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Loot boxes should be regulated under gambling laws, Children’s Commissioner recommends

The Children's Commissioner for England, an official but independent role advocating for children's rights and interests, has recommended that the government control loot boxes under gambling laws. This week the Commissioner's office published a report into the experiences of kiddywinkles who play games online, with a few action points. After talking with kids, it recognises a lot of good they get from games but is…

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Games industry should contribute to research into ‘problem gaming’, Parliament report recommends

As well as calling for government regulation of loot boxes under gambling law, Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee report on "immersive and addictive technologies" had interesting things to say around other "psychosocial harms" of video games. Steering clear of terms like "gaming addiction," they presented a surprisingly nuanced view of how certain games can consume people at certain times of their lives…

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British MPs turn their attention to Steam after Rape Day debacle

Valve's "reactionary" approach to moderating Steam and their handling of┬ávisual novel Rape Day┬áhas now earned them the ire of Scottish National Party MP Hannah Bardell. Backed by MSP Shona Robison, she has called for a full review in how platforms such as Steam "are able to get away with this kind of stupidity", as reported by Gameindustry.biz here. Being an American storefront, I'm unsure what…

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Gambling Commission report decries skin gambling, but not loot boxes

Great Britain's Gambling Commission did not call loot boxes gambling or a gateway to gambling in a new report, the body have stressed after some media coverage of it claimed that they did. Their 'Young People & Gambling 2018' report, based on a survey of young'uns aged 11-16 "to explore gambling behaviour among young people in Great Britain", did repeat the body's stance that betting…

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US Tax Plan Singles Out Makers Of ‘Violent Videogames’

Games have become a mainstream thing. Nearly everyone plays them, talks about them, and interacts with them in some way on a semi-regular basis. But here at RPS, we have this violence in games tag that occasionally gets use, and not usually for good reasons. While I'm a strong advocate for examination of how exactly we're affected by cultures that glorify violence, I absolutely do…

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Go Team! – US Gov’t Declares Pro LoL Players Athletes

As a US citizen, it's my sacred duty to hate the US government more than just about anyone, but this is still a pretty monumental occasion. No, an eagle-blood-signed document proclaiming League of Legends pros athletes doesn't make it official in the eyes of culture that absolutely loves its arbitrary labels, but it does grant players some pretty cool rights.

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Michael Gove Has Heard Of Videogames

A man from the government doesn't hate videogames. It's a news story. It's more of a news story when that man is sinister Pob-lookalike Michael Gove, admittedly. He's taken time off from shitting all over British education to say that he thinks videogames are a useful means of teaching. Which is a bit like Jack Thompson saying he likes to relax of an evening with…

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