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Lootboxes With Real-World Value Have Been Ruled Unlawful In The Netherlands

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (NGA) has ruled that lootboxes which contain items that have value outside of the game themselves violate the …

Rocket League

Cliff Bleszinski Accuses Epic Of Poaching Boss Key Staff

Cliff Bleszinski, former Epic games design director and co-founder of Boss Key Productions, has publicly accused Epic of hiring away Boss Key …

Jensen Ackles

How Gearbox Evolved From Developer To Publisher In Three Years

Gearbox Software has long been a household name among gamers with franchises like Borderlands. Among fellow developers, the goal of its …

San Francisco

The Rewarding Benefits Of Replaying Video Games

Yorda infuriated me when I played Ico several years ago. The character's slow movement and sheer helplessness made me roll my eyes, whether I was …

Metal Gear

Sega Bringing Genesis, Master System Games To Switch Through 'Sega Ages' Initiative

Sega is doubling down on its efforts to bring its classic titles back to life. Along with the announcement of the Sega Mega Drive Mini, the company …

Retrogaming

Billy Mitchell Stripped Of All His Scores And Banned By Twin Galaxies

Video game scorekeeper Twin Galaxies has decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores from the organization's leaderboards as well as ban him …

Galaxies

Electronic Arts' Patrick Soderlund Becomes Chief Design Officer, Laura Miele Replacing Him

Electronic Arts has announced that Patrick Soderlund, current executive vice president of worldwide studios, is moving to a different position within …

Electronic Arts

New Steam Privacy Settings Shut Down Third-Party Data Counter As Consequence

SteamSpy, the leading resource for tracking sales data on the PC digital distribution service Steam, is shutting down as a result of new Steam …

Privacy

The Virtual Life – Video Games Should Celebrate The Little Moments More

By and large video games are very loud. Not just in the echoes of gunshots or the explosions of conveniently placed red barrels, but also in their …

Gears of War

Hacker Says It Took Him Two Weeks To Add Save Back-Ups To Switch

One of the biggest flaws in Nintendo’s portable console is that you can’t back up your data: if you lose your system, or somehow get your data …

Retrogaming

Here Is the Gender Pay Gap in Every U.S. State — and What Could Be Behind It

There are some huge differences.<p>Women in America earn around 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. That means that, across the board, women have to …

Demographics

Riot Admits It Unnecessarily Sexualized League Of Legends' Kai’Sa

Riot Games got candid and answered some fan questions in its "Ask Riot" section today. Questions focused on gameplay elements like why marksman are …

League of Legends

Blizzard Exploring Algorithms To Combat Overwatch Toxicity

In an interview with Kotaku, Blizzard vice president and Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan explained that the company is trying to explore how …

Machine Learning

Valve: Steam Machines Link Removal Doesn't Mean It's Dead

After Valve recently removed links to Steam Machines from the site's main navigation bar, speculation began circulating about the end of the PC …

Gaming

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Removes Microtransactions

Six months after release, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has removed microtransactions and rebalanced Shadow Wars, citing feedback over their use.In an …

Gaming Industry

The 13th Doll Is A Licensed, Fan-Made 7th Guest Successor

The 13th Doll is a fan-created official follow-up to the cult classic, The 7th Guest, and it has a trailer.It is a fan game, but it does use the 7th …

Microsoft Planning A Major Update For Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility

The next episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft's own smaller-scale version of a Nintendo Direct, promises to focus on backwards compatibility with …

Backward Compatibility

Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows

Cloud and AI are Microsoft’s future bets<p>”We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. That is our bold goal,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella three years ago. At the time, Microsoft was unveiling more details about Windows 10, and surprising people with …

Windows Phone

Facebook's new privacy tools let you scrub your data, for real

Still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook will let you delete anything from your profile or timeline and end Facebook's use of that data.<p>If you didn't care about Facebook privacy two weeks ago, you probably do now.<p>The social network has come under a hailstorm of criticism after …

Social Media

People are downloading their Facebook data and posting it to Twitter, and the results will terrify you

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.<p>One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been …

Social Media

Square Enix Opens New Studio With Final Fantasy XV Team

Square Enix has announced it is starting a new internal studio called Luminous Productions, which will be headed by Final Fantasy XV director Hajime …

Enix

Why Digital Extremes Removed An "Insanely Profitable" Microtransaction From Warframe

Warframe has earned a reputation as one of the better free-to-play multiplayer games, both in terms of the quality of the game itself and its healthy …

Profit

CD Projekt Talks Microtransactions, Multiplayer, And More In Cyberpunk 2077

At a financial presentation for 2017 results, CD Projekt Red talked a little about Cyberpunk 2077, including the possibility of multiplayer coming …

Cyberpunk

Ubisoft Announces New Mumbai, Odesa Studios

After adding new studios in Berlin, Bordeaux, Stockholm, and Saguenay in 2017, Ubisoft shows no signs of slowing down its international growth. Today …

Ubisoft

The US' national debt is rising 36% faster than the economy

Well, it happened again.<p>On Friday afternoon, the national debt of the United States hit another major milestone, soaring past $21 trillion for the first time ever.<p>Clearly that is an enormous number… it's actually larger than the size of the entire US economy, which is pretty incredible.<p>But what's …

Economics

I grew up in a cult and I can tell you why 'normal' people join them

When my Mum lost her Dad in her early twenties, she was looking for answers and a soft place to land. A confusing time to be human, the 1970s was the era of the Vietnam War, equal rights and the disruption of all kinds of traditional values.<p>She found sanctuary in the Worldwide Church of God, an …

Vietnam War

New Slack Tool Lets Your Boss Potentially Access Far More of Your Data Than Before

Slack, the ubiquitous workplace communication app, can be a bit deceptive when it comes to private channels and direct messages. Employers have long …

GDPR

'I Returned to Say Goodbye.' A Photographer Shares the Final Moments of the Last Male Northern White Rhino

The world has been captivated by the loss of a rhino named Sudan, who passed away at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya this week from age-related …

Wildlife

What Does An ADR Engineer Do? - Answerman

<i>Roman asked:</i><p>I was watching some of my favorite anime and noticed a title of ADR engineer in the credits. I'm somewhat familiar with the role of ADR …

Music Production

Opinion – Sea Of Thieves Forgot To Include A Target Audience

I’ve maintained an open mind about Sea of Thieves ahead of launch. On the surface, it ticks a lot of boxes for things I might enjoy. Fantasy setting, …

Sea of Thieves