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    EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    CEO comments came as EA reported better than expected quarterly revenue of $1.58 billion.
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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    It doesn't matter how they try and spin it, if you spend money on something that provides an unpredictable result, it is gambling plain and simple.

    Between the butchering of many great dev studios throughout their history (Bioware being the most recent upset) and being at the forefront of trying to get kids to gamble without any sign of backing down even after the battlefront 2 saga, I have cancelled my origin access account, and BF1 will be the last game/item I ever purchase from EA until they sort themselves out.

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    EA says it has learned from loot box debacle.
    No wait... better than expected quarterly revenue. Undo that learning.

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Well, if they remove loot boxes from all other game titles that's a pretty good thing, I never play any of the sports titles or mobile games. I wonder how they'll get around it in Belgium and the Netherlands though? I know our regulators in the UK are complete pushovers (receiving backhanders...), but I'm fairly certain those ones are not.

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    "They want more depth in their favourite games, and fresh content that can hold their attention year round..."

    Right! I can't remember the last EA game I've played the has "depth" and "fresh content". I was horrified at seeing what they did to the latest need for speed (aka Slot Machine Simulator 2017); a series I enjoyed years back going back to NFS III: Hot Pursuit and Underground. Come to think of it, I've not played an EA game for years, although I was thinking of going to Dragon Age series again.

    Loot boxes are a great cash cow for them, so no surprise they're keeping it. As for me, I will be playing games from some other devs who still have a drive to make good games. Not shallow cash grabs.

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Just confirmed themselves as a glorified gambling company but the difference is they can sell to kids. The greed knows no bounds and these blood suckers need to be regulated properly sooner rather than later.
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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Read on another site that EA supposedly said that 'It isn't gambling if you tell people what the odds of a reward are.' or words to that effect.... um isn't that the definition of gambling...

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    They need to ban trading cards, especially those football ones while they're at it. Hearthstone too (at least those for money)...

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    Read on another site that EA supposedly said that 'It isn't gambling if you tell people what the odds of a reward are.' or words to that effect.... um isn't that the definition of gambling...
    Yes/no/sort-of/-ish.....

    Buying those packs of football cards that came with bubble gum (or Garbage Pail Kids, or Panini Stickers, or whatever) were essentially the same thing, as you couldn't complete your album without buying lots of packs, trading around and playing the odds of ever finding the silver foil cards for Matt LeTissier* and Steve Bull... if anyone remembers them.

    I totally get what EA think they're doing... but how they've done is it so ridiculously expensive and dodgy. Although TBH, since I don't really play games like SW:B, I tend to resent the DLC model far more. That's like giving you a basic movie, but charging extra for the already-filmed scenes containing the backstory and the three sub-plots.


    *Hey, check me out, I can actually name some footballers who aren't just famous for crying, having stupid haircuts or eating crisps!

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Quote Originally Posted by big_hairy_rob View Post
    They need to ban trading cards, especially those football ones while they're at it. Hearthstone too (at least those for money)...
    They could just regulate them a bit, figure out a way of saying the rarest card must occur no more than 1:3 ratio of the most commonly occuring card for instance.
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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    They should be illegal.

    Their argument of "but you can't lose, you ALWAYS get aleast some random pixels" is not good enough.

    What if casinos gave you a cuddly bear if you "lost", would that bo longer be gambling either?

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoyoyo69 View Post
    What if casinos gave you a cuddly bear if you "lost", would that bo longer be gambling either?
    No, it'd be a fairground instead.

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    if anyone remembers them.
    Yep

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    Re: EA will push forward with 'loot boxes' in sports titles

    I will pay for one loot box with one coin box.

    Does EA want to not gamble on the right amount of money being in my coin box.

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