Capping off the Great Star Wars Battlefront II Fiasco of November, Belgium’s Gambling Commission and the Dutch Gaming Authority both began investigating lootboxes/lockboxes to determine whether they constitute gambling and necessitate appropriate regulation. Now, the former has issued its ruling, and unlike the gaming-industry bodies ESRB and PEGI, it didn’t add to the BS smokescreen. Indeed, the Belgian Kanspel Committee has indeed ruled that the practice is a serious problem. “The mixing of money and addiction is gambling,” it declares. Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Greens told VTM that he aims to have gambling mechanics stricken from games entirely, banned outright, throughout Europe. “But that takes time.” The US state of Hawaii has joined in the fray too, as state representatives have lambasted EA’s “predatory behavior,” calling the game a “Star Wars-themed online casino, designed to lure kids into spending … [Read more...] about Belgium seeks to ban lockboxes as gambling, plus Hawaii and France weigh in
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It looks like things are literally shaking up in Fortnite. We are currently tracking a series of changes coming to the game leading up to what some people are calling a cataclysm for season 8. We have rumors of volcanic eruptions and even dragons, but before we go all Game-of-Thrones on Fortnite, let’s take a moment to see if science can predict what is actually happening based on the evidence we’ve seen in the game. We are up to 19 cracks in the surface of the Fortnite map. Each one of these cracks in the ground has been preceded by an earthquake. As far as science is concerned, earthquakes can cause cracks in the ground, and believe it or not, the shape and size of the cracks that real earthquakes can form aren’t unlike the ones in Fortnite. However, most cracks, if they form, will happen pretty much all at once either during the primary quake or one of the aftershocks. But I believe I know how to determine the epicenter of the quake using science – just maybe … [Read more...] about Reverse Engineering: Predicting Fortnite’s earthquakes… with science!
It’s too early to tell if any legislation will come from it, but at the very least, Representative Chris Lee of Hawaii knows his audience. He’s taken to YouTube before to present his progress on fighting loot boxes and their predatory nature, and he’s got a new video up today.Titled “You’re actually making a difference in this fight,” Lee’s latest video illustrates his struggles to get some lawmakers to grasp the concept of loot boxes in general. Overall, “things are happening,” he says, and it’s because “the community, all of us together, are stepping up to the plate.” Other lawmakers are coming on board, too. The video features statements from state representatives from Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, Georgia, Washington, and Hawaii. Lee advises gamers to keep “pushing it to keep the pressure up” and the description of the video urges players to take a few minutes to call their local … [Read more...] about Hawaii Rep. Chris Lee Offers Update On Loot Box Front: “Things Are Happening”
This is a topic I was recently asked the other day by a colleague of mine who is involved in business consulting for large corporations. The question made me think about how much has changed in society (whether we realize it or not) as a result of social media. Think about it, it was only approximately 20 some odd years ago that the average person was beginning to become associated with the internet. Prior to that, the internet was mostly reserved for academia and various government agencies. Before that it was only reserved for the U.S. government (the official origins of the internet began back in 1969 with the U.S. military's funding of a research network dubbed "Arpanet"). Today, we have not only the internet, but we have social media tied in there as well. The Term Social Media "media" is a place where publications occur. "social" implies that there is sharing occurring. A sharing of ideas, opinions, images. The social in social media also implies the tools, places and services … [Read more...] about How Much Has Social Media Changed Society?
Keyword ranking up’s and down’s are nothing new, but one confusion which most of the webmasters have is about ranking fluctuation for a new blog post. Usually when you publish a new blog post, you will be seeing it in first 4-5 pages of Google search, but over the time ranking usually drops, vanishes or increases. This also bring up a question about: If the quality of page was not that great, why at the first place such blog post/pages got ranked in Google search, and why ranking dropped over the time. In a recent video, Matt Cutts answered this question, and after you watch this video, I will explain how you could retain your ranking even after Google honeymoon period. So lets check out the video first: Let me first throw some lights on Matt’s explanation: Years back Google rolled out Caffeine web indexing, which helped Google to index the web faster and helped Google search to show recent;y published post. Based on Caffeine, Google rolled out an algorithm tweak to … [Read more...] about Why Does New Blog Post Ranking Changes & How to Retain Ranking