Developers Weigh In On Octopath Traveler's Partial Spoken Dialogue

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Developers Weigh In On Octopath Traveler's Partial Spoken Dialogue

I'm currently on a role-playing game kick. My time is divided between Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, which I'm approximately 60 hours into, and Octopath Traveler, which I just began a day ago. The two games couldn't be more different in tone, story, or gameplay, but I'm finding both are jarring for the same odd reason: only a portion of their stories feature spoken dialogue. I know this isn't a new thing that is happening in games. RPGs in particular have been offering a mix of spoken dialogue and written text for decades, but Octopath Traveler's handling of it is oddly irritating.

Bouncing from a long sequence with spoken dialogue to city exploration without any isn't the problem. That actually works fine. A clean transition is made. Most RPGs figure out the best points to use it or not. Octopath Traveler's problem is that won't shut up when the quiet sequences arrive. In these moments, characters offer just one or two words (and maybe even a grunt) instead of saying their lines. The back and forth between people talking ends up being unintentionally comedic given how little their are verbalizing.

The Latest On Skateboarding Sensation Session

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The Latest On Skateboarding Sensation Session

Montreal's Crea-ture Studios grabbed the world's attention with their skateboarding game Session at E3 when Microsoft showcased the title during their press conference. Session is coming to the Xbox One and PC, and will be in Steam Early Access and the Xbox Game Preview program in late 2018, with the first version of the title in 2019.

I met with some of the dev team at E3, and asked them about some additional game details since we covered it late last year.

Since we last saw the game, a mid-spin catch mechanic has been added, which is just the start of how the game is going to continue to evolve until it hits Early Access and beyond. At that time Crea-ture says it wants the game to be "almost perfect" despite being an Early Access title. Having said that, it doesn't intend for the feature set to be locked at that time per se, but it will continue to add bits and work on what's currently there. One of the examples of this is the game's skater customization feature, which has already grown. There are plans to allow you to change the tightness of your trucks, board concave and width, and more.

Fortnite's Motion Controls On Switch Are Finicky, But Not Impossible To Use

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Fortnite's Motion Controls On Switch Are Finicky, But Not Impossible To Use

During E3 in June, Fortnite released on Switch, and it's a solid port. After spending time with it, however, I wondered how it would play with the aid (or hindrance, depending who you ask) of motion controls.

Realistically I don’t know if I would use it, or if it would help my aim, but I would like to try Fortnite with motion controls. I would want them to function a bit like Breath of the Wild where they would only turn on when you aim down sights. Okay, bye!

On July 12, Fortnite made it clear it was also curious about motion controls and updated the Switch version of the game to include them, so I decided to try them out.

I Want An Akira Video Game

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I Want An Akira Video Game

30 years ago today, the film adaptation of the manga, Akira, released in theaters in Japan. The legacy of both the film and the manga are important and far-reaching, both in the broader science-fiction landscape, and the cultural acceptance of anime across the world. You can see its influence in video games, but direct adaptations of the property are non-existent in North America and disappointing in Japan. I wrote this feature back in December 2012, but my desire for a video game based in Neo-Tokyo are as strong as ever on the film's 30th anniversary.

Akira (Amiga/CD32, 1994)

One of my favorite movies and comics of all time is Akira. I got my anime feet wet with Dragon Ball Z when I was young, but Akira was the first time I realized of what the medium was capable. After watching the movie dozens of times, I pursued the comics, and then watched the movie a dozen more times. Neo-Tokyo is one of my favorite fictional worlds, and the abrasive dynamic between friends Tetsuo and Kaneda has always fascinated me. I don’t know if it would work in a video game, but I would love to see somebody try.

Beat The Heat With Gaming's Best Versions Of Hell

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Beat The Heat With Gaming's Best Versions Of Hell

In the summer, we do things that cool us off. That’s just conventional wisdom. We jump in lakes and lay in front of fans and eat gazpacho. Suggest hot chocolate in July and people scoff. But what if we’ve been going about it all wrong? What if the solution is leaning in to the heat, diving into even hotter activities to show the summer we’re not scared? What if doubling down on heat is the ultimate life hack?

Welcome to hell – at least, the video game version. Games are all about escaping to impossible places, like the beautiful mountains of Skyrim, or the creepy caves of Brinstar, or in a surprising amount of cases, the bowels of Hell itself.

Just like video game designers, I understand the appeal of hell. Sure it’s a life of extremes, but at least there’s no faffing around with the banality of everyday life. There’s probably less, “Oh it’s Tuesday again, do I have rice or quinoa tonight?” in hell. Plus, it’s a dry heat.

Women Creating A Brighter Future For Games

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Women Creating A Brighter Future For Games

Gaming is for everyone, and intelligent and creative women have always been an integral part of bringing the biggest and best games to life. From Sierra co-founder Roberta Williams, who pioneered the graphic adventure genre with series like King’s Quest, to Brenda Romero, who has spent nearly four decades as a programmer and designer in the game industry on franchises like Wizardry and Jagged Alliance, women have made extensive contributions to the industry. This has only continued with women taking more leadership roles, such as Jade Raymond going from executive producer on Ubisoft’s juggernaut Assassin’s Creed series to co-founding and becoming a GM at EA’s Motive Studios.

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Women Creating A Brighter Future For Games

about X hours ago from
Women Creating A Brighter Future For Games

Gaming is for everyone, and intelligent and creative women have always been an integral part of bringing the biggest and best games to life. From Sierra co-founder Roberta Williams, who pioneered the graphic adventure genre with series like King’s Quest, to Brenda Romero, who has spent nearly four decades as a programmer and designer in the game industry on franchises like Wizardry and Jagged Alliance, women have made extensive contributions to the industry. This has only continued with women taking more leadership roles, such as Jade Raymond going from executive producer on Ubisoft’s juggernaut Assassin’s Creed series to co-founding and becoming a GM at EA’s Motive Studios.

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Replay – The Celebrity Fighting Episode

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Replay – The Celebrity Fighting Episode

We're kicking off season 5 of Replay by adding some small, but noticeable changes. For one, Leo Vader now has a camera in his booth so you can look at his face when he decides it's pertinent! Also, if the two games we played today are any indication, it looks like we will now be playing bad games on Replay. Admittedly, that's not too different from what we usually do, but today's selections are exceptionally bad.

Join Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Leo Vader (now with camera!), and me as we muscle our way through a few rounds of Celebrity Deathmatch before ending with another game that involves celebrities being surprisingly violent to one another.

As always, thanks for watching! We're excited to be starting this new season!

Replay – The Celebrity Fighting Episode

about X hours ago from
Replay – The Celebrity Fighting Episode

We're kicking off season 5 of Replay by adding some small, but noticeable changes. For one, Leo Vader now has a camera in his booth so you can look at his face when he decides it's pertinent! Also, if the two games we played today are any indication, it looks like we will now be playing bad games on Replay. Admittedly, that's not too different from what we usually do, but today's selections are exceptionally bad.

Join Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Leo Vader (now with camera!), and me as we muscle our way through a few rounds of Celebrity Deathmatch before ending with another game that involves celebrities being surprisingly violent to one another.

As always, thanks for watching! We're excited to be starting this new season!

New Gameplay Today – Bomb Chicken

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New Gameplay Today – Bomb Chicken

Kyle Hilliard has a reputation for being a bit of a pyromaniac, in addition to being known for his love of consuming vast quantities of poultry. It only makes sense that he'd be into Bomb Chicken, an upcoming Switch game where you control a chicken who solves puzzles with a little help from her explosive leavings.

Join Kyle, Leo, and me as we watch Kyle deftly solve some of the most fiendishly tricky puzzles we've ever seen. OK, that part may be a little hyperbolic. Look, he starts from the beginning, so it's not like Nitrome is out to break anyone's brains immediately. Consider it a slow burn! Kind of like... fried chicken? Aaaaaand we're done.

Bomb Chicken is coming to the Nintendo Switch on July 13.