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    This Week In Gaming 5-21-19


    Noclip talks to former Telltale employees about the highs and lows of the studio, Ian Boudreau plays Project Hospital with a hospital director and finds that the game helps him understand the broken US healthcare system, Cool Ghosts return with new episode in their dead guys watching TV and reflecting on games series, CaseyExplosion and Dominic Tarason give thoughts on why the Epic Store sale can draw both anger and support from devs and what creating a successful store in this climate involves, Gwen Frey shares how Epic Store deal stopped her from having to sell to a publisher and how they promoted her work, Jacob Geller discusses the attacks faced by modern and experimental art both in videos games and in the wider art world, Liam Triforce looks at the Half Life series to see why it deserves to be revered and remembered, Kimimi's analysis of how Devil May Cry 5's final boss avoids typical tropes and how it focuses on the personalities of the cast, 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)


    Signs of the Sojourner is a card game with chats instead of battles


    Deck-building games typically give you cards that represent weapons or spells or a big orc who wants to smash heads. Sometimes you get a field. Your deck is your arsenal. Not so in Signs of the Sojourner, however, where you must use cards to forge connections with people and develop your personality.


    Roadwarden is an upcoming wilderness exploration interactive fiction, with a demo out now



    There’s so much appeal to just wandering about in games, which is perhaps what first drew me to Roadwarden. The game’s named for the job title of its protagonist, one of the few people who explore the wilderness in its setting. “They deliver messages, assist merchants, burn human corpses, and, if possible, get rid of beasts and highwaymen,” says the opening description. And there’s a demo available now, so you can see if this is the right career path for you.


    System Shock 3 ‘has a lot of interest from publishers’



    System Shock 3’s search for a new publisher has attracted “a lot of interest”, according to OtherSide Entertainment, but the studio’s not ruling out self-publishing the game if it has to.


    Mech strategy Phantom Brigade has a new combat system that lets you peer into the future


    The upcoming strategy from Brace Yourself Games combines turn-based planning with real time action.


    Clan Introduction - Toreador - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2


    Obsessed with beauty in all forms, there are those Toreador who would claim that their Clan only chooses the most accomplished artists of each generation - whether they wielded the brush, the pen, their voice, body or mind. It'd only be half a lie. Influencing the political, social, and cultural elite, the Toreador have been well entrenched within Seattle's power structure since its days as a pioneer settlement.


    George R.R. Martin: “I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan”


    Back in March, YouTube channel Spawn Wave published a video discussing a rumor regarding the next project from Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer From Software, which stated it is an open-world title on which George R.R. Martin is one of the lead writers, with various kingdoms to visit and abilities to obtain from killing the leaders of those kingdoms.


    The Full Story Behind Marvel Heroes' Development


    In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show podcast, Ben Hanson interviews David Brevik about working on the Diablo-inspired Action-RPG Marvel Heroes while at Gazillion and what lessons it pulled from Marvel Ultimate Alliance.


    Persona Q2 Has Me In An Extremely Fun Feedback Loop



    Persona Q, a 2014 turn-based role-playing game for the 3DS, put Persona 3 and 4 characters into an extended “what-if” scenario where they had to band together and navigate gigantic labyrinths to escape an abandoned high school. It’s easily one of my favorite 3DS games, so you can imagine I was pretty hype for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, out June 4 on the 3DS. It’s a sequel that brings the Phantom Thieves from Persona 5 into the mix. I’m 25 hours in, and I have barely been able to put the game down.


    Until Dawn dev's new nautical horror Man of Medan gets an August release date


    Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games has revealed that Man of Medan, the first instalment in its Dark Pictures Anthology horror series, will be scaring up a storm on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on 30th August.


    Codemasters reveals an all-new Grid


    Codemasters has just announced that an all-new Grid will be coming to consoles and PC later this year, with the fourth instalment in the series - called, simply, Grid - out on September 13th.


    Sources: Call of Duty 2020 In Upheaval As Treyarch Takes Over, Plans Black Ops 5



    Next year’s Call of Duty has gone through a major upheaval, as publisher Activision informed developers this week that studios Raven and Sledgehammer, which had until now led the project, will no longer be in charge. Instead, according to three people familiar with goings-on at the companies, Treyarch will lead development on a new Black Ops for 2020.


    Lords of the Fallen 2 studios fall out over quality of work, one leaves project



    "We categorically disagree with the portrayal of Defiant Studios made by CI Games."

    Lords Of The Fallen 2 drops new devs Defiant Studios


    Despite the first game being a bit rubbish, publisher City Interactive Games are insistent on making Lords Of The Fallen 2 a thing. They’ve also booted recently-hired developers Defiant Studios from it just one year into production. As reported (and translated from Polish) by Eurogamer, the publisher announced via a press release that their partnership was being terminated over “inadequate execution by Defiant [of] a key work stage”. It seems that the publisher were unhappy with both the quality and timeliness of the project, although Defiant disagree with CI’s portrayal of their company.


    Conglomerate 451 brings cyberpunk dungeon crawling to early access next week


    Dungeon-crawling hackathon Conglomerate 451 will be hitting Steam early access next week, opening its maglev doors to a world of grimy concrete and pink neon. Players will be able to hack themselves and the world around them in an attempt to overcome the baddies without sustaining ongoing injuries or agent death, the latter of which will necessitate wheeling out a fresh clone who might have the same face but won’t remember any of the upgrades they received before death. A fitting way of dealing with new recruits, considering the genre. Here’s a trailer showing off some of the fighting and biomodding.


    Fade to Silence’s antagonist is a Lovecraftian GLaDOS that wants to see you fail


    There’s little company in the frozen wastes of Fade to Silence. The world as we know it has been lost to an eternal winter, and a harsh landscape of ice and snow now smothers the Earth. The post-apocalypse is a lonely place. With most of the population dead, it’s difficult to find any survivors, let alone one who can lighten the mood with a casual chit-chat.


    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Liu Bei Launch Trailer [PEGI UK]


    A hero rises as a nation crumbles. With Han dynasty blood flowing through his veins and a heart that beats only for the good of his country, Liu Bei stands unwavering against incredible odds. His foes have more money, money troops, more weapons, and more land. But Liu Bei? He has the people…

    Total War: Three Kingdom’s ‘Chapter Packs’ DLC will advance your hero’s story


    With just days to go until the launch of Total War: Three Kingdoms DLC, developer Creative Assembly has dangled a big old carrot in front of us, revealing that there are some exciting goodies to come soon.


    Rainbow Six Siege Phantom Sight release date – all the latest details


    The Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Sight release date is just around the corner and as usual, it promises to bring two new operators, a new map in the form of a Kafe rework, and a haul of balancing changes. Usually, we’re left waiting for solid details on the upcoming new operators and their loadouts right up until the official reveal at the Rainbow Six Pro League Finals, however this operation has been rife with leaks so there’s plenty to dig into ahead of the official unveiling.


    Metro Exodus expansions will tell the tales of a lost colonel and an American survivor



    The first of two planned DLC releases will be out this summer.


    Epic launches its own version of the Steam summer sale



    If you happened to buy one of the discounted titles between 2nd and 15th May, Epic will also refund you the difference in price between what you paid then and during the sale - including that extra £10 off. Customers who pre-ordered titles that haven't launched yet will similarly be refunded £10.

    Hades’ Epic Games store price hike “stemmed from a miscommunication”


    The Epic Games store sale kicked off yesterday, with discounts of up to 75% and a further $10/£10 reduction on all games priced at $14.99/£13.99 or above. It’s certainly a generous set of offers, but it’s not exactly gone off without a hitch.

    Hades pricing and the Epic Mega Sale


    After the sale is over, on June 14, we will be raising the game's retail price to $24.99. We had intended to raise the retail price of the game soon, but made the decision rashly as part of the sale -- we didn't provide advance notice to our customers, despite previously stating we would do so. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize.

    "I Was Saved By an [Epic Games Store] Exclusivity Deal," Says Indie Dev


    The Epic Games Store exclusivity drama continues as recently a successful indie developer promised not to "sell [their] souls" to get on the Epic Games Store. Now one dev says that this feeling isn't universal as they say they were "saved" by an Epic exclusivity deal.


    Steam user scores boost a game’s store placement – mixed is 500% better than negative



    Valve has decided against dropping Unity’s positive review score, in part because it wouldn’t affect the game’s visibility much – but the blog post also gives us a rare bit of insight into how the store’s algorithm works. “Games receive a ‘boost’ based upon which user review bucket they’re in (Mixed, Mostly Positive, etc). The actual boost amount is quite small relative to other factors in the Store, and it’s essentially the same for all the Mixed or above review buckets.”

    Valve lets players avoid toxic people in DOTA 2, charges for the privilege


    Experimental Avoid Player feature included in $9.99 battle pass


    CD Projekt promises less crunch on Cyberpunk 2077 than The Witcher 3



    As developers, fans, and industry figures continue to speak out against crunch in game development, CD Projekt bosses Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwiński have pledged to improve things at the studio. The Witcher 3, now broadly regarded as one of the best games in recent memory, was the subject of a notoriously bad crunch period.


    Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership



    Companies to collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences and AI solutions

    Report: Microsoft And Sony's Cloud Gaming Collaboration Caught The PlayStation Team By Surprise


    It was a surprise to say the least last week when news broke of a vague agreement between Microsoft and Sony—normally arch rivals in the console gaming space—to team up on “new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences”. If you think you were shocked, though, spare a thought for the PlayStation team.

    Xbox boss Phil Spencer pledges improved safety and inclusivity in online games


    Microsoft is developing new programs to help ensure gamer safety, and will share them with the industry as a whole.


    Riot Games stands firm against walkout employees' demands



    The employee walkout at Riot Games appears to be be having no effect on the company's position, as management confirmed they will continue to use private arbitration for the ongoing legal battles it fights.

    Riot Walkout Organizers Release Statement Saying They're "Disappointed" By Company's Decision on Forced Arbitration


    Without a solution on forced arbitration, Rioters are going to keep resisting the company.


    Indie Developer Accused Of Plagiarism Says It Was An 'Intentional' Reference



    A Reddit user’s Sunday post comparing lines in the 2019 indie game YIIK: A Postmodern RPG to passages from novelist Haruki Murakami has led to charges that the game plagiarized the award-winning writer.


    Tencent acquires Sharkmob



    Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tencent has at least a share of numerous developers throughout the games industry, including Sharkmob's fellow aquatically themed Swedish studio Fatshark, Frontier Developments, Riot Games, Supercell, Miniclip, Epic Games, Netmarble and Paradox Interactive.


    Nippon Ichi Software reportedly unable to pay staff after Disgaea RPG teething problems



    Japanese developer issues warrant to sell stock at reduced price


    Unity slammed over engine features supporting the gambling industry



    Developer removes posts detailing "especially helpful" real-money gaming features


    China is the next battleground for Epic and Steam, but why haven't they been banned?



    With no announcement, the Epic Games Store is now available in China.


    U.S. Senator Says His Anti-Loot Box Bill Has The Video Game Industry Worried



    Is Republican senator Josh Hawley an advocate for video game players or an ambitious politician with a savvy staff who know a win-win argument when they see one? The freshman senator from Missouri, who plans to soon introduce a bill that will ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions, spoke to Kotaku yesterday about his plans.

    Nintendo to shut down Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem mobile games in Belgium over loot box law fears


    Nintendo mobile games Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes will be shut down in Belgium at the end of August.


    Sega's Judgment Going Back On Sale In Japan



    This past March, actor and musician Pierre Taki, who voiced yakuza Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, was arrested for alleged illegal drug use. Sega decided to cease sales of the game in Japan. It will go back on sale this July with another actor playing Hamura.


    Esports News


    Losing in slow motion: How it feels to flame out on Hearthstone’s biggest stage



    We spoke to some of the competitors who didn’t win the World Championship to see how they put themselves back together again.


    LCS demands removal of Echo Fox investor who used racist slur


    A report surfaced last month that Echo Fox founder Rick Fox had threatened to leave the company over an investor's use of racist language in an email sent to former Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall. The report prompted Riot Games to launch its own investigation into the allegations—Echo Fox maintains LCS [League of Legends Championship Series] and Academy [an LCS development league] teams—saying that it would "respond accordingly, based on available actions within our team agreements and the LCS Rules."


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


    The Fight To Make Games Accessible For Everyone



    In the decades since their inception, video games have blossomed from their humble origins into a fully-fledged (not to mention handsomely profitable) art form. Around the world, gamers have been seduced by the power and escapism that digital worlds like Skyrim and Hyrule offer and moved by poignant storytelling in titles like What Remains Of Edith Finch. A large portion of consumers and developers have often trumpeted the belief that games are for everyone. However, for a large portion of the gaming population that belief is a hollow fantasy.


    How to support videogames in 2019



    As a critic, I’m trying to learn enough, ask enough questions and listen closely enough to speak not to consumer, but to creators. It’s not my task to tell you what to buy and enjoy, but I hope to reach creators and readers with awareness of their taste and tell them why I think something works or not, to offer a different perspective as someone who is attached to the experience in their own way, but not attached as a creator. You can often tell if a game has been affected by its development, and even if you can’t, you might be able to support or soothe fears the developers already had when they were making something.


    How Final Fantasy IX's Strategy Guide Turned Out So Horrible (And Other Answers From A Veteran Guide Writer)



    “The thing about strategy guide publishing is that it’s a parasitic industry,” says Doug Walsh, who spent 18 years writing video game guides for the two biggest publishers, BradyGames and Prima. Perhaps that’s why the infamous Final Fantasy IX guide turned out the way it did.


    Divinity: Original Sin’s team “love it” when players break the game



    Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an exceptional game about trying to overcome impossible odds – demons, ancient evils, even giant blobs of sentient oil. You can pretty much become a god as you level up, unleashing your powers on everything that stands in your way, but no matter how mighty you get, many of the fights will still be tough. That’s no accident.


    Top Streamers Said To Earn $50,000 An Hour Playing New Games



    Top Twitch streamers can make $50,000 per hour streaming new video games, the Wall Street Journal said in a weekend report. Kotaku spoke with industry sources who confirmed the report, adding that $50,000 per hour wasn’t even the highest figure they’d seen.


    Why Games Need Better Non-Player Characters



    The best stories illuminate how interconnected we all are


    Now I’m motivated!



    That’s where the magic lies, in the a back-and-forth alchemy where player, character, and boss meet and their reactions to the actual battle as you choose to play it, not through cutscene chatter or flashy but ultimately hollow QTEs. You’re doing this. You’re doing all of this – and you can trust that the game will respond to every last drop of extra effort you put in and do its best to play along with you.


    ‘Project Hospital’ is A Great Way to Understand Our Broken Healthcare System



    My father has run emergency rooms for years, but I didn't fully understand his job until we played a game together.


    Heaven’s Vault rewards replays by forcing you to live the theory you’re investigating



    In managing to incorporate the idea of replaying the game into the game’s story itself with subtlety and style, Heaven’s Vault is one of those experiences that shows what the medium can do that others cannot; it’s hard to imagine capturing this in quite the same way without play. But Heaven’s Vault does have a close cousin in film: Arrival, based on Ted Chiang’s novella “Story of Your Life.” Both stories are narrative circles that nevertheless advance. The story does not truly end in the same place it started.

    Heaven’s Vault is one of the few video games to achieve the same effect.


    Persona Can’t Do Women Justice Without Fixing its Conservatism



    Ann’s character, though actually complex and interesting, is ultimately wasted by the game continuously forcing her into the box of “hot, ditzy model” because of the way she embodies her femininity. Futaba, Makoto, and Haru all avoid this because the tropes they embody are meant to be taken more seriously. But Ann’s status as a hot, blonde model constantly pushes her into the role of thirst object, even when this is in direct opposition to the trauma she’s faced. No matter how much she manages to grow, the game always is always policing her, pushing her back into the sexy trope she fought so hard to escape from because of how she presents to the world. This isn’t the only time the Persona franchise has gone down questionable routes with gender.


    Rage 2 is a fun game that makes me feel like garbage



    Rage 2 uses my birth defect as a crude shorthand for mutant freak

    The Lazy Design Aesthetic of Misrepresenting Genetic Conditions


    As a geneticist, “mutant” certainly has a different, more specific meaning to me than it does to the average person. For most, the word “mutant” probably conjures images of humanoid ninja turtles, or the comic book superheroes of the X-Men, or maybe the giant orc-adjacent monstrosities of the Fallout series. But for me, “mutant” is a technical term—something we use in my profession to describe a variant form of a gene. I cannot think of a time where, in the professional setting, I’ve heard a human patient referred to as a “mutant”. Rather, they may carry a “mutant gene” or, even more likely, a “mutation”. I do not believe this is due to some pejorative meaning to the term “mutant” per se, but rather because every single one of us is carrying around “mutations” in our genome. Most of those mutations are benign, causing no obvious phenotypic effect. Therefore, calling one specific person a “mutant” in a general sense is rather meaningless.


    Telltale: The Human Stories Behind The Games


    Who were the people behind the games at Telltale, and how did its sudden closure affect them? We talk to four former Telltale Games employees about the highs and lows of their time at the studio, and the human cost of games development.


    Who’s Afraid of Modern Art: Vandalism, Video Games, and Fascism


    A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token...how often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent.


    Episode 3 Cool Ghosts


    Support Cool Ghosts: http://www.patreon.com/coolghosts


    TIMING - The 12 Principles of Animation - New Frame Plus


    Let's talk about the 12 Principles of Animation and how they apply to games! What role does Timing play in Shadow of the Colossus, Street Fighter and Dark Souls?

    Support New Frame Plus on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/newframeplus


    Building Mario Levels with Machine Learning | AI and Games


    It's been 10 years since the first ever Mario AI Competition, so I return to the world of Super Mario level generation research and catch up one some of the more interesting examples that have arisen in recent years.



    Alucard's Running Animation


    The video may come across as sarcastic at first, but understand that I'm comically trying to provide an argument from both sides. This run cycle is so damn silky smooth and lovely, it's easily one of the best run cycles out there. But why not make it entertaining on the way ;-)



    How To Make an Indie Game Trailer | Game Maker's Toolkit


    Making a strong trailer for your game can be a huge challenge, so I’ve collected a bunch of tips and best practices from the industry’s top trailer makers. More resources can be found in the description, below.

    Support Game Maker's Toolkit on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/GameMakersToolkit


    Half-Life Retrospective | Liam Triforce


    An exhaustive analysis of the Half-Life series, discussing just why it deserves to be revered and remembered today. This video took a very long time to make, and for good reason.


    0:00 Intro
    2:08 Prologue - Forming Valve
    4:28 Chapter One - Half-Life
    25:58 Chapter Two - The Legacy of Half-Life
    32:37 Chapter Three - Following Up a Masterpiece
    39:13 Chapter Four - Half-Life 2
    1:05:06 Chapter Five - The Legacy of Half-Life 2
    1:09:28 Chapter Six - Half-Life 2: Episode One
    1:15:15 Chapter Seven - Half-Life 2: Episode Two
    1:23:24 Chapter Eight - A Decade of Silence
    1:44:53 Conclusion

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    You Need To Play Katana Zero


    Let's talk about the best samurai simulator to come out this year!



    Atmosphere and Motivic Development in Hollow Knight's Soundtrack


    The world of Hollow Knight feels unlike any other game world I've ever played, with a thick atmosphere that makes each area an utter joy to explore. This is in no small part due to the wonderful soundtrack to the game, composed by Christopher Larkin, and in this video I attempt to explain part of how the music aids in creating the game's atmosphere by dissecting the City of Tears, Soul Sanctum, and Soul Master themes.

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    Mongolia's Video Game Grit


    Life can be challenging in Mongolia, but game fans of all stripes still find ways to play.

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    Ubisoft’s Accessible Design Workshop | Ubisoft [NA]


    In November 2018, Ubisoft organized an Accessible Design Workshop in Montreal. Here is why we did it and what we learned from this experience!


    Suda51 Breaks Down His Iconic Career | Audio Logs


    From his early days as a hearse driver to collaborating with Hollywood heavyweights like James Gunn, cult video game director Suda51 walks us through his eclectic career.


    How Localizing Return of the Obra Dinn Nearly Sunk the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica


    Lucas Pope, creator of Return of the Obra Dinn, explains how the localization of the game's logbook put the game in some seriously dangerous waters.


    BBC GTA Interview Archive


    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry


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