Valve Removed Profiles With Nazi-related Phrases and Symbols
Bart Swiatek, yesterday, 14:31
Valve Software has removed dozens of profiles and images containing Nazi words and symbols. The measures were taken after notification by the German Media Authority of Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, as using Nazi-related symbols and terminology in punishable by law in Germany.
Valve Doesn't Want Any Games About Hong Kong Protests on Steam?
Julia Dragovic, 08 December 2019, 22:43
Valve is delaying the release of games related to protests in Hong Kong. All of the titles are on the pro-democratic side of the conflict. And if you don't what something is about... it's about China, in other words, money. Blitzchung, Hearthstone player recently suspended by Blizzard, also appears in the affair.
Netflix's Witcher - Baginski and Hissrich Defend Nilfgaardian Armors
Jacob Blazewicz, 28 November 2019, 13:07
Nowa Fantastyka magazine interviewed the producers of The Witcher. During the conversation, Lauren S. Hissrich and Tomasz Baginski spoke about the controversial appearance of the armor of Nilfgaard soldiers, which remains a thorn in the side of the fan community.
Player Spends $1.4 Million on Game Character; Gets Stolen and Sold for $500
Bart Swiatek, 26 November 2019, 13:56
One Chinese player spent 8-10 million yuan on developing his character in MMO game Justice Online. When he shared his account with a friend, the latter put the hero in the auction house, but.... mistakenly entered a price that was a few zeros short. As a result, the hero was purchased for about 1/2560 of the original amount.
Around 1,000 Games Have Disappeared From Steam
Milosz Szubert, 26 November 2019, 12:00
A lot of games and exansions disappeared from Steam last night. According to Valve, it was dictated by the fact that some publishers, including Russia-based Dagestan Technology, abused Steamworks tools.
Stadia's Problems With 4K - Google Responds
Jacob Blazewicz, 25 November 2019, 23:28
Google has responded to allegations about Google Stadia's problems with 4K resolution in many games. According to the company, everything depends on the game's optimization made by the developers.
Death Stranding's Nominations for The Game Awards Spark Controversy
Milosz Szubert, 21 November 2019, 13:51
Geoff Keighley has been accused of being biased in awarding nominations for The Game Awards 2019. This is because Death Stranding, in which the creator and host of the event appears as a guest, has the chance to win nine statuettes.
Creators of Diablo: „The Old Blizzard is gone.”
Konrad Serafinski, 19 November 2019, 12:27
Blizzard has been struggling with PR problems for a long time. Former employees and creators of the Diablo series, who attended the Path of Exile fan party, added their own five cents, not denying themselves the opportunity to comment on the company's recent activities.
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Reviews; Dexit Affair Continues
Jacob Blazewicz, 13 November 2019, 21:52
Two days before the release of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield first reviews of both games appeared on the internet. In the meantime, the players got to the game files, and their findings reignited the controversy around the so-called Dexit.
Bethesda Bans User who Helped Find Bugs in Fallout 76
Paul Wozniak, 13 November 2019, 21:22
A player who helped find the bugs in Fallout 76 and created an interactive game map was banned by Bethesda. The reason for blocking the account is not entirely clear, and the contact with the support department did not bring a solution to the problem.
Kojima Suggests Americans Did Not Understand Death Stranding
Bart Swiatek, 12 November 2019, 20:55
Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and the recently released Death Stranding, said that the latter title may be difficult to understand for some types of audience. In his opinion, Americans belong to this category.
YouTube Will be Able to Close Accounts That Bring no Profits
Laty, 12 November 2019, 20:22
Bill Gates: Windows Mobile Was Brought Down by the U.S. Government
Laty, 09 November 2019, 23:26
Bill Gates believes that everyone would now be using Windows Mobile on their smartphones, not Android, if nt for US Department of Justice, which distracted him when it opened an antitrust investigation against Microsoft.
Dr. Disrespect: Anyone Over 13 Still Playing Fortnite Has Mental Issues
Laty, 07 November 2019, 22:58
Doc is coming back in style - this time not only has he uninstalled Fortnite again, but he has also offended anyone who plays Fortnite and is over 13 years old. Will this be the end of his adventure with this game?
Co-creator of Limbo and Inside: Pushing for 4K is Useless
Jacob Blazewicz, 06 November 2019, 19:55
Dino Patti, co-founder of the teams responsible for Limbo and Somverville, raised the issue of 4K resolution in games. In his opinion, this technology is 'useless' and artificially pushed by manufacturers and vendors of hardware and has no impact on the development of video games.
Co-founder of Devolver Digital: If we're Going to be Drug Dealers, Let's Offer People Psychedelics
Paul Wozniak, 05 November 2019, 20:47
At Reboot Develop conference, Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson compared developers to drug dealers and their productions to addictive drugs. He also asked for thoughtful serving of content that would broaden the horizons of players, and not only take their time and money.
BlizzCon 2019 With Hong Kong Affair Protests in the Background
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 November 2019, 21:44
BlizzCon 2019 is in full swing, but not everyone is celebrating together with Blizzard. A group of people demonstrating their support for the protests in Hong Kong and their dissatisfaction with the recent actions of the American publisher gathered at the entrance to the building where the event is taking place.
Twitter Will Soon Block Paid Political Ads; Facebook Won't
Bart Swiatek, 31 October 2019, 20:26
Twitter will soon block the possibility of publishing paid political ads. According to the company, they enable manipulation of public opinion. Facebook has recently taken a diametrically different stance on the issue.
Mitsubishi Resignes From Sponsoring Blizzard
Frozen, 30 October 2019, 21:39
Punishing a player for supporting protests in Hong Kong turned out to be a blow not only to the image but also to the financial position of Blizzard. Two days after the event, Mitsubishi Motors resigned from sponsoring the Hearthstone tournament.
BlizzCon 2019 Will Take Place in Shadow of Hong Kong Affair Protest
Bart Swiatek, 30 October 2019, 14:13
Dayton Young, the organizer of the protest organized in connection with the ban placed on player Hearthstone Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai, announced that the demonstration will take place as planned, despite the fact that Blizzard Entertainment has relaxed its position.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Controversial Depiction of Highway of Death
Darius Matusiak, 29 October 2019, 21:24
Despite the good reception from the critics, Modern Warfare has failed to win the gaming crowd, as shown by the low average rating on Metacritic. Mainly due to the creators falsifiying the true history of the so-called „highway of death”.
Valve Bans Trading and Reselling of CS:GO Keys
Milosz Szubert, 29 October 2019, 13:47
Valve has decided to ban the resale of keys used to open the boxes acquired while playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. All because of the fact that there were used in scams.
Fallout 76 - Fights Break Out Between Fallout 1st Subscribers and Other Players
Agnes Adamus, 28 October 2019, 23:09
Fallout 1st subscription divided Fallout 76 community. According to reports published on Reddit, there are clashes on servers, fought between subscription holders and people who have not decided to invest additional money in the title.
Censorship in The Outer Worlds - From Religion to Polish Vulgarisms
Adrian Werner, 28 October 2019, 13:58
Fans of The Outer Worlds have discovered that the game has a collection of almost 500 forbidden words that you can't use when naming your character. Among them were both vulgarisms and words such as „gay” and „transexual”.
Brutal Depiction of Russian Occupation Causes Problems for Modern Warfare?
Darius Matusiak, 27 October 2019, 21:17
There is no longer any doubt as to why the Russian branch of Sony has banned the sale of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in Russia. The story campaign shows the local army in the role of brutal torturers.
Epic Games Sue Person Responsible for Fortnite Leaks
Paul Wozniak, 27 October 2019, 20:23
Epic Games is suing a player who used Twitter to inform fans about what new season of Fortnite will bring. It turned out that he took part in the testing of the new content in September and, by revealing what he learned, broke the confidentiality agreement.
Ubisoft Sues MizuSoft - Cheat Makers for Rainbow Six Siege
Christian Pieniazek, 24 October 2019, 23:54
Ubisoft has brough out the big guns against the owners of MizuSoft, a company that sells Rainbow Six Siege cheats. The publisher demands that they cease their activities and pay a large compensation.
Fallout 76 - Paid Scrapbox Deletes Items of First Fallout 1st Buyers
Christian Pieniazek, 24 October 2019, 23:25
Scrapbox is one of the elements of the paid subscription to Fallout 76, called Fallout 1st. Its first buyers report that it causes problems with disappearing objects; some of the players lost all their pieces of equipment.
Community Reaction to Fallout 1st Subscription - Rage and Mockery First
Adrian Werner, 24 October 2019, 13:22
The Fallout 1st subscription announced yesterday was met with a very negative reception by the players of Fallout 76. Most fans are angry and one of them even bought the Falloutfirst.com domain just to mock Bethesda's offer in very indiscriminate words.
Oxford University: Obsessive Playing is Not Illness
Christian Pieniazek, 22 October 2019, 20:50
Research by the Oxford Internet Institute has shown that there is currently no evidence that excessive gambling is a illness. Instead, they argue that it is merely a symptom of wider problems unrelated to video games.
PewDiePie Banned in China for Xi Jinping Meme
Julia Dragovic, 22 October 2019, 12:27
The popular youtuber PewDiePie was banned in China for showing in his film the (in)famous meme comparing secretary Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.
Satisfactory Devs: Epic Games' Opponents are a „Loud Minority”
Jacob Blazewicz, 21 October 2019, 21:59
Nathalie Verweij from Coffee Stain spoke on Epic Games Store's policy. The designer, currently part of the team responsible for Satisfactory, said that the platform helps the devs, and the voices of criticism on the Internet are only a „loud minority”.
US Congress Representatives Send a Letter to Activision Blizzard CEO
Michael Kulakowski, 19 October 2019, 18:47
Several US congressmen and senators have drawn up an official letter warning Blizzard of the consequences of its recent actions, favouring China's political line and punishing those who support democratic protests in Hong Kong.
The Devs of Control Withdraw DRM and Admit to Mistake
Paul Wozniak, 19 October 2019, 11:57
It turned out that yesterday's update to Control was flawed and had already been withdrawn. Thus the game works again without an internet connection and Steam Controller pad is compatible again.
Control Patch 1.04 Adds DRM and Removes Offline Mode - Fans are Pissed
Adrian Werner, 18 October 2019, 11:22
Patch 1.04 brought a lot of unpleasant surprises to the PC version of Control. It added a DRM system that forces online mode through the Epic Games Store client. It also broke compatibility with Steam Controller.
Hong Kong Protests: Blizzard Bans Further Hearthstone Players
Julia Dragovic, 17 October 2019, 12:54
After the AU Hearthstone team supported Hong Kong protests in an official stream stream, Blizzard decided to impose a six-month suspension penalty on the players.
Stolen Halo 4 Image Causes Withdrawal of Stellaris: Galaxy Command
Michael Kulakowski, 16 October 2019, 20:46
Paradox Interactive withdrew the beta version of the mobile Stellaris: Galaxy Command from distribution after it was revealed that it contained a stolen illustration created for Halo 4. The title was produced by a subcontractor, the Chinese studio GameBear.
Blizzard Removes Mei Figure From its Store
Jakub Mirowski, 14 October 2019, 11:23
Blizzard removed Mei figure from its store. Players suspect that the reason for getting rid of this Overwatch character is the fact that she has become one of the symbols of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Blitzchung Thanks Blizzard in Official Statement
Konrad Serafinski, 13 October 2019, 19:58
The end of the tension between Blizzard and Blitzchung. The player posted a personal statement on Twitter in which he admitted that he understands his error and thanked the company for the reduction of his suspension and returning of his prize.
Blizzard Returns Blitzchung's Prize
Konrad Serafinski, 12 October 2019, 21:56
It's been a nightmare week for Blizzard. The company banned a tournament winner, prevented user account deletion, to mention just a few mishaps. J. Allen Brack, company's CEO decided to speak. In a long press release, he announced that he would reduce the penalty for Blitzchung and pay him his tournament prize.
League of Legends Devs Against Political Topics During Tournaments
Adrian Werner, 12 October 2019, 21:42
Riot Games has issued a statement to fans in which it recommends avoiding political topics when playing League of Legends. The team wants to avoid a repetition of the Hong Kong protest scandal that Blizzard Entertainment is currently facing.
Riot Sues Riot; LoL's Developer vs. CS:GO Team
Bebop, 11 October 2019, 20:06
Riot Games decided to sue an eSports team with a quite similar name - Riot Squad. The devs of the popular MOBA League of Legends believe that CS:GO team is illegally taking advantage of the popularity of the well-known brand.
Banned Episode of South Park Displayed on Hong Kong Streets
Bart Swiatek, 11 October 2019, 13:04
Protesters on the streets of Hong Kong had the opportunity to watch one of the last episodes of South Park - Band in China - on the big screen, where the creators ridicule the Chinese authorities and their influence on the Western entertainment industry. The show was very popular.
Corruption and Collapse of Values - ex-Blizzard Employee on Chinese Influence
Bart Swiatek, 11 October 2019, 12:23
Mark Kern, former Team Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, responded on Twitter to the high-profile Hong Kong protest scandal. In his opinion, the company is acting against its own values. The developer also quotes several stories that illustrate the extent of influence and methods of Chinese companies in the gaming industry.
Apple Removes HKMap.live App After Pressure From Chinese Authorities
Adrian Werner, 10 October 2019, 14:07
Apple succumbed to pressure from the Communist Party of China and removed the HKmap.live app from the App Store. The app is used by Hong Kong protesters to track police activity.
Blizzard Prevents Users From Deleting Accounts After Hong Kong Affair?
arRacoon, 10 October 2019, 11:57
Blizzard scores another PR blow right after the Chung „Blitzchung” Ng Wai affair at the Hearthstone Tournament in Hong Kong. According to reports, Blizzard accounts have become much more difficult and often impossible to remove. The studio is suspected of intervening and actively blocking the possibility of saying goodbye to the account.
Tim Sweeney: „Epic Will not Punish Fortnite Players for Talking Politics”
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 October 2019, 22:47
Tim Sweeney from Epic Games referred to the controversy surrounding the suspension of Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai by Blizzard for a political statement during a Hearthstone tournament. The CEO assured that he would not allow Fortnite players to be punished for their political statements.
Community Stands With Blitzchung, Blizzard in Memes and Comments
Julia Dragovic, 09 October 2019, 14:14
After the penalty imposed by Blizzard on Blitzchung for publicly supporting protests in Hong Kong, savage flak of comments and criticisms hits the company from numerous sides. The community is calling for a boycott. The publisher's employees also reacted, and the player himself briefly referred to the penalty.
A Clinic For Treating Gaming Addiction Opens in UK
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 October 2019, 23:15
The British Health Service has announced the opening of the country's first clinic for technology addiction. The facility will treat cases of addiction to video games, social media and the Internet in general.
Blizzard Punishes Gamer for Supporting Hong Kong Protests
Julia Dragovic, 08 October 2019, 16:38
Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai supported the protests in Hong Kong in a recent in an interview after winning Hearthstone Grandmasters. Blizzard quickly removed Twitch streams and imposed severe penalties on the gamer - including a one-year suspension.