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  • 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

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Daniel Tack interviews the founder of Larian about their rise to greatness, Jeremy Signor covers how Disco Elysium handles finding beauty and redemption in a cynical world while showing what makes role playing powerful, Martin Robinson covers the story of the development of Horace one of the year's "overlooked masterpieces," Super Bunnyhop on gaming while colorblind, The ESRB opens their doors for the first time to be interviewed by Noclip, smaller developer posts misleading screenshot to make things up about indie game coverage while writers discuss how things actually work, Youtube's ToS update says it can ban users that are "no longer commercially viable," Grace and Cole Henry discuss Gears of War's narrative struggle with the series own business model alongside the character's struggle for survival, Holly Green interviews Death Stranding's sound designer, New Frame Plus looks at the effects animations in Hollow Knight, 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)
    Bad king simulator Yes, Your Grace has a beta next week you can sign up for
    New Gameplay Today – Diablo IV's Druid
    How Blizzard Approached Diablo IV's Story
    Inside The Bizarre Development Of Shenmue III

    Minute Of Islands Is A Stunning Playable Cartoon | Minute Of Islands Gameplay
    Cloudpunk Is A Cyberpunk Courier Sim | Cloudpunk Gameplay
    Ministry Of Broadcast Gameplay | Prince Of Persia Meets The Hunger Games
    Eldest Souls Is A Gorgeous Pixel Art Souls-Like | Eldest Souls Gameplay
    The SaGa Series Dares To Be Different, And That’s Why It’s Special

    I wouldn't expect a Pillars Of Eternity 3 soon

    We Happy Few DLC ‘We All Fall Down’ launches November 19
    Rainbow Six Siege Shifting Tides release date: all the latest details
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood update includes the new Treasure Hunt mission, new maps, abilities, enemies, more
    Congressman Shames Blizzard for Letting Nazis Run Wild in 'World of Warcraft'
    Jeff Kaplan wants Blitzchung's punishment 'reduced more or eliminated'

    YouTuber's Lifetime Fortnite Ban Opens Conversation About Fair Punishments For Cheating
    Epic is suing another tester for leaking Fortnite Chapter 2 content

    Epic Games acquires photogrammetry asset library and toolset maker Quixel
    Some Markiplier fans had their Google Accounts banned due to YouTube emote spam
    YouTube can now delete accounts that aren't "commercially viable"
    Manveer Heir Aims to Accelerate Diversity in Video Games with Brass Lion Entertainment
    Death Stranding: Game with poop grenades “difficult to understand” for Americans, says Kojima

    China institutes new game curfews limiting kids to 90 minutes a day

    'Mario Maker 2' Creators Are Using Cryptography to Make Impossible Levels
    Esports News
    Massive Scandal Hits FIFA Community As Cowardly Pros Avoid Playing Each Other

    China’s FPX wins 2019 League of Legends World Championship finals
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
    Book of Travels | A serene online RPG
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
    A Knight In Shining Armor – Swen Vincke Talks The Long Road Of Larian Studios

    The Sound of Death Stranding: Behind the Score of Hideo Kojima's New Game

    Horace's incredible journey
    Devs Lying About Site Coverage
    Tweets formerly had Stardock's CEO making things up about how freelancers are paid by page views before being deleted, leading to missing parts above.
    How To Cover Video Game News When Everything's A Mess

    We are living in Hideo Kojima’s dystopian nightmare. Can he save us?
    Meet the Man Who Breaks Apart Your Favorite Games to Learn Their Secrets

    Disco Elysium and Finding the Beauty in a Cynical World

    “The World is a Tough Place, but We All Live in It,” by Reid McCarter
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Is a Brutal and Disconcerting Portrayal of Combat

    New York Tango: How Finnish Music and Culture Define Control

    There Will Be No Revolution in ‘The Outer Worlds’

    What Have We Got Left? Gears of War and Cyclical History

    Revival in Co-op Shooters and the Myth of the Lone Soldier
    Fire Emblem Three Houses non-Byleth relationships feel more significant

    Tread Carefully: Death Stranding and walking in games

    American Nomad – Death Stranding and Public Infrastructure
    Azel: Panzer Dragoon RPG

    Revisiting MediEvil, My Father’s Favorite Game, 20 Years Later

    I learned a valuable lesson about my uncle’s suicide in GTA 5 roleplay

    How Super Mario Maker is helping families bond by creating together

    CD Projekt Red has a The Witcher 3 regret, and it’s to do with Ciri’s tattoo

    Metal Slug: The Ultimate History Is A Very Impressive Book

    How Does the ESRB Rate Video Games?
    The Effects Animation of Hollow Knight
    Home, Home on the Console: From Red Dead Revolver to Red Dead Redemption 2
    Gaming While Colorblind
    Should I Know 'X'? | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#2)
    Things I missed from previous weeks
    Evolution of arcade games in Japan, the penny arcade nation / GAME CHRONICLE / IS JAPAN COOL?

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,

    Blizzcon announcements, previews, and protests. Matt Leone finds out what it was like working at Kojima Productions Los Angeles, Heather Alexandra covers how Death Stranding communicates themes of togetherness and worker solidarity through its systems and how it creates a desire to build something while Tim Rogers' hour long review looks at the game from five different perspectives, Dia Lacina asks if a game ever changed the way you act in the real world, Steven T. Wright profiles Cyrille Imbert the CEO of a company dedicated to resurrecting old games and franchises, Disco Elysium's creator talks about why they made a video game and their plans for the future, Game Maker's Toolkit looks at the world design of Hollow Knight, HeavyEyed on what makes Session the perfect game to represent skateboarding, strafefox tells the story of the making of Ecco the Dolphin, 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)
    Hong Kong Protests Are Growing Outside Of BlizzCon
    The biggest changes coming to Diablo 4
    Diablo 4 will not have an offline mode, and the game is 'not coming anytime soon'
    Hands-On With Diablo IV: Dungeon Delving With An Open-World Twist
    Overwatch 2: New Modes, New Hero, And Everything Else We Know So Far
    Overwatch 2 focuses on the story, but doesn't seem to correct any of its issues
    14 Minutes of Overwatch 2 Story Mission (Rio de Janeiro)
    Overwatch 2 - 5 Minutes Of The New PVP Mode "Push" Gameplay
    WoW Shadowlands Info: Blizzard Talks Player Choice, Customization, and More
    Blizzard says ‘we failed in our purpose’ after Hearthstone Hong Kong controversy
    Blizzard president clarifies decision to ban Hearthstone player and two casters over Hong Kong controversy
    Death Stranding - Official Story Gameplay Launch Trailer
    Hideo Kojima says Death Stranding is a reaction to 'Trump and Brexit'
    Norman Reedus is so happy he did Death Stranding instead of Silent Hills
    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 narrative director talks high expectations, demos and delays

    You can play Bloodlines 2 like it’s Untitled Vampire Game
    Keanu Reeves Loved Cyberpunk 2077 So Much He Had His Character’s ‘Screen Time’ Doubled

    Black Future '88 gives you 18 minutes until your heart explodes, out next month
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Official Majin Buu Arc Trailer
    Nebuchadnezzar channels classic city builders like Pharaoh and Zeus
    Terminator: Resistance - Official Gameplay Trailer
    Phoenix Point - The Disciples of Anu Faction Trailer
    Marvel’s Avengers trailer delves into hero customization, more
    The retro horror game Faith is coming to Steam with a brand-new chapter
    Acclaimed detective RPG Disco Elysium coming to Xbox One and PS4 next year
    Nioh 2 will release March 13, open beta detailed
    Soulcalibur 6 - Official Hilde Character Reveal Trailer
    Payday 2's first DLC in almost a year takes you along the Silk Road
    With no new title on the near horizon, Battlefield is returning to its roots
    Is Kotaku Dead? - Inside Gaming Daily
    Deadspin’s Last Staff Member Quits. But Deadspin Is Not Dead, the Boss Says.
    What Happened to Deadspin, According to the People Who Were There
    Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent

    Reggie Fils-Aimé to Be Awarded New York Game Awards' Legend Prize

    His Name Is Reggie, and He Is Still Happy - Talking to Ex-Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aimé

      The Ambitious Future of 'Dead Cells' Is Ditching Co-Ops For Capitalism

    Esports News
    Incredibly Stable Company WeWork Appears To Be Investing In Incredibly Stable Industry: Esports

    Who Is Jarvis and Why Is He Crying About Fortnite?

    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)
    What it was like working at Kojima Productions Los Angeles

    Cyrille Imbert, the Man Who Brings Gaming’s Past Back to Life

    Indivisible Creative Director On Making A Party-Based RPG That Feels Like A Fighting Game

    Why the Creator of Disco Elysium Hasn’t Read the Reviews, and What’s Next for the IP

    Disco Elysium’s writer wants to “lead the youth astray,” so he made a videogame
    Disco Elysium writer doesn’t “want to be like JK Rowling” – “our Dumbledore is already out”
    No Truce With The Disco
    The story behind Parvati, the internet’s favorite Outer Worlds companion

    How the Janitors in White Day: A Labyrinth Named School Made Me Change How I Act in the Real World

    The New Weird and racist structures

    The Poster and the Wall: The Society and/of Control
    Death Stranding: The Kotaku Review

    How The Missing combines survival horror and puzzle platforming to capture queer hope

    “My Cool Friend, Blood,” by Zack Kotzer

    The Slow Burn Arthouse Horror of The Space Between
    John Wick Hex and the Problems of Adaptation
    Session Is More Than Just Skate 4 // HeavyEyed
    How Does the Blair Witch Game Compare to the Movies? [SPOILERS]
    The Making of Ecco the Dolphin
    The World Design of Hollow Knight | Boss Keys
    Noclip Podcast #13 - Horror Game Spooktacular