The State Of Hawaii Investigating EA For "Predatory Practices"

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The State Of Hawaii Investigating EA For

Yesterday, Democratic State Representative from Hawaii Chris Lee held a press conference to explain that the state of Hawaii is going to be investigating legislation banning games like EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II from being played by young children, both in Hawaii and possibly pursuing it on a national scale.

Similar to Belgium also declaring today that the government has ruled that games with lootboxes will henceforth be categorized as gambling, Hawaii is pursuing investigations is whether the same idea applies in the U.S.

"This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino," Lee said from the podium. "It's a trap."

Axiom Verge Publisher Donating Majority Of Their Share To Developer's Son's Healthcare

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Axiom Verge Publisher Donating Majority Of Their Share To Developer's Son's Healthcare

In a blog post today, Axiom Verge's developer Tom Happ revealed today that BadLand Games, the publisher of the game's retail release on the Switch, is donating 75% of their earnings from the game to a special fund for Happ's son.

"As you may have seen elsewhere on my blog and Twitter, I’ve tried to be pretty open about my son Alastair’s health situation," Happ wrote. "In short, he was born healthy, but the doctors failed to treat a routine case of jaundice during a critical period when he was just days old. The result was a life-long condition called Kernicterus that is characterized by severe neurological damage which robbed Alastair of much of his motor control and hearing."

Happ explained that BadLand offered to donate 75% of their take to Happ's son to help cover his healthcare costs and to keep it secret so it did not look like marketing. Happ decided to praise the publisher for their help, however, and wrote about their gesture for his son.

Belgium's Gaming Commission Has Declared That Lootboxes Are Gambling

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Belgium's Gaming Commission Has Declared That Lootboxes Are Gambling

Last week, the country of Belgium used their gaming commission to look into whether games like Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II should be classified as gambling. This week, the commission has declared that, within the borders of Belgium, lootboxes count as games of chance, and they hope to have them declared as such throughout Europe.

VTM News, the source for the original story, reported the news today. The Google translation isn't perfect, but the spirit comes through.

"The mixing of money and addiction is gambling," Belgium's gaming commission stated.

Square-Enix Wants Switch To Be A Home For All Kinds Of The Publisher's Titles

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Square-Enix Wants Switch To Be A Home For All Kinds Of The Publisher's Titles

As part of their financial quarter Q&A, which has only just been translated, Square-Enix president Yosuke Matsuda was asked about the Nintendo Switch and how Square-Enix plans to support the system in the future. Matsuda believes that Nintendo's new console is a prime candidate for multiplatform titles, new IP, old IP, and mid-sized titles.

When referring to mid-sized titles, Matsuda is talking about games like Octopath Traveler or their handheld output in the DS and PSP era. 

While Matsuda does refer to multiplatform titles, this doesn't necessarily mean something like Final Fantasy XV or further games in the series. It does mean that, where multiplatform games do apply, they want to add the Switch to the consoles they want to prioritize. So something like an HD remaster might include the Switch now, where it previously didn't.

Resident Evil Revelations Collection For Switch Not Coming In Physical Form In Europe

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Resident Evil Revelations Collection For Switch Not Coming In Physical Form In Europe

Despite a November 28 release date, Capcom has announced that Resident Evil Revelations Collection on the Switch will not be receiving a physical version as originally planned.

The announcement comes a week ahead of the game's release, with Capcom stating that a physical release is "not viable." The game will only be available on the eShop, with the two games in the collection being separate purchases.

The Switch is region-free, so people who want a physical version can import from the U.S., but at a hefty cost. Even with the U.S. cart, Resident Evil Revelations 2 must be downloaded, since it's not on the cart at all.

Battlefield 1 Turning Tides December DLC Dated

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Battlefield 1 Turning Tides December DLC Dated

Battlefield 1 developer DICE is releasing its Turning Tides DLC in two waves, in December and January, with this year's batch now dated for December 11 for owners of the game's premium pass (which is a two-week head start on those who don't).

The December drop features the Cape Helles and Achi Baba maps, a new Gallipoli operation, Infiltrator Elite class, the L-Class Destroyer, and more. The second part of the DLC in January also features two maps, the conquest assault mode, and its own goodies.

Apart from the December release date news today, the game is also offering:

Venom, Black Widow, Winter Soldier Show Their Stuff In New Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite Trailer

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Venom, Black Widow, Winter Soldier Show Their Stuff In New Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite Trailer

Capcom has released a new trailer that shows how a trio of upcoming characters handle themselves in Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite. We knew that Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier were coming to the game, but this is the best look we've had of them in action.

As the image above proclaims, they're coming to the game as DLC on December 5, either as part of the game's season pass or as individual purchases for $7.99 a pop.

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Update: The Bronze Tier In Pokémon Go's Global Catch Challenge Has Been Reached

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Update: The Bronze Tier In Pokémon Go's Global Catch Challenge Has Been Reached

Update: The first milestone in the Global Catch Challenge has been reached, meaning that everyone gets double XP and six hour lures, as well as more Pokémon appearing globally. Keep up the good work!

That was fast, Trainers! You’ve caught over 500 million Pokémon & unlocked new rewards during the Global Catch Challenge. #PokemonGOtravel pic.twitter.com/GuOTPxh6ts

[Source: Pokémon Go official Twitter

Gears Of War 4 Joining Xbox Game Pass In December

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Gears Of War 4 Joining Xbox Game Pass In December

Microsoft has announced what's coming to its Game Pass subscription service in December. Gears of War 4 and the Darksiders remaster are joining the ranks of games that members can access.

Here's what's coming in addition to Gears of War 4 and Darksiders: Warmastered Edition:

Game Pass gives players access to more than 100 games for a $9.99 monthly subscription fee. If you sign up between now and November 27, you can get your first month's membership for $1, too.

Update: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Out Early

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Update: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Out Early

Update: Good news – Nintendo has released Animal Crossing Pocket Camp a day early for iOS and Android (thanks to @Wario64 for the heads up). Click the links to head over to download.

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Last month, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp was the focus of one of Nintendo's in-depth Direct presentations. There, viewers learned a ton about the upcoming mobile game, though one detail was conspicuously absent: a release date. Last night, Nintendo revealed when we'll all be able to head to camp.