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Modders
Modders

This 'Battlefront II' Modder's First Creation Was a Middle Finger to EA

EA didn't want a pink Darth Vader, so this modder made it for them.
Patrick Klepek
1.4.18
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
need for speed
need for speed

The New 'Need for Speed' Sees a Future Where Loot Boxes Are in Control

It wants you to be part of the Fast and the Furious, but not as much as it wants you to play a slot machine.
Austin Walker
11.15.17
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
Destiny
Destiny

The New Shader System for 'Destiny 2' Is an Appalling Misjudgment

Ghaul is only the second-worst thing to happen to the Guardians.
Janine Hawkins
9.7.17
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