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  1. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Epic is giving away the Batman: Arkham Collection (Asylum, City, and Knight) https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/bundles/batman-arkham-collection and the Lego Batman Trilogy https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/bundles/lego-batman-trilogy
  2. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Humble Builder Bundle : Pay $1 or more to unlock! When Ski Lifts Go Wrong Tricky Towers Concrete Jungle Pay more than the average of $3.61 to also unlock! Portal Knights Bridge Constructor Portal SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell Pay $10 or more to also unlock! Staxel...
  3. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    Is anyone arguing that? There's a difference between killing a kobald and getting a +1 mace and fighting the new raid boss for weeks in order to get properly geared, even before lootboxes come into the picture. Now, the question is if it's possible to draw a line between loot games and grindy...
  4. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    I bet it'll look like the transition between subscription MMOs and F2P MMOs. There were a lot of games that were designed for an entirely different financial model, that had that model collapse under them and had to refocus in order to not lose as much money. Some of them even managed the...
  5. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    That's about where I'm at. The stuff they're talking about is not good design, it's just addictive design. I just hope they don't mess it up.
  6. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    It matters because one of the other areas the report looked at is "engagement", which encompasses all the shitty things game companies do to get you playing the game longer.
  7. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    Honestly, I think DRM as a concept is over. The companies that wanted DRM just moved to games as a service instead. You can't pirate a game when half of the code never leaves the company's servers. EDIT: and authentication would only need to be used for lootboxes, which necessitate a games as a...
  8. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    Also, there's non-loot-box related stuff in here that is of interest: Gaming Disorder: They recognize that most people are able to handle video games in a responsible manner; however, there are people who can't, and the lack of research and funding for this is causing trouble getting those...
  9. evilmrhenry

    💀 Necro Loot boxes and videogames gambling

    From the report: PEGI has a "gambling" label, but it refers to in-game gambling simulations, that don't involve real-money gambling. There's no obvious "gambling" label for games that feature real-money gambling. The ESRB, for example, distinguishes real gambling from simulated gambling. Not...
  10. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Humble Bundle is giving away Endless Space collection: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/endless-space-collection-free-game
  11. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Epic is giving away Conarium: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/conarium/home (First person adventure game.)
  12. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Unlikely. Best advice is probably to check out your email filtering options, if there's obvious differences between them.
  13. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Throwback Bundle: $2 Brave Battle Saga - The Legend of The Magic Warrior Radical Rex Nightshade The Dame Was Loaded Dragonview Minskies Spellcasting Collection https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/throwback-bundle
  14. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    New Humble Monthly teaser game is Battletech: https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly New Trove games are Broken Sword: the Sleeping Dragon, Chaos on Deponia, and Don't Give Up.
  15. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Epic is giving away: Abzu and The End is Nigh https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/collection/free-game-collection EDIT: Also, a bunch of hidden object games for $2: https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/alchemy-bundle
  16. evilmrhenry

    When did arcades in malls disappear?

    Regarding the switch from quarters to tokens, I found this article: https://tokensdirect.com/news/how-increase-premise-gaming-revenue-tokens which gives a few reasons: * Because they're not money, you can give them out as bonuses. Bought a beer? Here, have some tokens! Got a high score? Here...
  17. evilmrhenry

    Steam Daily Deals 6: Where "daily" means "whenever we can be arsed to check".

    Humble RPG Bundle: Pay $1 or more to unlock! HIVESWAP: Act 1 Deep Sky Derelicts Immortal Planet Pay more than the average of $4.07 to also unlock! Tyranny Pillars of Eternity Cat Quest Pay $15 or more to also unlock! Borderlands Game of the Year Enhanced...
  18. evilmrhenry

    Path of Exile in 2017.

    New league starts on Friday: https://www.pathofexile.com/blight What's new this time? Tower defense! (Tower defense?) Also new: Redone master mission system so you don't need to do them immediately. Revamp of summoner mechanics. Revamp of mine mechanics.
  19. evilmrhenry

    Ion Fury - game looks awesome, shame about the devs?

    "Audience backlash" in this case should be read as Steam review bombing. I.e., making a stink someplace visible both to the company and to the general public. Which, to be clear, is something that can work. A boycott is not the only tool available. The greater point is that this was not...
  20. evilmrhenry

    Ion Fury - game looks awesome, shame about the devs?

    No? Boycotts work by telling the company that a group of people will not buy their product until they make a specific change. And, after the change is made, will buy the product. It doesn't work without a group of people, and without buying the product after the change is made. Not buying a...
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