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Entertainment Software Association Condemns World Health Organization’s “Gaming Addiction: Mental Illness” Ruling

According to the ESA (comprised of various video game interests) the WHO has actually not finalized their ruling of Video Games Addiction as a Mental Illness. Entertainment Software Association member companies currently has its own inner-battles going on due to the recent Lootbox debate where governments are categorizing games containing Lootbox Micro-transactions as Gambling therefore subject to legal regulations.

In a statement made by the ESA as their official reply to a draft created by the World Health Organization classifying gaming addiction as a disease, ESA said this;

“Just like avid sports fans and consumers of all forms of engaging entertainment, gamers are passionate and dedicated with their time. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy video games.

The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive, and, putting that official label on them recklessly trivializes real mental health issues like depression and social anxiety disorder, which deserve treatment and the full attention of the medical community.

We strongly encourage the WHO to reverse direction on its proposed action.”

Sure, the ESA has a lot to say now that the World Health Organization is stepping in, but they can blame themselves for allowing what prompted this to happen-

The Lootbox Gambling Video Game Scandal of 2017.

All of this is hot off the heals of a multi-million dollar scandal costing billions in shareholder displacement as Disney wars with EA Games over their recent Star Wars Gambling fiasco involving investigation from the FTC and prompting legislators to organize. Legal questions begin to arise when titles are using players as funnels for cash in unrealistic systems designed to deceive and betray false sense of secure investment and trust in the art medium of video games.

Meanwhile, what’s left of the original Halo creators at their shell of a company (now owned by Activision and still called Bungie) has seen another high profile sci-fi fantasy online action shooter video game lying to players about the odds of obtaining experience, level ups, and rewards for their time put in. These systems of course, have been designed to be predatory for gamers of all ages in forcing them to pay to proceed in their games of choice rather than just play them.

Even worse, to pay for a “chance” to succeed and gain the items they need, but like a slot machine – there’s no guarantee they’ll win. Odds are not advertised, and behind-the-scenes scam systems have been patented by Activision themselves to deliberately trick players into illusions of gameplay experiences designed to get them paying more.

Exposed: Activision Blizzard Caught Stealing XP from Players in Destiny 2… AGAIN!

In the past few weeks leading up to the Christmas shopping season, large gaming companies continue to experience expensive scandals and bad PR. Activision Blizzard has in the recent past been revealed to have had a patent for manipulating matchmaking services in order to produce a false illusion of in-game purchases making the player win more often. In reality, players are just matched up against someone who will beat them – unless they pay to win.

[Activision Patent Matchmaking Pay To Win – Presumably for Call of Duty 2018] :Alt Source:

Fast forward to this month, the patent may have further reaching consequences than originally thought. Destiny 2, released in early September of this year, has reportedly (update: admitted by Bungie) created a video game experience that hides an XP downscale the longer a person plays. In the complete opposite tradition of RPG elements like experience actually go down over time instead of up.

If a player kept playing the same missions repeatedly – they would be earning less per mission as Destiny 2 progresses on. This is especially illogical since later missions will require more leveled up characters, and is essentially just an attempt to force players to play every day for a new set of mundane tasks handed down rather than play their own way. Not to mention the issue of loot-boxes, which we will discuss soon.

It took nearly 10 weeks for this to be discovered by gamers. What other franchises are effected by this greed-driven logic? Which beloved game franchise will be tarnished next?

Continue reading Exposed: Activision Blizzard Caught Stealing XP from Players in Destiny 2… AGAIN!

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is the biggest Single Platform Launch of the Year

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The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is surprising everyone, being the best selling single platform game this year. Outselling games like Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The only game it’s behind is Ghost Recon Wildlands, which is multiplat. Congrats to our lovable Crash Bandicoot, our review will up soon so keep an eye out for that!

 

Crash Bandicoot hits the top of the UK Sales Charts

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From Chart-Track you find the recently remade trilogy of Crash Bandicoot sitting at the top. Showing their is still a huge audience for this style of game. I am happy that it has sold well, and we should have our review up soon so stay tuned for that.

 

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Micro Machines: World Series
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Forza Horizon 3
  5. FIFA 17
  6. Overwatch
  7. Elite: Dangerous
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  9. Dirt 4
  10. Rocket League

 

Nintendo Switch has sold out in just 8 Minutes on My Nintendo

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On My Nintendo.com the Nintendo Switch has sold out, in only 8 minutes. The Nintendo Switch has been constantly sold out as fast as possible, whenever it gets into stock again. Let’s hope you are one of the lucky ones to get your hands on of these Switch’s. Nintendo promises to up production for the Switch starting soon, so let’s hope.

Splatoon 2 Pre-Orders in Japan hit 800K

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Splatoon 2 Pre-Orders in Japan have sky rocketed through the rough. With 800K stand alone copies of the game being pre-ordered there. This is not counting worldwide sales, or even the Switch and Spaltoon 2 Bundles in Japan. It seems that Nintendo has a huge title on their hands that has generated a lot of positive buzz. You can find the figures on COMG to see how it compares sales wise.

 

 

Grand Theft Auto V is Number 1 in the UK Charts, Despite being 4 Years Old

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Grand Theft Auto V just won’t stop chugging. It has spent a total of 13 weeks at number 1 in the UK since it’s release, which just shows how insane of a hit this title is. Constantly staying aside the best selling games like Minecraft, and whatever the big title of the month is. Below is the Top 10 for the week, so you can get a good sense of what the title has beat.

Top 10 UK Sales Chart

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Dirt 4
  3. FIFA 17
  4. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. Overwatch
  7. Arms
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn
  9. Forza Horizon 3
  10. Tekken 7

Nintendo’s Stock is at it’s highest since 2008

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo’sย Nintendo’s market capitalization is now atย $49.8 billion (5.56 trillion yen), just ahead of Sony’s current market value of $48.6 billion (5.43 trillion yen). Sony deals in much more than Nintendo, which mainly does hardware and software. Ever since Pokemon GO came out last year Nintendo’s stock has been going up and up and up. Hitting big pockets of success when Pokemon Sun and Moon released, and when the Nintendo Switch first launched. The current stock price isย 39,280 yen ($352), making for it’s highest value since 2008, which was the arguably the height of the Wii and Ds era.

Amazon Sale has Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for $10 Off

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Amazon has listed the hit 3ds title, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for 25%, which is $29.99, off on their site. Fire Emblem as you know is a strategic turn based game, with heavy plot elements. Check the link below for the sale if you have yet to pick this title up.

https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Emblem-Echoes-Valentia-Nintendo-Standard/dp/B01N12ES3A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=jkfty-20&linkId=e59857e4f46bb4554bee2bfb79b1242f

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds makes 100 Million

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In a press release Bluehole Inc. announced that their hit game has made Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has officially made over 100 million dollars. The Press Release stated below.

PLAYERUNKNOWNโ€™S BATTLEGROUNDS has attracted players from around the world with 24% of them based in the US, 19% in China, 6% in Germany, 6% in Russia and 4% in the U.K. The game has seen further popularity in Eastern Asia with 5.5% of its players in South Korea and 4.3% in Japan, making for impressive sales as compared to their overall population pool.

PLAYERUNKNOWNโ€™S BATTLEGROUNDS has peaked at 230,000 concurrent users on Steam with more than 100,000 sessions being played daily. The game continues its success on Twitch seeing more than 350,000 peak concurrent viewers. 15% of all Twitch users (more than 120,000 people), watchย PLAYERUNKNOWNโ€™S BATTLEGROUNDSย from the platform every day.

PSN June Flash Sale

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PSN is having their big Flash Sale of the month for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The sales are listed below.

PlayStation 4
7 Days to Die โ€“ $10.49
Air Conflicts: Double Pack โ€“ $15.99
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers โ€“ $4.99
Air Conflicts: Vietnam โ€“ $5.99
Alchemic Jousts โ€“ $4.49
Aqua Kitty Milk Mine Defender DX โ€“ $2.69
Art of Balance โ€“ $3.59
Beach Buggy Racing โ€“ $3.99
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend โ€“ $14.99
Cannon Brawl โ€“ $3.99
Capsule Force โ€“ $0.99
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare โ€“ $7.99
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Ultimate Edition โ€“ $9.89
Curses n Chaos โ€“ $1.99
Dead Island Definitive Edition โ€“ $7.99
Dead Island Riptide Definitive Edition โ€“ $7.99
Divekick โ€“ $0.99
Drive!Drive!Drive! โ€“ $6.99
Ducati 90th Anniversary โ€“ $3.99
Dungeon Punks โ€“ $5.99
Extreme Exorcism โ€“ $2.59
F1 2015 โ€“ $11.99
Grand Ages: Medieval โ€“ $11.99
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN โ€“ $14.99
Guns Up! Special Forces Bundle โ€“ $3.99
Guns Up! Welcome Bundle โ€“ $5.99
Helldivers Super-Earth Ultimate Edition โ€“ $15.99
Horse Racing 2016 โ€“ $3.24
Inversus โ€“ $5.99
Just Dance 2015 โ€“ $11.99
Just Dance 2016 โ€“ $15.99
Just Dance 2016 Gold Edition โ€“ $19.99
Just Dance 2017 โ€“ $19.99
Just Dance 2017 Gold Edition โ€“ $23.99
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris โ€“ $4.99
Lords of the Fallen โ€“ $2.99
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance โ€“ $15.99
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 โ€“ $15.99
McDroid โ€“ $1.99
Mercenary Kings โ€“ $5.99
Moon Hunters โ€“ $6.74
Never Alone Arctic Collection โ€“ $3.59
Never Alone โ€˜Foxtalesโ€™ โ€“ $1.59
Never Alone โ€“ $2.99
Nidhogg โ€“ $4.94
Organic Panic โ€“ $2.49
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil โ€“ $5.87
Paragon Ultra Support Pack โ€“ $11.99
Pure Holdโ€™em World Poker Championship โ€“ $7.99
Pure Pool โ€“ $5.99
Resident Evil 5 โ€“ $7.99
Resident Evil 6 โ€“ $7.99
Rogue Stormers โ€“ $4.99
Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo โ€“ $14.99
Screencheat โ€“ $3.74
Shadwen โ€“ $4.24
Sportfriends โ€“ $4.49
Starwhal โ€“ $4.79
Super Dungeon Bros Mega Bundle Pack โ€“ $9.19
Super Mega Baseball โ€“ $4.99
The Jackbox Party Pack โ€“ $23.99
This War of Mine: The Little Ones โ€“ $7.49
Touhou Double Focus โ€“ $7.99
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet โ€“ $11.99
Tricky Towers โ€“ $5.99
Trine 2: Complete Story โ€“ $2.99
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power โ€“ $5.49
Trine Bundle โ€“ $4.79
Trine Enchanted Edition โ€“ $2.24
Trine Trilogy โ€“ $8.99
Tropico 5 โ€“ $8.99
Tropico 5 DLC โ€“ 60% off each
Valentino Rossi The Game โ€“ $12.49
Videoball โ€“ $1.99
Warhammer: End Times Vermintide โ€“ $11.99
Worms Battlegrounds โ€“ $7.49
Zombie Vikings โ€“ $3.59
PlayStation 3
Air Conflicts: Vietnam โ€“ $5.99
Alien Rage โ€“ $1.49
Anna Extended Edition โ€“ $1.99
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max โ€“ $4.99
Battle Fantasia โ€“ $1.99
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend โ€“ $11.99
Borderlands โ€“ $3.99
Borderlands 2 โ€“ $3.99
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel โ€“ $7.99
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Bundle โ€“ $9.79
Call of Duty Classic โ€“ $9.79
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 With Stimulus Package โ€“ $9.79
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ultimate Edition โ€“ $27.99
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 With DLC Collection 1 โ€“ $14.69
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Bundle โ€“ $14.79
Capcom Fighting Evolution โ€“ $3.99
Capcom vs SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 โ€“ $3.99
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare โ€“ $4.94
Dead Island Riptide โ€“ $3.74
Dogfight 1942 โ€“ $1.29
Enemy Front โ€“ $2.79
Escape Dead Island โ€“ $2.99
Extreme Exorcism โ€“ $2.59
F1 2014 โ€“ $4.99
F1 Race Stars โ€“ $4.99
GRID 2 โ€“ $8.99
GRID 2 Reloaded โ€“ $9.99
GRID Autosport โ€“ $8.99
GRID Autosport Season Pass โ€“ $8.99
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN โ€“ $11.99
Helldivers Super-Earth Ultimate Edition โ€“ $15.99
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days โ€“ $3.74
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light โ€“ $3.74
Port Royale 3 Pirates & Merchants โ€“ $1.99
Port Royale 3 Pirates & Merchants Gold Edition โ€“ $3.99
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE โ€“ $5.99
Raiden IV: Overkill โ€“ $4.49
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 โ€“ $3.99
Sportsfriends โ€“ $4.49
Starwhal โ€“ $4.79
Super Mega Baseball โ€“ $4.99
PlayStation Vita
Aqua Kitty Milk Mine Defender DX โ€“ $2.69
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max โ€“ $4.99
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend โ€“ $11.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified โ€“ $9.59
Curses n Chaos โ€“ $1.99
Dungeon Punks โ€“ $5.99
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space โ€“ $5.99
Helldivers Super-Earth Ultimate Edition โ€“ $15.99
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies โ€“ $8.99
Nidhogg โ€“ $4.94
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE โ€“ $5.99
Touhou Double Focus โ€“ $7.99
Valhalla Knights 3 โ€“ $5.99
PSOne Classics
Pocket Fighter โ€“ $2.39
Street Fighter Alpha 2 โ€“ $2.39
Street Fighter Alpha 3 โ€“ $3.99
Street Fighter Alpha โ€“ $2.39