Epic Closing Down Paragon On April 26

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Epic Closing Down Paragon On April 26

Epic is closing down their action MOBA Paragon on April 26, finalizing weeks of speculation that the game was not long for this world.

The studio announced today that they would be shutting down service for the game in the coming months after being unable to find a path to success for it. The forthright blog post on the subject describes the situation for the game in dire terms, indicating that there is no feasible solution to maintaining the player numbers the game would require to keep going.

"We didn’t execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon," the post from the Paragon team reads. "We have failed you – despite the team’s incredibly hard work – and we’re sorry."

Blizzard Is Aggressively Pursuing Eliminating Toxicity In Overwatch

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Blizzard Is Aggressively Pursuing Eliminating Toxicity In Overwatch

Blizzard has made it clear that player toxicity in Overwatch – harassment, non-cooperation, insults, slurs, etc. – has become one of their major focuses. In September, director Jeff Kaplan even said it is becoming their priority and is actively diverting from development of new content. Now, Kaplan is updating the Overwatch base on their progress in this endeavor, and explaining how they're getting it done.

In the latest developer update, which you can watch below, Kaplan reveals that reports of bad behavior have gone up 20 percent, while incidents of abusive chat have gone down 17 percent. A decent portion of this might have to do with in-game reporting systems being added to consoles since the last update.

"We know those numbers are not as great as they could be," Kaplan admitted. "We know that the problem is not solved and things aren’t perfect, but it’s getting a lot better and a lot of the initiatives that we’re doing here at Blizzard are starting to make a difference.”

Blizzard Is Aggressively Pursuing Eliminating Toxicity In Overwatch

about X hours ago from
Blizzard Is Aggressively Pursuing Eliminating Toxicity In Overwatch

Blizzard has made it clear that player toxicity in Overwatch – harassment, non-cooperation, insults, slurs, etc. – has become one of their major focuses. In September, director Jeff Kaplan even said it is becoming their priority and is actively diverting from development of new content. Now, Kaplan is updating the Overwatch base on their progress in this endeavor, and explaining how they're getting it done.

In the latest developer update, which you can watch below, Kaplan reveals that reports of bad behavior have gone up 20 percent, while incidents of abusive chat have gone down 17 percent. A decent portion of this might have to do with in-game reporting systems being added to consoles since the last update.

"We know those numbers are not as great as they could be," Kaplan admitted. "We know that the problem is not solved and things aren’t perfect, but it’s getting a lot better and a lot of the initiatives that we’re doing here at Blizzard are starting to make a difference.”

Black Panther TV Trailer Drops On YouTube

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Black Panther TV Trailer Drops On YouTube

The latest TV spot for Marvel's Black Panther is up on YouTube and presumably, coming to a TV set near you.

T'challa is still ripping wheels off of cars, but this trailer also showcases some of the other tech at Black Panther's disposal.

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Black Panther TV Trailer Drops On YouTube

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Black Panther TV Trailer Drops On YouTube

The latest TV spot for Marvel's Black Panther is up on YouTube and presumably, coming to a TV set near you.

T'challa is still ripping wheels off of cars, but this trailer also showcases some of the other tech at Black Panther's disposal.

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Washington State Senator’s Bill Questions Gambling, Transparency In Loot Boxes

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Washington State Senator’s Bill Questions Gambling, Transparency In Loot Boxes

The loot box controversy train keeps rolling, and now a Washington state senator has presented a bill to investigate whether or not randomized in-game items qualify as gambling for children among other things.

In an interview with News Tribune, Senator Kevin Ranker says the bill enlists Washington state and the video game industry to figure out how to regulate loot boxes. “It is unacceptable to be targeting our children with predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something,” Ranker says.

The bill, which can be read here, questions if the “mechanisms are considered gambling under Washington law”; if loot boxes belong in games; if minors should have access to such features; and “the lack of disclosure and transparency with respect to the odds of receiving” items. The Washington State Gambling Commission is conducting a study to investigate these topics. The commission will then present its findings and provide “recommendations regarding how to best regulate the practice of including loot boxes and similar types of mechanisms in online games and apps,” as well as possible “restrictions on the sale of games containing these mechanisms.”

Washington State Senator’s Bill Questions Gambling, Transparency In Loot Boxes

about X hours ago from
Washington State Senator’s Bill Questions Gambling, Transparency In Loot Boxes

The loot box controversy train keeps rolling, and now a Washington state senator has presented a bill to investigate whether or not randomized in-game items qualify as gambling for children among other things.

In an interview with News Tribune, Senator Kevin Ranker says the bill enlists Washington state and the video game industry to figure out how to regulate loot boxes. “It is unacceptable to be targeting our children with predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something,” Ranker says.

The bill, which can be read here, questions if the “mechanisms are considered gambling under Washington law”; if loot boxes belong in games; if minors should have access to such features; and “the lack of disclosure and transparency with respect to the odds of receiving” items. The Washington State Gambling Commission is conducting a study to investigate these topics. The commission will then present its findings and provide “recommendations regarding how to best regulate the practice of including loot boxes and similar types of mechanisms in online games and apps,” as well as possible “restrictions on the sale of games containing these mechanisms.”

Stellaris Apocalypse Story Trailer And Release Date Announced

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Stellaris Apocalypse Story Trailer And Release Date Announced

Stellaris: Apocalypse, the latest expansion for Paradox Interactive's strategic space opera, is set to release on February 22. Along with that release date, Paradox has also launched the first story trailer for Apocalypse, which showcases an epic space battle as a fleet of fighters attack what appears to be a weapon that has the capabilities to destroy entire planets.

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Here are some of the new features that Apocalypse brings, according to the expansion's webpage:

Stellaris Apocalypse Story Trailer And Release Date Announced

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Stellaris Apocalypse Story Trailer And Release Date Announced

Stellaris: Apocalypse, the latest expansion for Paradox Interactive's strategic space opera, is set to release on February 22. Along with that release date, Paradox has also launched the first story trailer for Apocalypse, which showcases an epic space battle as a fleet of fighters attack what appears to be a weapon that has the capabilities to destroy entire planets.

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Here are some of the new features that Apocalypse brings, according to the expansion's webpage:

PlayStation Network Is Currently Down

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PlayStation Network Is Currently Down

In a fit of what we can only hope is unfortunate timing, PlayStation Network is currently down.

The outage came this morning as players tried to log in, only to be greeted with a system level message stating that the PlayStation Network is down. A quick perusal of Sony's PSN status site also confirms that most major functions of the network are not working at the moment, except for PlayStation Vue.

The AskPlayStation twitter has confirmed that there are issues, but has not gone into any more detail. For right now, there's not much that can be done besides sitting and waiting it out and hoping it gets fixed today.