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Games Inbox: Do you still buy loot boxes?

Is the scourge of loot boxes truly over?

The morning Inbox looks forward to the inevitability of Forza Motorsport 8, as one reader questions the God Of War timeline.

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End of a (short) era

It is amazing to think how quickly loot boxes has been and gone as a fad. I remember how defeatist people were being about it last year, saying there was nothing that could be done about it and them ruining gaming would still be something we could put up with and ignore. And now look where we are. Enough people told them where they can stick their loot boxes and theyve suddenly become like poison.

Theres no way that future games, like Anthem and the Avengers game, are going to use them now and while Im sure the industry can come up with something even worse in the future at least we know now that we can fight that too.

The big exception of course if FIFA Ultimate Team which Im going to guess is never going away. But I dont think most people see that as a loot boxes, even though it is, because its kind of separate to the rest of the game. But Im curious as to how many people do buy loot boxes, whether cosmetic or otherwise, and what you think of them now that the industry is turning against them?

Time paradox

The thing I dont understand about God Of Wars setting is where are all the people? I read something about this being the time before the Vikings had settled but then how come Ragnarok is starting already? Ive played enough video games to know that Ragnarok is when almost all of the gods die, as mentioned in the game, and then world sinks (okay, Im getting this from Wikipedia) and there are two humans left who repopulate the world.

So where are these people? And if Vikings were talking about Ragnarok as something that was going to happen in their era how can it be happening in the game when theyve not even arrived? I know its just a game and they can make anything up they like but it seems odd to have it so authentic in some areas but then completely mess up the chronology. Especially given the revelation at the end.

I hope theres a cool explanation for this in the sequel (count me as one thatd rather skip the DLC and get on with another full game).

Only in America

Dont know if people have seen this before but this Fallout mod for Miami looks properly amazing, like almost a whole new game. The work some fans put into these things is amazing and a lot of it actually looks better than Fallout 4 itself.

But is it only me thats getting a bit sick of the American setting? As they work through all the big cities are we going to have Fallout 12 set in some town nobodys ever heard of before? Why arent they doing the obvious thing and setting them in other countries?

I guess you could say the Metro series is the Russian equivalent but what about the rest of the world? Canada, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe? What happened to them in the war? Plus it would be a way to get away from the 50s Americana look and something from a different cultural. When Fallout 5 ends up being New York City I think Ill officially give up.



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Slow news month

I dunno about summer games drought it seems like its been a games news drought recently. I know it hasnt been, but it seems like ages since E3, although I guess that was made worse because most of the news leaked out long before it anyway. But seriously, it just seems like gaming is dead at the moment.

Thank god GC has had its interviews and the Inbox or I think Id go mad. Even Gamescom seems too far away to get excited about. But once thats over itll be nearly September and wham! Were right into the Christmas games rush and Ill be moaning theres too many games. Why is everything taken to the extremes nowadays? I blame the Internet!

Righting the ship

I still find it hard to believe that Microsoft is going to wait until 2020 to release their new console(s). What exactly are they going to do for the intervening 24 months? Are they going to announce new games at Gamescom? I get the feeling they are not. Is Crackdown 3 ever going to come out? Maybe possibly. Do they seem to have any other games ready for next year yet? Except for Crackdown and Gears Of War 5 (sorry, Gears 5), no.

That likely means they have no other exclusives for the first half of the year and… Gears and Forza Motorsport 8 for Christmas?

I am just shocked at how long it is taking for Microsoft to turn their ship around. These first party studio announcements should have been made years ago and a new console shouldve been announced for next year at least. I get that these things take time but Nintendo seemed to knock out the Switch pretty quick and basically reverse everything they did with the Wii U in short order. Why cant Microsoft do the same?

Starved out

In answer to DMR from Wednesdays evening Inbox [about most difficult bosses] I have to say, unequivocally the Blood-starved Beast from Bloodborne.

I have never, in any game before or since, experienced anything so difficult even throughout the rest of Bloodborne. When battling it over and over again I lost count at 70 attempts and went WAY past that. When I finally defeated it, it was the greatest achievement in my 30 years of gaming.

Even when playing New Game+ I figured Id breeze through it but again I battled for days. I dont make any bold claims to being a gaming god but I do OK, the Blood-starved Beast however brings me out in cold
sweats and makes my heart race every time I encounter it.

Im now really looking forward to what Bloodborne 2 may have to offer!
Phil Spearpoint

GC: Err… theres no guarantee that there will be a Bloodborne 2.

Ancestor worship

RE: Bestos. Thanks for the comments and yes, of course I wasnt saying that backwards compatibility is bad or even undesirable. But it was kind of depressing to see the other letters completely miss the point of what I wrote, as if they hadnt even read it and just saw red when backwards compatibility mentioned in a somewhat negative context.

Of course everyone enjoys playing their favourite games, and would like easy access to them, but I firmly believe this idolisation of the old is leading to stagnation in ideas and the publics willingness to experiment.

Why take a risk on something you might not like when you can go with something similar to what youve played a hundred times before but is guaranteed to please. You only need to look at the sales charts they release at the end of the year, which only ever has two or three new IPs in it, to see how bad things have got. So celebrate the old, certainly, but for heavens sake try to encourage the new as well.



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An Annie Hall fan writes…

Whilst I can understand Raglans point of view, to an extent, I dont think the problem is as bad as he perceives. I certainly dont think many gamers are backwards looking and its more to do with nostalgia and having fond memories of games from years ago and wanting to experience them again.

Some of the greatest games Ive ever played are on the Saturn and Dreamcast and the only way for me to play those games again is to get the consoles down from the loft and plug them in which is a faff on. Given the opportunity I would love to be able to purchase some of these titles again and for them to work on future generations of consoles too, but that doesnt mean I dont want new games or new experiences.

I suppose a likeable comparison could be made with music and films. I love decades old music and my favourite film came out in 1977. Ive bought music on tape, CD, and MP3 as well as films on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray, yet I still go to the pictures to see new films and (shockingly) listen to some modern music too.
I dont think people enjoying old games is a reason for so many sequels being made. If anything its because people keep buying the new FIFA/Call Of Duty/Assassins Creed which makes the companies millions so they keep churning them out.

I dont see any harm in wanting to play old games on current or next gen consoles whilst still being able to look forward to new releases coming out. I think its healthy to have a happy medium and people are inclined to enjoy whatever they like.

Inbox also-rans

Guns Of Icarus Alliance for PC is free on Humble Bundle for the next 48 hours at time of writing (Thursday evening). They give you a Steam code to download it on Steam, it is currently £10.99 on Steam.
Andrew J.

GTA VI ne zaman çıkacak merak ettim?

GC: According to Google Translate that says, When will GTA VI come out, I wonder? Which is a good question. We wouldnt expect to hear anything about it until well after Red Dead Redemption II is released and its online mode properly established – so next year at the earliest.

This weeks Hot Topic

The subject for this weekends Inbox was suggested by reader Wormwood and asks how often do you play video games?

On average, how many hours a week do you play games? Is it a fairly regular pattern and are there particular days or times you almost always play? Do you play roughly the same amount all the time or is it entirely dependent on what new games you have or some other factor, such as the weather? What formats do you play on and does your total include mobile games?

Do you play more or less now than in previous years and do you worry that its too much (or too little)? If it was possible, how long would you ideally play for each day or week?

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