Get rid of loot boxes in multiplayer games

Get rid of loot boxes in multiplayer games

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Luke Harrington started this petition to Entertainment Software Rating Board and

In the last few years, I have noticed an exponential shift in the use of loot boxes in multiplayer games. Years ago, it was seen in games like Team Fortress 2 and other Steam games, and since then has rapidly become "normal". 

The reality of this, is that loot boxes were not, and should not, be considered "normal" parts of game play. It's no secret that these loot boxes are to make the game companies more money, rather than to improve the game dynamics for us consumers. They take away from the spirit of the game, and if they continue to be allowed, will eventually become so normalized that people will forget what it was like to buy a full game.

I will use Call of Duty: WWII as an example. Many of the guns cannot be unlocked via game play, they are only found in loot boxes. The game does not force you to buy these loot boxes, but the fact remains that they keep a player from using items that would have otherwise been something they could get through game play (level progression, challenges, etc.)

When myself and many others my age and older were young, buying a video game meant you had access to everything except the expansion packs. Guns, camouflages for those guns, uniforms, all of that. It was there, you just had to unlock it. Now, this is not always the case. I want to see games return to the way they used to be. No more loot crates, no more encouragement of micro transactions.

Build a great game from the start, and encourage players to work hard to unlock the goods. WWII was my example, but it is not the only, nor worst offender of this (looking at you Battlefield V). 

Bring things back to the good old days of Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield 3, where it took time and skill to unlock everything. 

This is not an impossible goal, Belgium and Holland have already taken steps to change the legislature around loot boxes, so that they are a form of gambling.

Together, lets make video games about the game again, not someone in a suit's end of quarter profits. 

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