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    The relationships between player and avatar: An enlightening interview with Harrison Gish

    You might remember my first longform article “Player and Character as One: Why uncensored games are the most impactful storytelling medium” about how players can be more intimate with their characters in a mature setting if the game employs more explicit storytelling. You also might have listened to the Trust Sircle podcast episode where we […] More

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    ‘Gone Home’ developers offered game for free in light of election results

    Steve Gaynor, writer and designer of popular indie game Gone Home, offered the game for free for a limited time on itch.io via a tweet on November 12th as a form of “love and hope” in response to the recent election of Donald Trump. He also claimed all the donations for the game during this […] More

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    New MMORPG in the works by TERA developer and Black Desert Online publisher

    Bluehole, developer of the popular and award-winning free to play MMORPG TERA, teamed up with Kakao Games, publisher of the beautiful MMORPG Black Desert Online, to create a new MMORPG. It is not clear when it will be released, but the CEOs of both companies are looking forward to the partnership. Kye-Hyun Cho of Kakao […] More

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    Zombie Exodus: Safe Haven Review -Your custom journey through the zombie apocalypse

    Nothing says Halloween like the good old zombie apocalypse genre! Yes, there are a million zombie apocalypse games out there ranging from action games to story-based adventures, but there aren’t many that offer dozens of choices for a player to customize their protagonist. There are even fewer that offer romantic options whose relationships and personalities […] More

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    “Personal Bubble” gameplay mechanic tackles sexual harassment in online VR game

    After author Jordan Belamire wrote a reflection on Medium about experiencing sexual harassment in online virtual reality game QuiVr, developers Jonathan Schenker and Aaron Stanton responded by enhancing the “personal bubble” gameplay mechanic to act more like a protective superpower against any unwanted advances. The “personal bubble” originally was created to be a reactive setting […] More

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    Nintendo Switch will not support Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges

    An interview carried out by Japanese website Famitsu with a Nintendo representative revealed that the Nintendo Switch console will not be backwards compatible with Wii U discs or Nintendo 3DS cartridges. The representative emphasized the new console will not be a “successor” to the previous consoles and that it will use its own type of […] More

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    4 innovative lessons I learned from 4 IndieCade events

    IndieCade 2016 was my first time attending a video game convention and it did not disappoint. As you might tell from the picture above, the team was having a blast even before we stepped through the doors. That excitement didn’t die down the whole day, and while my fellow interns explored the amazing games (read […] More

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    Shadow Warrior 2 developers take a stand against DRM and anti-piracy software

    Developers Artu Maksara and Tadeusz Zielinski of Flying Wild Hog’s newly released Shadow Warrior 2 voiced their position against using digital rights management (DRM) and anti-piracy software like Denuvo in their games on account of it not “[working], nor [being] good for the players”. They have followed up on this by releasing Shadow Warrior 2 […] More

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    Uncharted writer condemns AAA gaming industry for long hours and harsh sacrifices

    Amy Hennig, former writer and director for Naughty Dog Inc.’s games like the Uncharted series, openly criticized the practices of AAA gaming industries on Idle Thumbs’s podcast Designer Notes for the episode on September 20th. She claimed working 12 hours a day averaging to 80 hours a week or more, citing fellow employees who “never […] More

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    University study suggests young men are happier playing video games than seeking a job

    A collaborative study conducted by the University of Chicago, University of Rochester, and Princeton University shows that young men without college degrees are engaging in video games instead of having a job, and they are happier for it. Specifically, the study targeted “low-skilled” men between the ages of 21 and 30 who were unemployed all […] More

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