EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...

New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

As release draws near, the information ramps up.

Square Enix once again decided to share a bunch of fresh information about their upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers. This fresh batch of information includes a new gameplay video along with a little look at some of the post-launch plans that are in the works for the expansion.

The new gameplay video can be seen below. This video features clips from a recent dungeon walkthrough video from the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE #52" that happened recently. This video shows off a variety of...

Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

Play the first three Mana titles right now on Switch.

Those with a Nintendo Switch can pick up Collection of Mana for $39.99 (USD) right now from the Nintendo eShop. A physical release of this pack of games will be out starting August 27 and can be pre-purchased from various retailers and the Square Enix Store.

Collection of Mana includes the first three titles in the Mana series. It all starts with Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. This is the first time that Trials of Mana has been released in the West, and it is not the same as the Trials...

Chivalry 2 Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive

Another Tripwire published title revealed as an EGS timed-exclusive.

The Chivalry series is making a comeback at what could be a very interesting time. Despite fierce competition from Mordhau, Torn Banner Studios announced that they are working on Chivalry 2. It will once again be a multiplayer first-person "slasher" set in medieval battlefields. The game, published by Tripwire Interactive, is targeting a 2020 release on the Epic Games Store.

The publisher confirms that, just like their previously announced title Maneater, Chivalry 2 will be a one-year timed...

Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

Game of Souls.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director for some of FromSoftware's most notable releases and best-selling fantasy writer, George R.R. Martin, are teaming up for a brand new action-RPG title from FromSoftware. Martin may be better known as the author behind the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the basis for most of the entire Game of Thrones TV series. Miyazaki is best known for creating the various Souls titles, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro.

Their joint venture is called Elden Ring, an "epic fantasy title" that...
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  • VROOM KABOOM Combines Tower Defense, Car Combat, and VR on August 14

    VROOM KABOOM Combines Tower Defense, Car Combat, and VR on August 14

    Ratloop Games Canada announced that VROOM KABOOM, their new vehicle combat game, will be released on August 14 on PC and PlayStation 4. There will be a free-to-play release alongside a $19.99 (USD) Premium Version release.

    In addition to the flat 2D experience, it will also have special VR support and will be released for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. They're calling the game a "tower rush with vehicles" but it also seems to include elements from collectible card games and it features multiplayer online battles.

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  • What Makes a Slot Game So Appealing to Players

    What Makes a Slot Game So Appealing to Players

    Slots are the backbone of the online gambling industry. Visit pretty much any online casino, and you’ll see that the vast majority of the games available are slot machine games. There are thousands upon thousands of them available to play, and there are new ones constantly getting released. Online casino game developers continue to create slot machines because they know this type of game is always popular with casino players. One of the largest developers of slots is WMS, whose slots you can check out at Williams slots online - this company was launched back in 1934 and focused on physical slot machines. It branched out into the online market in 2010 and has continued to satisfy player demand by releasing many high-quality online slot games. Here’s a...
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  • New World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Cinematic - "Old Soldier"

    New World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Cinematic - "Old Soldier"

    Make no mistake about it, the reception to Blizzard's Warbringer: Sylvanas trailer was mixed, to say the least. Fortunately for those that are all aboard the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth hype train, the newest video may be one of their best ones ever.
    World of...
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  • BioWare Confirms More Mass Effect and Dragon Age are Coming but Focus Remains on Anthem

    As part of their mid-Summer update, BioWare confirmed today that they are very much still working on the next iterations of both Dragon Age and Mass Effect. They say that those franchises are both still a significant part of their future even if the main focus right now is on Anthem.
    This statement comes directly from Casey Hudson. Think what you will about ...
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  • "Colin Kaepernick" Line Censored in Madden NFL 19 Song, EA Says It was a "Misunderstanding"

    Rapper Big Sean is pissed off today after learning that EA and the NFL have censored his song, Big Bank, on the Madden NFL 19 soundtrack.

    Editing and censoring songs isn't an unusual thing when it comes to licensed tracks in video games. However, unlike other songs that will remove curse words or other offensive words, this censoring removed a line about Colin Kaepernick from the song.

    This censoring looks like it was noticed first by Twitter user @jeanclervil early this morning.

    For reference, the lyric should read:
    Big Sean took notice of this bizarre omission early this evenin...
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  • Jewel of the West DLC Released for Conan Exiles

    Jewel of the West DLC Released for Conan Exiles

    The "Jewel of the West Pack" for Conan Exiles is out now for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This new content adds in new Aquilonia-themed building pieces, armors, weapons, and decorations for players to make use of.
    In Conan lore, Aquilonia is the center of the civilized world and the new content allow players to build homes and monuments in the grand style of this great nation.

    This update is $9.99 (USD) for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The team at Funcom also wanted to note that they are finalizing a free update that they're planning to release in September. That particular update will add in pets and...
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  • Death's Gambit Cinematic Trailer and Story Details Revealed

    Death's Gambit Cinematic Trailer and Story Details Revealed

    We have a new cinematic trailer for Death's Gambit, coming August 14 for both the PlayStation 4 and PC. Pre-orders are available now for the PC via, you guessed it, Steam.
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  • Top 7 Slots to Play in Online Casino

    Top 7 Slots to Play in Online Casino

    It is no secret that there is a gigantic list to pick from when browsing through the web in quest to identify the ideal slots and play them in online casino. Players can access any game they want because developers are in the business of making sure that there are more than enough varieties. You can even decide to play a different game every day or hour, and there will still be enough slots to choose from.

    Some games, however, receive more attention than others. This is where you will find that a particular slot tops the list of the “most played” slots in various casinos. Picking a slot to play may not be the easiest of decisions seeing that there are numerous available options. You can visit grosvenor slots which has hundreds of games from top developers to pick the one that tickles your fancy. Having a bit of a challenge...
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  • Life is Strange 2 Teaser Trailer

    Life is Strange 2 Teaser Trailer

    A brief and fairly sparse teaser trailer was released today for Life is Strange 2. I won't spoil it since the video is less than a minute long, but it does tell us that a full reveal won't be here until August 20, 2018.

    The game itself will start come out on September 27, 2018 with the release of the first episode....
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  • Two New Fighters Added to the Dead or Alive 6 Roster at Evo 2018

    Two New Fighters Added to the Dead or Alive 6 Roster at Evo 2018

    Two new fighters were announced today for Dead or Alive 6. They are none other than Rig and the newcomer Diego.

    They will both be included in the playable build present at the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) 2018, taking place this weekend in Las Vegas.
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  • GRIP: Combat Racing Release Date Announced

    GRIP: Combat Racing Release Date Announced

    GRIP: Combat Racing, the spiritual successor to the classic 1999 racing game, Rollcage, will soon be released. How soon? Well...

    GRIP: Combat Racing will be out on November 6, 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, Indiegala, or Humble. It's actually available right now through Steam Early Access, if you're into that sort of thing.
    GRIP: Combat Racing will see racers hurtling their way around 22 breath-taking tracks across a variety of hostile and foreign worlds, driving one of 15 armored cars - some swift and agile, while others are brutish and heavily armored. Players must be merciless; deploying a bristling
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