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  1. This week in the news; The "Valentine's Day Massacre" that decided the fate of the Xbox, YouTubers revealed as owners of controversial CS:GO gambling site, China's government must approve all mobile games, Battlefield 1 information leaked, the end of PlanetSide, System Shock remake, journal of games criticism, is Overwatch's Mercy "evil", Call of Duty Roman Warfare, turning NES games 3D, historical analysis of the new Battlefield 1 trailer, fatherhood themes at E3, Bioware creative director and writer discuss what makes a good character, and more. Bill Gates Was "Insulted" By Xbox Pitch, Co-Creator Says Xbox bosses drop hints that wheelchairs are coming to Xbox Live avatar update VR experiences are best when they're brief, says Sony boss China's Government Must Now Approve Every Mobile Game You Gotta See China's Super Smash Bros. Rip-Off Massive Battlefield 1 Data Dump Reveals Weapons, Gadgets, Maps, Story Chapters, and More How Battlefield 1's Air Combat Has Changed Battlefield 1 Leaks Point to Capture-the-Pigeon Mode BioShock: The Collection Brings Remasteres Trio For Current-Gen Consoles And PC In September Bioshock and Bioshock 2 will be updated for free if you own the PC versions (Infinite will have no update). Mafia III Promises An Open World That You Can Actually Change, Ever So Slightly 999 and Virtue's Last Reward Being Ported to New Platforms Tekken 7 Director Addresses Input Lag Controversy, Discusses Additional Characters In Their Next Game, Life Is Strange Developers Are Tempting You To Make Evil Choices Pokémon Sun and Moon's latest trailer introduces a whole slew of new monsters Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack coming to North America on September 30 MARE WILL USE YOUR GAZE TO GUIDE A LOST GIRL THROUGH MYSTICAL RUINS Gears of War 4 Dev Teases Easter Egg and "Super Secret" News Watch_Dogs 2 New Details: AR Games Not Returning, Multiplayer Detailed Aspireational: Dustforce Devs Show FPS’s Procgen Chase: Cold Case Investigations coming to 3DS eShop in North America XBlaze Lost: Memories and Aegis of Earth coming to PC via Steam Aksys might localize Hakuouki Sweet School Life Skullgirls Goes Mobile With A Fighting RPG Spinoff Halo Wars 2 "campaign cutscene" trailer revealed Video quality is somewhat poor as it was taken from a stream. Heavy Rain Dev's New PS4 Game Aims to "Push the Limits" With These Visual Features Hands On: Shadow Warrior 2 Is Like First-Person Diablo SCORN SLOWLY REVEALS ITS FLESHY FACE WITH A NEW TRAILER Video Offers Tiny Peek At More ABZÛ Gameplay Why Dishonored 2's Main Characters Are Voiced This Time Making Sense of No Man's Sky's Massive Universe Shenmue 3 Creator Gives Small Update on Its Progress Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Release Date Confirmed, Features Steve Aoki Zombies, Trains, and the Struggle to Rescue Survivors in The Final Station Dragon's Crown pulled from PlayStation Store in Europe Total War: Warhammer update brings the Blood Knights to the fight A lot changed, fixed, and improved in this update. Total War: Warhammer is getting Blood and Gore DLC Looks too cartoony for me to want to get it. Other than making money I suppose selling the blood as seperate DLC keeps the game rating down and allows more people to buy it. Surprise! XCOM 2's new DLC is out now You can look at this video to see the abilities and customization options for the new class. Gee Thanks, Dad: Layers Of Fear’s Inheritance DLC Steel Yourself: Hearts Of Iron IV’s First Big Patch Out Gul’Dan & Diablo’s Auriel Joining Heroes Of The Storm Just Cause 3 Multiplayer Mod Coming Along Nicely Jim Brown receives $600,000 judgment to dismiss lawsuit vs. EA Nintendo issues DMCA takedown against Kickstarter for NES photobook One Guy's Steam Level Just Broke 1,000 A thread about this was created here. Josh Mosqueira ends spell as Diablo III creative director EA exec Karl Magnus Troedsson departs for Raw Fury’s indie game business PlayStation's 'indie game champion' Nick Suttner departs after 7 years Ubisoft Takes New Steps to Defend Against Vivendi Takeover Orion developer says it was forced off Steam by Activision DMCA claim Sega announces acquisition of Endless Space developer Amplitude Studios The Final Moments Of PlanetSide Overwatch Honors Fan Who Passed Away One Day Before The Game Came Out Overwatch Competitive Mode Wrongly Punishes Players, Patch On the Way Blizzard is suing the creator of an Overwatch cheat program League Of Legends "Hacker" Avoids Jail Sentence GameCube Emulation Is Now A Lot Better Hands-on with the emulator that turns NES games 3D In esports news Evo 2016's Street Fighter 5 finals to be televised on ESPN2 Evo 2016 smashes records with more than 14K competitors British eSports Association formed to assist players and nurture talent Fatal1ty, e-sports’ original star, goes corporate as sport enters new era White House responds to 'Free Leffen' petition, won't make any changes to esports visa policies Watch VICE’s New Film on Professional Gaming in Greece In crowdfunding news Video games on Kickstarter raise just $8.2m in first half of 2016 - ICO Fig still unable to collect unaccredited investment, including money for Psychonauts 2 (correction) System Shock Video is of Lotus Prince taking a look at the original game compared to the remake demo that is available to play. A thread about this was created here. The Z: The most advanced gaming mouse ever made Xydonia - Action-packed Japanese-inspired retro SHMUP Other content I found interesting this week Prominent YouTubers revealed as owners of controversial CS:GO gambling site YouTuber admits that his CS:GO skin betting videos were rigged A thread about this was created here. WATCH THE MAN WHO CREATES NO MAN’S SKY’S CREATURE SOUNDS AT WORK Let's look at some of the history behind Battlefield 1 LET’S OBSESS OVER WHAT INSIDE IS ALL ABOUT Inside Recapitulates the Horrors of the Holocaust Street Fighter 5’s rejected characters include a fighting president, ‘literary master’ and more YouTuber Meets Pope, Gives Him A Copy Of Undertale Asemblance Is A Mindfuck Of A Game That You Should Try What Made System Shock So Special Overwatch's Competitive Mode Is At Odds With The Rest Of The Game Zarya From Overwatch Has Become A Gay Icon, Ironically Is Mercy EVIL!?! | Lore & Speculation | Overwatch Watch Mass Effect Devs Talk About Making Good Characters, While Awkwardly Playing Cards The incredible story of Roman Wars: The lost Call of Duty game The ethical decisions and factional politics of Stellaris The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's dungeon design | Boss Keys JOURNAL OF GAMES CRITICISM CONSIDERING THE SEQUEL TO GAME STUDIES... HANGING IN THE VIDEO ARCADE THE REPLICATION OF IDEOLOGY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ADRIENNE SHAW AND MARCUS BOON ASSESSING MASS EFFECT 2 AND ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM: USING COLLABORATIVE CRITERIA FOR PLAYER AGENCY IN INTERACTIVE NARRATIVES IMPERIALISM IN THE WORLDS AND MECHANICS OF FIRST-PERSON SHOOTERS Nice to see one of my old Gamespot friends get his work in there. LIBERATING PLAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANNA ANTHROPY AND MIGUEL SICART LUDIC SPOLIA IN SID MEIER’S CIVILIZATION: BEYOND EARTH A PROCEDURALIST VIEW ON DIVERSITY IN GAMES Fallout 4 proved bigger isn't always better Fatherhood isn't the shortcut to emotional complexity games wish it was Let It Die Composer On Creative Process, Silent Hill, And Suda51. Oh, And Persona, Too History Respawned: Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 and 2 Everything I Need to Know About Writing Video Games I Learned From Pro Wrestling Eight Years As A World Of Warcraft Guild Leader, Remembered Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games LA hotel can't tell the difference between GTA 5 screenshot and actual LA World's Fastest Mario 3 Player Versus Stephen Colbert Eating A Hot Pocket Live speedrun attempt interrupted by fake Windows 10 update How To Setup A Video Game Gambling Website Related to the Youtubers that own the CSGO gambling site, check the link for the video as it won't embed here properly.
  2. This week in the news; Destructoid disbands UK team, Microsfot and Sony lose lawsuits, continuing story on G2A and TinyBuild, Twitch testing a new source of revenue for streamers, 13th annual Games for Change festival, PS4 and Vita version of 2064: Read Only Memories gets an impressive voice cast, N64 turned 20, Marvel's cancelled Daredevil game, how the history of Japan's post-war peace movements can help us understand Hideo Kojima's work, Hironobu Sakaguchi planning a new company, Jennifer Hepler creating games to foster behavioral change to help patients and students after leaving Bioware, fake screenshots, CRPGs that brought something new to the genre (free 350 page preview book about CRPGs also at the link), Overwatch's Torbjorn is being nerfed (for consoles), and more. New Twitch 'Cheers' offer potential source of revenue for streaming devs Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to settle PS3 Linux debacle Woman Sues Microsoft Over Unwanted Windows 10 Upgrade, Wins $10,000 Xbox One Slim Preorders Off to "Amazing Start," Microsoft Says Why Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Yet, According to Miyamoto Oculus removes "platform integrity check" DRM Epic's Sweeney and Microsoft still discussing monopoly concerns, 'no conclusion in sight' The UK's two biggest video game magazine companies are now one Destructoid disbands UK team Watch Dogs 2: "There are no towers" That news gives me a more positive outlook on the game. Rez Infinite has a release date CIVILIZATION VI - E3 2016 Walkthrough Whore of the Orient unlikely to come out Dad Quest is the dad-based action game you've been waiting for AN ENORMOUS AND BEAUTIFUL INDIAN TRANSMEDIA PROJECT COMES TO VIDEOGAMES Telltale's Batman Game Plans to Wrap Up Season 1 This Year Sony's twin-stick shooter MOBA, Kill Strain, coming to PS4 in July Japan's top league sheds Pro Evolution Soccer exclusive to appear in FIFA 17 FIFA Ultimate Team may have been bugged since 09 EA Sports acknowledges problems degrading FIFA Ultimate Team's most valuable players Star Trek VR - Angry Interview E3 2016 Heard some new information I didn't see from other previews about how missions work, single player story, and possibility of other bridge layouts. Enjoy nine minutes of System Shock gameplay Resident Evil 7 won't have 'quick time events' New Ninja Gaiden Project on the Way, Here's When More Details Will Be Announced 2064: Read Only Memories Coming to PS4, PS Vita on August 16 2064: Read Only Memories Gameplay Trailer & Cast Announcement That's a very impressive list for an indie game in this style. Sounds like the voiced update will be free to people that own or buy the game on the PC. How Keji Inafune and Armature Studios hit upon the vision for Recore Australia denies rating to MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death for not meeting 'standards of morality' Batman: Return to Arkham Doesn't Have a Release Date Anymore Stunning New Final Fantasy 15 Screenshots Show Delicious Food, Fantastical Beasts, Cool Weapons THE HORROR OF LIVING UNDER MARTIAL LAW IN 1960S TAIWAN, NOW COMING TO VIDEOGAMES Here's The First Berserk Musou Trailer Star Ocean V's Camera Is So Bad, I Can't Play It Without Getting Sick I can see what he means with the camera moving up and down by itself for no real reason. If you don't think the camera will bother you then a better reason to not play the game seems to be the negative reviews from websites and importers. Weird that so many series that were getting it right in the 90s or early 2000s seem to have embraced so many of the worst cliches that anime and sometimes western roleplaying games have to offer. Battlefield 4 to get new, more multiplayer-friendly UI Gwent has a cool idea to combat card pack RNG Shovel Knight dev asks, 'What game should we make next?' I'd take the sequel, co-op game, or Mario style RPG with the Kart, Zelda, and Final Fantasy/Dragon Quest type being my least wanted. Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 outed by Korean ratings board About time The Last Guardian's Designer Explains How He Stayed Motivated For Nine Years Vampyr focuses on the type of bloodsuckers we know best: the scary ones Escape From Tarkov offers 15 minutes of atmospheric alpha footage The Makers of Zelda On Why Their Games Are Usually Late Zelda Multiplayer Could Be Next After Breath of the Wild NIGHT IN THE WOODS IS LOOKING LIKE A GLORIOUS INTERACTIVE CARTOON Been looking forward to this since playing their "name your price" title Lost Constellation. NHL 17 Beta, First Gameplay, and Cover Star Revealed You can't finish The Surge without taking the time to explore Overwatch summer update: everything Blizzard are planning for the next few months A thread about this was created here. Blizzard will eventually remove sudden death from Overwatch's competitive mode Overwatch's Torbjorn Is Being Nerfed, Here's How and When Report: Overwatch overtakes League of Legends as Korean net cafes' most popular game 'Destiny' cuts off support for PS3 and Xbox 360 in August Europa Universalis IV DLC "Fredman's Epistles" is free until July 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gets dragons and robots in "Descent" DLC Specter Knight to star in Shovel Knight's third (free) campaign See Uncharted 4's First DLC in Action Right Here Uncharted 4 Single-Player DLC News Not Coming Soon Dead By Daylight sells over 270,000 in first week The Nintendo 64 Turns 20 Years Old Today Hironobu Sakaguchi Planning A New Development Company, Considering The Name “Dawnwalker” Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Team Talks Atlus' Localization, Regional Changes, and Pop Music Influence Speaking of people getting angry over localization, many of them also frequently lie about things lately or take things out of context when it comes to things like the Baldurs Gate expansion, so be on the lookout for fake images like the one below or when people are angry over a brief scene that they won't describe in context. Saw a lot of fake pictures for Fire Emblem when that came out, some that were specifically made as jokes that were then shared by people complaining about the localization, funny to see but also embarrassing when believed or shared as true and usually leads to or adds to the harassment of people. Acer hands Starbreeze $9 million to fuel StarVR development Activision Nearly Outbid Microsoft for GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie Developer Rare Ford dealership acknowledges it lifted Firewatch art for sales promo A thread about this was made here. Major Skyrim mod Enderal finally gets a launch trailer — and release window In esports news Video: How Blizzard designed StarCraft II to be an eSport Interview with Diego Buñuel, the mind behind Canal+’s new esports show Esports Growing Pains: The Great Sponsorship Purge Major game companies partner to lobby for esports in Germany The Trials of WESA: After troubled start, standards body gains ground with esports industry The All-Consuming Life Of A Competitive eSports Player In crowdfunding news Ikenfell A thread about this was created here. Wizard of Legend A thread about this was created here. KOLOGEON, THE NEW ROGUELIKE-LIKE-LIKE FOR YOU TO MARVEL AT Other content I found interesting this week As war of words between indie dev and reseller intensifies, IGDA distances itself G2A Announces Game Developer Support System Worldwide In the shadow of E3, this other festival gathers to discuss the impact of gaming Civilization is heading to the classroom with new educational edition Life Is Strange leads this year's Games For Change award winners FROM DRAGON AGE TO GAMES THAT FOSTER BEHAVIORAL CHANGE It’s Not Easy Putting A Gay Sex Game On Steam The ballistic politics of Hideo Kojima CRPG History Abridged IV: A few niche RPGs that brought something new to the table Mighty No. 9’s Designer Says ‘I Own All The Problems That Came With This Game' Kickstarter has turned us all into crappy publishers STOP CALLING EASTERN EUROPEAN VIDEOGAMES PESSIMISTIC The Secretive Creator Of Yandere Simulator, A Game About Murdering High School Girls Happy 20th Birthday, Quake Failbetter Games: Seven Years, Ten Lessons Nintendo insists that Paper Mario: Color Splash joke wasn’t about Gamergate This is amusing to me due to an article I saw last week while looking for news, a website that caught on around the beginning of GG and that is said to be a trustworthy site by them first wrote about this a week before someone sent the above two images to Zoe, the site creator talked about how the reference clearly was about GG and went on to describe how he believed that the in game events going on around the time of the screenshots were also all a reference to it. Now that Nintendo has called them a hate group people seem to have taken to saying that she is stupid for not assuming it was a reference to a combination of Watergate/Mario Party and that she just wanted attention, by that logic the guy in charge of one of the websites they trust is also stupid (worse actually, since he knew the entire context, had no reason for an emotional response, and went on to talk about how the whole in game situation was a reference not just those two lines) or that he intentionally created controversy where there was none in order to write a clickbait article for attention which could easily have been what she was sent the pictures from in the first place. But that was last week, only the people who thought that this week are idiots that wanted attention apparently. The Best Games Patrick Played At E3 2016 WWE's Xavier Woods Credits Games With His Own Human Development [SSFF] Resident Evil - Re:Certified Classic Also a look at the creation of the game and who was involved in its creation. Why You Need To Play The Zero Escape Series Definitely a series people should try out. Guns, games and violence: The real questions you should be asking Good to bring up with how Call of Duty developers work with the military, how military movies and games advertise for the military, people looking to hire gamers to operate drones, or just based on how many people I've known or heard of who wanted to join the military because Call of Duty/Metal Gear was fun (not really sure how Metal Gear makes you want to join the military, you would think it would make you want to do the opposite, but most people have never really been good at understanding story or narrative themes in games). DOOM 2016: Action vs. Traction Cyberpunk Bartending Game Mixes Waifus With Great Storytelling Lot of people I know have been saying positive things about this game and I've been looking forward to it. THE STORY IS IN THE DETAILS: A CHAT WITH FULLBRIGHT’S NINA FREEMAN AND KARLA ZIMONJA Inside The Grim World of Minecraft's Prison Servers TWO NEW OVERWATCH HEROES?!?! | Sombra | Ana Amari Theories on future Overwatch heroes. Something to remember when it comes to game marketing What does Brexit mean for the UK video games industry? Devs Answer: How will the Brexit decision impact your business? Guest Column: Visibility is Not Enough Gamer named Jihad banned for using name as PSN handle You can't change your PSN name? After 10 years? I was amazed over how poorly the PSN is run by what was added in their recent updates but damn that is unforgivably lazy. That's an impressive amount of not giving a fuck about your platform. Marvel's Cancelled Daredevil Game - Unseen64 Video doesn't show up right, so click the link to watch it. Pillars of Eternity and Proper Attribute Tuning Video also not linking correctly so use the above link. Months Later, Players Finally Solve GTA V's Bigfoot Mystery Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Don't Lie to Blizzard's Customer Support People The Super Mario 64 Goomba Nobody Has Ever Killed A repost from 2014 but still entertaining.
  3. This week in the news; GOG can import some of your Steam games and add them to your GOG library, an insider's look at what he gave up to create a classic game (Fable), Allison Road cancelled, how video game marketing creates cult like fandoms, Dead Rising 4 and Injustice 2 leaked, learning about life and death from a little black mage, life with the Romeros, E3 conference schedule, Final Fantasy 12 remake, how Hearts of Stone writers explored the problems present in an old German/Polish morality tale, it’s ok to be mad at journalism but don’t be a moron about It, actors union wants California to investigate mistreatment of voice actors, XCOM 2 console announcement, Perfect Dark's lost sequels, Persona 5 release and special edition, and more. Former EA exec David De Martini dies at 56 GOG Connect imports Steam games to your GOG library Actors union asking California safety regulators to investigate mistreatment of voice actors The E3 2016 Press Conference Schedule Mental Heath Awareness Charity Will Have Presence at E3 2016 E3 2016 HOSTS A CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR'S GREATEST GAME ART XCOM 2 - Console Announcement Trailer A thread about this was created here. E3 2016: SAINTS ROW DEVELOPER ANNOUNCES AGENTS OF MAYHEM – IGN FIRST Battlefield 1: EA Was Concerned Kids Didn't Know WW1 Even Happened Battlefield 1 has six weapon classes, no attachments Persona 5 US Release Date Is 5 Months After Japan, Special Edition Announced A thread about this was created here. LawBreakers closed alpha testing will begin later this month FIFA 17 gets a new engine, launches Sept. 27 Ubisoft Announces Watch Dogs 2 Announcement Titanfall 2 will launch three weeks out from Battlefield 1, EA chief says Story of Seasons sequel heads West next year Rumor: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remaster to be announced at E3 2016 A thread about this was created here. Dead Rising 4 Poster and Gameplay Images Potentially Leaked, Might be a Remake of Dead Rising 1 Injustice 2 Is Coming, Suggest Retail Leaks P.T. Spiritual Successor Allison Road Canceled A thread about this was created here. FAR FROM NOISE, AN UPCOMING NARRATIVE GAME ABOUT NATURE AND MORTALITY The best Final Fantasy game is finally getting a remaster Summon Night 6 coming west in early 2017 VA-11 Hall-A’s Cyberpunk Bartending Lands June 21st ANNOUNCING GRAND KINGDOM’S LITEDEMO VERSION AND CHARACTER TRAILER 2! Apocalyptic Incursions: Frozen Synapse 2 Dev Video Horizon Zero Dawn: New Trailer, New Release Date PS4's Horizon: Zero Dawn $120 Collector's Edition Revealed Yooka-Laylee Looks Like So Much Fun Telltale's The Walking Dead Season Three arrives this fall Valve backs Star Wars Battlefront 3 fan remake for Steam release A thread about this was created here. Superhot VR Will Be Oculus Exclusive, First DLC Free Hellblade combat video looks smooth as hell Raconteuring Rabbit Men: Blackwood Crossing Revealed Zeboyd’s Cosmic Star Heroine Blasting Off In Summer New trailer reveals July release for Myst successor Obduction Mafia 2 returns to Steam after nearly a year off the market 21 years later, Kenji Eno's 3DO cult hit D comes to PC Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is now available for $15 OVERWATCH TWEAKS COMING FOR MCCREE, D.VA AND REAPER Everyone is always complaining about Bastion but it looks like the developers agree with me when it comes to McCree and D.Va Overwatch cheaters are having a hard time Overwatch Has 7 Million Players Already A Closer Look At Overwatch's Generous Headshot Hitboxes Overwatch: Blizzard answers the big questions Democracy 3 Going Electioneering In Next Expansion Homeworld Remastered Update 2.0 Blasts Off Rocket League surpasses 5M copies sold, 15M players Rocket League Brings Trade-In System in Next Update, Player Trading Coming Later Report: Gameloft CEO to step down following Vivendi takeover Diablo 3 director exits Blizzard and game industry The Best Stellaris Mods In esports news ESL partners with Xfinity to accelerate accessibility and popularity of esports Capcom: Player banned from Pro Tour for sexual harassment incident at tournament They chose a odd way to frame the story from 2013 as it keeps saying he allegedly hit his ex-girlfriend, while ignoring that it says he attacked another tournament player and hit him several times. Riot Games strikes back against PaiN over lawsuit Rick Fox on building Echo Fox, eSports expansion and Overwatch Kobe Bryant Is Considering Investing In Esports Super Smash Bros. players register in record numbers for Evo 2016 In crowdfunding news Stygian - A Lovecraftian Computer RPG A thread about this was made here. Matt Chat 343: Copper Dreams with Joe and Hannah Talking about their current project. Four days left with about $2,700 left to earn. Other content I found interesting this week Working on Fable destroyed my life, but I don't regret it It’s OK to Be Mad at Games Journalism, But Don’t Be a Moron About It I had to look at the Forbes article, the one this article links to, around the time it was first posted. I had to look at it because every article written in that style is always going to lie, misinterpret, ignore the human element of live coverage, etc and I always want to see how long it would take the author to do one of those things. He couldn't even make it through the first sentence without lying or saying something that would obviously be shown as wrong if he had looked into it, not that the kind of people creating conent like that care about factual reporting, pandering to outrage culture is easier, which is an odd way of thinking for people complaining about the competence of the press. The Cult of Video Games (Commentary) Life with the Romeros Guest Column: Learning About Life and Death From a Little Black Mage Final Fantasy II Retrospective: The Black Sheep Of The Series Final Fantasy Tactics – 1997 Developer Interview originally featured in Famicon Tsuushin magazine The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Story Discussion (ENDING SPOILERS!) How the writers explored the problems present in an old morality tale, Pan Twardowski, and how they reexamine them for a modern age. Guest Column: The Strange, Wonderful, Non-Commercial Games of alt.ctrl.GDC 'One Finger Death Punch' and the Zen of Combat THE DIFFICULT HISTORY OF VIDEOGAMES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE Uncharted 4 and the impact of Naughty Dog's aversion to producers Uncharted 4 Solves The Series’ Identity Crisis The Copyright Dilemma - On Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents - Extra Credits WHEN PROTEUS WAS THE ONLY PLACE I WANTED TO BE Stellaris: The Best GamAccountable Complicity Matt Lees talks about the good and bad of Stellaris, trying to maintain a peaceful emperor when it tends to go against what you are conditioned to do in games, the themes of Stellaris, and the relationship between developers, modders, and their community. Superhot: Game Design and Mind Control Perfect Dark's Lost Sequels - Unseen64 What Makes Kentucky Route Zero’s Dialogue So Good? The Weird Science of Bloodborne Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games The Internet Has Turned Overwatch's Play of The Game Into An Incredible Joke Compilation of play of the game parodies. Overwatch Myths X-Men: Apocalypse's Finest Moment Recreated In Fallout 4
  4. This week in the news; Microsoft ends 360 production, PSN getting two factor authentication, too much "game" being taught at game schools, Total War Warhammer adds Bretonnia to skirmish and multiplayer, Double Fine and Lucasarts audio legend Jory Prum dies at 41, Pewdiepie talks about how horrible he used to be, Dontnod's dark turn from Life Is Strange to Vampyr, Danny O'Dwyer talks to Blizzard about the fall of Titan and creation of Overwatch in a three part series, Outlast 2 gameplay, Don Daglow calling bullshit on core and casual labels, Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative, John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS, what a video game producer does, and more. Why Free Money Suddenly Showed Up In Some People's Steam Accounts PlayStation Network getting two-factor authentication, Sony confirms Microsoft Ends Xbox 360 Production Double Fine, LucasArts audio legend Jory Prum dies, aged just 41 John Romero and Adrian Carmack team up for another teaser John Romero and Adrian Carmack's new FPS Blackroom is set in a violent world of holographs A thread about this was created here. Final Fantasy 15 Game Informer Coverage An Inside Look At Modernizing The Art Of Final Fantasy Our Final Fantasy 15 thread can be found here. God Eater: Resurrection launches June 28, God Eater 2: Rage Burst launches August 30 in the west Total War: Warhammer adds Bretonnia as a multiplayer faction Everspace trailer teases "imminent" alpha Sometimes Always Monsters is the sequel to Always Sometimes Monsters The King of Fighters 14 comes to PS4 in August Homefront: The Revolution opening cinematic reveals a fallen America I really hope this game is satirical, playing a plot like this straight would be really embarrassing. What is it with movies and games where America fails in every way or causes the apocalypse and everyone bands together to bring it back? This is probably why I love Bastion so much. Fragments of Him bringing the waterworks to PC in May Go West! JRPG I Am Setsuna Gets July Release Date THE LION’S SONG AIMS TO DEPICT THE LONELINESS OF HISTORY’S GREATEST MINDS Uncharted 4 is bringing back Plunder Mode Nioh Demo Out Now, Complete It to Unlock Special Item for Full Game PS4 Exclusive Nioh Lets You Choose to Improve Frame Rate or Resolution Outlast 2 is creepy, disjointed, provocative and Catholic A thread about this was created here. PC-Exclusive Divinity: Original Sin 2's Multiplayer Is Not What I Expected ALL WALLS MUST FALL TO EXPLORE THE CULTURAL DIVISION OF COLD WAR-ERA BERLIN Opening 18 Minutes of Mirror's Edge Catalyst Mirror's Edge Catalyst delayed again, now launching in June See Hitman Episode 2's Gorgeous But Deadly Setting in Launch Trailer Children of Zodiarcs Gameplay - A Tactical RPG With Dice Rolls - PAX East 2016 Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Friday the 13th: The Game gets new map based on iconic Jason hunting ground The Banner Saga 3 Discussed, Dev Says Universe Is "Very Fertile Ground" for Storytelling Star Ocean Dev's Exist Archive Coming to PS4 and Vita in North America This Year Persona 5 website teases a May 5 reveal for ... something Breached gameplay trailer teases some sort of strange sci-fi mystery Next Five Nights at Freddy's Game Teased FROM LIFE IS STRANGE TO VAMPYR: DONTNOD'S DARK TURN The Walking Dead Game's Season 3 Details Teased, Returning Character Confirmed Cliff Bleszinski Talks Moving on from Gears of War and Starting Fresh with Lawbreakers Lawbreakers Is Everything Gears of War Isn't A thread about this was made here. Mafia 3 Will Have "Ton" of Great Songs, Dev Says THERE’S AN UPCOMING GAME ABOUT EXPLORING A DYSTOPIAN CITY AS A CAT Supergiant's Pyre Focuses on Companionship and a Little Bit of Sports Opening 25 Minutes of Pyre Gameplay A thread about this was made here. Stealthy Seven Sneaks Out First Trailer A thread about this was created here. Tales of Berseria Western Release Ruiner is a neon-bright swords and guns game that will brook no blunders CLIQUE IS A GAME ABOUT FACING PREJUDICE They have a Kickstarter here but they plan to move ahead whether it reaches the goal or not. Shadow Complex Remastered Launches May 3 on PS4 Looks Like The New Call Of Duty Is Called 'Infinite Warfare' Destiny players reckon they've discovered the release date for the game's next big expansion Disastrous New Division Exploit Lets Players Do Unlimited Damage A patch has now fixed this and other glitches. Doom on PC Will Unlock Framerate and Support Advanced Settings, See Them Here Borderlands 3 Teased, Might Not Be Called That Rocket League's Hoops Mode opens the Dunk House for business next week Next Rainbow Six Siege Operation Adds These Two Classes Witcher 3 Adding New Gwent Cards and More Blizzard Is Nerfing A Bunch Of Hearthstone Cards How to get 13 free Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods packs starting tomorrow Kerbal Space Program 1.1 update brings new interface and performance upgrades Dota 2 gameplay update changes Ranked All Pick, adds new Scan function Why It Took Two Years To Finish Making DLC For A Rambo Game Nobody Liked Sega will add modding support to Mega Drive games on Steam Rust's Controversial Random Gender Update Has Led To More Players Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide Report: Platinum Games president Tatsuya Minami has stepped down The Contentious Debate Over Whether To Make Hyper Light Drifter Easier This seems like a debate that could be solved by adding an easy mode, or an option to toggle easier features on and off to create the experience that you want to have with the game. These don't sound like the kind of changes you would have to make to Dark Souls to make that game easier that I posted about in the news update two weeks ago, it sounds like we have a very simple solution for this game. Eve: Valkyrie Offers Cross-Play Between Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive Why PlayStation VR may be the best platform for Eve: Valkyrie Stop spraying me with water, I like Fated: The Silent Oath just fine Watch medieval multiplayer VR combat in Valiant's early access trailer VR hardware sales predicted to soar past $2 billion by end of year Tekken x Street Fighter No Longer in Active Development NIS America and Atlus sever longtime publishing ties SNK Playmore is now just 'SNK' Assassin's Creed creator settles his lawsuit against Ubisoft In esports news Match-Fixing Report Shows How Gambling Has Ruined Korean StarCraft The rising tide of esports regulation and lawsuits PaiN’s lawsuit against Riot is just the beginning A Hero's Spell-Stealing Ability Just Wrecked Team Secret's Night in DOTA 2 YouPorn-sponsored esports team barred from ESL Bud Light’s new esports plans are just as boring as its beer In a League of its own: My trip to the EU LCS Finals In crowdfunding news Dark Souls™ - The Board Game I posted the announcement for this two weeks ago, it has since gone up on Kickstarter where it was funded in about five minutes and has now far exceeded its goal. The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Other content I found interesting this week Australia's Indie Evolution On An Island Far Away What A Video Game Producer Actually Does The next three articles are responses to Alex St. John's article and past presentations that were mentioned in last weeks news post. I am Alex St. John’s Daughter, and He is Wrong About Women in Tech Guest Column: Defending Crunch Isn't Leadership A Productive Look at Burnout in the Games Industry (And Everywhere Else) The Story of Overwatch: The Fall of Titan How the team was able to move on from a failure that they hadn't experienced before. The Story of Overwatch: Return of the 90s Shooter The Story of Overwatch: 21 Hero Salute Pewdiepie Talks About How Horrible He Used To Be Interactive Music for the Video Game Composer Reading People Through Video Games THE FALSE LEGACY OF GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 Educating Game Designers - Too Much "Game" at Game Schools - Extra Credits Are LGBT Characters "Forced" Into Games? Rantasmo talks about the need for round and flat character types to tell a story and to give life to a setting. A LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY; RETURNING TO SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Bloodborne: Beating Dark Souls' Narrative Design Matt Lees looks at how Bloodborne is built to support its narrative. GXTalks: GX3 • Day 3 - Building Believable Fantasy Worlds I’m Not Calling You a Liar: Complicated Canon & Unreliable Narrators in ‘Dragon Age II’ THE IMMORTAL WEIRDNESS OF SHADOW HEARTS SHADOW OF DESTINY, THE PS2 GAME AHEAD OF (AND BEHIND) ITS TIME Bastion's The Sci-Fi Western I've Been Waiting For The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part One: Wario’s Woes The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Two: The Origin of Launch Week Battle The Fascinating Story of DRM, Part Three: Big Corporate Lost Productivity WHERE ARE THEY NOW? FMV Game Actors and Actresses! One I missed from earlier this month, could be of interest for old FMV Adventure game players. Why All the Hate?: A History of Internet Trolls Super Mario RPG - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. WeeklyTubeShow The history and development of Super Mario RPG. Don Daglow: "I'm calling bullshit on core, mid-core and casual" Don Daglow is credited with the development of the first D&D video game (Dungeon), the first God game (Utopia), the first Baseball game (Baseball), and the first graphical MMORPG (Neverwinter Nights). The Joker's Best Cut Scenes And Battles Against Batman, Throughout Video Game History NADIA: RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER DLC’S SURPRISE MVP Bridging Worlds: Workified Games Part one in a four parts series, the others are written and can be read from the homepage. FINAL FANTASY XII AND THE GLORY OF THE GRIND BINARY DOMAIN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOOTING ROBOTS Three Solutions to Three Problems in Interactive Fiction
  5. This week in the news; The Game Theorists' Matthew Patrick and other Youtubers meet with the Pope, Overwatch, reporting on well sourced No Man's Sky delay leads to threats towards author and when confirmed threats shift to developer, The Last Guardian is not dead (again), Mighty No. 9's terrible trailer upsets its developers, the story behind the cancelled Legacy of Kain game, GameSpot turns 20 and a look at where the former staff are now, BAFTA honors veteran game designer Amy Hennig, Starbreeze buys rights to Payday franchise and removes micro-transactions, why accessibility in gaming should be the rule not the exception, and more. Pope Francis explains to The Game Theorists YouTuber how to deal with haters Xbox Exec Teases: "Doing Things We've Never Done" Data shows Miitomo is in decline, suggests downloads alone aren't enough HANDS ON WITH CIVILIZATION 6 ... AS THE EMPEROR OF CHINA The article is information about the game with its own video. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Mechanical Apartheid Live-Action Trailer Some good thoughts on the Deus Ex series, though some other smart critics disagree, look forward to seeing how the game turns out and seeing if they discuss the series themes further. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Story Trailer First Person Survival Horror Game ‘Agony’ Announced, Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC A thread about this was created here. Dragon Quest Builders comes stateside this fall, in time for series' 30th anniversary Mighty No. 9's new trailer is a 'masterclass' in Marketing 101 failures Every time I see thing game I just think of all the money that could have gone to Wayforward and Shantae instead. Mighty No. 9 Dev Calls New Trailer "Unforgivable," Blames Deep Silver 6 Trailer tips: Don’t offend your audience like Mighty No. 9 Enigmatic RPG Absolver showcases suave melee combat 7 Days to Die comes to consoles on June 28 A classic WayForward Technologies April Fools' joke is becoming an actual game Witcher 3 1.2 Patch Notes Cover Enemy Upscaling, Making Gwent Cards Easier to Collect Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Trailer Highlights Its Story, Dual Protagonists, And Gameplay ENTERING BELOW’S DEADLY CAVES IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART Injustice: Gods Among Us 2 in Development Mafia 3 trailer is a virtual tour of New Bordeaux Sources: No Man's Sky Delayed Reporting on possible delays apparently gets the author of the article threatened and apparently upset a lot of Reddit users on the games forum It was confirmed that the game will now be released August 9th. Threats seemed to have shifted to the developer after the delay was confirmed. Jason later wrote an article about it I Got Death Threats For Reporting On A Video Game Delay New Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer, Special Editions Revealed Zero Time Dilemma for PC launches June 30 Two minutes of Final Fantasy XV chocobo gameplay Onechanbara Z2: Chaos coming to PC via Steam on June 1 Sci-fi colony sim RimWorld hits Early Access this Summer Outcast is being remade as Outcast - Second Contact THE LAST GUARDIAN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT TRICO Rocket League's New Experimental Map Adds Walls and Lanes Fallout 4 Xbox One Mods Limited to 2GB, Bethesda Reveals in Livestream Happening Now Minecraft: Story Mode's sixth episode arrives next week Mech Land Assault comes to Just Cause 3 early June GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony Coming June 7th Total War: Warhammer Breaks Franchise Sales Records How Overwatch Picks Play of the Game Moments Blizzard are taking down Overwatch porn Starbreeze buys rights to Payday franchise, discusses future support and sequel BAFTA honors veteran game designer Amy Hennig with a Special Award Report: Vivendi moving ahead with 'hostile takeover' of Gameloft Oculus is picking a fight with developers and fans it has no chance of winning China's Tencent just bought a piece of Paradox In esports news Potential Tencent-Supercell deal would take mobile esports to the next level Pro Counter-Strike: GO team Faze leaves World Esports Association REUNITED wants to become the Astralis of Overwatch esports Pac-12 Esports problems: pre-existing collegiate competitions, student-athlete regulation, and Title IX compliance In crowdfunding news GREEDY GUNS - a metroidvania inspired by Metal Slug Found thanks to A CYBERPUNK RPG THAT DREAMS OF RUST AND COPPER The game's Kickstarter can be found here. Other content I found interesting this week GameSpot Turns 20 - Where Are They Now? A look at their past employees and what they are doing now includes working for Twitch, Blizzard, Ubisoft, Riot, starting very successful Youtube channels, creative director of Supergiant Games (see man writing about Doom below), creating Giant Bomb, writing for Divinity Original Sin 2, etc. I was a very active member of the community at Gamespot for 12 years (which kind of fell apart after Jody left and some poor site updates) and interacted with Danny and Carolyn often through posts and blogs. I think Danny and Chris Watters are the only two still working there that I remember, good to hear that everyone is doing well. Celebrating GameSpot's 20th Anniversary - The Lobby Doom is asking important questions that other FPSes aren't [SSFF] How Doom '16 Redefines the "Retro Throwback" DOOM Behind The Music Part 2 ‘Homefront: The Revolution’ Takes the American Myth Too Far 'SUPERHOT' is an Anti-Cinematic Action Game History Respawned: Uncharted 4 The Legacy of Kain game that was cancelled three years in Designing the World of ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ JRPGs, We're Close To A Reconciliation Legacy Play - Thoughts on the Vanilla WoW Server - Extra Credits Mario Galaxy - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Egoraptor of Game Grumps Errant Signal - Dark Souls III Pt 2 (Boss/Story Spoilers) The Art Of Offworld Trading Company Learn about Overwatch's quirks in this myth-busting video Reinhardt being able to sacrifice himself for his team is pretty cool. Overwatch and the death of the midnight launch Overwatch fan with cerebral palsy thanks Blizzard for custom controls Accessibility in gaming should be the rule, not the exception Seattle, Recreated Almost Perfectly In Cities: Skylines Guest Column: A History of War(hammer) Gorgeous, Creepy And Brutal. Severed Has It All Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Overwatch Is Blatantly Better With A Controller Joke article in response to people upset over his use of a controller in a video. He has upset many GameFAQ forum users again, which seems to be a trend when he jokes about anything. Joining the GameFAQ users who don't read the articles they talk about is apparently Youtube channel The Know (a reason why I would always be against someone choosing a name in the that vein). A list of scenarios Overwatch would consider 'Plays of the Game' This article was pretty funny. Things to Do In Overwatch – Deflect Duel Diva Ults
  6. This week in the news; Blood and Wine region and launch trailer, Apple continues to censor the App store due to poorly written and unrealistic guidelines, Uncharted 4 developers talk about adding accessibility to create a more inclusive game, removing a focus on fun from focus tests, cut content, and having to remove a focus tester, Valve facing discrimination lawsuit, Homeworld Remastered getting a large update to overhaul formations and ballistics, the need to better integrate academia for better games, blacklisted by Sega while writing for a Sega magazine, 10 years since the announcement of Half Life 2 Episode 3, Syberia 3 release date, the evolution of Dark Souls' level design, a look into Star Fox Zero's controls, Ron Gilbert wants to buy the Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion IP from Disney, Batman Return to Arkham, and more. Former Valve employee seeks $3.1M in transgender discrimination suit The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine trailer showcases the pastoral region of Toussaint Don't expect The Witcher 4 any time soon - or maybe ever A thread about this was made here and here Syberia 3 launches December 1 First Nioh demo leads to complaints from players over tutorials, balanced difficulty Five Nights At Freddy's Follow-Up Goes Full-On Scary Clown PS4 Exclusive Valkyria: Azure Revolution Getting Radical Changes Due to User Feedback Yes, make it, not awful. The Talos Principle 2 Discreetly Announced The Pokémon Company To Announce New Information On Sun & Moon On June 2, 2016 Batman: Return to Arkham remaster coming to PS4, Xbox One this July A thread about this was created here. Watch nine minutes of English gameplay from Zero Time Dilemma Video playlist includes an interview with the creator followed by a video showing gameplay. AN UPCOMING GAME LETS YOU EXPLORE MESOAMERICAN RUINS AS A WOLF Hard Reset Redux system requirements and release date revealed Yooka-Laylee story details and new screens arrive ahead of demo launch Tangiers developer hopes to resume "full production" very soon Leaked Poster Reveals Destiny's Next Expansion, Rise of Iron Bungie postpones Destiny's Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner until it can fix a bug Path of Exile's Next Update Is Bigger Than You Might Expect Upcoming Homeworld Remastered patch to rework ship formations and behaviour Dambuster to patch Homefront: The Revolution's poor performance Rocket League update delivers cross-platform play to Xbox One Overwatch's first big update will bring back Competitive Play mode Huge mod seeks to bring Seattle to the world of Fallout 4 Fallout 4 Dev "Actively Working" to Improve Far Harbor DLC Performance Paradox removed a Steam mod that eliminated nonwhites from Stellaris Battleborn Drops To $40 Just In Time For Overwatch EA explains lack of campaign in Star Wars Battlefront EA chief creative director and gaming guru Richard Hilleman leaves company APPLE SAYS POLITICALLY-CHARGED PALESTINIAN GAME ISN’T A “GAME” AT ALL This happens frequently with Apple as they don't treat games as an artistic medium (though apparently they will accept anything if its an Angry Bird clone), more recent and notable occurrences would be their removal and rejection of the well received games Ultimate General Gettysburg and The Binding of Issac. After backlash Apple has allowed the game onto their store about a week after declining it, which is what happened with the other games they decline, further showing their nonsensical game app policies. FOX ‘STOLE’ A GAME CLIP, USED IT IN FAMILY GUY & DMCA’D THE ORIGINAL Nintendo issues copyright claims on Mario-themed Minecraft videos Hideo Kojima Isn't Making A New Game Engine Kojima aims to keep his new studio at 100 people or less Resident Evil Revelations Dev Wants to Continue Series, Explore Side Characters No New Rockstar Game Until April 2017 At the Earliest, Company Confirms It's been 10 years since Half-Life 2: Episode 3 was announced. Here's Gabe Newell not talking about it. Monkey Island Creator Wants to Buy Rights Back After Disney Exits Console Games Riot owner Tencent to launch League of Legends-ready console in China Uncharted 4 sold 2.7m copies in a week Uncharted 4: Here's What Got Cut From the Game Monument Valley in Numbers: Year 2 In esports news WHY ESPORTS COMMENTARY IS SO DIFFICULT Investors pour $4.5M more into eSports coaching tool startup League of Legends Developer and ESPN Both Deny "Active Talks" for $500 Million Broadcast Deal Why Turner is bullish on esports The Greatest Halo Player Of All Time Retired Yesterday In crowdfunding news Ilios: Betrayal of Gods A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week How One Disabled Player Convinced Naughty Dog To Add More Accessibility Options To Uncharted 4 Uncharted 4 Focus Tester Dismissed After "Sexist" Outburst, Dev Says Why Naughty Dog removed 'fun' from its Uncharted 4 focus tests More can be found in the interview that both articles link to. The Pirate Republics that Inspired Uncharted 4's Libertalia That time I was blacklisted by Sega while editing a Sega magazine Anatomy: The Best Horror Game Ever Doom Is Exactly The Right Kind Of Ridiculous Integrating Academia - Experimenting for Better Games - Extra Credits A Great Thing Final Fantasy IX Did OVERWATCH: A LAID-BACK SHOOTER WITHOUT THE CRAPPY ATTITUDES The Measure of Success Kathy Rain publisher vows to support one-man studio, despite poor sales Editorial: An End To “GIT GUD” – You Don’t Need To Be “Good” At Games To Enjoy Them This Week in Games - Reviewer Skill, Accessibility & Overwatch Leaks Danny starts out by talking about how footage is often attained which ties into the article above this. Making the World of Firewatch Firewatch Is Mine (No Spoilers) An excellent high quality video about his experiencing with Firewatch. The Evolution of Dark Souls Level Design (and Bloodborne!) What Happened to All the Black Games? This is What Video Gaming Narratives Need to Do to Be Taken Seriously A Deep Dive into Star Fox Zero's Controls | Game Maker's Toolkit The Terminal Reality Years: A Crash Course In Game Development Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Bastion Units Destroyed Dark Souls 3: 7 Reasons It's For Babies One Heck Of A Hitman Kill
  7. This week in the news; Steam Summer sale date leaked, inside story of the rise and fall of Lionhead, Civilization 6 announced, historical trailer analysis for Battlefield 1, Ace Attorney 6 coming to North America and Europe, Pillars of Eternity 2, Paradox responds to people saying IGN reviewer had a vendetta against them (and other embarrassing responses to reviews), how flawed is the world's first esports association, being a tester for Sega in 1996, "invisible gamers" and why things like trailer likes and dislikes don't really matter, why Fallout 3 is garbage, German government upholds esports as games and not sports, Mario goes on a date with Boo, Prey 2 rumored to be in development by Arkane, harassment on Twitch and at DreamHack, the RNG of Mario 64, and more. Steam Summer Sale dates allegedly leaked — again Xbox Live Is Freeing Up A Million Gamertags Lionhead: The inside story This is a really long, entertaining, sad, fucked up, and detailed article that also sheds some light on where some of their ideas came from, events in the company, how the company was run, successes, failures, the rejection of Fable 4, and industry and marketing practices. A thread about this was created here. Unlocked Frame Rate and More Now Enabled for UWP Civilization VI Coming October 21, Big Changes To Core Gameplay HOW FIRAXIS WILL REDEFINE CIVILIZATION'S ART STYLE IN CIV 6 A thread about this was created here. Pillars of Eternity II is in development, acknowledges Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice coming west in September Titanfall 2 drops this fall EA Explains Why Releasing Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 in 2016 Isn't a Bad Idea Star Wars Battlefront sequel coming in 2017 EA beats expectations thanks to Star Wars: Battlefront's success A thread about this was created here. EA Boss Originally Rejected Battlefield WW1 Pitch The Banner Saga 2 hits consoles in July Rumor: Prey 2 In Development at Arkane, Will Be Revealed at E3 2016 Be true, and look like it did when it was first revealed. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Announced, Watch First Trailer Yo-Kai Watch 2 launches in the U.S. this September New Sherlock Holmes Game Features a Semi-Open World, See Gameplay Here Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics coming west this summer System Shock Remastered is launching a Kickstarter campaign Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers PS4 English version launches August 5 in Asia Blizzard promises to permanently ban Overwatch cheats Overwatch beta breaks Blizzard’s records, beats Destiny, The Division A thread about this was created here. Overwatch's New Animated Short Explores Hanzo And Genji's Tragic Rivalry TW: Warhammer's Chaos campaign walkthrough explains why being mad is hard work Total War: WARHAMMER - Battle Magic Spotlight EXCLUSIVE! Total War: Warhammer w/ Hat Films BADIYA HOPES TO CHANGE ARABIC REPRESENTATION IN VIDEOGAMES Shadow Warrior 2 is a surprising sequel My Ride Through Kingdom Come, The Medieval RPG With No Magic Bullshit Phantom Brave is NIS America's next Steam port Stellaris director promises big changes and more content in future updates Rainbow Six Siege Video Shows How to Use New Sticky Cameras, Weapon Shield The Division: Here's When Next Update Arrives and a New Trailer Microsoft Kills Project Spark A thread about this was created here. Disney is ending its Infinity video game line, shutting down Avalanche Software Disney stopped making games because it doesn't understand how to make games Sources: The Ambitious (Now Cancelled) Plans For Disney Infinity's Future Included Rogue One, Bigger Figures World Of Warcraft Designer Gets Real About Complaint That Blizzard Doesn't Listen Capcom Now Prioritizing "Completeness," Even If That Means Delays Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster Sells 800,000 Copies Sega Has Sold Over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis Games on Steam Payday 2 Dev Teams With Acer to Work on High-End VR Headset 65% of Twitch viewing time split between four games Thrawn's Revenge 2 brings a deep Star Wars campaign to Sins of a Solar Empire Fallout 4 Player Leaks Unreleased DLC As A Mod, Gets Shut Down By Bethesda In esports news German government upholds esports as games, not sports, meaning visa issues should continue Berlin Pirate Party files a motion to recognize esports in Germany LEAKED IMAGE HINTS AT MAJOR NEW ESPORTS ORGANIZATION What the heck is WESA? ESL Reveals Plan to Clean Up Doping, Corruption, and Cheating in Esports Just How Profoundly Flawed Is the World’s First Esports Association? Renegades respond to League of Legends ban Growth in e-sports popularity wows Nevada Gaming Policy panel Guest Column: Meet the Smash Sisters In crowdfunding news This War Of Mine: The Board Game Hands-on with This War of Mine: The Board Game A thread about this was created here. Copper Dreams They have already had one successful Kickstarter campaign with the game Serpent in the Staglands. A thread about this was created here. Niche - a genetics survival game A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week Let's Check The Battlefield 1 Trailer For Historical Accuracy Fallout 3 Is Garbage, And Here's Why Going into world design, writing, choices, difficulty, navigation, conversation choices, morality, modders needing to fix and improve things, and how a smirk from Josh Sawyer made the him want to try New Vegas. The Long Dark Is Boring And That's Why It's Great NDCS Workshop 2016 Publisher Defends Negative IGN Review Of Their Game, Shoots Down 'Supposed Conspiracy' I hadn't heard of anyone complaining about his review, apparently people complaining about review scores have reached the point where they are such cliched embarrassments that even I don't always hear about them anymore or them being made fun of over Uncharted 4 score complaints just overshadowed it. It is nice to see a company defend people harassed over review scores (hell, sometimes that would involve defending people who gave their game's terrible scores like 8s and low 9s), but this is also a good point as feeling the need to respond to completely asinine claims can set a bad precedent. Remove the Washington Post review from Uncharted 4's metascore In other news, regarding people not understanding the concept of reviews, grammar, human thought process, and reading comprehension, a petition was started to remove the negative review from Uncharted 4's metacritic listing. A lot of people are lying and saying the review is satire (even though the review contains no satire or jokes) because it is listed as a "Comic Riff", as always taking the five seconds to actually look at the site would reveal that Comic Riff is what a lot of their video game, comic, animation, super hero, etc content is labeled as and it has nothing to do with an article being a joke or not (but the corporate shills are mad about criticism and they certainly aren't doing to look into anything when they can be angry toxic fanboys instead). People are also saying that because the review didn't have a score that Metacritic just assigned one randomly, knowing anything about how that works or looking into that would show those people that the author tells Metacritic what score they want to give even if a score is not used by their own publication. Kotaku has just written an article about this here. Troy Baker retweeted the petition before realizing that doing so looks pathetic, and kind of half apologized for it. Death to Review Scores: Why we need to move beyond the pseudo-objective outrage hook in game reviews The invisible gamers In Defense of Short Games - Worth Every Dollar - Extra Credits Are Video Games RUINING Gaming? (COD, Far Cry, BioShock & More) – Wisecrack Edition A thread about this was created here. THE AZTEC PESSIMISM OF A MACHINE FOR PIGS VISIONS OF HELL: DARK SOULS’S CULTURAL HERITAGE RetroAhoy: Quake The history, design, gameplay, mods, and legacy of the Quake series. A video for Doom was also made back in January, which BleedingChaos23 shared here. Discussing the Importance of ‘DOOM’ with Game Designer Dan Pinchbeck HOW DOOM INSPIRED TWO GENERATIONS OF HACKERS AND MODDERS [SSFF] Punching Weight Ep 5: Doom Console Ports #1 (32X/SNES/GBA) RACISM, HEARTHSTONE AND TWITCH "Enough is enough": Confessions of a Twitch chat moderator Blizzard investigating Twitch pilot program to help combat chat harassment Cibele's Nina Freeman Creates a Super Mario Maker Level — DEVS MAKE MARIO Exploitation is Not Awareness Diablo: A Classic Game Postmortem There's nothing wrong with digital vanity Controllers Control Everything | Game Maker's Toolkit Nine Underappreciated JRPGs That Are Worth Your Time The first game on the list is Radiant Historia, and yes everyone should play that. Though this might be true Japanese Environmentalism, Shinto, & ‘The Legend of Zelda’ There Is No Coming of Age in 'Oxenfree' Mario 64's hidden RNG decoded Old school Sega documentary explores life as a video game tester in 1996 Anything funny I found throughout the week relating to video games The Best Of GameFAQs’ Uncharted 4/Quantum Break Temper Tantrum Tank Murder Is A Very Funny GTA V Video That Time Bill Gates Starred In A DOOM Promo Video
  8. This week in the news; Nintendo announces NX release with tweet and financial report, lots of Warhammer, researcher wins grant to create a theory of games, No Man's Sky was almost cancelled, Call of Duty 4 Remaster announced with poop tweet, how Jim Sterling gets around Nintendo monetizing his videos, the history of ragdoll physics, Australian parliament report calls for renewed game industry funding, how games are helping veterans recover from injury, Maddy Myers gives her thoughts on the Street Fighter modding community, the rise of Dark Souls, Long War team to create five more mods for XCOM 2, Chinese developer talks about difficulty of development in China while discussing his game about a possibly never ending train ride, how a Mario Maker rivalry lead to getting punched in the balls, and more. Nintendo Announces NX Launch Date With a Tweet and a Financial Report NX won't be sold at a loss Nintendo's president gets grilled on its mobile business, NX plans Call Of Duty 4 Remastered Apparently Confirmed With Poop Emoji I kind of like this new companies not giving a fuck style marketing, also a little strange that they found a tweet that was over two years old to reply to, so they must have came up with the idea to do this and then actively searched for the best tweet to respond to. Researcher Espen Aarseth wins $2.3M grant to create a theory of games Australian Parliament report calls for renewed game industry funding Calling the SWAT team on your neighbor could soon carry a 20-year prison sentence Would be good to see harsher penalties for that. Not sure why people writing about this keep referring to it as a prank when people clearly do it to cause fear or to endanger the lives of people to get them to stop doing something, terrorism or reckless endangerment (in addition to the whole false police report thing) depending on who it is aimed at would probably be a more accurate description. Game Critic Uses Brilliant Workaround For YouTube's Copyright Bullshit The Legend of Zelda will release in 2017 for NX, Wii U New DOOM Includes Awesome Secret For Old School Fans That's cool, kind of like what the two new Wolfenstein games do. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided teases Adam Jensen's cyberpunk adventure in new trailer Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Release Date, Trailer, Gameplay Details Revealed New Call of Duty Aiming to Offer Biggest Change Since Modern Warfare, Dev Says Call of Duty 4 Remaster Confirmed, Detailed Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Infinity Ward explains why Call of Duty is going into space The Mandate: Ships and Bridges: the Fleets stand ready! Maybe some people will remember The Mandate from the video that Joe did around the time of the community relaunch, obviously the game still isn't out but they do release updates, usually about once a month to show how things are progressing, to show different systems, and they showed off some boarding combat about nine months ago. In this update they talk about ships, ship bridges, head models, animations, and the adventure mode. The Bard's Tale IV Combat Details In other popular Kickstarter update news, some details on combat have been given for The Bard's Tale IV. Raiden 5 is coming to Xbox One in May, please enjoy this trailer Battleborn launch trailer features shooting, stabbing, and dancing Battleborn Gets Tie-In Mobile Game, "Battleborn Tap" Battleborn | Cinematic Intro Someone watched Aeon Flux. The Creators of Burnout Are Making A Game That's Even More Chaotic AJ's SEVEN Developer Preview Stardew Valley console ports, multiplayer are in the works New Carmageddon for PS4/Xbox One Delayed, Here's Why Avadon 3: The Warborn announced Watch Dogs 2's Main Character Could Be This Guy Oh good, I was worried they might make a sequel where you don't look like a jackass. Stellaris - Developers Aiming for the Stars - Pt. 2 "Experiences and Modding" A thread about the game was created here. Superhot Xbox One Release Date Announced Overwatch star Winston unravels the game's backstory in new teaser AJ's Livelock Developer Preview AJ's Mirage Arcane Warfare Developer Preview No Man's Sky studio taps Star Trek writer, Watchmen creator to help craft game lore How Hello Games created the lore of No Man’s Sky MIGHTY NO. 9 – GOES GOLD! I expect the final product to confirm my thoughts that everyone should have supported the Shantae Kickstarter instead. NOSTATION, A GAME INSPIRED BY LATE-NIGHT TRAIN RIDES ACROSS CHINA A GRUNGY MACHINE-AGE VIDEOGAME PRIORITIZES STORYTELLING OVER DIFFICULTY DOOM SnapMap Preview A thread about this was created here. DOOM Single-player Preview A thread about this was created here. TEEN GHOST STORY OXENFREE TO GET NEW ENDINGS IN UPCOMING DIRECTOR’S CUT Asemblance: First-Person Horror Announced Angry Joe Looks At Outlast 2 Dishonored 2 launching this November PIXEL ART EXPLORATION GAME GETS ITS MORAL AMBIGUITY FROM STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS Project Highrise Aims To Be A Modern SimTower Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to Wii U Virtual Console Total War: WARHAMMER - Voicing the Goblin Great Shaman - Rally Point Special During the first video they announced that Total War Warhammer is going to be giving the Chaos faction free to everyone who preorders and to everyone who buys the game within the first week of release. So you can wait a few days for reviews and if you buy it within the first week you will still get them at no additional cost. Similar to what the other Warhammer game Battlefleet Gothic is doing (except they are giving two factions to people who buy the game in the first two months). Space Hulk: Deathwing trailer finally shows off some gameplay Dawn of War 3 announced A thread about this was created here. Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor - Martyr Mass Destruction Trailer A good time to be a Warhammer fan apparently. CELEBRATE MAY THE 4TH NEWS WITH STAR WARS AND EA XCOM 2 is getting five new mods from the Long War team Mod Makes Fallout: New Vegas' Combat SUPERHOT New 'League of Legends' Champion Revealed: Taliyah One of Riot's Champion designers ^ seems to be getting a lot of people complaining that the character isn't sexy enough and that is being blamed on his fiance who is receiving hate mail over it (as usual when this happens neither of them have any control over that). He has responded to those people. Doctors Ordered: Big Pharma’s Marketing Expansion Elite Dangerous expansions coming to Xbox One this summer Halo 5's Next Free Update Detailed, Includes Weapon Balance Changes and More Hyper Light Drifter gets co-op mode in beta The Division gets new anti-cheating technology, ban waves have already gone out Valve Steps Up Counter-Strike's Anti-Cheat Measures Fire Emblem Fates Map DLC Release Dates Revealed The Division's New Incursion Detailed, As Dev Teases Plans to "Reinvigorate" PvE Goin’ Up! PlanetSide 2 Adds Base-Building Quantum Break PC Crash Fix Requires Microsoft to Update Windows 10 First Classic Sega games now have official mod support on Steam Nintendo 3DS emulator adds HD support, makes portable games look spectacular Uncharted 4 multiplayer will receive updates for free Uncharted 4 PS4 Discs Stolen From Truck in "Violent Assault," Sony Says 5GB Uncharted 4 Day-One Patch Required for Key Features Nintendo fends off 3DS tech lawsuit following retrial CD Projekt wants to emulate "the Rockstar model" "No Plans" for Ubisoft Takeover, Vivendi Says as It Buys More Shares Fable developer Lionhead closes down today PS4/Xbox One Upgrades Not Necessarily a Bad Thing, Guacamelee Dev Says Square Enix Montreal enlists former Hyper Light Drifter, Fez devs Epic's Gears of War 4 Would Have Cost $100 Million to Make, Dev Says Epic’s latest: Paragon, Fortnite and Unreal Tournament Nostalrius team make announcement over Blizzard meeting Why No Man's Sky Was Almost Canceled and a Story About Kanye West Early Footage From Assassin's Creed Creator's 1666: Amsterdam Oculus launch gets stranger as hardware hits Best Buy and others before pre-orders fulfilled In esports news ESL lays plays to launch new 24/7 eSports satellite TV channel BRINGING ESPORTS TO A LAS VEGAS CASINO French government creates an esports federation and reveals amendments to contract rules In crowdfunding news BLACKROOM: A New FPS from Romero & Carmack Romero and Carmack's Blackroom Kickstarter cancelled to develop demo Probably a good idea, with the exception of the above video that someone else made, they had a terrible pitch. Heroes of Dire Saltlands - Sail through the Desert! Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Other content I found interesting this week Errant Signal - Dark Souls 3 (Non-Story Spoilers?) Game Makers Toolkit - Should Dark Souls have an Easy Mode? THE COMMUNAL JOY OF DARK SOULS The “Uncensored” World of Street Fighter Mods: The Good, The Bad, The Naked Guest Column: The Known Unknowns of Subterfuge Giant Bomb Presents: Introducing Nick Capozzoli 1979 Revolution: A Snapshot of Chaos and Propaganda History Respawned: 1979 Revolution Black Friday How The Witcher 3's card game within a game was brought to life The Casual/Core Fallacy - Designing for Depth - Extra Credits HOW GAMES ARE HELPING VETERANS RECOVER FROM INJURY Smash hits and flops: a brief history of ragdoll physics HOW EVE ONLINE DESIGNS, AND SELLS, WAR Interview: BioShock Creator Ken Levine Talks the Inspiration to Create Interview with Bobby Vandiver (Red Comet) Adventures in Solitude: On Myst and The Witness Close Playing: Episode 1: Carolyn and The Witness Video Games And The Door Problem [SSFF] Past Mortem: The Rise of Dark Souls, FromSoftware, & Hidetaka Miyazaki The Highs and Lows of X-Men Video Games Fire Emblem – Developer Interviews with Shouzou Kaga and Hironobu Sakaguchi A translated interview from 1994. How A Mario Maker Rivalry Got Me Punched In The Balls Publishers Are Missing a Major Opportunity With Licensed Games Let's Remember The Bouncer! One of the first PS2 games I played, along with Kessen and Ring of Red. Metal Gear Solid 3 - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Super Bunnyhop Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Has Me on Edge 'There are a lot of ways to chop off a head' - Double Fine's Tim Schafer on humor Xbox Live Changed Gaming Forever and Kinect Not Originally Planned, Ex-Director Says "It's Just Emulation!" - The Challenge of Selling Old Games The New Kings of Kong Are Cool With Sharing The Throne Custom Game: Revisiting the Single-Player Mods of Half-Life 1 The Banner Saga 2 is an Ancient Story in Modern Form Our Steps, To The Night - The Banner Saga 2, feat. Árstíðir The Banner Saga In Memoriam A video about those who were or may have been lost during the first game
  9. This week in the news; GameFront (formerly FileFront) closing down, co-creator of DirectX argues that development isn't a real job and fair hours and wages shouldn't be expected, upgraded PS4 codenamed Neo, the great Grand Theft Auto lawsuit explained, running a women's game convention in Saudi Arabia, leak of Red Dead Redemption 2 map, Witcher 3 Blood and Wine release date slip, how early computer games influenced internet culture, the level creation of Spelunky, Ark developer settles lawsuit, GameStop starts new publishing label with Frozenbyte, Ready At Dawn, Insomniac, and Tequila Works, Sony shuts down MVP program, "being told stories in ways that I've never been told them before", and more. GameFront is Closing Down April 30, 2016 Gamefront is owned by Defy Media which has recently been shutting down or laying off staff at other game related websites they own, such as GameTrailers and The Escapist. Mod DB users are attempting to download and save the mods that might otherwise be lost with the closure of GameFront, which was written about in an article, "Help save 17 years of PC game modding history". The possible loss of these mods again shows the importance of preserving game history with safe and easily accessible archiving practices. Game Industry Veteran Writes Horrifying Article In Defence Of Poor Working Conditions Alex St John's Ideas About Game Development Are Terrifying Game industry vet draws ire from developers for defense of 80-hour workweeks Reaction from other tech and game industry veterans has been negative, with Danny O'Dwyer expressing the thought most seem to have had at first reading John's article and past presentations. Jim Sterling has made this the subject of his newest video Rami Ismail (co-creator of Vlambeer, known for Nuclear Throne, giving advice to indie developers, traveling around the world to work with indie developers and students, and his talks about how language barriers have been holding back the industry) has also responded to the article on his blog. Microsoft Testing "Variety" of New Xbox Prototypes - Report Sources: The Upgraded PlayStation 4 is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM A thread about this was made here. Sony Shutting Down PlayStation MVP Program The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine release date may have slipped out A thread about this was created here See the Old World up close in TW: Warhammer's latest showcase Homefront: The Revolution trailer touts importance of propaganda Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse coming to the Americas this summer Suda51’s Let It Die Looks Twisted And Bloody In PAX East Trailer Mirror's Edge: Catalyst closed beta dated, social play detailed New Mirror’s Edge Game Locks Some Basic Skills Behind Upgrades RTS Meridian: Squad 22 deploying in May Mafia III One Way Road Story Trailer Mafia III's Devs on Refreshing the Mafia Franchise 13 Things We Learned About Mafia III Mafia 3 Is "Hours and Hours and Hours" Long, Dev Says Here's a gameplay trailer for action RPG The Technomancer Pyre - Reveal Trailer | PS4 A thread about this was created here. Song of the Deep, Insomniac's aquatic Metroidvania, releases in July This Is the Police trailer asks a hard question about the nature of corruption Shantae and the Pirate's Curse leaps to PS4 this week I really like the Shantae series, so I'm happy to hear more people can play it now. 'Stealth mashup' Shadwen arrives on PC and PS4 in May Corpse Party for PC launches April 25, 3DS version coming to North America this summer Castlevania developer MercurySteam reveals new game Raiders of the Broken Planet New Nier: Automata Videos Show Slick Combat, Mysterious Characters Watch No Man's Sky's Expansive New 15-Minute Gameplay Demo Creepy Amusement Park Horror Game "The Park" Gets PS4, Xbox One Release Date Cold War Tech-Noir: All Walls Must Fall One of the best board games ever made is now live on Steam Here's When Dark Souls 3's First DLC is Coming Hearthstone's latest expansion will release early next week Elite Dangerous' long-awaited The Engineers expansion goes into beta next month Batman: Arkham HD Collection Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Year Stardew Valley tops a million copies sold, two months after launch Indie hit Enter the Gungeon sells 200,000 copies in first week Dark Souls 3 Breaks Sales Records Uncharted 4 Dev Talks Game Length, Difficulty Options, More Red Dead Redemption 2 Game Map Reportedly Leaked Remedy tackles Quantum Break port problems Atari Responds to Negative RollerCoaster Tycoon Reaction, Pledges Continued Support GameStop signs Ready At Dawn, Frozenbyte and more for new publishing label GameTrust A thread about this was created here. Diablo 3 lead designer leaves Blizzard for Obsidian THE GREAT GRAND THEFT AUTO LAWSUIT EXPLAINED Ark Dev Settles Lawsuit for Reported $40 Million Veteran Finnish Game Developer Has Passed Away The Up-All-Night Stream Plays Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness The new Star Ocean was streamed for over five hours and can be viewed by checking the link. HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift: The Virtual Reality Comparison We Had To Make Insomniac Games reveals The Unspoken, a game of VR magic battles The article is pretty lengthy and not just a trailer so take a look if you think the trailer looks interesting. Feral Rites explores the challenge of bringing open-world action to VR Ubisoft threatens to "punish" The Division players who use a popular exploit Maybe the team should look into fixing the game's exploits and not punishing people for finding glitches in a co-op activity. Watch Nintendo Legend Miyamoto Reminisce About Pokemon's 20th Anniversary Ambitious new Skyrim mod overhauls cities Summer Games Done Quick announces dates and speedrun lineup In esports news Wargaming to create a players union Speaking To the Heroes of the Dorm Winners About Their eSports Futures Big Ten Network and Riot Games to Host BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event Team SoloMid In Another League Of Legends Final, But Won't Have Any More Help In crowdfunding news The Wild Eight – An Eerie Survival Adventure A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week Sandstorms, Segregation, And Other Challenges Of Running A Women's Video Game Convention In Saudi Arabia Story Beats: Bastion We Don't Talk About Kenny: Telltale's Walking Dead Season 2 This is an older video (December) from the guy above, but is a great look at the story and themes of The Walking Dead games. How Early Computer Games Influenced Internet Culture Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman play "Day of the Tentacle" Before they remastered Day of the Tentacle they replayed the game. Super Mario Bros. World Record Beaten With Near-Perfect Run Postmortem: Bringing Camouflaj's République to PlayStation 4 The practical challenges of designing a political game about Africa The Story Arc Has Ended and Yet the Game Keeps Going This is Your Brain on VR: A Look at The Psychology of Doing VR Right Content with content The Division - Problematic Meaning in Mechanics - Extra Credits Feat Unlocked: One Million Copies of Shovel Knight Sold! How League of Legends dev Riot is using science to create safer online spaces The National Videogame Museum - Gaming Historian Game Maker's Toolkit - How (and why) Spelunky makes its own levels Guest Column: Constraint Breeds Creativity Cities: Skyline City Destroyed By A Tidal Wave Of Shit Flow - Minicrit Final Fantasy VII’s Legacy Gets Everything About Final Fantasy VII Wrong Here's Why the Dirty Harry Video Game Was Never Released Rocket League: The Road From Cult Classic to Surprise Success Grim Dawn is a model of how to do 'spiritual successor' games right That Time Nintendo Canceled The Nearly Finished Star Fox 2 Platinum Games Action Without Borders
  10. This week in the news; a look at the past 30 years of making games, best of April Fools, Final Fantasy 15, layoffs at The Escapist, Nintendo fires employee after she received months of harassment then makes themselves look worse, the struggle to bring back Baldur's Gate after 17 years, a look at bizarre and potentially dangerous video game ad campaigns, God of War 4 using Norse mythology, Matt Lees discusses future need for legislation for how video games collect and use data on human behavior, crafting a legendary ending for Uncharted 4, voice acting panel with Jennifer Hale, Adam Harrington, Sarah Elmaleh, and Brian Sommer, 80 Days/Sorcery studio talks about why they made their scripting engine open source, the blind gamer with a Killer Instinct, and more. Final Fantasy XV Check Out the Final Fantasy 15 Deluxe and Collector's Editions Final Fantasy 15 Director Talks Demo Frame Rate, Resolution, DLC, More Hands-On With Final Fantasy 15's New Demo Final Fantasy 15 Mobile Tie-in Game Justice Monsters Five Coming Soon Final Fantasy 15 Gets It Own Full-Length Feature Film Final Fantasy 15 Anime Launches Today Final Fantasy 15 Director Clarifies 10 Million Sales Comments Final Fantasy 15 looks like a game that has not thrown out one single plot, theme, or gameplay idea during its entire 10 year development, and it's kind of awesome. After FFXIII it is nice to see a party that seems to act like humans and who don't seem to hate each other. A thread about this was created here Layoffs at The Escapist This comes shortly after Game Trailer's shutdown, a site which Defy Media was also the parent company of. Since the site has long lost their talent and both they and Gameranx started to pay a guy who used to stalk and harass Dodger (PressHeartToContinue) and other Polaris people, according to both her and TotalBiscuit (and their screenshots), and who then went on to stalk and pry into the private lives of other people, the sooner this site dies the better. Phil Spencer explains why Halo 5 probably won't come to PC Starting today, anyone can turn their Xbox One into a dev kit for free Some thoughts from Campster (Errant Signal) on the feature. Don't Expect Xbox One and a Half, Xbox Head Says Remedy listens to YouTubers, makes Quantum Break's licensed jams optional A Remedy for Clichés: Sam Lake on Quantum Break Uncharted 4 "Raises the Bar," Quantum Break Dev Says Uncharted 4 Interview: Naughty Dog on Crafting a Legendary Ending Uncharted 4's Ending Will Be Divisive Uncharted 4 Lead Designer Has No Doubt that Naughty Dog’s Next Game Will “Get Even More” Out of PS4 Mass Effect Andromeda plot slips out in a survey That makes you sound like the villains, but I doubt they would do something that interesting. Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Footage Emerges, Shows Jetpack Feature Nintendo Employee 'Terminated' After Smear Campaign Over Censorship, Company Denies Harassment Was Factor Jim Sterling wrote about Nintendo’s Corporate Culture in response. Nintendo has been aware of her harassment over decisions she had nothing to do with and has only referred to threats, slander, and private information being shared by neo nazi websites as being "criticism". Gamers Flood Baldur’s Gate Expansion with Negative Reviews After It Introduces a Transgender Character The same people and reactionary websites will complain about censoring a developer's vision due to them having their game localized, complain about censoring a developers vision with Overwatch because the developer agreed with feedback, and when a developer puts in exactly what they want, with no feedback, then they should never have been allowed to work on a game because what they wanted wasn't what angry reactionaries wanted. There have been a lot of reviews by people who have never played the game given their time indicator or likely ones who have never even played a Baldur's Gate game based on some complaints, people using out of context examples of writing that make perfect sense in context, people who don't know that Beamdog was founded by one of the founders of Bioware and their former lead programmer saying they have no experience with these kind of games, people who don't know how D&D spells work (I never understood why so many people like to pretend that they know D&D rules), and obviously people that don't want transgender or gay people in their games (possibly finishing it with a line about bugs so they don't sound too hateful). Because this isn't something many larger sites will review these assholes will make finding reliable information about the game more difficult as reviews and google searches are now filled with spam, youtubers making hot take videos where they go out of the way to show that they don't know what they are talking about (and some admit they haven't played the game), and sites dedicated to catering to toxic demographics. Before the reactionaries arrived there were complaints of a lot of bugs, some that required the game to be reset, mod incompatibility, the usual poor path finding common for the engine, and the multiplayer not working, as well as the more mixed reception to UI changes (a lot are really nice and helpful changes but the game just doesn't look right). If you are interested in the game here are reviews by people who actually played it and hopefully more detailed in depth reviews will follow soon, positive or negative, to balance out the spam. It might be an amusing forum game to find one NPC in random games, screenshot a line of dialogue, and then review the game as a 0 or a 10 based on whatever insane reaction you can create from it. Opinion: The Siege of Dragonspear drama and the video game community Katherine Cross has written about this Rocket League Basketball Is Coming Soon Take an in-depth look at Total War: Warhammer's Vampire Counts Guitar Hero Live developer hit with layoffs ahead of 'restructuring' Sword Coast Legends Dev Shuts Down, But Xbox One and PS4 Versions Still Coming Players Feeling Abandoned After Strategy Game RUSE Removed From Steam Gears of War 4 Dev Talks Beta, Split-Screen Confirmed The Division's first raid detailed Check the article for a little information on the update or watch the video. The Division Getting New Weekly In-Game Challenge Series The Dark Souls 3 speedrun world record is already under two hours Escape From Tarkov combat footage is intense and Russian Etrian Odyssey V ‘Character Creation’ trailer Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PC Confirmed, Coming Soon The immediate response to this was a man desperately trying to not understand how the world or game development works and serves as a reminder to why I include articles and videos about game development, culture, and history in the hopes of less people being this guy in the future. Seraph Is A Platformer That Does The Shooting For You Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 is coming to Steam in English Skullgirls 2nd Encore for PS Vita launches April 5 After four years, indie hit Starbound is finally heading toward full release The game will be released soon after spending over two years in early access. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ comes to Android and iOS this week Resident Evil 2 Remake 'progressing'; Resi 6 feedback being 'taken on board', says producer God of War 4 Based on Norse Mythology, Suggests Leaked Art A thread about this was created here Sonic the Hedgehog has a new boss, and a new direction Sega will publish all future Atlus games, finalizes acquisition Ys VIII details Dogi, Barbaros, and the Lombardia passenger liner Far Cry Primal is getting a "Survivor Mode" and permadeath Metal Gear Solid Online will get a new Survival mode next week Unfortunately your access will be limited if you don't own the Cloaked In Silence DLC. Endless Legend's Shifters expansion out on Thursday Fallout 4's second add-on changes up settlement life next week A thread about this was created here There Are Some Super Shady Things in Oculus Rift's Terms of Service Oculus Will Cover Shipping Costs on All Rift Orders Through Today (today being 4-2) Nice gesture. Nioh Launching 2016 on PS4, Demo Out This Month A video can be found in the article. Vicarious Visions co-founders move on after 25 years In esports news University of California, Irvine announces a League of Legends scholarship The Loneliness of the Professional Gamer A look at esports documentaries. The International 2016 tickets on sale April 7 The No-Scope Sniper Play That Killed Team Liquid's MLG Counter-Strike Major Momentum Counter-Strike Pro Destroys Other Team Seconds After Hosts Question His Strategy ESL adds Hitbox to its roster of eSports streaming partners In crowdfunding news Quest of Souls A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week Video: Game industry all-stars reflect on 30 years of making games Manipulative Games - Will They Need Legislation? How long until a videogame ad kills someone? Emotion, manipulation and the future of game design The Struggle To Bring Back Baldur’s Gate After 17 Years A good example of why video game archivists are important, thankfully that's becoming more obvious over time and developers are hiring them now. DEVELOPMENT OF PAPERS, PLEASE CREATOR’S NEXT GAME HITS ROUGH SEAS Gameloft lays out all the reasons the Vivendi takeover is a bad idea War Is Beautiful In EVE Online Empires of Eve was launched Dwarf Fortress' creator on how he's 42% towards simulating existence Open sourcing 80 Days' narrative scripting language: ink Studio behind 80 Days and Sorcery talks about why they made ink open source. Don't Starve Creating Community Around an Antisocial Game 2014 talk just added to the GDC Youtube The Day the Dreamcast Died ENGARE, A VIDEOGAME ABOUT THE MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY OF ISLAMIC ART GXTalks: GX3 • Day 2 - Voice Acting 103: Featuring Jennifer Hale and Adam Harrington Video was just added to their youtube account. Meet the blind gamer with a Killer Instinct The article is an interview, a video he made talking about how he plays can be found here. Let's Play: Far Cry Primal Ep.1: An "archaeological" exploration Jessica Curry: A musical journey towards [Everybody's Gone to] "the Rapture" GDC ’16: World-Changing Games: How “We Are Chicago” (and all other games) Shape Society Best of April Fools The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Roach SUPER TRUCK Out Now Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - New Art Direction Introducing ChocoGo by FINAL FANTASY XIV "Arma" Eau De Combat - The New Fragrance for Players ROCKET LEAGUE - Ragequit Bot Conquer the moon with World of Tanks StarCraft II Balance Manager 2016
  11. This week in the news; David Hayter has "no love for Kojima", why crunch is bullshit, the depth and mastery of Vanquish, Heather Alexandra looks at how relationships are portrayed in video games, Shadow of Mordor 2 appears on resume, Rhianna Pratchett on AAA games tackling more serious subjects, Valve found guilty of breaching Australian consumer law, the development of Hyper Light Drifter, Steam approves then removes a game about watching paint dry, pro Counter-Strike team wins using only tasers, and more. The news update posted a few days ago had more news from this week and the week before due to the site being down. Valve Found Guilty Of Breaching Australian Consumer Law How did this game about watching paint dry end up on — and get removed from — Steam? Details On Epic’s Abandoned Vision For Gears Of War 4 Two Worlds 3 Announced, Two Worlds 2 Getting New Engine and More DLC Alchemy and Cooking in Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Report: Nintendo of Korea Is Laying Off Most of Its Staff How does Hyrule Warriors Legends play on New 3DS vs. the old 3DS? Nintendo's First Smartphone Game Launches This Week in the US Fallout 4's overhauled Survival Mode now open for beta on Steam Shadow of Mordor 2 Shows Up on Stunt Actor's Resume Watch Dogs 2 PC Uses DirectX 12, Optimized for AMD GPUs Deus Ex Go, Just Cause Go, Life is Strange Go Domains Registered Sorcery! Part 3 Catching Up With PC In April Turok 1 and 2 Remastered coming to Xbox One Killer Instinct Season 3 Adding a Single-Player Mode, Next Characters Confirmed Huge Heroes of the Storm Patch Adds Character, Map, Major Hero Changes From PC to Console: Can Overwatch Make the Jump? Oculus confirms devs free to sell Rift games on Steam, other platforms Why the 'asynchronous timewarp' added to Oculus Rift matters Sony considering bringing PlayStation VR to PC Two Smart Ideas In The Bravely Second Demo Make JRPG Grinding Less Tedious Tyranny Emerged From The Game That Nearly Sank Obsidian David Hayter: Playing Metal Gear Solid V Would Have Been '60 Hours Of Humiliation' This Amiga game was lost for two decades, and now it's out on Steam Sony Shutters Driveclub and MotorStorm developer Evolution Studios Alice Developer Spicy Horse Is Not Shutting Down, McGee Says In esports news Heroes of the Dorm disqualifies Harvard for cheating Aui Rejoins Evil Geniuses DOTA 2 Team After Arteezy Goes To Team Secret Pro Counter-Strike Team Wins Round Using Only Tasers, The Game's Riskiest Weapon Other content I found interesting this week Firewatch and Games for Grown-ups "Firewatch is about people, Gone Home and Cibele are about actions." GTA V Player Completes Insane Parkour Map In Record Time Unsupported A look at the inclusion of queer characters in Fire Emblem Fates. Why I Adore ‘Manhunt’, the Quintessential Video Game Nasty Game Maker's Toolkit - Depth, Mastery, and Vanquish Easily one of the most enjoyable games I've played THE DEMOLITION OF JAPAN’S VIDEOGAME HISTORY "Crunch is bullshit" Pratchett: AAA becoming braver at tackling serious subjects Designing Morally Difficult Characters Recently added to GDC's youtube. SEE HOW FAR HYPER LIGHT DRIFTER HAS COME BEFORE ITS ARRIVAL NEXT WEEK The game releases on the 31st. Why Publishers Aren't Interested In Listening To Your Game Idea How one studio is building game AI to replicate a human storyteller