"We had Communism and we had Cyberpunk." Mike Pondsmith would hear those words 25 years after he'd joked about how few people would play a Polish translation of his American paper role-playing game Cyberpunk in a country behind the Iron Curtain. They would be the words spoken by a company offering him the deal of his life, and the words responsible for him signing it. Now nearly 30 years after Mike Pondsmith first published Cyberpunk, we're about to see the fruits of the seeds he once inadvertently sowed: Cyberpunk 2077.With The Witcher series resting in the wings, CD Projekt Red is ready to bring this new collaboration centre stage, and as the spotlight of attention on Cyberpunk 2077 swivels closer, Mike Pondsmith is naturally caught in the glare. Who is this man behind the game CD Projekt Red's near future will be based on - and how is he helping shape it? I followed Mike Pondsmith to Spanish conference Gamelab to find out.Face to face, Mike Pondsmith is a storyteller. You've seen … [Read more...] about Making Cyberpunk: when Mike Pondsmith met CD Projekt Red
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Anyone who has recently walked into a video game retailer or electronics section in big box stores has likely seen the racks of RFID carded figures from the Activision Skylanders, the Disney Infinity and the Nintendo amiibo series. Kids can’t get enough of Skylanders to a point that almost rivals the Pokemon boom from the late 90’s. Even Disney is enjoying success beyond their expectations for this market. The amiibo series is selling so well that finding many of the characters in retail is incredibly difficult. It seems that none of the major players in the “living toy market” are going to leave anytime soon. Unfortunately, this success overshadows a major question: what happens when kids move on?The toy market has been no stranger to radical booms and busts as children’s interests and taste change. Traditionally, character-centric toy lines such as Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the multiple incarnations of Teenage … [Read more...] about How Long Will “Living Toy” Figures Last?
This article was originally published on GameSpot's sister site onGamers.com, which was dedicated to esports coverage. "Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence." -AristotleAlfonso 'mithy' Aguirre Rodriguez is the Support player for Ninjas in Pyjamas and plays in the European Challenger Series with the team. Due to competing at that level, his name is almost never included in discussions of who the best Support player in Europe is. Those outside of the LCS (League Championship Series) are typically out of sight and out of mind, in contrast to the names and faces fans see on the LCS streams every week. Yet, it was only eight months ago that mithy's addition to Lemondogs was a key factor in the team steadily rising to the top of the LCS European standings for the Summer split.Lemondogs finished the split in first after the league table portion and second after the playoffs, qualifying to represent Europe for the World Championship. mithy was widely considered to be … [Read more...] about The man, the mithy, the ex-Lemondog
This article was originally published on GameSpot's sister site onGamers.com, which was dedicated to esports coverage. The following is an adaptation of Portrait magazine's original Chinese article about the revolution that is happening in Chinese esports. It has been translated into English and adapted for Western audiences with permission from Portrait MagazineChinese version credits: Content: Chuhan Chen, Da Wu / Editor: Da Wu / Photography: Bo-Wen Yu, Jun-Ru HuangEnglish adaptation credits: Translation: Reazony / Content: Nilu Kulasingham, Kelsey Moser / Editing: Thomas WattsWei "CaoMei" Han-Dong's mother remembers each time her son's monthly salary increased: November, 2011, trainee, 3,000 RMB ($491); March 2012, official member, 4,000 RMB ($654); November, same year, the IPL 5 Champions, 7,000 RMB ($1,145); May 2014, 10,000 RMB ($1,636); June, 20,000 RMB ($3,271). Now retired, he streams with an annual salary of five million RMB ($817,863).CaoMei is a former professional gamer … [Read more...] about “We play here so you don’t have to embarrass yourself.” – The new era of Chinese esports