The only people who like loot boxes in video games are the handful of folks making money off of them. An unfortunate side effect of our constantly connected culture, video games can now generate an endless amount of bonus cash for the maker after the game itself has been bought, by selling players mystery boxes filled with content they must purchase the box to see.
The boldness of AAA gaming companies in stuffing their big titles with in-game purchases has become extreme. Most recently, Konami decided to sell extra character save slots in Metal Gear Survive for $10 each (but would we expect anything less from those guys?) It’s gotten bad enough that some US Senators are proposing legislation on microtransactions, and some states like Hawaii are considering a statewide ban.
This just in: the Entertainment Software Rating Board has re-rated Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 for current-generation PlayStation platforms, which probably means they’ll hit the PlayStation Store sometime in the foreseeable future.(more…)