Brian Renadette

Australian Parliament Seeks ‘Comprehensive Review’ of Loot Boxes

A 90-page report released this Tuesday by the Australian Senate Environment and Communications References Committee calls for the Australian government to pursue a “comprehensive review of loot boxes in video games”. The report is the result of a months-long investigation that started back in June 2018.

FTC Agrees to Investigate Loot Boxes

During a meeting yesterday with the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security , the United States Federal Trade Commission confirmed that they will investigate loot boxes. FTC chairman Joseph Simmons, who announced this plan, was asked to begin the investigation by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who previously raised concerns about loot boxe...[Read More]

Red Dead Online Starts Up Today

Red Dead Online, the online mode for Red Dead Redemption 2, launches this morning at 8:30 AM Eastern. More players can join into the game over the next few days until November 30, when all players can join in.

Rapture Rejects Sins Its Way to Early Access This Week

Rapture Rejects, the battle royale game set in the world of the webcomic Cyanide and Happiness, is releasing onto Early Access in just a few days. The isometric blasphemy simulator is expected to be in Early Access until early 2020.

Total War: Arena Shuts Down in February

Total War: Arena, the multiplayer free-to-play spin-off of the Total War franchise, is shutting down. New players cannot join up and those who are already part of the game will be able to play it until February 22.

Loot Boxes Implicated in UK Gambling Study

In a story reported by the BBC, the UK’s Gambling Commission has found that the number of kids age 11-16 with gambling problems has quadrupled within two years. The findings in the report implicate the possibility of loot boxes being a gateway to gambling.

Ubisoft Nixes Plans to Sanitize Rainbow Six Siege for Asian Markets

A few weeks back, Ubisoft announced plans to make aesthetic changes to global multiplayer maps in Rainbow Six Siege in preparation for release in Asian territories. The plan was to keep the game the same globally to save time.However, fan backlash to the changes has caused Ubisoft to announce the will stay with separate maps.

Work on The Walking Dead: The Final Season Resumes

Back in October, Skybound Games announced that they would finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season after Telltale’s closure. An update posted yesterday announced that production has resumed and release dates will be announced soon.

Paradox Integrates White Wolf After Offensive Passages in Vampire: The Masquerade Sourcebook

Paradox Interactive has announced they will be fully integrating tabletop RPG developers White Wolf, acquired back in 2015. This decision was made after White Wolf released a sourcebook for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition which used the suffering of the LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya as the backdrop for a major plot point. CW: Violent homophobia and transphobia, both real and fictional.

Sony Won’t Attend E3 2019

E3 2019 may be about half a year away, but there’s already some big news about gaming’s biggest trade show. For the first time in E3’s history, Sony will not be attending, leaving a big hole in the show’s showing.

Fortnite Restaurants go to War in Food Fight

The latest patch for Fortnite has brought in a new limited-time mode called ‘Food Fight’. The new mode has two teams fighting each other to destroy their opponents’ mascot while protecting their own.

Call of Duty Swatter Pleads Guilty to 51 Charges

Late last year, a falsely reported hostage situation lead to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Yesterday, Tyler R. Barriss, one of the men charged for this crime, plead guilty to 51 charges, including making interstate threats and threatening to kill another person.