Nothing makes gamers laugh more than loot boxes or play-to-win scenarios from companies like EA. Unfortunately that is the business model for many companies that continue games with downloadable content or way to upscale your character. In The Lazy Geeks 342, we discuss how the gaming industry is trying to defend themselves against legislation that is attempting to block these sorts of practices.
Back in the day, there was no DLC content, loot boxes, or play-to-win situations. Publishers released a game, you played it, beat it, and you moved on. If you really had a problem with a game, you looked for cheat codes in magazines released by PlayStation, Microsoft, or Nintendo. Believe me, I used them a lot in Star Wars: Rebel Strike for the Nintendo Game Cube.
Now, publishers are using loot boxes or special purchase content that would give a person an unfair advantage to beat a game. Or, worse, create an environment that makes the game unbeatable without making a monetary purchase.
“That is what we look at as ‘surprise mechanics,'” EA Legal and Government Affairs VP Kerry Hopkins told the panel when asked about the ethics of loot boxes, according to Ars Technica. “It is important to look at this. If you go to—I don’t know what your version of Target is—a store that sells a lot of toys and you do a search for surprise toys, you will find that this is something people enjoy. They enjoy surprises. It is something that has been part of toys for years, whether it is Kinder eggs or Hatchimals or LOL Surprise!”
Hopkins went on to say that loot boxes are “quite ethical and fun [and] enjoyable to people… We think it is like many other products that people enjoy in a very healthy way. They like the element of surprise.
“The packs—the surprise that we talked about a little before—are fun for people,” Hopkins said. “They enjoy it. They like earning the packs, opening the packs, and building and trading the teams.”
We cover this topic and other major news stories of the past week. So, relax and give us your side of the debate on this week’s episode, The Lazy Geeks 342: It’s All Pay to Win.
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