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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Cian Maher tells the story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on, Ives Aguiar covers Brasil's hidden arcades while Matheus Fernandes goes over why mods are the greatest part of Brazil’s gaming history, Kevin T. Baker looks at the book and theories that influenced Will Wright's ideas on city design and the implications of the politics of SimCity, TheGamingBritShow on The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again, Ty Gale examines their anger over the erasure of their Japanese heritage through the apocalyptic lens of Bastion, Dia Lacina gives her thoughts on the importance of playing online in Souls games, Julie Muncy covers restrictive copyright law while reviewing Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomm Hulett talks about going from a Silent Hill fan to a producer, Eme Flores examines the characters of Heaven WIll Be Mine as representations of different strands of queer activism, Jeremy Choo on why he DMCAed his own game, 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)
     
    Rage 2’s wasteland is colourful, but lacks personality
    Rage 2 - Easy Allies Preview
     
    Warhammer: Chaosbane’s dwarfen Slayer is an axe-wielding whirlwind in battle
     
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Empire Building Let's Play
     
    "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not - this is what we're making."
     
    Apex Legends year 1 roadmap includes Battle Passes, new Legends and more
     
    Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic

     
    Final Fantasy 14's Shadowbringers expansion releases July 2, new classes announced
     
    New Metro Exodus trailer reminds us what all the fuss was about in the first place
    After Epic Store Deal, Steam Users Review Bomb Metro Games
    Metro Exodus timed-exclusivity deal on PC was Koch Media’s decision, says THQ Nordic
    Epic vs Steam: Exclusives raise the stakes | Opinion
     
    Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth confirmed for western markets, out in June
     
    Crying Suns warps in a faster, meaner demo on Steam
     
    Devil Engine launches for Switch and PC on February 21, PS4 and arcade later
     
    Anthem: watch a max level, endgame mission in action
     
    Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets another delay
     
    MLB The Show 19’s first gameplay trailer focuses on baseball legends
     
    Jupiter & Mars launches this spring, story trailer
     
    Stay in the light and try not to die in the supernatural thriller Those Who Remain
     
    Imperator: Rome launches this April
     
    Dead or Alive 6 Trailer Focuses On The Modified Mugen Tenshin Fighter Raidou
     
    Weedcraft Inc wants marijuana politics to go beyond stoners
     
    New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Open World And Endgame
    The Division 2's endgame introduces a powerful new faction that remixes the entire game
    Ubisoft apologizes for The Division 2 email promising 'a real government shutdown'
    The full The Division 2 interview – building a rich endgame
     
    Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter

    ‘Crackdown 3’: Less Than It Was Meant to Be, but Still Stupid Fun
     
    Overcooked 2 teases free Lunar New Year update
     
    Wargroove Creators Talk About Possible Competitive Play, Development Hurdles, And More

     
    PlayStation Plus February: Hitman, For Honor, cloud storage expanded to 100GB
     
    Opt-in review system in the works for Epic Games Store
     
    Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more

    Microsoft Accessibility
    Microsoft Studios renamed Xbox Game Studios in bid for a better cross-platform brand
     
    Twitch Streamer And Game Studio Employee Arrested In Child Sex Sting

    Well, that photo is terrifying.
     
    Viewers on Twitch watched over 9.36 billion hours of content last year

     
    Witcher author has reportedly settled his royalty case with CD Projekt

     
    Sledgehammer Games co-founder leads new 2K studio

     
    ESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a "violation of the US Constitution"

     
    Modder Superior: Freespace 2 and its greatest mods deploy from fan-launcher Knossos
     
    Esports News
     
    Street Fighter V legend Tokido leaves Echo Fox

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Rise to Ruins dev wraps up Patreon and donates double pledges back to supporters

     
    Patreon CEO says the company's generous business model is not sustainable as it sees rapid growth
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on

     
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Sea Shanties Are Actual Greek Poems
     
    From Super Fan to Producer: An Insider's Perspective on Silent Hill

     
    The Real Story Behind Pioneer, The Troubled Sci-Fi Game Teased In Watch Dogs 2

     
    The voice of Shenmue reflects on 20 years of Ryo Hazuki

     
    Exclusive Interview: Campfire chat with the stars of Red Dead Redemption 2

     
    Why videogame mods were (and still are) the greatest feat in Brazil’s gaming history

     
    The Locadora Tales: Gaming in Brazil’s hidden arcades

     
    The Weird Story Behind Doom's Rare "Ouch Face"

     
    Forking Hell: A Decade of Devolver Digital

     
    Game Workers of the World, Unite! An Interview with an Anonymous Game Worker

     
    Model Metropolis

     
    Going Hollow: The Importance of Playing Online in Souls Games

     
    Piracy helped Earthbound become a cult classic

     
    How NES launch negotiations, Tetris, and Lode Runner inspired boutique game publisher Tozai

     
    Life Off the Grid, Part 2: Playing Ultima Underworld

     
    Why did we DMCA our own game few weeks after launching?

     
    Changes of perspective are vital to representation in games

     
    One Minute Past Midnight: Bastion & Healing from Nuclear Devastation

     
    'Kingdom Hearts III' is a Big, Beautiful Mess
     
    Fighting with Perfect Greed: Heaven Will Be Mine and diversity of tactics in activism

     
    Well Played: Store Credit

     
    Glad You’re “Here”: Hidden Dimensions and Virtual Worlds

     
    Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great
     
    Punk Rock
     
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    The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again | Suda 51, Legendary Again
     
    The Dark Heart of Katamari Damacy
     
    Icewind Dale Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 5)
     
    The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 1: Rise of the Machines | AI and Games
     
    The History of Big Head Mode − Codex
     
    History Respawned: Battlefield V
     
    Noclip Podcast #06 - Marijam Didžgalvytė (Game Workers Unite)
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream

     

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Greetings all, Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Here on Xbox we're marching ahead with a new slate of Game Nights for you to enjoy this month. Our 'February Outline' will be shared with the community in this article where you'll be able to see all the upcoming titles we're featuring and playing in the coming weeks. Our main highlight for February will undoubtedly be our 'Kountdown to Kombat' Fight Night series, an ambitious project and celebration of the fighting game genre leading up to the release of Mortal Kombat 11 in April. We're very excited to show you what we have planned for the Fight Nights and other activities. Community favorite titles such as Black Ops 4 and Halo: Master Chief Collection are making a return with light-hearted games like Human Fall Flat and Super Bomberman R being mixed in. We're also featuring Minecraft towards the end of February as well with a host of new additions to the Realm that we're eagerly awaiting to show to our members.
    Kountdown to Kombat - Fight Nights Announcement
    In anticipation of the release of Mortal Kombat 11 in April we're organizing a three month long community project celebrating the fighting game genre by coming together to play and enjoy a variety of fighting games across titles like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, and more.
    Led by Xbox Officer Sickshock6, taking on the monikor of 'Shao Sick' for this series, these Fight Nights will be held on a bi-weekly basis on Sunday evenings for February and March with the exception of April where we will have two Fight Nights back to back to accommodate for holidays.
    Our inaugural Fight Night will be this Sunday night with Mortal Kombat X kicking off the Kountdown to Kombat. Available for free with the Xbox Game Pass, Shao Sick welcomes all challengers to try and claim his 'Angry Throne'. To view our official announcement and complete Fight Nights schedule, please check out this thread in the Xbox sub-forum. Fight on!
    Staff Promotions
    I'd like to recognize these two hard working and dedicated individuals from the Xbox community on their well earned promotions to and within the Xbox One Staff.
    Sickshock - Sick joined the Xbox team as a Sergeant in January 2018 to spearhead our 'Game Nights Initiative' and quickly became one of our most efficient game organizers within the AJSA community. His quirky sense of humor, dedication to the community, friendliness, and unique ability to adapt to any gaming environment he is put in, this promotion to Officer is well deserved. Sick thank you for all your hard work and doing all you can to make the Xbox community the best it can be.
    Delta - We're proud to announce that Delta is being promoted to the position of Sergeant in the Xbox team. Delta has quickly proven himself to be an active, reliable and cordial individual within the community. Always willing to help and lend a hand with Game Night, Delta we feel is a fanstic fit to the team. We're looking forward to working with Delta in 2019 and having him help in the running the day to day operations of the community.
    Overwatch
    Game Nights for Overwatch took a break in January after a long and busy 2018 with our host, Officer WookieJedi, taking some time off to focus on IRL obligations. To celebrate the 'Year of the Pig' seasonal event, we're bringing back Overwatch on Saturday February 16th for a special Game Night filled with fun and surprises cooked up by WookieJedi. We hope you can join us!
    Minecraft Winter Expedition
    For our Minecraft Game Night in February we will be embarking on a 'Winter Expedition' with the goal of exploring a large, newly discovered snow biome within the Realm. This will be the farthest we've ever travelled in the Realm. Shocks and surprises will be in store for those who dare to take part on this Expedition.
    February 2019 Game Nights Outline
    For the month of February, we will be featuring this titles as Game Nights:
    Week Zero [February 1st to February 3rd]
    Fri. Feb. 1st - COD: Black Ops 4 - 7:30pm EST Sun. Feb. 3rd - Star Wars: Battlefront II - 7:00pm EST Week One [February 8th to February 10th]
    Fri. Feb. 8th - Halo: Master Chief Collection - 7:30pm EST Sat. Feb. 9th - Human Fall Flat - 7:30pm EST Sun. Feb. 10th - Mortal Kombat X - 7:00pm EST Week Two [February 15th to February 17th]
    Fri. Feb. 15th - COD: Black Ops 4 - 7:30pm EST Sat. Feb. 16th - Overwatch - 7:30pm EST Sun. Feb. 17th - The Divison - 7:00pm EST Week Three [February 22nd to February 24th]
    Fri. Feb. 22nd - Super Bomberman R - 7:30pm EST Sat. Feb. 23rd - Minecraft - 7:30pm EST Sun. Feb. 24th - Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition - 7:00pm EST Please be aware that Game Night dates and featured titles are subject to change.
    Weekly Game Night Schedule - February 8th to February 10th

    How can I attend a Game Night? - For new members/first time Game Night participants, I 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 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 the 'Xbox Live Party' that are created from the Club for communication, gatherings, and other purposes. In the case of an emergency where Xbox Live is down and we need to group up, we will use the AJSA Discord channel as a backup. In our parties we fully accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have a Game Night host on your friend list, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the Game Night and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. All Game Night parties will be visible to Xbox Club members under the "Looking for Group" section. You can join the party via the Club or through the profile of the host.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to participate in a particular Game Night, you are 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.
    --------------------
    Halo: Master Chief Collection - Game Night
    Friday February 8th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Join us this Friday night as we kick off the #AJSAGamingWeekend with Halo: Master Chief Collection. We're going back in time to revisit and relive the epic journey of the Master Chief as we play across all four featured Halo titles in epic multiplayer fashion. A variety of online and custom game modes will be showcased throughout the even
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities - 
    Online Multiplayer [Slayer, SWAT, Infection, Big Team Battle] Custom games - Xbox Game Pass Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Halo: Master Chief Collection for free.
    - Date & Start Times -
    Friday February 8th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm 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.
    - Host -
    Officer AwakeningRager [Gamertag: AwakeningRager1] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    --------------------
    Human Fall Flat - Game Night
    Saturday February 9th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Human Fall Flat returns as an Xbox Game Night this Saturday night! A sweet and silly game, we're gathering once more to try out this whacky title on the Xbox Game Pass. We must work together solving puzzles, overcoming obstacles, and resist the urge to throw eachother off the map. Curious to see Human Fall Flat multiplayer gameplay? Check out this video from the AJSA Gaming Youtube channel where we played Human Fall Flat for the first time as an event in September 2018.
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Playing through as many missions in the game as possible Earning Xbox Live Achievements for first time players Puzzle solving, completing obstacle courses etc - Xbox Game Pass Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Human Fall Flat for free.
    - Date & Start Times -
    Saturday February 9th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm 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.
    - Host -
    Commander Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] & Sergeant Delta [Gamertag: AJSA DELTA] --------------------
    Mortal Kombat X - Game Night
    Sunday February 10th - 7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    Welcome to our inaugural Fight Night of the 'Kountdown to Kombat' series on Xbox One! In this epic three month long project, leading all the way to the release of Mortal Kombat 11, the Kombatants of the AJSA are gathering to celebrate the fighting game genre by playing a variety of different fighting game titles as we approach April. Led by the Emperor of Angerworld, 'Shao Sick' [Sickshock6], we will be starting off in Mortal Kombat X this Sunday night. We'll be playing for fun and it'll be a chill session as we fight, play, and talk the nigh
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Custom Versus modes [King of the Hill, Team Battle etc] - Xbox Game Pass Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Mortal Kombat X for free.
    - Date & Start Times -
    Sunday February 10th, 2019 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Host -
    Officer Sickshock [Gamertag: Sickshock6] --------------------
    Connect With the AJSA Xbox One Community
    Xbox Section of the Forums
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/32-xbox-one/
    Join the AJSA Club on Xbox One
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/37127-ajsa-xbox-one-club-how-do-i-join/
    Xbox One Gamertag List
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/38719-xbox-one-gamertag-list/
    Xbox Community Information
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/39605-xbox-one-division-information/
    More AJSA Community Content
    AJSA Twitter
    https://twitter.com/AJSAgaming
    AJSA Stream Team
    https://www.twitch.tv/team/ajsa
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/user/AJSAGaming
    AJSA Community Content Area
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/forum/42-community-content/

    By Conan, in Frontpage,


    Get ready to hit the road and pull some cargo because this weekend we are utilizing the long distance hauling ability
    If you have Euro Truck Simulator 2 why not check out the ocmpletely 100% free
    multiplayer mod that allows you to truck with your friends and join us in one of our convoys (in order to use the multiplayer mod you have to have your own truck in game to ba able to freeroam)
    Who: Anybody in the AJSA who has Euro Truck Simulator 2 and wants to join us for the fun
    What: Convoy with destination to be set during the event with approved paint schemes only
    When: Saturday 2/2/19 at 3pm EDT/ 8pm GMT
    Where: Server 2 meet at the Amsterdam DAF Dealership
    How: By downloading the Euro Truck Simulator 2 Multiplayer

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Wesley Yin-Poole on the fall of Starbreeze, Alon Lessel compiles some of the best writing on God of War (2018), RagnarRox discusses how Dune was one of the most faithful video game adaptation of the source material it was based on, Jessica Conditt covers Rami Ismail and Sarah Elmaleh's conference for game creators that removes language as a barrier to entry, Austin Walker on the world building and dark comedy that sets Metro Exodus apart, Nintendo to close Wii shop preventing redownloads of owned content, Daryl Talks Games on the effects of in game weather on mental health, Metro Exodus gets year exclusivity to Epic Store, Eric Van Allen profiles SonicFox, Wargroove launching with cross platform support, Cyberpunk lead writer and Witcher 3 director joins Blizzard, and more.
     
     
    Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)
     
    The Best Indie Games of PAX South 2019
     
    Wargroove finally hits PC next week and there’s anime to prove it
    Wargroove will have cross-platform support for Steam, Xbox, and Switch at launch
     
    After Three Hours of 'Metro Exodus,' I Was Surprised By How Much I Laughed

    Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store, but Steam preorders will be honoured
    It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way
     
    How Tutorials Work in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
    Our Full Hidetaka Miyazaki Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Interview
     
    Three hours in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the first Total War soap opera
    How Total War: Three Kingdoms' Wu Xing philosophy explains everything
    20 MINUTES of LIU BEI CAMPAIGN | Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
    How Total War: Three Kingdoms' relationships drive its campaign
    Total War: Three Kingdoms turns the series on its head with a new kind of authenticity
     
    Far Cry New Dawn is more than just a lurid coat of post-apocalyptic paint
    New Gameplay Today – Far Cry New Dawn's Co-op
    Far Cry New Dawn's post-apocalypse is a perfect fit for a chaotic shooter
     
    Dreams Beta Players Are Building Jupiter's Moons And Beautiful Fried Eggs

     
    Watch ten minutes of bizarre Atomic Heart gameplay
     
    Super Robot Wars T’s Second English Subbed Trailer Charges In At Full Speed

     
    Anthem will have a 16-player social hub called the Launch Bay
    Anthem gameplay | new footage from the story campaign, plus Anthem cinematic
    The full Anthem interview: how BioWare perfected the art of flight
     
    Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date
     
    Raji: An Ancient Epic

     
    Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30

     
    Generation Zero, the retro-Swedish killer robot open-world shooter, is coming in March
     
    Last Oasis Is The Most PC Game Imaginable
     
    Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week
     
    The Wii Shop Channel Closes Forever Next Week
     
    My Time At Portia devs apologise, claim voice actors will soon be paid

     
    Woman Gets Impressive PlayStation Care Package After Freak Golfing Accident

     
    Why NetEase and Quantic Dream are teaming up for games on multiple platforms

     
    Cyberpunk 2077 head writer has left CD Projekt Red to join Blizzard

     
    DeepMind AI AlphaStar goes 10-1 against top 'StarCraft II' pros

     
    CS:GO star coldzera stops streaming after trolls target his channel with d*** pics

     
    After Two Controversies, Twitch Says It Will No Longer Run Ads For Other Twitch Streamers

     
    Four Seattle girls score top prize in national Girls Make Games competition with game about bullying

     
    EA buckles in Belgium, stops selling FIFA Points following loot box gambling pressure

     
    Esports News
     
    HOW A TRASH-TALKING FURRY BECAME ESPORTS' DOMINANT PLAYER

     
    Japan eSports Union’s Vice President Talks Overseas Cooperation And Future Plans

     
    Germany's Olympic Federation president says 'esport does not exist'

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The fall of Starbreeze

     
    For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short

     
    GOD OF WAR (2018)
     
    Designing the game console of the future (in 1997)

     
    'Success would’ve been three grand': meet the gamer who raised $340,000 for a trans charity

     
    The online conference that might change video games for good
     
    Industry
     
    Lucas Pope on the challenge of creating Obra Dinn's 1-bit aesthetic

     
    How making a new strategy game nearly destroyed Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer's life

     
    It's 2019 And I'm Starting Final Fantasy XI

     
    Road to the IGF: Team Alto's Alto's Odyssey

    Road to the IGF: Grace Bruxner's The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game
    Road to the IGF: Jeremy Gable's Watch Me Jump
    Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle
    Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad
     
    Overwatch Is No Longer My Third Place

     
    Videogame characters are becoming more diverse, says Microsoft researcher
     
    GLAAD's first video game awards highlight difficulties in celebrating queer representation

     
    Resident Evil 2: The Kotaku Review

    “Uncanny, Real,” by Reid McCarter
     
    Crimson Gray

     
    Artificial Interpersonal Relationships

     
    How In-Game Weather Can Regulate Mental Health | Psych of Play
     
    Dune (1992) | Forgotten Gems
     
    Apple killed these iPhone Games - SO I ARCHIVED them forever!
     
    The Best Bad Game
     
    A Review of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
     
    The Super Mario Land Series | Gaming Historian
     
    Can Old Games Have Great Animation? - New Frame Plus
     
    RECCA and the History of the Summer Shoot'em Up Competition
     
    Twinbee Story: The Original Cute 'Em Up - Gaijillionaire's Club - GTV
     
    The History Of Kingdom Hearts
     
    The 72 Hours That Created Hollow Knight
     
    The making of Total War: Warhammer's 2's Luthor Harkon
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    Haley Joel Osment on Growing up in Kingdom Hearts

     
    When risking everything pays off - Cuphead | Levels

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. I can't believe we're already approaching the end of January. Can Christmas just come back already? I think Santa forgot some of my gifts...Well with that aside we formally wrapped up our Game Nights outline for the month of January this past week. This concluded our first slate of events for 2019. I'm very appreciate of our all organizers and participants who made this possible by attending and/or planning these Game Nights to welcome us into the New Year. In this article we'll provide a brief recap of some the games we showcased in January and what Game Nights we're featuring this weekend.
    Due to a staff meeting we will not be having a Game Night this Saturday so overall things may be a bit light this weekend. While this weekend will mark our first events for February, our complete outline and agenda for February will be published next Monday. We have some cool projects in the works and we're looking forward to sharing them with you soon. Thank you all once again for your support! Cya at the events.
    January Recap
    In January 2019 we featured these titles as Game Nights:
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Fortnite: Battle Royale Halo: Master Chief Collection Paladins Rainbow Six: Siege Red Dead Redemption II We also reorganized our Xbox sub-forum and created this Guidebook for community members to learn more about our group.
    Elite: Dangerous
    If you're an Elite: Dangeorus player on Xbox One or looking to start playing, we have Squadron [created by members of the community] for you to join if you're interested. This is a great time to get involved in Elite with lots of content updates live right and expansions being planned for the future. Check out this forum post created by one of the Squadron leaders, Foxhart, in the Xbox sub-forum to get set up.
    Weekly Game Night Schedule - February 1st to February 3rd

    How can I attend a Game Night? - For new members/first time Game Night participants, I 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 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 the 'Xbox Live Party' that are created from the Club for communication, gatherings, and other purposes. In the case of an emergency where Xbox Live is down and we need to group up, we will use the AJSA Discord channel as a backup. In our parties we fully accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have a Game Night host on your friend list, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the Game Night and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. All Game Night parties will be visible to Xbox Club members under the "Looking for Group" section. You can join the party via the Club or through the profile of the host.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to participate in a particular Game Night, you are 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.
    --------------------
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Game Night
    Friday February 1st - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    Join us for our first Game Night of February with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Kick of your gaming weekend with an evening filled with fast paced multiplayer action across Blackout, Zombies, and TDM/Kill Confirmed/Domination. We will be swapping between online and custom game modes throughout the evening depending on the size of the group. 
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities - 
    Custom game modes to warm up/goof off and get squads organized Online TDM/Kill Confirmed/Domination Online & Custom Blackout [Battle Royale] - Date & Start Times -
    Friday February 1st, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 5:30pm 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.
    - Host -
    Commander Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
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    Star Wars: Battlefront II - Game Night
    Sunday February 3rd - 7:00pm EST [12:00am GMT]

    Star Wars: Battlefront II returns as a Game Night this Sunday! Since we last played this game in an event setting there has been a content update that brought in Count Dooku as a playable villain. We'll be paying across a variety of multiplayer modes such as Galactic Assault, Blast, and more. 
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Multiplayer [Heroes & Villains, Assault & Operations] - Date & Start Times -
    Sunday February 3rd, 2019 7:00pm ET 6:00pm CT 5:00pm PT 12:00am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Host -
    Sergeant Sickshock [Gamertag: Sickshock6] --------------------
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    Hbomberguy's idea for a small Donkey Kong 64 charity stream ends up raising over $340,000 for transgender charities and fundraisers with help of streamers, critics, artists, celebrities, authors, developers (John Romero, Rebecca Heineman, Scott Benson, Josh Sawyer), historians, therapists, surprise guests, and the game's composer and DK's voice actor. Jimmy Maher tells the story of the making Ultima Underworld, Tim Colwill on the need for developers to unionize, Metro Exodus and Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay, Stellaris getting console edition, a preview of Alex Aniel's upcoming book on the Resident Evil series, People Make Games finds out what happened to the Queen's golden Wii, Machinima Youtube channel deletes all video content after sale, Alex Wiltshire on the creation of GOG and how they make old games work again, 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 Gameplay And Details On Creating Sekiro's Combat
    More New Details About From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die
    Exclusive Interview On Creating Sekiro's New World
    Inside The Creation Of Sekiro's Soundtrack With Yuka Kitamura
     
    10 Minutes of Metro Exodus Gameplay
    7 things you need to know about the most un-Metro, Metro level so far - Metro Exodus gameplay
    Metro Exodus - Weapons Trailer (Official)
    Metro Exodus is the antidote to the “merry Western apocalypse”
     
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Spies Gameplay Reveal
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Let’s Play: Spies AMA January 2019
     
    The Division 2 pre-order beta dated, story trailer sets the scene
    New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Dark Zone
    7 big changes to The Division 2 PvP - THREE DARKZONES?!
    The Division 2’s Dark Zones don’t reinvent but promise a bright future
     
    The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is finally coming to North America
     
    This Is Anthem | Gameplay Series, Part 1: Story, Progression, and Customization
     
    Days Gone Combat Breakdown with the Developers - PAX South
     
    The Walking Dead: The Final Season tells the stories our troubled times need

     
    System Shock: Final Art KS Preview - Nightdive Studios
     
    Lapis x Labyrinth Heads West In May 2019
     
    FULL Mortal Kombat 11 Official Gameplay Reveal Event | NetherRealm Studios
    Mortal Kombat 11's PC port should be much better than MKX's was
    Mortal Kombat 11 - Ed Boon Angry Interview!
    Mortal Kombat 11 hands-on: smart, slick and gloriously sick spine-crushing brawling
     
    Stellaris: Console Edition launches February 26
     
    Katana Zero makes time for more interesting twitch combat
     
    Empathy is the Defining Core of Life is Strange: An Interview with Christian Divine

     
    Wargroove’s campaign editor is looking very good
     
    There's A Power Rangers Fighting Game Coming In April
    Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid features cross-play between PC, Switch, and Xbox One
     
    It looks like Yakuza Kiwami has a February release date on Steam
     
    A wild Hong Kong Massacre trailer reveals the long-awaited launch date
     
    Ambitious space sim Genesis Alpha One shows off its roguelike bits in a new trailer
     
    Layers of Fear 2 is narrated by Candyman
     
    New games: She Dreams Elsewhere explores self-identity and mental health in a retropunk JPRG
     
    Hitman 2 takes a festive detour to back to Hokkaido today

     
    Cultist Simulator summons New Game+ mode today

     
    New expansions hit Endless Legend and Endless Space 2 next week
     
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Says 'We Missed The Mark' With Controversial DLC Relationship
     
    Pillars of Eternity 2 is going turn-based, eight months after launch

     
    Leon and Claire return to their low-poly glory in free Resident Evil 2 DLC

     
    Vortiger, the Black Prior, joins For Honor at the end of January
     
    A glitch caused Black Ops 4’s season pass “shaming markers”

     
    Star Control: Origins removed from Steam, GOG with DMCA claim, returns to Steam

     
    IndieDB, ModDB founder launches mod-focused publishing arm

     
    YouTuber smashes $69,420 goal for trans charity Mermaids in non-stop Donkey Kong 64 Stream

    A U.S. congresswoman was on Twitch Sunday to talk games and raise money for trans youth YouTuber sacrifices sleep to stream Donkey Kong 64, raises $340k for trans kids
    Gamer Hbomberguy hands funding row charity Donkey Kong boost
     
    Rieko Kodama to receive GDCA Pioneer Award

     
    Hitman devs IÖ open new studiö in Malmö

     
    Heroes of the Storm players file lawsuit against Naventic owner for $50,000 in missed payments

     
    Machinima, one of YouTube’s biggest and oldest channels, goes dark

    Otter Media blocks all Machinima content on YouTube  
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    How Blood Bowl PC fanatics are taking player-run leagues to the extreme

     
    RunAway wrecks Overwatch Contenders competition, then wrecks the trophy too
     
    Hearthstone pro banned from tournament after accidentally messaging admin asking for matchup advice

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Games and Crowdfunding in 2018

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    How Resident Evil 2 fell apart, then became one of Capcom’s biggest hits

     
    Game developers need to unionize
     
    GOG's 10 year journey to bring old games back to life

     
    Life Off the Grid, Part 1: Making Ultima Underworld

     
    PLAYING RED DEAD ONLINE AS A BLACK CHARACTER MEANS ENDURING RACIST GARBAGE

    On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy
     
    Chris Avellone tells us why he decided to write a platformer, and how it compares to RPGs

     
    How Bloodborne helped me transition gender and choose a new name

     
    The best email I've ever had
     
    The Witcher 3 and Geralt of Rivia – finding humanity in the White Wolf

     
    In Kimmy, It’s a Girl’s World

     
    The Blend of East and West in Red Steel 2

     
    Ten Indie Games You Missed in 2018
     
    Should Roguelikes Have Persistent Upgrades? | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    The Evolution of Roguelike Design - How Rogue led to FTL, Spelunky, and So Many More ~ Design Doc
     
    Why Friendly AI Cheat in Ghost Recon Wildlands | AI and Games
     
    How Dead Space's Designer Got Into Gaming | Ars Technica
     
    The Rise and Fall of Operation Flashpoint
     
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    Limbo: The Story of Arnt Jensen, Dino Patti, and Playdead Studio
     
    Directing God of War with Cory Barlog
     
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