Tagged With loot boxes

30

As the furore over loot boxes has spilled into the legislative arena, it's also exposed the reality that every state and territory looks at the issue differently. The Department of Industry's Liquor & Gaming is the relevant body in New South Wales -- and while they don't believe that loot boxes principally fall under the definition of gambling, that doesn't mean they don't have concerns.

Shared from Gizmodo

10

A couple of weeks back I was tooling around the Blue Mountains in a Tesla Model S in order to test out the latest features of Autopilot. As a first-time Tesla driver, I had never been privy to the accompanying app, or the treasure box that glinted at me from the top-right. In fact, I didn't even notice it first. I was firmly distracted by the ability to honk the horn from inside my living room.

But it the beckoning glint did eventually catch my eye. Curious, I tapped, excited to see what awaited me. And that's when I discovered that Tesla has loot boxes.

4

There’s finally a new Star Ocean game after 2016's barebones Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. Unfortunately, free-to-play Star Ocean: Anamnesis, the latest entry, is only on smartphones, and a gacha game to boot.

The first of those would be forgivable if not for the second, but as a slot machine for collecting characters from Star Oceans past it turns the series’ once absurd fusion of medieval fantasy and Star Trek sci-fi into something that just feels mundane.

14

Pay-to-win games are garbage. Loot boxes are passe. Cosmetics are cute, but not a great incentive to keep playing. Game publishers have cycled through a bevy of monetisation gimmicks aimed at keeping gamers putting cash into their games, some more successful than others. Now, more and more of them seem to be coalescing around a new idea - the "battle pass".

6

While Smash fans have been generally pleased with Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct, the reception on the stock market was different. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime went on Bloomberg to put Nintendo's case forward, and did so with an interesting stat: the fact that Fortnite has already passed two million downloads on the Switch.

19

Loot boxes in FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are now illegal in Belgium, with the country's legislators declaring today that if the games' publishers don't remove the offending microtransactions, people behind the games could face fines and even time behind bars.

45

Shadow of War's microtranssactions might not have been popular, but unlike Battlefront 2 they were never removed from the game despite the public controversy. But that's set to change on July 17, with the developers releasing a patch that will remove Shadow of War's gold, war chests and marketplace entirely.