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A look at the secret networks, esports scene, piracy, devs, and gaming history of Cuba. Square Enix splits with Hitman creators, Microsoft unveils VR controllers, Paradox Interactive Conference announcements, Mass Effect on hiatus and BioWare Montreal made a support studio, why games music needs to emancipate itself from Hollywood, Phantom Dust update released for free, how the Madden makers produced the puzzle platformer Henry Hatsworth, why Youtubers are losing ad money, Alan Wake removed from digital stores, how Inside's levels were designed, the history of Super Mario RPG, Nier Automata's uplifting existentialism, Vanquish coming to PC this month, why Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is important, the legacy and ports of Quake II, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) The E3 2017 Press Conference Schedule All 15,000 'fan passes' to E3 have been sold Steam Trading Cards will now only be offered with "legitimate games" Microsoft's unveils VR motion controllers for mixed reality headsets Square Enix Splits With Hitman Creators IO Interactive That's extremely unfortunate, not just as it would likely stop development of Season 2, but it was both an excellent model of post release free content and was included in if not at the top most of the GOTY lists I saw sites doing for 2016. The Hitman Series Has A Long History Of Excellence Rumor: Io Interactive will retain Hitman rights, second season is still on the way Sources: BioWare Montreal Scaled Down, Mass Effect Put On Ice For Now Today’s Mass Effect: Andromeda patch focuses on multiplayer tweaks, cinematics Hate elves? Watch a T-Rex eat one in Total War: Warhammer II's Lizardmen trailer Paradox will be publishing Battletech, adding their weight to the crowdfunded $2.7 million Beta Date! Gameplay Video! New Partnership! Exclamation Points!!! HBS BattleTech Q&A Livesream May 10, 2017 PDXCON 2017: BattleTech Feature Stream PDXCON 2017: BattleTech 1 v 1 Skirmish Phantom Dust re-release hits Xbox One, PC tomorrow for free Strategy & Cylons: Battlestar Galactica – Deadlock Form is a VR puzzle game that’s all in the mind Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is coming to Steam The new Endless Space 2 trailer examines the risks and rewards of expansion Children of Zodiarcs is the next Square Enix Collective game, release date set Online fighting game Absolver gets a release date Sundered ‘Resist’ trailer See hordes of zombies eat buckets of lead in the Black Ops 3: Zombies Chronicles trailer You Can Make Your Own Shitty Sonic Character In 'Sonic Forces' Sonic Mania’s latest trailer puts Knuckles back in Flying Battery Zone Prison Architect: Mobile - Coming this Spring! Dreadnought gets PS4 co-op mode, where you’ll die without teamwork Halo 6 won't be shown at E3 2017 Binding of Isaac dev teases unannounced project LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 KONK!ing to November Cowboy builders: Constructor demo erected wonky Nintendo Developing ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Smartphone Game El Shaddai director teases “major” announcement within two weeks Warren Spector’s sure System Shock 3 will stand out from the pack Ace Combat 7 delayed to 2018 Sega planning “revival of major IPs” Madden 18 Official Teaser Trailer The 3 Things You Need To Know From Ubisoft's Earnings Call So much for the "Spaghetti" Western, and here I was really looking forward to Ubisoft handing the series off to an Italian studio with a low budget. Drifting Lands is a shmup with gear and loot, out in June Immortal Planet footage shows the constant cycle of kill, sleep, level up, repeat Ska's Charlie Murder, and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile hit PC The robotic roguelike Botlike has players toppling a totalitarian regime as a surly warbot Tropico devs Haemimont Games working on Surviving Mars, a city-building game set in space PDXCON 2017: Surviving Mars Interview Fire Emblem Echoes - Two Heroes (Nintendo 3DS) Four Hours In, I'm Enjoying The Challenge Of Fire Emblem Echoes Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Pre-Review Thoughts: Coming to Grips With a Very Different Kind of Fire Emblem 45 Minutes of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Gameplay (Celica's Story! Livestream Archive) Ever Oasis field introduction trailer Tokyo 42’s multiplayer trailer shows off neon-soaked social stealth and fast-paced shootouts The next Dynasty Warriors is going open-world 14 minutes of Oceanhorn 2 gameplay Wild West Online revealed: The Red Dead-like MMO 'built from the ground up' for PC Thief movie producers say a new Thief game is in the works Visor is a Quake Champion who can see through walls Vanquish PC Port Coming out Later This Month Payday 2 is getting a free VR mode Payday 2 getting Ultimate Edition, all future DLC to be free updates Payday 2 Makers Donate DLC Profits To Help Big YouTubers Fight Legal Battle Dead by Daylight adds an esports pro and a sadistic doctor in its Spark of Madness DLC Overwatch anniversary event, Game of the Year edition could be on the way Jeff Kaplan reveals the Overwatch Balance Triangle - Here’s A Thing “I've been thinking a lot about jetpack cat” - Blizzard’s Michael Chu holds Overwatch AMA Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood trailer reveals theme song and new in-game action Rainbow Six Siege delays Season Two content to focus on fixes Rainbow Six Siege's Alexandre Remy and Xavier Marquis on Operation Health and 10 more years of content Fix Glaz, then worry about Operation Health, say Rainbow Six Siege community Europa Universalis IV to get Third Rome expansion this year, focused on Russia Paragon’s new support hero Phase can throw allies a literal lifeline Diablo 3: 7 Minutes of Necromancer Gameplay (1080p 60fps) Shinobi and Centurion come to For Honor in season two: Shadow and Might Wildlands has new mens to shoots in Fallen Ghosts DLC PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets two new maps - fight in a desert city or Adriatic island Battlegrounds patch tackles 'lag switch' cheaters by freezing them in place Crusader Kings 2 expanding eastward New Prey patch fixes corrupted save files, infinite material creation and more Obituary: Arcana Heart developer Tohru Sakurai Metal Gear's Solidus Snake Voice Actor Passes Away At 63 Civ V lead designer Jon Shafer starts "brand new team" at Paradox Interactive Dan Ayoub leaves 343 Industries It’s Ridiculous That Nier: Automata Still Hasn't Been Patched On PC With a legal win against Oculus, ZeniMax turns to a new target: Samsung's Gear VR PDXCON 2017: Press Conference PDXCON 2017: Creating Games For An Equally Creative Community PDXCON 2017: Game Design with Jon Shafer and Henrik Fåhreus PDXCON 2017: Ideas are Useless! Pitch your game to Paradox! PDXCON 2017: Voices? Where?! The Delusional Mind of an Audio Director PDXCON 2017: Europa Universalis - Around the world in 400 years Why didn't Tyranny sell? Paradox on Obsidian's RPG "everyone was hoping would do better" Paradox know "people want a Bloodlines sequel," will make one "when the time is right" Stellaris may get Doomsday weapons and "galactic UN", not a "deep economic system" Job Simulator studio Owlchemy Labs acquired by Google Alan Wake vanishes from stores next week Why YouTubers are losing so much ad money (and how they can survive the crunch) Half-Life 2: VR mod promises full Rift, Vive, and motion controller support The Modder Slowly Translating 'Stardew Valley' into a Language Most Games Ignore Esports News The Weekend In Esports: League Of Legends, Madden 17, And The Gwent Challenger Finals Riot Games Updates on Crowdfunding Effort for Mid-Season Invitational, $1.4 Million Raised So Far Blizzard Responds To Controversial Rumors Of $20 Million Overwatch League Buy-In Fee Tencent wants to build an esports-themed park in China Hearthstone pros are not happy about having to play qualifiers in Buffalo Wild Wings Vici Gaming just voted to fire three-time LoL world champion Bengi from their team G2's Lifecoach is crowned champion at the first Gwent Challenger event What Street Fighter Pros Think Of Ultra Street Fighter II For The Switch Street Fighter Pro Brings Down The Champ At Compete Event The Wildest Matches From Compete's Street Fighter Pro Challenge Nearly Half of Esports Viewers Don’t Play the Games They Watch, Newzoo Analysis Finds Crowdfunding News Kynseed - A Whimsical Sandbox RPG Adventure See the 'PaRappa the Rapper' and 'Gitaroo-Man' Mashup 'Project Rap Rabbit' Project Rap Rabbit (working title) Forsaken Castle Sons of the Void | Space dungeon crawler with RPG elements World of Nyms - Action Adventure and RPG indie videogame Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) SNET: Cuba's Underground Internet & The Rise of Competitive Gaming Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of life How the Madden Makers Produced the Magical Puzzle Platformer ‘Henry Hatsworth’ Meet the dad who quit his job to run a Minecraft server for autistic kids Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming One Player Is Holding a 12-Year Video Game Secret Hostage WonderGirl and an alternative approach to non-linear platformers Romance in Video Games Can Sometimes Be Best Expressed Through Words Alone GX Australia: The celebration and the call to action The Horrifying Sound of Death in Games 'Prey' Holds a Mirror to Silicon Valley's Dark Soul People Are Reminiscing About A PS1 JRPG That Didn't Exist I Paid Women To Play Overwatch With Me, And It Was Fantastic If it helped me to avoid Twitch streamers whining about people other than them getting money for playing games I'd pay. Similar to this old story. Game Dev Insight: A Chat with BioWare Cinematics Lead Tal Peleg 'Final Fantasy XV' Is Surprisingly Good at Teaching Photography How Inside’s levels were designed Derivière: “Games music needs to emancipate itself from Hollywood” Prey designer Ricardo Bare explains why diverse characters matter NATHAN DRAKE IS CRASH BANDICOOT: UNCHARTED 4 AND ACCEPTANCE How to play video games after having a baby “VR shooters are the lowest common denominator - we need to move on” DIMENSIONS OF IDENTITY IN GAMESA REVIEW OF GAMING AT THE EDGE BY ADRIENNE SHAW Sony's Richard Marks Talks What Works, What's Next for PSVR Ed Boon on 'Injustice 2' and the Secret to Making a Great Superhero Fighting Game The Weird and Wonderful Video Game Debuts of Every 'Injustice 2' Hero Nier: Automata's Uplifting Existentialism (Story Discussion) Why Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Was (and Still is) Important DF Retro: Quake II - The Legacy and its Ports! The History of Super Mario RPG | Gaming Historian An Interview With Princess Zelda's Voice Actor For Breath Of The Wild What makes Dead Cells' reveal trailer damn-near-perfect? You Need To Play Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Overwatch emotes reenacted by this guy's dad are amazing Someone has remade the entirety of Terminator 2 in GTA 5 Half Life Scientist Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The true legacy of the Atari 2600
This week in the news; Steam Summer sale date leaked, inside story of the rise and fall of Lionhead, Civilization 6 announced, historical trailer analysis for Battlefield 1, Ace Attorney 6 coming to North America and Europe, Pillars of Eternity 2, Paradox responds to people saying IGN reviewer had a vendetta against them (and other embarrassing responses to reviews), how flawed is the world's first esports association, being a tester for Sega in 1996, "invisible gamers" and why things like trailer likes and dislikes don't really matter, why Fallout 3 is garbage, German government upholds esports as games and not sports, Mario goes on a date with Boo, Prey 2 rumored to be in development by Arkane, harassment on Twitch and at DreamHack, the RNG of Mario 64, and more. Steam Summer Sale dates allegedly leaked — again Xbox Live Is Freeing Up A Million Gamertags Lionhead: The inside story This is a really long, entertaining, sad, fucked up, and detailed article that also sheds some light on where some of their ideas came from, events in the company, how the company was run, successes, failures, the rejection of Fable 4, and industry and marketing practices. A thread about this was created here. Unlocked Frame Rate and More Now Enabled for UWP Civilization VI Coming October 21, Big Changes To Core Gameplay HOW FIRAXIS WILL REDEFINE CIVILIZATION'S ART STYLE IN CIV 6 A thread about this was created here. Pillars of Eternity II is in development, acknowledges Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice coming west in September Titanfall 2 drops this fall EA Explains Why Releasing Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 in 2016 Isn't a Bad Idea Star Wars Battlefront sequel coming in 2017 EA beats expectations thanks to Star Wars: Battlefront's success A thread about this was created here. EA Boss Originally Rejected Battlefield WW1 Pitch The Banner Saga 2 hits consoles in July Rumor: Prey 2 In Development at Arkane, Will Be Revealed at E3 2016 Be true, and look like it did when it was first revealed. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Announced, Watch First Trailer Yo-Kai Watch 2 launches in the U.S. this September New Sherlock Holmes Game Features a Semi-Open World, See Gameplay Here Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics coming west this summer System Shock Remastered is launching a Kickstarter campaign Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers PS4 English version launches August 5 in Asia Blizzard promises to permanently ban Overwatch cheats Overwatch beta breaks Blizzard’s records, beats Destiny, The Division A thread about this was created here. Overwatch's New Animated Short Explores Hanzo And Genji's Tragic Rivalry TW: Warhammer's Chaos campaign walkthrough explains why being mad is hard work Total War: WARHAMMER - Battle Magic Spotlight EXCLUSIVE! Total War: Warhammer w/ Hat Films BADIYA HOPES TO CHANGE ARABIC REPRESENTATION IN VIDEOGAMES Shadow Warrior 2 is a surprising sequel My Ride Through Kingdom Come, The Medieval RPG With No Magic Bullshit Phantom Brave is NIS America's next Steam port Stellaris director promises big changes and more content in future updates Rainbow Six Siege Video Shows How to Use New Sticky Cameras, Weapon Shield The Division: Here's When Next Update Arrives and a New Trailer Microsoft Kills Project Spark A thread about this was created here. Disney is ending its Infinity video game line, shutting down Avalanche Software Disney stopped making games because it doesn't understand how to make games Sources: The Ambitious (Now Cancelled) Plans For Disney Infinity's Future Included Rogue One, Bigger Figures World Of Warcraft Designer Gets Real About Complaint That Blizzard Doesn't Listen Capcom Now Prioritizing "Completeness," Even If That Means Delays Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster Sells 800,000 Copies Sega Has Sold Over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis Games on Steam Payday 2 Dev Teams With Acer to Work on High-End VR Headset 65% of Twitch viewing time split between four games Thrawn's Revenge 2 brings a deep Star Wars campaign to Sins of a Solar Empire Fallout 4 Player Leaks Unreleased DLC As A Mod, Gets Shut Down By Bethesda In esports news German government upholds esports as games, not sports, meaning visa issues should continue Berlin Pirate Party files a motion to recognize esports in Germany LEAKED IMAGE HINTS AT MAJOR NEW ESPORTS ORGANIZATION What the heck is WESA? ESL Reveals Plan to Clean Up Doping, Corruption, and Cheating in Esports Just How Profoundly Flawed Is the World’s First Esports Association? Renegades respond to League of Legends ban Growth in e-sports popularity wows Nevada Gaming Policy panel Guest Column: Meet the Smash Sisters In crowdfunding news This War Of Mine: The Board Game Hands-on with This War of Mine: The Board Game A thread about this was created here. Copper Dreams They have already had one successful Kickstarter campaign with the game Serpent in the Staglands. A thread about this was created here. Niche - a genetics survival game A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week Let's Check The Battlefield 1 Trailer For Historical Accuracy Fallout 3 Is Garbage, And Here's Why Going into world design, writing, choices, difficulty, navigation, conversation choices, morality, modders needing to fix and improve things, and how a smirk from Josh Sawyer made the him want to try New Vegas. The Long Dark Is Boring And That's Why It's Great NDCS Workshop 2016 Publisher Defends Negative IGN Review Of Their Game, Shoots Down 'Supposed Conspiracy' I hadn't heard of anyone complaining about his review, apparently people complaining about review scores have reached the point where they are such cliched embarrassments that even I don't always hear about them anymore or them being made fun of over Uncharted 4 score complaints just overshadowed it. It is nice to see a company defend people harassed over review scores (hell, sometimes that would involve defending people who gave their game's terrible scores like 8s and low 9s), but this is also a good point as feeling the need to respond to completely asinine claims can set a bad precedent. Remove the Washington Post review from Uncharted 4's metascore In other news, regarding people not understanding the concept of reviews, grammar, human thought process, and reading comprehension, a petition was started to remove the negative review from Uncharted 4's metacritic listing. A lot of people are lying and saying the review is satire (even though the review contains no satire or jokes) because it is listed as a "Comic Riff", as always taking the five seconds to actually look at the site would reveal that Comic Riff is what a lot of their video game, comic, animation, super hero, etc content is labeled as and it has nothing to do with an article being a joke or not (but the corporate shills are mad about criticism and they certainly aren't doing to look into anything when they can be angry toxic fanboys instead). People are also saying that because the review didn't have a score that Metacritic just assigned one randomly, knowing anything about how that works or looking into that would show those people that the author tells Metacritic what score they want to give even if a score is not used by their own publication. Kotaku has just written an article about this here. Troy Baker retweeted the petition before realizing that doing so looks pathetic, and kind of half apologized for it. Death to Review Scores: Why we need to move beyond the pseudo-objective outrage hook in game reviews The invisible gamers In Defense of Short Games - Worth Every Dollar - Extra Credits Are Video Games RUINING Gaming? (COD, Far Cry, BioShock & More) – Wisecrack Edition A thread about this was created here. THE AZTEC PESSIMISM OF A MACHINE FOR PIGS VISIONS OF HELL: DARK SOULS’S CULTURAL HERITAGE RetroAhoy: Quake The history, design, gameplay, mods, and legacy of the Quake series. A video for Doom was also made back in January, which BleedingChaos23 shared here. Discussing the Importance of ‘DOOM’ with Game Designer Dan Pinchbeck HOW DOOM INSPIRED TWO GENERATIONS OF HACKERS AND MODDERS [SSFF] Punching Weight Ep 5: Doom Console Ports #1 (32X/SNES/GBA) RACISM, HEARTHSTONE AND TWITCH "Enough is enough": Confessions of a Twitch chat moderator Blizzard investigating Twitch pilot program to help combat chat harassment Cibele's Nina Freeman Creates a Super Mario Maker Level — DEVS MAKE MARIO Exploitation is Not Awareness Diablo: A Classic Game Postmortem There's nothing wrong with digital vanity Controllers Control Everything | Game Maker's Toolkit Nine Underappreciated JRPGs That Are Worth Your Time The first game on the list is Radiant Historia, and yes everyone should play that. Though this might be true Japanese Environmentalism, Shinto, & ‘The Legend of Zelda’ There Is No Coming of Age in 'Oxenfree' Mario 64's hidden RNG decoded Old school Sega documentary explores life as a video game tester in 1996 Anything funny I found throughout the week relating to video games The Best Of GameFAQs’ Uncharted 4/Quantum Break Temper Tantrum Tank Murder Is A Very Funny GTA V Video That Time Bill Gates Starred In A DOOM Promo Video
This week in the news; GDC/IGF/SXSW awards, Obsidian new game previewed, false Nintendo news, discussion on the future of video game coverage and curating a community, Digital Homicide attempting to sue Jim Sterling, X-COM creator announces new game, the making of Diablo, animated tribute To Satoru Iwata, implications of an aging player crowd, former Gametrailers staff start Patreon, story and feel of Limbo, critical reviews of The Division, Palmer Luckey urges VR devs to be realistic, GDC talks discuss sexuality in video games, details on Telltale's Batman and engine imporvement, Fullbright talks about how the "best person for the job" may not be the best and how people became the best, Tetsuya Mizuguchi talks about the creation of Rez, and more. The site being down for updates means a few extra days worth of news. In Memoriam: Game Developers Choice Awards 2016 Developers and people who influenced the industry that we have lost in the last year. Tyranny preview: Obsidian's branching bad guy RPG is made to play over and over Obsidian has announced their next game, Tyranny, at a Paradox press conference for GDC. Check the link for a teaser video and some information on the game. A thread about this was created here Stellaris and Hearts of Iron 4 release dates revealed Stellaris will release on May 9 and Hearts of Iron 4 on June 6. Check the article for a trailer for Stellaris and a developer diary for Hearts of Iron 4. The Banner Saga 2 comes to Steam next month The Banner Saga 2 will launch on April 19th. Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Expansion Release Date Announced Cold Darkness will be released on March 29th and will have zombies and add wave based combat. Nintendo Denies It's Ending Wii U Production Anytime Soon There was a rumor that Nintendo had stopped Wii U production, Nintendo denies this and says that production will continue. Rumour: New Nintendo NX Controller Images Surface and Set the Web Alight The Division Player Discovers Possible DLC Locations After discovering ways to glitch through wall and barriers one player has found some likely spots for DLC. The Division Director Leaves Ubisoft, Joins Square Enix Ryan Barnard has left Ubisoft to go to Hitman developer IO Interactive. The Division's first big update looks to fix the Dark Zone Ubisoft has revealed the details of the patch aimed at improving the Dark Zone. Pokémon Designer Killed In Freak Accident Eric Medalle was killed and his daughter injured when a tree fell on top of his car. A thread about this was created here Bravely Second Changes Because of Fan Feedback Based on "overwhelming feedback" from players the versions released outside of Japan will have a few changes. The one that they mentioned is that a quest that has you choosing between two different sides and then the character lamenting their choice regardless of player decision, players said this was a disconnect between their intentions and what their characters were saying so the events were changed to have the characters come to terms with their decision. Zero Time Dilemma launches this June — and is coming to Steam This War of Mine: The Little Ones is coming to PC Good news for This War of Mine fans. 1979 Revolution Shows the Nastier Side of Iran's Historical Uprising Binding of Isaac dev teases new game Edmund McMillen has revealed his next project. LawBreakers will no longer be free to play, is exclusive to Steam Boss Key Productions announced that the game would no longer be free to play at GDC. Draft bans are coming to Heroes of the Storm Sources: Sony Is Working On A ‘PS4.5’ Sony might be planning on an updated version of the PS4. Skyshine's Bedlam undergoes major changes in Redux update The update will change how combat works, improve the AI, and add new character sprites, in addition to other changes to the game. 2016 SXSW GAMING AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED! 21 award were handed out with winners including The Witcher 3, Ori and the Blind Forest, Greg Miller, and Bloodborne. Julian Gollop announces new game, Phoenix Point The last game that his studio designed was Chaos Reborn. XCOM 2 Anarchy's Children DLC is out now The Anarchy's Children DLC has released for $4.99 (or included in the Reinforcement Pack) as well as a patch to fix some of the games other issues. Batman Telltale Game Detailed, Supporting Characters Named, Visual Style Explained Telltale gives some details on their Batman game, including the ability to play as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Another article mentions how Telltale is overhauling their engine for Batman. Minecraft: Story Mode is getting three "add-on" episodes The fifth episode will be released March 29th but there will be three more add-on episodes coming later. Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Quantum Break Digital Foundry takes a look at the console version of Quantum Break Yakuza 0 Coming to America and Europe "Early 2017" The game was released on the PS3 and PS4 but only the PS4 version will be released in the West. Well, now I do need a PS4 eventually. Battleborn Requires Constant Internet Connection The game will need a constant internet connection for both single and multiplayer. Game Studios Enter Legal Battle Over The Making Of Ark: Survival Evolved Square Enix's Mission to Relive JRPGs' Golden Age with I Am Setsuna Slain Looks Like Heavy Metal Castlevania Witcher 3 wins Game of the Year at 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards IGF Game Developers Choice Awards – all the winners It sounds like Hitman's online saves issue is here to stay Angered Game Developer Sues Critic Jim Sterling For $10 Million Digital Homicide is trying to sue Jim Sterling. Shadwen is an unapologetic stealth mashup that shouldn't be so cool A look at Frozenbyte's upcoming action stealth title Shadwen. John Carmack getting BAFTA’s highest honour Gamespot's GDC Game Looks (Video Links) Pinstripe - A Tim Burton-inspired Journey Into Hell Deliver Us The Moon - It's an eerie, solitary adventure when you are the only one exploring abandoned moon bases. Or are you? Inversus - Sleek Simplicity Breeds Deadly Complexity Kingdom's Before - Chris Watters learns how to govern from the saddle and build a settlement to withstand the terrors of the night Rocket League Dev on Xbox One/PS4 Cross-Play: We've Got It Figured Out Rocket League developer discusses cross play. Gabe Newell says he's "all for" cross-platform play Gabe says that he is all for cross platform play. Overwatch will be the first game to support Dolby Atmos over headphones Support will be arriving soon in the beta. Final Fantasy XV Director On Main Story Length, Frame Rate, Airship, Cactuar, And More FFXV Director gives some new details about the game. Scribblenauts Developer Not Shutting Down, Lays Off 45 Employees According to tweets by lead animator Tim Borrelli, 5th Cell was being shut down. 5th Cell later released a statement saying that a project had been cancelled leading to 45 staff members being laid off but that they are not shutting down. Doom's latest trailer shows off demon mode and the BFG Epic's Sweeney just wants to sell Unreal Engine, as Amazon, Unity move to services Sweeney talks to Gamasutra about the Unreal Engine at GDC. Here's your first look at Sniper Elite 4 gameplay Wadjet Eye's next game is a supernatural adventure called Unavowed Wadjet Eye's founder has announced their next game, Unavowed. Check the article for more details and screenshots. Mass Effect Dev Revealed New IP With T-Shirt, No One Noticed Microsoft Says They Regret Holding GDC Party With School Girl Dancers An odd thing to do on the same day as an event they hosted for women to talk about their experience in the game's industry and to give advice to other women who want to purse a career in it. Phil Spencer said it was, "unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated" in his statement when informed about it. A thread about this was created here The Tech Behind A PS4 Game's Realistic Facial Expressions Check the article for a video showing how Hellblade gets its realistic looking character expressions. VR Headsets Are (Mostly) Comfortable With Glasses Are VR headsets comfortable with glasses? Luckey urges VR devs to be realistic about success Palmer Luckey urged early VR developers to be realistic about what sort of returns they can make as early adapters. Firewatch sells half a million copies, ships a thousand sets of photos Firewatch has been very successful on both the PSN and Steam. SOMA has almost made its money back; two new games coming They need to sell another 20,000-30,000 copies for the games five year development to have been profitable but the studio is working on two new projects. Punch Club has been pirated over 1.6m times Punch Club has been pirated over 1.6 million times, but has sold over 300,000 copies. Mirror's Edge Catalyst story details reveal competing factions and city districts The website for Mirrors Edge has been updated with some new information about the game's setting. Hyper Light Drifter Finally Has Release Date, Watch Stylish New Trailer The game will be released for the PC and Mac on March 31st. The Long Journey Home is a space exploration RPG with echoes of Firefly Below, Capybara's upcoming roguelike, is set for this summer In esports news Esports pros on why women's tournaments are needed, but not forever League of Legends casters boycotting Shanghai event over wage dispute with Riot Professional Dota 2 teams see shocking roster changes ahead of championship deadlines Guest Column: This Is Your Brain on Esports In crowdfunding news Easy Allies is creating Video Game Streams and Shows Former Gametrailers staff are getting together to create new content. As Danny said in his tweets, it's good to see Patreon changing games media. VIDEO GAMES LIVE: LEVEL 5 (album & movie!) A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week A Beautiful, Animated Tribute To Satoru Iwata What's the Future of Video Games Coverage? Danny O'Dwyer of Gamespot, Matt Lees of Cool Ghosts, and Kahlief Adams and Shareef Jackson of the Spawn On Me podcast talk about the future of and what is missing from video game coverage and the kind of audience that you generate. A look at creating the content that isn't out there and not just copying what everyone else is doing. Creating content focused on niches and on the "heart of gaming". Matt Lees talks about companies that want to pay for coverage, and how not wanting to take money can prevent you from getting previews and review copies and why he went to Patreon. Shareef Jackson on how people can be discouraged from perusing a career in a field that doesn't appear to have diversity or to represent different people. Kahlief Adams talks about the importance of visibility of the people working in game's journalism. Matt Lees talks about the harmful effects that decades of similar styled gaming coverage has caused and how content like Xbox vs Playstation to get more hits while attracts a negative crowd that pushes away people you would want ot interact with and quality content creators. All of them talk about what it's like to have years worth of content available that may not represent the work they do now, how they have grown as people over the years, and how popular youtubers who focus on negative things have to live a life surrounded by constant negativity because of the community and content they have created. 20 years later, David Brevik shares the story of making Diablo His original pitch can be read here HACKING GAME BOYS AND SHARING WHISKEY ON THE GAME JAM JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA Article about Train Jam, an annual game jam that occurs on the Amtrak train from Chicago to San Francisco. Watch Dark Souls III Come To Life with Chalkboard Art THE PERVERSE IDEOLOGY OF THE DIVISION The Division is a terrible Tom Clancy game An Open Letter to the Dude Named Alex I Keep Killing in ‘The Division’ Online harassment in virtual reality is 'way, way, way worse' — but can devs change that? Patrick Harris, of Minority Media (Papo and Yo), opens an important discussion about VR.....after doing what sounds like extremely unethical research on unsuspecting people. What games can learn from fan fiction websites about representing sexuality Robert Yang: "The game industry needs to get laid" Platinum Games' guide to action game design Factor 5's Cancelled Superman Game Thank you to BleedingChaos23 for sharing this A thread about this was created here Fullbright Founder: Look past "the best person for the job" Recollections of Rez Beyond ageism: Industry must think about older gamers Why Cibele's creator wanted players to embody its main character, not control her How The Witcher Devs Turn Great Ideas Into Game Features From a 2013 GDC talk, they have just added it to their Youtube channel. 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I wonder what the world would be like if David Hasselhoff became world president. Of course, this would mean that we would have come to regard patriotism as redundant and not compatible with a unified planet. What comes first, David Hasselhoff being world president or a unified world. It's sort of chicken and egg situation, a question that will puzzle all mankind throughout the ages...