ArenaNet ‘folded like a cheap card table,’ says fired Guild Wars 2 writer

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ArenaNet ‘folded like a cheap card table,’ says fired Guild Wars 2 writer

Jessica Price, who was fired by ArenaNet last week for arguing with fans of the company’s Guild Wars 2 MMO, said she feels betrayed by how the company “folded like a cheap card table” when confronted by toxic fandom. In an interview with Polygon, she talked about the meeting in which she was fired, and castigated ArenaNet managers for their “highly unprofessional” reaction to a social media controversy.

Until last week, Price worked as a narrative designer on Guild Wars 2. Earlier this month, she wrote a lengthy Twitter thread about the differences between writing characters for linear, narrative-driven games and player characters in MMOs. A prominent Guild Wars 2 streamer and YouTube known as Deroir chimed in to disagree. Price later called Deroir out, tweeting: “Today in being a female game dev: ‘Allow me — a person who does not work with you — explain to you how you do your job.’”

EA acquires game company founded by ex-Bungie president, Industrial Toys

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EA acquires game company founded by ex-Bungie president, Industrial Toys

Electronic Arts has acquired Industrial Toys, the mobile game developer founded by Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian in 2012. The studio will become part of EA’s Worldwide Studios to “focus on new experiences,” according to an announcement from EA.

Industrial Toys is best known for its work on mobile shooter games Midnight Star and its sequel, Midnight Star: Renegade. The Pasadena, California-based studio employs 14 people, who will be tasked with bringing new game concepts to life at EA.

The Nier: Automata novels will be released in English

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The Nier: Automata novels will be released in English

Nier: Automata was one of 2017’s best games, and it’s about to return in the form of two short fiction pieces. Nier: Automata: Long Story Short and Nier: Automata: Short Story Long will be released in English over the next year and add new context and story to the adorably odd action game.

Nier: Automata: Long Story Short is a novel set to release in October 2018. A Long Story Short is the novelization of Nier: Automata. However, according to the game’s Wiki, it includes previously unknown details and character thoughts.

One of Super Mario 64’s toughest speedrun records has been broken

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One of Super Mario 64’s toughest speedrun records has been broken

Super Mario 64 remains one of the most exciting, popular games to speedrun, and one streamer reminded the community why that is this weekend. Drozdowsky, who’s been sharing his record attempts on Twitch since earlier this year, became the first person in more than three years to set a new world record in Super Mario 64’s Any% 0-star category, a notoriously tough feat.

Drozdowsky spent four hours this weekend streaming his attempts to finish Super Mario 64 in under six minutes, 44 seconds. That’s how long it took Japanese player Akira to finish their playthrough back in 2015, a record that remained unbroken ever since. Now that world record is six minutes, 41 seconds — a seemingly tiny differential, but even three seconds is a huge difference when blazing through Super Mario 64.

Fortnite ARG heats up as fans find llamas all across Europe

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Fortnite ARG heats up as fans find llamas all across Europe

It all started with a burger in the middle of a desert. When fans found the Durr Burger mascot, which had conspicuously disappeared from Fortnite’s in-game Greasy Grove location, out in the real world, it seemed like a clear sign that something bigger was afoot. And, as it turns out, they were right.

In the lead-up to Fortnite’s upcoming fifth season, other strange incidents, including agents in Fortnite-style police cars showing up at the Durr Burger, real phone numbers that lead to strange noises and secret messages decoded by spectrograms, started cropping up, pointing to something larger than the game itself.

Destiny 2 will hit start hitting the reset button more often

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Destiny 2 will hit start hitting the reset button more often

Destiny 2 has been a checklist since it was released last year. Each week, players would open their milestones tab and complete a list of activities before logging off for the week. With Destiny 2: Forsaken, Bungie aims to change that up a bit and return to the more replayable ways of Destiny. One way this is changing is with a new, twice weekly reset for some activities.

In Game Informer’s August cover story for Destiny 2: Forsaken, game directors Steve Cotton and Scott Taylor spoke a bit about returning to the hobby of Destiny. In an ideal world, players shouldn’t be able to run out of things to do in-game so easily and log off until the next reset.

Darksiders 3 coming this November with two special editions

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Darksiders 3 coming this November with two special editions

Darksiders 3, the first game in the series since the closure and rebirth of THQ, is set to be released on Nov. 27. The game was revealed last year, and players were introduced to Fury, the sister of Darksidersprotagonists War and Death.

According to a report from IGN, Gunfire Games — the studio behind Darksiders 3 — also revealed a few special editions of the game. The standard collectors edition will run players $149.99 and come with the game, a Steelbook case, an art book, the soundtrack, exclusive cosmetic DLC, and an 11-inch Fury statue.

Monster Hunter: World comes to PC in August

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Monster Hunter: World comes to PC in August

Monster Hunter: World is coming to Windows PC via Steam on Aug. 9, Capcom announced today. The PC version of the game was originally scheduled for release sometime this fall, meaning patient PC fans will get Monster Hunter a bit earlier than expected.

Capcom said the PC version of Monster Hunter: World will get free updates and Collaboration Quests following the game’s release, but it’s not clear when or how those will roll out. On the console versions of the game, Capcom has done a number of promotional quests for franchises like Devil May Cry and Street Fighter that let players earn special gear. Another Collaboration Quest tied to Final Fantasy 14 is planned for this summer.

Uncharted’s Nathan Drake doesn’t take bullet damage. He’s just really lucky.

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Uncharted’s Nathan Drake doesn’t take bullet damage. He’s just really lucky.

In the Uncharted series, protagonist Nathan Drake gets a lot of bumps and bruises to help offset his rugged good looks. But, according to the team over at Naughty Dog, there’s one injury that he’s never had — a bullet wound.

According to animator Jonathan Cooper, when he joined the team at Naughty Dog one of the first secrets he was let in on was that in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End there’s no damage indicator. Yes, there’s a red indicator at times when Drake starts taking accurate fire, but it’s not a damage indicator. Instead, it merely indicates his luck running out.

Epic teases Fortnite Season 5, confirms release date

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Epic teases Fortnite Season 5, confirms release date

Epic Games has released its first official tease of Fortnite Season 5 and confirmed a few things we already knew. In a tweet on Monday morning, the company stated that the newest Fortnite season was just three days away. While the July 12 release date was previously announced, it’s nice to have it confirmed since Epic can sometimes be a little late on their release — looking at you Playground Mode.

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