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Rami Ismail asks devs and players to share stories of how games effected or helped people, Youtuber gives reasons why they keep imploding, Centipede programmer Dona Bailey holds AMA, Steven Messner looks into an Ark roleplaying server, how the Yakuza helped sell Nintendo's first game, Colin Campbell writes about what Gabe Newell is like during a press event and how he answers questions, Payday 3 in production, visual essay jam, variety of Japanese titles get western release dates, how "games as a service" delayed Owlboy, what developers think of Steam Spy, Folding Ideas and Linkara discuss Youtuber Life Tycoon game and state of Youtube, Bethesda working on three new games, interview with the devs of Nier Automata, Zelda community talks about giving Link a voice, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Watch the trailer for the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards! Raw Fury offer to pay indies' Steam Direct fees for any game they deem good enough Valve won't automatically detect cheaters for fear of "an arms race" with cheat makers Are You Making Nintendo Switch Games? Japanese Developers Answer That And More Hands-On Nintendo Switch Impressions From A Dream I Had Last Night Nintendo eShop purchases will finally be tied to Nintendo Accounts Leaked Switch Was Stolen, Nintendo Says Nintendo Switch launch lineup includes Zelda, 1-2-Switch Nintendo Switch download sizes revealed, making extra memory a must Claim Your Nintendo Switch Account ID Banana Peels, Nasty Aliens, and Brain Hacking in 'Prey' An hour with Prey ‘Prey’ Is More Freaky Sci-fi, Less Horror Dropzone is a competitive RTS for the modern era My Memory of Us teaser tells a tale of children trapped in a war-time ghetto The Black Death Spreads to Videogames With A Plague Tale: Innocence A special message from YOKO TARO MASS EFFECT™: ANDROMEDA – Gameplay Series #1: Combat Hardcore Girls and Bullet Hell: A Conversation with the Makers of 'Nier: Automata' Kona, the snowy supernatural mystery set in Canada's north, is coming in March Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha 0.1.1. gameplay video released – Taming New Seas NIS America is localizing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and it's coming to Steam Talking Dreams and Nausea-Free VR with Tim Schafer Bard's Tale remastered trilogy will be finished, Olde Skuul boss says Watch 15 minutes of sci-fi zombie beatdowns in a new trailer for The Surge Bethesda's Todd Howard Hints at 3 New Games Oops! Game developers forget to hit the submit button and miss scheduled release date Dawn of War 3 trailer battles over mythical pointy stick Choice, Consequence and Vampires Power the Next Game From 'Life Is Strange' Studio Square Enix Announces New RPG Called Project Prelude Rune Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best trailer yet has fans crying ‘spoilers’ Danganronpa V3 And A Bunch Of Other Japanese Games Get Western Release Dates Payday 3 is in production, but could be a long way off Songbringer is a Zelda-like with galactic war and hallucinogenic cacti Redeemer is an action slasher that's like God of War meets Hotline Miami A Game About Houses Of Cards, Without Any Politics Stranger of Sword City Revisited first English trailer, eight-hour free trial announced New Persona 5 Trailer Features This Returning Character Rogue Legacy devs announce Full Metal Furies, a four-player co-op brawler Touhou Kobuto V coming west this summer Tokyo Tattoo Girls for PS Vita, PC coming west this summer RPG Maker Fes coming west this summer Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy for PC launches March 27 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 14 - Neketaka Pillars of Eternity 2's overhauled weather system will affect player status and NPC routines Redeemer is an action slasher that's like God of War meets Hotline Miami Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta starts Feb 23, tontos Final Fantasy VII Remake's Director Shows Screenshots Of The Game's First Boss Fight The Gardens Between Looks Just Lovely Isabella von Carstein heads to Total War: Warhammer as another Legendary Lord Total War: Warhammer's free Bretonnia faction lands on February 28 - here's a trailer Warhammer News: Bretonnia Update 19th Feb Total War: Warhammer - Full Bretonnia Army Roster (Battle Gameplay) Nioh to add high-difficulty missions in late March, PvP in late April; first DLC details Homefront: The Revolution’s final expansion coming in March Valve Fixes Accuracy Bug That's Been In Team Fortress 2 For Ten Years Blizzard Retires Classic Cards In Anticipation Of New Hearthstone Season Is this really the worst Hearthstone meta we’ve ever had? Blood Bowl 2 introduces Chaos Dwarfs and Khemri teams to its bloody roster Watch Dogs 2 “Human Conditions” DLC due to release on PC on March 23 Kolin is Street Fighter 5’s next character. Here’s why you should play her. War Thunder gets new Japanese tanks in impending update Final Fantasy 15’s PS4 Pro patch does more harm than good Conan Exiles' new region lock has prevented some regions from playing on official servers Final Fantasy XIV’s New Expansion “Stormblood” Gets Plenty Info on New Areas, Features and Much More Civilization 6 Free Update And New Australia Civ DLC Announced First For Honor patch will buff Valkyrie, nerf Conquerer and Berserker, fix guard breaks Watch the world end in Defcon VR’s virtual war room Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan trolls fans who are begging for Valentine’s content The Overwatch Playboy parody 'Playwatch Magazine' has been shut down by a copyright claim Crafty Overwatch Players Are Staying Up Late To Get Better Ranks Overwatch's next hero may not be Doomfist, suggests Jeff Kaplan Is this Overwatch’s next hero? See Overwatch devs answer your questions in last weekend's PC Gamer Weekender Q&A What do developers and publishers really think of Steam Spy? Portal writer Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve Humble Bundle raises more than $6.5M for charity EA's Origin Access subscription service is running a limited time free trial PewDiePie versus the media: Why he’s so mad to be losing the fight I remember last time he was complaining about Polygon and another site talking about him that he lied about their articles and said they used him as clickbait, when he wasn't mentioned in the header, as the picture, and was the focus for maybe part of a sentence in the middle of the articles. PewDiePie Is Only Part of the ProblemPew The three reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber Twitch Streamer Dies During 24-Hour Marathon Stream Court Throws Out Digital Homicide's Case Against Critic Jim Sterling The ‘Stardew Valley’ Modder Who Added Jerk Off Schedules For Every Guy Esports News Riot's New Replay Tool Could Seriously Affect League Matches Counter-Strike Pro Promises To "Crush" Opponent, Backs It Up In Dominating Fashion FIFA Pro Puts Away Two Goals In Under A Minute At Miami Regionals League of Legends Pro Dances Before Pushing For The Win In Guilty Gear It's Never Over Until The Vampire Sings North Seizes Double Overtime Win At DreamHack Masters Las Vegas Pro Overwatch Player Wrecks Entire Team's Defense With Sneaky Lucio Boop This Is Why You Don't Challenge The Street Fighter V Champ Nazara will invest $20 million in eSports for India Danish CS:GO Players Barred from Competing at Copenhagen Games LAN The Rise in College Esports Scholarships Crowdfunding News Fig kicks off $500k funding initiative aimed at late-stage game dev woes Shardbound Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) Rami Ismail asks devs and players to share stories of how games effected or helped people Some of the responses Gabe Newell isn't really here Gabe Newell discusses the downsides of working at Valve Video Game Tries To Tackle Gang Violence In Chicago, Fails Grandia – 1998 Developer Interviews, originally featured in Sega Saturn Magazine (jp) Centipede Programmer, Dona Bailey, holds AMA VISUAL ESSAY JAM ROUNDUP How Sega Brought Yakuza 0 To The West I was drugged, forced to sing, and accused of murder in one night on an Ark roleplaying server Raising Questions of Power in Reigns Portal 2’s Co-Op Was Perfect How 'Memoranda' Successfully Brings Haruki Murakami's Surrealism into a Video Game For Honor Gets Female Armor Right Meet the superfans who spent a decade bringing Daikatana back to life The dark art of creating gorgeous death animations 'Freelancer' Was the Original Open-World Space Opera Devs discuss the history and the future of so-called 'walking sims' Road to the IGF: The Molasses Flood's The Flame in the Flood Road to the IGF: Ocelot Society's Event Games As Service - How it delayed Owlboy for nearly a year ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn' is ‘The Witcher 3’ for the ‘Avatar’ Generation 'Horizon Zero Dawn' made me fall in love with open-world RPGs Gender, Race, and Robot Dinos in Horizon Zero Dawn Let's Talk About How 'Resident Evil 7' Falls Apart at the End How The Zelda Community Finally Gave Link a Voice How to Make the Best of Working on Licensed Video Games Youtubers Life and the State of YouTube (w/ Linkara) How the Yakuza helped sell Nintendo's first game - Here's A Thing Guide to Games: Valkyria Chronicles The Magic of the First Legend of Zelda | Game Maker's Toolkit Sierra's Lost Gem - The Dagger of Amon Ra #GLG29: Diversity in Watch Dogs 2 Noclip Project 4 Teaser Advanced Game Literacy - Finding Meaning in Games - Extra Credits Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Game Industry Valentines FFXV Ignis Dishes DeMarcus Cousins' Trade Was So Shitty NBA 2K17 Won't Let You Do It Things I Missed From Previous Weeks 'Metacritic' Still Matters, But For How Long? HOW CHICAGO'S OVERLOOKED VIDEO GAME CREATORS SCORED AN EXTRA LIFE Not Forgotten - Hellgate: London (Innovative Diablo Successor / Looter Shooter) Other Places: Hitman
Indie developer tries to pull a Bethesda, Felipe Pepe writes about learning and understanding over 40 years of video game history, Waypoint's Mike Diver speaks to Zelda series producer and director Eiji Aonuma, the negative effects of health care repeal on indie developers and those that want to leave larger companies, UN is getting interested in games, Banner Saga 3 launches Kickstarter, Joseph Anderson talks about the design of Fallout 4 and how to better realize the game's potential, the cost of developing Easter eggs, writing on relationships between characters in FFXV and Last Guardian, South Sudan gets its first Global Game Jam, new trailer for Call of Cthulhu and developers working on a Werewolf The Apocalypse game, road to IGF developer interviews, interview with the man that fixed Fallout 4's toilet paper, a look at the influence glitches have had on the fighting game genre, the story of Sega's first console the Sega SG-1000, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) GDC State of the Game Industry 2017 Tim Sweeney earns the Game Developers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award Nintendo Switch Won't Support Netflix at Launch - Report The Switch’s Launch Lineup Is Getting Beefier Japanese Nintendo Switch buyers can customize their console’s colors Nintendo Switch UI gets new close-up in deleted tweet Totaling the hidden costs of owning a Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch is leaving these Wii U features behind Nintendo Answers (And Avoids) Our Switch Questions Nintendo Switch: Everything we still don’t know Nintendo Switch Predicted To Sell 40 Million Systems By End Of 2020 Nintendo Switch Ain’t for Mom and Pop—It’s for Die-Hard Fans Xbox One's upcoming copilot feature will let two players share one controller online Mordheim: City of the Damned developer to bring Necromunda to PC Obsidian teases something called "Project Louisiana" Call of Cthulhu trailer is crazy in the coconut White Wolf bringing Werewolf: The Apocalypse to PC Atlus Brings Two Utawarerumono Games West In 2017 Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer teases choice-heavy combat 9 minutes of Torment: Tides of Numenera PS4 Gameplay Torment: Tides of Numenera preview – A classic series reborn for Xbox One TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENARA PREVIEW - 2017'S MOST PROMISING RPG YET? Three bizarre sci-fi tales from Torment: Tides of Numenera Dead Cells - Reveal Trailer Take me on: Take On Mars official release 9 Feb World of Horror, A Scary Game For The 1980s Halo Wars 2 feels like a return to the C&C era of real-time strategy We Are Chicago, a game about living in a tough neighborhood, will be out on Feb. 9 Injustice 2 is getting an online beta Ex-BioShock dev's horror game Perception is coming to PS4 Zelda fans uncover Breath of the Wild backstory from Special Edition map The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Will Require a 3GB Install on Wii U A Conversation with Zelda Veteran and ‘Breath of the Wild’ Producer Eiji Aonuma Nostalgic shooter Strafe gets a March release date Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 release date set for PC Inside and Limbo developer's next game looks as dark as its forerunners Watch a grown man kick a child in the face in the Tekken 7 release date trailer NieR: Automata details amusement park, submerged city, unarmed motions, mounts, fishing, and jukebox Necrobarista is about hipsters, baristas, and death For Honor: Viking Gameplay Intro (Classes, Controls, and More) Might & Magic Showdown lets you paint your champs I'd rather paint Might & Magic: Showdown's figurines than play the game Hunt those monsters with Toukiden 2 on PC in March Malicious Fallen launches February 21 in the west Berserk and the Band of the Hawk details 'awakening' abilities alongside new screens SWAT 4: Gold Edition is now on GOG Mass Effect: Andromeda "Running Awesome" Right Now, BioWare Says Murder puzzle game The Sexy Brutale coming in April Cultist Simulator Makes Running A Cult Into A Fun Time PS4 Fans Are Baffled As To Why Sony Is Promoting Crappy-Looking Games The 3DS Is Getting A New Fire Emblem Game Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans Doubt I would be a fan of the other changes but I would love to see the marriage feature removed from the series. Fire Emblem: Heroes Is A Collectible Character Strategy Game For iOS And Android [UPDATE] Nintendo's Mobile 'Fire Emblem' Is a 'Gacha' Game, Here's What That Means Endless Space 2 - The Horatio - Prologue Yooka-Laylee unveils local co-op and multiplayer in-game footage Bossa's new game Decksplash promises a 3-on-3 mix of skateboarding and Splatoon Ghost Recon: Going to war against a devout drug cartel Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Gameplay: Single Player Walkthrough (Feat. 3 AI Teammates) The Division: Last Stand trailer teases livestreamed reveal coming tomorrow Mon then! Total Warhammer unleashes The White Dwarf Duelyst is getting singleplayer boss battles Dishonored 2’s New Custom Difficulties Give You A Lot Of Options The Division 1.6 update will nearly double the size of the Dark Zone The Division's next big expansion is coming to PS4 and Xbox One at the same time Battlefield 1 DLC Reveal Coming Next Week, Watch A Teaser Now Battlefield 1's first DLC revealed: four maps, two vehicles, and a new mode Dark Souls III: The Ringed City DLC Announcement Trailer | PS4, XB1, PC Resident Evil 7 DLC begins rolling out next week on PS4 Overwatch 'Year of the Rooster' is coming next week Bringing Capture the Flag to Overwatch was harder than you think The Woes of An Overwatch Player Who Keeps Getting Reported For Playing Widowmaker Nerfs to Ana and D.Va finalized, will hit Overwatch soon Sex Game Removes Intense BDSM Scene Following Fan Feedback Ubisoft teases Rainbow Six Siege DLC Operation Velvet Shell Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DLC A Criminal Past is coming in February Final Fantasy XV update to add monster enyclopedia Final Fantasy 15 Director Discusses Upcoming Single-Player Updates And DLC Dying Light adds eye-tracking for extended views, auto-climbing and zombie awareness Announcing our next FREE DLC - Lorebook! Russian publishing giant picks up Crytek's FPS Warface Xbox One Sales Are At 26 Million Units Worldwide, SuperData Estimates Oculus lawsuit may undercut VR industry, not just Facebook's bottom line Oculus lawsuit drops Palmer Luckey on stand to defend story of Rift’s inception Electronic Arts announces dates for EA Play 2017 Portal, Left 4 Dead Developer Kim Swift Joins EA On its 10th birthday, Viking Squad dev Slick joins forces with Klei As 'Games Done Quick' Gets Bigger, So Do Its Controversies The U.S. video game industry pulled $30.4B in revenue last year Co-Founder Of Inside Creators Gets $7 Million After Business Breakup Former Disney studio Avalanche Software re-opens under Warner Bros. DEVELOPER THREATENS TO BLACKBALL MEDIA OUTLETS THAT GIVE NEGATIVE REVIEWS Developer admits "we screwed it" after game website exposes review blacklist threat GDC State of the Industry: For the first time, devs favor Android over iOS Here’s why the UN is getting interested in video games War-torn South Sudan gets its very first Global Game Jam, despite UN warnings of genocide PlayStation is sponsoring a Liverpool-based bootcamp to get young girls into tech Streamer numbers and incomes are rising healthily, according to data from popular tool The flawed report that made erroneous claims about violent video games XCOM 2: The Long War mod is bigger than we thought The Long War 2 mod is a must-play reinvention of XCOM 2 Superhot meets Portal in the wonderful PORTALHOT mod Esports News The Weekend In Esports: League of Legends and Genesis 4 Return Smash Bros. Players Infuriated Over Surprise Rule Tweak At Big Tournament Assessing the impact of League of Legends' new ban system Fighting game community in a flap over Killer Instinct teabagging ban Why You Should Care About Rocket League as an Esport UCypher from USports Will Be India’s First Major Esports League, Uses Franchised Team Structure Big Ten Collegiate Sports Conference Announces Riot Partnership, Championship Cloud Gaming Service LiquidSky Takes Aim at Esports: ‘We’re Prepared to Meet Pro Gamers’ Needs’ Dota 2 Pro Makes Clutch Play From Beyond The Grave Crowdfunding News Banner Saga 3 BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION - Isometric Post-apocalyptic Adventure Hellpoint Teaser - A Dark Sci fi Action RPG soon on Kickstarter Fig raises $7.8 million to expand game crowdfunding platform Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) Game Developers Speak Up in the Face of Obamacare Repeal More Stories of How Obamacare Has Affected Game Developers Learning the Video Game Canon - How to deal with over 40 years of backlog? The costs of developing Easter eggs Games of 2017 Looking at the tweet chain, Chris has been adding new games throughout the month and is at 46 last time I checked. Some interesting looking titles, many with beautiful and atmospheric art. Here’s How to Create a Convincing Constructed Language for Your Video Game Study Shows Which Video Game Genres Women Play Most The Scary Political Relevance of 'Metal Gear Solid 2' You Guys Are the Best: Friendship and Grieving in Final Fantasy XV 2nd page link is below an advertisement box. Leaping Across the Spaces Between Us: On Relationships in Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian Preserving video game history is about more than nostalgia I Love Astroneer For Its Optimism Video games owe a lot to President Obama's administration For Brian Fargo, making games is all about 'finding your way through the darkness' How Stardew Valley inspired the creator of Ooblets to quit her job A Q&A With the Creator of a 'Fallout 4' Mod That Flips the Toilet Paper Around This just shows why I can't get into Bethesda games or the worlds they create, can't even place toilet paper properly without modder help. I Fell In Love with Video Games By Playing ‘Harry Potter’ on the Game Boy Color Do You Have Something To Say? Make a Game THE DIVISION – AESTHETIC REVIEW The Invisible Bunnies That Power World of Warcraft Rez’s Trance Vibrator Changed the Conversation About Women’s Sexuality in Games Guest Column: Creative Block Road to the IGF: Student project Lily - Colors of Santa Luz Road to the IGF: Heart Machine's Hyper Light Drifter Road to the IGF: Michael Brough's Imbroglio Road to the IGF: Raw Fury's GoNNER Road to the IGF: Sokpop Collective's Bamboo Heart Road to the IGF: Osmotic Studios' Orwell My tortured quest to become the bunny whisperer in Ultima Online's spiritual successor Postmortem: Rayhouse Productions' Kalaban Making of Pillars of Eternity documentary is well worth a watch The Story of Sega's First Console, Which Was Not The Master System Playing the Nintendo Playstation Prototype Guide to Games: Watch Dogs The Tragedy of 'This Is the Police' When violent games want you to play nice Skyrim helped me fix my relationship with food The Sin City game that never was Why I'm Still Playing A Game I Don't Like, 700 Hours Later Detention is a beautiful, creepy Taiwanese horror adventure Crucial lessons from 7 game jam prototypes that went commercial How Resident Evil became the "guiding light" for SOMA and Amnesia William Pugh's journey from The Stanley Parable into Crows Crows Crows Game Design Deep Dive: Dynamic audio in destructible levels in Rainbow Six: Siege Why I love the sense of regret in Life is Strange Fallout 4 - One Year Later Inspiring documentary on Crashlands’ development is out now Cool Ghosts: An Important Update Matt Lees and Quintin Smith of Cool Ghosts talk about the humor and the satisfaction of leaving the site after a completed job that makes Hitman great. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess's dungeon design | Boss Keys Best???/Recommended Games of 2016! Strategic Uncertainty - Keeping Strategy Games Fresh - Extra Credits Classic Game Postmortem - Marble Madness The Art Direction of No Man's Sky How a disabled gamer uses his feet to play Final Fantasy 14 Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us? - Here's A Thing Overwatch Players Honor Fallen Friend With 12-Gun Salute Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Guillermo del Toro continues Konami posts When you create an account pretend to like a game developer and their work Apple Things I Missed From Previous Weeks Finding Beauty in the Weirdest Fighting Game Glitches AUTISM & EMPOWERMENT: WHAT GAMING MEANS TO ME The visual power of pure form FIGHT | League of Legends Documentary
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
IGF 2017 submission trailers, Metro 2035 release timeline adjusted, Watch Dogs 2 will patch out one case of particularly explicit genitalia, how games, piracy, and religion come together in Saudi Arabia, Total War Warhammer adding Bretonnia and getting a physical release, industry veterans help to build Pakistan's first game conference, the sound design of Battlefield 1, discussing the appeal of Abe with Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning, a look at 20 years of Tomb Raider, Battlefield 1 and Overwatch get big updates, This War of Mine adds new free content, 5 pillars & pitfalls of indie games PR, and more. AJSA Youtube's Angry Army Weekly Will be added on Wednesday, check back then or check our Youtube channel. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Here's all the IGF 2017 trailers in one single playlist Standout titles from Melbourne International Games Week The First 33 Minutes of Dead Rising 4 - IGN First Metro 2035 release date timeline adjusted, Deep Silver issues statement The Mandate: Dev Talk with Greg and Amelie New Walking Dead Game Is An Arcade Shooter Hellion Wants You To Die In Cold Space Next Year The Last Guardian is getting PS4 Pro support Exclusive Look At The Kett, Mass Effect Andromeda's New Race Hatsune Miku's Biggest Rhythm Game Comes West In January Even The Ocean Is Being Released Next Week Final Fantasy XV director on Judgment Disc bugs, amendment patch Telltale reportedly making Guardians of the Galaxy game for Marvel RollerCoaster Tycoon World release date announced, and it's one day before Planet Coaster's launch Sega hands over Total War: Arena to Wargaming under new publishing label Total War: Warhammer to add Bretonnia faction in physical Old World Edition next year In their announcement they also mentioned more free and paid content due before the years end. Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide to add free standalone VR level R6 Siege Gets Free Weekend Now, Update Next Week Rainbow Six Siege will be supported with new content for another year Overwatch's next patch might allow Pharah to fly forever Overwatch's Sombra update is now live for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC This War Of Mine Adds New Ending In Birthday Update Firewatch's "free-roam" mode goes live today PS4 Pro gives Battlefield 1 gamers a multiplayer advantage Battlefield 1 Fall Update Notes 11152016 ARK: Survival Evolved TEK Tier reveal trailer Warframe gets huge new PC update The War Within Plague Inc: Evolved adds Brexit and vampires in latest update Heroes of the Storm designer invites the community to help design a Deckard Cain character Pakistan's First Games Conference is Coming in December Hideo Kojima is Heading to RTX Sydney 2017 Ubisoft Executives Accused Of Insider Trading Blizzard On Overwatch's Sombra, Roadhog's Hook, And Gay Characters FBI Says Alleged Hackers Used FIFA To Steal Millions From EA Sharing pics of Watch Dogs 2’s genitals could get you kicked off PSN Watch Dogs 2 Will Patch Out 'Particularly Explicit' Genitalia Watch Dogs 2’s ‘seamless online multiplayer’ is broken at launch Alienware manager on Steam Machines lull: Windows 10 changed everything Dishonored 2 launch sales down 38% on Dishonored CD Projekt denies hostile takeover rumor Strong The Witcher 3 sales free up CD Projekt Red to focus on game dev The HTC Vive Is Getting An Official Wireless Add-on The best XCOM 2 mods Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Rocket League Regional Championships Are Here Shaq's Rocket League Team Wins North American Championship League Of Legends Teams Call For Changes In New Letter To Riot Crowdfunding News Shattered - Tale of the Forgotten King Get The Heart of Gaming beating again! Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) How Games, Piracy, and Religion Come Together in Saudi Arabia 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Starring Lara Croft Kazuma Kaneko x Tomomi Kobayashi – Designer Interview originally featured in Game Hihyou magazine in 1996 It’s Time To Relive Waypoint’s 72-Hour Livestream I mentioned the livestream that launched Waypoint two weeks ago and the guests they had on from many other gaming sites, roll20, crunchyroll, musicians, etc at the time they had some highlights being shown but now they are uploading the entire thing for people to watch. A Note on Trump, Waypoint, and Why We Play I MISS THE SUMMERS IN JAPAN: HOW VIDEOGAMES OVERCOME LANGUAGE BARRIERS Animal Crossing Helps Me Cope On A Day Like Today BEING BANNED IN IRAN ISN’T STOPPING 1979 REVOLUTION REACHING IRANIANS How Crusader Kings 2 Makes People Out Of Opinions Tyranny Makes It Fun To Be Evil SOLVE A MURDER MYSTERY DESIGNED BY MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS Mentioned an article about the Girls Make Games camps back on the 18th. THE INFLUENCE OF BLAME! ON VIDEOGAME ARCHITECTURE IS RISING Making 100 Games in 5 Years: The Final Year Some Game Devs Took Nine Days To Make A Bunch of 'Endless' Games PLAYING FOR REAL: HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Discussing the Enduring Appeal of Abe with Oddworld Creator Lorne Lanning BEHIND THE INCREDIBLE SOUND OF ‘BATTLEFIELD 1 When Play Embraces the Nihilist: The Power of Console Commands The Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda of Warhammer 40000: Eternal Crusade Red Alert 2 looks great in VR 'Dear Esther' Offers A Different, Romantic Sort of Apocalypse A Critique of SOMA A Thorough Look at Mafia Game Length & Mafia III (Spoilers?) Best Portrayals of Death - Video Games Nintendo - Putting Play First | Game Maker's Toolkit Review: Owlboy Games You Might Not Have Tried #11 - Find New Games - Extra Credits Fans Race To See Who Can Beat NES Classic Games The Fastest The Original ‘Deus Ex’ Design Document Is Fascinating Reading The 5 Pillars & Pitfalls of Indie Games PR Choice, Consequence and Complicity The challenges of porting XCOM 2 to consoles Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Dishonored 2 Watch Dishonored 2 Speedrunner Beat Game in 32 Minutes Reviews
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