A Journey to Financial Independence through Video Games

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  1. Rawk
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    I do not like loot in a box.
    I do not like loot when it’s locked.
    I will not buy it in a house.
    I will not click it with my mouse.
    I do not like it here or there.
    I do not like it anywhere!

    …For real though, as someone typically not drawn to the kinds of games featuring boxed loot, there really hasn’t even been an opportunity for me to consider succumbing to the disease. I just know loot boxes and the Nintendo Switch’s interface aren’t (currently) very compatible. You almost always only visit the Nintendo eShop to download actual software, so a game like Rocket League transporting you all the way there for “loot keys” doesn’t make for a very subtle buying transition.

  2. Chris
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    Yeah I think these loot boxes are aimed at kids around the 10 to 15 mark, as most of them have their parents credit card details already placed inside their Next Gen Console or the game itself (I found out the hard way with my 13 year old son and Fortnight). 

    I can’t believe the odds you’ve published there – kids would be better off using fruit machines or blackjack to gamble with! 

    • Captain Murasa
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      Oh man, with the integration of credit cards into consoles (even with parental controls) it’s hard for parents to control the instant gratitude that loot boxes get! It’s ridiculous and the marketers are trying to reach for the smallest denominator possible!

      It’s hard to believe that fully grown adults also fall into this trap as well, but not even in a casino setting! Crazy, huh?

  3. Chrissie Spurgeon
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    This is a real shock to me! I had no idea that this could happen within games.

    We have a rule that no one evr spends money on games once they have originally bought them, and I would recommend any parent to remove any payment method from your children once they have the game. I know that they often want to buy things associated with the game, but that is just tough – they can’t!!

    But I certainly did not realise the amount that some people would pay just for a chance to get something, and I certainly would not want children gambling in this way. I also would agree with you that it is just not fair that people can pay to get an advantage in a game – what is the point in playing a game where you have no chance of winning against people who do that?

    Your information is invaluable, not just for parents but for everyone who wants to play a fair game and get enjoyment from it.

    Many thanks

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Captain Murasa
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      Yeah, I would highly recommend for parents to remove their credit information from any gaming platform they have in the house, including PCs and enforce a system about in-game purchases.

      I just found it really interesting, frightening and saddening that triple A publishers in America (it’s already really prevalent in Chinese and Japanese mobile markets, but not so much in console developers) are pushing these systems in their games.

      They are really out to get our money and most of the time they will happily cut out our enjoyment and fun as a result. 

  4. Sandra ehinomen
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    Thank you for this article, for this information on loot boxes,it was so funny on the reason you gave why you don’t like loot boxes, why you hate it, I have never done it before , is nice of you to write on it, to me this is like an awareness for any one who would want to go into it or are into it already . 

    • Captain Murasa
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      If you haven’t started, I hope you don’t. It’s like playing on a gambling application on your phone. It’s really addicting and you can’t stop. D:

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