‘Palworld’ Is Tearing the Internet Apart

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Palworld is a new video game where players can capture knockoff Pokémon and put them to work in a factory manufacturing AR-15s. It sold 5 million copies in 3 days. Die hard Pokémon fans are angry online because they see Palworld as a cheap asset flip and they believe, without evidence, that Pocketpair used AI to create it.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3m5nw/palworld-pokemon-game-ai-controversy

E3 is officially over forever

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E3 is dead for good. “We know it’s difficult to say goodbye to such a beloved event, but it’s the right thing to do given the new opportunities our industry has to reach fans and partners,” Stanley Pierre-Louis, the CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the nonprofit trade organization that ran E3, told the Post.

https://www.theverge.com/23998271/e3-gaming-convention-canceled-death

‘GTA VI’ Has Already Sparked a Bizarre Moral Panic Fit For Our Age

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The GTA franchise is the perfect fodder for a moral panic. It’s massively popular, violent, and garishly stupid. The series has long courted controversy, and the panic accompanying each entry says something about the era in which it occurs. It’s early days, but I see two overlapping strains of panic hitting the GTA VI discourse. The first is that the game will lead players astray into a life of pornography, crime, and sloth.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3we8x/gta-vi-has-already-sparked-a-bizarre-moral-panic-fit-for-our-age

Google Play Games for PC is getting support for 4K and some console game controllers

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Google is adding some new features to the Google Play Games Beta on PC, its service that lets you play Android games on a PC, including support for 4K screen resolution on “supported monitors” and for popular console gaming controllers. Google detailed the updates in a blog post from Arjun Dayal, Google Play Games’ director of product.

https://www.theverge.com/2023/10/23/23928877/google-play-games-pc-4k-game-controllers-clash-of-clans-royale

Sony’s Access controller for the PlayStation aims to make gaming easier for people with disabilities

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Playing video games has long been a challenge for people with disabilities. As part of the gaming industry's efforts to address the problem, Sony has developed the Access controller for the PlayStation.

https://qz.com/sonys-access-controller-for-the-playstation-aims-to-mak-1850921182

Unity U-turns on controversial runtime fee and begs forgiveness

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Unity has done a 180 on a controversial new pricing scheme that users of its cross-platform game engine almost unanimously disparaged. A new pricing policy is still incoming, but it’s far less fraught for independent developers, many of whom threatened to leave the engine and platform behind rather than pay. Under the revised terms, there is no runtime fee whatever for any game developed with a current version of Unity, only for those developers who adopt the latest version in 2024. The free Unity Personal will stay free, and the revenue ceiling above which users must upgrade to the next tier has been raised to $200,000. And above $1 million, users will be able to choose between a per-user fee or a 2.5% revenue share, whichever is lesser.

https://techcrunch.com/2023/09/22/unity-u-turns-on-controversial-runtime-fee-and-begs-forgiveness/