The Segata Sanshiro Story
     
    Things I missed from previous weeks
     
    Death Stranding’s Depiction of Queerness is Hamfisted and Creepy