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  • Common Attributes of Gambling and Video Games

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    Common Attributes of Gambling and Video Games

    Gaming is not what it used to be, an innocent and fun way to spend some spare time. Today, technology has evolved so much that games and the design of games have taken on a different approach and deliver a different experience. Entertainment companies that design titles today make use of behavioral psychologists to make sure that develop titles will lure players in and keep them playing.


    With every new release, there is evidence that titles are designed to exploit addictive...
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  • Video Game Loot Boxes - Another way to play?

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    Video Game Loot Boxes - Another way to play?


    Loot boxes have become the centre of controversy ever since they began appearing as a standard feature in many video games. They have been equated with what is on offer at casinos – casinolist.ca provides an excellent guide to the online gambling market in Canada and what is available – because they share characteristics of providing virtual games of chances, where the odds are stacked against the player in favour of the house. And they also appeal to the same psychological need for rew...
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  • EA Facing Lawsuit in Canada Over Loot Boxes

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    EA Facing Lawsuit in Canada Over Loot Boxes

    Two plaintiffs are seeking damages over "unlicensed, illegal gaming system."

    Electronic Arts is facing a class action lawsuit in Canada that concerns the implementation and use of loot boxes in over 60 titles. The lawsuit was filed in Canada on September 30 by two plaintiffs, Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore.

    The lawsuit was first discovered by The Patch Notes, an esports law blog. They break down the lawsuit in fairly simple terms for us. In short, the lawsuit...
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  • 2019's Biggest Dumpster Fires - An Abridged Version

    In late January 2020, I wrote up about some of the fantastic games that were released in 2019. It was a "game of the year" focused piece with...
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  • Call of Duty Ditches Season Pass, Paid Maps, and Loot Boxes

    Call of Duty Ditches Season Pass, Paid Maps, and Loot Boxes

    Activision adopting a new approach to monetization with Modern Warfare.

    When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on October 25, a new era of monetization for the franchise will also begin. Activision plans to change how they approach things like the in-game economy and real-money microtransactions.

    An official blog post by the publisher highlights some of these planned changes. In short, the current plan is to do away with things like Season Passes and paid DLC map packs....
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  • Apex Legends Devs Call Some Toxic Players 'Ass-hats' and 'Freeloaders'

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    Apex Legends Devs Call Some Toxic Players 'Ass-hats' and 'Freeloaders'

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    The Apex Legends subreddit has seen better days. Recently, developers Respawn Entertainment had to make some changes to how their Iron Crown Event cosmetic skins were sold after fans complained that it was absurd they were tied to RNG loot boxes. The team at Respawn announced some upcoming changes that will allow those that wanted the skins to buy them directly for $18 (USD).

    The Reddit thread announcing the changes also included an attempt at apologizing to...
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  • Respawn Updates Iron Crown Event Cosmetic Prices after Criticism

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    Respawn Updates Iron Crown Event Cosmetic Prices after Criticism

    Changes coming soon to event skins and pricing.

    Respawn Entertainment have announced plans to change how they are offering skins and other content for their currently ongoing Iron Crown Collection Event. Players weren't too thrilled about the price that Respawn was asking for the event specific RNG based loot boxes surprise mechanic boxes. The boxes, called Iron Crown Collection Packs, gave you a chance to get one of 24 different themed items.

    The boxes cost a fair bit...
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  • Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

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    Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

    This joint effort announced today by the ESA.

    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), yes that one, announced today that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will now have required policies that ensure the odds of loot boxes are known on their platforms. These odds will be shown on any and all paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platform.

    This comes straight from the ESA's chief counsel for tech policy during a workshop on loot boxes held by the Federal Trade Commission. ...
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  • EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

    EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate...
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  • U.S. Senator Proposes Bill to Ban Loot Boxes and Pay-to-Win Microtransactions

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    U.S. Senator Proposes Bill to Ban Loot Boxes and Pay-to-Win Microtransactions

    "Keep ur politics out of muh vidyagams!"

    Representative Josh Hawley announced a new bill that aims to ban loot boxes and pay-to-win (P2W) microtransactions in games that are "played by minors." The senator understands that it's a broad label but clarified that this will include games designed for kids under 18 and games "whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions."

    Sure, that is still a fairly broad umbrella...
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  • The Power of Loot Boxes in Games

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    The Power of Loot Boxes in Games

    Is it gambling like UK online casinos or is it gaming? Loot boxes have been used by developers for the last few years and are subject to many debates. There are some who think that this system allows games to be free, and there are some who claim, they make players accustomed to gambling. In any case, it seems we can continue to discuss loot boxes for a long while. In this article, we will take a close look at the topic and talk about how this mechanics affects games and players. For example, an...
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  • Much Ado About Loot Boxes

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    Much Ado About Loot Boxes

    Once again, the hot topic of video game loot boxes finds itself in the spotlight. This past week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced their plans to investigate loot boxes. They cite concerns over the potential impact of children. In response, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) doubled down on their stance that loot boxes can "enhance the experience." They claim that the loot boxes are not anywhere close to traditional gambling, which you can practice using ...
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  • EA Facing Criminal Investigation After Refusing to Stop Selling Loot Boxes in Belgium

    According to an article from Metrotime, and translated from Google, EA is under a criminal investigation after they refused to stop selling loot boxes in Belgium. See, that's kind of a big deal since Belgium declared that loot boxes are a form of gambling and therefore illegal...
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition Announced

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition Announced

    As usual, it pays to wait for some games. This time the wait paid off for those who held off on picking up Middle-earth: Shadow of War because a new Definitive Edition was announced today. As you may already figure, this release will include the base game plus all of the released DLC, updates, and improvements that have come to the game since its initial launch. Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition is planned to be released on August 28 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Not...
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  • Loot Boxes Getting Removed from Forza Motorsport 7, No Paid Tokens for Forza Horizon 4

    A big change is coming to Forza Motorsport 7. Studio head of Turn 10 Alan Hartman revealed that they are working to remove the loot box "prize crates" from Forza 7. He also notes that there will not be any paid tokens in either Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4. The problem here is that due to how integrated the loot box system is to the overall progression in Forza 7, it will take some time to remove them. That is to say, the removal won't take place until the Winter update for the gam...
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