Category: loot boxes

Star Wars: Battlefront II changes its loot box plans… but is it enough?

Star Wars: Battlefront II changes its loot box plans… but is it enough?

Enlarge / This shot is from Star Wars: Battlefront II's single-player mode. It's not yet clear whether or how much loot boxes will figure ...
Overwatch players want their dang parrot

Overwatch players want their dang parrot

The healing sniper Ana in Blizzard‘s class-based team shooter Overwatch got a new pirate-themed skin as part of this year’s Halloween event, but ...
Single-player is the vestigial limb of publishers that had to adapt or die

Single-player is the vestigial limb of publishers that had to adapt or die

At some point last century, someone at the U.S. Department of Defense plugged a network cable into a computer. Cut to a few decades later, and E ...
The British Parliament is examining the loot-box model in video games

The British Parliament is examining the loot-box model in video games

Loot boxes in video games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War are raising a debate about business models in the gaming commu ...
PC Shadow of War players cheat to get around loot box grind

PC Shadow of War players cheat to get around loot box grind

Enlarge / Note the "9999999" Mirian that allows for infinite loot box purchases. The presence of randomized "loot boxes" in games has ...
Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s PC players unlock unlimited loot boxes with cheat app

Middle-earth: Shadow of War’s PC players unlock unlimited loot boxes with cheat app

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of a handful of games that is attracting negative attention right now for offering players loot boxes they ca ...
Ratings board won’t classify loot boxes in video games as gambling

Ratings board won’t classify loot boxes in video games as gambling

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has refused to classify video game "loot boxes" as a form of gambling. The chance-based digital items have mas ...
Loot boxes in video games will soon get a review flag from OpenCritic

Loot boxes in video games will soon get a review flag from OpenCritic

In the week since I ranted about the increasingly poisonous practice of loot boxes appearing in retail-priced video games, more big-t ...
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