GamesIndustry.biz has a fantastic piece illuminating the Entertainment Software Association’s apparent game plan on lockboxes going forward. The publication recaps a lengthy talk ESA president Mike Gallagher gave at the Nordic Game Conference seemingly designed to both incite concern over lockbox regulation and extol the virtues of the free market. Gallagher primed the audience by comparing the lootbox controversy to the WHO’s so-called “gaming disorder” crusade and the US government’s unfounded attempts to link gaming and gun violence, then moved on to arguing that the gaming industry’s “right” to self-regulation and the “instantaneous feedback” of consumerism are what we should be trusting to keep lootboxes properly in check, not governments like Belgium’s and the Netherlands’, which have already curbed gambleboxes in their countries. Gallagher also downplays the effectiveness of government at understanding the … [Read more...] about ESA president argues ‘video games never take money from a player and leave them with nothing’
Support Massively OP on PatreonWere you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! How do you pick one big story in a week like this? You don’t: You just roll with all the big ones. This week, we learned Bethsoft is working on a new Fallout game, Fallout 76, with a rumored online and/or MMO component, which set the internet on fire. ZeniMax then freaked its community out when players discovered spyware had been patched into Elder Scrolls Online; the studio apologized, saying it was added in error and will be removed this week, never having been activated or used. And then there was Bless Online, which soft launched into early access with server outages, downtime, dupes, and refunds from folks upset over the game’s lack of endgame content. Stay tuned for our own hands-on with the game’s first week, and then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Fallout 76, Bless Online, and Elder Scrolls Online
Crunch – the act of putting in way too much overtime to get a video game completed and out the door – is a sensative topic in the industry and one that players often ignore as long as they get their games. But Waypoint made an effort to reach out to over a dozen studios at this past June’s E3 to ask how they are dealing with crunch these days. Both Microsoft and Nintendo said that they were looking out for employees and their work-life balance as games near the crunch period. The Division 2’s PR handler stepped in to stop the line of questioning on crunch, even while Creative Director Julian Gerighty was praising the Swedish work ethic and the balance that he had struck with his work and home life. And ESA President Michael Gallagher claimed that crunch issues have lessened over the past decade. “I hear more and more publishers saying—and they’re doing this for competitive reasons, for culture reasons, they’re rejecting crunch, and … [Read more...] about The ESA claims crunch issues in the industry have been declining over the past decade
It would be so awesome if I could come to work every day and know that everything developers say is absolutely truthful and no shenanigans are occurring. But of course, that’s not the world we live in. In fact, one of the rules around here is “save your recordings” because you will not believe what studios will say right on the record and then claim they would never. Last year’s winner (loser?) for this Daily Grind was the Marvel Heroes, whose studio Gazillion reps claimed to us that “the company is functioning normally” when it most definitely was not (and was in fact in the middle of collapse). My pick for fib of the year in 2018, though? Daybreak would be the obvious pick, so instead, I’m going with ESA president Mike Gallagher, who said – apparently with a straight face – that lockboxes aren’t gambling because “video games never take money from a player and leave them with nothing.” Ug. Which MMO studio … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio told the biggest fib in 2018?