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How EA Inadvertently Saved the Gaming Industry

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I can only imagine just how many commenters will show up to this page. Most of them not even bothering to read the article, mind you. “EA Saving the Video Game industry? That’s stupid, you’re stupid”. However, I have the feeling that a lot of people don’t really know what the context is behind this.

Before we begin, I want to start my argument by saying that Electronic Arts is the company I despise the most. Their abusive practices, killing off acclaimed game studios and their complete butchering of the Mass Effect series; among a huge list of other misdeeds that are way too many to count are more than enough evidence that they are the embodiment of all the things I dislike about the current gaming industry.

I am also aware that the gaming community hates Electronic Arts almost as much as I do. However, there is something that could be said about how the Gaming Community has not exactly done the right thing when it comes to showing their hatred towards unethical business practices. This is what will lead into the crux of the entire argument: Loot Boxes.

Loot Boxes, The Gaming Community’s Champion

As many people have known, I have been extremely adamant about Loot Boxes in video games. While I do not mind any sort of microtransaction scheme in Free to Play Games, there have been a ton of occasions where that sort of scheme has bled into the AAA market. This is a problematic issue nowadays, yes, but I remember how it was when the problem begun.

I remember exactly how every single conversation went when I was adamantly against Loot Boxes the moment they were popularized by Overwatch. And the Gaming Community’s stance on the issue was not that of hatred but of defense towards an unethical business practice.

I can best summarize how much Loot Boxes and microtransations were defended by the community by mentioning just how many videos Jim Sterling had to do on the subject. Every single video had to debunk a stupid argument made by the community who should’ve been mad about the things to begin with. From “It’s just cosmetic” to “Games are expensive to make”.

Meanwhile I can add to this with my own two cents on the matter and just how much the gaming community has lambasted me even while I was being vocal about Loot Boxes. It became some sort of taboo issue to talk about. To the point where people were banned from Discord Servers, muted on social networks, etc. Anyone against Loot Boxes was welcome to being ousted from the community.

EA and their Greedy Schemes

Enter Electronic Arts with their attempt to capitalize from the downright evil monetization scheme: Star Wars Battlefront II. The gaming public was certainly unaware that this would be a title that showed EA’s true colors, that’s for sure. Especially after the many promises the development team made about how this wasn’t going to be as bad as the first Battlefront game.

However, once the game released, everybody saw just how awful the game was and how incredibly shameless the monetization scheme it had was. A Loot Box system that not only implemented pay to win mechanics but was also backed by an extremely excruciating grind that was pretty much only there to accentuate how necessary the microtransactions were.

This was the moment when Electronic Arts turned the tables and the Gaming Community went from defending Loot Boxes to downright disowning them. To the point where developers had to mention that a game didn’t have Loot Boxes as a promotional point.

It got so bad that it caught the attention of government officials. Soon, you’d be seeing news about how different gambling commissions were looking at Loot Boxes. It was all caused by the public outcry that was generated by Star Wars Battlefront II. Suddenly, the companies who wanted to put their loot boxes in games would have to pull back on the predatory business practice.

This is an abridged tale that spans across more than 2 years, with a lot of filler cut. Nowadays we just see that the gaming community just doesn’t want anything to do with Loot Boxes anymore. And it also shows that public outrage has become more prevalent against non-consumer friendly practices.

Conclusion: The Unintentional Gaming Industry Savior

This is why Electronic Arts became the savior of the gaming industry. As the Gaming Community continued to lambast those who spoke against Loot Boxes, we probably would’ve gotten to the point where we could’ve faced a second gaming crash. Money is not an infinite resource and the “Whales” of the industry would’ve run out of meat at some point or another.

And so we get to where we are now. While the gaming industry is certainly far from being an ideal place because of how many anti-consumer practices are still happening. At the very least the gaming community is taking some good steps ahead and is now against the slightest hint of anything that works against the consumer.

Sure, you still will probably get someone who unironically loves what Electronic Arts does or someone who doesn’t think that Loot boxes are bad or – God forbid – thinks that they are the future of gaming. However, these people are few and far between and will often be overshadowed by the people who are against them.

So, I’ll take this moment on this random date (because this retrospective was mostly done without anything to tail on) to thank Electronic Arts. As their unethical business practices woke up the Gaming Community and ended up saving the industry from collapsing. At least until the next unethical business practice money guzzler gets defended by the community.

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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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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The manager of Italy’s Euro 2024 team has clarified that his squad is not prohibited from playing the PS5

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In a development that is likely to delight console manufacturer Sony, the Italian national team seems to be caught up in a scandal involving PlayStation. Manager Luciano Spalletti has previously expressed his concerns about his players staying up late playing video games on their PS5s. This led to speculation that he may have implemented a ban on the gaming system during his squad’s Euro 2024 camp. However, when speaking to the media before the team’s upcoming match against Albania on Saturday, he made it clear that he is fine with his players relaxing with video games, as long as they don’t stay up too late playing.

“I have no qualms about any genre of games – we’ve set up a gaming room with two PlayStations,” he stated. It seems to be quite popular, and I’ve even tried it out myself. However, they have the ability to do so at the appropriate time of day. It is quite concerning that they are awake until such late hours of the night. It is important to prioritize a healthy sleep schedule. We must emphasize the importance of adopting a proper lifestyle while playing games. I never claimed that we couldn’t play PlayStation, which is both unfair and untrue. I mentioned that staying up until 3AM or 4AM is not something we can do – it’s a distinct situation.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, echoing his coach’s sentiments, revealed that the entire team finds pleasure in playing PS5, but only when it’s fitting. “After dinner, we spend time together in the games room, where we let loose and unwind. This has fostered a strong sense of camaraderie among us,” he observed. We share a few laughs and enjoy each other’s company for a couple of hours. There are absolutely no problems in that regard, the m

Italy’s disciplined gaming time seems to have paid off as they emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Albania in their opener on Saturday. This impressive performance puts them joint-top of Group B after just one game. They will have to bring their A-game for their upcoming match, as they are set to take on Spain, their fierce rivals, in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

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