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  • By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Jacob Geller on the organic moments of wonder in the work of Fumito Ueda, Baldurs' Gate 3 gameplay reveal, People Make Games looks at the game that inspired Minecraft, Jacob Farmer reflects on the way that treating Read Dead Redemption 2 more as a simulator brought him closer to his past and present, Samuel Horti profiles developer (80 Days/Sable) and writer (Horizon Zero Dawn/Sunless Sea) Meghna Jayanth, GDC cancellations affects on devs, Khee Hoon Chan examines Hong Kong protest games and the game jam devs exploring the Coronavirus outbreak, Prem Sylvester on the visual language of war games and how they affect player perspectives on war, Jess Cogswell considers how we interact with strangers after playing through three games with a focus on being a service worker, Ashley covers how Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers rewards long term fans for caring about the lore and history of the 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)
    Baldur's Gate 3 looks great even when everything is going wrong
    Baldur's Gate 3 Interview & Preview!
    How Larian is keeping Baldur's Gate 3 weird
    Larian's gorgeous Baldur's Gate 3 looks to be a game of groundbreaking systemic depth
    13 Things You Should Know About The Excellent-Looking Baldur’s Gate 3
    Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access will start with 5 companions, more to come
    Baldur’s Gate 3: Yes, you can bang all companions, but romance will be more than just a simple reward
    Valorant hands-on: How Riot plans to woo FPS diehards with the best netcode and anti-cheat
    Valorant: How Riot finally made something new
    Desperados 3 is the modern Commandos game stealth tactics needs
    Half-Life: Alyx gets extended gameplay videos
    Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Gameplay | 5 Unmissable 4K Moments
    Here's how Star Citizen is planning to implement survival mechanics
    Crusader Kings 3 details Lifestyles and all their weird perks
    3 Hours With Final Fantasy VII Remake: Thrilling, But Jarring

    SOMA devs release “I am Tasi” teaser trailer
    Iris and the Giant is a stylish roguelike CCG about a young girl and her demons
    In Other Waters Uses Its Limitations to Enhance Gameplay Immersion
    Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope - Official Trailer Ft. Will Poulter
    15 Minutes Of Wonderful 101: Remastered Switch Gameplay | PAX East 2020
    Stellaris' diplomacy focussed Federations expansion is out next month on PC
    Game Developers Conference Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears

    CCP has canceled EVE Fanfest 2020 over coronavirus concerns
    Indie developers affected by GDC postponement invited to apply for relief fund
    'There's so much uncertainty': Indie devs are hurting after GDC's sudden cancellation
    Some Developers Don't Know Their Games Are Streaming on GeForce Now

    'Konami Code' Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies At 61

    GOG's New Refund Policy Is Extremely Generous

    This weekend's ESL Pro Tour event has no arena audience after health authorities revoked the license

    FIFA 20 esports qualifiers decided by Rock, Paper, Scissors when players can’t connect

    Counter-Strike's Chosen One: The Story of ZywOo
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Cyber Knights: a cyberpunk RPG
    Gates Of a Ruined Empire
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    The Coronation of Meghna Jayanth

    How Quantic Dream defended itself against allegations of a ‘toxic culture’

    How to Make Games Funny: Three Designers Discuss Comedy Games

    Still fighting: meet the developers of Hong Kong protest games

    How Asia's Global Game Jam Developers Are Exploring the Coronavirus Outbreak Through Games

    State of the Discourse: a survey of marginalized game designers on online discussion space

    A visual history of the many Xbox dashboards

    Kentucky Route Zero Is the Rare Story that Sheds Light on the Experiences of Millennials of Color

    Look For Me Under Your Bootsoles
    The Four Faces of Doki Doki Literature Club

    In My Waking Life

    I Love Giott. Thank You.

    The Constructed Murk of War: 1917, Battlefield 1, and This War of Mine

    For Fire Emblem Fates Forrest: what is lost when we fail to look critically?

    Heart Container: Talking to Strangers

    The Most Beautiful Moment of the Generation
    Game Animation Fundamentals Readability
    The Hopes & Fears of Bringing Hades to Steam - Developing Hell #04
    The Wild Astrophysics that Outer Wilds Simulates
    Analysing the OTHER Missions in Hitman 2 (The Bank and Haven Island)
    The Making of Sonic CD
    Understanding Dreams | Rethinking Game Design, Creativity and the Future of Art
    The History of Spec Ops: The Line
    How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation | War Stories | Ars Technica
    How Level Design Can Tell a Story | Game Maker's Toolkit
    The Game That Inspired Minecraft, But Never Made a Penny

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Mitchell F Wolfe's in-depth look at the first level of Donkey Kong Country and interview with one of the game's designers, DavidOZ celebrates the games that made him love games, Jessica Price's thread on why it's important for designers to have interests outside games, Benjamin Burns shares the story of the Atari Jaguar savior that never came, Stephen K. Hirst remembers the original Dragon Quest, Lilly on the fiction of No More Heroes and how the commonly viewed theme of futility misses an important aspect of the game's narrative, Colin Campbell interviews Gamestop employees about increasing pressure they are under from desperate bosses, Ashley considers the depiction and cultural view of an often used type of female character by looking at Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Stephen Mansfield contrasts the righteous anger of the violent and musical Ape Out with Hotline Miami, Cameron Kunzelman on the legacy of Heavy Rain's approach to design, 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)
    Xbox Series X will have many of PC gaming’s best features

    Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord will be available in Early Access on March 31
    Private Division moves Kerbal Space Program 2 development to new, internal studio
    Chivalry 2 - Official Trailer
    Chivalry 2 gameplay and hands-on impressions
    World of Horror is a gruesome adventure game inspired by the work of Junji Ito

    World of Horror is a creepy, retro, and completely hypnotic horror game
    Warhammer 40k: Dakka Sqaudron lets you become the “Ork flyboy” you’ve always dreamed of
    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Marks Nintendo’s Next Step Toward Inclusivity

    Othercide - Official Reveal Trailer | PAX East 2020
    10 Best And Worst Resident Evil 3 Remake Features | Resident Evil 3 Demo Impressions
    Resident Evil 3 Remake Vs. Original Gameplay Comparison
    Samurai Jack Video Game Announced for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Switch
    The next chapter of Indigenous representation in video games

    Streets of Rage 4 - Official Floyd Iraia Trailer
    Cyberpunk 2077 supports Xbox One and Series X cross-buy

    Population Zero - Official Steam Announcement Trailer
    World of Tanks devs’ new shooter, Caliber, comes West – closed beta sign-ups open now
    Adventure game Norco is a pixel art lover's dream
    Microsoft Flight Simulator has “37,000 manually edited airports”
    The Gothic remake is going into full production following positive feedback
    Temtem has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, roadmap coming soon
    PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC appearances citing coronavirus concerns

    Crytek's lawsuit against Star Citizen devs ends in settlement

    Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules

    Devotion, the Taiwanese game removed from Steam, is being preserved by Harvard

    Like Blizzard, Bethesda has pulled all but one of its games from GeForce Now

    Embracer Groups acquires Saber Interactive
    The PS2 successor to Fire Emblem gets a long-awaited fan translation
    Rainbow Six Siege esports director wants to “eliminate toxicity”

    FIFA streamer banned from all EA games after “personal attacks” against the developers

    The Esports Empire You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out

    Interests outside games
    A Timely and Momentous Defence of Girls

    It's Way Too Easy For One Person To Review Bomb A Game On Metacritic

    GameStop employees report extreme pressure from ‘desperate’ bosses

    Corporate satire in games isn't funny anymore

    The Outsize, Oft-Ignored Legacy of the Original Dragon Quest


    Off to the Garden of Madness!: No More Heroes and F*cking Up At Dramatic Convention Like An Idiot

    What Made People Think 'Heavy Rain' Was a Great Game

    Easing the Long Trek

    The Evolution of Animal Conservation in Games, from Zoo Tycoon to Planet Zoo


    I Was Wrong About Bayonetta

    On Killing Hitler

    25 Years Later, 'Star Wars: Dark Forces' Is a Forgotten Gem

    The Games That Made Me Love Games
    Metal Gear Rising Retrospective | Lightning Bolt Action Redefined
    How Gris Made You Cry With Its Colors | Psych of Play
    Extended Interview With Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller | War Stories
    Things I missed from previous weeks
    Designing Donkey Kong Country


    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    My PC no longer starting has given me less time to finish this week's posts than I would usually take.
    Game Brain speaks with Titanfall 2 senior designer about the making of the highly praised level Effect and Cause, Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2, Kyle Orland on the issues with Tim Sweeney's stance on having an apolitical storefront and political creatives while it already bars certain kinds of games from sale, previews of Yakuza 7 and Bulletstorm developer's new game Outriders, Nico Deyo looks at Blizzard's long history of reusing manic pixie girl and fear of women tropes, Reid McCarter on winter in The Last of Us and the pull between optimism and survivalist pessimism, Chris Davis looks into the death and return of isometric CRPGs, Geoff Keighley to skip E3 for the first time, 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)
    Yakuza 7 has some of the best RPG combat in a long time

    Persona 5 Royal - Finding All 3 Will Seeds in Kamoshida's Palace
    Persona 5 Royal Preview: Story tidbits are nice, but it’s new features like Will Seeds which make a bigger difference
    Persona 5 Royal Will Change Homophobic Scenes For Western Release
    Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Opening Movie
    Final Fantasy 7 Remake requires 100GB on PS4
    Bulletstorm dev shares first gameplay details of co-op sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders
    20 minutes of looting and shooting through Enoch - Outriders gameplay
    Meet Tyler Ronan, the first transgender triple-A video game protagonist

    Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 - Official Release Date Trailer
    My Hero One's Justice 2 - Characters & Story Trailer
    DOOM Eternal: A Tour of the Doom Slayer's Man Cave (Fortress of Doom) - IGN First
    DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First
    Empire of Sin delayed to fall 2020

    NBA 2K20 - Official NBA All Star 2020 Trailer
    The Division 2: Warlords of New York focuses on story over nostalgia
    Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge – New Operators Reveal Trailer | Ubisoft [NA]
    Rainbow Six Siege: Void Edge Operators Gameplay Gadgets and Starter Tips | Ubisoft [NA]
    Rainbow Six Siege: The Tournament of Champions - Official Cinematic Trailer
    State of Decay 2 will get a zombie facelift March 13 with the Juggernaut Edition
    Katana Zero’s free DLC will be three times larger than expected
    Shenmue 3's Story Quest Pack DLC arrives next week
    Epic CEO Tim Sweeney condemns loot boxes, says game companies should 'divorce themselves from politics'

    Why leave Steam for Epic exclusivity? Spec Ops: The Line developer explains What the CEO of Epic Games gets wrong about video games and politics
    Tim Sweeney's Full DICE 2020 Talk
    Geoff Keighley skips E3 for the first time ever – “I just don’t feel comfortable participating”
    Steam’s going global – January’s top new releases include a host of non-English game
    Sources: YouTube’s Deal With Activision Blizzard Valued At $160M

    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Geneforge 1 - Mutagen
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Out now! Making a masterpiece in Wireframe #32

    The Unpredictable Challenges Of Gaming With Cerebral Palsy

    Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2

    Not-so-Dead Cells: Why maintaining an archive of your game is good for both you and your players

    Black History Month: Where Are Our Black Gaming Journalists?

    Huddled Together

    Blizzard's Long History of Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls and Fear of Women

    How I became an arms dealer in Escape From Tarkov

    Tony Hawk’s Underground gave us gaming’s best villain

    It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leaked
    Fundamentals of Game Animation Fluidity
    The Making of Titanfall 2’s ‘Effect and Cause’, Revealed by Respawn Entertainment Senior Designer
    All the Shovel Knight Games Explained
    The History of World in Conflict
    Exploring the Music of Golden Sun
    You need to play The Cat Lady
    Roadblocks (In-Gaming)
    The Death and Return of Isometric CRPGs | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 8)
    Things I missed from previous weeks
    Video game development in Iran: Limited tools, front companies and a specter of war


    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Peter Tieryas on the lessons games taught him about robots and revolutions, dreamboum's thread on the technical and narrative achievements of Vagrant Story, Kimchica looks at the top 10 indie games released in January, Paranoia Happiness is Mandatory removed from store for unknown reason, Jay Castello looks into gaming's use of internet grammar, Denuvo DRM removed from Devil May Cry 5, New Frame Plus explains why the limited animations of the Phoenix Wright series are so effective, Jennifer Scheurle on how to be heard by developers, Anthem is being redesigned and a new expansion hopes to revive The Division 2, Steven Messner covers the government regulations and sudden market shifts threaten China's growing indie scene, Jim Sterling covers how the industry withholds crediting (while not crediting anyone writing the articles he references), Spider-Man developers want people to know how games are written, 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)
    Commanding Armies And 7 More Changes In Pathfinder: Wrath Of The Righteous (PC Gameplay)
    With a key development staff exodus, System Shock 3 could be in trouble

    Nioh 2 Has More Of What Fans Want
    Nioh 2 interview – Team Ninja’s fight to return as one of the great Japanese action game studios
    The Bulletstorm gang are showing more of Outriders, their new shooter
    Tears of Avia Will Take People on a New Tactical Adventure in 2020
    Space Channel 5 VR Will Release in North America on February 25; Japan and Europe February 26, 2020
    Check Out The Gameplay Trailer For Undungeon, A Colorful Pixel-Art Action/RPG
    Picross mystery puzzler Murder By Numbers is coming in March
    This tactical RPG mixes real-time combat and rewinding to make you a time traveling mage
    Northgard developer's new co-op survival game, Darksburg, is launching on Early Access
    Soldat is getting a sequel, and both are coming to Steam
    New Trailer For Bloodroots Reveals A February 28 Release Date
    TT Isle of Man 2 releases next month, so here's a lengthy gameplay video
    In Other Waters invites you to map out alien seas this Spring
    What's New in MLB The Show 20
    Elephant mom game Shelter 3 gets a sweet new teaser video
    China’s indie scene is flourishing, so here are 6 Chinese indie games to look out for in 2020

    Wounded, intoxicated, and covered in leeches: a normal day in Stoneshard
    Mutant Year Zero developer unveils tactical stealth-action game Corruption 2029
    She Dreams Elsewhere is The First Game That Feels Made Specifically for Me

    Bleeding Edge – here’s a look at Daemon’s abilities and supers
    Flippin' good platformer Dandara expands with Trials of Fear
    Ubisoft Reveals A Surprise Division 2 Expansion 'Warlords of New York' That Is Designed To Revive The Game
    Children Of Morta Adds Hard Mode, New Enemies, And More In Free Update
    Anthem's Seasons Are Put on Hold as It Undergoes "Substantial Revision"

    Capcom removes Denuvo DRM from Devil May Cry 5

    Epic Games Store exclusive disappears and no one is saying why

    2K Silicon Valley Studio Becomes 31st Union

    Pokémon Sword and Shield leaker outed, blacklisted by Nintendo

    EA have price hiked a bunch of their games on Steam

    Britain's Game Workers Are Largely White, Middle Class, and Depressed

    With no profit motive, new kids' mobile IP from BBC focuses on a "safe gaming experience"

    Between censorship and Steam, Chinese indie developers are hanging by a thread

    Granblue Fantasy Versus Player Gleefully Wrecks The Competition

    Why The Paris Overwatch League Team Is Based Out Of New Jersey This Season

    Japanese Dragon Ball FighterZ Finals Competitor Wins Over French Crowd

    US Navy enters the esports scene with ESL North America and Dreamhack deal

    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    The Brutal Lessons Gaming Taught Me About Revolutions, Robots, And War

    Games Are Discovering an Expressive New Tool: Internet Grammar

    How to be heard by game developers

    It's not easy being green: a brief history of orcs in video games

    'Spider-Man' Developers Want More People to Know How Games Are Written


    Does Cliff Bleszinski Understand Why 'LawBreakers' Bombed?

    The creators of Kentucky Route Zero open up about the ending of their game

    Meet the musicians who compose in Mario Paint

    Lost Odyssey Brilliantly Explores The Tragedy Of Being Immortal

    The technical achievement of Vagrant Story

    Why the Unexplained Unreality of Death Stranding’s America Is So Frustrating

    IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss" Indie Games (January 2020)
    Halo Reach: An Existential Dread
    Why Does Celeste Make Us Feel Anxious?
    The Animation of Phoenix Wright
    Games as Lit. 101 - Designing Awe in Titanfall 2
    Dynamic Music in Video Games | How Game Designers Create Interactive Music with Play and Sound
    7 Forgotten Ideas That Inspired Shovel Knight | Audio Logs
    Credit Where Credit's Due (The Jimquisition)
    An important topic, though it was pointed out that Jim rarely credits anything and didn't credit any of the articles he referenced in this very video.
    The Auteur Myth | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#11)
    From Lionheads & Sackboys to Knights & Bikes (Rex Crowle) - Noclip Podcast #24

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Nvidia's streaming service is live and Patrick Klepek looks at it as potentially being what people wanted from Stadia, Nic Reuben on Disco Elysium's new hardcore mode as a meaningful exploration of poverty, Archipel meets with SWERY for an Osaka drinking tour, Zack Kotzer considers how the themes of Death Stranding fit into Kojima's love and frequent use of Reagan-era action movie iconography and his anti-war beliefs, Justin Reeve examines the architecture of The Outer Worlds, Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous and The Wonderful 101 Remastered Kickstarters launch, Dustin Bailey looks at the project to preserve 38,000 flash games, Writing on Games discusses the games of Keita Takahashi, Errant Signal plays three interesting indie games, new trailer for Final Fantasy VII, The Game Overanalyser explores the ways that video games confront loneliness, 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)
    (Any links or embedded posts not showing up correctly seems to currently be an issue with the Chrome browser)
    FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Theme Song Trailer (Closed Captions)
    Crusader Kings 3 introduces us to new Lifestyles, and brings back some favourites
    The Ninja Robot Metroidvania Kunai Is Coming to Switch and PC This Week
    Switch mech shooter Daemon X Machina is heading to PC next week
    The Behemoth announce a new Alien Hominid, ageing me tremendously
    Florence’s sweet, subtle story coming to Nintendo Switch and PC
    Oh huh, King's Bounty 2 looks more like a modern RPG than I'd expected
    Black Book trailer reveals a shadowy world of Slavic myths and card-based combat
    If you miss classic Rainbow Six strategy, Door Kickers 2 will be out this summer
    Interview: CD PROJEKT Red’s John Mamais talks Cyberpunk 2077’s creation, VR, DLC, Nintendo Switch, and more

    Inkle Studios' next game is an Arthurian story
    Granblue Fantasy: Versus - Launch Date Announcement Trailer
    Ben and Dan finally delve into the Lair of the Clockwork God this month
    MechWarrior 5 has better modding tools and DLC on the way
    Every Flash game disappears forever in 2020 – but this project has preserved 38,000 of them

    Blizzard’s updated policy gives it ownership of all custom games and mods created in its games

    The outrage over Warcraft 3: Reforged, explained
    Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

    Sega Europe Ditches Plastic Game Boxes On PC, Everyone Else Should Follow
    Steam has set a record after hitting its highest player-count ever
    Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser Is Leaving The Company

    Discord cuts its library and activity feed to stay “fast and clean”

    Is Nvidia Building the Thing People Actually Wanted From Stadia?

    PC gamers in China are getting free porn games to encourage them to stay inside

    Kentucky schools ban Fortnite esports – “there is no place for shooter games in our schools”

    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
    The Wonderful 101: Remastered
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    Can a solo indie developer use ray tracing in their game?

    The Rod Fergusson Interview: How Gears of War's Studio Head Earned His Reputation as the "Closer"

    The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving

    It's Kojima Time

    Master of Orion

    Forget Sephiroth, Final Fantasy 14’s Emet Selch is the series’ best villain

    The Quiet, Enduring Success of The Lord of the Rings Online

    'Kentucky Route Zero' Pays Off on Nine Years of Hope and Doubt

    The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’
    Busy and Poor: The Gentle Violence of Kentucky Route Zero
    Why 'Loom' Remains the Hidden Gem of Lucasfilm Adventures

    Some Things Last Forever

    Socialism in One Solar System
    The Beautiful Lies of 198X

    Arkham Asylum Handled Lore Better Than Most Batman Stories – By Ignoring It

    The Sacred Engine

    Playing Celeste's Farewell DLC is a masterpiece of High Resolution Play

    Why I love failing in Disco Elysium

    Disco Elysium’s Hardcore Mode is just one way games can meaningfully explore poverty
    Blips 5: Kings, Robocops, and Clay "Comedy" Games
    The Rise and Fall of Soldier of Fortune
    Wattam: Keita Takahashi and the Power of Play
    Alone Together | How Video Games Confront Loneliness
    Making Shovel Knight's Signature Moves | Game Maker's Toolkit
    History Respawned: Anno 1800
    Trying to Untangle Death Stranding [Full Spoilers]
    Blade Runner Review
    An Osaka drinking tour with SWERY
    Gish - Designing An Indie Game Cult Classic

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Daryl Talks Games on the way music is connected to your long term memories, People Make Games interviews Hearthstone player Blitzchung, Caroyln Petit on the uncomfortable relevance of replaying Kentucky Route Zero while looking for work, Grace discusses A Plague Tale and the way that games tend to imagine similar apocalypses due to an inability to imagine a better or changing world, Kenneth Shepard talks with indie developers about what it is like showing games at PAX and what the goal is, Nintendo doesn’t have to refund digital preorders, Luke Winkie on the way that large studios now just admit to crunch now that they can't hide it, Kirk McKeand speaks to voice actors on the dangers of vocal strain, Andrew Kuhar speaks with Kentucky Route Zero developers about finishing their game after seven years, Noclip gets a look at the new enemies in Doom Eternal, 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)
    Nioh 2: New Story Trailer and Post-Launch DLC Revealed
    The tactics game based on The Dark Crystal comes out next month
    Crusader Kings 3 is taking the grand strategy series deeper into RPG territory

    Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Gameplay Details for Special Skills, Moves, More
    Torchlight Frontiers Is Now Torchlight 3, No Longer F2P
    Patapon 2 Remastered - Official Announcement Trailer
    Ballistic Craft is a bullet hell where you design the crazy weapons
    Lost Words gets a new trailer at the New York Video Game Awards
    Designing DOOM Eternal's New & Classic Demons
    Prison Princess Trailer Shows How to Bust Out of Jail
    Persona 5 Royal Phantom Thieves Trailer and DLC Details Break in to Break Out
    Everything You Need to Know About Battlefield V's 'Into the Jungle' Update
    Disco Elysium update brings Hardcore mode, widescreen support to the game
    Gorgeous Tactical RPG Duelyst Is Shutting Down Next Month

    Tencent bids to acquire 100% of Funcom


    Nintendo doesn’t have to refund digital preorders, according to European court

    Frame Fatales, the all-women speedrunning event, returns in February

    “Illegal gambling games” should not mean videogames, according to Washington state bill

    The Mass Effect trilogy remaster everyone wants is already here - thanks to modders

    Overwatch League, Call Of Duty League, And Hearthstone Esports Will Air On YouTube, Not Twitch

    China’s League of Legends Pro League delayed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    “My throat was bleeding” – the dangers of vocal strain in video game VO

    Big studios can't hide crunch anymore, so they just admit to it

    How the creators of Kentucky Route Zero ended their seven-year saga

    The Warcraft 3 Reforged Interview: Blizzard on Keeping the Remake "Pure"

    Balancing Act: How Developers Make Games "Fair"

    The Rise of the Information Game

    What it’s Like Showing an Indie Game at PAX

    GDC Survey
    Exhumed: The Art of MMO Necromancy

    How modders and veterans created Squad, a military sim like no other

    Hard Times: Revisiting Acts I-IV of Kentucky Route Zero While Desperately Looking for Work

    Wrath Is A Retro Shooter Done Right

    Temtem is the best Pokémon game in years

    How Mass Effect 2 Made Garrus More Than Just Another Squadmate, And Created an Iconic Character in the Process


    What is an Apocalypse? A Plague Tale: Innocence and the Failures of Prestige Game Storytelling

    Stardew Valley Tries to Have a Better Conversation About Disability, But Does It?

    “You want STARS? I’ll give you STARS!”

    Frostpunk: The Last Autumn shows compassion matters in climate crises

    Cooly Skunk: how a lost Super NES game was miraculously recovered via satellite download
    Games Should Leave You Wanting More
    Meeting Blitzchung, the Hearthstone pro banned for his politics
    King's QUESTROSPECTIVE - How Roberta Williams Designed A Game Changer
    Fundamentals of Game Animation Feel
    How Music Encodes Your Memories
    Examining CD Projekt Red's Overlooked Witcher Game
    Why Art Games are Important | How Avant-Garde Games have Changed Game Design
    It's OK If Your Idea Is Not New | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#10)
    Shovel Knight's Epic Development - Noclip Podcast #23