Black Ops 4 pay to win, Dota Underlords, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for June 17th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript.

Black Ops 4 nerfs an overpowered weapon…which came from a lootbox

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 continues to chug along 8 months after release, and the discussion of Pay 2 Win has cropped up once again. You see, they released a gun called the S6 Stingray, which was locked behind lootboxes. It quickly became a controversy for being extremely overpowered, especially when paired with a certain modification. Now they’ve nerfed it in response to community feedback, but their comments gives one pause, “When…balance doesn’t seem quire right for any particular weapon, we’ll make tuning changes…to keep the meta competitive and fresh for every weapon class.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that any content hidden behind a randomized lottery is going to create an unbalanced meta, regardless of the alterations they make. If you ever want to be horrified at how a fully fledged AAA game can be monetized worse than a mobile gacha game, go ahead and take a look at Treyarch. Not only is it extremely predatory, especially to children, but it’s not just cosmetics. Which means that you have to invest if you want a competitive edge. Not cool.

Bethesda finally delivers canvas duffel bags from Fallout 76

Speaking of controversy, remember those canvas duffel bags from the Fallout 76 Special Edition preorders? Well, it was advertised as canvas, until they sent cheap nylon bags, only to then promise the original canvas bags months after. They finally got delivered, 7 months after release. And they’re pretty decent quality too. So there you have it, the whole kerduffel is over.

Dota Underlords info

Valve’s rendition of Dota Auto Chess is currently available in the Dota 2 battlepass, and it’s called Dota Underlords. Not only was this an extremely quick turnaround from Valve, but they’re also responding very well to user feedback. It’ll be opening up to everyone probably before the week is over, but people seem pretty happy with it right now, so you might want to check it out. It’s essentially a deckbuilding game without cards, and instead minatures that do the fighting for you.

Destiny 2 details regarding cross-play

Destiny 2 is entering its next chapter, with the base game going free to play, moving to Steam, and new expansion “Shadowkeep” coming out. One topic that has arisen out of all of this is cross-play. Thus far they’ve confirmed cross-saves, so you can bring your character across platforms, but playing with your friends isn’t yet on the roadmap. They’re interested though, and it’s likely to happen at some point. Stadia is excluded from this though, as it apparently has its own ecosystem.

That’s all the news for today, thank you for tuning in! A big thanks to Ryan and Peter for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. Of course thanks to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. My name is Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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