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  1. This Week In Gaming 8-14-18

    Red Dead Redemption 2 and Doom Eternal gameplay, legal action threatened against seller of used copy of The Evil Within 2, Emanuel Maiberg covers Nintendo's erasure of ROM sites while HeavyEyed releases a video on what roms mean for the industry, Steven Thornton talks to developers about how individuals can sneak secrets and stories into the games they make, Gita Jackson on Octopath Traveler's approach to old-fashioned English, Meagan Marie expands on Cecilia D'Anastasio's reporting on the culture of Riot by detailing her experiences at their Dublin office, Phil Iwaniuk learns about the clinics treating gaming addiction disorder, Brendan Sinclair asks developers if they think that their message laden games impacted their audiences, Astrid Budgor on Clive Barker and how uninteresting and repressed games like Agony are, Discord starting to sell games, Luke Winkie on how Giant Bomb changed and continues to change media, 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) Our First Look At Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay DOOM ETERNAL - Full Gameplay Reveal Presentation | QuakeCon 2018 Doom Eternal is Ditching SnapMap for Post-Launch Campaign DLC Doom Eternal’s “restrained” game design Doom Eternal mod support may happen, but it won’t be at launch and it’s not guaranteed Doom Eternal Will Let You Invade Other Players' Campaigns Hugo Martin: Doom Eternal's destructible demon system makes such an impact 2016's Doom is now 'hard to play' New Gameplay Today - Shadow Of The Tomb Raider SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER - DIFFICULTY AND ACCESSIBILITY Shadow of the Tomb Raider explores the duality of a darker Lara Assassin's Creed Odyssey: 11 Minutes of Exclusive Mission Gameplay Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will let you mix and match more than 30 combat abilities Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Redesigning Naval Combat for Ancient Greece Assassin’s Creed Odyssey director believes the Animus is still “important” Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is “much longer” than Origins Watch seven minutes of Rage 2 gameplay in an extended QuakeCon trailer Get In The Car, Loser! is a lesbian road trip RPG from the makers of Ladykiller In A Bind Take a peek at Total War: Three Kingdoms's campaign map through the eyes of Sun Jian Burden of Command Tactical Gameplay Fallout 76's Downright Exciting Plan to Deal With Griefing and Trolls Patrick Stewart to narrate promising Polish Holocaust-themed platformer My Memory of Us Marvel's Spider-Man's Creative Director Talks Mary Jane, Kratos, and More SQUARE ENIX: EXPECT MORE GAMES LIKE OCTOPATH TRAVELER Video: Platformer Gris is so delicate I won’t spoil it with my honking voice NBA 2K19 - Take the Crown Risk of Rain 2 teaser trailer Concrete Genie, Days Gone, Dreams, and Ghost of Tsushima ‘Making of’ videos Jagged Alliance is back, and your soldiers have aged badly 6 New Details About Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee Lord of the Rings: LCG Online Details | Interview with Luke Walaszek Strange Brigade gameplay overview trailer Third-person adventure game Spirit of the North announced for PS4 10 Minutes of Insurgency: Sandstorm Co-Op Gameplay (1080p 60FPS) Insurgency Sandstorm's Sound Is Wicked As Hell R6S Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Grim Sky - Hereford Base | Trailer | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege's first shield-carrying defender is a Scotland Yard officer named Clash Rainbow Six Siege Grim Sky’s attacker is Maverick QUAKE CHAMPIONS DEVELOPER SAYS MORE SMASH BROS-STYLE CROSSOVERS ARE 'IN HIGH CONSIDERATION' Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site Bethesda blocks resale of used game Bethesda defends its legal threat against a man who tried to resell a "new", sealed copy of The Evil Within 2 on Amazon Marketplace Pete Hines says cross-platform play a necessity for The Elder Scrolls: Legends “We were tired of reviews [that] spent more time talking about our review policy than the game” – why Bethesda changed its review policy Arkane Studios says the Dishonored series is "resting right now" Sumo Digital acquires The Chinese Room Microsoft and Nintendo Rejected Yakuza, Now They Want it According to Toshihiro Nagoshi DICE and EA exec Patrick Söderlund departs Steam has a hate group problem because Valve fails to enforce its own rules Discord can beat Steam at its own game with a curated store IGN's Statement on the Dead Cells Review Investigation Twenty-Five Year Old Charged With Stealing In-Game Items From EA Germany relaxes stance on Nazi symbols in video games Korean devs have been unable to publish in China since March 2017 Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Smash Never Stops How the OpenAI Five tore apart a team of Dota 2 pros The Overwatch League's problems can't be papered over with rainbows Overwatch World Cup hopeful xQc suspended for abusive chat Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) No Longer Home Phoenix Point crowdfunding breaks $2 million - here's how it was done Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Sneaking Things into Games Six Months at Riot Games Devs corroborate claims of sexist culture as Riot looks for way forward Nintendo's Offensive, Tragic, and Totally Legal Erasure of ROM Sites In Defense of ROMs, A Solution To Dying Games And Broken Copyright Laws DLC: Can games change people's minds? Sega Interview Inside the rehab clinics treating gaming addiction disorder Procreation of the Wicked Two Very Different JRPG Approaches To Old-Fashioned English We need to talk about the sexist garbage in 'Octopath 'Rome 2' Finds the Limits of Reinvention in 'Rise of the Republic' The Last Bastion of Steel Battalion The Super-Fans Of Detroit: Become Human Hate Most Of The Game Valve's forgotten game: Team Fortress 2's shocking toxicity problem It's Not Easy To Write About Funny (But Creepy) Sex Games FOR WOMEN ON TWITCH, DISCLOSING THEIR RELATIONSHIP STATUS IS A MINEFIELD Giant Bomb Still Changing Video Games Media 10 Years Later The Greg Miller story Octopath Traveler & Bringing Classic Game Music to Life | Game Score Fanfare The 5 Best Parts of Paper Mario Audiences & Apathy ROMS and Game Preservation // HeavyEyed How Splatoon's Predecessor Was Ended By Leaks - Game History Secrets (Nintendo Wii U) Indie Vision: The Story of Helm Systems Documentary | Gameumentary The making of Total War: Warhammer's Gyrocopter Editing Our Fallout 76 Trailer - Noclip Production Class #2 Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry David Cage Press Release
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2 and Doom Eternal gameplay, legal action threatened against seller of used copy of The Evil Within 2, Emanuel Maiberg covers Nintendo's erasure of ROM sites while HeavyEyed releases a video on what roms mean for the industry, Steven Thornton talks to developers about how individuals can sneak secrets and stories into the games they make, Gita Jackson on Octopath Traveler's approach to old-fashioned English, Meagan Marie expands on Cecilia D'Anastasio's reporting on the culture of Riot by detailing her experiences at their Dublin office, Phil Iwaniuk learns about the clinics treating gaming addiction disorder, Brendan Sinclair asks developers if they think that their message laden games impacted their audiences, Discord starting to sell games, Luke Winkie on how Giant Bomb changed and continues to change media, 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) Our First Look At Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay DOOM ETERNAL - Full Gameplay Reveal Presentation | QuakeCon 2018 Doom Eternal is Ditching SnapMap for Post-Launch Campaign DLC Doom Eternal’s “restrained” game design Doom Eternal mod support may happen, but it won’t be at launch and it’s not guaranteed Doom Eternal Will Let You Invade Other Players' Campaigns Hugo Martin: Doom Eternal's destructible demon system makes such an impact 2016's Doom is now 'hard to play' New Gameplay Today - Shadow Of The Tomb Raider SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER - DIFFICULTY AND ACCESSIBILITY Shadow of the Tomb Raider explores the duality of a darker Lara Assassin's Creed Odyssey: 11 Minutes of Exclusive Mission Gameplay Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will let you mix and match more than 30 combat abilities Assassin’s Creed Odyssey director believes the Animus is still “important” Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is “much longer” than Origins Watch seven minutes of Rage 2 gameplay in an extended QuakeCon trailer Get In The Car, Loser! is a lesbian road trip RPG from the makers of Ladykiller In A Bind Take a peek at Total War: Three Kingdoms's campaign map through the eyes of Sun Jian Burden of Command Tactical Gameplay Fallout 76's Downright Exciting Plan to Deal With Griefing and Trolls Patrick Stewart to narrate promising Polish Holocaust-themed platformer My Memory of Us Marvel's Spider-Man's Creative Director Talks Mary Jane, Kratos, and More SQUARE ENIX: EXPECT MORE GAMES LIKE OCTOPATH TRAVELER Video: Platformer Gris is so delicate I won’t spoil it with my honking voice NBA 2K19 - Take the Crown Risk of Rain 2 teaser trailer Concrete Genie, Days Gone, Dreams, and Ghost of Tsushima ‘Making of’ videos Jagged Alliance is back, and your soldiers have aged badly 6 New Details About Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee Lord of the Rings: LCG Online Details | Interview with Luke Walaszek Strange Brigade gameplay overview trailer Third-person adventure game Spirit of the North announced for PS4 10 Minutes of Insurgency: Sandstorm Co-Op Gameplay (1080p 60FPS) Insurgency Sandstorm's Sound Is Wicked As Hell R6S Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Grim Sky - Hereford Base | Trailer | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege's first shield-carrying defender is a Scotland Yard officer named Clash Rainbow Six Siege Grim Sky’s attacker is Maverick QUAKE CHAMPIONS DEVELOPER SAYS MORE SMASH BROS-STYLE CROSSOVERS ARE 'IN HIGH CONSIDERATION' Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site Bethesda blocks resale of used game Bethesda defends its legal threat against a man who tried to resell a "new", sealed copy of The Evil Within 2 on Amazon Marketplace Pete Hines says cross-platform play a necessity for The Elder Scrolls: Legends “We were tired of reviews [that] spent more time talking about our review policy than the game” – why Bethesda changed its review policy Arkane Studios says the Dishonored series is "resting right now" Sumo Digital acquires The Chinese Room Microsoft and Nintendo Rejected Yakuza, Now They Want it According to Toshihiro Nagoshi DICE and EA exec Patrick Söderlund departs Steam has a hate group problem because Valve fails to enforce its own rules Discord can beat Steam at its own game with a curated store IGN's Statement on the Dead Cells Review Investigation Twenty-Five Year Old Charged With Stealing In-Game Items From EA Germany relaxes stance on Nazi symbols in video games Korean devs have been unable to publish in China since March 2017 Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Smash Never Stops How the OpenAI Five tore apart a team of Dota 2 pros The Overwatch League's problems can't be papered over with rainbows Overwatch World Cup hopeful xQc suspended for abusive chat Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) No Longer Home Phoenix Point crowdfunding breaks $2 million - here's how it was done Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Sneaking Things into Games Six Months at Riot Games Devs corroborate claims of sexist culture as Riot looks for way forward Nintendo's Offensive, Tragic, and Totally Legal Erasure of ROM Sites In Defense of ROMs, A Solution To Dying Games And Broken Copyright Laws DLC: Can games change people's minds? Sega Interview Inside the rehab clinics treating gaming addiction disorder Procreation of the Wicked Two Very Different JRPG Approaches To Old-Fashioned English We need to talk about the sexist garbage in 'Octopath 'Rome 2' Finds the Limits of Reinvention in 'Rise of the Republic' The Last Bastion of Steel Battalion The Super-Fans Of Detroit: Become Human Hate Most Of The Game Valve's forgotten game: Team Fortress 2's shocking toxicity problem It's Not Easy To Write About Funny (But Creepy) Sex Games FOR WOMEN ON TWITCH, DISCLOSING THEIR RELATIONSHIP STATUS IS A MINEFIELD Giant Bomb Still Changing Video Games Media 10 Years Later The Greg Miller story Octopath Traveler & Bringing Classic Game Music to Life | Game Score Fanfare The 5 Best Parts of Paper Mario Audiences & Apathy ROMS and Game Preservation // HeavyEyed How Splatoon's Predecessor Was Ended By Leaks - Game History Secrets (Nintendo Wii U) Indie Vision: The Story of Helm Systems Documentary | Gameumentary The making of Total War: Warhammer's Gyrocopter Editing Our Fallout 76 Trailer - Noclip Production Class #2 Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry David Cage Press Release
  3. Completed: Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose Platform: PS2 Don't remember how many years I've owned this, bought it after replaying the first game while expecting to finish the next to shortly after. I think more time has gone by since then than the time between the first game's release and me replaying it back in 2002. Battle system is poor and drawn out with a lacking tutorial, it takes a lot of micromanaging of characters, attack zones, stocking turns, and knowledge of enemy weaknesses to do well and if you have those things then the game is easy and you are just kind of left with drawn out dull battles. Shared skill tree between characters limits your level up options. Lot of parts with a limited or single member party, some main characters from the first game don't get much time, and the frequent story and cutscenes of the first game are replaced by a lot of side content and simple dungeon design. While you get some character history a lot of the story feels like filler and some backstory is odd as it would mean characters knew each other before 1. Poor minigames but no more card game. Main story line is very short (for an RPG and compared to the first game) with a fairly abrupt ending, when this series was thought up as being six games it does make sense that some people have said that this was originally meant to be part of Episode 1. I can definitely see why this tends to be thought of as the worst one. Only four more PS2 games in my collection to finish, and with the possible exception of Xenosaga 3, I know I'll enjoy the others much more than this.
  4. Completed: Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition Platform: PS4 I ended up enjoying Bloodborne a lot more than the Demon Souls/Dark Souls games but it often felt too clunky for me to really have fun with, the slow movement mixed with hit detection and lock on issues really hurt it for me. Having such limited movesets with weapons and me having to stick with the same weapon (ignoring that the cane/whip was basically one of the only three that I liked in the main game) due to how long it took to get others that I wanted to try or them requiring different stats with no respec character option didn't help to make the combat more interesting. The game was really easy, most bosses could be beat with the two of you just flailing around at each other and I would tend to only die to normal enemies when their were camera/lock on/clipping issues (like a giant ramming me through a building and balcony when half of its body appeared through it). The DLC is when the game finally started to do some interesting things with its environment, both with more creepy visuals, better world building, and by finally including some traps and a simple but somewhat more interesting use of level design where you would rotate a large flight of stairs around to get to other areas. The final boss was also the only boss I died to more than once (mostly due to terrible hit detection and after dying 30 times I realized mid fight that I could move in a way that he wouldn't hit me even though it really looked like he should be or should easily be able to). I have two trophies left, don't know if I want to go through that many of the Chalice dungeons to get them though. It would have been better in 2015, now feels very weak mechanically compared to Nioh and environment and side character wise compared to Hollow Knight. I really want to play Nioh 2 now. Completed: Pyre Platform: PC Has the strong art, music, world building, character design the studio is known for as well as well written characters and scenes. Vocal tracks tell the story of the game's main characters and credits song is a combination of the story of your group's journey and destinations. Re-playable due to different location options and characters that you can send off after winning matches. Actual gameplay is more sports like and while there are some good ideas it isn't great and is easily exploitable. Both sides only being able to move one character at a time makes it a bit dull and the computer just can't react to certain things well, an ability of one of your characters can end up causing the enemy team to stand confused around your "goal" with them not understanding how to score anymore. Completed: Super Robot Taisen A Portable Platform: PSP Good use of characters and different franchises to tell the story, starts out with some characters not as likely to have as much of a use in some of the later games that are useful here and get more interaction. Nice to not have annoying side objectives on stages while just being more difficult by default. At times ridiculously low hit chances but the games makes things a bit easier by not charging you to repair destroyed units and getting a game over allows you to keep the money for upgrades. A few series included are missing some important characters.
  5. This Week In Gaming 8-7-18

    Robert Purchese tells the story of the Californian sent to save Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl, Cecilia D'Anastasio speaks with 28 current and former Riot employees about the culture of toxicity and sexism in the studio, Noclip starting series to teach people how to film and produce documentaries, Errant Signal on Jurassic World Evolution and what it does with the themes of the book and film, Chris Chapman tells the story of how the work of Insomniac environment artist Stephen Ratter caused Resistance to become the target of criticism from the clergy of Manchester Cathedral, The Walking Dead character coming to Tekken 7, Super Bunnyhop looks at Japanese video game bar culture and the legal problems they now face, developers talk about the aftermath of releasing games, new episode of Tim Roger's Found In Translation series on FFVII, EVO coverage, 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 new developer taking on Lords of the Fallen 2 will start over Life Is Strange 2 teaser hints at a different, darker side BioWare boss Casey Hudson talks about Anthem's shared-world storytelling Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard joins SNK’s all-female fighting game It looks like Yakuza 6 is coming to PC We Get Another Look At Persona Q2 With A New Trailer The Walking Dead ‘story builder’ lets players reconstruct old choices — or alter them Gloomhaven Is Coming To Video Games 14 Cool New Things You Need to Know About Marvel's Spider-Man - New Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay New Spider-Man Gameplay Impressions: "Be Very Excited" Spider-Man PS4 gives Mary Jane Watson the chance to be a hero The First 15 Minutes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 4K - IGN First Cyberpunk creator welcomes CD Projekt’s use of first-person, exploration of political themes New Gameplay Today - Black Ops 4's Multiplayer Beta SOULCALIBUR VI - Astaroth and Seong Mi-Na Trailer Reveal Trailer | PS4, X1, PC Dragon Quest XI - Character Trailer Dead Cells gets a slick animated trailer in advance of leaving Early Access Death's Gambit is a lush 2D fantasy RPG releasing this month Valve’s next game, Artifact, comes to Steam in November Gorgeous Another World-esque sci-fi side-scroller Planet Alpha is out in September Dead or Alive 6 Gameplay: Diego vs. Rig Dead Or Alive 6 Is Less Sexualized, And More Esports Hitomi And Leifang Teased For Dead or Alive 6 Ahead Of A Likely Reveal At Gamescom 2018 Return to some well-worn dungeons in The Bard's Tale Trilogy next week Control third developer diary: ‘The Oldest House’ New Gameplay Today – Guacamelee 2 The Biggest Changes To NBA 2K19's Gameplay NBA 2K19 FIFA 19 has a survival mode - and you can turn off the referee FIFA 19 Ultimate Team has a new mode called Division Rivals YouTube cuts Senran Kagura announcement stream short because of anime boobs Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 53 - Beast of Winter The Walking Dead’s Negan is coming to Tekken 7 Rainbow Six Siege teases Hereford rework going back in time and getting rain Dragon Ball FighterZ is getting Cooler How Arx has been redesigned in Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition The Long Dark gets its third story episode this December Apple Kills the App Store Affiliate Program, and I Have No Idea What We Are Going to Do. Steam flash sales are coming back Graphic Artist Olly Moss Joins Valve Minecraft’s head says American employees should get a gap year like they do in Sweden Normal Stardock Behavior 'Madden NFL 19' Bleeps Colin Kaepernick's Name From In-Game Soundtrack Guerrilla Games and Eurogamer Pride IGN Pulls Review After Plagiarism Accusations [UPDATE: Writer Fired] Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Evo 2018, StarCraft II, And More Bayonetta Players Battled Through The Boos At Evo 2018's Smash 4 Finals Two 'Gods' Of Melee Got Hit Hard By Mere Mortals In Evo 2018 Pools Evo 2018 Guilty Gear Finalist Makes It Further Than Any Other American Player Has In Years Evo Sidelined Marvel Vs. Capcom Players But They Killed It Anyway For The First Time, Evo's Top Street Fighter Player Is From The United Kingdom Fighting Game Rivalries To Watch At Evo 2018 Collegiate Esports Is Uncharted Territory, So Smaller Schools Are Staking Their Claim EA: Diversity and engagement key to growing FIFA eWorld Cup Esports sneakerheads: How OWL is bringing street style to pro gaming Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games Riot Games Issues Statement Following Report of Sexist Workplace Culture The Californian sent to save Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl from development hell Sexuality and gender in science fiction games Microsoft Needs To Put Up or Shut Up With PC Gaming Japanese Game Industry Discrimination Story From Early SNK Artist The daunting aftermath of releasing your dream game, as told by the devs of Stardew Valley, Owlboy, and more DF Retro: The history of water rendering in classic games Inspired By Her Game Dev Dad, 7-Year-Old Releases Her First Steam Game Hollow Knight and the art of consistency The occult mechanics of Bloodborne, Cultist Simulator and Pyre World of Warcraft’s latest story campaign has ignited the fanbase World Of Warcraft Players Are Removing Pieces Of Armor To Protest Recent Plot Developments 'Captain Spirit' Tells a Fictional Story of Abuse. These People Lived One. No Man’s Sky highlights the agony and bliss of travel Creator Highlight Blind Call Of Duty: WWII Player Has Racked Up 7,600 Kills 'I am drawing from different sources': Hidetaka Miyazaki on life after Dark Souls Jurassic World Evolution Ninja Gaiden - TGBS Examining Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, 14 Years On The Strange Case of Danganronpa - Ultra Despair Girls | PostMesmeric Sinistar or: How to Play Games Wrong The AI of Doom (2016) | AI and Games Found In Translation: Final Fantasy VII, Part Ten Level Analysis Ep. 1 - DKC: Mine Cart Carnage The Four Fundamental Quests Undertale: The Story of Magnolia Porter (Exclusive Interview) Retrohistories: The Battle of Manchester Cathedral Why Japan's Gaming Bars are Fighting for Survival Noclip Production Classes: Learn How We Film Our Docs! What Camera Equipment Do We Use? - Noclip Production Class #1 Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Against Playability Two Researchers Challenged a Scientific Study About Violent Video Games—and Took a Hit for Being Right
  6. Robert Purchese tells the story of the Californian sent to save Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl, Cecilia D'Anastasio speaks with 28 current and former Riot employees about the culture of toxicity and sexism in the studio, Noclip starting series to teach people how to film and produce documentaries, Errant Signal on Jurassic World Evolution and what it does with the themes of the book and film, Chris Chapman tells the story of how the work of Insomniac environment artist Stephen Ratter caused Resistance to become the target of criticism from the clergy of Manchester Cathedral, The Walking Dead character coming to Tekken 7, Super Bunnyhop looks at Japanese video game bar culture and the legal problems they now face, developers talk about the aftermath of releasing games, new episode of Tim Roger's Found In Translation series on FFVII, EVO coverage, 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 new developer taking on Lords of the Fallen 2 will start over Life Is Strange 2 teaser hints at a different, darker side BioWare boss Casey Hudson talks about Anthem's shared-world storytelling Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard joins SNK’s all-female fighting game It looks like Yakuza 6 is coming to PC We Get Another Look At Persona Q2 With A New Trailer The Walking Dead ‘story builder’ lets players reconstruct old choices — or alter them Gloomhaven Is Coming To Video Games 14 Cool New Things You Need to Know About Marvel's Spider-Man - New Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay New Spider-Man Gameplay Impressions: "Be Very Excited" Spider-Man PS4 gives Mary Jane Watson the chance to be a hero The First 15 Minutes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 4K - IGN First Cyberpunk creator welcomes CD Projekt’s use of first-person, exploration of political themes New Gameplay Today - Black Ops 4's Multiplayer Beta SOULCALIBUR VI - Astaroth and Seong Mi-Na Trailer Reveal Trailer | PS4, X1, PC Dragon Quest XI - Character Trailer Dead Cells gets a slick animated trailer in advance of leaving Early Access Death's Gambit is a lush 2D fantasy RPG releasing this month Valve’s next game, Artifact, comes to Steam in November Gorgeous Another World-esque sci-fi side-scroller Planet Alpha is out in September Dead or Alive 6 Gameplay: Diego vs. Rig Dead Or Alive 6 Is Less Sexualized, And More Esports Hitomi And Leifang Teased For Dead or Alive 6 Ahead Of A Likely Reveal At Gamescom 2018 Return to some well-worn dungeons in The Bard's Tale Trilogy next week Control third developer diary: ‘The Oldest House’ New Gameplay Today – Guacamelee 2 The Biggest Changes To NBA 2K19's Gameplay NBA 2K19 FIFA 19 has a survival mode - and you can turn off the referee FIFA 19 Ultimate Team has a new mode called Division Rivals YouTube cuts Senran Kagura announcement stream short because of anime boobs Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 53 - Beast of Winter The Walking Dead’s Negan is coming to Tekken 7 Rainbow Six Siege teases Hereford rework going back in time and getting rain Dragon Ball FighterZ is getting Cooler How Arx has been redesigned in Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition The Long Dark gets its third story episode this December Apple Kills the App Store Affiliate Program, and I Have No Idea What We Are Going to Do. Steam flash sales are coming back Graphic Artist Olly Moss Joins Valve Minecraft’s head says American employees should get a gap year like they do in Sweden Normal Stardock Behavior 'Madden NFL 19' Bleeps Colin Kaepernick's Name From In-Game Soundtrack Guerrilla Games and Eurogamer Pride IGN Pulls Review After Plagiarism Accusations [UPDATE: Writer Fired] Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Evo 2018, StarCraft II, And More Bayonetta Players Battled Through The Boos At Evo 2018's Smash 4 Finals Two 'Gods' Of Melee Got Hit Hard By Mere Mortals In Evo 2018 Pools Evo 2018 Guilty Gear Finalist Makes It Further Than Any Other American Player Has In Years Evo Sidelined Marvel Vs. Capcom Players But They Killed It Anyway For The First Time, Evo's Top Street Fighter Player Is From The United Kingdom Fighting Game Rivalries To Watch At Evo 2018 Collegiate Esports Is Uncharted Territory, So Smaller Schools Are Staking Their Claim EA: Diversity and engagement key to growing FIFA eWorld Cup Esports sneakerheads: How OWL is bringing street style to pro gaming Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games Riot Games Issues Statement Following Report of Sexist Workplace Culture The Californian sent to save Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl from development hell Sexuality and gender in science fiction games Microsoft Needs To Put Up or Shut Up With PC Gaming Japanese Game Industry Discrimination Story From Early SNK Artist The daunting aftermath of releasing your dream game, as told by the devs of Stardew Valley, Owlboy, and more DF Retro: The history of water rendering in classic games Inspired By Her Game Dev Dad, 7-Year-Old Releases Her First Steam Game Hollow Knight and the art of consistency The occult mechanics of Bloodborne, Cultist Simulator and Pyre World of Warcraft’s latest story campaign has ignited the fanbase World Of Warcraft Players Are Removing Pieces Of Armor To Protest Recent Plot Developments 'Captain Spirit' Tells a Fictional Story of Abuse. These People Lived One. No Man’s Sky highlights the agony and bliss of travel Creator Highlight Blind Call Of Duty: WWII Player Has Racked Up 7,600 Kills 'I am drawing from different sources': Hidetaka Miyazaki on life after Dark Souls Jurassic World Evolution Ninja Gaiden - TGBS Examining Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, 14 Years On The Strange Case of Danganronpa - Ultra Despair Girls | PostMesmeric Sinistar or: How to Play Games Wrong The AI of Doom (2016) | AI and Games Found In Translation: Final Fantasy VII, Part Ten Level Analysis Ep. 1 - DKC: Mine Cart Carnage The Four Fundamental Quests Undertale: The Story of Magnolia Porter (Exclusive Interview) Retrohistories: The Battle of Manchester Cathedral Why Japan's Gaming Bars are Fighting for Survival Noclip Production Classes: Learn How We Film Our Docs! What Camera Equipment Do We Use? - Noclip Production Class #1 Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Against Playability Two Researchers Challenged a Scientific Study About Violent Video Games—and Took a Hit for Being Right
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  8. This Week In Gaming 7-31-18

    Quantic Dream loses court case over employee harassment, Patrick Klepek highlights games and developer accounts of how misspellings in code effected them and the time it can take to fix, Games As Literature and game composer Jake Butineau's analysis of Transistor, Dead Cells developer on paying every employee the same wage, Noah Caldwell-Gervais' Max Payne retrospective, Stephanie Chan on how the Tehran Game Convention shows global politics won’t stop gaming’s growth, America's Got Talent choir sings Civilization 4 theme, Arc System Works releases music video to celebrate 30th anniversary, ex-moderator Christopher Williams explains how company policies and procedures protect the worst abusers at the expense of players and employees, part two and three of Caty McCarthy's series on the evolution of game writing, Luke Winkie covers what it is like to launch an indie game in 2018, James Batchelor on the results of game industry careers surveys, and more. Angry Army Weekly (Jayson's Weekly News Video) Angry Army Weekly | Is A Bad Game Doomed To Be Bad Forever? Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Steel Division 2 - Announcement trailer A police game that asks you to think before shooting Cyberpunk 2077 quest designer says it's 'inherently political' Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt RED Explains Why They Have Character Customization In Spite of First Person View Devil's Hunt is a new action game that will take you to hell and back again Battlefield 5’s Grand Operations mode will be playable at launch, EA says How to make a game about drinking with Satan Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the Human Impact of Archaeology Shadow of the Tomb Raider adds to Lara Croft’s acrobatic moveset Phantom Doctrine gameplay, explained Monster Hunter World dev explains why the PC version is such a CPU hog Digimon’s 20th anniversary kicks off with new ‘survival sim RPG’ in 2019 Yakuza Kiwami 2’s Latest Trailer Focuses On Kazuma Kiryu And Kaoru Sayama Valkyria Chronicles 4 Gets New Prologue Trailer In English, And Localization Talk From Sega Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Got Some New Gameplay, And Here’s What We Saw Jump Force Bleach trailer showcases Ichigo, Rukia, and Aizen in action Make your own monsters with Concrete Genie Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is an old-school RPG set in Lovecraft's horrific realm The Sinking City Oozes Creepy Lovecraftian Cthulu...From Its Face 7 Reasons You'll Love The Resident Evil 2 Remake (Even if You Aren't A Fan) Sunless Skies release pushed back to January 2019 NBA Live 19 brings women to its career mode Earth Defense Force 5 Gets A New English Trailer Eve Online developer CCP is working on a new “action-MMO” Anamorphine, an adventure about coping with mental illness, comes out on July 31 Endless Space 2 and Endless Legend to get new expansions in August Forza's loot boxes and paid tokens are going away Rogue Legacy just got a big update after four years Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has been removed from sale without warning Game Studio With No Bosses Pays Everyone The Same Detroit, Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream loses employment court case Tiny Metal Dispute Settled With Former Employee Admitting Embezzlement Allegations "Contrary to the Truth" MidBoss picks up the pieces after employee abuse scandal Portal 2 writer Jay Pinkerton is back at Valve Valve Adds Warnings To Steam To Protect Users From Scam Items Steam is hitting its biggest user count decline in years Nvidia GTX 1180 GPU release date, rumours, and performance Unity says strange emails sent to developers were caused by 'human error' The art of failing: What 11 bit Studios learnt from Beat Cop Studio Pixel Punk: Getting diversity right means going beyond "good intentions" Paradox: "We've released crappy games in the past... I don't want to do that anymore" The Xbox Adaptive Controller’s package design is just as accessible How gamers with disabilities helped design the new Xbox Adaptive Controller’s elegantly accessible packaging The IndieBeat: Tehran Game Convention shows global politics won’t stop gaming’s growth Sega capitalizing on foreign exchange with Yakuza, Total War $50m Netease investment will help Improbable realise dream of “trillion dollar games industry” EA Kills "Open Source" Version Of SimCity 2000 Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Overwatch Finals, PUBG Invitational, And More U.S. Army staging a Street Fighter 5 tournament; winner competing at PAX New Dota 2 Challengers League could give aspiring pros a path to the big leagues The Long Road That Landed Two Underdog Overwatch Teams In The Finals London Spitfire Wins The First Overwatch League Finals, $1,000,000 Overwatch League season two will feature new teams from France and China 'It’s incredibly widespread': why eSports has a match-fixing problem The International Is Bad For Dota 2 The Internet Reacts To DJ Khaled's Underwhelming Overwatch League Concert Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How One Line of Ancient Code Haunted a Major MMO For Six Months Game Companies Can Serve Communities or Customers, But Rarely Both Narrative Paramedics: Meet the Writers Called in to Patch Up Games From The Witcher 3 to Queer Dating Sims: How Writers are Expanding the Boundaries of Video Game Storytelling Gaming’s toxic men, explained Daily Mirror The GamesIndustry.biz Careers Survey 2018: Lower pay but less crunch What it's like to launch an indie game in 2018, hour-by-hour This Game Developer Turned 'Fallout 4' Into His Personal Tabletop RPG The Lion's Song Shares the Wistfulness of What Could Have Been A Giant Mech Game About Flirting With The Enemy Technological Oppression | Remember Me Cities: Skylines, Urban Planning, and a History of Gentrification Can a Video Game Make You Belatedly Appreciate Brutalism? SAD MAX: A Max Payne Trilogy Retrospective Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: Transistor The World Design of Metroid 1 and Zero Mission | Boss Keys Musical Evolution in the Civilization VI Soundtrack Learning to Love Octopath Traveler Great Indie Games of 2018 (first half) | Switch/PC/PS4/Xbox One Cool Games You (Maybe) Haven't Played: Vol. 2 // Codex Entry Firewatch: The Story of Jane Ng and Campo Santo The Original Fallout 3 - Investigating Fallout Van Buren The Difficulty with Linearity | Mini-Read Nabokov, Her Story and You (Three-Year Anniversary Special) The Rift Between Good & Bad The TV Show that didn't want you to know it was a Video Game Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry The 5 best apolitical video games “It’s A Kindness”: Meet The Gamers Who Are Letting Their Partners Believe That Star Citizen Will Actually Come Out NMS Story A choir sang the Civilization 4 theme song on America's Got Talent Arc System Works 30th Anniversary Theme Song Is the Weirdest/Best Thing Ever Uploaded to the Internet Geralt's Motion Capture Actor Is Very Handy With A Sword
  9. Quantic Dream loses court case over employee harassment, Patrick Klepek highlights games and developer accounts of how misspellings in code effected them and the time it can take to find them, Games As Literature and game composer Jake Butineau's analysis of Transistor, Dead Cells developer on paying every employee the same wage, Noah Caldwell-Gervais' Max Payne retrospective, Stephanie Chan on how the Tehran Game Convention shows global politics won’t stop gaming’s growth, Arc System Works releases music video to celebrate 30th anniversary, ex-moderator Christopher Williams explains how company policies and procedures protect the worst abusers at the expense of players and employees, part two and three of Caty McCarthy's series on the evolution of game writing, Luke Winkie covers what it is like to launch an indie game in 2018, James Batchelor on the results of game industry careers surveys, and more. Angry Army Weekly (Jayson's Weekly News Video) Angry Army Weekly | Is A Bad Game Doomed To Be Bad Forever? Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Steel Division 2 - Announcement trailer A police game that asks you to think before shooting Cyberpunk 2077 quest designer says it's 'inherently political' Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt RED Explains Why They Have Character Customization In Spite of First Person View Devil's Hunt is a new action game that will take you to hell and back again Battlefield 5’s Grand Operations mode will be playable at launch, EA says How to make a game about drinking with Satan Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the Human Impact of Archaeology Shadow of the Tomb Raider adds to Lara Croft’s acrobatic moveset Phantom Doctrine gameplay, explained Monster Hunter World dev explains why the PC version is such a CPU hog Digimon’s 20th anniversary kicks off with new ‘survival sim RPG’ in 2019 Yakuza Kiwami 2’s Latest Trailer Focuses On Kazuma Kiryu And Kaoru Sayama Valkyria Chronicles 4 Gets New Prologue Trailer In English, And Localization Talk From Sega Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Got Some New Gameplay, And Here’s What We Saw Jump Force Bleach trailer showcases Ichigo, Rukia, and Aizen in action Make your own monsters with Concrete Genie Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is an old-school RPG set in Lovecraft's horrific realm The Sinking City Oozes Creepy Lovecraftian Cthulu...From Its Face 7 Reasons You'll Love The Resident Evil 2 Remake (Even if You Aren't A Fan) Sunless Skies release pushed back to January 2019 NBA Live 19 brings women to its career mode Earth Defense Force 5 Gets A New English Trailer Eve Online developer CCP is working on a new “action-MMO” Anamorphine, an adventure about coping with mental illness, comes out on July 31 Endless Space 2 and Endless Legend to get new expansions in August Forza's loot boxes and paid tokens are going away Rogue Legacy just got a big update after four years Marvel: Ultimate Alliance has been removed from sale without warning Game Studio With No Bosses Pays Everyone The Same Detroit, Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream loses employment court case Tiny Metal Dispute Settled With Former Employee Admitting Embezzlement Allegations "Contrary to the Truth" MidBoss picks up the pieces after employee abuse scandal Portal 2 writer Jay Pinkerton is back at Valve Valve Adds Warnings To Steam To Protect Users From Scam Items Steam is hitting its biggest user count decline in years Nvidia GTX 1180 GPU release date, rumours, and performance Unity says strange emails sent to developers were caused by 'human error' The art of failing: What 11 bit Studios learnt from Beat Cop Studio Pixel Punk: Getting diversity right means going beyond "good intentions" Paradox: "We've released crappy games in the past... I don't want to do that anymore" The Xbox Adaptive Controller’s package design is just as accessible How gamers with disabilities helped design the new Xbox Adaptive Controller’s elegantly accessible packaging The IndieBeat: Tehran Game Convention shows global politics won’t stop gaming’s growth Sega capitalizing on foreign exchange with Yakuza, Total War $50m Netease investment will help Improbable realise dream of “trillion dollar games industry” EA Kills "Open Source" Version Of SimCity 2000 Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Overwatch Finals, PUBG Invitational, And More U.S. Army staging a Street Fighter 5 tournament; winner competing at PAX New Dota 2 Challengers League could give aspiring pros a path to the big leagues The Long Road That Landed Two Underdog Overwatch Teams In The Finals London Spitfire Wins The First Overwatch League Finals, $1,000,000 Overwatch League season two will feature new teams from France and China 'It’s incredibly widespread': why eSports has a match-fixing problem The International Is Bad For Dota 2 The Internet Reacts To DJ Khaled's Underwhelming Overwatch League Concert Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) How One Line of Ancient Code Haunted a Major MMO For Six Months Game Companies Can Serve Communities or Customers, But Rarely Both Narrative Paramedics: Meet the Writers Called in to Patch Up Games From The Witcher 3 to Queer Dating Sims: How Writers are Expanding the Boundaries of Video Game Storytelling Gaming’s toxic men, explained Daily Mirror The GamesIndustry.biz Careers Survey 2018: Lower pay but less crunch What it's like to launch an indie game in 2018, hour-by-hour This Game Developer Turned 'Fallout 4' Into His Personal Tabletop RPG The Lion's Song Shares the Wistfulness of What Could Have Been A Giant Mech Game About Flirting With The Enemy Technological Oppression | Remember Me Cities: Skylines, Urban Planning, and a History of Gentrification Can a Video Game Make You Belatedly Appreciate Brutalism? SAD MAX: A Max Payne Trilogy Retrospective Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: Transistor The World Design of Metroid 1 and Zero Mission | Boss Keys Musical Evolution in the Civilization VI Soundtrack Learning to Love Octopath Traveler Great Indie Games of 2018 (first half) | Switch/PC/PS4/Xbox One Cool Games You (Maybe) Haven't Played: Vol. 2 // Codex Entry Firewatch: The Story of Jane Ng and Campo Santo The Original Fallout 3 - Investigating Fallout Van Buren The Difficulty with Linearity | Mini-Read Nabokov, Her Story and You (Three-Year Anniversary Special) The Rift Between Good & Bad The TV Show that didn't want you to know it was a Video Game Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry The 5 best apolitical video games “It’s A Kindness”: Meet The Gamers Who Are Letting Their Partners Believe That Star Citizen Will Actually Come Out NMS Story A choir sang the Civilization 4 theme song on America's Got Talent Arc System Works 30th Anniversary Theme Song Is the Weirdest/Best Thing Ever Uploaded to the Internet Geralt's Motion Capture Actor Is Very Handy With A Sword
  10. I didn't really keep track and I left it on while doing other things. Sounds about right though.
  11. Completed: The Banner Saga 3 Platform: PC Banner Saga 3 gives a good end to the trilogy but lacks some of the more interesting new features and combat encounters of the second game or the world building and character moments of the past games and rushes through what could have been more interesting or character defining situations. Characters get good endings to their arcs or moments (assuming you kept them alive in all games) but everything tends to be very simple for the finale. New wave combat mode where you can swap in characters is a good feature. Great artwork and music. The combat itself stills has problems, it's been a really strange part of the entire series that, due to the way turn order is handled, you don't want to kill enemies just wound them all to the point where they are mostly harmless. The third game giving you more reason to take talents that do things like give you crit chance or frequently giving items or now heroic titles to assign that might increase things like your crit chance can end up causing problems when you kill things you don't want to kill. I would say it is the worst of the three but still a fine ending if you have been enjoying the series so far. I'm pretty sure it was easily the shortest entry in the series as well, with me even having to skip a few scenes and a fight because of how quickly I got the second party to the end of their section.
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  14. This Week In Gaming 7-24-18

    Austin Walker and Patrick Klepek interview Sean Murray on the No Man's Sky launch, following harassment, crunch, cut features, how they've spent the last two years improving the game, and what comes next. Brian Crimmins' essay on the imagined importance of the blockbuster game, Gita Jackson reports on the 2018 Game Devs of Color Expo, Matt Bertz interviews longtime Bioware employee James Ohlen on his decision to leave the company and what comes next, Ruben Ferdinand on Metal Gear Solid's focus on masculinity that overlaps with the war fiction of the 80s and homoerotica, new videos of upcoming Tomb Raider and The Walking Dead Final Season, Caty McCarthy starts a series of articles on the evolution of game writing, MML's Commentaries' video Danganronpa Is Its Plot A Series Ludonarrative Analysis, Noclip releases their documentary on GOG, and more. Angry Army Weekly (Jayson's Weekly News Video) Angry Army Weekly | Updates, Updates, and more Updates Check the Youtube page for sources 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 Spider-Man trailer introduces Insomniac’s take on Silver Sable Pathfinder: Kingmaker Release Teaser Black Ops 4 Zombies’ Blood of the Dead episode heads back to Alcatraz Darksiders 3 Cutscene: See Fury Get Her Flame Fury Form - IGN First End of a Saga: What Stoic learnt from the Mass Effect finale Shadow of the Tomb Raider video showcases the series' biggest ever hub Shadow of the Tomb Raider's puzzle and combat difficulty can be set separately The cramped horror of GTFO hopes to bond people Sunless Skies: Eleutheria Trailer The First 26 Minutes of Madden NFL 19's Longshot Homecoming Gameplay Watch the first 15 minutes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season NBA 2K19 Eight Exciting Changes Coming To NBA 2K19's Gameplay Guacamelee 2 dropkicks onto Steam in August A game about France’s Reign of Terror is, unsurprisingly, quite grim The Occupation, an investigative race against the clock, will launch in October New Resident Evil 2 Details, Collector's Edition Announced Soulcalibur’s lovable weirdo Voldo is back Opus Magnum studio Zachtronics unveils its new hacking game Exapunks A new game is in the works at Firaxis, and it’s not Civ or XCOM FIFA 19 gameplay is all about the animations FIFA 19 doesn't have VAR Boundless launches September 11 How Spyro's Creators Feel About the Reignited Trilogy's Updates - Comic Con 2018 Sable’s developers are trying to capture the spirit of discovery Free expansion for Reigns: Her Majesty hops out Retro Commodore 64 Mini will launch in U.S. in October Enter the Gungeon: Advanced Gungeons & Draguns is out now, so here's a trailer Roguelike Deckbuilder Slay the Spire Adds Depth with a Radically Different New Character Stardew Valley multiplayer leaves PC beta in August Total War: Rome 2's Rise Of The Republic expansion takes us back to 399 BC Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six team up for Wildlands Special Operation 2 Rainbow Six Siege’s anti-cheat ban wave hits today - it’s bigger than we thought Why Blizzard decided to give Sombra infinite invisibility in an upcoming Overwatch patch Overwatch's Torbjörn is next in line for a major overhaul Valve bans over 60,000 Steam accounts to smash its previous record Ex-Valve employee describes ruthless internal politics at 'self-organizing' companies Layoffs at OnRush dev Evo, Driveclub director Rushy let go Twitch streamer’s recording of Uber passengers without consent resurfaces privacy concerns 'We Just Need More Flavor': An Afternoon With Game Developers Of Color The Game Developers of Color Expo Was a Respite From the Hostile Gaming Scene GI Show – Our Top 5 Arcade Games, Barcades, Killer Queen Interview Guerrilla Games to nearly double its staff with planned office move Nintendo sues to shut down two big ROM sites GOG could bring classic console games to PC - “We would be able to make them work” The European Speedrunner Asssembly charity marathon runs all week Shining Force & Golden Sun artist Hiroshi Kajiyama passes away Esports News Monster Hunter: World stages USA championship next week Last Night's Upset Shows Cracks In The Overwatch League's Best Team Microsoft is sponsoring a year-long Age of Empires 2 competitive league Dragon Ball FighterZ is the most popular game at Evo 2018 Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish tournament rekindled debate over player vetting Super Smash Bros. anti-harassment group faces resistance Fortnite Summer Skirmish Winner Accused Of Cheating, Defended By Epic Fortnite $130,000 winner cleared by Epic after Reddit's cheating allegations debunked Huge upsets send underdog teams into the Overwatch League Grand Finals Overwatch League Players To Attend Discussions With Olympic Committee About Esports Opportunities Blizzard Accidentally Gives Fans Access To Treasure Trove Of Overwatch League Stats Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kingdoms of the Dump is a SNES-style RPG with platforming elements and turn-based combat Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The imagined importance of the blockbuster game Out of the Wild West: Inside the Evolution of Games Writing James Ohlen Talks About Leaving BioWare, The State of Anthem, And His Future Prospects Porn Game Developers Are Making Big Money Thanks To Crowd-Funding No Man’s Sky developer Sean Murray: ‘It was as bad as things can get’ We Spent an Hour Talking to Hello Games About Everything ‘No Man’s Sky’ A Researcher Is Digging Up Largely Forgotten Queer Video Games The Anatomy of a Stealth Encounter Rockfish: Live Steam broadcasting will change the game for indie marketing How Wrecking Ball went from junkyard magnet to mech-driving hamster – an Overwatch ‘Making Of’ Meet the deaf Destiny 2 players who raid using a custom-made comms app Metal Gear Solid: Military masculinity and homoerotica Metal Gear Solid Has Always Been About The Busywork of War The Evolution of Horror Nature’s Grasp | Assassin’s Creed: Origins How Wolfenstein II Lost Its Head Over Toxic Masculinity Does bad archaeology make for the best games? The road to video game hell Are pro athletes playing too much Fortnite? Some teams are worried. GOG: Preserving Gaming's Past & Future Sonic Mania Plus: The Story of Tyson Hesse Danganronpa Is Its Plot: A Series Ludonarrative Analysis Why Are Games So Hard To Balance? Atlus Artist Shigenori Soejima Talks About His Work And Designing Catherine Characters How Super Smash Bros. Music Sets a Tone for the Series Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Two histories of Myst
  15. Austin Walker and Patrick Klepek interview Sean Murray on the No Man's Sky launch, following harassment, crunch, cut features, how they've spent the last two years improving the game, and what comes next. Brian Crimmin's essay on the imagined importance of the blockbuster game, Gita Jackson reports on the 2018 Game Devs of Color Expo, Matt Bertz interviews longtime Bioware employee James Ohlen on his decision to leave the company and what comes next, Ruben Ferdinand on Metal Gear Solid's focus on masculinity that overlaps with the war fiction of the 80s and homoerotica, new video of upcoming Tomb Raider and Walking Dead Final Season, Caty McCarthy starts a series of articles on the evolution of game writing, MML's Commentaries' video Danganronpa Is Its Plot A Series Ludonarrative Analysis, and more. Angry Army Weekly (Jayson's Weekly News Video) Angry Army Weekly | Updates, Updates, and more Updates Check the Youtube page for sources 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 Spider-Man trailer introduces Insomniac’s take on Silver Sable Pathfinder: Kingmaker Release Teaser Black Ops 4 Zombies’ Blood of the Dead episode heads back to Alcatraz Darksiders 3 Cutscene: See Fury Get Her Flame Fury Form - IGN First End of a Saga: What Stoic learnt from the Mass Effect finale Shadow of the Tomb Raider video showcases the series' biggest ever hub Shadow of the Tomb Raider's puzzle and combat difficulty can be set separately The cramped horror of GTFO hopes to bond people Sunless Skies: Eleutheria Trailer The First 26 Minutes of Madden NFL 19's Longshot Homecoming Gameplay Watch the first 15 minutes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season NBA 2K19 Eight Exciting Changes Coming To NBA 2K19's Gameplay Guacamelee 2 dropkicks onto Steam in August A game about France’s Reign of Terror is, unsurprisingly, quite grim The Occupation, an investigative race against the clock, will launch in October New Resident Evil 2 Details, Collector's Edition Announced Soulcalibur’s lovable weirdo Voldo is back Opus Magnum studio Zachtronics unveils its new hacking game Exapunks A new game is in the works at Firaxis, and it’s not Civ or XCOM FIFA 19 gameplay is all about the animations FIFA 19 doesn't have VAR Boundless launches September 11 How Spyro's Creators Feel About the Reignited Trilogy's Updates - Comic Con 2018 Sable’s developers are trying to capture the spirit of discovery Free expansion for Reigns: Her Majesty hops out Retro Commodore 64 Mini will launch in U.S. in October Enter the Gungeon: Advanced Gungeons & Draguns is out now, so here's a trailer Roguelike Deckbuilder Slay the Spire Adds Depth with a Radically Different New Character Stardew Valley multiplayer leaves PC beta in August Total War: Rome 2's Rise Of The Republic expansion takes us back to 399 BC Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six team up for Wildlands Special Operation 2 Rainbow Six Siege’s anti-cheat ban wave hits today - it’s bigger than we thought Why Blizzard decided to give Sombra infinite invisibility in an upcoming Overwatch patch Overwatch's Torbjörn is next in line for a major overhaul Valve bans over 60,000 Steam accounts to smash its previous record Ex-Valve employee describes ruthless internal politics at 'self-organizing' companies Layoffs at OnRush dev Evo, Driveclub director Rushy let go Twitch streamer’s recording of Uber passengers without consent resurfaces privacy concerns 'We Just Need More Flavor': An Afternoon With Game Developers Of Color The Game Developers of Color Expo Was a Respite From the Hostile Gaming Scene GI Show – Our Top 5 Arcade Games, Barcades, Killer Queen Interview Guerrilla Games to nearly double its staff with planned office move Nintendo sues to shut down two big ROM sites GOG could bring classic console games to PC - “We would be able to make them work” The European Speedrunner Asssembly charity marathon runs all week Shining Force & Golden Sun artist Hiroshi Kajiyama passes away Esports News Monster Hunter: World stages USA championship next week Last Night's Upset Shows Cracks In The Overwatch League's Best Team Microsoft is sponsoring a year-long Age of Empires 2 competitive league Dragon Ball FighterZ is the most popular game at Evo 2018 Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish tournament rekindled debate over player vetting Super Smash Bros. anti-harassment group faces resistance Fortnite Summer Skirmish Winner Accused Of Cheating, Defended By Epic Fortnite $130,000 winner cleared by Epic after Reddit's cheating allegations debunked Huge upsets send underdog teams into the Overwatch League Grand Finals Overwatch League Players To Attend Discussions With Olympic Committee About Esports Opportunities Blizzard Accidentally Gives Fans Access To Treasure Trove Of Overwatch League Stats Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kingdoms of the Dump is a SNES-style RPG with platforming elements and turn-based combat Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The imagined importance of the blockbuster game Out of the Wild West: Inside the Evolution of Games Writing James Ohlen Talks About Leaving BioWare, The State of Anthem, And His Future Prospects Porn Game Developers Are Making Big Money Thanks To Crowd-Funding No Man’s Sky developer Sean Murray: ‘It was as bad as things can get’ We Spent an Hour Talking to Hello Games About Everything ‘No Man’s Sky’ A Researcher Is Digging Up Largely Forgotten Queer Video Games The Anatomy of a Stealth Encounter Rockfish: Live Steam broadcasting will change the game for indie marketing How Wrecking Ball went from junkyard magnet to mech-driving hamster – an Overwatch ‘Making Of’ Meet the deaf Destiny 2 players who raid using a custom-made comms app Metal Gear Solid: Military masculinity and homoerotica Metal Gear Solid Has Always Been About The Busywork of War The Evolution of Horror Nature’s Grasp | Assassin’s Creed: Origins How Wolfenstein II Lost Its Head Over Toxic Masculinity Does bad archaeology make for the best games? The road to video game hell Are pro athletes playing too much Fortnite? Some teams are worried. GOG: Preserving Gaming's Past & Future Sonic Mania Plus: The Story of Tyson Hesse Danganronpa Is Its Plot: A Series Ludonarrative Analysis Why Are Games So Hard To Balance? Atlus Artist Shigenori Soejima Talks About His Work And Designing Catherine Characters How Super Smash Bros. Music Sets a Tone for the Series Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Two histories of Myst