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The Netherlands declares some loot boxes are gambling

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1 day ago

@Return-of-Jafar

sadly, like many consumers laws, this is at a point where regulation is necessary. I doubt many want but we need it. These services go beyond harmless videogames today.
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1 day ago

@L1QuiD123

Just because the gambling element doesn't hurt the gameplay does not means lootboxes are OK. The "Cosmetics only" lark is still a big (almost) gambling scam to prey on the gulible or vulnerable it just does not hurt the gameplay itself.
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1 day ago

Good stuff. Great to see this war on the gambling boxes make some progress.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2's new cosmetic microtransactions go live

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1 day ago

@Brainflowers

I dunno I just have no faith in EA. Respawn did well on TF2 but I can't see 3 being anything but a MT turd like everything else now they own it.

Would certainly love to be wrong trust me but my gut already knows......
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1 day ago

@Stollenspiders

I've tried to sway here away from most of the sharks by buying a switch there is very little of that lark so much better for children than the Xbone or PS4. Also, thankfully, I bought a rift for myself to shake my own apathy toward crap like EA so encouraging her to get into VR which isn't tainted with shitty grinding things filled with MTs or lootboxes or season passes....yet :)
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1 day ago

@Stollenspiders

It's a real minefield as a parent and I'm a bloody gamer. To be honest I wish she'd never got into games the state the industry is in these days. With daddy playing games that was impossible though:)
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2 days ago

@stewartbladen

Are they money grabbing assholes? Yeh. Is every other company that makes anything to sell the same? Yeh. Funny enough they in this to make money
You need to broaden your gaming horizons. It may seem EVERYONE is trying to con you out of money but step away from the triple A filth and that really is not the case.
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2 days ago

@FilthyAnimal

Yeah I'm not one to blame the consumers. I get what you are saying and agree to a point but simply saying "it is your fault a predatory company took advantage because you didn't safeguard yourself" isn't a helpful outlook when struggling to keep these companies in check in ever increasingly hostile and blatant exploitation.

I'm a firm believer that so many modern videogames are less game and more slot machine now that we do need to think of them as something a bit more harmful than the simple playthings they once were. I say it all the time, if the days of just buying a videogame are over (it's not but really but for triple it's certainly seems that way) then so are the old rules of selling games and we maybe need to think differently on how laws allow them to sell on these "services".

There are laws across many industries to protect the vulnerable from unsavory selling so I see no problem introducing it to these service things.
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2 days ago

@DaftFunker

they do people for 20 quid on a skin? What the hell happened to this medium....

Thank you for that, my daughter was asking just last night if she could download this Fortnite game this weekend. Now I know to say no.
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2 days ago

@SiroccoJetProp

You think 8 quid for a scar would have gone down well?

You're braver than I thought :)
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2 days ago

@FilthyAnimal

The whole MT model is prey on the gullible and vulnerable but just because some are fools or can't help themselves it is still not OK for scum like this to take advantage of those people.
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2 days ago

@davetobin

EA are a lost cause I think, you're be best off ignoring them than waiting for the next con. Titanfall 3 is already dead to me now they own Respawn and the IP so can do what they want.
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2 days ago

If you want to play (roughly) 100 matches you'll be able to afford Kylo Ren with a scar without coughing up a penny, then - or you can pay about 8.
Christ this scummy grifting company really can't help but be vile and disgusting. Wasn't this "doing the right thing" after "mistakes" with their gambling scam that failed?

Still unbelievable piss taking greed is probably a step up from the level they droppped to with the gambling grift I suppose....but fucking hell they don't mind looking like con artist pieces of shite these days do they. :)
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Peggle free on PC via Origin

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

DO NOT DOWNLOAD! You have been warned.

/ goes back to peggle for one more go....
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Sources: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 doesn't have a single-player campaign

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2 days ago

@Solegor

Not sure about now but certainly up until a couple of years ago Believe it or not a lot of people buy COD just for the single player and never touch online.
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2 days ago

The decline of COD continues, mind you their single player got so dull with so many games after all these years and no real innovation will it really be missed by many?

I'm not surprised it's gone though, read an interview I think back when 2 was due or just released and someone from Treyarch was saying how they hate singleplayer and really wanted people online in MP. Treyarch have wanted to ditch SP for a while....convenient "bad planning" has enabled this dream... ;)
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Playing Not Tonight, a post-Brexit thriller

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3 days ago

Not Tonight, 'a post-Brexit thriller' as the slogan goes, will put noses out of joint.
I'll bet a blue passport nobody will actually care.
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EA admits it "got it wrong" over Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes

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3 days ago

@taikuaile

You have more chance of hell freezing over :)
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3 days ago

@Carlo

:)

Cartoon or not it's a killer episode with genuine emotion....but it's a dog so manly tears are allowed :)
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4 days ago

@chucklepie

Surely nobody takes EGs crap "reviews" seriously? :)
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4 days ago

@taikuaile

Look forward to seeing an EA game without micro transactions in the future
That's some wait you've got! :)

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4 days ago

@Cpc464freak

I think Hawaii 5.0 and others like him have started this backtrack by some. It won't fix the lootbox problem but will likely stop the most disgusting uses.

As for not supporting EA it's pretty easy not to these days I reckon. I gave up actually buying their games and switched to EA access and still struggle to find interest in the last few years. I'm quite gutted I gave them an extra 20 quid for this year because I had bigger problems and forgot to cancel the thing in feb. :)


Titanfall is the only one they put out ive bought in a few years and now they own respawn and the IP I'm already writing off 3 as I know how EA are.
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4 days ago

@jamieleng

Don't be silly, the fustration these models provide are just pride and accomplishment. There is always player choice but only providing the option to avoid a sense of pride and accomplishment......now pay or grind bitches!!!!

Modern gaming 101
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4 days ago

@importvita

It would always sell not matter how bad. You can wrap a turd in Star Wars packaging and it will still profit....just look at the last Jedi....

What will hurt is the damage to expected revenue and, more importantly for Disney, damage to the brand. Star Wars has been plastered all over a product that hit mainstream media and started governments looking at laws to protect children. That's the real damage and will likely cost EA their exclusive licence.
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4 days ago

@Tabitha07

I think I probably would respect them more if they were upfront and honest about it but that is commercial suicide.....although the EA apology after a game is pretty normal after all these years.
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4 days ago

@dsmx

I seriously doubt they will keep it, they've really done poorly with the licence. They are over halfway through the deal and if the rumours are true Disney are fed up to and talking to others about future games.
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4 days ago

I love how professional, multibillion dollar companies that make and sell games worldwide always claim they had no clue and it's always a mistake that they fuck consumers over.

Seriously are we really to believe DICE and EA unknowingly walked into one of the most blatant and disgusting money grabs in modern gaming? :)
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Xbox One X's 4K Red Dead Redemption looks sensational

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5 days ago

@nathanmcmahon

Certainly possible. A remaster before the sequel has long been rumoured so this could be the first platform to release on. A timed deal with MS is not unbelievable, Rockstar are complete whores when you throw them money :)
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Sega confirms Shenmue remasters are finally happening

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6 days ago

@smelly

60fps benefits all games. For Shenmue you get smoother movement and camera for a start.
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6 days ago

@Caldwell

Never say never? Tell that to the me that waited for RDR on PC :)

I agree though more exposure is good for everyone so hopefully the Xbox guys get it. At least they have 1 and 2 to get on with for now. :)
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6 days ago

@Caldwell

Sony are just throwimg money and publishing for the PS4 version that's it. It may still come to XB1 in fact Yu even teased it may appear down the line.
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6 days ago

@vert1go

Love that vid :)
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6 days ago

Great news. Worst kept secret in years but nice to see it is now finally official :)

More good news with this is that the announcement of 1 and 2 means 3 is on track to release and not slip again. Sega dropped announing the remasters last year as they want to release close to 3 and the delay stopped that. They were waiting for a concrete date for 3 to release close together so 3s release date must be set now.
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Has the games industry turned tail on microtransactions?

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6 days ago

@mbl2100

Eurogamer are just trying to label lootboxes as microtransactions for some weird reason. Of course THEY are still back. Even the gambling mechanic never went away as lootboxes never got turned off as they were integral to progression you just couldn't buy gambling boxes.

The backtrack is they removed the convoluted progression from the gambling. Changed so the gambling mechanic is now demoted to only poses randomly handed out and you cannot spend on them. MTs are there now just for the skins they will now bombard you with.
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7 days ago

@imagonnawin

Neither wasn't aimed at you 😊 point was this whole idea they need to do it to survive is something that sprung up on websites publishers don't say it. They say "look at all this money we are making!"
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1 week ago

@imagonnawin

Publishers do not actually plead poverty. They brag about the money they fleece to shareholders and investors. The whole "we need to do this" line is something purely for the gormless consumers in comments on marketing tool websites..sush...
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@Syrette

A lot of it yeah. The likes of Activision, EA and ubi are all merging into one giant turd live service. All are blatant and the me too for grindy online things is pathetically boring.

Kinda happy with simple and fun games now. VR has been a real get out of jail for my current apathy to this indsutry. Not seeing me going back to triple A anytime soon TBH. Think I am fine and regressing back to simple and fun like the old days. Fuck XP, events, microtransactions, lootboxes, live services, grind,. Fuck it all. Really lost interest in the triple A sector.....and frankly I'm not really seeing much from worth my attention anymore anyway. Christ EA can't even get Star Wars right. :)

/ goes back to robo recall
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1 week ago

With governments noticing how disgusting the industry has become it is no surprise the filth are cleaning up a bit. The " oh it's not legally gambling" line really wasn't working

Don t think it will win me back though. 2017 told me I'm done with triple A tripe and their grindy service things.
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The new game by LawBreakers studio Boss Key is a 1980s battle royale

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2 weeks ago

@Games_Should_Be_Fun

Steam as a storefront is best avoided unless you know what your buying. It's a sea of unfinished early access crap and half arsed mobile ports these days.
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2 weeks ago

Isn't a "battle royale" shooter just a multiplayer shooter? Is there a reason for the term or is it just the latest trendy buzzword?
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Arcade classic Toki is getting a gorgeous Switch remake later this year

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2 weeks ago

@Daikon

Seeing as these guys were golgoth studios and Golgoths website is now closed and the domain is for sale I reckon somewhere down the years the developers closed down and Toki was scrapped/put on hold until they could get funding to finish it and they finally found this publisher to help.

Probably why it is now only on switch instead of all next gen consoles and pc....which is a kick in the teeth after the years of waiting for this to surface.
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2 weeks ago

Wait...is this that Toki remake from years ago that disappeared into nothing?

It's finally coming but only on the Switch now? Fuckers....

EDIT - Defintetly from the Golgoth game that never surfaced

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=93343853
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Long-rumoured Spyro Reignited Trilogy listed on Amazon, with ugly boxart

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2 weeks ago

@Decaf

Amazingly there are some dribblers who see consumers asking for the chance to buy and play commercial videogames on hardware they actually own as "begging" so the term "port beggars" sprouted up.

It's just a term that helps the kids in the console wars playground feel a bit better as they parade their exclusives to the other sides. TBH you should dismiss anyone who uses the term as a fool :)
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"It's true Steam Machines aren't exactly flying off the shelves"

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2 weeks ago

@jebus

Christ I'd love a room dedicated to my PC :)

There are better options for smaller pcs to go under a tv.. or even stick a normal case somewhere at the side or out of site. Pcs are not that big.

My set up is a desk and monitor setup in the living room with connection to the main tv for when I want the big screen.
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@Bludsh0t

To be honest the whole k&M thing is largely bollocks for most of us. Nobody is dominated and most don't care there is a slight aiming benefit verses a movement benefit. Games are largely designed form controllers these days so not sure that tiny minority of k&M users matter (sush don't tell the fanboys pc users use controllers).

Added to the fact not everyone cares about kill death ratios in a mp shooty thing ;)
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PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man launches September

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2 weeks ago

@SimplyMatt

Like I said earlier I like TAS2. They made mistakes in the rush but it is playable. The swing mechanics are great and even with the the flawed hero system works to completion of the story.

I dunno the Activision ones always got close enough...even with the crappy swing mechanics TAS1 is still glorious to look at :)
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@man.the.king

Nah I don't do consoles anymore, my daughter has a 3ds xbone and switch but me, unless emulated, PC all the way. one box to rule them all :)

Seriously though, no ps4 and really not buying one just for spidey. A shame but I stopped buying hardware I do not need for software last gen. Plenty else to buy :)
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@AdamNovice

I didn't mind the Activision ones to be fair, they were always fun. Even Amazing Spider-Man 2 was OK - other than the hero system (which itself was actually a good idea - just done really, really badly).

Even this one doesn't seem to stray from the formula that's gone before.
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@AegonXIII

From footage I've seen you'll know what to expect as it looks like it follows the usual formula for spidey games. big city to swing about in and do missions, stealth bits, some QTES etc.
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