Howdy, gaming lovelies! I’m back from the road. Don’t you worry, though, I’ve been playing Pokemon Go throughout my travels and can’t help to think that Pickachu’s butt from Origins Game Fair was an omen of some sorts. In any case, on to the news!

Diversity as a “pillar” of  game design

In a recent interview, creative director, Neil Druckmann, of Naughty Dog (The Last of Us, Uncharted 4) talks about the balancing graphics, game play, story and more recently diversity. Even better, he credits concept artist, Ashley Swidowski, for helping push his boundaries illustrating that diversity in the game studio is just as important as in the game.

NES Classic edition expected this fall

Just when nostalgic gaming folks couldn’t get any better, the wonderful folks at Nintendo announced the NES classic edition mini coming out this November. Squee! Seriously, I think every social media feed I had exploded with joy at the exact same moment. The plug-and-play system comes with 30 classic games and a $59.99 price point.

The most banned developer on Twitch offers suggestions to fix broken policies 

Developer Robert Yang has been pushing the boundaries of positive experimental male sexuality for some time now. Remember the spanking game Hurt Me Plenty? Recently, he bundled three of his existing games into one happy package only to find it banned from Twitch even though all three had been fine individually. In this blog he talks about Twitch’s gray area on games with nudity and sexuality and potential solutions for the streaming giant. I love when people pair constructive criticism with solutions. NSFW warning: If you’re not familiar with Robert’s work, you might not want to open his games at work.

Other fun news nuggets

Mobile games have highest use on Mondays and other fun facts. Who doesn’t love a good infographic?

Doodle Jump plans an e-sports league. Casual gamers, time to go pro! 

That’s it for this week. Until next week, happy gaming!