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Welcome to another weekly news round up. We've seen alien invasions, a few fun controversies, and footage that may have ruined Toy Story for us forever. Let's get to it.

GTA's new Casino update is unavailable in more than 50 countries (opens in new tab)

Games continue to run afoul of differing regional approaches to gambling rules. Regulators are still making their minds up about loot box (opens in new tab) mechanics, but the combination of real money purchases and familiar casino games in this update seems to have gone against Rockstar in this case.

China's anti-addiction regulations put American game developers in an awkward moral situation (opens in new tab)

Steven continues to investigate the state of game publishing in China.

Every Cyberpunk 2077 player gets exactly the same in-game content (opens in new tab)

In a world of platform-exclusive items and levels, this is welcome.

Team Fortress 2's hat economy has crashed. Whoops! (opens in new tab)

Rare items are flooding the market. Expect a fix of some sort soon.

Aliens have invaded ARMA 3 (opens in new tab)

First EVE Online, now this.

Woody has been studying the blade with help from this Sekiro mod. (opens in new tab)

A Total War community manager ends his final stream by calling a YouTuber a 'dickhead' (opens in new tab)

A mic-drop moment from a now-former Creative Assembly employee, which has since apologised for his comments.

The enormous JRPG Disgea is free this weekend (opens in new tab)

Bet you can't complete it before Monday.

A new Yakuza game will be announced next month (opens in new tab)

UK editor in chief Phil Savage will be a very happy man.

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SunhiLegend does the best gifs and tweets. Related: Hit Box Porn (opens in new tab) is the best part of gaming Reddit.

Around the office

Andy has been reveling in the nostalgia of old magazines and the games ads that used to appear in them. Does anyone know what on Earth this is?

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Meanwhile, Steven has been dropping scorching Final Fantasy 14 hot takes. His enthusiasm for the game makes me desperately want to play it, but on the other hand, I only have so many hours of precious life left.

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And Evan has been successfully syncing up with randoms in the still-excellent Apex Legends.

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Finally, we wave farewell to Samuel Roberts, our UK editor in chief who is catching a train to a new job. I got an email from Sam from his work address about a work thing a day after he had supposedly left the job. This is a very Samuel thing to happen. Happy trails good pal.

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That's all, folks. Have a great weekend and may your latency be low, and loot drops all be legendary.

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Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.