After all of the publicity I think we are aware of the risk and gain of magic bean boxes in games of any kind. If people want to waste their money on digital magic beans I am all for letting them do so. But, I would like a way of earning digital currency to buy my magic bean box in a game too. The impatient can spend cash, I can spend time, we both get what we want.
I should add a caveat that in competitive multi-player games there should be no way to pay to win. Skins and cosmetics are fine to hustle, but not equipment, xp, or other advantages.
I have first hand knowledge of Fifa and my own addiction to the microtransactions within.
There is more to it than just saying don't spend the money or the player is impatient.
There are documents in existence that show that EA has engaged in player manipulation to achieve the highest level of player retention.
Through manipulation of the gameplay itself through rebound mechanics, slider adjustments, and unfair ELO. And then to top it off every animation the happens within the pack opening themselves is specifically created to trigger certain reactions within the players brain.
I personally had to quit playing altogether because I can't control my need to feel those highs that happen when a big player is pulled and the feelings this game gives me. So I feel it's unfair to blame this on the player base at all when everything about this game is formulated in a way to hook us into spending money.
It is most definitely addictive and 100 percent gambling. And to me it feels exactly the same as when I play blackjack at the Casino. Neither I can play any longer or I would be bankrupt.
Some people may not be able to just quit cold turkey. Even myself, I had to get rid of any console I won't because the draw for me to play is way too strong. I tired many times.
I feel this is worst than crack because at least we know crack is bad. Drive around Downtown Eastside and you can see for yourself how bad it is and that gives you a reason not to even try. Video game loot boxes are much more sinister.
This took way too long. Kinder Surprise came with chocolate at least, regardless of the surprise inside. Loot-boxes in any game is a crazy gamble and this has to stop as there is a tremendous amount of money that is flowing in. This has to stop, create a price for an item or a proper linear reward system...
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