NBA 2K20’s loot boxes aren’t gambling? You wouldn’t know from this trailer

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NBA 2K20’s loot boxes aren’t gambling? You wouldn’t know from this trailer

Two years ago, the president of the publishing company over the NBA 2K series said they don’t view the card packs and loot boxes it offers as gambling. You wouldn’t know it after watching this remarkably tone-deaf trailer for NBA 2K20 that 2K Sports put out on Monday.

Touting the feature set for MyTeam, the basketball behemoth’s version of Ultimate Team, 2K Sports put out a video that literally depicts pachinko and slot machines. NBA 2K streamers CashNasty and Kris “LSK” London excitedly open packs of virtual cards, pull slot machine levers and, in Cash’s case, deploy obscene amounts of body english to guide a ball drop into a big-paying bucket. If that’s not enough, there’s a good old-fashioned prize-wheel spin, too.

This Disney Plus deal with a three-year commitment crashed Disney’s servers

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This Disney Plus deal with a three-year commitment crashed Disney’s servers

Disney’s gamble that fans are willing to pay for yet another streaming service appears to have paid off. Demand for a Disney Plus pre-order discount that requires a three-year commitment and signing up for Disney’s (free) membership program knocked out the fan club’s website on Tuesday.

Disney Plus isn’t slated to launch until November, but details about the streaming service have been trickling out since it was announced last year. We know that it will grant access to Disney’s entire library, including Pixar films and Disney Channel Originals, as well as some properties from (relatively) newly acquired 21st Century Fox like The Simpsons. (More “adult” Fox titles will stay on majority-Disney-owned Hulu.) Several original series and movies exclusive to Disney Plus have been revealed as well.

Hideo Kojima is in Control, narrating a very weird mission

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Hideo Kojima is in Control, narrating a very weird mission

Control is a surreal game, which helps justify Remedy Entertainment’s choice of guest voice actor: Hideo Kojima, the eminent game designer and creator of the Metal Gear series.

Not only does Kojima make a voice-over cameo, so does Aki Saito, Kojima Productions’ head of marketing. Kojima is the one speaking Japanese, and Saito is providing the translation.

PlayStation Plus offers Batman: Arkham Knight, Darksiders 3 in September

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PlayStation Plus offers Batman: Arkham Knight, Darksiders 3 in September

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham Knight and Gunfire Games’ Darksiders 3 as part of the subscription service in September. Both third-person action games will be available for PlayStation 4 from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30 through PS Plus.

Batman: Arkham Knight was originally released in 2015. The sequel to Arkham City sees Batman dealing with the aftermath of The Joker’s death, and he must contend with longtime foes The Penguin, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and Two-Face, while confronting a new threat in the Arkham Knight. Rocksteady’s third game in the Arkham franchise introduced a new mechanic in the highly destructive Batmobile.

Blizzard sues Chinese game company over its Warcraft ‘ripoff’

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Blizzard sues Chinese game company over its Warcraft ‘ripoff’

Blizzard Entertainment filed a lawsuit in California on Aug. 16, alleging that Sina Games’ free-to-play Glorious Saga is “almost entirely copied from the Warcraft games and related products.”

The World of Warcraft developer is seeking a court order to stop the infringement and maximum damages for the “serious and irreparable harm to Blizzard and its business,” according to the lawsuit. Specifically, Blizzard is asking for “$150,000 per infringed work,” as well as attorneys’ fees and others deemed “just and appropriate.”

Spider-Man Game of the Year edition available now for PS4

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Spider-Man Game of the Year edition available now for PS4

The Game of the Year edition of Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man arrives on Wednesday, offering the base game plus The City That Never Sleeps DLC extension that followed its launch one year ago.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Game of the Year Edition is $39.99 and available through the PlayStation Store and other retailers. The City That Never Sleeps, a three-chapter expansion that launched a month after the main game, is still $24.99 for those who already have the base game.

Disney Classic Games collection brings Aladdin, Lion King to console and PC this fall

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Disney Classic Games collection brings Aladdin, Lion King to console and PC this fall

Two classic video games from the 16-bit era, Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King, are coming to modern platforms this fall. Publisher Nighthawk Interactive and developer Digital Eclipse will bundle those two retro platformers in Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, which will be released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Both Aladdin and The Lion King will feature “upscaled graphics to support high definition displays and additional upgrades to enhance playability” on modern platforms, according to a press release from Nighthawk Interactive. Those upgrades include save states, a rewind feature that will let players to jump backward up to 15 seconds, a level select, invulnerability, and infinite lives. The collection also include what Nighthawk calls an Interactive Game Viewer which will let players watch full game playthroughs, “with the ability to skip forward, jump in, and start playing at any point.”

Telltale Games is being revived

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Telltale Games is being revived

Telltale Games, which shut down last year, is coming back after its assets were purchased by a company called LCG Entertainment. The new company will sell some of Telltale’s back catalog and will work on new games based on a few Telltale-associated properties, as well as new licenses.

The new Telltale is headed up by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle. Ottilie said that some workers from the original Telltale Games will be offered freelance roles, with full-time positions possible in the future.

Monopoly Socialism is a bad game created as ineffective parody

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Monopoly Socialism is a bad game created as ineffective parody

Monopoly Socialism: Winning is for Capitalists, a new board game from Hasbro Gaming, is one of the most mean-spirited board games I’ve ever played. Vanilla Monopoly itself is a dated, frustrating experience even in the most favorable settings. This self-described parody version, which I purchased online and picked up in a Target store here in the United States, forgoes any pretense of being fun to play. Even as a joke gift, it’s difficult to recommend for a number of reasons.

In Monopoly Socialism there are no properties to buy. Instead, the majority of the spaces on the game board are taken up with “projects,” a word that (perhaps inadvertently) brings to mind urban housing developments of the 1980s and 1990s. The game’s brand of jokes rely on partisan political humor; Marvin Gardens and Park Place are nowhere to be found, replaced with the Healthcare For All Hospital, the No-Tip Vegan Restaurant, and the Together We Rise Bakery.