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Culture & Gaming

While gamers ask for loot-box regulation, Trump’s FCC plans to deregulate net neutrality

According to the discourse surrounding the core gaming scene right now, loot boxes and similar business models are the greatest threat to interactive entertainment . But while fans shout down publisher Electronic Arts over the progression in Star Wars: Battlefront II , the Federal Communications Commission is gearing up to kill net neutrality. Reuters and Bloomberg…

Tech

Facebook releases tools and tips for livestream creators

Facebook is gunning to be the social network for gamers and other passionate communities, and it is releasing a couple of new tools that will help those creators and their videos get noticed more easily. The Facebook Creator App helps creators manage their presence on Facebook, and the Facebook for Creators site is a central…

Culture & Gaming

Star Wars: Battlefront II fan outrage shakes Wall Street’s confidence

Electronic Arts’ stock price has climbed steadily since 2012 as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were winding down, but some Wall Street analysts are not sure about the publisher’s latest big release and the public reaction to it. Fans are angry at what they perceive as mechanics that enable people who pay extra money…

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What is wrong with Star Wars: Battlefront II? GamesBeat Decides

Star Wars: Battlefront II comes out this week and a lot of people are already playing it and yelling about it on the internet. Numerous fans don’t like its business model and progression system, and they are letting publisher Electronic Arts know it. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti got…

Culture & Gaming

Star Wars: Battlefront II producer says fan estimates on unlocking perks, heroes are wrong

Star Wars: Battlefront II has inspired a number of loot-box economists to post estimations of how many hours it will take to unlock every star card item that gives perks to your characters. One story claimed  (on SWTORstrategies.com , which is down due to overwhelming traffic) you would need to spend more than 4,500 hours…

Tech

Drone simulator is as close to the real thing as you can get without spending hundreds of dollars

A state-of-the-art drone flying simulator called DRL Simulator is out on Steam today and it’s as close to the real thing as you’re going to get without spending hundreds of dollars on a high-end drone. DRL Simulator was created by the Drone Racing League (DRL), the premiere competitive league for professional drone racing. The simulator…

Culture & Gaming

Yes, loot boxes and card packs reek of gambling

GUEST: Loot boxes are inescapable now. You will no doubt have encountered them already, as they are seemingly compulsory in every major new game. Perhaps you’ve opened some Hearthstone packs, which bristle with magic and static electricity as their contents is revealed. Maybe you’ve poured some money into FIFA Ultimate Team in search of Messi…

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You can compete on Rocket League for the Switch

Rocket League is one of the best games of the generation. It has established itself as one of the most played releases on PC and consoles through rock-solid mechanics and a dedication to performance. Now, all of those elements are available on Nintendo’s Switch, and the experience translates well enough that I think most Switch…

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Rainbow Six: Siege gets free weekend to add to its 25 million players

Ubisoft’s competitive multiplayer hostage-rescuing shooter Rainbow Six: Siege has already had 25 million players , but the publisher wants even more people to check it out. Siege is getting a free weekend starting Thursday that will last through Sunday. Through this period and into next week, Ubisoft is also cutting Siege’s price by 60 percent,…

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The Game Awards pit Zelda, Mario, Destiny 2, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and PUBG for 2017’s best

Four blockbuster games shared the most nominations announced today by The Game Awards . Destiny 2 , Horizon: Zero Dawn , The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , and Super Mario Odyssey shared six nominations each. And among the newcomers is Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, one of the hottest new games and a pioneer…