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News and gameplay from PAX, Jim Sterling talks about how a contact told him about Square Enix's meddling with Deus Ex, ModDB aquires GameFront, YouTube reveals confusing policy on monetizing video, Cyberpunk 2077 in full development, Amy Hennig talks about her Star Wars project, Football commenter Chris Kamara tries out Call of Duty shoutcasting, an analysis of Undertale, a thorough look at the Baldurs Gate series and looking at one of the dungeons of Baldurs Gate as a teaching example of game design, EA employees talk about why they make games, designing multiplayer games and a look at lag compensating weapons in MechWarrior Online, what it's like to work on a video game flop, and more. Gaming News What it's Like to Review a Console That Hasn't Even Been Announced Looks Like The Unannounced PS4 Slim Already Has A Teardown Sony CEO, citing Pokémon Go, says they're 'aggressively' pushing into mobile gaming Report: Nintendo NX will use cartridges, not discs Cyberpunk 2077 May Feature Driving/Flying Vehicles The Witcher Dev's Cyberpunk 2077 Is Now in Full Development Cyberpunk 2077 Development Team Is Bigger Than The Witcher 3's Echo is a third person sci-fi action puzzler with evil clones BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION Titanfall 2 introduces six new playable Titans Firewatch is coming to Xbox One on September 21st! H1Z1: King of the Kill will leave Early Access on September 20 Gandhi returns to lead India in Civilization 6 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer beta not happening on the PC See First Multiplayer for Call of Duty 4 Remaster, Infinite Warfare Right Here Modern Warfare Remastered will have all of the original maps, after all Reaper Blade Action - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Gameplay Battlefield 1 Beta, Other EA Games' Server Issues Ironed Out Exclusive Escape From Tarkov Weapon Customisation Gameplay I Like Big Gods: No Place For Bravery Announced Serial Cleaner - PAX West 2016 Trailer Friday the 13th Game's New Trailer Shows Off Brutal Executions Twit-Twhen? Owlboy Release Date Announced Hitman: The Complete First Season will be out at the end of January Shadow Warrior 2 release date set, trailer shows chainsaws and selfie sticks Shadow Warrior 2: Crazy Action and Boss Fight Amy Hennig Talks About Her Mysterious Star Wars Game and What it Means to Write a Star Wars Story Super sentai RPG Chroma Squad is coming to consoles Silence, formerly The Whispered World 2, is coming in November The new Mirage: Arcane Warfare gameplay trailer is a 12-minute massacre Gearbox's Duke Nukem 3D remake is a remix of new and old Duke Nukem So that's why the Megaton Edition was delisted from Steam/PSN. At least the people working on Shadow Warrior games know what they are doing. After Konami Feud, Beloved Train Game Gets Sequel FIFA 17 reveals top 10 best-rated players Redout Gameplay - A Full High Speed Time Trial Race - PAX West 2016 Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer: Ultra Beasts and Aether Foundation Pokémon Sun and Moon is basically bringing back Pokémon Snap Forza 6 Apex Launches Leaves Beta With Wheel Support New Sea of Thieves Video Shows Off the Game's Gorgeous Water Virginia - Trailer [HD] 7 Minutes of Sonic Mania Gameplay - PAX West 2016 8 Minutes of Viking Squad Gameplay - PAX West 2016 Batman: Return to Arkham out this October Watch six minutes of Hot Lava, Klei's scorching parkour game 4 Fantastic Indie Games - PAX West 2016 New Halo Wars 2 Gameplay Footage Arrives, As Dev Teases "Completely New" Mode 15 Minutes of Tacoma Gameplay - IGN First Gears of War 4: Horde 3.0 - 11 Minutes of Scout Gameplay See the first gameplay footage from Klei’s Oxygen Not Included Watch six minutes of Cuphead gameplay from PAX Tokyo 42's open world of blocky assassination coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4 4 Minutes of Bleed 2 Gameplay - PAX West 2016 5 Minutes of Rive Gameplay - PAX West 2016 NEW TEASER FOR WHERE CARDS FALL DOESN’T SHOW MUCH, BUT IT’S ENOUGH Mafia 3 details its DLC expansion plans The new Titan Quest Anniversary Edition is free on Steam for owners of the original This is what really happens when swords hit armour Yakuza 6 Will Let Kiryu Go Online To Chat With Cam Girls Yakuza 6's Arcades Let You Play Virtua Fighter 5 Two Surprisingly Good Hours With Final Fantasy XV Streets of Rogue is a fun procedural city-based free-for-all roguelike Blackwood Crossing will pull on your heartstrings Sega’s Space Channel 5 coming to VR Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove - New Environments and Ghost Cows Gameplay Three New For Honor Trailers Show Off Samurai, Viking, and Knight Warriors Developer: Madden Review Scores Are Going up Because of Improved Realism The Walking Dead Season 3 gets title and release date Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 release date set Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer shows Earth one billion years from now Divinity Original Sin 2 - First Look #3 - Arena Warfare Shantae: Half-Genie Hero pulls a Final Fantasy XV Some more information can be found in their Kickstarter update. Paradox shares more Stellaris Heinlein 1.3 patch and DLC details As an obvious Babylon 5 fan, I like the sound of this update. Europa Universalis 4’s Rights of Man release date set for October Hitman Episode 5 Release Date and Mission Details Revealed Rainbow Six Siege Could Get Another Season Pass Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sees the return of Frank Pritchard in first story DLC Armello DLC Not Coming To GOG Version Ark: Survival Evolved Players Not Pleased With Decision To Charge For Early Access DLC Ark Dev Responds Concerns About "Finished" Expansion ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED UNVEILS A WHOLE NEW WORLD The new Overwatch update is live, deploys Eichenwald map, Season Two, and more Looks like a lot of good changes. Overwatch's Mei Buff Is Useful, But Only If You're Smart Enter the Gungeon update adds: "a gun shaped like a bullet that shoots guns" ModDB pulls GameFront back from the brink How Square Enix Kept Meddling With Deus Ex (The Jimquisition) Metal Gear Solid 5’s cancelled Mission 51 ‘definitely not the ending’, says Konami Nintendo Shuts Down "No Mario's Sky," But the Game Still Lives on Kind of Nintendo Took Down No Mario's Sky Fan Game, So Creators Renamed It DMCA's Sky Fallout 4 pays tribute to player who passed away What Happens If You Wear The Silver Shroud Costume In Fallout 4's Nuka World DLC EA admits remastering Mass Effect would be a way to earn an 'easy buck,' but won't remaster them Sega explains why Shenmue remakes haven't happened yet Guillemots increase stake in Ubisoft to fend off Vivendi takeover New lawsuit targets Steam, alleges patent infringement The battle to fix Britain's internet heats up Esports News Death Threats, Doubt & Victory: This Player has Seen It All Riot Games bans European Challenger Series team HUMA for not paying its players Funding Your Fiancé's Esports Team Is Romantic And Expensive Football commentator Chris Kamara tries out Call of Duty shoutcasting CD Projekt RED is making Gwent, once just a minigame, into a serious esports contender Crowdfunding News Eisenwald: Blood of November Eisenwald: Blood of November hits Kickstarter Other content I found interesting this week YouTubers Are Freaking Out About Money and 'Censorship' YOUTUBE DEAD!? AD-FRIENDLY CENSORSHIP $$$$ IN CS:GO! (The Jimquisition) Shovel Knight and Nailing Nostalgia | Game Maker's Toolkit MY EXPERIENCE AS A VIRTUAL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER IN BATTLEFIELD 1 Former film animator discusses making the gorgeous Ghost of a Tale WHY I MAKE GAMES: COURTNEY WOODS - Meet Courtney Woods, Writer at BioWare Other interviews are linked to on the bottom with people working on Battlefield 1, FIFA, and NHL. PAX Developers That seems to be in line with what developers were saying in the Vice article I linked two weeks ago. What It’s Like to Work On a Video Game Flop Lost Castle and the increasing viability of Chinese indie games Madden's announcers avoided mentioning Kaepernick's protest. Here's why. How I Learned to Love the ‘Bad’ Ending in Video Games The Witcher 3 saved its best trick for last 'Real world issues' in games like Deus Ex are there for marketing reasons, not for art “The Failure of Masculinity in Red Dead Redemption,” by Jess Joho Rainbow Six Siege Has Turned Into One Of The Best Shooters Around Duelyst: The Best Game Ever Perverted Sentimentality: An Analysis of UNDERTALE A Thorough Look at Baldur's Gate Baldur's Gate: Durlag's Tower - #1 - Design Club Is There Room for Couch Co-Op in a World Obsessed with Online Multiplayer? Why Making Multiplayer Games is Hard: Lag Compensating Weapons in MechWarrior Online STALKER is the Last-Gen's Greatest Hero Errant Signal - No Man's Sky Modern Warfare 2 Deserves More Credit 3 Lessons FPS can Learn from Hardcore Henry Your Shooter Deserves Better Enemies Why Horror Is Scarier With Weapons Distilling A Franchise: The Lara Croft GO Postmortem Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Heavy Rain Chase Fail (Hilarious Laughter) Not new but something I go back and watch every now and then, and something everyone should see. Heavy Rain is always an amazing display of incompetent design choices. THE NO MAN'S SKY RANT Deus Ex Mankind Divided Review Roundup: All The Scores In One Place Parody with short reviews written in the "style" of other sites. Battlefield 1 reveal trailer remade with Team Fortress characters is awesome
Gamescom trailers, announcements, and interviews. Nintendo once published a game featuring nazis, baby Jesus, and the KKK. Article on the No Man's Sky reddit thread, why the original poster deleted it and doesn't want any part of it, and developers talk about why it shows a need for tightly controlled PR or more transparency. Jim Sterling continues from his last video talking about hype culture and a recent wave of hideous behavior that causes gamer to be associated with negativity. PS Now coming to PC, For Honor is a game that took almost 15 years for the developer to be allowed to create, Twitch highlighting disabled gamers, John Carmack accused of theft, Star Citizen demo, Allison Road revived, how female characters and protagonists often move through the world differently than male characters, comeback of the immersive sim, a developer is creating his autobiography through Doom 2, and more. Gaming News PlayStation 4 slim images leak on auction site Two New PS4 Models To Be Revealed In September - Report New PS4 ‘Slim’ console may come with a new DualShock 4 PlayStation Plus Subscription Price Increasing Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight Sony confirms PS Now is coming to the PC Twitch Will Highlight Disabled Gamers This Week ZeniMax accuses John Carmack of theft in amended Oculus Rift lawsuit filing For Honor – How New Heroes Play Different Roles on the Battlefield [US] For Honor Collector's Edition Content Revealed - GS News Update For Honor - How Teamwork & Swordplay Combine Gameplay For Honor's Director On The Game That Took Over a Decade to Make It's really refreshing to see a developer make use of actual fighting techniques and cultural information while at the same time not living in a deluded fantasy land where they believe their game is realistic. The game's alpha was enjoyable, when the servers worked, and having 12 characters should give people a lot of options and playstyles to learn. Watch Dogs 2 - Creating Cooperative and Competitive Chaos in a Seamless Open World [US] Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recond: Wildlands - Character and Weapon Customization Gamescom 2016 Trailer Battlefield 1 - 78 Minutes Sinai Desert Map Multiplayer Gameplay at gamescom 2016 Battlefield 1 - Horseback Combat from Gamescom 2016 Battlefield 1 - Armored Train Behemoth from Gamescom 2016 Every Battlefield 1 Map Has Dynamic Weather, Here's How It Affects Gameplay Nier: Automata is coming to Steam Final Fantasy XV - 50 Minutes of Gameplay English gameplay this time. Final Fantasy 15 Director Answers Tough Questions Following Delay 15 Minutes of South Park: Fractured But Whole Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 South Park: The Fractured But Whole Developer Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Oceanhorn - Gamescom 2016 Trailer New Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord gameplay surfaces in "Siege Defense" video Apparently they were being attacked by a comment section. Nioh - Beta Demo Trailer Get Even Official Announcement Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Attack on Titan Launch Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Forza Horizon 3 Continues to Look Incredible in New Footage Metal Gear Survive is a co-op stealth game set in an alternate timeline to Ground Zeroes Wouldn't be the first odd Metal Gear spin off (or alternate timeline) but probably the least original. Metal Gear Survive won't cost $60 Disgaea 2 is coming to Steam early next year Dishonored 2 Gameplay Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 You can finish Dishonored 2 "without killing a single person" The Surge - Gamescom 2016 Gameplay Blackwood Crossing Official Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Star Trek Bridge Crew Gameplay Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 FIFA 17 Gameplay Interview - IGN LIVE: Gamescom 2016 PES 2017 Live Demo - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 NHL 17 Official World Cup of Hockey Trailer - Gamescom 2016 NHL 17 Gameplay Demo - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Madden NFL 17 Livestream Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Gameplay Demo - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Gears of War 4 Developer Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Gears of War 4 'Lift' Multiplayer Map Gameplay 1080p 60fps - IGN First ‘Gears of War 4’ Isn’t Taking Many Risks, But That Might Be OK 10 Cute & Creepy Minutes of Little Nightmares Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 Little Nightmares Might Be The Best Thing We Saw At GamesCom South Park: The Fractured but Whole Gameplay Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Playable Dragons In Scalebound With Dragon Link, Platinum’s ‘Scalebound’ Just Got a Whole Lot More Interesting LADYKILLER IN A BIND IS SET TO DELIVER YOUR KINK NEXT MONTH Fighter-Inspired RPG Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Coming to PS4 (also One and PC) Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: Zombies In Spaceland - Gameplay Interview - IGN LIVE: Gamescom 2016 UPCOMING GAME ABOUT SEA BATTLES IS MADE TO RESEMBLE OIL PAINTINGS Mafia III Gameplay Interview - IGN LIVE: Gamescom 2016 Mafia 3 Official The Marcanos: The Italian Mafia Trailer 2K Lines Up More Than 100 Licensed 1960s Songs For Mafia III Why 'Mafia III' Should Tackle Race Head On Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 3 Eldar Wraith Knight Reveal - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 [Gamescom 2016] Space Hulk: Deathwing - Gamescom Sea of Thieves Gameplay Interview - IGN LIVE: Gamescom 2016 The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk Teaser Trailer Divinity: Original Sin 2 Early Access Announced - 15th September! Divinity: Original Sin II preview: Choose your own reactive, gloriously chaotic adventure A MANGA ARTIST IS MAKING A BONKERS FIGHTING GAME Batman Arkham VR Dev on Doing Justice to Being a Detective 10 Minutes of Sniping in Sniper Elite 4 - Gamescom 2016 Indie Zelda-Like Oceanhorn Is Getting A Sequel Lost Ember’s teaser trailer is gorgeous Yooka-Laylee Gameplay Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 ‘Yooka-Laylee’ Wants to Reward the Curiosity of Gamers Old and New Yooka-Laylee is a love letter to your best N64 memories 7 Minutes of Exclusive Gameplay: Escape From Tarkov THE CREATORS OF RIME ARE ALSO WORKING ON A MURDEROUS MASQUERADE BALL GAME Watch nine minutes of Risen devs’ open world sci-fi RPG Elex Sleeping Dogs studio reveals new team-based online brawler, Smash + Grab MOTHER RUSSIA BLEEDS WILL POUND YOUR FISTS RED ON SEPTEMBER 5TH ALLISON ROAD: P.T. SPIRITUAL SUCCESSOR REVIVED Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will not support DirectX 12 at launch, but it's coming Earn Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Skill Points by Playing Deus Ex Go Deus Ex: Mankind Divided season pass contents and unlock times announced Deus Ex Go Is A Satisfying And Complex Puzzle Game Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Demo - IGN LIVE: Gamescom 2016 Pokemon Sun and Moon: 5 Minutes of Battle Royal - Gamescom 2016 Civilization 6 Gameplay Demo - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Civilization 6's Spain Civ Will Make You Want to Take to the Seas Quickly Tekken 7 Official Lee Chaolan/Violet Reveal Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Agony gameplay trailer showcases a first-person crawl through the bowels of Hell Brut@l is a co-op dungeon crawler, with an interesting look Resident Evil 7 Continues to Break from Tradition With Its New Demo Resident Evil 7 Gameplay Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 17 Minutes of Injustice 2 Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 A SAD, UPCOMING PLATFORMER TURNS WORDS INTO ARCHITECTURE Steep - Gamescom 2016 Trailer Thimbleweed Park trailer explores the character of Delores Capy Games delays Below indefinitely Death Stranding looks to co-star Mads Mikkelsen - rumour THE WITNESS FOR XBOX ONE ANNOUNCED Black Desert Online - Developer Diary #1 Black Desert Online - Developer Diary #2 Black Desert Online Gameplay Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 REZ INFINITE GETS PHYSICAL RELEASE, DELUXE VINYL SOUNDTRACK FROM IAM8BIT Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers - Announcement Trailer Why Dead Rising 4's Campaign Ditches the Series' Most Divisive Mechanic Don't worry, Dead Rising 4 will 'still be stupid' Dead Rising 4’s pre-order details, price revealed Stealing, stabbing, choking: a first look at stealth in Kingdom Come Deliverance 12 Minutes of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 - Developer Commentary - Gamescom 2016 Star Citizen version 3.0 looks set to liven up the galaxy Landing on a planet in Star Citizen looks spectacular How Star Citizen Plans to do Much of What No Man's Sky Doesn't Platinum Games collaborating on Granblue Fantasy: Project Re:Link Norse adventure game Jotun comes to consoles in September Halo Wars 2 Developer Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Prey Developer Interview - IGN Live: Gamescom 2016 Prey Gameplay Impressions The New Prey Is Dishonored Meets Dead Space Why BioWare Hasn't Shown Much Mass Effect Andromeda Footage Yet Titanfall 2's multiplayer tech test hides big single-player spoilers down deep Our Biggest Titanfall 2 Questions and Concerns Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star DLC Includes Space Battles - IGN News Total War: Warhammer’s The Grim & The Grave DLC due next month NEW OVERWATCH MAP!!! Eichenwalde Exclusive Gameplay! IGN has a 20 minute video but it seems that they had some recording issues or the system they used at the show did. Overwatch’s New Map Is Easy To Defend, Hard To Attack New Overwatch emotes - Season 2 Overwatch interview - New maps & the future of competitive play Overwatch Animated Short | "The Last Bastion" After Yesterday's Overwatch Video, People Hate Bastion A Little Less Overwatch Test Patch Nerfs Genji, Buffs Mei And Mercy Blizzard changes Overwatch "gg ez" messages into something very different The Future of Overwatch Mortal Kombat XL could be coming to PC after all Former Fez programmer quietly releases one last patch Destiny: Rise of Iron The Wretched Eye Strike Gameplay New Europa Universalis IV expansion will bring the Rights of Man to Renaissance Europe Cities Skylines, It's Time To Burn Brace Yourself: Crypt of the NecroDancer studio recruits Duskers devs EA's Patrick Soderlund Discusses Project Scorpio, Nintendo, Fan Projects, And More Telltale Explains Why Its Gameplay Format Doesn't Need to Change How Square Enix Montreal acts like an indie to make its mobile games After 15 years, a cancelled Game Boy RPG finds life on PC XCOM 2 modders release update video for ambitious co-op mod Fans Building New Halo Game On PC Esports News Valve Forbids Coaches From Helping Out During Pro Counter-Strike Matches Performance coaching in the world of esports Valve explains why it's restricted coaches at CS:GO tournaments Overwatch's First Big Tournament Gives Out $100,000 In Prize Money Esports and the UK Gambling Commission – First Impressions ‘Mario Kart 8’ Is an Amazing eSport, If Only eSports Would Take It Seriously Crowdfunding News Astro Boy: Edge of Time Other content I found interesting this week Inside the Nasty Backlash Against 'No Man's Sky' About the reddit thread created about the game's features, why the user deleted it, and developers talking about how they handle transparency or why their companies are very controlling of the PR around their games. 'Redshirts' Author John Scalzi's Suicidal Journey Through 'No Man's Sky' The Broken Promise Of No Man’s Sky And Why It Matters Promising the Earth: No Man’s Sky No Man's Sky: The Best Game Ever Revisiting Deus Ex: Invisible War, one of PC gaming's biggest disappointments As the SNES turns 25, devs weigh in on the console's 11 best games THE INVISIBLE WOMEN OF VIDEOGAMES Nintendo Once Published A Game Featuring Nazis, Baby Jesus And The KKK Kotaku article collects his tweets, here is Hardcoregaming101's full article. HETEROTOPIAS: THE DOMESTIC DISORDER OF UNCHARTED 4 Delayed Reaction (The Jimquisition) THE LONG DARK AND THE LEGACY OF CANADIAN LITERATURE Why Video Games Love Special Forces Heroes The Developer of ‘Moon Hunters’ Explains How Diversity Shaped the Game Cities: Skylines used by Swedish city planners to design new city district Errant Signal - Firewatch (Spoilers!) Devs answer: Where do you make your games? A NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GAME THAT WILL BE SET IN AND AROUND DOOM II Power Fantasy, Male Objectification and Lady-Fanservice I Am Setsuna's Charm Is Also Its Weakness In the Army Now: The Making of ‘Full Spectrum Warrior’ I’m Breaking Up With Telltale Games Understanding the Fantasy - How to Shape a Game's Design - Extra Credits Meeting the Real People of Gamescom 2016 Magic and Mushrooms: What Happens When Video Games Take Drugs Seriously? Talking about drug use in games with the developers of We Happy Few and LISA. The Comeback of the Immersive Sim | Game Maker's Toolkit Shadow of the Colossus - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Jacksepticeye Overwatch - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. MatPat of Game Theory Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games You won't go pro playing Overwatch with voice commands, but it's a ton of fun Dota 2 - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Announcer Pack Missed this last week
This week in gaming; Jim Sterling does excellent video based around No Man's Sky and the fanbase and hype culture that surrounded it, Final Fantasy XV delayed and causes hilarious outrage in the same way No Man's Sky delay did (no one threatened to kill Jason this time), Gamescom trailers and information, Danny O'dwyer talks about the games we play to disconnect and Cara Ellison talks about the escapism games offer during times of tragedy, high-bandwidth support being added to Overwatch, David Gaider talks about writing for video games, Gamespot looks at the history of Resident Evil, why Criminal Girls 2 won't be sold in Germany, Gita Jackson talks to two of her friends about why they write about games, a look at cancelled Star Wars games, and more. Gaming News Titanfall 2’s matchmaking is based on skill and contribution to matches Titanfall 2 Single Player Gameplay Quick Look Does Titanfall 2 Need a Single-Player Campaign? Titanfall 2's Surprising Multiplayer Shift Titanfall 2: A Full Match of Pilots v Pilots Gameplay Titanfall 2: 6 Minutes of 'Scorch' Titan Gameplay Titanfall 2: 6 Minutes of 'Ion' Titan Gameplay Titanfall 2 Beta Not Coming to PC, Dates Teased Final Fantasy XV Officially Delayed To November 29 Final Fantasy XV Delay Rumors Trigger Fan Meltdowns At least no one threatened to kill him this time. Square Releases An Hour Of New Final Fantasy XV Footage Paragon now free to all as open beta goes live Dishonored 2 Designer Dives Deep Into Assassin Abilities Mafia III – The World of New Bordeaux: City Districts Trailer Mafia 3 spotlights untrustworthy ally Cassandra New Bordeaux, bank robbing and bad guy blasting in Mafia 3’s Gamescom trailer Battlefield 1 open beta launches this month What Did You Miss? Battlefield 1 Teaser Trailer #3 Breakdown and Analysis Gears of War 4 'Impact' Multiplayer Map Gameplay 1080p 60fps – IGN First Gears of War 4 'Impact' Multiplayer Map Flythrough – IGN First Gears of War 4 PC Minimum Specs, New 4K Gameplay Video Revealed Watch the trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's 'Zombies in Spaceland' mode Shroud of the Avatar nears a 'real life' launch with stricter guidelines SLAYAWAY CAMP TURNS VHS HORROR INTO A CUTE, MURDEROUS PUZZLE Dawn of War 3 is Bigger and Deeper Than Ever Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice launches September 8 in the west ORWELL WILL HAVE YOU PLAY AS THE SURVEILLANCE STATE FOR ONCE Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X for PS4 ‘Elegant Medley: Glossy Mixture’ trailer New Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor-Martyr trailer showcases "Blood and Gore" Deus Ex Go Release Date Announced, Is Very Soon Zelda-Like Adventure Game Oceanhorn Coming to PS4 and Xbox One Dragon Quest VII for 3DS ‘Discover Tactics’ trailer Shadow Warrior 2 release date set for October Inkle's Sorcery! concludes in September with The Crown of Kings DUTCH VIDEOGAME MAKER AIMS TO CONFRONT EUROPE’S COLONIAL PAST Grow Up - Flight Gameplay 'Grow Up' Makes the Simple Act of Climbing a Joy Raiders of the Broken Planet Gamescom 2016 teaser trailer Frozenbyte announces co-op twin-stick wizardry game Nine Parchments The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II launches September 6 in North America Halo Wars 2: Rift Map Reveal Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 Broken Sword creator and Pewter Games unveil The Little Acre Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Strategy Trailer ReCore Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Keiji Inafune on the Shadow of Mega Man and Burdens of the Past Outcast - Second Contact coming in March 2017, first screens released Seasons After Fall Official Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Endless Space 2 gunning for Early Access this summer Master of Orion will leave Early Access later this month Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Official Gamescom 2016 Trailer Bound - Hidden Savior Gameplay Football, Powered by Frostbite - FIFA 17 Official Gameplay Trailer FIFA 17 at Gamescom 2016 FIFA 17 partners with Man United, so PES 2017 partners with Liverpool Hitman Episode 4 Out Now, Sees You Killing a Rock Star Lichtspeer trailer reveals penguin Vikings, wurst zombies, and Das Walrus Watch 15 minutes of sci-fi Souls-like The Surge Special Edition of Quantum Break for PC Hitting Retail and Steam on September 14 10 Minutes of Dead Rising 4 Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 ROME: Total War™ for iPad – Announcement trailer Killing Floor 2 Shows Off Next Update Killing Floor 2 lines up for a full release in November The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition is out this month The Witcher 3 GOTY Version Doesn't Let You Carry Over Save Data on Consoles How the Japanese Video Game 'Criminal Girls 2' Came to Be Banned in Germany Destiny: The Collection Official Trailer Destiny: Rise of Iron Trailer Shows Off Everything New 212,620 people playing No Man's Sky at once makes it the biggest Steam launch this year No Man's Sky will be patched in the near future to address launch concerns No Man's Sky Sony's 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch in UK No Man's Sky Could Get Paid DLC [COMING SOON] Eichenwalde | New Map Preview | Overwatch High-bandwidth support is being rolled out to Overwatch at this very moment How Overwatch’s second competitive season is changing Total War: Warhammer to add Regiments of Renown in DLC Fallout 4's Final DLC Release Date and New Trailer Revealed Path of Exile: Atlas of Worlds Expansion Preview Sunless Sea’s Zubmariner expansion release date set for October Next Halo 5 DLC Teased, New Halo Wars 2 Image Released 16 Minutes of Killer Instinct's Shadow Lords Story Mode - Gamescom 2016 Valve announce Monkey King, the first Dota 2 hero that isn’t a port from DotA New Dota 2 hero Underlord revealed at The International They got a fast answer to that question. Major StarCraft 2 Multiplayer Balance Changes Outlined Rainbow Six Siege player base has almost doubled since launch Nvidia's new Indie Spotlight program aims to boost devs' discoverability EA Strongly Hints That Mass Effect Games Will Get Remastered THQ Is Back From The Dead (Sort Of) Riot Sues Makers of League of Legends Cheating Software Fan-made Pokémon Uranium pulled after 1.5m downloads Despite Takedown, Pokémon Uranium Creators Say It's 'More Alive Than Ever' Esports News We have seen the future of watching esports, and it is good One Of The Best Pro DOTA 2 Matches In Years Here are the winners of Valve’s $20+ million 2016 International Dota 2 Championships Wings becomes a top-earning esports team after winning The International Team Chiefs Win League of Legends OPL Final Brazilian LoL final attracts larger viewership on TV than internet Esports are a threat to traditional sports, Premier League exec says Why aren’t more women in esports? Blame 1984 Metagame looks to raise the bar on esports documentaries California will get another dedicated esports arena A very brief history of awkward esports champagne ceremonies Crowdfunding News GLITCHED Other content I found interesting this week “I Want to Write Video Games” Former Bioware lead writer David Gaider talks about writing for video games. Why Video Game Scores are Useless The video was part of the attached article. The Makers of ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ Reflect on Happiness and Horrors No Man's Sky: A Walk in the Digital Woods - The Point A Pitching Masterclass Through No Mans Sky My First Three Hours of ‘No Man’s Sky’ Have Been Dark, and Full of Terrors People Are Using 'No Man’s Sky' to Commemorate Lost Relatives No Man's Sky. (Emphasis on "Man") What No Man's Sky means for the future of open world games Postcards from the Edge of the Universe: A ‘No Man’s Sky’ Gallery Sky Hype (The Jimquisition) Video on the hype culture, marketing, fan bases, censoring criticism, threats surrounding No Man's Sky's release and how odd it is that No Man's Sky has attracted so many angry people to defend it when its most positive elements are its calming and meditative qualities. THE UNSTEADY STEADYING THE UNSTEADY The History of Resident Evil Missed last weeks look at a franchise The History of The Elder Scrolls How SWERY’s Reactive Hypoglycaemia Manifests Itself In His Video Games Why We Write About Games Gita Jackson, Amr Al-Aaser, and Dante Douglas talk about why they write about games. Guest Column: On Monsters, Role Playing, and Blackness A Melancholy Journey Through the Lost American Dream VLAMBEER HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT SIX YEARS OF MAKING VIDEOGAMES Is ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ Signalling America’s Wartime Fatigue? This could be the first code Satoru Iwata ever wrote for Nintendo The Players Who Have Spent Years Hunting GTA V's Cut Content The Elusive Targets of 'Hitman' Transform It into Transient Art ‘Mafia II’ Is the Game That Made Being In the Mob Brilliantly Mundane Writing Romance in (non-Romance) Games: Branching Romances Episode 300: Letters to My Nephews - Never Giving Up - Extra Credits "If anyone ever gives you a hard time and says that there is nothing to learn from playing games, show them these." Cancelled Star Wars Games You've Never Seen Before - Unseen64 Putting the magic back into magic in fantasy games Shin Megami Tensei - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Gaijin Goombah [SSFF] What Ever Happened to Pokemon Snap? The Game Design Challenge: Making a Thirty-Year Game Star Wars: Battlefront and the Art of Photogrammetry Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games South Park: The Fractured But Whole demos nose-mounted Nosulus Rift No Man's Sky WE WROTE AN ODE FOR EVERY CHARACTER IN OVERWATCH Stranger Things Trolling Gamescom With "Half-Life: 3"
This week in the news; Nintendo announces NX release with tweet and financial report, lots of Warhammer, researcher wins grant to create a theory of games, No Man's Sky was almost cancelled, Call of Duty 4 Remaster announced with poop tweet, how Jim Sterling gets around Nintendo monetizing his videos, the history of ragdoll physics, Australian parliament report calls for renewed game industry funding, how games are helping veterans recover from injury, Maddy Myers gives her thoughts on the Street Fighter modding community, the rise of Dark Souls, Long War team to create five more mods for XCOM 2, Chinese developer talks about difficulty of development in China while discussing his game about a possibly never ending train ride, how a Mario Maker rivalry lead to getting punched in the balls, and more. Nintendo Announces NX Launch Date With a Tweet and a Financial Report NX won't be sold at a loss Nintendo's president gets grilled on its mobile business, NX plans Call Of Duty 4 Remastered Apparently Confirmed With Poop Emoji I kind of like this new companies not giving a fuck style marketing, also a little strange that they found a tweet that was over two years old to reply to, so they must have came up with the idea to do this and then actively searched for the best tweet to respond to. Researcher Espen Aarseth wins $2.3M grant to create a theory of games Australian Parliament report calls for renewed game industry funding Calling the SWAT team on your neighbor could soon carry a 20-year prison sentence Would be good to see harsher penalties for that. Not sure why people writing about this keep referring to it as a prank when people clearly do it to cause fear or to endanger the lives of people to get them to stop doing something, terrorism or reckless endangerment (in addition to the whole false police report thing) depending on who it is aimed at would probably be a more accurate description. Game Critic Uses Brilliant Workaround For YouTube's Copyright Bullshit The Legend of Zelda will release in 2017 for NX, Wii U New DOOM Includes Awesome Secret For Old School Fans That's cool, kind of like what the two new Wolfenstein games do. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided teases Adam Jensen's cyberpunk adventure in new trailer Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Release Date, Trailer, Gameplay Details Revealed New Call of Duty Aiming to Offer Biggest Change Since Modern Warfare, Dev Says Call of Duty 4 Remaster Confirmed, Detailed Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Infinity Ward explains why Call of Duty is going into space The Mandate: Ships and Bridges: the Fleets stand ready! Maybe some people will remember The Mandate from the video that Joe did around the time of the community relaunch, obviously the game still isn't out but they do release updates, usually about once a month to show how things are progressing, to show different systems, and they showed off some boarding combat about nine months ago. In this update they talk about ships, ship bridges, head models, animations, and the adventure mode. The Bard's Tale IV Combat Details In other popular Kickstarter update news, some details on combat have been given for The Bard's Tale IV. Raiden 5 is coming to Xbox One in May, please enjoy this trailer Battleborn launch trailer features shooting, stabbing, and dancing Battleborn Gets Tie-In Mobile Game, "Battleborn Tap" Battleborn | Cinematic Intro Someone watched Aeon Flux. The Creators of Burnout Are Making A Game That's Even More Chaotic AJ's SEVEN Developer Preview Stardew Valley console ports, multiplayer are in the works New Carmageddon for PS4/Xbox One Delayed, Here's Why Avadon 3: The Warborn announced Watch Dogs 2's Main Character Could Be This Guy Oh good, I was worried they might make a sequel where you don't look like a jackass. Stellaris - Developers Aiming for the Stars - Pt. 2 "Experiences and Modding" A thread about the game was created here. Superhot Xbox One Release Date Announced Overwatch star Winston unravels the game's backstory in new teaser AJ's Livelock Developer Preview AJ's Mirage Arcane Warfare Developer Preview No Man's Sky studio taps Star Trek writer, Watchmen creator to help craft game lore How Hello Games created the lore of No Man’s Sky MIGHTY NO. 9 – GOES GOLD! I expect the final product to confirm my thoughts that everyone should have supported the Shantae Kickstarter instead. NOSTATION, A GAME INSPIRED BY LATE-NIGHT TRAIN RIDES ACROSS CHINA A GRUNGY MACHINE-AGE VIDEOGAME PRIORITIZES STORYTELLING OVER DIFFICULTY DOOM SnapMap Preview A thread about this was created here. DOOM Single-player Preview A thread about this was created here. TEEN GHOST STORY OXENFREE TO GET NEW ENDINGS IN UPCOMING DIRECTOR’S CUT Asemblance: First-Person Horror Announced Angry Joe Looks At Outlast 2 Dishonored 2 launching this November PIXEL ART EXPLORATION GAME GETS ITS MORAL AMBIGUITY FROM STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS Project Highrise Aims To Be A Modern SimTower Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to Wii U Virtual Console Total War: WARHAMMER - Voicing the Goblin Great Shaman - Rally Point Special During the first video they announced that Total War Warhammer is going to be giving the Chaos faction free to everyone who preorders and to everyone who buys the game within the first week of release. So you can wait a few days for reviews and if you buy it within the first week you will still get them at no additional cost. Similar to what the other Warhammer game Battlefleet Gothic is doing (except they are giving two factions to people who buy the game in the first two months). Space Hulk: Deathwing trailer finally shows off some gameplay Dawn of War 3 announced A thread about this was created here. Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor - Martyr Mass Destruction Trailer A good time to be a Warhammer fan apparently. CELEBRATE MAY THE 4TH NEWS WITH STAR WARS AND EA XCOM 2 is getting five new mods from the Long War team Mod Makes Fallout: New Vegas' Combat SUPERHOT New 'League of Legends' Champion Revealed: Taliyah One of Riot's Champion designers ^ seems to be getting a lot of people complaining that the character isn't sexy enough and that is being blamed on his fiance who is receiving hate mail over it (as usual when this happens neither of them have any control over that). He has responded to those people. Doctors Ordered: Big Pharma’s Marketing Expansion Elite Dangerous expansions coming to Xbox One this summer Halo 5's Next Free Update Detailed, Includes Weapon Balance Changes and More Hyper Light Drifter gets co-op mode in beta The Division gets new anti-cheating technology, ban waves have already gone out Valve Steps Up Counter-Strike's Anti-Cheat Measures Fire Emblem Fates Map DLC Release Dates Revealed The Division's New Incursion Detailed, As Dev Teases Plans to "Reinvigorate" PvE Goin’ Up! PlanetSide 2 Adds Base-Building Quantum Break PC Crash Fix Requires Microsoft to Update Windows 10 First Classic Sega games now have official mod support on Steam Nintendo 3DS emulator adds HD support, makes portable games look spectacular Uncharted 4 multiplayer will receive updates for free Uncharted 4 PS4 Discs Stolen From Truck in "Violent Assault," Sony Says 5GB Uncharted 4 Day-One Patch Required for Key Features Nintendo fends off 3DS tech lawsuit following retrial CD Projekt wants to emulate "the Rockstar model" "No Plans" for Ubisoft Takeover, Vivendi Says as It Buys More Shares Fable developer Lionhead closes down today PS4/Xbox One Upgrades Not Necessarily a Bad Thing, Guacamelee Dev Says Square Enix Montreal enlists former Hyper Light Drifter, Fez devs Epic's Gears of War 4 Would Have Cost $100 Million to Make, Dev Says Epic’s latest: Paragon, Fortnite and Unreal Tournament Nostalrius team make announcement over Blizzard meeting Why No Man's Sky Was Almost Canceled and a Story About Kanye West Early Footage From Assassin's Creed Creator's 1666: Amsterdam Oculus launch gets stranger as hardware hits Best Buy and others before pre-orders fulfilled In esports news ESL lays plays to launch new 24/7 eSports satellite TV channel BRINGING ESPORTS TO A LAS VEGAS CASINO French government creates an esports federation and reveals amendments to contract rules In crowdfunding news BLACKROOM: A New FPS from Romero & Carmack Romero and Carmack's Blackroom Kickstarter cancelled to develop demo Probably a good idea, with the exception of the above video that someone else made, they had a terrible pitch. Heroes of Dire Saltlands - Sail through the Desert! Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Other content I found interesting this week Errant Signal - Dark Souls 3 (Non-Story Spoilers?) Game Makers Toolkit - Should Dark Souls have an Easy Mode? THE COMMUNAL JOY OF DARK SOULS The “Uncensored” World of Street Fighter Mods: The Good, The Bad, The Naked Guest Column: The Known Unknowns of Subterfuge Giant Bomb Presents: Introducing Nick Capozzoli 1979 Revolution: A Snapshot of Chaos and Propaganda History Respawned: 1979 Revolution Black Friday How The Witcher 3's card game within a game was brought to life The Casual/Core Fallacy - Designing for Depth - Extra Credits HOW GAMES ARE HELPING VETERANS RECOVER FROM INJURY Smash hits and flops: a brief history of ragdoll physics HOW EVE ONLINE DESIGNS, AND SELLS, WAR Interview: BioShock Creator Ken Levine Talks the Inspiration to Create Interview with Bobby Vandiver (Red Comet) Adventures in Solitude: On Myst and The Witness Close Playing: Episode 1: Carolyn and The Witness Video Games And The Door Problem [SSFF] Past Mortem: The Rise of Dark Souls, FromSoftware, & Hidetaka Miyazaki The Highs and Lows of X-Men Video Games Fire Emblem – Developer Interviews with Shouzou Kaga and Hironobu Sakaguchi A translated interview from 1994. How A Mario Maker Rivalry Got Me Punched In The Balls Publishers Are Missing a Major Opportunity With Licensed Games Let's Remember The Bouncer! One of the first PS2 games I played, along with Kessen and Ring of Red. Metal Gear Solid 3 - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Super Bunnyhop Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Has Me on Edge 'There are a lot of ways to chop off a head' - Double Fine's Tim Schafer on humor Xbox Live Changed Gaming Forever and Kinect Not Originally Planned, Ex-Director Says "It's Just Emulation!" - The Challenge of Selling Old Games The New Kings of Kong Are Cool With Sharing The Throne Custom Game: Revisiting the Single-Player Mods of Half-Life 1 The Banner Saga 2 is an Ancient Story in Modern Form Our Steps, To The Night - The Banner Saga 2, feat. Árstíðir The Banner Saga In Memoriam A video about those who were or may have been lost during the first game
This week in the news; GameFront (formerly FileFront) closing down, co-creator of DirectX argues that development isn't a real job and fair hours and wages shouldn't be expected, upgraded PS4 codenamed Neo, the great Grand Theft Auto lawsuit explained, running a women's game convention in Saudi Arabia, leak of Red Dead Redemption 2 map, Witcher 3 Blood and Wine release date slip, how early computer games influenced internet culture, the level creation of Spelunky, Ark developer settles lawsuit, GameStop starts new publishing label with Frozenbyte, Ready At Dawn, Insomniac, and Tequila Works, Sony shuts down MVP program, "being told stories in ways that I've never been told them before", and more. GameFront is Closing Down April 30, 2016 Gamefront is owned by Defy Media which has recently been shutting down or laying off staff at other game related websites they own, such as GameTrailers and The Escapist. Mod DB users are attempting to download and save the mods that might otherwise be lost with the closure of GameFront, which was written about in an article, "Help save 17 years of PC game modding history". The possible loss of these mods again shows the importance of preserving game history with safe and easily accessible archiving practices. Game Industry Veteran Writes Horrifying Article In Defence Of Poor Working Conditions Alex St John's Ideas About Game Development Are Terrifying Game industry vet draws ire from developers for defense of 80-hour workweeks Reaction from other tech and game industry veterans has been negative, with Danny O'Dwyer expressing the thought most seem to have had at first reading John's article and past presentations. Jim Sterling has made this the subject of his newest video Rami Ismail (co-creator of Vlambeer, known for Nuclear Throne, giving advice to indie developers, traveling around the world to work with indie developers and students, and his talks about how language barriers have been holding back the industry) has also responded to the article on his blog. Microsoft Testing "Variety" of New Xbox Prototypes - Report Sources: The Upgraded PlayStation 4 is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM A thread about this was made here. Sony Shutting Down PlayStation MVP Program The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine release date may have slipped out A thread about this was created here See the Old World up close in TW: Warhammer's latest showcase Homefront: The Revolution trailer touts importance of propaganda Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse coming to the Americas this summer Suda51’s Let It Die Looks Twisted And Bloody In PAX East Trailer Mirror's Edge: Catalyst closed beta dated, social play detailed New Mirror’s Edge Game Locks Some Basic Skills Behind Upgrades RTS Meridian: Squad 22 deploying in May Mafia III One Way Road Story Trailer Mafia III's Devs on Refreshing the Mafia Franchise 13 Things We Learned About Mafia III Mafia 3 Is "Hours and Hours and Hours" Long, Dev Says Here's a gameplay trailer for action RPG The Technomancer Pyre - Reveal Trailer | PS4 A thread about this was created here. Song of the Deep, Insomniac's aquatic Metroidvania, releases in July This Is the Police trailer asks a hard question about the nature of corruption Shantae and the Pirate's Curse leaps to PS4 this week I really like the Shantae series, so I'm happy to hear more people can play it now. 'Stealth mashup' Shadwen arrives on PC and PS4 in May Corpse Party for PC launches April 25, 3DS version coming to North America this summer Castlevania developer MercurySteam reveals new game Raiders of the Broken Planet New Nier: Automata Videos Show Slick Combat, Mysterious Characters Watch No Man's Sky's Expansive New 15-Minute Gameplay Demo Creepy Amusement Park Horror Game "The Park" Gets PS4, Xbox One Release Date Cold War Tech-Noir: All Walls Must Fall One of the best board games ever made is now live on Steam Here's When Dark Souls 3's First DLC is Coming Hearthstone's latest expansion will release early next week Elite Dangerous' long-awaited The Engineers expansion goes into beta next month Batman: Arkham HD Collection Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Year Stardew Valley tops a million copies sold, two months after launch Indie hit Enter the Gungeon sells 200,000 copies in first week Dark Souls 3 Breaks Sales Records Uncharted 4 Dev Talks Game Length, Difficulty Options, More Red Dead Redemption 2 Game Map Reportedly Leaked Remedy tackles Quantum Break port problems Atari Responds to Negative RollerCoaster Tycoon Reaction, Pledges Continued Support GameStop signs Ready At Dawn, Frozenbyte and more for new publishing label GameTrust A thread about this was created here. Diablo 3 lead designer leaves Blizzard for Obsidian THE GREAT GRAND THEFT AUTO LAWSUIT EXPLAINED Ark Dev Settles Lawsuit for Reported $40 Million Veteran Finnish Game Developer Has Passed Away The Up-All-Night Stream Plays Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness The new Star Ocean was streamed for over five hours and can be viewed by checking the link. HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift: The Virtual Reality Comparison We Had To Make Insomniac Games reveals The Unspoken, a game of VR magic battles The article is pretty lengthy and not just a trailer so take a look if you think the trailer looks interesting. Feral Rites explores the challenge of bringing open-world action to VR Ubisoft threatens to "punish" The Division players who use a popular exploit Maybe the team should look into fixing the game's exploits and not punishing people for finding glitches in a co-op activity. Watch Nintendo Legend Miyamoto Reminisce About Pokemon's 20th Anniversary Ambitious new Skyrim mod overhauls cities Summer Games Done Quick announces dates and speedrun lineup In esports news Wargaming to create a players union Speaking To the Heroes of the Dorm Winners About Their eSports Futures Big Ten Network and Riot Games to Host BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event Team SoloMid In Another League Of Legends Final, But Won't Have Any More Help In crowdfunding news The Wild Eight – An Eerie Survival Adventure A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week Sandstorms, Segregation, And Other Challenges Of Running A Women's Video Game Convention In Saudi Arabia Story Beats: Bastion We Don't Talk About Kenny: Telltale's Walking Dead Season 2 This is an older video (December) from the guy above, but is a great look at the story and themes of The Walking Dead games. How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman play "Day of the Tentacle" Before they remastered Day of the Tentacle they replayed the game. Super Mario Bros. World Record Beaten With Near-Perfect Run Postmortem: Bringing Camouflaj's République to PlayStation 4 The practical challenges of designing a political game about Africa The Story Arc Has Ended and Yet the Game Keeps Going This is Your Brain on VR: A Look at The Psychology of Doing VR Right Content with content The Division - Problematic Meaning in Mechanics - Extra Credits Feat Unlocked: One Million Copies of Shovel Knight Sold! How League of Legends dev Riot is using science to create safer online spaces The National Videogame Museum - Gaming Historian Game Maker's Toolkit - How (and why) Spelunky makes its own levels Guest Column: Constraint Breeds Creativity Cities: Skyline City Destroyed By A Tidal Wave Of Shit Flow - Minicrit Final Fantasy VII’s Legacy Gets Everything About Final Fantasy VII Wrong Here's Why the Dirty Harry Video Game Was Never Released Rocket League: The Road From Cult Classic to Surprise Success Grim Dawn is a model of how to do 'spiritual successor' games right That Time Nintendo Canceled The Nearly Finished Star Fox 2 Platinum Games Action Without Borders
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
Legolas_Katarn posted a topic in General DiscussionA Price Of Games Journalism It is interesting how often this tends to happen, and can make you wonder what other websites or magazines are blacklisted and by what companies for what reasons, though Kotaku's blacklists at least aren't related to negative reviews or coverage. Jim Sterling has mentioned Konami doing the same when he was at Destructoid over review scores. I saw someone mention that he was blacklisted by Sega while editing a magazine about Sega.