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Steam Relaxing Rules on Which Games Appear in Their Online Store

Published: 8/Jun/2018 16:28 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Scott Mahoney

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Gaming service Steam has updated their stance, in a new blog post, on what games get to appear in their store following controversy over a school shooting simulator.

The shooter simulation was met with mixed reactions, but also found its way into news headlines and evoked a conversation about what content video games should allow.

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The massive gaming service platform has seen many titles come and go since its 2003 release, few have had such impact that the company would have to look at its policy regarding censorship.

They have decided it would be best to a take a more relaxed stance on regulating what comes into the store.

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In a statement released on their official blog they had this to say:

So we ended up going back to one of the principles in the forefront of our minds when we started Steam, and more recently as we worked on Steam Direct to open up the Store to many more developers: Valve shouldn’t be the ones deciding this. If you’re a player, we shouldn’t be choosing for you what content you can or can’t buy. If you’re a developer, we shouldn’t be choosing what content you’re allowed to create. Those choices should be yours to make. Our role should be to provide systems and tools to support your efforts to make these choices for yourself, and to help you do it in a way that makes you feel comfortable.

In short, they plan on allowing games into the store provided that they are not illegal or trolling.

The post goes on to say that they do not support everything that makes its way onto the platform, but they feel that everyone should receive an equal opportunity to express themselves.

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If you are interested in reading more about the update, you can view the full post here.

They also noted that there would be no significant short-term changes, but their primary focus on new regulation is about legality rather than morality.

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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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