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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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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.

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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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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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Hollow Knight on Switch pushed to 2018

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Hollow Knight on Switch pushed to 2018

Hollow Knight won't make it onto the Switch this year after all.

Australian developer Team Cherry has announced that Switch port of its excellent Metroidvania title will now release early in 2018.

"We’ve been working hard to get it all polished up and ready (while working on the new content in the meantime), but last week, we took a moment to do a proper assess and decided that we should give it a bit more time," the studio said in a blog update.

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The Game Awards 2017 voting opens

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The Game Awards 2017 voting opens

The nominees for The Game Awards 2017 have been announced.

Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Destiny 2, and Super Mario Odyssey are all up for six awards, with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Cuphead nominated for five each.

PUBG is up for three.