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  1. Welcome to the AJSA
  2. Personally I don't really get attached to games and tend to move onto other things fairly quickly but I've known people or read a lot of articles reflecting on their years or decades playing certain MMOs that had or were about to be closing down and know what they can mean to people.
  3. This Week In Gaming 5-22-18

    Matt Paprocki looks into the troubled development of the 2010 Splatterhouse game, Dan Root on How to Animate a Fighting Game, Ahoy on early adventures games and The Secret of Monkey Island, Dia Lacina on the role of motherhood in God of War, Xbox announces adaptive controller, Kingdom Hearts III gameplay and impressions, Chris Bratt leaves Eurogamer to focus on telling interesting stories about games and developers full time, Black Ops 2 multiplayer reveal and confirmation of no single player campaign, Steam Pulling Visual Novels For 'Pornographic Content' Regardless Of Actual Content, Metro Exodus delayed, Overwatch anniversary event begins, Daryl Talks Games on How to Make a Video Game Memorable, new paid and free content for Total War Warhammer 2, ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games, E3 schedule, 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) E3 2018 press conference and livestream schedule Devolver Digital is already apologizing for its upcoming E3 press conference E3 2018: The games, gaffes, and hardware we expect to see Hideo Kojima teases Death Stranding at E3 2018 with moss screenshot 13 Things We Know After Playing Kingdom Hearts 3 - New Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay Kingdom Hearts 3 - Toy Story World Gameplay Kingdom Hearts 3 is a whimsical spectacle full of Disney cheer Metro Exodus Delayed To Early 2019 Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 — Multiplayer Reveal Trailer 5 massive changes coming to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on PC Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is Getting A Battle Royale Mode Treyarch confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a single-player campaign Revealing The Ambitious Development Of Days Gone Star Control: Origins reveals your future alien comrades Be the bad guy in digital card game Cultist Simulator Why the Cultist Simulator devs built their Lovecraftian game on a house of cards First Look at Kara in Detroit: Become Human Soulcalibur 6 - Yoshimitsu Character Reveal Trailer With Jupiter and Mars, Two Former Game Journalists Hope to Save the Planet Shenmue III Shows Off The Graphical Brush-ups Since The Last Trailer Learn More About Cyrus, Ophilia, And The Vast World Of Octopath Traveler Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient coming west this fall Omnibion War brings Star Fox style shooting back to PC Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk ‘The Wrong Idea’ gameplay Safe House is a management game about cool ‘60s spies Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 remasters announced for PS4 Imperator: Rome is the next grand strategy game from Paradox Earthfall’s L4D-ish alien-blasting action arrives July 13 Blade Strangers Liongate trailer Agony ‘Agony Mode’ trailer Shining Resonance Refrain ‘The Dragon’s Power Awakens’ trailer The Kids’ Video Games Are All Right at NYU Game Center Student Showcase Beacon Interview - Mutate to Survive In This Colorful Roguelite | Gameumentary A Heist Game Where You Steal Pieces Of 15,000 Player-Made Levels Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo English version ‘Chisato Shinjo’ trailer Mecha anime-inspired 3D shoot ’em up Omnibion War announced for PC Blade Strangers Emiko trailer Halo: Fireteam Raven Arcade Experience Reveal Trailer New Total War: Warhammer 2 DLC out this month pits High Elves against Dark Elves Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Queen & Crone Let's Play Total War: Warhammer 2's next update is huge and adds "Dwarf Forging" Crusader Kings 2, Hearts of Iron IV, and Europa Universalis IV all get expansions this year Paradox: 'There's room for improvement in how we present our DLC' Everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Para Bellum No Man’s Sky gets multiplayer this summer Overwatch’s anniversary event skins and cosmetics leak out Overwatch's upcoming Deathmatch map, Petra, has a breakable floor and a lethal pit Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure Has Rabbid Cranky Kong As Well Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller Xbox Adaptive Controller first look: A new, necessary gamepad Sony CEO: “The PlayStation 4 Is Entering The Final Phase Of Its Life Cycle” Valve advises sexualized anime-themed titles to censor content or be removed from Steam Valve's Inconsistent Rules On Sexy Steam Games Continue To Baffle Devs Valve are walking back their visual novel purge, according to devs Visual novel devs head to GOG after uncertain warnings from Steam ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games in June EA acquires GameFly's cloud gaming service Paladins Developer Says It's Fired Contractor For Using Overwatch Art In Ad Josh Sawyer is 'taking a break' from directing once Pillars of Eternity 2 is done Overwatch players have spent almost $10 million on Pink Mercy We Happy Few Has Been Refused Classification Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Finale Rainbow Six Siege Pro League 3 Finals And Operation Para Bellum Reveal Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Is Getting An Official Side Tournament At EVO 2018 Justin Wong Won A Major Tournament With Street Fighter V’s Newest (And Allegedly Worst) Character The First Evo Japan Lost Over A Million Dollars Rainbow Six Siege's new esport rules promise to make Pro League massive Uzi Gets His Trophy In Midseason League of Legends Finals Smash Players Plead With Each Other To Please, For The Love Of God, Stop Smelling So Bad The Shanghai Dragons’ training schedule raises concerns for player health Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Introducing People Make Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Splatterhouse 2010: What went wrong Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game Games and Visual Identity A Thought on Service Games Devs share the most memorable things they've had to cut from games An Interview with Scott Benson (Night in the Woods) In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last Your Monster No Longer: God Of War and Final Fantasy X The Silence and the Scream: God of War’s Tyranny of Masculinity God of War’s battles tell a story with confused intentions God of War Is a Great Reminder That Most of Our Dads Suck The Game of The Generation God Of War Gets The Stress Of Parenthood Right Frostpunk Is a Refreshingly Honest, Boldly Fascist Look at Steampunk's Victorian Roots Nancy Drew is the most important game series no one The Game of Everything, Part 10: Civilization and the Limits of Progress Deadfire's Maps Are Really Good 'Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire' Has Too Many Debts to Pay Bioshock Infinite’s Modern Racism RetroAhoy: The Secret of Monkey Island So I've Finally Played... Firewatch How to Animate a Fighting Game ✏️🎮 How to Make a Video Game Memorable | Psych of Play Cuphead: The Story of Animator Tina Nawrocki The Rise and Fall of Half-Life Exclusive Interview With God Of War's Writers Matt Sophos And Richard Gaubert Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Ebb and Flow - Conversations on the recent momentum of Japanese games The History of Atari In Japan - Story of Arcade Pong, 2600 / 2800, Lynx & Jaguar GTV
  4. Matt Paprocki looks into the troubled development of the 2010 Splatterhouse game, Dan Root on How to Animate a Fighting Game, Ahoy on early adventures games and The Secret of Monkey Island, Dia Lacina on the role of motherhood in God of War, Xbox announces adaptive controller, Kingdom Hearts III gameplay and impressions, Chris Bratt leaves Eurogamer to focus on telling interesting stories about games and developers full time, Black Ops 2 multiplayer reveal and confirmation of no single player campaign, Steam Pulling Visual Novels For 'Pornographic Content' Regardless Of Actual Content, Metro Exodus delayed, Overwatch anniversary event begins, Daryl Talks Games on How to Make a Video Game Memorable, new paid and free content for Total War Warhammer 2, ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games, E3 schedule, 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) E3 2018 press conference and livestream schedule Devolver Digital is already apologizing for its upcoming E3 press conference E3 2018: The games, gaffes, and hardware we expect to see Hideo Kojima teases Death Stranding at E3 2018 with moss screenshot 13 Things We Know After Playing Kingdom Hearts 3 - New Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay Kingdom Hearts 3 - Toy Story World Gameplay Kingdom Hearts 3 is a whimsical spectacle full of Disney cheer Metro Exodus Delayed To Early 2019 Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 — Multiplayer Reveal Trailer 5 massive changes coming to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 on PC Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is Getting A Battle Royale Mode Treyarch confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a single-player campaign Revealing The Ambitious Development Of Days Gone Star Control: Origins reveals your future alien comrades Be the bad guy in digital card game Cultist Simulator Why the Cultist Simulator devs built their Lovecraftian game on a house of cards First Look at Kara in Detroit: Become Human Soulcalibur 6 - Yoshimitsu Character Reveal Trailer With Jupiter and Mars, Two Former Game Journalists Hope to Save the Planet Shenmue III Shows Off The Graphical Brush-ups Since The Last Trailer Learn More About Cyrus, Ophilia, And The Vast World Of Octopath Traveler Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient coming west this fall Omnibion War brings Star Fox style shooting back to PC Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk ‘The Wrong Idea’ gameplay Safe House is a management game about cool ‘60s spies Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 remasters announced for PS4 Imperator: Rome is the next grand strategy game from Paradox Earthfall’s L4D-ish alien-blasting action arrives July 13 Blade Strangers Liongate trailer Agony ‘Agony Mode’ trailer Shining Resonance Refrain ‘The Dragon’s Power Awakens’ trailer The Kids’ Video Games Are All Right at NYU Game Center Student Showcase Beacon Interview - Mutate to Survive In This Colorful Roguelite | Gameumentary A Heist Game Where You Steal Pieces Of 15,000 Player-Made Levels Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo English version ‘Chisato Shinjo’ trailer Mecha anime-inspired 3D shoot ’em up Omnibion War announced for PC Blade Strangers Emiko trailer Halo: Fireteam Raven Arcade Experience Reveal Trailer New Total War: Warhammer 2 DLC out this month pits High Elves against Dark Elves Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Queen & Crone Let's Play Total War: Warhammer 2's next update is huge and adds "Dwarf Forging" Crusader Kings 2, Hearts of Iron IV, and Europa Universalis IV all get expansions this year Paradox: 'There's room for improvement in how we present our DLC' Everything you need to know about Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Para Bellum No Man’s Sky gets multiplayer this summer Overwatch’s anniversary event skins and cosmetics leak out Overwatch's upcoming Deathmatch map, Petra, has a breakable floor and a lethal pit Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure Has Rabbid Cranky Kong As Well Introducing the Xbox Adaptive Controller Xbox Adaptive Controller first look: A new, necessary gamepad Sony CEO: “The PlayStation 4 Is Entering The Final Phase Of Its Life Cycle” Valve advises sexualized anime-themed titles to censor content or be removed from Steam Valve's Inconsistent Rules On Sexy Steam Games Continue To Baffle Devs Valve are walking back their visual novel purge, according to devs Visual novel devs head to GOG after uncertain warnings from Steam ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games in June EA acquires GameFly's cloud gaming service Paladins Developer Says It's Fired Contractor For Using Overwatch Art In Ad Josh Sawyer is 'taking a break' from directing once Pillars of Eternity 2 is done Overwatch players have spent almost $10 million on Pink Mercy We Happy Few Has Been Refused Classification Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Finale Rainbow Six Siege Pro League 3 Finals And Operation Para Bellum Reveal Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Is Getting An Official Side Tournament At EVO 2018 Justin Wong Won A Major Tournament With Street Fighter V’s Newest (And Allegedly Worst) Character The First Evo Japan Lost Over A Million Dollars Rainbow Six Siege's new esport rules promise to make Pro League massive Uzi Gets His Trophy In Midseason League of Legends Finals Smash Players Plead With Each Other To Please, For The Love Of God, Stop Smelling So Bad The Shanghai Dragons’ training schedule raises concerns for player health Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Introducing People Make Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Splatterhouse 2010: What went wrong Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game Games and Visual Identity A Thought on Service Games Devs share the most memorable things they've had to cut from games An Interview with Scott Benson (Night in the Woods) In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last Your Monster No Longer: God Of War and Final Fantasy X The Silence and the Scream: God of War’s Tyranny of Masculinity God of War’s battles tell a story with confused intentions God of War Is a Great Reminder That Most of Our Dads Suck The Game of The Generation God Of War Gets The Stress Of Parenthood Right Frostpunk Is a Refreshingly Honest, Boldly Fascist Look at Steampunk's Victorian Roots Nancy Drew is the most important game series no one The Game of Everything, Part 10: Civilization and the Limits of Progress Deadfire's Maps Are Really Good 'Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire' Has Too Many Debts to Pay Bioshock Infinite’s Modern Racism RetroAhoy: The Secret of Monkey Island So I've Finally Played... Firewatch How to Animate a Fighting Game ✏️🎮 How to Make a Video Game Memorable | Psych of Play Cuphead: The Story of Animator Tina Nawrocki The Rise and Fall of Half-Life Exclusive Interview With God Of War's Writers Matt Sophos And Richard Gaubert Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Ebb and Flow - Conversations on the recent momentum of Japanese games The History of Atari In Japan - Story of Arcade Pong, 2600 / 2800, Lynx & Jaguar GTV
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  6. This Week In Gaming 5-15-18

    Core Ideas on The Body Language of Halo Reach, Gameumentary's documentary on Battle Chasers Nightwar, how a failed Jurassic Park game led to the creation of the Xbox, gameplay and info on Days Gone, STALKER 2 is in development, how blockbuster games are written, Divinity Original Sin 2 to get Definitive Edition, Phoenix Point delayed, a study of 10 million Steam reviews, Game Score Fanfare on finding peace in the Fisherman's Horizon theme from Final Fantasy VIII, Video Game Story Time tells the story of the creator of Pikachu, Campo Santo talks about moving to Valve, Destiny 2 puzzle leads players to actual treasure, Sony ends production of physical Vita games, Overwatch to celebrate birthday with new map and mode, Sony looks back at how the DualShock 4 Share button happened, Rage 2 announced, 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) Watch The First Hour Of Days Gone How Days Gone Hopes To Win Over Skeptics 157 Rapid-Fire Questions About Days Gone New Gameplay Today – Days Gone Agony is a sexually explicit horror game full of vagina monsters and infanticide Risk of Rain 2 gameplay video shows ten minutes of third-person combat Underworld Ascendant's quest to keep immersive sims alive Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Official Trailer Phoenix Point is most exciting in the ways it's different from XCOM Phoenix Point delayed until summer next year Not Tonight imagines a drudge-filled Brexit dystopia The Rage 2 trailer has leaked RAGE 2 – Official Gameplay Trailer New games: Scoundrel is the roguelite child of Gunpoint and Thief A Japan-themed Superhot sequel has been announced STALKER 2 is in development, will release in 2021 New Gameplay Today – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Luminous Avenger iX - Teaser Trailer Wargroove Shows Off The Weather System That Affect Your Units Catholic guilt simulator Gray Dawn rises in June F1 2018 Release Date Set for August 2018 BLADE STRANGERS (Switch/PS4/Steam) New Extended Cinematic! 11-11: Memories Retold shows off 'seductive' art in WWI-set adventure 9 Things You Need To Know About Atomic Heart Outlast devs plan "a departure" for next entry as the series sells 15 million units La-Mulana 2 appears on Steam, set for release this summer New Super NES Game Is All About The Dangers Of Crunch Ten minutes of Two Point Hospital gameplay SNK Announces The Neo Geo Mini, Will Play 40 Games Superb "roguevania" action platformer Dead Cells leaves early access in August Rising Storm 2: Vietnam to add new faction and five maps, including three made by modders Rainbow Six Siege’s Alibi shows off her holograms in a new Para Bellum trailer Vermintide 2’s console release will be good news for PC players, developers say Vermintide 2 developers worked closely with Games Workshop on "every line of text" Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition will be a free update for PC players Overwatch will celebrate its birthday with a new map, mode and cosmetics A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia details post-launch revisions Slay the Spire's unique robot hero is hopefully a sign of things to come Now DOTA 2 Has A Battle Royale Mode Microsoft One-Ups Sony And Nintendo By Allowing Game-Gifting On Xbox One Developer Kicked Off Steam For Posting Fake Reviews Valve Is Paying Hackers To Discover Security Flaws In Steam Twitch Counter-Sues Gambling Streamer Who It Banned Radical Heights Developer Boss Key Games Shuts Down Cliff Bleszinski Shares Some Scrapped Game Ideas Eidos Montreal: “We have to try new models for single-player games” Eidos Montreal are making three games, but Deus Ex isn’t one of them Sony Ends Production Of Physical Vita Games Leaked image shows an Xbox accessibility pad with two giant buttons Bigben buying Styx & Blood Bowl devs Cyanide Studio Mafia III developer Hangar 13 opens UK studio for AAA console game Appealing to the West by focusing on the East Universal “committed to games”, disputes 'free labour' concerns over IP contest Destiny 2 Puzzle Leads Players To Actual Treasure In New York Top Fortnite Streamer Starts Cursing Less, And It's Causing Backlash Unprecedented move by German prosecutors over Nazi imagery in satirical game Skyrim's Most Ambitious Mod Ever Fan Project To Remake Diablo II Using StarCraft II Is Now Playable Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Madness Why Overwatch League's Regular Season Will End On A Wacky, Short-Lived Patch League of Legends takes a step toward the Olympics at this summer's Asian Games Overwatch Pro's Husband-And-Wife Streams Are A Bright Light In A Dim World What Stops Women From Going Pro In Esports US Supreme Court opens the door to legal esports gambling Tekken: How Qudans and Jeondding Made a Name for Themselves Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How blockbuster games are written Big Study Of 10 Million Steam Reviews Is Absolutely Fascinating Five years later, Sony looks back at how the DualShock 4 Share button happened Frostpunk developers on hope, misery, and the ultimately terrifying book of laws "The era of 'break-out indie success' is long dead" Some Reasons Why The Games Industry Is So Secretive (And Why Maybe It Shouldn't Be) The Real-Life Politician Running For EVE Online's In-Game Council Interview: Campo Santo talk to us about moving to Valve Games Like 'BattleTech' Are Slow For a Reason Q&A: Building and balancing Battletech's procedurally-generated missions On the Quiet, Effortless Diversity of Battletech The Game of Everything, Part 9: Civilization and Economics A Father Presses, A Son Acts: A Kratos-centric Model of God of War’s Universe The Virtual Life – How Yakuza 6 Makes Old New Again The New Total War Game Is A Complete Mess Silent Hill 2's Pyramid Head Was Pure Sexual Terror 'Warmind' Brings the Beauty of Mars to Center Stage HOW A FAILED JURASSIC PARK GAME LED TO THE CREATION OF THE XBOX – IGN UNFILTERED The Body Language of Halo Reach | Core Ideas The Trouble with Tools | Ratchet Future Saga Critique... Part 1 Finding Peace in Fisherman's Horizon | Game Score Fanfare Battle Chasers: Nightwar Documentary | Gameumentary Edmund McMillen on the Future of The Binding of Isaac [Full Interview] The 5-Year Struggle To Reinvent God Of War Lego's Cancelled Bionicle Game for PC & GameCube - Game History Secrets The Story of Atsuko Nishida, the Creator of Pikachu The Digital Museum - Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour - Extra Credits How I Clean Retro Games | Gaming Historian Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Former Overwatch Pro Continues To Be A Self-Own Machine
  7. Core Ideas on The Body Language of Halo Reach, Gameumentary's documentary on Battle Chasers Nightwar, how a failed Jurassic Park game led to the creation of the Xbox, gameplay and info on Days Gone, STALKER 2 is in development, how blockbuster games are written, Divinity Original Sin 2 to get Definitive Edition, Phoenix Point delayed, a study of 10 million Steam reviews, Game Score Fanfare on finding peace in the Fisherman's Horizon theme from Final Fantasy VIII, Video Game Story Time tells the story of the creator of Pikachu, Campo Santo talks about moving to Valve, Destiny 2 puzzle leads players to actual treasure, Sony ends production of physical Vita games, Overwatch to celebrate birthday with new map and mode, Sony looks back at how the DualShock 4 Share button happened, Rage 2 announced, 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) Watch The First Hour Of Days Gone How Days Gone Hopes To Win Over Skeptics 157 Rapid-Fire Questions About Days Gone New Gameplay Today – Days Gone Agony is a sexually explicit horror game full of vagina monsters and infanticide Risk of Rain 2 gameplay video shows ten minutes of third-person combat Underworld Ascendant's quest to keep immersive sims alive Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Official Trailer Phoenix Point is most exciting in the ways it's different from XCOM Phoenix Point delayed until summer next year Not Tonight imagines a drudge-filled Brexit dystopia The Rage 2 trailer has leaked RAGE 2 – Official Gameplay Trailer New games: Scoundrel is the roguelite child of Gunpoint and Thief A Japan-themed Superhot sequel has been announced STALKER 2 is in development, will release in 2021 New Gameplay Today – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Luminous Avenger iX - Teaser Trailer Wargroove Shows Off The Weather System That Affect Your Units Catholic guilt simulator Gray Dawn rises in June F1 2018 Release Date Set for August 2018 BLADE STRANGERS (Switch/PS4/Steam) New Extended Cinematic! 11-11: Memories Retold shows off 'seductive' art in WWI-set adventure 9 Things You Need To Know About Atomic Heart Outlast devs plan "a departure" for next entry as the series sells 15 million units La-Mulana 2 appears on Steam, set for release this summer New Super NES Game Is All About The Dangers Of Crunch Ten minutes of Two Point Hospital gameplay SNK Announces The Neo Geo Mini, Will Play 40 Games Superb "roguevania" action platformer Dead Cells leaves early access in August Rising Storm 2: Vietnam to add new faction and five maps, including three made by modders Rainbow Six Siege’s Alibi shows off her holograms in a new Para Bellum trailer Vermintide 2’s console release will be good news for PC players, developers say Vermintide 2 developers worked closely with Games Workshop on "every line of text" Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition will be a free update for PC players Overwatch will celebrate its birthday with a new map, mode and cosmetics A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia details post-launch revisions Slay the Spire's unique robot hero is hopefully a sign of things to come Now DOTA 2 Has A Battle Royale Mode Microsoft One-Ups Sony And Nintendo By Allowing Game-Gifting On Xbox One Developer Kicked Off Steam For Posting Fake Reviews Valve Is Paying Hackers To Discover Security Flaws In Steam Twitch Counter-Sues Gambling Streamer Who It Banned Radical Heights Developer Boss Key Games Shuts Down Cliff Bleszinski Shares Some Scrapped Game Ideas Eidos Montreal: “We have to try new models for single-player games” Eidos Montreal are making three games, but Deus Ex isn’t one of them Sony Ends Production Of Physical Vita Games Leaked image shows an Xbox accessibility pad with two giant buttons Bigben buying Styx & Blood Bowl devs Cyanide Studio Mafia III developer Hangar 13 opens UK studio for AAA console game Appealing to the West by focusing on the East Universal “committed to games”, disputes 'free labour' concerns over IP contest Destiny 2 Puzzle Leads Players To Actual Treasure In New York Top Fortnite Streamer Starts Cursing Less, And It's Causing Backlash Unprecedented move by German prosecutors over Nazi imagery in satirical game Skyrim's Most Ambitious Mod Ever Fan Project To Remake Diablo II Using StarCraft II Is Now Playable Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Midseason Madness Why Overwatch League's Regular Season Will End On A Wacky, Short-Lived Patch League of Legends takes a step toward the Olympics at this summer's Asian Games Overwatch Pro's Husband-And-Wife Streams Are A Bright Light In A Dim World What Stops Women From Going Pro In Esports US Supreme Court opens the door to legal esports gambling Tekken: How Qudans and Jeondding Made a Name for Themselves Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How blockbuster games are written Big Study Of 10 Million Steam Reviews Is Absolutely Fascinating Five years later, Sony looks back at how the DualShock 4 Share button happened Frostpunk developers on hope, misery, and the ultimately terrifying book of laws "The era of 'break-out indie success' is long dead" Some Reasons Why The Games Industry Is So Secretive (And Why Maybe It Shouldn't Be) The Real-Life Politician Running For EVE Online's In-Game Council Interview: Campo Santo talk to us about moving to Valve Games Like 'BattleTech' Are Slow For a Reason Q&A: Building and balancing Battletech's procedurally-generated missions On the Quiet, Effortless Diversity of Battletech The Game of Everything, Part 9: Civilization and Economics A Father Presses, A Son Acts: A Kratos-centric Model of God of War’s Universe The Virtual Life – How Yakuza 6 Makes Old New Again The New Total War Game Is A Complete Mess Silent Hill 2's Pyramid Head Was Pure Sexual Terror 'Warmind' Brings the Beauty of Mars to Center Stage HOW A FAILED JURASSIC PARK GAME LED TO THE CREATION OF THE XBOX – IGN UNFILTERED The Body Language of Halo Reach | Core Ideas The Trouble with Tools | Ratchet Future Saga Critique... Part 1 Finding Peace in Fisherman's Horizon | Game Score Fanfare Battle Chasers: Nightwar Documentary | Gameumentary Edmund McMillen on the Future of The Binding of Isaac [Full Interview] The 5-Year Struggle To Reinvent God Of War Lego's Cancelled Bionicle Game for PC & GameCube - Game History Secrets The Story of Atsuko Nishida, the Creator of Pikachu The Digital Museum - Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour - Extra Credits How I Clean Retro Games | Gaming Historian Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Former Overwatch Pro Continues To Be A Self-Own Machine
  8. Completed: Divinity Original Sin 2 Platform: PC Good character customization even allowing you to choose different music scores, can build companions how you want. Great writing with a lot of small details to give the world and quest more meaning. Good crafting options. Different ways of solving quests. Unique changes to common fantasy races. Race, gender, tags, and being able to play as your potential companions allow for different conversation/quest options. Supports mods. Allows for co-op. Combat can be great and strategic with a large variety of abilities with some of the best ability synergy I've seen to create strategies, when it works, it can also have some of the worst combat I've ever seen. At it's worse, combat is often a slow time waster that can pretty much require you to cheat or abuse the AI. The way that the game handles party movement and turn order really doesn't work well for how the game plays and there are certain abilities like taunt that clearly weren't implemented correctly when your enemies use them to the extent that the game will freeze before your taunted characters start throwing random grenades all over or using random abilities that can even buff the person they should be attacking. There are pathfinding problems, traps are annoying and because of the way the game handles armor and healing they shouldn't even be in the game 99% of the time. You can be forced into dialogue in real time while your characters die of environmental fire or poison effects. You can find a few instances of what is likely cut content or bugs with dialogue lines where characters seem to remember past events and choices wrong.
  9. This Week In Gaming 5-8-18

    Noah Caldwell-Gervais examines the entire Far Cry series focusing on gameplay, story, themes, and authorial intent. Nathan Grayson on the damaging effects of crunch and how it persists beyond the corporate environment while Night In the Woods developers talk about why so many developers risk their health to make games, Ben Lindbergh tells a personal story about his family and Dad and of his experience playing God of War, new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, Josiah Renaudin and Nick Capozzoli discuss and answer question about writing game reviews, Eron Rauch writes about the history of reviews and criticism and how it related to video games, Charlie Hall talks to Treyarch about their work on Black Ops and its Zombie modes, Matthew "Sajon" Weise on why Metal Gear Solid 2 Is Not About The Internet, Errant Signal talks about Far Cry 5 and the art of saying nothing, gameplay and an interview with the creator of Artifact, 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) Here's Our Best Look Yet At Red Dead Redemption 2 9 minutes of Artifact Gameplay - The new game from VALVE We interview Artifact's lead designer, Richard Garfield (AKA the creator of Magic: The Gathering) Artifact pairs the best ideas of Dota with the best parts of card games Jurassic World Evolution: The First 20 Minutes - IGN First Steampunk World War 1 RTS Iron Harvest will have over 30 mechs and a powerful pet bear Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look Into the Score for Dontnod's Vampyr Vampyr - Becoming the Monster Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the risk of making an introspective AAA game Lara Croft’s dual pistols won’t be returning in Shadow of the Tomb Raider State Of Decay 2 Knows What Players Want Fort Triumph is part XCOM, part Heroes of Might and Magic The Good Life's story trailer is here Introducing a special interview with 4Gamer, a Japanese media outlet! New Games: Prime Mover is about solving puzzles by building circuit boards Soviet Union-set first-person shooter Atomic Heart coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018 Lamplight City is a detective adventure where it's okay to fail Days Gone Exclusive Coverage Trailer Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition official trailer Lancelot and a talking dog take on Jack the Ripper in this adventure game MachiaVillain - Release Date Announcement Trailer Disgaea 5 Complete's PC Release Delayed, Demo Pulled Five minutes of Egress alpha gameplay Ooblets developer update shows off adorable little houses and new characters Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Alterations Affect Its Ambiance Battletech is getting more customization options and maybe an expansion or two Rainbow Six Siege Operation Para Bellum revealed | Rainbow Six Siege Reinforcements The Council’s second episode, Hide And Seek, arrives this month Here is the launch trailer for Destiny 2’s Warmind expansion Battlefield 1 expansion They Shall Not Pass is now free Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Desolation of Mordor Launch Trailer Yasumi Matsuno Talks About Bringing Ivalice Into Final Fantasy XIV Fortnite’s Avengers: Infinity War crossover hands-on: It’s very, very good Virtual Console Is Not Coming To Switch, Nintendo Says Square Enix will hold an E3 conference this year for the first time since 2015 Activision's CEO Made $28.6 Million Last Year, 306 Times The Median Activision Employee Madden NFL’s creative director departs after six years For Honor's Creation Ended With A Behind-The-Scenes Break-Up A Twitch emote trolled Dr. DisRespect, disappeared, then ignited user ire Man sentenced to prison over 2010 World of Warcraft DDoS attack Korean Overwatch Hackers Arrested, Hit With $10,000 Fine At NRA conference, speaker blames games for ‘sick kids’ Attentat 1942 wins Berlin gaming festival award, but can’t be played in Germany Massive Witcher 3 mod overhauls just about every aspect of combat Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Something For Everyone South Korea tops the 2018 Overwatch World Cup preliminaries Undefeated in their last 14 matches, Boston's Overwatch team is on fire How H1Z1 Pro League hopes to lead the line for battle royale esports Japan's Yoshi Specialist Beats Top Melee Player Mew2King Wins Smash Invitational, Can’t Believe It Hawaii's Big Island Is Building A Fighting Game Community From The Ground Up Hi-Rez Studios announces new esports production company How OWL's makeup artists are helping create the next generation of esports celebrity Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Forest of Liars: A narrative adventure game 198X Is Every 80s Game In One Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Meet the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops and Zombies mode The Reviewer and The Critic 20 Years Of Crunch Take Their Toll On A Game Developer "The reason we're killing ourselves isn't because we love what we're doing" "We can't rely on nostalgia to sell" Your fußball table isn't your culture Episode 146: The Ultimate Games Criticism Mailbag with Nick Capozzoli How a Destiny meetup grew to become a massive charity event raising over $2 million and counting Prima Publishing Extensive Book Covering Women In Gaming Nigh Unplayable: A Brief History of Unwieldy Controls The Ghosts of ‘God of War’ The Real Ancient Myth at the Heart of 'God of War' “Killing Gods, Feeling Great,” by Reid McCarter The Meaninglessness of Maturity in God of War Smacking a YouTuber with their own selfie stick is a new peak for video game catharsis Damn right Metal Gear Solid 2 Is Not About The Internet Far Cry 5's Faith Seed Embodies An Evangelical Double Standard The They/Them Option in 'BattleTech' Is About So Much More Than Choice 'Frostpunk' Treats People With Disabilities As Complex Humans, Not Gimmicks Playing With the Human Side of History Far Cry 5 and the Art of Saying Nothing (Spoilers) A Thorough Look At Far Cry God of War 1 Retrospective Daria Reviews Lufia 2 [SNES] - A Critical Look At the Characters of Lufia II Why Did I Love 007 Nightfire? Other Places: Rapture (BioShock) When is Grinding Fun? - An Exploration of Grinding Done Well Analysis: The Effects of Salt Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 3: How TheMeatly Quit His Day Job Top 11 Adventure Games (That are NOT Sierra or LucasArts!) - Part 1 My accidental 36 years in video games by Jeff Minter (Llamasoft) - Inspirational Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Dad Jokes with Kratos Things I Missed From Previous Weeks GTA 4 Transcends its Flawed Core by Embracing Realism Zerg Rush | A History of AI Research in StarCraft
  10. Noah Caldwell-Gervais examines the entire Far Cry series focusing on gameplay, story, themes, and authorial intent. Nathan Grayson on the damaging effects of crunch and how it persists beyond the corporate environment while Night In the Woods developers talk about why so many developers risk their health to make games, Ben Lindbergh tells a personal story about his family and Dad and of his experience playing God of War, new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, Josiah Renaudin and Nick Capozzoli discuss writing about video games and answer questions about writing reviews, Eron Rauch writes about the history of reviews and criticism and how it related to video games, Charlie Hall talks to Treyarch about their work on Black Ops and its Zombie modes, Matthew "Sajon" Weise on why Metal Gear Solid 2 Is Not About The Internet, Alexander Chatziioannou gives A Brief History of Unwieldy Controls, Errant Signal talks about Far Cry 5 and the art of saying nothing, gameplay and an interview with the creator of Artifact, 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) Here's Our Best Look Yet At Red Dead Redemption 2 9 minutes of Artifact Gameplay - The new game from VALVE We interview Artifact's lead designer, Richard Garfield (AKA the creator of Magic: The Gathering) Artifact pairs the best ideas of Dota with the best parts of card games Jurassic World Evolution: The First 20 Minutes - IGN First Steampunk World War 1 RTS Iron Harvest will have over 30 mechs and a powerful pet bear Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look Into the Score for Dontnod's Vampyr Vampyr - Becoming the Monster Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the risk of making an introspective AAA game Lara Croft’s dual pistols won’t be returning in Shadow of the Tomb Raider State Of Decay 2 Knows What Players Want Fort Triumph is part XCOM, part Heroes of Might and Magic The Good Life's story trailer is here Introducing a special interview with 4Gamer, a Japanese media outlet! New Games: Prime Mover is about solving puzzles by building circuit boards Soviet Union-set first-person shooter Atomic Heart coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018 Lamplight City is a detective adventure where it's okay to fail Days Gone Exclusive Coverage Trailer Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition official trailer Lancelot and a talking dog take on Jack the Ripper in this adventure game MachiaVillain - Release Date Announcement Trailer Disgaea 5 Complete's PC Release Delayed, Demo Pulled Five minutes of Egress alpha gameplay Ooblets developer update shows off adorable little houses and new characters Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Alterations Affect Its Ambiance Battletech is getting more customization options and maybe an expansion or two Rainbow Six Siege Operation Para Bellum revealed | Rainbow Six Siege Reinforcements The Council’s second episode, Hide And Seek, arrives this month Here is the launch trailer for Destiny 2’s Warmind expansion Battlefield 1 expansion They Shall Not Pass is now free Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Desolation of Mordor Launch Trailer Yasumi Matsuno Talks About Bringing Ivalice Into Final Fantasy XIV Fortnite’s Avengers: Infinity War crossover hands-on: It’s very, very good Virtual Console Is Not Coming To Switch, Nintendo Says Square Enix will hold an E3 conference this year for the first time since 2015 Activision's CEO Made $28.6 Million Last Year, 306 Times The Median Activision Employee Madden NFL’s creative director departs after six years For Honor's Creation Ended With A Behind-The-Scenes Break-Up A Twitch emote trolled Dr. DisRespect, disappeared, then ignited user ire Man sentenced to prison over 2010 World of Warcraft DDoS attack Korean Overwatch Hackers Arrested, Hit With $10,000 Fine At NRA conference, speaker blames games for ‘sick kids’ Attentat 1942 wins Berlin gaming festival award, but can’t be played in Germany Massive Witcher 3 mod overhauls just about every aspect of combat Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Something For Everyone South Korea tops the 2018 Overwatch World Cup preliminaries Undefeated in their last 14 matches, Boston's Overwatch team is on fire How H1Z1 Pro League hopes to lead the line for battle royale esports Japan's Yoshi Specialist Beats Top Melee Player Mew2King Wins Smash Invitational, Can’t Believe It Hawaii's Big Island Is Building A Fighting Game Community From The Ground Up Hi-Rez Studios announces new esports production company How OWL's makeup artists are helping create the next generation of esports celebrity Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Forest of Liars: A narrative adventure game 198X Is Every 80s Game In One Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Meet the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops and Zombies mode The Reviewer and The Critic 20 Years Of Crunch Take Their Toll On A Game Developer "The reason we're killing ourselves isn't because we love what we're doing" "We can't rely on nostalgia to sell" Your fußball table isn't your culture Episode 146: The Ultimate Games Criticism Mailbag with Nick Capozzoli How a Destiny meetup grew to become a massive charity event raising over $2 million and counting Prima Publishing Extensive Book Covering Women In Gaming Nigh Unplayable: A Brief History of Unwieldy Controls The Ghosts of ‘God of War’ The Real Ancient Myth at the Heart of 'God of War' “Killing Gods, Feeling Great,” by Reid McCarter The Meaninglessness of Maturity in God of War Smacking a YouTuber with their own selfie stick is a new peak for video game catharsis Damn right Metal Gear Solid 2 Is Not About The Internet Far Cry 5's Faith Seed Embodies An Evangelical Double Standard The They/Them Option in 'BattleTech' Is About So Much More Than Choice 'Frostpunk' Treats People With Disabilities As Complex Humans, Not Gimmicks Playing With the Human Side of History Far Cry 5 and the Art of Saying Nothing (Spoilers) A Thorough Look At Far Cry God of War 1 Retrospective Daria Reviews Lufia 2 [SNES] - A Critical Look At the Characters of Lufia II Why Did I Love 007 Nightfire? Other Places: Rapture (BioShock) When is Grinding Fun? - An Exploration of Grinding Done Well Analysis: The Effects of Salt Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 3: How TheMeatly Quit His Day Job Top 11 Adventure Games (That are NOT Sierra or LucasArts!) - Part 1 My accidental 36 years in video games by Jeff Minter (Llamasoft) - Inspirational Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Dad Jokes with Kratos Things I Missed From Previous Weeks GTA 4 Transcends its Flawed Core by Embracing Realism Zerg Rush | A History of AI Research in StarCraft
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  12. Completed: BATTLETECH Platform: PC Battletech is a turn based strategy game that allows you to hire and rank up a variety of pilots, equip their mechs, and take mission contracts for your four person team to complete. Well thought out gameplay that allows for a good variety of tactical decisions, a good variety of mechs, good mission variety (the the campaign missions often giving unique objectives), and a well made UI that shows you what you need to know. The game feels made to allow for loss of mechs or pilots or for you to have to take the loss of destroyed items and weapons while also paying the repair bill. Good plot supported with nice artwork during cutscenes and an excellent soundtrack. Diverse cast of characters and options for character creations with support for non binary characters. Your background and past actions can effect event choices which can give you different bonuses or penalties for your mech bay, medical ability, faction reputation, etc. Some amusing banter during ship travel as well, though it starts to get repeated quickly. Game also offers a multiplayer mode that gives you a variety of pilots to use with set abilities but still lets you customize the mechs that you want to use in game modes that can allow for different total cost categories. The only real gameplay problem I'm finding is that some of the heavy weapons like the AC10/AC20 and large laser just don't seem useful outside of vehicles or turrets that have them in the single player game. Very good foundation for future games or expansions, which it sounds like they are working on after the good reception and sales this had. Completed: The Beginner's Guide Platform: PC As a story you are someone being guided through the independent work, made over a few years, of a developer by a former acquaintance that wants them to create games again. It becomes apparent very quickly the person is projecting his own insecurities and readings of the games onto his former friend while also breaching his trust by showing the games to others in the first place. The ending makes this more clear with the narrator editing the game's and being told that he is the reason why his friend had stopped making games. The story can also be read as the relationship between a developer and their audience that want the game to be and mean what they want it to be while insisting that they understand the developer. Or maybe it's best not to think on it as more than the personal story it told as the entire game's plot was about someone's self important incorrect readings of games that they believed lead them to see into the authors mind.
  13. Completed: Yakuza 6 The Song of Life Platform: PS4 Usual strong story and characters with much of the story and many of the sidequests focused on family and legacy. Combat now involves more opponents and allies, there is only one fighting style but a powered heat mode state combines the rush and beast stances, they removed weapons that you can buy or earn and you now have a much more limited number of things you can find in the environment or off other enemies. Combat looks better but is worse in every way and it is still as unwieldy as it always has been which makes the increase in enemy numbers difficult to deal with if you fight normally, but it's also easy exploitable since you can knock and throw enemies into each other meaning you can just grab, spin around, and throw a guy to remove multiple weak enemies right away which gets boring fast. It's still fun but there is now much less heat actions with the removal of styles, multiple playable characters, and the majority of weapons. Instead of improving the combat or finally making weapons more useful (or at least less annoying when enemies have them) they just let you throw enemies around more and removed most of the weapons. Finally removes load times between fights and going into other areas and allows more environment interaction, it's a great change for the series, and probably one that should have been done back on the PS3. Removal of the load times also gives you larger areas in more battle focused segments, which the game never takes advantage of. Larger mini-games not as well realized as they can be and there actually seems to be a shortage of some mini games and lack of options for things like Karaoke for what is supposed to, at least, be the finale for the main character. After how he was used in Yakuza 0 and Kiwami and getting his own sections of Kiwami 2 (though that released after this in Japan) only seeing Majima for a brief moment of the prologue and then a brief moment of the epilogue is kind of disappointing. I loved the game for its story and characters, some of its activities, and combat can still be fun but mechanically this is pretty disappointing, hopefully they will do something with the improved engine if they make future series entries because all it does for them now is to finally stop the series from functioning like a PS2 game.
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