Isla: Link roundup 8/21/17

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Video of the Week: What New Game Developers are Doing Wrong” from RealTutsGML (@RealTutsGML)

Song of the week: Friends (Sonic Mania Opening Animation Song)” from Hyper Potions (@HyperPotions)

Reading: Isolation, depression “running rampant” among indies – Devolver co-founder” by James Brightman (@Bright_Pixels)

Excerpt: “Beyond the task of getting people to actually buy an indie game, Wilson remarks that he’s seen too many developers forget to take care of their own needs as human beings. That’s something he hopes to help with at Good Shepherd as well.

“Honestly my biggest concern with indies is that they learn how to take care of themselves,” he says. “Even with some of the most successful teams we’ve worked with, isolation and depression are running rampant among indie creators, with ever-increasing competition for attention and the unprecedented access to the artists that their critics (who is now everyone with an internet connection) now have. Gamers can be a notoriously rough bunch to deal with online, but with these small teams and the consistent demand that they interact directly with their ‘community,’ things have become much harder to manage, and very very personal.”

Reddit thread of the week: Game Freak has forgotten what makes Pokemon fun” by /u/Adam_Underscore

OP Excerpt: “In a recent interview with Game Informer, composer Junichi Masuda and the director of Pokémon Sun and Moon Shigeru Ohmori were asked if Pokemon will take any inspiration from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and offer players an open world, freeform experience. The two actually sort of laughed at this question and stated that Pokemon series is more geared towards a storytelling experience rather than games focused on open exploration and discovery.

This made me kinda mad. As a long time fan of the series, the idea that the creators of the series can’t see the value in an open world Pokemon experience is incredibly frustrating. It makes it even worse that they think that Pokemon games are fundamentally some kind of rich storytelling experience. When I look back on the history of the series, it makes me think that Game Freak has forgotten what core element holds the series together, and keep players coming back time and time again.

So what makes Pokemon fun?”

Artist of the Week: Paper-finch  (@paperfinchart)

Random Link of the Week: Click it if you dare