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    This Week In Gaming 7-31-18


    Quantic Dream loses court case over employee harassment, Patrick Klepek highlights games and developer accounts of how misspellings in code effected them and the time it can take to fix, Games As Literature and game composer Jake Butineau's analysis of Transistor, Dead Cells developer on paying every employee the same wage, Noah Caldwell-Gervais' Max Payne retrospective, Stephanie Chan on how the Tehran Game Convention shows global politics won’t stop gaming’s growth, America's Got Talent choir sings Civilization 4 theme, Arc System Works releases music video to celebrate 30th anniversary, ex-moderator Christopher Williams explains how company policies and procedures protect the worst abusers at the expense of players and employees, part two and three of Caty McCarthy's series on the evolution of game writing, Luke Winkie covers what it is like to launch an indie game in 2018, James Batchelor on the results of game industry careers surveys, and more.



    Angry Army Weekly (Jayson's Weekly News Video)


    Angry Army Weekly | Is A Bad Game Doomed To Be Bad Forever?


    Hey, I've been sick this week but I didn't want to miss the scheduled video so here's a bit of an unscripted word vomit video. Thanks for watching!


    Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)


    Steel Division 2 - Announcement trailer


    Find out more at http://steeldivision2.com. Preview coming soon on http://www.pcgamer.com.


    A police game that asks you to think before shooting



    Police Stories is tense, exciting, and ideally not so deadly.


    Cyberpunk 2077 quest designer says it's 'inherently political'



    "Cyberpunk 2077 is a game about people with power at the top and people at the bottom with none", he replied. "That power can come from money, hierarchies, technology and violence. The original Cyberpunk 2020 setting, like the setting of The Witcher stories, was a complex critique of the author's world, and we don't shy away from that in our games. On the contrary I think it's one of the things that sets us apart [...] Cyberpunk is an inherently political genre and it's an inherently political franchise."

    Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt RED Explains Why They Have Character Customization In Spite of First Person View


    You might be aware of this by now, but Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a first person game. What it’s also going to have is a character customization toolset, that lets you alter the physical appearance of who you’ll be playing is- you don’t often see these two things in a single game at the same time. If you’re playing in first person, you don’t see much of your character other than their hands, so why bother with altering their appearance, right? In the past CDPR has addressed this issue but in a new interview, one of their developers has further clarified why they are going with this direction.


    Devil's Hunt is a new action game that will take you to hell and back again


    The war between Demons and Angels takes you to hell and back in this third person action game. You are Desmond, the one man with demonic powers who can decide the fate of our world by joining either side of the conflict.


    Battlefield 5’s Grand Operations mode will be playable at launch, EA says



    Battlefield V’s epic Grand Operations mode, described by EA as “the ultimate multiplayer experience”, will be available at launch after all. EA/DICE updated a post on the game’s website describing the mode and how it will play, and said that plans have changed since July 9, when the post was originally written. Then, the plan was to introduce Grand Operations "shortly after launch," but the update July 27th revised the post to clarify that the massive mode will be available when Battlefield V launches this fall.


    How to make a game about drinking with Satan



    Sean Krankel, founder and CEO of development team Night School Studio, sounds surprised when I tell him his company is nearly four years old. In his head, he says, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. In his head, he says, it’s still weird to not be the studio just making the company’s first game, Oxenfree.


    Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the Human Impact of Archaeology



    This past E3 I got a chance to play a demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third installment in the series reboot since its initial debut back in 2013. In this latest sequel, the game travels to the legendary city of Paititi, blending aspects of both Mayan and Incan cultures as the backdrop to Lara Croft’s adventures in Peru. With input from academics and historians, the developers have blurred the line between the factual and the fictitious, skirting the edge of plausibility to make a game that feels real, but without the added weight and time needed to faithfully create a more authentic experience. It raises the question if cultural appropriation can occur within a fantasy scenario. If so, does accuracy do more harm than good?

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider adds to Lara Croft’s acrobatic moveset


    The rebooted Tomb Raider series has done an excellent job imparting a sense of high-altitude danger, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks like it’s expanding on that theme in a new gameplay video.


    Phantom Doctrine gameplay, explained


    Monster Hunter World dev explains why the PC version is such a CPU hog


    Monster Hunter World is a very CPU-intensive game, and this fact is demonstrated clearly in the PC version.


    Digimon’s 20th anniversary kicks off with new ‘survival sim RPG’ in 2019


    To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Digimon Anime, step into a mysterious world of monsters in Digimon Survive!

    Join Takuma and Agumon, craft your story and fight your way back home in this Survival Simulation RPG. Coming to PS4, Switch, XB1 and PC Digital in 2019


    Yakuza Kiwami 2’s Latest Trailer Focuses On Kazuma Kiryu And Kaoru Sayama


    A new trailer has been released for Yakuza Kiwami 2. In this one and a half minute video, we get to see interactions between Kazuma Kiryu and Kaoru Sayama. She is a detective with the Osaka police department who ends up spending quite a bit of time with Kiryu over the course of the game.


    Valkyria Chronicles 4 Gets New Prologue Trailer In English, And Localization Talk From Sega


    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is headed Westward this September and Sega put in a lot of localization work that includes full English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish subs as well as full English voicing. Sega of America associate PR manager Jonathon Stebel and associate localization producer and lead for Valkyria Chronicles 4, Andrew Davis, took to the PlayStation Blog to dive inside the direction of the game’s English voice-over sessions.


    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Got Some New Gameplay, And Here’s What We Saw



    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice had its own area at ACGHK 2018 – a small room where around 9-10 people at a time could go inside and watch the latest gameplay footage of the upcoming From Software game. Unfortunately, both video recording and photo taking were restricted, so here is a recap of what can be seen in the gameplay, and what can be gleaned from it.


    Jump Force Bleach trailer showcases Ichigo, Rukia, and Aizen in action


    Jump Force mashes up the characters from some of anime’s most popular franchises, and it was no surprise to see Bleach officially confirmed for the roster last month. Now we’ve got a trailer showcasing how the Shinigami - or Soul Reapers, if you’re feeling nasty - will look in action when the brawler hits the scene next year.


    Make your own monsters with Concrete Genie


    Do you prefer a cute genie or a creepy genie?


    Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is an old-school RPG set in Lovecraft's horrific realm


    A demo for the upcoming isometric horror-RPG is available on Steam.


    The Sinking City Oozes Creepy Lovecraftian Cthulu...From Its Face


    Take a look at "A Close Shave," the new trailer for the dystopian, Lovecraft-inspired new game from BigBen Interactive and Frogwares.


    7 Reasons You'll Love The Resident Evil 2 Remake (Even if You Aren't A Fan)


    We got to play the Resident Evil 2 Remake demo at E3 2018, and as long time fans of Resident Evil, we were really impressed by what we saw. Sure, things are a little different, but we think that'll not only please old-school Resident Evil fans, but it might just tempt some new RCPD recruits too. New RE2 Remake gameplay captured on PS4 Pro.


    Sunless Skies release pushed back to January 2019



    It seems Sunless Skies, the narrative-building steampunk exploration game, is going to be wandering the uncharted darkness of Early Access a bit longer than anticipated. Developer Failbetter Games has announced Sunless Skies will now be launching in January, four months after the planned September launch.


    NBA Live 19 brings women to its career mode


    Mixed-gender games will also feature in EA Sports’ basketball series


    Earth Defense Force 5 Gets A New English Trailer


    A new Earth Defense Force 5 trailer has been released to get people excited about the English language version of the game. This new trailer looks at all the damage the invading insects will do.


    Eve Online developer CCP is working on a new “action-MMO”



    CCP Games - the studio behind Eve Online - is working on a brand-new “action-MMO” built in Unreal Engine 4. The game hasn’t been formally announced. Instead, this news comes as part of a partnership between Epic and CCP, which will see the Eve dev producing all its unannounced, upcoming titles exclusively in Unreal 4.


    Anamorphine, an adventure about coping with mental illness, comes out on July 31


    It was originally slated for a January release but technical troubles caused a delay.


    Endless Space 2 and Endless Legend to get new expansions in August


    Introducing Supremacy and Inferno.


    Forza's loot boxes and paid tokens are going away



    Prize Crates will be removed from Forza Motorsport 7 and not used in Forza Horizon 4, and paid tokens aren't returning.


    Rogue Legacy just got a big update after four years



    Cellar Door Games adds new content, new quality of life features


    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has been removed from sale without warning



    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is gone. Both the first action-RPG and its Civil War-themed sequel have been delisted from all digital storefronts including Steam, without any specific warning. If you already own the games, you’re safe to continue downloading and playing them, but if not, you’re going to need to hit eBay or the like for an old physical copy.


    Game Studio With No Bosses Pays Everyone The Same



    The game industry is not exactly known for valuing workers. Big studios are rife with soul-destroying crunch and end-of-project layoffs. French studio Motion Twin, developer of the Castlevania-inspired roguelike Dead Cells, is trying something different: Workers own and manage the company. There is no boss.


    Detroit, Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream loses employment court case



    Controversial games studio Quantic Dream, developer of PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human, has lost a court case against a former employee.


    Tiny Metal Dispute Settled With Former Employee Admitting Embezzlement Allegations "Contrary to the Truth"



    Ex-AREA35 publicly retracts embezzlement allegations against former employer.


    MidBoss picks up the pieces after employee abuse scandal



    Interim CEO and creative director discuss trying to save the 2064: Read Only Memories studio after founder accused of sexual harassment and employee mistreatment


    Portal 2 writer Jay Pinkerton is back at Valve



    It appears as though Jay Pinkerton has returned to Valve after spending a year away from the company. Some sharp-eyed redditors and Twitter users noticed that his name was back on Valve’s ‘People’ page earlier this week.

    Valve Adds Warnings To Steam To Protect Users From Scam Items


    Yesterday, an issue that’s been simmering below the surface of Steam for a few weeks came to a head: Unscrupulous developers were releasing games that contained dummy items masquerading as Team Fortress 2 and DoTA 2 rarities that sell for hundreds of dollars. Now Valve has addressed the issue.

    Steam is hitting its biggest user count decline in years


    Steam numbers are on a downward trend, and it’s a much bigger decline than we’ve seen in the past. What’s to blame? As with a lot of industry trends at this point, you can probably point to battle royale as one major contributor, though that may not be the full story.


    Nvidia GTX 1180 GPU release date, rumours, and performance



    Nvidia’s GTX 1180 graphics card is coming, and now we’ve got a good idea when, with a potential reveal on August 20 before Gamescom. The GeForce GPU’s release date is still under wraps, but the next-gen is set to launch around August - September.


    Unity says strange emails sent to developers were caused by 'human error'


    "We have already started making changes based on both the negative and positive feedback."


    The art of failing: What 11 bit Studios learnt from Beat Cop



    "Controversial is good as long as it is grounded in ideas that are true and that are also are not harmful to anyone," he says. "We were trying to do that. Unfortunately some people might get offended in the process, and this is something that I personally regret, and because of that in the future we are going to approach that in a better way.

    "The mistake we made with Beat Cop is that we were too far away from the time and the culture that was depicted in the game."


    Studio Pixel Punk: Getting diversity right means going beyond "good intentions"



    At the BIG Festival, the Brazilian indie dev explained the importance of subtlety and "study" in moving past LGBT stereotypes


    Paradox: "We've released crappy games in the past... I don't want to do that anymore"



    Fredrik Wester on the Paradox version of GaaS, why Crusader Kings 3 is probably inevitable, and what's happening with White Wolf RPGs


    The Xbox Adaptive Controller’s package design is just as accessible


    It’s all thanks to fabric and tape loops

    How gamers with disabilities helped design the new Xbox Adaptive Controller’s elegantly accessible packaging


    Recognizing that reality, Microsoft’s Packaging Design team faced a unique challenge in creating a box for the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, designed to accommodate gamers with limited mobility. The box for the device, which will be available for $99.99 in September through the Microsoft Store, needed to be as accessible as what was inside. It had to enable gamers with limited dexterity, who might be using just one hand or arm, to easily open the box and remove the controller. And it had to be as high-quality and aesthetically appealing as any other Xbox packaging.


    The IndieBeat: Tehran Game Convention shows global politics won’t stop gaming’s growth



    The nonprofit Iran Computer and Video Games Foundation (IRCG) has wanted to bring international game developers to Tehran for over a decade, and it finally succeeded with the first Tehran Game Convention in 2017. The inaugural event drew larger crowds than the organization expected, and this year’s festival has only grown. It added the Gamistan Awards to recognize outstanding titles from all over the Middle East and North Africa as well as other emerging markets, and IRCG has plans to build up the event even more.


    Sega capitalizing on foreign exchange with Yakuza, Total War



    Sega Europe exec John Clark says audiences in Asia and the West are increasingly interested in games from the other region's developers, but for different reasons


    $50m Netease investment will help Improbable realise dream of “trillion dollar games industry”



    Tech firm's CEO Herman Narula tells us how this partnership will unlock China for SpatialOS - and any developers that use it


    EA Kills "Open Source" Version Of SimCity 2000



    Earlier this year, a game called OpenSC2K was released on GitHub, claiming to be a free, open source version of Maxis’ classic. Turns out it wasn’t as open source as it could have been, though, because EA have had the game removed from the platform.


    Esports News


    The Weekend In Esports: Overwatch Finals, PUBG Invitational, And More



    The inaugural season of the Overwatch League comes to a close this weekend. It’s been a long, winding, and at times downright weird road to the finals which now see two underdog teams face off for cash and glory.


    U.S. Army staging a Street Fighter 5 tournament; winner competing at PAX



    Eight bases to compete over the next month


    New Dota 2 Challengers League could give aspiring pros a path to the big leagues



    Earlier this month, pro Dota 2 player Peter “PPD” Dager announced a surprising new venture: he’s forming a Dota league. Dubbed North American Dota Challengers League, the organization shifts the focus away from the upcoming International Dota 2 Championships, if only for a moment. And while third-party leagues already exist in the Dota scene, the NADCL hones in on an aspect that most others don’t.


    The Long Road That Landed Two Underdog Overwatch Teams In The Finals



    This weekend, Overwatch League’s first season—at times thrilling and at others absolutely grueling—reaches its conclusion. The final showdown pits two inconsistent underdog teams, Philadelphia Fusion and London Spitfire, against each other in a match that just so happens to sum up the vibe of the whole season.

    London Spitfire Wins The First Overwatch League Finals, $1,000,000


    The first-ever winner of the Overwatch League season playoffs is the London Spitfire. After a rocky season spent wobbling between commanding victories and unexpected defeats, the Spitfire earned a $1,000,000 prize, as well as a silver gauntlet in the style of publisher Blizzard’s sword-and-sorcery roots. Their underdog opponents, the crowd-favorite Philadelphia Fusion, retreated with the number two title and what looked like a whole lot of heartache.

    Overwatch League season two will feature new teams from France and China


    Blizzard is in the final stages of talks to fill two expansion slots for Overwatch League’s second season, according to ESPN. The cities that look set to join are Paris and Guangzhou.


    'It’s incredibly widespread': why eSports has a match-fixing problem



    As the multimillion-dollar industry’s worth and growth have accelerated, regulators have struggled to clamp down on illegal gambling


    The International Is Bad For Dota 2



    Dota 2’s annual championship, The International, has the biggest prize pool in all of esports – $21 million and counting. Unlike Overwatch League or the League Championship Series, The International doesn’t rely on big-name sponsors or media rights. Instead, it is almost entirely crowdfunded by fans, putting a democratic twist on professional gaming despite its massive scope. For fans, it’s the ultimate celebration of Dota 2, unsullied by corporate greed, even as it manages to pump more than $20 million into the game’s professional scene annually. But there’s another side to The International, one that makes Dota 2 a harsh place for tournaments, teams, and (most) players to scrape out a living. For all The International’s charms, there’s a lot of evidence that Dota 2’s premiere event is hurting, not helping, Dota 2 as a whole.


    The Internet Reacts To DJ Khaled's Underwhelming Overwatch League Concert




    DJ Khaled performed at this weekend’s Overwatch League Finals. The fans were not having it, not even when he yelled “Overwatch me!”


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


    How One Line of Ancient Code Haunted a Major MMO For Six Months



    'Aliens: Colonial Marines' isn't the only game to have shipped with problems the developers would only figure out much later.


    Game Companies Can Serve Communities or Customers, But Rarely Both



    This target probably replied to that chunk of automated text, as most players do. Reporters usually say something akin to “Please help me” or, “Please make this stop.” We could only say “Sorry to hear that this is happening, please report it to the link above so we can investigate it.” Targets probably see this as “This mod is lazy and doesn’t want to do their job” which is not the case. We can’t because management says so. Even though we’re right there in chat, we’re not able to start helping.


    Narrative Paramedics: Meet the Writers Called in to Patch Up Games



    INSIDE THE WRITING IN GAMES | "Writers, in general, are not hired soon enough in the process and I think that is one thing that all game writers would probably agree on."

    From The Witcher 3 to Queer Dating Sims: How Writers are Expanding the Boundaries of Video Game Storytelling


    INSIDE THE WRITING IN GAMES | CD Projekt Red, Brianna Lei, Meg Jayanth, and more divulge how they approach writing the smaller parts of games.


    Gaming’s toxic men, explained



    This story is not another attempt to chronicle the activities of racist and misogynist men who harass women and people of color on social media and in multiplayer games.

    Nor is it an existential inquiry into their particular niche in the video game community. Rather, this story asks: Where do they come from? Why they are here? And what allows them to stay?

    What follows are interviews — under a variety of rubrics — with 11 writers and academics who have studied and published useful work on the problem of misogyny and racism in gaming and in popular entertainment. Most have experienced harassment and abuse from toxic gamers.


    Daily Mirror


    The GamesIndustry.biz Careers Survey 2018: Lower pay but less crunch



    We break down the results of our second annual study on the games jobs market, which shows an industry improving its conditions and increasing its efforts in equality


    What it's like to launch an indie game in 2018, hour-by-hour



    An inside look at the highs and lows of trying to make it on Steam with a platformer like Semblance.


    This Game Developer Turned 'Fallout 4' Into His Personal Tabletop RPG



    When I first began following Yik-Sian James Seow on Twitter, it was because he was the developer behind Steam Marines, a squad-based tactical roguelike that launched back in 2013. But today, I follow him for a completely different reason: The fascinating stories of his many Fallout characters.


    The Lion's Song Shares the Wistfulness of What Could Have Been



    This month marked the release of Mi’pu’mi Games’s The Lion’s Song on Nintendo Switch, a four part choice-based point and click game that takes place in Europe early in the 20th century. A game about choices, and secrets, and the unknown, it ponders the many paths our lives can take if but for the slightest change.


    A Giant Mech Game About Flirting With The Enemy



    Heaven Will Be Mine is a visual novel about giant robots, political intrigue, and maybe even smooching the enemy. It combines evocative writing with a multi-perspective story that’s as engrossing as any anime.


    Technological Oppression | Remember Me



    The term “Dystopia” is thrown around all too often, usually as a uncritical hair-trigger response when describing something that looks remotely futuristic and glum. “Cyberpunk” suffers the same fate, especially whenever dark city streets are bathed in a rich, neon glow. For better or worse, Dontnod’s exploration of a Neo-Parisian society in the year 2084 ticks all of these boxes and then some, but in the midst of a sea of cliches, Remember Me’s segregated cityscape tells a more grounded story focused on the divisive impact technologically-guided societies can have on their populace. Set in a world where memories have become commodities, to be consumed as goods, altered at will, and influenced to change the perception of history, the oppressive nature of technology and the power it affords those at the top to sway and influence society is portrayed to its extremes, echoing our own world’s tendency for technological innovation to take priority over basic human welfare.


    Cities: Skylines, Urban Planning, and a History of Gentrification



    How come Cities: Skylines (and city building in general) is so heavily focused on the management of roads? The answer is, as always, rich people.


    Can a Video Game Make You Belatedly Appreciate Brutalism?



    'Fugue In Void' is a hard-edged game about Brutalism and inescapable architectural detail.


    SAD MAX: A Max Payne Trilogy Retrospective


    This is a full-spoiler critique and retrospective of Max Payne 1 and 2 by Remedy Games and also Rockstar's climactic Max Payne 3. It looks closely at how each game treats Max as a person, from archetype, to abstract metaphor, to cautionary tale. It looks at how the different design priorities tease out different Maxes who still, somehow, connect along a single arc of character.


    Max Payne 1-- 00:24
    Max Payne 2-- 19:42
    Max Payne 3-- 38:38



    Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: Transistor


    Supergiant Games' sophomore effort is a sci-fi action RPG that's just as beautiful as Bastion and significantly more confusing. Let's talk about what it means!

    Enjoy the series? Support it on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/gamesaslit101


    The World Design of Metroid 1 and Zero Mission | Boss Keys


    Making a Metroidvania is an enormous design challenge. How do you let a player loose in an interconnected world, without them becoming lost or frustrated?

    In this series, I'll be looking at key Metroid titles, and games inspired by the franchise, to see how this type of world is structured. Starting with Metroid 1, and its 2004 remake Metroid Zero Mission.



    Musical Evolution in the Civilization VI Soundtrack


    In this video, I take a deep dive into Civilization VI's evolving soundtrack. The music in the game changes as you move through different technological eras, growing in scope and complexity as your civilization grows the same way.

    PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/8bitmusictheory


    Learning to Love Octopath Traveler


    Octopath Traveler genuinely surprised me and I'm going to tell you exactly why that is.

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kingdomklannad


    Great Indie Games of 2018 (first half) | Switch/PC/PS4/Xbox One


    The first half of 2018 had loads of excellent indie games. Here are some of the best for Switch, Steam, PS4, and Xbox One. Hopefully at least one of these games will appeal to you. West of Loathing came out on PC in 2017, but the Switch release was 2018, so I'm counting it here.

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/CDavis_Games


    Cool Games You (Maybe) Haven't Played: Vol. 2 // Codex Entry


    Let me tell you how to spend your money and free time.

    ★ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/codexentry


    Firewatch: The Story of Jane Ng and Campo Santo


    The story of Firewatch is the story of a small team of veteran indie developers who wanted to try the impossible.

    Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin, the creators of The Walking Dead video game for Telltale, wanted to instead make a game that was all their own. So they set up Campo Santo, a brand new studio that existed to create a single game, about the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming.


    The Original Fallout 3 - Investigating Fallout Van Buren


    Please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GVMERS

    In the late 1990s, few video game developers were as synonymous with PC role-playing games as Black Isle Studios. Established in 1996 as a subsidiary of Interplay Entertainment, Black Isle helped create and foster an array of beloved isometric RPG series, including Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and Fallout.


    The Difficulty with Linearity | Mini-Read


    Why are linear games kept in the naughty corner of large parts of the industry? This video examines how—and if—fictional time plays a larger role in linear games compared to more open-ended ones, and why that can be a problem. It would seem that a more open-ended structure lets the player be part of what decides what, when, and how something happens, but the question is whether that's a good thing or if linear games simply more noticeably betray failures of dealing with time in fiction. We look at a bunch of different games, and how they deal with the rather abstract concept of time.

    Mini-Read is a short-form series of games criticism published every other Thursday. Alongside it, I publish long-form criticism on a when-it's-ready basis.


    Nabokov, Her Story and You (Three-Year Anniversary Special)


    Some light spoilers ahead! Support the show on Patreon - http://patreon.com/writingongames

    Given that the channel has just hit its three year anniversary as well as 100k subs, I thought it'd be nice to go back and completely revamp the very first video I uploaded to the channel, giving those ideas the presentation I felt they deserved; how detective game Her Story feels uniquely postmodern in its presentation (it's unbearable, don't seek it out). Took waaay more work and research than previously anticipated but here we are. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for sticking with me.


    The Rift Between Good & Bad



    The TV Show that didn't want you to know it was a Video Game


    Three episodes into People Make Games and Chris has become entirely self-indulgent in the topics he's researching. Here's the story of how Total War ended up on the telly as a show called Time Commanders.

    Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/PeopleMakeGames


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


    The 5 best apolitical video games



    “Under the surface, every game is political” – that’s what they say. My boy Sonic proves that this is bullshit. Upwards we climb through these platforming levels, fighting on the side of nature against machines. So, you think this is saying something about environmentalism? Think again, nerd.


    “It’s A Kindness”: Meet The Gamers Who Are Letting Their Partners Believe That Star Citizen Will Actually Come Out



    With Star Citizen continuing not to release, many gamers are walking away and deciding to move on with their lives. Some, however, have embraced the uncertainty of the phenomenon, willing themselves to believe in a better world. Point & Clickbait sat down with the partners of these gamers to understand how they can be so supportive.


    NMS Story


    A choir sang the Civilization 4 theme song on America's Got Talent


    It's the work of composer Christopher Tin, who ended up winning a Grammy for the song and in the process, Civilization 4 became the first video game to win a Grammy.


    Arc System Works 30th Anniversary Theme Song Is the Weirdest/Best Thing Ever Uploaded to the Internet


    Yeah, I don't even know where to start with this one. Arc System Works, best known for Guilty Gear and BlazBlue games, has released a music video to celebrate 30 years in the business.


    Geralt's Motion Capture Actor Is Very Handy With A Sword


    Doug Cockle might be the voice of Geralt, but Maciej Kwiatkowski has been The Witcher for a while now, having served as a combat advisor and motion-capture actor for the character throughout the series.

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