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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
    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

    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)
    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

    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


    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)
    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

    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

    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

    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