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Germany is Looking Into a Loot Box Ban

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In case you thought that the discussion regarding Loot Boxes is over. It’s far from it, actually, the debacle has continued and its following by the authorities from other countries is still a huge point of discussion.

Even though organisms like the ESRB believe that these loot boxes aren’t gambling. There are elected officials in several countries such as Belgium and the United States who have looked into legislation against the business model.

Well, according to a report made by the Welt Am Sonntag, Germany’s Commission for Youth Media Protection of the State Media Authorities is currently debating how to deal with the issue. Wolfgang Kreißig, the chairman of the Youth Protection Commission, says that “I think that it’s imaginable that loot boxes violate the ban on gambling for children and minors.”

The German authority is set to reach a decision on the issue in March, during which it could decide to fine game developers and publishers who include loot boxes in their games. In other words, we’ll finally be seeing the first steps towards the end of these unethical business practices.

Not only that, but if the legislation comes through, the authorities will also prohibit game creators from including loot boxes in games altogether as a loot box ban. The only way to continue selling these is to change the age rating towards adults.

The report also points to a study performed by the Universty of Hamburg that found that a minority of players are responsible for the majority of loot box revenue and that this is “a typical feature of gambling markets.”

Take notes Kenneth Tran, this is how the Loot Box debacle finally ends. By seeing these awful things gone forever gamers might be able to breathe once again.

Considering that the games industry in Germany is currently worth $4 billion annually. This could actually make a dent on many of the wallets of the giants. Maybe then they can focus on delivering good games rather than trying to make all the money in the world.

Germany is not the first one to consider a Loot Box ban, the aforementioned Belgium and even the Netherlands have also considered a ban. Meanwhile I am enjoying Dragon Ball FighterZ with loot boxes that cost absolutely nothing.

I sincerely hope that the people in the industry get banned from one of their sources of income and finally start putting some effort into their games. The gaming community can only hope for now that the German government reaches a favorable conclusion and that other countries follow suite with their decision.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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