God Of War Director Believes Accessibility Doesn't Change His Creative Vision

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God Of War Director Believes Accessibility Doesn't Change His Creative Vision

If you've been on the internet at all in the last few weeks, you may have become caught up in the discourse concerning easy modes and accessibility options and the distinction between the two and whether games need them or they whether some games do and some games don't. Whatever your position, the question of how game developers feel is a subset of that debate. 

During a Twitter exchange with Steven Spohn, the COO of Able Gamers, a charity whose description reads "improving the lives of gamers with disabilities utilizing the power of videogames," one gamer suggested that games are art and that necessitating accessibility options compromises the vision. In response, God of War director Cory Barlog chimed in to say that's not really the case for his games.

To me, accessibility does not exist in contradistinction to anyones creative vision but rather it is an essential aspect of any experience you wish to be enjoyed by the greatest number of humans as possible.
Sorry to all the Llamas

Fallout 76's Repair Kits Are The Game's First Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions

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Fallout 76's Repair Kits Are The Game's First Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions

Since before Fallout 76's launch, Bethesda was keen to remind people that there is no pay-to-win option in the game. Everything that could be purchased with real money, or rather the virtual currency Atoms which costs real money, would be cosmetic and not allow players who engaged in PvP to have any kind of advantages. That was until the game's most recent patch, which added a new item to the Atom shop.

Repair kits, which can be found out in the world through crafting, can now be purchased using Atoms. It's not exactly pay-to-win in that you aren't going to become king of the wasteland with a single purchase, but it does put you at an advantage to people who spend the now seemingly unnecessary time to get repair kits versus just buying them. It's a shortcut, but one that does break the promise Bethesda made at the outset.

A pinned thread on the game's subreddit about the subject asked players to sound off for 24 hours, at which point moderation had to limit it to the single thread of outrage. One user commented "Maybe it's just me but it feels like we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to keeping Bethesda in check. They've already demonstrated that they're far from scrupulous when it comes to the Atom Store i.e. fake sale prices, artificial scarcity with very short limited time availability etc. Sadly I don't see that changing any time soon."

Overwatch Archives Tease New Event, Possibly New Character

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Overwatch Archives Tease New Event, Possibly New Character

Every year, Blizzard answers the call for more lore for Overwatch with the Overwatch Archives event, a look into the past of the Overwatch team and other characters through designed missions and lore expansion throughout the month. It's that time again, as Blizzard has begun teasing this year's Overwatch Archive events, and it drops the name of a character who may get added to the game down the line.

Titled Storm Rising, the new event first started getting teased yesterday with a newspaper clipping on the main website that indicates goings-on in Havana, Cuba. Today, we got a new video that explores a bit deeper into an old mission to take down Doomfist by going through his accountant. Commander Morrison, also known later as Soldier 76, receives a message from a woman who informs him that a strike team being lead by Tracer consisting of her, Genji, Winston, and Mercy is being assembled for the mission. The woman then identifies herself as Sojourn and ends the missive.

> Accessing archived file...
Decryption status: IN PROGRESS
Target: Located pic.twitter.com/AUmV8LlUJc

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Will Have Edgy Elements, Says Jim Carrey

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Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Will Have Edgy Elements, Says Jim Carrey

At CinemaCon, the first previews for this December's Sonic the Hedgehog feature film were shown. Reports about them weren't great, but it also meant the cast was on hand to answer questions and help push the movie. This means Jim Carrey, who plays Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman (it is unclear which name the movie is going with, but rumors suggest it will just be Dr. Robotnik), is out there talking about his role.

When speaking to IMDB, Carrey was asked about the tone of the movie, and suggests it's a little more than just a family-friendly film, even if that is the basis.

"We're playing to families, so you can't get too crazy," Carrey said. "But I made sure that there are some winks and nods, and edgy things that are still acceptable to both age groups." Carrey went on to describe Robotnik as "pure, unbridled evil."

Return Of The Obra Dinn May Still Come To Switch

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Return Of The Obra Dinn May Still Come To Switch

Return of the Obra Dinn, a narrative mystery game from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope, surprised and delighted the world when it released on PC last year. It even cleaned up at both the IGF and GDC Awards just last month, so it's a game people really enjoyed playing. Much like every indie game, however, people have requested a port to Switch, and Lucas Pope has heard you, but without anything to announce quite yet.

In an interview with Metro UK, the outlet directly asked Pope about the possibility of a Switch release. Rather than not comment, Pope acknowledged the demand.

"A lot of people are asking for it," Pope told Metro. "Actually the first response when I released it for desktops was, ‘When is it coming to Switch?’ So the writing is on the wall on that I guess. I haven’t figured anything out yet solid for it yet though."

God of War Reigns At BAFTA Game Awards

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God of War Reigns At BAFTA Game Awards

As a surprise to no one, God of War – the soft reboot of the long-running action series – took home five awards during the British Academy Game Awards show Thursday.

Every year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) recognizes the best games of the year. Here are the 2019 winners:

It's not shocking that God of War took home a whopping five awards – we had great things to say about the game when it launched last year. Return Of The Obra Dinn earns its praise too with a unique art style and challenging detective gameplay. Here are the winners from last year's BAFTA game awards.

VA-11 HALL-A Gets Release Date For PS4 and Switch

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VA-11 HALL-A Gets Release Date For PS4 and Switch

VA-11 HALL-A, the cyberpunk bartending simulator, finally got its console release date for PlayStation 4 and Switch: May 2. VA-11 HALL-A originally launched on PC in 2016 (and we thought it was very good). It eventually came to Vita before being announced for PS4 and Switch nearly a year ago.

For anyone who has been eagerly awaiting the game's console version or for anyone who hasn't tried it yet, check out the trailer above to see what sort of clientele Jill deals with in her techno dive bar.

Amid Numerous Sexual Harassment Stories, Microsoft Pledges To Do Better

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Amid Numerous Sexual Harassment Stories, Microsoft Pledges To Do Better

In late March, an email chain began circulating around Microsoft through its various departments, including Xbox. The email chain allowed women within the company to share stories of various cases of sexual harassment and inequality within the company, such as one woman stating she had been told to sit on someone's lap in front of Human Resources. A woman in a technical role said her only responsibilities were booking meeting rooms, making dinner arrangements, and taking meeting notes. The emails mentioned lewd comments, massively unequal pay, and more. Perhaps most telling, however, is the repeated theme of reports having been made to HR but mostly ignored.

"We did a roundtables with the women when I was in Xbox core [team] & every woman, except for 1, had been called a b*** at work," one Microsoft employee wrote according to Quartz, which obtained the email chain and originally reported it. "Before people say this is just an Xbox thing (as I’ve heard that dismissiveness way too many times within Microsoft before) the other eng [engineering] orgs where my experiences happened were Windows & Azure. This is a Microsoft thing, a common one."

Octopath Traveler Gets Rated For PC In Korea

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Octopath Traveler Gets Rated For PC In Korea

The Korean Ratings Board, well known leaker of all number of ports by just publicly posting ratings long before the official announcements are made, has seemingly linked another port by publicly posting a rating before any official announcement is made. This time, it is Octopath Traveler, Square Enix's 2D JRPG released last year for Switch, now possibly coming to PC.

It's not surprising that Square Enix is interested in porting the successful JRPG elsewhere, as the company is also expanding the IP with a free-to-play mobile game, as well. Square Enix pretty clearly sees potential to broaden the universe into a larger series. A PC release would likely appeal to the same target demographic of nostalgia-seeking RPG players, much like it did on Switch.

The listing shows the publisher as Bandai Namco, which publishes Square Enix titles in Korea. It seems unlikely that Bandai Namco would also be the publisher for the game in other territories.

Apex Legends Testing Punishments For Frequent Quitters

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Apex Legends Testing Punishments For Frequent Quitters

While the latest Apex Legends updates have had some temporary issues, they also gave a hint at an upcoming policy change for the game. Since Apex Legends is a squad-based game, you can end up immensely screwed if a player on your squad abandons the game and leaves you short, but there's currently no method of punishing people who do that. That might soon change, says Respawn.

In the most recent patch, players were noticing there was a five-minute cooldown between matches if they quit mid-match three times. This turned out to be a feature that went live too early, but is currently in Respawn's pipeline. In the future, players who quit games early will get escalating cooldowns after certain thresholds. It's not a thing you would notice unless you're quitting constantly, but if you are, Respawn seemingly wants you to stop eventually.

"So internally, we have been working on and testing this feature but it wasn't our intention or plan to have it go live with the update that went out today," Respawn's community manager posted in the game's subreddit. "There was a piece of script that was missing and caused the leaving match early penalty to be turned on when it shouldn't be. That's why it wasn't in the patch notes.