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2 months 2 weeks ago #47276 by Kazara
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Hawaii Rep. Chris Lee came to the attention of gamers a couple of weeks ago when he posted a video on YouTube calling out loot boxes, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 in particular, a game he described as "a Star Wars-themed online casino." In a new video that he put up today, Lee laid out a more detailed plan for curtailing "predatory gaming practices," and explained how people opposed to loot box mechanics can help make it happen.

The video lays out the basics of what Lee has in mind, which includes prohibiting the sale of videogames containing "gambling mechanisms" to anyone under the age of 21. That restriction would cover any situation in which players are purchasing a "percentage chance" to get an in-game item, rather than the item itself, and would apply not just to games sold at retail but also those available via digital distribution channels like Steam and GOG—a relevant point because ESRB ratings are not mandatory for digital storefronts.

Lee also expresses concern about game publishers who adjust the odds of various items dropping in loot boxes in order to take advantage of people who really want them. He acknowledges that his information is third-hand and unverified (and I've only ever heard of the opposite happening, in the form of "pity timers" that increase the odds of a good drop the longer a person goes without one), but nonetheless does a pretty good job of making it sound like an all-but-established fact.

"Once the algorithm identifies a player who's likely to keep spending money to buy that one 'unicorn thing' that they're after ... then they lower the odds and then you keep spending more," he says in the video. "It's absolutely unethical and unfair."

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2 months 2 weeks ago #47279 by Kazara
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Just last month, Hawaii’s state representatives started an investigation regarding predatory loot-boxes due to EA and DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront 2. Democratic State Representative Chris Lee was very vocal about the situation, and seems to take the matter serious enough to make a new video called “Time To Step Up”.

Posted not too long ago comes a video of Lee explaining that far more can be done than just “look into” a situation regarding predatory loot-boxes and microtransactions. The U.S. lawmaker also wants to ban minors gaining access to video games that feature “gambling mechanisms” sporting a “percentage chance” of getting an item using real money.

In other words, participants/buyers who want to play games featuring said content must be 21 years of age or older to do so.

Moreover, this ban wouldn’t play on physical copies of games but digital games, too. This means that games containing premium loot-boxes that are available digitally cannot be accessed by folks under 21, meaning that platforms such as Steam would have to cooperate with this bill.

The new video featured on Lee’s YouTube channel discussing predatory loot-boxes sits below for you to look over:



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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #47296 by Sikozye
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It's sad this cannot be self-regulated and that it has come to this, but this is completely necessary. I may not agree with the Congressman politically but I can definitely get behind on this.

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2 months 1 week ago #47306 by Kazara
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"I don't want the government in my games, but I really don't like pay to win games that you have already paid for "

"We have Established that the ESRB has no interest in stopping this from getting any worse and while I don't like the idea of government intervention the ESRB needs a kick in the balls to get them to do their job. Chris lee is right and in that regard I support his efforts because if this wasn't a major problem that kept getting swept under the rug then he and others like him wouldn't need to need to get involved."

"The ESRB already has a rating for gambling with real money. It's called Adults Only. Only in this rating are you allowed to simulate gambling with real money. The ESRB is disobeying their own rating laws for profit. Perhaps legislation should be implemented."

"EA is only part of a common enemy, i can say its "corporate greed","gambling","anti-consumer", the list of evil goes on. It comes as everyones duty to fight against this in all its forms, EA is not the only one that follows this disgusting practice."

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2 months 1 week ago #47309 by Temploiter
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It is gambling. It's hitting those same parts of the brain that get the hit from gambling. The studios know this. Games with this kind of gambling need to be 21 or over games. Yes, that will end most games on most platforms these days, but hopefully it will return us to the days of fewer, but better games.

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2 months 1 week ago #47310 by Kazara
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Lottery loot box gambling is the biggest money maker on games that utilize this mechanic. It also dominates in-game economies. The most desirable items, be it cosmetic or not, should be earned or crafted - - not gambled for.

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