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Video Games have a Loot Box Fetish, and it's Starting to Harm the Way we Play

This year, seven major titles which explicitly use loot boxes as part of their in-game economies: Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Injustice 2, Lawbreakers, Forza Motorsport 7, For Honor, and the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta. Let's not forget, too, that Destiny 2's Bright Engrams and FIFA 18's Card Packs are essentially the same gimmick wrapped up in passably different clothing. That's seven different genres, all strung up by a gambling-oriented system of microtransactions that, until a few years ago, was relegated to the realm of the free-to-play mobile market. So what's going on?

In short, it’s an inevitable evolution of a culture which has dominated the business of the AAA industry for years. After so many episodes of controversy surrounding overt pay-to-win mechanics and shamelessly overpriced microtransactions, the loot box is the publisher's way of dressing up monetisation in more palatable packaging.

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DJStotty97d ago

This is why i game by 1 rule :-

Free-to-play - i will spend real money on in game currency to support the creators if i like the game.

Cash purchase - I will not spend real money on in game boxes crates, whatever the game. If they want me to spend real money, make your game like the above, and stop milking consumers.

Perjoss97d ago

It's probably too late now but we can still try and vote with our wallets and pray this is just a phase, or at the very least doesn't get even worse.

Dlacy13g97d ago

well...I believe gamers are also to blame here as collectively we have taken to loot boxes like ducks to water. Gamers seem to embrace them regardless of how much we see people complaining about them. Companies would use this mechanic if gamers weren't buying into it. just my two cents.

EatCrow97d ago

Nope. Put the blame where it belongs. Those that support that kind of thing.

HyperMouse97d ago

Same as porn or poker machines addicts i guess, its all the johns and gamblers fault

gangsta_red97d ago

I have to say, I continue(d) to play Overwatch and Injustice 2 because I was collecting loot boxes just to see what I could get next.

There's something special about getting one new item randomly after getting 10,000,000,000 duplicates.

Emperor97d ago

Do you buy them with real money though ?

gangsta_red97d ago

No, I have never paid for those loot boxes in Injustice or Overwatch.

EatCrow97d ago

Yea but you need not pay. it doesnt affect your experience or somehow put you at a disadvantage if you dont pay for them.

Thats a big difference. In that regard earning lootboxes is like leveling up.

gangsta_red97d ago

Yea, I never meant otherwise. I was just commenting on my experiences with the lootbox craze

Emperor97d ago

Last night I watched two pretty long videos about this, one from TotalBiscuit and another from AngryJoe. I wish more people took a strong stance against this stuff.

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