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Loot Boxes Are Designed To Exploit Us

The influx of randomized loot boxes into games like Shadow of War and Star Wars Battlefront II has kicked off a discussion about their inclusion in games. Discussions of multiplayer imbalance and blocked off game content ignore an important truth: loot boxes are an ethical problem. They exist largely to exploit…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Loot Boxes Are Designed To Exploit Us

The influx of randomized loot boxes into games like Shadow of War and Star Wars Battlefront II has kicked off a discussion about their inclusion in games. Discussions of multiplayer imbalance and blocked off game content ignore an important truth: loot boxes are an ethical problem. They exist largely to exploit…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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EA has clarified in a blog post that the most powerful items in Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot cra

EA has clarified in a blog post that the most powerful items in Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot crate based “star card” system will only be earned through in game achievements. Still, I’ve got a bad feeling about this…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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ESRB Says It Doesn’t See ‘Loot Boxes’ As Gambling

Over the past few weeks, as randomized loot boxes have dominated the conversation surrounding this fall’s video games, there have been calls for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to classify them as gambling in its back-of-the-box ratings. But the ESRB says that’s not going to happen—because according to…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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What You Need To Know About Shadow of War’s Controversial Loot Boxes 

Ever since reviews of Shadow of War hit, talk of loot boxes and microtransactions have been heavy with panic and rife with misinformation. Are the best orcs behind a paywall? Is the design of the game predatory enough that it’s going to make people feel pressured to drop extra cash on a $60 game? And […]

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