Fortnite Battle Royale recently became the biggest game in the world. According to an article by IGN, it has been played by approximately 45 million people worldwide, which is an astonishing number. What’s more, it’s watched on Twitch by an audience of over half a million people. It’s simply the hottest game on the market right now. However, there are some issues brought up by the sheer popularity of Fortnite and other PC games. The Sun reported that games like Fortnite could be turning children into gamblers. Are these fears reasonable or are they just irrational? Let’s take a closer look at this issue, focusing on Fortnite and the issues this specific game can bring up. Few words about Fortnite Battle Royale Just in case you are not familiar with Fortnite and the game genre in general, here are some information that will get you into the picture. Fortnite Battle Royale is a battle royale version of a sandbox survival game Fortnite. This genre of games combines … [Read more...] about People worry the biggest game in the world might be turning children into gamblers
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A proposed law that’s making its way through the European Union’s legislative bodies has both players and studios worried that a wave of oppressive censorship might be on the way for video games (never mind other publishers, bloggers, and internet users!). The law in question is called the Copyright Directive, which is being designed to protect (obviously) copyrights. The problem is that there are multiple provisions that are “vaguely worded and ripe for abuse,” including one that would make it a law to check everything uploaded online for possible copyright infringement. Online games such as Second Life and Roblox that rely heavily on player-created and -uploaded material are at risk for possible censorship from an automated filter that will most likely not be up to the task. “This is a boon for griefers,” predicts author Cory Doctorow. “Since the rule has no penalties for abuse, griefers could claim copyright over public domain works, works … [Read more...] about EU’s Copyright Directive proposal has Second Life and Roblox players worried
The panic over the impending Pearl Abyss buyout of CCP Games has been palpable for the last 24 hours. The EVE Online Reddit was positively ablaze yesterday with “RIP EVE” type posts, as New Eden’s playerbase slowly comes to grip with the idea that Iceland’s CCP Games will soon be owned by a Korean powerhouse. Even some of our own staff is worried. “Pearl Abyss’s handling of BDO thus far does not make me especially sanguine for EVE’s future,” one of my colleagues wrote. But I’m feeling good about this. I get that Black Desert has a lot of drama and history, but damn guys, so does EVE Online. Setting aside regional prejudices, both are sandbox-esque MMOs with pay-to-win tendencies and enough playerbase melodrama to fill a whole season of Jerry Springer, which makes PA and CCP a perfect match. On top of that, Pearl Abyss had a wildly successful IPO last year, it’s committed to building new MMORPGs specifically for the west, and … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: So how worried are you about Pearl Abyss’ buyout of CCP Games?
Daybreak’s Friday-night revelation that it is delaying PlanetSide Arena to summer made me worried. Actually, the revelation that the company would be refunding everyone who’d preordered made me the most worried. Daybreak refunding folks? Landmark fans would have a hard time believing it, right? My first thought was that the delay was so long, without money, that it was probably already over. But not so fast. Some readers pointed out that Daybreak’s preorder playerbase wasn’t even coming close to capping the planned massive server size in beta, thanks presumably to the sudden release and popularity of Apex Legends. It’s more likely that Daybreak figured its chances as a buy-to-play title against Apex were poor and that by summer its outlook will be much improved, especially if the game is free-to-play at launch as rumored and is buoyed by its now-simultaneous PS4 launch. In fact, there are folks on Reddit debating whether this may actually save the game, … [Read more...] about Leaderboard: How worried are you for PlanetSide Arena and Daybreak right now?
Last night’s devastating news that NCsoft was forcing Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet to make major layoffs definitely shook me, even more than the Blizzard layoffs, which at least seemed tuned to redirecting staff into content for games. Everything I’ve heard suggests to me that ArenaNet got Paragonned – that Guild Wars 2 was doing fine for itself but wasn’t able to carry the financial weight of so many unannounced projects, hence the axe. Of course, Guild Wars 2, unlike City of Heroes, is at least escaping with its head. I saw a lot of folks last night bemoaning the death of MMOs or the bubble bursting for video games, but how many times have we heard that over the last decade? At least every month? Addressing the AAA bubble and race to the bottom was one of the first things I did when we re-founded this site four years ago, and it’s on my mind always because obviously without online games Massively OP doesn’t exist. But games like World … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: So how worried are you about Guild Wars 2?