Samsung may be working on a Star Wars-themed Galaxy Note8

Samsung has done superhero-themed phones but with the Galaxy Note8 it may branch out into space opera. The BB-8 bot had a cameo in promo materials focused on upcoming upgrades to the Bixby AI assistant. Before you get too excited, the phone does not seem modified in any way. No Batman logo, no Avengers color schemes. At best it looks like a theme. Last week we heard about another Star Wars-themed phone – a OnePlus 5T. Seems like a popular choice, though we suppose both of these will wait for the premiere of The Last Jedi (December 15), if these devices exist at all. Still,…

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Belgium moves to ban ‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’-style loot boxes

We learned last week that Belgium's gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language pub…
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Netflix to produce TV series with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan

Last year, Netflix signed an exclusive deal with Red Chillies Entertainment, the production company of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan. Now, Netflix has announced a new TV series called Bard of Blood in partnership with Khan's company. Khan will be…
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EA reverses course on Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy

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.

Fans revolted, however, after widely circulated posts on Reddit and elsewhere that suggested the game was balanced in a way that it could take dozens of hours to unlock iconic characters like Luke Skywalker without paying. There were also concerns that the gameplay-influencing items inside loot crates would…

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EA pulls in-game purchases from ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’

The launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II has been marred by controversy over the game's loot system. While players can earn bonuses like new heroes, equipment and vehicles by playing, they could also buy them quickly with microtransactions. Predictabl…
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