The 2018 Game Awards’ nominees have been announced

The Game Awards are coming up and the official nominees have been released. The Game Awards will be streamed live on December 6th globally. Over 100 game and individuals have had the honor of being nominated for various categories which include but are not limited to “Best Game Direction,” “Best Performance,” “Best Esports Game,” and many more. A full list of a categories and nominations follows below.

Of course first before the rest, the big elephant in the room are the “Game Of The Year” nominees. Six games have been selected to compete for the title.

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YouTuber Shirrako banned for punching a feminist NPC, then restored after internet outcry

On November 7th YouTuber Shirrako’s channel was struck with community guideline strikes, and his entire channel was unceremoniously taken down. The videos which were struck and lead to his channel being removed all were about beating up/killing a particular female suffragette NPC in Red Dead Redemption 2. One where he beat her up, one where he knocked her out and fed her to an alligator, and another where he shot her and fed her to pigs. Titled respectively with the NPC labeled as “Annoying Feminist.”

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Path of Exile will be coming to PS4

Grinding Gear Games announced on Monday that their action roleplaying game Path of Exile will be making it’s way to PS4 in December of this year. Starting small, Path of Exile has over time become a well known name among it’s ARPG brethren for bringing deep character progression, and quality gameplay.

With a range of choices and options for weapons, gear, slots, abilities, gems to alter your abilities, and the MASSIVE skill web, Path of Exile delivers a strong ARPG experience where you can make each of your characters and playstyles unique.
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Totalbiscuit will be inducted into the Esports Hall of Fame

During the upcoming ESL One Hamburg (October 26-28th), titan of the gaming industry John “Totalbiscuit” Bain will be inducted into the Esports Hall of Fame. He will be the first non-pro gamer to be awarded this recognition.

For many years Totalbiscuit was a bastion of critical thinking and consumer advocacy in the gaming industry. He tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier this year and left behind his wife Genna and his step-son. Even when it became clear his cancer would be terminal he still continued to critique and talk about games until a mere few months before his death, when it became impossible to do so.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 “Crunch Time” Controversy

Over the past few days there has been a discussion online regarding Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, and the weekly work hours of their employees, and specifically what is known as crunch time. Crunch time refers to the time before a deadline is due, when it becomes clear that there is no way it will be completed on time at this pace, so everyone works overtime to meet the goal.

In an article released on October 14th in Vulture magazine, Dan Houser Co-founder and head writer at Rockstar Games stated “We were working 100-hour weeks.” This sparked an internet firestorm with many speaking out against the perceived work practices at Rockstar.

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