Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")

Anything to do with games at all.
User avatar
Monkey Man
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Monkey Man » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:59 pm

The UK Government wants your thoughts on loot boxes

You may remember that back in June, the UK Government announced it would launch a call for evidence on loot boxes in response to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. Well, that's launching today - and is now open for submissions.

Announced via the UK Government website, the call for evidence seeks "the experiences of players and their parents or guardians as well as rigorous, high quality data and research from video games companies, academia, civil society as well as any other organisations with an interest in this issue." That means both players and game organisations can have a say on loot boxes - so if you want to write in through the player survey or feedback form, you can find the information on this page. You'll have until 22nd November to get all your thoughts down, as this is when submissions close.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020 ... loot-boxes

UK Gov PR - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gove ... loot-boxes
Player survey or feedback form - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultat ... r-evidence

Image
User avatar
imbusydoctorwho
Member
Joined in 2018

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by imbusydoctorwho » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:18 pm

I think the main issues with loot boxes and microtransactions is the stupidly high price some of the packs are, a good example is Avengers with packs priced upwards of £80.
The prices need to be capped imo.

Image
User avatar
Drumstick
Member ♥
Joined in 2008
AKA: Vampbuster

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Drumstick » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:28 pm

I'd say the main issue with them is that they are massively exploitative.

One man should not have this much power in this game. Luckily I'm not an ordinary man.
Image Image
"economically unviable"
-Oblomov Boblomov
User avatar
Balladeer
Member
Joined in 2018
Location: Lord's

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Balladeer » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:33 pm

Ridiculous though they are, I can't help feeling that the government should have other priorities right now.

User avatar
OrangeRKN
SONM & Cake Sec.
SONM & Cake Sec.
Joined in 2015
Location: Reading, UK
Contact:

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by OrangeRKN » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:35 pm

The government can (and indeed must) do multiple things at a time so it's ok

Image
Image
orkn.uk - @OrangeRakoon - Top 5 Games of 2020 - SW-6533-2461-3235
User avatar
Tomous
Member
Joined in 2010
AKA: Vampbuster

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Tomous » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:37 pm

Balladeer wrote:Ridiculous though they are, I can't help feeling that the government should have other priorities right now.



I don't think they've put covid on hold to sort lootboxes out don't worry :lol:

Image
User avatar
Balladeer
Member
Joined in 2018
Location: Lord's

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Balladeer » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:44 pm

OrangeRKN wrote:The government can (and indeed must) do multiple things at a time so it's ok

...this government though?

User avatar
Karl_
Dr. Nyaaa~!
Dr. Nyaaa~!
Joined in 2008

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Karl_ » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:53 pm

These consultations take ages for them to go through to be fair, so it's probably for the best they make a start.

I'll be filling it in and telling them I think games aimed at children shouldn't have monetised, psychologically addictive elements in them.

User avatar
The Watching Artist
Scrub
Joined in 2008

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by The Watching Artist » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:25 pm

Can I just link them to a Jim Sterling vid?

Image
User avatar
OrangeRKN
SONM & Cake Sec.
SONM & Cake Sec.
Joined in 2015
Location: Reading, UK
Contact:

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by OrangeRKN » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:34 pm

Only if you want them to allow loot boxes on principle

Image
Image
orkn.uk - @OrangeRakoon - Top 5 Games of 2020 - SW-6533-2461-3235
User avatar
Knoyleo
Member
Joined in 2008

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Knoyleo » Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:34 pm

Karl_ wrote:These consultations take ages for them to go through to be fair, so it's probably for the best they make a start.

I'll be filling it in and telling them I think games aimed at children shouldn't have monetised, psychologically addictive elements in them.

Then when they come back with a definitive answer, they discard it because the results were skewed by people voting in favour of the side they support.

pjbetman wrote:That's the stupidest thing ive ever read on here i think.
User avatar
LewisD
#grcadesangle
Joined in 2008
AKA: L3wisD
Location: Reading, Berkshire
Contact:

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by LewisD » Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:59 pm

EA under fire for promoting FIFA loot boxes in toy catalogue.

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/ ... -catalogue

the publication in question is the latest in-store magazine from UK retailer Smyths Toys, which featured an advertisement for FIFA 21 centred around the Ultimate Team mode.

The ad listed the four steps of playing Ultimate Team, with step two being "Use FIFA Points to open packs."


Image

User avatar
Tomous
Member
Joined in 2010
AKA: Vampbuster

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Tomous » Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:01 pm

EA are literally promoting gambling to children.

Quicker this gets regulated the better.

Image
User avatar
Drumstick
Member ♥
Joined in 2008
AKA: Vampbuster

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Drumstick » Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:42 pm

Not looking to white knight EA here, but shouldn't Smyths be taking some responsibility if it's their on in-house catalogue?

One man should not have this much power in this game. Luckily I'm not an ordinary man.
Image Image
"economically unviable"
-Oblomov Boblomov
User avatar
JT986M2
Member
Joined in 2020
Location: Scotland

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by JT986M2 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:02 pm

Drumstick wrote:Not looking to white knight EA here, but shouldn't Smyths be taking some responsibility if it's their on in-house catalogue?


I think most retailers just set aside space for adverts in their publications, and then the client provides the advert itself. Granted Smyths should have at least proof-read it - or contacted EA with any concerns - but I think it falls back to EA here. I suspect whoever was proofing the ads for Smyths isn't necessarily into games so they wouldn't know the specifics of obtaining Fifa fun-bucks.

Bit of blame on both sides, but mostly with EA.

User avatar
jawa
Member
Joined in 2020

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by jawa » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:04 am

So 2K added unskippable advert videos into NBA 2K21 a month after it launched (i.e. after reviews had been published) and fans of the game were angry about it... and now 2K has said that this was a mistake.

twitter.com/NBA2K/status/1318618431848026112



Sounds like they'll be removed (or made skippable?) for pre-game but maybe left in for post-game. I love how 2K's tweet mentions adverts appearing in their games almost as if it's nothing to do with them; as if the ads appeared by themselves and 2K are fighting on behalf of players to limit how and when they appear :lol: .

User avatar
Balladeer
Member
Joined in 2018
Location: Lord's

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Balladeer » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:07 am

You have to laugh. ‘How did those adverts get into these parts of this game that we put out and are responsible for?’

User avatar
Drumstick
Member ♥
Joined in 2008
AKA: Vampbuster

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Drumstick » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:14 am

As always: strawberry float 2K.

One man should not have this much power in this game. Luckily I'm not an ordinary man.
Image Image
"economically unviable"
-Oblomov Boblomov
User avatar
Moggy
"Special"
Joined in 2008
AKA: Moggy

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Moggy » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:03 pm

Who could have guessed that people would find unskippable adverts annoying?

Image
User avatar
Met
Member
Joined in 2015

PostRe: Paid content in videogames (DLC, season passes, micro transactions, loot boxes, "surprise mechanics")
by Met » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:20 pm

"But it's part of the experience, it makes it more accurate to the sports"
~Actual people actually defending this


Return to “Games”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 129 guests