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Iwata tribute in Breath of the Wild, GDC 2017 panels, pretend journalist/felon tries to get people to harass former Bioware employee while blog and hit piece site try to get people to harass a different former employee, YouTube’s restriction rules impacting videos that neither violate YT's CoC nor contain adult content, Noah Gervais on Tyranny and the language of power, interviews with Nier Automata director and CD Projekt Red studio boss, the humanity of the robots in Nier Automata, the strange history of Capcom's Big Bang Bar, making of Torment Tides of Numenera and Mass Effect Andromeda, Extra Credit looks at Xbox One's Co-Pilot mode as a tool for development and accessibility, a look at urban spaces in virtual worlds, video interview with Richard Garriott, snomaN Gaming talks about Zelda doing an open world right, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) The 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards GDC 2017 Panels Uncharted 4 awarded top honor at 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards YouTube’s restriction rules are impacting gaming channels Injustice 2 adds Firestorm to lineup Injustice 2 says it isn’t pay-to-win, but it will happily take your money Building a Better 'Nidhogg' Teslagrad follow-up World to the West coming in May Phoenix Point - the next game from XCOM creator - gets a spooky teaser trailer The Under-Appreciated Radiant Historia Gets A Full Remake Mass Effect: Andromeda - Introducing Drack Your Krogan Teammate (4K) - IGN First Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer guide - Strike Teams, missions, classes, and customisation Mass Effect: Andromeda Easter egg says we owe everything to SpaceX Mass Effect: Andromeda’s weird animations won’t get fixed with day-one patch Conquering Andromeda, Fryda Wolff Conquering Andromeda: Tom Taylorson. A lot of Mass Effect: Andromeda players are disappointed by its male/male romance options Cyberpunk 2077 likely out by June 2019 The Signal from Tolva Is Basically Far Cry With Robots Persona 5 special editions are not dangerous despite Amazon canceling orders, Atlus says The puzzles and paradoxes of Syberia 3 Seiken Densetsu Collection announced for Switch Sonic Forces’ first gameplay looks like the 3D Sonic games you know 'Prey' Reveals More About its Aliens in New Trailer You can watch the first 35 minutes of Prey right now Prey's origins in Arx Fatalis and the legend of the Turret Lord with lead designer Ricardo Bare Battle Brothers Announcement Trailer Fire Emblem Echoes is getting a limited edition release Narita Boy Is A Cyberpunk Game Inspired By TV Scanlines We played Dawn of War 3 multiplayer, and it’s really good Fog of War #3 - Environment Showcase 'We'll see an expansion' for Dawn of War 3 says Relic Lamenting the loss of Dawn of War's cool kill animations Roguebright – Away: Journey To The Unexpected Oily Souls: The Surge launch announced for May 16th Outlast 2 Has Been Refused Classification In Australia Star Citizen now plans to use the Vulkan API, dropping DX12 support Sailaway trailer teases dramatic, realistic sailing on fully-simulated oceans Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Returns With An Even Longer Name Shenmue III ‘Development Report Vol. 2’ video Bloodstained’s Wii U version canceled, game now coming to Switch Asymmetrical roguelike Crawl comes out of Early Access next month Time to kill: Crimsonland devs announce Time Recoil New faction the Riftborn bring time manipulation to Endless Space 2 Drawn to Death will be a free PS Plus title at launch The Evil Within 2 job listing suggests horror sequel is in development Bethesda hopes Quake Champions will give it a 'large esports presence' Capcom bundles up its Disney Afternoon NES classics for PS4, Xbox One and PC Smite's Clash Royale-Style Spin-Off Put 'On Hold' Faeria getting new co-op campaign in first expansion Furi's fast and frantic One More Fight DLC out now DICE is changing the way Battlefield 1 ammo resupplies work Crypt of the Necrodancer adds moddable hard mode to Amplified Early Access DLC Kerbal Space Program gets its next big update with the Making History expansion No Man's Sky Continues To Make Decent Progress With Its Big Update Sniper Elite 4 reveals 'Deathstorm' DLC, first chapter due next week Frank West is a flesh-eating zombie in new Dead Rising 4 DLC Squad Alpha 9 rolls out on Steam with a cracking new trailer Civ 6 spring update announced, will add Persia and one other new civilisation Killing Floor 2 gets new maps and guns in the free Descent Content Pack The dreaded Necromancer is coming to Grim Dawn as a playable class The fiery Lt. Colonel Morgan Kinsano joins Halo Wars 2 as a new multiplayer leader Hacknet: Labyrinths expansion is due later this month Behaviour Interactive introduce a free to play option for Eternal Crusade For Honor players calculate that it would take at least two and a half years to unlock everything Blizzard Demands $8.5 Million In Legal Battle Against Cheat Maker Changes to reduce the frequency of Overwatch draws are coming 'very soon' Overwatch patch 1.10 notes - massive Lucio changes and Assault map fixes Jeff Kaplan 'extremely open-minded' about Overwatch map editor Sources: Telltale CEO Steps Down League of Legends director: LGBT characters will appear in the game ‘at some point’ Nintendo to Double Production of Switch Console PS3 production ending soon in Japan DotEmu closing its own online store AUSTRALIAN SENATOR ATTACKS GAME CENSORSHIP, CLASSIFICATION BOARD Trump Plan To Defund U.S. Arts Programs Could Impact Video Game Programs Wii emulator can now buy games from the official Wii Shop Channel The Best Civilization VI Mods Esports News UK Gambling Commission Issues Position Paper on Esports Gambling Establishing Its Role as Regulatory Body, Issues Warning to Parents Norwegian Gaming Authority to Sanction Skin Betting Operators, View Skins as Virtual Currency The Weekend In Esports: Duty Calls In Texas Brazil Will Have Another National CS:GO Tournament Live on TV Fnatic Expands Into China With B.O.O.T.: “This Partnership Will Allow Us to Bridge the Gap… Between Western and Eastern Esports.” Gwent Challenger tournament pits amateurs against pros for $100,000 in prizes Meet the Street Fighter Pro Who Intentionally Picks Underrated Characters Street Fighter V Invitational Match Ends With A Different Kind Of Comeback Dota 2 Pro Goes Undercover As A Tree, Dies Anyway Player Lands One-Hit KO In Japanese Fighting Game Tournament Hearthstone Team League Finals Cap Off With Gimmicks And Miracles Lifecoach on quitting Hearthstone: 'You don’t get rewarded, you get punched in the face' Hotel Noise Complaint Forces Fighting Game Competitors To Cheer Very Quietly Why players’ personal brands are becoming a problem for pro League of Legends The League Of Legends Team House That Fell Apart Little-Known Overwatch Team Is Tearing Up The Apex Tournament With Bizarre Strategies Crowdfunding News Sacred Fire: Psychological RPG about revenge and loyalty Battle Princess Madelyn Battle Princess Madelyn is a neat father-daughter collaboration that echoes Ghouls N Ghosts Mages of Mystralia INDIE G ZINE - Volume 2 STARFIGHTER INC Kova is a super stylish sci-fi metroidvania, crowdfunding next week All Walls Must Fall combines XCOM with Braid - Kickstarter launching March 22 Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) When pigs flew: The strange history of Capcom's Big Bang Bar The making of Torment: Tides of Numenera Taking Death Seriously in 'Torment: Tides of Numenera' Inside the Making of 'Mass Effect Andromeda' The Endless Light and Hunger of Cities in Games How we exhibited our no-budget indie game at PAX without a booth Scumbags Harass Woman For Working On Mass Effect: Andromeda's Animations <br /> The other guy getting more racist harassment than usual doesn't even work on animations and character creation and was also with the company for ME 3, he also left and started his own Indie company a month ago once the game was finished. Mostly it just lead to him delivering brutal owns to people that can't spell. Game Developers Respond To Nasty Tweets By Donating Thousands To 'Girls Make Games' A King of Glaives: Profiling Gaijinhunter, YouTube’s Master of Monster Hunter A Photographer Chronicles The Alien Beauty of 'Horizon Zero Dawn' Beyond the pitch: How FIFA is influencing youngsters away from the TV 'Nier: Automata' Director Taro Yoko Doesn't Envision a Happy Ending for Humanity 'Witcher' Studio Boss Marcin Iwinski: 'We Had No Clue How To Make Games' Sombra’s voice actor doesn’t mind the haters, loves her character Overwatch’s search for diversity 20 years on, Bushido Blade remains a fighting game masterpiece Nier: Automata is a Brilliant Takedown of Drone Warfare and the Escalation of Conflict The Uncomfortable Humanity of the Robots That Inhabit ‘Nier: Automata’ Flashback: Gothic Masterpiece 'Castlevania: Symphony of the Night' WHY BREATH OF THE WILD IS THE FUTURE OF BLOCKBUSTER GAMES Tom Clancy's Inherent Silliness: Why Ghost Recon Wildlands Couldn't Escape Its Fate How Dishonored 2 hides its best details in the periphery Level Design Deep Dive: Dishonored 2's Clockwork Mansion Looking Back at the First Time Link Learned to Leap Making political videogames may not work. But we have to try Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams talks about simulating the most complex magic system ever XSEED Interview – Executive Vice President Ken Berry Talks PC Initiative, Localization, and Upcoming Games The video game industry has a diversity problem – but it can be fixed Celebrating the Uncommon Economy of Kalinatek, from the Original ‘Splinter Cell’ Here's What Gears Of War Creator Thinks About Gears Of War 4 What Should Parents Do When Their Kid's Favorite YouTuber Gets Racist? A List of Gaming YouTubers Suitable for Children and Young Teenagers I wish, a lot of the recommended ones would certainly lead to better educated gaming communities. Going from guy making faces and guy pretending to be scared of games to Errant Signal, Extra Credits, Ahoy, or Game Makers Toolkit is quite a leap though. That Time An Island In GoldenEye Disappointed A Generation Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s alleged Iwata tribute is beautiful American Says In 2007 It's His Dream To Work At Nintendo, Winds Up In Credits For Breath Of The Wild How To Build An Airship In Zelda: Breath of the Wild Tyranny and the Language of Power [Spoilers] Late Night Ponderings: Horror Games Vs Horror Elements Richard Garriott on Pulling Pranks and Pooping in Space - IGN Unfiltered #17 (Part 1) Conversations: Karol Zajaczkowski (PR & Marketing Manager at 11 bit studios) Stuff That Bugs Me About the Thing Everyone Likes Right Now Unreleased Dreamcast racer found on devkit, now playable Good Game Design - Breath of the Wild: Open World Done Right Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - An Open World Adventure | Game Maker's Toolkit Co-Pilot Mode - Better Together - Extra Credits Zelda's Aonuma & Marvelous: Another Treasure Island - Region Locked Feat. Dazz (Gameplay & Analysis) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Video Game Youtube Esports Hanzo Main Andromeda Nomad Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The story of Crash magazine OPENED WORLD: WALLED CITY Waypoint Rescores: 'Life Is Strange'
Super Bunnyhop talks about NieR, designer's ideas on the industry and politics that lead to NieR and Drakengard, the stage play, and what lead to a sequel. Night in the Woods creator and Carolyn Petit on "Does this have to be a game", new Overwatch character, how game design has to improve at representing darker skin tones, Newgrounds foretold indie experimentalism, beta news for Quake/Battletech/LawBreakers, Train Jam capturing magic of travel and development, Frog Fractions documentary, another Uncharted is unlikely, Narcissa Wright out of retirement, talks and games from GDC, SSFF looks at the history of Marvel vs Capcom, how games end and the progress of progress, rise of the talking simulator, the wide open spaces of Breath of the Wild, how Cities Skylines modders turned a hobby into a career, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Indie Devs Are Taking Over: The 10 Hottest Indie Games From GDC 2017 The 10 Best Games of GDC 2017 More GDC Games Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a realistic WW2 RTS coming this year 'A Mortician's Tale' Has Something to Say About Death Watch us play Prey with the developers from Arkane Ion, the space survival game by Dean Hall and Improbable, is dead Preside over court cases during the Reign of Terror in Polyslash’s We The Revolution RPG Codex Preview: No Truce with the Furies These new Agony trailers show demons behaving (very) badly Mass Effect: Andromeda's Exploration trailer highlights 'the heart' of the game The First 13 Minutes of Mass Effect Andromeda (4K 60fps) - IGN First Kumail Nanjiani as Jarun Tann Check out Mass Effect: Andromeda's 'Golden Worlds' in this new trailer Mass Effect: Andromeda won’t be getting a multiplayer betaMass Effect Andromeda: Exploration and Discovery Trailer Mass Effect: Andromeda features over 100 planets, but only ‘a handful’ can be explored Mass Effect Andromeda: How To Skip Multiplayer Missions And Still Get Rewarded Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer maps will be free Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds launches May 16 in North America, May 19 in Europe The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III introduces prologue, first characters Murder time! Danganronpa V3 PC release confirmed Persona 5 ‘Sizzle’ trailer Persona 5 - 15 Minutes of ENGLISH GAMEPLAY God Wars: Future Past delayed to June 20 in North America, June 16 in Europe NIDHOGG 2 OFFERS THE SAME FRANTIC FUN, WITH A BIZARRE NEW STYLE One of the best, weirdest visual novels is finally coming West Kalypso turns its attention to railroad sims with Railway Empire English Blue Reflection trophies surface Voodoo Vince Remastered is coming to the PC in April Channeling the 1970s in The Church in the Darkness The Battletech backer beta and launch target have been pushed back Styx: Shards of Darkness trailer shows off co-op kills Dawn of War 3 is a best-of mashup of Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 3 multiplayer hands-on: tough, complicated, spectacular Dawn of War 3 release date set, pre-orders detailed with trailer Dawn of War 3 Full Faction Overview Dawn of War 3 - 8 Minutes of Intense Multiplayer Action 'Tacoma' Makes Space Feel Personal Outlast 2 is coming in April 9 new things in Middle-earth: Shadow of War Slowly, quietly: Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 delayed again Premature Evaluation: For The King 2Dark trailer sneaks out ahead of next week's release Colourful Wii oddity de Blob coming to PC next month This Isn't An Operating System, It's An RPG LawBreakers smashes into closed beta this month On the spattered line: Quake Champions beta signups The First 23 Minutes Of Nier: Automata Nier Automata Lets Players Buy PSN Trophies With In-Game Money Zero Escape director teases next project System Shock remaster gets unsettling new gameplay trailer, switches to Unreal 4 engine Lucasfilm issues informal cease and desist order to fan-made Indiana Jones remake Riot Risks Stifling Creativity In League By Banning Players With Unconventional Strategies New Overwatch hero Orisa introduced Overwatch Team Will Roll Back Bastion’s Unpopular Buff Overwatch patch 1.9 notes - new tank hero Orisa, Bastion nerf, Zarya nerf, and more Orisa abilities list: here's what Overwatch's new tank can do Orisa skins: here are all the looks for Overwatch's newest hero Blizzard Talks About How They Came Up With Overwatch's New Hero, Orisa Overwatch Players Are Abusing Custom Games To Farm XP Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass DLC detailed: 4 new maps, French army, Frontlines Ubisoft announce free PVP update for Ghost Recon Wildlands, alongside its season pass Ghost Recon Wildlands' portrayal of Bolivia prompts government complaint Naughty Dog: Another Uncharted After The Lost Legacy Is Unlikely No Man’s Sky’s next update is imminent, adds a planetary vehicle Leak suggests Ninja and Centurion are coming in For Honor's first DLC release Meet Heroes of the Storm's newest character, Probius Some YouTubers Are Overjoyed That Maker Studios Is Firing Them Feud between G2A and Tiny Build sparks up during GDC panel Wargaming CEO accepts blame, vows renewed focus on World of Tanks SEGA and Creative Assembly acquire Crytek Black Sea, forming Creative Assembly Sofia Riot awarded $10 million in Leaguesharp lawsuit settlement Riot Games accuses Arizona man of trafficking stolen League of Legends accounts Nintendo says the Switch outsold the Wii at launch Switch Owners Report Hardware Problems, Though It's Tough To Tell How Many Nintendo Flags YouTuber For Using Switch Sound Nintendo awarded $9.5M in case against flashcart distributor Fan-Made Mother 4 Is No Longer 'Mother 4' How two Cities: Skylines modders turned hobbyist work into life-changing careers Halo 5 Skee Ball Games Keep Getting Better How the Cemu emulator's devs got Zelda: Breath of the Wild running in just a few hours Esports News Dota 2's Kiev Major gets its first contenders The Weekend In Esports: Counter-Strike Pros Light Up Poland Astralis Maintain Dominant Streak With Win In Katowice StarCraft Pro Topples Number One Player To Win IEM Katowice Championships Dota 2 Teams, Tournament Organizer, And Production Staff Say They're Being Stiffed Pro Esports Team Analyst Caught Betting On His Own Team's Matches, Which Is Somehow Legal Piglet Takes Over Team Liquid Mid Role In Push To Reach League Playoffs Team Wins In League Series Despite Picking A Bug-Ridden Champion Stadium Concepts in Esports Crowdfunding News ANTEGODS Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) The Secret Shame of Steam Cheaters That Lasts Seven Years Horizon Zero Dawn Players Are Using Photo Mode To Take Some Killer Pictures 'Horizon Zero Dawn' Star Ashly Burch on Her Voice Acting Heroes and Playing Aloy Horizon Zero Dawn's Little Details Are Polished And Well-Styled When Miyamoto First Played Zelda: Breath of the Wild, He Wouldn't Stop Climbing Trees Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Gets Video Game Collectibles Right 'Breath of the Wild' Solves Zelda’s Wacky Pacing Problems Torment: Tides of Numenera is beautifully detailed The Genie Level In Aladdin Is Unadulterated Disney Magic Hey Video Games, What’s the Problem with Dicks? Frustration Can Improve Video Games, Designer Found For Hidden Folks Designer Adriaan de Jongh, Games Are About People Building thousands of tiny interactions into Hidden Folks Meet the World's Most-Watched 'Hearthstone' Streamer Octavian 'Kripparrian' Morosan Train Jam perfectly captures the magic of both traveling and game dev Two Minutes With 10 Train Jam Games at GDC 2017 The For Honor community is divided over what honor really means Speedrunners Compete To See Who Can Beat Samurai Pizza Cats And Other NES Games The Fastest Famous Speedrunner Narcissa Wright Is Back From Retirement, But Still Worried About Health There’s No Reason for 'No Russian' to Exist in ‘Modern Warfare 2’ Thief: tense narrative through level design and mechanics The Balance of Power: Progression and Equilibrium in Real-Time Strategy Games Hollow Knight's charming art sets the bar for hand drawn games How things end Why math is strangling videogame morality Nintendo Flashback: The Disastrous Power Glove How one man lost over 50 pounds playing a VR game Narrative Sorcery: Coherent Storytelling in an Open World Creating Interactive Film Scripts For 3D Adventures With Ink Snap to Character: Building Strong Player Attachment Through Narrative Designing System Driven Dialogue in Mafia III The Freedom Fallacy: Why A Precise Understanding of Player Autonomy Matters Systems Make Statements: Simulations and Intentional Design Breathing life into Seaman Tips for writing better marginalized characters Unreal’s updated VR editor is set to launch on April 17 Oregon Trail creator wants to see game reimagined from the Native American perspective Remembering the Identity Crisis of Licensed Video Games, Through the Lens of ‘Alien 3’ The awful thing that happens to you at the start of Resident Evil 7 was almost much, much worse Black Skin Is Still A Radical Concept in Video Games ‘Night in the Woods’ Is Soulful, Empathetic, and Too Real "Does this Have to be a game" Falling Upwards: Gravity Rush as guide for the complex intersections of women’s lives In Praise of the Impressive Impatience of ‘Nier: Automata’ As CRT Supplies Vanish the Classic Arcade Machine is Virtually Dead How Flash Games and Newgrounds Foretold Today’s Indie Experimentalism OUR FIRST EVER GDC! Battlefield 1's voice actors played catch with cinderblocks while recording their lines ‘Breath of the Wild’ is the Zelda Adventure I've Always Wanted How Torbjörn became the art inspiration for all of Overwatch Zelda on Switch runs more smoothly in portable mode 'Spelunky' Is Obsessed With Death The Invaluable Rise of the Talking Simulator Eleven Essential Books that will help shape your Game City Developing Crashlands while facing a terminal cancer diagnosis Sean Murray compares No Man's Sky development to a rocketship ‘being fired into the sun’ Writing Mafia 3: 'We had a lot of very uncomfortable conversations' Lessons learned by an 'art-house indie' who joined a F2P game studio How Prompto's AI-driven selfie system in Final Fantasy XV was built Warren Spector traces Deus Ex's development back to a game of D&D Mods are (not) blasphemy! | Field Notes for Play: Fallout 4 Edition History Respawned: This War of Mine [SSFF] Past Mortem | The History of Marvel vs Capcom Noclip Turns 6 Months Old! (A Postmortem & Request) Frog Fractions: Lesson 1 - Noclip Documentary Why Breath of the Wild's Empty Space is So Important - Writing on Games Games as Lit. 101 - Interactive Temptation The Shadow of Mordor you never knew existed alt.ctrl | Hands-On | GDC 2017 How the GTA Hot Coffee Scandal changed age ratings forever - Here's A Thing What You Missed From NieR Something in the Direction of Exhibition - Nier, Part 1 Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Hearthstone Developer Records a Rap About Journey to Un'Goro Expansion Stardew Valley (IGF) - Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'? Ron Gilbert 'Horizon Zero Dawn' and 'The Witcher' Share Beautiful Twitter Moment There's no hookshot Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Why I love Peggle and hate Peggle: Blast
Steam to add sales tax to at least 10 different countries, Noclip rediscovering mystery, Stop Skeletons From Fighting looks at the history of Keiji Inafune, developers discuss the Switch, Maker Studios drops more than 55,000 Youtubers, previews of Mass Effect Andromeda, DICE 2017 Awards, the future of Final Fantasy XV, Shadow of Mordor 2 revealed, Ashly Burch interviewed about Horizon Zero Dawn, Twitch to sell games, rise of Rainbow Six Siege, Steven Lumpkin and Liz England livetweet GDC talks, the morality of Shadow of the Colossus, GameStop changes Circle of Life program, how Vagrant Story changed game localization, the Dead Space 3 the developers wanted to make, Xbox Game Pass, why Stellaris’ New Horizons mod is the best Star Trek game, interviewing John Romero about classic game making tools, Gaming Historian looks at the Panasonic Q, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Overwatch takes the title of Game of the Year at the 2017 DICE Awards THE CRITICAL DISTANCE AWARDS 2017 Watch Nina Freeman & Tim Schafer host the IGF & GDC Awards next week! Steam Prices May Increase in Australia And New Zealand Due To New Tax Jurisdictions Valve is helping developers make their games sound more realistic Microsoft Unveils $10 Monthly Gaming Subscription Service For Xbox One What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch Nintendo Switch Will Not Have Virtual Console At Launch Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons seem to be having issues on pre-release hardware A complete history of Nintendo console launches Not All Switch Games Will Support TV Mode Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con wrist straps have an annoying issue, but you can fix it Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of Cool Indie Games Wargroove will give Nintendo Switch owners their Advance Wars fix Runner3 coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch Shakedown Hawaii is coming to Nintendo Switch first STEAMWORLD DIG 2 WILL BE MUCH, MUCH MORE OF THE SAME The new Blaster Master looks very good Strategy sim Kingdoms will get local co-op play with Two Crowns DLC Why It Took Subset Games So Long to Make a Game After 'FTL' Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 16 - Ships Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Interview Pillars of Eternity 2 is the biggest crowdfunding success since 2015 MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA | Characters | Official Gameplay Series - Part 2 Mass Effect: Andromeda hands-on: bigger, flashier, and very familiar Five Things We Loved About Our Hands-On Time With BioWare's Space Epic Mass Effect: Andromeda has no level cap, allows you to completely respec Ryder You can choose Shepard's - yes, Shepard's - gender in Mass Effect: Andromeda Mass Effect: Andromeda will star Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer How Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Characters Deal With Science, God (And Why That’s So Exciting) Mass Effect: Andromeda lead designer Ian Frazier on 'fulfilling the promise of Mass Effect 1' How Bioware's replacement for Paragon/Renegade affects your Mass Effect: Andromeda character Mass Effect: Andromeda producer walks back 'softcore space porn' remark Mass Effect: Andromeda to get day one patch, may not be ready for Origin Access launch 17 Minutes of Mass Effect Andromeda: Peebee's Loyalty Mission Gameplay (4K 60fps) - IGN First Where the Water Tastes Like Wine writer lineup revealed ‘Breath of the Wild’ Is Shaping Up To Be a Beautiful Zelda Adventure Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild Gets Pirated Days Before Launch, Causing Major Leaks Target Leaks Shadow of Mordor Sequel, Shadow of War In Genesis Noir, Earth is shrapnel aimed at a god’s heart New Avatar game coming from The Division studio 80 Days developers Inkle announce Heaven’s Vault, an open-world adventure game Arktika.1 is a bit like Time Crisis in VR Video available on article, couldn't find one to add directly to this post. Tokyo 42 trailer showcases fast and frantic Cop Drop minigame Check Out This Delightful 'Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap' Remake Old Time Hockey brings blood to the ice next month Graveyard Keeper is a blend of fantasy and capitalism that looks like Stardew Cemetery Spike Chunsoft launches ‘Pro Wrestling’ teaser website Rumor: Shenmue I and II HD remasters due out in 2017 Rebellion Is Remastering Rogue Trooper Stardew Valley is coming to the Switch, multiplayer mode to debut on console Distraint 2 bringing more businessman horror this year Towerfall developer’s next game, Celeste, heading to the Nintendo Switch Stranger of Sword City Revisited second English trailer Mads Mikkelsen had no idea what Death Stranding was about after Kojima described it Epic Games unveils new cross-platform mobile, PC game Battle Breakers Epic Games’ new worldwide creative director discusses company’s upcoming six titles XC’mon: Xenonauts 2 releasing free dev builds Twirlbound announce Pine, a whimsical action adventure about human survival Beat zombies to death with their own limbs in Killing Floor's VR spinoff Beartopia trailer will make your Tuesday a little cuter Yooka-Laylee plays like a 3D platformer born in the N64 era How Yooka-Laylee Aims To Revive The Platforming Genre The followup to Layers of Fear casts you as a mind-invading supercop Troll and I trailer showcases asymmetrical gameplay in the Scandanavian countryside The Last Night GDC 2017: Brass Tactics Combines Real-Time Strategy With Oculus Touch Halo games 'will always have split screen going forward,' says 343 Industries founder Nier: Automata PC release date may have been leaked by a new trailer The Turok 2 Remaster Hits PC Soon, Watch New Trailer Now 'Ghost Recon Wildlands' Draws from the Real-Life Cartel War Genesis Alpha One is an ambitious sci-fi survival game with base-building and crew cloning Gunpoint meets Mavis Beacon in Rogue Process Uurnog is a musical platformer from Knytt creator Dead Rising 4 shuffles onto Steam in March Ooblets, the Stardew Valley meets Pokemon mash-up, gets a Double Fine publishing deal Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is coming to Steam in April Resident Evil 7’s next DLC stars Chris Redfield 'Hearthstone' Lead Producer on 'Journey to Un'goro' and Competitive Changes Total War: WARHAMMER - Bretonnia - Campaign Let's Play Total War: WARHAMMER - Bretonnia - Battle Let's Play - Sword Of Couronne Rally Point - Laying Down the Lore: Bretonnia Total War: WARHAMMER - Introducing... The Green Knight Total Warhammer DLC ended with Bretonnia as devs switch to sequel Stellaris: Utopia expansion blasting off on April 6th Cities: Skylines - "Mass Transit" Announcement Trailer The future of Final Fantasy 15 CKII’s Monks & Mystics (& Satanists) arrive in March Battlefield 1 expansions’ first details revealed: Russia, Belgium and more Shovel Knight rethinks gender in retro games with Body Swap Mode Deus Ex: Criminal Past DLC sends Jensen to jail New Ark patch adds electric eels, force fields, and tree-climbing lions Ark: Survival Evolved Devs Offering $4,000 A Month To Some Modders Hi-Rez responds to Paladins complaints, lowers Essence costs and increases rewards 'Overwatch' Boss Explains That Inclusivity and Hope are its Secret Sauce New Overwatch hero under construction in latest teaser Overwatch update: Roadhog hook nerf, Bastion changes, and custom game browser are live Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity Marvel Games Won't Be Tied to MCU, Which Is the Best Decision They Could Make Irrational is now called Ghost Story Games Twitch Plans to Sell Games, a Natural Next Step to Keep Growing its Community Focused Ecosystem Banned from traveling to the US, one developer will still get his game shown at GDC Report: Disney’s Maker Studios cutting support for more than 55,000 YouTubers Sources: GameStop Changes Controversial Circle of Life Program Zenimax files to halt sales of Oculus tech containing stolen code Peter Moore is leaving Electronic Arts to become the CEO of Liverpool FC Obituary: Alan Stone, Nintendo of America cofounder, onetime Sega Enterprises CEO IO Interactive studio head leaves Hitman dev after seven years Stellaris’ New Horizons mod is the best Star Trek game The 'Witcher 3' Modder Who Gave Geralt a 'Shredded Steel Body' Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Upsets Rock StarLadder While Mexico Hosts Halo 5 Qualifiers Surprise Marine Flank Secures Win In Global StarCraft II League Quarterfinals Team Liquid Likely Secures Kiev Major Invite With StarLadder Victory Nobody Expected A Shiny Hunter To Beat Pokémon Champs At Weekend's Big Tournament Dota 2 Team Accused Of Peeking At Match Stream, Which May Or May Not Be Cheating Unknown Kirby Player Upsets Top Smash 4 Pro At Frostbite 2017 Overwatch Pros Sniped Off A Ledge After Ambush Goes Wrong Dota 2 Pro's Best Just Isn't Good Enough Get ready for the new, streamlined Capcom Pro Tour Meet The Woman Raising Japan’s Next Generation Of Street Fighter Champions Echo Fox Will Be Featured in Five Part Docuseries Ending in a $300k H1Z1 Tournament Broadcast on The CW TV Network The Average Age of Esports Viewers is Higher than You May Think, says GameScape from Interpret, LLC Esports Audience and Revenue Set to Continue Rising, According to SuperData Crowdfunding News Narita Boy -The retro futuristic pixel game Narita Boy invokes the retro art of Superbrothers Heartbound [Interview] Pirate Software Talks about Heartbound's Journey of Emotion SOLSTICE CHRONICLES: MIA Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) The Video Game Industry Is Afraid of Unions The CRPG Book Project Sharing the History of Computer Role-Playing Games I shared the history of CRPG preview Felipe is working on before, probably about a year ago, it's a great look at a very large number of classic and obscure RPGs and I linked to it above. I assume when it comes to PCgamer he is talking about the The Ultimate RPG Handbook. WHY EVER STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES Dying to stream. Importance of Stories Video game and tabletop designer/writer on staying in the industry because, "stories are one of the most important things we do as a society." Flashback: How Nintendo Perfected the 'Zelda' Formula With 'A Link to the Past' State of Play: How 'Rainbow Six Siege' Became Such a Big Deal Here's Why City 17 and Dunwall Feel Like Real Cities New Non-Profit Has Plans To Save Gaming's Past "Make it Biblical:" How Vagrant Story Changed Game Localization One Player's Three-Year Quest To Beat Every NES Game Is About To End Broadway Actors Love 'Rocket League,' 'Ori And The Blind Forest,' Escapism Tales of Berseria Is A Brilliant, Dark Departure For The Series An Abridged History of Sega’s Awesome Arcade Racers Classic Tools Retrospective: John Romero talks about creating TEd, the tile editor that shipped over 30 games Five Years of Grand Dynasties and Sneaky Coups In 'Crusader Kings II' Everything's on fire and nobody knows what to do A Thousand Tiny Details: Emergent Storytelling in Slime Rancher The Internal Design Process: Maintaining Good Conflict Building Non-Linear Narratives in Horizon: Zero Dawn Procedural Narrative Generation Steven Lumpkin shares GDC talks. Unpopular Opinion: All Narrative Is Linear Narrative Innovation Showcase PCG Shotgun: 6 Techniques for Leveraging AI in Content Generation Liz England shares GDC talks. A Game Developer's Digital Fight Against Fascism The Witcher 3's animators created 7,000 new animations in one year for the DLC Text adventures are back from the dead Road to the IGF: ConcernedApe's Stardew Valley Road to the IGF: Love Conquers All Games' Ladykiller in a Bind Thoughts on Assassin’s Creed: Liberation Talking To The Composer Behind Night In The Woods The Bleak Lessons of 'Heavy Rain' But mostly it was really funny Identity Crisis - Playing a mixed heritage character in a modern day video game The Transformative Violence of Yakuza 0 'We Know the Devil' Taught Me to Be Proud How fantastical Atari box art taught the world what makes video games special How Devs and Fans Are Making It Easier Than Ever to Get Into Fighting Games 'Owlboy' Took 10 Years to Make, But What Happened Next? I put my car into space sandbox Planetoid Pioneers so I could drive it on the moon The GameCube Is Genderfluid Catherine is unflinching, messy and uplifting — just like real life Guest Column: Why Are We So Nostalgic About Games? The George Ziets Interview Part 1: Writing For Video Games, The Writer's Job Why 'Mad Max: Black & Chrome' is 'Metal Gear' Creator Hideo Kojima's Latest Crush Suda51 on The Silver Case and his Return to Subdued Visual Novels Horizon Zero Dawn's Ashly Burch Wants to Be Dogg The Bounty Hunter Next Be Sure to Find Some Quiet Time in ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ The Secret of Mario's Jump (and other Versatile Verbs) | Game Maker's Toolkit The Morality of Shadow of the Colossus Hyper Light Drifter: The Best Game Ever How For Honor Incentivises Nobility (Review/Analysis) - Writing on Games The Dead Space 3 the developers wanted to make - Here's A Thing Panasonic Q (GameCube / DVD Player) - Gaming Historian VA-11 Hall-A is Not About Bartending, it's About Your Life | Field Notes For Play Non-Professional Game Dev - The Joy of Making - Extra Credits [SSFF] Past Mortem: How The Mighty Have Fallen, Inafune Explained Nioh - Commanding Attention The Benefits and Detriments of Wish Fulfillment - Video Games Rediscovering Mystery - Noclip Documentary Trailer Rediscovering Mystery - Noclip Documentary (feat. Jonathan Blow / Derek Yu / Jim Crawford) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games 2K Commentary How To Throw Your Video Game Controller Things I Missed From Previous Weeks What It Takes To Run A Fighting Game Tournament
The oral history of Final Fantasy VII, an interview with Vanillaware's Kamitani, Patrick Klepek talks with a JRPG speedrunner, XCOM 2 to get a Long War sequel, how Valiant Hearts drives you to the breaking point, an except from Richard Garriott's memoir, Mark Brown looks at how the gameplay in The Last Guardian portrays a relationship, New Year's resolution to stop screaming, Banner Saga developer talks about 2nd game's underwhelming launch, Microsoft cancels Scalebound, Tarmack talks about virtual reality devs designing anti harassment features, Activision removes four games from digital stores, Tim Sweeney interviewed for thoughts on virtual reality, and more. Last week I shared some of the best videos and best writing of 2016 that were included in previous This Week In Gaming posts. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Inside, Overwatch and Firewatch lead GDC 2017 Choice Awards nominees! 2017 INDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MAIN COMPETITION FINALISTS! An ode to the pixel art-driven nominees and winners of IGF Awards GGJ17 Keynote announced TwitchCon 2017 announced for late October Steam beta update makes Xbox and generic X-Input controllers customizable Nvidia rolls out game streaming on a GTX 1080 cloud for $2.50 an hour MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA COMING MARCH 21, 2017 Mass Effect Andromeda Won’t Have a Season Pass; EA Access Members Will Get to Play it Early Mass Effect: Andromeda 'allows you to go between singleplayer and multiplayer within the game' Up Close With The Nier Automata Demo’s Constantly Surprising Combat Microsoft Cancels Scalebound AT LAST, ANOTHER EXCUSE TO STARE AT THE BEAUTIFUL METROPOLIS OF TOKYO 42 She Remembered Caterpillars is a cute semi-autobiographical puzzler about death Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night video shows off creepy village level Beyond Good and Evil 2 exclusive to Nintendo Switch for a year, teaser to drop next week Watch a Heat Signature mission go completely wrong in a new trailer AngryJoe Previews MXM! Injustice 2 gets May release date An Uncensored Sex Game's Difficult Journey To Steam Shock Tactics is an XCOM clone with an exploration twist For Honor gameplay trailer showcases large men getting medieval A grim For Honor trailer reveals closed beta dates Ghost Recon: Wildlands Trailer Features a Cat, for Some Reason Ghost Recon WIldlands - Operação Skydive Sea of Thieves Inn-side Story #10: Co-Op Gameplay Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III still have a way to go, says Tetsuya Nomura Brut@l, a modern rogue-like with 3D ASCII art, is coming to Steam Star Citizen Promises New Updates; Shows Gorgeous Screenshots and Videos as it Breaks $141,000,000 Star Citizen cheaters face permaban with no refund (but CIG needs video evidence) DIE ALONG A RIVER WHEN THE FLAME IN THE FLOOD ARRIVES ON PS4 THIS MONTH GET READY FOR THE TWISTY GEOMETRY OF EUCLIDEAN LANDS TO ARRIVE THIS YEAR River City Melee: Battle Royal Special multi-language physical version coming to Asia in March Conan Exiles dev diary showcases its 'freeform' building and crafting system Everything (we think) we know about the next Assassin’s Creed NIGHT LIGHTS HIDES A WHOLE OTHER WORLD BEHIND ITS SHADOWS WEIRD FICTION CONTINUES TO INVADE VIDEOGAMES WITH A HOUSE OF MANY DOORS Failbetter sheds some light on the aesthetic of Sunless Skies Husk is a Silent Hill-esque horror game framed by domestic violence YEP, JENNY LECLUE WILL STILL BE YOUR TEEN GIRL DETECTIVE FOR 2017 Final Fantasy 14 update trailer demos new quests, dungeons and gear items Dreamfall Chapters "Final Cut" update is coming in March Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-order content now free for all First contact has finally been made in Elite: Dangerous Meet the pilot who made first contact with aliens in Elite: Dangerous The Road Ahead For Battlefield 1 Gears of War 4 Patch Notes Cover Quitting Penalties, New Maps, and More New Overwatch PTR patch nerfs Ana and D.Va Terry Crews wants you to want him to play Doomfist in Overwatch Overwatch Valentine lines discovered How Soldier 76, Sombra and Symmetra are changing the Overwatch meta Wildstar's huge February patch will revamp the endgame EverQuest Landmark is closing down next month HTC unveils deluxe Vive strap with in-built audio Vive Tracker brings hand-tracking VR gloves, plastic guns and more into the virtual world HTC Vive headsets getting wireless options in 2017 Firewatch has sold more than one million copies PlayStation 4 sales surpass 53M, Uncharted 4 moves 8.7M Sony announces ‘glacier white’ PS4 Slim Hearthstone Devs Want To Be More Open, But Are Worried About Harassment SEGA Of Europe Has Registered “ShenmueRemastered.com” & “SheMnUeGame.com” Domains Too How much money did Steam’s best-sellers earn in 2016? Steam Reaches 14 Million Concurrent Users For First Time In Its History Activision “won't be making a comment” on the Steam removal of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The games are also removed from Xbox Live and PSN. Hacker Leaks 1.5 Million Profiles From Game Site After They Refuse To Pay $100,000 Square Enix Europe's Twitter Account Was Hacked Final Fantasy XV ships 6M in just over a month Oculus exec pleads not guilty to underage attempted sex abuse charge Thermaltake displays wall-mountable mini-ITX case and pure black coolant XCOM's massive Long War mod is getting a sequel Skyrim Script Extender for Skyrim Special Edition aiming for a March beta release People Have Started Hacking Nintendo's NES Classic And Adding More Games To It Nintendo hid secret message for hackers within NES Mini Wii U emulator cracks native 4K streaming, and it’s stunning These Korean students made their own Overwatch VR rig Esports News The Weekend In Esports: The Smite World Championship Returns To Atlanta Digital Chaos Wins Its First Big Dota 2 Tournament Get ready for the Smite and Paladins championship finals Counter-Strike League Shuts Down After Players Organize Against Owners Crowdfunding News Crowdfunding Tips and Toolbox Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) Final Fantasy 7 An oral history Looking Back at Square’s Final Fantasy VI Tech Demo with Kazuyuki Hashimoto The Art of Final Fantasy VII: An Interview with Yoshitaka Amano How Nobuo Uematsu Composed FF7's "One-Winged Angel" New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming Epic's Tim Sweeney on Virtual Reality and the Future of Civilization Vanillaware's Kamitani on Keeping the 2D Flame Alive in the Age of 3D 'The Last Guardian' Creator Ueda on His First Game Job and the Late Kenji Eno 'Gravity Rush 2' Is Guided By a Singular, Bright Vision Read Excerpt From RPG Legend Richard Garriott's Memoir “We set out to make this trilogy. We can't leave the story unfinished” Pete Hines on how Bethesda became one of the most creative publishers of this generation What Drives This Speedrunner To Play to Master Long, Grueling JRPGs How the composer of SimCity and Fringe went from scoring games to making them Why I love the low-fi tech of Alien: Isolation Design in Action | Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the Story of the Ultimate Sequel How Valiant Hearts drives you to the breaking point How Reading an Original Witcher Story Made a Modern Quest All the More Meaningful No Man's Sky's best bases We need a revolution in tutorials Opinion: Lana Beniko, The Old Republic's best Immoral Woman Top 8 Games From 2016 You Might Have Heard Of Overlooked games of 2016 Final Fantasy XV’s Out-Of-Bounds Glitch Shows Scrapped Or Unused Areas Horror Game Explores A Corrupted, Glitchy Video Game The Roguelike Platformer Where Anyone Can Lose A Limb The 10 Best Photo Modes In Videogames Civ VI's Neo Tokyo Is About To Explode Virtual Harassment And Game Design | Feature Creep By Tarmack The Last Guardian and the Language of Games | Game Maker's Toolkit Nintendo's Virtual Console Is Trash Garbage (The Jimquisition) Great Switchpectations - Colin Was Right Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Star Citizen Reaffirms Commitment To Not Release In Whatever Year It Is Now Sibling Rivalry with Tom Taylorson & Fryda Wolff Overwatch is 11th most searched PornHub term for 2016, beating off anal by one position Overwatch Heroes Ranked, According To Pornhub Searches Shadow of the Colossus Cat
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; 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