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The Escapist returns to gaming journalism, vows to avoid politics

Politically charged reviews, news, and gaming articles are a plague to the industry which has become disturbingly one-sided as the years go on. But enough of that, we here at RGN have dabbled in the topic throughout the past – especially during more tumultuous time periods of gaming. However, fans tell us that one of the best attributes of RGN is that we are more focused on gameplay than anything else. Politics are not always appropriate and often times are used as a way to click-bait users into rage commenting to drive up views rather than genuinely believing the toxic nonsense they’re spouting.

One website which was heavily involved in the political gambit during a darker time in games journalism is The Escapist. With slowly losing many of their creative talents who fled to YouTube among the sinking popularity of gaming websites, The Escapist eventually had to close its doors. This week we received word that the website will return in the form of Escapist Magazine Volume Two, but this time they’ve promised that they’re “leaving politics at the door”.

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RGN Daily News #74: Large News Sites Trolling PlayStation Fans w/ Xbox Favoritism

RGN Daily News 74 Large News Sites Trolling PlayStation Fans w Xbox Favoritism

Doge joins for talk about the newest PlayStation 4 system update, Xbox ONE system update, Spotify landing on the PS4, and our reactions to some higher level topics. Some of the topics we cover include the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians reveal which will take place at E3 2015, the final release date announced for the forthcoming game from 343 Industries which is rumored to have an open world take on the series.

Topics of whether or not it should be illegal to allow your own children to play Mature rated games came up as a bunch of teachers have formed a union against the act sending warning letters to parents of students attending school in the United Kingdom. Beyond that, the issue of fake news being created for use in the fanboy wars is discussed as Xbox ONE is winning the favor of certain popular journalists again who have a known history of faking news to make the PlayStation brand look bad. Take a listen and find out exactly who we are talking about and what warnings we issue about how gamers get their news.

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RGN Daily News Videocast #74:

☆ Spotify Launches on PlayStation Music Today

☆ Head of 343 Industries Comments on Halo 5

☆ PlayStation 4 – 2.50 Update Details

☆ Nantwich Education Partnership threaten parents who let their kids play violent games

☆ April 2015 Update Preview for Xbox One

☆ Rack N Ruin Out Tomorrow on PS4

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Isn’t Sony Obligated By Law to Help Gamer Who Was Hacked for $600 Because of PS4?

PlayStation 4 Hack 600 Dollars

When people are hacked in this world the banking system has a very specific formula for how to deal with it. For example, one very popular method hackers use to steal your money is taking credit card information to buy flight tickets with and then scalping those to desperate vacationers / frequent travelers with less scrupulous purchasing standards. By the time the FBI catches up with the person who bought the ticket, the hacker has already gotten away with the money and it’s like just some innocent traveler who should have paid full price for their ticket through official channels.

In this situation, or any other similar situations where money suddenly is missing from your credit card, the banking system recognizes your quick report (hopefully you were quick) and completely returns the money back to your account. This is regardless of whether or not they catch the people behind the attack.

The reason I told this story, which has happened to family members of mine and happens day in / day out to others worldwide, is to illustrate that when somebody is hacked and has money stolen from them – they are not subject to normal refund policy.

As you may or may not be aware, Sony and Microsoft claim a “no refunds” policy on all digital sales through PlayStation Network and Xbox Live much like many other digital marketplaces worldwide such as Steam, Origin, UPlay, and even some larger non-gaming digital stores. The legality of this is questionable, and often times they will extend a refund if you complain enough or if they just want to show they value your business. It’s also because they want to keep the Better Business Bureau complaints to a minimum. Sure, they can just tell their fanboy communities that the complaints are not legitimate, but that excuse won’t work in the court of law as seen by the many cases that have been lost in situations like this.

However, once this person had their account accessed by somebody else maliciously and had their bank account drawn for over $600 of product, the entire situation was no longer subject to refund policy regardless of how questionable that policy might be. I cannot stress this enough.

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In what has fast become one of the biggest stories of the day, a PlayStation User has been hacked thanks to Sony’s impeccable server security and instead of doing everything in their power to catch the culprit and restore the funds to the user, who has had their bank account drawn for over $600, Sony has instead decided to bully them into silence – an act that has apparently failed thanks to Reddit and Gamespot broadcasting this far and wide. I feel bad for those who are going through the same exact thing but don’t get this attention, but it’s important to look at this one case in the spotlight and let Sony know how we feel about it as consumers spending billions a year on games.

Sony have told this gamer that in addition to not helping with the bank draft, they will only give $150 of PSN credit and if this is refused and the user goes to their bank for help getting their hard earned money back (not credit card money) then they will be banned from PSN with all of the games they’ve ever bought digitally completely removed from their library.

Nobody wants the world’s #1 video game console seller to be acting like this, we don’t want their head on a stick either. We want them to do what is right and lead by example. It’s honestly sad and sickening to see Sony maintain this monolithic, uncaring approach to customers who spend so much on their products. They worked so hard as a company to re-throne themselves in this industry, and now that they’ve reached the top of the mountain, king of the hill position – they are just showing their true colors to us and taking us through a downward spiral of consumer abuse.

Sony owes it to the gaming industry consumers to do what is right and not just in this one instance but overall.

Even the person who was hacked simply wants to see them do better with their new-found position of power claiming “My goal here is bring attention to a few of Sony’s bad customer service policies in the hopes that they’ll change them,”

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#GamersRyseUpAgainstHate – Xbox One Misinformation Channels Starting Their Own Internet Mob

GamersRyseUpAgainstHate - Xbox One Misinformation Channel Starting Their Own Internet Mob

A so-called movement has arisen online in which YouTube channels spreading false information about the Xbox One have vowed to defend each other in Internet forums against anyone trying to provide educational information against their content. While using the appearance of being against bullying, they are actually committing bullying against anyone who comments on their videos and calls them out on the spreading of false information.

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20,000 People Sign Petition in Spain to Ban Bull Fighting Video Game

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A game about bull fighting has a 20,000 signature petition against it in Spain and now censorship threatens to close the game development studio behind the title if it is not allowed to release. Financially, video games take years to make, most development studios have their entire future riding on each release.

Toro is being accused of promoting animal violence, however it is actually part of a long standing heritage and provides the virtual alternative to viewing these historical sports which the modern world now views as wrong and cruel against animals (which I totally agree with).

It’s a game, it’s not real and actually spares real bulls: who want a bullfight can go play instead of giving audience in the arena. Showing our future generations how barbaric man has been in the past allows them to learn how we have evolved and become a more civilized planet, while at the same time warning them of the dangerous of turning backwards on the road to evolution.

Updated: RGN Community Response

One reader Mixelon wrote the following in response to this article:

“Wtf. In a country where bull fighting is legal, bullfighting videogames risk censorship? That’s some bizarre inconsistency.

I’m ALl for banning ACTUAL bull fighting, it’s stupidly barbaric and has absolutely no place in the modern world.. All animal blood sports should be banned..

Games about it though? I think a bullfighting videogames sounds potentially interesting if a bit limited.. If anything if it shows how freaking horrible the whole thing is it could be beneficial.”

Spread the word about this, the original story is below:

Toro Spain

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World Premiere “#EndGamerGate” by MegaRan [HD Music + Lyrics Video]

#EndGamerGate by MegaRan - RealGamerNewz Premiere

I wrote this a few months ago to express my feelings on GamerGate. The message in the song might not be immediately visible, so here it is. It sickens me to read some of the threats people have made to game journalists. If you don’t like what someone does or says, you have the freedom to turn the other way. People are able to say whatever they want about other people, but it doesn’t mean that’s the best way to communicate, and that it won’t come back to haunt you.

If we are a community of gamers, then we should celebrate each others differences and not tear each other down in the name of ethics. This is the same mentality that has caused wars, discrimination, and even death. Respect all people. The term “gamer” will never die.

– Mega Ran

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Metacritic Misrepresenting Xbox ONE VS PlayStation 4 Reviews

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It’s a story as old as time, a community-based web platform is created and rules are set for it – but they are not equally enforced and eventually a disparity forms between one side and another. Now, before the pitchforks come up at my neck, I’m not accusing anyone of anything but rather suggesting that an inevitable trait of community-driven sites that rely on the content of other sites to end up with loose sets of rules that are ripe for imbalance.

The imbalance this article aims to point out is not necessarily anyone’s fault, and we condemn any obnoxious negativity attached with the community’s reactions to this report. Let’s try and instead offer suggestions on how to open up the process and system behind Metacritic so that it may reform itself to be more clear and concise for the game industry it serves.

This has been a long time coming Metacritic staff, so don’t expect people to forget the powerful impact your tool has had on the industry (not always for the better) priming gamers to be quite reactive to such news of imbalance in your systems. Hopefully articles like this can provide the feedback needed to repair the somewhat broken scoring system in place at your website.

Xbox ONE:

The Evil Within – 80 Metascore

*Based on 55 professional publications’ reviews.

PlayStation 4:

The Evil Within – 76 Metascore

*Based on 21 professional publications’ reviews.

Problems discovered with this disparity upon first glance: Metacritic lists Game Informer’s The Evil Within Review in the Xbox ONE section even though a PS4 logo is clearly seen at the top of the Review with the bottom displaying “filed under” including “playstation 4” but not Xbox ONE. Sure, the Game Informer staff discloses that the game is also available on Xbox ONE among other platforms – but where exactly between Game Informer posting this Review and Metacritic putting it into their Metascore formula for The Evil Within did it become decided that Game Informer’s score counts for the Xbox ONE version and the PlayStation 4 version equally? This is something that needs to become more transparent and is only one small example. If a website can just upload one review and have their scores applied to platforms they never played it on, just how many reviews exactly and from what type of publications should we expect on each side before we call it fair?

IGN also has a Review that Lucy O’Brien wrote which displays “Reviewed on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One” rather than identifying with one console over the other. IGN’s reviews typically represent all platforms with a single score, unless there is a major issue. Metacritic chose to count this 8.7 as an 87 in the Xbox ONE side of things AND the PS4 side, making the exact formula Metacritic is using a bit unclear.

AusGamers has a 10/10 review which adds a 100 into the Xbox ONE version’s column, a website which reportedly (according to Metacritic) scores 60% higher than the average publication’s review consistently. Let’s not forget that the figurehead of AusGamers is married to EA’s Sydney, Australia PR Coordinator and that this very same website gave Simcity a 9.4/10 among some of the most extreme criticism in gaming history paired with customer service fails which even EA gave in and admitted fault to on numerous occasion. (read on about the AusGamers / EA connection on Reddit here).

It also depends on how many review copies the Publishers give out for each platform, for example the X1 version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a score of 84 with 33 reviews so far and PS4 version has 83 with 22, so how accurate can Metacritic really be in the grand scheme of things without a more transparent and universal scoring system? Is it because the game is better on the Xbox ONE? We may never know unless Metacritic makes their system more balanced and transparent.

More to come soon on this… until then, feel free to do your own research and continue checking and double-checking big journo corps for corrupt / inaccurate reporting. Real Gamers Get Their News Real, Keep it Real, Keep it Gaming, Peace.

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TotalBiscuit Outlines Changes to Ethics Codes Being Made By Games Journalism

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TotalBiscuit Outlines Changes to Ethics Codes Being Made By Games Journalism

Other topics include: Shadow of Mordor Controversy and its eventual resolution thanks to the YouTube Community.

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