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  1. Completed: Shadow of War Platform: PC Shadow of War improves on the first game with a much larger variety of orcs for the nemesis system and with side missions actually being useful this time. Combat is fun but can be difficult to control well, this is made worse with added environmental hazards (which can often come from your own attacks) and enemies that can counter certain moves or become more powerful when hit with certain effects that can come from your abilities or additional effects from the gear you have equipped. The game being able to auto target your allies with your own attacks can also be an occasional annoyance. Another problem with combat is still the dull basic attacks and beast riding, fighting enemy captains also involves you using special attacks, knocking them over, or pinning them into place as basic attacks always do very little damage and are often countered or ignored making it so you never really can have a good looking battle and are instead rolling all over the place trying to raise the meter that allows you to activate abilities. You have a variety of abilities and can choose to augment most with between two and three additional effects, these can be swapped (or all turned off) whenever you want, some of these can allow you to alter your play style but most abilities have one upgrade that is clearly more useful than everything else. There is a good photo mode that allows you to use a variety of filters or to remove certain kinds of characters that are in your shot. Most of the game's time will be spent with the nemesis system, recruiting orcs, fighting them against each other, and doing the different kinds of side missions the system creates. There are some poor collectible side activities, a few main missions and a series of four different side quests. Some of the side quests can be fun but one problem with them is that they always feel separate from the main game, you won't make use of your army and it's not using the nemesis system the game is built on in any interesting way. Even the ability to take over enemy forts that the game was sold on is disappointing, you will most likely end up taking out all their defenses by recruiting all the orcs and defenders in the region, leading to them betraying the overlord and allowing you to walk right in to face them alone. Seeing as you only need to take over four forts with your orc allies the real use of it will likely come from the endgame arc that has you defending them (and recapturing if you lose them). It's a better game than the first with an improved nemesis system, locations, and combat options but there are still a lot of improvements to be made in every area, before even getting to the poor story and use of the lore and the sudden ending that the main and some of the side characters get.
  2. The micro-transactions were likely postponed due to backlash in the form of refunds, the early reviews being lower than they wanted, and Disney getting involved (don't need all the negative Star Wars news around the film release). With the speed of the changes they probably are deciding how to handle the game's content progression and what changes to make, keeping them in while they are doing that when there is a possibility the things will be radically altered to the point of big price changes or certain things not even being given out in the same way would create even more negatively surrounding the game.
  3. That would be unlikely with how long games like Overwatch remain in active development. They will likely continue to make new heroes, events, and modes for the game making money off of new customers and cosmetic sales while continuing to push for esports. What would they currently even do with a sequel that couldn't be done in the current game?
  4. I play it on and off but have been focusing on my large backlog of games lately.
  5. This Week In Gaming 11-14-17

    Voice actor strike has ended, EA buys Titanfall developer Respawn, Battlefront 2 rumor control and backlash, ESRB and console manufacturers are making it more difficult for indie games to sell physical copies, sexual harassment allegations at IGN prompt employees to stop working, Kirk McKeand interviews pioneer of performance capture Tom Keegan, Telltale layoffs result of poor management and severe crunch time, indie studio accidentally releases game from early access, what will the industry look like in five years, all Take-Two games will have microtransactions from now on, the mods that lead to successful indie studios, history of loot boxes, creator discusses the catharsis and philosophy of Wolfenstein 2, Day of the Devs, Deadpool being pulled from Steam again, IO Interactive on newfound independence, Games As Lit on game criticism and apologetics, the end of Miiverse, 2017 Game Awards, Raycevick on saving the world...1000 times later, 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 Video Game Voice-Actor's Strike Is Over IGN Staff Walk Out After Former Employee's Sexual Harassment Claims Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition Miiverse draws to an end with a very sweet thank-you mosaic Xbox One owners can now send games as digital gifts Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn dominate Game Awards nominees Walking in an indie wonderland Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology launches February 13 in the Americas, February 16 in Europe 5 new things in Guacamelee 2 (new gameplay) AI animals have 'lives, goals and quests of their own' in this ambitious sandbox action game Hunt: Showdown will be playable in closed alpha 'this winter' Monster Hunter: World Shows Off Several Mantles, Houses, And Pets Raise A Group Of Powerful Heroes As You Battle Through Roguelike Stoneshard Star Wars Battlefront 2 pre-review EA's Responds to Star Wars Loot Box Rant! - [Angry Interview] EA DICE talks Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crates and changes Star Wars Battlefront 2 hero costs reduced by 75 percent after widespread complaints Being Upset at a Game Developer Doesn't Give You an Excuse to Harass Them Where's Our Star Wars Battlefront II Review? Battlefront 2’s The Last Jedi season lets you fight for your favorite side Watch Star Wars Battlefront 2's opening three missions right now No, EA haven’t removed the refund button from Star Wars Battlefront 2 Seven: the Days Long Gone is a CRPG by ex-Witcher devs, and it releases in three weeks Sky: 6 Minutes of Journey Creator's New Game - IGN First Report: Capcom Developing New Ace Attorney for Switch, Plus Compilations A new Planescape game might be in development at Beamdog LA Noire: The VR Case Files has been delayed An exclusive look at Surviving Mars' inventive, intricate resource system PUBG creator Bluehole reveals new MMORPG Ascent: Infinite Realm The supernatural RPG Vampyr won't have DLC Hunting system in battle royale game The Darwin Project lets you track enemy footprints Train tycoon sim Railway Empire on track for January arrival Thrones of Britannia is the first Total War Saga spin-off An indie studio released their game from Early Access by mistake and they can't go back Project Hospital is the prescription for your Theme Hospital nostalgia Next Samurai Warriors Is In The Works But Wont Release Until 2019 Or Later Sleep Tight is a base defense shooter about fighting the monsters under your bed OK K.O.! looks like a cartoon and plays like an arcade classic Dev diary shows how Star Citizen's alpha 3.0 will make space travel more 'Hollywood' English Version Of Chinese Paladin: Sword And Fairy 6 To Release On November 15 Throwback JRPG Lost Sphear won’t be “solely about nostalgia” Metal Gear Survive's UI and 'Iris Energy' shown in new combat gameplay The Game Paradise: CruisinMix launches early 2018 in the west Serve coffee, meet ghosts, and play with knives in Necrobarista ‘RPGvania’ Super Daryl Deluxe announced for PS4, PC Atelier Lydie & Suelle ‘Field’ gameplay Pro gaming simulator Esports Life will have real teams including PSG Here’s your first look at Rainbow Six Siege’s Mok Myeok Tower map Rainbow Six Siege's next operator is a hacker named Dokkaebi Rainbow Six Siege’s White Noise will go live after the upcoming free weekend Here’s when you can play Wolfenstein 2’s three DLC packs Final Fantasy’s Noctis joins the Tekken 7 roster next year Injustice 2 - Fighter Pack 3 Trailer PUBG’s latest test build reveals a draft of the new desert map PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds cheats think they're being matched with other cheaters Save your daughter from the horrors of war in This War of Mine's new Stories DLC Stardew Valley multiplayer is 'coming along great,' Eric Barone wants you to look at his cabin Stardew Valley creator teases new content that will 'affect single-player' Ark: Aberration's new movement systems light up the subterranean gloom Total War: Rome 2's new Empire Divided DLC adds ten new factions, comes with free patch Deadpool game being pulled from Steam again More than 6,000 games released on Steam this year, almost as many as in the 10 years to 2015 Blizzard's Mike Morhaime Talks Loot Boxes, Battle.net, Mobile, And More Every Take-Two game will have microtransactions from now on "The future of Mass Effect is really bright," say BioWare on 10th anniversary CD Projekt know that Witcher fans won’t forgive them if they abandon the franchise Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford is “very much against predatory monetization schemes” More third-party publishers 'aggressively' ramp up Nintendo Switch support More Hitman, more control: IO Interactive on its newfound independence Telltale’s layoffs were the result of “churn and burn” development EA Is Buying Titanfall Developer Respawn For Over $400 Million Electronic Arts' CEO Imagines a Year Without a New Madden Game EA: Live services plus subscriptions equals "uncapped" monetisation Bandai Namco want to double in size through new IPs and more PC games Warner Bros. Opens Label Intended Specifically For Harry Potter Games Ex-Quantic Dream dev opens new narrative studio in London GameStop aborts the launch of its unlimited game rental program AbleGamers is offering sponsorships to three Train Jam-curious developers The 'Free' CS:GO Skin Industry Is Booming, Following Gambling Crackdown Industry rallies behind charity for children affected by war Good news, everyone - Painkiller is no longer “damaging to young people” Fan-Made Prologue Of The First Witcher Game Looks Amazing Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Rocket League World Championships Rocket League Finals End In Nail-Biting Overtime This Rocket League series between Cloud9 and G2 Esports was amazing Low Attendance Forces Smash Bros Organizer To Sell His House For Tournament Funds Overwatch Team Fires Manager After Woman Says He Sexually Assaulted Her Overwatch Star Posts Smug Video About Being Mature, Has His Horny DMs Leaked One Day Later Overwatch and League of Legends veteran, Dennis 'INTERNETHULK' Hawelka, has died Korean Esports Association Staffers Arrested In Embezzlement Investigation Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Blue Omen Operation - A Stylish and Hot-Blooded RPG TRÜBERBROOK – A Nerd Saves the World Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What will the game industry look like in five years? Meet the pioneer behind Wolfenstein 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2's cinematics 1997 vs 2007 vs 2017: how is videogame character design evolving? Part two 1997 vs 2007 vs 2017: how is videogame character design evolving? Part three How Unreal Tournament mods created a wave of successful indie studios How Loot Boxes Led to Never-Ending Games (And Always-Paying Players) Video Game Publishers Have Come Up With Fun New Ways To Say 'Microtransaction' Warren Spector discusses his cancelled Half-Life 2 Ravenholm Episode Starbreeze's Jason Bourne game would have been a first-person adventure set in Europe Pulling back the curtain on Overwatch's development process Now you see me: Representation as innovation Funomena: A holistic guide to VR development What it's like to launch a twin-stick shooter on Steam in 2017 'I can't stand broken systems': Game dev Elizabeth Sampat on being a 'Loudmouth' The Challenge Of Designing Two Of Persona 5's Best Characters The surprising Islamic beauty of 'Engare' Sabotage And Stealth Make For Call Of Duty: WWII's Best Mission The Best Moment in 'Wolfenstein: The New Colossus' is a Total Mind Fuck Audio Design Deep Dive: Scoring Wolfenstein II with the Baschet sonic sculptures The Catharsis and Philosophy of 'Wolfenstein II' Buckets-of-Blood Gaming Open-world games are broken, and Nintendo spent 2017 trying to fix them It’s So Beautiful: Music and Spirituality in the Wind Waker The War of the Worlds, as told by videogames Brianna Lei's Butterfly Soup is a triumph for queer storytelling The Lo-Fi Flaws That Define Our Favorite Old Games What it's like to date a popular videogame streamer One Of The Most Famous Faces On Twitch Refuses To Let The Haters Win Saving the World... 1000 Times Later Games as Lit. 101 - "Keep Politics Out of Games" The Design Behind Super Mario Odyssey | Game Maker's Toolkit Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (Review/Analysis) - Humanity Through Absurdity Review & Story Discussion: Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (Spoilers!) Hob Critique - It's Like Zelda Games You Might Not Have Tried #13 - Find New Games - Extra Credits Obscure: Dark Aura, the Cancelled Survival Horror for Nintendo DS | Unseen64 Ft. Colton West Justice League's Cancelled Video Game - Unseen64 Everything I Said Was Wrong: Why Indie Is Different Now Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Blizzard takes a shot at EA's Battlefront 2 troubles with savage StarCraft subtweets IGN vs Gamespot Battlefront 2 Hard Game Things I Missed From Previous Weeks How Assassin's Creed Origins Captures the Politics, Colonialism, and Betrayal of the Real Ancient Egypt The History of Sunsoft – Part IV: The Golden Age Part 2 Gone Home Co-Creator Steve Gaynor - IGN Unfiltered #24
  6. Voice actor strike has ended, EA buys Titanfall developer Respawn, Battlefront 2 rumor control and backlash, ESRB and console manufacturers are making it more difficult for indie games to sell physical copies, sexual harassment allegations at IGN prompt employees to stop working, Kirk McKeand interviews pioneer of performance capture Tom Keegan, Telltale layoffs result of poor management and severe crunch time, indie studio accidentally releases game from early access, what will the industry look like in five years, all Take-Two games will have microtransactions from now on, the mods that lead to successful indie studios, history of loot boxes, creator discusses the catharsis and philosophy of Wolfenstein 2, Day of the Devs, Deadpool being pulled from Steam again, IO Interactive on newfound independence, Games As Lit on game criticism and apologetics, the end of Miiverse, 2017 Game Awards, Raycevick on saving the world...1000 times later, 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 Video Game Voice-Actor's Strike Is Over IGN Staff Walk Out After Former Employee's Sexual Harassment Claims Why your favorite indie game may not get a boxed edition Miiverse draws to an end with a very sweet thank-you mosaic Xbox One owners can now send games as digital gifts Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn dominate Game Awards nominees Walking in an indie wonderland Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology launches February 13 in the Americas, February 16 in Europe 5 new things in Guacamelee 2 (new gameplay) AI animals have 'lives, goals and quests of their own' in this ambitious sandbox action game Hunt: Showdown will be playable in closed alpha 'this winter' Monster Hunter: World Shows Off Several Mantles, Houses, And Pets Raise A Group Of Powerful Heroes As You Battle Through Roguelike Stoneshard Star Wars Battlefront 2 pre-review EA's Responds to Star Wars Loot Box Rant! - [Angry Interview] EA DICE talks Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crates and changes Star Wars Battlefront 2 hero costs reduced by 75 percent after widespread complaints Being Upset at a Game Developer Doesn't Give You an Excuse to Harass Them Where's Our Star Wars Battlefront II Review? Battlefront 2’s The Last Jedi season lets you fight for your favorite side Watch Star Wars Battlefront 2's opening three missions right now No, EA haven’t removed the refund button from Star Wars Battlefront 2 Seven: the Days Long Gone is a CRPG by ex-Witcher devs, and it releases in three weeks Sky: 6 Minutes of Journey Creator's New Game - IGN First Report: Capcom Developing New Ace Attorney for Switch, Plus Compilations A new Planescape game might be in development at Beamdog LA Noire: The VR Case Files has been delayed An exclusive look at Surviving Mars' inventive, intricate resource system PUBG creator Bluehole reveals new MMORPG Ascent: Infinite Realm The supernatural RPG Vampyr won't have DLC Hunting system in battle royale game The Darwin Project lets you track enemy footprints Train tycoon sim Railway Empire on track for January arrival Thrones of Britannia is the first Total War Saga spin-off An indie studio released their game from Early Access by mistake and they can't go back Project Hospital is the prescription for your Theme Hospital nostalgia Next Samurai Warriors Is In The Works But Wont Release Until 2019 Or Later Sleep Tight is a base defense shooter about fighting the monsters under your bed OK K.O.! looks like a cartoon and plays like an arcade classic Dev diary shows how Star Citizen's alpha 3.0 will make space travel more 'Hollywood' English Version Of Chinese Paladin: Sword And Fairy 6 To Release On November 15 Throwback JRPG Lost Sphear won’t be “solely about nostalgia” Metal Gear Survive's UI and 'Iris Energy' shown in new combat gameplay The Game Paradise: CruisinMix launches early 2018 in the west Serve coffee, meet ghosts, and play with knives in Necrobarista ‘RPGvania’ Super Daryl Deluxe announced for PS4, PC Atelier Lydie & Suelle ‘Field’ gameplay Pro gaming simulator Esports Life will have real teams including PSG Here’s your first look at Rainbow Six Siege’s Mok Myeok Tower map Rainbow Six Siege's next operator is a hacker named Dokkaebi Rainbow Six Siege’s White Noise will go live after the upcoming free weekend Here’s when you can play Wolfenstein 2’s three DLC packs Final Fantasy’s Noctis joins the Tekken 7 roster next year Injustice 2 - Fighter Pack 3 Trailer PUBG’s latest test build reveals a draft of the new desert map PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds cheats think they're being matched with other cheaters Save your daughter from the horrors of war in This War of Mine's new Stories DLC Stardew Valley multiplayer is 'coming along great,' Eric Barone wants you to look at his cabin Stardew Valley creator teases new content that will 'affect single-player' Ark: Aberration's new movement systems light up the subterranean gloom Total War: Rome 2's new Empire Divided DLC adds ten new factions, comes with free patch Deadpool game being pulled from Steam again More than 6,000 games released on Steam this year, almost as many as in the 10 years to 2015 Blizzard's Mike Morhaime Talks Loot Boxes, Battle.net, Mobile, And More Every Take-Two game will have microtransactions from now on "The future of Mass Effect is really bright," say BioWare on 10th anniversary CD Projekt know that Witcher fans won’t forgive them if they abandon the franchise Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford is “very much against predatory monetization schemes” More third-party publishers 'aggressively' ramp up Nintendo Switch support More Hitman, more control: IO Interactive on its newfound independence Telltale’s layoffs were the result of “churn and burn” development EA Is Buying Titanfall Developer Respawn For Over $400 Million Electronic Arts' CEO Imagines a Year Without a New Madden Game EA: Live services plus subscriptions equals "uncapped" monetisation Bandai Namco want to double in size through new IPs and more PC games Warner Bros. Opens Label Intended Specifically For Harry Potter Games Ex-Quantic Dream dev opens new narrative studio in London GameStop aborts the launch of its unlimited game rental program AbleGamers is offering sponsorships to three Train Jam-curious developers The 'Free' CS:GO Skin Industry Is Booming, Following Gambling Crackdown Industry rallies behind charity for children affected by war Good news, everyone - Painkiller is no longer “damaging to young people” Fan-Made Prologue Of The First Witcher Game Looks Amazing Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Rocket League World Championships Rocket League Finals End In Nail-Biting Overtime This Rocket League series between Cloud9 and G2 Esports was amazing Low Attendance Forces Smash Bros Organizer To Sell His House For Tournament Funds Overwatch Team Fires Manager After Woman Says He Sexually Assaulted Her Overwatch Star Posts Smug Video About Being Mature, Has His Horny DMs Leaked One Day Later Overwatch and League of Legends veteran, Dennis 'INTERNETHULK' Hawelka, has died Korean Esports Association Staffers Arrested In Embezzlement Investigation Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Blue Omen Operation - A Stylish and Hot-Blooded RPG TRÜBERBROOK – A Nerd Saves the World Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What will the game industry look like in five years? Meet the pioneer behind Wolfenstein 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2's cinematics 1997 vs 2007 vs 2017: how is videogame character design evolving? Part two 1997 vs 2007 vs 2017: how is videogame character design evolving? Part three How Unreal Tournament mods created a wave of successful indie studios How Loot Boxes Led to Never-Ending Games (And Always-Paying Players) Video Game Publishers Have Come Up With Fun New Ways To Say 'Microtransaction' Warren Spector discusses his cancelled Half-Life 2 Ravenholm Episode Starbreeze's Jason Bourne game would have been a first-person adventure set in Europe Pulling back the curtain on Overwatch's development process Now you see me: Representation as innovation Funomena: A holistic guide to VR development What it's like to launch a twin-stick shooter on Steam in 2017 'I can't stand broken systems': Game dev Elizabeth Sampat on being a 'Loudmouth' The Challenge Of Designing Two Of Persona 5's Best Characters The surprising Islamic beauty of 'Engare' Sabotage And Stealth Make For Call Of Duty: WWII's Best Mission The Best Moment in 'Wolfenstein: The New Colossus' is a Total Mind Fuck Audio Design Deep Dive: Scoring Wolfenstein II with the Baschet sonic sculptures The Catharsis and Philosophy of 'Wolfenstein II' Buckets-of-Blood Gaming Open-world games are broken, and Nintendo spent 2017 trying to fix them It’s So Beautiful: Music and Spirituality in the Wind Waker The War of the Worlds, as told by videogames Brianna Lei's Butterfly Soup is a triumph for queer storytelling The Lo-Fi Flaws That Define Our Favorite Old Games What it's like to date a popular videogame streamer One Of The Most Famous Faces On Twitch Refuses To Let The Haters Win Saving the World... 1000 Times Later Games as Lit. 101 - "Keep Politics Out of Games" The Design Behind Super Mario Odyssey | Game Maker's Toolkit Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (Review/Analysis) - Humanity Through Absurdity Review & Story Discussion: Wolfenstein: The New Colossus (Spoilers!) Hob Critique - It's Like Zelda Games You Might Not Have Tried #13 - Find New Games - Extra Credits Obscure: Dark Aura, the Cancelled Survival Horror for Nintendo DS | Unseen64 Ft. Colton West Justice League's Cancelled Video Game - Unseen64 Everything I Said Was Wrong: Why Indie Is Different Now Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Blizzard takes a shot at EA's Battlefront 2 troubles with savage StarCraft subtweets IGN vs Gamespot Battlefront 2 Hard Game Things I Missed From Previous Weeks How Assassin's Creed Origins Captures the Politics, Colonialism, and Betrayal of the Real Ancient Egypt The History of Sunsoft – Part IV: The Golden Age Part 2 Gone Home Co-Creator Steve Gaynor - IGN Unfiltered #24
  7. As low as the number sounds he is right in that additional weapons can come from abilities (you can frequently use the shotgun and scout pistol abilities), special classes, and heroes. Not the same thing but when you take the more unique weapons to give them to the reinforcement units (flamethrowers/bowcasters/whatever else they have) they probably want to keep that as a more special thing. Then Call of Duty might have a lot of weapons but so many of them are things people probably won't bother using and Battlefield 1 was the same way with a few of its guns and the only big change for most of the sniper rifles was the range that they get you one shot kills or the bullet travel speed which might not really be a thing in Battlefront 2.
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  9. This Week In Gaming 11-7-17

    Noah Caldwell-Gervais compares the horror of Alan Wake and The Evil Within and pessimism and optimism for the future in SOMA and Tacoma, the sex focused games on display at PAX Australia's xxxhibition exhibit, new Overwatch character and map revealed, the positive masculinity of Yakuza's protagonists, how a used game store became a welcome escape in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, progress on next Hitman game, new Nier game in development, Activision working with Youtuber after CS skin gambling scandal to promote Call of Duty and what the new Call of Duty can learn from the old, how a photo of a real assassination could end up in a Batman game, Starcraft 2 going free to play (first expansion free to owners), how Monster Hunter developers hope to bring in new players, studio closures and layoffs, sales and company profits, how video game character art is evolving, 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) How Monster Hunter: World is changing the series to bring in more players Monster Hunter World Devs Weigh In On Loot Boxes IO Interactive are making more Hitman IO Interactive Teases Details On 'Next Hitman Game' NieR Producer Confirms New Game In Series Has Begun Development The Walking Dead’s final season features the return of Rogue One writer Gary Telltale’s The Walking Dead getting visual upgrade in PS4, Xbox One collection Dragon Ball FighterZ’s story mode stars an amnesiac Goku I Don’t Trust David Cage to Tackle Domestic Violence in 'Detroit' Legion TD 2 launch trailer showcases competitive, team-based tower defense action Ys Eight: Lacrimosa of Dana delayed again, won't be out until 2018 Odd Gods is a '90s-style RPG about the '90s Shadow Of The Colossus’ PS4 Remake Is Making Smart Tweaks New System Shock video shows off mutant dismemberment tech How first-person text adventure Winter's Wake drew crowds at PAX Rumu is a point-and-click adventure starring a sentient vacuum cleaner Injustice 2's PC version is in good shape prior to its release next week The Siege and the Sandfox is an irresponsibly detailed 'stealthvania' game Try the demo for Crown of Leaves, a visual novel about an anthropomorphic jeweler New Character Contest For Upcoming SNK Game Won By Saudi Artist Once Upon a Coma looks as somber as it sounds Here's A Ton Of New Info On Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Update #21: Design Focus: Are probabilities ruining role-playing experience? Amid Evil feels like the fastest retro-styled FPS yet After 21 years and countless games, the Touhou series arrives on Steam this month ToeJam & Earl’s new game pushed into 2018 Ghost Story Games, formerly Irrational Games, is making an immersive sim Futuristic shooter Ironsight coming to Western PCs with beta later this month Deep Rock Galactic is basically Starship Troopers but with space miner dwarves Ace of Seafood – Gameplay Trailer | PS4 Frozen Synapse 2 will likely have a beta by the end of the year Battle for Azeroth: World of Warcraft returns to its roots This is how Blizzard plans to finally bring back Vanilla WoW servers Overwatch’s Moira backstory fills a gap in the lore Overwatch Animated Short | “Honor and Glory” Overwatch's Scott Mercer says addressing toxic players "is an issue across Blizzard" Blizzard Adding More Special Skins To Regular Overwatch Loot Boxes Overwatch will keep bringing back seasonal events, but they’ll see changes Overwatch’s Blizzard World map is full of fun Easter eggs Blizzard Built A 'Strike Team' To Put An End To Overwatch Jerks Early Impressions Of Hanzo And Alexstrasza's Heroes Of The Storm Debut These are the changes coming for stealth heroes in HotS Heroes of the Storm fights for a smaller, but passionate audience Assassin's Creed: Origins Patch Adds More Photo Mode Features 12 minutes of Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion ‘The Frozen Wilds’ gameplay Planet Coaster Anniversary Update adds a scenario editor and new rides later this month Bomber Crew earned $1 million in its first week, and a bunch more stuff is on the way Rainbow Six Siege's new Polish operator totes a dual-fire grenade launcher Next For Honor season adds a Viking Shaman and a dual katana-wielding Samurai Creative Assembly teases something new for Total War: Rome 2 Bundle Stars becomes Fanatical, launch sale now live Explicit Sex Games Keep Getting Onto Steam Ken Wong: "Gaming's remit is up for us to challenge" "The risk is to have no appeal at all" Gaming's Annual DICE Summit Prepares for Change Under New Leadership Blizzard is making StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty free-to-play Blizzard's Mike Morhaime Talks Loot Boxes, Battle.net, Mobile, And More Studio Behind Torchlight Shuts Down; Big Layoffs At Studio Behind Gigantic Microsoft asked the now-disbanded Runic Games to make another Fable title (and very nearly published Torchlight) Housemarque's bittersweet farewell to the arcade shoot 'em up Telltale Games lays off 25 percent of workforce Danganronpa series assistant producer Yuichiro Saito leaves Spike Chunsoft Arc System Works establishes North American branch Destiny 2 and digital drive Activision Blizzard growth Monster Hunter Switch drives publisher's sales up to $295m Physical games continue to drive sales for Sega Sammy Microsoft Shifts to Make More of Its Own Video Game Software Despite Controversy, Counter-Strike Gambling Guy Still Officially Repping Call Of Duty Ubisoft Denies Assassin's Creed Origins' DRM Is Slamming Your CPU Ubisoft Sneakily Backtracks On PC HDR Support for Assassin’s Creed Origins Assassin's Creed Origins launch sales double Syndicate's Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs officially occupy the same fictional universe PUBG ban in China unlikely, says industry analyst WILL CHINA BAN PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS? Tencent are making their own battle royale game Southeast Asia’s PC online and mobile game revenue hits $2.2 billion in 2017 The Reason Why The Xbox One X Is Selling Out In Japan UK Government ordered to release Brexit impact study on the games industry today Gaming’s biggest trade body throws support behind Republican tax reform Intel joins forces with AMD to battle Nvidia One man's endless quest to fix Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Fan-made Gothic 2 mod claims to add 250 hours to the RPG This Doom mod is the 3D Castlevania you’ve always wanted Esports News Intel Announce IEM PyeongChang, with Support from the International Olympic Committee Korean Esports Association Offices Raided by Police, Following Bribery Allegations League of Legends World Finals Had A Freaking Dragon Riot Games Releases Details of NA League of Legends Scouting and Draft Event How a dynasty was toppled at the League of Legends World Championship France's overtime Bastion push was Overwatch cheese played at the highest level Overwatch World Cup Comes Down To A Fight Over Meters Blizzard Announces New Details On How The Overwatch League Will Work Fans Are Loving Overwatch's New Spectator Tools Blizzard don’t make games with esports in mind Tekken Player Flies Up European Rankings With Tournament Win The Ups And Downs Of Teabagging In Pro Gaming The challenges for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds becoming a great esport Esports Needs To Embrace Its Moments Of Honest-To-God Emotion Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) OBELUS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How Could a Photo of a Real Assassination End Up in a Batman Game? In Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico, This Used Game Store Is A Welcome Escape How much say do developers have in their schedules? A future I would want to live in 1997 vs 2007 vs 2017: how is videogame character design evolving? Part one West of Loathing's creators do 'whatever the industry says you're not supposed to be doing' This 'xxxhibition' complete with dildo joysticks was the highlight of PAX Australia Lucas Pope on life after Papers, Please Bury Me, My Love Tells A Moving Story With Text Messages Syrian Refugee Game Bury Me, My Love Reflects the Agony of Waiting for a Text Reaching out towards the past in Assassins Creed Origins In Wolfenstein 2's Quietest Chapter, Evil Hides in Plain Sight Wolfenstein II Captures the Heartache of Going Home Again Wolfenstein II: a good argument for games to get political The New Resistance Wolfenstein Knows How To Throw A Party The history behind Call of Duty: WWII Super Mario Odyssey Proves Nintendo Knows How to Soothe Anxiety Assassin’s Creed Origins’ promiscuous Cleopatra is just plain wrong It’s Been Three Years And I Still Hate Solas The Yakuza series tackles masculinity in a way few games can The New Call Of Duty Could Learn A Thing From The First Call Of Duty The Trouble with Trailers The UFC's Best Fighter Tries To Keep MMA Out Of His Twitch Streams One modder is on a quest to preserve Nintendo's forgotten Flash games Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem Imaginary Monsters: Alan Wake vs. The Evil Within [Franchise Spoilers] SOMA vs. Tacoma [Total Spoilers] Making History with the Music of Pyre | Game Score Fanfare Legacy of Kain Series (Retrospective) - Never Forget | BoukenJima The Problems With Far Cry // HeavyEyed You Need To Play Golf Story Exploring Death Positivity with A Mortician's Tale The Pacing of PUBG - The Thriller Tension of Battlegrounds - Extra Credits Cuphead's Creators Reveal Their Fighting Game Influences Overwatch - Early In Development Gameplay Footage Invent a Game, Reinvent Yourself Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Assassin's Creed Photo Mode Females Ruined Gaming For Those Who Don't Have Sex (Commentocracy)
  10. Noah Caldwell-Gervais compares the horror of Alan Wake and The Evil Within and pessimism and optimism for the future in SOMA and Tacoma, the sex focused games on display at PAX Australia's xxxhibition exhibit, new Overwatch character and map revealed, the positive masculinity of Yakuza's protagonists, how a used game store became a welcome escape in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, progress on next Hitman game, new Nier game in development, Activision working with Youtuber after CS skin gambling scandal to promote Call of Duty and what the new Call of Duty can learn from the old, how a photo of a real assassination could end up in a Batman game, Starcraft 2 going free to play (first expansion free to owners), how Monster Hunter developers hope to bring in new players, studio closures and layoffs, sales and company profits, how video game character art is evolving, 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) How Monster Hunter: World is changing the series to bring in more players Monster Hunter World Devs Weigh In On Loot Boxes IO Interactive are making more Hitman IO Interactive Teases Details On 'Next Hitman Game' NieR Producer Confirms New Game In Series Has Begun Development The Walking Dead’s final season features the return of Rogue One writer Gary Telltale’s The Walking Dead getting visual upgrade in PS4, Xbox One collection Dragon Ball FighterZ’s story mode stars an amnesiac Goku I Don’t Trust David Cage to Tackle Domestic Violence in 'Detroit' Legion TD 2 launch trailer showcases competitive, team-based tower defense action Ys Eight: Lacrimosa of Dana delayed again, won't be out until 2018 Odd Gods is a '90s-style RPG about the '90s Shadow Of The Colossus’ PS4 Remake Is Making Smart Tweaks New System Shock video shows off mutant dismemberment tech How first-person text adventure Winter's Wake drew crowds at PAX Rumu is a point-and-click adventure starring a sentient vacuum cleaner Injustice 2's PC version is in good shape prior to its release next week The Siege and the Sandfox is an irresponsibly detailed 'stealthvania' game Try the demo for Crown of Leaves, a visual novel about an anthropomorphic jeweler New Character Contest For Upcoming SNK Game Won By Saudi Artist Once Upon a Coma looks as somber as it sounds Here's A Ton Of New Info On Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Update #21: Design Focus: Are probabilities ruining role-playing experience? Amid Evil feels like the fastest retro-styled FPS yet After 21 years and countless games, the Touhou series arrives on Steam this month ToeJam & Earl’s new game pushed into 2018 Ghost Story Games, formerly Irrational Games, is making an immersive sim Futuristic shooter Ironsight coming to Western PCs with beta later this month Deep Rock Galactic is basically Starship Troopers but with space miner dwarves Ace of Seafood – Gameplay Trailer | PS4 Frozen Synapse 2 will likely have a beta by the end of the year Blizzard is making StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty free-to-play Battle for Azeroth: World of Warcraft returns to its roots This is how Blizzard plans to finally bring back Vanilla WoW servers Overwatch’s Moira backstory fills a gap in the lore Overwatch Animated Short | “Honor and Glory” Overwatch's Scott Mercer says addressing toxic players "is an issue across Blizzard" Blizzard Adding More Special Skins To Regular Overwatch Loot Boxes Overwatch will keep bringing back seasonal events, but they’ll see changes Overwatch’s Blizzard World map is full of fun Easter eggs Blizzard Built A 'Strike Team' To Put An End To Overwatch Jerks Early Impressions Of Hanzo And Alexstrasza's Heroes Of The Storm Debut These are the changes coming for stealth heroes in HotS Heroes of the Storm fights for a smaller, but passionate audience Assassin's Creed: Origins Patch Adds More Photo Mode Features 12 minutes of Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion ‘The Frozen Wilds’ gameplay Planet Coaster Anniversary Update adds a scenario editor and new rides later this month Bomber Crew earned $1 million in its first week, and a bunch more stuff is on the way Rainbow Six Siege's new Polish operator totes a dual-fire grenade launcher Next For Honor season adds a Viking Shaman and a dual katana-wielding Samurai Creative Assembly teases something new for Total War: Rome 2 Bundle Stars becomes Fanatical, launch sale now live Explicit Sex Games Keep Getting Onto Steam Ken Wong: "Gaming's remit is up for us to challenge" "The risk is to have no appeal at all" Gaming's Annual DICE Summit Prepares for Change Under New Leadership Studio Behind Torchlight Shuts Down; Big Layoffs At Studio Behind Gigantic Microsoft asked the now-disbanded Runic Games to make another Fable title (and very nearly published Torchlight) Housemarque's bittersweet farewell to the arcade shoot 'em up Telltale Games lays off 25 percent of workforce Danganronpa series assistant producer Yuichiro Saito leaves Spike Chunsoft Arc System Works establishes North American branch Destiny 2 and digital drive Activision Blizzard growth Monster Hunter Switch drives publisher's sales up to $295m Physical games continue to drive sales for Sega Sammy Microsoft Shifts to Make More of Its Own Video Game Software Despite Controversy, Counter-Strike Gambling Guy Still Officially Repping Call Of Duty Ubisoft Denies Assassin's Creed Origins' DRM Is Slamming Your CPU Ubisoft Sneakily Backtracks On PC HDR Support for Assassin’s Creed Origins Assassin's Creed Origins launch sales double Syndicate's Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs officially occupy the same fictional universe PUBG ban in China unlikely, says industry analyst WILL CHINA BAN PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS? Tencent are making their own battle royale game Southeast Asia’s PC online and mobile game revenue hits $2.2 billion in 2017 The Reason Why The Xbox One X Is Selling Out In Japan UK Government ordered to release Brexit impact study on the games industry today Gaming’s biggest trade body throws support behind Republican tax reform Intel joins forces with AMD to battle Nvidia One man's endless quest to fix Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Fan-made Gothic 2 mod claims to add 250 hours to the RPG This Doom mod is the 3D Castlevania you’ve always wanted Esports News Intel Announce IEM PyeongChang, with Support from the International Olympic Committee Korean Esports Association Offices Raided by Police, Following Bribery Allegations League of Legends World Finals Had A Freaking Dragon Riot Games Releases Details of NA League of Legends Scouting and Draft Event How a dynasty was toppled at the League of Legends World Championship France's overtime Bastion push was Overwatch cheese played at the highest level Overwatch World Cup Comes Down To A Fight Over Meters Blizzard Announces New Details On How The Overwatch League Will Work Fans Are Loving Overwatch's New Spectator Tools Blizzard don’t make games with esports in mind Tekken Player Flies Up European Rankings With Tournament Win The Ups And Downs Of Teabagging In Pro Gaming The challenges for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds becoming a great esport Esports Needs To Embrace Its Moments Of Honest-To-God Emotion Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) OBELUS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How Could a Photo of a Real Assassination End Up in a Batman Game? In Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico, This Used Game Store Is A Welcome Escape How much say do developers have in their schedules? A future I would want to live in 1997 vs 2007 vs 2017: how is videogame character design evolving? Part one West of Loathing's creators do 'whatever the industry says you're not supposed to be doing' This 'xxxhibition' complete with dildo joysticks was the highlight of PAX Australia Lucas Pope on life after Papers, Please Bury Me, My Love Tells A Moving Story With Text Messages Syrian Refugee Game Bury Me, My Love Reflects the Agony of Waiting for a Text Reaching out towards the past in Assassins Creed Origins In Wolfenstein 2's Quietest Chapter, Evil Hides in Plain Sight Wolfenstein II Captures the Heartache of Going Home Again Wolfenstein II: a good argument for games to get political The New Resistance Wolfenstein Knows How To Throw A Party The history behind Call of Duty: WWII Super Mario Odyssey Proves Nintendo Knows How to Soothe Anxiety Assassin’s Creed Origins’ promiscuous Cleopatra is just plain wrong It’s Been Three Years And I Still Hate Solas The Yakuza series tackles masculinity in a way few games can The New Call Of Duty Could Learn A Thing From The First Call Of Duty The Trouble with Trailers The UFC's Best Fighter Tries To Keep MMA Out Of His Twitch Streams One modder is on a quest to preserve Nintendo's forgotten Flash games Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem Imaginary Monsters: Alan Wake vs. The Evil Within [Franchise Spoilers] SOMA vs. Tacoma [Total Spoilers] Making History with the Music of Pyre | Game Score Fanfare Legacy of Kain Series (Retrospective) - Never Forget | BoukenJima The Problems With Far Cry // HeavyEyed You Need To Play Golf Story Exploring Death Positivity with A Mortician's Tale The Pacing of PUBG - The Thriller Tension of Battlegrounds - Extra Credits Cuphead's Creators Reveal Their Fighting Game Influences Overwatch - Early In Development Gameplay Footage Invent a Game, Reinvent Yourself Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Assassin's Creed Photo Mode Females Ruined Gaming For Those Who Don't Have Sex (Commentocracy)
  11. We have been having quite a few people playing it together in the Discord room.
  12. Completed: Fire Emblem Echoes Platform: 3DS Story and writing improved. Good acting, improved artwork, and battle animations. Talks and memories give more personality. No pairing system which allows units to stand on own and allows the game to give characters endings that makes sense. New items, magic, and skill system is good and certain items fit certain characters well. New promotion system is good. Split paths allow use of all characters. No time wasting base and online focus but some pointless quests, dungeons, and forced random battles hurt balance and pace. Little class variety. Dull maps. Not terrible in almost every way like Awakening and it doesn't have the poor story and out of place children characters of Fates but it still suffers heavily from balance and pacing problems with all the random battles. Completed: The Evil Within 2 Platform: Xbox One Improves on the first. Good first half with better exploration, stealth, horror elements and use STEM. Good first villain with a great time slow visual/gameplay mechanic. Starts to fall apart towards the end with cliche bad cutscenes moments, new antagonist who isn't interesting, annoying enemies, obvious character deaths. Never really makes you care about your daughter or wife. Still has a terrible camera and forces your vision to places in a way that will often get you hit or killed. Spoilers Completed: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Platform: PC Update of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. A quirky platformer puzzle game about an unlikely hero trying to escape and free his people from the elitist race and corporations that uses them as slaves while making the native animals into food. Good art and world design in the original and good improvements made with this update with some excellent backgrounds, while staying true to the original. Controls are so bad (if they even work for you at all at first with keyboard or controller) and menus so poorly designed and counterintuitive that the developers pinned a thread to help people with control issues. When I first started the game both my controller and the keyboard just wouldn't do certain things, the menus to edit controls are terrible (basically the same as the 1997 menus but more confusing), you have to switch to what type of controller you are using for some reason and at the start of the game it might not update the tutorials with those controls if it even bothers to at all, and even with it needlessly requiring you to choose a controller type it won't tell you what button does what. Completed: The Away Team Platform: PC Text based game where you choose 4-8 (difficulty dependent) crew members each with a job and different positive and negative personality traits. You are an AI that has to find them a world to live on. There is some good writing but like most games like this it is often too limiting, traits and choices are rarely logically used, death can be too random (extremely random on some planets/stations), and you need to try to manage fuel and food as is the common thing in survival space games which just adds even more randomness that never does anything interesting. Simple but can be good on the more interesting planets and I liked the ending I reached. No ship events or crew interaction outside of planets.
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  14. This Week In Gaming 10-31-17

    Jason Schreier reports on The Collapse Of Visceral's Ambitious Star Wars Game, Playstation Paris stream and game reveals, Puerto Rico-based developers talk about the aftermath of the storm, the history of Dragon's Lair, Kirk McKeand interviews the voice of B.J. Blazkowicz, how video games are destroying the people that make them, Cagey Videos on dealing with grief in Life Is Strange, interview with original Playstation boss, horror game recommendations, PC gamer shares report on what developers think about Steam, Battlefront 2 makes changes to loot box system, new content for Night in the Woods, Youtube updates demonetization algorithm, meeting the faces of Mortal Kombat, history of one of the first female game developers and contractors, Cameron Kunzelman and Austin Walker discuss Shadow of War, Olympic committee takes steps to recognize esports, Surgeon Simulator developers next game to be cancelled if trial doesn't get enough players, 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) All the trailers from Sony’s Paris Games Week event Check the link to see the new trailers and game reveals for Guacamelee! 2, Spelunky 2, The Last of Us 2, etc. The most promising indies we saw at PAX Australia Naughty Dog Reveals The Last of Us Part II Cast Forgotton Anne is an indie game that looks like a Studio Ghibli movie Mousey RPG Ghost of a Tale will sneak out in March Star Citizen's new video roundup features promo ships, alien language & new engine tech Sledgehammer Wants to Make Zombies Scary in Call of Duty: WWII Call of Duty: WWII’s first DLC comes first to PlayStation 4 Shapeshifting puzzler Shift Quantum gets creative with black and white Hoarding solves and causes all your problems in Uurnog Uurnlimited Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet announced, coming in February Why Remakes, Like Shadow of the Colossus, Are Awesome Shadow of the Colossus remake has a nice perk on PS4 Pro: 60 fps David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence Epic Star Cards and most Battlefront 2 weapons will no longer be loot box rewards The Witch And The Hundred Knight 2’s Latest Trailer Shows Split Allegiences The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk tale of life, happiness, and psychological bartending World of Final Fantasy announced for PC, release date set Surviving Mars wants to inspire the next generation of astronauts Outcast: Second Contact is just three weeks away Development Update 9 Noir puzzle series Framed coming to Steam next year Indie competitive fighter Punch Planet slams into Early Access next month Harvest Moon: Light of Hope coming November 14 to Steam, ahead of consoles Kingdom Come: Deliverance shows off its 'realistic' combat in a new trailer Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds will launch on Xbox One in December Surgeon Simulator Devs Say They'll Cancel Next Game If It Doesn't Get Enough Players During Free Week Warframe developer 'hits the pause button' on its hero shooter, The Amazing Eternals The Colonists is a settlement building game with cute robots, coming to Early Access You'll need an internet connection to play Metal Gear Survive's single-player Gay Players Are Coming Out In A Major Sports Video Game Codemasters’ new arcade racer Onrush isn’t coming to PC Magic: The Gathering Arena stress testing starts in November, closed beta coming soon Zelda: Breath of The Wild’s Second Expansion Is Still On Track For This Year, Nintendo Says Rainbow Six Siege 'Mid-Season Reinforcements' update goes live tomorrow Absolver update adds prestige system which allows players to respec Middle-earth: Shadow of War details Expansion Pass and forthcoming DLC Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4 expansions will arrive side-by-side next month The Surge reveals A Walk in the Park DLC PUBG test servers bring long-awaited vaulting and climbing to the game Bungie reverses Destiny 2 bans handed out in error Bungie lays out plans for Destiny 2 improvements Night In The Woods: Weird Autumn expands on the original, teases new console release Injustice 2 summons Hellboy on Nov. 14 Metal Gear Solid 5 gets PS4 Pro upgrade patch today Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Denuvo tech reportedly adds 40% to CPU usage PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is leaving Early Access in December Watching Overwatch is about to get easier, and Mercy is about to get nerfed You can be banned for spamming voice lines in Overwatch Blizzard's failure to curb toxicity undermines Overwatch's inclusive message Blizzard are taking action against fake Hearthstone events EA Asks Fans To Stop Keeping Old Battlefield Games Alive Hellblade sales 'better than expected', will break even months ahead of schedule PS4 worldwide shipments top 67.5 million Sony's games division drives strong growth in profits Profits and revenue on the rise for Konami's video game branch EA takes a loss in Q2 as digital sales continue to outshine physical Nintendo: More Than 2M Copies of 'Super Mario Odyssey' Sold in 3 Days 'Super Mario Run' Hits 200M Downloads, But Nintendo Unhappy With Profit Reclaiming Assassin's Creed's lost identity What went wrong with Lawbreakers? Doubt cast on future of Amazon Game Studios' first major development CCP Games shuts down VR development, lays off nearly 100 employees The French On Ys VIII's Vita Box Is Literal Nonsense NPD: Loot box controversy having no impact on game sales Steam beta tests Curator changes You can’t share uncensor patches for adult games on Steam anymore Itch.io adds Patreon integration YouTube rolls out first update to fix major demonetization problems NeoGAF successor ResetEra is now live BAFTA announces Breakthrough Brits of 2017 The government finally responds to gambling in video games petition Stephen Toulouse passes away at 45 U.S. gov't stands by DMCA exemption for museums preserving online games Why do we even need a British Games Institute? Oil Lobbyists: Thunderbird Strike Video Game 'Promotes Ecoterrorism' Owning Our Resistances With Thunderbird Strike PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds could face ban in China "Hurricane Maria knocked us back into the Stone Age for a few days" Death’s Cold Embrace: Thief 2’s new fan-made campaign Brutal Doom to add night vision rocket launcher and revamp online multiplayer Esports News International Olympic Committee takes steps to recognise esports Four Chinese Overwatch World Cup Team Members Denied US Visas The Weekend In Esports: ESL One Hamburg, Canada Cup, And More The making of Frodan: Who needs RNG when you work this hard? Pro Gamer Loses Contract After He Livestreams Domestic Violence Incident Vasilii’s Suspension by Riot Games – How Does Traditional Sports Deal with Domestic Violence? Fighting Game Tournament Pool Goes To Shit After Loser Keeps Playing Under Friend's Name Russian Dota Team Finally Gets The Major They've Been Working Towards A Great Match From Korea's First All-Women Overwatch Tournament Faker Never Seemed To Doubt His Galio In Close Semifinals Match Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Jack and Casie Girls Make Games Presents: Find Me The weird and wonderful keyboards of Kickstarter Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Collapse Of Visceral's Ambitious Star Wars Game The original PlayStation boss Rediscovering History’s Lost First Female Video Game Designer The state of Steam: Read what PC devs really think Video Games Are Destroying the People Who Make Them Will the Nintendo Switch gold rush affect indie games on PC? Gardening with Geralt: understanding the Witcher 3's lore through its plant life How CD Projekt Red found the road that took them to The Witcher Tracing the fairy tales and myths behind The Witcher 3’s unsettling Crones Dev Q&A: A Mortician's Tale challenges how games depict death Get Over Here: Meeting the Faces of Mortal Kombat, 25 Years Later The voice of B.J. Blazkowicz on the "binary choice" of killing Nazis in Wolfenstein 2 What Happens When Wolfenstein Comes Back at the Same Time Nazis Do? Yes, B.J. Blazkowicz is Jewish The Opening Moments of 'Wolfenstein II' Absolutely Do Not Fuck Around There's More To Wolfenstein: The New Colossus' Opening Than Sheer Brutality Wolfenstein Needs to Humanize Its Nazis What Wolfenstein 2's Bloody Twist Has To Say About Its Protagonist’s Body The Orcs of 'Shadow of War' Face a Fate Worse Than Death When I Visited South Park As A Trans Woman, The Joke Was On Me Doki Doki Literature Club Makes The Case For Breaking The Fourth Wall Labor Politics Overshadow Otherwise Fantastic New Life is Strange Episode Something out of science-fiction: A short history of Dragon’s Lair The horrifying legacy of Yume Nikki, the homebrew game that became a phenomenon Apogee: Where Wolfenstein got its start How netcode works, and what makes 'good' netcode Games You Might Not Have Tried: Horror - Find New Games for Halloween - Extra Credits 10 great indie horror games The PUBG Pan wasn't meant to be bulletproof - Here's A Thing Wolfenstein 3D Console Ports | Punching Weight [SSFF] Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne... 14 Years Later The Evil Within 2: Critique, Commentary, and Story Explanation Metroid - Creating a Sense of Isolation, Fear & Foreboding 🎃🎮 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins | The Completionist Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Retrospective (& Knuckles) Stephen's Sausage Roll - The Best Puzzle Game I've Played Stories Untold Sequence Breaking Resident Evil 4 Has Bizarre Effects - Sequence Break Dealing with Grief - Life is Strange: Before the Storm Intel's Cancelled Skyrim Rival - Investigating Project Offset Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Light and Shadows: Wolfenstein II Visual Glitches Fake Photoshop Jim Review Video Game Theatre Presents: "LOST?", Silent Hill 2 (2001) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Secrets of the developer who sold half a million videogames you’ve never heard of on Steam Chrono Cross, environmentalism, and a world without humanity Chrono Trigger and Structural Perfection