ESRB Comments On Rating Games That Feature Loot Box Systems

ESRB Comments On Rating Games That Feature Loot Box Systems.

With the popularity of connected experiences and loot based titles on the rise, it’s no wonder that loot box systems that employ chance have also become popular in many AAA games.

Most of the time, the in-game loot boxes allow the player to purchase a skin or some other cosmetic item with real-world money. Problems begin to arise when these loot boxes also employ a random factor, or worse, a pay-to-win system.

The ESRB recently commented on the matter, after popular Youtuber John Bain criticised the ESRB for not taking loot box systems into account when rating new titles. In a comment to Kotaku, the ESRB said:

“While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player, unfortunately, receives something they don’t want).”

They went on to compare it to the same principle of opening a pack of cards: duplicates and bad draws can happen.

Taking a look at the ESRB’s guidelines, they distinguish loot boxes from gambling with real money by considering loot boxes a form of additional in-game downloadable content. Only titles that have any real-money gambling will receive an automatic AO or Adults Only rating.

In a recent statement to WCCFTech, PEGI operations director Dirk Bosmans agreed with the ESRB’s stance with how they handle loot boxes while stating that he believes gambling is something that should be judged by the gambling industry.


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LawBreakers Inclusion In TwitchCon 2017 and DreamHack Announced

LawBreakers Inclusion In TwitchCon 2017 and DreamHack Announced

LawBreakers will be officially joining the eSports stage at DreamHack and TwitchCon 2017.

The inclusion of Cliff Bleszinski’s gravity-defying arena shooter in upcoming Esports events comes during possibly the darkest hour for LawBreakers, as earlier this afternoon a mere 10 players were online playing the recently released title according to Steam metrics.

Hopefully the inclusion of the game at both the DreamsHack event in Denver and TwitchCon 2017 in Long Beach will help revitalize the waning player base.

Those interested in the upcoming eSports events can view the times and locations below:

DreamHack Denver

  • Tournament Finals on the Main Stage  – Saturday, Oct. 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m. CT
  • PC Freeplay Zone – Friday, Oct. 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m. CT & Saturday, Oct. 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m. CT

TwitchCon 2017 Long Beach

  • TwitchChallenge eSports Stage – Friday, Oct. 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. PT
  • Twitch Prime LAN Room – Saturday, Oct. 21, 5:00-8:00 p.m. PT

TwitchCon 2017 will host two separate LawBreakers events. The LawBreakers TwitchCon TwitchChallenge which will pit streamers against one another to see who is the best of the best, as well, LawBreakers will be taking over the Twitch Prime LAN room where attendees on the show floor can play and have the chance to earn cool prizes and swag.


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Notorious Gamergater Creates Comic for the Alt-Right Crowd

Alt-Hero, Comic Aims To Challenge SJW Contemporaries

A new comic aimed at the Alt-Right crowd has raised more than $100,000, exceeding its initial goal of $25,000 with 17 days left.

Alt★Hero touts itself is as being a comic series intended to challenge and eventually replace the “SJW-converged” comics of DC and Marvel. The upcoming alternative focused comic is currently on the crowdfunding site Freestartr, a website dedicated to enabling free speech to all content creators.

“Everyone hates what Marvel has become. Their declining sales prove that no one wants to buy comics written by social justice warriors, especially when they feature absurdities like She-Thor spouting feminist talking points, an affirmative-action Ironman who can do no wrong, or a black, lesbian, HIV-positive refugee Batman in a wheelchair writing virtue-signaling poetry on Facebook. We’re bringing back real heroes, real villains, and real action, and we’re going to give the readers great stories instead of preaching social justice at them,” said Vox Day, a game designer notorious for the Gamergate controversy and for disrupting the Science Fiction awards.

Day will be writing six volumes of the series alongside Chuck Dixon, who has worked on Batman, Nightwing, and The Punisher.

As the name suggests, Alt★Hero takes place in a world parallel to real-world history. Many of the character designs present within the upcoming series seem to be direct parodies of iconic DC and Marvel superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Captain America, including a Confederate flag clad heroine named Rebel and Michael Martel, a vigilante who drops off criminal undocumented immigrants at the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

Those interested in checking out Alt★Hero for themselves can visit the official crowdfunding page on Freestartr and even read some of the panels from the comic.


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Oculus Announces Standalone Oculus Go VR Headset

Oculus Announces Standalone Oculus Go VR Headset

Oculus announces Oculus Go, a cheaper standalone headset for $199 USD.

The new standalone Oculus Go headset which was unveiled during today’s Oculus Connect event in San Jose, California, is being touted as the easiest way to experience virtual reality according to Oculus head Hugo Barra.

The Oculus Go is a new device that aims to deliver quality VR content, without the need of a powerful computer, or additional peripherals, meaning that users who have yet to try VR or invest in an extensive setup can now do so without having to break the bank.

Neogaf user Jibbed has kindly posted a breakdown of some of the key features that Oculus has shown off in regards to the Oculus Go:

  • The Oculus Go headset will launch sometime in Q1 of 2018
  • The Headset will not have to be tethered to a PC or smart device
  • Described as being in the sweet spot between high-end PC headsets and mobile variants
  •  Has built in computational power
  •  Next-gen VR lenses, with a WQHD 2560×1440 display
  • Supports 3D spatial audio for better immersion
  • Available in white

Further details including availability in different markets are currently unavailable, but more information regarding the Oculus Go should become available prior to release in 2018.


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SAG Strike Comes To Tentative Close, New Agreement Met

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The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike has come to an end.

After almost a year, a dispute between the voice actors who partook in the SAG strike finally reached a tentative agreement over new work guidelines.

The nearly 300-day strike was, in part, due to the poor working conditions for voice actors which included four-hour-long acting sessions, which in some instances, lead to permanently damaged vocal cords directly caused by the prolonged sessions.

Exact details are scarce at the moment, however, according to a press-release issued from SAG-AFTRA, a new agreement has been made that will entitle voice actors a bonus payment upon completion of a game. The new bonus payment will look at the number of sessions an actor has been commissioned for, instead of being based on the number of units sold, which was the standard prior to the new agreement.

The big question left to answer is why the SAG strike lasted as long as it did and who was affected by its duration. In an interview with Polygon, a voice actor stated that:

“Compensation for gaming is not nearly the same as traditional media. You know that residuals are non-existent — and that was a massive point in the recent negotiations.”

One of the more significant titles to be hit by the effects of the strike was the recently released prequel to Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Ashly Burch, the lead voice for the character Chloe in the original game, was unable to reprise her role in the prequel (although she did consult on the character during the development of Before the Storm).

Hopefully, the new agreement will lead to fairer working conditions and better assurance of quality for all parties involved.


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