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  1. Completed: Total War Three Kingdoms Platform: PC Beautiful map and the best one I've seen in a Total War game. Massively improved diplomacy, economy, spying options, and supply system that all works perfectly for a Three Kingdoms game. Characters with their own personalities, likes and dislikes, and background uses (though things will start to overlap as you see many characters with similar backgrounds or passive skills from their class tree). Starting factions, resource locations, and gameplay elements unique to each lord can drastically change how you want to build your force/economy. Has more realistic records mode or powered up character romance mode that makes generals similar to heroes in Warhammer. Seasonal changes effect economy, food, and battles. Not a wide variety of units to use with many going to be locked behind reforms that you won't reach or behind starting lord choices. The one artillery piece seems extremely powerful, even ignoring its uses for siege and settlement battles, I tended to finish fights with each one getting between 3-6 hundred kills, wiping out around 3-5 units alone before even getting into all the unit routing they cause. I never really lost a fight even when outnumbered by quite a bit once I threw two of them into every army I had (I suppose I could have used six), and would assume they would be even more powerful in records mode. Maybe more balanced on a higher difficulty. The actual battles are fun but aren't near as interesting as the Warhammer games, but that is going to be helped quite a bit by being on the second game and with all the added and freely updated content that Warhammer has gotten over the years. You can't really watch the character duels that well in romance mode since you need to command the actual battle going on while characters fight and the game really likes to make your characters lose duels for no reason when you choose auto resolve. Some of the pre and in battle dialogue is terrible and not at all matching with certain characters. Odd to see certain characters not being legendary (though some that should be still start with better equipment or a unique description), maybe more of a balance reason with more likely being added later. Completed: SILPHEED Platform: Sega CD Vertical shooter. Art of the enemy ships and weapon effects doesn't look very impressive with the early polygon graphics the effects going on around you, destruction and laser fire, visuals of your movement making it look like you are getting further away as you near the top of the screen, and impressive level design that can have you flying across enemy ships/bases or making death star style trench runs make up for it. Enemies swarm around you from all sides., effects can hide enemy shots, and you can very suddenly be surprised by large objects or fast moving lasers that you will have almost no time to dodge unless you knew about them beforehand, these things combined with no continues or lives can make the game more of chore to play at times. Good music, dull sound effects. Dull bosses.
  2. 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: 118 Games Completed By Member Kaz32: 73 Legolas_Katarn: 33 Madfinnishgamer3: 6 Rune: 6 Old Threads Late 2015 (Completed 225) 2016 (Completed 626) 2017 (Completed 371) 2018 (Completed 302)
  3. This Week In Gaming 6-11-19

    E3 reveals, gameplay, interviews, and impressions. First trailer and info on Baldurs Gate 3, Elden Ring coming from From Software and George R.R. Martin, next gen Xbox, Colin Campbell tells the story of the first E3, gameplay and previews of Watch Dogs Legion, Heather Alexandra's retrospective on the Metal Gear series continues with Metal Gear Solid, first gameplay of Jedi Fallen Order and Vampire Bloodlines 2, Zelda Breath of the Wild gets a sequel, Deep Hell on what Jonathan Blow complaining about the state of games really means for the art form and how far it has come without him, Johnny Mnemonic in Cyberpunk, first Psychonauts 2 gameplay and Microsoft buys Double Fine, Jacob Geller discusses the cultural legacy of the headshot, The Game Overanalyser discusses the The Art and Science of Game Feel, 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) Full EA Play E3 2019 Presentation FULL Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Everything Microsoft Announced At E3 2019 Xbox Project Scarlett Console Announcement | Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Hands-On With Microsoft's New Elite Controller Microsoft Ends Xbox Backward Compatibility Efforts With A Final Batch Of Games FULL Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference Everything Bethesda Announced At E3 2019 Ikumi Nakamura Deserved Her E3 Moment Devolver's E3 conference was bloody and weird, as usual Everything from the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 The Full Ubisoft E3 Press Conference With Game Informer E3 2019 Recap: Everything Ubisoft Announced -- Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine Uplay Plus subscription service announced for $14.99 a month FULL Square Enix E3 2019 Press Conference Everything Square Enix Announced At E3 2019 Everything Nintendo Announced At E3 2019 E3 Leaks Twitter User Who Leaked Most E3 Announcements Says Nintendo's Lawyer Called Them Google’s Ambitious Video Game Streaming Service Arrives in November Google Stadia's getting publisher subscriptions on top of Stadia Pro Baldur’s Gate III is coming for PC and Stadia ‘when it’s ready,’ takes place after D&D’s Descent into Avernus “If you like D&D, you’ll be happy” – why Baldur’s Gate 3 will be the adaptation you want Cyberpunk 2077 Comes Out In April 2020, Will Feature Keanu Reeves E3 2019: Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition Leaks; Release Date & Keanu Reeves Confirmed You can finish Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone We've seen another 50 minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay - is it cyberpunk yet? How Cyberpunk 2077 Got Keanu Onboard | E3 2019 THE TRUEPOWER OF THE FORCE The Metroid And Dark Souls Inspirations Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Special Edition And Pre-Order Bonuses Detailed We Saw An Extended Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Demo | E3 2019 Each Family Member Is A Different Monster-Slaying Class In Children of Morta Human Characters Will Be Returning As Teammates In Ghost Recon Breakpoint After All Ghost Recon: Breakpoint's Survival Elements Keep The Game Tense Doom Eternal gameplay preview – an evolution as judicious as it is violent Doom Eternal release date revealed, plus multiplayer and gameplay details Doom Eternal Hands-On: How Some New Tricks Impact Doom's Famous Glory Kill Loop Doom Eternal transforms Doomguy into an ultra-violent Spider-Man Deathloop is the new game from Arkane Lyon Watch Dogs Legion is the most impressive E3 demo I've played in years Hands-On With Watch Dogs Legion, A Radical Rework With 'Something To Say' How Watch Dogs: Legion Makes NPCs Its Stars | E3 2019 Watch Dogs: Legion: Classroom 101 | Ubisoft [NA] The Politics of Watch Dogs Legion Obsidian's Next Game, The Outer Worlds, Is Basically Fallout: New Vegas In Space Borderlands 3 - Official Moze The Gunner Gameplay Demo | E3 2019 Rainbow Six Quarantine Announced, A 3-Player Co-Op Game John Wick Hex plays like XCOM via Superhot There's Going To Be A Blair Witch Video Game An Extended Look At Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Gameplay Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Upcoming Eldest Souls is a deicide-based boss rush RPG Puzzle through a beautiful home with an owl friend in the demo for When The Past Was Around Tales of Arise announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC Wasteland 3 - E3 2019 - Official Trailer Konami brings back Contra with Contra Rogue Corps Our First Look At The New Avengers Video Game We Saw 25 Minutes Of Avengers Gameplay – Here's What You Need To Know Creating A New Story For Marvel's Avengers | E3 2019 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC Will Add X-Men, Fantastic Four, And Marvel Knights Characters No More Heroes III Trailer | E3 2019 It's Official: Elden Ring Is A Crossover Between George R.R. Martin And The Developers Of Dark Souls Elden Ring will be more Dark Souls than Sekiro and way bigger than both Chucklefish shows off Starmancer, where an AI runs a ship Control is a tough, complex game with a “Dark Souls vibe” in its combat and storytelling Konami Is Making The TurboGrafx 16 Mini Valfaris trailer - PC Gaming Show 2019 ASTRAL CHAIN - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019 El Hijo trailer - PC Gaming Show 2019 Bulletstorm developer unveils co-op shooter Outriders Final Fantasy VII Remake launches March 3, 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake's Action-RPG Combat Detailed Final Fantasy VII Remake Feels Great To Play, But The Project Final Fantasy 7 Remake Developer Interview - IGN Live E3 2019 Final Fantasy VIII Is Getting A Remaster DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition - Nintendo E3 2019 Watch the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game Surreal cosmic adventure Genesis Noir reveals a new trailer at the PC Gaming Show Nintendo Announces Sequel to 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Super Mario Maker 2 Gameplay Pt. 1 - Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019 Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets September release date Hands-On With The Secret-Filled Luigi’s Mansion 3 Hands-on with Luigi's Mansion 3 and its multiplayer dungeon-crawling Scarescraper Mode Panzer Dragoon Remake Heading To The Nintendo Switch This Winter Fire Emblem: Three Houses Drops the Iconic Weapon Triangle. Here’s What That Means for the Gameplay Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gameplay - Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019 Roller Champions Gameplay Impressions - IGN LIVE E3 2019 Songs of Conquest is inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic and Total War Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout announced for PS4, PC Watch the Age of Wonders: Planetfall interview from the PC Gaming Show Oninaki, the new Toyko RPG Factory adventure, releases in August DAEMON X MACHINA - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019 Cris Tales is a gorgeous love letter to classic JRPGs Klei's Griftlands is back as a card battle RPG, alpha starts this July E3 Trailer: ‘Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ Romancing Saga 3 and Saga Scarlet Grace 'coming soon' to Steam New Shenmue 3 trailer is all about beating up drunken thugs Here's our first look at Per Aspera, a base-building game about terraforming Mars Empire of Sin is an XCOM-style strategy game, set in 1920s Chicago Mosaic: BlipBlop - PC Gaming Show E3 2019 Trailer Unexplored 2 is a bold, ambitious roguelike about adventuring across a vast world Wolfenstein: Youngblood Brings Tons of New Elements To The Series - IGN LIVE E3 2019 Wolfenstein: Youngblood's co-op shines even when you're not killing Nazis Wolfenstein: Youngblood: "When it comes to level design, Arkane has shown us the way" Collection Of Mana Comes To Switch, Including An English Seiken Densetsu 3, And It's Out Today Devolver releases a bunch of bootlegs of its own games, including Hotline Milwaukee Gods & Monsters Is A New Ubisoft Game That's Like Zelda With Greek Mythology Here's a first look at Commandos 2's HD remaster coming later this year Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Remastered hits PC in September The Surge 2 ID@Xbox - E3 2019 - New Games Reveal Trailer Ghostwire: Tokyo is announced at Bethesda E3 conference Deathloop is the new game from Arkane Lyon 12 Minutes is a game about a man trapped in a time loop Dying Light 2’s E3 trailer focuses on the story Your choices can wipe out entire settlements in Dying Light 2 With enormous 64-player battles, Chivalry 2 wants to be the new standard for medieval combat Planet Zoo out in November, check out the fun E3 trailer Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a gorgeous, combo-heavy sidescroller Conan Chop Chop is real and it’s coming to consoles and PC Borderlands 3 - Official "We Are Mayhem" Trailer | E3 2019 Zombie Army 4: Dead War – the demon Fuhrer’s undead army is back Zombie Army 4: Dead War Gameplay Demo - E3 2019 Nightmares come to life in new Remnant: From the Ashes gameplay trailer It’s official: Bleeding Edge is Ninja Theory’s next game Exclusive: Read Only Memories Sequel Announced EA Announces New EA Original Rustheart, A Game About Customizing and Befriending a Big Robot Spiritfarer is a cutesy death sim that plays like a cross between Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing Microsoft unveiled the first look at Dragon Ball Z Kakarot which comes out next year The Last Oasis pits giant walking sculptures against each other on a scorched Earth Rebellion reveals first trailer for Evil Genius 2 at E3 PC Gaming Show XSEED Games Will Release Granblue Fantasy Versus In North America Zelda-Esque Action Game Genshin Impact Is Coming To PC Asia’s favorite FPS comes to consoles with Crossfire X Minecraft Dungeons out in spring 2020 Microsoft Buys Psychonauts 2 Developer Double Fine Productions Double Fine is Joining Xbox Game Studios! Psychonauts 2 Reminds Us Why Double Fine is the Boss of Comedy Games ‘Reverse horror game’ Carrion announced for consoles, PC Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and new campaign coming to Xbox Way to the Woods sends two deer on an adorable journey in 2020 Halo Infinite to launch alongside Project Scarlett late 2020 Gears 5 Coming Out On September 10 Gears 5 Maneater is an RPG where you take on the role of a Bull Shark Maneater interview - PC Gaming Show 2019 Battletoads is coming to Xbox Game Pass CastleStorm II - Announce Trailer | PS4 Dragon Quest Builders 2 – E3 2019 Trailer | PS4 Code Vein - E3 Release Date Announcement Trailer | PS4 Ori and the Will of the Wisps now has a release date Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Actually Coming To The West Next Year New Microsoft Flight Simulator Looks Uncannily Like Real Life Brigador's sequel will star some badass new mechs and let you blow shit up on foot Greedfall - E3 2019 Story Trailer | PS4 Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair features 2.5D platforming and a new story Pokémon Sword & Shield Introduces The Max Raid Battles As The Series’ First 4-Player Raid System FIFA 20 | Official Reveal Trailer ft. VOLTA Football FIFA 20 Developers on Why Volta Won't Have Online Team Play, the Microtransactions Question, and More The big FIFA 20 interview FIFA 20 Hands-on: Slower, But Perhaps Better Madden 20 - Full Reveal Presentation | EA Play E3 2019 Madden 20 EA Play 2019 Hands-On: 5 Observations and My Current Confidence Level Exclusive Hands-On With Strife In Darksiders: Genesis Darksiders Genesis Classic Spongebob Game Battle for Bikini Bottom Is Getting Remade DESTROY ALL HUMANS REMAKE ANNOUNCED – E3 2019 Destroy All Humans! remake first gameplay 10 Minutes Of The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening On Switch The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics Official Reveal Trailer - E3 2019 Here Are All The Updates And Maps From Battlefield V's EA Play Presentation EA Will Change Battlefield V Nazi Who Shared Name With Resistance Fighter Apex Legends Season 2 Starts July 2, Includes Ranked Mode, New Weapon, New Legend Hands-On With Apex Legend's New Character: How Wattson Will Shake Up Your Team Dynamic The Sims 4 Island Living coming this summer Warframe teases ship-to-ship combat at PC Gaming Show, offers free Nekros Prime Banjo-Kazooie announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate State of Decay 2 is getting a new DLC expansion called Heartland Lego coming to Forza Horizon 4 in new expansion Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’s discovery tour is coming this autumn and has quizzes now Developing Hearts of Iron 4: the past, present, and future of gaming’s deepest WW2 sim The Division 2 Is Going Back To New York City Rage 2 expansion Rise of the Ghosts announced Vermintide 2 – Versus is a new 4v4 mode and you can sign up for the beta The Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragonhold DLC arrives later this year The Messenger free DLC ‘Picnic Panic’ launches July 11 Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind trailer shows playable Roxas, Aqua, and more GOG adds Diablo’s Hellfire expansion for free Why GOG Suddenly Fixed a 13-Year-Old 'Far Cry' Glitch E3 2019: Shenmue 3, More Games Confirmed As Epic Store Exclusives Quite a few Epic Store 'exclusives' are surprisingly coming to the Microsoft Store Gearbox confirms Chris Hardwick will reprise former role for Borderlands 3 NINTENDO COMMENTS ON CRUNCH AND GAME DELAYS – E3 2019 XSEED Games Removed The Trails Of Cold Steel Project Coordinator/Voiceover Director From The PlayStation 4 Version’s Credits Satisfactory sold over 500,000 copies on the Epic Store, says developer AAA game downloads on the brink of overtaking physical in Europe Dr Disrespect's Twitch channel is down, reportedly for streaming E3's bathrooms GameStop ‘Burns to the Ground’ and Analysts Fear No Rebound Esports News South Korean Overwatch League Broadcast Apparently Omits Pride Day Festivities Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story of the first E3 Witness Jonathan Blow Reboots and reimaginings Blizzard’s reveal of schoolgirl D.Va kicked off an Overwatch porn race Preservationists Are Racing to Save Ouya's Games Before They Disappear How Games Are Taking Us Back to the Early Days of the Internet Metal Gear Solid Retrospective: 'You Enjoy All The Killing, That's Why' Life Is Strange Has the Most Awkward, Relatable Sex Scene in a Video Game “Duke Nukem Forever and Ever,” by Reid McCarter PATHOLOGIC 2 AND WHAT GAMES CAN LEARN FROM LOW-TECH ART 'Don't Wake the Night' Tackles Morality Better Than Any AAA Game In Don't Wake The Night, You Have The Power Of A God Without The Omniscience Opinion: Observation's AI is a brilliant narrative device A Plague Tale: Innocence versus the Black Death Kids Is an Experimental Look into Group Dynamics and Power Gorogoa - Story Analysis | BoukenJima The Art and Science of Game Feel | How Game Designers Juice Games with Mechanics,Pacing and Effects Rationalizing Brutality: The Cultural Legacy of the Headshot Gato Roboto's Animation The making of Star Fox The Rise and Fall of F.E.A.R. A Critique of A Plague Tale: Innocence Ferrari: A Gaming Overview Building a Pirate's Paradise: The AI of Sea of Thieves (Part 1) | AI and Games How Subnautica Succeeded Without Weapons | War Stories | Ars Technica Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry The 10 keys to a perfect E3 press conference (or drinking game)
  4. E3 reveals, gameplay, interviews, and impressions. First trailer and info on Baldurs Gate 3, Elden Ring coming from From Software and George R.R. Martin, next gen Xbox, Colin Campbell tells the story of the first E3, gameplay and previews of Watch Dogs Legion, Heather Alexandra's retrospective on the Metal Gear series continues with Metal Gear Solid, first gameplay of Jedi Fallen Order and Vampire Bloodlines 2, Deep Hell on what Jonathan Blow complaining about the state of games really means for the art form and how far it has come without him, Johnny Mnemonic in Cyberpunk, first Psychonauts 2 gameplay and Microsoft buys Double Fine, Jacob Geller discusses the cultural legacy of the headshot, The Game Overanalyser discusses the The Art and Science of Game Feel, 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) Full EA Play E3 2019 Presentation FULL Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Everything Microsoft Announced At E3 2019 Xbox Project Scarlett Console Announcement | Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Hands-On With Microsoft's New Elite Controller Microsoft Ends Xbox Backward Compatibility Efforts With A Final Batch Of Games FULL Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference Everything Bethesda Announced At E3 2019 Ikumi Nakamura Deserved Her E3 Moment Devolver's E3 conference was bloody and weird, as usual Everything from the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 The Full Ubisoft E3 Press Conference With Game Informer E3 2019 Recap: Everything Ubisoft Announced -- Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine Uplay Plus subscription service announced for $14.99 a month FULL Square Enix E3 2019 Press Conference Everything Square Enix Announced At E3 2019 Everything Nintendo Announced At E3 2019 E3 Leaks Twitter User Who Leaked Most E3 Announcements Says Nintendo's Lawyer Called Them Google’s Ambitious Video Game Streaming Service Arrives in November Google Stadia's getting publisher subscriptions on top of Stadia Pro Baldur’s Gate III is coming for PC and Stadia ‘when it’s ready,’ takes place after D&D’s Descent into Avernus “If you like D&D, you’ll be happy” – why Baldur’s Gate 3 will be the adaptation you want Cyberpunk 2077 Comes Out In April 2020, Will Feature Keanu Reeves E3 2019: Cyberpunk 2077 Collector's Edition Leaks; Release Date & Keanu Reeves Confirmed You can finish Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone We've seen another 50 minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay - is it cyberpunk yet? THE TRUEPOWER OF THE FORCE The Metroid And Dark Souls Inspirations Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Special Edition And Pre-Order Bonuses Detailed We Saw An Extended Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Demo | E3 2019 Each Family Member Is A Different Monster-Slaying Class In Children of Morta Human Characters Will Be Returning As Teammates In Ghost Recon Breakpoint After All Ghost Recon: Breakpoint's Survival Elements Keep The Game Tense Doom Eternal gameplay preview – an evolution as judicious as it is violent Doom Eternal release date revealed, plus multiplayer and gameplay details Doom Eternal Hands-On: How Some New Tricks Impact Doom's Famous Glory Kill Loop Doom Eternal transforms Doomguy into an ultra-violent Spider-Man Deathloop is the new game from Arkane Lyon Watch Dogs Legion is the most impressive E3 demo I've played in years Hands-On With Watch Dogs Legion, A Radical Rework With 'Something To Say' How Watch Dogs: Legion Makes NPCs Its Stars | E3 2019 Watch Dogs: Legion: Classroom 101 | Ubisoft [NA] The Politics of Watch Dogs Legion Obsidian's Next Game, The Outer Worlds, Is Basically Fallout: New Vegas In Space Borderlands 3 - Official Moze The Gunner Gameplay Demo | E3 2019 Rainbow Six Quarantine Announced, A 3-Player Co-Op Game John Wick Hex plays like XCOM via Superhot There's Going To Be A Blair Witch Video Game An Extended Look At Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Gameplay Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Upcoming Eldest Souls is a deicide-based boss rush RPG Puzzle through a beautiful home with an owl friend in the demo for When The Past Was Around Tales of Arise announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC Wasteland 3 - E3 2019 - Official Trailer Konami brings back Contra with Contra Rogue Corps Our First Look At The New Avengers Video Game We Saw 25 Minutes Of Avengers Gameplay – Here's What You Need To Know Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC Will Add X-Men, Fantastic Four, And Marvel Knights Characters No More Heroes III Trailer | E3 2019 It's Official: Elden Ring Is A Crossover Between George R.R. Martin And The Developers Of Dark Souls Elden Ring will be more Dark Souls than Sekiro and way bigger than both Chucklefish shows off Starmancer, where an AI runs a ship Control is a tough, complex game with a “Dark Souls vibe” in its combat and storytelling Konami Is Making The TurboGrafx 16 Mini Valfaris trailer - PC Gaming Show 2019 ASTRAL CHAIN - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019 El Hijo trailer - PC Gaming Show 2019 Bulletstorm developer unveils co-op shooter Outriders Final Fantasy VII Remake launches March 3, 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake's Action-RPG Combat Detailed Final Fantasy VII Remake Feels Great To Play, But The Project Final Fantasy VIII Is Getting A Remaster DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition - Nintendo E3 2019 Watch the trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game Surreal cosmic adventure Genesis Noir reveals a new trailer at the PC Gaming Show Nintendo Announces Sequel to 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Super Mario Maker 2 Gameplay Pt. 1 - Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2019 Julian Gollop's X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point gets September release date Hands-On With The Secret-Filled Luigi’s Mansion 3 Hands-on with Luigi's Mansion 3 and its multiplayer dungeon-crawling Scarescraper Mode Panzer Dragoon Remake Heading To The Nintendo Switch This Winter Fire Emblem: Three Houses Drops the Iconic Weapon Triangle. Here’s What That Means for the Gameplay Songs of Conquest is inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic and Total War Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout announced for PS4, PC Watch the Age of Wonders: Planetfall interview from the PC Gaming Show Oninaki, the new Toyko RPG Factory adventure, releases in August DAEMON X MACHINA - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019 Cris Tales is a gorgeous love letter to classic JRPGs Klei's Griftlands is back as a card battle RPG, alpha starts this July E3 Trailer: ‘Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ Romancing Saga 3 and Saga Scarlet Grace 'coming soon' to Steam New Shenmue 3 trailer is all about beating up drunken thugs Here's our first look at Per Aspera, a base-building game about terraforming Mars Empire of Sin is an XCOM-style strategy game, set in 1920s Chicago Mosaic: BlipBlop - PC Gaming Show E3 2019 Trailer Unexplored 2 is a bold, ambitious roguelike about adventuring across a vast world Wolfenstein: Youngblood Brings Tons of New Elements To The Series - IGN LIVE E3 2019 Wolfenstein: Youngblood's co-op shines even when you're not killing Nazis Wolfenstein: Youngblood: "When it comes to level design, Arkane has shown us the way" Collection Of Mana Comes To Switch, Including An English Seiken Densetsu 3, And It's Out Today Devolver releases a bunch of bootlegs of its own games, including Hotline Milwaukee Gods & Monsters Is A New Ubisoft Game That's Like Zelda With Greek Mythology Here's a first look at Commandos 2's HD remaster coming later this year Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Remastered hits PC in September The Surge 2 ID@Xbox - E3 2019 - New Games Reveal Trailer Ghostwire: Tokyo is announced at Bethesda E3 conference Deathloop is the new game from Arkane Lyon 12 Minutes is a game about a man trapped in a time loop Dying Light 2’s E3 trailer focuses on the story Your choices can wipe out entire settlements in Dying Light 2 With enormous 64-player battles, Chivalry 2 wants to be the new standard for medieval combat Planet Zoo out in November, check out the fun E3 trailer Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a gorgeous, combo-heavy sidescroller Conan Chop Chop is real and it’s coming to consoles and PC Borderlands 3 - Official "We Are Mayhem" Trailer | E3 2019 Zombie Army 4: Dead War – the demon Fuhrer’s undead army is back Zombie Army 4: Dead War Gameplay Demo - E3 2019 Nightmares come to life in new Remnant: From the Ashes gameplay trailer It’s official: Bleeding Edge is Ninja Theory’s next game Exclusive: Read Only Memories Sequel Announced EA Announces New EA Original Rustheart, A Game About Customizing and Befriending a Big Robot Watch the first trailer for Spiritfarer, a 2D adventure game, coming to Xbox Game Pass Microsoft unveiled the first look at Dragon Ball Z Kakarot which comes out next year The Last Oasis pits giant walking sculptures against each other on a scorched Earth Rebellion reveals first trailer for Evil Genius 2 at E3 PC Gaming Show XSEED Games Will Release Granblue Fantasy Versus In North America Zelda-Esque Action Game Genshin Impact Is Coming To PC Asia’s favorite FPS comes to consoles with Crossfire X Minecraft Dungeons out in spring 2020 Microsoft Buys Psychonauts 2 Developer Double Fine Productions Double Fine is Joining Xbox Game Studios! Psychonauts 2 Reminds Us Why Double Fine is the Boss of Comedy Games ‘Reverse horror game’ Carrion announced for consoles, PC Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and new campaign coming to Xbox Way to the Woods sends two deer on an adorable journey in 2020 Halo Infinite to launch alongside Project Scarlett late 2020 Gears 5 Coming Out On September 10 Gears 5 Maneater is an RPG where you take on the role of a Bull Shark Maneater interview - PC Gaming Show 2019 Battletoads is coming to Xbox Game Pass CastleStorm II - Announce Trailer | PS4 Dragon Quest Builders 2 – E3 2019 Trailer | PS4 Code Vein - E3 Release Date Announcement Trailer | PS4 Ori and the Will of the Wisps now has a release date Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Actually Coming To The West Next Year New Microsoft Flight Simulator Looks Uncannily Like Real Life Brigador's sequel will star some badass new mechs and let you blow shit up on foot Greedfall - E3 2019 Story Trailer | PS4 Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair features 2.5D platforming and a new story Pokémon Sword & Shield Introduces The Max Raid Battles As The Series’ First 4-Player Raid System FIFA 20 | Official Reveal Trailer ft. VOLTA Football FIFA 20 Developers on Why Volta Won't Have Online Team Play, the Microtransactions Question, and More The big FIFA 20 interview FIFA 20 Hands-on: Slower, But Perhaps Better Madden 20 - Full Reveal Presentation | EA Play E3 2019 Madden 20 EA Play 2019 Hands-On: 5 Observations and My Current Confidence Level Exclusive Hands-On With Strife In Darksiders: Genesis Darksiders Genesis Classic Spongebob Game Battle for Bikini Bottom Is Getting Remade DESTROY ALL HUMANS REMAKE ANNOUNCED – E3 2019 Destroy All Humans! remake first gameplay 10 Minutes Of The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening On Switch The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics Official Reveal Trailer - E3 2019 Here Are All The Updates And Maps From Battlefield V's EA Play Presentation EA Will Change Battlefield V Nazi Who Shared Name With Resistance Fighter Apex Legends Season 2 Starts July 2, Includes Ranked Mode, New Weapon, New Legend Hands-On With Apex Legend's New Character: How Wattson Will Shake Up Your Team Dynamic The Sims 4 Island Living coming this summer Warframe teases ship-to-ship combat at PC Gaming Show, offers free Nekros Prime Banjo-Kazooie announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate State of Decay 2 is getting a new DLC expansion called Heartland Lego coming to Forza Horizon 4 in new expansion Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’s discovery tour is coming this autumn and has quizzes now Developing Hearts of Iron 4: the past, present, and future of gaming’s deepest WW2 sim The Division 2 Is Going Back To New York City Rage 2 expansion Rise of the Ghosts announced Vermintide 2 – Versus is a new 4v4 mode and you can sign up for the beta The Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragonhold DLC arrives later this year The Messenger free DLC ‘Picnic Panic’ launches July 11 Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind trailer shows playable Roxas, Aqua, and more GOG adds Diablo’s Hellfire expansion for free Why GOG Suddenly Fixed a 13-Year-Old 'Far Cry' Glitch E3 2019: Shenmue 3, More Games Confirmed As Epic Store Exclusives Quite a few Epic Store 'exclusives' are surprisingly coming to the Microsoft Store Gearbox confirms Chris Hardwick will reprise former role for Borderlands 3 NINTENDO COMMENTS ON CRUNCH AND GAME DELAYS – E3 2019 XSEED Games Removed The Trails Of Cold Steel Project Coordinator/Voiceover Director From The PlayStation 4 Version’s Credits Satisfactory sold over 500,000 copies on the Epic Store, says developer AAA game downloads on the brink of overtaking physical in Europe Dr Disrespect's Twitch channel is down, reportedly for streaming E3's bathrooms GameStop ‘Burns to the Ground’ and Analysts Fear No Rebound Esports News South Korean Overwatch League Broadcast Apparently Omits Pride Day Festivities Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The story of the first E3 Witness Jonathan Blow Reboots and reimaginings Blizzard’s reveal of schoolgirl D.Va kicked off an Overwatch porn race Preservationists Are Racing to Save Ouya's Games Before They Disappear How Games Are Taking Us Back to the Early Days of the Internet Metal Gear Solid Retrospective: 'You Enjoy All The Killing, That's Why' Life Is Strange Has the Most Awkward, Relatable Sex Scene in a Video Game “Duke Nukem Forever and Ever,” by Reid McCarter PATHOLOGIC 2 AND WHAT GAMES CAN LEARN FROM LOW-TECH ART 'Don't Wake the Night' Tackles Morality Better Than Any AAA Game In Don't Wake The Night, You Have The Power Of A God Without The Omniscience Opinion: Observation's AI is a brilliant narrative device A Plague Tale: Innocence versus the Black Death Kids Is an Experimental Look into Group Dynamics and Power Gorogoa - Story Analysis | BoukenJima The Art and Science of Game Feel | How Game Designers Juice Games with Mechanics,Pacing and Effects Rationalizing Brutality: The Cultural Legacy of the Headshot Gato Roboto's Animation The making of Star Fox The Rise and Fall of F.E.A.R. A Critique of A Plague Tale: Innocence Ferrari: A Gaming Overview Building a Pirate's Paradise: The AI of Sea of Thieves (Part 1) | AI and Games How Subnautica Succeeded Without Weapons | War Stories | Ars Technica Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry The 10 keys to a perfect E3 press conference (or drinking game)
  5. Completed: The Daedalus Encounter Platform: PC FMV puzzle game where they had a somewhat interesting idea for your character and hired two people that could act well enough but did nothing else remotely well.
  6. This Week In Gaming 6-4-19

    Jim Sterling collects some of the horror stories of abuse and exploitation from former Rockstar Games employees, Jeremy Hosking speaks to the developer of The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa about the real life events that influenced its creation, Death Stranding gameplay and release date, Austin Walker on Modern Warfare's identity crisis, Chris Bratt looks at the game that would become Fable, Ana Valens discusses how abusive men re-brand or use their connections to remain industry figures even after large numbers of sexual harassment and employee abuse allegations, Liam Triforce's Understanding the Music series examines the soundtrack composed for Max Payne 3, Failbetter Games' quest to eradicate crunch, Patrick Klepek shares the story of what happened when a tiny speedrunning community suspected a cheater in their midst, 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) BitSummit 7 Spirits and its treasure trove of trailers We're at Japan's indie games festival Bitsummit! Death Stranding Will Be Out In November Clan Introduction - Malkavian - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' Can't Decide Whether War Is Bad or Badass Call of Duty: Modern Warfare “is eliminating the traditional season pass” Infinity Ward is planning “cross-play support” for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Psychological Horror Visual Novel Raging Loop Coming West For PS4 And Switch In 2019 Team17's New Project is a Gruesome Action Game Called Blasphemous A separate Vampire: The Masquerade single-player narrative experience announced After Raising $120,000 On Kickstarter, Cult Classic Charles Barkley RPG Sequel Has Fallen Apart WEATHER FACTORY REVEALS NEW GAME, BOOK OF HOURS AND ANNOUNCES CULTIST SIMULATOR: ANTHOLOGY EDITION Starborne blends the grand scale and deception of EVE Online with a 4X strategy game Watch Dogs Legion Leaks, Will Let You Play As Any NPC Shenmue III Delayed Again, This Time Until November Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX will not be a Switch exclusive Ghostbusters: The Video Game Gets a High-Res Remaster This Year Hardcore Mecha Sorties Onto Steam And PS4 On June 27, 2019 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Second Playable Character Reveal | PS4 Celeste's free ultra-hard DLC will contain more than 100 levels Warhammer: Chaosbane will get a post-launch DLC campaign featuring the Tomb Kings NEW SPECIALIZATION - GUNNER MORTAL KOMBAT 11 DLC KOMBAT PACK TO FEATURE SHANG TSUNG, SPAWN, MORE Hitman 2's June roadmap includes the bank level, and more Battletech: Urban Warfare brings mechs to the big city today Here’s what Winds of Magic brings to Vermintide 2, and why you shouldn’t expect a new hero soon Microsoft is bringing more games to Steam, says 'We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games' Starbreeze lays off a quarter of its staff in further efforts to cut costs John Romero Made A New Doom Mod And It's Great Esports News This Weekend's Rocket League Tournament Will Set The Stage For The World Championship Nintendo Explains Why Its Official Smash Bros. Tournaments Are So Weird Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) R-Type Final 2, Aiming for a Brand-New, the Best Shmup Ever Small Saga makes a big impression with its demo Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Incredible Real-Life Story Behind The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa THE FRIENDS OF RINGO ISHIKAWA Nick Robinson and Matt Conn faced sexual harassment allegations. Why are they still in games? Failbetter Games' quest to eradicate crunch Responsible Petting Tricky Translations #4: “I” & “Me” in Japanese Can stories be apolitical? We asked some video game writers and narrative designers The Speedrunner Who Wasn’t: How a Community Dealt with an Elaborate Cheater Twitch Still Hasn't Fixed Its Racist Emote Problem From Bubsy to System Shock, how indie devs bring old videogames back to life Opinion: How Draugen lets down its characters Two Years Later, Night in the Woods is Still Relatable ‘Outer Wilds’ Is a Captivating Sci-Fi Mystery About the End of the World Pathologic 2 Is Getting Difficulty Sliders, and That's a Good Thing Fear & Fury: How The Rockstar Sausage Is Made (The Jimquisition) Understanding the Music of Max Payne 3 Superhero League of Hoboken (1994) | Forgotten Gems Maniac Mansion: The Most Influential Game with Disembodied Tentacles Blips: Here’s Four Neat Games! Wishworld, the game that would become Fable Storytelling through Music in Hollow Knight Finding Comfort in Chaos: Dangerous Driving and Snakeybus The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening | Gaming Historian EcoGaming #2: Pastoral and Georgic Games Nintendo Should Make N64 and Gamecube Games in VR A Tribute To Classic Indie Games Finite State Machines and the AI of Half-Life | AI 101 | AI and Games toco toco - Keiichi Okabe, Composer Q & A with the M2 Shot Triggers Development Team / MY LIFE IN GAMING How Bluepoint Games Remade Shadow Of The Colossus | Audio Logs How This War of Mine Plays on Your Emotions | War Stories | Ars Technica Dream Daddies and Fearful Fathers: How Indies Can Cope with Being Terminally Online Danny O'Dwyer on Irish Sports, Game Dev, and More! - Voice Chat
  7. Jim Sterling collects some of the horror stories of abuse and exploitation from former Rockstar Games employees, Jeremy Hosking speaks to the developer of The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa about the real life events that influenced its creation, Death Stranding gameplay and release date, Austin Walker on Modern Warfare's identity crisis, Chris Bratt looks at the game that would become Fable, Ana Valens discusses how abusive men re-brand or use their connections to remain industry figures even after large numbers of sexual harassment and employee abuse allegations, Liam Triforce's Understanding the Music series examines the soundtrack composed for Max Payne 3, Failbetter Games' quest to eradicate crunch, Patrick Klepek shares the story of what happened when a tiny speedrunning community suspected a cheater in their midst, 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) BitSummit 7 Spirits and its treasure trove of trailers We're at Japan's indie games festival Bitsummit! Death Stranding Will Be Out In November Clan Introduction - Malkavian - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' Can't Decide Whether War Is Bad or Badass Call of Duty: Modern Warfare “is eliminating the traditional season pass” Infinity Ward is planning “cross-play support” for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Psychological Horror Visual Novel Raging Loop Coming West For PS4 And Switch In 2019 Team17's New Project is a Gruesome Action Game Called Blasphemous A separate Vampire: The Masquerade single-player narrative experience announced After Raising $120,000 On Kickstarter, Cult Classic Charles Barkley RPG Sequel Has Fallen Apart WEATHER FACTORY REVEALS NEW GAME, BOOK OF HOURS AND ANNOUNCES CULTIST SIMULATOR: ANTHOLOGY EDITION Starborne blends the grand scale and deception of EVE Online with a 4X strategy game Watch Dogs Legion Leaks, Will Let You Play As Any NPC Shenmue III Delayed Again, This Time Until November Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX will not be a Switch exclusive Ghostbusters: The Video Game Gets a High-Res Remaster This Year Hardcore Mecha Sorties Onto Steam And PS4 On June 27, 2019 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Second Playable Character Reveal | PS4 Celeste's free ultra-hard DLC will contain more than 100 levels Warhammer: Chaosbane will get a post-launch DLC campaign featuring the Tomb Kings NEW SPECIALIZATION - GUNNER MORTAL KOMBAT 11 DLC KOMBAT PACK TO FEATURE SHANG TSUNG, SPAWN, MORE Hitman 2's June roadmap includes the bank level, and more Battletech: Urban Warfare brings mechs to the big city today Here’s what Winds of Magic brings to Vermintide 2, and why you shouldn’t expect a new hero soon Microsoft is bringing more games to Steam, says 'We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games' Starbreeze lays off a quarter of its staff in further efforts to cut costs John Romero Made A New Doom Mod And It's Great Esports News This Weekend's Rocket League Tournament Will Set The Stage For The World Championship Nintendo Explains Why Its Official Smash Bros. Tournaments Are So Weird Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) R-Type Final 2, Aiming for a Brand-New, the Best Shmup Ever Small Saga makes a big impression with its demo Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Incredible Real-Life Story Behind The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa THE FRIENDS OF RINGO ISHIKAWA Nick Robinson and Matt Conn faced sexual harassment allegations. Why are they still in games? Failbetter Games' quest to eradicate crunch Responsible Petting Tricky Translations #4: “I” & “Me” in Japanese Can stories be apolitical? We asked some video game writers and narrative designers The Speedrunner Who Wasn’t: How a Community Dealt with an Elaborate Cheater Twitch Still Hasn't Fixed Its Racist Emote Problem From Bubsy to System Shock, how indie devs bring old videogames back to life Opinion: How Draugen lets down its characters Two Years Later, Night in the Woods is Still Relatable ‘Outer Wilds’ Is a Captivating Sci-Fi Mystery About the End of the World Pathologic 2 Is Getting Difficulty Sliders, and That's a Good Thing Fear & Fury: How The Rockstar Sausage Is Made (The Jimquisition) Understanding the Music of Max Payne 3 Superhero League of Hoboken (1994) | Forgotten Gems Maniac Mansion: The Most Influential Game with Disembodied Tentacles Blips: Here’s Four Neat Games! Wishworld, the game that would become Fable Storytelling through Music in Hollow Knight Finding Comfort in Chaos: Dangerous Driving and Snakeybus The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening | Gaming Historian EcoGaming #2: Pastoral and Georgic Games Nintendo Should Make N64 and Gamecube Games in VR A Tribute To Classic Indie Games Finite State Machines and the AI of Half-Life | AI 101 | AI and Games toco toco - Keiichi Okabe, Composer Q & A with the M2 Shot Triggers Development Team / MY LIFE IN GAMING How Bluepoint Games Remade Shadow Of The Colossus | Audio Logs How This War of Mine Plays on Your Emotions | War Stories | Ars Technica Dream Daddies and Fearful Fathers: How Indies Can Cope with Being Terminally Online Danny O'Dwyer on Irish Sports, Game Dev, and More! - Voice Chat
  8. Over the last few years Discord and the built in group/community features on the Xbox/Playstation have done away with the need for our old teamspeak channel and has taken most of the conversations off the forums. The Discord can be found as the pinned tweet of the AJSA Community twitter account.
  9. The popularity of Discord as a voice and text app takes away a lot of the use of the forum, and the consoles also getting their own clubs and chat rooms on the systems themselves keep people interacting more off of the forums.
  10. Completed: Katana Zero Platform: PC 2D action game where you can slow down time, deflect bullets, and roll to dodge through attacks and traps while trying to kill all enemies in each area with your sword or thrown weapons. Dialogue choices and occasional actions in a level can change how plot details play out. Gamepaly can change up a bit with stealth or a motorcycle chase. Excellent soundtrack and artstyle for characters, world, and backgrounds. Endgame sword unlocks can change attacks for replays. Too simple in most sections until you start getting near the end of the game, it's fun but most sections just wouldn't be that interesting to replay and are too simple to take much effort even the first time. Not that long of a game and ends on a cliffhanger likely for a sequel or DLC.
  11. This Week In Gaming 5-28-19

    Super Bunnyhop looks into the job of a QA tester, Cameron Kunzelman on fantasy narratives and how Dragon's Dogma does something different, LeeRoy Lewin on the reasons behind the 1983 game crash and how the people that want or think that one is coming revise the history around it, Charlie Hall talks to the Vampire Bloodlines 2 writers about reinvigorating a cult classic, Cecilia D'Anastasio's investigation into the business of esports, how the US anti-loot box bill could change how games are sold, Richard Moss speaks with the Sega executive behind the efforts to bring in more female players in the mid 90s, former Rockstar Lincoln studio head on dealing with the regret of embracing crunch culture, THQ says Epic store results exceeded their expectations, Morgan Park recalls a strange year spent in a strictly regimented Day Of Defeat troop, Kevin Snow on the localization of Pathologic 2, 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) Nioh 2 closed alpha test set for May 24 to June 2, gameplay trailer Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey - Expand Trailer Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 welcomes the bossy Ventrue clan The writers of Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 on reinvigorating a cult classic Missing Game Dead Island 2 Is Still In Development, Publisher Says Paradox will announce a new grand strategy game at PDXCON in Berlin Matthew Mercer and Crispin Freeman Talk About Voicing Judgment Characters Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is coming to Steam Persona 5 Royal Videos Introduce New Confidant Takuto Maruki And New Places To Check Out Blaster Master Zero is heading to Steam in June Exclusive Gameplay Of Venom Boss Fight In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Marvel Games' Bill Rosemann On Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order X-Men trailer Super Mario Maker 2’s story mode isn’t just a level pack – it’s a brilliant stage design masterclass Warhammer: Chaosbane’s story trailer sets the stage for hacking and slashing Death Stranding ‘Help Us Reconnect’ teaser video The Trailer For Upcoming 80s Arcade Era Throwback 198X is Totally Rad Dark With A Shot Of Whimsy: Necrobarista Comes To PC This August Why Beyond Blue is shaping up to be much more than Blue Planet: The Game Sea Of Solitude sets sail for launch on July 5th Action Puzzle-Platformer AeternoBlade II Is Coming To PS4, Xbox One, Switch In Fall 2019 Star Ocean: First Departure R Remasters A Remake On PS4 And Switch Catherine: Full Body English gameplay Meowtroidvania Gato Roboto pounces into stores next week Utawarerumono Zan Release Date Set For September 2019 In North America And Europe Human Head's Viking RPG Rune renamed again, will be an Epic exclusive at launch Advance Wars-inspired Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble is coming to Steam Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Will Bring Huge Changes to Jobs, Combat, and Quests Overwatch’s new replay system is a powerful tool for photography, bragging Pathfinder: Kingmaker is getting an Enhanced Edition in June Stellaris unveils new archaeology themed Ancient Relics story pack DLC Battlefield 5's stunning new Mediterranean map arrives this week Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night to get $10 day one DLC followed by seven free game modes Mutant Year Zero is getting a new DLC with a flame-throwing moose More Telltale Games Are Disappearing From Digital Storefronts ‘Witcher’ Developer Debuts GOG Galaxy 2.0 App Metro Exodus recoups all costs, boosts Q1 revenue at THQ Nordic The Epic Games Store exceeded THQ Nordic's expectations, says CEO Former Rockstar Designer Says Former Top Executive Groped Him How Total War conquered China to break franchise records Twitch suspends streaming for new users as it fights off Artifact trolls Frostbite's hot new hair technology puts Geralt's finger-lickin' locks to shame Anti-loot box bill could radically change how video games are sold From Candy Crush to Hearthstone: How the Loot Box Bill Could Affect Some of the Industry's Biggest Games Proposed anti-loot box bill has big implications for devs and publishers Censorship, Steam, and the explosive rise of PC gaming in China 'Gaming Disorder' officially recognized as disease by World Health Organization Survey data, case studies suggest gaming addiction rampant among Japan's young South Korean government split on gaming disorder Trump administration 25 percent tariff proposal targets U.S. board game, game console imports Modder Explains How He Created That Cool Bloodborne Mod That Lets You Control Enemies Esports News Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble Scar defeats SonicFox in Mortal Kombat 11 Grand Finals at Combo Breaker 2019 Riot Forms Scholastic Association to Oversee School Esports Efforts Dota 2 pro won’t play unless Valve confronts hate speech Why We Still Need a Women-Only 'Counter-Strike' Tournament Overwatch League commissioner to leave Blizzard for Epic Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What happened when Sega courted female players in the mid-’90s From Rockstar Lincoln studio head to anti-crunch advocate Leigh Alexander: "Power fantasies are boring" My Strange Year In A Strictly-Regimented Day Of Defeat Troop How Video Games Let Me Go Back Home Designing for horror and hope in A Plague Tale: Innocence Pathologic 2 Localization Technicolor Dystopias: Why the Colorful Wastelands of Rage 2, Far Cry New Dawn, and Fallout 76 Are Suddenly Popular Years Later, the Ending of 'Dragon's Dogma' Remains Wonderfully Weird and Subversive VA-11 HALL-A QUEER SPACES AND DRUG-DREAM FANTASY How the Video Game Industry Treats its Testers History Respawned: Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Dynamic Dialogue System of Horizon: Zero Dawn | Farlands In Focus Devil May Cry 5's Director On Making An Unforgettable Action Game | Audio Logs Game Journalism Of Thrones (The Jimquisition) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Pitfall II: Scene 1: The Great Video Game Crash of 1983
  12. Super Bunnyhop looks into the job of a QA tester, Cameron Kunzelman on fantasy narratives and how Dragon's Dogma does something different, LeeRoy Lewin on the reasons behind the 1983 game crash and how the people that want or think that one is coming revise the history around it, Charlie Hall talks to the Vampire Bloodlines 2 writers about reinvigorating a cult classic, Cecilia D'Anastasio's investigation into the business of esports, how the US anti-loot box bill could change how games are sold, Richard Moss speaks with the Sega executive behind the efforts to bring in more female players in the mid 90s, former Rockstar Lincoln studio head on dealing with the regret of embracing crunch culture, THQ says Epic store results exceeded their expectations, Morgan Park recalls a strange year spent in a strictly regimented Day Of Defeat troop, Kevin Snow on the localization of Pathologic 2, 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) Nioh 2 closed alpha test set for May 24 to June 2, gameplay trailer Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey - Expand Trailer Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 welcomes the bossy Ventrue clan The writers of Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 on reinvigorating a cult classic Missing Game Dead Island 2 Is Still In Development, Publisher Says Paradox will announce a new grand strategy game at PDXCON in Berlin Matthew Mercer and Crispin Freeman Talk About Voicing Judgment Characters Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is coming to Steam Persona 5 Royal Videos Introduce New Confidant Takuto Maruki And New Places To Check Out Blaster Master Zero is heading to Steam in June Exclusive Gameplay Of Venom Boss Fight In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Marvel Games' Bill Rosemann On Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order X-Men trailer Warhammer: Chaosbane’s story trailer sets the stage for hacking and slashing Death Stranding ‘Help Us Reconnect’ teaser video The Trailer For Upcoming 80s Arcade Era Throwback 198X is Totally Rad Dark With A Shot Of Whimsy: Necrobarista Comes To PC This August Why Beyond Blue is shaping up to be much more than Blue Planet: The Game Sea Of Solitude sets sail for launch on July 5th Action Puzzle-Platformer AeternoBlade II Is Coming To PS4, Xbox One, Switch In Fall 2019 Star Ocean: First Departure R Remasters A Remake On PS4 And Switch Catherine: Full Body English gameplay Meowtroidvania Gato Roboto pounces into stores next week Utawarerumono Zan Release Date Set For September 2019 In North America And Europe Human Head's Viking RPG Rune renamed again, will be an Epic exclusive at launch Advance Wars-inspired Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble is coming to Steam Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Will Bring Huge Changes to Jobs, Combat, and Quests Overwatch’s new replay system is a powerful tool for photography, bragging Pathfinder: Kingmaker is getting an Enhanced Edition in June Stellaris unveils new archaeology themed Ancient Relics story pack DLC Battlefield 5's stunning new Mediterranean map arrives this week Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night to get $10 day one DLC followed by seven free game modes Mutant Year Zero is getting a new DLC with a flame-throwing moose More Telltale Games Are Disappearing From Digital Storefronts ‘Witcher’ Developer Debuts GOG Galaxy 2.0 App Metro Exodus recoups all costs, boosts Q1 revenue at THQ Nordic The Epic Games Store exceeded THQ Nordic's expectations, says CEO Former Rockstar Designer Says Former Top Executive Groped Him How Total War conquered China to break franchise records Twitch suspends streaming for new users as it fights off Artifact trolls Frostbite's hot new hair technology puts Geralt's finger-lickin' locks to shame Anti-loot box bill could radically change how video games are sold From Candy Crush to Hearthstone: How the Loot Box Bill Could Affect Some of the Industry's Biggest Games Proposed anti-loot box bill has big implications for devs and publishers Censorship, Steam, and the explosive rise of PC gaming in China 'Gaming Disorder' officially recognized as disease by World Health Organization Survey data, case studies suggest gaming addiction rampant among Japan's young South Korean government split on gaming disorder Trump administration 25 percent tariff proposal targets U.S. board game, game console imports Modder Explains How He Created That Cool Bloodborne Mod That Lets You Control Enemies Esports News Shady Numbers And Bad Business: Inside The Esports Bubble Scar defeats SonicFox in Mortal Kombat 11 Grand Finals at Combo Breaker 2019 Riot Forms Scholastic Association to Oversee School Esports Efforts Dota 2 pro won’t play unless Valve confronts hate speech Why We Still Need a Women-Only 'Counter-Strike' Tournament Overwatch League commissioner to leave Blizzard for Epic Games Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) What happened when Sega courted female players in the mid-’90s From Rockstar Lincoln studio head to anti-crunch advocate Leigh Alexander: "Power fantasies are boring" My Strange Year In A Strictly-Regimented Day Of Defeat Troop How Video Games Let Me Go Back Home Designing for horror and hope in A Plague Tale: Innocence Pathologic 2 Localization Technicolor Dystopias: Why the Colorful Wastelands of Rage 2, Far Cry New Dawn, and Fallout 76 Are Suddenly Popular Years Later, the Ending of 'Dragon's Dogma' Remains Wonderfully Weird and Subversive VA-11 HALL-A QUEER SPACES AND DRUG-DREAM FANTASY How the Video Game Industry Treats its Testers History Respawned: Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Dynamic Dialogue System of Horizon: Zero Dawn | Farlands In Focus Devil May Cry 5's Director On Making An Unforgettable Action Game | Audio Logs Game Journalism Of Thrones (The Jimquisition) Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Pitfall II: Scene 1: The Great Video Game Crash of 1983
  13. Completed: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 Platform: PC Continues a month after the end of the previous game. Starts you at level 40 with combat links already leveled up around the max level of the previous game, you will still have your combat abilities and will improve them or gain more so it's not a sequel that starts you off barely able to do anything again. A likable and large character cast has you choose six-seven members that leads to different dialogue or character interactions throughout the game, unlike the first where you typically were given set characters in each chapter. Main and supporting characters that you continue to learn more about and interact with from the first game and starting to have more of a focus on the wider world and characters from previous Legend of Heroes games. The battle system is still enjoyable with them making magic abilities much more useful this time around, giving better character balance and more options. Never requires grinding, and even without it, I think I hit the highest ending level I ever have in a JRPG with my character being around 140. Still has a very good soundtrack, though a lot is taken from the first game. Still love Fie, Sara, and the fast forward button that can be used to speed up battles and to move around the world much faster. Still a terrible battle initiation system and overly hidden side activities and items. With this game being set around a civil war the extremely small towns give little to the imagination causing the war to feel insignificant, even more so when an event with the greatest damage to a town and meaning to characters killed a total of one person and somehow missed anything building of value in the town of about 12 buildings. They have taken Gaius being the more confident straight man of the group to a really boring extreme, to the point where his last three bonding events are basically just repeats of him voicing his dedication to protecting both his homelands and telling you how much he respects you and have taken the overly nonlethal methods of JRPG characters to the extreme as somehow you avoid killing people even as you cut through mechanized vehicles and plans with a giant robot and at one point repeatedly smash through soldiers armor while bashing them with your weapon while under the effects of your out of control super saiyany rage mode while still managing not to kill anyone.
  14. This Week In Gaming 5-21-19

    Noclip talks to former Telltale employees about the highs and lows of the studio, Ian Boudreau plays Project Hospital with a hospital director and finds that the game helps him understand the broken US healthcare system, Cool Ghosts return with new episode in their dead guys watching TV and reflecting on games series, CaseyExplosion and Dominic Tarason give thoughts on why the Epic Store sale can draw both anger and support from devs and what creating a successful store in this climate involves, Gwen Frey shares how Epic Store deal stopped her from having to sell to a publisher and how they promoted her work, Jacob Geller discusses the attacks faced by modern and experimental art both in videos games and in the wider art world, Liam Triforce looks at the Half Life series to see why it deserves to be revered and remembered, Kimimi's analysis of how Devil May Cry 5's final boss avoids typical tropes and how it focuses on the personalities of the cast, 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) Signs of the Sojourner is a card game with chats instead of battles Roadwarden is an upcoming wilderness exploration interactive fiction, with a demo out now System Shock 3 ‘has a lot of interest from publishers’ Mech strategy Phantom Brigade has a new combat system that lets you peer into the future Clan Introduction - Toreador - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 George R.R. Martin: “I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan” The Full Story Behind Marvel Heroes' Development Persona Q2 Has Me In An Extremely Fun Feedback Loop Until Dawn dev's new nautical horror Man of Medan gets an August release date Codemasters reveals an all-new Grid Sources: Call of Duty 2020 In Upheaval As Treyarch Takes Over, Plans Black Ops 5 Lords of the Fallen 2 studios fall out over quality of work, one leaves project Lords Of The Fallen 2 drops new devs Defiant Studios Conglomerate 451 brings cyberpunk dungeon crawling to early access next week Fade to Silence’s antagonist is a Lovecraftian GLaDOS that wants to see you fail Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Liu Bei Launch Trailer [PEGI UK] Total War: Three Kingdom’s ‘Chapter Packs’ DLC will advance your hero’s story Rainbow Six Siege Phantom Sight release date – all the latest details Metro Exodus expansions will tell the tales of a lost colonel and an American survivor Epic launches its own version of the Steam summer sale Hades’ Epic Games store price hike “stemmed from a miscommunication” Hades pricing and the Epic Mega Sale "I Was Saved By an [Epic Games Store] Exclusivity Deal," Says Indie Dev Steam user scores boost a game’s store placement – mixed is 500% better than negative Valve lets players avoid toxic people in DOTA 2, charges for the privilege CD Projekt promises less crunch on Cyberpunk 2077 than The Witcher 3 Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership Report: Microsoft And Sony's Cloud Gaming Collaboration Caught The PlayStation Team By Surprise Xbox boss Phil Spencer pledges improved safety and inclusivity in online games Riot Games stands firm against walkout employees' demands Riot Walkout Organizers Release Statement Saying They're "Disappointed" By Company's Decision on Forced Arbitration Indie Developer Accused Of Plagiarism Says It Was An 'Intentional' Reference Tencent acquires Sharkmob Nippon Ichi Software reportedly unable to pay staff after Disgaea RPG teething problems Unity slammed over engine features supporting the gambling industry China is the next battleground for Epic and Steam, but why haven't they been banned? U.S. Senator Says His Anti-Loot Box Bill Has The Video Game Industry Worried Nintendo to shut down Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem mobile games in Belgium over loot box law fears Sega's Judgment Going Back On Sale In Japan Esports News Losing in slow motion: How it feels to flame out on Hearthstone’s biggest stage LCS demands removal of Echo Fox investor who used racist slur Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Fight To Make Games Accessible For Everyone How to support videogames in 2019 How Final Fantasy IX's Strategy Guide Turned Out So Horrible (And Other Answers From A Veteran Guide Writer) Divinity: Original Sin’s team “love it” when players break the game Top Streamers Said To Earn $50,000 An Hour Playing New Games Why Games Need Better Non-Player Characters Now I’m motivated! ‘Project Hospital’ is A Great Way to Understand Our Broken Healthcare System Heaven’s Vault rewards replays by forcing you to live the theory you’re investigating Persona Can’t Do Women Justice Without Fixing its Conservatism Rage 2 is a fun game that makes me feel like garbage The Lazy Design Aesthetic of Misrepresenting Genetic Conditions Telltale: The Human Stories Behind The Games Who’s Afraid of Modern Art: Vandalism, Video Games, and Fascism Episode 3 Cool Ghosts TIMING - The 12 Principles of Animation - New Frame Plus Building Mario Levels with Machine Learning | AI and Games Alucard's Running Animation How To Make an Indie Game Trailer | Game Maker's Toolkit Half-Life Retrospective | Liam Triforce DAYS GONE COMBO MAD You Need To Play Katana Zero Atmosphere and Motivic Development in Hollow Knight's Soundtrack Mongolia's Video Game Grit Ubisoft’s Accessible Design Workshop | Ubisoft [NA] Suda51 Breaks Down His Iconic Career | Audio Logs How Localizing Return of the Obra Dinn Nearly Sunk the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica BBC GTA Interview Archive Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry WoW Classic
  15. Noclip talks to former Telltale employees about the highs and lows of the studio, Ian Boudreau plays Project Hospital with a hospital director and finds that the game helps him understand the broken US healthcare system, Cool Ghosts returns with new episode in their dead guys watching TV and reflecting on games series, CaseyExplosion and Dominic Tarason give thoughts on why the Epic Store sale can draw both anger and support from devs and what creating a successful store in this climate involves, Gwen Frey shares how Epic Store deal stopped her from having to sell to a publisher and how they promoted her work, Jacob Geller discusses the attacks faced by modern and experimental art both in videos games and in the wider art world, Liam Triforce looks at the Half Life series to see why it deserves to be revered and remembered, Kimimi's analysis of how Devil May Cry 5's final boss avoids typical tropes and how it focuses on the personalities of the cast, My Life in Gaming's documentary on developer M2, 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) Signs of the Sojourner is a card game with chats instead of battles Roadwarden is an upcoming wilderness exploration interactive fiction, with a demo out now System Shock 3 ‘has a lot of interest from publishers’ Mech strategy Phantom Brigade has a new combat system that lets you peer into the future Clan Introduction - Toreador - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 George R.R. Martin: “I’ve consulted on a video game out of Japan” The Full Story Behind Marvel Heroes' Development Persona Q2 Has Me In An Extremely Fun Feedback Loop Until Dawn dev's new nautical horror Man of Medan gets an August release date Codemasters reveals an all-new Grid Sources: Call of Duty 2020 In Upheaval As Treyarch Takes Over, Plans Black Ops 5 Lords of the Fallen 2 studios fall out over quality of work, one leaves project Lords Of The Fallen 2 drops new devs Defiant Studios Conglomerate 451 brings cyberpunk dungeon crawling to early access next week Fade to Silence’s antagonist is a Lovecraftian GLaDOS that wants to see you fail Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Liu Bei Launch Trailer [PEGI UK] Total War: Three Kingdom’s ‘Chapter Packs’ DLC will advance your hero’s story Rainbow Six Siege Phantom Sight release date – all the latest details Metro Exodus expansions will tell the tales of a lost colonel and an American survivor Epic launches its own version of the Steam summer sale Hades’ Epic Games store price hike “stemmed from a miscommunication” Hades pricing and the Epic Mega Sale "I Was Saved By an [Epic Games Store] Exclusivity Deal," Says Indie Dev Steam user scores boost a game’s store placement – mixed is 500% better than negative Valve lets players avoid toxic people in DOTA 2, charges for the privilege CD Projekt promises less crunch on Cyberpunk 2077 than The Witcher 3 Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership Report: Microsoft And Sony's Cloud Gaming Collaboration Caught The PlayStation Team By Surprise Xbox boss Phil Spencer pledges improved safety and inclusivity in online games Riot Games stands firm against walkout employees' demands Riot Walkout Organizers Release Statement Saying They're "Disappointed" By Company's Decision on Forced Arbitration Indie Developer Accused Of Plagiarism Says It Was An 'Intentional' Reference Tencent acquires Sharkmob Nippon Ichi Software reportedly unable to pay staff after Disgaea RPG teething problems Unity slammed over engine features supporting the gambling industry China is the next battleground for Epic and Steam, but why haven't they been banned? U.S. Senator Says His Anti-Loot Box Bill Has The Video Game Industry Worried Nintendo to shut down Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem mobile games in Belgium over loot box law fears Sega's Judgment Going Back On Sale In Japan Esports News Losing in slow motion: How it feels to flame out on Hearthstone’s biggest stage LCS demands removal of Echo Fox investor who used racist slur Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The Fight To Make Games Accessible For Everyone How to support videogames in 2019 How Final Fantasy IX's Strategy Guide Turned Out So Horrible (And Other Answers From A Veteran Guide Writer) Divinity: Original Sin’s team “love it” when players break the game Top Streamers Said To Earn $50,000 An Hour Playing New Games Why Games Need Better Non-Player Characters Now I’m motivated! ‘Project Hospital’ is A Great Way to Understand Our Broken Healthcare System Heaven’s Vault rewards replays by forcing you to live the theory you’re investigating Persona Can’t Do Women Justice Without Fixing its Conservatism Rage 2 is a fun game that makes me feel like garbage The Lazy Design Aesthetic of Misrepresenting Genetic Conditions Telltale: The Human Stories Behind The Games Who’s Afraid of Modern Art: Vandalism, Video Games, and Fascism Episode 3 Cool Ghosts TIMING - The 12 Principles of Animation - New Frame Plus Building Mario Levels with Machine Learning | AI and Games Alucard's Running Animation How To Make an Indie Game Trailer | Game Maker's Toolkit Half-Life Retrospective | Liam Triforce DAYS GONE COMBO MAD You Need To Play Katana Zero Atmosphere and Motivic Development in Hollow Knight's Soundtrack Mongolia's Video Game Grit Ubisoft’s Accessible Design Workshop | Ubisoft [NA] Suda51 Breaks Down His Iconic Career | Audio Logs How Localizing Return of the Obra Dinn Nearly Sunk the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica BBC GTA Interview Archive Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry WoW Classic
  16. That's what people said about everyone who has played Batman.
  17. This Week In Gaming 5-14-19

    Game Score Fanfare's new series explores the music of Final Fantasy, Dia Lacina examines the character who meant the most to her in Sekiro and why players respond strongly to From Software's lonely and isolating worlds, Patrick Stafford interviews developers about the dangers of in-game data collection, Joshua Rivera talks to a Mortal Kombat developer about the toll watching and researching violent material can have, Brian Crecente speaks with sources and researches leaked documents to uncover the current state of the ESA, Santa Monica Studio's documentary on the journey to creating God of War, Jody Macgregor on how the player expectation and pressure to constantly update games is harmful to developers and changes how games are talked about, Daryl Talks Games discusses his favorite moment in Twilight Princess and how sadness effects how you play games, Core-A Gaming discusses fighting game mechanics and why button mashing doesn't work, 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) John Wick Hex is an official strategy game heading to the Epic store The Final Fantasy VII Remake Finally Re-Emerges Be A Sugar Glider In Away: Survival Series As expected, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a year-long Epic Store exclusive Square Enix says ‘Project Prelude Rune’ is canceled, and the studio behind it shut down The Surge 2’s cyberpunk city is a concrete playground for its Souls-like combat Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s level design is like Dishonored Predator: Hunting Grounds Coming From Illfonic And Sony Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Exclusive Miles Morales Gameplay - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Exclusive Ms. Marvel Gameplay - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 How Rivalries and Alliances shape the world of Total War: Three Kingdoms Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Multiplayer Campaign Spotlight Building an army in Total War: Three Kingdoms Sun Jian Let's Play PART 1 - Total War: THREE KINGDOMS EVERYTHING in the Yellow Turban Rebellion DLC for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Another Vampire: The Masquerade RPG is Coming From the Developers of The Council An intensely bizarre trailer marks the start of Pathologic 2 preorders Search for your lost daughter after a spacecrash in upcoming Claire De Lune Trine 4 dev diary showcases a return to sidescrolling fairy tales The Legend of Grimrock devs are back with Druidstone, a new tabletop-inspired tactical RPG Blood Bowl 3 is coming next year New, Exclusive Gameplay For Man Of Medan Wandering city-builder Dream Engines lets you float away to escape and find untapped resources Dive into the depths of Koral on May 16 Outer Wilds becomes another Epic Games Store PC exclusive and some backers are not happy 16-player space submarine simulator Barotrauma plunges into early access next month You can’t have human AI comrades in Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ghost Recon Breakpoint is on Epic Games Store and not Steam Ghost Recon Breakpoint Isn't Making Political Statements, Ubisoft Insists Despite Obvious Themes Ghost Recon Bungled Bolivia, So At Least They're Going Somewhere Fictional This Time Warhammer: Chaosbane leans on an army of miniatures, but remains faithful to them New Gameplay Today – Gato Roboto MediEvil Remake Gameplay Trailer - State of Play New Gameplay Today – Code Vein Does Code Vein do enough to distinguish itself from Bloodborne? Monster Hunter: World Iceborne gameplay trailer reveals new elder dragon, Velkhana Titan Quest, first released in 2006, has a new expansion set in Atlantis “What if putting your empire into decline was a fun mechanic?” – developing Stellaris Euro Truck Simulator 2 heads through Transylvania to the Black Sea next Battle Brothers walks the woad to war with Warriors Of The North Rage 2 post-release content includes two expansions, free content and weekly challenges Cities: Skylines Is Going Back To College Pillars of Eternity 2’s turn-based mode gets full release The people who make WWE 2K are making a rival to WWE 2K Epic Games to collect special BAFTA award Bethesda pulls Elder Scrolls tabletop adventure amid plagiarism accusations YouTuber ProJared Accused Of Sexually Soliciting Fans Every Time I Become Aware of a YouTuber It's Because They've Done Something Horrible Labor Wants To Bring Back The Australian Interactive Games Fund With $25 Million Sweden investigating loot boxes U.S. Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Loot Boxes And Pay-To-Win Microtransactions Esports News Thrilling Overwatch League Match Sees Only Undefeated Team Lose Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season Fig announces open-ended crowdfunding program Open Access Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Inside the Disarray Facing the Video Game Organization Behind E3 Video Game Industry Association Appoints New President, CEO The dangers of in-game data collection 'I'd Have These Extremely Graphic Dreams': What It's Like To Work On Ultra-Violent Games Like Mortal Kombat 11 The 12 principles of animation in video games The First Video Game Convention Hosted Entirely On Steam How one deaf Overwatch fan is trying to make the game more accessible Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money Former Fortnite UX lead digs into ethical game design Porting Dead Cells to mobile: An in-depth breakdown From 'Putt Putt' to 'Freddi Fish'—How Humongous Entertainment Made Edutainment Fun Zelda: Skyward Sword Speedrunning Has Been Stale For A While, But A New Trick Might Change That How Rainbow Six Siege brings diversity to the military shooter Charting our Emotional Landscapes through Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice’s Hanbei The 20 Best Puzzle Games on Itch.io Heaven's Vault Is a Remarkable Exploration of Language and History Katana ZERO Offers Only Excuses The Flare Path: A breath of fresh Aer Us Lovely Corpses The Challenge of Cameras | Game Maker's Toolkit How NBA Jam Revolutionized Cheat Codes − Codex The Best Moment of Twilight Princess | Psych of Play Final Fantasy I, II, & III | Warriors of Leitmotif Exile: The 8-Bit Metroidvania You've Never Heard Of | Retrohistories Analysis: Why Button Mashing Doesn't Work God of War - Raising Kratos: Full Length Feature | PS4 Fallout Miami and Cascadia - What It Takes To Make A Large-Scale Mod Out of Bounds Discoveries | Mortal Kombat 11 - Boundary Break The Making of Divinity: Original Sin 2 Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The Story Of XBAND - The 16-Bit Multiplayer Network For Super Nintendo & Sega Genesis Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Garfield, Only He's A Nightmarish Monster Starring In A Game Boy Game Which Dark Souls boss is the best manager? | Unraveled
  18. Game Score Fanfare's new series explores the music of Final Fantasy, Dia Lacina examines the character who meant the most to her in Sekiro and why players respond strongly to From Software's lonely and isolating worlds, Patrick Stafford interviews developers about the dangers of in-game data collection, Joshua Rivera talks to a Mortal Kombat developer about the toll watching and researching violent material can have, Brian Crecente speaks with sources and researches leaked documents to uncover the current state of the ESA, Santa Monica Studio's documentary on the journey to creating God of War, Jody Macgregor on how the player expectation and pressure to constantly update games is harmful to developers and changes how games are talked about, Daryl Talks Games discusses his favorite moment in Twilight Princess and how sadness effects how you play games, Core-A Gaming discusses fighting game mechanics and why button mashing doesn't work, 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) John Wick Hex is an official strategy game heading to the Epic store The Final Fantasy VII Remake Finally Re-Emerges Be A Sugar Glider In Away: Survival Series As expected, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a year-long Epic Store exclusive Square Enix says ‘Project Prelude Rune’ is canceled, and the studio behind it shut down The Surge 2’s cyberpunk city is a concrete playground for its Souls-like combat Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s level design is like Dishonored Predator: Hunting Grounds Coming From Illfonic And Sony Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Exclusive Miles Morales Gameplay - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Exclusive Ms. Marvel Gameplay - Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 How Rivalries and Alliances shape the world of Total War: Three Kingdoms Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Multiplayer Campaign Spotlight Building an army in Total War: Three Kingdoms Sun Jian Let's Play PART 1 - Total War: THREE KINGDOMS EVERYTHING in the Yellow Turban Rebellion DLC for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Another Vampire: The Masquerade RPG is Coming From the Developers of The Council An intensely bizarre trailer marks the start of Pathologic 2 preorders Trine 4 dev diary showcases a return to sidescrolling fairy tales The Legend of Grimrock devs are back with Druidstone, a new tabletop-inspired tactical RPG Blood Bowl 3 is coming next year Search for your lost daughter after a spacecrash in upcoming Claire De Lune New, Exclusive Gameplay For Man Of Medan Wandering city-builder Dream Engines lets you float away to escape and find untapped resources Dive into the depths of Koral on May 16 Outer Wilds becomes another Epic Games Store PC exclusive and some backers are not happy 16-player space submarine simulator Barotrauma plunges into early access next month You can’t have human AI comrades in Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ghost Recon Breakpoint is on Epic Games Store and not Steam Ghost Recon Breakpoint Isn't Making Political Statements, Ubisoft Insists Despite Obvious Themes Ghost Recon Bungled Bolivia, So At Least They're Going Somewhere Fictional This Time Warhammer: Chaosbane leans on an army of miniatures, but remains faithful to them New Gameplay Today – Gato Roboto MediEvil Remake Gameplay Trailer - State of Play New Gameplay Today – Code Vein Does Code Vein do enough to distinguish itself from Bloodborne? Monster Hunter: World Iceborne gameplay trailer reveals new elder dragon, Velkhana Titan Quest, first released in 2006, has a new expansion set in Atlantis “What if putting your empire into decline was a fun mechanic?” – developing Stellaris Euro Truck Simulator 2 heads through Transylvania to the Black Sea next Battle Brothers walks the woad to war with Warriors Of The North Rage 2 post-release content includes two expansions, free content and weekly challenges Cities: Skylines Is Going Back To College Pillars of Eternity 2’s turn-based mode gets full release The people who make WWE 2K are making a rival to WWE 2K Epic Games to collect special BAFTA award Bethesda pulls Elder Scrolls tabletop adventure amid plagiarism accusations YouTuber ProJared Accused Of Sexually Soliciting Fans Every Time I Become Aware of a YouTuber It's Because They've Done Something Horrible Labor Wants To Bring Back The Australian Interactive Games Fund With $25 Million Sweden investigating loot boxes U.S. Senator Introduces Bill To Ban Loot Boxes And Pay-To-Win Microtransactions Esports News Thrilling Overwatch League Match Sees Only Undefeated Team Lose Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Monster Prom 2: Holiday Season Fig announces open-ended crowdfunding program Open Access Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Inside the Disarray Facing the Video Game Organization Behind E3 Video Game Industry Association Appoints New President, CEO The dangers of in-game data collection 'I'd Have These Extremely Graphic Dreams': What It's Like To Work On Ultra-Violent Games Like Mortal Kombat 11 The 12 principles of animation in video games The First Video Game Convention Hosted Entirely On Steam How one deaf Overwatch fan is trying to make the game more accessible Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money Former Fortnite UX lead digs into ethical game design Porting Dead Cells to mobile: An in-depth breakdown From 'Putt Putt' to 'Freddi Fish'—How Humongous Entertainment Made Edutainment Fun Zelda: Skyward Sword Speedrunning Has Been Stale For A While, But A New Trick Might Change That How Rainbow Six Siege brings diversity to the military shooter Charting our Emotional Landscapes through Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice’s Hanbei The 20 Best Puzzle Games on Itch.io Heaven's Vault Is a Remarkable Exploration of Language and History Katana ZERO Offers Only Excuses The Flare Path: A breath of fresh Aer Us Lovely Corpses The Challenge of Cameras | Game Maker's Toolkit How NBA Jam Revolutionized Cheat Codes − Codex The Best Moment of Twilight Princess | Psych of Play Final Fantasy I, II, & III | Warriors of Leitmotif Exile: The 8-Bit Metroidvania You've Never Heard Of | Retrohistories Analysis: Why Button Mashing Doesn't Work God of War - Raising Kratos: Full Length Feature | PS4 Fallout Miami and Cascadia - What It Takes To Make A Large-Scale Mod Out of Bounds Discoveries | Mortal Kombat 11 - Boundary Break The Making of Divinity: Original Sin 2 Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The Story Of XBAND - The 16-Bit Multiplayer Network For Super Nintendo & Sega Genesis Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Garfield, Only He's A Nightmarish Monster Starring In A Game Boy Game Which Dark Souls boss is the best manager? | Unraveled
  19. Completed: Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Platform: PC Good setting and entertaining writing and characters. Good ability synergy for stealth allows many abilities to help kill enemies quietly, a stun or knockout attack can give you more time to attack solo or multiple enemies while remaining in stealth, and being able to use multi shot attacks with silenced weapons. Combat is similar to the newer XCOM games and is enjoyable. Nice to have a shorter and more linear character focused tactical game. Overlap between character abilities and abilities that can require you to go into menus to switch between them for the right scenario or when some are in cooldown instead of being able to equip them all together or have quick switch options. Switching out characters for your active party of three out of five possible characters will also likely need to to keep changing out weapons and armors each time. Only lead character talks or comments on the area, investigation options, and found artifacts most of the time so unless you keep saving and reloading to see what other characters can say you miss out on a lot of the personality of the characters. Upgrading weapons isn't very interesting as all upgrades do is add one to the damage and the way the game is set up makes it a much better option to upgrade your silenced weapons all the way throughout most of the game, not doing that will waste very limited materials for the better weapons.
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  21. Very unlikely that he would do that with his time spent playing newer games and the increased view count that would come with them.
  22. This Week In Gaming 5-7-19

    Super Bunnyhop looks into the efforts towards unionization in the games industry and how the way the industry is run effects future generations, over 150 Riot employees stage walk out to end forced arbitration of sexual harassment and assault lawsuits and labor groups investigate sexual harassment claims at Quantic Dream, former Gearbox VO accuses Randy of assault, Matt Kim and Brendan Sinclair speaks to NetherRealm Studio's contractors and former employees about studio culture, Epic acquires Rocket League developer Psyonix, Errant Signal discusses small games both to highlight some and to talk about exposure, QueenofRabites covers the making of Chrono Trigger with the help of RPG Maker, Heather Alexandra on the importance of idle animations, Noah Caldwell-Gervais explores the real life locations that inspired or appear in the Fallout series, New Frame Plus looks at the evolving animations of Pokemon, 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) Borderlands 3: The Best Guns at the Preview Event Borderlands 3 Worldwide Gameplay Reveal - IGN Live Borderlands 3 Won't Have Loot Boxes Borderlands 3 Zane skill tree: all abilities and perks detailed Let's Talk About Randy Pitchford's Tantrum Over Borderlands 3's Microtransactions Here's why Claptrap's voice actor has changed in Borderlands 3 Cyberpunk 2077 and 2020 tabletop confirmed as being in the same timeline Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Mid Game Spotlight He Yi Start Position Spotlight - Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Exclusive: The Saga Of 'Star Citizen,' A Video Game That Raised $300 Million—But May Never Be Ready To Play Clan Introduction - Brujah - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 The Oxenfree creators discuss Afterparty, a game about outdrinking Satan Persona 5 Royal Gets a New Director and Producer The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan A Plague Tale: Innocence ‘Monsters’ trailer Run a robo-kitchen in Automachef How the Devs Behind 'Sable' Found Inspiration in the Enigmatic Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is out in June, and it doesn’t look like “poop” anymore Making it in Unreal: how Bloodstained continues the Castlevania legacy Last Epoch puts a brilliant new twist on the Diablo and Path of Exile skill systems A Subtler Magick Filled the Air: Exploring The Sinking City Send lonely messages to other players in upcoming The Things We Lost In The Flood New Gameplay Today – Observation The Red Solstice 2: Survivors continues WarCraft 3's modding legacy Respawn shares that it has banned over 770k Apex Legends cheaters in latest dev update World War Z lays out a roadmap full of speedy zombies Epic Acquires Rocket League Developer Psyonix Epic Clarifies: No Announced Plans to Stop Selling Rocket League on Steam Rocket League is getting review bombed because Epic bought Psyonix Path of Exile director on crunch: “I will not run this company that way” Over 150 Riot Employees Walk Out To Protest Forced Arbitration And Sexist Culture Riot Games Employees Walkout in Protest of Treatment By Company Over 100 Riot Games Employees Walked Out to End Forced Arbitration Labor Groups Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims at 'Detroit: Become Human' Developer Starbreeze seeks funding to avoid imminent "liquidity shortfall" Echo developers Ultra Ultra shut down, movie still planned Ubisoft and Genba to "kill the grey market" with silent key activation UK games industry gender pay gap report shows progress, but companies must do more It turns out the FCC ‘drastically overstated’ US broadband deployment after all There will soon be more PC gamers in China than the total population of the United States Dundee launches Summer of Games Esports News San Francisco Shock Complete Overwatch League's First-Ever Perfect Stage Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) "This Is How They Get Away With It:" Former NetherRealm Studios Contract Devs Reveal a Troubling Studio Culture NetherRealm's self-sustaining culture of crunch Ronda Rousey Has No Business Being in 'Mortal Kombat 11' Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm responds to accusations of workplace toxicity and crunch culture The pressure to constantly update games is pushing the industry to a breaking point How video games are reimagining Britain for the Brexit era In 1998, 'Jagged Alliance' Developers Threatened a Walkout—And It Worked What responsibility do leaders have to their developers? What it’s like to map a galaxy in Elite: Dangerous How YouTube let's plays are preserving video game history The Quiet Importance Of Idle Animations Can Grand Theft Auto V help your mental health? Yes, say role-players Unionization, Steady Careers, and Generations of Games Culture The Real Life Landscapes of Fallout 1, Fallout 2, and Fallout: New Vegas Talkin' 'Bout tiny Games How to Animate a 2D Fighting Game [redux] Leveling Up Progression Systems How Has Pokémon's Battle Animation Evolved? - New Frame Plus Good Game Design - Baba Is You The Design of FTL & Into The Breach The Making of Chrono Trigger (Animated) How Dead Cells Secretly Stops You From Dying Fixing Far Cry - A Critique of New Dawn // HeavyEyed Examining SUPERHOT's Innovative Action, Three Years On A Review of Forager Noclip Podcast #10 - Playing Sekiro With One Arm Inside FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Remaster (Closed Captions) How Slay the Spire’s Original Interface Almost Killed the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica 3 Hours of Relaxing Super Nintendo Music - SNESdrunk Three hours of relaxing SNES music, going to the video page and looking at the description will give you time stamps and the name of each track. God of War documentary is making its debut this week Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry David Cage
  23. Super Bunnyhop looks into the efforts towards unionization in the games industry and how the way the industry is run effects future generations, over 150 Riot employees stage walk out to end forced arbitration of sexual harassment and assault lawsuits and labor groups investigate sexual harassment claims at Quantic Dream, former Gearbox VO accuses Randy of assault, Matt Kim and Brendan Sinclair speaks to NetherRealm Studio's contractors and former employees about studio culture, Epic acquires Rocket League developer Psyonix, Errant Signal discusses small games both to highlight some and to talk about exposure, QueenofRabites covers the making of Chrono Trigger with the help of RPG Maker, Heather Alexandra on the importance of idle animations, Noah Caldwell-Gervais explores the real life locations that inspired or appear in the Fallout series, New Frame Plus looks at the evolving animations of Pokemon, 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) Borderlands 3: The Best Guns at the Preview Event Borderlands 3 Worldwide Gameplay Reveal - IGN Live Borderlands 3 Won't Have Loot Boxes Borderlands 3 Zane skill tree: all abilities and perks detailed Let's Talk About Randy Pitchford's Tantrum Over Borderlands 3's Microtransactions Here's why Claptrap's voice actor has changed in Borderlands 3 Cyberpunk 2077 and 2020 tabletop confirmed as being in the same timeline Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Mid Game Spotlight He Yi Start Position Spotlight - Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Exclusive: The Saga Of 'Star Citizen,' A Video Game That Raised $300 Million—But May Never Be Ready To Play Clan Introduction - Brujah - Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 The Oxenfree creators discuss Afterparty, a game about outdrinking Satan Persona 5 Royal Gets a New Director and Producer The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan A Plague Tale: Innocence ‘Monsters’ trailer Run a robo-kitchen in Automachef How the Devs Behind 'Sable' Found Inspiration in the Enigmatic Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is out in June, and it doesn’t look like “poop” anymore Making it in Unreal: how Bloodstained continues the Castlevania legacy Last Epoch puts a brilliant new twist on the Diablo and Path of Exile skill systems A Subtler Magick Filled the Air: Exploring The Sinking City Send lonely messages to other players in upcoming The Things We Lost In The Flood New Gameplay Today – Observation The Red Solstice 2: Survivors continues WarCraft 3's modding legacy Respawn shares that it has banned over 770k Apex Legends cheaters in latest dev update World War Z lays out a roadmap full of speedy zombies Epic Acquires Rocket League Developer Psyonix Epic Clarifies: No Announced Plans to Stop Selling Rocket League on Steam Rocket League is getting review bombed because Epic bought Psyonix Path of Exile director on crunch: “I will not run this company that way” Over 150 Riot Employees Walk Out To Protest Forced Arbitration And Sexist Culture Riot Games Employees Walkout in Protest of Treatment By Company Over 100 Riot Games Employees Walked Out to End Forced Arbitration Labor Groups Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims at 'Detroit: Become Human' Developer Starbreeze seeks funding to avoid imminent "liquidity shortfall" Echo developers Ultra Ultra shut down, movie still planned Ubisoft and Genba to "kill the grey market" with silent key activation UK games industry gender pay gap report shows progress, but companies must do more It turns out the FCC ‘drastically overstated’ US broadband deployment after all There will soon be more PC gamers in China than the total population of the United States Dundee launches Summer of Games Esports News San Francisco Shock Complete Overwatch League's First-Ever Perfect Stage Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) "This Is How They Get Away With It:" Former NetherRealm Studios Contract Devs Reveal a Troubling Studio Culture NetherRealm's self-sustaining culture of crunch Ronda Rousey Has No Business Being in 'Mortal Kombat 11' Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm responds to accusations of workplace toxicity and crunch culture The pressure to constantly update games is pushing the industry to a breaking point How video games are reimagining Britain for the Brexit era In 1998, 'Jagged Alliance' Developers Threatened a Walkout—And It Worked What responsibility do leaders have to their developers? What it’s like to map a galaxy in Elite: Dangerous How YouTube let's plays are preserving video game history The Quiet Importance Of Idle Animations Can Grand Theft Auto V help your mental health? Yes, say role-players Unionization, Steady Careers, and Generations of Games Culture The Real Life Landscapes of Fallout 1, Fallout 2, and Fallout: New Vegas Talkin' 'Bout tiny Games How to Animate a 2D Fighting Game [redux] Leveling Up Progression Systems How Has Pokémon's Battle Animation Evolved? - New Frame Plus Good Game Design - Baba Is You The Design of FTL & Into The Breach The Making of Chrono Trigger (Animated) How Dead Cells Secretly Stops You From Dying Fixing Far Cry - A Critique of New Dawn // HeavyEyed Examining SUPERHOT's Innovative Action, Three Years On A Review of Forager Noclip Podcast #10 - Playing Sekiro With One Arm Inside FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Remaster (Closed Captions) How Slay the Spire’s Original Interface Almost Killed the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica 3 Hours of Relaxing Super Nintendo Music - SNESdrunk Three hours of relaxing SNES music, going to the video page and looking at the description will give you time stamps and the name of each track. God of War documentary is making its debut this week Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry David Cage
  24. Best Games Writing of 2016

    This year was the first where I had a This Week In Gaming article posted each week (a weekly article for industry and game news, crowdfunding news, esports new, as well as the best writing and videos I find on games that week), for the end of the year I've compiled some of the best and most interesting game's writing I've seen throughout 2016. A compilation of the best videos and video series has also been created. Articles on company history, game history, what it is like to work and write in the industry, what games make us think and feel, industry growth and effects on people and other countries, and the lessons learned and connections established through games. Each of the ten listings might include a single article, articles by one person split into multiple parts, or articles by different people that focus on the same kind of subject. I didn't use the numbers to signify better or worse quality just as a way to separate this year's subjects. 1: Gaming Company History "We had a meeting," McCormack recalls. "We'd not seen him in weeks because he had other things on. He opened the door, walked in and goes, the hero has a dog, and it dies. And then he left and we didn't see him again for another month. We were like, what the fuck? That was it. That was the direction." Lionhead: The inside story Working on Fable destroyed my life, but I don't regret it Ex-Lionhead Employee Tells Wild Story About Threatening Teenage "Trolls" Blizzard turns 25! A theme week celebration Their future is Epic: The evolution of a gaming giant Lionhead is no more, and with that comes a look at the history of the studio and stories from former employees that would likely not have been told if they were still around. Wesley Yin-Poole at Eurogamer does an excellent and detailed write up of the rise and fall of Lionhead. A look at how they worked, highs, lows, corporate culture, strange stories, and the final days. Polygon interviewed a former employee about working on Fable and another former employee talks about a time they tracked someone down who was threatening to release early screenshots of the original Fable. Blizzard turned 25 and PC Gamer wrote articles every day of the week focusing on a different part of their history from the games themselves, the ideas and people behind the games, links and quotes from videos and interviews with the designers, the origin of Battle.net, where their name came from, etc. Brian Crecente looks at the history of Epic in a seven page story covering the founders, what they are doing now, their games, their engine, etc, with links to many other relevant articles. 2: Video Game History "Bringing on more staff bolstered the studio's ranks, but muddied its culture. New recruits came in with opinions and ways of working that clashed with how veterans who had been around since before Lara Croft was a glimmer in Toby Gard's eye had done things. Cliques sprang up. Developers who refused to talk to one another adversely affected development processes that required input from individuals on opposite sides of political fences. Long-standing traditions faded. Back in the early '90s, the tightly knit band of Core staffers went pub crawling together every Thursday night. By the early 2000s, the company was so large that many developers failed to recognize colleagues in the hall." 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Starring Lara Croft (since been taken off the site can read here P1, P2, P3) Fifa: the video game that changed football Starcraft: Ghost: What Went Wrong Why Some Video Games Are In Danger of Disappearing Forever David Craddock looks at 20 years of Tomb Raider history. From the the creation of the series, disagreements in the direction of the original studio, and the changes over time that lead to the version of Lara Croft we have today. Simon Parkin writes about the history and creation of EA's FIFA, the Chinese Canadian immigrant whose work laid the foundations for the series, and the effects it has had on the sport itself. For those following gaming news in the early 2000s you likely remember there being a lot of hype around the game Starcraft Ghost, with the name disappearing and reappearing a few times over the years and talk about it never officially being cancelled, Patrick Stafford tells the story of what happened during the development of the game. Heather Alexandra talks to game archivists about the need to preserve games, early builds, and gaming history. 3: Game Industry Abroad "I would even argue that the piracy that allowed us to play so many different things actually enabled a different, more inclusive gaming culture, an inverse of the exclusive and discriminatory religious culture of Saudi Arabia. Piracy allowed almost anyone—no matter their family's income—in our school to get games on the cheap. Everyone, it seemed, played video games, so no one was excluded from group discussions." The Game Industry of Iran The Game Industry of South Africa How Games, Piracy, and Religion Come Together in Saudi Arabia Sandstorms, Segregation, And Other Challenges Of Running A Women's Video Game Convention In Saudi Arabia A look at the indie game development scene in Saudi Arabia "Cuba's First Indie Game" Wants To Be Much More Than That Most of my favorite game writing involves gaming in other countries and cultures and how it can be used to bring people together. As more and more people start to play video games, the tools to create become easier to acquire, and the ways to distribute become more varied and simple the people participating in the game's industry will continue to get more diverse as will the types of games that can be created, which will lead us not just to having more games but to having more games with interesting new ideas and perspectives. Here are articles talking about the game industry and development in countries that we don't typically hear about or associate with the games industry and how people can be effected by them. 4: Game Design "How game design practice is shaped by business, technology and culture." How We Design Games Now and Why Developer Katharine Neilf writes about the changes that have occurred in the industry over the years, different design ideologies, the industry being kept kept artificially young, games education sector, and how things might change in the future. 5: Working In The Games Industry "This is not unique to videogames, but often in games, life and work become one thing. It’s not uncommon to sleep in the office, lose touch with friends, or forget what day it is. The attitude of “you’re lucky to be here” is the reward." The Videogame Industry’s Invisible Workforce: Part 1: How A Conspiracy Of Silence Erased A Medium’s Humanity The Videogame Industry’s Invisible Workforce: Part 2: Self-Destructive Management, the Exploitation of Passion, and Eviction Rooms: The Harsh Reality of Working in Videogames The Videogame Industry’s Invisible Workforce: Part 3: Videogames Aren’t Bigger than Hollywood, But Their Labor Issues Are Dark Side of the Sun The game industry's disposable workers Bioware cofounder Dr. Greg Zeschuk talks about working in games industry in a three part blog. Problems with employers treating game development as software development while the media treats them as entertainment. How the industry compares to other industries when it comes to unions, priding itself on moving fast while being slow to protect legacies and professions, how being related to the tech industry helps lead to exploitative working conditions. Poor management mixed with exploiting passion for crunch time. Other good pieces and information are also linked throughout his blogs. John Szczepaniak, author of The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers, talks about the history of Japanese developers that he learned through interviews. Colin Campbell writes about game industry contractors. 6: Connections Through Games "My Nonna grew up the oldest of six kids in rural Italy and, as the oldest girl in the house, her formal schooling stopped in the third grade so that she could help raise her siblings and take care of the house. She grew up in a region of the country that was heavily bombed during World War II, further limiting her already restricted academic possibilities. Like so many young Italian women from her generation, she married young, moved to America to pursue a better life, and largely stayed within Italian social circles. With all of that, she was never really required or encouraged to strengthen her reading and writing skills. Her daily tasks didn’t necessitate a verbose vocabulary; and soon after her immigration, my father was old enough to translate whenever issues did arise. And so, here we were, sitting in front of a PlayStation, struggling against decades of unspoken game design rules and academic disenfranchisement." Guest Column: Teaching My Nonna to Read Through Games How 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Let Me Relive My Father's History Video games can help you to connect and to better understand others, be it with the people you meet online while playing or in the memories made with your your family and friends. Gino Grieco learns about language barriers while teaching his grandma how to play video games. Chloi Rad writes about how 1979 Revolution allowed her to see where her father grew up and playing through it with him was the highlight of her year. 7: Open World Game Design "Fallout 4 funnels you into violence, The Witcher 3 invites you to dance." On the failure of Fallout 4 at the hands of The Witcher 3 Fallout 4 proved bigger isn't always better In praise of travelling slowly in Shadow of the Colossus Articles on open world game design, the kind of words the designers create with their mechanics and locations in their world. Tauriq Moosa writes about two open world games, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3, and how the world of The Witcher 3 feels more alive and offers more nuanced storytelling through its design and approach to dealing with other characters. Holly Green talks about Fallout 4 and scale vs blandness in world design. Miguel Penabella praises the design of Shadow of the Colossus, in having slow reflective travel rather than a world filled with junk or out of place side missions to increase value. 8: Life and Loss "But, as someone who is currently sitting in a hospital room watching his grandfather fight for his life, I’m rarely provided any useful references on what it’s like to be in this situation by video games. They don’t tell me how to comfort someone without healing them. They don’t tell me how to continue my life without missing what could be precious, final moments with a loved one. Video games provide escape, not sustenance. It’s because of these narrative trends that I pay attention whenever a game seriously examines mortality. It’s because of these narrative trends that I still replay Final Fantasy IX." Guest Column: Learning About Life and Death From a Little Black Mage Saving Kate and Saving Myself in Life is Strange Fragments of Him offered me catharsis after the shock of losing someone Guest Column: My Mother's Games Games can teach us about and highlight issues of loss or mental health while potentially offering a cathartic experience helping people to cope. Gino Grieco talks about finding solace in Final Fantasy in the face of a familial struggle, Holly Green writes about seeing herself in the character Kate from Life Is Strange, and Allegra Frank writes about how Fragments of Him helped her deal with a recent loss. Janine Hawkins loads up her late mother's saved games to reminisce on her life. 9: Writing On Games "There's a particular image from Dark Souls that haunts me, as if it bled out from the screen and into my life. I see it everywhere. I am reminded of it daily." How 'Dark Souls II' Reflects Our Historical and Political Anxieties Guest Column: Digging a Little Deeper: Dwarf Fortress, Fantasy Tropes, and World Building How Firewatch Illustrates The Tragedy Of Inconvenient Love Valkyria Chronicles Is A Different Kind of War Story Brendan Vance writes about how Dark Souls reflects modern life and history. Gita Jackson talks about how Dwarf Fortress allows you to create your own stories. Holly Green writes about how Firewatch deals with the part of a relationship not often explored, its ending. Alexander Kriss writes about how Valkyria Chronicles reconstructs the WWII story through the lens of humanism. 10: Writing In Games “The unbelievably difficult part was, say I'm Batman, and I put down an ice bomb trap, and a guy hits the trap," said Bissell. "You have to communicate to the player, 'oh that was my ice bomb trap' without being so obvious...and figure out things for these guys in their various state of alarm, to say "Ice bomb! He got me with an ice bomb! It's cold!" so the player knows it happened. Then you have to do that 10-15 different ways. And that's just an ice bomb. I thought it would be fun working on a game franchise I loved for a dude I loved and admired, and at the end of it I can say I never regretted my decision to be a game writer more than that. When it's Christmas morning, and it's like, 'Ice Bomb, I dunno,' it gets pretty grim.” Do you want to write video games? Blood, Sweat, and Dialogue Trees: How Games Writing Has Evolved Being Edited Leveling Up the Story: Rhianna Pratchett On the Changing World of Writing For Videogames Honest tales from the trenches of AAA game writing (throwing in one from 2015, because it's a good article, I didn't do this last year, and because I thought it was from this year and it took a long time to find) Why We Write About Games Why I Play I've shared a lot of writing on games but what about writing in the games industry, these articles by industry professionals talk about what the job really involves, having an editor, companies using internal or freelance writers, the difficulty of writing ambient dialogue, and how games writing continues to evolve. Gita Jackson interviews some other game critics about why they write about video games and Keza MacDonald talks about why she plays and writes about games and the reactions it brings from people.
  25. This Week In Gaming 4-30-19

    NetherRealm employees speak out about months of forced crunch and low pay during the development of multiple titles, People Make Games' new series The Games I Made has Peter Molyneux walking us through his entire career one game at a time, Satchell Drakes' short film on Night in the Woods, Jeremiah McCall discusses how and why games are a powerful tool for teaching and learning history, Megan Farokhmanesh learns of the second Stranger Things game Telltale was working on, Persona 5 The Royal receives first trailer and Cian Maher explores the mythology of the series, Riot files motion to block employees from taking legal action against them prompting employees to prepare to walk out, Writing on Games' Exploration of Star Citizen, Kate Willaert looks into the origin of the term gamer, 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) Here are the Thinblood abilities coming to Vampire The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Persona 5 The Royal - Official Japanese Trailer Fire Emblem: Three Houses Introduces The Garreg Mach Monastery, Geralt, Sothis, Edelgard, Dimitri, And Claude Episode 2: The Heroes of Total War: Three Kingdoms Borderlands 3 trailer shows Amara’s skill tree A Personal Exploration of Star Citizen Nowpunk and the politics of the personal in Neo Cab How the Command & Conquer devs tamed the Barbarian for Conan Unconquered Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus spill some intriguing new Death Stranding details Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark finally, fantastically and tactically exits early acccess A Plague Tale: Innocence - Uncut Gameplay Trailer 6 reasons we're excited for A Plague Tale Innocence The Sinking City ‘A Delicate Matter’ gameplay Vambrace: Cold Soul story trailer Escape zombies or become one in this 30-player FPS Madden NFL 20's new career mode will take players from college to the pros Observation isolates the player by turning you into HAL 9000 Warhammer Underworlds: Online is bringing the tabletop game to PC Root Letter: Last Answer Sends Its Way Westward For PS4, Switch, And Steam In 2019 Premature Evaluation - Sigma Theory: Global Cold War This new narrative noir adventure stars a 1950s private dick who is also a housecat Car combat game Dark Future has a release date and trailer Mordhau sounds the charge into stores Mordhau Is A Clunky Game For Swordplay Nerds That I Can't Put Down Hitman 2 expands its competitive Ghost Mode today Risk of Rain 2's roadmap lays out plans for 4 new characters and even more bosses by spring 2020 Mortal Kombat 11's Microtransactions, Explained Respawn Details Its Plan To Keep Apex Legends Fresh, But Avoid Employee Burnout Valve officially unveil the Index VR headset, shipping June 28th Riot Files Motions To Block Current Employees From Taking Legal Action 'League of Legends' Studio Faces Employee Walkout, Promises Changes EPIC WOULD END EXCLUSIVITY DEALS IF STEAM OFFERED 88% REVENUE SHARE FOR DEVELOPERS Google CEO: Publishers "want to see our commitment" to Stadia ‘Minecraft’ Creator Excluded From Anniversary Due to ‘Comments and Opinions’ (EXCLUSIVE) AbleGamers reveals plan to get accessibility experts into AAA studios Esports News Why games like LoL and Hearthstone produce so few women pro players Report: Rick Fox is leaving Echo Fox over shareholder's use of racist language Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Playing with the past: history and video games (and why it might matter) A SECRET STRANGER THINGS GAME DIED BEFORE IT WAS EVEN ANNOUNCED A Video Game Developed To Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Seems To Be Working How Bullet Hell Games Helped Me Work Through Anxiety How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Devil May Cry 5 Are Empowering For Those Who Live With Prosthetics Former devs speak out about 'severe crunch' at Mortal Kombat studio 'I just broke down crying': Canadian video game creators face gruelling 'crunch' hours A Story of Crunch Swery's White Owls is building a better work culture for Japan The heavy toll of making games in the San Francisco Bay Area 'My Childhood Dream Had Come True': A Belated Interview With Skies Of Arcadia's Producer X-COM creator Julian Gollop discusses his most important games Red Dead Redemption 2: six months later Making history about the mass grave of the Obra Dinn “New Game Plus,” by Daniel Fries Exploring the vast mythology of the Persona series 'Dreams' Is A Powerful Tool to Create Anything and Own Nothing Work Is Hell and the Dark Comedy 'Yuppie Psycho' Revels in It Spending A Night In The Woods Creating a Likable Video Game Villain The Tragedy of Halo 3: ODST | Game Maker's Toolkit Augmented Reaction: Vanquish - 9 Years Later | Design Dive We showed Peter Molyneux every game he's ever made "Games as a service" is fraud. "Games as a Service" is NOT FRAUD* Supergiant Games Answers Our Patron's Questions The Brilliant Design of Left 4 Dead Hollow Knight DLC - Swansong for Silksong SHOVEL KNIGHT IS A 3D GAME?! Its Own Developer Explains - Boundary Break THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM “GAMER” Games From Underground | Horror #1 The Rise and Fall of Lost Planet Games as Lit. 101 - Literary Analysis: The World Ends With You (Part 6 - Conclusion) Glass Rose - Hidden Capcom Murder Mystery | Back From the Dead Final Fight: How the West was Worse (ft. Matt McMuscles) [SSFF] The Missing: An Attempt at Complete Cohesion of Gameplay and Narrative Put Your Name on Your Game, a Talk by Bennett Foddy and Zach Gage The Making of the Xbox Adaptive Controller