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  1. The First Trailer for Star Wars

    by , 04-13-2019 at 11:54 AM


    The trailer for Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker has dropped. When we last saw our heroes, the Rebellion ó excuse me, the Resistance ó had seemingly been reduced to something that could fit inside a YT-1300 freighter. One of the questions for Episode IX has been how the Resistance could possibly mount ...
  2. FTC public workshop on loot boxes

    by , 04-12-2019 at 08:19 AM


    Itís become depressingly common for video games to implement loot boxes as a monetization scheme, but gamers are increasingly up in arms about it. Last year, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) pledged to investigate the use of loot boxes in games, and now we know how itíll start. On August 7th, the ...
  3. Hawaii Proposes Legislation to Regulate Loot Boxes in Games

    by , 02-17-2018 at 02:23 PM


    Legislators in Hawaii were among the first to express concern over the use of loot boxes in video games when Star Wars Battlefront II was in the news. This issue didnít fade away, though. Lawmakers have introduced several bills designed to clamp down on the use of randomized loot crates in games, which are compared with gambling in the legislation.

    Loot crates have been ...
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  4. EA Blames Star Wars Canon For Its Greedy, Wretched Battlefront 2 Design

    by , 12-03-2017 at 03:25 PM
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    There are a lot of ways that EA could deal with its Battlefront 2 program. The company could announce it was redesigning the progression system so that early players didnít have a huge advantage over those who bought the game later. It could bring its microtransaction ideas back, but use them for cosmetic upgrades that donít affect gameplay. But being EA, it decided to double down on the worst aspects of game design. And now itís defending that decision, ...
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  5. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Review: Showing the Potential of AR Gaming

    by , 12-03-2017 at 07:56 AM


    Iíve demoed a lot of smartphone-based, augmented reality (AR) headsets, and while theyíve always seemed to have potential, nothing about them was very compelling. Lenovo and Disney are working to change that this holiday season with a well-thought-out game based on Star Wars, called Jedi Challenges. There are quite a few cute AR games now, but most of them rely just on ...
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