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Electronic Arts Responds to FIFA Ultimate Team Controversy

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Luck of the Draw Lootboxes have become a source of controversy in the gaming community as it has been likened to gambling, except that the medium of video games allows the system to be abused by minors and unsuspecting persons. Essentially, persons may pay for a lootbox hoping that it rewards them with a special…

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Lootboxes have become a source of controversy in the gaming community as it has been likened to gambling, except that the medium of video games allows the system to be abused by minors and unsuspecting persons. Essentially, persons may pay for a lootbox hoping that it rewards them with a special piece of gear, but in reality, the system was rigged to ensure that the player had very little chance of attaining that piece. In FIFA, Electronic Art’s football simulator and inarguably one of the most popular games in the world, has attracted enormous and unsavory attention for the role of FIFA Points and ‘Packs’ in its Ultimate Team game mode. The issue received heightened scrutiny following Belgium’s ban on FIFA Points wherein the Belgium Gaming Commission decided that lootboxes were in violation of the country’s gambling laws.

FIFA’s Ultimate Team is yet again in the spotlight following a detailed fifty-four page document published by CBC News which discussed Electronic Art’s marketing plan prior to the release of FIFA 2021. The crux of the release was that players must be driven to FIFA Ultimate Team with targeted messaging and ensuring that players are streamlined into the game mode. FIFA Ultimate Team allows players to build the best teams in the world using mechanics such as team chemistry and individual stats. Electronic Arts has recorded billions in profit through its loot box system.

In response to the controversy, Electronic Arts made a statement that the information in the document was taken out of context and has been sensationalized. The company maintains that it does not incentivize or encourage young players to spend in their games and that family controls should be implemented to prevent children from accessing the system. The company closed by disagreeing with any allegations that FIFA, or any of its games, involve gambling and that recent litigation in Courts in the United States and Canada are without merit.

The response by Electronic Arts was expected. However, many persons do not merely fear the inherent nature of lootboxes involving gambling, but are also concerned with the concept as it relates to gameplay and progress in video games. Simply put, in the past, players would have to grind for the fanciest gear, but now, players can simply pay and be instantly rewarded, rendering the entire process nugatory and discouraging gamers from putting effort into the game to be rewarded.

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Three Adult Swim Series Score Movies

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Three of the oldest and most popular original Adult Swim series are set to get new films – “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Metalocalypse” and “The Venture Bros.”. This isn’t just feature-length expansions of episodes either. All three films will get a release worldwide on Blu-ray/DVD and PVOD with a full 90-day exclusive window before hitting…

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Three of the oldest and most popular original Adult Swim series are set to get new films – “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Metalocalypse” and “The Venture Bros.”.

This isn’t just feature-length expansions of episodes either. All three films will get a release worldwide on Blu-ray/DVD and PVOD with a full 90-day exclusive window before hitting the HBO Max streaming service and Adult Swim.

“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” will be a continuation of the hit animated series as fans will find out what happens next with Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake.

“The Venture Bros.” movie sees Doc’s latest invention potentially either bankrupting the Ventures or launch them to new heights, while a mysterious woman from their pasts threatens to bring their entire world crashing down on them.

The “Metalocalypse” movie follows the power-hungry Tribunal as they unveil their secret and deadly ‘Falconback Project’ as the world which is growing embattled in chaos with the menacing Doomstar breaching the Earth’s atmosphere. Meanwhile, the mysterious and twisted dissent of a band member threatens the future of Dethklok.

Source: Deadline

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“White House Plumbers” Fills In Cast

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Kiernan Shipka, Ike Barinholtz, Kim Coates, Yul Vazquez, David Krumholtz, Rich Sommer and Liam James will round out the cast of HBO’s five-episode “The White House Plumbers” series currently in production. The story follows how President Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), accidentally…

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Kiernan Shipka, Ike Barinholtz, Kim Coates, Yul Vazquez, David Krumholtz, Rich Sommer and Liam James will round out the cast of HBO’s five-episode “The White House Plumbers” series currently in production.

The story follows how President Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), accidentally toppled the Presidency they were zealously trying to protect. Domnhall Gleason and Lena Headey also star.

Shipka (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) play Smith College Republicans president Kevan Hunt while James (“The Way Way Back”) is Saint John Hunt, her sensitive aspiring musician brother.

Barinholtz (“Blockers”) will play Nixon re-election committee deputy head Jeb Magruder, Vazquez (“Russian Doll”) will play Bernard ‘Macho’ Barker who is Hunt’s devoted right-hand man who is now over-the-hill and undertrained for committing burglary.

Coates is Frank Sturgis, a former US Marine turned anti-Castro operative and The Plumbers’ muscle; Krumholtz (“The Deuce”) is fearless former prosecutor William O. Bittman; and Sommer (“GLOW”) is junior Nixon aide Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh.

Harrelson and Theroux will executive produce in addition to starring. “Veep” writers and executive producers Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck created the series and will executive produce while “Veep” showrunner David Mandel will executive produce and direct all five episodes.

Source: Variety

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Quick News: Kong, Wars, Beast, Loki

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Donkey Kong EPD Tokyo, the Nintendo development team behind “Super Mario Odyssey” are rumored to be at work on a new Donkey Kong 2D adventure timed for the franchise’s 40th-anniversary. Retro Studios, who did the last ‘Kong’ game with “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” in 2014,” are busy at work on “Metroid Prime 4” and…

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EPD Tokyo, the Nintendo development team behind “Super Mario Odyssey” are rumored to be at work on a new Donkey Kong 2D adventure timed for the franchise’s 40th-anniversary.

Retro Studios, who did the last ‘Kong’ game with “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” in 2014,” are busy at work on “Metroid Prime 4” and isn’t involved. [Source: Nintendo Life]

Star Wars Celebration


The Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim has moved up its dates from August 2022 to May 26-29th 2022 ccording to the Star Wars site. The official Lucasfilm fan event will automatically transfer ticketholders existing tickets to the new event dates. Refunds will be available at StarWarsCelebration.com until June 11th this year. [Source: StarWars.com]

The Beast Must Die


AMC+ Original six-part revenge thriller “The Beast Must Die,” starring Jared Harris and Cush Jumbo, will premiere on Monday, July 5 on AMC+ and on Monday, July 12th on AMC. The remaining episodes will release weekly.

Jumbo plays a woman who ingratiates herself with the family of the man she believes responsible for the fatal hit and run of her young son. She’s tracked by a detective (Billy Howle), who has reason to believe his department covered up the man’s involvement in the incident. [Source: AMC]

Loki


Disney+ has released a new poster for the “Loki” TV series several weeks out from its premiere on June 9th – a poster featuring a cartoon clock chacter.

The series sees the God of Mischief stepping out of his brother’s shadow after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”. Tom Hiddleston returns and is joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant.

Time to begin the countdown Marvel Studios’ #Loki arrives in four weeks with new episodes every Wednesday starting June 9 on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/eHj5xYs6Qd

— Loki (@LokiOfficial) May 12, 2021

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