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Polish documentary on the making of the first Witcher game, making games in Tehran, how the song "Undertale" hits home, FTC makes ruling for Youtubers running CS gambling sites, Gaming Historian looks at Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's time at Atari, what Twitch can learn from cam sites, Ahoy talks about the game that doesn't exist, designing games for speedrunning, how Suikoden changed Warren Spector's life, interview with Suda51, fixing overwork in the game industry, PewDiePie's latest racism leads developers to issue DMCA or to request take downs of his videos, making of Fallout 1 and 2, behind the scenes of game design, a look into Obsidian's cancelled Xbox One title that would eventually lead to Tyranny, Malaysian government temporarily bans Steam, engineers try to save Miiverse, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC, game updates, company and developer news, country news, mods) Star Wars Battlefront 2's Starfighter Assault mode is the best kind of fan service Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak reveals new details about the upcoming beta George Orwell's Animal Farm is being made into a videogame Animal Farm developer: "I wish more games made a statement" Xenoblade Chronicles 2 feels ready to become Switch's first hardcore RPG South Park: The Fractured but Whole's difficulty slider changes the colour of your skin South Park: The Fractured but Whole is fun but flawed Bear With Me, a noir teddy bear adventure, concludes in October How the Biggest Moment in EVO History Influenced This Brawler Immortal Unchained is a 'hardcore shooter for the action RPG genre' Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - High Elves Campaign Let's Play Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Eagle Gates First Look Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Introducing... Moon Dragon Okami HD rated for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Korea Heat Signature, The New Game By Tom Francis, Is Coming Out On September 21 The Lost Child coming west in 2018 Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Combat Spotlight Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online overview trailer Moonlighter has an interesting capitalist twist on classic dungeon crawling Frictional's excellent sci-fi horror game Soma is coming to Xbox One Exclusive Gameplay Of A Nazgul Boss Fight In Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Extended Hands-On Impressions With Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Star Citizen 3.0 update "akin to Early Access" launch A Game About Curing A Zombie Plague Final Fantasy 15's Hajime Tabata on gaining the 'trust and acceptance' of PC players Ys Eight: Lacrimosa of Dana delayed on PC one day before it was set to launch Sky - Reveal Teaser New details and screens from Stardew Valley publisher's magic school RPG Kentucky Route Zero devs 'totally focussed on finishing Act 5' despite console edition announcement Ancestors Legacy gameplay trailer showcases 'historically accurate' medieval RTS Sailing a space locomotive through the stars in Sunless Skies FIFA 18 demo kicks off today Atomega is the next game from Grow Home’s studio Magic: The Gathering Arena revealed, closed beta signups are live It's a good sign that our biggest Magic: The Gathering Arena concerns are cosmetic Fire Emblem Warriors ‘Heroes Introduction #1’ trailer Fire Emblem Warriors ‘Heroes Introduction #2 and #3’ trailers 2D adventure platformer Sir Eatsalot for PS Vita launches this winter Tiny Barbarian DX for Switch launches October 10 in North America Injustice 2, the alt-DC fighting game, may be coming to the PC The latest trailer for The Evil Within 2 sees you shoot an awful lot of monsters Bethesda Is Releasing An Unannounced New Game Before The End Of The Year Rockstar Announces L.A. Noire For Switch, PS4, Xbox One, VR Suda51 hints at No More Heroes multiplayer on Switch Suda51 Answers Our Big Questions, Such As: "Is Pineapple on Pizza OK?" Suda 51 Thinks Nintendo Switch Is Punk AF A new Hunt: Showdown dev diary showcases 'reactive' sandbox levels Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn expansion brings playable robot overlords in September Bungie outlines Destiny 2’s first month of content Destiny 2’s shaders are consumables, leaving many fans enraged Destiny 2 racks up 1.2 million players online Bungie Removes Destiny 2 Glove With 'Hate Symbol' On It Steel Division: Normandy 44 due boatload of free content Nioh's final DLC, Bloodshed's End, is due this month Endless Space 2 adds fighters, bombers, and bigger explosions in free Target Locked update Overwatch - Official Junkertown Map Preview Fortnite Battle Royale is a 100-player last-man-standing mode, coming this month Rainbow Six Siege aims for 100 operators, but there's 'no reason' to stop there One week after release, Rainbow Six Siege's Blood Orchid update is plagued with bugs Absolver developer asks for patience as it fixes server issues Microsoft To Share Rare’s Sea of Thieves Water Tech with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds PUBG: "When you ask about growth on PC, I just look at League of Legends" PUBG's next update adds the Mini-14, foggy weather, FPP leaderboards PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds targets November launch for vaulting mechanics PUBG’s desert map layout has been datamined, and it features a town called ‘Murderland’ Ubisoft creating 1,000 new jobs with two new Quebec studios EA Says It Will Try To Help Its Dreamer Employees EA Sports takes cover from Hurricane Irma, hopes to keep online services running Gaming's move away from ownership model is inevitable - EA CD Projekt Red now worth over $2 billion Bossa Studios secures $10m in Series A investment Pillars of Eternity II Writer on Manchester Bombings: “You Get What You Prepare For” Playing through Battle Brothers there was the occasional event where I thought, "The guy who wrote this is probably a piece of shit." The Future Of Final Fantasy Is All About Player Feedback 'I can't believe they're not going to do another one, but they're not,' says Kevin Conroy on Batman Arkham games The number of games released on Steam could top 5,000 in 2017—the most ever in a single year Malaysian Gov't Temp Bans Steam Over Religious Fighting Game Starring Jesus PewDiePie Doesn't Deserve a Pass For Using the N-Word Because He Was Angry YouTubers Worry About Blowback From New Pewdiepie Controversy Opinion: We Need To Talk About PewDiePie Let's Play Copyright Threat Raises Questions About The Law And How To Use It Lawyers explain why Campo Santo's takedown of PewDiePie's video is legal Firewatch is getting review-bombed on Steam FTC Gives YouTubers Who Peddled ‘Counter-Strike’ Gambling Site a Slap on the Wrist The Good Boys Of YouTube (The Jimquisition) Grand Theft Auto Space mod launched with impressive trailer Battlefield 1942 is getting an HD remake, 15 years after its first release 24 People Can Now Play Super Mario 64 Online Together Binding Of Isaac Mod Team Is Moving On Due To Lack Of Support Esports News The Weekend In Esports: A West Side Story PUBG is becoming an esport, whether it's ready or not Two Weekends In Boston Showed Two Very Different Scenes In Competitive Gaming Blizzard opening its own esports arena in LA EU LCS Will Break Off Into Four Regional Competitions, According to Reports INTERVIEW: Richard Lippe, H2K Gaming – “Riot’s Policies Will Have a Seriously Disruptive and Negative Impact on EU Players” SimBin Launches Women and Wheels, Promotes Women in Esports Oomba Acquires Entertainment Chain GameWorks to Establish Esports Arenas DreamHack Unbans CS:GO Players Who Cheated And Fixed Matches Counter-Strike Team Blows $70,000 Championship Match After Being Penalized For Showing Up Late Melee Champ Resigns From Competition Committee Because It's All-Male StarCraft Player Banned After Drunken Behavior On Livestream Smash 4 Pro Survives Tournament Elimination With Clutch Off-Screen Play Pro Overwatch Players Sing Smash Mouth While Obliterating Opponents Interactive Streaming Platform Genvid Raises $2.5 Million in Financing Maestro Announces $3 Million Funding To Increase Data-Driven Streaming Engagement Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) The Cyanide & Happiness Adventure Game Shortest Trip to Earth Lona: Realm of Colors Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Making Games in Tehran: A massive market, disconnected Stormlands and the million-man raid: Obsidian's cancelled Xbox One exclusive Rummaging through Obsidian's drawer of game ideas Games aren’t always fair, the magic lies in making you think they are Fixing overwork isn’t easy, but it’s the best investment we can make The making of Alpha Protocol, Obsidian's secret best RPG Engineers Are Trying To Save The Miiverse Zoë Quinn tells her story Why It's a Damn Miracle Any Video Game Gets Made With ‘Before the Storm,’ Life Is Strange Finally Leans into the Gay Opinion: In praise of Tacoma's character Sareh Hasmadi Even in the Fancy Utopia of 'Tacoma,' Labor Politics are Still Hell On "Tacoma" by The Fullbright Company Creative Assembly: Early stage specialism is what studios look for Brendan "Playerunknown" Greene's whirlwind year Matt Lees on creating a welcoming community Final Fantasy XV's Wild Secret Dungeon Was Designed By One Man Destiny 2 and the Asteroid Blues, Part One: Press L2 for Lore Destiny 2 and the Asteroid Blues, Part Two: Postcard Paradise Destiny 2 and the Asteroid Blues, Part Three: See You Space Cowboy(s)... Horror Game Takes You Through A Murder Mystery In Tokyo He’s Getting a Fireball: Josh Sawyer Reflects on Nearly 20 Years Spent Making RPG Classics for Obsidian and Black Isle Studios Suikoden changed my life - Warren Spector Nintendo Dev On Working With Kojima,'Splatoon 2,' Rise of Japanese Games EVE Online alliance leader permanently banned after threatening to cut off another player's hands How Stick Figures and Absurdism Power One of the Year's Best Games The Cam Girls Who Also Stream on Twitch The most important seven days in MercurySteam's history Success comes at a price - Butterscotch Shenanigans The Legacy Behind The Internet's Most Important Abandonware Site The Tragedy Of A Former Navy Base's Arcade Games From The Elder Scrolls to the US Secret Service: where videogame trees come from The DeanBeat: Our Cuphead runneth over Danny O'Dwyer on finding writers you like Exclusive: Behind Austin Wintory's musical mastery in Tooth and Tail Crafting Tooth & Tail, a gamepad RTS that aims 'to Hearthstone StarCraft' How the song "Undertale" Hits Home | Game Score Fanfare Cyberpunk Investigator Game - Observer (Blade Runner meets Inception) Polish Witcher Documentary Shows Journey From Books To Game The making of Fallout 1 & 2: Tales from the early days of Black Isle Studios Splatoon 2 and the Modern Shooter's Image Problem Metal Max: Wild Eyes, Dreamcast's Lost Strategy Open World | Unseen64 Ft. Dreamklub Checking out some of the best recent Spectrum homebrew Before Apple: Steve Jobs at Atari | Gaming Historian Good Game Design - Speedrunning Hellblade’s Design Captures The Trauma Of Loss Last Day of June - Emotion and Togetherness | PostMesmeric Designer Discusses Last Day of June’s Origin in New Developer Diary POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist Agents of Mayhem and the Art of Bad Storytelling [SSFF] Forget Protagonists: Writing NPCs with Agency for 80 Days and Beyond Grassroots Growth: How Game Communities Built an eSport Scene from the Ground up Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies RZA handles Absolver community management Things I Missed From Previous Week The making of System Shock 2's best level
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.