Ever since Overwatch skyrocketed to popularity we’ve seen a massive increase in the number of video games that include loot boxes. This trend made mainstream news thanks to the catastrophically poor reception of Star Wars Battlefront II, prompting politicians to consider regulatory legislation. The government likely won’t give loot boxes the permanent boot, but many fans are. When you hear an upcoming game features loot boxes, is it a deal-breaker for you?
For me, it all depends on how they’re implemented. If loot boxes give you items that aid your in-game progress, I start to take issue. If loot boxes give you items that give you an upper hand in multiplayer competition, I’m out. Games that restrict loot boxes to cosmetic options are less of a problem, but they don’t necessarily get a free pass. The fact that games like Overwatch have you spending real money to get in-game items you might already have is obnoxious to me, even if you do get some currency for it. I’d also like to see more developers disclose the full odds of obtaining any item, so players understand the gamble they’re taking.
Where do you draw the line, if at all, when it comes to loot boxes? Sound off in the comments below!