Mind when games had big head mode? Morphie’s Law: Remorphed is a bit like that, but with your character’s whole body. The RPS treehouse have had our eyes on this body-morphing multiplayer game for a while: it’s a third-person shooter where blasting someone’s body-part causes it to shrink and yours to grow. For example – shot someone in the foot? Congratulations, you’ll be needing bigger boots and they’ll be downsizing to baby shoes. It’s a bit less body horror than that sounds, wrapped up in a robot Day Of The Dead look that probably isn’t quite in the spirit of the holiday. Oh, and it’s out now, with a demo you can pop on for free. After a Switch release last August, multiplayer shrink em ‘up Morphie’s Law made the jump to PC this week. It’s been Remorphed (read: updated), with cross-play between PC and Switch alongside more ways to customise your ‘bots. The gimmick hasn’t changed a bit: shooting … [Read more...] about Body-ballooning shooter Morphie’s Law is now out on PC
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Activision Blizzard pays its employees to use health-tracking software, reports the Washington Post. Since 2014, the studio known for Overwatch, Starcraft, and other classics has taken the time to compensate workers who use the Ovia pregnancy tracking app. Since this inclusion, the company has expanded to track mental health, diet, sleep, and more. Unsurprisingly, employees weren’t a fan of this tracking at first, according to Milt Ezzard, vice president of global benefits at Activision Blizzard. “Each time we introduced something, there was a bit of an outcry: ‘You’re prying into our lives,’” he says. “But we slowly increased the sensitivity of stuff, and eventually people understood it’s all voluntary, there’s no gun to your head, and we’re going to reward you if you choose to do it.” The “reward” Ezzard refers to is $1 gift cards every day, at least in the case of Ovia. This pregnancy … [Read more...] about Activision Blizzard rewards its employees for using health-tracking software
THE UK government is trying to crack down on social media giant Facebook after it was deemed ineffective in stopping harmful content and disinformation on the platform. But is Facebook regulated, and what is the company doing to protect personal data and tackle fake news? Is Facebook regulated? The social network is not currently regulated, but recently MPs have called for Facebook and other companies like Google to face a crackdown from a new watchdog. Powerful firms should help users spot fake news and "nudge people towards reading news of high quality", according to a new government report. It would mean Facebook and Google would have to "give more prominence to public interest news", to boost trust in the media and public engagement in politics. The Cairncross review, commissioned by Theresa May, is a wide-ranging report into the future of news in the UK. It says tech companies should be overseen by a news watchdog to create a "level playing field". This body could work … [Read more...] about Is Facebook regulated, how has it violated data privacy laws and how is it tackling fake news?
If the U.S Copyright Office pushes forward with a DMCA review, long-dormant online games such as Star Wars Galaxies and City of Heroes could return once again. The news, which comes via Digital Trends, is less-than-straightforward. In essence, a request from the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment to extend the exception revolving around museums, archives and libraries having access to abandoned online games to the general public may have wide-reaching ramifications for popular, now defunct MMOs. If the rule change comes into effect, a scenario could crop up where online games that have had their servers shut down would be able to return, Only archivists and not, say, any old player, would be able to run a server but the end goal still remains: to preserve these long-gone online games as they were intended to be played, surrounded by people in a thriving online space. The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment believes that the continuing, enormous popularity of online games is … [Read more...] about Star Wars Galaxies and City of Heroes Could Return if New Copyright Law Passes
Lawmakers in Hawaii have put forth a pair of bills that, if enacted, would limit the sale of video games with "gambling mechanisms" to minors and require that loot box odds be disclosed. The bills were introduced into Hawaii's legislature recently by Democrat Chris Lee, who you may remember was the politician who called out Star Wars: Battlefront II for being "predatory."The first bill is HB2686. It states that video game publishers have recently begun to use "predatory mechanisms" in their games that are "designed to exploit human psychology to compel players to keep spending money in the same way casino games are designed." It goes on to say that things like loot boxes--which are popular and prevalent in games today--are similar to slot machines because they let users pay money for a chance at winning something."One common variety of this type of predatory mechanism, known as a loot box, can present the same psychology, addictive, and financial risks as gambling," reads a line from … [Read more...] about If This New Video Game Loot Box Bill Becomes Law, It Could Shake Up The Industry