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  • Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon is making a show about esports

  • VibratingDonkey 19/10/2016

    Dan Harmon is an executive producer. One of seven. Don't know how involved he is exactly, but I expect not particularly, wouldn't assume more than giving his production company the greenlight to fund this or some such.

    The gaming angle always makes me groan, but maybe the people involved have what it takes to make something funny still. I know that Dan and Arin have good comedic instincts and chemistry, less sure about their acting, but that also may not actually matter too much as I doubt this will be taking itself particularly seriously.

    Tubers should never be in anything aspiring to be taken seriously. They generally aren't actors, except for that one role they play.
    Another planned Youtube Red show, Impulse, is a sci-fi thriller written and produced by Jeff Lieber, co-creator of Lost, that will "feature top YouTubers", which is just an absolutely repelling notion.
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  • Watch Dogs 2 delayed two weeks on PC

  • VibratingDonkey 18/10/2016

    One could suspect this is a reaction to the response Mafia 3 received, but it's just Ubisoft honoring the tradition of pretending their games will be released on PC and console simultaneously.

    As always, don't pre-order.

    Unless the game's 50% off on Origin like this was some weeks ago.
    New games have ridiculous prices on Origin in my region, so it was more like 30% off. Still, those savings are worth the risk I reckon.
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  • Introducing Multibowl!: QWOP creator Bennet Foddy's private game that will never be released

  • VibratingDonkey 17/10/2016

    It's sad that something like this can't exist in a more real way, because it's kind of brilliant.

    I guess you could make it fall off a truck onto the internet, but that would only work if there's nothing identifying. Certainly way beyond risky at this point.
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  • Unionists want Mafia 3 banned for "sick glamorisation of terrorism"

  • VibratingDonkey 13/10/2016

    When you finish all of Burke's missions he reveals that he was actually selling the cars in the US to raise enough money to get his daughter out of the city, and the IRA thing was a cover story so she didn't find out. Not that there's much chance that anyone mentioned in this article has actually played the game of course.
    Oh... And that too, then. Which would render this whole episode not just inaccurate, but actively embarrassing.
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  • VibratingDonkey 13/10/2016

    This doesn't seem like it's glamorizing anything. Burke makes it sound like something they're forcing him to do rather than something he necessarily wants to do. Also Burke's life is the opposite of glamorous. Reply +4
  • Mafia 3 review

  • VibratingDonkey 12/10/2016

    Despite of its flaws, I feel like it is and will continue to be worthwhile as I quite appreciate the setting, atmosphere, music, characters, writing and the sociopolitical topics it touches on. Some six hours in, I still find the mechanics engaging enough to tolerate the repetition. The animations are good, bullets lethal, and Lincoln is pretty spry for a dead guy. It does the thing where you're presented with a hostile area and you do what comes natural with whatever options are provided, which is something I find inherently engaging.

    There's been one serious bug, where a tutorial prompt would fuck up the XB1 controls so it failed to register certain inputs. Had to use mouse and keyboard to get past the section where you're running away from the cops.

    Oh and this fuckery.

    Was driving along until I noticed, where the hell are the poles that are supposed to hold these magically suspended wires? Where the hell is anything? Two minutes later, oh there it is.

    But so far I've been most bothered by the empty chore of collecting fuses. A needlessly drawn out process which, unlike other collectibles, the game basically tells you to continually go through.
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  • Mafia 3's in-game statement on its depiction of racism

  • VibratingDonkey 08/10/2016

    Good lord you're so sensitive. It's just a statement of intent. Context for what the game contains and why. A foreword by the author. A description.

    But nope. Can't handle it.

    Thin-skinned, self-righteous, precious flowers whining about SJWs.

    I can't handle that.
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  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 is almost definitely in development

  • VibratingDonkey 06/10/2016

    Ubisoft is trying its darndest to keep this in the news. Fair enough.

    I'm sad that I can't be happy about this announcement.
    It's announced out of some behind the doors business necessity, not because it's ready to be announced or Ancel and friends necessarily want it to be.

    Thing's in pre-production and won't be out for another X years, and that's if Vivendi doesn't take over and cancel it. And if it avoids stumbling down some development hell hole again.

    I was looking forward to some certainty. That's what's been lacking, not the knowledge that the game's being worked on. That feels like it's been the case on and off, to some extent, for the past eight years. It feels like nothing has changed.

    Oh I've already said some of this. Oh well.
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  • VibratingDonkey 05/10/2016

    This is the worst reveal of a game.

    What this means is another X years of uncertain waiting, as some manner of development hell may continue as Ancel splits his time between this and Wild, and Ubisoft tries to fend off Vivendi by waving BG&E2 around as an example of the creative heart Ubi claims is on the line, which may very well be the case as there's a chance Vivendi would pull the plug on this project if they could, which they might at some point.

    The worst.
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  • Gambling commission is cracking down on Valve over third-party skin gambling sites

  • VibratingDonkey 06/10/2016

    I don't know how legally culpable Valve really is, but it's good to see Valve being pressured and that things are happening.

    Hopefully next year we won't have to worry about Tom Cassell attending EGX, due to him being busy defending himself in court. Until then though, I don't see a problem with continuing to remind people, in relevant comment sections, that EGX/Gamer Network is supporting this scambag.
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  • No Man's Sky subreddit shut down, community erupts

  • VibratingDonkey 05/10/2016

    Yeah. Can't even call a community toxic without someone getting all upset about it.
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  • VibratingDonkey 05/10/2016

    The head moderator of the subreddit is who temporarily shut it down, not Reddit or anyone affiliated with the company.

    Even if that was the case, Reddit is not operated by the state and so has the freedom to do whatever it wants with its privately owned site.

    Death threats and the like is not protected speech anywhere.

    The hell is a delitt?
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  • Battleborn will be free to play soon - report

  • VibratingDonkey 30/09/2016

    Randy Pitchford seems so keen on what he's doing being considered special, even when it's rote. Reply +4
  • What do you actually do in games?

  • VibratingDonkey 30/09/2016

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  • VibratingDonkey 30/09/2016

    I think whether these qualify as games or not should be a pointless discussion as it doesn't change what they are. It's solely about how they're perceived. Whether someone wants to perceive them as games or not wouldn't matter if it wasn't for some wanting to use the declassification of them as games, as a way to dismiss them, make them less legitimate, gatekeep. It's cool to not like these for whatever reason, but that is not. This egocentric, insular attitude that's hostile towards different experiences or ones not targeted towards them, is one in favor of stagnating games and stifling the creative freedom of developers.

    So that's basically why I'd like to refer to them as games.

    The possible reasons for appreciating a game, why you find a game engaging, should encompass as much as possible (up to some manner of moral boundary.)
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  • Michel Ancel is getting Beyond Good & Evil fans excited again

  • VibratingDonkey 29/09/2016

    The visual style is a lot more Blacksad than the cutesy cartoon one of the original.

    Concept art doesn't particularly inspire great confidence in me that this is anywhere close to being done. Ancel posting this would imply they're actively working on it to some extent, which has been the case on and off for almost a decade.

    Besides, Vivendi is just going to take over and cancel it anyway.
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  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • VibratingDonkey 23/09/2016

    Oh. Missed this bit.

    Along with Luckey, Nimble America was founded by two moderators of Reddit’s r/The_Donald, which helped popularize Trump-themed white supremacist and anti-Semitic memes along with 4Chan and 8Chan. A questionnaire to become a moderator at r/The_Donald posted in March had applicants answer the questions “Is there a difference between white nationalism and white supremacy?” and “Was 9/11 an inside job?”
    I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time.
    To say this makes him look bad is an understatement.
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  • VibratingDonkey 23/09/2016

    For someone who doesn't care about politics, you sure do seem to care about the politics of keeping politics out of games.

    You can't escape politics.

    The only thing immune to politics is cat pictures.
    Oh no..
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  • VibratingDonkey 23/09/2016

    Trump may be repugnant but what also is are factions of the games industry moralizing over this.

    He funded some "memes" for heavens sake but even a tangible link to trump is enough for some media outlets like EG to go into a full on shame/smear campaign mode.

    Disappointing but not surprising, are the political views of everyone in the games industry now newsworthy, can we only buy products from pre-approved companies, thats seems were it's headed.
    I do not agree with your moralizing over this that moralizing over this is repugnant. If you don't think it matters, whoopdedoo. But insinuating that those who have a more negative reaction, should not, is wrong.

    Luckey was covertly explicitly supporting Trump. He said he's been supporting Trump for years. It's not just some dank prank about mean memes.

    An important figure in the games industry supporting a repugnant person, and the reactions to this by people in the games industry, is relevant to the games industry.

    Eurogamer is reporting information. What you choose to do with it is your prerogative.
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  • VibratingDonkey 23/09/2016

    Shock, outrage aside.

    He is right.

    Clinton is just another Goldman Sachs lackey who will keep the poor crushed and poor while the 1% get bigger, bigger and bigger.

    Now wether Trump is the right man to end that is another question. But Obama aside the last 30 years of American politics has and will be dominated by two empires. The Bushes and the Clintons.
    Don't think that's much of a question.
    He has used the "I'm a successful businessman" spiel to drive support. So it would seem bizarre if people support him in opposition of Clinton being supported by successful businessmen. Trump literally is the corporate elite. Don't know what makes people believe he would be any better.

    If that's your main pivot point, I feel like your secondaries ought to be the ones to tip you in one direction or another.
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  • VibratingDonkey 23/09/2016

    Well that's the Rift crossed off the maybe-once-it-drops-to-a-more-reasonable-price-list. I'm probably getting a PS4Pro, so perhaps eventually I'll end up with a PSVR. Reply +3
  • GTA 5 mod makers go to war over "stolen" files

  • VibratingDonkey 20/09/2016

    My Mod Will Own All !!!! Get In Here And Watch What Ill Do !

    Its gonna own ya all
    im making it and it will be soo awesome !

    its about DRAGONS fighting against zeppelins with Monster trucks and stuff !!!

    Ya know you can have total action man, and its gonna be realistic as hell !!! You can run over a lion and break its legs off !!! You can destroy everything !!! And shoot all people and so on...

    ill have a website up soon !!

    its called "KILLER KOMMANDO"

    cya in hell

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  • VibratingDonkey 20/09/2016

    @Bagpuss @ValkyrieRose @SBfistfun
    Modders expand and improve games for us for free. Hone their skills at game development, try ideas. Which sometimes eventually turn into things like Dota 2, League of Legends, CSGO, TF2. Or a job.

    But apparently if modders suggest they value their work and would like to be credited for it, they're idiotic children who no one gives a shit about.

    I don't get it. I don't get why gamers are so angry and hostile.
    Sometimes I wonder how games get to exist at all.

    Also I value when I'm able to easily change values in a file somewhere. Back in forever ago, you just opened a .dat or .ini in notepad. Nowadays they're all in these big weird compressed files which modders may eventually find a way to unpack and release tools for. I'm grateful they made me able to modify vehicle behavior in GTA V. Plowing through highways with a 500 ton car going like 200mph is fun. Also trainers. Modding is actually why I bought the PC version at all. Although the Nice Fly mod did literally burn up my 780. But I RMA'd it and got a 970 back, sometimes life's ok.

    I'll say that if a mod is as simple as what I've been doing, it doesn't matter if someone else copies it into their thing. But this is surely a bit more arduous. If it wasn't I would've done it myself. Changing a value is easy, but changing, testing and finding out what combination of lots of values work best for what you want to do, can take time. At some point it transforms from noodling around to putting in actual work.
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  • VibratingDonkey 20/09/2016

    Regardless of who technically, legally owns their work, it's still their work.

    Anyway, it's more about attribution than ownership. Taking the work of others without asking permission or giving credit is shitty and disrespectful. Getting recognized for your effort matters. Provides motivation for modders to keep doing what they do.
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  • British FIFA YouTuber charged with promoting gambling

  • VibratingDonkey 19/09/2016

    The shit thrown Eurogamer's direction over a scambag being a guest at EGX is unfair as Eurogamer doesn't have anything to do with management of EGX.

    But it's their name up there. They're the ones getting shit. So one would hope they would try to have something to do with the management of the event bearing their name. Because it certainly looks duff to invite this Cassell. C butt I did there?
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  • VibratingDonkey 19/09/2016

    I appreciate those who has reserved judgment without the full story, but fully understand those who haven't. Enjoy your day *heart*

    Guys, I love you all. Testing times right now, but your support is immense. Thank you. *heart*
    What a bunch of manipulative wankers these people are.
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  • Valve finally takes on Steam user review score manipulation

  • VibratingDonkey 13/09/2016

    Being able to filter out reviews below a certain word count would be useful. Hope that's on the table.
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  • VibratingDonkey 13/09/2016

    So if you're the kind of person who just looks at headlines, you may get a worse impression.
    Yes. And that is bound to lose them some amount of sales. You think the number of people who do this are insignificant? That information is at the top, everyone who visits the store page will see it. Review text is at the bottom of the scroll. More people will look at the aggregate score than the actual reviews.
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  • VibratingDonkey 13/09/2016

    I doubt anyone's going to opt to forego a cheaper option just so their review counts. Like, Mafia III is €32 on GMG, €50 on Steam. You'd have to be some sort of smeghead. The vast majority don't write reviews anyway. It's just not much of a selling point. I think Valve would know this.

    But yeah, it is a reason for developers and publishers to want to push Steam. If anyone were to not distribute codes to other stores/sell outside of Steam because of this, that would suck ass.
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  • VibratingDonkey 13/09/2016

    Yeah this is going to be ungood for any game that's been crowdfunded. Starting out with 0 score is bound to lose them some amount of sales. And it discourages sales outside of Steam, which feels quite skeezy.

    If "In many cases, the abuse is clear and obvious" and Valve "reckons at least 160 games have a "substantially greater percentage of positive reviews" by users who activated the product with a cd key, compared to customers who bought the game directly on Steam." then why can't Valve put some of their millions towards further review moderation and remove the retail reviews for these specific games, instead of this collective punishment?

    edited for clarification; meant score, not reviews, my bad.
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  • Sony plays down PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray disc support

  • VibratingDonkey 09/09/2016

    Streaming is thoroughly superior for renting, but if I want to own a movie, I'll take the option that's not dependent on an internet connection, can't really have bitrate related problems, comes with extras, and the ability to share/give/trade/sell it away. To me, there's zero reason to buy a digital movie. No value whatsoever to justify the additional cost over renting.

    UHD blu-rays are currently too expensive relative to regular ones, but eventually they won't be. That's why I'm mildly bummed about this. And it's just so bizarre and surprising, especially when the Xbox S does support UHDBD. The PS4Pro doing so as well was something you took for granted.
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  • Hitman's US episode dated and detailed

  • VibratingDonkey 07/09/2016 intense infiltration mission and the toughest assignment yet...
    ...from the moment you set foot in Colorado you’re on enemy ground.
    Don't think there's been an "enemy ground" level in a Hitman game that I haven't disliked. So I'm preparing for this to be the worst level yet.
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  • Ark fans burned by Scorched Earth, the Early Access game's "completely finished" expansion

  • VibratingDonkey 06/09/2016

    Just read the update. Well if this was done in order to make it easier for them to implement future DLC, I guess that makes it ok.

    Good lord.

    Put simply: we are absolutely committed to...
    I don't know exactly what was promised and what has been delivered for this game. But if you put out pre-release DLC to support future DLC, before you do deliver, you are absolutely not absolutely committed.
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  • VibratingDonkey 06/09/2016


    Upcoming Version: v247.0, ETA: September 9
    - New Dino: Tapejara!
    - New Dino: Archaeopteryx!

    A Little Further Out
    - More Creatures, Gear, Armors, Weapons, & Structures!
    The biomes of Scorched Earth are filled with dangerous new creatures, and the intrepid survivor will find that many of them can be tamed. Among others, lead a caravan of the camel-like Morellatops, or rain fire down upon your enemies from the back of an elemental Wyvern. Just mind your step, or you might attract a Death Worm!
    For instance.

    Sounds to me like they need electricians and interior decorators for both these jobs.
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  • VibratingDonkey 06/09/2016

    Early access developers are expected to prioritize working to complete the game for the people who paid them to do so. This with ARK is just poor form, betraying people's trust.

    That staff member more or less doing away with any responsibility towards customers, by pointing at sales charts, suggests a bleak future in regards to whether this will be a returning strategy.

    Didn't really need more reasons to stay away from early access games. Now there's the risk of funding godamn pre-release DLC that delays the game you paid for...
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  • Battlefield 1's beta ends this Thursday

  • VibratingDonkey 06/09/2016

    If they could also make the tickets count down, that'd be great.

    I don't understand why they made that change. Someone needs to get an answer to that, because it makes no sense. There appears to be no benefit to it at all, while it makes it harder to get a grasp of how a round is going. They've fixed what wasn't broken, so now it is.
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  • Battlefield 1 open beta off to shaky start as EA servers suffer outage

  • VibratingDonkey 01/09/2016

    Possibly the point of this was to make people upset at EA because this group maintains some irrational grudge against EA over something or other, but all it does is make me think gamers are the worst. So tired of this petulant, hostile, overly sensitive side of gaming culture.
    A hacking group which has caused similar trouble in the past has claimed responsibility.
    Thumbs up. Attention and recognition is at least part of the motive of these groups. Don't give it to them. The only ones who need to know who's responsible is EA's lawyers.
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  • Watch: 90 minutes of Battlefield 1 beta gameplay, live at 3:30pm

  • VibratingDonkey 31/08/2016

    Camels are better than horses. Reply 0
  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • VibratingDonkey 17/08/2016

    And it's not just the women. Robots have them, Kuma, Panda, the male characters have swimwear. It's not like we're trying to sexualise the female characters at all.
    I are sexualising them. But if you're also doing it to the men, bears and robots, then that's cool.
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  • Grow Up review

  • VibratingDonkey 17/08/2016

    I like this game. Reply -1
  • Quantum Break launches on Steam next month

  • VibratingDonkey 10/08/2016

    Hurray. Hopefully this will be the deal with all "Play Anywhere" games. Reply -1
  • Heavy Rain developer's Fahrenheit headed to PS4 next week

  • VibratingDonkey 05/08/2016

    The initial scenes of this game probably remains the best work Quantic has done.

    Anyway, whatever port company responsible seems to have had the tiniest budget for the recent so called remaster for PC. Textures were occasionally better in some spots. Hopefully this PS4 version will at least let you bind the triggers.

    Oh it's the PS2 version in 1080p? Basically the same thing then.
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  • The man behind one of Steam's most controversial games is back

  • VibratingDonkey 05/08/2016

    It's easy to acknowledge grievances related to past games while trying to sell your new one. But as far as I'm aware, he hasn't blatantly tried to deceive and scam people again like he did with The War Z. So there's that.

    As I stopped following his shenanigans after that fiasco, I don't know if he's gotten better at managing game development since. I'll just say that I'm not convinced of his ability and I don't care for the types of games he's producing anyway. So, eh. It's not even worth thinking about really.

    I'll give him that he's doing better at PR though at least.

    For the record, he says his only involvement with Big Rigs was licensing his game engine to the developer.
    Did you write all the Stellar Stone games or just produce? If you produced them, did you come up with the ideas and give them the okay to be released?
    Ok, here's the catch :).
    I licensed my game engine to Stellar Stone in exchange for large chunk of the company. Games were developed in Ukraine and published by a US company called Gamemill. So unfortunately I didn't have much design and development input or any power to stop them from being released. Big Rigs was released in pre alpha stage as far as I know. But for some reason I got all glory and recognition :)
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  • VibratingDonkey 02/08/2016

    Battlefield is the only one of these I play, and I don't really mind cheaters in it, as long as they're not blatant.

    Whether a 40-1'er is legitimately good or a cheater, it's equally anti-fun to get repeatedly shot down by them. It's the imbalance that makes the experience lousy, whether it's fair or not. Which in most shooters these days, it's inherently not, because of progression systems gating access to items.

    BF4 has a thermal vision mode that lights up any enemy in your line of sight. It's ridiculously super-effective in vehicles. I'm at least twice as good since I started using it. New players don't have access to it. It's fucked up. If someone's using a wallhack or whatnot, it's like, good, now they're on my level.

    And Battlefield has almost always had problems with balancing aircraft. Nine times out of ten, the 40-1'ers will be in a plane or helicopter.

    Cheaters should be discouraged, but the above are bigger issues as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully Battlefield 1's old timey tech will help with that.
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  • One of the biggest Twitch streamers bites the dust as Valve's CS:GO gambling crackdown continues

  • VibratingDonkey 20/07/2016

    Wasn't expecting Twitch to actually do anything. Good on them. Reply +4
  • Two weeks on, has the YouTube CS:GO Lotto controversy changed anything?

  • VibratingDonkey 19/07/2016

    Are any of these people signed with an MCN or have sponsors? If so, then I suspect there's been no reaction on that front either, because these influencers will keep pulling in the numbers, and that's all that matters.

    Their audience largely doesn't care, because these influencers are friends with their young, susceptible audiences, so Youtubers and streamers are 99% protected from any consequences in that regard.

    We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary.
    CSGOLotto is apparently still running. So it seems this necessary pursuit is just about far enough to keep Valve at a safe distance.

    Twitch just reiterated their Terms of Service, which was already active while these gambling sites were being streamed. So it's unclear if anything's actually changed there. Enforcement appears to be Twitch's problem, and they've said nothing about addressing that.

    So Twitch, Youtube and Valve are primarily interested in protecting themselves and continuing to benefit from the audience these people bring. And as this article says, these people will only ever see any consequences through legal action, which will take years and might end up being a slap on the wrist. If that happens then I expect that'll be a green light for these sort of unscrupulous, manipulative shitbags to proliferate across Twitch and Youtube. So I really hope the hammer will come down on everyone indicted in recent activities.
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  • Game key reseller G2A moves to legitimise its business

  • VibratingDonkey 08/07/2016

    @jammers101 part of a new process for new sellers to sell products on the marketplace.
    More steps are coming for new sellers, G2A said, including credit card, PayPal and address, via bank statement, verification.
    Presumably this won't apply to already registered sellers.
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  • PlayStation's indie game publishing head honcho Adam Boyes is leaving Sony

  • VibratingDonkey 08/07/2016

    It's been a long road.

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  • Evolve goes free-to-play, devs discuss "DLC s***storm"

  • VibratingDonkey 07/07/2016

    I never played or had much interest in this game, and I understand why they're going this route at this point, but I'll just say I generally don't like what this free DLC strategy typically means for game design.

    I would rather pay for DLC than have games sullied by these stretched out, consumables'd, microtransacted, random loot box'd progression systems and whatnot. Granted, at least when games are free-ized, publishers can't do it both ways (hey Battlefield) and one inherently positive aspect is that DLC being free to everyone means more people playing it.

    Would be cool if there's some agreeable middle-ground somewhere in there.
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  • Exposed YouTube star says sorry you didn't realise he owned gambling site he promoted

  • VibratingDonkey 07/07/2016

    Martin's stupid statement, which he abruptly pulled, is new and relevant news.
    Proper investigative journalism should be allowed to take time.

    I agree though that it should happen. Valve's role in this should be thoroughly looked at, every single one of these gambling sites should be investigated for regulations in regards to underage gambling and potential financial connections with Youtubers who've posted positive coverage of them without disclosure.

    Have lawyers gather up all the evidence and file reports to the FTC or whatever relevant organizations.

    All this will only matter if there's legal ramifications for these fuckers. If this was another medium, they'd be fired, their reputation would be shot, their audience and sponsors gone. But that doesn't happen on Youtube. Nothing happens, really.
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