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  1. This Week In Gaming 4-7-20

    HeavyEyed speaks to other creators about media history and the way that video games are reviewed, analyzed, and talked about. Jason Schreier reports that Gearbox employees are being denied bonuses after success of Borderlands 3, Florence Smith Nicholls on the importance of the National Videogame Museum curating diverse histories of games and how the COVID-19 pandemic has endangered their funding, RagnarRox looks at how From Software's Echo Night defined the developer's storytelling style, Heather Alexandra's Metal Gear retrospective continues with over 12,000 words on the anti Metal Gear game MGS2, PS5 controller revealed, Trevor Hultner deconstructs the idea of the Indiepocalypse as existing so the AAA industry can remain unchallenged, Japan's game rating board suspends operations, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) E3 2021 dates revealed, but the 2020 'online experience' isn't going to happen See the first images of DualSense, which will bring the sense of touch to PS5 gameplay Bafta games awards 2020: Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium dominate GDC 2020 games: the cool-looking projects we would have seen Top 10 Indie Game Trailers You Should Watch this April 2020 - Part 1 IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss" Indie Games of April 2020 The Last of Us II Delayed Indefinitely Major Game Delays Due to COVID-19 Have Only Just Begun Mortal Shell is visually stunning Soulslike coming out later this year Streets of Rage 4 Interview: Throwing Hands With Guard Crush, Lizardcube, and Dotemu Final Fantasy VII Remake - Final Trailer | PS4 Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Developers Tried to Avoid Playing Favorites With Tifa and Aerith Saints Row 3 Remastered Coming To PS4, Xbox One, And PC The studio behind 80 Days is making a 'strategic narrative' retelling of King Arthur's final battle Mafia 2 and Mafia 3 Definitive Editions have been listed by ratings board 10 Ways Gears Tactics Appeals To Gears Of War AND XCOM Fans Dead Age 2 - Announcement Trailer The public story “didn’t match how we saw it” – Valve explains why Campo Santo worked on Half-Life: Alyx SIGNALIS - Announcement Trailer The Legend Of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Announced For North America New Witchbrook screens showcase a dramatic new look Rogue Legacy 2 announced Fantasy turn-based tactics game Fort Triumph is leaving Early Access Darkest Dungeon is getting PvP DLC in May Death Stranding - Official Photo Mode Trailer Sources: Despite Huge Sales, Borderlands 3 Developers Are Getting Stiffed On Bonuses EXCLUSIVE: Cooking Mama Cookstar Switch eShop Controversy Explained Instead Of Closing, Video Game Retailer Provides Employees With Bullshit Coronavirus 'Safety' Tips During Coronavirus, GameStop Chose Profits Over People. So I Quit. Project Tempo is Amazon’s game streaming platform, early version coming this year – report Japan’s CERO Ratings ‘Suspended’ Until May Due to the Pandemic This modder animated tons of furniture, food, and drinks in Stardew Valley Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Why Games Have Always Obsessed Over Pandemic Authoritarianism The Joystick Is Mightier Than the Sword Thomas Malthus’s Video Game Industry Simulator 2020: Introduction The modders creating accessibility modes for notoriously difficult games These Super Mario Maker Level Designers Have Elevated Trolling Into an Artform Tangle Tower Developers on Their Journey From Flash Games to Working With Nintendo Metal Gear Solid 2 Retrospective: Be Careful What You Wish For How Persona 5 Changed My Heart STORIES How Persona 5 Changed My Heart I Reunited with My Best Friend in Animal Crossing: New Horizons After 15 Years Animal Crossing and Queer Agency The World Spins The New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Is More than Just a Nostalgia Trip Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a flawed, but fascinating, reimagining of a classic Revisiting the ecological warnings of Final Fantasy 7 in 2020 'Final Fantasy VII' Director on 'Twin Peaks,' Princess Di, and High-Res Star Destroyers How We Talk About Games // HeavyEyed How Difficult Games Can Help With Difficult Times The Witcher Critique - The Beginning of a Monster How ECHO NIGHT Defined FROM SOFTWARE’s Iconic Storytelling Style Wolfenstein 3-D: Children of DOOM Episode 2 Final Fantasy Is A Weird Series. // Codex Entry How Dreams (PS4) Can Inspire Empathy On Writing: Mental Illness in Video Games | a video essay Game Animation Fundamentals Elegance How Does Doom: Eternal Compare to Previous Dooms? (Feat. Doom 64) The Making of Pyre - Documentary The Rise and Fall of Thief
  2. HeavyEyed speaks to other creators about media history and the way that video games are reviewed, analyzed, and talked about. Jason Schreier reports that Gearbox employees are being denied bonuses after success of Borderlands 3, Florence Smith Nicholls on the importance of the National Videogame Museum curating diverse histories of games and how the COVID-19 pandemic has endangered their funding, RagnarRox looks at how From Software's Echo Night defined the developer's storytelling style, Heather Alexandra's Metal Gear retrospective continues with over 12,000 words on the anti Metal Gear game MGS2, Trevor Hultner deconstructs the idea of the Indiepocalypse as existing so the AAA industry can remain unchallenged, Japan's game rating board suspends operations, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) E3 2021 dates revealed, but the 2020 'online experience' isn't going to happen See the first images of DualSense, which will bring the sense of touch to PS5 gameplay Bafta games awards 2020: Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium dominate GDC 2020 games: the cool-looking projects we would have seen Top 10 Indie Game Trailers You Should Watch this April 2020 - Part 1 IndieWatch: Top 10 "Don't Miss" Indie Games of April 2020 The Last of Us II Delayed Indefinitely Major Game Delays Due to COVID-19 Have Only Just Begun Mortal Shell is visually stunning Soulslike coming out later this year Streets of Rage 4 Interview: Throwing Hands With Guard Crush, Lizardcube, and Dotemu Final Fantasy VII Remake - Final Trailer | PS4 Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Developers Tried to Avoid Playing Favorites With Tifa and Aerith Saints Row 3 Remastered Coming To PS4, Xbox One, And PC The studio behind 80 Days is making a 'strategic narrative' retelling of King Arthur's final battle Mafia 2 and Mafia 3 Definitive Editions have been listed by ratings board 10 Ways Gears Tactics Appeals To Gears Of War AND XCOM Fans Dead Age 2 - Announcement Trailer The public story “didn’t match how we saw it” – Valve explains why Campo Santo worked on Half-Life: Alyx SIGNALIS - Announcement Trailer The Legend Of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Announced For North America New Witchbrook screens showcase a dramatic new look Rogue Legacy 2 announced Fantasy turn-based tactics game Fort Triumph is leaving Early Access Darkest Dungeon is getting PvP DLC in May Death Stranding - Official Photo Mode Trailer Sources: Despite Huge Sales, Borderlands 3 Developers Are Getting Stiffed On Bonuses EXCLUSIVE: Cooking Mama Cookstar Switch eShop Controversy Explained Instead Of Closing, Video Game Retailer Provides Employees With Bullshit Coronavirus 'Safety' Tips During Coronavirus, GameStop Chose Profits Over People. So I Quit. Project Tempo is Amazon’s game streaming platform, early version coming this year – report Japan’s CERO Ratings ‘Suspended’ Until May Due to the Pandemic This modder animated tons of furniture, food, and drinks in Stardew Valley Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Why Games Have Always Obsessed Over Pandemic Authoritarianism The Joystick Is Mightier Than the Sword Thomas Malthus’s Video Game Industry Simulator 2020: Introduction The modders creating accessibility modes for notoriously difficult games These Super Mario Maker Level Designers Have Elevated Trolling Into an Artform Tangle Tower Developers on Their Journey From Flash Games to Working With Nintendo Metal Gear Solid 2 Retrospective: Be Careful What You Wish For How Persona 5 Changed My Heart STORIES How Persona 5 Changed My Heart I Reunited with My Best Friend in Animal Crossing: New Horizons After 15 Years Animal Crossing and Queer Agency The World Spins The New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Is More than Just a Nostalgia Trip Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a flawed, but fascinating, reimagining of a classic Revisiting the ecological warnings of Final Fantasy 7 in 2020 'Final Fantasy VII' Director on 'Twin Peaks,' Princess Di, and High-Res Star Destroyers How We Talk About Games // HeavyEyed How Difficult Games Can Help With Difficult Times The Witcher Critique - The Beginning of a Monster How ECHO NIGHT Defined FROM SOFTWARE’s Iconic Storytelling Style Wolfenstein 3-D: Children of DOOM Episode 2 Final Fantasy Is A Weird Series. // Codex Entry How Dreams (PS4) Can Inspire Empathy On Writing: Mental Illness in Video Games | a video essay Game Animation Fundamentals Elegance How Does Doom: Eternal Compare to Previous Dooms? (Feat. Doom 64) The Making of Pyre - Documentary The Rise and Fall of Thief
  3. Welcome to the AJSA They were playing it two days ago I think. Don't know if they finished it.
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  5. This Week In Gaming 3-31-20

    Epic Games Publishing partners with Remedy, DESIGN, and Playdead. Alexis Ong profiles South Korean developer Somi who works in law enforcement and makes games that shine light on abuses of power, Ewan Wilson on why Half Life's City 17 was important to gaming's post-Soviet obsession, Steven T. Wright interviews gif makers creating art out of pulse-pounding gameplay, Official Xbox Magazine shuts down and GameStop to close 300 more stores, GDC Relief and COVID19 charity bundles, NieR is being remade, Florence Smith Nicholls asks who writes game history, Nintendo Direct reveals new games and new remakes, Gabe Newell tried gold farming, Patrick Klepek covers how Hard Drive became The Onion of video games, Jess Morrissette on the link between toxic gaming culture and brand loyalty with the way they used to be marketed, Gears Tactics gameplay, 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) GDC Relief Fund Bundle lets you name your price for 167 games Conquer COVID19 Bundle Inside Xbox Series X - How Microsoft Redefined The Console Form Factor Nintendo Direct Mini 3.26.20 Burnout Paradise and BioShock trilogy headed to Nintendo Switch Nintendo Direct Mini reveals Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition date, more The Bravely Default 2 Demo Wants to Drink Your Blood and Eat Your Bones NieR: Replicant vers.1.22474487139... is bringing the cult 2010 RPG to PC Wastelands 3 Preview: Surviving the Frozen Apocalypse Wasteland 3 delayed to August 28 Resident Evil 3 - Official Jill Valentine Story Trailer Resident Evil 3 Demo - First Person Mod Gameplay Gears Tactics is a shockingly good strategy game Gears Tactics Eschews XCOM Comparisons By Embracing the Brutality of Gears Why Gears Tactics Might Have What It Takes To Compete With XCOM Sakura Wars combat trailer, screenshots 8 Minutes of Predator: Hunting Grounds Fireteam Gameplay 9 Minutes of Predator: Hunting Grounds Predator Gameplay Nintendo has big plans for Super Mario Bros.’ 35th anniversary Shantae and the Seven Sirens for consoles and PC launches May 28; ‘Part 2’ update now available for Apple Arcade PAX East 2020: Indie Games to Look Out For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered coming tomorrow Why a 26-Year-Old Strategy Classic Just Received Its First DLC Sega to Charge for Yakuza: Like a Dragon New Game+ Mode Epic Games Publishing Announces Partnerships with gen DESIGN, Playdead, and Remedy Entertainment Gearbox Software co-founder Landon Montgomery has died Final Fantasy 14 suspends in-game house demolition of players who can’t pay subscription during coronavirus lockdown Google Stadia is helping Bungie keep Destiny 2's lights on during Covid-19 Long-running Official Xbox Magazine shuts down GameStop is closing another 300+ stores this year Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord player count is already bloody ridiculous QuakeCon 25 called off over COVID-19 concerns Summer Games Done Quick is postponing to August because of the coronavirus Fox will broadcast NASCAR’s substitute sim racing ‘season’ on television I Interviewed The Guy Trying To Fix Dark Souls 2 Rip and tear in third-person with this Doom Eternal mod Esports Notice of Cancellation of ARC WORLD TOUR 2020 Combo Breaker Cancels Fighting Game Tournament For 2020 Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Gamedec - Isometric, cyberpunk RPG set in XXII century Chinatown Detective Agency: Globetrotting Mystery Adventure Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) WHY HALF-LIFE’S CITY 17 WAS PIVOTAL TO GAMING’S POST-SOVIET OBSESSION How Games Marketing Invented Toxic Gamer Culture Who gets to write video game history? Meet the GIF Makers Who Craft Art out of Pinpoint Gameplay Empathy for the Devil The 'Hard Drive' Became The Onion of Video Games by Being 'Unapologetically Left-Wing' Gabe Newell tried gold farming in World of Warcraft to test a theory about games Theatrical Spaces Holding on to Nothing in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Kindness is Essential Unsafe Rooms At Home with the Ghosts: Kentucky Route Zero’s Reworking of Capitalist Space Teacher gives geometry lesson in Half-Life: Alyx – check it out During a global pandemic, Civilization 6 is helping me feel good about humanity Friends threw this nine-year-old a birthday party in Animal Crossing: New Horizons because of the coronavirus lockdown How Stealth Game Guards See and Hear | School of Stealth Devs Explain Out of Bounds Secrets | Cuphead - Boundary Break Fighting Games Worth Taking a Look At - Design Documentary History Respawned: Through the Darkest of Times How Video Games Create Meaning | Procedural Rhetoric, Meaningful Mechanics and the Dynamics of Play This Game is Helping Me Cope Right Now. It Might Help You. The Silent Hill 2 Analysis Developing Warframe from Home with Rebb Ford - Noclip Podcast #27
  6. Epic Games Publishing partners with Remedy, DESIGN, and Playdead. Alexis Ong profiles South Korean developer Somi who works in law enforcement and makes games that shine light on abuses of power, Ewan Wilson on why Half Life's City 17 was important to gaming's post-Soviet obsession, Steven T. Wright interviews gif makers creating art out of pulse-pounding gameplay, Official Xbox Magazine shuts down and GameStop to close 300 more stores, GDC Relief and COVID19 charity bundles, NieR is being remade, Florence Smith Nicholls asks who writes game history, Nintendo Direct reveals new games and new remakes, Gabe Newell tried gold farming, Patrick Klepek covers how Hard Drive became The Onion of video games, Jess Morrissette on the link between toxic gaming culture and brand loyalty with the way they used to be marketed, Gears Tactics gameplay, 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) GDC Relief Fund Bundle lets you name your price for 167 games Conquer COVID19 Bundle Inside Xbox Series X - How Microsoft Redefined The Console Form Factor Nintendo Direct Mini 3.26.20 Burnout Paradise and BioShock trilogy headed to Nintendo Switch Nintendo Direct Mini reveals Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition date, more The Bravely Default 2 Demo Wants to Drink Your Blood and Eat Your Bones NieR: Replicant vers.1.22474487139... is bringing the cult 2010 RPG to PC Wastelands 3 Preview: Surviving the Frozen Apocalypse Wasteland 3 delayed to August 28 Resident Evil 3 - Official Jill Valentine Story Trailer Resident Evil 3 Demo - First Person Mod Gameplay Gears Tactics is a shockingly good strategy game Gears Tactics Eschews XCOM Comparisons By Embracing the Brutality of Gears Why Gears Tactics Might Have What It Takes To Compete With XCOM Sakura Wars combat trailer, screenshots 8 Minutes of Predator: Hunting Grounds Fireteam Gameplay 9 Minutes of Predator: Hunting Grounds Predator Gameplay Nintendo has big plans for Super Mario Bros.’ 35th anniversary Shantae and the Seven Sirens for consoles and PC launches May 28; ‘Part 2’ update now available for Apple Arcade PAX East 2020: Indie Games to Look Out For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered coming tomorrow Why a 26-Year-Old Strategy Classic Just Received Its First DLC Sega to Charge for Yakuza: Like a Dragon New Game+ Mode Epic Games Publishing Announces Partnerships with gen DESIGN, Playdead, and Remedy Entertainment Gearbox Software co-founder Landon Montgomery has died Final Fantasy 14 suspends in-game house demolition of players who can’t pay subscription during coronavirus lockdown Google Stadia is helping Bungie keep Destiny 2's lights on during Covid-19 Long-running Official Xbox Magazine shuts down GameStop is closing another 300+ stores this year Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord player count is already bloody ridiculous QuakeCon 25 called off over COVID-19 concerns Summer Games Done Quick is postponing to August because of the coronavirus Fox will broadcast NASCAR’s substitute sim racing ‘season’ on television I Interviewed The Guy Trying To Fix Dark Souls 2 Rip and tear in third-person with this Doom Eternal mod Esports Notice of Cancellation of ARC WORLD TOUR 2020 Combo Breaker Cancels Fighting Game Tournament For 2020 Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Gamedec - Isometric, cyberpunk RPG set in XXII century Chinatown Detective Agency: Globetrotting Mystery Adventure Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) WHY HALF-LIFE’S CITY 17 WAS PIVOTAL TO GAMING’S POST-SOVIET OBSESSION How Games Marketing Invented Toxic Gamer Culture Who gets to write video game history? Meet the GIF Makers Who Craft Art out of Pinpoint Gameplay Empathy for the Devil The 'Hard Drive' Became The Onion of Video Games by Being 'Unapologetically Left-Wing' Gabe Newell tried gold farming in World of Warcraft to test a theory about games Theatrical Spaces Holding on to Nothing in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Kindness is Essential Unsafe Rooms At Home with the Ghosts: Kentucky Route Zero’s Reworking of Capitalist Space Teacher gives geometry lesson in Half-Life: Alyx – check it out During a global pandemic, Civilization 6 is helping me feel good about humanity Friends threw this nine-year-old a birthday party in Animal Crossing: New Horizons because of the coronavirus lockdown How Stealth Game Guards See and Hear | School of Stealth Devs Explain Out of Bounds Secrets | Cuphead - Boundary Break Fighting Games Worth Taking a Look At - Design Documentary History Respawned: Through the Darkest of Times How Video Games Create Meaning | Procedural Rhetoric, Meaningful Mechanics and the Dynamics of Play This Game is Helping Me Cope Right Now. It Might Help You. The Silent Hill 2 Analysis Developing Warframe from Home with Rebb Ford - Noclip Podcast #27
  7. Completed: Respawn Man Platform: PC Completed: Nioh 2 Platform: PS4 Has the strong gameplay of the first title, as very little has changed. There is a wider variety of weapons and new Yokai abilities that allow you to either shift into three different forms (not too useful due to how short the duration is) and you can use enemy attacks (many pretty useless and some very powerful) by binding their spirits to the two guardian spirits you have equipped which also give you stat bonuses and passive abilities. There is a better skill system that has each type of weapon and the other trees (ninja, magic, samurai, shifting) gaining their own experience so you aren't awkwardly ranking up your Axe skill and using the points to put into your Ninja skills. Faster unlocks for the more interesting moves. Good variety of character creation options. Still really appreciate how easily the game allows you to use all of the weapons and abilities without forcing you to go down an upgrade path completely focused on one thing, at least in your first play-through a focus on one thing would be stronger but never to the extent that it matters much allowing you to see everything the game offers. The new skill system makes trying everything even easier. Still some cool looking weapons and it's nice for the forge to be able to change the appearance of any weapon you are using to look like something else. The story is poor, not helped by the character creation causing your protagonist to now be silent, unlike the last game, seeing your character from the first game near the end of this game reminded me how much I missed his accent and the amusing moments of seeing characters deciding a white guys name is just too hard to say so they rename him. No real changes mean no real improvements and the game has kept the same problems. The maps are fine but you are never really doing anything that interesting on them when their could be more interesting demon areas or sites of famous battlegrounds. There are still hit detection issues which seem to be more that enemies can have very odd invulnerability frames, with the worse cases being some enemies that the game decides just can't be hit after being knocked down onto the ground. Bosses and some arena style fights like to abuse that the game really isn't made well for fighting multiple agile enemies and the lock on system still has a needless range limitation that can prevent you from locking onto enemies even in enclosed areas. The weapons are all fun to use, including the new ones but they have done nothing to improve their terrible lacking skill descriptions and for a series where they even said with this title they wanted to focus more on demon enemies over humans many of the skills (including most of the most fun ones to see in action) are meant more for human opponents (or will just not work at all on demon enemies). No real visual improvements and there isn't that many new enemies. Nioh is one of my favorite games and with the exception of the story this is better in basically every way. If a third one is released I would hope to see more notable improvements though. Completed: Strike Gunner S.T.G Platform: Arcade Vertical shoot em up with a nice varied weapon selection system and not much else going for it. Dull enemies, locations, upgrades, and graphics for its time. Large hit box ship frequently surrounded by shots and frequently stuck in very limited spaces (two players must be awful). Each of the six levels and final boss encounter starts by letting you pick one of 10 varied secondary weapons. Homing missiles, locking vulcan guns, mines, summon two support ships on each side of you that can be shot off, shield (didn't seem to do anything), etc. Can only select each one one time for one level. Secondary gun is used with alt fire and powered by a meter that can be charged by taking the emergency powerup over the speed or weapon powerups. But you'll probably die so fast you will never need the powerup as dying will fill it. Completed: Resident Evil 3 (2020) Platform: PC
  8. Let other AJSA members know what games you have finished this year. Post a few words about what you thought of the game, a longer review, a video review or footage, screenshots, etc. Feel free to discuss the games we've beaten or to talk to others about them. For a game to be considered beaten either finish the single player portion of the game or, for games without campaigns (MMOs, sports games, multiplayer only games, etc), play to a point where you have seen what the game has to offer. Not going to be counting DLCs as individual games (as that could get confusing) but feel free to post your thoughts on them as that is also the point of the thread. If it is an expansion that was sold separately or stand alone content like Shogun 2's Fall of the Samurai I will count that. Episodic games will count as one game, not a game per episode, but feel free to mention each one if you want to discuss each episode individually. If you want to see what people thought of a certain game or see how many people have played it you can use the search function near the top right of the page and type in the game's title, just switch the search option to be for this topic. I'll keep track of how many games we each have finished to see who has been playing the most and what our combined total is for the year. Total Games Completed: 79 Games Completed By Member Kaz32: 47 Legolas_Katarn: 32 Old Threads Late 2015 (Completed 225) 2016 (Completed 626) 2017 (Completed 371) 2018 (Completed 302) 2019 (Completed 251)
  9. This Week In Gaming 3-24-20

    New information on the PS5, Jacob Geller on the look of AAA games giving a feeling of quality through status and prestige and the beautiful worlds found outside of them, Razbuten on what it's like for a new player to get into online games, New Frame Plus continues their series on the principles of animation, Devil May Cry 5 developers react to speedrun, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition removed from Steam, Steven T. Wright on the desire to see games expand their concept of combat by not always using HP and his look into the competitive community surrounding the original Doom, Alex Kane learns how PUBG Mobile was made in four months, Epic reveals new exclusives, Summoningsalt covered the half decade long quest of multiple speedrunners attempts to beat the fastest Punch Out times, how developers are handling Covid-19, 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 Road to PS5 7 Important PS5 Features, Explained Inside PlayStation 5: the specs and the tech that deliver Sony's next-gen vision PSN download speeds will be slower in Europe to preserve internet access Defining the Next Generation: An Xbox Series X Technology Glossary Microsoft monitoring performance and usage of Xbox Live due to “unprecedented demand” What the heck is DirectX 12 Ultimate and what does it mean for PC gaming? Industries Of Titan and eight other games are Epic's next exclusives 2020 Independent Games Festival & Game Developers Choice Awards Life Sucks, But At Least It's Better Than Wasteland 3's Reality How a would-be priest explores the horror of God in videogames Here’s your “first glimpse” at STALKER 2, and there’s “more to come in 2020” Phantom: Covert Ops Gameplay Is Basically Splinter Cell... IN A CANOE! - Ian's VR Corner The Sims’ former boss is building his “deepest” project yet at Paradox Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s first DLC pits you against cat god Beerus Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition has been knocked off Steam GameStop Stores Shutter Across the US Following Pennsylvania Coronavirus Closures GameStop Finally Closes Stores To Customers Here's how game developers are handling the Covid-19 outbreak Esports The Middle East's first female esports team debuts at Girl Gamer 2020 Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Sea of Stars Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) 28 great GDC talks you can watch for free right now Against the Hegemony of Hit Points Half-Life: Alyx Behind the Scenes, Part 1: How Valve Found Its New Alyx The big Half-Life interview The Messenger and the Myth of Progress INDIE GAME DEV: DEATH LOOPS The Doom Multiplayer Fans Still Ripping and Tearing 25 Years Later Before Infamous Was Infamous, It Was a Superhero Animal Crossing How PUBG Mobile was made in four months Name a Game About Kentucky How Madden Forced Me to Confront My Inherent Racial Bias WOLVES HAUNT MY BEDROOM How Doom Eternal makes Doomguy relevant in 2020 Rebuilding A Virtual City As The Real World Crumbles The Latest 'Final Fantasy XIV' Villain Is Populism Incarnate What Online Multiplayer Is Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games "Bad Graphics" What Does It Mean To Be A Metroidvania? The Quest to Beat Matt Turk ANTICIPATION - The 12 Principles of Animation in Games Drew Scanlon's Global Game Documentaries - Noclip Podcast #26 Devil May Cry 5 Developers React to 83 Minute Speedrun
  10. New information on the PS5, Jacob Geller on the looks of AAA games giving a feel of quality through status and prestige and the beautiful worlds found outside of them, Razbuten on what it's like for a new player to get into online games, New Frame Plus continues their series on the principles of animation, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition removed from Steam, Steven T. Wright on the desire to see games expand their concept of combat by not always using HP and his look into the competitive community surrounding the original Doom, Alex Kane learns how PUBG Mobile was made in four months, Epic reveals new exclusives, Summoningsalt covered the quest to beat the best player's Punch Out speedrun times, how developers are handling Covid-19, 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 Road to PS5 7 Important PS5 Features, Explained Inside PlayStation 5: the specs and the tech that deliver Sony's next-gen vision PSN download speeds will be slower in Europe to preserve internet access Defining the Next Generation: An Xbox Series X Technology Glossary Microsoft monitoring performance and usage of Xbox Live due to “unprecedented demand” What the heck is DirectX 12 Ultimate and what does it mean for PC gaming? Industries Of Titan and eight other games are Epic's next exclusives 2020 Independent Games Festival & Game Developers Choice Awards Life Sucks, But At Least It's Better Than Wasteland 3's Reality How a would-be priest explores the horror of God in videogames Here’s your “first glimpse” at STALKER 2, and there’s “more to come in 2020” Phantom: Covert Ops Gameplay Is Basically Splinter Cell... IN A CANOE! - Ian's VR Corner The Sims’ former boss is building his “deepest” project yet at Paradox Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot’s first DLC pits you against cat god Beerus Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition has been knocked off Steam GameStop Stores Shutter Across the US Following Pennsylvania Coronavirus Closures GameStop Finally Closes Stores To Customers Here's how game developers are handling the Covid-19 outbreak Esports The Middle East's first female esports team debuts at Girl Gamer 2020 Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Sea of Stars Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) 28 great GDC talks you can watch for free right now Against the Hegemony of Hit Points Half-Life: Alyx Behind the Scenes, Part 1: How Valve Found Its New Alyx The big Half-Life interview The Messenger and the Myth of Progress INDIE GAME DEV: DEATH LOOPS The Doom Multiplayer Fans Still Ripping and Tearing 25 Years Later Before Infamous Was Infamous, It Was a Superhero Animal Crossing How PUBG Mobile was made in four months Name a Game About Kentucky How Madden Forced Me to Confront My Inherent Racial Bias WOLVES HAUNT MY BEDROOM How Doom Eternal makes Doomguy relevant in 2020 Rebuilding A Virtual City As The Real World Crumbles The Latest 'Final Fantasy XIV' Villain Is Populism Incarnate What Online Multiplayer Is Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games "Bad Graphics" What Does It Mean To Be A Metroidvania? The Quest to Beat Matt Turk ANTICIPATION - The 12 Principles of Animation in Games Drew Scanlon's Global Game Documentaries - Noclip Podcast #26 Devil May Cry 5 Developers React to 83 Minute Speedrun
  11. E3 has been cancelled and how it effects the industry, new information on the upcoming Xbox, Perrin Drumm on the legacy of Roberta Williams and being remembered for the wrong reasons, Jason Schreier interviews current and former employees about crunching at Naughty Dog, eurothug4000 on identity and culture seen through the clothing and graffiti of Splatoon and Jet Set Radio, Nintendo's indie showcase, Fanfare covers the women that pioneered video game music that are often overlooked or that were originally credited as men, Blake Hester tells the story of how the co-founder of Neversoft became a go to expert in debunking conspiracy theories, Archipel and Game*Spark's documentary on what was going on in the minds of the developers of Nioh 2 in the final months leading to its release, Snoman Gaming spent months learning about the evolution and technicality involved in the world of kaizo Mario hacks, 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 Xbox Series X is basically a monster gaming PC Here’s a Recap of Everything Revealed at Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase Today E3 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak How the industry is reacting to E3's cancellation Geoff Keighley brings 40 free game demos to Steam amid cancelled trade shows 15 Baldur's Gate 3 Features You Didn’t See In The Demo Yes, Baldur's Gate 3 will build on the series' existing story, say Larian Why the Developers of 'Amnesia' Waited 10 Years to Make a Sequel With Amnesia: Rebirth, Frictional Games wants to go beyond jump scares Inside FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – Episode 1: Introduction (Closed Captions) Turn-based deck-builder Fights in Tight Spaces announced for PC That sure looks like the Icon of Sin in Doom Eternal’s new trailer Super Mega Baseball 3 slides into homes this April Function and Aesthetic in In Other Waters: An Interview Hello Games lighting The Last Campfire this summer The System Shock remake devs are making a Blade Runner remaster Take aim at the undead in the demo for wild west platformer Shot in the Dark TOTAL WAR: THREE KINGDOMS PATCH 1.5.0 – A WORLD BETRAYED Control's first expansion, The Foundation, will be out this month Watch 12 minutes of Borderlands 3's Guns, Love, and Tentacles campaign DLC EGX Rezzed postponed due to the coronavirus Gamescom 2020 preparations "continuing as planned" GameStop's Employees Fear Its Coronavirus Policies Are Dangerously Flawed GameStop Has No Idea What to Do About Coronavirus Steam reaches a record 20 million concurrent users as coronavirus spreads CS:GO reaches a million concurrent players – the most in its seven-year history A Korean politician has been targeted by her opposition for League of Legends boosting Esports Capcom Pro Tour 2020: four tournaments cancelled and two postponed due to coronavirus Coronavirus outbreak forces more changes to LoL and Dota 2 pro events Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last Building Ori and the Will of the Wisps with 80 people working from home Roberta Williams Is the World’s First Graphic Computer Game Designer—But She’s Famous for All the Wrong Reasons How Mick West Went From Making Tony Hawk's Pro Skater to Debunking Conspiracy Theories Street Fighter V Has Finally Fixed Its Netcode—But a Modder Did It First This Minecraft Library Provides a Platform for Censored Journalists How A Shovel Knight NPC Gets Made In Memoriam Conscientious Objectors: The Designers and Artists Tackling Real Conflicts in Virtual Spaces Why 'Destiny 2' Isn't Working, And How to Fix It Thanks for all the fish! Farewell to my Dead Horse Fantasies of Fatherhood Jet Set Radio, Splatoon and Identity The Women who Pioneered Video Game Music Elements of CONTROL [Spoilers] How Does Wolfenstein: Youngblood Compare to Previous Wolfensteins? [Spoilers] The Outer Worlds in Close Critique [Spoilers] The Genius of Prey's Gloo Cannon | Game Maker's Toolkit How Level Design Can Tell a Story | Game Maker's Toolkit How Classic Resident Evil Came Back From the Dead My Kaizo Mario Journey Inside Nioh 2 Why Brutal DOOM's Creator Won't Play DOOM Eternal How Prince of Persia Defeated Apple II's Memory Limitations | War Stories | Ars Technica Half-Life 2 Developers React to 50 Minute Speedrun Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry When can Mario retire? | Unraveled Things I missed from previous weeks Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego?
  12. This Week In Gaming 3-17-2020

    E3 has been cancelled and how the industry is reacting, new information on the upcoming Xbox, Perrin Drumm on the legacy of Roberta Williams and being remembered for the wrong reasons, Jason Schreier interviews current and former employees about crunching at Naughty Dog, eurothug4000 on identity and culture seen through the clothing and graffiti of Splatoon and Jet Set Radio, Nintendo's indie showcase, Fanfare covers the women that pioneered video game music that are often overlooked or that were originally credited as men, Blake Hester tells the story of how the co-founder of Neversoft became a go to expert in debunking conspiracy theories, Archipel and Game*Spark's documentary on what was going on in the minds of the developers of Nioh 2 in the final months leading to release, Snoman Gaming spent months learning about the evolution and technicality involved in the world of kaizo Mario hacks, 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 Xbox Series X is basically a monster gaming PC Here’s a Recap of Everything Revealed at Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase Today E3 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak How the industry is reacting to E3's cancellation Geoff Keighley brings 40 free game demos to Steam amid cancelled trade shows 15 Baldur's Gate 3 Features You Didn’t See In The Demo Yes, Baldur's Gate 3 will build on the series' existing story, say Larian Why the Developers of 'Amnesia' Waited 10 Years to Make a Sequel With Amnesia: Rebirth, Frictional Games wants to go beyond jump scares Inside FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – Episode 1: Introduction (Closed Captions) Turn-based deck-builder Fights in Tight Spaces announced for PC That sure looks like the Icon of Sin in Doom Eternal’s new trailer Super Mega Baseball 3 slides into homes this April Function and Aesthetic in In Other Waters: An Interview Hello Games lighting The Last Campfire this summer The System Shock remake devs are making a Blade Runner remaster Take aim at the undead in the demo for wild west platformer Shot in the Dark TOTAL WAR: THREE KINGDOMS PATCH 1.5.0 – A WORLD BETRAYED Control's first expansion, The Foundation, will be out this month Watch 12 minutes of Borderlands 3's Guns, Love, and Tentacles campaign DLC EGX Rezzed postponed due to the coronavirus Gamescom 2020 preparations "continuing as planned" GameStop's Employees Fear Its Coronavirus Policies Are Dangerously Flawed GameStop Has No Idea What to Do About Coronavirus Steam reaches a record 20 million concurrent users as coronavirus spreads CS:GO reaches a million concurrent players – the most in its seven-year history A Korean politician has been targeted by her opposition for League of Legends boosting Esports Capcom Pro Tour 2020: four tournaments cancelled and two postponed due to coronavirus Coronavirus outbreak forces more changes to LoL and Dota 2 pro events Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last Building Ori and the Will of the Wisps with 80 people working from home Roberta Williams Is the World’s First Graphic Computer Game Designer—But She’s Famous for All the Wrong Reasons How Mick West Went From Making Tony Hawk's Pro Skater to Debunking Conspiracy Theories Street Fighter V Has Finally Fixed Its Netcode—But a Modder Did It First This Minecraft Library Provides a Platform for Censored Journalists How A Shovel Knight NPC Gets Made In Memoriam Conscientious Objectors: The Designers and Artists Tackling Real Conflicts in Virtual Spaces Why 'Destiny 2' Isn't Working, And How to Fix It Thanks for all the fish! Farewell to my Dead Horse Fantasies of Fatherhood Jet Set Radio, Splatoon and Identity The Women who Pioneered Video Game Music Elements of CONTROL [Spoilers] How Does Wolfenstein: Youngblood Compare to Previous Wolfensteins? [Spoilers] The Outer Worlds in Close Critique [Spoilers] The Genius of Prey's Gloo Cannon | Game Maker's Toolkit How Level Design Can Tell a Story | Game Maker's Toolkit How Classic Resident Evil Came Back From the Dead My Kaizo Mario Journey Inside Nioh 2 Why Brutal DOOM's Creator Won't Play DOOM Eternal How Prince of Persia Defeated Apple II's Memory Limitations | War Stories | Ars Technica Half-Life 2 Developers React to 50 Minute Speedrun Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry When can Mario retire? | Unraveled Things I missed from previous weeks Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego?
  13. Completed: The Hong Kong Massacre Platform: PC Plays like a fast paced Hotline Miami that trades the melee combat and stealth elements for Hong Kong dive, rolls, and slow motion filled shoot outs. Pick from duel pistols, a shotgun, rifle, or a single and later upgrade-able to duel SMGs. Base gameplay is a lot of fun if you want something simple. Suffers from a lack of variety, four dull boss fights that all play the same, same three challenges on ever level. Occasionally some movement issues, like diving over balconies to other buildings not working, or enemies that don't really react to things movement wise. Just standing around while you are shooting in the room or even right by them from a different room. They will usually react and shoot if they get a shot, it just looks odd and I mistook quite a few of them for environment props. Completed: Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force Platform: Playstation Playstation version, visual update no story cutcenes from PC Engine. Robot beat em up. Not too interesting. Short, one main character to use (five to unlock with a code but they have less moves), limited enemy variety and some awkward height differences. Completed: Front Mission 5 Platform: PS2 Completed: Choutetsu Brikinger Ironclad Platform: Neo Geo CD (PC)
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  16. This Week In Gaming 3-10-20

    Cloth Map travels to Bosnia to learn about their game industry, Reid McCarter looks at how the failing economy and communities of Kentucky Route Zero mirror a real world housing crisis, Miguel Penabella on seven years of playing Kentucky Route Zero and finding a growing community over the course of the game's five acts, a new Amnesia game and Command & Conquer Remaster announced, Data West returns to the video game industry, Reggie Fils-Aimé joins Gamestop board of directors, large updates coming to Total War Warhammer 2 and Three Kingdoms, coronavirus affects on esports and companies, Mark Hill covers the BattleTech renaissance, Nic Reuben remembers Baldur's Gate 2's Athkatla and why it remains one of the best cities in video games, Brian David Gilbert attempts to learn the true origins of Kirby, 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) 13 Ways Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Improves On The Original Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Boss And Exploration Gameplay PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima will be released on June 26th New Chivalry 2 gameplay & developer interview Amnesia: Rebirth announced for PS4, PC Final Fantasy 7 Remake Combat Breakdown: Every Character Explained! Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gameplay How Final Fantasy 7 Remake will expand on the original classic Resident Evil 3 – 1999 vs. 2020 Gameplay Comparison | PlayStation Underground Cloudpunk will deliver packages and a story next month It's official, Horizon: Zero Dawn is coming to PC this summer Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is coming June 5th Tactical Breach Wizards is planning a beta for strategic spellcasters Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Also Has an Original Story Mode With Character Creation Bleeding Edge has a dolphin who pilots a fishbowl crab mech via a Japanese AI DOOM Eternal - Soundtrack Behind the Scenes A new Worms game is coming this year Call of Duty: Warzone confirmed as a standalone, free-to-play battle royale Total War: Three Kingdoms – A World Betrayed adds a new start date and more factions “Extreme” Total War: Warhammer 2 changes coming in Proving Grounds test area Mortal Kombat 11 – Official Spawn Gameplay Trailer Anno 1800 reveals 2020 roadmap and DLC Phoenix Point's Blood And Titanium DLC asks if you'd swap heads with a robot Everything New in The Division 2: Warlords of New York Expansion The Strong Museum and Kongregate partner to preserve Flash games Microsoft asks employees to work from home over coronavirus fears Minecraft Festival is the latest event postponed due to coronavirus Bungie activates remote work policy in response to COVID-19 outbreak Obituary: Arcade game designer and programmer Tim Skelly has passed away What’s Going On With GeForce Now Reggie Fils-Aimé Joins GameStop Board of Directors to Help Save the Struggling Retailer Data West to Return to Video Game Industry with Digital Rereleases and Sequels E3 2020 problems continue as retail and production partner iam8bit resign as creative director Twitch Streamer Suspended After Accidentally Firing Real Gun At His Monitor See console-exclusive Dante's Inferno running in the RPCS3 emulator Esports THE CORONAVIRUS’ HUMAN IMPACT ON ESPORTS Hand Shakes, High-Fives Banned at ‘League of Legends’ Event, Due to Coronavirus Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Story of the PS2’s Backwards Compatibility From the Engineer Who Built It Learning the lessons of the PlayStation 2 | Opinion The Artist Who Helped Create Crash, Spyro, and Jak and Daxter Has a Bone to Pick The BattleTech Renaissance Killing Me Softly: The Insidious Beauty of Dying Game Worlds Dwelling in Fragments: Video Game Patches and Our Accelerated State of Being Could the Decline of Violent Football Videogames Have Predicted the Future of Player Safety? The most satisfying architecture in PC games Leaving Home OPENED WORLD: KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO ACT V Fire Emblem’s Manuela is a messy woman, and it’s inspirational How Pokémon Is Tackling The Plastic Pollution Crisis Eliza Explores the Benefits and Imperfections of Therapy Baldur’s Gate 2’s Athkatla is still one the best RPG cities ever made Dracula’s (portable) demon castle Finding Workarounds: Bosnian Video Games & Development What Makes a Great Secret? Game Animation Fundamentals Context Upgrade Systems Sure Are Weird, Huh? Explosive Barrels The best hands in games! Nex Machina Developers React to 25 Minute Speedrun Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Kirby | Unraveled Things I missed from previous weeks Iran video games timeline: from 1970 to 2019
  17. Cloth Map travels to Bosnia to learn about their game industry, Reid McCarter looks at how the failing economy and communities of Kentucky Route Zero mirror a real world housing crisis, Miguel Penabella on seven years of playing Kentucky Route Zero and finding a growing community over the course of the game's five acts, new Amnesia game announced, Data West returns to the video game industry, Reggie Fils-Aimé joins Gamestop board of directors, large updates coming to Total War Warhammer 2 and Three Kingdoms, coronavirus affects on esports and companies, Mark Hill covers the BattleTech renaissance, Nic Reuben remembers Baldur's Gate 2's Athkatla and why it remains one of the best cities in video games, Command & Conquer Remastered announced, Brian David Gilbert attempts to learn the true origins of Kirby, 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) 13 Ways Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Improves On The Original Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Boss And Exploration Gameplay PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima will be released on June 26th New Chivalry 2 gameplay & developer interview Amnesia: Rebirth announced for PS4, PC Final Fantasy 7 Remake Combat Breakdown: Every Character Explained! Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gameplay How Final Fantasy 7 Remake will expand on the original classic Resident Evil 3 – 1999 vs. 2020 Gameplay Comparison | PlayStation Underground Cloudpunk will deliver packages and a story next month It's official, Horizon: Zero Dawn is coming to PC this summer Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is coming June 5th Tactical Breach Wizards is planning a beta for strategic spellcasters Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Also Has an Original Story Mode With Character Creation Bleeding Edge has a dolphin who pilots a fishbowl crab mech via a Japanese AI DOOM Eternal - Soundtrack Behind the Scenes A new Worms game is coming this year Call of Duty: Warzone confirmed as a standalone, free-to-play battle royale Total War: Three Kingdoms – A World Betrayed adds a new start date and more factions “Extreme” Total War: Warhammer 2 changes coming in Proving Grounds test area Mortal Kombat 11 – Official Spawn Gameplay Trailer Anno 1800 reveals 2020 roadmap and DLC Phoenix Point's Blood And Titanium DLC asks if you'd swap heads with a robot Everything New in The Division 2: Warlords of New York Expansion The Strong Museum and Kongregate partner to preserve Flash games Microsoft asks employees to work from home over coronavirus fears Minecraft Festival is the latest event postponed due to coronavirus Bungie activates remote work policy in response to COVID-19 outbreak Obituary: Arcade game designer and programmer Tim Skelly has passed away What’s Going On With GeForce Now Reggie Fils-Aimé Joins GameStop Board of Directors to Help Save the Struggling Retailer Data West to Return to Video Game Industry with Digital Rereleases and Sequels E3 2020 problems continue as retail and production partner iam8bit resign as creative director Twitch Streamer Suspended After Accidentally Firing Real Gun At His Monitor See console-exclusive Dante's Inferno running in the RPCS3 emulator Esports THE CORONAVIRUS’ HUMAN IMPACT ON ESPORTS Hand Shakes, High-Fives Banned at ‘League of Legends’ Event, Due to Coronavirus Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Story of the PS2’s Backwards Compatibility From the Engineer Who Built It Learning the lessons of the PlayStation 2 | Opinion The Artist Who Helped Create Crash, Spyro, and Jak and Daxter Has a Bone to Pick The BattleTech Renaissance Killing Me Softly: The Insidious Beauty of Dying Game Worlds Dwelling in Fragments: Video Game Patches and Our Accelerated State of Being Could the Decline of Violent Football Videogames Have Predicted the Future of Player Safety? The most satisfying architecture in PC games Leaving Home OPENED WORLD: KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO ACT V Fire Emblem’s Manuela is a messy woman, and it’s inspirational How Pokémon Is Tackling The Plastic Pollution Crisis Eliza Explores the Benefits and Imperfections of Therapy Baldur’s Gate 2’s Athkatla is still one the best RPG cities ever made Dracula’s (portable) demon castle Finding Workarounds: Bosnian Video Games & Development What Makes a Great Secret? Game Animation Fundamentals Context Upgrade Systems Sure Are Weird, Huh? Explosive Barrels The best hands in games! Nex Machina Developers React to 25 Minute Speedrun Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Kirby | Unraveled Things I missed from previous weeks Iran video games timeline: from 1970 to 2019
  18. Completed: Assault Suit Leynos (2015) Platform: PC Completed: Rolling Thunder 3 Platform: Genesis Side scrolling shooter that I find much more playable than the previous incredibly cheap arcade games. Basic move set of shooting forward, shooting diagonally upwards, a jump that you can often use to swing yourself up to the higher level of the stage, and using your knife or special weapon. Short motorcycle and jet ski level to break up the on foot sections. Scenes in between the stages tell a dull generic story for a game of this style. Ok for its time but nothing particularly memorable.
  19. This Week In Gaming 3-3-20

    Jacob Geller on the organic moments of wonder in the work of Fumito Ueda, Baldurs' Gate 3 gameplay reveal, People Make Games looks at the game that inspired Minecraft, Jacob Farmer reflects on the way that treating Read Dead Redemption 2 more as a simulator brought him closer to his past and present, Samuel Horti profiles developer (80 Days/Sable) and writer (Horizon Zero Dawn/Sunless Sea) Meghna Jayanth, GDC cancellations affects on devs, Khee Hoon Chan examines Hong Kong protest games and the game jam devs exploring the Coronavirus outbreak, Prem Sylvester on the visual language of war games and how they affect player perspectives on war, Jess Cogswell considers how we interact with strangers after playing through three games with a focus on being a service worker, Ashley covers how Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers rewards long term fans for caring about the lore and history of the game, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Baldur's Gate 3 looks great even when everything is going wrong Baldur's Gate 3 Interview & Preview! How Larian is keeping Baldur's Gate 3 weird Larian's gorgeous Baldur's Gate 3 looks to be a game of groundbreaking systemic depth 13 Things You Should Know About The Excellent-Looking Baldur’s Gate 3 Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access will start with 5 companions, more to come Baldur’s Gate 3: Yes, you can bang all companions, but romance will be more than just a simple reward Valorant hands-on: How Riot plans to woo FPS diehards with the best netcode and anti-cheat Valorant: How Riot finally made something new Desperados 3 is the modern Commandos game stealth tactics needs Half-Life: Alyx gets extended gameplay videos Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Gameplay | 5 Unmissable 4K Moments Here's how Star Citizen is planning to implement survival mechanics Crusader Kings 3 details Lifestyles and all their weird perks 3 Hours With Final Fantasy VII Remake: Thrilling, But Jarring SOMA devs release “I am Tasi” teaser trailer Iris and the Giant is a stylish roguelike CCG about a young girl and her demons In Other Waters Uses Its Limitations to Enhance Gameplay Immersion Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope - Official Trailer Ft. Will Poulter 15 Minutes Of Wonderful 101: Remastered Switch Gameplay | PAX East 2020 Stellaris' diplomacy focussed Federations expansion is out next month on PC Game Developers Conference Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears CCP has canceled EVE Fanfest 2020 over coronavirus concerns Indie developers affected by GDC postponement invited to apply for relief fund 'There's so much uncertainty': Indie devs are hurting after GDC's sudden cancellation Some Developers Don't Know Their Games Are Streaming on GeForce Now 'Konami Code' Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies At 61 GOG's New Refund Policy Is Extremely Generous Esports This weekend's ESL Pro Tour event has no arena audience after health authorities revoked the license FIFA 20 esports qualifiers decided by Rock, Paper, Scissors when players can’t connect Counter-Strike's Chosen One: The Story of ZywOo Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Cyber Knights: a cyberpunk RPG Gates Of a Ruined Empire Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Coronation of Meghna Jayanth How Quantic Dream defended itself against allegations of a ‘toxic culture’ How to Make Games Funny: Three Designers Discuss Comedy Games Still fighting: meet the developers of Hong Kong protest games How Asia's Global Game Jam Developers Are Exploring the Coronavirus Outbreak Through Games State of the Discourse: a survey of marginalized game designers on online discussion space A visual history of the many Xbox dashboards Kentucky Route Zero Is the Rare Story that Sheds Light on the Experiences of Millennials of Color Look For Me Under Your Bootsoles The Four Faces of Doki Doki Literature Club In My Waking Life I Love Giott. Thank You. The Constructed Murk of War: 1917, Battlefield 1, and This War of Mine For Fire Emblem Fates Forrest: what is lost when we fail to look critically? Heart Container: Talking to Strangers The Most Beautiful Moment of the Generation Game Animation Fundamentals Readability The Hopes & Fears of Bringing Hades to Steam - Developing Hell #04 The Wild Astrophysics that Outer Wilds Simulates Analysing the OTHER Missions in Hitman 2 (The Bank and Haven Island) The Making of Sonic CD Understanding Dreams | Rethinking Game Design, Creativity and the Future of Art The History of Spec Ops: The Line How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation | War Stories | Ars Technica How Level Design Can Tell a Story | Game Maker's Toolkit The Game That Inspired Minecraft, But Never Made a Penny
  20. Jacob Geller on the organic moments of wonder in the game's of Fumito Ueda, Baldurs' Gate 3 gameplay reveal, People Make Games looks at the game that inspired Minecraft, Jacob Farmer reflects on the way that treating Read Dead Redemption 2 more as a simulator brought him closer to his past and present, Samuel Horti profiles developer (80 Days/Sable) and writer (Horizon Zero Dawn/Sunless Sea) Meghna Jayanth, GDC cancellations affects on devs, Khee Hoon Chan examines Hong Kong protest games and the game jam devs exploring the Coronavirus outbreak, Prem Sylvester on the visual language war games and how they affect player perspectives on war, Jess Cogswell considers how we interact with strangers after playing through three games with a focus on being a service worker, Ashley covers how Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers rewards long term fans for caring about the lore and history of the game, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Baldur's Gate 3 looks great even when everything is going wrong Baldur's Gate 3 Interview & Preview! How Larian is keeping Baldur's Gate 3 weird Larian's gorgeous Baldur's Gate 3 looks to be a game of groundbreaking systemic depth 13 Things You Should Know About The Excellent-Looking Baldur’s Gate 3 Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access will start with 5 companions, more to come Baldur’s Gate 3: Yes, you can bang all companions, but romance will be more than just a simple reward Valorant hands-on: How Riot plans to woo FPS diehards with the best netcode and anti-cheat Valorant: How Riot finally made something new Desperados 3 is the modern Commandos game stealth tactics needs Half-Life: Alyx gets extended gameplay videos Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Gameplay | 5 Unmissable 4K Moments Here's how Star Citizen is planning to implement survival mechanics Crusader Kings 3 details Lifestyles and all their weird perks 3 Hours With Final Fantasy VII Remake: Thrilling, But Jarring SOMA devs release “I am Tasi” teaser trailer Iris and the Giant is a stylish roguelike CCG about a young girl and her demons In Other Waters Uses Its Limitations to Enhance Gameplay Immersion Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope - Official Trailer Ft. Will Poulter 15 Minutes Of Wonderful 101: Remastered Switch Gameplay | PAX East 2020 Stellaris' diplomacy focussed Federations expansion is out next month on PC Game Developers Conference Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears CCP has canceled EVE Fanfest 2020 over coronavirus concerns Indie developers affected by GDC postponement invited to apply for relief fund 'There's so much uncertainty': Indie devs are hurting after GDC's sudden cancellation Some Developers Don't Know Their Games Are Streaming on GeForce Now 'Konami Code' Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies At 61 GOG's New Refund Policy Is Extremely Generous Esports This weekend's ESL Pro Tour event has no arena audience after health authorities revoked the license FIFA 20 esports qualifiers decided by Rock, Paper, Scissors when players can’t connect Counter-Strike's Chosen One: The Story of ZywOo Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Cyber Knights: a cyberpunk RPG Gates Of a Ruined Empire Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Coronation of Meghna Jayanth How Quantic Dream defended itself against allegations of a ‘toxic culture’ How to Make Games Funny: Three Designers Discuss Comedy Games Still fighting: meet the developers of Hong Kong protest games How Asia's Global Game Jam Developers Are Exploring the Coronavirus Outbreak Through Games State of the Discourse: a survey of marginalized game designers on online discussion space A visual history of the many Xbox dashboards Kentucky Route Zero Is the Rare Story that Sheds Light on the Experiences of Millennials of Color Look For Me Under Your Bootsoles The Four Faces of Doki Doki Literature Club In My Waking Life I Love Giott. Thank You. The Constructed Murk of War: 1917, Battlefield 1, and This War of Mine For Fire Emblem Fates Forrest: what is lost when we fail to look critically? Heart Container: Talking to Strangers The Most Beautiful Moment of the Generation Game Animation Fundamentals Readability The Hopes & Fears of Bringing Hades to Steam - Developing Hell #04 The Wild Astrophysics that Outer Wilds Simulates Analysing the OTHER Missions in Hitman 2 (The Bank and Haven Island) The Making of Sonic CD Understanding Dreams | Rethinking Game Design, Creativity and the Future of Art The History of Spec Ops: The Line How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation | War Stories | Ars Technica How Level Design Can Tell a Story | Game Maker's Toolkit The Game That Inspired Minecraft, But Never Made a Penny
  21. Completed: Guns, Gore & Cannoli Platform: PC
  22. This Week In Gaming 2-25-20

    Mitchell F Wolfe's in-depth look at the first level of Donkey Kong Country and interview with one of the game's designers, DavidOZ celebrates the games that made him love games, Jessica Price's thread on why it's important for designers to have interests outside games, Benjamin Burns shares the story of the Atari Jaguar savior that never came, Stephen K. Hirst remembers the original Dragon Quest, Lilly on the fiction of No More Heroes and how the commonly viewed theme of futility misses an important aspect of the game's narrative, Colin Campbell interviews Gamestop employees about increasing pressure they are under from desperate bosses, Ashley considers the depiction and cultural view of an often used type of female character by looking at Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Stephen Mansfield contrasts the righteous anger of the violent and musical Ape Out with Hotline Miami, Cameron Kunzelman on the legacy of Heavy Rain's approach to design, 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) Xbox Series X will have many of PC gaming’s best features Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord will be available in Early Access on March 31 Private Division moves Kerbal Space Program 2 development to new, internal studio Chivalry 2 - Official Trailer Chivalry 2 gameplay and hands-on impressions World of Horror is a gruesome adventure game inspired by the work of Junji Ito World of Horror is a creepy, retro, and completely hypnotic horror game Warhammer 40k: Dakka Sqaudron lets you become the “Ork flyboy” you’ve always dreamed of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Marks Nintendo’s Next Step Toward Inclusivity Othercide - Official Reveal Trailer | PAX East 2020 10 Best And Worst Resident Evil 3 Remake Features | Resident Evil 3 Demo Impressions Resident Evil 3 Remake Vs. Original Gameplay Comparison Samurai Jack Video Game Announced for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Switch The next chapter of Indigenous representation in video games Streets of Rage 4 - Official Floyd Iraia Trailer Cyberpunk 2077 supports Xbox One and Series X cross-buy Population Zero - Official Steam Announcement Trailer World of Tanks devs’ new shooter, Caliber, comes West – closed beta sign-ups open now Adventure game Norco is a pixel art lover's dream Microsoft Flight Simulator has “37,000 manually edited airports” The Gothic remake is going into full production following positive feedback Temtem has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, roadmap coming soon PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC appearances citing coronavirus concerns Crytek's lawsuit against Star Citizen devs ends in settlement Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules Devotion, the Taiwanese game removed from Steam, is being preserved by Harvard Like Blizzard, Bethesda has pulled all but one of its games from GeForce Now Embracer Groups acquires Saber Interactive The PS2 successor to Fire Emblem gets a long-awaited fan translation Esports Rainbow Six Siege esports director wants to “eliminate toxicity” FIFA streamer banned from all EA games after “personal attacks” against the developers The Esports Empire You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out Interests outside games A Timely and Momentous Defence of Girls It's Way Too Easy For One Person To Review Bomb A Game On Metacritic GameStop employees report extreme pressure from ‘desperate’ bosses Corporate satire in games isn't funny anymore The Outsize, Oft-Ignored Legacy of the Original Dragon Quest LIFE AND CONCRETE Off to the Garden of Madness!: No More Heroes and F*cking Up At Dramatic Convention Like An Idiot What Made People Think 'Heavy Rain' Was a Great Game Easing the Long Trek The Evolution of Animal Conservation in Games, from Zoo Tycoon to Planet Zoo THE RIGHTEOUS, MUSICAL VIOLENCE OF APE OUT I Was Wrong About Bayonetta On Killing Hitler 25 Years Later, 'Star Wars: Dark Forces' Is a Forgotten Gem The Games That Made Me Love Games Metal Gear Rising Retrospective | Lightning Bolt Action Redefined How Gris Made You Cry With Its Colors | Psych of Play Extended Interview With Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller | War Stories Things I missed from previous weeks Designing Donkey Kong Country
  23. Mitchell F Wolfe's in-depth look at the first level of Donkey Kong Country and interview with one of the game's designers, DavidOZ celebrates the games that made him love games, Jessica Price's thread on why it's important for designers to have interests outside games, Benjamin Burns shares the story of the Atari Jaguar savior that never came, Stephen K. Hirst remembers the original Dragon Quest, Lilly on the fiction of No More Heroes and how the commonly viewed theme of futility misses an important aspect of the game's narrative, Colin Campbell interviews Gamestop employees about increasing pressure they are under from desperate bosses, Ashley considers the depiction and dismissive cultural view of an often used type of female character by looking at Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Stephen Mansfield contrasts the righteous anger of the violent and musical Ape Out with Hotline Miami, Cameron Kunzelman on the legacy of Heavy Rain's approach to design, Jordan Baranowski details how the shift in conservation efforts changed zoo sims, 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) Xbox Series X will have many of PC gaming’s best features Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord will be available in Early Access on March 31 Private Division moves Kerbal Space Program 2 development to new, internal studio Chivalry 2 - Official Trailer Chivalry 2 gameplay and hands-on impressions World of Horror is a gruesome adventure game inspired by the work of Junji Ito World of Horror is a creepy, retro, and completely hypnotic horror game Warhammer 40k: Dakka Sqaudron lets you become the “Ork flyboy” you’ve always dreamed of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Marks Nintendo’s Next Step Toward Inclusivity Othercide - Official Reveal Trailer | PAX East 2020 10 Best And Worst Resident Evil 3 Remake Features | Resident Evil 3 Demo Impressions Resident Evil 3 Remake Vs. Original Gameplay Comparison Samurai Jack Video Game Announced for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Switch The next chapter of Indigenous representation in video games Streets of Rage 4 - Official Floyd Iraia Trailer Cyberpunk 2077 supports Xbox One and Series X cross-buy Population Zero - Official Steam Announcement Trailer World of Tanks devs’ new shooter, Caliber, comes West – closed beta sign-ups open now Adventure game Norco is a pixel art lover's dream Microsoft Flight Simulator has “37,000 manually edited airports” The Gothic remake is going into full production following positive feedback Temtem has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, roadmap coming soon PlayStation and Facebook cancel GDC appearances citing coronavirus concerns Crytek's lawsuit against Star Citizen devs ends in settlement Body Painting Streamer Banned For Nudity Despite Efforts To Stay Within Twitch's Rules Devotion, the Taiwanese game removed from Steam, is being preserved by Harvard Like Blizzard, Bethesda has pulled all but one of its games from GeForce Now Embracer Groups acquires Saber Interactive The PS2 successor to Fire Emblem gets a long-awaited fan translation Esports Rainbow Six Siege esports director wants to “eliminate toxicity” FIFA streamer banned from all EA games after “personal attacks” against the developers The Esports Empire You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out Interests outside games A Timely and Momentous Defence of Girls It's Way Too Easy For One Person To Review Bomb A Game On Metacritic GameStop employees report extreme pressure from ‘desperate’ bosses Corporate satire in games isn't funny anymore The Outsize, Oft-Ignored Legacy of the Original Dragon Quest LIFE AND CONCRETE Off to the Garden of Madness!: No More Heroes and F*cking Up At Dramatic Convention Like An Idiot What Made People Think 'Heavy Rain' Was a Great Game Easing the Long Trek The Evolution of Animal Conservation in Games, from Zoo Tycoon to Planet Zoo THE RIGHTEOUS, MUSICAL VIOLENCE OF APE OUT I Was Wrong About Bayonetta On Killing Hitler 25 Years Later, 'Star Wars: Dark Forces' Is a Forgotten Gem The Games That Made Me Love Games Metal Gear Rising Retrospective | Lightning Bolt Action Redefined How Gris Made You Cry With Its Colors | Psych of Play Extended Interview With Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller | War Stories Things I missed from previous weeks Designing Donkey Kong Country
  24. Welcome. Most of the conversation has moved to the Discord. Really depends on what you were playing. A lot of games were fairly simple or easy, even more so when you say you are only going back 20 years as opposed to 30-40, and many of the ones really having your grind your skill were often designed to kill you with profit in mind or just due to random regional changes. And even going back further than 20 years ago reading almost anything about how games were designed and the environments people worked in tended to show they were still heavily profit oriented be that to please higher ups or just because they need to be able to continue to exist. I'm not sure what you mean by this they have basically never been cheaper.
  25. This Week In Gaming 2-18-20

    My PC no longer starting has given me less time to finish this week's posts than I would usually take. Game Brain speaks with Titanfall 2 senior designer about the making of the highly praised level Effect and Cause, Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2, Kyle Orland on the issues with Tim Sweeney's stance on having an apolitical storefront and political creatives while it already bars certain kinds of games from sale, previews of Yakuza 7 and Bulletstorm developer's new game Outriders, Nico Deyo looks at Blizzard's long history of reusing manic pixie girl and fear of women tropes, Reid McCarter on winter in The Last of Us and the pull between optimism and survivalist pessimism, Chris Davis looks into the death and return of isometric CRPGs, Geoff Keighley to skip E3 for the first time, 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) Yakuza 7 has some of the best RPG combat in a long time Persona 5 Royal - Finding All 3 Will Seeds in Kamoshida's Palace Persona 5 Royal Preview: Story tidbits are nice, but it’s new features like Will Seeds which make a bigger difference Persona 5 Royal Will Change Homophobic Scenes For Western Release Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Opening Movie Final Fantasy 7 Remake requires 100GB on PS4 Bulletstorm dev shares first gameplay details of co-op sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders 20 minutes of looting and shooting through Enoch - Outriders gameplay Meet Tyler Ronan, the first transgender triple-A video game protagonist Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 - Official Release Date Trailer My Hero One's Justice 2 - Characters & Story Trailer DOOM Eternal: A Tour of the Doom Slayer's Man Cave (Fortress of Doom) - IGN First DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First Empire of Sin delayed to fall 2020 NBA 2K20 - Official NBA All Star 2020 Trailer The Division 2: Warlords of New York focuses on story over nostalgia Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Void Edge – New Operators Reveal Trailer | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege: Void Edge Operators Gameplay Gadgets and Starter Tips | Ubisoft [NA] Rainbow Six Siege: The Tournament of Champions - Official Cinematic Trailer State of Decay 2 will get a zombie facelift March 13 with the Juggernaut Edition Katana Zero’s free DLC will be three times larger than expected Shenmue 3's Story Quest Pack DLC arrives next week Epic CEO Tim Sweeney condemns loot boxes, says game companies should 'divorce themselves from politics' Why leave Steam for Epic exclusivity? Spec Ops: The Line developer explains What the CEO of Epic Games gets wrong about video games and politics Tim Sweeney's Full DICE 2020 Talk Geoff Keighley skips E3 for the first time ever – “I just don’t feel comfortable participating” Steam’s going global – January’s top new releases include a host of non-English game Esports Sources: YouTube’s Deal With Activision Blizzard Valued At $160M Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Geneforge 1 - Mutagen Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Out now! Making a masterpiece in Wireframe #32 The Unpredictable Challenges Of Gaming With Cerebral Palsy Dutch’s real-life mom plays through Red Dead Redemption 2 Not-so-Dead Cells: Why maintaining an archive of your game is good for both you and your players Black History Month: Where Are Our Black Gaming Journalists? Huddled Together Blizzard's Long History of Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls and Fear of Women How I became an arms dealer in Escape From Tarkov Tony Hawk’s Underground gave us gaming’s best villain It Seems A Playable Xbox Build Of StarCraft Ghost Has Leaked Fundamentals of Game Animation Fluidity The Making of Titanfall 2’s ‘Effect and Cause’, Revealed by Respawn Entertainment Senior Designer All the Shovel Knight Games Explained The History of World in Conflict Exploring the Music of Golden Sun You need to play The Cat Lady Roadblocks (In-Gaming) The Death and Return of Isometric CRPGs | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 8) Things I missed from previous weeks Video game development in Iran: Limited tools, front companies and a specter of war