September 20, 2018
When will we know peace from this evil?
Loot boxes and other types of Jew gambling are a plague upon this world. Even beyond the gambling aspect, they cripple the gameplay balance of all the games that employ them, and lock away most of the content behind a paywall.
Yet, these horrible video game publishers insist that due to the “rising costs” of development, they have no choice but to create these new, shitty monetization methods, otherwise they’d go bankrupt.
Of course, this is complete bullshit.
Games don’t have to cost $200 million to make. Many great, highly popular games were made by just a few people in their spare time. Big publishers choose to spend millions on things like motion capture, Hollywood actors and custom technology.
If they really had problems making back their money, they could cut the development budgets dramatically and still produce games at close to the same quality.
For example, Dark Souls is one of the best games ever made, and yet managed to get by with a relatively small budget.
So make no mistake, Jew loot boxes are just a naked cash grab designed to exploit the human weakness towards addictive behaviors.
It’s about time they’re made illegal.
Thus far, the fight to regulate video game loot boxes has been a piecemeal effort moving forward in very different ways in different jurisdictions. Today, though, an international group of regulators from 15 European regulation bodies and Washington state in the US signed a declaration stating their increasing concern “with the risks being posed by the blurring of lines between gambling and other forms of digital entertainment such as video gaming.”
I guess the Eurocucks are useful for something after all.
The actual European socialists are putting an end to European-style socialist’s schemes?
Hey, I’ll take what I can get out of these people.
The declaration identifies four specific areas of concern:
Skin betting—Third-party sites that allow users to wager money or in-game items for a chance at earning better items. Valve has already faced pushback from Washington State regulators for Steam’s role in “facilitating” such skin-gambling schemes.
Loot boxes—In-game purchases that offer randomized rewards. Some loot boxes have already been ruled as illegal in the Netherlands and Belgium, and there have been some attempts to do the same from some US lawmakers.
Social casino gambling—Apps like Big Fish Casino in which users can optionally spend money on virtual gambling chips if they don’t feel like waiting for the in-game currency to replenish. A US District court ruled Big Fish Casino constituted illegal gambling earlier this year, and there are multiple active lawsuits surrounding other such games.
“The use of gambling themed content within video games available to children.”—In addition to the above, this would seemingly apply to games with poker or slot-machine-style minigames (or, uh, Casino Kid for the NES).
So basically, all of the dirty tricks that the AAA publishers have cooked up over the years are being targeted for a hypothetical future ban.
Maybe once all this crap is outlawed, we can start to get good games published again?
“Unlock the ability to jump by buying loot boxes until you get the jump card!” No thanks.
The declaration says that the types of games and services listed above have “similar characteristics to those that led our respective legal frameworks and authorities to provide for the regulation of online gambling.” But the signatories don’t commit to any specific actions against such games for now, beyond “working together to thoroughly analyze the characteristics of video games and social gaming.” The declaration also notes that there are different frameworks for gambling regulation in different countries.
So they ain’t doin’ nuffin’. For now.
At least, things are heading in the right direction, and the heat is being turned up on these horrible companies. I mean, Belgium recently banned loot boxes, yet EA is ignoring the law completely and continuing business as usual, setting themselves up for a lawsuit.
Basically, they’re making so much money with this gambling crap that they don’t care if they have to pay a few million dollars in fines or if they’re forced to stop operating in a few countries.
It’s just like pharmaceutical companies who continue releasing pills that kill people. It’s more profitable to sell them and then pay a fraction of their profits in fines, than to keep their business clean.
We just need a law that dictates the death penalty for loot-boxes related offenses and things will be solved right up. That’s the only way we’ll get decent vidya being produced again.