Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 6/25/14


"The game and level designer of Valiant Hearts: The Great War has explained why players can’t kill anyone in the game.Ubisoft Montpellier’s Simon Chocquet-Bottani told PlayStation Blog that despite being based on the First World War, the four playable characters in the game never kill a single enemy.“In order to focus on the more ‘humanised’ side of the war, we were very careful not to have the characters kill anyone,” he explained."


"An article published on Neurology Now, an official publication of the American Academy of Neurology, argues that excessive gaming changes not only the outward behavior of teenagers, but also the fundamental wiring of adolescent brains. The article makes it clear that such changes can be very beneficial and advantageous, but it suggests that excessive gaming can be detrimental to brain development.Most of the arguments presented in the article revolve around the consequences of dopamine on the teenage brain. Studies show that gaming activates pleasure centers in the brain, releasing the chemical and stimulating positive emotions. But the problem is, gaming is designed to target these centers, and the brain responds by producing less dopamine each time."


"Former GSC Game World developers have launched a Kickstarter for a new post-apocalyptic survival game called Areal.The game, billed as the “definitive spiritual successor” to Stalker, is being developed by a new studio called West Games, which is comprised of “the core people that developed the Stalker series”.“Our fully independent studio allows us to express our unrestrained creativity and allows us to make something that is truly unique,” the devs say in the pitch video."