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Gaming News Roundup – Oct 16: Russian Group Use Pokemon Go’s Influence, Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes, October Game Releases

Gaming News Roundup – Oct 16

Russians Used Pokémon Go To Incite Racial Tension

Brace yourselves, this story is wild. So if you’ve been listening to Fan Bros Show (you better be), you probably heard this story in ‘Tech Talk With Tatiana’ at about the 42 minute mark. For those that haven’t, let me tell you one of the wildest stories I’ve heard all year. So a Russian-linked campaign called “Don’t Shoot Us” was posing as a part of Black Lives Matter and using Pokémon Go to get their message across in July 2016. In a promotional event, players were asked to go to the scenes of infamous police brutality murders, catch a Pokémon there, and name it after the victim (in the promotional image, it was Eric Garner). The players were then asked to screenshot their Pokémon and email it to them for the chance to receive an Amazon gift card. It’s unclear if anyone won any gift cards or even entered, but the Tumblr page that was doing this event has since been changed to a “Free Palestine” campaign. This is easily one of the most wild gaming news stories this year, I didn’t even think it was real when I first saw it.


EA Addresses Their Garbage Loot System In Battlefront 2

If you didn’t play the Battlefront 2 beta, just know that the game is really solid, but the multiplayer mode features a loot box system that’s basically pay to win. In short, players with more expendable funds can speed up their progression by buying loot boxes that reward them with more powerful cards, weapons, characters like Darth Maul, and upgrades that can make them literally invincible. Players who simply play the game will still be put into matches with those that could obliterate them. With the recent uproar about these loot boxes, EA felt pressed to make a statement about this egregious system and how it’ll be different in the full game.

In the post:

We know you have a lot of questions about Crates and progression, so we want to clarify a few things, as the complete system was not in the Beta and will continue to be tuned over time:
There are many things you can earn in the game, including weapons, attachments, credits, Star Cards, Emotes, Outfits and Victory Poses.
As a balance goal, we’re working towards having the most powerful items in the game only earnable via in-game achievements.
Crates will include a mix of of Star Cards, Outfits, Emotes or Victory Poses.
Players earn crates by completing challenges and other gameplay milestones, or by purchasing them with in-game credits or Crystals, our premium currency.
If you get a duplicate Star Card in a crate, you will get crafting parts which you can then use to help upgrade the Star Card of your choice.
And lastly, you have to earn the right to be able to upgrade Star Cards and unlock most Weapons. You can only upgrade or unlock them if you have reached a high enough rank, which is determined by playing the game.
We also have heard some players are looking for a way to play where all players will have the same set of Star Cards with flattened values. Like everything else, we will be continually making necessary changes to ensure the game is fun for everyone. We will work to make sure the system is balanced both for players who want to earn everything, as well as for players who are short on time and would like to move faster in their progress towards various rewards.

You can read the full post here.


Game Releases For October

Since there isn’t too much news this week, here’s a reminder of how packed this month is for game releases. Hope your wallet is either full or picky.

  • Gran Turismo Sport                                PS4                                     October 17
  • Rogue Trooper Redux                             PS4, Xbox One, PC          October 17
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole PS4, Xbox One, PC         October 17
  • WWE 2K18                                               PS4, Xbox One, PC           October 17
  • Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition     PC                                       October 19
  • Fire Emblem Warriors                           Switch                               October 20
  • Destiny 2                                                   PC                                       October 24
  • Just Dance 2018                                       PS4, Xbox One, PC           October 24
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins                        PS4, Xbox One, PC           October 27
  • Super Mario Odyssey                             Switch                               October 27
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus       PS4, Xbox One, PC          October 27
  • Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back           PS4,PC                              October 31


That’s the news for this week, are you as surprised as I was about that Pokémon Go story? It’s honestly so ridiculous yet so modern. Have hopes for Battlefront 2? Let us know below! In case you missed last week’s roundup, you can click here to get caught up! (It even featured the king of Wakanda.) If you were interested in Cuphead, we put out a review of it last week, you can check that out here. Be sure to come back next week for another news roundup, but until then, stay tuned to Fanbros.com for all things geek.