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Nintendo Switch information and game reveals, 100+ short developer interviews, both plenty and pretty good banging to be in Mass Effect Andromeda, Swery65 creates indie studio White Owls, Microsoft confirms Game Mode for Windows 10, how Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space, the introductory levels that developers should learn from, writing Lara Croft, Games Journalism Awards, how the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions, Games Done Quick raises over 2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, closing Vancouver’s Indie House, an interview with the original Princess Maker 2 localizer, the best quest in Dragon Age Origins, how small changes in Bloodborne make a big difference in gameplay and themes, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Games Journalism Awards All excellent choices for writing and at least one video, by Errant Signal, two of the written ones I also had in my Best Game's Writing of 2016 list. Everything We Know About Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Translator Struggled to Translate Suda51, and for Good Reason Nintendo Exec on NES Classic Shortages, Nintendo Switch Supply Nintendo Offers Metroid, Mother 3 Fans a Glimmer of Hope Why Switch Doesn't Include Any Bundled Games Will the Switch outsell the Wii U? Gamasutra staff weighs in Handicapping the Switch's chances: Industry analysts weigh in Hands On With The Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch: The Size Comparison The Nintendo Switch Feels High Quality, But the Games Aren’t Ready Yet Nintendo Switch online service's 'free' monthly games come with a huge catch NINTENDO TALKS VOICE CHAT, ONLINE APPROACH FOR SWITCH Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto Didn't Lead Switch Development What Nintendo Fucked Up With The Switch So Far (The Jimquisition) Microsoft Confirms Game Mode for Windows 10 That Improves Performance The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Let's Talk About Princess Zelda's New Look Splatoon 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord creators give update on development progress Shovel Knight Is Coming To Switch, Getting A New Structure And Price Nioh Goes Gold, Release Date Confirmed Nioh to add free PvP mode after launch ‘Nioh’ Is a Richly Detailed, Devilishly Challenging RPG That’s Just Too Tough for Me Diluvion gameplay demo - The PC Gamer Show GEARBOX CEO DOESN'T SEE BORDERLANDS 3 COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH 'Prey for the Gods' Stands out from 'Shadow of the Colossus' Malicious Fallen debut English trailer Horizon Zero Dawn trailer reveals formidable foes, friendly Lance Reddick Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer New Shin Megami Tensei Switch and 3DS titles announced Night in the Woods launching in late February Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Torment: Tides of Numenera interactive trailer demonstrates a quest in action Rain World GIFs show gorgeous world and a giant bird of prey Watch an assassination spin out of control in the new Hitman 101 trailer Super Robot Wars V second trailer Hopefully they won't just run it through Google translate like they seemed to have done for Moon Dwellers. Resident Evil 7 trailer blatantly lies about a creepy old mansion being nice Resident Evil 7 free ‘Not A Hero’ scenario DLC launches this spring New Friday the 13th trailer shows off Jason's morph ability ARMS - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Troll and I story trailer has forest fires, harpoon guns and invisibility magic Explore Mass Effect: Andromeda’s new space home and space car "The banging" in Mass Effect: Andromeda will be plentiful and good, producer says Mass Effect Andromeda crafting is 'quite a bit different' to Dragon Age: Inquisition Will Dad Quest explain the mystery of where all these dads keep coming from? Trine dev Frozenbyte announces Has-Been Heroes Guilty Gear’s newest fighter is a ninja businessman A Game Where You Play As The Boss In Classic Boss Fights After Halo Megabloks leak, 343 Studios teases a game "along these lines" could happen Super Mario Odyssey Is on the "Core Side," Like Super Mario 64, Miyamoto Says Conan Exiles to get full mod support on PC SUNLESS SEA WILL WASH UP TERROR AND CANNIBALISM ON YOUR IPAD THIS SPRING Fire Emblem Warriors - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer For Honor season pass listing leaks onto the Ubisoft store For Honor trailer shows powerful naginata-wielding Nobushi For Honor: Lawbringer Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer For Honor: Valkyrie Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer Little Nightmares release date slated for April, the cruelest month Tangiers developer posts hopeful update, teases new in-game footage Super Bomberman R - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is coming to PS4 Puyo Puyo Tetris - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer Sonic Mania - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer 1-2 Switch - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Darkseid is an Injustice 2 pre-order incentive WWE 2K17 rumbling onto PC February 7th Star Citizen has a "xenolinguistics specialist", and here's an interview with him Verdun adds ruthless kilt-wearing Scotsmen in free update Rainbow Six Siege update ushers in a bunch of requested fixes Darkest Dungeon's Radiant mode detailed, should arrive early Feb New Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Mode Gives Teams Only a Minute to Complete Their Goal Atlas Reactor goes free-to-play, adds new character Dishonored 2's next update finally lets you replay missions Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well 'Elite: Dangerous' Is Headed for a Galactic Arms Race Blizzard Banning Players Who 'Nuke' Overwatch Matches Blizzard Responds To Ongoing Fan Anger Surrounding The Overwatch Test Server Overwatch adds health bars to spectator mode D4 director Swery goes indie with his new studio White Owls 'I'll work extra hard to never let you down like this again,' says Scalebound director after cancelled game Epic and Microsoft sued over Gears of War by man who claims to be the "real" Cole Train I thought this already happened, maybe something was mentioned by the guy back in January of 2015. Frostbite engine to blame for Dragon Age 2 Exalted March expansion cancellation Sony shuts down 20-year-old studio in European restructuring Wizards of the Coast makes a show of opening new digital game studio Titanfall Twitter Spams Random People Who Tweet They Want New Games Valve still working on single-player games — and those Half-Life and Portal movies Steam Removes Game After Developer Posts Fake Reviews How the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions Oculus-Zenimax trial kicks off with final salvo of accusations Awesome Games Done Quick raises $2.2 million, smashing a record Contest offers $10K prize for a game about migration Superhot design competition offers publishing contract worth $50,000 as top prize Esports News Unlikely Street Fighter III Character Wins First Major Tournament Three legends, a pubstar, and their boss: what's up with China's new Dota 2 squad? Here's Why A Newly Formed Pro Dota 2 Team In China Has People Excited The Winner Of Last Weekend's Smash Wii U Tournament Won A Giant Cup Of Noodles LCS Player Survey Reveals High Salaries, Shocking Views About Women Alibaba Investing in World Electronics Sports Games Tournament as Part of Three Year Commitment to Esports Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifiers To Be Hosted By Millennial Esports, LAN Event in Las Vegas French Esports Streaming Company Eclypsia Launches Dedicated FIFA Channel Sponsored by Betclic Crowdfunding News UnDungeon - pixelart Action/RPG with Roguelike elements Sundered - A horrifying fight for survival and sanity Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) 2017 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY CRITICAL PATH /// CONVERSATIONS Critical Path has added around 100 videos to their Youtube channel this week of short interviews with different developers. Developers talk about a subject for under a minute to around five minutes depending on the video. Closing Vancouver’s Indie House 74-Year-Old Grandpa Says Goodbye To MMO He's Played Since 1999 Writing Lara Croft Suda 51 wants to make a game as distinctive as No More Heroes for Nintendo’s Switch One from last Monday that I missed for last week's article. THE SECRETS OF DISHONORED 2’S MONGREL CITY A 1973 ORIGINAL: TANYA DEPASS EXPLAINS WHY YOU AND I NEED DIVERSE GAMES Yooka-Laylee devs: 7 biggest game design changes since the N64 era The Best Quest In Dragon Age: Origins Was All About Dwarves and Politics The Beauty of Permanent Death - BoukenJima Why doesn’t Sid Meier still make Sid Meier’s Civilization? - Here's A Thing Cancelled Version Of Resident Evil 4 Gets Playable Demo How Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space How Bloodborne's Small Changes Make a BIG Difference - Writing on Games How games helped me deal with Tourette's Daughter sims and Clinton jokes: a conversation with the original localizer behind Princess Maker 2 7 introductory levels that all game developers should study Watch Doom brought to its knees in this speedrun We Asked a Transit Planner How to Up Our 'Mini Metro' Game Classic Game Postmortem: Ms. Pac-Man Classic Game Postmortem - Populous Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Real Surgeons Are Just As Bad At Surgeon Simulator As You Are Making Battleborn Competitive Watch Enchanting 'Undertale' Concept Trailer Watch Super Mario Odyssey's trailer remade in GTA IV
This week in the news; David Hayter has "no love for Kojima", why crunch is bullshit, the depth and mastery of Vanquish, Heather Alexandra looks at how relationships are portrayed in video games, Shadow of Mordor 2 appears on resume, Rhianna Pratchett on AAA games tackling more serious subjects, Valve found guilty of breaching Australian consumer law, the development of Hyper Light Drifter, Steam approves then removes a game about watching paint dry, pro Counter-Strike team wins using only tasers, and more. The news update posted a few days ago had more news from this week and the week before due to the site being down. Valve Found Guilty Of Breaching Australian Consumer Law How did this game about watching paint dry end up on — and get removed from — Steam? Details On Epic’s Abandoned Vision For Gears Of War 4 Two Worlds 3 Announced, Two Worlds 2 Getting New Engine and More DLC Alchemy and Cooking in Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Report: Nintendo of Korea Is Laying Off Most of Its Staff How does Hyrule Warriors Legends play on New 3DS vs. the old 3DS? Nintendo's First Smartphone Game Launches This Week in the US Fallout 4's overhauled Survival Mode now open for beta on Steam Shadow of Mordor 2 Shows Up on Stunt Actor's Resume Watch Dogs 2 PC Uses DirectX 12, Optimized for AMD GPUs Deus Ex Go, Just Cause Go, Life is Strange Go Domains Registered Sorcery! Part 3 Catching Up With PC In April Turok 1 and 2 Remastered coming to Xbox One Killer Instinct Season 3 Adding a Single-Player Mode, Next Characters Confirmed Huge Heroes of the Storm Patch Adds Character, Map, Major Hero Changes From PC to Console: Can Overwatch Make the Jump? Oculus confirms devs free to sell Rift games on Steam, other platforms Why the 'asynchronous timewarp' added to Oculus Rift matters Sony considering bringing PlayStation VR to PC Two Smart Ideas In The Bravely Second Demo Make JRPG Grinding Less Tedious Tyranny Emerged From The Game That Nearly Sank Obsidian David Hayter: Playing Metal Gear Solid V Would Have Been '60 Hours Of Humiliation' This Amiga game was lost for two decades, and now it's out on Steam Sony Shutters Driveclub and MotorStorm developer Evolution Studios Alice Developer Spicy Horse Is Not Shutting Down, McGee Says In esports news Heroes of the Dorm disqualifies Harvard for cheating Aui Rejoins Evil Geniuses DOTA 2 Team After Arteezy Goes To Team Secret Pro Counter-Strike Team Wins Round Using Only Tasers, The Game's Riskiest Weapon Other content I found interesting this week Firewatch and Games for Grown-ups "Firewatch is about people, Gone Home and Cibele are about actions." GTA V Player Completes Insane Parkour Map In Record Time Unsupported A look at the inclusion of queer characters in Fire Emblem Fates. Why I Adore ‘Manhunt’, the Quintessential Video Game Nasty Game Maker's Toolkit - Depth, Mastery, and Vanquish Easily one of the most enjoyable games I've played THE DEMOLITION OF JAPAN’S VIDEOGAME HISTORY "Crunch is bullshit" Pratchett: AAA becoming braver at tackling serious subjects Designing Morally Difficult Characters Recently added to GDC's youtube. SEE HOW FAR HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER HAS COME BEFORE ITS ARRIVAL NEXT WEEK The game releases on the 31st. Why Publishers Aren't Interested In Listening To Your Game Idea How one studio is building game AI to replicate a human storyteller
This week in the news; Warren Spector to work on Underworld Ascent and System Shock 3, angry trolls don't understand localization and try to damage voice actress' career, games developed in Iran come to Steam now that sanctions have been lifted, how models defined Doom, TwitchCon coming to San Diego in September, Rhianna Pratchett calls for more focus on story, Hearthstone pro Hafu talks about sexist Twitch trolling, Gears of War 4 coming this year, Kojima talks about his future, Ubisoft CEO says industry is less hit-driven and when Assassins Creed returns it may no longer be an annual title, Failbetter offers funding for narrative games, Master of Orion voice actors revealed, an adventure through hell created by one man team, Fallout 3 no longer banned in Germany, Riot built a private internet, Smite comes to the PS4, more DLC being created for Dying Light but team isn't sure if the PS4 and One have the tech to fulfill their vision of a sequel, and more. Warren Spector joins OtherSide Entertainment Warren is leaving academia to work on Underworld Ascent and System Shock 3. Here is another article with some information on what he will be doing. Article takes actress' interview out of context furthering trolling against Nintendo and employees The English version of Fire Emblem Fates has upset some very sad people who have no knowledge of how the process of game localization works, as usual, they have taken their anger out by complaining on chan sites and whining at, harassing, and threatening people on social media. So when some people saw an interview, reported on by the above site, they used their complete lack of understanding of how anything works to try to spread false information about Nintendo's localization team. Someone actually putting any thought into this interview would realize that the voice actress, Rena Strober, had actually just mentioned very common practices when working for games, not even specifically saying Fire Emblem. "You know, when you do video games, you’re not allowed to know the title of the game, you don’t usually know your character, you don’t know anything about it, because it’s very secret information." She also mentions that companies might change a characters name so that you won't know what the project is or if it is a sequel to something. As in many cases, people are not told everything about their character when they are auditioning, nor do they know everything about a game's story (possibly never knowing until the game's release or long after they are hired, as is the case with many games and movies). From the sound of the interview she is talking more about what happened when she was first auditioning, and even mentions that this took place about six or eight months before the original trailer released back in June of 2015, making the English character and title names even more likely to not having been set in stone since the game wasn't even out yet in Japan at that time. The article instead tries to frame this late night interview as Nintendo not caring about and getting worse voice acting for their localization (because you would obviously hire a voice actress and singer to play a singer if you didn't care about quality). This also could hurt a voice actors career if too many people take the interview the wrong way, whether it be the fault of the actor or (in this case) the bias and stupidity of the people upset about it. Strober has responded to the article which hasn't lead to a correction in the piece, and has the writer wondering why they may have made the video private (which he posts again) as he could potentially damage her career with misinformation by giving ammo to chan/reddit mobs. The most well known Fire Emblem fan site also created a thread in appreciation of Strober and she wrote a reply to them on the site and on her twitter. This shows why people really should try to have some understanding of how things work and what their platforms can be used for. République gets a PS4 release date In news for another game Rena Strober has acted for, Republique is about to have its final episode released and will be released on the PS4. Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers for PS4 English version announced for Asia English text will be available in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Found the article thanks to Gideon Zhi. After last weeks Valkyria footage I thought I wouldn't need a PS4, maybe I was wrong. Twisted Teen Murder Game Danganronpa Is Still Great On PC Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has released on Steam, I recommend everyone who didn't play the PSP or Vita version try it. Sunless Sea dev Failbetter offering funding for narrative games ET Armies, a sci-fi FPS developed in Iran, is coming to Steam TwitchCon 2016 announced, coming to San Diego this September Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata gets posthumous lifetime achievement award from gaming peers Reggie Fils-Amie, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, accepted the award. Fallout 4 lands game of the year at the DICE Awards Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ori and the Blind Forest, Battlefront, Witcher 3, Helldivers, Rocket League, and Metal Gear Solid V take other awards. D.I.C.E. Summit 2016 - Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro & Geoff Keighley Hideo Kojima on his future and breaking up with Konami, Metal Gear and Silent Hill Why neither Konami nor Kojima accepted Metal Gear Solid 5's DICE award Rhianna Pratchett calls for more focus on game stories Master of Orion trailer reveals a cast of sci-fi stars A thread about this was created here Industry has become less hit-driven, more dependable - Ubisoft While talking about the future of the Assassins Creed series Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said, "The goal is not to automatically come back to an annual cycle, but to come back on a regular basis. We can't say every year." DICE 2016: HOW UBISOFT CREATED THE DIVISION, GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS OPEN WORLDS A video can be found at the link for The Division and a Q&A about the new Ghost Recon. Firaxis is "working very furiously" to fix XCOM 2 performance issues Though they have no set schedule the team is "working furiously" and says that updates are coming soon. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Leak a Hoax? Epic Expansion Tipped to Launch this June Some details were leaked about The Witcher 3's upcoming expansion, the leaker would later call it mere speculation. How Gears of War and Unreal Have Shaped Epic's Next Game: Paragon Mistwalker reveals new project in partnership with Silicon Studio Hironobu Sakaguchi's studio is collaborating with Silicon Studio on a new title, there are no details but they released a piece of concept art. Tales from the Borderlands being collected on disc, launching worldwide in late April Hearthstone pro Hafu speaks out about sexist trolling on Twitch The Division Could Join Destiny in Becoming One of Biggest New IP Launches Ever, Ubisoft Says The beta broke records with 6.4 million players. Street Fighter 5 does not punish players who rage quit Players can expect a change, but they aren't sure what kind of system they will use or when it will be added. A Game Disappeared From Steam, And Nobody's Saying Why Just Cause 3's First Expansion Adds Mechanized Wingsuit and More BioWare Producer Asks If You'd Play a Dragon Age "Tactics" Game Mark Darrah asks twitter users if they would play a Dragon Age Tactics game similar to XCOM or Fire Emblem Fallout 4 Dev Has Three "Longer-Term" Projects in the Works Todd Howard teased that Bethesda is working on three projects at the 2016 DICE Summit. A thread about this was created here Square Enix Invites Miss Universe to Final Fantasy 15 Release Date Event New Adr1ft trailer teases zero-g gameplay and astronaut dreams Star Wars Battlefront's Outer Rim Expansion Gets First Image, More Details The first paid Battlefront expansion is due out in March and will have new maps, weapons, heroes, and a new mode. Gears of War 4 Will Be "Graphical Showcase" on Xbox One, Producer Says Gears 4 is due out in the fall with a beta test happening before launch. It will run at 60FPS and be a "graphical showcase" for the Xbox One. Dying Light will get more DLC in 2016, Techland promises Techland was pleased to see the reception for their latest DLC and have chosen to work on the game for the remainder of the year, they are already working on new unannounced content. On the topic of a sequel they are not sure if they can fulfill their vision on the Xbox One and PS4's tech. Smite: Battleground of the Gods Coming to PS4 The game went into closed alpha on the 19th and there will be a closed beta in the near future. A thread about this was created here Fallout 3 No Longer Banned in Germany - Report Giants: Citizen Kabuto spiritual successor First Wonder cancelled After their Kickstarter failed the team had been hopefully about being able to continue development if they could find other funding, they were unable to. Unpacking the stigma of mental illness in The Town of Light Former Sony exec Shahid Ahmad joins Double Eleven While working for Sony over the last few years people might have come to know him for helping to bring a lot of indie titles to the PSN and working with those indie developers. Quantum Break Goes Gold, Dev Celebrates With Huge Bottle of Champagne League of Legends was too slow, so Riot built a private internet to make it go faster Tales of Symphonia port gets much needed improvements thanks to modders HTC Vive is $799, Ships ‘Early April’ And You Can Answer Phone Calls In VR Price point and other details have been revealed. A thread about this was created here In eSports news League of Legends 2016 World Championship will take place across North America this fall Riot has revealed that the World Championship will take place across North America this year. Smite Oceania Pro League has a $100,000 prize pool in 2016 Australian and New Zealand Smite teams will compete for a $100,000 prize pool. This week in Kickstarter Projects Pinstripe — An Adventure Through Hell Made by a one man team. An article about the game was written here. A thread about this was created here A Place for the Unwilling Article about the game were written here, A Place for the Unwilling: Lovecraft meets Majora's Mask and Sunless Sea and here The Charming Gloom of a Place For the Unwilling Takes To Kickstarter. A thread about this was created here. Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch Kevin Smith is trying to get funding for a Jay and Silent Bob game. Other articles I found interesting this week This is my back: Being a game developer is just about the only thing I can do Olivia White writes about finding a home in games and developing with disabilities. Models from Hell: How practical maquettes defined the original Doom NIGHT IN THE WOODS TO UNRAVEL ITS ANGSTY TEEN TALE THIS FALL Guest Column: Skin to Screen Janine Hawkins explores the history and appeal of "skinship" in games. Being Edited Designing Interactive Story (PART SIX - FINAL PART) Greg Johnson finishes his six part series on interactive fiction, which are good reads for anyone interested. HAVE A LITTLE MORE FAITH IN THAT DRAGON, CANCER THE VIDEOGAMES THAT WANT TO BE DISOBEYED A look at obedience and disobedience in video game design.