• Loot boxes, in the form of Ultimate Team packs, are also a major source of revenue for EA’s FIFA franchise. “We do think the way we’ve implemented these kinds of mechanics is quite ethical and quite fun,” she said. Loot boxes, microtransactions, and pay-to-win mechanisms have come under mainstream scrutiny over the past year. Loot boxes have been likened to gambling, a comparison that Electronic Arts and the Entertainment Software Association dispute. Other nations, such as South Korea, China, a
    EA calls its loot boxes ‘surprise mechanics,’ says they’re used ethically

  • Carbot, the animation team that has worked with Blizzard on a bunch of parody cartoons for StarCraft, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft, is bringing its cartoonish style to StarCraft: Remastered with an official graphics pack. Carbot’s StarCrafts graphics pack — named for the longrunning animation series of the same name — will be available for StarCraft: Remastered on July 10. It’s a “complete overhaul of all the graphics in the game,” Carbot said in an announcement video. It’s an official graph
    New StarCraft graphics pack turns the entire game into a cartoon

  • After a four-day countdown that many fans interpreted quite differently, Marvel Comics has revealed what was behind all those webs: a J.J. Abrams-penned Spider-Man miniseries. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Super 8, and Star Trek, will co-write the book with his son, Henry. The series, the two announced in a video, will be drawn by Miles Morales co-creator Sara Pichelli, and will simply be called Spider-Man. According to New York Times interview announcing the series, Marv
    J.J. Abrams is making a Spider-Man comic with new villain Cadaverous

  • This is the problem that the developers of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at Respawn Entertainment have been working on for years. The creators of Sekiro and Fallen Order came the same conclusion: Sword-based combat is best with parrying. This is how Fallen Order combat works. I saw a small slice of Fallen Order, rearranged to convey how its creators want the game to work. Respawn’s Fallen Order team figured out a way for a Jedi to fight stormtroopers that isn’t boring.
    Combat is a living puzzle in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

  • Reservations for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland end on June 24. In order to keep Galaxy’s Edge running as smoothly as possible, Disney will introduce virtual queuing via the Disneyland app. To ensure groups enter the land together, the app will ask guests to link the tickets of all members of their party who wish to enter Galaxy’s Edge at the same time. A push notification will notify them when they can enter Galaxy’s Edge. Reservations for either activity will grant entrance into Galaxy
    How to enter Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge without reservations

  • The first neutral beings in Apex Legends have suddenly appeared in the game. But it’s possible that these new creatures will become deadly later on, especially since it seems like they’re a possible tease for a season 2 addition to the game. Along with the Flyers appearing in-game, we got a very cryptic tweet from the Apex Legends Twitter account. Whatever the eye belongs to, the tease made it seem like some more creatures are headed toward Apex Legends in season 2. Respawn has also announced th
    Flying reptiles are roaming the Apex Legends map in a possible tease for season 2

  • “Growing up I always admired all the players who got to be on the cover of the game. “I’m also really competitive, so now I can’t wait to fire up NHL 20 in the locker room and play against my teammates.”Matthews burst onto the NHL scene as the No. The publisher also debuted a gameplay trailer for NHL 20. NHL 20 will offer a feature called Signature Shots in which players like Matthews, P.K. Finally, EA is freshening up the presentation in NHL 20, another perennial problem area.
    NHL 20 cover goes to Auston Matthews, see the first trailer

  • Kyogre is a popular and desired raid target in Pokémon Go. The Legendary Pokémon is the best water-type attacker in the game and is highly desired for most intense raiding teams, but luckily, it has a good handful of weaknesses. When taking on Kyogre, players should use grass- and electric-type Pokémon. Kyogre is tricky and packs a punch, so players should be prepared to use a group of seven people or more with counters to safely complete the raid. Once you get your Kyogre, the best moveset for
    Pokémon Go Kyogre raid guide: counters, best movesets, and more

  • The latest trailer for the upcoming Amazon Prime series The Boys shows off the titular team of non-superpowered CIA operatives. The Boys is based on a comic book series of the same name penned by Garth Ennis, with illustrations from Darick Robertson. A task force known as the Boys must reign them in — not an easy task without superpowers themselves. In the new trailer, veteran Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) recruits rookie Hughie (Jack Quaid); the eccentrically-named team members get little title ca
    Amazon’s The Boys highlights the team of non-superpowered superhero fighters

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger says Disney is bad at video games, but actually … is it? Disney wanted to publish a game to coincide with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which was due in theaters in nine months. Rather than take on the full burden, Disney licensed out its IP for consoles and set WDCS to work on computer games and software. But the quality of licensed games was an issue, and PC games and edutainment weren’t exactly rich veins compared to the consoles. That brings us roughly to the present and to
    Is Disney bad at video games?

  • The Autobots and Ghostbusters will team up later this summer in a limited series from IDW Comics, with a new Ghostbusting transformer called (of course) Ectotron. Polygon has an exclusive first look at Hasbro’s newest Ghostbusters x Transformers set, which features Optimus Prime himself strapping on a Proton Pack and will only be available at San Diego Comic-Con. The set includes a 9.5-inch-tall Optimus Prime, who of course transforms into his iconic semi truck. Plenty of Star Wars and Marvel ch
    Transformers/Ghostbusters toy mashup hits San Diego Comic-Con

  • Fans learned that Cyberpunk 2077, the company’s futuristic role-playing game, would arrive on April 16, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Here’s 10 more things we learned about Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019. Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the original Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop role-playing game, was on hand at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles. That means Cyberpunk 2077 will be a direct sequel to Cyberpunk 2020. Unlike the original tabletop game, the character class system in Cyberpunk 20
    Cyberpunk 2077: 10 things we learned at E3

  • I’m interviewing Pajitnov, the 63-year-old inventor of Tetris, in a fancy hotel lobby in the general vicinity of E3. Pajitnov made Tetris entirely on his own, without any help from corporations or underlings. Pajitnov goes on to talk about what it is that makes Tetris so popular, and why it’s still generating hits with fantastic games like Tetris Effect and Tetris 99. Tetris is represented by an agent that sells rights to companies like Sega (Puyo Puyo Tetris), Nintendo (Tetris 99), and Electron
    Sex, Tetris, and Charlie Chaplin: The Alexey Pajitnov interview

  • There are millions of young women between 13 and 25 on Episode. Episode is slowly becoming a platform where young women pursue their own game development dreams, and build their own empires. Small-scale visual novel apps are everywhere, and they’ve gained popularity with young women and on platforms like Tumblr. pic.twitter.com/l0BJokVBnA — Episode (@Episode) May 22, 2019Drawbacks and limitationsWhile the Episode team is working on adding more tools for authors — minigames, tappable overlays, an
    Fame, backlash, and money: Meet the young women making games for millions of fans

  • During the star-studded Fortnite charity event over the weekend, Epic played a brief clip of a Fortnite cartoon that showed off popular skins as actual characters. That quality isn’t just due to Fortnite’s strong character design that lends itself well to a cartoon; Epic also deeply understands how people play its games. When you boot up Fortnite, the way to play is with a crew, not random fill-ins. But, speaking more seriously, this clip is a big deal in the larger world of Fortnite. Don’t be s
    The first official Fortnite cartoon is a sign of things to come

  • In the Shadowkeep reveal stream, Bungie developers claimed the Destiny 2 version is twice the size of the original Moon. The Destiny 2 press kit images show some key locations from the Destiny 1 Moon like the Shrine of Oryx (pictured above). Whatever this new force is — likely a precursor to the Darkness enemies — it’s resurrecting old foes from Destiny 1 and Destiny 2. Zydron’s eye — or one like it — is the Artifact for players in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Improved PvPIn the Out of the Shadows ViD
    Everything we know is coming to Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

  • World of Warcraft Classic is only in closed beta right now, but that’s about to change, at least for one day. On Monday, Blizzard announced that everyone in the Americas and Oceania with a current World of Warcraft subscription is going to get the chance to try out Classic on June 19. Since this is a stress test, it’s entirely possible that players could run into some issues when they attempt to log into Classic, but that’s the whole point. Since WoW Classic is a pretty big game and Blizzard wan
    Everyone’s getting a chance to try World of Warcraft Classic during a stress test

  • Blizzard has released a second short story for Overwatch, following the release of Bastet in January. While Bastet was about Ana and Soldier: 76, this new tale is about Baptiste, the former Talon medic and his past with that terrorist organization. Bastet launched with an in-game Overwatch challenge to earn a new skin for Ana. We get to see Baptiste kitted out in a swanky outfit throughout the story, suggesting that might be his next legendary skin. For now, we’re just enjoying getting new Overw
    New Overwatch short story stars Baptiste, teases new skin

  • Destiny 2’s new Crown of Sorrow raid came out two weeks ago, and players have already mastered the new encounters. But Destiny streamer Gladd and his raiders not only bypassed the bug to complete the flawless raid, they did it with only half the players. This poses a major problem for players who want to complete the flawless raid. Gladd’s crew only used three players, rather than the six players that usually make up a raid crew. Because they had fewer players, they didn’t need to swap as freque
    Destiny 2’s players find creative, punishingly difficult strategy to bypass raid bug

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