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August Gaming News


Hey all! Summer starts to wind down into what is the busiest time for game releases and new content drops. The battle of the trade wars continues, loot boxes and in-game purchases continue to dominate the headlines. So in bite size chunks here’s everything that you need to know kicked off in August Gaming…

E3 Data Breach

If you attended the E3 trade show this year with a media badge, it’s possible that some (if not all of your )of your sensitive data is now public. To get one of these badges, you have to give the organization name, your name, phone number, home address, and more. That info goes onto a spreadsheet that the ESA hands out to its member companies. This makes it easier for those companies to invite the press to E3 events and meetings.

Up until yesterday, however, that list was accessible to anyone who clicked on a button on the ESA website, Since then, The ESA has removed the spreadsheet from its site. But it did not do that before other people were able to download it. At this point, it’s impossible to tell who has the list.

“ESA was made aware of a website vulnerability that led to the contact list of registered journalists attending E3 being made public. Once notified, we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site, which is no longer available. We regret this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again.”

This has the potential to impact and even weaken E3 2020 as more companies and press alike may fear for their data.

DESTINY 2 F2P Shadowkeep delay

Bungie announced that Shadowkeep and the new, free-to-play version of Destiny 2New Light, are being delayed from September 17 to October 1.

“Being independent means that the future of Destiny 2 is entirely on our team,” the developers wrote in an announcement Thursday. “It also means that we’re agile enough to choose to do what’s best for the game and our players, even if it’s the hard choice.” You have to feel that the independent comment comes in light of their recent split from Activision and is a dig at the lack of control they felt they had.

Games YET AGAIN blamed for mass shootings

In the most stupid news that I, unfortunately, have to put in the headlines. The tragic mass shootings in America have yet again caused politicians including the president of the United States to blame video games for the violence they show. It is not worthy to include the comments made here so I will simply say it is not and your focus should be on how poor your control of guns is instead of looking for a scapegoat for your failings.

Get your priorities right, please…

Game companies avoiding true game ratings and reviews by adding microtransactions late into games

In news which is a growing trend, it appears to be that game companies are injecting controversial microtransactions and even game components later into games to protect review scores. In what is a growing trend Activision added microtransactions to Crash bandicoot Team racing 3 months after launch. Sea of thieves has done a similar thing.

Adding microtransactions/gambling mechanics late to a video game not only have the potential to avoid negative points in reviews it also has the potential to keep gaming ratings low. 2K makers of borderlands and currently NBA 2K20 have recently come under fire and have had to pull their trailers due to the casino-style games they have added into their sports franchise. Rated E by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI the company is under pressure from the community about how they achieved such a low age rating for these. We have covered these separately in a news piece with a full breakdown which you can read here.

PS5 Image Leaked??

Is this really the PS5 leaked image?

No. It Isn’t. To put it simply it is one of many designs rendered and applied to a tent by Sony. This is done to protect various interests and is more than likely closer to the developer console than the actual console. Here is how the PS4 Pro looked in design is confirmed until Sony confirms it or it has a credible source.

PS4 PRO developer console

Nintendo copyrights hundreds of games

Nintendo has copyrighted over 100 videos on youtube. It’s fair copyright they are not taking on reviewers or Let’s play they are targetting channels who simply loop their original content music and generate income from it. This is a fair move by Nintendo who in the past were heavily targetted for their overzealous strikes. Now they seem to have taken a fair stance.

We feature on The Angry Joe Show!!

In a self pat on the back, our team effort producing the 2K simulated gambling mechanics was featured on the latest Angry Joe Show. You can read the full article here but here is the very proud moment our American friend used our communications with PEGI to discuss the latest events and even tweeted us a personal thank you.

Sony Purchase Insomniac Games

In the build-up to the next generation war, Sony has purchased Insomniac games.

“Insomniac Games is one of the most highly-acclaimed development studios in the industry and their legacy of best-in class storytelling and gameplay is unparalleled,” said Shawn Layden, Chairman, SIE WWS.  “We have enjoyed a strong collaborative partnership with the studio for many years, and are thrilled to officially welcome them to the Worldwide Studios family.  The addition of Insomniac Games to SIE WWS reiterates our commitment to developing world class gaming experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform.”
“Joining the WWS family gives Insomniac even greater opportunities to achieve our studio vision of making positive and lasting impressions on people’s lives,” said Ted Price, Insomniac Games founder and CEO. “We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception. Our partnership amplifies our potential, and Marvel’s Spider-Man was a testament to this. We’re excited to take the next step in our growth alongside our longtime WWS partners. Most of all, we look forward to delivering fresh, new experiences for our fans.”

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