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Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants to ban them

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Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants to ban them

Loot boxes count as gambling, says Belgium’s Gaming Commission.

Following an investigation, the Commission today ruled that loot boxes are gambling because they mix money and addiction.

As reported by PC Gamer, Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens said he intends to ban blind, randomised loot boxes completely.

“Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child,” Geens said.

According to Geens, Belgium will take its findings to the European Union.

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Kiwi creative director joins Journey studio Thatgamecompany

Kiwi creative director joins Journey studio Thatgamecompany

Runaway Play founder and creative director Tim Nixon is leaving his Dunedin studio to join Journey developer Thatgamecompany.

Nixon is moving to Los Angeles to take a creative director role at Jenova Chen's famous studio.

Emma Johansson, who has been Runaway Play's art director for eight years, will step into the role of creative director.

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition announced for PC

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition announced for PC

Classic BioWare RPG Neverwinter Nights is getting a remaster courtesy of Beamdog.

The Canadian developer previously created enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate I & II, Icewind Dale, and Planescape Torment.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition will release for PC, Mac, and Linux for US$20.

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Path of Exile's next expansion is end-game shake-up War for the Atlas

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Path of Exile's next expansion is end-game shake-up War for the Atlas

The next expansion for Path of Exile is a battle for world control aimed at the game's more experienced players.

In War for the Atlas, an ancient entity known as The Elder has arrived to battle The Shaper for control of the Atlas of Worlds.

This has resulted in The Atlas being redrawn, and there are now 32 radomised maps in Path of Exile's ever-evolving end-game.

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Hours before launch, EA suspends Battlefront II microtransactions

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Hours before launch, EA suspends Battlefront II microtransactions

Following a week of fan outrage over its monetisation strategies, EA is temporarily removing microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II.

The move comes just hours before the game's official launch.

As those playing Battlefront II via Early Access or for review have discovered, the game's multiplayer progression is closely tied to loot crates, and these can be either earned in-game or purchased for real world money.

However, the time required to unlock heroes and items in the game has drawn criticism, while the loot crate system has sparked accusations of "pay to win" from the gaming community.

In an update, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson said the studio was listening to fans.

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EA promises to tweak Star Wars Battlefront II progression

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EA promises to tweak Star Wars Battlefront II progression

Yesterday, Electronic Arts held a Reddit AMA to address the much-maligned loot crate unlock system in Star Wars Battlefront II.

However, fans remain skeptical that their concerns will be adequately addressed.

As those playing Battlefront II via Early Access or for review have discovered, the game's multiplayer progression is closely tied to loot crates, and these can be either earned in-game or purchased for real world money.

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Marvel pulls support for Marvel Heroes, MMO to shut down

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Marvel pulls support for Marvel Heroes, MMO to shut down

Marvel is ending its relationship with Marvel Heroes studio Gazillion Entertainment, spelling doom for the super-powered MMO.

"We regret to inform our Marvel Heroes fans that we have ended our relationship with Gazillion Entertainment, and that the Marvel Heroes games will be shut down," said Disney in an email to Kotaku.

"We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available."

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Kiwi creative director joins Journey studio Thatgamecompany
Kiwi creative director joins Journey studio Thatgamecompany
NEWS Runaway Play founder heads to LA.
Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants to ban them
Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants to ban them
NEWS Belgium knows what's up.
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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition announced for PC
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition announced for PC
NEWS Beamdog's back.
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Hours before launch, EA suspends Battlefront II microtransactions
Hours before launch, EA suspends Battlefront II microtransactions
NEWS "We’ve heard the concerns."
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Path of Exile's next expansion is end-game shake-up War for the Atlas
Path of Exile's next expansion is end-game shake-up War for the Atlas
NEWS The Elder vs The Shaper.
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EA promises to tweak Star Wars Battlefront II progression
EA promises to tweak Star Wars Battlefront II progression
NEWS "Nothing should feel unattainable."
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Marvel pulls support for Marvel Heroes, MMO to shut down
Marvel pulls support for Marvel Heroes, MMO to shut down
NEWS Crisis on finite servers.
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Hollow Knight on Switch pushed to 2018
Hollow Knight on Switch pushed to 2018
NEWS XO and PS4 under consideration.
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The Game Awards 2017 voting opens
The Game Awards 2017 voting opens
NEWS A good year in games.
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Total War spin-off Thrones of Britannia announced
Total War spin-off Thrones of Britannia announced
NEWS Coming 2018.
EA to acquire Respawn, more Titanfall in the works
EA to acquire Respawn, more Titanfall in the works
NEWS Star Wars and VR games also coming.
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PUBG studio unveils steampunk MMO Ascent: Infinite Realm
PUBG studio unveils steampunk MMO Ascent: Infinite Realm
NEWS Floaty.
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RocketWerkz's Out of Ammo is coming to PS VR next year
RocketWerkz's Out of Ammo is coming to PS VR next year
NEWS Pinball FX studio to publish.
Hand of Fate 2 Xbox One version delayed
Hand of Fate 2 Xbox One version delayed
NEWS XOX patch the culprit?
Where is our Xbox One X review?
Where is our Xbox One X review?
NEWS The word on MS's latest.
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PUBG is coming to Xbox on Dec. 12
PUBG is coming to Xbox on Dec. 12
NEWS PC on track for 1.0 this year.
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Time-bending puzzle adventure The Gardens Between is coming to PS4
Time-bending puzzle adventure The Gardens Between is coming to PS4
NEWS From Melbourne studio The Voxel Agents.
Codemasters taps Motorstorm devs for gravity-defying arcade racer Onrush
Codemasters taps Motorstorm devs for gravity-defying arcade racer Onrush
NEWS A good pairing.
Guacamelee! 2 announced: "the ultimate luchador experience"
Guacamelee! 2 announced: "the ultimate luchador experience"
NEWS Super chicken form confirmed.
Infamous studio Sucker Punch announces samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima
Infamous studio Sucker Punch announces samurai epic Ghost of Tsushima
NEWS Hold back the Mongols.
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Spelunky 2 announced, will explore parenthood
Spelunky 2 announced, will explore parenthood
NEWS Much-loved indie gets a sequel.
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Destiny 2's first expansion hits consoles on Dec. 5
Destiny 2's first expansion hits consoles on Dec. 5
NEWS No PC date yet.
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Framed, Hideo Kojima's favourite game of 2014, is coming to Steam
Framed, Hideo Kojima's favourite game of 2014, is coming to Steam
NEWS Overhauled and redesigned.
Cosmic 3D platformer Rogue Singularity is coming to Switch
Cosmic 3D platformer Rogue Singularity is coming to Switch
NEWS A perfect fit.
Hollow Knight's "Grimm Troupe" free content pack is now live
Hollow Knight's "Grimm Troupe" free content pack is now live
NEWS A great game gets even better.
Why EA closed Visceral and pivoted on Star Wars
Why EA closed Visceral and pivoted on Star Wars
NEWS Many factors contributed.
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Why We Must Resist: An opinion column by Max Hass
Why We Must Resist: An opinion column by Max Hass
SPONSORED Max Hass.
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Microsoft has finally put Kinect out of its misery
Microsoft has finally put Kinect out of its misery
NEWS RIP to a ground-breaking peripheral.
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Polished twin-stick shooter Assault Android Cactus is charging onto Xbox One
Polished twin-stick shooter Assault Android Cactus is charging onto Xbox One
NEWS Frantic fun for up to four.
Return of the Triad studio to publish locally-made retro FPS Amid Evil
Return of the Triad studio to publish locally-made retro FPS Amid Evil
NEWS A Heretic-styled FPS.
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