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  2. This Week In Gaming 2-12-19

    Vicky Schaubert interviews Robert Steen who learned about the life his disabled son lived through online gaming after his death, Priya Sridhar covers how the character arcs in Rakuen hold a mirror to the real world by teaching that small actions matter and how to accept what you can't change, Luke Winkie's story on the first esports champion, Game Informer's coverage of The Outer Worlds, Yussef Cole ‏gives historical context to the moral issues around Fortnite's dance appropriation, Nathan Grayson reports on the kid focused streamers of Twitch, EA's profits rise and stock falls but then quickly rises above its point before the fall with the release of Apex Legends, Alex Kane reports on the state of Bioware as they enter a new era, Youtuber back after faking own death years ago, mass layoffs at Activision Blizzard, Noah Caldwell-Gervais looks at Dead Space and Far Cry 5's DLC, 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) 131 Rapid-Fire Questions About The Outer Worlds New, Exclusive Impressions Of The Outer Worlds Will The Outer Worlds Live Up To Fan Expectations? New Combat Gameplay And Details For The Outer Worlds Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda And Fallout 76 A free One Finger Death Punch 2 demo releases Monday, and it's a blast Anthem's post-launch updates will bring cataclysmic events and new areas Everything you need to know about the Anthem story, lore, characters and factions Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Warlord Legends – Dong Zhuo Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - First Live Gameplay - Yuan Shao Campaign Part 1 Total War: Three Kingdoms release date has been delayed Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Gameplay Faction Spotlight: Amazon Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice system requirements are out The Making Of Metro Exodus - Episode Three (EU) Warhammer: Chaosbane — a Diablo-like hack-and-slash — launches in June Cthulhu goes post-apocalyptic in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones IGF nominated puzzle game Ethereal sets March release date Devil May Cry 5 takes Resident Evil 2’s gore and smacks it with style 6 Things We Learned Playing as All 3 Characters in Devil May Cry 5 - Devil May Cry 5 Dante Gameplay Praey For The Gods' Developers Talk Shadow Of The Colossus And Breath Of The Wild Inspirations New Gameplay Today – Ape Out Redo! sneaks into the dusty tunnels of early access Chernobylite is a survival-horror game about looking for your girlfriend in the Zone The Textorcist teaches combat typing skills in a pre-launch demo Monster Hunter And The Witcher Are The Perfect Combination Ace Combat 7 Gets A Teaser Trailer For Season Pass Content Rainbow Six Siege’s next map is Outback – it’s got a nuclear convoy and stuffed sharks Hollow Knight Hornet DLC Will Be Unveiled On February 14, 2019 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will get a new game plus mode this month Blacklight: Retribution is shutting down, so all in-game items are now free Battlefield 5 did not meet EA's sales expectations Apex Legends had over 2.5 million players in its first day EA’s stock tanked this week – Apex Legends brought it back and then some Apex Legends Reaches 10 Million Players in Just Three Days Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first Epic Games Store Release Crashes Without Files Called "Steam" Starbreeze sells back publishing rights to System Shock 3 Team Fortress 2 YouTuber Returns Three Years After Faking Terminal Illness Nintendo Exec Says 'A Very High Number' Of Its Designers Are Women Riot Games to give first on-camera response to harassment allegations in new Escapist series Shawn Layden On PlayStation And The Future Jim Ryan named new PlayStation boss Sony Says It's 'Open For Business' On PS4 Cross-Play, But Developers Disagree Report: Mass Layoffs At Activision Blizzard Will Result In Hundreds Of Lost Jobs Activision Blizzard Reports Record Revenue as They Fuck Over 800 Employees Guitar Hero Live refunds being issued to US customers Unity Technologies to Go Public in 2020 (Report) This fan-made Battletech expansion adds a bunch of lore-friendly mechs Esports News Team Liquid says goodbye to Heroes of the Storm, drops team Overwatch League's Once-Dominant Team Opens Up About Their Season One Failings Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The state of BioWare My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft The story of the first esports champion, undefeated since 1972 The Serenity Prayer and Rakuen Critical Compilation BIOSHOCK: INFINITE The sloth behind the scenes of 2019's biggest Twitch stream “It’s important to show that there’s a vulnerability to the male ego” – an interview with Red Dead Redemption 2’s Roger Clark Breath Of The Wild Speedrunning Has Changed A Lot In Two Years Respawn tried “approximately a bojillian” ways to get Titans into Apex Legends Apex Legends is great because you don’t have to talk to anyone Apex Legends' ping system is a tiny miracle for FPS teamwork and communication Losing my lust for hunting, thanks to The Bear PC games are showing us why we should care about surveillance Fortnite's Appropriation Issue Isn't About Copyright Law, It's About Ethics Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism Sadly, It's Surprising That There Are Two Black Women In Apex Legends The impossible architecture of video games Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a struggle for players with poor eyesight Kid-Friendly Twitch Streams Aim To Be The New Saturday Morning Cartoons Why Nostalgia For Video Games Is Uniquely Powerful How a five-year game of Civilization 5 became a meaningful part of my personal history Making Games Better for Players with Cognitive Disabilities | Designing for Disability The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 2: Metal Militia | AI and Games What's Been Going On With Far Cry 5's DLC? A Thorough Look at Dead Space Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus in Close Critique [Full Spoilers] The History of Metro 2033 Crush 40 - Evolving the Sound of Sonic | PostMesmeric Beautiful Battlefield "Trailer" Was Shot Entirely Using Unsuspecting Real Players How Blade Runner Reinvented Adventure Games | War Stories | Ars Technica Noclip Podcast #07 - Lucas Pope (Papers Please / Return of the Obra Dinn) INSOMNIAC GAMES TURNS 25
  3. Vicky Schaubert interviews Robert Steen who learned about the life his disabled son lived through online gaming after his death, Priya Sridhar covers how the character arcs in Rakuen hold a mirror to the real world by teaching that small actions matter and how to accept what you can't change, Luke Winkie's story on the first esports champion, Game Informer's coverage of The Outer Worlds, Yussef Cole ‏gives historical context to the moral issues around Fortnite's dance appropriation, Nathan Grayson reports on the kid focused streamers of Twitch, EA's profits rise but stock falls and then quickly rises above its point before the fall with the release of Apex Legends, Alex Kane reports on the state of Bioware as they enter a new era, Youtuber back after faking own death years ago, mass layoffs at Activision Blizzard, Noah Caldwell-Gervais looks at Dead Space and Far Cry 5's DLC, 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) 131 Rapid-Fire Questions About The Outer Worlds New, Exclusive Impressions Of The Outer Worlds Will The Outer Worlds Live Up To Fan Expectations? New Combat Gameplay And Details For The Outer Worlds Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda And Fallout 76 A free One Finger Death Punch 2 demo releases Monday, and it's a blast Anthem's post-launch updates will bring cataclysmic events and new areas Everything you need to know about the Anthem story, lore, characters and factions Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Warlord Legends – Dong Zhuo Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - First Live Gameplay - Yuan Shao Campaign Part 1 Total War: Three Kingdoms release date has been delayed Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Gameplay Faction Spotlight: Amazon Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice system requirements are out The Making Of Metro Exodus - Episode Three (EU) Warhammer: Chaosbane — a Diablo-like hack-and-slash — launches in June Cthulhu goes post-apocalyptic in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones IGF nominated puzzle game Ethereal sets March release date Devil May Cry 5 takes Resident Evil 2’s gore and smacks it with style 6 Things We Learned Playing as All 3 Characters in Devil May Cry 5 - Devil May Cry 5 Dante Gameplay Praey For The Gods' Developers Talk Shadow Of The Colossus And Breath Of The Wild Inspirations New Gameplay Today – Ape Out Redo! sneaks into the dusty tunnels of early access Chernobylite is a survival-horror game about looking for your girlfriend in the Zone The Textorcist teaches combat typing skills in a pre-launch demo Monster Hunter And The Witcher Are The Perfect Combination Ace Combat 7 Gets A Teaser Trailer For Season Pass Content Rainbow Six Siege’s next map is Outback – it’s got a nuclear convoy and stuffed sharks Hollow Knight Hornet DLC Will Be Unveiled On February 14, 2019 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will get a new game plus mode this month Blacklight: Retribution is shutting down, so all in-game items are now free Battlefield 5 did not meet EA's sales expectations Apex Legends had over 2.5 million players in its first day EA’s stock tanked this week – Apex Legends brought it back and then some Apex Legends Reaches 10 Million Players in Just Three Days Capcom said Hideaki Itsuno could make Dragon’s Dogma 2, but he chose to make DMC5 first Epic Games Store Release Crashes Without Files Called "Steam" Starbreeze sells back publishing rights to System Shock 3 Team Fortress 2 YouTuber Returns Three Years After Faking Terminal Illness Nintendo Exec Says 'A Very High Number' Of Its Designers Are Women Riot Games to give first on-camera response to harassment allegations in new Escapist series Shawn Layden On PlayStation And The Future Jim Ryan named new PlayStation boss Sony Says It's 'Open For Business' On PS4 Cross-Play, But Developers Disagree Report: Mass Layoffs At Activision Blizzard Will Result In Hundreds Of Lost Jobs Activision Blizzard Reports Record Revenue as They Fuck Over 800 Employees Guitar Hero Live refunds being issued to US customers Unity Technologies to Go Public in 2020 (Report) This fan-made Battletech expansion adds a bunch of lore-friendly mechs Esports News Team Liquid says goodbye to Heroes of the Storm, drops team Overwatch League's Once-Dominant Team Opens Up About Their Season One Failings Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The state of BioWare My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft The story of the first esports champion, undefeated since 1972 The Serenity Prayer and Rakuen Critical Compilation BIOSHOCK: INFINITE The sloth behind the scenes of 2019's biggest Twitch stream “It’s important to show that there’s a vulnerability to the male ego” – an interview with Red Dead Redemption 2’s Roger Clark Breath Of The Wild Speedrunning Has Changed A Lot In Two Years Respawn tried “approximately a bojillian” ways to get Titans into Apex Legends Apex Legends is great because you don’t have to talk to anyone Apex Legends' ping system is a tiny miracle for FPS teamwork and communication Losing my lust for hunting, thanks to The Bear PC games are showing us why we should care about surveillance Fortnite's Appropriation Issue Isn't About Copyright Law, It's About Ethics Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism Sadly, It's Surprising That There Are Two Black Women In Apex Legends The impossible architecture of video games Red Dead Redemption 2 can be a struggle for players with poor eyesight Kid-Friendly Twitch Streams Aim To Be The New Saturday Morning Cartoons Why Nostalgia For Video Games Is Uniquely Powerful How a five-year game of Civilization 5 became a meaningful part of my personal history Making Games Better for Players with Cognitive Disabilities | Designing for Disability The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 2: Metal Militia | AI and Games What's Been Going On With Far Cry 5's DLC? A Thorough Look at Dead Space Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus in Close Critique [Full Spoilers] The History of Metro 2033 Crush 40 - Evolving the Sound of Sonic | PostMesmeric Beautiful Battlefield "Trailer" Was Shot Entirely Using Unsuspecting Real Players How Blade Runner Reinvented Adventure Games | War Stories | Ars Technica Noclip Podcast #07 - Lucas Pope (Papers Please / Return of the Obra Dinn) INSOMNIAC GAMES TURNS 25
  4. Completed: Gorogoa Platform: PC A beautiful hand illustrated puzzle game with strong mechanics to match and complement the visuals. You have up to four panels and progress by moving the pieces, zooming into often multiple focus pints, or moving to other areas of individual tiles, sometimes while an event is happening to match it to different areas of a tile. This is done while exploring the memories and objects associated with a boy, who likely lived in a war torn environment, whose life you see at different stages as the game progresses.
  5. Completed: Silent Hill Platform: Playstation I had never played the original Silent Hill, only 2nd, 3rd, and Downfall and thought I'd at least get the original three games completed. Already knew what happened in the game though so not really any surprises story wise. Good start for the series lore, setting, and music wise. Really feel the fog more in this game than the others, likely due to graphic limitations, which ends up adding more to the feel of the setting but can get you a bit turned around when trying to find certain areas. Some very loud and annoying constant noises from certain monsters or otherworld events I could have done without. Harry Mason is the real monster here. Bashing monster dogs heads in mid leap with overhead pipe swings, shooting down flying demons and curb stomping them until they make squeaky toy sounds. Always was kind of strange to me how combat heavy the series was and quite a bit different feel to it after playing Fatal Frame and even the Resident Evil 2 remake where I avoided a lot of enemies. Even your running speed and the slow movements of some bosses and accuracy of enemies can make them little threats in larger areas. Nice to play the original but nowhere near as interesting to me as the sequel. Completed: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Platform: PC Have only played four games in the series, the first (Air Combat), 6, Assault Horizon, and this one. Story told by cutscenes is the melodramatic ridiculousness that I remember from six with the more interesting moments both character wise and thematic coming from the in mission dialogue. Story about how war is bad and there are drones but drones are bad so human pilots should be fighting in the wars instead of drones, and going to space, and drone country took over a lot of other countries taking the culture and language of those countries away from the natives which is bad but they should also just move on so everyone can come together to watch the only not useless pilot (MC) shoot down the super drones. As far as I remember this plays like the Ace Combat 6 with no real improvements other than having missions that tend to change things up more with the environment or how you go about destroying targets, which can lead to some nice sights but more often than not the missions changing things up are easy, short, and lack the more intense fights of larger air battles or the more story heavy or fun moments of flying around the battlefield supporting your allies in larger fights. I think that's the thing I miss most from my memory of six, a lot of that game was fighting with the same groups of air, vehicle, infantry, and support crafts and you choosing who to help or helping everyone in time could change dialogue, mission medals and who survives, having more larger battles and allied communication is something I'd take over flying through a sandstorm to locate enemy vehicles with noting really posing a threat to your plane or your allies. Having so many allied groups over and over again gave you more of a connection with them unlike here where your support is frequently changing. Having less story significant enemy aces appear in most missions of some of the previous games that you may or may not shoot down also felt better than the one story guy appearing every now and then to do impossible maneuvers until you hit him with 8 missiles to get him to leave. The game is a lot of fun though, even more so in larger battles, so it's just a shame so much time is spent with what are basically tutorial missions or doing really simple things like guiding bombs or flying in low viability areas against a couple normal targets. Really could have used more larger and more challenging battles. Just realized the main enemy ace of Ace Combat 7 is Mister X and the main....occasional dull annoyance of Resident Evil 2 is also Mister X.
  6. This Week In Gaming 2-5-19

    Cian Maher tells the story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on, Ives Aguiar covers Brasil's hidden arcades while Matheus Fernandes goes over why mods are the greatest part of Brazil’s gaming history, Kevin T. Baker looks at the book and theories that influenced Will Wright's ideas on city design and the implications of the politics of SimCity, TheGamingBritShow on The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again, Ty Gale examines their anger over the erasure of their Japanese heritage through the apocalyptic lens of Bastion, Dia Lacina gives her thoughts on the importance of playing online in Souls games, Julie Muncy covers restrictive copyright law while reviewing Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomm Hulett talks about going from a Silent Hill fan to a producer, Eme Flores examines the characters of Heaven WIll Be Mine as representations of different strands of queer activism, Jeremy Choo on why he DMCAed his own game, 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) Rage 2’s wasteland is colourful, but lacks personality Rage 2 - Easy Allies Preview Warhammer: Chaosbane’s dwarfen Slayer is an axe-wielding whirlwind in battle Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Empire Building Let's Play "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not - this is what we're making." Apex Legends year 1 roadmap includes Battle Passes, new Legends and more Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic Final Fantasy 14's Shadowbringers expansion releases July 2, new classes announced New Metro Exodus trailer reminds us what all the fuss was about in the first place After Epic Store Deal, Steam Users Review Bomb Metro Games Metro Exodus timed-exclusivity deal on PC was Koch Media’s decision, says THQ Nordic Epic vs Steam: Exclusives raise the stakes | Opinion Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth confirmed for western markets, out in June Crying Suns warps in a faster, meaner demo on Steam Devil Engine launches for Switch and PC on February 21, PS4 and arcade later Anthem: watch a max level, endgame mission in action Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets another delay MLB The Show 19’s first gameplay trailer focuses on baseball legends Jupiter & Mars launches this spring, story trailer Stay in the light and try not to die in the supernatural thriller Those Who Remain Imperator: Rome launches this April Dead or Alive 6 Trailer Focuses On The Modified Mugen Tenshin Fighter Raidou Weedcraft Inc wants marijuana politics to go beyond stoners New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Open World And Endgame The Division 2's endgame introduces a powerful new faction that remixes the entire game Ubisoft apologizes for The Division 2 email promising 'a real government shutdown' The full The Division 2 interview – building a rich endgame Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter ‘Crackdown 3’: Less Than It Was Meant to Be, but Still Stupid Fun Overcooked 2 teases free Lunar New Year update Wargroove Creators Talk About Possible Competitive Play, Development Hurdles, And More PlayStation Plus February: Hitman, For Honor, cloud storage expanded to 100GB Opt-in review system in the works for Epic Games Store Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more Microsoft Accessibility Microsoft Studios renamed Xbox Game Studios in bid for a better cross-platform brand Twitch Streamer And Game Studio Employee Arrested In Child Sex Sting Well, that photo is terrifying. Viewers on Twitch watched over 9.36 billion hours of content last year Witcher author has reportedly settled his royalty case with CD Projekt Sledgehammer Games co-founder leads new 2K studio ESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a "violation of the US Constitution" Modder Superior: Freespace 2 and its greatest mods deploy from fan-launcher Knossos Esports News Street Fighter V legend Tokido leaves Echo Fox Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Rise to Ruins dev wraps up Patreon and donates double pledges back to supporters Patreon CEO says the company's generous business model is not sustainable as it sees rapid growth Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Sea Shanties Are Actual Greek Poems From Super Fan to Producer: An Insider's Perspective on Silent Hill The Real Story Behind Pioneer, The Troubled Sci-Fi Game Teased In Watch Dogs 2 The voice of Shenmue reflects on 20 years of Ryo Hazuki Exclusive Interview: Campfire chat with the stars of Red Dead Redemption 2 Why videogame mods were (and still are) the greatest feat in Brazil’s gaming history The Locadora Tales: Gaming in Brazil’s hidden arcades The Weird Story Behind Doom's Rare "Ouch Face" Forking Hell: A Decade of Devolver Digital Game Workers of the World, Unite! An Interview with an Anonymous Game Worker Model Metropolis Going Hollow: The Importance of Playing Online in Souls Games Piracy helped Earthbound become a cult classic How NES launch negotiations, Tetris, and Lode Runner inspired boutique game publisher Tozai Life Off the Grid, Part 2: Playing Ultima Underworld Why did we DMCA our own game few weeks after launching? Changes of perspective are vital to representation in games One Minute Past Midnight: Bastion & Healing from Nuclear Devastation 'Kingdom Hearts III' is a Big, Beautiful Mess Fighting with Perfect Greed: Heaven Will Be Mine and diversity of tactics in activism Well Played: Store Credit Glad You’re “Here”: Hidden Dimensions and Virtual Worlds Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great Punk Rock Broken Reality, Vaporwave, and Irony The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again | Suda 51, Legendary Again The Dark Heart of Katamari Damacy Icewind Dale Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 5) The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 1: Rise of the Machines | AI and Games The History of Big Head Mode − Codex History Respawned: Battlefield V Noclip Podcast #06 - Marijam Didžgalvytė (Game Workers Unite) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream
  7. Cian Maher tells the story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on, Ives Aguiar covers Brasil's hidden arcades while Matheus Fernandes goes over why mods are the greatest part of Brazil’s gaming history, Kevin T. Baker looks at the book and theories that influenced Will Wright's ideas on city design and the implications of the politics of SimCity, TheGamingBritShow on The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again, Ty Gale examines their anger over the erasure of their Japanese heritage through the apocalyptic lens of Bastion, Dia Lacina remembers the last days of server support in Demon's Souls and gives her thoughts on the importance of playing online in Souls games, Julie Muncy covers restrictive copyright law while reviewing Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomm Hulett talks about going from a Silent Hill fan to a producer and about what drew him to the series, Eme Flores examines the characters of Heaven WIll Be Mine as representations of different strands of queer activism, Jeremy Choo on why he DMCAed his own game, 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) Rage 2’s wasteland is colourful, but lacks personality Rage 2 - Easy Allies Preview Warhammer: Chaosbane’s dwarfen Slayer is an axe-wielding whirlwind in battle Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Empire Building Let's Play "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not - this is what we're making." Apex Legends year 1 roadmap includes Battle Passes, new Legends and more Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic Final Fantasy 14's Shadowbringers expansion releases July 2, new classes announced New Metro Exodus trailer reminds us what all the fuss was about in the first place After Epic Store Deal, Steam Users Review Bomb Metro Games Metro Exodus timed-exclusivity deal on PC was Koch Media’s decision, says THQ Nordic Epic vs Steam: Exclusives raise the stakes | Opinion Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth confirmed for western markets, out in June Crying Suns warps in a faster, meaner demo on Steam Devil Engine launches for Switch and PC on February 21, PS4 and arcade later Anthem: watch a max level, endgame mission in action Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets another delay MLB The Show 19’s first gameplay trailer focuses on baseball legends Jupiter & Mars launches this spring, story trailer Stay in the light and try not to die in the supernatural thriller Those Who Remain Imperator: Rome launches this April Dead or Alive 6 Trailer Focuses On The Modified Mugen Tenshin Fighter Raidou Weedcraft Inc wants marijuana politics to go beyond stoners New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Open World And Endgame The Division 2's endgame introduces a powerful new faction that remixes the entire game Ubisoft apologizes for The Division 2 email promising 'a real government shutdown' The full The Division 2 interview – building a rich endgame Once vaunted as a gaming revolution, Crackdown 3 is another open-world shooter ‘Crackdown 3’: Less Than It Was Meant to Be, but Still Stupid Fun Overcooked 2 teases free Lunar New Year update Wargroove Creators Talk About Possible Competitive Play, Development Hurdles, And More PlayStation Plus February: Hitman, For Honor, cloud storage expanded to 100GB Opt-in review system in the works for Epic Games Store Microsoft wants to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more Microsoft Accessibility Microsoft Studios renamed Xbox Game Studios in bid for a better cross-platform brand Twitch Streamer And Game Studio Employee Arrested In Child Sex Sting Well, that photo is terrifying. Viewers on Twitch watched over 9.36 billion hours of content last year Witcher author has reportedly settled his royalty case with CD Projekt Sledgehammer Games co-founder leads new 2K studio ESA: Proposed Pennsylvania video game tax a "violation of the US Constitution" Modder Superior: Freespace 2 and its greatest mods deploy from fan-launcher Knossos Esports News Street Fighter V legend Tokido leaves Echo Fox Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Rise to Ruins dev wraps up Patreon and donates double pledges back to supporters Patreon CEO says the company's generous business model is not sustainable as it sees rapid growth Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story behind the Oblivion mod Terry Pratchett worked on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Sea Shanties Are Actual Greek Poems From Super Fan to Producer: An Insider's Perspective on Silent Hill The Real Story Behind Pioneer, The Troubled Sci-Fi Game Teased In Watch Dogs 2 The voice of Shenmue reflects on 20 years of Ryo Hazuki Exclusive Interview: Campfire chat with the stars of Red Dead Redemption 2 Why videogame mods were (and still are) the greatest feat in Brazil’s gaming history The Locadora Tales: Gaming in Brazil’s hidden arcades The Weird Story Behind Doom's Rare "Ouch Face" Forking Hell: A Decade of Devolver Digital Game Workers of the World, Unite! An Interview with an Anonymous Game Worker Model Metropolis Going Hollow: The Importance of Playing Online in Souls Games Piracy helped Earthbound become a cult classic How NES launch negotiations, Tetris, and Lode Runner inspired boutique game publisher Tozai Life Off the Grid, Part 2: Playing Ultima Underworld Why did we DMCA our own game few weeks after launching? Changes of perspective are vital to representation in games One Minute Past Midnight: Bastion & Healing from Nuclear Devastation 'Kingdom Hearts III' is a Big, Beautiful Mess Fighting with Perfect Greed: Heaven Will Be Mine and diversity of tactics in activism Well Played: Store Credit Glad You’re “Here”: Hidden Dimensions and Virtual Worlds Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great Punk Rock Broken Reality, Vaporwave, and Irony The Meaning of Travis Strikes Again | Suda 51, Legendary Again The Dark Heart of Katamari Damacy Icewind Dale Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 5) The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn | Part 1: Rise of the Machines | AI and Games The History of Big Head Mode − Codex History Respawned: Battlefield V Noclip Podcast #06 - Marijam Didžgalvytė (Game Workers Unite) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream
  8. Completed: RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 Platform: PC Looks great, atmospheric, some good story changes with well done nods to original game. Good and bad animations, can have some very questionable hit detection and awkward looking lunges when you are grabbed by enemies or when you are being attacked by one and other enemies are just bumping into you or attacking through you, but some nice small details like killing a zombie just as it is making a grab for you causing it to slump against you as your character nudges it away. Camera and movement can now make it much easier both to allow and provoke a mindset of charging ahead, really taking away from tense engagements or fear with your last save likely always being such a little time ago. Enemies are now bullet sponges ignoring many shots or later reviving after multiple headshots taking away the fun of combat found in newer titles like 4-6. Mr X is just a tedious annoyance. Usual terrible boss fights that all the less action oriented ones have that will likely cause you to waste and horde all your best ammo making normal encounters even worse. While there is a lot of nice detail to the environments, you are in such dull and confined spaces all the time. I really didn't enjoy this game at all as it offered no tension in exploration or enjoyment through combat. As much as I disliked 7, it having a new feel to the opening sections (before it became a combat heavy game against the most dull to fight enemies in the series) and some sections that changed things up a lot makes me prefer that one to this, and I even liked 6 more than 7.
  9. This Week In Gaming 1-29-19

    Wesley Yin-Poole on the fall of Starbreeze, Alon Lessel compiles some of the best writing on God of War (2018), RagnarRox discusses how Dune was one of the most faithful video game adaptation of the source material it was based on, Jessica Conditt covers Rami Ismail and Sarah Elmaleh's conference for game creators that removes language as a barrier to entry, Austin Walker on the world building and dark comedy that sets Metro Exodus apart, Nintendo to close Wii shop preventing redownloads of owned content, Daryl Talks Games on the effects of in game weather on mental health, Metro Exodus gets year exclusivity to Epic Store, Eric Van Allen profiles SonicFox, Wargroove launching with cross platform support, Cyberpunk lead writer and Witcher 3 director joins Blizzard, 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) The Best Indie Games of PAX South 2019 Wargroove finally hits PC next week and there’s anime to prove it Wargroove will have cross-platform support for Steam, Xbox, and Switch at launch After Three Hours of 'Metro Exodus,' I Was Surprised By How Much I Laughed Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store, but Steam preorders will be honoured It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way How Tutorials Work in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Our Full Hidetaka Miyazaki Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Interview Three hours in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the first Total War soap opera How Total War: Three Kingdoms' Wu Xing philosophy explains everything 20 MINUTES of LIU BEI CAMPAIGN | Total War: THREE KINGDOMS How Total War: Three Kingdoms' relationships drive its campaign Total War: Three Kingdoms turns the series on its head with a new kind of authenticity Far Cry New Dawn is more than just a lurid coat of post-apocalyptic paint New Gameplay Today – Far Cry New Dawn's Co-op Far Cry New Dawn's post-apocalypse is a perfect fit for a chaotic shooter Dreams Beta Players Are Building Jupiter's Moons And Beautiful Fried Eggs Watch ten minutes of bizarre Atomic Heart gameplay Super Robot Wars T’s Second English Subbed Trailer Charges In At Full Speed Anthem will have a 16-player social hub called the Launch Bay Anthem gameplay | new footage from the story campaign, plus Anthem cinematic The full Anthem interview: how BioWare perfected the art of flight Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date Raji: An Ancient Epic Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30 Generation Zero, the retro-Swedish killer robot open-world shooter, is coming in March Last Oasis Is The Most PC Game Imaginable Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week The Wii Shop Channel Closes Forever Next Week My Time At Portia devs apologise, claim voice actors will soon be paid Woman Gets Impressive PlayStation Care Package After Freak Golfing Accident Why NetEase and Quantic Dream are teaming up for games on multiple platforms Cyberpunk 2077 head writer has left CD Projekt Red to join Blizzard DeepMind AI AlphaStar goes 10-1 against top 'StarCraft II' pros CS:GO star coldzera stops streaming after trolls target his channel with d*** pics After Two Controversies, Twitch Says It Will No Longer Run Ads For Other Twitch Streamers Four Seattle girls score top prize in national Girls Make Games competition with game about bullying EA buckles in Belgium, stops selling FIFA Points following loot box gambling pressure Esports News HOW A TRASH-TALKING FURRY BECAME ESPORTS' DOMINANT PLAYER Japan eSports Union’s Vice President Talks Overseas Cooperation And Future Plans Germany's Olympic Federation president says 'esport does not exist' Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The fall of Starbreeze For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short GOD OF WAR (2018) Designing the game console of the future (in 1997) 'Success would’ve been three grand': meet the gamer who raised $340,000 for a trans charity The online conference that might change video games for good Industry Lucas Pope on the challenge of creating Obra Dinn's 1-bit aesthetic How making a new strategy game nearly destroyed Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer's life It's 2019 And I'm Starting Final Fantasy XI Road to the IGF: Team Alto's Alto's Odyssey Road to the IGF: Grace Bruxner's The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Road to the IGF: Jeremy Gable's Watch Me Jump Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad Overwatch Is No Longer My Third Place Videogame characters are becoming more diverse, says Microsoft researcher GLAAD's first video game awards highlight difficulties in celebrating queer representation Resident Evil 2: The Kotaku Review “Uncanny, Real,” by Reid McCarter Crimson Gray Artificial Interpersonal Relationships How In-Game Weather Can Regulate Mental Health | Psych of Play Dune (1992) | Forgotten Gems Apple killed these iPhone Games - SO I ARCHIVED them forever! The Best Bad Game A Review of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown The Super Mario Land Series | Gaming Historian Can Old Games Have Great Animation? - New Frame Plus RECCA and the History of the Summer Shoot'em Up Competition Twinbee Story: The Original Cute 'Em Up - Gaijillionaire's Club - GTV The History Of Kingdom Hearts The 72 Hours That Created Hollow Knight The making of Total War: Warhammer's 2's Luthor Harkon Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Haley Joel Osment on Growing up in Kingdom Hearts When risking everything pays off - Cuphead | Levels
  10. Wesley Yin-Poole on the fall of Starbreeze, Alon Lessel compiles some of the best writing on God of War (2018), RagnarRox discusses how Dune was one of the most faithful video game adaptation of the source material it was based on, Jessica Conditt covers Rami Ismail and Sarah Elmaleh's conference for game creators that removes language as a barrier to entry, Austin Walker on the world building and dark comedy that sets Metro Exodus apart, Nintendo to close Wii shop preventing redownloads of owned content, Daryl Talks Games on the effects of in game weather on mental health, Metro Exodus gets year exclusivity to Epic Store, Eric Van Allen profiles SonicFox, Wargroove launching with cross platform support, Cyberpunk lead writer and Witcher 3 director joins Blizzard, 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) The Best Indie Games of PAX South 2019 Wargroove finally hits PC next week and there’s anime to prove it Wargroove will have cross-platform support for Steam, Xbox, and Switch at launch After Three Hours of 'Metro Exodus,' I Was Surprised By How Much I Laughed Metro Exodus will only release on the Epic Store, but Steam preorders will be honoured How Tutorials Work in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Our Full Hidetaka Miyazaki Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Interview Three hours in Total War: Three Kingdoms, the first Total War soap opera How Total War: Three Kingdoms' Wu Xing philosophy explains everything 20 MINUTES of LIU BEI CAMPAIGN | Total War: THREE KINGDOMS How Total War: Three Kingdoms' relationships drive its campaign Total War: Three Kingdoms turns the series on its head with a new kind of authenticity Far Cry New Dawn is more than just a lurid coat of post-apocalyptic paint New Gameplay Today – Far Cry New Dawn's Co-op Far Cry New Dawn's post-apocalypse is a perfect fit for a chaotic shooter Dreams Beta Players Are Building Jupiter's Moons And Beautiful Fried Eggs Watch ten minutes of bizarre Atomic Heart gameplay Super Robot Wars T’s Second English Subbed Trailer Charges In At Full Speed Anthem will have a 16-player social hub called the Launch Bay Anthem gameplay | new footage from the story campaign, plus Anthem cinematic The full Anthem interview: how BioWare perfected the art of flight Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date Raji: An Ancient Epic Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30 Generation Zero, the retro-Swedish killer robot open-world shooter, is coming in March Last Oasis Is The Most PC Game Imaginable Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week The Wii Shop Channel Closes Forever Next Week My Time At Portia devs apologise, claim voice actors will soon be paid Woman Gets Impressive PlayStation Care Package After Freak Golfing Accident Why NetEase and Quantic Dream are teaming up for games on multiple platforms Cyberpunk 2077 head writer has left CD Projekt Red to join Blizzard DeepMind AI AlphaStar goes 10-1 against top 'StarCraft II' pros CS:GO star coldzera stops streaming after trolls target his channel with d*** pics After Two Controversies, Twitch Says It Will No Longer Run Ads For Other Twitch Streamers Four Seattle girls score top prize in national Girls Make Games competition with game about bullying EA buckles in Belgium, stops selling FIFA Points following loot box gambling pressure Esports News HOW A TRASH-TALKING FURRY BECAME ESPORTS' DOMINANT PLAYER Japan eSports Union’s Vice President Talks Overseas Cooperation And Future Plans Germany's Olympic Federation president says 'esport does not exist' Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The fall of Starbreeze For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short GOD OF WAR (2018) Designing the game console of the future (in 1997) 'Success would’ve been three grand': meet the gamer who raised $340,000 for a trans charity The online conference that might change video games for good Industry Lucas Pope on the challenge of creating Obra Dinn's 1-bit aesthetic How making a new strategy game nearly destroyed Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer's life It's 2019 And I'm Starting Final Fantasy XI Road to the IGF: Team Alto's Alto's Odyssey Road to the IGF: Grace Bruxner's The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Road to the IGF: Jeremy Gable's Watch Me Jump Road to the IGF: Nova-box's Seers Isle Road to the IGF: Julián Cordero's levedad Overwatch Is No Longer My Third Place Videogame characters are becoming more diverse, says Microsoft researcher GLAAD's first video game awards highlight difficulties in celebrating queer representation Resident Evil 2: The Kotaku Review “Uncanny, Real,” by Reid McCarter Crimson Gray Artificial Interpersonal Relationships How In-Game Weather Can Regulate Mental Health | Psych of Play Dune (1992) | Forgotten Gems Apple killed these iPhone Games - SO I ARCHIVED them forever! The Best Bad Game A Review of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown The Super Mario Land Series | Gaming Historian Can Old Games Have Great Animation? - New Frame Plus RECCA and the History of the Summer Shoot'em Up Competition Twinbee Story: The Original Cute 'Em Up - Gaijillionaire's Club - GTV The History Of Kingdom Hearts The 72 Hours That Created Hollow Knight The making of Total War: Warhammer's 2's Luthor Harkon Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Haley Joel Osment on Growing up in Kingdom Hearts When risking everything pays off - Cuphead | Levels
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  12. Completed: The friends of Ringo Ishikawa Platform: PC The style and character types of the Kunio-kun series of beat em up/sports games focused around Japanese Yankii culture. Instead of focusing on the fighting this tells an existential story of a gang leader and his friends trying to find their place in the world during the little time they still have left in high school. Beat em up gameplay is still frequent and it looks and feels alright with new moves to learn, simple though and you can only can hit one at a time so easy to get ganged up on if you aren't with your friends or depending on what AI focuses on. Can become a slow grind to finish as there just aren't that many events and sometimes days will go by with very little happening. So much of what the game seems to revolve around is getting money which just leads to you gathering your friends to beat random people up to take their money or even stranger doing the very little effort needed to get a job and get good grades in school which gets you $10,000 every week instead of focusing on dealing with your characters life or people they know. A lot seems either oddly implemented or partly unfinished, smoking doesn't seem to do anything and you have multiple stages of hunger but can just never eat and stay on starving and it seems to cause no negatives. Wanted to like it more than I did.
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  14. This Week In Gaming 1-22-19

    Hbomberguy's idea for a small Donkey Kong 64 charity stream ends up raising over $340,000 for transgender charities and fundraisers with help of streamers, critics, artists, celebrities, authors, developers (John Romero, Rebecca Heineman, Scott Benson, Josh Sawyer), historians, therapists, surprise guests, and the game's composer and DK's voice actor. Jimmy Maher tells the story of the making Ultima Underworld, Tim Colwill on the need for developers to unionize, Metro Exodus and Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay, Stellaris getting console edition, a preview of Alex Aniel's upcoming book on the Resident Evil series, People Make Games finds out what happened to the Queen's golden Wii, Machinima Youtube channel deletes all video content after sale, Alex Wiltshire on the creation of GOG and how they make old games work again, 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) New Gameplay And Details On Creating Sekiro's Combat More New Details About From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Exclusive Interview On Creating Sekiro's New World Inside The Creation Of Sekiro's Soundtrack With Yuka Kitamura 10 Minutes of Metro Exodus Gameplay 7 things you need to know about the most un-Metro, Metro level so far - Metro Exodus gameplay Metro Exodus - Weapons Trailer (Official) Metro Exodus is the antidote to the “merry Western apocalypse” Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Spies Gameplay Reveal Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Let’s Play: Spies AMA January 2019 The Division 2 pre-order beta dated, story trailer sets the scene New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Dark Zone 7 big changes to The Division 2 PvP - THREE DARKZONES?! The Division 2’s Dark Zones don’t reinvent but promise a bright future The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is finally coming to North America This Is Anthem | Gameplay Series, Part 1: Story, Progression, and Customization Days Gone Combat Breakdown with the Developers - PAX South The Walking Dead: The Final Season tells the stories our troubled times need System Shock: Final Art KS Preview - Nightdive Studios Lapis x Labyrinth Heads West In May 2019 FULL Mortal Kombat 11 Official Gameplay Reveal Event | NetherRealm Studios Mortal Kombat 11's PC port should be much better than MKX's was Mortal Kombat 11 - Ed Boon Angry Interview! Mortal Kombat 11 hands-on: smart, slick and gloriously sick spine-crushing brawling Stellaris: Console Edition launches February 26 Katana Zero makes time for more interesting twitch combat Empathy is the Defining Core of Life is Strange: An Interview with Christian Divine Wargroove’s campaign editor is looking very good There's A Power Rangers Fighting Game Coming In April Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid features cross-play between PC, Switch, and Xbox One It looks like Yakuza Kiwami has a February release date on Steam A wild Hong Kong Massacre trailer reveals the long-awaited launch date Ambitious space sim Genesis Alpha One shows off its roguelike bits in a new trailer Layers of Fear 2 is narrated by Candyman New games: She Dreams Elsewhere explores self-identity and mental health in a retropunk JPRG Hitman 2 takes a festive detour to back to Hokkaido today Cultist Simulator summons New Game+ mode today New expansions hit Endless Legend and Endless Space 2 next week Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Says 'We Missed The Mark' With Controversial DLC Relationship Pillars of Eternity 2 is going turn-based, eight months after launch Leon and Claire return to their low-poly glory in free Resident Evil 2 DLC Vortiger, the Black Prior, joins For Honor at the end of January A glitch caused Black Ops 4’s season pass “shaming markers” Star Control: Origins removed from Steam, GOG with DMCA claim, returns to Steam IndieDB, ModDB founder launches mod-focused publishing arm YouTuber smashes $69,420 goal for trans charity Mermaids in non-stop Donkey Kong 64 Stream A U.S. congresswoman was on Twitch Sunday to talk games and raise money for trans youth YouTuber sacrifices sleep to stream Donkey Kong 64, raises $340k for trans kids Gamer Hbomberguy hands funding row charity Donkey Kong boost Rieko Kodama to receive GDCA Pioneer Award Hitman devs IÖ open new studiö in Malmö Heroes of the Storm players file lawsuit against Naventic owner for $50,000 in missed payments Machinima, one of YouTube’s biggest and oldest channels, goes dark Otter Media blocks all Machinima content on YouTube Esports News How Blood Bowl PC fanatics are taking player-run leagues to the extreme RunAway wrecks Overwatch Contenders competition, then wrecks the trophy too Hearthstone pro banned from tournament after accidentally messaging admin asking for matchup advice Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Games and Crowdfunding in 2018 Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How Resident Evil 2 fell apart, then became one of Capcom’s biggest hits Game developers need to unionize GOG's 10 year journey to bring old games back to life Life Off the Grid, Part 1: Making Ultima Underworld PLAYING RED DEAD ONLINE AS A BLACK CHARACTER MEANS ENDURING RACIST GARBAGE On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy Chris Avellone tells us why he decided to write a platformer, and how it compares to RPGs How Bloodborne helped me transition gender and choose a new name The best email I've ever had The Witcher 3 and Geralt of Rivia – finding humanity in the White Wolf In Kimmy, It’s a Girl’s World The Blend of East and West in Red Steel 2 Ten Indie Games You Missed in 2018 Should Roguelikes Have Persistent Upgrades? | Game Maker's Toolkit The Evolution of Roguelike Design - How Rogue led to FTL, Spelunky, and So Many More ~ Design Doc Why Friendly AI Cheat in Ghost Recon Wildlands | AI and Games How Dead Space's Designer Got Into Gaming | Ars Technica The Rise and Fall of Operation Flashpoint 30 Out of Bounds Mysteries in Persona 5 Answered | Boundary Break What happened to the Queen's Golden Wii? Limbo: The Story of Arnt Jensen, Dino Patti, and Playdead Studio Directing God of War with Cory Barlog Noclip Podcast #05 - Steven Spohn (Ablegamers)
  15. Hbomberguy's idea for a small Donkey Kong 64 charity stream ends up raising over $340,000 for transgender charities and fundraisers with help of streamers, critics, artists, celebrities, authors, developers (John Romero, Rebecca Heineman, Scott Benson, Josh Sawyer), historians, therapists, surprise guests, and the game's composer and DK's voice actor. Jimmy Maher tells the story of the making Ultima Underworld, Tim Colwill on the need for developers to unionize, Metro Exodus and Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay, Stellaris getting console edition, a preview of Alex Aniel's upcoming book on the Resident Evil series, People Make Games finds out what happened to the Queen's golden Wii, Machinima Youtube channel deletes all video content after sale, Alex Wiltshire on the creation of GOG and how they make old games work again, 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) New Gameplay And Details On Creating Sekiro's Combat More New Details About From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Exclusive Interview On Creating Sekiro's New World Inside The Creation Of Sekiro's Soundtrack With Yuka Kitamura 10 Minutes of Metro Exodus Gameplay 7 things you need to know about the most un-Metro, Metro level so far - Metro Exodus gameplay Metro Exodus - Weapons Trailer (Official) Metro Exodus is the antidote to the “merry Western apocalypse” Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Spies Gameplay Reveal Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Let’s Play: Spies AMA January 2019 The Division 2 pre-order beta dated, story trailer sets the scene New Gameplay Today – The Division 2's Dark Zone 7 big changes to The Division 2 PvP - THREE DARKZONES?! The Division 2’s Dark Zones don’t reinvent but promise a bright future The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is finally coming to North America This Is Anthem | Gameplay Series, Part 1: Story, Progression, and Customization Days Gone Combat Breakdown with the Developers - PAX South The Walking Dead: The Final Season tells the stories our troubled times need System Shock: Final Art KS Preview - Nightdive Studios Lapis x Labyrinth Heads West In May 2019 FULL Mortal Kombat 11 Official Gameplay Reveal Event | NetherRealm Studios Mortal Kombat 11's PC port should be much better than MKX's was Mortal Kombat 11 - Ed Boon Angry Interview! Mortal Kombat 11 hands-on: smart, slick and gloriously sick spine-crushing brawling Stellaris: Console Edition launches February 26 Katana Zero makes time for more interesting twitch combat Empathy is the Defining Core of Life is Strange: An Interview with Christian Divine Wargroove’s campaign editor is looking very good There's A Power Rangers Fighting Game Coming In April Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid features cross-play between PC, Switch, and Xbox One It looks like Yakuza Kiwami has a February release date on Steam A wild Hong Kong Massacre trailer reveals the long-awaited launch date Ambitious space sim Genesis Alpha One shows off its roguelike bits in a new trailer Layers of Fear 2 is narrated by Candyman New games: She Dreams Elsewhere explores self-identity and mental health in a retropunk JPRG Hitman 2 takes a festive detour to back to Hokkaido today Cultist Simulator summons New Game+ mode today New expansions hit Endless Legend and Endless Space 2 next week Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Says 'We Missed The Mark' With Controversial DLC Relationship Pillars of Eternity 2 is going turn-based, eight months after launch Leon and Claire return to their low-poly glory in free Resident Evil 2 DLC Vortiger, the Black Prior, joins For Honor at the end of January A glitch caused Black Ops 4’s season pass “shaming markers” Star Control: Origins removed from Steam, GOG with DMCA claim, returns to Steam IndieDB, ModDB founder launches mod-focused publishing arm YouTuber smashes $69,420 goal for trans charity Mermaids in non-stop Donkey Kong 64 Stream A U.S. congresswoman was on Twitch Sunday to talk games and raise money for trans youth YouTuber sacrifices sleep to stream Donkey Kong 64, raises $340k for trans kids How a 57-hour Donkey Kong game struck a blow against online toxicity Rieko Kodama to receive GDCA Pioneer Award Hitman devs IÖ open new studiö in Malmö Heroes of the Storm players file lawsuit against Naventic owner for $50,000 in missed payments Machinima, one of YouTube’s biggest and oldest channels, goes dark Otter Media blocks all Machinima content on YouTube Esports News How Blood Bowl PC fanatics are taking player-run leagues to the extreme RunAway wrecks Overwatch Contenders competition, then wrecks the trophy too Hearthstone pro banned from tournament after accidentally messaging admin asking for matchup advice Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Games and Crowdfunding in 2018 Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How Resident Evil 2 fell apart, then became one of Capcom’s biggest hits Game developers need to unionize GOG's 10 year journey to bring old games back to life Life Off the Grid, Part 1: Making Ultima Underworld PLAYING RED DEAD ONLINE AS A BLACK CHARACTER MEANS ENDURING RACIST GARBAGE On Red Dead Redemption and historical accuracy Chris Avellone tells us why he decided to write a platformer, and how it compares to RPGs How Bloodborne helped me transition gender and choose a new name The best email I've ever had The Witcher 3 and Geralt of Rivia – finding humanity in the White Wolf In Kimmy, It’s a Girl’s World The Blend of East and West in Red Steel 2 Ten Indie Games You Missed in 2018 Should Roguelikes Have Persistent Upgrades? | Game Maker's Toolkit The Evolution of Roguelike Design - How Rogue led to FTL, Spelunky, and So Many More ~ Design Doc Why Friendly AI Cheat in Ghost Recon Wildlands | AI and Games How Dead Space's Designer Got Into Gaming | Ars Technica The Rise and Fall of Operation Flashpoint 30 Out of Bounds Mysteries in Persona 5 Answered | Boundary Break What happened to the Queen's Golden Wii? Limbo: The Story of Arnt Jensen, Dino Patti, and Playdead Studio Directing God of War with Cory Barlog Noclip Podcast #05 - Steven Spohn (Ablegamers)
  16. Completed: Fatal Frame III: The Tormented Platform: PS2 Fatal Frame 3's story involves a tattooed ghost haunting people attached to dead loved ones, giving them nightmares of an old manor and covering their bodies with tattoos over time until the person disappears, three of the victims being the new main character and the two protagonists of the former games. Usual strong use of setting, sound, and framing to create atmosphere and scares. Helps to have knowledge of first two games for the story due to returning characters and areas. Poor hiding ability for one of the characters, doesn't really work well or give you a good idea how to use it, and just running past the ghosts is obviously effective since their follow range is limited.
  17. This Week In Gaming 1-15-19

    Critical Distance's retrospective on 2018 in video game blogging and criticism, Bungie splits with Activision, Randy Pitchford counter-sued by former Gearbox lawyer and talks about how he doesn't know how orgasms work, Ed Smith examines the humor of Hitman 2, Jamie Geist on exploring gender identity in MMOs, Heather Alexandra on Metal Gear 2 as a game about invalidating player achievements, Colin Campbell discusses what he learned while taking a game writing course, Ars Technica speaks to Glen Schofield about the development of Dead Space, Nadia Oxford on Red Dead Redemption 2 use of an antisemitic trope to deconstruct Arthur, Dean Takahashi interviews Cory Barlog about the creation of God of War, Ethan Johnson on the developers and pioneers that we lost in 2018, RollerCoaster Tycoon ride lasts for 12 years, 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) Kingdom Hearts III Has An Epilogue That Will Be Patched In After Launch Why Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Doesn't Have Online Multiplayer Exclusive Gameplay From Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's Hirata Estates New, Exclusive Details On Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Here's What You Can Do In Sekiro's Hub Area Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - A Hero's Journey Trailer Meet the Warlords Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 explains its three grand campaigns Commanding a fleet that wants to eat the universe in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 Resident Evil 2 Remake trailer shows off two fan-favourite characters https://youtu.be/02HW13yUjb4 My Time At Portia, the Harvest Moon-inspired farm RPG, leaves Early Access next week Sega Brings Catherine To PC Without Enhanced Edition Content Anthem: Interceptor Javelin Gameplay Profile - IGN First New Gameplay Today - Onimusha: Warlords Remastered Left Alive Shows The Garmoniyan Invasion In Its Latest Trailer EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game Ubisoft will only release The Division 2 and other titles on the Epic Games Store and UPlay Small town murder-mystery adventure Rainswept gets a release date and a new trailer Chaos;Child brings another Science Adventure VN to PC next week Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer opens up about the personal struggles that delayed his next game Super Robot Wars T second trailer Our World Is Ended’s Updated Version On PS4, Switch, And PC Gets Its First Trailer Six minutes of Arc of Alchemist gameplay Record of Agarest War: Mariage launches February 1 2D action game Dark Devotion is coming soon, so let's watch some fights Real-Time Syrian Refugee Game Bury Me, My Love Is Now On Switch And You Should Play It It looks like the Dark Souls Trilogy collection could finally be coming to Europe Battlefield 5 battle royale lets you kill with tractors More details on Celeste’s free DLC, but no release date yet Rocket League Now Has Cross-Play Across All Consoles Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher Crossover Dated for Next Month All-devouring Tyranid swarms arrive in Warhammer 40k: Gladius this week Tencent takes minority stake in Warhammer: Vermintide developer Fatshark Valve slaps Wandersong, a very real game, with fake-game restrictions Former Gearbox Lawyer Accuses CEO Randy Pitchford Of Taking Secret $12 Million Bonus In Lawsuit Gearbox Calls 'Absurd' Red Dead Redemption 2’s Pinkerton agents are at the center of a lawsuit Valve announces 8 changes coming to Steam in 2019 Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny Mike Morhaime is leaving Blizzard for good in April Epic Games store establishes new refund policy Epic, Improbable team up for $25 million fund to bring SpatialOS developers to "more open engines" Unity explains Improbable license revocation, says SpatialOS creator's claims "incorrect" Unity say Improbable games don't need to shut down after all, as Epic offer devs cash to go Unreal Epic sued over yet another Fortnite dance, this time by Orange Shirt Kid's mom Microsoft Removes Carlton, Floss Dances From Forza Horizon 4 AGDQ 2019 hits $1 million with 2 days to spare AGDQ 2019’s 10 best speedruns from a record-setting week Longtime Twitch Streamer Summit1g Tops Ninja's Subscriber Count UK industry braces for no-deal Brexit The 8-player co-op mod for Skyrim is entering closed beta Esports News Competitive Halo Goes Old School With The Halo 3 Classic Tournament FIFA's fight to join the "big three" of esports Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) THIS YEAR IN VIDEOGAME BLOGGING: 2018 THE LAST OF US How to write a video game story Critical Values: In Defense of Prey and Those Who Made It Text format of one of the videos I had in the best of 2018 list. How 'Slime Rancher' Made a Ton of Money And Stuck to 40-Hour Workweeks GAMING’S HIDDEN TOXICITY How Gaming Helped Me With Gender Dysphoria Trans Identity in Eorzea Old is the new new The Power of Glove The Millennial Burnout Conversation Also Applies to Gamers How Red Dead Redemption 2 Successfully Uses an Antisemitic Trope to Deconstruct Arthur Morgan Gris and the problem of symbolic hurt To Be Gay in Mass Effect Is An Act of Rebellion Metal Gear 2 Retrospective: The World Spins Without Snake The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a remake of a game that never existed “Splitting Sides,” by Ed Smith Romancing The Code: the unknowable love of Heaven Will Be Mine How Dead Space's Scariest Scene Almost Killed the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica What Makes a Good Metroidvania? Daria Reviews Snatcher (Sega CD) - The Films that Made Snatcher Odd Time Signatures in Video Game Music Noclip Podcast #04 - Mikey Neumann Things I Missed From Previous Weeks God of War full interview — The definitive story behind the crafting of God of War 2018: The Losses Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Watching Someone Beat a Mario Game Without Pressing Right Is F'ing Wild RollerCoaster Tycoon Ride From Hell Lasts 12 Years
  18. Critical Distance's retrospective on 2018 in video game blogging and criticism, Bungie splits with Activision, Randy Pitchford counter-sued by former Gearbox lawyer and talks about how he doesn't know how orgasms work, Ed Smith examines the humor of Hitman 2, Jamie Geist on exploring gender identity in MMOs, Heather Alexandra on Metal Gear 2 as a game about invalidating player achievements, Colin Campbell discusses what he learned while taking a game writing course, Ars Technica speaks to Glen Schofield about the development of Dead Space, Nadia Oxford on Red Dead Redemption 2 use of an antisemitic trope to deconstruct Arthur, Dean Takahashi interviews Cory Barlog about the creation of God of War, Ethan Johnson on the developers and pioneers that we lost in 2018, 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) Kingdom Hearts III Has An Epilogue That Will Be Patched In After Launch Why Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Doesn't Have Online Multiplayer Exclusive Gameplay From Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's Hirata Estates New, Exclusive Details On Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Here's What You Can Do In Sekiro's Hub Area Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - A Hero's Journey Trailer Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 explains its three grand campaigns Commanding a fleet that wants to eat the universe in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 Resident Evil 2 Remake trailer shows off two fan-favourite characters https://youtu.be/02HW13yUjb4 My Time At Portia, the Harvest Moon-inspired farm RPG, leaves Early Access next week Sega Brings Catherine To PC Without Enhanced Edition Content Anthem: Interceptor Javelin Gameplay Profile - IGN First New Gameplay Today - Onimusha: Warlords Remastered Left Alive Shows The Garmoniyan Invasion In Its Latest Trailer EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game Ubisoft will only release The Division 2 and other titles on the Epic Games Store and UPlay Small town murder-mystery adventure Rainswept gets a release date and a new trailer Chaos;Child brings another Science Adventure VN to PC next week Civ 5 designer Jon Shafer opens up about the personal struggles that delayed his next game Super Robot Wars T second trailer Our World Is Ended’s Updated Version On PS4, Switch, And PC Gets Its First Trailer Six minutes of Arc of Alchemist gameplay Record of Agarest War: Mariage launches February 1 2D action game Dark Devotion is coming soon, so let's watch some fights Real-Time Syrian Refugee Game Bury Me, My Love Is Now On Switch And You Should Play It It looks like the Dark Souls Trilogy collection could finally be coming to Europe Battlefield 5 battle royale lets you kill with tractors More details on Celeste’s free DLC, but no release date yet Rocket League Now Has Cross-Play Across All Consoles Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher Crossover Dated for Next Month All-devouring Tyranid swarms arrive in Warhammer 40k: Gladius this week Tencent takes minority stake in Warhammer: Vermintide developer Fatshark Valve slaps Wandersong, a very real game, with fake-game restrictions Former Gearbox Lawyer Accuses CEO Randy Pitchford Of Taking Secret $12 Million Bonus In Lawsuit Gearbox Calls 'Absurd' Red Dead Redemption 2’s Pinkerton agents are at the center of a lawsuit Valve announces 8 changes coming to Steam in 2019 Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny Mike Morhaime is leaving Blizzard for good in April Epic Games store establishes new refund policy Epic, Improbable team up for $25 million fund to bring SpatialOS developers to "more open engines" Unity explains Improbable license revocation, says SpatialOS creator's claims "incorrect" Unity say Improbable games don't need to shut down after all, as Epic offer devs cash to go Unreal Epic sued over yet another Fortnite dance, this time by Orange Shirt Kid's mom Microsoft Removes Carlton, Floss Dances From Forza Horizon 4 AGDQ 2019 hits $1 million with 2 days to spare AGDQ 2019’s 10 best speedruns from a record-setting week Longtime Twitch Streamer Summit1g Tops Ninja's Subscriber Count UK industry braces for no-deal Brexit The 8-player co-op mod for Skyrim is entering closed beta Esports News Competitive Halo Goes Old School With The Halo 3 Classic Tournament FIFA's fight to join the "big three" of esports Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) THIS YEAR IN VIDEOGAME BLOGGING: 2018 THE LAST OF US How to write a video game story Critical Values: In Defense of Prey and Those Who Made It Text format of one of the videos I had in the best of 2018 list. How 'Slime Rancher' Made a Ton of Money And Stuck to 40-Hour Workweeks GAMING’S HIDDEN TOXICITY How Gaming Helped Me With Gender Dysphoria Trans Identity in Eorzea Old is the new new The Power of Glove The Millennial Burnout Conversation Also Applies to Gamers How Red Dead Redemption 2 Successfully Uses an Antisemitic Trope to Deconstruct Arthur Morgan Gris and the problem of symbolic hurt To Be Gay in Mass Effect Is An Act of Rebellion Metal Gear 2 Retrospective: The World Spins Without Snake The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a remake of a game that never existed “Splitting Sides,” by Ed Smith Romancing The Code: the unknowable love of Heaven Will Be Mine How Dead Space's Scariest Scene Almost Killed the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica What Makes a Good Metroidvania? Daria Reviews Snatcher (Sega CD) - The Films that Made Snatcher Odd Time Signatures in Video Game Music Noclip Podcast #04 - Mikey Neumann Things I Missed From Previous Weeks God of War full interview — The definitive story behind the crafting of God of War 2018: The Losses Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Watching Someone Beat a Mario Game Without Pressing Right Is F'ing Wild RollerCoaster Tycoon Ride From Hell Lasts 12 Years
  19. Completed: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Platform: PC PC version adds more voice lines and improved the graphics. Detailed battle system with a lot of options and characters to use, but easy to understand. Added turbo button can speed up everything, quick travel around towns and schools, good detailed maps make navigation easy. I assume turbo must speed up the in game clock as well both when moving and when skipping animations because I beat the game in about 58 hours, my Steam profile says I've had it on for 62 (just leaving it on while not playing), and the in game save files says I was playing for 83 hours. Cast of characters is likable, mostly cliche at first but better over time with a good supporting cast. Story is a bit slow being the first in a tetralogy and even adds an entirely different kind of battle system and type of playable unit during the very last fight. Hidden quests and items that you basically need a guide for. Poor battle initiation system where you attack enemies from behind or run into them from the back for bonuses in the fight, pretty much every enemy is alerted to you and runs at you immediately, making the strategy to run away until it gets to its set distance then attack it in the back when it turns while also using your characters with ranged attacks on the exploration field. Not really a problem but poorly thought out and that would have been a lot of wasted time without the turbo option in this version.
  20. With the nominations and voting being over and the best of articles up, here's what I had written down for my top 10 games of 2018, in no particular order. Hitman 2 Hitman 2 takes my GOTY of 2016 and makes it even better with improved AI, graphics, and mechanics. It also takes that 2016 game and puts it all into this one, along with the sequel's improvements to the old areas. Both games include some of the best designed levels I've seen; with a lot of ways to kill your targets, to learn about the area and characters, and even amusing secrets and activities that can bring you closer to your targets. Continues with strong dark humor and a gameplay approach that acts more as a puzzle and social system than a traditional action or stealth game, all taking place in a huge playground. Made all the more impressive with what happened to the developer and them still putting out an improved sequel with as many features and upcoming content as this has. The first of the timed contracts with Sean Bean was even the best one that they have done compared to the prior season. Marvel's Spider-Man Makes you feel like Spider-Man, and I don't mean that just because you can swing around a city and can move a bit like him; his daily life, characterization, friends, enemies, how Spider-Man is viewed, how he views the importance of his Spider-Man persona, and his emotional state are all very well captured throughout the entire game with attention to small details and through major plot and gameplay elements. The game tells a significantly better Spider-Man story than any of the movies or what most writers do with him, with an often more heartfelt feeling story than almost any other AAA game I've played by making Peter feel like a real character due to his relationships and use of characters like Octavius and MJ. This is on top of often nailing the humor of the character and the fun of swinging around a beautiful and well designed city. The story really only falters in the incredibly tone deaf use of Rikers inmates as an enemy faction and Peter's weird thoughts on criminals based on his character and upbringing with him sounding more like a Frank Millar esque Batman at times, and mechanically the odd choice of a melee system where your blows only effect the first enemy hit by a strike in a game where you have super strength and that can easily have you attacking the wrong targets. This is the best Spider-Man game we have gotten and with its gameplay, storyline, and addition of some interesting moments apart from the character of Spider-Man or from the use of his gadget it also serves as a strong foundation for sequels. Battletech An excellent use of the Battletech license with some of the best thought out gameplay I've seen in a turn based strategy game. Battle mechanics will have you making use of a variety of strategies while really having to plan out your movement, turn order, manage your mechs heat and stability, and knowing who to aim at, where to aim, and what weapons to use. Campaign has a good story supported by a good diverse cast of characters, fitting (and at times amusing events) and mission descriptions, backed up by a strong score, though the campaign can make it too easy to abuse certain mechanics later on. Updates have continued to make improvements to the game and balance things. Not only a great game for single or multiplayer but a strong foundation for future content and sequels and easy to recommend for Battletech fans or for people that want a turn based game with strong gameplay that fits well with an established franchise. Pillars of Eternity 2 Deadfire Shows off a large new area of the setting's world, important people, and factions with a story focused around working with or against the native people of the Deadfire, foreign merchants and imperialist powers, pirates, and another foreign power looking to exploit and conquer their native homeland, all while tracking down a revived renegade God for other members of the pantheon. The ability to dual class and each class having sub options give you a lot of character options and chances to make interesting character types. A variety of difficulty and level scaling options let you play how you want. Post release updates to the game have been adding free content and making improvements, making some nice UI changes that weren't their at release. An easy game to recommend for CRPG fans that want to have a variety of combat options, a well written cast of main characters, and a setting full of interesting people and lore, though it's not that interesting as a ship captain/pirate game as some early previews focused on. Celeste Mechanically, Celeste is one of the best platformers I've played. It controls well, perfectly introduces each new gameplay concept, the stages are varied with their own gameplay elements with each one being enjoyable to play, and there are alternate more difficult versions of levels for those that want a greater challenge. Narratively Celeste has a well done portrayal of someone suffering from anxiety and the themes, plot, mechanics, and score all blend together perfectly. It does offers a variety of accessibility options that can be used to alter how the game plays if you want to play the game in a different way or a way that is more in line with how you want to engage with it. The Council An adventure game dealing with conversation based confrontations with choices being based on your developed skills and your findings from exploring or talking with people. Puzzles solutions and story elements can be found out through exploration and with the help of your abilities. Entertaining story dealing with supernatural forces and your character joining an event hosted for world leaders and important figures while searching for his missing mother. Different events and endings in each episode that end up leading to some very different situations. The finale chapter felt rushed and while it can end in an interesting way or with at least some conversation events, mine didn't really require me to do anything, and no matter what it is followed by some narrated character epilogues that make it sound like they weren't sure what to do if certain choices were made. The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Supported Swery65 due to my love of Deadly Premonition, not knowing what to expect from this. Found a beautiful and bloody puzzle game with a plot supported by its mechanics that tell a story of a gay transgender woman's efforts to navigate the early stages of a relationship, her identity, and her relationships with family and friends. With its short length it explores more themes through narrative, metaphors, and mechanics focused around societal violence deterring you from becoming who you are in a more frank way than usual, telling a violent story on queer existence without the expected exploitative content and conclusion often found in similar media. Return of the Obra Dinn Well constructed mystery game making use of a beautiful early PC art style. Requires you to pay attention and to make more reasonable deductions while cross referencing known and logically assumed data, all while allowing for different ways of getting to the answers without the forced hand holding of most mystery games, making it one of the best uses of the genre since Her Story. Valkyria Chronicles 4 Improves on the first while taking some of the better features added to the PSP sequels. New gameplay elements help to make levels feel more interesting and many of the levels allow for and are designed in a way to encourage different tactics and surprises. Tells a decent and mostly more serious war story and the side stories that star supporting characters have some very strong or entertaining moments. Art style still looks beautiful with more effects on the battlefield than past games. Doesn't completely fix some of the trial and error or easily exploitable tactics of the previous games, early actions and strangely placed reminders of his personality keep killing the likability of one of the main characters, and the in game Valkyria and bosses are still used poorly for the most part, but it is the best the series has been since the original and continues to offer a very unique and enjoyable strategy game. Yakuza 6 Acts as a good send off for the character Kiryu and his story and features the perfect mix of humorous, heartfelt, and badass moments the series is known for. Probably the only game in the recent trend of "Dad games" to show a father/father figure engaging in activities that can mirror reality as well as showing the caring side of Kiryu that he is known for in a series that has always been focused on the people you consider family, as opposed to just being about another angry bearded guy with some kid following him around that they eventually grow to like or learn to show emotion towards. Like everything else, it could have used more Majima.
  21. Not really. It's more puzzle based so I don't know how you personally handle different kinds of puzzles.
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  23. This Week In Gaming 1-8-19

    Imran Khan talks to Yoko Taro, Takahisa Taura, and Keiichi Okabe about life, death, and opportunity. Jacob Geller's Love Letter to Beat Saber, Noclip starts podcast series to discuss games and industry culture with developers, previews for Sekiro and Anthem, Charlie Hall covers Elite's upcoming eight month expedition, part three of Ludocriticism's look at Arkane Studio's games, Game Maker's Toolkit on why 98' was the year of stealth games, designing Mutant Year Zero, Lee Yancy on the year long plot to blow up a notorious EVE Online space station, Paradox buys Prison Architect, and more. The best writing and the best videos of the year lists were recently posted. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) We Translate The Yakuza Creators' New Game As We Play It In Afterparty you can get drunk with Satan and vomit up your conscience Anthem: 15 Minutes of Lost Arcanist Gameplay (Interceptor, Storm, Colossus) - IGN First Anthem CES 2019 trailer Discussing My First Time Playing ANTHEM Persona Q2 Dungeons And Bosses Are Packed With Personality Open world paint 'em up Eastshade arrives February 13th Bright Memory is a stylish Chinese shooter/melee hybrid coming to Steam next week Demon's Tilt battles hell with the power of pinball this month Shenmue 3 double the length of prior games, side quests no longer separate from main story Tropico 6 delayed again because it's "not outstanding - yet" How Progression Works In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Metro Exodus - Story Trailer The next episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season has got a new trailer Olympic-style volleyball hits consoles, PC with Spike Volleyball Hitman HD Enhanced Collection announced for PS4, Xbox One A Bunch Of Former Top Hearthstone Designers Are Making A Marvel Game Cultist Simulator expands beyond immortality January 22nd DMCA Injunction DENIED in Stardock's Star Control Lawsuit Star Control makers defend DMCA takedown against Star Control: Origins Paradox buy Prison Architect, might make their own Architect games Lego: The Hobbit and Lego: The Lord of the Rings pulled from digital stores Independent Games Festival 2019 Finalists Announced, Return Of The Obra Dinn Leads The Pack Undertale Creator and Game Theory’s MatPat Clash on Twitter Over Misleading Heartbound Stream Past history and a lot of threads and posts going around of MatPat not crediting games or people involved with the videos he makes. More Shakeup At Activision Blizzard, As Blizzard CFO Leaves For A New Job GRIS Advertisement Rejected By Facebook For "Sexually Suggestive" Content Twitch Re-Suspends Alleged Domestic Abuser After Fan Outcry Top Smash Player Gets Temporary Twitch Ban For Drinking Too Much On Stream Games After January 1, 2019 Must Have Accessible Communications Under CVAA Legislation LGBTQ Video Game Exhibition Opens In Berlin Blizzard names and shames 18,000 South Korean Overwatch accounts banned for toxicity Japan makes it illegal to resell game keys or distribute save editors Esports News Overwatch Team Says Player Questioned About Identity Was Impostor After All Overwatch Contenders controversy has once again made things more difficult for women in esports ‘Overwatch’ Contenders Ellie controversy angers gaming community PUBG suspends cheating pro players, but most of the teams will stay in PEL Pro tennis embraces videogames as the Australian Open hosts a $500K Fortnite event Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) One Step From Eden - Deckbuilding Action Roguelike Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Talking To Yoko Taro, PlatinumGames' Takahisa Taura, And Composer Keiichi Okabe About Life, Death, And Opportunity The Roots of Compile – 1998 Developer Interview Everyday bisexuality in video games Ducking up the game design of Mutant: Year Zero Good For What Ails You Cowboys, Cowardice, and Contradictions Far Cry 5 ignores both Montana's real history of fascism and its victims I think I like Below the most when I'm not actually playing it Worry less about children's screen use, parents told Diversity is important because a video game is much more than its gameplay The Year-Long, Undercover Plot To Blow Up EVE Online's Most Notorious Space Station I Unexpectedly Made A Lot Of Money Telling Fortunes In Final Fantasy XIV Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: Packing for a trip to the edge of the Milky Way “Richly Deserved,” by Reid McCarter A Love Letter to Beat Saber Smashing It: Dishonored & Arkane | Arkane Ludography 3/5 | CRITIQUE/REVIEW Resident Evil: Code Veronica Design | Road to the Rocket Launcher The Year Stealth Games Got Serious | Game Maker's Toolkit The History of Star Wars: Republic Commando Top 5 character designs in gaming of 2018 || [error corrected] Behaviour Trees: The Cornerstone of Modern Game AI (AI 101) | AI and Games Noclip Podcast #01 (Story) - The Steam Spy Noclip Podcast #02 (Story) - The Return of Theme Hospital Noclip Podcast #03 (Story) - The Dunes of Arabistan The Fans Reviving the Halo PC Experience - Installation 01 | Gameumentary Why Did Geoff Keighley Create The Game Awards?