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  1. This Week In Gaming 11-13-18

    Obsidian and inXile join Microsoft, Final Fantasy 15 DLC cancelled and director leaves Square, Prima Games shuts down after three decades, AI and Games on how AI is designed in war games and discusses how their use and depictions can be framed in a way that can enrich cultural understanding of real world conflicts, Mark Brown on how Nintendo abandons its disabled fans, Rob Dwiar on the realism of post-apocalyptic landscapes, Jordyn Lukomski on Social Commentaries in Forgotten Anne, Aron Garst talks with developers from around the world about how they deal with crunch, Julie Muncy on Swery's The Missing being an argument for why painful and violent stories about queer existence matter, Psych of Play discusses a study about amnesiacs who can’t form new memories but still dreamed of Tetris Effect hours and days after playing it, 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) IndieWatch: Top 10 Anticipated Indies of Day of the Devs 2018 Pokémon: Let’s Go! unites the original trainer trio for the first time The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince launches February 12, 2019 in North America and Europe Kingdom Two Crowns launches December 11 Nintendo to remove racist Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game & Watch imagery Fallout 76 beta can’t be uninstalled unless bought Watch a gorgeous trailer for Cloudpunk, a game about a courier in the clouds The trailer for steampunk survival game Volcanoids shows off brassy mobile bases How Blizzard Hopes To Renew Interest In The RTS With Warcraft III: Reforged Diablo Immortal Is Just One of Several Mobile Games in Development at Blizzard Blizzard acknowledges the mobile reality Phoenix Point’s geoscape is as dark and full of terrors as its battles EVE Online Spinoff Shooter Will Be More 'Tactical,' Less 'Run-And-Gun' Battle Princess Madelyn, which was co-designed by a 7-year-old, will be out soon Desert Child launches December 11 Void Bastards Announcement Trailer Crackdown 3 dated for mid-February 2019 Just Cause 4 Cinematic Trailer - X018 Jump Force Trailer Shows Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Golden Frieza - X018 Falcom Has Several Console Games In The Works Including A New Ys To Release By September 2019 Final Fantasy 15 DLC Canceled, Director Hajime Tabata Leaves; Square Enix Posts $33 Million Loss Spider-Man PS4 New DLC Release Date Revealed Vermintide 2 returning to Ubersreik in next DLC First details for Rainbow Six Siege's next two operators revealed Dead Cells testing custom games and major feature overhauls in alpha branch Crusader Kings 2: Holy Fury can randomly generate a world of talking animals Sea of Thieves announces a new, fast paced PvP mode A Special Announcement from Obsidian Entertainment InXile joining the Microsoft family Xbox boss admits Microsoft has 'a ton of work' to do on the Windows Store Activision Blizzard Explains Why It’s Giving Away ‘Destiny 2’ Valve rewards man $20,000 for discovering unlimited free game codes bug YouTube backtracks ban on YouTuber who assaulted Red Dead suffragette Prima Games shuts down after three decades of strategy guides The man behind a spree of gaming network cyberattacks has pleaded guilty The Good Times Are Over for Japan’s Loot-Box-Style Gaming Bonanza Esports News Watch 16 Dota 2 teams battle it out in the Kuala Lumpur Major Flashy Player Intros And Wild Comebacks At Red Bull's Street Fighter V Invitational Blizzard accused of blackface on South Korean Overwatch stream Valve Condemns Dota 2 Pros Making Racist Remarks But Calls On Teams To Regulate Themselves Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Riot Lawsuit Warframe Fans Ask Developers To Avoid Crunch We Asked Eight Studios From Across The World How They Deal with Crunch Chatting immersive sims, Underworld Ascendant, and communicating options with Warren Spector and Otherside Entertainment In search of real criticism The Case Of The Disappearing Nancy Drew Video Games How a book binds the Return of the Obra Dinn How realistic are the post-apocalyptic landscapes of video games? Nintendo’s New Games Are Miserable for People With Disabilities How to design for coziness...and kindness Postmortem: You Are Jeff Bezos The Uplifting Agitprop of You Are Jeff Bezos THE THERAPY AND ANXIETY I RECOGNIZED IN CELESTE Social Commentaries in Forgotten Anne 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Is a Game of Big Mistakes and Little Victories This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart How a Chinese-only life sim climbed the Steam charts by channeling the stress of childhood Battlefield 1 players stop shooting each other to commemorate Armistice Day Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: The World Ends With You (Part 2 - Mechanics as Metaphor) Spyro Reignited: The Story of Rockstar Composer Stewart Copeland Disposable Heroes: Designing AI Characters for War Games | Design Dive Spider-Man's Animation: The Zip To Point - New Frame Plus Sega Genesis / Mega Drive 30th Anniversary History Guides From Japan - It's All In Books - GTV Critical Path Interviews Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Ranking all 200+ Mega Man robots from most to least useful | Unraveled, Ep. 3 Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Ten Great Adventure-Game Puzzles
  2. Obsidian and inXile join Microsoft, Final Fantasy 15 DLC cancelled and director leaves Square, Prima Games shuts down after three decades, AI and Games on how AI is designed in war games and discusses how their use and depictions can be framed in a way that can enrich cultural understanding of real world conflicts, Mark Brown on how Nintendo abandons its disabled fans, Rob Dwiar on the realism of post-apocalyptic landscapes, Jordyn Lukomski on Social Commentaries in Forgotten Anne, Aron Garst talks with developers from around the world about how they deal with crunch, Julie Muncy on Swery's The Missing being an argument for why painful and violent stories about queer existence matter, Psych of Play discusses a study about amnesiacs who can’t form new memories but how they dreamed of Tetris Effect hours and days after playing it, 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) IndieWatch: Top 10 Anticipated Indies of Day of the Devs 2018 Pokémon: Let’s Go! unites the original trainer trio for the first time The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince launches February 12, 2019 in North America and Europe Kingdom Two Crowns launches December 11 Nintendo to remove racist Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Game & Watch imagery Fallout 76 beta can’t be uninstalled unless bought Watch a gorgeous trailer for Cloudpunk, a game about a courier in the clouds The trailer for steampunk survival game Volcanoids shows off brassy mobile bases How Blizzard Hopes To Renew Interest In The RTS With Warcraft III: Reforged Diablo Immortal Is Just One of Several Mobile Games in Development at Blizzard Blizzard acknowledges the mobile reality Phoenix Point’s geoscape is as dark and full of terrors as its battles EVE Online Spinoff Shooter Will Be More 'Tactical,' Less 'Run-And-Gun' Battle Princess Madelyn, which was co-designed by a 7-year-old, will be out soon Desert Child launches December 11 Void Bastards Announcement Trailer Crackdown 3 dated for mid-February 2019 Just Cause 4 Cinematic Trailer - X018 Jump Force Trailer Shows Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Golden Frieza - X018 Falcom Has Several Console Games In The Works Including A New Ys To Release By September 2019 Final Fantasy 15 DLC Canceled, Director Hajime Tabata Leaves; Square Enix Posts $33 Million Loss Spider-Man PS4 New DLC Release Date Revealed Vermintide 2 returning to Ubersreik in next DLC First details for Rainbow Six Siege's next two operators revealed Dead Cells testing custom games and major feature overhauls in alpha branch Crusader Kings 2: Holy Fury can randomly generate a world of talking animals Sea of Thieves announces a new, fast paced PvP mode A Special Announcement from Obsidian Entertainment InXile joining the Microsoft family Xbox boss admits Microsoft has 'a ton of work' to do on the Windows Store Activision Blizzard Explains Why It’s Giving Away ‘Destiny 2’ YouTube backtracks ban on YouTuber who assaulted Red Dead suffragette Prima Games shuts down after three decades of strategy guides The man behind a spree of gaming network cyberattacks has pleaded guilty The Good Times Are Over for Japan’s Loot-Box-Style Gaming Bonanza Esports News Watch 16 Dota 2 teams battle it out in the Kuala Lumpur Major Flashy Player Intros And Wild Comebacks At Red Bull's Street Fighter V Invitational Blizzard accused of blackface on South Korean Overwatch stream Valve Condemns Dota 2 Pros Making Racist Remarks But Calls On Teams To Regulate Themselves Valve rewards man $20,000 for discovering unlimited free game codes bug Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Riot Lawsuit Warframe Fans Ask Developers To Avoid Crunch We Asked Eight Studios From Across The World How They Deal with Crunch Chatting immersive sims, Underworld Ascendant, and communicating options with Warren Spector and Otherside Entertainment In search of real criticism The Case Of The Disappearing Nancy Drew Video Games How a book binds the Return of the Obra Dinn How realistic are the post-apocalyptic landscapes of video games? Nintendo’s New Games Are Miserable for People With Disabilities How to design for coziness...and kindness Postmortem: You Are Jeff Bezos The Uplifting Agitprop of You Are Jeff Bezos THE THERAPY AND ANXIETY I RECOGNIZED IN CELESTE Social Commentaries in Forgotten Anne 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Is a Game of Big Mistakes and Little Victories This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart How a Chinese-only life sim climbed the Steam charts by channeling the stress of childhood Battlefield 1 players stop shooting each other to commemorate Armistice Day Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: The World Ends With You (Part 2 - Mechanics as Metaphor) Spyro Reignited: The Story of Rockstar Composer Stewart Copeland Disposable Heroes: Designing AI Characters for War Games | Design Dive Spider-Man's Animation: The Zip To Point - New Frame Plus Sega Genesis / Mega Drive 30th Anniversary History Guides From Japan - It's All In Books - GTV Critical Path Interviews Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Ranking all 200+ Mega Man robots from most to least useful | Unraveled, Ep. 3 Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Ten Great Adventure-Game Puzzles
  3. If you ignore the The Lost Vikings, Diablo, Warcraft 2, and Starcraft.
  4. Completed: Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) Platform: PC Looks and sounds great and a lot of the weapons just feel satisfying to use. The campaign is forgettable mechanically and pretty bad narrative wise with the exception of Luke (who probably had the worst mission mechanically), the added on three mission campaign is hilariously bad. Unlock system for abilities and bonuses unbalance the game and is a terrible feature. Some of the weapons just don't feel very useful comparatively, vehicles and ships aren't fun to use, melee is poorly done (soldier and hero wise), and with the way that you unlock stronger soldiers, vehicles, and heroes to use combined with how some of the maps are set up you can get into some pretty unbalanced situations where you will probably be getting killed almost as soon as you spawn. Can't play as Wedge.
  5. Completed: Inside Platform: PC Puzzle platformer. Strong atmosphere and environment design, puzzles typically are well handled and make sense thought some require you to die to have some knowledge of what will happen.
  6. This Week In Gaming 11-6-18

    Lana Polansky reports about working conditions using past events, developer stories, company statements, and other reports to discuss the usual tactics companies have to exploit employees, how companies make use of angry gamers against developers, and how the now frequent exposure to this has helped to unite more workers. Writing on Games on the story told through the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption, SAG-AFTRA agreement opens doors for indie games, Undertale creator releases part of a new game and shares thoughts on what it is like making a game after Undertale, current and former employees sue Riot for discrimination, Blizzard teams with publishing partner and second largest gaming company in China for mobile Diablo title leading to both expected disappointment and this weeks gamer tantrum, Miguel Penabella on lessons learned from games like Carmen Sandiego, Richard Moss on how bad crediting hurts the industry and history, 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) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 11.1.2018 Inside Control, Remedy's mind-bending shooter where anything seems possible Deltarune Chapter 1 is the free and surprising start of a new Undertale saga New Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer brings Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn Rider into action Battlefield V - Official Launch Maps Battlefield 5 launches with patch notes totaling over 22,000 words Let's Play Mutant: Year Zero - Road to Eden Phoenix Point features gruesome new mutant beasts in its latest trailer The new trailer for horror game Man of Medan reveals its spooky curator Diablo: Immortal feels like a Diablo game, just not one that’s for me Diablo Immortal is surprisingly good, what little consolation that may be Blizzard faces hellish backlash after BlizzCon Diablo mobile reveal Everyone Needs To Chill Out About 'Diablo Immortal' Blizzard bursts into mobile and other news from Blizzcon Blizzard Says It Wasn't Expecting Fans To Be This Angry About Diablo Immortal Blizzard Responds to Diablo Immortal "Reskin" Controversy - BlizzCon 2018 Sources: Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon The Long Journey To The Fantastic Tetris Effect Cyberpunk 2077's sidequests 'could affect the main story' New Gameplay Today – Overkill's The Walking Dead Warcraft 3 Is Getting Remastered Warcraft 3: Reforged is more than just a remaster of Blizzard’s classic RTS Sunset Overdrive listing appears in SteamDB This War of Mine: The Last Broadcast DLC tackles truth and consequences in November Ubisoft is removing blood, gambling, and sex references from Rainbow 6 Siege and fans aren't happy Here are Ashe’s abilities in Overwatch – her ult adds a seventh hero to your team Overwatch McCree Animated Short: Reunion - BlizzCon 2018 Overwatch’s designers worked backwards from the animated short to create Ashe and BOB Overwatch has six new heroes in development, and one might be Echo Warframe | Fortuna Official Update Trailer - Coming This Week SAG-AFTRA's new agreement opens doors for small-budget and indie games Junichi Masuda likely stepping away from director role on future Pokemon games Current And Former Employees Sue Riot Games For Gender Discrimination Hate Speech on Live ‘Super Chats’ Tests YouTube Final Fantasy XV lead designer Wan Hazmer details new studio Metronomik Why Reporting a Red Dead Redemption 2 Leak Cost a British Website $1.3 Million Esports News This year’s League of Legends championship lives up to the title of “best Worlds ever” Invictus Gaming wins 2018 League of Legends World Championship Serral becomes first non-Korean to win StarCraft 2's biggest prize Eight Nations Face-Off In This Weekend’s Overwatch World Cup Blizzard’s Overwatch League is making big changes with player wellness in mind Valve is running an Artifact 'preview tournament' to show off its built-in tournament system “You are truly sportsmen”: Danish prime minister kicks off CS:GO tournament Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Worse than Scabs: Gamer Rage as Anti-Union Violence How bad crediting hurts the game industry and muddles history Devolver Digital co-founder talks about how crunch affects indie studios Martin Amis on Space Invaders: how games criticism was born The challenges of making indie games according to Tequila Works, the minds behind Rime One Twitch Streamer Is Fighting Racism With A Chicken Emote OPENED WORLD: FINDING HER Assassin's Creed Odyssey presents a ‘softer’ version of slavery Glory Visits The House Without Walls THE MANY PROBLEMS OF THE QUIET MAN 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Is Defined By Its Rough Edges Red Dead Redemption: Story Through Gameplay Blizzards Best Mechanic // HeavyEyed Good Game Design - Spider-Man: Attention To Detail The Story Behind Heretic's Cheat Codes − Codex Filming our Half-Life Documentary Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The Story Of Super Mario Bros. 3: 30th Anniversary Retrospective - Gaijillionaire’s Club - GTV
  7. Lana Polansky reports about working conditions using past events, developer stories, company statements, and other reports to discuss the usual tactics companies have to exploit employees, how companies make use of angry gamers against developers, and how the now frequent exposure to this has helped to unite more workers. Writing on Games on the story told through the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption, SAG-AFTRA agreement opens doors for indie games, Undertale creator releases part of a new game and shares thoughts on what it is like making a game after Undertale, current and former employees sue Riot for discrimination, Blizzard teams with publishing partner and second largest gaming company in China for mobile Diablo title leading to both expected disappointment and this weeks gamer tantrum, Miguel Penabella on lessons learned from games like Carmen Sandiego, Richard Moss on how bad crediting hurts the industry and history, 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) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 11.1.2018 Inside Control, Remedy's mind-bending shooter where anything seems possible Deltarune Chapter 1 is the free and surprising start of a new Undertale saga New Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer brings Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn Rider into action Battlefield V - Official Launch Maps Battlefield 5 launches with patch notes totaling over 22,000 words Let's Play Mutant: Year Zero - Road to Eden Phoenix Point features gruesome new mutant beasts in its latest trailer The new trailer for horror game Man of Medan reveals its spooky curator Diablo: Immortal feels like a Diablo game, just not one that’s for me Diablo Immortal is surprisingly good, what little consolation that may be Blizzard faces hellish backlash after BlizzCon Diablo mobile reveal Everyone Needs To Chill Out About 'Diablo Immortal' Blizzard bursts into mobile and other news from Blizzcon Blizzard Says It Wasn't Expecting Fans To Be This Angry About Diablo Immortal Blizzard Responds to Diablo Immortal "Reskin" Controversy - BlizzCon 2018 Sources: Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon The Long Journey To The Fantastic Tetris Effect Cyberpunk 2077's sidequests 'could affect the main story' New Gameplay Today – Overkill's The Walking Dead Warcraft 3 Is Getting Remastered Warcraft 3: Reforged is more than just a remaster of Blizzard’s classic RTS Sunset Overdrive listing appears in SteamDB This War of Mine: The Last Broadcast DLC tackles truth and consequences in November Ubisoft is removing blood, gambling, and sex references from Rainbow 6 Siege and fans aren't happy Here are Ashe’s abilities in Overwatch – her ult adds a seventh hero to your team Overwatch McCree Animated Short: Reunion - BlizzCon 2018 Overwatch’s designers worked backwards from the animated short to create Ashe and BOB Overwatch has six new heroes in development, and one might be Echo Warframe | Fortuna Official Update Trailer - Coming This Week SAG-AFTRA's new agreement opens doors for small-budget and indie games Junichi Masuda likely stepping away from director role on future Pokemon games Current And Former Employees Sue Riot Games For Gender Discrimination Hate Speech on Live ‘Super Chats’ Tests YouTube Final Fantasy XV lead designer Wan Hazmer details new studio Metronomik Why Reporting a Red Dead Redemption 2 Leak Cost a British Website $1.3 Million Esports News This year’s League of Legends championship lives up to the title of “best Worlds ever” Invictus Gaming wins 2018 League of Legends World Championship Serral becomes first non-Korean to win StarCraft 2's biggest prize Eight Nations Face-Off In This Weekend’s Overwatch World Cup Blizzard’s Overwatch League is making big changes with player wellness in mind Valve is running an Artifact 'preview tournament' to show off its built-in tournament system “You are truly sportsmen”: Danish prime minister kicks off CS:GO tournament Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Sluggish Morss: Pattern Circus Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Worse than Scabs: Gamer Rage as Anti-Union Violence How bad crediting hurts the game industry and muddles history Devolver Digital co-founder talks about how crunch affects indie studios Martin Amis on Space Invaders: how games criticism was born The challenges of making indie games according to Tequila Works, the minds behind Rime One Twitch Streamer Is Fighting Racism With A Chicken Emote OPENED WORLD: FINDING HER Assassin's Creed Odyssey presents a ‘softer’ version of slavery Glory Visits The House Without Walls THE MANY PROBLEMS OF THE QUIET MAN 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Is Defined By Its Rough Edges Red Dead Redemption: Story Through Gameplay Blizzards Best Mechanic // HeavyEyed Good Game Design - Spider-Man: Attention To Detail The Story Behind Heretic's Cheat Codes − Codex Filming our Half-Life Documentary Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The Story Of Super Mario Bros. 3: 30th Anniversary Retrospective - Gaijillionaire’s Club - GTV
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  9. I'd sell it. I have an Xbox One as well after my friend bought me one when I told him not to. If you own a PS4 or a gaming PC and you don't have friends you want to play with that stick with the One then I see no reason to keep it.
  10. Completed: Little Nightmares Platform: PC
  11. Completed: Ninja Pizza Girl Platform: PC Timed runner game where you have control over your directional movement and have to jump, slide, walkjump, and jump kick to get passed obstacles and enemies. Decent gameplay with levels that change things up a bit. Cute story. Art style and camera can make it little difficult to see when you need to push a button to brace for your landing when you are falling.
  12. This Week In Gaming 10-30-18

    Kirk Hamilton's review of Red Dead Redemption 2 focusing on the themes, gameplay, and feel of the final product and how it can be read as a critique of Rockstar's own culture and the human cost of making games. Liz Ryerson on what the "indiepocalypse" panic ignores, Aron Garst tells the story of Square Enix's failed Latin American division, Codex Entry's analysis of the character Futaba in part four of his series on Persona 5, Bethesda's warning of spectacular bugs and issues in Fallout 76 was true, 2B coming to Soulcalibur 6, Tom Phillips speaks to developers about working on Red Dead Redemption 2, IO Interactive on their breakup with Square Enix, Game Score Fanfare on the best minute of Uncharted 4, Level 5 revives formerly cancelled horror project, Alan Wake is back on Steam, 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) Fallout 76’s live-action trailer looks like it was made for Fortnite fans What Works (And What Doesn't) In Fallout 76 Fallout 76 shows how hell really is other people Fallout 76 desperately needs private servers Fallout 76 Bug Accidentally Deletes Entire 50GB Beta Battlefield V’s Battle Royale Mode Won't Launch Until 2019 Battlefield 5 progression detailed – “real-world money should not enable pay-to-win” Level 5's cancelled PSP horror Ushiro is confirmed for Nintendo Switch Lead the resistance against the Nazis in Through the Darkest of Times Hitman 2 ‘Hitman Perfected’ trailer One Finger Death Punch 2 due in April, will contain secret cancelled project New games: Project Hospital takes healthcare management vertical Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is coming next year God Eater 3 PC release date set for February Twin Mirror Gameplay Trailer - Paris Games Week Total War: Warhammer 2 is getting vampire bloodlines - what are they? Nier: Automata’s 2B coming to Soulcalibur 6 Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings night mode to every map just in time for Halloween The Evil Within 2 adds new difficulty mode and enables cheats Alan Wake is back on Steam, and it’s $3 Ex-IGDA head Kate Edwards now convinced game devs need unions Battlefield 5 developer gets banned in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for – presumably – being too good Can a video game prevent domestic violence? Cracking DRM on games is now legal – in these specific cases China closes last remaining official game licensing process Esports News Esports Integrity Coalition issues five-year ban to CS:GO cheater Overwatch Contenders League will downsize in 2019 Michael Jordan is getting into esports – as an investor Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Hazelnut Bastille, a 16bit Indie Adventure Monster Sanctuary - Monster Taming Metroidvania Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen Boyfriend Dungeon’s $272k Kickstarter Postmortem Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Red Dead Redemption 2: The inside story of the most lifelike video game ever Game Developers Give Advice On How To Make Their Industry a Better Place The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2 “I've seen sleep disorders, chronic stress fatigue, dissolved relationships, broken marriages..." Assassin's Creed Odyssey built without 'massive crunch' There Are Not “Too Many Games”: What The Indiepocalypse Panic Ignores The Story Behind Square Enix's Failed Latin America Video Game Division Reclaiming video games’ queer past before it disappears Yakuza 6 Translation Hitman 2 Developer Talks About Its Painful Breakup With Square Enix Marvel's Spider-Man has thought a lot about accessibility Early Access Means Nothing Anymore How a struggling artist escaped poverty by designing a Warframe scarf "It Was Easier To Do It Than To Not" — Making The Most of The Stanley Parable's Legacy The difference between CRPG and tabletop games comes down to pie, according to one Fallout writer Video Games Can Make You a Better Writer Red Dead Redemption 2: The Kotaku Review Red Dead Redemption 2's Puppet-Like NPCs Clash With Its Meticulous World The painted world of Red Dead Redemption 2 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 IS THE MOST CONVINCING OPEN-WORLD GAME EVER MADE Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur Morgan Is the Wokest Outlaw Why is Red Dead Redemption 2 Still Using Rockstar's Ancient Control Scheme? Sephiroth and Me: Playing Final Fantasy VII As A Jewish Person The Weight of the World: NieR: Automata and Alienation Kill Your Past, Remake the World: Dehumanization in The 25th Ward How Mega Man 11's Levels Do More With Less | Game Maker's Toolkit Persona 5 Analysis [Part 4]: Futaba Breaks Persona 5 // Codex Entry Why Resident Evil 2 Could Become the Perfect REmake For Better or Worse: Uncharted 4's Best Minute | Game Score Fanfare Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations | REVIEW/CRITIQUE Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines | The Epitome of the RPG We Know the Devil (Spoilers) Japanese-Only Horror Gems Localized by Fans | Punching Weight [SSFF] The Spiritual Successor to BLACK Nintendo Meets Diabetes Care: The History of the Glucoboy and Didget Blood Glucose Monitors The Untold Story Of Guillermo Del Toro's Canceled Game Insane
  13. Kirk Hamilton's review of Red Dead Redemption 2 focusing on the themes, gameplay, and feel of the final product and how it can be read as a critique of Rockstar's own culture and the human cost of making games. Liz Ryerson on what the "indiepocalypse" panic ignores, Aron Garst tells the story of Square Enix's failed Latin American division, Codex Entry's analysis of the character Futaba in part four of his series on Persona 5, Bethesda's warning of spectacular bugs and issues in Fallout 76 was true, 2B coming to Soulcalibur 6, Tom Phillips speaks to developers about working on Red Dead Redemption 2, Game Score Fanfare on the best minute of Uncharted 4, Level 5 revives formerly cancelled horror project, Alan Wake is back on Steam, 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) Fallout 76’s live-action trailer looks like it was made for Fortnite fans What Works (And What Doesn't) In Fallout 76 Fallout 76 shows how hell really is other people Fallout 76 desperately needs private servers Fallout 76 Bug Accidentally Deletes Entire 50GB Beta Battlefield V’s Battle Royale Mode Won't Launch Until 2019 Battlefield 5 progression detailed – “real-world money should not enable pay-to-win” Level 5's cancelled PSP horror Ushiro is confirmed for Nintendo Switch Lead the resistance against the Nazis in Through the Darkest of Times Hitman 2 ‘Hitman Perfected’ trailer One Finger Death Punch 2 due in April, will contain secret cancelled project New games: Project Hospital takes healthcare management vertical Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is coming next year God Eater 3 PC release date set for February Twin Mirror Gameplay Trailer - Paris Games Week Total War: Warhammer 2 is getting vampire bloodlines - what are they? Nier: Automata’s 2B coming to Soulcalibur 6 Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings night mode to every map just in time for Halloween The Evil Within 2 adds new difficulty mode and enables cheats Alan Wake is back on Steam, and it’s $3 Ex-IGDA head Kate Edwards now convinced game devs need unions Battlefield 5 developer gets banned in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for – presumably – being too good Can a video game prevent domestic violence? Cracking DRM on games is now legal – in these specific cases China closes last remaining official game licensing process Esports News Esports Integrity Coalition issues five-year ban to CS:GO cheater Overwatch Contenders League will downsize in 2019 Michael Jordan is getting into esports – as an investor Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Hazelnut Bastille, a 16bit Indie Adventure Monster Sanctuary - Monster Taming Metroidvania Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen Boyfriend Dungeon’s $272k Kickstarter Postmortem Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Red Dead Redemption 2: The inside story of the most lifelike video game ever Game Developers Give Advice On How To Make Their Industry a Better Place The human cost of Red Dead Redemption 2 “I've seen sleep disorders, chronic stress fatigue, dissolved relationships, broken marriages..." Assassin's Creed Odyssey built without 'massive crunch' There Are Not “Too Many Games”: What The Indiepocalypse Panic Ignores The Story Behind Square Enix's Failed Latin America Video Game Division Reclaiming video games’ queer past before it disappears Yakuza 6 Translation Hitman 2 Developer Talks About Its Painful Breakup With Square Enix Marvel's Spider-Man has thought a lot about accessibility Early Access Means Nothing Anymore How a struggling artist escaped poverty by designing a Warframe scarf "It Was Easier To Do It Than To Not" — Making The Most of The Stanley Parable's Legacy The difference between CRPG and tabletop games comes down to pie, according to one Fallout writer Video Games Can Make You a Better Writer Red Dead Redemption 2: The Kotaku Review Red Dead Redemption 2's Puppet-Like NPCs Clash With Its Meticulous World The painted world of Red Dead Redemption 2 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 IS THE MOST CONVINCING OPEN-WORLD GAME EVER MADE Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur Morgan Is the Wokest Outlaw Why is Red Dead Redemption 2 Still Using Rockstar's Ancient Control Scheme? Sephiroth and Me: Playing Final Fantasy VII As A Jewish Person The Weight of the World: NieR: Automata and Alienation Kill Your Past, Remake the World: Dehumanization in The 25th Ward How Mega Man 11's Levels Do More With Less | Game Maker's Toolkit Persona 5 Analysis [Part 4]: Futaba Breaks Persona 5 // Codex Entry Why Resident Evil 2 Could Become the Perfect REmake For Better or Worse: Uncharted 4's Best Minute | Game Score Fanfare Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations | REVIEW/CRITIQUE Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines | The Epitome of the RPG We Know the Devil (Spoilers) Japanese-Only Horror Gems Localized by Fans | Punching Weight [SSFF] The Spiritual Successor to BLACK Nintendo Meets Diabetes Care: The History of the Glucoboy and Didget Blood Glucose Monitors The Untold Story Of Guillermo Del Toro's Canceled Game Insane
  14. Completed: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Platform: PC Shows off a large new area of the setting's world, important people, and factions with a story focused around working with or against the native people of the Deadfire, foreign merchants and imperialist powers, pirates, and another foreign power looking to exploit and conquer their native homeland, all while tracking down a revived renegade God for other members of the pantheon. The ability to dual class and each class having sub options give you a lot of character options and chances to make interesting character types. A variety of difficulty and level scaling options let you play how you want. Post release updates to the game have been adding free content and making improvements, making some nice UI changes that weren't their at release. An easy game to recommend for CRPG fans that want to have a variety of combat options, a well written cast of main characters, and a setting full of interesting people and lore, though it's not that interesting as a ship captain/pirate game as some early previews focused on. There might be some dialogue trigger issues, it might also have been something that effected my game before the earlier patches released. Completed: The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Platform: PC
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