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Chinese law could force publishers to reveal loot drop rates

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Chinese law could force publishers to reveal loot drop rates

A new law passed by Chinese officials could force online video game publishers to reveal the secrets of their random number generators.

The law (readable here, if you can read Chinese) is aimed at regulating online games and increasing transparency on the part of publishers and match operators.

Many of the provisions deal with microtransactions, privacy, age-gating, e-sports revenue-sharing, and so on, but the two most notable clauses for Western players concern probability-driven drops.

Translated by NeoGAF (which, while rough, is better than the Google Translate result), the clauses read:

2.6 ...Online game publishers shall promptly publicly announce information about the name, property, content, quantity, and draw/forge probability of all virtual items and services that can be drawn/forge on the official website or a dedicated draw probability webpage of the game. The information on draw probability shall be true and effective.

2.7 Online game publishers shall publicly announce the random draw results by customers on notable places of official website or in game, and keep record for government inquiry. The record must be kept for more than 90 days. When publishing the random draw results, some measures should be taken place to protect user privacy.
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Gearbox criticised over Bulletstorm remaster pricing

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Gearbox criticised over Bulletstorm remaster pricing

Gearbox is under fire from gamers angry that the remastered edition of Bulletstorm won't be discounted for existing Bulletstorm owners.

Announced at the Game Awards, the "Full Clip Edition" of the score-attack shooter features upgraded 4K graphics, the full set of DLC, six new Echo Mode levels, an Overkill campaign mode that unlocks all weapons, and the ability to play through the entire game as Duke Nukem, with new voice recordings by Jon St. John.

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Report: Nintendo Switch to run GameCube titles via Virtual Console

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Report: Nintendo Switch to run GameCube titles via Virtual Console

Nintendo's hybrid Switch console will be the first to support GameCube games via the Virtual Console service, according to sources at Eurogamer.

The sources claim that GameCube support is already functional on the device, with Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, and esports favourite Super Smash Bros. Melee being actively ported by Nintendo's European Research and Development team.

Also set for testing is the GameCube's Animal Crossing, which itself features emulated versions of a range of NES games.

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Hitman spoofs Home Alone in special Christmas mission

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Hitman spoofs Home Alone in special Christmas mission

Agent 47 will discover his inner Macaulay Culkin via a free Hitman mission this month.

Set in the game's Paris level, the "Holiday Hoarders" mission flips the calendar to Christmas, where "snow, decorations, and even presents" add to the fashion show that apparently takes place year-round.

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New hotline lets gamers talk to developers for $4/min

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New hotline lets gamers talk to developers for $4/min

Players desperate to pick the brains of game developers now have a somewhat expensive way to do it.

Entreating players to "get closer to [their] favourite games," Callvention offers a chance to spend money to talk to a range of game developers, with credits including Wing Commander, Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption, Scribblenauts, and Thief 2.

Calls range in price, depending on the developer in question, but most are between US$2.00 and $4.00 per minute.

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Nintendo kicks off $20,000 3DS bug bounty hunt

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Nintendo kicks off $20,000 3DS bug bounty hunt

Nintendo is offering bounties of up to US$20,000 for anyone who can identify vulnerabilities in its 3DS handheld console.

Operating in conjunction with "bug bounty platform" HackerOne, the company is asking interested parties to identify security issues in the 3DS, like piracy, cheating, or "dissemination of inappropriate content to children," or yet deeper issues like kernel takeovers or security key detection.

Rewards range from US$100 to $20,000, depending on the nature of the discovery; Nintendo holds the license to any information submitted, including descriptions, proofs of concept, and code.

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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"

Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"

Russian government officials have requested that FIFA 17 be investigated by the state communications oversight agency for allegedly violating laws banning LGBT "propaganda."

MPs sent a letter to the agency claiming the game's Rainbow Laces promotion could cause "harm to children's health and development."

The promotion brings EA into partnership with football's Premier League and UK LGBT rights organisation Stonewall in attempting to reduce homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in football.

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Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update

Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update

Resident Evil 7's "Beginning Hour" demo got another, final update this weekend, in advance of the game's launch next month.

The update is merely the latest of several that have added new content and deeper narrative secrets since the demo's initial launch.

Described as "massive" at the PlayStation Experience, the update - labeled "Midnight" - opens up new areas of the spooky house in which the demo takes place, as well as adding new items and endings, and expanding upon puzzles and secrets introduced in previous updates.

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Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing

Destiny's The Dawning event brings back Sparrow Racing

Destiny will receive a new holiday event this December entitled "The Dawning," heralding the return of Sparrow Racing and the arrival of several welcome new features.

Sparrow Racing League, a multiplayer mode that previously only appeared in one limited-time event, will be made permanent after the end of the Dawning event, though players will need to employ private matches to access it.

While publicly active for the event, Sparrow Racing League will feature two new tracks (for Rise of Iron owners only), and drop exclusive gear, Ornaments, and Sparrows.

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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"
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Russian MPs accuse FIFA 17 of "gay propaganda"
So much for "everyone's game."
Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update
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Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour just got its final update
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