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Loot Boxes are Cancer, and We’re Letting it Kill Gaming.

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I think I am partially to blame about this situation. Instead of reporting the problem when it first happened I decided to talk about other things. I briefly mentioned the Loot box problem when I made my post about Nintendo’s anti-consumer practice. And I got several amounts of backlash because “I was a Nintendo fanboy”, Completely missing the point I tried to get across.

Gamers, Loot Boxes are a huge problem that’s been allowed to happen by the gamers. From the very beginning, when Blizzard made this practice with Overwatch this shouldn’t have been allowed. Cosmetic or not, game-breaking or not, we allowed this cancer of gaming to devour us when it was a minor thing.

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Pride and the Downfall of Gaming as A Consumer-Friendly Environment

Here’s a problem I noticed with the gaming fanbase that’s pretty common with another fandom I am part of, bronies. Gamers are quite the Proud bunch, considering that they are looking for “Proof” that their investment is completely worth it all the time. This is one of the things that showed its ugly head during my PC vs. Console argument.

The major problem with this is that, more often than not, people defend these anti-consumer practices for that reason. Well, it’s that and siding with X company that can do no wrong at all.

Yes, guys. It’s okay to actually admit that your game has something wrong in it. Do we really need to say that our investment is worth the pain of having to endure these practices? I openly gush about Cuphead’s challenge, but I know that it’s not a game for everyone. Sometimes people tell me they dislike The World Ends With You because of the mechanics, and I admit, it’s a bit cumbersome.

I have seen droves of journalists and gamers alike defending Microtransactions, Loot Boxes and other unethical business practices. The various reasons for this are the fact that journalists don’t want to lose precious Review Copies of games. – Even though those games aren’t worth even paying attention to if you ask me – Or they simply want to side with their favorite gaming company.

But this is also something I see gamers do as well. In fact, gamers are like 80% of the reason why we have these mechanics. There are people who love to complain about these abusive methods. But they end up buying Loot Boxes anyways, which is completely hypocritical.

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The Reasons Loot Boxes Work, Companies Look for Whales and there are Plenty in the Sea.

People are defending games having microtransactions, pre-orders and other aspects of “Modern gaming”. Considering the fact that there are several aspects Loot Boxes aim to take advantage of, it’s not that surprising to see people who fall for this.

Impatience

I remember talking to a few of my teammates at TSR, for example. And some of them mentioned they were going to buy Loot Crates in Overwatch because of the Halloween event. Despite my attempts at convincing them to not do so, they said they were impatient. They just couldn’t wait by playing the game and had to buy these boxes to get the legendary skins they wanted.

This is an issue that happens because of a “Want it/Need it” mentality, people want to have those sparkly shiny things. And so, they are willing to sacrifice money, resources and other kinds of things to spend their money. And while the “People can do what they want with their money” argument is valid by all means. It’s also not fair to be exploited by this, because that’s what happens. The people who have the money are being exploited by their impatience.

Gambling elements that encourage to buy more to get less.

This applies mostly to the roulette kind of Loot Boxes that try really hard to sell you on. Loot boxes by themselves are an element that focuses on “Oh, you were so close to getting X element”. We’re seeing this happen in games like Rocket League and maybe Overwatch to that extent.

Considering that the “Just cosmetic” items are labeled things such as “Legendary”, “Epic”. “Rare” or such. It makes people give a value to a few colored pixels, but this is what hooks people in. And this is pretty much the reason why people defend these micro transactions with things like: “It’s my money, I do what I want with it.” Or “It’s just cosmetic man, you don’t have to buy it.”

They already bought it, they already felt the effects of gambling and only crave for more because of that sweet cosmetic. Or thing that they want, in the case of recent games. The stuff they want to earn to have that competitive edge. Loot Boxes evolved and only became worse as time went on. And the problem is, it will only get worse from here.

 

Conclusion: The Solution to the Problem was Always to Not Give Any Attention to This.

You may have noticed that I neglected to talk about games like Middle Earth: Shadow of War or Starwars: Battlefront II. The very reason why this is happening is because I know that the solution is to not give in and give the game the attention they want.

Both of the games are the prime examples of how badly the Loot Boxes problem has evolved. But what good will it be to buy/give attention to a game with said problem? Any press is good press in the eyes of these scumbags.

However, I’m aware that no matter what. People will still give in and buy microtransactions. It’s not a matter of “if”, just “when” in most cases. Considering the fact that games as a service has tripled the value of the industry. There’s no gaming crash that’s bound to happen. In fact, this just encourages things to get worse as we go on.

So, what is going to happen from now on? I’m not sure. Maybe gamers will actually learn how to spend their hard-earned cash. Or maybe these practices will get worse as Pretty Good Gaming mentioned when they addressed the issue. Something needs to be done, but it will take more than just a journalist and a few people to do it. On that note, can people stop blaming journalists for the shit gamers are causing? It’s like hearing liberals blaming Russia for everything all over again.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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The manager of Italy’s Euro 2024 team has clarified that his squad is not prohibited from playing the PS5

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In a development that is likely to delight console manufacturer Sony, the Italian national team seems to be caught up in a scandal involving PlayStation. Manager Luciano Spalletti has previously expressed his concerns about his players staying up late playing video games on their PS5s. This led to speculation that he may have implemented a ban on the gaming system during his squad’s Euro 2024 camp. However, when speaking to the media before the team’s upcoming match against Albania on Saturday, he made it clear that he is fine with his players relaxing with video games, as long as they don’t stay up too late playing.

“I have no qualms about any genre of games – we’ve set up a gaming room with two PlayStations,” he stated. It seems to be quite popular, and I’ve even tried it out myself. However, they have the ability to do so at the appropriate time of day. It is quite concerning that they are awake until such late hours of the night. It is important to prioritize a healthy sleep schedule. We must emphasize the importance of adopting a proper lifestyle while playing games. I never claimed that we couldn’t play PlayStation, which is both unfair and untrue. I mentioned that staying up until 3AM or 4AM is not something we can do – it’s a distinct situation.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, echoing his coach’s sentiments, revealed that the entire team finds pleasure in playing PS5, but only when it’s fitting. “After dinner, we spend time together in the games room, where we let loose and unwind. This has fostered a strong sense of camaraderie among us,” he observed. We share a few laughs and enjoy each other’s company for a couple of hours. There are absolutely no problems in that regard, the m

Italy’s disciplined gaming time seems to have paid off as they emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Albania in their opener on Saturday. This impressive performance puts them joint-top of Group B after just one game. They will have to bring their A-game for their upcoming match, as they are set to take on Spain, their fierce rivals, in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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