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Chronicles of Elyria starts selling $75 Longest Night advent calendars

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There has to be a measure of masochistic joy in stocking up account items that you can't use (yet) for a game that is...
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The Daily Grind: Which gaming company told the biggest fib in 2019?

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Come December, we're going to be starting up our end-of-the-year roundups, including one of my favorites: the one where we pick out all our...

UK parliament committee calls for ban on selling lockboxes to kids, deems games industry ‘wilfully obtuse’

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As gamers will recall, the UK government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel has been investigating addictive technologies for the better...

EA’s infamous ‘sense of pride and accomplishment’ post now holds a Guinness record – for Reddit downvotes

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By now, we're all familiar with the 2017 comment by EA about how lootboxes provide "a sense of pride and accomplishment." The remark...

Gaming psychologist Jamie Madigan explains what ‘surprise mechanics’ actually are

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We're all familiar with the "surprise mechanics" incident, the absurdist argument in defense of lootboxes from EA's VP of legal and government affairs...

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