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In Topic: The Video Game News Thread, No EA Viral Marketers Allowed

Today, 01:14 AM

On a different note, there's a demo for Yakuza Kiwami 2 available on the Japanese PSN store right now. It's a bit of a hassle to create a Japanese PSN account, but once you do you'll be able to play a video game that lets you do this:






While listening to this:



EDIT - Also, Polyphony Digital is patching a whole load of stuff into Gran Turismo Sport this month and next, including more cars and some semblance of the classic GT singleplayer stuff that was absent from the game at launch. It's free, too. It seems they've got stuff planned through to March next year, though they don't say whether it'll all be free. 


So this game launched a month ago at $79 Australian, with so little singleplayer content that I just wasn't interested in it. Tomorrow it's dropping to $29 as part of Black Friday stuff, and a month after that it's getting a bunch of new stuff patched in. I don't know if it's a reaction to poor sales or if this was always the plan, but, hey, I'll take it either way.

In Topic: The Video Game News Thread, No EA Viral Marketers Allowed

Yesterday, 05:52 AM

Here's a Reddit post by the actual guy in the video, Chris Lee, Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives:




Seems like a good bloke to me.


EA's mistake was probably doing all this rubbish to a Star Wars game. Case in point, it seems like the most recent Need for Speed game shipped with one of the worst implementations of microtransaction-focused design yet, with some straight up F2P mobile game cards and timers in a full price console game, but it flew under the radar because nobody can really muster the effort to care about the fiftieth NFS game. It's the Star Wars name that bought Battlefront 2 all this attention from mainstream media, though, because everyone knows what a Star Wars is.


This was always going to be the way, though. If I asked you "Which publisher is going to be responsible for taking all this stuff so far that the government has to get involved", it was always going to be EA.

In Topic: The Video Game News Thread, No EA Viral Marketers Allowed

21 November 2017 - 07:28 PM

Things are happening, baby. The Belgian Gaming Commission's investigation into loot boxes has found that, yes, they are obviously gambling, and is seeking to have them banned (or at least more strictly regulated).


Furthermore, the state of Hawaii has announced their intention to get some wheels in motion. "This game is a Star Wars themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money".


In Topic: The Video Game News Thread, No EA Viral Marketers Allowed

20 November 2017 - 07:40 PM

If you go by the UK sales charts lately it seems like nobody wants to buy anything but FIFA. Everything seems to fail over there, and people don't want to buy games in boxes any more. Which is surprising, because it's one of those places (like Australia) where digital prices are far higher than retail, to the point where I don't know why anyone would want to buy digital at all. I don't understand video games any more.


But, hey, the Humble Store is giving away free Steam keys for Brutal Legend, so get on that if you don't already own it three times over from various Humble Bundles.


btw, that RPG Sega was teasing turned out to be a weird mobile multiplayer Scrabble RPG or something named Kotodaman:


In Topic: The Video Game News Thread, No EA Viral Marketers Allowed

20 November 2017 - 03:14 AM

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is coming in 2018, to PS4, XB1 and Switch. Looks like a return to the anime WW1 Europe style instead of whatever that Azure Revelation game was:



Sega is teasing some kind of RPG thing for tomorrow:




The Washington Post has an article entitled "How a Star Wars video game faced charges that it was promoting gambling", and I'm sure you can guess the subject. It reveals that not only did the CEO of Disney call the CEO of EA, but Disney's chairman of consumer products and interactive media got in on the bollocking, too. And there's an interesting section about how both China and South Korea have already instituted laws regulating the use of loot boxes in games, plus a quote from none other than Jim Sterling.