Loot Boxes REPORTED to Government

Game News: Loot Boxes REPORTED to Government

Loot boxes are the hot topic in gaming right now, and one country's government might be tackling them head on. It looks like one parliament member of the UK has submitted an inquiry about loot boxes to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Will the government step in?

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  • sapy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sapy

    1 month ago

    I feel games like CS:GO or PUBG have lootboxs to keep down cost and develop a community but games like FIFA and COD are just cash grabing and i have to say i much prefered CODs were camos were unlocked by game progression rather than COD points or Camo/ skins that can be bought with real money. Shadow of War includes a interesting mechanic with lootboxes but it just makes the game easier and i suggest you pay the lowest amount for the game (Not Gold) because the game does'nt need them. Full priced developed games should not have loot boxes and can take away from the game, it does with COD and Shadow of War. But CS:GO for example would be less of an experience without them, however CS:GO does have an ecomemy and community around lootboxs.

  • eight_angry_nuns FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    when did gamers become such bitches? you don't like loot boxes, don't buy the fucking loot boxes

  • brian192168 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I mean the items you get from the lootboxes arnt tradeable so they really have no value, some games they do however(csgo)and you can infact sell items for real $$$ if you insist(csgo) but not all game support that feature, just seems like a way to spend some money and get a bigger payoff if your lucky enough

  • Cisco628 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    At the end of the day, it's people's willingness to buy these loot boxes that make them a thing. If no one buys it, they will go away. But players *are* buying the loot boxes, so companies keep adding more and more things for them to buy. 

    • Jrex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gus Sponsor

      1 month ago

      it's basic chicken or egg capitalism and your saying its the chickens fault...

      now for just 25 cents more i'll give you an upgraded comment! 

    • Jrex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gus Sponsor

      1 month ago

      *25 cent upgrade accepted!*

      At the end of the day, it's people's willingness to buy COCAINE that make it a thing. If no one buys it, the narcos will go away. But people *are* buying coke, so the narcos keep adding more and more ways for them to buy. 

  • Shmittles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    hmm... I dislike lootboxes quite a bit, but I'm not convinced this is the best way to "combat" them (which I assume is a lot of people's mentality behind this). Fully catagorizing them as gambling and subsequently getting the government involved would set a precedent that could have a lot of over-reaching effects into other aspects of gaming (ie, anything involving RNG) going forward, or worse, retroactively.

    • RiverRunning

      1 month ago

      The point is that there are ways to make loot boxes exist when they are not gambling and the primary intention behind a lot of people's support of these types of move is to bring attention to the fact that (information-wise) loot boxes are worse than gambling... it's not even clear if there are set odds behind some of these loot boxes never mind what those odds might be... especially for the rarer loot - that's just unreasonable and crosses a lot of trading standards laws apart from anything else - whether they are gambling is a legitimate question but I think that a lot of them will not considered to be so unless they are something akin to how the CS:GO stuff used to work... as long as you can't trade things back for real world money then it's unlikely governments will go so far as to call it gambling (or else every pinball game and gambling game on a computer would count... even the slot machines in games like Bioshock that would be a pretty crazy reach...

  • RWBimbie Keeper of Poems

    1 month ago

    Pay a dollar to spin the wheel-

    Seven spots say PENNY, two spots says $1, and one spot says $5.


    Game devs say thats not gambling because you always win something.

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold doesn't get breaks.

    1 month ago

    Change to a subscription service for the distributors' games. Periodic loot boxes (or in-game credits for them) and included DLCs for subscribers and just the base game and paid DLCs for non-subscribers.


    They say (paraphrased), "The game can be enjoyed without loot boxes. We tested this with all loot box features turned off. That's what we balanced it with." ...then you have no idea how the loot boxes affect the balance. That's called "logic".


    Tell me then, distributors, did you intend to "balance" a game so much that it would be enjoyed so much more to mindlessly grind an endgame without loot boxes? To us, it looks like you engineered the game to be unenjoyable without loot boxes.


    They can put whatever coat of paint that they want on it, but it's milking players for money. As much as players are going to buy into it, we still know what it really is. Their attempts to reinterpret this thing is actually insulting. I think that's the part that's getting everyone all riled up - the wordplay and stretching the truth as if players are that stupid.


    When PR treats people like they're stupid, bad things happen. (Mass Effect 3 original release - Worse yet is that it wasn't PR in that case but devs and others going around the actual PR folks and essentially calling the audience uncouth and just not understanding "art", leaving the PR folks to face the blowback from that kind of treatment. It went very poorly. I think the PR people would have been able to contain the situation a lot better without the meddling of those who don't understand PR.)