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News and gameplay from PAX, Jim Sterling talks about how a contact told him about Square Enix's meddling with Deus Ex, ModDB aquires GameFront, YouTube reveals confusing policy on monetizing video, Cyberpunk 2077 in full development, Amy Hennig talks about her Star Wars project, Football commenter Chris Kamara tries out Call of Duty shoutcasting, an analysis of Undertale, a thorough look at the Baldurs Gate series and looking at one of the dungeons of Baldurs Gate as a teaching example of game design, EA employees talk about why they make games, designing multiplayer games and a look at lag compensating weapons in MechWarrior Online, what it's like to work on a video game flop, and more. Gaming News What it's Like to Review a Console That Hasn't Even Been Announced Looks Like The Unannounced PS4 Slim Already Has A Teardown Sony CEO, citing Pokémon Go, says they're 'aggressively' pushing into mobile gaming Report: Nintendo NX will use cartridges, not discs Cyberpunk 2077 May Feature Driving/Flying Vehicles The Witcher Dev's Cyberpunk 2077 Is Now in Full Development Cyberpunk 2077 Development Team Is Bigger Than The Witcher 3's Echo is a third person sci-fi action puzzler with evil clones BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION Titanfall 2 introduces six new playable Titans Firewatch is coming to Xbox One on September 21st! H1Z1: King of the Kill will leave Early Access on September 20 Gandhi returns to lead India in Civilization 6 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta not happening on the PC See First Multiplayer for Call of Duty 4 Remaster, Infinite Warfare Right Here Modern Warfare Remastered will have all of the original maps, after all Reaper Blade Action - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Gameplay Battlefield 1 Beta, Other EA Games' Server Issues Ironed Out Exclusive Escape From Tarkov Weapon Customisation Gameplay I Like Big Gods: No Place For Bravery Announced Serial Cleaner - PAX West 2016 Trailer Friday the 13th Game's New Trailer Shows Off Brutal Executions Twit-Twhen? Owlboy Release Date Announced Hitman: The Complete First Season will be out at the end of January Shadow Warrior 2 release date set, trailer shows chainsaws and selfie sticks Shadow Warrior 2: Crazy Action and Boss Fight Amy Hennig Talks About Her Mysterious Star Wars Game and What it Means to Write a Star Wars Story Super sentai RPG Chroma Squad is coming to consoles Silence, formerly The Whispered World 2, is coming in November The new Mirage: Arcane Warfare gameplay trailer is a 12-minute massacre Gearbox's Duke Nukem 3D remake is a remix of new and old Duke Nukem So that's why the Megaton Edition was delisted from Steam/PSN. At least the people working on Shadow Warrior games know what they are doing. After Konami Feud, Beloved Train Game Gets Sequel FIFA 17 reveals top 10 best-rated players Redout Gameplay - A Full High Speed Time Trial Race - PAX West 2016 Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer: Ultra Beasts and Aether Foundation Pokémon Sun and Moon is basically bringing back Pokémon Snap Forza 6 Apex Launches Leaves Beta With Wheel Support New Sea of Thieves Video Shows Off the Game's Gorgeous Water Virginia - Trailer [HD] 7 Minutes of Sonic Mania Gameplay - PAX West 2016 8 Minutes of Viking Squad Gameplay - PAX West 2016 Batman: Return to Arkham out this October Watch six minutes of Hot Lava, Klei's scorching parkour game 4 Fantastic Indie Games - PAX West 2016 New Halo Wars 2 Gameplay Footage Arrives, As Dev Teases "Completely New" Mode 15 Minutes of Tacoma Gameplay - IGN First Gears of War 4: Horde 3.0 - 11 Minutes of Scout Gameplay See the first gameplay footage from Klei’s Oxygen Not Included Watch six minutes of Cuphead gameplay from PAX Tokyo 42's open world of blocky assassination coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 4 Minutes of Bleed 2 Gameplay - PAX West 2016 5 Minutes of Rive Gameplay - PAX West 2016 NEW TEASER FOR WHERE CARDS FALL DOESN’T SHOW MUCH, BUT IT’S ENOUGH Mafia 3 details its DLC expansion plans The new Titan Quest Anniversary Edition is free on Steam for owners of the original This is what really happens when swords hit armour Yakuza 6 Will Let Kiryu Go Online To Chat With Cam Girls Yakuza 6's Arcades Let You Play Virtua Fighter 5 Two Surprisingly Good Hours With Final Fantasy XV Streets of Rogue is a fun procedural city-based free-for-all roguelike Blackwood Crossing will pull on your heartstrings Sega’s Space Channel 5 coming to VR Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove - New Environments and Ghost Cows Gameplay Three New For Honor Trailers Show Off Samurai, Viking, and Knight Warriors Developer: Madden Review Scores Are Going up Because of Improved Realism The Walking Dead Season 3 gets title and release date Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 release date set Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer shows Earth one billion years from now Divinity Original Sin 2 - First Look #3 - Arena Warfare Shantae: Half-Genie Hero pulls a Final Fantasy XV Some more information can be found in their Kickstarter update. Paradox shares more Stellaris Heinlein 1.3 patch and DLC details As an obvious Babylon 5 fan, I like the sound of this update. Europa Universalis 4’s Rights of Man release date set for October Hitman Episode 5 Release Date and Mission Details Revealed Rainbow Six Siege Could Get Another Season Pass Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sees the return of Frank Pritchard in first story DLC Armello DLC Not Coming To GOG Version Ark: Survival Evolved Players Not Pleased With Decision To Charge For Early Access DLC Ark Dev Responds Concerns About "Finished" Expansion ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED UNVEILS A WHOLE NEW WORLD The new Overwatch update is live, deploys Eichenwald map, Season Two, and more Looks like a lot of good changes. Overwatch's Mei Buff Is Useful, But Only If You're Smart Enter the Gungeon update adds: "a gun shaped like a bullet that shoots guns" ModDB pulls GameFront back from the brink How Square Enix Kept Meddling With Deus Ex (The Jimquisition) Metal Gear Solid 5’s cancelled Mission 51 ‘definitely not the ending’, says Konami Nintendo Shuts Down "No Mario's Sky," But the Game Still Lives on Kind of Nintendo Took Down No Mario's Sky Fan Game, So Creators Renamed It DMCA's Sky Fallout 4 pays tribute to player who passed away What Happens If You Wear The Silver Shroud Costume In Fallout 4's Nuka World DLC EA admits remastering Mass Effect would be a way to earn an 'easy buck,' but won't remaster them Sega explains why Shenmue remakes haven't happened yet Guillemots increase stake in Ubisoft to fend off Vivendi takeover New lawsuit targets Steam, alleges patent infringement The battle to fix Britain's internet heats up Esports News Death Threats, Doubt & Victory: This Player has Seen It All Riot Games bans European Challenger Series team HUMA for not paying its players Funding Your Fiancé's Esports Team Is Romantic And Expensive Football commentator Chris Kamara tries out Call of Duty shoutcasting CD Projekt RED is making Gwent, once just a minigame, into a serious esports contender Crowdfunding News Eisenwald: Blood of November Eisenwald: Blood of November hits Kickstarter Other content I found interesting this week YouTubers Are Freaking Out About Money and 'Censorship' YOUTUBE DEAD!? AD-FRIENDLY CENSORSHIP $$$$ IN CS:GO! (The Jimquisition) Shovel Knight and Nailing Nostalgia | Game Maker's Toolkit MY EXPERIENCE AS A VIRTUAL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER IN BATTLEFIELD 1 Former film animator discusses making the gorgeous Ghost of a Tale WHY I MAKE GAMES: COURTNEY WOODS - Meet Courtney Woods, Writer at BioWare Other interviews are linked to on the bottom with people working on Battlefield 1, FIFA, and NHL. PAX Developers That seems to be in line with what developers were saying in the Vice article I linked two weeks ago. What It’s Like to Work On a Video Game Flop Lost Castle and the increasing viability of Chinese indie games Madden's announcers avoided mentioning Kaepernick's protest. Here's why. How I Learned to Love the ‘Bad’ Ending in Video Games The Witcher 3 saved its best trick for last 'Real world issues' in games like Deus Ex are there for marketing reasons, not for art “The Failure of Masculinity in Red Dead Redemption,” by Jess Joho Rainbow Six Siege Has Turned Into One Of The Best Shooters Around Duelyst: The Best Game Ever Perverted Sentimentality: An Analysis of UNDERTALE A Thorough Look at Baldur's Gate Baldur's Gate: Durlag's Tower - #1 - Design Club Is There Room for Couch Co-Op in a World Obsessed with Online Multiplayer? Why Making Multiplayer Games is Hard: Lag Compensating Weapons in MechWarrior Online STALKER is the Last-Gen's Greatest Hero Errant Signal - No Man's Sky Modern Warfare 2 Deserves More Credit 3 Lessons FPS can Learn from Hardcore Henry Your Shooter Deserves Better Enemies Why Horror Is Scarier With Weapons Distilling A Franchise: The Lara Croft GO Postmortem Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Heavy Rain Chase Fail (Hilarious Laughter) Not new but something I go back and watch every now and then, and something everyone should see. Heavy Rain is always an amazing display of incompetent design choices. THE NO MAN'S SKY RANT Deus Ex Mankind Divided Review Roundup: All The Scores In One Place Parody with short reviews written in the "style" of other sites. Battlefield 1 reveal trailer remade with Team Fortress characters is awesome
This week in the news; a look at the past 30 years of making games, best of April Fools, Final Fantasy 15, layoffs at The Escapist, Nintendo fires employee after she received months of harassment then makes themselves look worse, the struggle to bring back Baldur's Gate after 17 years, a look at bizarre and potentially dangerous video game ad campaigns, God of War 4 using Norse mythology, Matt Lees discusses future need for legislation for how video games collect and use data on human behavior, crafting a legendary ending for Uncharted 4, voice acting panel with Jennifer Hale, Adam Harrington, Sarah Elmaleh, and Brian Sommer, 80 Days/Sorcery studio talks about why they made their scripting engine open source, the blind gamer with a Killer Instinct, and more. Final Fantasy XV Check Out the Final Fantasy 15 Deluxe and Collector's Editions Final Fantasy 15 Director Talks Demo Frame Rate, Resolution, DLC, More Hands-On With Final Fantasy 15's New Demo Final Fantasy 15 Mobile Tie-in Game Justice Monsters Five Coming Soon Final Fantasy 15 Gets It Own Full-Length Feature Film Final Fantasy 15 Anime Launches Today Final Fantasy 15 Director Clarifies 10 Million Sales Comments Final Fantasy 15 looks like a game that has not thrown out one single plot, theme, or gameplay idea during its entire 10 year development, and it's kind of awesome. After FFXIII it is nice to see a party that seems to act like humans and who don't seem to hate each other. A thread about this was created here Layoffs at The Escapist This comes shortly after Game Trailer's shutdown, a site which Defy Media was also the parent company of. Since the site has long lost their talent and both they and Gameranx started to pay a guy who used to stalk and harass Dodger (PressHeartToContinue) and other Polaris people, according to both her and TotalBiscuit (and their screenshots), and who then went on to stalk and pry into the private lives of other people, the sooner this site dies the better. Phil Spencer explains why Halo 5 probably won't come to PC Starting today, anyone can turn their Xbox One into a dev kit for free Some thoughts from Campster (Errant Signal) on the feature. Don't Expect Xbox One and a Half, Xbox Head Says Remedy listens to YouTubers, makes Quantum Break's licensed jams optional A Remedy for Clichés: Sam Lake on Quantum Break Uncharted 4 "Raises the Bar," Quantum Break Dev Says Uncharted 4 Interview: Naughty Dog on Crafting a Legendary Ending Uncharted 4's Ending Will Be Divisive Uncharted 4 Lead Designer Has No Doubt that Naughty Dog’s Next Game Will “Get Even More” Out of PS4 Mass Effect Andromeda plot slips out in a survey That makes you sound like the villains, but I doubt they would do something that interesting. Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Footage Emerges, Shows Jetpack Feature Nintendo Employee 'Terminated' After Smear Campaign Over Censorship, Company Denies Harassment Was Factor Jim Sterling wrote about Nintendo’s Corporate Culture in response. Nintendo has been aware of her harassment over decisions she had nothing to do with and has only referred to threats, slander, and private information being shared by neo nazi websites as being "criticism". Gamers Flood Baldur’s Gate Expansion with Negative Reviews After It Introduces a Transgender Character The same people and reactionary websites will complain about censoring a developer's vision due to them having their game localized, complain about censoring a developers vision with Overwatch because the developer agreed with feedback, and when a developer puts in exactly what they want, with no feedback, then they should never have been allowed to work on a game because what they wanted wasn't what angry reactionaries wanted. There have been a lot of reviews by people who have never played the game given their time indicator or likely ones who have never even played a Baldur's Gate game based on some complaints, people using out of context examples of writing that make perfect sense in context, people who don't know that Beamdog was founded by one of the founders of Bioware and their former lead programmer saying they have no experience with these kind of games, people who don't know how D&D spells work (I never understood why so many people like to pretend that they know D&D rules), and obviously people that don't want transgender or gay people in their games (possibly finishing it with a line about bugs so they don't sound too hateful). Because this isn't something many larger sites will review these assholes will make finding reliable information about the game more difficult as reviews and google searches are now filled with spam, youtubers making hot take videos where they go out of the way to show that they don't know what they are talking about (and some admit they haven't played the game), and sites dedicated to catering to toxic demographics. Before the reactionaries arrived there were complaints of a lot of bugs, some that required the game to be reset, mod incompatibility, the usual poor path finding common for the engine, and the multiplayer not working, as well as the more mixed reception to UI changes (a lot are really nice and helpful changes but the game just doesn't look right). If you are interested in the game here are reviews by people who actually played it and hopefully more detailed in depth reviews will follow soon, positive or negative, to balance out the spam. It might be an amusing forum game to find one NPC in random games, screenshot a line of dialogue, and then review the game as a 0 or a 10 based on whatever insane reaction you can create from it. Opinion: The Siege of Dragonspear drama and the video game community Katherine Cross has written about this Rocket League Basketball Is Coming Soon Take an in-depth look at Total War: Warhammer's Vampire Counts Guitar Hero Live developer hit with layoffs ahead of 'restructuring' Sword Coast Legends Dev Shuts Down, But Xbox One and PS4 Versions Still Coming Players Feeling Abandoned After Strategy Game RUSE Removed From Steam Gears of War 4 Dev Talks Beta, Split-Screen Confirmed The Division's first raid detailed Check the article for a little information on the update or watch the video. The Division Getting New Weekly In-Game Challenge Series The Dark Souls 3 speedrun world record is already under two hours Escape From Tarkov combat footage is intense and Russian Etrian Odyssey V ‘Character Creation’ trailer Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PC Confirmed, Coming Soon The immediate response to this was a man desperately trying to not understand how the world or game development works and serves as a reminder to why I include articles and videos about game development, culture, and history in the hopes of less people being this guy in the future. Seraph Is A Platformer That Does The Shooting For You Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 is coming to Steam in English Skullgirls 2nd Encore for PS Vita launches April 5 After four years, indie hit Starbound is finally heading toward full release The game will be released soon after spending over two years in early access. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ comes to Android and iOS this week Resident Evil 2 Remake 'progressing'; Resi 6 feedback being 'taken on board', says producer God of War 4 Based on Norse Mythology, Suggests Leaked Art A thread about this was created here Sonic the Hedgehog has a new boss, and a new direction Sega will publish all future Atlus games, finalizes acquisition Ys VIII details Dogi, Barbaros, and the Lombardia passenger liner Far Cry Primal is getting a "Survivor Mode" and permadeath Metal Gear Solid Online will get a new Survival mode next week Unfortunately your access will be limited if you don't own the Cloaked In Silence DLC. Endless Legend's Shifters expansion out on Thursday Fallout 4's second add-on changes up settlement life next week A thread about this was created here There Are Some Super Shady Things in Oculus Rift's Terms of Service Oculus Will Cover Shipping Costs on All Rift Orders Through Today (today being 4-2) Nice gesture. Nioh Launching 2016 on PS4, Demo Out This Month A video can be found in the article. Vicarious Visions co-founders move on after 25 years In esports news University of California, Irvine announces a League of Legends scholarship The Loneliness of the Professional Gamer A look at esports documentaries. The International 2016 tickets on sale April 7 The No-Scope Sniper Play That Killed Team Liquid's MLG Counter-Strike Major Momentum Counter-Strike Pro Destroys Other Team Seconds After Hosts Question His Strategy ESL adds Hitbox to its roster of eSports streaming partners In crowdfunding news Quest of Souls A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week Video: Game industry all-stars reflect on 30 years of making games Manipulative Games - Will They Need Legislation? How long until a videogame ad kills someone? Emotion, manipulation and the future of game design The Struggle To Bring Back Baldur’s Gate After 17 Years A good example of why video game archivists are important, thankfully that's becoming more obvious over time and developers are hiring them now. DEVELOPMENT OF PAPERS, PLEASE CREATOR’S NEXT GAME HITS ROUGH SEAS Gameloft lays out all the reasons the Vivendi takeover is a bad idea War Is Beautiful In EVE Online Empires of Eve was launched Dwarf Fortress' creator on how he's 42% towards simulating existence Open sourcing 80 Days' narrative scripting language: ink Studio behind 80 Days and Sorcery talks about why they made ink open source. Don't Starve Creating Community Around an Antisocial Game 2014 talk just added to the GDC Youtube The Day the Dreamcast Died ENGARE, A VIDEOGAME ABOUT THE MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY OF ISLAMIC ART GXTalks: GX3 • Day 2 - Voice Acting 103: Featuring Jennifer Hale and Adam Harrington Video was just added to their youtube account. Meet the blind gamer with a Killer Instinct The article is an interview, a video he made talking about how he plays can be found here. Let's Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.1: An "archaeological" exploration Jessica Curry: A musical journey towards [Everybody's Gone to] "the Rapture" GDC ’16: World-Changing Games: How “We Are Chicago” (and all other games) Shape Society Best of April Fools The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Roach SUPER TRUCK Out Now Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - New Art Direction Introducing ChocoGo by FINAL FANTASY XIV "Arma" Eau De Combat - The New Fragrance for Players ROCKET LEAGUE - Ragequit Bot Conquer the moon with World of Tanks StarCraft II Balance Manager 2016
This week in the news; No Man's Sky price and release, Tim Sweeney against Microsoft's UWP initiative, Steam makes changes to bundles and security, Gita Jackson explains how Dwarf Fortress helped her overcome her disinterest in Tolkien-esque fantasy, Phil Spencer clarifies console upgrade comments, many pirates are buying Stardew Valley, Bear simulator dev calls it quits, Total War Warhammer Delayed, The Division details free and paid expansions, Darkest Dungeon tackles mental illness in the right ways, Mass Effect Andromeda editor leaves Bioware and industry, Quantum Break's live action scenes aren't on disk/download, Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover out June 24, flawed morality and historical accuracy of Assassins Creed, Uncharted 4 delayed, Fable Legends cancelled and Lionhead closure proposed, the soundtracks of Baldurs Gate and Streets of Rage 2, and more. Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it The Founder of Epic Tim Sweeney talks about Microsoft's UWP initiative. Microsoft's response was added to the article How to steal money from a game dev Stolen hacked games released on the iOS 'No Man's Sky' finally takes off on June 21st for $60 An interview can be found here. A good video about the game's price. A thread about this was created here A Surprising Number of People Feel Bad For Pirating Stardew Valley Uncharted 4 Delayed Again The new release date is May 10. Dark Souls 3: Miyazaki explains the difference between “difficult” and “unreasonable” Rumour busted: Alan Wake's Return trademark is not for a new game Sam Lake explained that the trademark was not for a new game, but for a live action segment that would appear in Quantum Break. Mass Effect Andromeda pegged for early 2017 launch, says EA CFO Mass Effect Andromeda is set to release in early 2017. A thread about this was created here Oculus founder: Rift will come to Mac if Apple "ever release a good computer" Dean Hall says that Apple just doesn't make the kind of hardware needed to run the Oculus Rift. Quantum Break's Live-Action Footage Isn't on the Disc The video game sections of the game will come with the disk/PC download but the live action segments will need to be streamed, Xbox owners can download the videos to their console but PC owners can't because on the PC the videos can run up to 4K in size. ...What the hell? Take a look at Mirror's Edge Catalyst's movement and combat in new videos A movement and combat video have been released. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Producer Passes Away From Cancer For the second news update I did I shared a fundraiser for Michael Forgey who was fighting a rare form of cancer, he passed away on March 3rd. Total War: Warhammer Release Date Delayed Total War Warhammer was set to release on April 28, the date has been pushed back to May 24. Successful $100,000 Kickstarter Dev Calls It Quits Due To Drama Fable Legends Cancelled, Lionhead Closure Proposed A thread about this was created here Project Scissors Spiritual Clock Tower Sequel Set to Release in Spring A recent Kickstarter update has shown a short trailer and announced that the game would be released in the Spring. 10 Second Ninja X announced for summer, HD version of base game plus loads of new stuff Further Steam security changes detailed Steam bundle prices will now drop based on how many of the games in them you own That's a great change and about time it was added. Think Dark Souls, But with Samurai Overwatch Release Date Leaked Through Advert - Report An advert that briefly appeared on IGN showed that Overwatch will be launching on May 24, and the beta will start on May 3. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear will be out at the end of the month Nintendo fends off Wii Remote patent suit appeal Appeals Court has ruled in Nintendo's favor over a patent infringement case. WW2 Sniper Elite 4 Coming This Year to Xbox One and PS4 With 1080p Graphics The Division getting regular free content updates in addition to paid expansions The Division's first two expansions are exclusive to Xbox One for a month The first two paid expansions will be exclusive to the Xbox One for one month. The final paid expansion Last Stand and the two free updates Incursion and Conflict will be available at the same time for everyone. The Division doesn't let PS4 & Xbox One players tweak lighting to improve framerate after all Last month an Ubisoft dev told a Youtube channel that console players could improve framerates by disabling certain lighting effects, this setting does not seem to have made it to the final product. Check the article for more information. Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover confirmed for the west It wasn't long ago I thought I might have to get a PS4 for the new Valkyria Chronicles and a Wii U for this, but my interest in both has definitely been killed. Rocket League Passes Major Milestone on Xbox One Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Shuts Down for Reasons Unknown The fan made Unreal Engine 4 remake of Metal Gear Solid has been shut down. Feds allege fraud by bank, agency who made $75 million loan to 38 Studios Mass Effect: Andromeda editor leaves BioWare — and games industry GDC recently added a 2014 presentation from her about why you need editors Fire Emblem Fates European Release Date Finally Revealed Fire Emblem Fates will launch in Europe May 20th. Revelation was not given a date but it will be out in the US on the 10th. Good to see it coming out only a few months after the US date, I'm almost done with Conquest (which seems to be preferred over Birthright by old FE fans from what I've seen) and they have definitely fixed a lot of the major problems that Fire Emblem Awakening had. The Sinking City is a promising-looking open-world investigation Lovecraftian game Frogwares is working on an open world investigation game with Lovecraftian themes. Check the article for more screenshots and information. Xbox Boss Clarifies Console Hardware Upgrade Comments Day of the Tentacle Remastered PC Release Date Confirmed The remastered version of Day of the Tentacle will launch on March 22, according to GOG. In esports news Team Secret The Only Winner At The DOTA 2 Shanghai Major In crowdfunding news Rock Band 4 for PC + Rock Band Network Harmonix needs to raise 1.5 million on Fig to fund a PC version of Rock Band 4. Posthuman: Sanctuary A Kickstarter project for a game described as, "A post-apocalyptic game of survival & leadership that's part rogue-lite, part interactive fiction." A thread about this was created here Critical Hits: An Indie Gaming Anthology A collection of original essays from independent journalists and developers. People involved include Cara Ellison who won the The New York Videogame Critics Circle first Games Journalism Award for her Embed With series and Austin Walker who you may know from GiantBomb or from his past work. A thread about this was created here Legion TD 2 The Legion TD mod is becoming a standalone, free-to-play, game for Steam. A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week Readers tear into the flawed morality of the Assassin’s Creed The Ex-‘Halo’ and 'Destiny’ Devs at Highwire Games Know Virtual Reality is the Future (forgot this last week) DARKEST DUNGEON TACKLES MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS History Respawned: Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam Historian discusses historical accuracy and the representation of Islam. The OntoCast — The Sounds Of Baldur’s Gate Discussion about what made the soundtrack of Baldurs Gate, composed by Michael Hoenig, so special. Layers Of Fear aims for arty horror, but its strength is simple scares Guest Column: Digging a Little Deeper: Dwarf Fortress, Fantasy Tropes, and World Building Gita Jackson explains how Dwarf Fortress allowing you to create your own stories helped her overcome her disinterest in Tolkien style fantasy. An Expert Agrees: The ‘Streets of Rage 2’ Soundtrack Still Sounds Amazing Today I Was Homeless And Video Games Saved My Life A Year On, the Accidental Politics of ‘Battlefield Hardline’ Remain Troubling ‘Firewatch’ Makes You the Romanceable Companion This is What a Video Game Museum Should Look Like A look at Game On, an exhibition on video game history. The Division Promotional Collapse An amusing promotional site that allows you to spread the virus in your hometown.