Valve content policy issues revisited, Anthem bricking PS4s, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 6th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

Valve came under fire in the last little while for a topic that has been following them for quite some time, which is their “anything goes” content policy. Without getting into major details or using potentially upsetting words, essentially what is happening is that there is a game that actively encourages the player to sexually assault women. In fact, that’s the entire point of the game. It’s a visual novel which also contains non-consensual sex, necrophilia, and incest. Valve’s developer guidelines currently do not prohibit the depiction of illegal acts, but do prohibit acts whose depiction is illegal, such as anything involving minors. Here’s something they said about the policy last year, quote “Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate, and don’t think should exist…However, offending someone shouldn’t take away your game’s voice. We believe you should be able to express yourself like everyone else, and to find others who want to play your game. But that’s it.” endquote. Please keep in mind as well that it is possible that this game has slipped through their initial filters, and they might just end up saying that the game won’t be allowed to be sold, as it has not come out yet.

Another big thing from the past few days are Anthem players reporting that the game was bricking their PS4. That is, powering down the console and not allowing it to boot back up. EA acknowledged the crashes, but not the bricking. They actually reached out to the community to tell them how to report the crashes so that they could figure out what was going on. Apparently some users have been able to get refunds because of crashes like this, though it’s not a widespread trend.

Vivendi has sold all of their shares in Ubisoft, which was about 6% of the company, sold for 429 Euros. At their peak, they owned 27% of the company, and overall they’ve gained about 2 billion from investing. They claimed that they are still interested in investing in the gaming industry.

Shakedown: Hawaii, the follow up game to Retro City Rampage, has just become an Epic Games Store exclusive. The gameplay actually looks somewhat similar, but I encourage you to check out the trailer because it’s got quite the aesthetic.

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