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  1. Matt Paprocki looks into the development of Factor 5's Lair and talks about the difficulty of writing pieces like that, How Sierra and a Disgraced Cop Made the Most Reactionary Game of the 90s, Crunch The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem, how Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel tries to let players be themselves, Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel player suspended, previews with Civilization 6 expansion, Extra Credits explains the job of the QA tester, Why The Last of Us's Game Director Left Naughty Dog, Denuvo bought by Irdeto, Ys 8 PC release delayed again, how a stream like AGDQ comes together, How Gorogoa is a game about fitting things together, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) We Played Celeste While Designer Matt Thorson Watched Nintendo is making a bunch of weird DIY cardboard toys for the Switch and they’re awesome 7 foolproof way to survive in Metal Gear Survive - Metal Gear Survive gameplay Metal Gear Survive wants you to play online with friends or die Metal Gear Survive's Beta Is Fun, But It's Not Metal Gear Metal Gear Survive Requires A Constant Internet Connection, Has Microtransactions We Happy Few gets delayed to summer and opens Early Access refunds to everyone Here’s Seven Minutes of Shadow of the Colossus On PS4 Pro Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana's PC release delayed indefinitely because of performance woes Hitman composer Jesper Kyd to imbue Warhammer: Vermintide 2 with Nordic vibes Battletech is shaping up to be a great tactical combat game, and an absorbing mercenary sim ThatGameCompany's Journey successor Sky looks lovely in 30 new minutes of footage Symmetry is a 'survival management' game about a crashed spaceship and an alien horror Brand new ballgame: A look at MLB’s in-house development of R.B.I. Baseball 18 Following The Crew 2's Delay, Playstation is Refunding All Pre-Orders The First 18 Minutes of Dragon Ball FighterZ Dragon Ball FighterZ has a loot box system that won’t annoy you God of War – Story Trailer | PS4 Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins launches in English on May 31 in Asia Kursk will tell the story of a tragic Russian naval disaster Hunt: Showdown alpha testing will get underway at the end of January Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms coming to PC this spring Rust comes out of Early Access in February Downwell creator joins Nintendo Resident Evil 2 director trusts remake team, says 'do as you like' Tight Controls Define This Retro Homage To Ninja Gaiden What to expect from Total War: Three Kingdoms Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match Saunders Girls High School tanks introduction trailer Valkyria Chronicles 4 Japanese first-print and limited edition bonus missions DLC trailer Valkyria Chronicles 4 details Miles, Dan, Ronald, tanks, and research and development Whatever happened to Barkley 2? Cyberpunk puzzler Bit Rat: Singularity confirms the internet is a series of tubes Break Arts 2: Build the anime mecha of your dreams Atelier Lydie & Suelle Lets You Craft Or Summon Allies During A Fight Shattered Realms Developers Talk About Bringing Fighting Game Complexity To Brawlers Candleman: The Complete Journey is coming to PC at the end of January Total War: Warhammer 2 raises the dead in new Tomb Kings footage, full roster named The Warhammer 2 Tomb Kings patch notes are here, with lots of upgrades for Bretonnians Endless Space 2 unveils The Vaulters DLC Civilization 6: Rise and Fall adds new perils to world domination 150 turns with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall reveals a complex, broad expansion Civ 6 Rise and Fall: hands-on impressions Battlefield 1’s final DLC, Apocalypse, thunders in next month The first DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins pits the Brotherhood against Roman invaders Eve Online is gearing up for a ‘million dollar battle’ Overwatch appears to be getting new skins next week, including a gothic catgirl D.Va PUBG to ban 100,000 cheaters in 'single wave', blue zone balances being tested PlayStation is launching a ‘Totaku’ figurine line Guild Wars 2 Developers Donate Thousands After Fan’s House Burns Down Quantic Dream Or Quantic Nightmare? (The Jimquisition) I love defenses that just make the people they're trying to defend look worse. Why The Last of Us's Game Director Left Naughty Dog Minecraft boss Matt Booty to lead Microsoft game dev and publishing Square Enix hires Sonic mastermind Yuji Naka Hirshberg stepping down as Activision Publishing CEO Sony's dev relations head departs - Report Denuvo has been bought by the company that tried to force Overwatch porn offline Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away You can now play Silent Hills' P.T. teaser on PC thanks to fan remakes Esports News The Weekend In Esports: League Of Legends' Spring Season Returns Doublelift Gets Revenge In North American League Opener Longest Game In Pro League of Legends History Shatters Records Regulators In The Philippines Continue To Tighten The Screws On Esports Taiwanese player tom60229 crowned Hearthstone world champion The 14 best moments from the 2017 Hearthstone World Championship Evil Geniuses Fall In A Sweep At Former Dota 2 Major The Competitive Smash 4 Scene Is Anxiously Awaiting Nintendo's Next Big Move AT THE OVERWATCH LEAGUE’S OPENING NIGHT, I WITNESSED THE STRANGE, THRILLING FUTURE OF SPORTS A $25,000 prize pool is up for grabs in the first Gwent tournament of 2018 this weekend Germany’s Superjj102 takes the $10,000 grand prize in the Gwent Open Tournament Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel Lets Players Be Themselves, Even When That Causes Trouble Overwatch Pro Suspended For Saying Gay Rival Would Enjoy Sucking A 'Fat Cock' South Korean Overwatch Team Lunatic-Hai Disbands Parents HQ ad during OWL was a "categorization error" and Twitch "[do] not allow nor support political advertising" Twitch Removes Anti-Transgender Ads On ‘Overwatch League’ But Needs To Stop Calling Them ‘Political’ GRILLED: A KBBQ Q&A Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) NIGHTMARCHERS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Lair: What went wrong How Sierra and a Disgraced Cop Made the Most Reactionary Game of the 90s Crunch: The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem Five page story When abuse becomes the cost of doing business Developer detox: How to cultivate a positive company culture The heavy cost of toxic work culture The cost of games The Death And Resurrection Of The Fighting Game Community's Most Beloved Message Board Cryptocurrency is ruining PC gaming (and everything else) Where do downloadable games go when they die? How week-long, 24-hour livestream AGDQ comes together Why Do People Hate Mercy in ‘Overwatch?’ How a 'World of Warcraft' Shitpost Gave This Streamer a Shot at His Dream How Gorogoa is a game about fitting things together Dishonored shows that developers should still be building levels and not just worlds Divinity: Original Sin 2 ignored 2017’s biggest trends, and that’s why it’s great What Remains of Edith Finch and losing someone you love A Cyberpunk Game Where You Manipulate People With Alcohol How 'The Red Strings Club' Sabotages Its Hopeful Cyberpunk Vision We Talked to the 'The Red Strings Club' Devs About Queer Art and Intention The Fight for Accessibility (Ian Hamilton) - Noclip Sessions The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's dungeon design | Boss Keys How Super Metroid Creates Fear 👻🎮 2017 in Review: Japan Rises Again History Respawned is Annoyed with Call of Duty WWII The Art and Inspirations of Bloodborne So You Want To Be in QA - The Test Chamber - Extra Credits FNAF World: How Scott Cawthon Turned His Biggest Failure Into a Success Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry Meet the couple who got engaged in Stardew Valley Patches Aren't An Excuse Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Painting nuclear horizons while gibbing Ghouls - meet Fallout 4 VR's roaming artist Cuphead: The Untold Story of Maja Moldenhauer
  2. 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. The Witcher 3 developer on talking to fans: 'The worst thing is silence' Story Beats: Limbo From Dark Souls to Manifold Garden: How games tell stories through architecture Saving Kate and Saving Myself in Life is Strange THE TRIUMPH OF DESPAIR IN LIFE IS STRANGE Drama Ensues As Fire Emblem Fates Fan Translation Gets Canceled, Then Uncanceled Most of the translators I've known or whose work I know would probably stop if a game is localized and work on the many other games that could use a translation, like maybe Fire Emblem 5. Looks like their work is being picked up by some other people though. Resident Evil 20th Anniversary Interview – Hiroyuki Kobayashi Hit the subtitle option to the left of the gear to see it in English. Halo 2's Cliffhanger Ending Wasn't the Original Design, Composer Says The SCUMM Diary: Stories behind one of the greatest game engines ever made Gamasutra highlighted an older 2013 article looking back on the SCUMM engine. The Man Who Wrote Earthbound Also from 2013, an older article that Kotaku is spotlighting. Darkest Dungeon's Harrowing Journey Through Steam Early Access