The ESRB has announced a new label for all game ratings that will apply to loot boxes and similar mechanics in all games they apply a rating to. The new classification will apply to all games that include “loot boxes, gacha games, item or card packs, prize wheels, treasure chests, and more.” The new qualifier
The new surrounding Doom Eternal just keeps getting better. Creative director Hugo Martin has revealed some surprising details about the cosmetics that were previously announced to be in the game. Doom Eternal’s cosmetic items will be unlocked through experience points and the game won’t have a store for micro-transactions at all, to put it simply.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has made some announcements this past week that have fans both curious and anxious about how infamous publisher Activision will handle monetization. A lot of gamers were concerned that the maligned Supply Drops mechanics would be returning from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. In a blog post, the company
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has reported that the legal firm Calex Légal has applied for authorisation to enact a class action lawsuit against Epic Games. The basis for the suit is pretty inflammatory too, as it alleges that Epic intentionally preyed upon human psychology and the naivety of their users when designing their flagship shooter. The
Following from the massive backlash over loot boxes, and the complete bumbling that was the same controversy for the latest Star Wars Battlefront II, gamers just aren’t as excited about the franchise. And since the gaming industry has seemingly only gotten more lousy with microtransaction nonsense, it doesn’t feel like the situation is getting any
So it turns out that Kerbal Space Program, the very scientific rocket-building sim, is getting a full sequel. The new game is still in the very early stages of development, but that hasn’t stopped the fans from wanting to hear more about it. And with the exceptional proliferation of loot boxes and exclusivity deals in
Need For Speed Heat was just announced this past week, after months of waiting and speculation about the future of the iconic racing game brand. A big part of that announcement was the reveal that the game will have an in-depth car customization system, including skins and other tweaks. This raised quite a few alarm
Earlier this week, the ESA and several major gaming companies came together to promise a series of changes to the microtransaction ecosystem in modern video games. The idea was that these companies would band together to self-police their games and platforms by making multiple changes to how loot boxes and other monetization are handled. One
As the public and legislative pressure surrounding microtransactions and loot boxes grows, so too does the impetus to do something about the problem that they present. More and more gamers are starting to wake up to the fact that loot boxes are just gambling. And even though some entities and companies still have their head
Mystery Boxes in Path of Exile, an often contentious topic. Some gamers find them to be acceptable means of monetization and they give out cool rewards, others see them as another example of the loot box scourge. And despite some very obvious criticisms of GGG when it comes to monetization practices around pricing, they usually
We’ve long harped on various political issues on this site, and long-time readers will notice a very common thread among many of our political pieces as they relate to the games industry. That thread is monetization, the ever-present specter of greed that looms over much of the games industry and its “AAA” segment. In particular,
At a recent meeting of the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Electronic Arts and the rest of the AAA industry has found itself in hot water with gamers again this week. SNP’s Brendan O’ Hara posed a question to the assembled reps of the games industry and MPs concerning loot boxes and
So as is the tradition with a new patch in Path of Exile, Grinding Gear Games has unleashed a new set of microtransactions onto the cash shop in the form of a new Mystery Box. Mystery Boxes in POE are a bit of a special thing, as they’re basically loot boxes that often contain special
Remember that Fairgraves loot box that was introduced in Betrayal League? Well, the new mictransactions introduced in that crate are back in the POE store, this time you can buy them directly. As is usually the case with these themed loot boxes, Grinding Gear Games brought back the timed exclusive armor sets as an option
It’s finally the time to reveal the first Battle Pass for the massively popular battle royale titan, Apex Legends. With the launch of this new Wild Frontier update, Respawn has pushed out a new rewards system to the popular shooter, and a bunch of new content. The biggest new addition is of course the newest
Loot boxes, long a source of frustration and addiction for some gamers, have become an increasingly problematic system for publishers and developers as well. Despite earning billions of dollars collectively for the games which include them, loot boxes are a font of anger and litigation as more public pressure mounts against the mechanics, which many
Loot boxes, the bane of wallets and consumer-conscious gamers across the globe, and then combined with EA, the company gamers love to hate, the combination is as toxic as the most nightmarish garbage fire. One can’t talk about these two issues without wading into the muck of opinions and factual information that seems to swirl
As anyone who has been following the gaming industry knows, the last few months have been very contentious when it comes to the subject of loot boxes. Loot boxes are essentially a mechanic of putting games of random chance into “loot boxes” to make money. And with multiple countries having either promised or delivered on
Turn 10 is finally removing loot boxes from Forza Motorsport 7 in November after sustained player feedback turned public opinion against the system. And while the racing game was well-received since it’s release, there’s been one thing that gamers and fans consistently disliked. The Driver Crates system in the game wasn’t a true loot box,
Dutch outlets including Metro and Nieuwsblad reported earlier today that the Belgian Gaming Commission may be pursuing legal action against some game companies over their refusal to follow the law.
The senior producer of NBA 2K19 believes that microtransactions are “an unfortunate reality of modern gaming.” Rob Jones discussed the recent changes to loot boxes and gambling mechanics in games, as well as the plans the company has for the future of their games.
In a recent forum announcement, Blizzard has revealed that they’ve made some major changes to Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. These games will no longer feature loot boxes in certain countries thanks to ongoing legislative pressure over gambling mechanics. The two countries in particular, Belgium and the Netherlands, made regulatory pressure and impending legal
Palpatine’s behind it all! Or at least that’s the excuse Electronic Arts would wish they could use for the various missteps made in the development and launch of the controversial FPS Star Wars Battlefront II. After the game suffered immense backlash from it’s lootbox system, it was just one problem after another. As time went
Warner Bros. has announced that 2017’s Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, will be getting a definitive edition at the end of August, titled simply The Definitive Edition. The Definitive Edition features the main game, along with the full Expansion Pass, all the additional content and patched added up to this