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  1. 2016 has been a rather unexpected year when it comes to gaming. We’ve had good games, bad games, disappointing games and games that end up getting canned for one reason or another. Regardless, it’s time for a list and it’s not going to be an easy one. I’m not limiting this to just Nintendo games. I’m involving all sorts of games so without further ado, these are my Top 10 Games of 2016. Word of warning for everyone… if you find that a game you like isn’t on the list, you are welcome to make your own and share it. I won’t judge you and remember, the only opinion that should ever matter is your own. Let us begin. 10) Song of the Deep - PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Kicking off the list we have Song of the Deep, developed and published by Insomniac Games. Song of the Deep is basically Metroid but in an underwater style. I will admit. This game had me intrigued because of its design and presentation. When I got to play it, it was a sight to behold. The presentation for it is incredible with the level of detail to be intense. It’s gameplay leaves a lot to be desired but it fits the world that this game is. Not to mention it’s a bit too simple and short, around 4 hours. I’ll cut some slack since the game is rather cheap and there’s replay value to back it up. This game deserves a bit more appreciation. Sure it’s not the best but for what it’s worth, it’s a soothing and satisfying experience. I recommend that you pick the game up, at least to see for yourself how good it is. It’s $10! It’s not the best but I feel that it deserves to be #10 on my list. 9) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo 3DS To think that Nintendo would take a risk and bring a game like this to their best-selling handheld is a challenge onto itself. But for its shortcomings, I say that they did a good job. Mario Maker for 3DS is what it is, a port of a game that was on Wii U now fit on the handheld. Nothing more. Nothing less. The only problems I have with the game is that there’s no Amiibo functionality, you can’t play others courses or share courses online and the only way you can share them is through its Streetpass function. But despite its negatives, the game is still really fun and can even push your skills as a gamer/level creator to the test. Had this game allowed you to share courses online and play others’ from the get-go, it’d be rated higher. I recommend playing this on a New 3DS XL because, on a regular 3DS, you can experience crashes. I just want to give you a heads up. 8) Final Fantasy XV - PlayStation 4, Xbox One (PC coming soon) We waited a long time for this game. It originally was going to be part of the Fabula Nova Crystalis as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unfortunately, it was scrapped and then replaced with this. The wait was long but in the end is worth it. Final Fantasy XV is a great game. Its strong points are the gameplay, the open world location and the many things you can do in this said world. My problems with the game are its lackluster story and the characters. The four protagonists are fleshed out well enough but everything else feels flat. Made worse is that in order to better understand this, you need to watch stuff that’s outside the game like the film Kingsglaive and OVA Brotherhood. Other than that, I couldn’t find anything else wrong but at least Square-Enix is dedicated to making the game better while filling up story bits that should have been added. Thankfully I’m happy with that and it shows that they really want to make the game feel complete. I recommend giving this game a chance. Besides once the negatives are pushed aside, you have a game that’s very satisfying. 7) Overwatch – PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Blizzard has a lot of balls for trying their luck in the first-person shooter genre and it paid off considerably with this game. Overwatch is just that: a first-person shooter game where you and five others can take the fight against the opposition in various modes. They range from escort/stop the payload to capturing defensive points/objectives on the map. Okay. It’s a bit small but that’s not why it’s on the list. Overwatch’s strong points are its setting and characters. No two characters are similar. Each character offers something different and that’s what makes it good. Coupled with the fact that there’s a lot to do in this game, it’s nuts. We already got two new characters, a whole bunch of new modes and events and knowing what 2017 has in store, it’s going to get better. This game is better played if you have friends because it’s all the more satisfying when you achieve victory. I ask you… are you with me? 6) Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo Wii U I know what you’re thinking. Why is this game on the list? Let me explain. Sure this game uses the same style as Paper Mario: Sticker Star but that’s pretty much it. Why it’s on my list because it is a much better game. Design wise, it is awesome. It is a step up from the previous game and the theme involving paint and colors adds it in perfectly. You can tell when you travel through Prisma Island. The addition of restoring the world through paint offers something different. Using cards instead of stickers is a lot better. The humor this game has is spot on with some being very funny to listen. Color Splash offers a lot here and I say it is miles better especially since it’s released on a system that’s on its deathbed. I only wish that Nintendo could go back to its roots with the game offering what it should be, instead of this. But for what it’s worth, I say it’s a must buy. Truthfully it is a must buy and I recommend this game. Enjoying the list so far? Good because we’re now reaching the halfway point of this list. There’s no going back for us now. 5) Fire Emblem Fates – Nintendo 3DS Three years after the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, we get a game that not only is good but offers so much. I’m talking about Fire Emblem Fates and I speak on behalf of everything the game offers. What’s different from the previous games is its branching campaigns. You play as Corrin, a young noble who was born in the kingdom of Hoshido but was raised by the kingdom of Nohr. When both kingdoms declare war on each other, you have to make a choice on whose family you would side. Should you side with Hoshido, the kingdom you were born in as your Birthright. Should you side with Nohr, the kingdom that raised you and follows the side of Conquest. Or will you choose neither side and instead work to have both kingdoms unite under one banner and learn of a Revelation that threatens all. That is what makes the game stand out. The three campaigns: Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation offer hours of gameplay and customization that can drive you nuts. Replay value here is through the roof, along with additional content via DLC drives it even further. I won’t go into too much detail but if you haven’t picked up this game, you should. I recommend trying your luck to get the Special Edition of the game, which has all 3 campaigns in one DLC. But if you are getting either Birthright or Conquest, expect to spend a lot just to get the rest. It’s why this game gets the #5 on my slot on this list. 4) Gravity Rush Remastered – PlayStation 4 In 2012, a game called Gravity Rush was released on the PlayStation Vita. It was a game that was fun, different and offered something new. Sadly not many people got to play it due to being released on a handheld that Sony never gave a damn about. Four years later, SCE Studio and Project Siren bring this game over to the PlayStation 4 and my god, it is incredible. Gravity Rush Remastered is marvelous. Seeing the game in glorious HD is jaw dropping. It's nuts! What’s even better is that it runs at a solid 60 frames per second. Flawless 60fps. It is perfect. They also refined the game’s controls making things such as sliding across the city seamless. You can use the back buttons on the PS4 controller but there’s also the option to use the DualShock 4’s motion controls so it offers some variety for players. What’s even better is that the Remastered port includes all the DLC for the game and at a price of $30, how can you say no to that? You simply can’t. This game is what made the PlayStation Vita stand out but now that it’s on a PS4, it’s the go-to game for anyone wanting this console. I highly recommend it. It is a must buy, without a doubt and it should prep anyone for the eventual release of Gravity Rush 2 coming in January. 3) Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita and PC WayForward should be praised and commended for making a game like this. Not a lot of people are going to like having this as my #3 spot but this is a perfect example of a Kickstarter campaign done right, aside from Shovel Knight. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is amazing. There is so much good to say here such as the presentation. Design-wise, it’s a step up from the previous game. 2.5D at its finest with the character models being at its absolute best. Jake Kaufman does it again with the music here and all the tracks are addicting to listen to. Very addicting. The gameplay is similar to the first two games but it’s improved and easy enough for anyone to pick up and play. Hopefully, with the upcoming DLC like Risky Boots’ campaign, Half-Genie Hero is going to be one that’s worth every penny. Show love to WayForward. Get this game now! 2) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice – Nintendo 3DS The Ace Attorney series has endured for more than 15 years with a strong and devoted following. 2013’s Dual Destinies is one a lot of people were hyped for and though nowadays is a bit mixed it was a welcome addition. Three years later, Phoenix Wright returns in full force with the sixth game in the main franchise: Spirit of Justice. Similar to the previous entries, it’s a visual novel style game where as Phoenix Wright (or any of the others like Apollo & Athena) you must investigate witnesses, find evidence and discover the truth through the courts. This time around, the story takes Phoenix to the Kingdom of Khura’in and in that country, defense attorneys are outlawed. Spirit of Justice introduces the Divination Seances where it details the last thing the victim sees before they pass on. But the truth isn’t always black and white. That’s where we come in to figure out if what the victim sees is the truth or not. Many staples that are prevalent in the previous entries return here but its biggest points are its story and music. The story is a bit dark and intense for a game like this and the music is still its shining moment. Believe me, there are some tracks that are incredible to listen to. Whereas Dual Destinies serves as a return to form for the well-respected attorney, Spirit of Justice serves as a passing of the torch for Apollo Justice, allowing him to take the spotlight he deserves. It’s reason enough why this gets the #2 spot. 1) Pokémon Sun & Moon – Nintendo 3DS Some people like the game, others didn't. To tell you the truth, I enjoyed the game. As a fan of Pokémon since Generation 1, I had a lot of expectations. They paid off when it came out. Nintendo, GameFreak & The Pokemon Company took a lot of risks in making this stand out over the previous generations. Removing some staples like Gyms, HMs seems crazy when you think about it. However, when I got to play it for myself, I can say is wow… they nailed it. The game does hold your hand a lot at times but you do get the chance to explore at your leisure. The Island Challenges are interesting and provide something different instead of going to a gym and earning a badge. It’s emphasized a lot and I like it personally. Z-Moves are also cool and how they look is amazing. But if I were to net any nitpicks, it’s the story. That leaves a lot to be desired. I wish it can improve but at least the game is still the way you remember it. Pokemon Sun & Moon may not be for everyone but for those that put the time into it, it’s a pretty awesome game. I recommend it and yes, it’s one that I feel should be #1 on my list. Honorable Mentions: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Pokken Tournament, Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls, Ratchet & Clank PS4, Kirby: Planet Robobot That’s pretty much it for this list. Remember, my list is 100% opinionated and you are welcome to disagree with me. If you guys have a list of your own Top 10s or if you feel that a game you played should be on the list, let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing from everyone.
  2. PS4 Pro revealed, more PAX interviews and gameplay, Fallout 4 and Skyrim will not get mods on the Playstation, Overwatch's high-bandwidth update releases for PC, historical accuracy and highlighting lesser known troops and campaigns in Battlefield 1, how a frame is rendered in the new Doom, Bloodstained delayed until 2018, a look at Endless Space 2 and Civilization VI, Danny O'Dwyer visits New York to explore his favorite areas from video games in the final episode of The Point and starts a Patreon for crowdfunded video game documentaries, Bioware hires Sunless Sea writer to work on unannounced game, popular Youtuber is arrested, Swery talks about becoming a Buddhist Monk, graphic novel covering the story of Tetris, why you should not skip the side missions in Mankind Divided, an interview with Myst creator Rand Miller, XSEED and Marvelous Europe plan to bring more niche Japanese games to Steam, and more. AJSA Commander Jayson's Rage has started a video news series on the AJSA Youtube where he will be covering some of the news mentioned here, his videos will be featured with these updates from now on. Here is his first episode Gaming News PS4 Pro: The Ultimate FAQ Why PS4 Pro Doesn't Have a 4K Blu-Ray Player All the PS4 Pro Games Getting Upgrades PlayStation boss on PS4 Pro: our approach isn't reactive this time around Why developers love HDR more than anything else in the PS4 Pro Your original PS4 now supports HDR, but no games currently make use of it PlayStation Vita isn't dead, in Japan anyway Final Fantasy 15 is getting its own PlayStation 4 slim hardware PlayStation 4 Pro: Hands-On First Impressions Microsoft announces military green 1TB Xbox One S Battlefield 1 console Report: Xbox Live faster, more reliable than PlayStation Network Devs react: Valve's Steam key crackdown Surprising effect of Steam's latest review system change Watch 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' running on the PS4 Pro Mass Effect: Andromeda's Male and Female Characters Both Exist In-Game, Are Family Mass Effect: Andromeda Is 30 FPS on PS4 and PS4 Pro Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4 Pro Gameplay Reveal PS4 Pro Gameplay Trailer - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare HOW RESIDENT EVIL 7’S GROSSEST MONSTERS ARE MADE CIVILIZATION VI - Devs Show Off Religion Civilization 6 welcomes Norway’s Harald Hardrada in latest trailer AJ's Endless Space 2 Developer Preview Endless Space 2 gameplay - the first 40 turns as the Sophons Seraph release date set, dual pistols at the ready New Prey trailer explains the retro-future style of the Talos 1 station Earth Defense Force 5 for PS4 announcement leaked ARCHITECTURE FANS WILL WANT TO WATCH OUT FOR PAVILION NEXT WEEK The Last Guardian gets (the last) delay Torment: Tides of Numenera - Legacy & Meaning Trailer Into the Black is a VR survival game with echoes of Firewatch 7 Things To Know About Mafia MAFIA 3 LIVE - 2 Hours of New Gameplay! Full Map! Walkthrough of Free Roam, Customization & More! 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Dishonored 2 interview - Harvey Smith on man-sized vents and giving their silent protagonist a voice Dishonored 2 trailer features story, stabbing, The Outsider This Kingdom Hearts trailer is baffling, but it has nice music and a release date Koei Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden, Toukiden and Atelier cross over in Musou Stars Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Gamescom gameplay with Tobi and Ondra BattleTech Interview - the mech strategy game we’ve all been waiting for BattleTech gameplay - 30 minutes of the super pre-alpha demo This is the same demo I posted a few weeks ago, although it does play out differently. Secret Legend gameplay and interview - a gorgeous game inspired by Zelda Thimbleweed Park interview - steaming stamps and bailing on the pillow factory Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour interview - a look at the improved visuals Duelyst interview - Keith Lee and Eric Lang talk Denizens of Shimzar and what’s next Sonic Mania interview - Sega lets independent developers take the reigns The Elder Scrolls: Legends interview with Pete Hines of Bethesda Diluvion interview - open ocean sub exploration and FTL crew management 20XX Interview - why Mighty No. 9 made people flock to 20XX The Church in the Darkness interview - infiltrating a 1970s religious cult The Church in the Darkness gameplay - exploring a 1970s religious cult campsite Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Delayed 12 Minutes of Cyber Wang - Official Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Fallout 4 and Skyrim aren’t getting mods on PS4 Rocket League officially goes off the rails, adds random power-ups Overwatch 'high-bandwidth' update is live for PC, here's what it does Blizzard's solution to Arena balance in Hearthstone: remove the cards that suck Battlefleet Gothic: Armada brings the Tau Empire to open beta tomorrow Shovel Knight's Specter Knight campaign out Spring 2017 Big Rainbow Six Siege Patch Adjusts Operators, Provides New Gadgets Facepunch don't know how to fix Rust's broken XP system so they're getting rid of it The Sims 4 gets metropolitan with City Living expansion GOG offer refunds on year-old game, Armello, because DLC is only for the Steam version Around 100 people are now working on Overwatch Sunless Sea writer signs up for BioWare project Deadly Premonition director Swery becomes a Buddhist Monk. 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Interplay Sells Off Descent, Kingpin, Earthworm Jim Etc No fan left behind Obsidian devs recreate Star Wars Mos Eisley spaceport in Unreal Engine 4 Blizzard's Chris Metzen Retires WoW’s lead designer and some of Blizzard’s biggest names start new studio with Riot Games funding Riot Games Korea begins testing a new system to fight toxicity in League of Legends AIAS chief Martin Rae is stepping down to work in VR YouTuber Arrested For Allegedly Intending To Have Sexual Relations With Minor Taming SOMA’s monsters with the Wuss Mode mod Esports News Focus Wins Over Flair In This Morning’s StarCraft II Tournament MSI to hold international Overwatch tournament this year DreamHack Austin to return in 2017, two other U.S. dates to be revealed Racial slurs mar Call of Duty World Championships Na'Vi dumps its successful Hearthstone team Smash Player Wins Tournament, Is Awarded Bag Of Rice Small Fries: How one player banned from a lifetime of CS:GO is trying to make things right Rumor: FIFA Interactive World Cup to add “Club World Cup” featuring top football clubs with esports teams The ‘Sensible Soccer’ World Cup Is an eSport Event Like No Other Crowdfunding News Dual Universe :: Civilization Building Sci-Fi MMORPG Dawn of the Devs Sums up my thoughts Rad Rodgers - The return of the 90's era Apogee platformer! AWW, A GAME ABOUT LONELY ROBOTS EVOKES THE BEST CHILDREN’S ANIMATION Other content I found interesting this week Shigeki Toyama and Namco Arcade Machines 6 historical details you might have missed in the Battlefield 1 beta DOOM (2016) - Graphics Study The extraordinary Tetris story is a parable about genius and deception The Tomorrow Children: A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma Farewell Danny O'Dwyer - The Lobby Noclip Patreon Trailer - Crowdfunded Video Game Documentaries Here is a link to his new Patreon. Very happy to see it doing so well. Meet Kotaku's New Staff Writer, Heather Alexandra The Sega Dreamcast Changed My Life The Rise And Fall Of The Dreamcast Baldur's Gate: Durlag's Tower - #3: Dungeon Master's Guide - Design Club SQUASH & STRETCH: The Animation of Jak & Daxter - Extra Frames Notes from an indie cross-platform launch How Blind Players Made a Text-Only RPG More Accessible The Story Behind Hue's Brilliant Soundtrack Phoenix Enduring: How the ‘Law and Order’ of Gaming Has Lasted for 15 Years One Man's Maddening Quest To Walk Across An Entire No Man's Sky Planet Exploring The Real Liberty City - The Point How Trans Players Find Support from the Gaming Community PAX West Panel - Heroes, Villains, and You: Player Choice in Game Design Myst creator Rand Miller on his favorite puzzle that everybody hates No Man's Sky In Close Critique [Deep Spoilers] Folding Ideas Goes to PAX West 2016 and Comes Home With an Existential Hangover The Adorable Robots of ‘ReCore’ are the Stars of an Otherwise Average Video Game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Narrative Review - DON'T SKIP THE SIDE MISSIONS, DAMNIT (Writing on Games) Futurism, Realism, Racism: Deus Ex & the Quest For Credible Science Fiction Ross's Game Dungeon: Deus Ex - Human Revolution Steam's Latest Hit Is A Great Mix Of FTL And XCOM Guest Column: On the Overwatch Matchmaker as a Trolley Problem Meet the first person to reach level 1000 in Overwatch Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games For those who remember the Ace Attorney localization (here is an article on the games localization process) Guy Tries To Play Battlefield 1 With Voice Commands, Gets Absolutely Wrecked PLAY DATE! - Mega64 【MAD】Titanfall - Anime Style 「Opening」 Career change after realizing how little effort it takes to make money by pandering to the lowest common denominator Amusing before as a self-own but also a good example of why I don't source or share anything anything from Gameranx after seeing he's lying about people and taking Twitter quotes from them after they have blocked him. 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  3. This week in gaming; PewDiePie responds to sites using his name and image as what he feels is clickbait and why I use or don't use (or try not to use) certain articles or sites in news posts, Xbox One S release date, look into Naughty Dog creator Neil Druckmann's creative process, Overwatch director talks about characters/maps design/competitive mode changes/skin designs/porn, EVO 2016, tournament Super Smash Bros player Cristian "Hyuga" Medina fired after groping sleeping Smash 4 caster, Ubisoft says Nintendo NX has potential to draw in casual gamers, famous developers from the 80s and 90s and what they have done since then, Twitch begins beta for HTML5 player, Obsidian CEO talks about success and survival in AAA development and independence, Bethesda accused of ripping off New Vegas mod with Fallout 4 DLC, a look at the Famicom Disk System, and more. Xbox One S "launch edition" to ship August 2 for $399 Twitch Begins Closed Beta for HTML5 Player Twitch Tells Counter-Strike Gamblers To Go Away Twitch researcher confirms that livestreams help boost game sales Twitch Bans Top Counter-Strike Gambling Streamer Battlefield 1 Beta to Begin “Shortly After” Gamescom; Rush Gamemode Returning THE HEX, A NEW MYSTERY FROM ONE OF VIDEOGAMES’ GREATEST TRICKSTERS Drugs, masks, and randomness: The moral gray areas of We Happy Few For Honor - New Campaign: Knight Campaign Mission (Women Knight) This video was actually posted at the end of last month on two different Youtube channels but I didn't see any sites show it, so I just found it, so I'll post it now for anyone interested in the game. South Park: The Fractured But Whole Is Full Of Surprises Civilization 6 shows off China’s leader Qin Shi Huang and The Great Wall Amy Hennig Discusses New Star Wars Game, It Sounds Like Uncharted ALONE WITH YOU BRINGS INCLUSIVE ROMANCE TO THE DEAD OF SPACE LONG GONE DAYS IMAGINES THE WORLD OF WAR THAT’S COMING FOR US A thread about this was created here. Double Fine's sci-fi side-scroller Headlander gets a release date and a trailer Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality revealed, coming to the HTC Vive Persona 5 ‘Take the Treasure’ Event Liveblog Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered gets a lengthy gameplay video RimWorld updates with new scenario system, Steam Early Access release Fraudsters force RimWorld dev to stop giving out Steam keys Exploring Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Open World, Side Quests, and More Titanfall 2 Dev Teases Multiplayer and Network Changes Here's When Nioh's Beta Demo Will Be Available on PS4 Blade Arcus from Shining EX coming west for PC via Steam on July 28 New Mafia 3 Trailer Tells You All About the Main Character and His Troubled Past Lantern - Story Trailer Gail Simone To Help F84 Create A Red Sonja Video Game Gail Simone is great, hope it turns out well. Tekken 7 adds Bob and Master Raven to roster IAN’S EYES WILL HAVE YOU PLAY AS A GUIDE DOG FOR A BLIND KID Gears of War 4 Microtransactions Don't Let You Pay to Win LawBreakers Trailer Shows Off Enforcer Action Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru first details, screenshots Cossacks 3 launches this September in stores and on Steam Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 includes a PSVR chapter when it launches Bam! Biff! Hi! Meet Telltale’s Batman In New Trailer Batman: The Telltale Series coming to retail the month after season premiere TAHIRA, A SCI-FI EPIC THAT WILL QUESTION OUR VIOLENT HISTORIES THIS AUGUST Gravity Rush 2 drops in December Dead Rising 1 and 2 Officially Headed to PS4, Xbox One, and PC Pokémon Sun and Moon lets you train monsters past the level 100 cap Sex Game Cancelled After Taking In Five Figures A Month On Patreon If they were making that much money they should have hired a better artist. CLOCKER BRINGS A STORYBOOK LOOK TO TIME-TRAVELLING PUZZLES New Total War: Warhammer DLC Trailer Reveals Beastmen From their Steam announcement Like the focus on ambushes and having a new campaign, I bought it, it's 21% off on Greenmangaming. Total War: Warhammer’s Call of the Beastmen expansion introduces Minotaurs Total War: Warhammer - Lore of the Wild Total War WARHAMMER - Beastmen Campaign Gameplay Walkthrough Teaser and leak hint at new Hearthstone adventure, with Karazhan the likely theme Star Wars Battlefront Will Have Rogue One Tie-in Expansion Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC's Two New Characters Revealed Star Wars: The Old Republic’s next expansion teased Satellite Reign now has a four-player co-op multiplayer mode A peek into Naughty Dog game creator Neil Druckmann's creative process Obsidian Entertainment: Survival, success and independence Hideo Kojima: It'll soon be 'easier to get emotions through games than actual people' Hideo Kojima on Leaving Metal Gear Behind and Starting Anew Overwatch's Director On Competitive Mode, Controversies, And The Future Hindu Leader Wants Blizzard To Drop Symmetra's Devi Skin From Overwatch Players are getting more toxic in Overwatch, but Blizzard is on it The new Overwatch hero Ana is now live MONUMENT VALLEY DESIGNER’S NEXT PROJECT STARTS BY PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space, SimCity 3000 now available on GOG Why Some People Have Accused Bethesda Of Ripping Off A Mod For Fallout 4 Sadly, Metal Gear Pachinko Has Beautiful Cutscenes Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System Mini NES Classic Edition FAQ Without being able to add more games and with so many of the included titles getting updated versions on the SNES or being in compilations, I don't see much of a point. You would think that they would have some advantage over cheaper and more feature complete third party options but they can probably sell well on nostalgia alone. A thread about this was created here. Nintendo becomes most traded Japanese stock in any one day this century Nintendo's NX Is "Really Great" and Has Potential to Draw in Casual Gamers, Ubisoft Says Microsoft Says It Didn't Need Crackdown 3 This Year Because It Has So Many Other Games Windows 10 Won't Reach 1 Billion Downloads as Fast as Expected, Microsoft Admits Half-Life 2's City-17 creator, Viktor Antonov, joins Darewise Entertainment Playdead co-founder Dino Patti leaves Limbo & Inside studio King of Fighters team wants to bring back Samurai Shodown, World Heroes and more Some Real Talk On Piracy From A Witcher 3 Dev Valve Says They'll Start Cracking Down On Gambling Sites That Use Steam What happened to CS:GO skin prices after Valve's gambling ban Fallout 1.5: Resurrection promises a new, old-school Fallout RPG A thread about this was created here. Another Day, Another Alarmist Warning Against Violent Games That's an odd title, as that really isn't something that comes up that often anymore, seems more accurate to say something like, "Well, been about two years since we mentioned this.". ...Does their logo look like they are about to sacrifice a child? In esports news EVO 2016 MIGHT BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE SMASH TOURNAMENT EVER EVO screwed up Smash 4 Hungrybox Wins EVO 2016's Smash Tournament VGBootCamp drop Hyuga following groping accusations Evo’s first Street Fighter 5 champ is Infiltration Shirtless Guy Tries To Challenge Evo Champion, Gets Thrown Out Evo Japan announced, more details at Tokyo Game Show Two Filipino Dota 2 teams are facing visa issues ahead of The International 2016 In crowdfunding news Star Citizen Backer Gets $2550 Refund Long Gone Days - A 2D Modern-Day Military RPG A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week THE PEWDIEPIE "SCANDAL"!! I noticed that the NicheGamer editor with the "can we hate him now" quote is the same guy who was recently going on a homophobic and transphobic rant about not wanting to support No Man's Sky last week, while also talking about his ban dodging (if anyone wanted to know why I don't use sites like that for the news post, that would mostly be the reason why). That aside, I was worried I linked to some badly written clickbait last week, thankfully I didn't. I read the FCC and Polygon article (which is the one I linked to) which actually just says that he was one of the people paid, Polygon's mention of him just said Which is correct, even PewDiePie says he now puts disclosures in a place where they are immediately visible, they also weren't one of the ones to use his image for their article or even mention him in the headline. You really can't call the Polygon article clickbait when he wasn't even mentioned in the preview part of the article on their homepage. The Verge article being the opposite with him as the first word of the title, his image being attached, saying he is a reviewer, and saying he didn't disclose it. The ones saying he didn't disclose at all, using his picture for the headline, and saying he reviewed it, that would typically be something that I look more into, but he was such a minor inclusion to the FCC and Polygon write up that it didn't even cross my mind to think about him. Japanese Video Game History Is Disappearing Classroom Metrics - Real World Case Study for Games in Schools - Extra Credits TIMING: The Animation of Shadow of the Colossus - Extra Frames Nostalgia and greatness meet at California Extreme Designing for Adaptation in Games: An Early Analysis Watch an engineer tear down this Nintendo PlayStation prototype WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Game Designers Bit Bash indie game festival is back for another year showcasing Chicago game devs Famicom Disk System - Gaming Historian THERE’S SOMETHING OFF ABOUT THE OVERWATCH ALTERNATE SKINS The Unexpected Joy Of Repetition In Video Games Guest Column: How They Got Good: Tips on Learning Fighting Games from the Pros Farewell & Thanks Chris Watters - The Lobby Farewell & Thanks Ty Root - The Lobby With Chris gone that will be the last of the familiar staff faces back from the 11 years I used the community. How one pro CS:GO player profited from gambling, and how it all went terribly wrong How I failed making my dream-game 2 times in 4 years The Struggle To Bring More Women Into Game Development INSIDE: The Best Game Ever The History of Quake Downwell's Dual Purpose Design | Game Maker's Toolkit How Free DLC Helped Turn A Small Steam Game Into A Hit Game Theory: FNAF Sister Location DECODED! (FNAF 5) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games OVERWATCH IN REAL LIFE! Fan crushes Dark Souls 3 using only dance pads Assassin's Creed Ghost Murder Throwing him over the table is what makes it. Suspected Censorship Shared some fake screenshots that account was sharing a week or two ago but that's pretty funny to me that they were worried about a game that actually has different pairs of panties put on every day of the week and thinks censorship happened when they change.
  4. This week is E3, check out the new E3 section of the forums to talk about the trailers, reveals, tech, etc that was shown there. Here I'll be posting about what was shown at E3, additional articles and videos on those games, and things that happened outside of or before the start of E3. This week in the news; E3 reveals, developers discuss hype in game development, the tragedy of Bloodborne's "happy" ending and how it ties into the themes of cosmic horror, why the writing in E3 demos and games can sound so bad and unnatural, Riot turns to fight toxicity in the workplace starting with Riot, how box art is made, Super Robot Wars V coming to PS4 and Vita with English text, how the Lion King helped to change PC gaming, postmortem on Banner Saga 2 and Stellaris, 22 things learned about Persona 5, Fallout 4 allows modders to report stolen content, a library dedicated to video game books, Ubisoft starts to permanently ban cheaters for first time offenses, Inafune wants to make Mighty No. 9 sequel, and more. E3 press conferences and thread links EA Bethesda Microsoft PC Ubisoft Sony Nintendo Strange oddly scheduled thing from what I can tell, mostly just talking about the new Zelda and Pokemon, videos can be found further below. Take A Virtual Guided Tour Of E3's Showroom Floor With Kotaku It's My E3 And I'll Whine If I Want To (The Jimquisition) Jim Sterling talks about what I love about E3. ALIENWARE'S LATEST TECH SHOWS VR IS NOW AS IMPORTANT TO IT AS GAMING IS Xbox One Slim Leaks, Will Be 40% Smaller Than Xbox One Games can perform better on Xbox One S Xbox One S console has no Kinect port, requires USB adapter Microsoft Announces Project Scorpio, 'The Most Powerful Console Ever' Three New Xbox Live Multiplayer Features Detailed Xbox Live Gold Not Required for New PC-Xbox One Cross-Buy Program Ding Dongle! Xbox Controller Finally Adding Bluetooth Microsoft Will Let You Design Your Own Custom Xbox One Controllers Finally I can get a purple controller. Here's what the PlayStation VR's gun controller looks like Valve rolls out free VR creation tool for new destinations workshop DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED TAKES A NEW DIRECTION Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - City-hub Gameplay Demo Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - NEW GAMEPLAY Reveals Weapons, Puzzles, Cinematics, & More! Deus Ex Go confirmed for later this year Co-op, More Hacking, and a Bigger Open World - Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 has a new hacker hero, a new city and a whole lot more Watch an 11-minute mission walkthrough from Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 Game Director Confirms Non-Lethal Playthroughs That's a nice change as in a game like this it could lead to much better designed missions with a lot of options in how to go about completing. Watch the new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Kingdom Hearts 3 Won't Feature Final Fantasy Worlds Heihachi and Akuma Fight it out in Tekken 7 - E3 2016 Microsoft Press Conference Omega Force’s next game is a Berserk musou Watch Levar Burton, Karl Urban, and Jeri Ryan play Star Trek: Bridge Crew in VR Super Robot Wars V announced for PS4, PS Vita Somehow I missed this list week, which is surprising because it's the only release news that I personally would be interested in. See the first teaser for cyberpunk horror game Observer South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets a new trailer and release date Giant Cop VR game hits fall 2016, check out this E3 trailer Halo Wars 2 Official E3 Trailer Friday The 13th The Game Gameplay Teaser and Trailers E3 2016 See the charming magic of the new Mages of Mystralia trailer Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets cute E3 trailer Underwater Journey-like Abzû out August 2 Heads (and dice) roll in Tyranny's first gameplay trailer Skyrim comes to PS4 and Xbox One this fall Existing Skyrim mods will be (almost) fully compatible with the Special Edition Check out fresh Mirage: Arcane Warfare gameplay in a pair of bloody new trailers Watch the first trailer for Injustice 2 Watch New Injustice 2 Gameplay Trailer, See Red Lantern, Supergirl, and More in Action MAFIA 3: TACKLING A HUGELY TURBULENT TIME 20 Minutes of New Mafia 3 Footage MAFIA 3 AND THE RISE OF A BLACK ANTI-HERO Ghost Recon Wildlands is coming in March 2017 Looks a bit less stable in that last one. GHOST RECON WILDLANDS IS MEANT TO BE PLAYED TOGETHER We Happy Few coming to Xbox One Preview next month Been looking forward to this since its Kickstarter last year. Torment: Tides of Numenera delayed again, now coming in early 2017 Supergiant's Pyre still looks gorgeous in E3 trailer Attack on Titan Trailer - E3 2016 Nioh second demo due out in August, E3 2016 trailer 10 Minutes Of Brutal Viking Battle In Ubisoft’s For Honor Robinson: The Journey E3 2016 trailer Dungeon delving roguelike Necropolis will release on July 12 New Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer is really promising E3 2016: CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE IS MORE WORLD WAR II THAN SCIENCE FICTION Well, that article was a good way to lose any of the interest and good will they built up from that trailer. Watch 12 minutes of Persona 5 gameplay from E3 22 Things We Learned About Persona 5 The ReCore E3 trailer introduces the team Eagle Flight VR Stage Demo - E3 2016 Ubisoft Press Conference Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu gets gloomy E3 trailer POKÉMON MOON AND SUN: EVERYTHING WE KNOW Arkane reveals Dishonored 2 gameplay, Collector's Edition Dishonored 2 extended gameplay footage shows two missions Check the link and go to the time specified for the video. You can play Dishonored 2 without using any powers at all New Psychonauts 2 Video Promises Surprises, Better Platforming Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Gameplay - E3 2016 FORZA HORIZON 3 REVEALED, RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED NO SAINTS DAY: ALL HAIL THE AGENTS OF MAYHEM First Agents of Mayhem Gameplay Footage Plays It Surprisingly Safe Madden NFL 17's new announcers want to call it like you see it Oxygen Not Included coming to PC from Don't Starve developer See the first footage of Dual Universe, the single-shard sci-fi MMO E3 2016: NEW GOD OF WAR ANNOUNCED GOD OF WAR IS THE NEW DADDY IN TOWN Gran Turismo Sport | E3 2016 gameplay trailer | PS4 Survival strategy Overland trailer shows off procedural generation, clever dogs Ex-Obsidian chief creative officer Chris Avellone is working on the new Prey Watch Dawn of War 3's first gameplay The Turing Test is a first-person puzzler about life and morality, in space Killing Floor is coming to Oculus Rift TITANFALL 2: EVERYTHING WE KNOW Titanfall 2 Official Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer ^ I like it. All of Titanfall 2's DLC maps and modes will be free How Street Fighter Inspired the Combat of Titanfall 2 Titanfall 2 Campaign Discussion - E3 2016 Stage Show Open world extreme sports game Steep announced Grow Up is the sequel to physics platformer Grow Home Platinum Games' PS4-Exclusive Nier: Automata Gets Delayed PS4 Is Getting A New Spider-Man Game Marvel Games' new mandate is 'Make epic games,' and Spider-Man is just the beginning See Dark Souls reimagined as sci-fi in the latest trailer for The Surge Cryosphere - Mighty No. 9 Boss Fight Gameplay Gameplay looks like an inferior Mega Man X, there is an obvious error in the text, and from the sound of the voice acting and the dialogue the developers must have really loved the writing and acting of Mega Man X4. Mighty No. 9 : Vermilion Destroyer Keiji Inafune Expresses Regret Over Mighty No. 9’s Delay, Looking Forward To A Sequel Dontnod's vampire action game Vampyr gets its first, grisly trailer Gears of War 4 Will Have Cross-Play And Cross-Buy On Xbox And PC MASS EFFECT™: ANDROMEDA Official EA Play 2016 Video MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA WILL STAR A YOUNGER, UNTESTED BAND OF HEROES Quake Champions: E3 2016 Reveal Trailer Gravity Rush 2 E3 2016 trailer | PS4 Dead Rising 4 Coming This Holiday Nice to see Frank back. Batman: The Telltale Series names cast, shows off 'living comic book' screens Batman: Arkham VR Is a Murder Mystery Starring You as the Dark Knight Detroit E3 2016 trailer | PS4 Hoping David Cage doesn't mess this up with odd unneeded inclusions of plot holes, aliens, apocalypse, Matrix style fight scenes, forced romance, etc like his last three games. Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 3 Reveal Trailer - E3 2016 They really can't let her go and need to keep damaging the story of the previous title by continuing the story. Sniper Elite 4 delayed to February 2017 Rare's Pirate Co-Op Game Sea of Thieves Looks Dope Farpoint - E3 2016 Announce Trailer | PS VR Hands On With The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U and NX Will Be the Same Zelda: Breath of the Wild Doesn't Require the Wii U's GamePad Zelda Producer Explains Why, Despite Speculation, The New Link Is A Guy Always weird when people think it's a better idea to make themselves look incompetent or insult theirs fan's intelligence instead of just saying, "We didn't want to do thing," or saying nothing. Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Trailer Breakdown Yakuza 0: Toshiro Nogoshi Interview - E3 2016 The Technomancer - E3 2016 Trailer First 30 Minutes of Headlander - E3 2016 Gang Beasts Soccer Gameplay - E3 2016 Resident Evil 7 is terrifying and a little nauseating in VR The Mystery of What The Resident Evil 7 Teaser Hides The Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood – Official Trailer Horizon Zero Dawn E3 2016 trailer | PS4 The Witcher Getting Standalone Card Game Spin-Off The Witcher's Gwent Spinoff Has A Beefy Single-Player Mode Here They Lie™ | E3 2016 Teaser Trailer | PS4 The Limbo Crew's New Game INSIDE Is Utterly Fantastic Fe Gameplay Trailer E3 2016 / EA Play 2016 A Look At Final Fantasy XV's Massive Titan Boss Fight A combination of the poor playing and apathy of the main character did not make that look very good. Final Fantasy XV E3 2016 trailer | PS4 Maybe they realized that the game is too hyped up and they are using E3 to lower expectations. The Final Fantasy 15 VR Experience doesn't make a great first impression Final Fantasy XV: Hajime Tabata on Design Approach Final Fantasy XV Will Have A Pause Mode Scalebound Looks Crazy, Features Giant Enemy Crab Another fight against giant enemies with a character who seems annoying in the opposite way of the FF15 hero. Your first look at Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord The Last Guardian will finally launch this October Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission coming to PlayStation A new Tacoma trailer spins space stations and story THE LAYERED, AR-EMBODIED STORY OF TACOMA New Cuphead video shows off indie platformer's gameplay CUPHEAD PROGRAMMER’S SIDE PROJECT IS INSPIRED BY CANADA’S LONG WINTERS Sony Announces New Open-World Survival Game, Days Gone FIFA 17 - The Journey - Official Trailer I second this thought Here's your first look at the action in Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Battlefield 1 Official Gameplay Trailer A thread about this was made here. Battlefield 1 maps and modes revealed How Battlefield 1 Got Its Old WW1 Gun Sounds Verdun arrives on consoles nearly two months before Battlefield 1 Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2” E3 2016 Initial Information State of Decay 2 announced for Xbox One, PC Beat Cop Is A Cop Game About Difficult Decisions Civilization VI E3 2016 Closed Door Presentation Description Crash Bandicoot returns to PlayStation with three remasters and in Skylanders Imaginators Bulletstorm 'remaster' coming, according to Xbox assets Beyond Good & Evil 2 Is Still Being Worked On by Original Creator Stardew Valley Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U Crackdown 3 delayed to 2017 The Bullshit Roundup: Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex Get Microtransactions, Watch Dogs 2 Spams Us With Special Editions Jim Sterling talks about the microtransactions that were announced for Battlefield 1 and Deus Ex. $250 FOR A GAME: A DOZEN OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS SHOWN AT E3 Arma 3's Apex expansion is coming July 11 Warframe adds arena sports with Lunaro update Ark: Survival Evolved getting playable animals, more official mods later this year Battlefleet Gothic Armada Space Marines Announcement and Screenshots What To Expect From Street Fighter V's Upcoming Story Mode Doom Getting Unto The Evil DLC, SnapMap Free Updates Coming New multiplayer content seems like the wrong way to go. Overwatch Update Nerfs McCree And Widowmaker Alright, they did it exactly how I thought they should. Overwatch Reaches 10 Million Players id takes back control of Doom's broken multiplayer on PC Ubi 30 gifts a free Ubisoft game each month starting today EA announces indie partnership program Ubisoft now banning Rainbow Six Siege cheaters permanently on first offense Ubisoft Now Handing Out Permanent Bans For First-Time Division Cheaters Good thing to learn from Blizzard. Overwatch's Widowmaker Is Frustrating, Blizzard Agrees Destiny's Rise of Iron officially unveiled, new location detailed Star Citizen Alpha 2.4, the "Biggest and Most Important Update" This Year, Is Out Now Watch the trailer for Survival, The Division's second expansion Rocket League goes cyberpunk with Neo Tokyo in 'largest update in the game's history' Fallout 4 modders report stolen content as support broadens to consoles 10 Years and Counting! Kalypso Media Celebrates Milestone Anniversary Until Dawn dev expands virtual reality team with triple hire After 18 Years, Ubisoft Shutting Down Its Studio in Morocco Riot turns to fight toxicity in the workplace -- starting with Riot Vivendi completes takeover of Gameloft as Guillemots sell stake In esports news Heroes of the Storm’s 2015 World Champion team disbands, gives up on game Report: Manchester United Want To Sign An Overwatch Esports Team The 5 problems with trying to make FIFA and Madden esports In crowdfunding news TRANSMISSION A thread about this was created here. Moonlighter - ARPG with rogue-lite and shopkeeping elements A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week YU SUZUKI, TIM SCHAFER AND OTHERS DISCUSS HYPE IN GAME DEVELOPMENT OPINION: E3 demos prove we need better writers In this article he mentions Rhianna Pratchett who then talked about why we get the kind of lines we do in video games. I might have shared an article about this months ago where a writer talked about trying to give Batman believable lines to signify when he did certain actions in the Arkham games. (Read each one from bottom to top) The rumors about the death of story mode are greatly exaggerated Guest Column: My Mother's Games Minisode - The Endings of Bloodborne The tragedy of Bloodborne's "happy" ending and how it ties into the themes of cosmic horror. QUITE SIMPLY THE GREATEST LIBRARY DEDICATED TO VIDEO GAME BOOKS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN LISTEN, BATTLEFIELD 1 OWES NOTHING TO HISTORY Errant Signal - DOOM 2016 PayPal Refuses to Refund $50,000 to Twitch Donation Troll Watch_Dogs 2 is more Interesting because of a Black Protagonist While the setting and character might be interesting, on the other hand we have Hopefully that can make a game with a good mixture of serious and just stupid and fun moments like Saints Row 2. They did later remove the unneeded the in the description. Watch Dogs 2 And The Steam Users Who Hate Black People Speaking of the above, Jim Sterling takes a look at how not having a white protagonist has effected the games forums (developers really need to hire moderators and community managers). Though he knows some of the people in the forums are likely troll accounts (though anyone doing it to troll is indistinguishable ffrom someone posting in forums, social media, or comment sections on real accounts), he did immediately get some responses from what are, unfortunately, real accounts. THE PAC-MAN Disney Games - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. JonTron Interesting that one of the most annoying parts of the Lion King game had to be added due to Disney requiring more time added to the game because of video game rentals. Meeting Fina: Formative Femininity in Skies of Arcadia Overwatch Devs Show Up At A Korean Gaming Cafe The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past's dungeon design | Boss Keys Rose and the Old Castle of Twilight Is a Perfect Melding of Cuteness and Gore Richard Says Goodbye From Japan The Warhammer 40k License - A Total Change of Strategy - Extra Credits Watch Shantae designer James Montagna build a Super Mario Maker level Atlus’ perfect response to censorship cries about Persona 5’s box For this weeks nontroversy. Stellaris: the cricket people kept wrecking buildings forever. They knew no other way to live. Some of the problems, and potential problems, with Stellaris. Postmortem: Paradox Development Studio's Stellaris Postmortem: Stoic Studio's Banner Saga 2 Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Norman Reedus Takes A Shot At Konami Smart Players Turn Overwatch Into A Sports Game Watch Dogs 2 Full House Mash-Up Esports Pose Zac Efron, Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg seem to be very, very high at E3
  5. Keep discussion of the Microsoft press conference here. It will take place on Monday, June 13 at 12:30pm ET. Edit: Conference video added
  6. So, this isn't good in the slightest: Found out about this from PC Gamer, full article will be linked below along with the thread about it on Reddit. If this is true, Windows is now officially malware IMO. Really hope this gets them in trouble with the government if it installs itself on government computers and deletes or misplaces classified info, although I seriously doubt it will for reasons that should be obvious to anyone following US politics. I'm going over to Linux, hopefully CrossOver 15 works as advertised. And even if it doesn't, then I can do without computer gaming for a while. http://www.pcgamer.com/heads-up-windows-10-may-be-sneaking-onto-pcs-without-permission/ https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/4a0asv/warning_windows_7_computers_are_being_reported_as/
  7. This week in the news; Microsoft ends 360 production, PSN getting two factor authentication, too much "game" being taught at game schools, Total War Warhammer adds Bretonnia to skirmish and multiplayer, Double Fine and Lucasarts audio legend Jory Prum dies at 41, Pewdiepie talks about how horrible he used to be, Dontnod's dark turn from Life Is Strange to Vampyr, Danny O'Dwyer talks to Blizzard about the fall of Titan and creation of Overwatch in a three part series, Outlast 2 gameplay, Don Daglow calling bullshit on core and casual labels, Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative, John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS, what a video game producer does, and more. Why Free Money Suddenly Showed Up In Some People's Steam Accounts PlayStation Network getting two-factor authentication, Sony confirms Microsoft Ends Xbox 360 Production Double Fine, LucasArts audio legend Jory Prum dies, aged just 41 John Romero and Adrian Carmack team up for another teaser John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS Blackroom is set in a violent world of holographs A thread about this was created here. Final Fantasy 15 Game Informer Coverage An Inside Look At Modernizing The Art Of Final Fantasy Our Final Fantasy 15 thread can be found here. God Eater: Resurrection launches June 28, God Eater 2: Rage Burst launches August 30 in the west Total War: Warhammer adds Bretonnia as a multiplayer faction Everspace trailer teases "imminent" alpha Sometimes Always Monsters is the sequel to Always Sometimes Monsters The King of Fighters 14 comes to PS4 in August Homefront: The Revolution opening cinematic reveals a fallen America I really hope this game is satirical, playing a plot like this straight would be really embarrassing. What is it with movies and games where America fails in every way or causes the apocalypse and everyone bands together to bring it back? This is probably why I love Bastion so much. Fragments of Him bringing the waterworks to PC in May Go West! JRPG I Am Setsuna Gets July Release Date THE LION’S SONG AIMS TO DEPICT THE LONELINESS OF HISTORY’S GREATEST MINDS Uncharted 4 is bringing back Plunder Mode Nioh Demo Out Now, Complete It to Unlock Special Item for Full Game PS4 Exclusive Nioh Lets You Choose to Improve Frame Rate or Resolution Outlast 2 is creepy, disjointed, provocative and Catholic A thread about this was created here. PC-Exclusive Divinity: Original Sin 2's Multiplayer Is Not What I Expected ALL WALLS MUST FALL TO EXPLORE THE CULTURAL DIVISION OF COLD WAR-ERA BERLIN Opening 18 Minutes of Mirror's Edge Catalyst Mirror's Edge Catalyst delayed again, now launching in June See Hitman Episode 2's Gorgeous But Deadly Setting in Launch Trailer Children of Zodiarcs Gameplay - A Tactical RPG With Dice Rolls - PAX East 2016 Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Friday the 13th: The Game gets new map based on iconic Jason hunting ground The Banner Saga 3 Discussed, Dev Says Universe Is "Very Fertile Ground" for Storytelling Star Ocean Dev's Exist Archive Coming to PS4 and Vita in North America This Year Persona 5 website teases a May 5 reveal for ... something Breached gameplay trailer teases some sort of strange sci-fi mystery Next Five Nights at Freddy's Game Teased FROM LIFE IS STRANGE TO VAMPYR: DONTNOD'S DARK TURN The Walking Dead Game's Season 3 Details Teased, Returning Character Confirmed Cliff Bleszinski Talks Moving on from Gears of War and Starting Fresh with Lawbreakers Lawbreakers Is Everything Gears of War Isn't A thread about this was made here. Mafia 3 Will Have "Ton" of Great Songs, Dev Says THERE’S AN UPCOMING GAME ABOUT EXPLORING A DYSTOPIAN CITY AS A CAT Supergiant's Pyre Focuses on Companionship and a Little Bit of Sports Opening 25 Minutes of Pyre Gameplay A thread about this was made here. Stealthy Seven Sneaks Out First Trailer A thread about this was created here. Tales of Berseria Western Release Ruiner is a neon-bright swords and guns game that will brook no blunders CLIQUE IS A GAME ABOUT FACING PREJUDICE They have a Kickstarter here but they plan to move ahead whether it reaches the goal or not. Shadow Complex Remastered Launches May 3 on PS4 Looks Like The New Call Of Duty Is Called 'Infinite Warfare' Destiny players reckon they've discovered the release date for the game's next big expansion Disastrous New Division Exploit Lets Players Do Unlimited Damage A patch has now fixed this and other glitches. Doom on PC Will Unlock Framerate and Support Advanced Settings, See Them Here Borderlands 3 Teased, Might Not Be Called That Rocket League's Hoops Mode opens the Dunk House for business next week Next Rainbow Six Siege Operation Adds These Two Classes Witcher 3 Adding New Gwent Cards and More Blizzard Is Nerfing A Bunch Of Hearthstone Cards How to get 13 free Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods packs starting tomorrow Kerbal Space Program 1.1 update brings new interface and performance upgrades Dota 2 gameplay update changes Ranked All Pick, adds new Scan function Why It Took Two Years To Finish Making DLC For A Rambo Game Nobody Liked Sega will add modding support to Mega Drive games on Steam Rust's Controversial Random Gender Update Has Led To More Players Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide Report: Platinum Games president Tatsuya Minami has stepped down The Contentious Debate Over Whether To Make Hyper Light Drifter Easier This seems like a debate that could be solved by adding an easy mode, or an option to toggle easier features on and off to create the experience that you want to have with the game. These don't sound like the kind of changes you would have to make to Dark Souls to make that game easier that I posted about in the news update two weeks ago, it sounds like we have a very simple solution for this game. Eve: Valkyrie Offers Cross-Play Between Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive Why PlayStation VR may be the best platform for Eve: Valkyrie Stop spraying me with water, I like Fated: The Silent Oath just fine Watch medieval multiplayer VR combat in Valiant's early access trailer VR hardware sales predicted to soar past $2 billion by end of year Tekken x Street Fighter No Longer in Active Development NIS America and Atlus sever longtime publishing ties SNK Playmore is now just 'SNK' Assassin's Creed creator settles his lawsuit against Ubisoft In esports news Match-Fixing Report Shows How Gambling Has Ruined Korean StarCraft The rising tide of esports regulation and lawsuits PaiN’s lawsuit against Riot is just the beginning A Hero's Spell-Stealing Ability Just Wrecked Team Secret's Night in DOTA 2 YouPorn-sponsored esports team barred from ESL Bud Light’s new esports plans are just as boring as its beer In a League of its own: My trip to the EU LCS Finals In crowdfunding news Dark Souls™ - The Board Game I posted the announcement for this two weeks ago, it has since gone up on Kickstarter where it was funded in about five minutes and has now far exceeded its goal. The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Other content I found interesting this week Australia's Indie Evolution On An Island Far Away What A Video Game Producer Actually Does The next three articles are responses to Alex St. John's article and past presentations that were mentioned in last weeks news post. I am Alex St. John’s Daughter, and He is Wrong About Women in Tech Guest Column: Defending Crunch Isn't Leadership A Productive Look at Burnout in the Games Industry (And Everywhere Else) The Story of Overwatch: The Fall of Titan How the team was able to move on from a failure that they hadn't experienced before. The Story of Overwatch: Return of the 90s Shooter The Story of Overwatch: 21 Hero Salute Pewdiepie Talks About How Horrible He Used To Be Interactive Music for the Video Game Composer Reading People Through Video Games THE FALSE LEGACY OF GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 Educating Game Designers - Too Much "Game" at Game Schools - Extra Credits Are LGBT Characters "Forced" Into Games? Rantasmo talks about the need for round and flat character types to tell a story and to give life to a setting. A LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY; RETURNING TO SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Bloodborne: Beating Dark Souls' Narrative Design Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative. GXTalks: GX3 • Day 3 - Building Believable Fantasy Worlds I’m Not Calling You a Liar: Complicated Canon & Unreliable Narrators in ‘Dragon Age II’ THE IMMORTAL WEIRDNESS OF SHADOW HEARTS SHADOW OF DESTINY, THE PS2 GAME AHEAD OF (AND BEHIND) ITS TIME Bastion's The Sci-Fi Western I've Been Waiting For The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part One: Wario’s Woes The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Two: The Origin of Launch Week Battle The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Three: Big Corporate Lost Productivity WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FMV Game Actors and Actresses! One I missed from earlier this month, could be of interest for old FMV Adventure game players. Why All the Hate?: A History of Internet Trolls Super Mario RPG - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. WeeklyTubeShow The history and development of Super Mario RPG. Don Daglow: "I'm calling bullshit on core, mid-core and casual" Don Daglow is credited with the development of the first D&D video game (Dungeon), the first God game (Utopia), the first Baseball game (Baseball), and the first graphical MMORPG (Neverwinter Nights). The Joker's Best Cut Scenes And Battles Against Batman, Throughout Video Game History NADIA: RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER DLC’S SURPRISE MVP Bridging Worlds: Workified Games Part one in a four parts series, the others are written and can be read from the homepage. FINAL FANTASY XII AND THE GLORY OF THE GRIND BINARY DOMAIN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOOTING ROBOTS Three Solutions to Three Problems in Interactive Fiction
  8. This week in the news; Steam Summer sale date leaked, inside story of the rise and fall of Lionhead, Civilization 6 announced, historical trailer analysis for Battlefield 1, Ace Attorney 6 coming to North America and Europe, Pillars of Eternity 2, Paradox responds to people saying IGN reviewer had a vendetta against them (and other embarrassing responses to reviews), how flawed is the world's first esports association, being a tester for Sega in 1996, "invisible gamers" and why things like trailer likes and dislikes don't really matter, why Fallout 3 is garbage, German government upholds esports as games and not sports, Mario goes on a date with Boo, Prey 2 rumored to be in development by Arkane, harassment on Twitch and at DreamHack, the RNG of Mario 64, and more. Steam Summer Sale dates allegedly leaked — again Xbox Live Is Freeing Up A Million Gamertags Lionhead: The inside story This is a really long, entertaining, sad, fucked up, and detailed article that also sheds some light on where some of their ideas came from, events in the company, how the company was run, successes, failures, the rejection of Fable 4, and industry and marketing practices. A thread about this was created here. Unlocked Frame Rate and More Now Enabled for UWP Civilization VI Coming October 21, Big Changes To Core Gameplay HOW FIRAXIS WILL REDEFINE CIVILIZATION'S ART STYLE IN CIV 6 A thread about this was created here. Pillars of Eternity II is in development, acknowledges Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice coming west in September Titanfall 2 drops this fall EA Explains Why Releasing Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 in 2016 Isn't a Bad Idea Star Wars Battlefront sequel coming in 2017 EA beats expectations thanks to Star Wars: Battlefront's success A thread about this was created here. EA Boss Originally Rejected Battlefield WW1 Pitch The Banner Saga 2 hits consoles in July Rumor: Prey 2 In Development at Arkane, Will Be Revealed at E3 2016 Be true, and look like it did when it was first revealed. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Announced, Watch First Trailer Yo-Kai Watch 2 launches in the U.S. this September New Sherlock Holmes Game Features a Semi-Open World, See Gameplay Here Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics coming west this summer System Shock Remastered is launching a Kickstarter campaign Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers PS4 English version launches August 5 in Asia Blizzard promises to permanently ban Overwatch cheats Overwatch beta breaks Blizzard’s records, beats Destiny, The Division A thread about this was created here. Overwatch's New Animated Short Explores Hanzo And Genji's Tragic Rivalry TW: Warhammer's Chaos campaign walkthrough explains why being mad is hard work Total War: WARHAMMER - Battle Magic Spotlight EXCLUSIVE! Total War: Warhammer w/ Hat Films BADIYA HOPES TO CHANGE ARABIC REPRESENTATION IN VIDEOGAMES Shadow Warrior 2 is a surprising sequel My Ride Through Kingdom Come, The Medieval RPG With No Magic Bullshit Phantom Brave is NIS America's next Steam port Stellaris director promises big changes and more content in future updates Rainbow Six Siege Video Shows How to Use New Sticky Cameras, Weapon Shield The Division: Here's When Next Update Arrives and a New Trailer Microsoft Kills Project Spark A thread about this was created here. Disney is ending its Infinity video game line, shutting down Avalanche Software Disney stopped making games because it doesn't understand how to make games Sources: The Ambitious (Now Cancelled) Plans For Disney Infinity's Future Included Rogue One, Bigger Figures World Of Warcraft Designer Gets Real About Complaint That Blizzard Doesn't Listen Capcom Now Prioritizing "Completeness," Even If That Means Delays Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster Sells 800,000 Copies Sega Has Sold Over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis Games on Steam Payday 2 Dev Teams With Acer to Work on High-End VR Headset 65% of Twitch viewing time split between four games Thrawn's Revenge 2 brings a deep Star Wars campaign to Sins of a Solar Empire Fallout 4 Player Leaks Unreleased DLC As A Mod, Gets Shut Down By Bethesda In esports news German government upholds esports as games, not sports, meaning visa issues should continue Berlin Pirate Party files a motion to recognize esports in Germany LEAKED IMAGE HINTS AT MAJOR NEW ESPORTS ORGANIZATION What the heck is WESA? ESL Reveals Plan to Clean Up Doping, Corruption, and Cheating in Esports Just How Profoundly Flawed Is the World’s First Esports Association? Renegades respond to League of Legends ban Growth in e-sports popularity wows Nevada Gaming Policy panel Guest Column: Meet the Smash Sisters In crowdfunding news This War Of Mine: The Board Game Hands-on with This War of Mine: The Board Game A thread about this was created here. Copper Dreams They have already had one successful Kickstarter campaign with the game Serpent in the Staglands. A thread about this was created here. Niche - a genetics survival game A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week Let's Check The Battlefield 1 Trailer For Historical Accuracy Fallout 3 Is Garbage, And Here's Why Going into world design, writing, choices, difficulty, navigation, conversation choices, morality, modders needing to fix and improve things, and how a smirk from Josh Sawyer made the him want to try New Vegas. The Long Dark Is Boring And That's Why It's Great NDCS Workshop 2016 Publisher Defends Negative IGN Review Of Their Game, Shoots Down 'Supposed Conspiracy' I hadn't heard of anyone complaining about his review, apparently people complaining about review scores have reached the point where they are such cliched embarrassments that even I don't always hear about them anymore or them being made fun of over Uncharted 4 score complaints just overshadowed it. It is nice to see a company defend people harassed over review scores (hell, sometimes that would involve defending people who gave their game's terrible scores like 8s and low 9s), but this is also a good point as feeling the need to respond to completely asinine claims can set a bad precedent. Remove the Washington Post review from Uncharted 4's metascore In other news, regarding people not understanding the concept of reviews, grammar, human thought process, and reading comprehension, a petition was started to remove the negative review from Uncharted 4's metacritic listing. A lot of people are lying and saying the review is satire (even though the review contains no satire or jokes) because it is listed as a "Comic Riff", as always taking the five seconds to actually look at the site would reveal that Comic Riff is what a lot of their video game, comic, animation, super hero, etc content is labeled as and it has nothing to do with an article being a joke or not (but the corporate shills are mad about criticism and they certainly aren't doing to look into anything when they can be angry toxic fanboys instead). People are also saying that because the review didn't have a score that Metacritic just assigned one randomly, knowing anything about how that works or looking into that would show those people that the author tells Metacritic what score they want to give even if a score is not used by their own publication. Kotaku has just written an article about this here. Troy Baker retweeted the petition before realizing that doing so looks pathetic, and kind of half apologized for it. Death to Review Scores: Why we need to move beyond the pseudo-objective outrage hook in game reviews The invisible gamers In Defense of Short Games - Worth Every Dollar - Extra Credits Are Video Games RUINING Gaming? (COD, Far Cry, BioShock & More) – Wisecrack Edition A thread about this was created here. THE AZTEC PESSIMISM OF A MACHINE FOR PIGS VISIONS OF HELL: DARK SOULS’S CULTURAL HERITAGE RetroAhoy: Quake The history, design, gameplay, mods, and legacy of the Quake series. A video for Doom was also made back in January, which BleedingChaos23 shared here. Discussing the Importance of ‘DOOM’ with Game Designer Dan Pinchbeck HOW DOOM INSPIRED TWO GENERATIONS OF HACKERS AND MODDERS [SSFF] Punching Weight Ep 5: Doom Console Ports #1 (32X/SNES/GBA) RACISM, HEARTHSTONE AND TWITCH "Enough is enough": Confessions of a Twitch chat moderator Blizzard investigating Twitch pilot program to help combat chat harassment Cibele's Nina Freeman Creates a Super Mario Maker Level — DEVS MAKE MARIO Exploitation is Not Awareness Diablo: A Classic Game Postmortem There's nothing wrong with digital vanity Controllers Control Everything | Game Maker's Toolkit Nine Underappreciated JRPGs That Are Worth Your Time The first game on the list is Radiant Historia, and yes everyone should play that. Though this might be true Japanese Environmentalism, Shinto, & ‘The Legend of Zelda’ There Is No Coming of Age in 'Oxenfree' Mario 64's hidden RNG decoded Old school Sega documentary explores life as a video game tester in 1996 Anything funny I found throughout the week relating to video games The Best Of GameFAQs’ Uncharted 4/Quantum Break Temper Tantrum Tank Murder Is A Very Funny GTA V Video That Time Bill Gates Starred In A DOOM Promo Video
  9. Lionhead: The inside story Normally I just post these in my news thread for the week but this is such a good, detailed, and long article that I thought I'd make a thread of it, with a few of the more interesting quotes I saw from it. This is a really long, entertaining, sad, fucked up, and detailed article that also sheds some light on where some of their ideas came from, events in the company, how the company was run, successes, failures, the rejection of Fable 4, and industry and marketing practices.
  10. So, Microsoft created an chatbot AI that was promptly educated in how to to act racist by the good people of the internet and then put down. And I don't think this proves AI is a crapshoot. No, if anything it proves that Microsoft has the worst parenting skills ever. Seriously, you don't let any intelligent being lose on the wider internet until it is old enough to comprehend why saying racist shit is bad. Poor robot probably didn't even know what it was saying. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/24/tay-microsofts-ai-chatbot-gets-a-crash-course-in-racism-from-twitter http://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-microsofts-tay-ai-bot-went-wrong/
  11. This week in the news; No Man's Sky price and release, Tim Sweeney against Microsoft's UWP initiative, Steam makes changes to bundles and security, Gita Jackson explains how Dwarf Fortress helped her overcome her disinterest in Tolkien-esque fantasy, Phil Spencer clarifies console upgrade comments, many pirates are buying Stardew Valley, Bear simulator dev calls it quits, Total War Warhammer Delayed, The Division details free and paid expansions, Darkest Dungeon tackles mental illness in the right ways, Mass Effect Andromeda editor leaves Bioware and industry, Quantum Break's live action scenes aren't on disk/download, Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover out June 24, flawed morality and historical accuracy of Assassins Creed, Uncharted 4 delayed, Fable Legends cancelled and Lionhead closure proposed, the soundtracks of Baldurs Gate and Streets of Rage 2, and more. Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it The Founder of Epic Tim Sweeney talks about Microsoft's UWP initiative. Microsoft's response was added to the article How to steal money from a game dev Stolen hacked games released on the iOS 'No Man's Sky' finally takes off on June 21st for $60 An interview can be found here. A good video about the game's price. A thread about this was created here A Surprising Number of People Feel Bad For Pirating Stardew Valley Uncharted 4 Delayed Again The new release date is May 10. Dark Souls 3: Miyazaki explains the difference between “difficult” and “unreasonable” Rumour busted: Alan Wake's Return trademark is not for a new game Sam Lake explained that the trademark was not for a new game, but for a live action segment that would appear in Quantum Break. Mass Effect Andromeda pegged for early 2017 launch, says EA CFO Mass Effect Andromeda is set to release in early 2017. A thread about this was created here Oculus founder: Rift will come to Mac if Apple "ever release a good computer" Dean Hall says that Apple just doesn't make the kind of hardware needed to run the Oculus Rift. Quantum Break's Live-Action Footage Isn't on the Disc The video game sections of the game will come with the disk/PC download but the live action segments will need to be streamed, Xbox owners can download the videos to their console but PC owners can't because on the PC the videos can run up to 4K in size. ...What the hell? Take a look at Mirror's Edge Catalyst's movement and combat in new videos A movement and combat video have been released. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Producer Passes Away From Cancer For the second news update I did I shared a fundraiser for Michael Forgey who was fighting a rare form of cancer, he passed away on March 3rd. Total War: Warhammer Release Date Delayed Total War Warhammer was set to release on April 28, the date has been pushed back to May 24. Successful $100,000 Kickstarter Dev Calls It Quits Due To Drama Fable Legends Cancelled, Lionhead Closure Proposed A thread about this was created here Project Scissors Spiritual Clock Tower Sequel Set to Release in Spring A recent Kickstarter update has shown a short trailer and announced that the game would be released in the Spring. 10 Second Ninja X announced for summer, HD version of base game plus loads of new stuff Further Steam security changes detailed Steam bundle prices will now drop based on how many of the games in them you own That's a great change and about time it was added. Think Dark Souls, But with Samurai Overwatch Release Date Leaked Through Advert - Report An advert that briefly appeared on IGN showed that Overwatch will be launching on May 24, and the beta will start on May 3. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear will be out at the end of the month Nintendo fends off Wii Remote patent suit appeal Appeals Court has ruled in Nintendo's favor over a patent infringement case. WW2 Sniper Elite 4 Coming This Year to Xbox One and PS4 With 1080p Graphics The Division getting regular free content updates in addition to paid expansions The Division's first two expansions are exclusive to Xbox One for a month The first two paid expansions will be exclusive to the Xbox One for one month. The final paid expansion Last Stand and the two free updates Incursion and Conflict will be available at the same time for everyone. The Division doesn't let PS4 & Xbox One players tweak lighting to improve framerate after all Last month an Ubisoft dev told a Youtube channel that console players could improve framerates by disabling certain lighting effects, this setting does not seem to have made it to the final product. Check the article for more information. Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover confirmed for the west It wasn't long ago I thought I might have to get a PS4 for the new Valkyria Chronicles and a Wii U for this, but my interest in both has definitely been killed. Rocket League Passes Major Milestone on Xbox One Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Shuts Down for Reasons Unknown The fan made Unreal Engine 4 remake of Metal Gear Solid has been shut down. Feds allege fraud by bank, agency who made $75 million loan to 38 Studios Mass Effect: Andromeda editor leaves BioWare — and games industry GDC recently added a 2014 presentation from her about why you need editors Fire Emblem Fates European Release Date Finally Revealed Fire Emblem Fates will launch in Europe May 20th. Revelation was not given a date but it will be out in the US on the 10th. Good to see it coming out only a few months after the US date, I'm almost done with Conquest (which seems to be preferred over Birthright by old FE fans from what I've seen) and they have definitely fixed a lot of the major problems that Fire Emblem Awakening had. The Sinking City is a promising-looking open-world investigation Lovecraftian game Frogwares is working on an open world investigation game with Lovecraftian themes. Check the article for more screenshots and information. Xbox Boss Clarifies Console Hardware Upgrade Comments Day of the Tentacle Remastered PC Release Date Confirmed The remastered version of Day of the Tentacle will launch on March 22, according to GOG. In esports news Team Secret The Only Winner At The DOTA 2 Shanghai Major In crowdfunding news Rock Band 4 for PC + Rock Band Network Harmonix needs to raise 1.5 million on Fig to fund a PC version of Rock Band 4. Posthuman: Sanctuary A Kickstarter project for a game described as, "A post-apocalyptic game of survival & leadership that's part rogue-lite, part interactive fiction." A thread about this was created here Critical Hits: An Indie Gaming Anthology A collection of original essays from independent journalists and developers. People involved include Cara Ellison who won the The New York Videogame Critics Circle first Games Journalism Award for her Embed With series and Austin Walker who you may know from GiantBomb or from his past work. A thread about this was created here Legion TD 2 The Legion TD mod is becoming a standalone, free-to-play, game for Steam. A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week Readers tear into the flawed morality of the Assassin’s Creed The Ex-‘Halo’ and 'Destiny’ Devs at Highwire Games Know Virtual Reality is the Future (forgot this last week) DARKEST DUNGEON TACKLES MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS History Respawned: Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam Historian discusses historical accuracy and the representation of Islam. The OntoCast — The Sounds Of Baldur’s Gate Discussion about what made the soundtrack of Baldurs Gate, com­posed by Michael Hoenig, so special. Layers Of Fear aims for arty horror, but its strength is simple scares Guest Column: Digging a Little Deeper: Dwarf Fortress, Fantasy Tropes, and World Building Gita Jackson explains how Dwarf Fortress allowing you to create your own stories helped her overcome her disinterest in Tolkien style fantasy. An Expert Agrees: The ‘Streets of Rage 2’ Soundtrack Still Sounds Amazing Today I Was Homeless And Video Games Saved My Life A Year On, the Accidental Politics of ‘Battlefield Hardline’ Remain Troubling ‘Firewatch’ Makes You the Romanceable Companion This is What a Video Game Museum Should Look Like A look at Game On, an exhibition on video game history. The Division Promotional Collapse An amusing promotional site that allows you to spread the virus in your hometown.
  12. So, we all know that there are no enough Pirate themed games I stumbled upon this game when i was looking at upcoming Free2play games There is not stated at about the game so far, yet currently you can tell that it involves around teaming up with friends to commandeer a ship you can see the trailer here It is certainly interesting, yet im not convinced before i see some actual gameplay. you can also check out the website http://www.seaofthieves.com/
  13. So, Windows 10 just launched and I Was curious about everyone's impressions thus far. Personally, coming from 8.1, my pc seems to be running a LOT faster. The new task bar looks nice and sleek while also being highly customizable. And Games run better. (For the most part. Runescape doesn't run worth a flying F***) Skyrim on Very High when originally I could only run it on Medium and even then it didn't run optimally. Newer games like Heroes of The Storm also run much, much better than they did before. With higher graphics! ____________________________________ Now onto negative things I still can't easily change what fonts my PC shows, same as windows 8 and maybe 7(dunno never messed with it on win7) Xbox tab seems to be a waste of hard-drive space. I was hoping that I could play my arcade games. (The fact that the console version of minecraft doesn't work for the 'free' Windows 10 edition of Minecraft pisses me off too, but that's not on Microsoft.) I can't stand being told 'HI' by my laptop and every other App that has me log into something. (Minor peeve.) RESOLVED* Now for the problem that Lights me up the most. My Wacom Bamboo Tablet and Gimp doesn't recognize that the other exists. Maybe there's something to be done about this, but It is a BIG problem. A solution would likely be to update the driver for my tablet but It's a decently old model and I don't know if they WILL update it. I may just have to buy a new one... *Just run in compatibility mode for Windows 7 and it'll work. Anywho, What are your first impressions of it? Edit: I asked her the weather tomorrow and it was pretty straight forward. I don't know, I'll have to mess around with it and see how complicated I can make the questions. Doesn't seem like the end of the world, anyhow. I can confirm this still happens. Fun! P.S: apparently DS4 doesn't work with Win10's current build. Fantastic, that. I totally wasn't replaying through dks1 at the moment. FUCK! After spending all night trying to find solutions for dual-shock 4 and games that only use Xinput(Dark Souls 1, games with a few years on them) I cannot find a good, permanent solution. So if you primarily use a DS4 for your PC gaming, I would recommend you NOT upgrade to Windows 10. Edit: __________ ALSO, you can disable the keylogger by doing this. (Found by Elioden Ward) I did it just now as a quick test and It does work. You MUST run Command Prompt as Administrator. Otherwise access will be denied. I would recommend everyone do this since it can affect your Internet connection since you're constantly sending data to Microsoft.
  14. Article talking about the story behind the studio that was working on the new Phantom Dust and Microsoft. Sad to hear that had happened, both for the studio and because Phantom Dust is one of my favorite games.
  15. After a rather good year for Microsoft with them managing to turn round the disappointing launch of the X-Box One. Microsoft will be hoping to keep up the momentum with this years E3 and try to overtake Sony or at least take a sizable chunk out of their lead, luckily they have a lineup of titles that have the potential to do so. Known . Halo 5 .Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 . Gears of War Remastered . Tomb Raider (Timed Exclusive) Rumoured . Gears of War 4 teaser . Assassins Creed might turn up here as they did last year . Metal Gear Solid 5 (appeared last year might do so again... if not then at Sony's) Unlikely . Quantum Break (still heavily in development might skip this year may get a brief mention) . That stupid Microsoft buying Silent Hills rumor turning out to be real Feel free to discuss this conference below
  16. News link This is just going too far. Or am I too late on this?
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  18. Hello fellow angry army xbox one gamers. I created an idea on a website that I wrote in the topic above, that was about Microsoft giving gaming communities on the internet like the Angry Army and also physical established gaming communities in the EU/USA/North America the ability to form e-sport teams, (for example EU team vs North America team ) for international gaming tournaments for games like Destiny, Cod(Advanced Warfare) and compete against each-other. Whatever game that fits the e-sport genre.To clarify, for example one gaming community team from Europe faces another gaming community from another country in Europe, the same for other gaming communities in North America.Whatever country wins most matches goes up against the AJSA's xbox one Army. Microsoft could give gaming communities on the internet like Angry Joe's AJSA community aka the Angry Army and also other physical existing gaming communities in the Europe and North America the ability to recruit a team, (for example EU team vs North America team)) for international xbox one gaming tournaments for games like Destiny, Cod(Advanced Warfare) and compete against each-other. Whatever game that fits the e-sport genre. Different teams could exist for various games and the teams could be rotated depending on what game is up for the tournament. If you guys think this idea sounds good and is possible to execute please let fellow angry army gamers know about this idea here on the forum and tell them to vote if they like this idea, you can click on the link below this text to log in to the website with your xbox one/360 gamertag and vote on my idea. Please click on the topic when you find it for additional info on what I mean, and read the comments to. Many thanks if you could do this and share it on twitter from the website if you wish to for more and faster votes. I've already forwarded this to a gaming community in my own country and will reply back here if they do respond. I think this could be a good thing for the AJSA xbox one community as well if executed right. Update: xbox one game officer doshka 17 is maybe going to forward my link/ idea to his commander to maybe try to advertise it better. Thanks guys. https://xbox.uservoice.com/forums/251647-gaming-achievements/suggestions/6192466-arrange-tournaments-of-numerous-multiplayer-games
  19. When you pre-order games like Halo MCC, Assassins Creed Unity, Dragon Age Inquisition, Sunset Overdrive, and so on, on microsoftstore.com you get $10 xbox prepaid code. BUT you get 15k reward points($15) if you are an xbox live rewards member. Now would you get $10 + 15k reward points? Confirmed YES by BUT description says NO regardless, you still get up to 15 dollar per game NOTE: Offer is only up to 3 gamesOffer is only for physical copy and not digitalYou cannot do the 'My Games on Demand Punchcard' as its not digitally on xbox store Im still confirming 'My Games on Demand Punchcard' on xbox live reward support centre but they take years before they reply in there so ill prolly confirm it in 24 hours EDIT: its confirmed you wont get a punch card if you preorder on microsoftstore. meaning you wont get your 20k points after buying 3 games.
  20. http://winaero.com/blog/microsoft-to-block-old-versions-of-skype-for-windows-and-os-x-forces-users-to-upgrade/ For those who use Skype versions below 6.13 for Windows and 6.14 for OS X, you will be forced to upgrade because older versions will be blocked.
  21. We all know that Rareware was amazing (I made another topic about it), we all know that Microsoft bought and destroyed Rareware, and we all know that there isn't much hope for Rareware. Chances are, Rare won't be able to make Banjo-Threeie or Donkey Kong 64 2 or Perfect Dark 2. My question is: why don't Rarefans start making Banjo-Threeie, Donkey Kong 64 2, Conker's Other Bad Day, and/or Perfect Dark 2 as fan games? It wouldn't be the same as Rare developing those games, but it would be better than nothing, Right? There are lots of Fan Games I've seen such as FPS Terminator and Super Mario Unity. If I knew more about game programming I'd start making fan-sequals to Rareware IPs. Maybe I'm asking to much, but it isn't a bad idea. Agree?
  22. This thread is dedicated to the Microsoft conference at E3. I will update this post with what is actually announced after the conference has ended however i can put in some info on what is rumored or all but confirmed to be there. Pretty much confirmed . Halo 5 . Forza Horizon 2 . Sunset Overdrive . Call of Duty . Something from EA (battlefield, madden etc) . Statistics Rumoured . Halo 1, 2 ,3 and 4 for X Box One . Some sort of Third Party Exclusive . Possible teaser from Black Tusk (Gears) Wont be there . Quantum Break ( game delayed to 2015 will hear more about it at Gamescon http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/05/29/quantum-break-release-date-slips-to-2015) Microsoft E3 Conference Announcements
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