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EA Calls its Loot Boxes “Surprise Mechanics” and Compares Them to Kinder Joy Eggs

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EA loot boxes are back in the spotlight after a senior executive at Electronic Arts told the United Kingdom’s Parliament that the company does not actually look at loot boxes as a bad thing, rather as “surprise mechanics”. EA claims its loot boxes are “quite ethical and quite fun. Enjoyable to people”. The conversation came …

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Five Ways Old-School Gaming Was Better Than The Modern Era

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Co-Editor at Glitched Africa
Wessel is Glitched Africa's Resident Afrikaans Guy (RAG) with a passion for all things esports, cats and gaming in general. Dota 2 addict, Dark Souls veteran and all around geek.
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Video games have been around for a very long time and I’ve been into gaming for well over two decades. Yes, I’m old and I just wish those darn kids could stop skating on my sidewalk, but I digress. Gaming has come a long way and there is a lot of things to love about …

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United States Senator Introduces Bill to Ban Loot Boxes and Pay-to-Win Microtransactions

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It has been a while since we have heard anything on the loot box front in the gaming industry. We thought it died down after the Star Wars: Battlefront II fiasco but it is now stronger than ever. Senator Josh Hawley yesterday announced a bill to ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions in games played …

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Study Finds Video Game Loot Boxes Linked to Gambling Addiction – Million UK Children Affected

Loot Box Gambling Addiction

Video game loot boxes are no stranger to controversy. The issues surrounding the mechanic has been in the press for a while now and every now and then the topic heats up. This time a new study proves that loot boxes do indeed have a link to gambling addiction as they could be used as …

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Valve Makes Important Changes to Dota 2’s Treasure Odds

Dota 2's Treasure Odds

Yesterday, Valve announced some very important changes for Dota 2’s treasure odds. It formed part of the Treasure Update that introduces the Treasure of the Carmine Cascade with shiny new item bundles for Ancient Apparition, Ember Spirit, Oracle, Batrider, Visage, Skywrath Mage, and Razor. The treasure also offers the chance to unlock a rare Earthshaker bundle, …

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Gambling Regulators Join Forces to Address Loot Box Controversy

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The video game loot box controversy has been under the spotlight now for almost a year. The discussion reached a tipping point in November 2017 when EA lost $3 billion in stock value because of the Battlefront 2 microtransaction debacle. As a result, we’ve seen many developers implement radical changes in their loot box policy. …

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