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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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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown will mandate an internet connection on the PS5

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To fully experience Nacon’s upcoming social racer Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, an Internet connection is required. The new trailer reveals the off-road areas of Hong Kong Island, highlighting the diverse experiences offered in the upcoming game. It also emphasizes the MMO features that have been integral to the franchise.

“While driving, there are always other players surrounding you, which brings the city to life,” a press release discloses. “In Test Drive Unlimited, players can immerse themselves in the world of cars through interactions at dealerships and workshops, discussing future purchases, dream cars, and customization options.”

Undoubtedly, there is a trade-off with the need for a constant online connection to support various social features such as leaderboards, races, inventories, moderation, live events, anti-cheat measures, and the overall game experience. You need an Internet connection to play Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

As expected for an online-focused game, players will need to rely on Nacon’s servers and PSN.

Nevertheless, it appears that the racing game is making significant progress. In a recent development update, the team highlighted their ongoing efforts to enhance the particle effects for off-road gameplay. They are currently facing challenges in recreating the expansive dust clouds seen in their WRC games within a shared-world sandbox environment. “We are currently in the process of integrating and optimizing these effects,” it concedes. “It is a crucial aspect of off-road immersion, yet it also demands a lot of resources and performance.”

It appears that the game is nearing its final stages. The team is taking their time to guarantee that Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown provides a seamless, stable, and enjoyable experience for players. It has been brought to our attention that we need to ensure the game meets your expectations before release. We are currently focused on improving various aspects, such as enhancing server stability and optimizing the game’s performance.

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