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Verizon takes to the E3 stage to sell game devs and players on the 5G future  
by Alissa McAloon [06.14.21]
Verizon is betting big on 5G, and thinks that the video game industry would do well to follow suit.
Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Xbox reveals Starfield, Redfall at E3 press conference  
by Bryant Francis [06.13.21]
Microsoft and Bethesda announced a slew of games in their joint E3 press conference---including a number of Bethesda games that will be Xbox exclusives like Starfield and Redfall.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Ubisoft debuts its open-world Avatar game, other titles, at Ubisoft Forward 1
by Bryant Francis [06.12.21]
Ubisoft showd off its open-world game based on James Cameron's Avatar as well as a number of other new titles at its 2021 Ubisoft Forward press conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Here's what debuted at Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest kickoff  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
Here's a brief rundown of all the new titles that debuted at Geoff Keighley's Summer Games Fest kickoff, including Elden Ring. Chet FaliszekChet Faliszek
Console/PC, Indie, Video, E3

Nintendo teases software news for E3 2021 (with no mention of rumored new hardware)  
by Alissa McAloon [06.02.21]
Mario maker Nintendo has blocked off a portion of E3 week for its own Nintendo Direct showcase, joining other members of the industry in timing announcements around the annual game expo.
Console/PC, E3

Building interesting emergence in Dying Light 2 2
by Bryant Francis [06.25.19]
Lead game designer Tymone Smektala explains how a 50 percent completion rate for Dying Light has helped push Techland into making an emergent, choice-driven sequel.
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Q&A: After the Microsoft acquisition, what's next for Double Fine? 6
by Bryant Francis [06.21.19]
Double Fine CEO Tim Schafer discusses Microsoft's purchase of the company, what GamePass means for mid-sized studios, and what his hopes are if his employees decided to unionize.
Console/PC, Design, E3

From The Witcher 3 to Cyberpunk: The evolution of CD Projekt's quest design 3
by Bryant Francis [06.19.19]
We caught up with the quest director of Cyberpunk 2077 to learn more about how his team has adapted to making content for a nonlinear RPG.
Console/PC, Design, Production, E3

Brenda and John Romero's Empire of Sin is an emergent narrative gangster flick  
by Bryant Francis [06.14.19]
Empire of Sin, Romero Games' take on 1920s turn-based tactics, has some interesting emergent narrative and gameplay elements not typical to the strategy genre.
Console/PC, Design, E3

E3 2019 saw fewer attendees than last year 1
by Chris Kerr [06.14.19]
E3 attendances have dropped slightly since 2018, with the Entertainment Software Association revealing this year's show attracted 66,100 attendees from around the world.
Business/Marketing, E3

Nintendo is 'evaluating' game streaming technology 1
by Chris Kerr [06.14.19]
If you mentioned game streaming right now, people would likely tell you about Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia. One name that probably wouldn't crop up, however, is Nintendo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Q&A: Writing new characters, new worlds in Obsidian's The Outer Worlds 2
by Kris Graft [06.14.19]
Megan Sparks, senior narrative designer at Obsidian, gives us a rundown of how she creates the characters and worlds of The Outer Worlds.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Cyberpunk designer says CDPR is working on transgender character options
by Bryant Francis [06.13.19]
CD Projekt Red lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz says that the team hopes the still-in-progress character creator will allow for a broader range of gender expression for Cyberpunk.
Console/PC, Design, E3

EA pledges new reporting tools, periodic Community Reports to combat toxicity  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.19]
The company is taking deliberate steps to keep the community involved in that process, including the creation of policies and programs.
Social/Online, E3

Next Games is making a location-based Stranger Things mobile game  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Netflix has been popping up more and more around video games lately, and its latest announcement sees the video streaming platform partnering with developer Next Games for a Pokemon Go-like mobile game.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Xbox head: xCloud aims to complement video game hardware, not replace it  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Xbox head Phil Spencer says that the company views xCloud as a long-term solution, but one that isn't out to render in-home console and PC setups obsolete.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Breath of the Wild sequel partially inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2 1
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed the team working on the follow-up to Breath of the Wild have been playing a lot of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Console/PC, Design, Production, E3

What Massive has learned making live content for The Division 2  
by Bryant Francis [06.12.19]
Massive Entertainment live content manager Yannick Banchereau shares lessons the company's picked up from making live content for The Division and The Division 2.
Console/PC, Production, E3

New Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser speaks against crunch  
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
Bowser says it's important that the industry has conversations about crunch and that companies like Nintendo "need to make sure that our employees have good work-life balance."
Production, E3

Nintendo's E3 Direct had nothing new for the 3DS 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.19]
This year’s show offered no new announcements or upcoming games for the long-running handheld what-so-ever, though Nintendo has yet to officially end support for the 3DS.
Console/PC, E3