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The most anticipated games of the second half of 2017

Dog days of summer are here, and the slow news is flooding the channels. Except for ours. We’ve got some hot news for you today, promising a busy second half of the year – our editors have selected the most anticipated games that are to be released before the year is done. We’ve got RPG, FPS, MMO, TCG, including several sequels, prequels, spin-offs and turn-ons on our list of the most anticipated games of the second half of 2017. Read on to learn the titles we have great hopes for this year.

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The Witcher as Diablo-clone? Hands-on with 2003 prototype of the first Witcher game

Imagine The Witcher as a Diablo-like hack’n’slash. Sounds weird? Well, in the early 2000s it was a plausible scenario, one that made is as far as the alpha build. Courtesy of Sebastian Zielinski, former head of CD Projekt RED, we’ve had a chance to play this early version of the first Witcher game. Would a hack’n’slash Witcher also become a worldwide phenomenon? We will never know, but why not see for yourselves how different it could have been had the studio gone in a different direction.

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From TV commercials to The Witcher – Platige Image’s road to success

You might have seen their works in Ryse: Son of Rome, Watch Dogs 2, Total War: Warhammer 2 or Final Fantasy XV or cinematic intros for all three Witcher games. This year, Platige Image, a Polish digital graphics and animation studio, will be working on a Witcher TV series together with Netflix in what is their biggest project to date. We’ve talked to several representatives of Platige Image about the history of their company, its creative process, and plans for the future in the face of their latest challenge – the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher book series.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #8 – Cianfanelli Bank has a reference to 70s Polish comedy

In this week’s Polish Witcher Trivia we’re taking a look at a certain location in Blood and Wine expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and how a small board with a few people’s faces is a direct reference to a Polish comedy from the 70s. You want to more? Then take a look inside!

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Season of Storms – how the newest Witcher novel ties in with the books and video games

Season of Storms, the latest Witcher book by Andrzej Sapkowski, is scheduled to hit the bookstores in US and Great Britain no sooner than in May 2018. This novel provides insight into what exactly the White Wolf had been up to before he entered the city of Vizima to free the daughter of King Foltest from her curse. How does it relate to the rest of the saga and the games? If you want to know what’s in store for you without getting spoiled, check out our article.

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Behind the scenes of The Witcher trilogy with CD Projekt RED

CD Projekt Red and the Witcher video game series have become pretty much inseparable at this point. As their flagship franchise, the series about the gloomy monster slayer for hire has reflected their development as a studio and served as a chronicle of their own growth. That said, most of the things that took place behind the curtains have remained a secret. Most, but not all of them. We’ve spoken to several “REDs” at this year’s Digital Dragons conference and learned some pretty interesting stuff on how they did certain things during the development of the series. Often in such cases, the acquired knowledge can be surprising, but it never fails to entertain. Take a look at some of the secrets behind both CDPR and the Witcher games.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #7 – Borsodi Auction House has its roots in the newest Witcher book

It’s time for another part of Polish Witcher Trivia, in which I familiarize you with some cool easter eggs or references that are only obvious to Polish fans. This week the case is a bit unusual – this is actually a reference to one of the Witcher books… but the one that is not yet available in English. Sounds intriguing? Take a look!

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Are video games bad for health? Gaming myths debunked

“Those video games are bad for your health. Go play outside!” Any of you folks remember your granny or mom saying that? Based on the then-latest findings of medical science, and maybe also some black PR from soccer ball producers, the conviction represented by this sentence has held its position all the way to the 21st century in some regions of the world. After all, that’s what the doctors said… But wouldn’t that be nice if a doctor who is also a gamer sat down to properly evaluate the effects of video gaming on health? Well then, let’s see what we can learn as we try to bust some of the medical myths concerning video games.

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The best of crowdfunding – what's interesting on Kickstarter these days

The Golden Age of crowdfunding is probably behind us. Some infamous bad eggs may have done a great deal to spoil the whole batch, straining the trust of gamers and backers alike, but the core idea behind websites such as Kickstarter is too persistent to be killed off like that. Even now, interesting, ambitious propositions are emerging on crowdfunding sites, asking for support and backing. We’ve gathered ten such projects, either sequels to renowned franchises or simply undertakings made by trustworthy people, who are likely to make good use of the donated money. Take a look at what’s good and promising among crowdfunded games these days.

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A new coat of paint – video game remakes and remasters we badly need

It sometimes gets really frustrating when you see the same game released again with a “remaster” sticker put on it; especially if the remaster does nothing to make the game better and up to more modern standards. However, every one of us has a list of games they would like to see remade – so that we can relive the same memories but with nicer visuals. Our editorial team has shared their wishlist, feel free to share yours with us!

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Polish Witcher Trivia #5 – names of von Everec come from a historical family of monarchs

This week in Polish Witcher Trivia we go back in time to the Middle Ages… sort of. The most important character of the Hearts of Stone expansion is Olgierd von Everec, and he has two brothers – Witold and Kiejstut (who go by different names in the English version of the game). Why are they important in our series? Well, let’s just say that there was a family of monarchs that became an inspiration for our virtual heroes. Read on!

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Is Redania a witcher-image of Poland? Analysis of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt & original books

As you may already know from our Polish Witcher Trivia series, there are many things in the Witcher franchise that are shout-outs to Poland, the homeland of the Witcher writer and game devs alike. Most of them are small and subtle, though. But what if there’s something much bigger hidden in the series? What if there’s a fictional realm directly inspired by Poland? Some fans have noticed thought-provoking similarities between Poland and Redania, one of the Kingdoms of the North. Sounds interesting? Let’s take a moment to analyze this Witcher fan theory.

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Early Access' most glaring issues based on the example of Naval Action

Among the greatest changes the industry has witnessed within the last decades is without a doubt the advent and surge of independent games. This sector has grown to incredible proportions, brought a draft of fresh air to video game development and produced some outstanding titles. It has also brought some new issues of its own, because there’s nothing nature loves more than balance. In this article, we will explore the blessings and curses that come with Early Access and crowdfunding, as exemplified by one of our personal favorites – Naval Action. With great power comes great responsibility; and with open development comes a bunch of moaning malcontents. Or so it would seem.

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Roleplaying in turns – 25 best tactical RPGs

Another week, another "top 10". It's time for the best of the best among RPGs that make you devise plans and do the math to have a shot at winning, or sometimes even surviving. Tactical RPGs, or S(imulation)RPGs, as they are called in the Land of the Rising Sun, are somewhat niche in the West, their primary land of origin being Japan. That being said, the genre has a group of devoted fans all over the world, and some of its representatives, such as Fallout Tactics, Front Mission, or The Banner Saga are known to gamers, no matter the platform, in one form or another. We've assembled for you a list of top 25 games from franchises that have spawned noteworthy tactical RPG titles.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #4 – Forefather's Eve

Polish Witcher Trivia series aims at familiarizing international readers with some references and easter eggs that might be meaningful only to Polish people. This week we look at the rite of Forefather’s Eve – an ancient Slavic ritual involving spirits of the dead. To find out more about the rite and its connection to Polish culture, just read on.

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Twelve Oscars – the best video games based on movies

Remember Uwe Boll? You know, the man behind many “memorable” movie adaptations of video games? Well, things looked similar the other way around – video game adaptations of movies are almost by definition considered bad. But is the reputation completely justified? Were there really no good games based on the things created for the cinema? Wrong. We have prepared a list of twelve at least solid video games that use the license of a movie project. Among them, you will find many noteworthy titles, some of them recent, some other a bit nostalgic, but all of them memorable.

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Frostpunk – age of ice and steam from creators of This War of Mine

While there are many ways the world may end, be it bangs or whimpers, a worldwide glacial period is a rare theme to appear in video games. We’ve talked to Pawel Miechowski and Kuba Stokalski from 11 bit studios, the devs behind the highly acclaimed This War of Mine, and we've learned that their team is preparing a true snowstorm to keep us stuck at our monitors. Their latest work, Frostpunk, which draws inspiration from 19th-century industrial world, games such as Dishonored and Banished, and ambitious Polish sci-fi novel, is shaping up to be an original game that might just make you freeze to death. Check out everything we now so far about Frostpunk.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #3 – Alceas and their role in Poland's rural landscape

In the third part of Polish Witcher Trivia it’s time to leave literature behind and instead move to painting… or rather a certain element of every old Polish village. Basically, this week it’s all about flowers. If you want to find out what an alcea is and realize that you actually pass it by every few minutes in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – read on.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #2 – Hearts of Stone and its plot built around a Polish legend

Today we dive once again into the world of The Witcher. My main goal is to familiarize the international audience with Easter eggs that are tailored specifically for Polish players. Two weeks ago I focused on Brunwich and its relation to Polish literature. This time around we’ll take a look at the first expansion, Hearts of Stone, and analyze how its main plot theme is built around a character taken straight from a Polish legend. Enjoy the second part of our Polish Witcher Trivia series.

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Gamedev in the time of revolution – how Euromaidan changed the Ukrainian gaming industry

The Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 was an event of significant political consequences, among them the following unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Among the many people and organizations affected were the Ukrainian video game developers. They witnessed the revolution, often participated in it, and later, long after the dust had settled in Kiev, had to face the new economic realities – lost business contracts, lack of investors’ trust, and various other impediments. And yet they kept on working. We’ve talked to several Ukrainian devs, listening to their experiences and hopes, and learning about the current state of the gaming industry in the country that gave us Metro, Cossacks, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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