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  • Forza Horizons, IAP and VG247

    VG247 posted a long piece on the IAP on Forza Horizons to ask whether this was a fundamental shift in how single player games are considering microtransactions. I believe so, and said so extensively in the piece....

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • 5 reasons why XCom is the perfect F2P game

    Game designer Adam Russell posted a short piece on a his personal blog entitled XCOM Should Have Been Free to Play. The howls of protest reverberating across my Twitter stream were deafening. Some of the milder ones:...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Video game tax breaks: Short term gain for long term pain?

    Now that the UK Coalition government has nixed tax breaks for the video games industry, perhaps it is time to step back and ask what the objectives of video game tax breaks were – and whether they...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • My take on Blizzard’s RealID campaign: World of Warcraft gamers, please just grow up

    The announcement that Blizzard was about to force its gamers not to be anonymous kicked up a (can I say shitstorm? Yes? Yes.) well, a shitstorm. The BBC calls it a “row”; CNET calls it a “controversy”,...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Tom Jubert: Rumours of Keith Vaz’s Malevolence Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Not entirely disimilar to my defence earlier this year of Iain Duncan Smith, I’m forced to jump to the aid of the man the games press loves to hate. There’s no doubt Keith Vaz has said some...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Steam is not a monopoly

    I’ve some good (and not so good) comments on my post Five reasons why Steam will destroy PC gaming. Peter Boivin, a US anti-trust attorney, provided a thoughtful counter-argument. It was so relevant I thought I would...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Is criminalising someone for NOT password-protecting their WiFi so wrong?

    Of course it bloody is. Berlin’s top criminal court yesterday passed this chilling wifi password judgement: “Private users are obligated to check whether their wireless connection is adequately secured to the danger of unauthorized third parties abusing...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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