Why does Toronto hate AirBNB?

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Today, city council voted in favor of placing restrictions on AirBNB short-term rentals, partly to make AirBNB legal, and partly to ease restrictions on an overcrowded and near capacity rental system in the city. Similar to how Toronto treated Uber, they’re giving AirBNB the same treatment.

But why? Why does Toronto hate AirBNB? Why do they hate Uber? Do we have some agenda against the sharing economy?

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Opinion piece: not all loot boxes are bad

Overwatch loot boxes

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There’s been a lot of hubbub over loot boxes, ever since Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s beta came out. Are they or are they not gambling? Are they or are they not predatory? Do they belong in any sort of game, or just free to play games? Should AAA titles have them at all? What about AAA titles that are single player only?

And before people assume, no, I am not employed in the games industry. I do not work for any developer, publisher, publication, marketing agency, or any business that operates in video games, or even in the entertainment industry.

These questions, and more, have been raised frequently over the past several weeks.

Why is it as big an issue as it is? Not all loot boxes are bad. While there’s certainly issues pertaining to loot boxes, mainly caused by EA and their complete lack of anything resembling competency, but it’s true: not all loot boxes are bad, and they’re not gambling. You’ll probably disagree with me — you will disagree with me — but it’s true. But let’s go back in time a little bit first.

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Observer review

Observer

Bloober Team has followed up their hit Layers of Fear with another hit, this time in the fantastically made, cyberpunk horror adventure Observer.

You are Daniel Lazarski, an observer for the Chiron corporation. An observer is one who can jack into people’s implants and experience what happen through them. You get information on your son, Adam, who has gone missing, and you head to an apartment building where he was last heard from. After your arrival, a lockdown suddenly occurs, which locks the entire building down. The vast majority of the game takes place in this apartment building, but rest assured you are not limited to just the apartment in your exploration.  Continue reading “Observer review”