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Braneman commented on
5 Days ago
Why Fortnite accounts are selling for hundreds of dollars on eBayWhy Fortnite accounts are selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay
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Developers DO NOT like when you sell your account. Expect most of these people to be banned.
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Braneman commented on
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Wolfenstein 2’s PC sales have been sluggish, according to Steam user dataWolfenstein 2’s PC sales have been sluggish, according to Steam user data
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It received critical praise pretty much everywhere except on steam where it's sitting at "mixed". For a AAA game mixed is a bad spot to be in, especially for one that's still 60$ and word isn't getting around that they fixed the bugs people are complaining about.
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Valve disables CS:GO loot boxes in Belgium and the NetherlandsValve disables CS:GO loot boxes in Belgium and the Netherlands
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CS:GO has had lootboxes for like 5 years and no one cared. What brought lootboxes to the forefront was when it actually started affecting gameplay (Battlefront 2 being the poster child), which it doesn't in CS:GO. This is also two countries in the world, it's not really a panic situation. It's dubious that regulations will even hold up in many areas of the world because CCGs have been made legally exempt time and time again, and how are they different?

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Nobody looked into them during those 5 years and Valve doesn't release numbers. Just because a problem is obfuscated doesn't mean it's not still a problem. Opioids were a huge problem for years but people weren't bringing it to the forefront, that doesn't mean that opioids weren't a problem until they reached national attention. Stating that people ignored a problem doesn't mean we should go back to ignoring the problem.


Not only that but these regulations are popping up here in the US as well and more than just these two countries have started to seriously look into loot boxes even in just the EU, it's even showing up in Japan with a class action lawsuit.


I think one of the key differences between loot boxes and trading cards is that loot boxes are artificial. As demonstrated by crate opening sites you can adjust the odds however you want internally on your own servers where people cannot verify if you're being honest. A CCG pack is there in the package and you can't turn on happy hour for a streamer to pull in people and then give them garbage.


Another MASSSIVE difference is that opening up trading cards isn't framed to be literally a one column slot machine like it is in CS:GO. They're just there and they aren't trying to deliberately copy existing gambling systems.

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Valve disables CS:GO loot boxes in Belgium and the NetherlandsValve disables CS:GO loot boxes in Belgium and the Netherlands
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When you're pushing the boundaries of other regulated industries like this under a technicality so hard that you and your competitors are forcing regulations into existence. I cannot for the life of me consider that to be successful so much as short sighted and self destructive.


No public, non-criminal, company on earth would call themselves successful after creating a popular and international effort to stamp their business model out of existence.

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CS:GO has had lootboxes for like 5 years and no one cared. What brought lootboxes to the forefront was when it actually started affecting gameplay (Battlefront 2 being the poster child), which it doesn't in CS:GO. This is also two countries in the world, it's not really a panic situation. It's dubious that regulations will even hold up in many areas of the world because CCGs have been made legally exempt time and time again, and how are they different?

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Braneman commented on
1 Week ago
3TB of assets from Visceral’s Star Wars game may still be used3TB of assets from Visceral’s Star Wars game may still be used
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And? It's still EA they're an IP and games company butcher shop. They're the people you go to if you want to kill off jobs but don't want it connected to you, you just sell off your company to them and they'll fire everybody for you. They have to use things from companies they've killed and chopped up in their basements because their headquarters at this point has ten stories of hacked up IPs and games companies and if they don't start using that they wouldn't have any IPs to coast off of and would have to actually create new ones.
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Braneman commented on
2 Weeks ago
Steam’s 1,000 most-played games have been revealedSteam’s 1,000 most-played games have been revealed
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It's nice to see Warframe so high up there, but it's sad to see ARK on the list at all. I guess people really like trolling multiplayer games that aren't finished and are filled with exploits.
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Valve disables CS:GO loot boxes in Belgium and the NetherlandsValve disables CS:GO loot boxes in Belgium and the Netherlands
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Oh, so instead of taking responsibility for Loot boxes they just leave the the slot machines open and tell you you can't trade from them anymore. Christ those loot boxes must be a helluva drug for the dealers.

I'd say we need to start talking to Valve like you would somebody who needs to go to rehab, but Valve has a habit of shutting themselves off from the world and judging their success by how much money they make. So naturally they fall into gambling.Reply
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Only good side of Steam is now is their good sales and localized currency exchange rates (at least for me, due to where I live). Other than that, alternatives are getting better and better everyday so I would gladly stop using it if I had the choice.

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Steam’s Spring Cleaning Event offers a weekend’s worth of free gamesSteam’s Spring Cleaning Event offers a weekend’s worth of free games
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I generally never even try free weekends because downloading 20-60gb of game just isn't worth it for just one weekend.Reply
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This time we could complete it by downloading a real small game. I think it was less than 150MB. Honestly liked it, because I did it all in the last day and anything bigger than 1GB would be too much!

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2 Months ago
Valve are walking back their visual novel purge, according to devsValve are walking back their visual novel purge, according to devs
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What's that? Watch Dogs 2 has hairy vaginas in it and mature rated games like GTA 5 have an outright strip club? NAH it's not anime tiddy games, we need to deal with real shit.
I actually tried to email Valve about this, I used the form on their contact page and here is what I got back:
"Thank you for contacting Valve. This email address is no longer monitored."Reply
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I actually just checked around about this and apparently an anti porn agency the "NCOS" is behind this with an email write in campaign. At least they're taking credit for it

https://endsexualexploitation.org/pornography/


https://endsexualexploitation.org/articles/victory-steam-remove-sexually-explicit-violent-videogames-platform/

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2 Months ago
Vermintide 2’s console release will be good news for PC players, developers say Vermintide 2’s console release will be good news for PC players, developers say
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See what worries me about this is that we'll get a "hard reset redux" problem where the game gets released and looks worse than it did at release five years ago.Reply
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I'm trying to remember which title had that exact problem, getting released with high-setting options on PC to then be hidden from the menus and later patched out of the game when it came out on PS4 (where the games resolution and asset quality on both XB and PC had to be held behind the PS).

Edit: Was it Watchdogs?

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