Thursday news, part two:
US Senator introducing legislation banning loot boxes in games aimed at minors
US Senator Jash Hawley announced today that he plans to introduce legislation that will ban "pay-to-win and loot box monetization practices" in videogames that are marketed to minors.
“Social media and videogames prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits," Hawley said in a statement. "No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices."
>> The ESA has already complained, but he's not entirely wrong.
Railroad Corporation steams into Early Access this month
There’s a new train tycoon game heading into the station of Steam’s Early Access. Railroad Corporation is a Golden Age of Rail game that has you laying tracks, buying engines, and moving goods around the untamed American landscape in the post-Civil War era.
Ubisoft walks back plans to introduce higher level The Division 2 gear with next update
The third title update for The Division 2 was set to introduce new high level gear, increasing the Gear Score cap from 500 to 515. But in response to player feedback Ubisoft has ditched these plans, in order to avoid rendering current high level builds obsolete.
Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass: here's the trailer and all 128 items
Fortnite Season 9 is here, bringing with it new locations like Neo Tilted, a mega mall and more (check out the patch notes highlights here). The Battle Pass has also arrived, and it costs 950 V-bucks as normal, immediately granting the Sentinel and Rox progressive outfits upon purchase. The trailer above gives you an idea of what you'll get for your cash.
A full collection of Artifact cards now reportedly costs around $40
One of Valve’s riskier decisions with Artifact was to tie its cards to the Steam Marketplace. When the game launched, it was possible to buy every card you needed to complete your collection that way, but getting your hands on the most sought-after rare cards was an expensive proposition, with certain heroes costing nearly $20. But markets rise and fall, and now you can get a complete set of Artifact cards for around $40.
Rainbow Six Siege's reverse friendly fire system is live
Rainbow Six Siege has been trying to figure out what to do about friendly fire and teamkilling for a long time now. This week, Ubisoft rolled out a solution it's been mulling over for a while: reverse friendly fire.
Unravel a bizarre murder in free detective game Scotch Broom
Created for Scream City, a horror-themed game jam, the delightfully named Scotch Broom is a Twine-based interactive fiction game set in rainy Seattle. It's exactly like an interactive episode of Frasier, only with talking wounds in place of neurotic psychiatrists, and with horrible murder instead of—wait, did I just say talking wounds?
Dead by Daylight’s next villain is the killer from Scream
The masked killer from the Scream movie series is set to join the ranks of murderous psychopaths in Dead by Daylight, according to leaks based on a developer build of the game inadvertently pushed out during this week’s Mid-Chapter Update.
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