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RANDOM VIDEO GAME NEWS - 'NON-FAKE-NEWS EDITION'


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won't bother to add feats, spells, skills, and classes from NWN2 or other fortmers that would actually make the game even more awsomesauce than it already is.

And break it like they did with BG1? Nah, as long as Beamdog's promise of mods remaining compatible stays true, this is precisely what we need - a re-released of a dated game that works properly and will work properly on future machines.

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i HOPE, they will make the Multiplayer part work again and support it. It IS the best part of the game - to create large persistent worlds with tons of extra content and live DMs running the show.

 

This is still the best non-esport MP game out there. better than any MMO

 

 

As for the lootboxes, any game that has built in transactions should be using a credit card verification system and be adult only - period. there are limits to how far revenue predatory should be allowed. You want people to pay you extras, make sure those are the people that actually earn money.


Edited by Darkpriest, 21 November 2017 - 11:35 PM.


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Ah, the glory days of Wing Commander...

 


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"Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe"

http://www.pcgamer.c...nned-in-europe/

 

Even if they aren't technically "gambling" they are incredibly anti-consumer.

 

Like, I get that free-economies need to encourage wealthy people to be more frivolous, but I don't think that's what is going on here. There are some whales sure, it's mostly preying on the short-sighteness of young people who waste away their parents money, all while ruining the aspects of a game that make it worth while playing on it's own merits.

 

 

A study requested by the National Lottery was released by the University of Leuven (also in Belgium) where the effects of the amount of gambling (and gambling promotion, by advertisements, television, etc.) children (10+) are exposed to was researched. The conclusion is pretty damning.

 

Article (in Dutch)

 

They state that the result of a questionnaire filled in by 645 children is such that they consider many of them are at serious risk of "developing problematic gambling related behaviour at a later age". They also talked to the parents and most of those have no idea what's going on (shocker, I'm sure)

 

Big part of the article talks about casino games (which 1/3 of the kids 10-12 had already played in some form, either with family or online) and the gambling by the national lottery. I'll focus on the gaming related stuff though.

 

One of the things apologists of the lootbox system always bring up is that in many cases these only contain appearance related items. This is explicitly addressed by the study:

"Gambling elements are nowadays common in video games where they can help players progress faster or give them special visual appearance."

 

I would not be surprised if Minister of Justice Geens already had access to the study or its results before it was published. He's as far as I can tell not the type of guy to make broad statements just to score which doesn't mean he 100% understood what is going on here, he doesn't strike me as much of a gamer.


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