Wednesday, September 28

Tag: Cryptocurrencies

Gaming

Kickstarter Game Goes Bust Gambling On Crypto, Won’t Refund

Image: Untamed IslesIn 2021, at the height of the world’s collective blockchain madness, a video game called Untamed Isles—Pokemon, but with crypto stuff—made over $500,000 on Kickstarter. A year later the game is practically dead, and is so broke it can’t even refund its backers.In a post on the game’s Steam page, the developers have said “we have to pause the development of Untamed Isles and put the project on hold”, which sounds only temporary until you read the rest of what they’ve got to say: There have been a myriad of factors that have caused the lead-up to this very moment but what this all comes down to is that we are unable to financially keep up with the demands of what we set out to do.Untamed Isles is a very ambitious title being an open-world monster-catching MMORPG. To work ...
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Indonesian Government Blocks Steam, Epic, Ubisoft & Nintendo

Over the weekend the Indonesian government began the task of blocking any website or service that had failed to register as part of new “internet control” laws. That ended up being a lot, including everything from Steam to the Epic Games Store to Nintendo Online to EA and Ubisoft’s platforms.Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) took the steps after the introduction of strict new laws, which the government says is part of a crackdown on anything appearing online that is “deemed unlawful”, and which would require any online service platform or provider hosting any such “unlawful” content to remove it within 24 hours (or four if it is deemed to be “urgent”).In order to abide by those laws, international companies operating in Indonesia needed to have sign...
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New Ni No Kuni Game Is Absolutely Rotten With Crypto Garbage

Image: NetmarbleHey, there’s a new Ni No Kuni game out! And it looks beautiful! This should be cause for celebration, but we don’t deserve nice things. So instead, we have got a mobile/PC gacha game that is built on a foundation of crypto nonsense.As we’ve covered, the supposed ‘value’ of the these markets is in freefall, but while that’s bad news for ‘owners’ of cartoon jpgs and made-up currencies, many video game studios and publishers are pushing on regardless, and among them are Korean developers Netmarble, the team behind Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, which despite an Asian release in 2021 was only made available in the West last week.Look at this trailer, and you’ll see why fans of the series—and of Studio Ghibli—might have got excited!This is sadly now the part of the story where I tell...