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Blog: Analytics and KPIs – Marketing for video games

Here’s how a business analyst uses metrics to map out opportunities in the game industry. …

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Video Game Deep Cuts: A Loom-ing Night In The Woods

This week’s Video Game Deep Cuts include everything from A Night In The Woods’ cartoon realism to a history of Loom, and much more. …

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Reader Discussion – Who Is Your Favorite Video Game Character Of All Time?

Some video game characters can resonate more strongly with you than others. Maybe it's because they were a solid lead, relatable, or had personality traits that you admire. Games can speak to us on an intimate level that can create a strong connection to these fictional beings, and it's one of my favorite things about interactive experiences.

With that said, who is your favorite video game character? Did this character do or say something you admire?

Ellie from The Last of Us absolutely had a lasting effect on me, probably because I felt like I identified with her. She's strong willed and is able to overcome a tough past by bonding with Joel, even if it starts off rocky. Thane from the Mass Effect series also stands out to me, mostly because he was incredibly intriguing from the get-go. There is an interesting contrast to his personality; he is a badass assassin while also remaining incredibly zen through his spirituality.

Which fictional character from games do you most admire? In contrast, is there a character that you felt a disconnect with for one reason or another? Let us know in the comments below! – The Feed

New Mass Effect: Andromeda Video Takes A Deep Dive Into Combat

BioWare released a gameplay-centric combat-focused video today, so if you've been waiting and wondering just how things will play out in the thick of battle, here's your chance for a look.

While many trailers and videos up to now have focused on other aspects of the upcoming title, this one digs deep into combat mechanics, features, functions, and more.

Check out the video below to see how things could play out during your exploration through uncharted space!

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Video: Improving our games through subversive diversity

Game devs Catt Small and Shawn Alexander Allen take the stage at GDC 2016 to talk about how you can create more diverse and inclusive games, and why that’s a valuable thing you should be doing. …

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2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have a confirmed release dates

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PS4) – January 10
Rise and Shine (Xbox One, PC) – January 13
Road Redemption (PS4, Xbox One) – January 15 
2064: Read Only Memories (PS4) – January 17
The Flame In The Flood (PS4) – January 17
Gravity Rush 2
(PS4) – January 20
Urban Empire (PC) – January 20
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS) – January 20
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega-Battle (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 20
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – January 24
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 24
Tales of Berseria (PS4, PC) – January 24
Yakuza 0 (PS4) – January 24
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One) – January 24
Double Dragon IV (PS4, PC)  - January 29
Disgaea 2 (PC) – January 30
Constructor HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 31
Hitman: The Complete First Season (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 31
Digimon World: Next Order (PS4) – January 31 

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) – February 3
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4, Vita) – February 7
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) – February 7
Nioh (PS4) – February 7
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Tank Troopers (3DS) – February 16
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4, PC, Vita) – February 21 
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC) – February 21
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC) – February 21
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSVR) – February 21
Ys Origin (PS4, Vita) – February 21
Lego Worlds (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 24
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – February 28
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) – February 28 
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 28
Valhalla Hills: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – February 28 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U) – March 3
1-2-Switch (Switch) – March 3
Super Bomberman R (Switch) – March 3
Just Dance 2017 (Switch) – March 3
Skylanders Imaginators (Switch) – March 3
I Am Setsuna (Switch) – March 3
World of Goo (Switch) – March 3
Little Inferno (Switch) – March 3
Human Resource Machine (Switch) – March 3
Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 7
Nier: Automata (PS4, PC) – March 7
Birthdays the Beginning (PS4, PC) – March 7
Loot Rascals (PS4, PC) – March 7
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4) – March 14 
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR, Rift, Vive) – March 14
Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 14
Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 21
Rock Band VR (Rift) – March 23
Dreamfall Chapters (PS4, Xbox One) – March 24
Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) – March 24
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS4) – March 28
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS4) – March 28
MLB The Show 17 (PS4) – March 28
Has-Been Heroes (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 28 

Persona 5 (PS4, PS3) – April 4
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 4
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 7
Yooka-Laylee (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 11
The Sexy Brutale (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 11
Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – April 11
The Silver Case (PS4) – April 18
Micro Machines: World Series (PS4, Xbox One) – April 21
Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) – April 25
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, PS4) – April 25
Syberia 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 25
Little Nightmares (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 28
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – April 28
Portal Knights (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 28

Prey (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – May 5
Injustice 2
(PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android) – May 16
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS) – May 19
Don't Starve Mega Pack (PS4, Xbox One) – May 30

Tekken 7 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 2 
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6
Dirt 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4) – June 30

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) – July 11 

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can return as the year's schedule continues to fill out! – The Feed

Video: Disney Imagineering’s approach to interactive environmental storytelling

At GDC Next 2013, Disney Imagineering’s Jonathan Ackley and Chris Purvis took the stage to break down how the lessons they’ve learned about theme park game design can inform video game design. …

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Costume Quest Cartoon Coming To Amazon Video In 2018

Back in 2015 Frederator Studios announced plants to make an animated adaptation to Double Fine's endearingly charming Costume Quest. The talented folks behind Cartoon Network's breakout hit Adventure Time now have a home for the project, which is set to debut sometime in 2018 as an Amazon Original Kids Series.

The show will include the voice talents of beloved voiceover artists like Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, and Kevin Michael Richardson, among others. Amazon says Costume Quest is targeted toward 6- to 11-year-olds, and will require an Amazon Prime membership to watch.

The latest entry in the game series, Costume Quest 2, released in 2014. Check out Game Informer's review here.

[Source: Amazon]


Our Take:
Back when G.I. editor Joe Juba originally reviewed the first game, he said, "Costume Quest would have made a fantastic cartoon." Double Fine and Amazon clearly agree. – The Feed

Blog: The quest for the first FDA-approved video game

An excerpt from the book ‘Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World’ by Asi Burak and Laura Parker. …

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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Alpha Kingdom Protocol

This week’s Video Game Deep Cuts include everything from a witty video appreciation of Kingdom’s design to an Alpha Protocol retrospective, & lots more. …

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