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Link Roundup for Oct. 9th: Gravity’s Gaming Inspirations; Switching to Trevor; Consequences in Video Games; and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday (and sometimes Wednesday, apparently). Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Does Gravity borrow its best moments from video games?

Inside the “bibles” of Halo, Tron, Splinter Cell, and more.

The funniest switching to Trevor moments in GTA V.

Ten principles of good level design.

The rise of consequences in video games.

WB Montreal is opening up a wackload of new jobs.

Game Informer grades the fake PS4 designs.

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Link Roundup for Oct. 2nd: Tom Clancy R.I.P.; Video game antiheroes; the original take on Resident Evil 4; and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday (and sometimes Wednesday, apparently). Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Tom Clancy, the mind that inspired three huge gaming franchises, died today in Baltimore at 66. R.I.P.

Here’s a look at the Dark Souls II beta. This is a big deal.

Antiheroes are ruling the media right now. Video games are no exception.

Aspiring dev? Self-publishing vs. working with a traditional publisher, Gamasutra’s take.

Resident Evil creator Shinji Makami reveals that RE4 was supposed to be a darker, traditional entry in the series before, for better or worse, focusing on action.

Wanna get into the industry big leagues? Now’s the time to move to Montreal. Ubisoft has revealed plans to increase its workforce in Quebec dramatically by 2020.

Link Roundup for Friday, September 27th: Valve attacks with a vengeance; China lifting its ban on video games; the weird, awesome world of Paradox Interactive; and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com. (Although this is gonna be an extra long one because I didn’t put one up Tuesday.)

Valve is unleashing multiple Steam machines next year. The world shakes.

I don’t normally like to link to the “big” sites, since anyone reading this probably checks them anyway, but after this past week’s glaring reminder of widespread gamer immaturity everyone should check out GameSpot’s video on misplaced anger.

China is lifting its ban on video games and consoles. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve just heard a very loud cha-ching.

Please stop comparing real-life to video games.

IndieGameStand is having a rocking big sale until the end of September. They’re associated with Destructoid, and their HUGE members can claim a free game right now. (Including the JTM-favorite Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller!)

What does the New York Daily News think are the three best games of the year so far?

A number of new Africa-centric games are starting to make waves on the continent.

What does ‘serious game‘ really mean?

10 classic games that got a major level up.

Definitely read this article on Paradox Interactive, the makers of the awesome Crusader Kings, whose vice president uses the title Vice President of Business Development and Manager of the Unicorn Division.

In honour of Breaking Bad ending this weekend, here’s a clip of Bryan Cranston doing the voice over for Twin Man on an episode of Power Rangers. What does this have to do with games? I don’t care.

Link Roundup for Sept. 20th: Nintendo mastermind dies; Grand Theft Auto V has the biggest opening of anything ever; Mobile Final Fantasy for everyone; and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Ex-Nintendo president — who saw the company through its legendary turn to video games — Hiroshi Yamauchi died yesterday. R.I.P.

No one’s laughing at that $200 million price tag now.

But not everyone loves it.

Looks like us North Americans will be getting a localization of Final Fantasy Agitothe upcoming mobile FF game rumored to have been Japan-only.

Some of us were luck enough to get added to the random Dark Souls II beta group. Hrmph.

22 video game flicks Hollywood hopes you’re gonna line up for.

Link Roundup for September 17th: Grand Theft Auto V was released today, Grand Theft Auto V was released today, Grand Theft Auto V was released today, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Rockstar Games releases Grand Theft Auto V today — so far it’s unsurprisingly awesome — and, unsurprisingly, controversy isn’t far behind. Here’s a nicely balanced look at a sequence that’s particularly exciting people. (Warning: minor spoilers within)

Apparently readers want to get Carolyn Petit, a critic over at GameSpot, fired because she mentioned misogyny in her review. The depths of fanboy immaturity never ceases to amaze me, considering she gave the game a glowing review despite her misgivings.

The devs of the original GTA dish on its plagued, nearly-failed release. Bet they didn’t see a day like today coming.

Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser talks about why GTA remains relevant, and where he sees it going in the future.

Something that a lot of you can probably relate to this morning, 10 people you see at midnight releases.

And because I should probably include some non-GTA related piece, Diablo III recent console release re-raises of the question of controller-vs-mouse-and-keyboard superiority. (My piece: maybe it depends on the game.)

Link Roundup for September 13th: Microconsoles not going anywhere, Obnoxious game dialogue, Zimmerman’s game manifesto, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Judging by the Electronic Entertainment Expo’s treatment of the Ouya, the big boys would like this new crop of microconsoles to go away. Unfortunately for them, they probably aren’t going away anytime soon.

Check out the Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter, a proposed Zelda/Diablo-hybrid. Another very reachable $5000 means they’ll be collaborating with Fez composer Disasterpiece.

Check out Yahtzee’s ‘Extra Punctuation’ article on video game dialogue. (I agree with his argument, but I’d like to add to it: whenever I’m faced with a massive dialogue tree, I always listen to everything, even though 95% of it is pointless exposition. I feel obligated because every so often the third branch of the second branch of the ninth branch of the tree will lead to some helpful/crucial piece of information, or open a sidequest. It’s a bit stockholm syndrome for my taste.)

Because even artists can’t seem to learn from history, here’s Eric Zimmerman’s ‘Manifesto for a Ludic Century.’

Killscreen’s Jon Irwin imagines Grand Theft Auto V as a reflection of the real Los Angeles.

GTA V is #1, but what are the next most expensive games ever?

Link Roundup for September 10th: Grand Theft Auto V is a beast, Infinity Blade III announced/to be released immediately, Zelda gets ripped off, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, GTA V is shaping up to be the most expensive game ever.

How the hell is Infinity Blade III coming out next week?!

Following up our last Link Roundup, it seems we’ll be getting a new Riddick game from the developers of Escape from Butcher Bay!

Here are 5 games that shamelessly ripped-off the Zelda formula.

From the same site, here’s a list of games people have died playing that I probably shouldn’t have chuckled at.

Complex counts down the best supporting video game characters ever.

Link Roundup for September 6th: Bad movie games, FFXIV’s unexpected comeback, Outlast brings the survival horror goods, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Video games based on movies are, typically, pretty terrible. But a movie being released today reminds us they don’t need to be.

Joystiq’s Metal Gear Solid V preview examines how Kojima is evolving the series into an open world.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square-Enix’s overhaul of the much maligned MMORPG, is receiving unexpectedly good reviews.

Please watch the always-awesome Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw’s review of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Outlast reminds us why survival horror is important.

Polygon attempts to track down Satoshi Nakamoto, the incredibly reclusive, possibly non-existent creator of BitCoin.

Link Roundup for September 3rd: Minecraft meets Mass Effect, See if your industry job is in danger, Games that should’ve been longer, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

In today’s “strange but oddly appropriate” news, you will soon be able to play a mash up of Mass Effect and Minecraft.

I recommend watching the trailer for Mew-Genics, the new game from Super Meat Boy creators Team Meat.

A new site tracks game industry layoffs.

It’s often said that if the worst thing you can say about a game is that it’s too short, it’s probably a pretty good game. Having said that, here’s a list of 10 games that probably should’ve been longer.

Can politically focused games change public sentiment?

Be sure to cast your vote in GameSpot’s best series of the decade poll.

GameInformer spent Labour Day commendably saluting a number of excellent game developers.

Link Roundup for Aug. 30th: Watch Dogs is a documentary, Confusing new 3DS model announced, DayZ based on creators near-death experience, and more…

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Link Roundup is a collection of links from gaming (and non-gaming) sites all over the internet we hope will spark discussion, keep you informed and up-to-date, and broaden your gaming horizons. It will publish each Tuesday and Friday. Readers are encouraged to send link suggestions to jtmgames@gmail.com.

Just how far from reality is the presciently-timed Watch Dogs?

As you’ve probably heard, Nintendo announced the 2DS this week, a cheaper, 2D, flat model of the 3DS. Pretty cool move on their part, but it’s left me, and evidently others, wondering who they’re marketing it to.

Dean Hall’s near-death experience in the jungles of Brunei inspired him to make DayZ.

Like all good Americans, I’m sure you’re interested in playing Combat Mission Shock Force, a simulated U.S. invasion of Syria.

Why do Mario, Sonic, and Link endure in the popular cultural consciousness where so many others fail? And will they last forever?

25 cancelled games we’ll probably never get to play.

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