The Witcher 3 will audit you for abusing money exploits

Not long after The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came out, we posted about a number of exploits within the game world that allowed players to quickly bulk up their bank accounts by manipulating the markets. The first method involved slaughtering countless cows in the starting area of White Orchard for their valuable hides. The second, more elaborate method entailed running around the city of Novigrad to exchange currencies, buy pearls in one place and sell them for a higher price somewhere else, in classic, capitalist fashion.

These techniques worked swimmingly for a while, but the developer eventually caught on (in some part due to the popularity of posts like ours, I would imagine) and patched them out of the game in subsequent updates. The exchange rates and what merchants carried were adjusted to nullify the pearls exploit, while the cow hide problem was handled with the addition of a vicious Chort that would come to kill you if you spent too long tormenting cows.

With the release of its first major expansion, Hearts of Stone, developer CD Projekt Red has added a sly wink to those exploits in the form of an encounter with a tax collector. When running through the streets, Geralt might now be stopped by Walthemor Mitty, Deputy Tax Enumerator representing Revenue and Customs for Occupied Temeria. This bespectacled bureaucratic functionary then proceeds to essentially audit Geralt, pointing out the apparent disparity between his profession and the rapid rise of his personal wealth.

Mitty specifically grills Geralt on whether he has been taking part in “the wholesale trade of rawhide in the White Orchard area” and “the acquisition of bivalves with the express intention of selling the pearls therein.” YouTube channel WhatsMyGame, whose videos shared the money exploits in the first place, has posted a video of the exchange, which you can see above.

The whole scene is quite funny and self-aware. Also, is Walthemor Mitty an oblique literary reference to the protagonist of James Thurber’s classic short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? That’s marvelously nerdy if it is the case.


From PUBG to Apex Legends, this is how battle royale happened

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in Twitch streaming and eSports.

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

Make some room in your backlog. Here are all the games to look out for in 2019

2019 is already a huge year for video games, with a large number of series getting new installments, including some that have been dormant for years. Brand new franchises are also being created.
Product Review

4K and 144Hz? Yup, the Acer Predator XB3 will max out your gaming PC

The Predator XB3 isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you have a system that can push over 100 frames per second in 4K screen resolution, this monster of a monitor might be the perfect match for your overpowered gaming rig.
Product Review

The Division 2 brings the most fun we've ever had to Washington, D.C.

After 55 hours with The Division 2, it’s clear that Ubisoft has improved on the original in almost every way. The world is richly detailed, the story missions are wonderful, gunplay and enemy design are great, and the endgame content is…

How to sync and troubleshoot your PS4's DualShock 4 controllers

Sony's Bluetooth-enabled DualShock 4 controllers for PlayStation 4 are some of the best on the market, but connection issues aren't unheard of. Here's how to sync them to your console.

The Division 2 is another loot shooter with a dull story. Does it matter?

The Division 2 has a story to tell. It's not a good story. It's not told very well. But by-golly, The Division 2 is going to make you sit your ass down and listen whether you want to or not.

A new hope is lost as Disney dismisses rumors of a revival of Lucasfilm Games

According to job listings on the Disney website, the company has plans to revive Lucasfilm Games. This comes as a surprise following the shuttering of LucasArts in 2013 and could potentially mean more Star Wars games.

Last gen had some hits! Take a look at the best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.

Oculus shows off the Rift S, plans to phase out its original VR headset

Oculus plans to phase out its flagship Rift VR headset for its newly created Rift S. The Rift S made its debut this week at the 2019 Game Developers Conference and is expected to be released in spring 2019.

Hook up your Nintendo Switch with these deals on accessories right now on Amazon

The Nintendo Switch is a portable system with tons of accessories. The problem is, hooking it up doesn't come cheap. Every week, we look for the best deals on Nintendo Switch accessories on Amazon so you don't have to.

Epic Games is offering $100 million to game developers with no catch

Epic Games launched a new grant program called Epic MegaGrants. The program will dish out $100 million in funds to developers working in the 3D graphics community, even if they don't use Unreal Engine.