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Australian study warns of link between loot boxes and problem gambling

17 September 2018 - 1:18pm

"These results support the position of academics who claim that loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling," reads a statement shared along with the findings published by the committee today. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Washington State and 15 countries team up over video game gambling concerns

17 September 2018 - 11:13am

The squad of sixteen regulators has signed a declaration over growing concerns with the overlap between gambling and video games through things like loot boxes and skin betting. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Nintendo requires online subscription to purchase Switch NES controller

14 September 2018 - 10:43am

Sale of the wireless NES controllers recently announced for the Switch is limited to one per Nintendo account as well. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Take-Two CEO: U.S. gov't needs to take a stand on China's game trade

13 September 2018 - 5:09pm

"Our government actually does need to take a position with regard to our trade with China," Zelnick said this week. "China has been stealing our intellectual property for a really long time. Those things just have to change." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Finding the balance between too little and too much to do in Destiny 2

13 September 2018 - 12:35pm

†œWe found with Destiny 2 †" and this is the case, I think, on any game †" that players don†™t want to be told when to stop playing.† ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Ubisoft details its blockchain-powered game HashCraft

13 September 2018 - 10:19am

Ubisoft showed off its in-development title HashCraft at Blockchain Gamer Connects San Francisco this year ...

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Pitch your exciting, insightful game UX talks for GDC 2019's UX Summit!

13 September 2018 - 9:02am

GDC organizers are still accepting UX Summit talk submissions -- but only until Friday, October 5th at 11:59 PM Pacific! ...

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Nintendo: Restrictions on cloud saves for certain Switch games are to curb cheaters

10 September 2018 - 11:08am

While most Switch titles support cloud saves, some games have disabled the feature in order to prevent players from manipulating online features. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

PUBG logs 1 million peak concurrent players for 365 days in a row, a Steam first

10 September 2018 - 10:35am

According to the third-party Steam tracker SteamDB, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has attracted over one million players at daily peak for one year straight, a first for any game on Steam. ...

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Now's the time to submit talks for the GDC 2019 Educators Summit!

10 September 2018 - 8:59am

Next March, GDC 2019 will again host the Educators Summit, a program of talks dedicated specifically to game education. If you have a great talk in mind, now's the time to pitch! ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Putting The AR in Artifact?

9 September 2018 - 7:54pm

This week's highlights include an article about Facebook Messenger's AR microgames, a detailed look at Valve's upcoming Artifact card game, & lots more besides. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Google partners with Unity for open-source matchmaking tool Open Match

7 September 2018 - 12:23pm

Google has teamed up with Unity to create an open-source, but engine agnostic, matchmaking system called Open Match. ...

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Honour of Kings to require players use real names to comply with new Chinese policies

6 September 2018 - 12:41pm

The system will check registered players against China†™s public security database to ensure that children don†™t exceed playtime restrictions put in place. ...

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NCSoft shuts down WildStar dev Carbine Studios

6 September 2018 - 11:49am

The coming closure will ultimately leave around 50 developers out of a job and the studio†™s massively multiplayer online game WildStar is to shut down after 4 years of operation. ...

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Submit your talks now for the GDC 2019 Community Management Summit!

6 September 2018 - 10:42am

Submit your talk pitches for next year's GDC Community Management Summit, which presents sessions and panels aimed at giving community management pros room to share knowledge and hone their craft. ...

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Tencent suspends community manager following sexual harassment accusations

5 September 2018 - 12:10pm

Tencent has suspended global community manager Nick Zasowski, as it investigates numerous sexual harassment accusations levied against him in the past few days. ...

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More competition means players won't always stay for DLC, warns Anthem dev

5 September 2018 - 11:24am

Anthem devs talk to USGamer about the evolution of live games, and why Anthem's post-release content plans might look different than other multiplayer cooperative live games out there. ...

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Rainbow Six Siege takes after Fortnite by offering in-game reward for using 2FA

5 September 2018 - 10:31am

This gentle push toward a more secure account comes shortly after the announcement that enabling 2-Step Verification will soon be required for players to compete in ranked matches. ...

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Anthem isn't charging for story DLC in an effort to keep its audience undivided

4 September 2018 - 12:05pm

BioWare†™s upcoming multiplayer game Anthem won†™t be locking post-release story content behind a paywall. ...

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GDC 2019 is looking for great AI talks, so submit yours today!

4 September 2018 - 10:27am

Hey devs, submit your pitches for talks for next year's GDC AI Summit, which presents panels and lectures from top game AI programmers, designers, researchers, and AI enthusiasts in the industry! ...

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