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The ESRB Doesn’t think Loot Boxes are Gambling

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The randomized element of the Loot Box system has been heavily criticized by many. Some concerned and angry parties even took to the ESRB to see their opinion on the matter. The Entertainment Software Rating Board, however doesn’t think this meets that qualification.

According to a recent post by Kotaku, the ESRB doesn’t think that Loot Boxes fit the role of a Gambling method. And the very reason why the organism holds this belief is rather baffling in and of itself.

“While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don’t want).” Said a ESRB Spokesperson.  “We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you’ll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you’ve had your eye on for a while. But other times you’ll end up with a pack of cards you already have.”

You’ve read this correctly, the ESRB wants us to downright lose things in order to classify this as gambling. Because why have the attempted murder when you can bring the weapon once it’s been stabbed into your body?

Alright, let’s look at this from an objective standpoint. The argument does make sense because while a lot of players feel like they leave empty-handed, it’s entirely subjective. Players who put money into the microtransactions receive various objects and maybe the thing they wanted.

However, even while the name of the game isn’t gambling, we can’t deny that this doesn’t have gambling elements. I talked about the reasons for the success of Loot Boxes and other aspects before. One of the points I made with the article is that the Loot Boxes use a “Want it/Need it” aspect.

Not only that, but Loot Boxes are playing on the same exact psychological appeals that gambling does. I get it, you don’t exactly “Lose” your money, but does it mean this system doesn’t exploit whales? I mean, it obviously preys on them the same way real gambling does.

Now, before someone completely misunderstands my point in regards to microtransactions and such. I never believed that these can’t co-exist with the games we play, however, they must be regulated more. But even then that requires actual government input, and the ESRB isn’t a government entity. The most they can do is classify the games as “AO+” or Adults Only.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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