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Tougher loot box rules announced for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch

Published: 7/Aug/2019 21:21 Updated: 7/Aug/2019 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have all agreed to work on new policies that would require games publishers to disclose loot box rarity odds to players.

Loot boxes are a common sight in almost every major online multiplayer game these days, but players have no idea of their chances of getting a valuable reward before they purchase or open one.

At the Federal Trade Comission’s Inside the Game Workshop on August 7, Entertainment Software Association chief counsel of tech policy Michael Warnecke announced the changes, according to gamesindustry.biz.

Respawn EntertainmentA ton of popular games, like EA’s Apex Legends, offer players loot boxes.

What are the new rules?

After talking about what the industry had done to address concerns about loot boxes in the past, Warnecke said the three publishers had committed even further.

“I’m pleased to announce this morning that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platform,” Warnecke said.

TreyarchPlayers often don’t know their chances of receiving a worthwhile reward when the open a loot box.

This change would apply to all games that use loot box systems and hopefully will give players a better idea of their chances before they buy any.

“Specifically, this would apply to new games and game updates that add loot box features,” Warnecke added. “And it would require the disclosure of the relative rarity or probabilities of obtaining randomized virtual items in games that are available on their platforms.”

EA/DiceIt seems like loot boxes are everywhere in games these days.

Getting paid to make loot boxes look good?

Another interesting development at the Inside the Game Workshop was Omeed Dariani, CEO of Online Performers Group revealing that a video game publisher has approached his clients to purposefully misrepresent how their loot boxes work, according to Polygon.

Dariani’s organization represents dozens of popular content creators, like Jose Antonio “Angry Joe” Vargas and Major League Baseball pitcher Trevor May.

“I’ve definitely been in a room where a publisher said, ‘We could do better odds on the packs that this person opens for promotional purposes.’” Dariani said, according to Polygon. “That’s only been one time.”

There’s no information available whether or not the new loot box rules will apply to games on PC though.

Loot boxes, for better or worse, appear to be here to stay, but at least players will soon know what they’re chances of getting something worthwhile when they open one up.

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Cute Brigitte skin concept is just what Overwatch needs this Christmas

Published: 2/Dec/2020 13:02

by Lauren Bergin

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Overwatch has always been renowned for producing some beautiful festive skins and as Christmas gets ever closer, another cute skin concept for Brigitte has surfaced. 

Brigitte has become one of Overwatch’s most divisive heroes. While written into the game as a support, her kit makes her easily able to flex between support and damage dealer, and her health bar reflects a tank’s more than it does that of a support.

Recent health bar buffs left players up in arms, and Blizzard responded a patch later with nerfs reverting her health bar back to how it was. Despite the controversy that surrounds Sweden’s young hero, her fans really do love her even if her haters often know how to shout louder.

One fan has shown their passion for the tank support by designing an adorable Christmas skin just in time for the festive season.

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Brigitte may look adorable, but she’s a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.

Christmas Skin Concept for Brigitte is truly heartwarming

One Reddit user shared their own concept for a future Christmas skin for the tank support, and has received a wave of praise.

The user in question, Annzey, unveiled her ‘Gingerbrig’ concept. They note that their friend, Murdered Sun, was the actual artist behind the drawing, but the concept wall all her own.

It features Brigitte wearing a gingerbread style outfit, with icing holding together her armour, a candy cane style mace and an adorable little gingerbread man forming the core of her iconic shield.

To top it off her hair is tied back using a little mistletoe, and her cheeks have a reddish hue from having been out too long in the cold. The attention to detail in the design is truly perfect; Annzey really has created a skin people would buy.

GINGERBRIG- Concept Art ❄️ So a while ago I had posted an idea for a Gingerbread Brigitte skin and I’ve been obsessed with the idea so I asked my friend if she could draw some concept art for me and WELLA! I present to you- GINGERBRIG! What do y’all think??? :))✨ from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comments section of Annzey’s post is dominated by comments praising their design. One redditer writes that they “would pay 3k coins if this was added” despite not playing Brigitte.

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Another claims that the art is ‘A-Mei-Zing!’, a beautiful play on words to describe an equally stunning concept.

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So while Brigitte has just received a Halloween skin, it would be great if Blizzard pulled off something like Annzey’s work for the Holiday period. After all, all Overwatch fans want for Christmas are cute hero skins.