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  1. This Week In Gaming 2-25-20

    Mitchell F Wolfe's in-depth look at the first level of Donkey Kong Country and interview with one of the game's designers, DavidOZ celebrates the games that made him love games, Jessica Price's thread on why it's important for designers to have interests outside games, Benjamin Burns shares the story of the Atari Jaguar savior that never came, Stephen K. Hirst remembers the original Dragon Quest, Lilly on the fiction of No More Heroes and how the commonly viewed theme of futility misses an important aspect of the game's narrative, Colin Campbell interviews Gamestop employees about increasing pressure they are under from desperate bosses, Ashley considers the depiction and cultural view of an often used type of female character by looking at Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Stephen Mansfield contrasts the righteous anger of the violent and musical Ape Out with Hotline Miami, Cameron Kunzelman on the legacy of Heavy Rain's approach to design, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Xbox Series X will have many of PC gaming’s best features Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord will be available in Early Access on March 31 Private Division moves Kerbal Space Program 2 development to new, internal studio Chivalry 2 - Official Trailer Chivalry 2 gameplay and hands-on impressions World of Horror is a gruesome adventure game inspired by the work of Junji Ito World of Horror is a creepy, retro, and completely hypnotic horror game Warhammer 40k: Dakka Sqaudron lets you become the “Ork flyboy” you’ve always dreamed of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Marks Nintendo’s Next Step Toward Inclusivity Othercide - Official Reveal Trailer | PAX East 2020 10 Best And Worst Resident Evil 3 Remake Features | Resident Evil 3 Demo Impressions Resident Evil 3 Remake Vs. Original Gameplay Comparison Samurai Jack Video Game Announced for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Switch The next chapter of Indigenous representation in video games Streets of Rage 4 - Official Floyd Iraia Trailer Cyberpunk 2077 supports Xbox One and Series X cross-buy Population Zero - Official Steam Announcement Trailer World of Tanks devs’ new shooter, Caliber, comes West – closed beta sign-ups open now Adventure game Norco is a pixel art lover's dream Microsoft Flight Simulator has “37,000 manually edited airports” The Gothic remake is going into full production following positive feedback Temtem has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, roadmap coming soon PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC appearances citing coronavirus concerns Crytek's lawsuit against Star Citizen devs ends in settlement Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules Devotion, the Taiwanese game removed from Steam, is being preserved by Harvard Like Blizzard, Bethesda has pulled all but one of its games from GeForce Now Embracer Groups acquires Saber Interactive The PS2 successor to Fire Emblem gets a long-awaited fan translation Esports Rainbow Six Siege esports director wants to “eliminate toxicity” FIFA streamer banned from all EA games after “personal attacks” against the developers The Esports Empire You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out Interests outside games A Timely and Momentous Defence of Girls It's Way Too Easy For One Person To Review Bomb A Game On Metacritic GameStop employees report extreme pressure from ‘desperate’ bosses Corporate satire in games isn't funny anymore The Outsize, Oft-Ignored Legacy of the Original Dragon Quest LIFE AND CONCRETE Off to the Garden of Madness!: No More Heroes and F*cking Up At Dramatic Convention Like An Idiot What Made People Think 'Heavy Rain' Was a Great Game Easing the Long Trek The Evolution of Animal Conservation in Games, from Zoo Tycoon to Planet Zoo THE RIGHTEOUS, MUSICAL VIOLENCE OF APE OUT I Was Wrong About Bayonetta On Killing Hitler 25 Years Later, 'Star Wars: Dark Forces' Is a Forgotten Gem The Games That Made Me Love Games Metal Gear Rising Retrospective | Lightning Bolt Action Redefined How Gris Made You Cry With Its Colors | Psych of Play Extended Interview With Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller | War Stories Things I missed from previous weeks Designing Donkey Kong Country
  2. Mitchell F Wolfe's in-depth look at the first level of Donkey Kong Country and interview with one of the game's designers, DavidOZ celebrates the games that made him love games, Jessica Price's thread on why it's important for designers to have interests outside games, Benjamin Burns shares the story of the Atari Jaguar savior that never came, Stephen K. Hirst remembers the original Dragon Quest, Lilly on the fiction of No More Heroes and how the commonly viewed theme of futility misses an important aspect of the game's narrative, Colin Campbell interviews Gamestop employees about increasing pressure they are under from desperate bosses, Ashley considers the depiction and dismissive cultural view of an often used type of female character by looking at Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Stephen Mansfield contrasts the righteous anger of the violent and musical Ape Out with Hotline Miami, Cameron Kunzelman on the legacy of Heavy Rain's approach to design, Jordan Baranowski details how the shift in conservation efforts changed zoo sims, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Xbox Series X will have many of PC gaming’s best features Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord will be available in Early Access on March 31 Private Division moves Kerbal Space Program 2 development to new, internal studio Chivalry 2 - Official Trailer Chivalry 2 gameplay and hands-on impressions World of Horror is a gruesome adventure game inspired by the work of Junji Ito World of Horror is a creepy, retro, and completely hypnotic horror game Warhammer 40k: Dakka Sqaudron lets you become the “Ork flyboy” you’ve always dreamed of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Marks Nintendo’s Next Step Toward Inclusivity Othercide - Official Reveal Trailer | PAX East 2020 10 Best And Worst Resident Evil 3 Remake Features | Resident Evil 3 Demo Impressions Resident Evil 3 Remake Vs. Original Gameplay Comparison Samurai Jack Video Game Announced for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Switch The next chapter of Indigenous representation in video games Streets of Rage 4 - Official Floyd Iraia Trailer Cyberpunk 2077 supports Xbox One and Series X cross-buy Population Zero - Official Steam Announcement Trailer World of Tanks devs’ new shooter, Caliber, comes West – closed beta sign-ups open now Adventure game Norco is a pixel art lover's dream Microsoft Flight Simulator has “37,000 manually edited airports” The Gothic remake is going into full production following positive feedback Temtem has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, roadmap coming soon PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC appearances citing coronavirus concerns Crytek's lawsuit against Star Citizen devs ends in settlement Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules Devotion, the Taiwanese game removed from Steam, is being preserved by Harvard Like Blizzard, Bethesda has pulled all but one of its games from GeForce Now Embracer Groups acquires Saber Interactive The PS2 successor to Fire Emblem gets a long-awaited fan translation Esports Rainbow Six Siege esports director wants to “eliminate toxicity” FIFA streamer banned from all EA games after “personal attacks” against the developers The Esports Empire You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out Interests outside games A Timely and Momentous Defence of Girls It's Way Too Easy For One Person To Review Bomb A Game On Metacritic GameStop employees report extreme pressure from ‘desperate’ bosses Corporate satire in games isn't funny anymore The Outsize, Oft-Ignored Legacy of the Original Dragon Quest LIFE AND CONCRETE Off to the Garden of Madness!: No More Heroes and F*cking Up At Dramatic Convention Like An Idiot What Made People Think 'Heavy Rain' Was a Great Game Easing the Long Trek The Evolution of Animal Conservation in Games, from Zoo Tycoon to Planet Zoo THE RIGHTEOUS, MUSICAL VIOLENCE OF APE OUT I Was Wrong About Bayonetta On Killing Hitler 25 Years Later, 'Star Wars: Dark Forces' Is a Forgotten Gem The Games That Made Me Love Games Metal Gear Rising Retrospective | Lightning Bolt Action Redefined How Gris Made You Cry With Its Colors | Psych of Play Extended Interview With Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller | War Stories Things I missed from previous weeks Designing Donkey Kong Country
  3. Welcome. Most of the conversation has moved to the Discord. Really depends on what you were playing. A lot of games were fairly simple or easy, even more so when you say you are only going back 20 years as opposed to 30-40, and many of the ones really having your grind your skill were often designed to kill you with profit in mind or just due to random regional changes. And even going back further than 20 years ago reading almost anything about how games were designed and the environments people worked in tended to show they were still heavily profit oriented be that to please higher ups or just because they need to be able to continue to exist. I'm not sure what you mean by this they have basically never been cheaper.
  4. This Week In Gaming 2-18-20

    My PC no longer starting has given me less time to finish this week's posts than I would usually take. Game Brain speaks with Titanfall 2 senior designer about the making of the highly praised level Effect and Cause, Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2, Kyle Orland on the issues with Tim Sweeney's stance on having an apolitical storefront and political creatives while it already bars certain kinds of games from sale, previews of Yakuza 7 and Bulletstorm developer's new game Outriders, Nico Deyo looks at Blizzard's long history of reusing manic pixie girl and fear of women tropes, Reid McCarter on winter in The Last of Us and the pull between optimism and survivalist pessimism, Chris Davis looks into the death and return of isometric CRPGs, Geoff Keighley to skip E3 for the first time, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Yakuza 7 has some of the best RPG combat in a long time Persona 5 Royal - Finding All 3 Will Seeds in Kamoshida's Palace Persona 5 Royal Preview: Story tidbits are nice, but it’s new features like Will Seeds which make a bigger difference Persona 5 Royal Will Change Homophobic Scenes For Western Release Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Opening Movie Final Fantasy 7 Remake requires 100GB on PS4 Bulletstorm dev shares first gameplay details of co-op sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders 20 minutes of looting and shooting through Enoch - Outriders gameplay Meet Tyler Ronan, the first transgender triple-A video game protagonist Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 - Official Release Date Trailer My Hero One's Justice 2 - Characters & Story Trailer DOOM Eternal: A Tour of the Doom Slayer's Man Cave (Fortress of Doom) - IGN First DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First Empire of Sin delayed to fall 2020 NBA 2K20 - Official NBA All Star 2020 Trailer The Division 2: Warlords of New York focuses on story over nostalgia Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge – New Operators Reveal Trailer | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege: Void Edge Operators Gameplay Gadgets and Starter Tips | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege: The Tournament of Champions - Official Cinematic Trailer State of Decay 2 will get a zombie facelift March 13 with the Juggernaut Edition Katana Zero’s free DLC will be three times larger than expected Shenmue 3's Story Quest Pack DLC arrives next week Epic CEO Tim Sweeney condemns loot boxes, says game companies should 'divorce themselves from politics' Why leave Steam for Epic exclusivity? Spec Ops: The Line developer explains What the CEO of Epic Games gets wrong about video games and politics Tim Sweeney's Full DICE 2020 Talk Geoff Keighley skips E3 for the first time ever – “I just don’t feel comfortable participating” Steam’s going global – January’s top new releases include a host of non-English game Esports Sources: YouTube’s Deal With Activision Blizzard Valued At $160M Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Geneforge 1 - Mutagen Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Out now! Making a masterpiece in Wireframe #32 The Unpredictable Challenges Of Gaming With Cerebral Palsy Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2 Not-so-Dead Cells: Why maintaining an archive of your game is good for both you and your players Black History Month: Where Are Our Black Gaming Journalists? Huddled Together Blizzard's Long History of Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls and Fear of Women How I became an arms dealer in Escape From Tarkov Tony Hawk’s Underground gave us gaming’s best villain It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leaked Fundamentals of Game Animation Fluidity The Making of Titanfall 2’s ‘Effect and Cause’, Revealed by Respawn Entertainment Senior Designer All the Shovel Knight Games Explained The History of World in Conflict Exploring the Music of Golden Sun You need to play The Cat Lady Roadblocks (In-Gaming) The Death and Return of Isometric CRPGs | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 8) Things I missed from previous weeks Video game development in Iran: Limited tools, front companies and a specter of war
  5. My PC no longer starting has given me less time to finish this week's posts than I would usually take. Game Brain speaks with Titanfall 2 senior designer about the making of the highly praised level Effect and Cause, Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2, Kyle Orland on the issues with Tim Sweeney's stance on having an apolitical storefront and political creatives while it already bars certain kinds of games from sale, previews of Yakuza 7 and Bulletstorm developer's new game Outriders, Nico Deyo looks at Blizzard's long history of reusing manic pixie girl and fear of women tropes, Reid McCarter on winter in The Last of Us and the pull between optimism and survivalist pessimism, Chris Davis looks into the death and return of isometric CRPGs, Geoff Keighley to skip E3 for the first time, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Yakuza 7 has some of the best RPG combat in a long time Persona 5 Royal - Finding All 3 Will Seeds in Kamoshida's Palace Persona 5 Royal Preview: Story tidbits are nice, but it’s new features like Will Seeds which make a bigger difference Persona 5 Royal Will Change Homophobic Scenes For Western Release Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Opening Movie Final Fantasy 7 Remake requires 100GB on PS4 Bulletstorm dev shares first gameplay details of co-op sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders 20 minutes of looting and shooting through Enoch - Outriders gameplay Meet Tyler Ronan, the first transgender triple-A video game protagonist Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 - Official Release Date Trailer My Hero One's Justice 2 - Characters & Story Trailer DOOM Eternal: A Tour of the Doom Slayer's Man Cave (Fortress of Doom) - IGN First DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First Empire of Sin delayed to fall 2020 NBA 2K20 - Official NBA All Star 2020 Trailer The Division 2: Warlords of New York focuses on story over nostalgia Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge – New Operators Reveal Trailer | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege: Void Edge Operators Gameplay Gadgets and Starter Tips | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege: The Tournament of Champions - Official Cinematic Trailer State of Decay 2 will get a zombie facelift March 13 with the Juggernaut Edition Katana Zero’s free DLC will be three times larger than expected Shenmue 3's Story Quest Pack DLC arrives next week Epic CEO Tim Sweeney condemns loot boxes, says game companies should 'divorce themselves from politics' Why leave Steam for Epic exclusivity? Spec Ops: The Line developer explains What the CEO of Epic Games gets wrong about video games and politics Tim Sweeney's Full DICE 2020 Talk Geoff Keighley skips E3 for the first time ever – “I just don’t feel comfortable participating” Steam’s going global – January’s top new releases include a host of non-English game Esports Sources: YouTube’s Deal With Activision Blizzard Valued At $160M Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Geneforge 1 - Mutagen Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Out now! Making a masterpiece in Wireframe #32 The Unpredictable Challenges Of Gaming With Cerebral Palsy Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2 Not-so-Dead Cells: Why maintaining an archive of your game is good for both you and your players Black History Month: Where Are Our Black Gaming Journalists? Huddled Together Blizzard's Long History of Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls and Fear of Women How I became an arms dealer in Escape From Tarkov Tony Hawk’s Underground gave us gaming’s best villain It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leaked Fundamentals of Game Animation Fluidity The Making of Titanfall 2’s ‘Effect and Cause’, Revealed by Respawn Entertainment Senior Designer All the Shovel Knight Games Explained The History of World in Conflict Exploring the Music of Golden Sun You need to play The Cat Lady Roadblocks (In-Gaming) The Death and Return of Isometric CRPGs | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 8) Things I missed from previous weeks Video game development in Iran: Limited tools, front companies and a specter of war
  6. Welcome to the AJSA. Most of the community currently uses the Discord to interact instead of the forums.
  7. Completed: Unavowed Platform: PC "some good character moments for the main character" characters* Completed: Omega Boost Platform: Playstation Completed: Vanark Platform: Playstation Star Fox style flight shooter, even complete with the worse ground based mission and a couple open sections instead of on rail levels (even fly under water at one point). Different weapons to equip into two slots and four underused wingmen to choose from. Each wingmen has stats for combat ability, combat experience, enemy analysis, and root analysis, I have no idea what some of that does and can only guess at others. Short and a decent game but controls aren't as tight as you would likely want them to be and the loss of the barrel roll hurts. Odd sections where you briefly and needlessly move through your ship Resident Evil tank control style for some story bits and once to explore another area for about a minute. No screenshots with computer currently not being able to start.
  8. Completed: Burning Force Platform: Arcade
  9. Had some issue with it a few months ago where it wouldn't start. Hadn't tried it since then.
  10. This Week In Gaming 2-11-20

    Peter Tieryas on the lessons games taught him about robots and revolutions, dreamboum's thread on the technical and narrative achievements of Vagrant Story, Kimchica looks at the top 10 indie games released in January, Paranoia Happiness is Mandatory removed from store for unknown reason, Jay Castello looks into gaming's use of internet grammar, Denuvo DRM removed from Devil May Cry 5, New Frame Plus explains why the limited animations of the Phoenix Wright series are so effective, Jennifer Scheurle on how to be heard by developers, Anthem is being redesigned and a new expansion hopes to revive The Division 2, Steven Messner covers the government regulations and sudden market shifts threaten China's growing indie scene, Jim Sterling covers how the industry withholds crediting (while not crediting anyone writing the articles he references), Spider-Man developers want people to know how games are written, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Commanding Armies And 7 More Changes In Pathfinder: Wrath Of The Righteous (PC Gameplay) With a key development staff exodus, System Shock 3 could be in trouble Nioh 2 Has More Of What Fans Want Nioh 2 interview – Team Ninja’s fight to return as one of the great Japanese action game studios The Bulletstorm gang are showing more of Outriders, their new shooter Tears of Avia Will Take People on a New Tactical Adventure in 2020 Space Channel 5 VR Will Release in North America on February 25; Japan and Europe February 26, 2020 Check Out The Gameplay Trailer For Undungeon, A Colorful Pixel-Art Action/RPG Picross mystery puzzler Murder By Numbers is coming in March This tactical RPG mixes real-time combat and rewinding to make you a time traveling mage Northgard developer's new co-op survival game, Darksburg, is launching on Early Access Soldat is getting a sequel, and both are coming to Steam New Trailer For Bloodroots Reveals A February 28 Release Date TT Isle of Man 2 releases next month, so here's a lengthy gameplay video In Other Waters invites you to map out alien seas this Spring What's New in MLB The Show 20 Elephant mom game Shelter 3 gets a sweet new teaser video China’s indie scene is flourishing, so here are 6 Chinese indie games to look out for in 2020 Wounded, intoxicated, and covered in leeches: a normal day in Stoneshard Mutant Year Zero developer unveils tactical stealth-action game Corruption 2029 She Dreams Elsewhere is The First Game That Feels Made Specifically for Me Bleeding Edge – here’s a look at Daemon’s abilities and supers Flippin' good platformer Dandara expands with Trials of Fear Ubisoft Reveals A Surprise Division 2 Expansion 'Warlords of New York' That Is Designed To Revive The Game Children Of Morta Adds Hard Mode, New Enemies, And More In Free Update Anthem's Seasons Are Put on Hold as It Undergoes "Substantial Revision" Capcom removes Denuvo DRM from Devil May Cry 5 Epic Games Store exclusive disappears and no one is saying why 2K Silicon Valley Studio Becomes 31st Union Pokémon Sword and Shield leaker outed, blacklisted by Nintendo EA have price hiked a bunch of their games on Steam Britain's Game Workers Are Largely White, Middle Class, and Depressed With no profit motive, new kids' mobile IP from BBC focuses on a "safe gaming experience" Between censorship and Steam, Chinese indie developers are hanging by a thread Esports Granblue Fantasy Versus Player Gleefully Wrecks The Competition Why The Paris Overwatch League Team Is Based Out Of New Jersey This Season Japanese Dragon Ball FighterZ Finals Competitor Wins Over French Crowd US Navy enters the esports scene with ESL North America and Dreamhack deal Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Brutal Lessons Gaming Taught Me About Revolutions, Robots, And War Games Are Discovering an Expressive New Tool: Internet Grammar How to be heard by game developers It's not easy being green: a brief history of orcs in video games 'Spider-Man' Developers Want More People to Know How Games Are Written A HISTORY OF SIMLISH, THE LANGUAGE THAT DEFINED THE SIMS Does Cliff Bleszinski Understand Why 'LawBreakers' Bombed? The creators of Kentucky Route Zero open up about the ending of their game Meet the musicians who compose in Mario Paint Lost Odyssey Brilliantly Explores The Tragedy Of Being Immortal The technical achievement of Vagrant Story Why the Unexplained Unreality of Death Stranding’s America Is So Frustrating IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss" Indie Games (January 2020) Halo Reach: An Existential Dread Why Does Celeste Make Us Feel Anxious? The Animation of Phoenix Wright Games as Lit. 101 - Designing Awe in Titanfall 2 Dynamic Music in Video Games | How Game Designers Create Interactive Music with Play and Sound 7 Forgotten Ideas That Inspired Shovel Knight | Audio Logs Credit Where Credit's Due (The Jimquisition) An important topic, though it was pointed out that Jim rarely credits anything and didn't credit any of the articles he referenced in this very video. The Auteur Myth | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#11) From Lionheads & Sackboys to Knights & Bikes (Rex Crowle) - Noclip Podcast #24
  11. Peter Tieryas on the lessons games taught him about robots and revolutions, dreamboum's thread on the technical and narrative achievements of Vagrant Story, Kimchica looks at the top 10 indie games released in January, Paranoia Happiness is Mandatory removed from store for unknown reason, Jay Castello looks into gaming's use of internet grammar, Denuvo DRM removed from Devil May Cry 5, New Frame Plus explains why the limited animations of the Phoenix Wright series are so effective, Jennifer Scheurle on how to be heard by developers, Anthem is being redesigned and a new expansion hopes to revive The Division 2, Steven Messner covers the government regulations and sudden market shifts threaten China's growing indie scene, Jim Sterling covers how the industry withholds crediting (while not crediting anyone writing the articles he references), Spider-Man developers want people to know how games are written, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Commanding Armies And 7 More Changes In Pathfinder: Wrath Of The Righteous (PC Gameplay) With a key development staff exodus, System Shock 3 could be in trouble Nioh 2 Has More Of What Fans Want Nioh 2 interview – Team Ninja’s fight to return as one of the great Japanese action game studios The Bulletstorm gang are showing more of Outriders, their new shooter Tears of Avia Will Take People on a New Tactical Adventure in 2020 Space Channel 5 VR Will Release in North America on February 25; Japan and Europe February 26, 2020 Check Out The Gameplay Trailer For Undungeon, A Colorful Pixel-Art Action/RPG Picross mystery puzzler Murder By Numbers is coming in March This tactical RPG mixes real-time combat and rewinding to make you a time traveling mage Northgard developer's new co-op survival game, Darksburg, is launching on Early Access Soldat is getting a sequel, and both are coming to Steam New Trailer For Bloodroots Reveals A February 28 Release Date TT Isle of Man 2 releases next month, so here's a lengthy gameplay video In Other Waters invites you to map out alien seas this Spring What's New in MLB The Show 20 Elephant mom game Shelter 3 gets a sweet new teaser video China’s indie scene is flourishing, so here are 6 Chinese indie games to look out for in 2020 Wounded, intoxicated, and covered in leeches: a normal day in Stoneshard Mutant Year Zero developer unveils tactical stealth-action game Corruption 2029 She Dreams Elsewhere is The First Game That Feels Made Specifically for Me Bleeding Edge – here’s a look at Daemon’s abilities and supers Flippin' good platformer Dandara expands with Trials of Fear Ubisoft Reveals A Surprise Division 2 Expansion 'Warlords of New York' That Is Designed To Revive The Game Children Of Morta Adds Hard Mode, New Enemies, And More In Free Update Anthem's Seasons Are Put on Hold as It Undergoes "Substantial Revision" Capcom removes Denuvo DRM from Devil May Cry 5 Epic Games Store exclusive disappears and no one is saying why 2K Silicon Valley Studio Becomes 31st Union EA have price hiked a bunch of their games on Steam Britain's Game Workers Are Largely White, Middle Class, and Depressed With no profit motive, new kids' mobile IP from BBC focuses on a "safe gaming experience" Between censorship and Steam, Chinese indie developers are hanging by a thread Esports Granblue Fantasy Versus Player Gleefully Wrecks The Competition Why The Paris Overwatch League Team Is Based Out Of New Jersey This Season Japanese Dragon Ball FighterZ Finals Competitor Wins Over French Crowd US Navy enters the esports scene with ESL North America and Dreamhack deal Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Brutal Lessons Gaming Taught Me About Revolutions, Robots, And War Games Are Discovering an Expressive New Tool: Internet Grammar How to be heard by game developers It's not easy being green: a brief history of orcs in video games 'Spider-Man' Developers Want More People to Know How Games Are Written A HISTORY OF SIMLISH, THE LANGUAGE THAT DEFINED THE SIMS Does Cliff Bleszinski Understand Why 'LawBreakers' Bombed? The creators of Kentucky Route Zero open up about the ending of their game Meet the musicians who compose in Mario Paint Lost Odyssey Brilliantly Explores The Tragedy Of Being Immortal The technical achievement of Vagrant Story Why the Unexplained Unreality of Death Stranding’s America Is So Frustrating IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss" Indie Games (January 2020) Halo Reach: An Existential Dread Why Does Celeste Make Us Feel Anxious? The Animation of Phoenix Wright Games as Lit. 101 - Designing Awe in Titanfall 2 Dynamic Music in Video Games | How Game Designers Create Interactive Music with Play and Sound 7 Forgotten Ideas That Inspired Shovel Knight | Audio Logs Credit Where Credit's Due (The Jimquisition) The Auteur Myth | So You Wanna Be A Game Designer? (#11) From Lionheads & Sackboys to Knights & Bikes (Rex Crowle) - Noclip Podcast #24
  12. Completed: Pokemon Shield Platform: Switch Some nice quality of life improvements with accessing a box anywhere to swap Pokemon, fast travel, no move wasting map traversal skills. Gives no useful information on many of the moves requiring you to look them up online along with how to evolve Pokemon. Dynamaxing is uninteresting, limited in use, and strategy and requires giving Pokemon an item to make it better for them. You need a higher level active Pokemon to catch Pokemon even if your badge level should let you catch them. EV training is still terrible. Gym challenges are too limited and its odd that even near the end of the game so many other trainers and story battles are still using 1-5 Pokemon. There is basically no plot until the end of the game or any of the "dungeons" or difficult areas I remember older games having and what plot there is is a lot more rushed, childish, and has basically nothing to do with anything typically going on compared to the previous games I've played. The world and areas you explore feel very small for the visual changes.
  13. This Week In Gaming 2-4-20

    Nvidia's streaming service is live and Patrick Klepek looks at it as potentially being what people wanted from Stadia, Nic Reuben on Disco Elysium's new hardcore mode as a meaningful exploration of poverty, Archipel meets with SWERY for an Osaka drinking tour, Zack Kotzer considers how the themes of Death Stranding fit into Kojima's love and frequent use of Reagan-era action movie iconography and his anti-war beliefs, Justin Reeve examines the architecture of The Outer Worlds, Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous and The Wonderful 101 Remastered Kickstarters launch, Dustin Bailey looks at the project to preserve 38,000 flash games, Writing on Games discusses the games of Keita Takahashi, Errant Signal plays three interesting indie games, new trailer for Final Fantasy VII, The Game Overanalyser explores the ways that video games confront loneliness, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) (Any links or embedded posts not showing up correctly seems to currently be an issue with the Chrome browser) FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Theme Song Trailer (Closed Captions) Crusader Kings 3 introduces us to new Lifestyles, and brings back some favourites The Ninja Robot Metroidvania Kunai Is Coming to Switch and PC This Week Switch mech shooter Daemon X Machina is heading to PC next week The Behemoth announce a new Alien Hominid, ageing me tremendously Florence’s sweet, subtle story coming to Nintendo Switch and PC Oh huh, King's Bounty 2 looks more like a modern RPG than I'd expected Black Book trailer reveals a shadowy world of Slavic myths and card-based combat If you miss classic Rainbow Six strategy, Door Kickers 2 will be out this summer Interview: CD PROJEKT Red’s John Mamais talks Cyberpunk 2077’s creation, VR, DLC, Nintendo Switch, and more Inkle Studios' next game is an Arthurian story Granblue Fantasy: Versus - Launch Date Announcement Trailer Ben and Dan finally delve into the Lair of the Clockwork God this month MechWarrior 5 has better modding tools and DLC on the way Every Flash game disappears forever in 2020 – but this project has preserved 38,000 of them Blizzard’s updated policy gives it ownership of all custom games and mods created in its games The outrage over Warcraft 3: Reforged, explained Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges Sega Europe Ditches Plastic Game Boxes On PC, Everyone Else Should Follow Steam has set a record after hitting its highest player-count ever Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser Is Leaving The Company Discord cuts its library and activity feed to stay “fast and clean” Is Nvidia Building the Thing People Actually Wanted From Stadia? PC gamers in China are getting free porn games to encourage them to stay inside Esports Kentucky schools ban Fortnite esports – “there is no place for shooter games in our schools” Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous The Wonderful 101: Remastered Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Can a solo indie developer use ray tracing in their game? The Rod Fergusson Interview: How Gears of War's Studio Head Earned His Reputation as the "Closer" The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving It's Kojima Time Master of Orion Forget Sephiroth, Final Fantasy 14’s Emet Selch is the series’ best villain The Quiet, Enduring Success of The Lord of the Rings Online 'Kentucky Route Zero' Pays Off on Nine Years of Hope and Doubt The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’ Busy and Poor: The Gentle Violence of Kentucky Route Zero Why 'Loom' Remains the Hidden Gem of Lucasfilm Adventures Some Things Last Forever Socialism in One Solar System The Beautiful Lies of 198X Arkham Asylum Handled Lore Better Than Most Batman Stories – By Ignoring It The Sacred Engine Playing Celeste's Farewell DLC is a masterpiece of High Resolution Play Why I love failing in Disco Elysium Disco Elysium’s Hardcore Mode is just one way games can meaningfully explore poverty Blips 5: Kings, Robocops, and Clay "Comedy" Games The Rise and Fall of Soldier of Fortune Wattam: Keita Takahashi and the Power of Play Alone Together | How Video Games Confront Loneliness Making Shovel Knight's Signature Moves | Game Maker's Toolkit History Respawned: Anno 1800 Trying to Untangle Death Stranding [Full Spoilers] Blade Runner Review An Osaka drinking tour with SWERY Gish - Designing An Indie Game Cult Classic
  14. Nvidia's streaming service is live and Patrick Klepek looks at it as potentially being what people wanted from Stadia, Nic Reuben on Disco Elysium's new hardcore mode as a meaningful exploration of poverty, Archipel meets with SWERY for an Osaka drinking tour, Zack Kotzer considers how the themes of Death Stranding fit into Kojima's love and frequent use of Reagan-era action movie iconography and his anti-war beliefs, Justin Reeve examines the architecture of The Outer Worlds, Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous and The Wonderful 101 Remastered Kickstarters launch, Dustin Bailey looks at the project to preserve 38,000 flash games, Writing on Games discusses the games of Keita Takahashi, Errant Signal plays three interesting indie games, new trailer for Final Fantasy VII, The Game Overanalyser explores the ways that video games confront loneliness, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Theme Song Trailer (Closed Captions) Inkle Studios' next game is an Arthurian story Crusader Kings 3 introduces us to new Lifestyles, and brings back some favourites The Ninja Robot Metroidvania Kunai Is Coming to Switch and PC This Week Switch mech shooter Daemon X Machina is heading to PC next week The Behemoth announce a new Alien Hominid, ageing me tremendously Florence’s sweet, subtle story coming to Nintendo Switch and PC Oh huh, King's Bounty 2 looks more like a modern RPG than I'd expected Black Book trailer reveals a shadowy world of Slavic myths and card-based combat If you miss classic Rainbow Six strategy, Door Kickers 2 will be out this summer Interview: CD PROJEKT Red’s John Mamais talks Cyberpunk 2077’s creation, VR, DLC, Nintendo Switch, and more Granblue Fantasy: Versus - Launch Date Announcement Trailer Ben and Dan finally delve into the Lair of the Clockwork God this month MechWarrior 5 has better modding tools and DLC on the way Every Flash game disappears forever in 2020 – but this project has preserved 38,000 of them Blizzard’s updated policy gives it ownership of all custom games and mods created in its games The outrage over Warcraft 3: Reforged, explained Nintendo Switch Hacker Busted, Also Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges Sega Europe Ditches Plastic Game Boxes On PC, Everyone Else Should Follow Steam has set a record after hitting its highest player-count ever Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser Is Leaving The Company Discord cuts its library and activity feed to stay “fast and clean” Is Nvidia Building the Thing People Actually Wanted From Stadia? PC gamers in China are getting free porn games to encourage them to stay inside Esports Kentucky schools ban Fortnite esports – “there is no place for shooter games in our schools” Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous The Wonderful 101: Remastered Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Can a solo indie developer use ray tracing in their game? The Rod Fergusson Interview: How Gears of War's Studio Head Earned His Reputation as the "Closer" The mass Twitch exodus: Why streamers are leaving It's Kojima Time Master of Orion Forget Sephiroth, Final Fantasy 14’s Emet Selch is the series’ best villain The Quiet, Enduring Success of The Lord of the Rings Online 'Kentucky Route Zero' Pays Off on Nine Years of Hope and Doubt The Tragedy and Mystery of the ‘Best Game of the Decade’ Busy and Poor: The Gentle Violence of Kentucky Route Zero Why 'Loom' Remains the Hidden Gem of Lucasfilm Adventures Some Things Last Forever Socialism in One Solar System The Beautiful Lies of 198X Arkham Asylum Handled Lore Better Than Most Batman Stories – By Ignoring It The Sacred Engine Playing Celeste's Farewell DLC is a masterpiece of High Resolution Play Why I love failing in Disco Elysium Disco Elysium’s Hardcore Mode is just one way games can meaningfully explore poverty Blips 5: Kings, Robocops, and Clay "Comedy" Games The Rise and Fall of Soldier of Fortune Wattam: Keita Takahashi and the Power of Play Alone Together | How Video Games Confront Loneliness Making Shovel Knight's Signature Moves | Game Maker's Toolkit History Respawned: Anno 1800 Trying to Untangle Death Stranding [Full Spoilers] Blade Runner Review An Osaka drinking tour with SWERY Gish - Designing An Indie Game Cult Classic
  15. Completed: The Lion's Song Platform: PC