JungleDrums: Ep 39 – Last-minute Reversal by EA

    This Week on JungleDrums:

    Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s gaming and tech news! The Gambling Authority in Belgium takes a closer look at loot crates, EA is a hot topic, Destiny 2 prepares for their first DLC, and more!


    • EA isn’t only getting a lot of flak over Battlefront II‘s loot crates, it’s also under investigation from Belgium’s gambling authority. According to VTM Nieuws, the country’s gaming commission is in the midst of taking a closer look at both Battlefront II and Overwatch, since add-on boxes that have to be purchased before you can see what’s inside might constitute gambling. As Commission chairman Peter Naessens points out, random loot boxes are a game of chance.


    • In an unprecedented last-minute reversal, EA has drastically altered Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s controversial loot box system by temporarily removing the ability to purchase “crystals.” The game was previously designed so that players could spend real money on crystals to buy randomized bundles of in-game items, the acquisition of which was tied to earning credits — another virtual currency that could be used to unlock characters.



    • Disney has announced that free-to-play Marvel Heroes is shutting down. Developed by Gazillion Entertainment, the Diablo-esque action-RPG first launched on PC back in 2013, and arrived on PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year under the somewhat streamlined guise of Marvel Heroes Omega. Marvel Heroes‘ community and social media channels have been conspicuously silent since mid-October, a fact that hadn’t gone unnoticed by concerned players


    • In January, Portal designer Kim Swift joined EA Motive—the Jade Raymond-headed Electronic Arts studio founded in 2015. The developer is thought to be working on an untitled Star Wars game—now without the help of the ill-fated Visceral Games—and another as-yet unannounced project.


    • Bungie shared lots of new information on the Curse of Osiris DLC, the first one due to hit Destiny 2, in an official livestream showcase which we’ve embedded below, in case you’re interested in watching it all. Otherwise, here’s an official recap provided by Activision to the press. The DLC is part of the Season Pass and will be available on all platforms on December 5th.


    • After years of predictable roadmaps and often iterative bumps in existing technology, the last 12 months has seen some radical jumps in the capabilities of PC hardware – but few could have predicted yesterday’s announcement that Intel and AMD would join forces to take on Nvidia in the laptop space. A new range of Kaby Lake G processors are set to ship in the coming months, combining an Intel Core i7 processor with a semi-custom Radeon GPU and a stack of HBM2 memory. So why has this collaboration come about and what does it mean for the gamer?


    About JungleDrums:

    JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.

    AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the '80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, he holds Masters of Science in Advanced Internetwork Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Cyber Security and Networks from Glasgow Caledonian University. As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much 'quieter' life these days as a College Lecturer.


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