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  1. This week in the news; more E3, Mass Effect Andromeda dev talks about studio tensions, Austin Walker leaves Giant Bomb to head new gaming news and culture site for Vice Media, Pewdiepie got evicted by homophobic landlord, X-COM creators new project Phoenix Point, Halo 6 on the PC, Gamespot interviews popular voice actors over increasing maturity of the industry and their roles, TinyBuild talks about how G2A sellers don't always pay for their keys, Todd Howard admits Fallout 4's dialogue system didn't work out, Twitch taking legal action against viewbotting, Korean Overwatch pro causes her rivals to quit, Rumble Roses character designer Shiro Kotobuki has died, Devolver's turf war with E3, and more. Paypal confirms next week’s big Steam Summer Sale Xbox One S won't give games a performance boost, Microsoft insists This conflicts with what Polygon was told yesterday. Xbox One Scorpio Needs 4K TV to Meet Full Potential, Xbox Head Says Project Scorpio Is 4.5X as Powerful as Xbox One, Phil Spencer Says Xbox One to get keyboard and mouse support in 'months' Phil Spencer: Microsoft is “learning to ship PC games again” Final Fantasy XV's Director Says He Found Out About Scorpio At Microsoft's Conference Sony Expects PlayStation VR Shortages, Discusses More Powerful PS4 Sony Boss "Surprised" by Xbox Scorpio Announcement Sony Patents Elite PS4 Controller with Paddles and Adaptable Layout A thread about this was created here. Customise every button press with the Steam Controller's 'Activators' update Rumble Roses Character Designer Shiro Kotobuki Has Died Vice Hires Giant Bomb’s Austin Walker to Run New Gaming Site (EXCLUSIVE) Phoenix Point: Every Detail Of The X-COM Creator’s Return To The Genre WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR 3: EVERYTHING WE KNOW Warhammer 40,000 - Inquisitor: Martyr Gameplay Showcase - IGN Live: E3 2016 Nintendo's massive E3 Legend of Zelda demo is only one percent of the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild E3 Demo Was Hiding Secret Messages You can beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild without finishing the story CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE: EVERYTHING WE KNOW New Prey Has Nothing to Do With Cancelled Prey 2, Bethesda Head Says Tales of Berseria E3 trailer dramatically sets the scene Youtube link doesn't seem to be working for some reason so click the above for the trailer. Mass Effect Andromeda Dev on Studio Tensions, Female Leads, and the Scars From 3's Ending Why Mass Effect: Andromeda won't acknowledge your ME3 ending choice RIGS: Mechanized Combat League Brings Arena Shooters to VR - E3 2016 Stage Show Quake Champions Is PC-Only for Launch, But Console Versions Not Ruled Out WILSON’S HEART BRINGS A HEALTHY DOSE OF THE TWILIGHT ZONE TO VR Persona 5 trailer returns, now featuring English subtitles Halo 6 will release on Windows 10 Absolver, a Souls-inspired martial arts game, is my biggest surprise of E3 2016 Dead Rising 4 is Microsoft-exclusive for a year The Last Guardian Has the Makings of a Bittersweet Masterpiece Kick ass and then kick back with Yakuza 0's take on 1980s Japan Yakuza, Persona, Super Robot Wars, I'm definitely going to need a PS4. E3: Huntdown coming to PC/consoles Watch the first 20 minutes of Dragon Quest Builders Why hasn't Dragon Quest found a big audience out West? Square Enix Testing the Waters for Dragon Quest 11 Localization CHASE NAZIS AND LOTS OF OTHER STUFF IN AN UPCOMING 1930S PULP ADVENTURE GAME Farming Simulator 17 releasing at the end of this year Everybody really hates lawyers in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice Ace Attorney's Creators Talk the New Title and Localization Mario Party Star Rush launches in November on 3DS Why was Sniper Elite 4 delayed? F1 2016 Nyyyyyyyommming By On August 19th How Cliff Bleszinski redeemed himself with his latest shooter, Lawbreakers Resident Evil 7 Will Be More Like Classic Resident Evils Than The Demo Caligula coming west via PSN in spring 2017 Fate/Extella E3 2016 trailer TYRANNY WILL LET YOU PLAY AROUND WITH THE CRUELLEST POLITICS Dynasty Warriors: Eiketsuden second trailer Halo Wars 2 does not feature cross-platform play Halo Wars 2 Has New Actors for Lead Roles, Here's Why ReCore's color-based gameplay forced its devs to rethink accessibility 20 Minutes Of Death’s Gambit, A Very Dark Souls Side-Scroller An In-Depth Q&A With The Director of Final Fantasy XV Square Enix in talks to bring Final Fantasy 14 to Xbox One Final Fantasy XIV's New 'Deep Dungeon' Will Be Different Than Anything Else In The Game Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Has A Fast-Forward Button After playing Pillars of Eternity I now believe that every game should have a fast forward button. Teaser for transhumanist adventure State of Mind shows a bleak, Blade Runner-esque future Rain World’s Charming Slugcat Meets Some Dangerous New Beasts Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Dubai Mission (Nonlethal) - E3 2016 A Full Match of Dropzone Gameplay - E3 2016 How Rare's Co-Op Pirate Game Sea Of Thieves Works Rare Isn't Trying to Make an MMO With Sea of Thieves Party Boat or Treasure Hunt? Sea of Thieves Lets You Choose - E3 2016 Stage Show Vampyr Gameplay Showcase - IGN Live: E3 2016 The Medieval Reality of Kingdom Come: Deliverance - E3 2016 Stage Show How PS4-Exclusive Let It Die Hopes to Avoid Pay-to-Win Let it Die: Struggle to Survive in Your Underwear - E3 2016 Stage Show No Man's Sky dev says it was caught in 'secret, stupid' legal battle over game's name Scavenging Pants From the Dead In The Final Station at E3 2016 Syberia 3 is looking good in E3 footage Story of Seasons will feature same-sex relationships ‘sooner or later’ E3 2016: XSEED Bringing Japanese-Style Action Adventure Exile's End To Wii U David Cage on Working with David Bowie - E3 2016 Stage Show Detroit: Become Human Director on Being Respectful to Real Cities in Games Detroit: Become Human is a moral puzzle of dangerous options Tacoma is a different kind of power fantasy Heads Will Roll, Fly, and Explode in Headlander - E3 2016 Attack on Titan: Protect the Citizens Gameplay - E3 2016 Join the Crew in Star Trek: Bridge Crew - E3 2016 Battlezone - E3 2016 "A Year On" Trailer | PlayStation VR Cuphead boss footage features pitched allotment battle Death Stranding's teaser probably won't be playable, Hideo Kojima says DISHONORED 2’S MAIN ATTRACTION IS STILL ITS ARCANE ARTISTRY Why Dishonored 2's Director Is Opposed to Adding Co-Op Multiplayer Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Psychic VR Experience - E3 2016 Stage Show Epic sues gamer over creation of ‘world’s most powerful’ Paragon hack Watch the first 30 minutes of Night in the Woods EVE Valkyrie Official Gameplay Trailer - E3 2016 There’s a plan for Bayonetta 3, series creator says 19 Minutes of Black The Fall Gameplay - E3 2016 Hand of Fate 2 Gameplay Demo - E3 2016 Bound - E3 2016 Trailer | PS4 Ever Oasis is Nintendo's newest game, for the 3DS Severed is coming to Wii U, 3DS and iOS this summer Watch this Days Gone extended horde mission This looks like it would get really boring fast, and like they need to increase the speed of the dull casual way you pick up items and climb over things if you are expected to do it while actively being chased. BATTLE CHASERS: Nightwar ◄Exclusive Gameplay | E3 2016 Main Event - Day 3 - #E3onTwitch #E3 Gwent Gameplay Demo - IGN Live: E3 2016 11 Minutes of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night PC Version (E3 2016) Air Hogs brings remote control drone to augmented reality gaming AKIBA'S BEAT - E3 Trailer E3 2016: Wild Guns Reloaded Gameplay Released Crytek shows beautiful gameplay of Robinson: The Journey, for PS VR Insomniac: VR Finally Made Our 10-Year-Old Game Idea Possible Batman: Arkham on PlayStation VR Hands-On Impressions - IGN Access Telltale's Batman Series Will Show Why The Dark Knight Needs Bruce Wayne Robert Yang’s Gay Hunks Arrive On Steam In Radiator 2 8 Minutes of Gran Turismo Sport - E3 2016 Official Gameplay Capture Gran Turismo Sport Has A New Way To Make Online Gamers Act Like People It's The Perfect Time For Some 2D Platforming We've played Horizon Zero Dawn, here's what we think Horizon Zero Dawn Has A Smart Solution To A Common Video Game Problem So they created a feature that reminds everyone how terrible and time wasting the inclusion of crafting is in most games? E3 2016: Phantom Dust RE-RELEASE! Details, Pricing, and More from Xbox's Shannon Loftis Microsoft's Phantom Dust re-release announcement was a surprise — even to Phil Spencer Watch 30 Extremely Impressive Minutes Of Gravity Rush 2 On PS4 Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness - Launch Trailer - E3 2016 Square Enix considering Star Ocean 5 PC port Meet the new voice of Kratos God of War team considered setting the new game in Egypt God of War Director on Reinventing Kratos and the Way You See Him The Reasons Behind God of War's Bold New Direction God of War PS4 Doesn't Include Multiplayer, Won't Be Kratos's Last Game Battlefield 1 sniper gameplay in action Strafe: 'Icarus' Gameplay Demo - E3 2016 Strafe - Stage 2: Black Canyon Gameplay - E3 2016 Paper Mario: Color Splash: Launch date and details Monster Hunter Generations demo hits 3DS eShop on June 30, see the E3 trailer The Division’s Underground DLC Coming On The 28th French forces will be premium DLC for Battlefield 1 How do you make the United States and Italy playable before the French? Stellaris' Asimov patch detailed, beefs up the mid-game Battlefleet Gothic: Armada's Space Marines arriving June 21 Bungie Answers (And Dodges) Our Destiny: Rise of Iron Questions Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 will add new difficulty levels Battleborn Adds Microtransactions This Week, Because That'll Help Blizzard is looking at a Public Test Realm and a "server browser-type feature" for Overwatch Overwatch And League of Legends Battle It Out In South Korea Overwatch is dropping the Avoid this Player option This terrible Chinese knock-off of Overwatch isn’t actually a knock-off Fallout 4 lead Todd Howard admits the game's dialogue system "didn't work as well" Gabe Newell on VR exclusives: They're bad for everyone A thread about this was created here. On Artificial Viewers, Followers, and Chat Activity EA turned down Rocket League, according to a Psyonix dev In esports news DOES ESPORTS EVEN NEED NETWORK TV? The case for all-women League of Legends leagues E3 Recap: Tomorrow’s esports industry could look very different from today’s Korean Woman Kicks Ass At Overwatch, Gets Accused Of Cheating In crowdfunding news Ambitious crowdfunded game ReRoll abandoned, backers given little in return Mighty No. 9 backers aren't getting their promised DLC Mighty No. 9's Xbox 360 launch is delayed Fable Fortune Kickstarter canceled as developer finds outside funding Other content I found interesting this week AngryJoe's Top 10 Games of E3 2016! Joe and Tons talk about their top 10 of E3 and some of their disappointments. GameSpot's Winners of E3 2016 - E3 2016 Stage Show All the Best Games of E3 2016 with MatPat - E3 2016 Stage Show Joined by Game Theorists' MatPat. Eurogamer's best of E3 2016 Big @ E3 (Polygon) Chat With The Kotaku Staff About E3 [Update: Over] The Games Stephen Played At E3 The Best Games Jason Played At E3 2016 WE TRY TO FORM OPINIONS ON EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED AT E3 Part 1 Part 2 One Video Game Publisher's Passive-Aggressive Turf War With E3 The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Story Discussion (ENDING SPOILERS!) How Blood and Wine is missing the subversive qualities that make up the best of the Witcher stories and how some of the plot falls into problems unrelatable and easily solved. SYMPATHY FOR THE SPOON-COLLECTOR IN THE WITCHER 3: BLOOD AND WINE Critical Role Voice Actor Q&A - E3 2016 GS Co-op Stage The Rise of the Female Protagonist with Critical Role - E3 2016 GS Co-op Stage Gamespot talks to Critical Role voice actors, they also play D&D on Geek and Sundry, including Laura Bailey, Liam O'Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Taliesin Jaffe, and Ashley Johnson. Talking about some of their roles, their D&D show, how they have noticed the better design of female characters in the last few years, the increased maturity of the industry when it comes to character and game variety, improvements in game writing, and how they started voice acting. Funny to hear of one of them playing a military game online that he did the objective capturing voices for and his team can't tell if it's him talking or the game or constantly hearing your friends in Fallout and Skyrim. The Rumor That Someone Tried To Steal The Zelda: Breath of the Wild E3 Demo Porting A PC Game To Console Is Not Always As Easy As It Sounds What Mirror's Edge Catalyst Should Have Learned From Burnout Paradise | Game Maker's Toolkit Neverwinter Nights Made Me Love Games When someone says old and Neverwinter Nights I think of the first online RPG from 1991 not the 2002 game, people always making me feel old when they talk about how they got into games. Backtracking and Level Design - Making a Way Out - Extra Credits Pewdiepie Got Kicked Out of His Recording Studio For Being Too Loud TinyBuild claims G2A sold $450,000 worth of its keys without paying a penny Preservationist unearths early build of canceled Ecco the Dolphin sequel for Dreamcast Being Slightly Critical Of Violence In One Particular Way (The Jimquisition) Game Theory: Solving Raticate's "DEATH" (Pokemon Red and Blue) Sports at E3: Experimentation isn't in new games, it's in the old ones Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games E3 2016 Cringe Compilation Eight Of The Greatest WTF Moments Of E3 2016 Konami Booth Overwatch trick jump montage forces you to rethink traversal Who Is Faster - Tracer or The Scout? SteamWorld and Mighty No. 9 Mighty No. 9, probably better than 25 years of almost constant mediocrity.
  2. This week in the news; Battlefield 1 reveal, Nvidia reveals GTX 1080 and 1070, Blood and Wine accidentally added to Steam with release date, a look at the game industry of Argentina, Rami Ismail shows why speaking out on behalf of indies pays off, Persona 5 footage and Japanese release date announced, Extra Credits looks at how different outfits change how we play characters, game animator reviews the principles of pose design and character animation, a look at Uncharted 4 reviews and the reactions to them, Activision's positive look at their reveal trailer's downvotes, Evan Narcisse writes about his experiences at Kotaku for his last day, Sup Holmes talks to Rebecca Heineman, Atari’s VR experiments of the 80s, and more. The Game Industry of Argentina Nvidia's Latest 'Most Advanced Graphics Card' Is Faster And Cheaper Than The Last One See Doom Running on Nvidia's GTX 1080, Reaches 200FPS A thread about this was created here. Battlefield 1 Official Reveal Trailer Battlefield 1 Single-Player Campaign Embraces Series' Open Sandboxes Why does EA's Battlefield teaser include a disclaimer about endorsements? Battlefield 1 Campaign Details Teased, Dev Says Diversity Is a Key Component Battlefield 1 DLC features Harlem Hellfighters — but who were they? Battlefield 1 Dev Hopeful Game Can Avoid Battlefield 4-Like Rocky Launch Here What's in Battlefield 1's $80 Deluxe Edition A thread about this was created here. Witcher 3 Blood and Wine Release Date Reportedly Revealed Everything You Need to Know About the Final Expansion - The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine A thread about this was created here. An Update On Mass Effect: Andromeda Suda 51's first game, The Silver Case, is getting a western remake Three "Major" Unannounced Capcom Games Coming By April 2017 Dishonored 2 powers revealed, Arkane promises more focus on non-lethal options Hideo Kojima’s new game is an action title for AAA fans Mafia 3: Watch New Driving Gameplay Video, Playboy Promo Teased Paragon Shows Off New Imp-Controlled Robot Hero With an Infomercial-Style Video Salt And Sanctuary PC Release Date Soon Final Fantasy X /X-2 HD Remaster releases on Steam this week New Vampire Bloodlines trademark spotted - let that sink in Please let Avellone be involved in a new game. Persona 5 Release Date Announced for Japan Persona 5 Famitsu DX Pack comes with protagonist and Morgana figures Tyranny short story series sheds light on Obsidian's dark new world Bloodstained Will Launch the Base Campaign First, Followed by Staggered Content Releases Watch 20 frightening minutes of Dead by Daylight Grand Kingdom — Online Trailer NEW STORY UPDATE FOR TALES OF BERSERIA XCOM 2 Alien Hunters DLC Coming; Adds New Mission, Weapons, and "Ruler" Aliens I was hoping for a new melee weapon that makes the sword a viable option mid and late game, a throwing axe is not what I expected. Fallout 4 - Far Harbor Official Trailer A thread about this was created here. New Rainbow Six Siege Operation Dust Line details emerge Halo 5 Memories of Reach Free DLC: All the Reqs and More Revealed Duke Forces mod combines Dark Forces and Duke Nukem 3D Indie Shooter Alien Wasteland Hit With Cease And Desist By Wasteland 2 Devs This Is How Activision Spun Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare YouTube Dislikes Into a Positive People are mad about Call of Duty, this will definitely be the end of the series, just like it was last time. Stellaris Breaks Records With 200,000 Copies Sold in 24 Hours Star Citizen Clears $113 Million, Production Pace to "Pick Up" Epic Games sets sights on Hollywood as it expands beyond games Gears of War Designer Cliff Bleszinski Invests in New Crowdfunding Site Fig Konami's Push to Mobile Pays Off Saints Row Dev's Next Game May Be Agents of Mayhem The man who tried to reform League of Legends player behavior leaves Riot His full goodbye message can be read here. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney still opposes Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform In esports news League of Legends' Renegades and TDK hit with almighty bans Riot's path to building a collegiate eSports program Activision is going all-in on eSports, and CEO Bobby Kotick sees the money French “Numeric” esports law flies through Senate with 322-1 vote German TV channel ProSieben MAXX will broadcast ELEAGUE Tales from behind the esports desk: a first-time Hearthstone caster DreamHack Austin Features First North American StarCraft Finalist In Ages The New World Order At LoL's Mid-Season Invitational Popular Counter-Strike Streamer Fails Hilariously At Pro Event, Becomes Meme In crowdfunding news Boss Fight Books: Season 3 Past work can be found here. A thread about this was created here. UBOOT - A WW2 Survival Sandbox A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week HOW JAPAN SHAPED NOSTALGIA IN GAMES Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail shows why speaking out on behalf of indies pays off Venturebeat interviews Rami Ismail. Sup, Holmes? w/ Rebecca Heineman! Rebecca Heineman was one of the founders of Interplay, won the first national video game contest, and programmed The Bard's Tale III, Tass Times, and many other games. Will we ever get an Elite Beat Agents sequel? We asked the creator The 1979 Iranian Revolution: The Game Navid Khonsari (looks like they didn't spell his name correctly) talks about where some of the images of the game came from, his childhood experiences, talking to kids in Iran about his involvement with producing Grand Theft Auto, what they remember about the game, how it made him think about the impact games can have on people, and how his game helps to challenge western stereotypes of Iran in a short 13 minute audio interview. Resident Evil 20th Anniversary Interview – Masachika Kawata A Walkthrough the Past: Interviews with Former Writers on the Making of Strategy Guides Nick Capozzoli noticed the similarities in how reviewers describe anticipated games and the complaints they get when reviewers don't give as much praise as others It's interesting seeing the ridiculous hyperbolic statements people are expected to make for the more well known/anticipated games and how mad people get when they don't (such as the people mad at the bottom three for giving Uncharted 4 an 8, 8.8, and 8.5). Uncharted 4 review: an apology Quantum Break Is Blatantly Better Than Uncharted 4 Uncharted 4 Tech Analysis: A PS4 Masterpiece Hello, I Must Be Growing Evan Narcisse writes about his experiences at Kotaku for his last day. Hero Shooters: Charting the (re)birth of a genre THE CREATOR OF PERSONA ON LIFE, JAPANESE CULTURE, AND THE UNCONSCIOUS Atari’s secret VR experiments of the 1980s 14 ways to improve your game pitch Ahmad used to work for Sony where he was responsible for a lot of the Indie developers getting their games on the PSN. Watch devs Clint Hocking and Mathieu Bérubé play and analyze Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Enclothed Cognition - Do Character Outfits Affect Our Play? - Extra Credits Tracer & Pose Design 101 - The Animation of Overwatch - Extra Frames Fragments of Him offered me catharsis after the shock of losing someone Oblique Strategy: Skirting the Edge of Intergalactic War in Stellaris Difficulty As Tone in 'Hyper Light Drifter' SOULS WITHOUT DARKNESS Fan Edits Full-Length Movie Telling Dark Souls 3's Confusing Story Publisher of obscure JRPG censors outfit just for the attention (Fauxclusive) Overwatch Player Obliterates Enemy With Basketball Trap
  3. This week in the news; XCOM 2 gets new patch and first DLC details, The Division breaks sales record, Tim Schafer interviewed about Double Fine and Day of the Tentacle, Rocket League to get cross platform play on Xbox, David Gaider talks about the need for conventions like GaymerX, Twitch wants to help devs make livestream friendly games, a martial artist's take on video game fighting moves, rumored FF XV release date, how to subvert player expectation, a documentary on how games can change the way we build our future cities, Tacoma delayed, Meg Jayanth thinks you should stop playing the hero, Errant Signal on Burnout Paradise and open world design, Danganronpa 2 release and why the series is appealing, and more. Twitch wants to help developers make livestream-friendly games At GDC Twitch revealed their "Developer Success initiative", which is meant to support developers who want to focus their games around streaming. Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment, Rising Thunder no more Radiant Entertainment has been acquired by Riot Games, check the link to see their blog post about what this means for them. A thread about this was created here Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition delayed, but only on the PC The Xbox One version will still be out on the 11th, with details about the other versions to follow. The game will cost $20 to buy it new, or $5 to update your version. Dead Island 2 has a developer again: Sumo Digital UK's Sumo Digital is now developing Dead Island 2 Darkest Dungeon update brings new class, tweaks Rumor: Final Fantasy XV launches September 30 Sources tell Gematsu that FFXV is set to release on September 30th. 1979 Revolution to Explore the Black Friday Massacre This April Dystopian Cyberpunk Dungeon Crawler? Yes, Please. The Division breaks Ubisoft sales records The Division has broken company records for most games sold in 24 hours. The Division’s ‘Dark Zone’ Is Definitely A Work In Progress A look at the problems with The Division's current end game and Dark Zone areas. Having reached level 30, these are definitely problems that the game has that will hopefully be addressed. The scripting language that drives 80 Days is now open-source Inkle Studios is releasing their scripting language as open source software. Croteam releases source code to Serious Sam engine Croteam has released the source code for their Serious Engine v1.10. Zero Time Dilemma participants announced Gematsu translated some of the coverage Famitsu gave to the the latest entry in the Zero Escape. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition patch will hopefully fix the game A new patch will address some of the performance issues reported to be effecting the game. Cities: Skylines sells two million copies Skylines has sold over two million copies. Phil Spencer says PC gamers 'might not buy' an Xbox One — but that's OK Street Fighter 5's big March update detailed by Capcom — plus a first look at Alex Street Fighter gets its first DLC character and some needed new features. 3DS adventure game Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division by Another Code staff announced Former Hotel Dusk Director and CING members are working on Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division – Distant Memories, a title coming to the 3DS eShop in Japan. Disc-based release of Hitman won't be out until 2017 The studio wants to wait until the season is over to make sure they are able to get the best disk based version out. Following Closure News, Fable Studio Lionhead Makes First Statement Mirror's Edge Catalyst gives Faith some Batman-esque gadgets Star Wars Battlefront DLC Release Date, Price Leaked The Outer Rim DLC will be available for $14.99 on April 5th and includes four new maps, two new heroes, new weapons, and a new game mode. Fallout 4 "Automatron" DLC Achievement Details and Images Emerge Fallout 4's $10 Automatron expansion is set to release this month. Wii U's Star Fox Zero Has Invincible Mode for Novice Players Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the game will include an invincible mode for new players. Tacoma gets bumped into 2017 Fullbright has delayed Tacoma until Spring of 2017. Battleborn Goes Gold, Dev Teases Post-Launch Plans Battleborn will launch on May 3rd for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Open-World Utopian Survival Horror Game Gets New Gameplay Footage Check out the new trailer and some details about P.A.M.E.L.A. in the linked article. Bethesda's Todd Howard clarifies 'three big projects' comment XCOM 2'S FIRST DLC PACK ANARCHY’S CHILDREN DETAILED The DLC will add over 100 new customization options. First major XCOM 2 patch addresses performance issues, adds Zip Mode EverQuest Next Cancelled -- "It Wasn't Fun" Daybreak president talks about the reason for the games cancellation. A thread about this was created here Watch System Shock Remastered's First Gameplay Footage Here A thread about this was created here Star Citizen Funding Continues to Climb, Reaches New Milestone Star Citizen funding is now at $110 million. Metroidvania Axiom Verge Coming to Xbox One and Wii U The game is out on the PS4 and PC, a Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U version has been confirmed but no dates have been given. Rise of the Tomb Raider gets DirectX 12 support in latest patch A recent update for Rise of the Tomb Raider adds support for DirectX 12. Trails in the Sky: The 3rd Is Actually Coming West The third Trails in the Sky game should be out for the PC in 2017. Trails of Cold Steel 2 will also be out in the Fall for the PS3 and Vita. Shoot hoops in Rocket League basketball Rocket League's new Xbox One "cross-network" feature due this Spring Microsoft announced that Rocket League would be one of their first games to get cross platform play. A thread about this was created here Danganronpa 2 out on Steam April 18th? Apparently Spike Chunsoft tweeted this and then deleted it. Among the Sleep's developer returns with a game about office boredom Krillbite Studio gives some details on their next project. Hearthstone Expansion Whispers of the Old Gods Confirmed Blizzard has confirmed and has given details about the next Hearthstone expansion. AMD Announces "Absolutely Most Powerful Graphics Card in the World" At GDC AMD announced the AMD announced the Radeon Pro Duo, "the world's first content creation platform aimed squarely at the VR developer." Second episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne launches March 29 The second episode arrives March 29th, with the final episode set to release in April. Witcher 3 Ships Almost 10 Million Copies - Report The Witcher 3 has sold nearly 10 million copies, making up almost half of the total sales of the entire series. The Witcher 3 studio has something “new” in the works for 2016 A thread about this was created here Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fan-made reboot looks promising Dark Souls 3 will run at 60 fps on PC Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta rolls out April 18 Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta to start on April 18th for the people who have played the Xbox or PC version of Gears of War Ultimate Edition. In esports news Heroes of the Storm 2016 Spring Champions kick off on March 31 The $500,000 prize pool is split between the 12 final placements with the winners taking home $150,000. In Conversation with eSports Shoutcaster Lauren Scott A 15-year-old just won Hearthstone's biggest tournament of the year so far In crowdfunding news The Overload Kickstarter gets funded just two hours before it ends Overload didn't seem likely to reach its funding goal but it managed to pull through in the end. Other content I found interesting this week 'We Were Still Stuck In The Past': 16-Year Game Dev Veterans Explain Why They're Quitting MEG JAYANTH’S QUEST TO AMPLIFY MARGINALIZED VOICES IN VIDEOGAMES Game Maker's Toolkit - Why Jonathan Blow's Puzzles Aren't Just Puzzles Mark Brown discusses Jonathan Blow's (Braid and The Witness) design philosophy. Day of the Tentacle: The Oral History Some Real Talk With Tim Schafer Errant Signal - Burnout Paradise Errant Signal on how Burnout Paradise recaptures what it means to play with toy cars presented in a palatable way to adults and open world game design. ‘Hitman’ Demands Patience and Precision, Qualities Not All Gamers Possess THE CLASS WAR AND CANAPES OF HITMAN’S PARIS DEBUT JAPANESE HORROR GAME HAS AN AIR OF STUDIO GHIBLI ABOUT IT Why Do We Need GaymerX? David Gaider, who you may know for his work with Bioware on Baldurs Gate 2, Dragon's Age, Neverwinter Nights, and for writing HK-47 in Knights of the Old Republic, talks about the need for conventions like GaymerX. Guest Column: A Fat Kid Dreams of Virtual Reality Mike Drucker writes about virtual reality and self-delusion in the 1990s. Subverting Player Expectation Did you know Stockholm used Cities: Skylines for urban planning? My Urban Playground is a documentary on, "How games can change the world and the way we build our future cities". So what about the men?: A deeper look at Firewatch and Catherine Katherine Cross looks at two games that feature more human portrays of male characters. Why is Danganronpa so viciously appealing? An Interview with ‘Hotline Miami’ Artist and Musician Niklas Åkerblad A Real Martial Artist's Take On Video Game Fighting Moves Martial Gamer analyzes and reenacts martial arts shown in video games, check the article and his youtube for videos if you are interested. Superhot designer drops the mic at GDC
  4. 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.
  5. This week in the news; Ubisoft seeks investors to prevent possible hostile takeover by Vivendi, Source Gaming Team translates an interview with Smash Bros creator, morality without karma points, developer's breakdown of why their game costs $20, Persona 5 info, a hardware autopsy of the Game Boy, state of games at Museum of Modern Art, PS4 3.5 update beta, Sega fan survey, Cyberpunk 2077 composer, Playstation TV discontinued, Battlefield 5 set in WWI, Life is Strange dev releases screenshots and info on their new game, Twitch gets chat replays, Aevee Bee talks about pacing and level design in JRPGs, Unsung Story Kickstarter considering offering refunds in some way, Danny O'Dwyer talks about how to get into games journalism, GaymerX panels, Frozenbyte's demo of their new game will influence the sale price, Riot standardizes penalties for pro players, Fallout 4's Creation Kit release, and more. Source Gaming Team Translates Interview With Sakurai The Source Gaming Team translated a recent interview with the Smash Bros creator where he talks about the games DLC characters and says that people should forget about console wars and enjoy the games themselves. The translation has three parts and they did a video discussing it that can also be found at the link above. Ubisoft Is Afraid Of A Hostile Takeover Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft Disputes EA Trademark for "Ghost" It looks like EA has withdrawn its trademark application for Ghosts. The Division Won't Have Microtransactions, Ubisoft Says Twitch Gets Chat Replay Feature Recorded live streams will now display the chat, Twitch mods will be able to moderate the chat as though it were live and messages deleted will not show up. Steam Dev Fights Price Complaints With Excellent Breakdown Of Why Game Costs $20 Probe Software founder Fergus McGovern passes away The stats on how YouTube affects game success Some stats on how Youtube effect the success and sales of video games. Frozenbyte's new stealth game demo is also a pricing contest There's a VR version of Superhot in the works In a recent Kickstarter update the team revealed that they are doing some work in VR. Rainbow Six Siege Patch Notes Include New Anti-Cheating Measures and More The new Rainbow Six patch has some tweaks and bug fixes, but the primary goal is to help prevent cheating before the game's Pro League starts in March. Take a peek at 'Life is Strange' studio's next game, 'Vampyr' The developer of Life is Strange and Remember Me have released some screenshots, information, and a concept video for their next game, Vampyr. A post-war action-RPG about a vampire doctor in the middle of the Spanish flu pandemic. The game will be released on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A thread about this was created here Uncharted 4 open beta launching this week — in the UK An open beta for Uncharted 4's multiplayer will begin in the UK on March 4th. Copper Dreams is a cyberpunk cRPG - here's the first trailer After Setbacks, Dev Behind Final Fantasy Tactics Creator's New JRPG Considering Refunds In a recent Kickstarter update the developer said that they are considering offering refunds in some manner. Daedalic announces Deponia Doomsday, coming next week SOME THOUGHTS ON PC RHYTHM GAMING Harmonix talks about PC rhythm gaming. Disgaea PC is now available on Steam, but performance is shaky Beta for PlayStation 4’s 3.50 Update Starts Soon – Key Features Detailed Some new features include friend online notification, remote play, and appearing offline. ...How was notifications and appearing offline not already a thing? BAFTA award-winning makers of Lumino City announce Inks As you hit the ball it will leave a trail of color behind, hitting objects will splash paint over an area like you are throwing paint on a canvas. The Witcher 3 composer confirmed for Cyberpunk 2077 Marcin Przybyłowicz will be composing music for Cyberpunk 2077. Persona 5 director shares new tidbits in March 2016 issue of Persona Some information about the games setting and characters was revealed by director Katsura Hashino. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Jumps To Xbox One Next Month The third game in the Shantae series will arrive on March 16th on the Xbox One, it will also be released for the PS4 later this year and the fourth game in the series should make it to both consoles (as well as the PC and Wii U) when it releases later this year. Quantum Break is full of Alan Wake easter eggs Take a look at the article and included video to see some of the times Quantum Break mentions Alan Wake. Neverending Nightmares Creeps Its Way to the PS4 and Vita The game will have some improvements, including making it easier to see the branching story paths without having to play through sections again. Mind Zero Dungeon Crawls to PC This March Former Vita exclusive will be releasing on the PC March 18th. PSP's PlayStation Store Being Removed Soon, Here's When The Playstation store will be removed on the PSP on March 31st, you can still make purchases through the Playstation store website and can access your previous downloads. PlayStation TV Discontinued in the US, Europe Shippments to the Americas and Europe were stopped in 2015, but will continue in Asia. Gears of War Ultimate Edition PC Has Problems with AMD Hardware The Ultimate Edition of Gears of War has launched with some problems on the PC. Kingdom Come may be held back on PC for simultaneous console release Warhorse may have to delay the PC version of the game, as their publisher and distributor may want the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of the game to all arrive at the same time. A thread about this was created here Possible Xbox One Hardware Upgrade in the Pipeline, Says Phil Spencer Phil Spencer talks about plans for new hardware capabilities during a console generation. Sega to Fans: "Help Us Make Our Games Better" Sega has created a survey to help them make their games better. Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition Set for PC and Xbox One Release The remastered version of Ori and the Blind Forest will be released on March 11th on the Xbox One and PC. Hard West's Scars of Freedom DLC augments the game with new limbs and organs Xbox Tech Director on Windows 10 PC Gaming: "We Will Fix Vsync" Rocket League Reaches 12 Million Players, As Dev Explains Sales Breakdown Across the PC, PS4, and Xbox One Rocket League has a player base of over 12 million players. Trailer for Sunless Sea's Zubmariner DLC details the Zee floor The DLC doesn't have a date yet but the atmosphere looks good, the trailer can be seen at the link, and Sunless Sea can be bought for a low price in the current Humble Bundle. New Shenmue 3 screenshots prove the game is still happening Some new screenshots of Shenmue III have been released, check the article to see the rest. Halo 5's New Expansion Content Detailed New game modes and a new map are included. Fire Emblem Fates Sells 300,000 Copies at Launch, Breaking Records Fire Emblem Fates sold over 300,000 copies during its first weekend of sales. Battlefield 5 rumored to be set in World War One Swiss retailer lists the new Battlefield as a WWI shooter. A thread about this was created here Far Cry Primal Day One Patch Adds "Expert Mode" and More Fallout 4's Creation Kit planned for PC around April, consoles a month later Todd Howard says that the creation kit for the PC should arrive around April, the Xbox One in May, and the PS4 in June. In esports news Building a sport: The design philosophy of League of Legends Riot standardizes penalties for pro players, creates Pro Player Panel Policing Behavior in eSports and 'League of Legends' Gabe Newell calls fired host of Dota 2 Shanghai Major an "ass" Fired Dota 2 Commentator On Why Valve Dropped Him Odd that Valve hired him in the first place, sounds like the kind of guy you wouldn't want to represent you if you were looking to make esports appear more respectable. Valve Raises Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Tournament Prize Pools to $1 Million Counterstrike tournament gets a larger prize pool. StarCraft II Pro Defends Perfectly Against Surprise Zerg All-In Check the article for the full video. In crowdfunding news Nelo A thread about this was created here Consortium: The Tower's rescue plan revealed They will be taking their campaign to Fig with a lower goal. Other content I found interesting this week Game Boy autopsy: What's inside Nintendo's classic handheld From a newly launched Youtube channel focused on "retro, music, programming." Shows the GameBoy hardware and how programming was done on it and on RollerCoaster Tycoon. Some corrections were made in this short video. Bad Hands in Firewatch How To Break Into Games Journalism Nobody Cares About It But It’s The Only Thing That Matters: Pacing And Level Design In JRPGs Game Maker's Toolkit - Morality in the Mechanics Justin on the importance of FFVII’s Barrett to him The State of Games at MoMA 4 Years Later (Part One) and (Part Two) New Arrivals – Great Levels in Gaming A video taking look at the first level of Dead Space. How it does a great job showing the game's systems and how EA's testers had trouble understanding the dismember mechanics. GXTalks: GX3 GaymerX has been posting some of their panels over the last month, with the more recent two being Creating Characters and Stories with Ethnic Dysphoria Gaming and the Performance of Deviant Sexuality Anyone interested can look at those or the other recent videos they have been posting in the last month to their channel with panels with people like Anthony Burch and Katherine Cross. Wasteland Jimmy Maher's writes about the history of Wasteland. Jake Solomon explains the careful use of randomness in Xcom 2 Solving XCOM’s Snowball Problem Tom Francis talks about ways that the developer could have solved the games problems with snowballing difficulty (after about 20 missions where I didn't get shot at, I agree with his ideas, maybe we will see some mods implement things like this). Nintendo vs. Video Game Rentals - Gaming Historian
  6. This week in the news; Warren Spector to work on Underworld Ascent and System Shock 3, angry trolls don't understand localization and try to damage voice actress' career, games developed in Iran come to Steam now that sanctions have been lifted, how models defined Doom, TwitchCon coming to San Diego in September, Rhianna Pratchett calls for more focus on story, Hearthstone pro Hafu talks about sexist Twitch trolling, Gears of War 4 coming this year, Kojima talks about his future, Ubisoft CEO says industry is less hit-driven and when Assassins Creed returns it may no longer be an annual title, Failbetter offers funding for narrative games, Master of Orion voice actors revealed, an adventure through hell created by one man team, Fallout 3 no longer banned in Germany, Riot built a private internet, Smite comes to the PS4, more DLC being created for Dying Light but team isn't sure if the PS4 and One have the tech to fulfill their vision of a sequel, and more. Warren Spector joins OtherSide Entertainment Warren is leaving academia to work on Underworld Ascent and System Shock 3. Here is another article with some information on what he will be doing. Article takes actress' interview out of context furthering trolling against Nintendo and employees The English version of Fire Emblem Fates has upset some very sad people who have no knowledge of how the process of game localization works, as usual, they have taken their anger out by complaining on chan sites and whining at, harassing, and threatening people on social media. So when some people saw an interview, reported on by the above site, they used their complete lack of understanding of how anything works to try to spread false information about Nintendo's localization team. Someone actually putting any thought into this interview would realize that the voice actress, Rena Strober, had actually just mentioned very common practices when working for games, not even specifically saying Fire Emblem. "You know, when you do video games, you’re not allowed to know the title of the game, you don’t usually know your character, you don’t know anything about it, because it’s very secret information." She also mentions that companies might change a characters name so that you won't know what the project is or if it is a sequel to something. As in many cases, people are not told everything about their character when they are auditioning, nor do they know everything about a game's story (possibly never knowing until the game's release or long after they are hired, as is the case with many games and movies). From the sound of the interview she is talking more about what happened when she was first auditioning, and even mentions that this took place about six or eight months before the original trailer released back in June of 2015, making the English character and title names even more likely to not having been set in stone since the game wasn't even out yet in Japan at that time. The article instead tries to frame this late night interview as Nintendo not caring about and getting worse voice acting for their localization (because you would obviously hire a voice actress and singer to play a singer if you didn't care about quality). This also could hurt a voice actors career if too many people take the interview the wrong way, whether it be the fault of the actor or (in this case) the bias and stupidity of the people upset about it. Strober has responded to the article which hasn't lead to a correction in the piece, and has the writer wondering why they may have made the video private (which he posts again) as he could potentially damage her career with misinformation by giving ammo to chan/reddit mobs. The most well known Fire Emblem fan site also created a thread in appreciation of Strober and she wrote a reply to them on the site and on her twitter. This shows why people really should try to have some understanding of how things work and what their platforms can be used for. République gets a PS4 release date In news for another game Rena Strober has acted for, Republique is about to have its final episode released and will be released on the PS4. Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers for PS4 English version announced for Asia English text will be available in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Found the article thanks to Gideon Zhi. After last weeks Valkyria footage I thought I wouldn't need a PS4, maybe I was wrong. Twisted Teen Murder Game Danganronpa Is Still Great On PC Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has released on Steam, I recommend everyone who didn't play the PSP or Vita version try it. Sunless Sea dev Failbetter offering funding for narrative games ET Armies, a sci-fi FPS developed in Iran, is coming to Steam TwitchCon 2016 announced, coming to San Diego this September Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata gets posthumous lifetime achievement award from gaming peers Reggie Fils-Amie, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, accepted the award. Fallout 4 lands game of the year at the DICE Awards Rise of the Tomb Raider, Ori and the Blind Forest, Battlefront, Witcher 3, Helldivers, Rocket League, and Metal Gear Solid V take other awards. D.I.C.E. Summit 2016 - Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro & Geoff Keighley Hideo Kojima on his future and breaking up with Konami, Metal Gear and Silent Hill Why neither Konami nor Kojima accepted Metal Gear Solid 5's DICE award Rhianna Pratchett calls for more focus on game stories Master of Orion trailer reveals a cast of sci-fi stars A thread about this was created here Industry has become less hit-driven, more dependable - Ubisoft While talking about the future of the Assassins Creed series Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said, "The goal is not to automatically come back to an annual cycle, but to come back on a regular basis. We can't say every year." DICE 2016: HOW UBISOFT CREATED THE DIVISION, GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS OPEN WORLDS A video can be found at the link for The Division and a Q&A about the new Ghost Recon. Firaxis is "working very furiously" to fix XCOM 2 performance issues Though they have no set schedule the team is "working furiously" and says that updates are coming soon. The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Leak a Hoax? Epic Expansion Tipped to Launch this June Some details were leaked about The Witcher 3's upcoming expansion, the leaker would later call it mere speculation. How Gears of War and Unreal Have Shaped Epic's Next Game: Paragon Mistwalker reveals new project in partnership with Silicon Studio Hironobu Sakaguchi's studio is collaborating with Silicon Studio on a new title, there are no details but they released a piece of concept art. Tales from the Borderlands being collected on disc, launching worldwide in late April Hearthstone pro Hafu speaks out about sexist trolling on Twitch The Division Could Join Destiny in Becoming One of Biggest New IP Launches Ever, Ubisoft Says The beta broke records with 6.4 million players. Street Fighter 5 does not punish players who rage quit Players can expect a change, but they aren't sure what kind of system they will use or when it will be added. A Game Disappeared From Steam, And Nobody's Saying Why Just Cause 3's First Expansion Adds Mechanized Wingsuit and More BioWare Producer Asks If You'd Play a Dragon Age "Tactics" Game Mark Darrah asks twitter users if they would play a Dragon Age Tactics game similar to XCOM or Fire Emblem Fallout 4 Dev Has Three "Longer-Term" Projects in the Works Todd Howard teased that Bethesda is working on three projects at the 2016 DICE Summit. A thread about this was created here Square Enix Invites Miss Universe to Final Fantasy 15 Release Date Event New Adr1ft trailer teases zero-g gameplay and astronaut dreams Star Wars Battlefront's Outer Rim Expansion Gets First Image, More Details The first paid Battlefront expansion is due out in March and will have new maps, weapons, heroes, and a new mode. Gears of War 4 Will Be "Graphical Showcase" on Xbox One, Producer Says Gears 4 is due out in the fall with a beta test happening before launch. It will run at 60FPS and be a "graphical showcase" for the Xbox One. Dying Light will get more DLC in 2016, Techland promises Techland was pleased to see the reception for their latest DLC and have chosen to work on the game for the remainder of the year, they are already working on new unannounced content. On the topic of a sequel they are not sure if they can fulfill their vision on the Xbox One and PS4's tech. Smite: Battleground of the Gods Coming to PS4 The game went into closed alpha on the 19th and there will be a closed beta in the near future. A thread about this was created here Fallout 3 No Longer Banned in Germany - Report Giants: Citizen Kabuto spiritual successor First Wonder cancelled After their Kickstarter failed the team had been hopefully about being able to continue development if they could find other funding, they were unable to. Unpacking the stigma of mental illness in The Town of Light Former Sony exec Shahid Ahmad joins Double Eleven While working for Sony over the last few years people might have come to know him for helping to bring a lot of indie titles to the PSN and working with those indie developers. Quantum Break Goes Gold, Dev Celebrates With Huge Bottle of Champagne League of Legends was too slow, so Riot built a private internet to make it go faster Tales of Symphonia port gets much needed improvements thanks to modders HTC Vive is $799, Ships ‘Early April’ And You Can Answer Phone Calls In VR Price point and other details have been revealed. A thread about this was created here In eSports news League of Legends 2016 World Championship will take place across North America this fall Riot has revealed that the World Championship will take place across North America this year. Smite Oceania Pro League has a $100,000 prize pool in 2016 Australian and New Zealand Smite teams will compete for a $100,000 prize pool. This week in Kickstarter Projects Pinstripe — An Adventure Through Hell Made by a one man team. An article about the game was written here. A thread about this was created here A Place for the Unwilling Article about the game were written here, A Place for the Unwilling: Lovecraft meets Majora's Mask and Sunless Sea and here The Charming Gloom of a Place For the Unwilling Takes To Kickstarter. A thread about this was created here. Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch Kevin Smith is trying to get funding for a Jay and Silent Bob game. Other articles I found interesting this week This is my back: Being a game developer is just about the only thing I can do Olivia White writes about finding a home in games and developing with disabilities. Models from Hell: How practical maquettes defined the original Doom NIGHT IN THE WOODS TO UNRAVEL ITS ANGSTY TEEN TALE THIS FALL Guest Column: Skin to Screen Janine Hawkins explores the history and appeal of "skinship" in games. Being Edited Designing Interactive Story (PART SIX - FINAL PART) Greg Johnson finishes his six part series on interactive fiction, which are good reads for anyone interested. HAVE A LITTLE MORE FAITH IN THAT DRAGON, CANCER THE VIDEOGAMES THAT WANT TO BE DISOBEYED A look at obedience and disobedience in video game design.
  7. This week the Oculus Rift's price is confirmed, GDC award nominations, one of the best speedrunners is no longer able to do speedruns and gives an interview, XCOM 2, Epic accidentally blocks man from service for having the wrong name, Psychonauts 2 is funded, Amazon Prime members to get video game discounts, Smite world championship, pirates forecast the death of game piracy, did Fallout 4 really feel like a post-apocalyptic setting, and a film nerd explains why she loves video games. Oculus Rift Price Finally Confirmed Some additional information about the Oculus, Oculus CEO offers pricing explanation and apologizes for 'poor messaging', Oculus is set to get more than 100 new games this year, and This is why people will pay $1,500 for an Oculus Rift and the PC to run it A thread to discuss the Oculus price was created here Killing Floor 2 on Xbox One seems "very likely," says developer It won't show up before the PC and PS4 version fully releases but for One owners that are interested in the game this is good news. Psychonauts 2 was funded With a few hours left before funding ends the game has passed its goal by over $300,000. Tim Schafer did a Reddit AmA where he talked about game development, managing teams, and answered questions by people who believe that he has incompetently managed and gone over budget with every game he makes while also going under budget in order to steal development funds, trolls, people with legitimate questions and concerns, and people with no understanding of how game development works. Flummoxed by Just Cause 3, pirates forecast the death of game piracy Sales Figures for 2015 Show That Video Gaming Is Bigger Than Movies and Music In the UK Witcher 3 Dev Says There's No Enhanced Edition Coming Some European stores listed an Enhanced Edition of The Witcher 3 as going on sale in February, CDPR says that this is just an error. Descent Designer Says Interplay Owes Him Tens Of Thousands In Royalties The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid 5 lead 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards nominees An in-depth look at XCOM 2's character customization For more XCOM see Three reasons XCOM 2 will make you cry, Commander and XCOM 2's Sectopod is bigger than a house, has about a billion HP and will kill Sid Meier if you let it. On youtube ChristopherOdd has also been doing XCOM 2 videos showing the skill trees of each class and different kinds of missions that you can go on, while skipping over story related segments. One of the World's Best Speedrunners Can't Speedrun Anymore Smite World Championship Winning Team Picks up $500,000 Devs at Electronic Arts now have a bit more paid parental leave Epic mistake erroneously blocks man for being on U.S. watchlist The Steam Winter Sale was a big success, even without flash sales Amazon Prime members now get 20 percent off game pre-orders and new releases The Internet Loves Making Fun of Fallout 4's Preston Garvey We have our own thread about disliking him right here Rainbow Six Siege Patch Notes Include Bug Fixes, Hit Registration Improvements A PC patch fixes some issues with Siege and is also due out on consoles soon. Pokémon Turns 20 Years Old, Gets A New 3DS To Celebrate That's it for news, for other things I found interesting A film nerd explains why you should care about video games WAS ‘FALLOUT 4’ REALLY A POST-APOCALYPTIC GAME AT ALL? THE DUALISM AND MORALITY OF “GOLDEN SUN” "The biggest reveal is saved for the end, though. The last location in the game is the frozen wasteland of Prox, home to the Fire clan that has been the “enemy” for most of the game. You learn that Felix’s parents aren’t dead; they have been held hostage in exchange for Felix’s cooperation. He was out to save his parents this whole time, not out of any selfish greed or lust for power."
  8. This week in the news; no Destiny 2 or main Assassins Creed title in 2016, The Witness speedrunner spends 30 minutes eating a sandwich, Rocket League starts the second season and looks into becoming an eSport, Australia’s first gay gaming convention, the documentary people interested in designing or playing games should watch, labor in the games industry, Fallout 4's DLC gets more detailed and a higher price point, the state of strategy games in 2015, thoughts on Firewatch, Twitch shares their stats for 2015, Elite Dangerous offers a standalone arena mode for those more interested in combat (free to people who bought the full game), Doom's single player length, and more. BioWare scribe David Gaider joins Baldur's Gate dev Beamdog as creative director Beamdog is the studio responsible for the enhanced editions to Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale Mass Effect: Andromeda lead writer leaves BioWare for Bungie Street Fighter 5 Server Stabilty Is Key Priority for Capcom, Says Ono Capcom has apologized for server issues and says that improving stability is the problem they need to fix the most. Street Fighter V Adding New Characters Monthly-Ish Valkyria: Azure Revolution Battle Demo Gameplay Good, it's action based, now I don't have to buy a PS4 for it. Smite developer Hi-Rez is expanding into Europe Hi-Rez Studios is opening its first European office this month in the United Kingdom and former Warner Brothers Interactive publishing VP Veronique Lallier will lead it Fallout 4 getting three add-ons this spring and more later, season pass price going up A thread about this was made here Fallout 4 Looks Better On Consoles Now Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Being Remade in Unreal Engine 4 Knights of the Old Republic is being remade in Unreal Engine 4 with new missions and worlds. Pillars of Eternity The White March Part 2 and Patch 3 Available Now Elite Dangerous Spins Off Competitive Arena Mode as Standalone Release US Video Game Industry Generated $23.5 Billion in 2015, Increasing 5% Combined NPD and ESA numbers show that total US sales rose to $23.5 billion, up 5 percent from $22.4 billion in 2014. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is now a YouTuber Kojima has launched his own Youtube channel. Kojima Apparently Asked Bleszinski to Work on New Silent Hill With Him Silent Hills Collaborators Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus Reunite Minecraft Creator Receiving "Pioneer" Award Next Month Minecraft creator Markus Persson will be honored with a "Pioneer" award during March's Game Developers Choice Awards UFC Champ Wants To Become A Full-Time Video Game Streamer The Walking Dead: Michonne debuts this month The first episode of the three part story will be out February 23rd. Games on Kickstarter in 2015 A look at money pledged and failed/successful games on Kickstarter last year. Seven Mods That Make XCOM 2 Less Frustrating Stop Wasting My Time is definitely a good one to get, I believe it now includes what Quiet, Bradford has as well. XCOM 2 Is (Un)Fair A thread on GiantBomb about all the ways that XCOM 1 and 2 cheat to put things in your favor (unless you are playing on Legend). Commander in XCOM 2 is easy enough, I definitely did not need it cheating for me. That's what mods are for though. Twitch 2015 A look at different numbers Twitch did last year. Winners! 5th NY Game Awards! Award winners were annouced with The Witcher 3 taking a lot of them. Cara Ellison won for Best Games Journalism for her Embed With series. Kanye West is making a video game inspired by one of his songs Killscreen writes about how Kanye's video game is going to be very Kanye. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan - Leonardo Gameplay Leonardo can use team attacks and slow down time. News Reviews Hardware Best Of Magazine Pro$10m Dying Light edition now on sale Quantum Break Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5 Quantum break will be coming to the PC, a nice preorder bonus for the Xbox One version will also get you the PC version. A later announcement confirmed that Quantum Break would not be available on Steam, only being for sale on the Windows Store. The news that more people could enjoy a video game naturally got some people angry, leading to the article There’s No Downside To A Game Ditching Exclusivity. A thread about this was made here Witness Speedrunner Takes 30-Minute Sandwich Break, Beats World Record As seen in this video You Will Not Play Destiny 2 This Year The team is focused on delivering a large expansion this year, and the sequel in 2017. Ubisoft Will Not Release an Assassin's Creed Game in 2016 After six years there will be no main Assassins Creed title released in 2016. Watch Dogs 2 Will Launch Before April 2017 Overwatch's New Progression System Is A Big Step In The Right Direction Doom's single player campaign a lucky 13 hours long A thread about this was made here Why A Game About The Devil Couldn't Sell For $6.66 On Steam Firewatch Developer Offers Classy Response To Steam Refund Request Firewatch developer responds to user considering a refund after finishing the game. STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO DEVELOPER TALKS SEQUEL PLANS AND SEV'S FATE Talk about the ideas behind a Republic Commando sequel, the fate of Sev, and what caused the sequel to fall through. Heretics! Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Shows Off Chaos Open World Tactics: Frozen Synapse 2 Announced An open world sequel to Frozen Synapse is in development. Rise of the Tomb Raider takes home Writers Guild award Rise of the Tomb Raider takes home "Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing", it was going up against The Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, and Assassins Creed Syndicate. A lot of people will likely be wondering how it managed to win for writing, possibly due to the more focused narrative that is less about player interaction and decisions. Rocket League Kicks Off Season 2 With New Update Arma 3’s Shiny New 3D Editor Coming This Month League Of Legends Retiring Dominion Mode With fewer than .5% of players playing the it Riot has decided to retire the Dominion mode that was originally added in 2011. The Imperial March: Total Warhammer Campaign Vid In eSports news Rick Fox's Terrible League of Legends Team Has Five Weeks To Save Its Season Two members are lost after Riot checks for valid immigration paperwork. Competitive Matchmaking May Rescue Team Fortress 2 From Esports Oblivion Team Fortress 2 hopes to reinvent itself with a new matchmaking system. Pro Player Tries To Play StarCraft And Hearthstone At The Same Time NBA Player Says Pro Gamers "Train Just as Rigorously" as Professional Athletes Rocket League Dev Explains New Esports Drive Outside of news, some other good articles from the week If You Care About How Video Games Are Made, Watch The Double Fine Documentary This is a great series to watch, and the documentary was just as much the goal as the actual game. Way too many people talk about development, budgeting, tech, adding features, fixing things, etc without having the slightest idea how any of it works. This gives you a look into the process from concept, through the highs and lows of development, to the final creation. How to make a game wanted by nostalgic players while attempting to evolve, the writing process, team member responsibilities, Skype failing them, creating an art style, the history of Double Fine's project code names, bringing in other sources of income by releasing the PC version of Brutal Legends and publishing deals for their games in other countries, when John Romero has to take you on scary car rides, etc. Best summed up by this comment Guest Column: The State of Strategy Guest Column: It's Time to Talk About Labor in the Games Industry GAME ON: HOW AUSSIE GAYMERS ARE FINALLY COMING OUT After the June Fire Slow Burn: Environment and mood in Firewatch 'The Last Game I Make Before I Die': Fighting Cancer By Making A Video Game Kickstarters of the week (or ones I heard about this week) OVERLOAD - The Ultimate Six-Degree-of-Freedom Shooter The creators of Descent are making a new game. A thread about this was made here Indie G Zine An artbook for indie games A thread about this was made here
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This week in the news; GameTrailers shuts down, a look at the failed Dark Knight game that lead to Pandemic's closure, a Kickstarter for an anthology of games writing, Bungie has an interesting message for players with poor connections, a look at the game industry of South Africa, Titanfall 2 will have a single player campaign, gaming will be a big part of Obama's 4 billion Computer Science for All initiative, Blizzard is 25 years old, the history of Steet Fighter 2, how ethnicity influences game design, development has stopped on Unsung Story, pro soccer team signs pro FIFA players, what the aliens in XCOM 2 are really saying, pirating group to stop cracking games to evaluate impact on sales, Amazon releases a free game engine, Metal Gear Solid 5 to get free and paid multiplayer expansions, the casting choices for video game voice actors, how video games are changing the direction of action movies, thoughts on the world of The Division, the history of Sega Power Magazine, and more. GameTrailers shuts down after 13-year run After 13 years GameTrailers is closing down, after recently making changes to the site at the end of November. They were purchased by Defy Media in 2014 who almost immediately began letting staff members go, a few months later they did the same to GameTrailers again and to The Escapist and GameFront, which they also owned. GameFront shut down, The Escapist lost their talent from layoffs and people quitting and they certainly haven't found new talent, and now GameTrailers has shut down. It sounds like you don't want to get bought by Defy Media, although they seem to be aptly named. As is usual with gaming sites closing, their employees seems to have been told about the closure only hours in advance. From a more serious standpoint the sites all likely suffered from other issues, and Defy is probably just incapable of finding a way to fix their issues rather than being the cause of most of them, in Gametrailers' case while they did offer unique content, Youtube has clearly become the place to watch trailers and is where even most gaming sites tend to host their videos. Hosing on Youtube is not going to be bringing a large site much money without a lot of sponsorship deals. Jim Sterling has wrote about GameTrailers' closure, GameTrailers Was A Victim Of Itself. A thread about this was created here The Game Industry of South Africa After flirting with retirement, Peter Molyneux doubles down on making games Peter Molyneux's Godus Wars won’t feature paid DLC after outcry In a recent update the previously paid DLC will now be free. The Witness has grossed over $5 million In its first week the game had sold over 100,000 copies. With the success of the game Blow is considering an Xbox One, iOS, and Android version. XCOM 2 supports the Steam Controller, and no other gamepad Firaxis and Valve collaborated on Steam Controller support for XCOM 2, but no other controller is able to be used. In other XCOM news you can read about how The Long War shaped the development of XCOM 2, how one mod helped define the modern XCOM experience. Mirror's Edge Catalyst backstory detailed, closed beta announced Fallout 4, Skyrim Director Getting Lifetime Achievement Award He is being honored for "innovative contributions to open-world gameplay and game development." Bayonetta Dev Explains Why It Can't Focus Entirely on Original IP Platinum games found it difficult to develop only original IPs but says that they have been given a great deal of freedom when they work with the IPs of other companies. Doom hits May 13, collector's edition includes foot-tall demon statue Mother 3 will finally get Western release - report Square Enix Profits Surge Thanks to Mobile and PC Games Square Enix has seen a profit increase of 60% over their previous year. Batman: Arkham Knight Canceled for Mac/Linux Both versions of the game have been cancelled and refunds can be requested through Steam. Cities: Skylines Snowfall Sweeping In On February 18th Kojima and Del Toro Will Reunite This Month for Special Presentation Kojima and Del Toro will provide the keynote address at the 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit later this month. Downwell is coming to PS4, Vita Downwell is heading to the PS4 and Vita. Final Fantasy Tactics Director's Kickstarted Game Shelved Indefinitely In Favor Of Other Projects Surprise: Final Fantasy IX Is Out Now On Phones Final Fantasy IX has been released on mobile phones today. The Steam release may follow when the store updates, or soon. iOS Version Of The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Rejected From App Store Apple's poorly thought out guidelines sees another game rejected from their storefront. They really need to change the way they view game content when it comes to reviewing content like historic imagery, sexuality, and violence which currently seems to offer no room for any nuance, seeing Binding of Issac as violence against children, sexuality and nudity as porn, and removing Ultimate General Gettysburg for having the Confederate Flag (they were likely being spammed by very racist games at the time but they need to do a better job looking into things). Pirating Group to Stop Cracking Some Games to Evaluate Impact on Sales The Division open beta launches next week The open beta will start on the 18th for the Xbox One and on the 19th for the PC and PS4, it will run until the 21st. Titanfall 2 Has Single-Player Campaign, TV Spinoff Show in the Works - Report A thread about this was created here Metal Gear Solid 5 Free and Paid Expansion Content Detailed Watch Dark Souls 3's haunting opening cinematic Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Cursing May Spend a Night in the Woods this fall Hitmakers: Hitman Beta Feb 19th H1Z1 is splitting into two games, headed to consoles H1Z1 is splitting into two games, with one leaving early access and the other remaining in. Gaming likely to be big part of Obama's $4B computer science initiative Amazon Releases Its Own Game Engine For Free Road to the IGF: Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon The producer/design director and the creative director/artist were interviewed about their history and their game. Riot's lead game designer explains why League Of Legend's tutorial sucks Lead designer, Greg Street, says that they don't want to shift resources towards attracting new players but instead work to add more and improving things for existing players. Terror Birds and grappling hooks come to Ark: Survival Evolved The Terror Bird update is live now. Blizzard Is 25 Years Old Today Destiny's February update comes with a bunch of changes to Crucible So if you have a poor connection Bungie says to go fuck yourself, pay more money or just move to a bigger city or another country to fix it. Overwatch's closed beta is back with some big changes Overwatch's closed beta returns. The Offworld Collection The goal of the project was met in two days and additional money just means that the contributors will be paid more for their contributions. A thread about this was created here Here are the first Oculus Rift PC bundles, which you can pre-order Feb. 16 In eSports news Pro Soccer Team Signs FIFA Esports Players The German team Wolfsburg has hired two pro FIFA players to help them branch out into competitive gaming. At 7-0, North America's Best League Of Legends Team Has Nothing To Prove In other articles/videos I've found interesting this week Peek at the cancelled Batman The Dark Knight game Black Video Game Characters Are Still Often Voiced by White Actors Street Fighter 2 An Oral History How Video Games Are Changing the Action Movie A look at how video games have likely influenced the direction of movies. The Division Doesn't Want You to Think About 9/11 One of the enemy types is Riker's Island Inmates, I really couldn't imagine anyone who put any thought into it not thinking that the game would have really terrible subtext. Interview with Nightcrawler - ROMhacking.net ‘SEGA POWER’ AND THE LSD-FUELED STORY OF THE CRAZIEST GAMING MAGAZINE EVER HOW DOES ETHNICITY INFLUENCE GAME DESIGN? Why I’m Looking Forward to More ‘Just Good Friends’ Relationships in Video Games Relatively MEDITATING ON KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO Guest Column: The Redemption of the Inquisition Rowan Kaiser talks about what worked and what didn't in Dragon Age Inquisition's final DLC in this weeks Guest Column on Giant Bomb. What XCOM 2’s Evil Aliens Are Really Saying Finally Jim Sterling has an amusing response to the common jackass that doesn't know the difference between offering criticism and being a terrible person.
  10. This week in the news; company contacts Kotaku to try to get them to sell Star Trek Online and Neverwinter for the tidy sum of $120, congresswoman who sponsored a bill against swatting gets swatted, SXSW voting starts, The Witcher 3 invites you to dance, The Beyond Good & Evil creator tells Tim Schafer a story about one of his developer and talks about the sequel, the president of Bungie steps down, Counterstrike player uses fake hacks to get 1000s of cheaters banned, new FFXV gameplay, Kojima talks about what he learned on his world tour, Cliff Bleszinski talks about the cost of FPS campaigns and his new game, Halo 5 airs on ESPN for X Games and not all athletes are happy about it, The Witness sells well despite pirating, Greg Kasavin talks about his move from critic to developer, a look at making games more accessible for people who have problems with their vision, Keiji Inafune looks back on five years of Comcept, a look at Graffiti and architecture in games, and more. Wii U Sales Surpass 12m as Nintendo Profits Climb FPS campaigns often cost "75% of the budget" and his Halo 5 Airing on ESPN Helps "Legitimize" Competitive Gaming, 343 Boss Says ESPN airing the competition might help to legitimize it in the eyes of non gamers but not all athletes are happy about it. Because it's only worth congratulatory trinkets if your risk of injury is more blatantly obvious. $250,000 NBA 2K16 Competitive Tournament Announced 2K sports announces a tournament with a prize pool of $250,000 for the Xbox One and PS4. In Other Articles I Enjoyed This Week Fallout 4 funnels you into violence, The Witcher 3 invites you to dance Not only is the article a great look at The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 but, a lot of the comments are also great. Polygon impresses me as being one of the only outlets where actual conversations and intelligent posts can happen in their comment section, obviously it isn't always true but far more often than other sites where I don't even understand why they continue to allow comments (Gamespot). Guest Column: Lifers, Vol 1. In the first of Giant Bomb's new Guest Column feature Greg Kasavin talks about his move from critic (formerly Gamespot) to developer (Bastion and Transistor). Keiji Inafune looks back on five years of Comcept Encumbrance: Gaming's Weight Problem - The Point Danny O'Dwyer talks about encumbrance in gaming on his series The Point. RECAPTURING THE ANONYMOUS RIVALRY OF ARCADES WITH ‘DARIUSBURST CS’ Good Job With The Graffiti, The Division How To Talk About Games (If You're Blind) Here Comes Another Horror Game Contender For the P.T. Throne The Kickstarter can be found here. A thread about this was created here Brutalist Architecture in Games
  11. Platinum reveals TMNT trailer, Skype hides IP addresses to prevent online harassment in gaming communities, Gillian Anderson talks Star Citizen, Battlefront has future paid and free content revealed, Mortal Kombat X content not coming to the PC, Fire Emblem gets less creepy in the West and has its own 3DS and overpriced DLC, Mighty No 9 delayed again, Spike Chunsoft plans to release more games on Steam, more lawsuits against Oculus Rift creator, XCOM 2 developer Firaxis already working with modding community and new unit reveals, how depth-sensing technology is changing video games, why an Ubisoft developer quit his dream job, the first essential game of 2016, and more. Star Wars Battlefront - The Road Ahead Future free updates and DLCs have been detailed in a recent blog from the producer. Bayonetta Dev's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Officially Revealed with First Trailer A thread about this was started here Skype Now Hides IP Addresses by Default An updated that is intended to help prevent online harassment, specifically in gaming communities. Good timing, just as the AJSA stops using Skype to move to Discord. Fire Emblem Fates is getting its own New Nintendo 3DS XL hardware This story also reveals that the game is getting the same overpriced map DLC as Awakening and this story reveals that the US version is getting less creepy. The Division: 10,000 Bugs Fixed for Upcoming Closed Beta This is good news as the game looked like it had some problems when Joe was playing it. More story details were also talked about here. The system requirements for running the game were also revealed here. You can also get some free gear by doing what this article says. Mobile Games Website Uses Patreon, Things Get Messy The developer says the funding wasn't pulled based on the low score of 3.5/5 (a truly terrible score), but considering they seem to be considering conspiracy theories of the site doing it to prove that they aren't biased it sounds like the developer just stopped funding in a moment of anger. Danganronpa And Danganronpa 2 PC Ports Only The Beginning For Spike Chunsoft Chunsoft annouced that Danganronpa 2 was also coming to Steam and that more of their games would likely follow. This could mean the other entry and future entries in the series but it could also mean games like 999 and Zero Escape Virutes Last Reward, all excellent games (well except for the third person shooter Danganronpa but the other five would be great to see on Steam). Andy Serkis' Mocap Studio is Going to Help Publish Games Far Cry Primal PS4 Bundle Coming to Europe Mortal Kombat X on PC won't receive new content, support looks to be discontinued No Kombat Pack 2, no GOTY edition, and probably not going to get the updated netcode. I found that the Joe interview gif says it best. Lawsuit Against Oculus Rift Creator Can Go Forward, Judge Rules Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann on why Uncharted has to end Payday dev Starbreeze lands $40M investment from major Korean game corp Starbreeze brings VR to the arcade this spring Endless Legend: Shifters Expansion Announced Due out in April this expansion will include a new major faction. Torment Heads to Beta and gets a preview from IGN The beta has started for Kickstarter backers on the 21st and an early access version has released on Steam. I gave them about $100 for their Kickstarter and am very happy with how this looks so far. Children of Zodiarcs - A new Tactical JRPG by AAA veterans In other Kickstarter game related news, a new turn based combat game that uses cards and dice has recently been funded with 23 days remaining. A thread about this was created here Mega Late, Man: Mighty No. 9 Delayed Again The reason for the delay is said to be "bugs inside the network modes". I think that was the cause for an earlier delay, and once again this has people saying they don't care about their online features. Based on what I have seen of the gameplay, I think Jesse Cox is right Tales Of Symphonia Arriving On PC Next Week How This War of Mine Goes Even Darker With The Little Ones Senior writer Pawel Miechowski talks about the expansion to This War of Mine. XCOM 2 to have mods at launch thanks to Firaxis/Long War team-up and The Sectopod and the Gatekeeper join the XCOM 2 cast Firaxis has teamed up with the team that made The Long War mod for the original game, in order to have mods released on day one. Good to see them working with the modding community already. A thread about this was created here I had already posted a link to a, I believe, French story a few weeks ago that revealed the Sectopod but the Gatekeeper has been revealed as well. Suikoden II Did Pretty Damn Well Last Year Suikoden 2 didn't just take one of the top 10 slots for Playstation Classics in December of 2015, but for all of 2015. It should be #1 as far as I am concerned. Longtime BioWare Writer David Gaider Leaves Company EA's Adorable Indie Game Unravel Isn't Changing Names EA was unable to get a trademark for Unravel covering video game software, due to another company already having it for a board game but the name of the game will not be changing, despite some good ideas for other names. 'Five Nights at Freddy's World' removed from Steam Everyone who bought the game will be getting a refund, and it will be free to play once the developer finishes polishing it. A thread about this was posted here Women Outnumber Men in This Top Collegiate Game Design Program Peek behind the scenes with Gillian Anderson in Star Citizen Anderson talks about playing Capt. Rachel McLaren and what it is like working on the set with prop guns and motion capture. Gears of War Creator Optimistic for Gears of War 4 If there is one thing I expect from Gears of War, it is to be pleased by the writing. Undertale’s Patch Is Full of Secrets Undertale's recent patch adds new secrets and questions Valkyria Chronicles Remastered coming west this spring Her Story 2 in the Works, Creator Confirms it's a Spiritual Successor A thread about this was created here Sony merging PlayStation groups into one unit, US-based Sony Interactive Entertainment Umbrella Corps arrives on PC, PS4 in May First footage of Sunless Sea Zubmariner DLC surfaces Homefront: The Revolution "Resistance Mode" trailer released That's it for the news, in other articles I have found interesting How Depth-Sensing Technology Is Changing Videogames Why I Quit my Dream Job at Ubisoft Jeff On: Emulators, Speedruns, and That Video Where the Guy Only Presses A 0.5 Times Jeff Gerstmann talks about how emulation and private servers help game preservation, speedrunners, and Twitch streams. ‘Pony Island’ Is a Daring, Demonic, and Demented Gaming Masterpiece ‘The Witness’ Is 2016’s First Absolutely Essential Video Game "Somehow, in a game with no characters and no scripted narrative, I have been moved." It’s Old and It’s Clunky, But You Really Must Play ‘Dragon’s Dogma’
  12. This week in the news Norwegian high school adds esports to sports curriculum, a look into the game industry of Iran, PS4 lead architect and Kojima search for the newest technology, Danganronpa is coming to Steam, Rainbow Six Siege adopts no tolerance policy for cheaters, bad news for The Division, Iron Maiden gets into mobile games, Hitman goes full episodic, the Supreme Court will hear case against Microsoft Xbox 360s, an interview with the Fallout 4 composer, the story of Gone Home's success, and more. We’re Making A Change To Video Game Reviews At Kotaku Kotaku has changed how their review "scoring" works. Bayonetta 2 getting a stand-alone re-release on Feb. 19 Meet the Voice Actors of The Witness The Witness will be narrated by popular voice actors from Metal Gear Solid and The Last of Us. The Witness was also rated for the Xbox One but the developer says that they have no plans for it, keeping it a timed console exclusive for the PS4 before it moves to the PC. "Hours"-Long Rise of the Tomb Raider Story Expansion Release Date Announced What the Xbox One will be getting is DLC for Tomb Raider on January 26. Hollywood producer named co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios The Game Industry of Iran That Dragon, Cancer’s Developers Are OK With Asshole Steam Discussions Not really sure why they think offensive troll posts by people who haven't even played the game could add to the discussion about art. Norwegian high school will include esports in its sports curriculum For more esports news see, Professional Halo Player Alex Buck Discusses the Continuing Rise of eSports Stasis prequel chapter is being built "from the ground up" The Kickstarter funded game Stasis was a success and met with a lot of great reviews, the developer is now working on the prequel chapter. Rainbow Six Siege Finally Cracks Down On Cheaters As part of their newest updates, they have adopted a no tolerance policy towards cheating. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc coming to PC via Steam in February Great news for PC players, I loved the first two games and I saw them make a lot of Game of the Year lists when they released. A thread about this can be found here The Division Doesn't Include Brooklyn at Launch and The Division Won't Have Player Trading System at Launch Some bad news about The Division. Darkest Dungeon launches this week, so here's a new trailer Supreme Court will hear Xbox 360 disc-scratching case Hitman reboot switches to fully-episodic release schedule A thread about this can be found here I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is Night Dive's latest old-school revival I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream launched on iOS and Android. Dying Light Enhanced Edition Goes Gold, New Trailer Released Crytek aims to open 'VR First' dev labs in schools around the world Crytek is providing students with VR hardware and software. 2015 in Games: Kittens, Zombies, and Kung Fu Over 144.4 million was pledged to video game projects on Kickstarter, a big increase from the previous year (this is money pledged so failed projects still are included). Project Resurgence: A New Oldschool cRPG "An episodic single-player computer RPG inspired by the classics of the late 90s, set in a world fusing dark fantasy and dieselpunk." Has been launched on Kickstarter, one of the people working on it is Twitch streamer Cohh Carnage. A thread about this can be found here CONSORTIUM: The Tower The team that made the first CONSORTIUM, which they recently gave away for free on Steam for a few days, is now Kickstarting the sequel. A thread about this can be found here The Unsung Story Kickstarter Is Still Breaking Promises Three months after a promised update their has still been no word from Playdek. PewDiePie and friends launching entertainment network Xbox One System Update News Coming This Week There was also a rumor that Microsoft would be shutting down servers for the 360 this year, they have said that this is not true. Metal Gear Online PC leaves beta, officially launches The PC version of Metal Gear online has launched today. Kojima and PS4 Architect Embark on World Tour Looking for "High-End" Tech Cities: Skylines "Snowfall" Expansion Announced Now is the Winter of This Content: Rain and fog for existing maps, plus a new "Winter" map theme with snow and all of its challengesThe Streetcars You Desire: Expanded public transportation options, including easier management of existing lines – and Trams, a new system demanded by fansWorld Warmth, Too: Cold weather increases demands for electricity, unless new water-based heat systems are in placePlowers to the People: Build a snowplow depot to keep traffic flowing during winter weather, and employ new road maintenance systems to keep your streets in shapeNew Chirps: #yeahthereare Iron Maiden is releasing a free-to-play mobile RPG The heavy metal band is getting into the mobile game business with a free to play game releasing for the iOS and Android in the Summer. That's all for the news, in other articles I found interesting. My love for Falcom Games, or How Falcom Shaped My Experience with JRPGs Keeping It Human: The Story of Fullbright’s ‘Gone Home’ Success Composer Inon Zur on Building the Acoustic World of ‘Fallout 4’ Arkham Knight’s Best DLC Moment Gives Batman an Impossible Choice
  13. This week we had problems with Steam and the PSN, a company unable to pay their staff on Christmas, more frivolous lawsuits, new release announcements, and an excellent article on the color design of video games. Steam Issue Allowing Access to Other Users' Accounts For those who missed it, Steam seemed to have had a cache error on Christmas where you would end up seeing another person's account when trying to use Steam. This seems to have happened due to a mistake by Valve. PlayStation Network Is Having Trouble Creating New Accounts Steam wasn't the only service having issues on Christmas though. Mass Effect Andromeda Senior Development Director Leaves BioWare Chriss Wynn has left Bioware to return to the US. Veteran Video Game Engineer Joe Waters Dies, Is Remembered By Peers Rise of the Tomb Raider Steam page suggests January release Rise of the Tomb Raider looks like it could get a January release on the PC. Sony steps in to bring The Banner Saga to PlayStation Vita No Star Wars Battlefront DLC will deal with The Force Awakens, EA says Man Sues Bethesda Because 'Fallout 4' Is Too Addictive Sources: Game Studio Red 5 Misses Payroll On Christmas Freedom Planet 2 announced I supported the first games Kickstarter and enjoyed the finished product, the sequel seems to have no plans for crowd funding. They have released a trailer here, but the beta isn't expected until 2017. Ys VIII set to release Summer 2016 in Japan Deathsmiles will be the next Cave shooter to hit Steam That's all I have for the news the remaining links are posts to pieces I find interesting and that others might enjoy. Color in games: An in-depth look at one of game design's most useful tools An article looking at the function, technology, and perception of color in video games. Ori and the Blind Forest has the most powerful opening to any game in 2015 Ori and the Blind Forest easily has one of the best video game openings that I have seen. Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game Getting outbid on GoldenEye's sequel helped Rare create Perfect Dark
  14. As of this week, I will be bringing back the weekly news round ups. Every Tuesday I will be posting news stories in the "In the News" section of the forums and as an article on the homepage. People are free to post in the thread or the comment section to talk about the stories but for the stories that warrant greater discussion you can feel free to create a thread to discuss the story in greater detail, if a thread already exists or is created I will edit the post to include a link to the thread to make everything easy to find, both for old forum members and people who might be new to the site reading the article. Along with the gaming news, I might include things such as Kickstarter projects or written pieces talking about the gaming industry or articles discussing certain games, mechanics, esports, or game development that I find interesting. I may also start to allow people to submit me stories that they find that they would like to be included. Bethesda opens new Montreal studio Bethesda has opened up a new studio in Montreal with a team of at least 40 devs headed by Yves Lachance, the former head of Behaviour Interactive. A thread discussing this subject has been can be found here. Final Fantasy VI is coming to Steam Final Fantasy VI will be releasing on Steam tomorrow, it isn't pretty but for anyone who has missed the game on other platforms or who wants to own a PC version here is your chance. A thread discussing this was created here. System Shock 3 Is Coming I would love to see a well made sequel to System Shock 2 so I hope this turns out well. A thread discussing this subject can be found here. Cyberpunk 2077 2016 release rumor false CD Projekt says that rumor of Cyberpunk 2077 releasing at the end of 2016 is false and that they will be focused on The Witcher 3 for 2016. 77,000 Steam Accounts Hacked Every Month, New Security Measures Deployed Three XCOM 2 Expansions Announced, Detailed It sounds like buying these individually as they release will cost $20 while buying the Digital Deluxe Version of the game will cost $75 adding $15 to the price (of course, you could buy it from Green Man Gaming and get the Deluxe Version for under $60 right now). Some people have said the first is just customization options but it does say rebellion-themed content so it could be more than that. I'm interested in seeing what the final class in the base game and what this new DLC class will be. Lucasfilm Still Looking At George Lucas’ Live Action Star Wars TV Show And Star Wars 1313 While we probably won't see the exact game brought back, maybe we will see something similar in the future using a similar concept and style. Irrational Games hiring for 'narrative first-person shooter' project This news comes after the team was restructured and had a large number of layoffs back in 2014, with the focused changed to working on smaller projects. Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 Launches As Crowdfunding Approaches $100 Million League of Legends 2015 World Championship broke a bunch of records 36 million total unique viewers, with a peak of 14 million concurrent viewers tuned into the 2015 World Championship. The Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Be Episodic Square has been quoted as saying A thread discussing this topic has been posted here. Kojima Leaves Konami, Enters Talks With Sony for Debut Game Kojima has officially left Konami today, having worked with them since 1986. It was first reported that Kojima would be joining a Sony studio or forming a studio under Sony but it appears he will be heading his own team with other former Kojima Productions members and is in talks to have their game debut on the Playstation. A thread discussing this topic has been posted here. Ark: Survival Evolved Xbox One Getting Two-Player Local Split-Screen Wildstar has announced that the Xbox One version of Ark will feature split screen local co-op, this feature will not launch with the game but will be added in early 2016 with an update. Activision sued for patent infringement over fantasy sports software I remember hearing about the Eastern District of Texas' patent lawsuits The Push To Make Halo 5 the Next Big eSport An article about Microsoft's desire to make Halo 5 the next big eSport game and the issues that can prevent that from happening.