Borderlands 3 update slashes Mayhem Mode loot drops

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Borderlands 3 update slashes Mayhem Mode loot drops

Borderlands 3 has been out for almost a week and Gearbox Software is taking steps to keep the game balanced. As part of that, the developer released a hotfix on Thursday afternoon to address a few issues. The update reduces the amount of loot dropped in Mayhem Mode (the high risk, high reward mode with amped-up difficulty), reduces the damage on certain guns, and removed a few fan-favorite spawn spots.

The most controversial of these updates is likely to be the reduced loot. While some people felt that the game was a little too generous with its loot, others are likely to miss the frequent rewards. The reduced drop rate only applies to Mayhem Mode, and Gearbox didn’t give exact drop rates in the notes, but this patch reduced the loot from certain encounters as well. The Chupacabratch boss, who was once one of the go-to spots for farming, no longer drops as much loot as he once did, and the areas of Eden-6 that once frequently spawned Loot Tink enemies no longer spawn them quite so often.

French court rules that Steam’s ban on reselling used games is contrary to European law

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French court rules that Steam’s ban on reselling used games is contrary to European law

A French high court this week delivered a blow to Valve, ruling that European consumers are legally free to resell digital games bought on Steam, just as they’re able to resell packaged, physical games.

The ruling was delivered by the High Court of Paris (Tribunal de grande instance de Paris) two days ago, according to a report on French games site Numerama. In a statement released today, Valve pledged to appeal the decision.

Spending $60 on a video game doesn’t make sense anymore

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Spending $60 on a video game doesn’t make sense anymore

It used to be, if you wanted a video game at launch, you’d pop into a store and set down $60. Maybe that store was brick and mortar, or maybe it was a digital boutique, but the expectation was always the same. You pay a premium, and you get to own the game.

In 2019, the calculus is entirely different.

Rockstar’s new launcher makes Grand Theft Auto 5 always-online, PC gamers say

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Rockstar’s new launcher makes Grand Theft Auto 5 always-online, PC gamers say

PC gamers who have installed Rockstar Games’ new, proprietary launcher say it effectively turns their copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 into an always-online game — even the single-player portions.

Based on a Rockstar Games support entry posted online, this could be unintentional. “We are aware of an issue that is affecting some players’ ability to play in Offline Mode and we are currently looking into it,” Rockstar wrote in the ticket. Regardless, the timing is terrible for Rockstar, which announced the new launcher on Tuesday and offered a free copy of 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as an inducement for downloading it. PC gamers now suspect the publisher had ulterior DRM motives for games they bought elsewhere.

When you can play Apple Arcade on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

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When you can play Apple Arcade on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

Apple’s gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, launches today, Sept. 19. The company has an ambitious plan to bring premium Apple-exclusive games to its many platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac computers. But if you were hoping to play Grindstone, Exit the Gungeon, Mini Motorways, or any of the other Apple Arcade highlights on something other than an iPhone today, you’re going to have to wait a bit.

iPad and iPad Pro owners will get access to Apple Arcade games on Sept. 30, when iPadOS officially launches. Apple TV support for Apple Arcade will go also live on Sept. 30, with the release of tvOS 13.

Sony’s next State of Play show airs Sept. 24

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Sony’s next State of Play show airs Sept. 24

The next episode of State of Play, Sony’s semi-regular video series for PlayStation news, will air Tuesday, Sept. 24, the company announced Thursday.

The show will begin at 4 p.m. EDT / 1 p.m. PDT and will run for “around 20 minutes,” Sony said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. Viewers will see “new game reveals, new content from PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, and a host of other updates,” although they shouldn’t hold out hope for any information on Sony’s next-generation plans. The article also teased a “fresh new look” for State of Play.

NBCUniversal to shut down its game publishing business

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NBCUniversal to shut down its game publishing business

NBCUniversal is getting out of the game publishing business. Instead, it will shift its efforts to a licensing model. A spokesperson was unable to comment on how many of the roughly 50-person team would leave the company, and how many would be reassigned internally.

“Given the realities of the increasingly competitive nature of the mobile games landscape, Universal Brand Development (UBD) is shifting its investment and approach in Games to opportunities that don’t require mobile self-publishing,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson told Polygon in an email. “This will allow UBD to deepen their licensing and partnership opportunities across all gaming platforms. As a result of this shift, the team has undergone a restructuring to be better positioned for long-term success.”

Dota 2 community celebrating a massive ban wave

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Dota 2 community celebrating a massive ban wave

A bunch of Dota 2’s most toxic players have been banned this week, developer Valve said in an update on the Dota 2 blog. Banned players are receiving decades-long bans, and most of the community is delighted.

Valve said its latest ban wave includes multiple violations, starting with players that have “exceptionally low behavior scores.” (Behavior scores, naturally, are tied to behavior in Dota 2 — players are ranked for how they interact with teammates in Dota 2.) Other bans were issued for those who’ve bought or sold Steam accounts to fake a higher or lower rank and for players that have used “exploits to gain advantage over other players.”

Rainbow Six Siege devs fighting hackers with legal threats

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Rainbow Six Siege devs fighting hackers with legal threats

Rainbow Six Siege has a big enough problem with denial-of-service attacks disrupting matches that Ubisoft Montreal told its community of a multi-pronged plan to deal with it all, including siccing their lawyers on sites that host distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

In an update devoted entirely to the DDoS issue, developers said they were also lowering the number of matches per server and disabling the quitting penalties for players in matches that get attacked (known as the “escalating abandon sanction”). The changes will go into effect this week.