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Before The 2017 Game Awards began, the creators of Job Simulator shared with host Geoff Keighley that their next project—titled Vacation Simulator—will be headed to PlayStation VR next year. A controllable human character will be able to interact with robot companions on a colorful beach, and that alone seems intriguing.

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Firewatch was a huge story-driven indie success of 2016, and now the developers at Campo Santo have a new game in the works. In the Valley of Gods was revealed as their next release, due for launch in 2019. The game will feature an animated duo exploring what looks to be ancient Egyptian ruins in the days of old film cameras.

Make the jump to watch the full trailer revealed at The Game Awards!

Difficulty. It is something that no entertainment medium other than video games has to contend with. Our input as players defines our experiences with our games, in particular how challenging they are. One need only be present for a song or movie to finish in order to get the full experience. In order to get through a game however, one must be skilled enough to adapt to the requirements of whatever game is being played to "win" in the end. Some games give us fairer challenges than others, and it is in evolving game design where either frustration or satisfaction on behalf of the player are born.

So gamers, make the jump if you want to know what makes us tick when it comes to facing our virtual demons!

Indie game and retro 3D platformer revival Yooka-Laylee is finally releasing on the Nintendo Switch on December 14th. Since Playtonic Games' debut game was largely driven by the desires of fans who enjoyed platformers and RareWare games of old (including the Banjo-Kazooie franchise from which Yooka-Laylee is inspired), this version of the game should make many of the people who wanted Yooka-Laylee in the first place happy.

Make the jump into the article to read Playtonic's original announcement!

Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, creators of the wildly-popular indie title Cuphead, confirmed during an interview with IGN that they definitely plan on bringing Cuphead back in a future game. When asked whether Cuphead has a chance of returning someday, Jared Moldenhauer immediately responded that he is "guaranteed to come back," but he admitted that he and his brother have not had time to discuss any concrete plans.

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The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Head inside for the entire list of nominees!

Earlier this year, Russian directors Nikita and Liliya Ordynskiy announced a short film based on the classic indie title Papers, Please. The first trailer for the film, starring actor Igor Savochkin, has just been released, and it looks excellent.

Papers, Please, jokingly referred to as a "bureaucratic simulator," is a game about a border patrol officer in a totalitarian state who is forced to make life-and-death decisions regarding immigrants who wish to enter the country.

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According to an indie developer, Nintendo is working on an achievement system for the Switch. During an AMA on Reddit, the developer Lichthund was asked about rankings for their new game. When answering the question, they accidentally let it slip out that Nintendo was working on achievements.

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When the Switch launched this past March, I quickly fell in love with one of the launch titles. No, it wasn't Breath of the Wild (as anyone who really knows me would tell you, it's not even a close call). Instead, it was indie darling Snipperclips that stole my heart. A cute little multiplayer title, Snipperclips puts you in control of two characters tasked with cutting each other into various shapes to solve puzzles. The one small downside to this release was that it was a digital-only title—something a collector like me lamented. Nintendo is making my dreams come true, however, as they announced in today's Nintendo Direct that a physical title was coming, along with brand-new content!

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Fans of 2D exploration games are in for a treat these next few weeks. Metroid: Samus Returns is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this Friday, and now it looks like Axiom Verge will be releasing early for the Nintendo Switch via the eShop on October 5th. According to a recent eShop posting, the game will release at a price of $19.99 on October 5th, just a few weeks before the physical standard edition and Multiverse Edition were previously slated to release. However, the physical edition of the game has now been pushed back to a November release with no specific date.

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In the final expansion to Yacht Club Games' critically acclaimed Shovel Knight, players will finally step into the shoes of King Knight as he embarks on a quest to be a mighty king (so enemies beware!) in King of Cards.

Pridemoor has yet to see a king with quite the knack for flair, but the Gilded Goon aspires to be the main event like no king was before (brushing up on looking down while building up his score) in this new prequel story—and this is a facet of King Knight's character that is reflected quite clearly and charmingly in his gameplay.

Read on after the jump for more details about my time with Shovel Knight: King of Cards!

Invading dragons have razed the Earth, human civilization has collapsed, and survivors have taken to living out the remainder of their days in capsules in outer space. This is the bleak scenario painted by Cleaversoft for their upcoming, procedurally-generated runner game EarthNight, where you take on the role of either 14-year-old high schooler Sydney or freelance photographer Stanley to scavenge for resources, collect power-ups, and slay dragons.

Read on after the jump for my first impressions!

September dawned and marked the inaugural first day of PAX West 2017, drawing in developers and fans the world over to converge on downtown Seattle, Washington for a festival of all things gaming. From the biggest of producers to the smallest of independent studios, there are a lot of hidden gems to uncover at the convention, so here I am on the show floor to find them for myself and for you!

I was pulled aside at the Indie Megabooth by representatives for The Voxel Agents, who were presenting a charming little puzzle game revolving around the ability to play and rewind time. After spending some time with it, I must say I really enjoyed what I got to play of The Gardens Between.

Read on below for my hands-on impressions for The Gardens Between!

A lot of indie video games were shown off during Nintendo's Nindies Summer 2017 Showcase for Nintendo Switch, and some were more interesting than others. Super Meat Boy Forever, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition all received trailers and release windows, and that only scratches the surface!

Make the jump to check out all of the other Nindie titles shown off in the showcase.

There were a lot of games Nintendo was able to show off for their Summer 2017 Nindies Showcase for the Nintendo Switch, and one superbly atmospheric title was among them. Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is all about the storytelling, namely figuring out with a band of misfits just what is going on deep underground in the state of Kentucky.

Make the jump to watch the game's trailer and learn more!