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WA Wants Valve to Stop Selling to Citizens

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Gambling for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been a source of contention for some time now. Apparently, the kids are gambling for… skins? Is that… is that a thing?

No, but seriously, the Steam API lets third-party websites to set up games for themselves with prizes being items from Steam, specifically skins from CS:GO. This has been in the news before, but this is the first time that some serious attention has been given.

Washington state regulators from the Washington State Gambling Commission issued a statement to Valve threatening civil and legal action if they are not able to prove that they are adhering to state law. Valve had until October 14th to issue that statement, but they ended up missing that date.

“I am disappointed that Valve Corporation missed Friday’s deadline, but encouraged that they have committed to responding today,” WSGC director David Trujillo said. “I look forward to reviewing their response in detail.” (Source: PCGamer)

When Valve did reply, it was what might be the most strongly-worded legalese ever.

“We do not understand the legal or factual reasoning supporting this position, from the Commission’s letter or from our conversations with the Commission. We are also unsure of how you propose we do this. If there is a specific criminal statute or regulation you believe Valve is violating, please provide a citation… We would be happy to cooperate with the Commission, if it is able to identify more skins gambling sites that are illegal in Washington and the Steam accounts through which they operate,” Valve said. “We welcome the chance for further communication with the Commission.” (Source: Eurogamer)

I wanted to wait until this issue was finished to report on it, but after reading Valve’s reply, I doubt Washington is going to pursue this further. If I’m wrong, I’ll be happy to let you know.

Valve making some AWESOME moves

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Steam Dev Days just wrapped up and we learned several awesome things! Here’s a quick breakdown, or you can visit the official page and see what you can find there.

  • Samsung and Valve have teamed up to allow gamers to stream their gaming session from their gaming rig to their TV. If you’re still here with dry pants, maybe you should read about it over at hd-report.com
  • All of you PS4 owners that are frustrated that you have to buy an Xbox controller to game on your PC, you will soon be able to use your PS4 controller. Also, your Steam Controller is going to have better support, but it’s clear the lead story of this is the PS4 thing…
  • Check out the new VR Controllers that will soon be in your hands. Literally. Your hands.
  • There are more than 10,000 games on Steam. So… that happened.

British Advertising Regulator Officially “Looking Into” No Man’s Sky

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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has opened an investigation into the oft-controversial No Man’s Sky. I don’t have a dog in this race because I stayed away from that whole debacle, but I know a lot of people who are on either side of the fence about No Man’s Sky.

I’ve never heard of the ASA, which makes sense since I’m an ignorant American, but I thought it was odd that a British group was looking into these claims when our own Federal Trade Commission wasn’t. I know that Hello Games, makers of No Man’s Sky, is a British company, but most articles on this subject refer to advertisements on the Steam page for No Man’s Sky. At the end of the day, I’d hope that this case is actually looked at very carefully instead of it being brushed aside because “the yanks didn’t do anything about it, so we won’t either.”

You may know that I’m pretty harsh when it comes to lies in gaming. You may also know that I tend to blame stupid consumers who allow these horrible things to happen without causing an uproar. Knowing those two things, you may be wondering where I stand on this whole shit show. Honestly, I couldn’t ever say it better than WhatCulture did in this video.

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 is Fun Yet Broken

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I finished up my time with Gratuitous Space Battles 2 the other days and posted my review. I felt bad, but I had to not recommend it. I try to save my negative reviews for the games that truly deserve them, and this game was right on the border of it.

After posting it, I decided to read the other reviews to see if I was in the minority with my disappointment; I was not. In fact, some mentioned that the developer had abandoned it and some even said he was somewhat abusive to people who had pre-ordered. I decided to see if I could find the posts they were talking about. My opinion of the dev from the few months of blogs I read was that he was kind of a jerk, but I didn’t see anything that was particularly abrasive. I don’t know him and I’m sure I’ll never talk to him, but he just seemed pedantic, like he was overly worried about sales and money. There’s nothing wrong with that, but why would you put specifics out about your sales and your thoughts on people who gave you money?

Regardless, I got it from a bundle (or it was crazy cheap somewhere) and can’t complain too much. My point in this is that I feel like the gaming community has hit a very important moment. Independent developers have more avenues to get funding for their games than ever before, and I feel that this is a good thing. What isn’t good is when people clearly abuse these avenues. When a game has pre-orders and is abandoned like this, it’s sad. Steam’s Early Access and Greenlight can be powerful tools to help honest people, but so many times it seems like it allows people to get money for promises where there is no penalty for failing to fulfill those promises. By the time word gets out about someone taking advantage of the system or their customers, it’s usually too late.

It’s clear that GSB2 is riddled with bugs and is an unfinished shell of what could have been. There is virtually no single-player campaign to speak of.

Times like this make me lose faith in pre-orders, paid early access, Greenlight, crowd-sourcing, and any programs of the like, which is extremely unfortunate. I like the feeling of funding a game and watching it progress. I like voting with my money and telling the system which games I want to see out there. When these programs are misused, I feel personally cheated, like I was taken in by a con man; that’s not a good feeling.

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