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The Art of the Video Game Trailer

BY ALEX WAKEFORD

Every year brings with it a series of new blockbuster video game titles, and the next best thing to playing them when they release is waiting for their trailers to drop at a big industry event.

This week, Universally Speaking examines the place of trailers in the gaming industry, their artistry, and looks back at some of our all-time favourites.

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Why We Love (And Need More) Non-Violent Games and Features

BY ALEX WAKEFORD

This week, GamesIndustry.biz announced that they will be hosting a panel at EGX 2019, alongside developers from Mediatonic (currently working on Fall Guys, a battle royale where you don’t kill anyone), about the rise of non-violent video games.

Today, Universally Speaking looks at the value of non-violent games and features, and recommends some of our favourites.

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5 Games I Played At Gamescom

BY ALEX WAKEFORD

Gamescom has come-and-gone for another year, showing off a suite of incredible games both imminent and tantalisingly out-of-reach.

While attending the show, we at Universally Speaking had the chance to get hands-on experience with a number of titles.

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Everything You Need To Know About Gamescom’s Opening Night Live

BY ALEX WAKEFORD

Gamescom is the biggest annual trade event in the world for the gaming industry, and with Geoff Keighley’s recently announced ‘Opening Night Live’ pre-show it looks like this year will be bigger than ever.

Universally Speaking has all the details you need to know about this event, now less than a week away!

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A Lament for 434 Kirkland Way – The Former Home of Halo

BY ALEX WAKEFORD

Last week, 434 Kirkland Way – former home of the storied Halo franchise, where it lived for much of its first decade – was demolished.

Universally Speaking pays tribute to this historic hub of creative talent in Kirkland.

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A Love Letter to Void Bastards

By Alex Wakeford

In space, no one can hear you starve to death (because you ran out of food after your last jump and the derelict vessels before you offer only fuel to keep your ship going – you hope your imminent successor will fare better)…

This week, Universally Speaking looks at Void Bastards and why it’s widely considered to be one of the best games of 2019 thus far.

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Gears 5 Gives Up Smoking (Despite Never Starting…)

By Alex Wakeford

The Coalition’s next entry in the storied Gears of War franchise looks to be very different to its predecessors in many ways; the fact that it won’t feature any smoking or tobacco use, however, is not one of them.

This week, Universally Speaking looks at the recent controversy over this move to maintain the course that Gears has held since its inception.

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The Future of Remasters on PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett

By Alex Wakeford

In the absence of backwards compatibility during the early years of this console generation, there has been something of a gold rush for remasters of beloved classics.

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GRIS – Building Constellations of Hope

By Alex Wakeford

Or, ‘Why I Haven’t Been Able To Stop Thinking About GRIS For The Last 7 Months…’

This week, Universally Speaking looks at a masterpiece from Nomada Studio and Devolver Digital.

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Death by Delisting – Doctor Who, Telltale Games, and the loss of art

By Alex Wakeford

Telltale Games recently had their storied catalogue of games taken down from GOG.

This week, Universally Speaking looks at the importance and difficulties of archiving video games as the digital age moves forward.

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Universally Speaking celebrates Pride Month

By Alex Wakeford

Universally Speaking emerges from the E3 buzz to celebrate Pride Month!

Today, we look back at three landmark moments for the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in gaming.

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What you need to know about the growing trend of the ‘soft reboot’

By Alex Wakeford

Universally Speaking’s in-house game experts debut the blog with this week’s hot topic: the ‘soft reboot.’ What does it mean and what are the benefits it can have for a franchise?

Today, we look at the future of two franchise titans in the context of the modern era – Activision’s Call of Duty and 343 Industries’ Halo.

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