DLC

Loot Boxes
Loot Boxes

The ESRB's Response to Loot Boxes Falls Pathetically Short of Real Change

The group's own research suggests parents don't understand loot boxes, so the solution is...a label?
Patrick Klepek
2.27.18
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn

You Know, 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Sorta Got Screwed By 'Breath of the Wild'

The two games were released in the same week, but one game sucked all the oxygen out of the room.
Patrick Klepek
1.17.18
open thread
open thread

Don’t Sleep on the Zelda DLC, It’s Better Than It Sounds

I’m a lifelong DLC skipper, but “The Master Trials” and “Champions’ Ballad” have me wondering what else I’ve missed.
Austin Walker
1.17.18
Podcasts
Podcasts

We Discuss Space Anime, 'The Thing,' And Sometimes Games on Waypoint Radio

2018 is starting off with a real banger.
Patrick Klepek
1.9.18
The Pantheon of Games
The Pantheon of Games

2017 Was a Year of Reckoning for Video Game Microtransactions

The first omens came in the form of horse armor over a decade ago. Now, the lootboxes (and the discourse) have truly arrived.
Patrick Klepek
1.2.18
Podcasts
Podcasts

We Discuss Gaming's Most Controversial Trend in 2017: Loot Boxes

'Battlefront II' may have been the most explosive moment, but it was hardly the only instance of loot boxes this year.
Patrick Klepek
12.28.17
open thread
open thread

Loot Boxes Suck, But What Takes Their Place?

Games aren’t getting any cheaper to make, but companies have created an air of mistrust.
Patrick Klepek
11.22.17
Star Wars
Star Wars

Today's Star Wars News Makes the Future of Single-Player Look Very Messy

If Star Wars can't give a publisher confidence in a splashy, expensive single-player game, maybe everyone's doomed.
Patrick Klepek
10.17.17
Podcasts
Podcasts

We Discuss Loot Boxes, Dirty Airport Floors on Waypoint Radio

The conversation around the industry's latest revenue stream isn't going away anytime soon.
Patrick Klepek
10.10.17
Loot Boxes
Loot Boxes

'Shadow of War' and 'Forza 7' Are Poisoning the Concept of Loot Boxes

Done right, it's a fun way for players to gamble in mystery. Done wrong, it feels exploitative and destructive to good game design.
Patrick Klepek
10.5.17
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

‘Battlegrounds’ Devs Respond to Community Pushback Over Microtransactions

The crate-and-key system is still coming, but some changes might be in store for those who don't want to pay.
Patrick Klepek
8.1.17
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

People Are About to Look Very Stylish While Murdering in 'Battlegrounds'

The addition of a crate and key system will bring a slew of much-needed clothing options to the multiplayer phenomenon.
Patrick Klepek
7.25.17