Photography games have been on trend lately. Just last year among major publishers there's been Pokémon Snap and the re-release of a maligned Fatal Frame game. You don't have to look far to see that every triple-A game these days has a photo mode, but if you extend your gaze beyond that you'll see independent developers have been the ones pushing the genre forward. Games like Umurangi Generation, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, and the upcoming Pupperazi show the emerging genre has as much range as, say, the first-person shooter. TOEM is one of the most charming and recent examples in this space, a game about exploring and taking pictures as you move through pocket-sized communities. But TOEM didn't start as a photo game. It began simply as a non-violent game that would allow the player to stop and appreciate the game's illustrative art style. The original idea spawned from a conversation two friends had about leaving game development forever. TOEM might not be their Final Fantasy, but … [Read more...] about On the growing appeal of photography games
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Nintendo is struggling to scrub gameplay and story spoilers for Pokémon Legends: Arceus from social media, with major story elements now out in the wild. (Eurogamer has chosen not to include any spoilers in this article.) Today, some images appear to have been removed due to copyright claims - but many more are still visible. Fans hoping to go into Pokémon Legends: Arceus unspoiled should now be extremely careful where they click - particularly on places such as Twitter and reddit. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is not due for release on Nintendo Switch until next Friday, 28th January, though photographs of several people holding boxed copies of the game have been posted online over the last 24 hours. At least some of these copies are being played, too - resulting in screenshots and gameplay footage spilling out. Details Eurogamer has seen include story elements concerning the game's setting, mission structure and Pokédex. Separately, a cache of apparent boxed copies has sold on … [Read more...] about Nintendo battling Pokémon Legends: Arceus leaks
Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard today , making it the company's largest acquisition ever--not just in gaming, but across all industries . The proposed $70 billion deal will mean Microsoft owns the rights to some of the biggest franchises in gaming, including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft . But following Activision's stewardship of annualization and tumult over harassment, what kind of studio culture is Microsoft buying? When Microsoft bought studios like Obsidian or Double Fine, it was easy to understand the types of expertise and culture the company was buying. As an elevator pitch, you could say that Obsidian is known for mechanically complex RPGs, and Double Fine is known for its quirky humor. You can understand right away how these fold into the Microsoft umbrella to complement and round out their existing corporate and creative structures. Microsoft's previously largest gaming acquisition, Bethesda, was similarly clear across its slate of … [Read more...] about What Kind Of Culture Is Microsoft Buying In Activision Blizzard Acquisition Deal?