The Unfortunate Reality Of Microtransactions, Gambling, And Desperate Publishers (The Jimquisition)

2K Games has called premium currency and microtransactions an “unfortunate reality” in gaming.

Overwatch and NBA 2K19 had to remove loot boxes in Belgium. EA refuses to remove loot boxes from FIFA. The “AAA” excuses and justifications are flying thick and fast, and 2K especially is showing its royal rump.

A Post Mortem Of An Ex-IGN Plagiarist’s Shameless Career (The Jimquisition)

A now former IGN editor was caught plagiarizing a review of Dead Cells and got canned for it. That’s where the story should have ended.

Instead, Filip Miucin couldn’t help making it worse for himself, and encouraged the world to uncover an entire career built off the stolen work of other people. What a tit.

Nintendo, The Industry, And The Attack On Emulators (The Jimquisition)

Nintendo is clamping down on emulation, causing sites like EmuParadise to cease doing business. The game industry hates emulation almost as much as contemporary piracy, so this is good news for executives.

It’s just a shame that, in a world without emulators, the industry doesn’t care at all about archival, or offering a service that could begin to compete with what ROMs were doing.

No Man’s Sky Next And The Concept Of The Mega Patch (The Jimquisition)

Two years on, and No Man’s Sky is finally living up to a significant portion of its promise. It’s not the first game to get a “Megapatch” and it won’t be the last.

Games these days are thoroughly mutable, but that can be a bad thing as well as a good thing. Let’s look at the things!

A Frustrated Post-Mortem Of Lawbreakers, Radical Heights, And The Culling (The Jimquisition)

Time for one of our classic post-mortems. This time it’s not about one game, but three games and the studio responsible for two of ’em.

The Culling II abandoned everything to pursue literally the wrong thing, while Boss Key Productions’ Lawbreakers and Radical Heights were just… wow.