The GAAAmbling Problem (The Jimquisition)

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Ubisoft, by way of a PR rep, has defended loot boxes after people found them distasteful in Trials Rising. They hammered through both usual and unusual excuses, and did so in a way that truly offended my senses.

AAA publishers are not just riding this gravy train into oblivion, they’re actively lying and insulting our intelligence to justify it. And as problem gambling is on the rise, the game industry needs to start admitting fault… or fault will find them.

Should Games Media Keep The Game Industry’s Secrets? (The Jimquisition)

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When Toby Fox released Deltarune, everyone asked to keep quiet about it for 24 hours. Obviously that didn’t happen. Elsewhere, Kotaku has a neverending source of leaked information for games like Assassin’s Creed and Fallout.

Let’s not forget that time Randy Pitchford called an accurate report on Borderlands 2 “shoddy journalism.”

Most recently, Rockstar and Take-Two managed to get over a million quid from a website for leaking accurate Red Dead Redemption 2 information.

Publishers believe the media’s job is to help them. The media doesn’t always do that when news needs reporting. Let’s talk about it.

Demolishing The Excuses Made For ‘AAA’ Publishers’ Exploitative Greed (The Jimquisition)

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The excuses people make for multibillion dollar publishers have to stop. They ignore so many ways in which the “AAA” game industry both makes money and takes shortcuts.

From tax havens to worker mistreatment, from the avoidance of royalties to the sheer amount executives make in compensation, the game industry actually has it EASY while pretending it’s got it hard. Let’s look at all this.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – It’s Grindy, It’s Greedy, It’s Ubisoft! (Jimpressions)

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one damn greedy game. In addition to its half dozen special editions, its Amazon Alexa tie-in, its Totino’s promotion, and its season pass, it’s filled to the brim with microtransactions. As well as all that, it’s been purposefully turned into a grindfest in order to sell XP boosters, like this is some free-to-play mobile game.

Fee-to-pay games are back in a major way. More like Assassin’s Greed!

Ubification (The Jimquisition)

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Is Far Cry 5 good? I think so. The problem with Ubisoft games is you can’t tell anymore, they’re all the same.

It’s understandable when a sequel iterates on its predecessor, but Ubisoft is one publisher with MANY franchises all building off each other.

It’s making it hard to care, or at the very least view these games as anything other than fluff.

The Year Of The Loot Box (The Jimquisition)

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This is the year loot boxes came to gaming in a big way.

Encouraged by Overwatch, “AAA” publishers went all-in on destroying their games in the name of easy money.

And no, Blizzard, you’re not special. You deserve as much blame as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, 2K Games, WB, and Microsoft.

In fact, j’accuse!