Whisper it quietly, but the boundaries between virtual gambling and online gaming are becoming increasingly blurred. This has become increasingly evident during the last 18 months or so, with high profile console games such as GTA 5 enabling players to access live, real money gambling within the context of the title’s narratives. The integration of online gambling in gaming goes far beyond this single instance, however, as the practice becomes increasingly prevalent and continues to raise concerns among regulators. In this post, we’ll ask whether gambling is becoming more prevalent in online gaming and ask what this means for players, operators and the market as a whole. What are Loot Boxes and How have they Impacted on Gaming? The integration of online gambling came to a head last year, when we began to see ‘loot boxes’ offered to players in some console games. These essentially include unlockable elements that relate to the narrative of each individual game, … [Read more...] about Are loot boxes becoming more prevalent in online gaming?
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This is a story about a boy named Michael. Follow along with me for a little bit, if you’d be so kind. Michael was born in 1983, and he didn’t have a very happy childhood. He was smart, but he didn’t really seem to fit in to basically any social group. He was always a quiet boy, introspective, and he heard the word “gay” applied a lot as a pejorative. Often to Michael himself, and often by Michael himself, because he only had the vaguest idea what the word meant aside from “this is a bad thing.” As Michael hit puberty, he understood what the term meant. But he knew that it didn’t apply to him. He was definitely attracted to girls. From what little he knew, that meant that he was safe from being gay because gay men followed a very specific set of traits that he did not have. He wasn’t all of the things that he thought signified “gay man,” and that meant that he was straight. And all of the heroes he liked and … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: Representation in games matters when you don’t see why it matters
Betting has been around since man discovered competing. Sports betting, for instance on Betway, is the most popular form of gambling, but you can also bet on your PlayStation games. Yes, and you don’t even need Betway for it, though we are sure you are going to love trying out the Betway app. If you did not know that, then I am sure that might have off as a shocker. Here is all the information you need about PS Betting. We are sure you are going to love it, as much as you love playing your favorite PS games. How does PlayStation betting work? If you have a PlayStation, then you can wager on the outcome of your games. You will need some friends so that you can bet. The whole idea is to make a tournament style and then compete in the competition for real money. The best part is that you can keep betting legitimized because you are not playing against a house. However, you will need a site which will help you set up the competition. It might sound hard, but it isn’t. You will … [Read more...] about Did you know you can bet on PlayStation games?
After years critiquing World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s recent decision to promote ideologies that are incompatible with the values and beliefs I hold dear, is a bridge too far for me to cross. As a result, I can no longer in good conscience continue to write articles about Blizzard Entertainment and their various video games. While I may include references to Blizzard or World of Warcraft in future articles, this will be my last piece that deals with them directly. I will also no longer purchase or play any product made by Blizzard or Activision. The final straw came for me in August of 2017, when Kotaku reported that a leaked email memo from Blizzard company president Mike Morhaime who described the launching of a “global diversity and inclusion initiative” which seeks to increase the representation of women and other minorities at Blizzard. The article goes on to detail Blizzard’s efforts to achieve this via various methods. As a person who has both worked … [Read more...] about Why I am Boycotting Blizzard Entertainment
This mornings post is going to be a bit unusual as I did a thing last night that may or may not be nonsense. Lately I have been saying that it feels like I have disengaged faster with Battle for Azeroth than any of the expansions to date. However I do have a certain pattern of engaging and then eventually hitting a point where I bounce for awhile, and then eventually return to re-engage. It got me to wondering if I had any means of actually tracking this sequence. Since 2013 I had the record of my blog, because I tend to track how I am feeling about something pretty closely in the posts I am making. Another thing I have noticed is that Screenshots serve as forensic evidence for how I am feeling for a game. If I am checked out… I stop taking them… and with my copious archive of screenshots I was able to draw from that to determine my general take on a game at a given time. Additionally there are specific mental sign posts of … [Read more...] about Days Til Bounce