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  1. Waypoint podcast has on former Bioware employee Manveer Heir to talk EA management and industry problems, new sexual assault allegations against NeoGAF admin and past activities cause exodus of mods and members, 13 original Xbox titles added to One backwards compatibility with improvements, dates of the next three Steam sales, The Escapist finally dying, how the System Shock reboot is changing the original, Leonardo Da Sidci on growing older with video games, Hitman Game of the Year editions adds new content, history of the first person shooter and of Wolfenstein, world's best Smash 4 player worn down by threats and harassment, Wolfenstein lead says adding MP would dilute the story, are indie games too cheap, snomaN Gaming asks if Cuphead is a good rage game while people keep trying to pretend journalists don't like Cuphead, Twitchcon 2017, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) The Story Behind TwitchCon's Giant Bob Ross The Best of TwitchCon 2017 At TwitchCon, IRL Streamers Cause Problems By Streaming IRL Video links TwitchCon 2017 Keynote TwitchCon 2017 - Twitch Yearly The 2017 TwitchCon Talent Show The 2017 TwitchCon Cosplay Contest Here Are the Dates of the Next Three Steam Sales NeoGAF Goes Dark After Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Owner Inside the Sexual Misconduct Allegations Rocking NeoGAF's Last 48 Hours More information in that one. Ex-NeoGAF community and moderators come together to create ResetEra, launching today Inside former NeoGAF moderators’ mission to build a better alternative, ResetEra NeoGAF Reopens, Users Revolt An Open Letter to The Escapist Community Vermintide 2 will not sell loot boxes, developer confirms Sony: Planet of the Apes and PlayLink will help us reach non-gamers Double Kick Heroes is a stunning shoot-'em-up with a metal rhythm Banner Saga 3 Art Reveal Indies In Development: This week's most promising picks from #ScreenshotSaturday Adding multiplayer would "dilute" Wolfenstein's storytelling The voice of BJ Blazcowicz didn't know he was auditioning for Wolfenstein Exclusive: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Environmental Concept Art Bringing an Axe to a Knife Party: Inside Wolfenstein 2's Weapon Change and Why it Matters Wolfenstein 3D returns with a twist in Wolfenstein 2 God Eater 3 teases protagonist, new fields and Aragami Rest comfortably with our Camp UI Shin Megami Tensei V Revealed With A Trailer Shin Megami Tensei V will be a game that sympathizes with the times Gran Turismo Sport Will Turn You Into A Ghost Car If You Aren't A Polite Driver Hyakki Castle is Japan’s answer to Legend Of Grimrock Monument Valley lead’s next game, Florence, is like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind How the System Shock reboot is changing System Shock Lost Sphear story trailer showcases combat, memories, and the moon Tartarus launch trailer showcases a retro-future sci-fi ship in trouble A big Metal Gear Survive announcement is incoming Insomniac Games is looking for a publisher for Sunset Overdrive 2 Consortium: The Tower's new playable demo offers freedom befitting an immersive sim Attack on Titan 2 coming March 2018 Yakuza: Kiwami 2 details ‘New Nightlife Island’ and ‘New Clan Creator’ play spots Watch lots of people get slo-mo murdered in the Assassin's Creed: Origins launch trailer The Wondrous Deserts of 'Assassin's Creed Origins' Extinction Is Coming - Fighting A Giant Gameplay Dragon Ball FighterZ releases on January 26, with pre-orders available now Hands-On With Star Wars Battlefront II's Single-Player Campaign How Battlefront 2's Campaign Aims to Be the Most Immersive Star Wars Game Story Yet The Star of 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' on NeoGaf, Sobbing and Livestreaming Star Wars Battlefront 2: We played the first three chapters Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign is '5-7 hours' long Catmaze’s Sorceror Heroine Fights With The Varied Powers Of Animal Familiars Wulverblade Is A Brutal But Irresistible Brawler On The Switch Double Fine bringing toy box puzzler Gnog to Steam next month Steven Universe: Save the Light introduces a totally new character You're an acrobatic skeleton in colorful platformer Super Skelemania Turn-based roguelike Deep Sky Derelicts channels Darkest Dungeon in space Try the demo for this 'indigenous cybernoir' mystery adventure Visual Novel Maker is coming to Steam on November 16 Police Stories is a neat combination of Hotline Miami and Door Kickers Injustice 2 confirmed for PC, beta kicks off tomorrow Star Ocean is coming to PC for the first time on November 28 Here’s a full view of Total War: Warhammer 2’s combined campaign map, out next week 21 minutes of Total War: Warhammer Mortal Empires Gameplay Creative Assembly on the daunting task of fusing its Total War: Warhammer trilogy in Mortal Empires Hollow Knight’s second free expansion out next week Hitman Will Get New Campaign, Return Of Elusive Targets Card game Duelyst adding new Generals and 100+ other cards The Escapists 2 drops Wicked Ward DLC in time for Halloween Larian tease “something wicked” coming to Divinity: Original Sin 2 World of Warcraft dataminers find evidence of new races in next expansion Halo director spells out what went wrong in Master Chief Collection, why it can be fixed Destiny 2 PC and console builds could diverge 'if we need to' says Bungie Bungie Details Its Plans For "Seasons" in 'Destiny 2' PUBG will test a deadlier blue zone next week Huge Battle Chasers: Nightwar patch makes it less grindy and more difficult Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades delayed to early November The Shieldbreaker joins Darkest Dungeon later this week Fire Emblem Warriors DLC characters announced Halo Wars 2 is getting crossplay between PC and Xbox soon The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions The games industry responds to #MeToo IGDA adopts zero tolerance policy on harassment InXile Entertainment Switches Its Tune And Is Now Exploring Options On The Switch Former Visceral designer says Dead Space 2 cost $60 million and 'underperformed' Resident Evil VII ships four million units but remains a long way from sales target First 13 Xbox backward compatible games for Xbox One announced, available October 24 Sonic Mania to inspire future 3D games, was designed to help bring 'very divided fans together' Rockstar Discusses Past, Present, And Future Of Grand Theft Auto Online Rockstar Reveals Why GTA V Didn't Get A Story Expansion, Reaffirms Commitment To Single-Player Tomb Raider creative director steps down to join indie developer Harmonix lays off 14 in bid to 'reduce overhead' Board game company Fantasy Flight Games opens video game studio What do you do when a hate group steals your logo? Denuvo DRM broken within 24 hours of South Park’s launch, say hackers Twitch is adding a clear roadmap to Partner status Games for the Many: how Labour plans to win elections with video games What the UK can learn from the Far East's battle with loot boxes The Organizations That Could Do Something About Loot Boxes Don't Care When it comes to FIFA 18, you can most definitely cash out Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven comes to GOG, years after vanishing from Steam Obituary: Robert Guillaume, award-winning actor and Half-Life 2 voice actor Ambitious Half-Life 2 mod Dark Interval rebuilds the classic from early concepts Esports News The Weekend In Esports: The Halo Pro League And More Go Out West World's Best Smash 4 Player Is Worn Down By Haters And Harassment Let's Run Down The Past 24 Hours Of Riot Games' Baffling Decisions From taverns to tournaments: The rise of Gwent as an esport 12-Year-Old Magic Player Sets Sights On Hearthstone Luigi Taunt Catches Smash Player Off-Guard GG Expo wants to bring professional level esports to the masses Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) We Talk EA Woes, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Race, and Sexism with Manveer Heir Waypoint's Austin Walker and Danielle Riendeau and 12+ year developer and former Bioware employee (ME 3 and Andromeda), Manveer Heir, talks about problems with scaling budgets, EA studio management, middle management bloat, problems with homogeneous leadership, id software saying single player linear shooters were dead before CoD 4 came out, bringing multiplayer and micro-transactions to ME 3 and Andromeda to keep people coming back and how the money earned through them caused Dragon Age to have multiplayer, systemic industry problems and leadership blind spots, industry burnout, unions, what happens when you are a person that speaks up about industry and design problems, and how memes will kill you. How videogame developers are helping us get to Mars The Gollop Chamber: XCOM is now a genre SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE DEVS TALK DESIGN, DELAYS, AND NEXT GAME How video game difficulty became a cultural battleground The history of the first person shooter How the Millennium Edition helped Strafe explode (in a good way) What Happened After Three Developers Pirated Their Own Games Are indie games too cheap? The Physical Glass Ceiling: When The Git Gud Mentality Turns Ableist 'Baldur's Gate II' Asked an Enduring, Troubling Question About Justice Different as they are, Supergiant's games all explore tolerance and the ways we we deal with disaster Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is at war with itself over slavery How ARMS created a fighting game for everyone How Video Games Scare Us (And Why We Like It) RPGs may never top Ultima 7, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 comes close Also good response and thoughts in the thread above on Ultima compared to Divinity. So, You’ve Officially Made Pharah A Native Mercy's Redesign Shows The Tug Of War Between Casual And Competitive Overwatch FIFA 18's Worst-Rated Player Isn't Even A Pro Athlete A Massive Argument About Which Games Should Be on the N64 Mini Ogre Battle Person of Lordly Caliber and Paper Mario are on the list, so it's correct. Doki Doki Literature Club is an uncontrollably horrific visual novel 'Neopets': Inside Look at Early 2000s Internet Girl Culture VIDEO GAMES ARE INFLUENCING A GENERATION OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC INNOVATORS A New World Record Means Super Mario Bros. Speedrunners Are Running Out Of Options Online Nintendo Manuals That's cool, never knew that. Weird reactionaries trying to pretend journalists don't like Cuphead Just kind of throwing this in here because it's kind of amusing but also embarrassing and leads to writers being harassed, the outrage and lie about/misrepresent everything Youtubers (PDP being the larger channel again) and social media troll crowd seem to have gone back to saying that game journalists hate and can't beat Cuphead. As someone who actually reads, looks into things, and knows people, that's clearly not true. Probably why most never source anything, the few in their audience that can read might notice that they are lying. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Growing Older With Video Games | Sidcourse How Cuphead's Bosses (Try to) Kill You | Game Maker's Toolkit Cuphead & The Difficulty Dilemma Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines | Troika Games Retrospective 3/3 Danganronpa V3 Analysis - Learning to Lie | PostMesmeric The History Of Wolfenstein Mega Man X | The Completionist Failed Nintendo Pitches (Super Mario, Star Fox + More) - Unseen64 Off Camera Secrets Explained by Developers | A Hat in Time - Boundary Break One More Level - The Arbitrary Endpoint Trap - Extra Credits Turning Players Into Payers (The Jimquisition) The Complete Super Nintendo Mini Retrospective (1991 - 1996) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Our best stories from Divinity: Original Sin 2 Divinity Original Sin 2 Player Collects Paintings Of Boss, Beats Him With Them The Eleven Scariest Video Game Ghosts Of All-Time: Ranked Any Drooling Halfwit Can Pick Up A Controller Now (Commentocracy) Things I Missed From Previous Week 10 Classic Cartoons to Watch if You Loved Cuphead There's No Such Thing as a Hard Game (Or an Easy One) Also an older thread on the thought behind the design of one of his previous games
  2. This week in the news; a look at the past 30 years of making games, best of April Fools, Final Fantasy 15, layoffs at The Escapist, Nintendo fires employee after she received months of harassment then makes themselves look worse, the struggle to bring back Baldur's Gate after 17 years, a look at bizarre and potentially dangerous video game ad campaigns, God of War 4 using Norse mythology, Matt Lees discusses future need for legislation for how video games collect and use data on human behavior, crafting a legendary ending for Uncharted 4, voice acting panel with Jennifer Hale, Adam Harrington, Sarah Elmaleh, and Brian Sommer, 80 Days/Sorcery studio talks about why they made their scripting engine open source, the blind gamer with a Killer Instinct, and more. Final Fantasy XV Check Out the Final Fantasy 15 Deluxe and Collector's Editions Final Fantasy 15 Director Talks Demo Frame Rate, Resolution, DLC, More Hands-On With Final Fantasy 15's New Demo Final Fantasy 15 Mobile Tie-in Game Justice Monsters Five Coming Soon Final Fantasy 15 Gets It Own Full-Length Feature Film Final Fantasy 15 Anime Launches Today Final Fantasy 15 Director Clarifies 10 Million Sales Comments Final Fantasy 15 looks like a game that has not thrown out one single plot, theme, or gameplay idea during its entire 10 year development, and it's kind of awesome. After FFXIII it is nice to see a party that seems to act like humans and who don't seem to hate each other. A thread about this was created here Layoffs at The Escapist This comes shortly after Game Trailer's shutdown, a site which Defy Media was also the parent company of. Since the site has long lost their talent and both they and Gameranx started to pay a guy who used to stalk and harass Dodger (PressHeartToContinue) and other Polaris people, according to both her and TotalBiscuit (and their screenshots), and who then went on to stalk and pry into the private lives of other people, the sooner this site dies the better. Phil Spencer explains why Halo 5 probably won't come to PC Starting today, anyone can turn their Xbox One into a dev kit for free Some thoughts from Campster (Errant Signal) on the feature. Don't Expect Xbox One and a Half, Xbox Head Says Remedy listens to YouTubers, makes Quantum Break's licensed jams optional A Remedy for Clichés: Sam Lake on Quantum Break Uncharted 4 "Raises the Bar," Quantum Break Dev Says Uncharted 4 Interview: Naughty Dog on Crafting a Legendary Ending Uncharted 4's Ending Will Be Divisive Uncharted 4 Lead Designer Has No Doubt that Naughty Dog’s Next Game Will “Get Even More” Out of PS4 Mass Effect Andromeda plot slips out in a survey That makes you sound like the villains, but I doubt they would do something that interesting. Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Footage Emerges, Shows Jetpack Feature Nintendo Employee 'Terminated' After Smear Campaign Over Censorship, Company Denies Harassment Was Factor Jim Sterling wrote about Nintendo’s Corporate Culture in response. Nintendo has been aware of her harassment over decisions she had nothing to do with and has only referred to threats, slander, and private information being shared by neo nazi websites as being "criticism". Gamers Flood Baldur’s Gate Expansion with Negative Reviews After It Introduces a Transgender Character The same people and reactionary websites will complain about censoring a developer's vision due to them having their game localized, complain about censoring a developers vision with Overwatch because the developer agreed with feedback, and when a developer puts in exactly what they want, with no feedback, then they should never have been allowed to work on a game because what they wanted wasn't what angry reactionaries wanted. There have been a lot of reviews by people who have never played the game given their time indicator or likely ones who have never even played a Baldur's Gate game based on some complaints, people using out of context examples of writing that make perfect sense in context, people who don't know that Beamdog was founded by one of the founders of Bioware and their former lead programmer saying they have no experience with these kind of games, people who don't know how D&D spells work (I never understood why so many people like to pretend that they know D&D rules), and obviously people that don't want transgender or gay people in their games (possibly finishing it with a line about bugs so they don't sound too hateful). Because this isn't something many larger sites will review these assholes will make finding reliable information about the game more difficult as reviews and google searches are now filled with spam, youtubers making hot take videos where they go out of the way to show that they don't know what they are talking about (and some admit they haven't played the game), and sites dedicated to catering to toxic demographics. Before the reactionaries arrived there were complaints of a lot of bugs, some that required the game to be reset, mod incompatibility, the usual poor path finding common for the engine, and the multiplayer not working, as well as the more mixed reception to UI changes (a lot are really nice and helpful changes but the game just doesn't look right). If you are interested in the game here are reviews by people who actually played it and hopefully more detailed in depth reviews will follow soon, positive or negative, to balance out the spam. It might be an amusing forum game to find one NPC in random games, screenshot a line of dialogue, and then review the game as a 0 or a 10 based on whatever insane reaction you can create from it. Opinion: The Siege of Dragonspear drama and the video game community Katherine Cross has written about this Rocket League Basketball Is Coming Soon Take an in-depth look at Total War: Warhammer's Vampire Counts Guitar Hero Live developer hit with layoffs ahead of 'restructuring' Sword Coast Legends Dev Shuts Down, But Xbox One and PS4 Versions Still Coming Players Feeling Abandoned After Strategy Game RUSE Removed From Steam Gears of War 4 Dev Talks Beta, Split-Screen Confirmed The Division's first raid detailed Check the article for a little information on the update or watch the video. The Division Getting New Weekly In-Game Challenge Series The Dark Souls 3 speedrun world record is already under two hours Escape From Tarkov combat footage is intense and Russian Etrian Odyssey V ‘Character Creation’ trailer Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PC Confirmed, Coming Soon The immediate response to this was a man desperately trying to not understand how the world or game development works and serves as a reminder to why I include articles and videos about game development, culture, and history in the hopes of less people being this guy in the future. Seraph Is A Platformer That Does The Shooting For You Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 is coming to Steam in English Skullgirls 2nd Encore for PS Vita launches April 5 After four years, indie hit Starbound is finally heading toward full release The game will be released soon after spending over two years in early access. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ comes to Android and iOS this week Resident Evil 2 Remake 'progressing'; Resi 6 feedback being 'taken on board', says producer God of War 4 Based on Norse Mythology, Suggests Leaked Art A thread about this was created here Sonic the Hedgehog has a new boss, and a new direction Sega will publish all future Atlus games, finalizes acquisition Ys VIII details Dogi, Barbaros, and the Lombardia passenger liner Far Cry Primal is getting a "Survivor Mode" and permadeath Metal Gear Solid Online will get a new Survival mode next week Unfortunately your access will be limited if you don't own the Cloaked In Silence DLC. Endless Legend's Shifters expansion out on Thursday Fallout 4's second add-on changes up settlement life next week A thread about this was created here There Are Some Super Shady Things in Oculus Rift's Terms of Service Oculus Will Cover Shipping Costs on All Rift Orders Through Today (today being 4-2) Nice gesture. Nioh Launching 2016 on PS4, Demo Out This Month A video can be found in the article. Vicarious Visions co-founders move on after 25 years In esports news University of California, Irvine announces a League of Legends scholarship The Loneliness of the Professional Gamer A look at esports documentaries. The International 2016 tickets on sale April 7 The No-Scope Sniper Play That Killed Team Liquid's MLG Counter-Strike Major Momentum Counter-Strike Pro Destroys Other Team Seconds After Hosts Question His Strategy ESL adds Hitbox to its roster of eSports streaming partners In crowdfunding news Quest of Souls A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week Video: Game industry all-stars reflect on 30 years of making games Manipulative Games - Will They Need Legislation? How long until a videogame ad kills someone? Emotion, manipulation and the future of game design The Struggle To Bring Back Baldur’s Gate After 17 Years A good example of why video game archivists are important, thankfully that's becoming more obvious over time and developers are hiring them now. DEVELOPMENT OF PAPERS, PLEASE CREATOR’S NEXT GAME HITS ROUGH SEAS Gameloft lays out all the reasons the Vivendi takeover is a bad idea War Is Beautiful In EVE Online Empires of Eve was launched Dwarf Fortress' creator on how he's 42% towards simulating existence Open sourcing 80 Days' narrative scripting language: ink Studio behind 80 Days and Sorcery talks about why they made ink open source. Don't Starve Creating Community Around an Antisocial Game 2014 talk just added to the GDC Youtube The Day the Dreamcast Died ENGARE, A VIDEOGAME ABOUT THE MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY OF ISLAMIC ART GXTalks: GX3 • Day 2 - Voice Acting 103: Featuring Jennifer Hale and Adam Harrington Video was just added to their youtube account. Meet the blind gamer with a Killer Instinct The article is an interview, a video he made talking about how he plays can be found here. Let's Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.1: An "archaeological" exploration Jessica Curry: A musical journey towards [Everybody's Gone to] "the Rapture" GDC ’16: World-Changing Games: How “We Are Chicago” (and all other games) Shape Society Best of April Fools The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Roach SUPER TRUCK Out Now Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - New Art Direction Introducing ChocoGo by FINAL FANTASY XIV "Arma" Eau De Combat - The New Fragrance for Players ROCKET LEAGUE - Ragequit Bot Conquer the moon with World of Tanks StarCraft II Balance Manager 2016