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The Week in Videogames: Return of the Comeback Edition

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| March 7, 2018

4. Chrono Trigger on PC is a reminder that re-releases should be better

When Square Enix quietly added the legendary Chrono Trigger to the Steam store, JRPG fans on PC rejoiced. That lasted for all of five seconds when they realized that the version released was a piece of trash, prone to crashing and awful graphics from the mobile version of the game. It’s pretty much the Final Fantasy V and VI scandal all over again.


3. Bethesda is most critically acclaimed publisher of 2017

Nintendo might have had a banner year with games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey but it seems that another company is the secret darling of critics. According to Metacritic, Bethesda Softworks is the most critically acclaimed publisher of video games, thanks to releases like Prey and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.


2. Software regulatory board has a label for lootboxes

In response to the mounting fury and uproar over loot boxes, the ESRB announced that they will now make it mandatory for videogames to sport labels declaring whether they feature in-game purchases. While it’s nice to have more purchasing information, like the ESRB ratings which declare age suitability for games, the new labels obscure too much and don’t distinguish loot boxes from paid DLC, season passes and microtransactions.


1. Trump announces summit with video game companies

In an attempt to give the illusion of doing something, the Trump administration said that it would be meeting with representatives of the game industry to see what it can do about “school safety” and “gun violence.” The statement follows comments from Trump about how violent video games are “shaping young people’s thoughts,” and that “maybe they have to put a rating system.” The ESA, which effectively represents the video game industry said they’ve yet to receive any invites.


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