Must Reads: Final Bosses Are Becoming Terrible

written by Russ Looney on April 29, 2016 in Weekly Roundup

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Opinion – Stop Making Terrible Final Bosses (Game Informer)

A sense of dread always hits me when I confront the final boss in a game. A lifetime of death and despair has conditioned me to expect the worst from these encounters – the one-hit kills, the enemy that blocks every attack in your arsenal, and the beast that dies and reanimates in more violent and grotesque forms.

The Secret History of Mac Gaming (Unbound)

The Macintosh changed videogames. It seldom gets credit for this, but it did. It — and its tight-­knit community — challenged games to be more than child’s play and quick reflexes. It showed how to make human ­computer interaction friendly, inviting, and intuitive. (Note: This is a book crowdfunding site.)

Match-Fixing Report Shows How Gambling Has Ruined Korean StarCraft (Kotaku)

The Korean prosecutor’s office leading the StarCraft 2 match-fixing investigation released its report this week, and the results are not good for fans of the sport.

Darkest Dungeon is getting Town Events this month, plus a Linux port (PC Gamer)

After a lengthy and productive Early Access period, Darkest Dungeon officially released in January to very strong reviews. That doesn’t mean Red Hook Studios has moved on, though: the game continues to get regular updates, with the next poised to introduce new ‘Town Events’ to the game, which will bring some life and variety to the game’s Hamlet.

Steam now lets you buy your games in bitcoin (Polygon)

Valve and Bitpay have partnered to integray bitcoin payment into Steam, the tech company announced. International customers can now use the virtual currency to purchase software off the platform.

The pros pick the 10 most powerful Whispers of the Old Gods Hearthstone cards (PC Gamer)

To make your crafting calls somewhat easier, and help you decide which of the Old Gods cards have the potential to shape the next Hearthstone meta, we asked eight of the best competitive minds to give us their opinion.

Hyper Light Drifter local co-op beta is now available (PC Gamer)

Hyper Light Drifter is a beautiful RPG, but it’s also brutally difficult. Many won’t have the patience to see it through unless someone else is along for the ride, so it’s nice that a two-player local coop mode will be rolled out in a future update.

YouTube is changing the Content ID system in an effort to help creators (Polygon)

YouTube announced that it’s updating its Content ID system. Upcoming changes to how content creators are affected by copyright claims aim to “help fix that frustrating experience,” according to the YouTube Creator blog.

New mod from Long War developer released for XCOM 2 (Polygon)

Long War Studios, best known for creating the Long War mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within, has created a new mod for XCOM 2. This is in addition to the three mods the studio made available for the game at launch.

The History of Video Game Movies by Tomatometer (Rotten Tomatoes)

Ratchet & Clank: Recently re-imagined for your PlayStation 4, now appearing on the big screen for the first time. The movie invites viewers back to see the origin team-up of the duo (one a robot, the other a bobcat-ish thing, probably a descendant of prolific serial killer Bubsy), which inspires this week’s 24 Frames gallery: a history of video games-based movies by Tomatometer!