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Charged Shot Gamescast Episode 40: Lootbait

This week Thomas creates a new term called lootbait, Justin is getting ready for life, Ben gushes over waifu warriors and Lo keeps playing Fortnite. Also, Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas movie.

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UK Government Investigating Lootboxes

Thanks to a law in the UK the government is in need to respond to a petition on that has over 10K signatures.  

Activision Files Patent for Microtransaction-Minded Matchmaking

Described as "a system and method [...] that drives microtransactions in multiplayer video games," the patent outlines a system in which players are matched together in such a way that it encourages the purchase of in-game content

For example, this encourages matching good players or players with more weapons unlocked, with bad players to encourage bad players to spend extra to unlock certain items ahead of intention. 

Activision has reached out to IGN saying that they have filed this as an exploratory patent and has not been implemented in-game.

David Ballard Sexually Harassed Filed Complaint Then Fired After

David Ballard wrote out on Twitter participating in the #MeToo movement sharing his experience with sexual harassment.  

“In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead,” Ballard wrote. “My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. In February 2016 I had a mental breakdown at work & Sony Playstation HR became involved. When I told them about the harassment they ended the call and fired me the next day. They cited the company was moving in a different direction and my job was no longer needed. They tried to silence me by offering $20,000 if I signed a letter agreeing to the termination as well as to not discuss it with anyone. I declined to sign. I have been unemployed for 17 months since.”

Naughty Dog and Sony sent out a joint statement wrote out a statement saying that harassment have no place within their company and do not have a record of the complaint.

Nintendo Switch Update

Latest update allows Switch users to transfer saved games and user account data from one Switch to another.

Nintendo Switch Video Capture

Can capture 30-seconds on Zelda Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2.

Pokemon Go Gen 3 Pokemon and Halloween Event

Detective Pikachu Movie News

Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are rumoured to be among the top choices.

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