Report suggests restricting sale of games containing loot boxes to players of legal gambling age.
Australia is now in the fight. Watch out EA
Australian investigation? Or Laymen Gaming?
I love how people do mental backflips to try to make their arguments valid. Well it’s not gambling, but it is psychologically akin! Minors can watch r-rates movies with parents permission, minors can buy m rated games with parents permission. Stop trying to be the parent, governments. You can’t even do your own job right, we don’t need you taking on extracurricular activities to virtue signal with your worthless solutions.
They did a study to see if they needed to make it illegal. Seems prudent given the discussion behind if loot boxes are gambling. The report itself says that it has the same effects as gambling, and suggests that they be restricted, but the government itself hasn't acted on it yet. However, based on what I've seen of Australia's government, it probably will be restricted, because they seem to be a pretty big nanny state that thinks it needs to protect its citizens from practically everything.
I agree but it’s not not just them though. I was speaking on the topic in general. Even US tried to do this and failed miserably. I gamble, I love gambling. Lootboxing isn’t gambling and doesn’t have the same effects. The people who made that study probably don’t gamble or play video games.
Ugh its a study so they took a sample of gamblers...you yourself are not a strong enough sample size to make a statement alone. They found it does have the same effects and have the data to back their claims up. You do know what dopamine is right?
Polling isn’t evidence and a study doesn’t make claims factual. Comparing the similarities between 2 things doesn’t make them the same thing. I gamble and I would never buy a lootbox. It’s not the same thing, not even close. I have looked at many government “evidence and studies” and I find most if not all of them reaching. The only people who would call it gambling are people who don’t understand gambling regulation. The overly simplified “you’re paying on a game of chance for a random prize” can be compared to many other things first besides blackjack or a slot machine but nobody cares about those because it doesn’t push their weak agenda. It aesthetically looks like a slot machine so it’s “psychologically akin”? That’s pseudo garbage and I’m not buying it.
Protect the children!!!
I'm usually an advocate of the free-market, but this might be an example of regulation actually being better in the long run for consumers. To be honest, I think the people buying these things are the epitome of "a fool and their money are soon parted", but it's evidently having an impact on the quality of games for us rational customers too. For example, I am dreading to see what Rockstar are doing to monetise RDR Online because idiots were tripping over each other to buy shark cards in GTA Online.
How absolutely stupid. What’s next? Claw machines and arcades asking for ID? As it’s “psychologically akin to gambling” in the same way. Bubblegum machines because you may not get your favorite flavor or even a flavor you want? No more sticker machines either as there’s only a chance you’ll get the one you want and there’s zero way to know which one you’re going to get.
Exactly lol. Claw machines technically are gambling by their standard because there is very good chance that you’re not getting shit unlike loot boxes that guarantee a win. Or even those coin drop machines, betting on the chance to win monetary prize. That is gambling, legally, and I want to see what fascist takes those machines to court “for the kids”. That’s what I mean by people reaching out of pure hatred of the practice. Talking about dopamine like that’s chemical proof that your kid is a heroin addict for lootboxes. Your dopamine spikes when exercising, is that gambling? Is having sex gambling? Is eating a good steak gambling? Playing the game itself? Watching your favorite sports team? I guess that could be if you were betting on it but the act itself is not gambling. And everyone has different levels so there is no blanket answer, some people have more addictive personalities, some can quit on a dime. That says nothing about the practice itself. “They are preying on those people” oh sorry let me stop my business for you lmao. Such a tiring blowhard movement. As far as the kids, maybe they aren’t gambling junkies with elevated dopamine, maybe they are just little shits that have never worked a day in their life and don’t know the value of their actions. Maybe they are spending their hard earned money on games instead of drugs. Either way, it’s up to the parents to regulate that. Government in games is never a good thing, even if your hatred for a practice blocks that reality.
Oh my god Australia getting it right? I picked the right country to live in.
Look at this point just cut them out or have them be available with in-game currency. This is just getting ridiculous now!
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