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Maybe Bringing In The Government To Regulate Microtransactions & Loot Boxes In Video Games Isn’t The Best Move!

So, after that whole NBA2K20 gambling trailer came out, which promoted actual gambling, it got me thinking again on how we can stop these companies for abusing such dirty, underhanded tactics. As I pondered away, my first train of thought went towards getting the government involved to force these guys to stop promoting gambling in our games. However, I realized maybe that may not be the best approach and could in fact yield some unfavorable results!

Trust ME, I hate microtransactions & loot boxes just like the next guy but is bringing in the government to regulate our games really the best move right now. I say this because when shit goes wrong in a country, guess what the first thing they blame it on, yep you guess it, video games! So asking the government of any country to come and “regulate” our games may prove to be an even worse idea in the future. Our best and ONLY option that we have is to speak with our wallets. So simple, yet we aren’t acting on it to the fullest extent. Do you really think that companies like EA and Activision could get away with their bullshit if people stopped buying their games?

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Of course not, they’d crash, burn and investor would sell their stocks in a heartbeat. That’s how we make a change. Getting the government to intervene will only prove to be a more severe blow to our freedom of expression in games. I mean think about it? A game comes out and tells a story or has a gameplay that the government doesn’t like, boom, banned! The government could also decided to create a gaming tax of sort for just owning a console at home. You think that sounds crazy right? Well, ask the British how they feel about their TV licences. It’s all fun and games until you find yourself paying for a gaming licences. No, I think it’s best if we keep the government out of this problem and deal with it ourselves.

What are your thoughts on it?

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  1. Completely disagree.
    I’m not a fan of the All or Nothing thinking when it comes to whether something should be regulated or not. It reminds me of gun control where some gun owner try to get gun fans upset by saying people want to take their guns when all most people want are more gun laws to protect people.

    The buy with your wallet approach only works to an extent. If every company in an industry does the same scummy thing you’re screwed. Video game companies have used gambling technicalities and outdated laws to make a killing with loot boxes and the like. There’s no other alternating but lawmakers stepping in because they won’t stop. They’ll change the name (surprise mechanics), throw out some press release BS, throw in the gambling stuff after the game releases as DLC so game reviewer can’t talk about it, every trick in the book to keep their millions of dollars.

    I don’t fear the government overplaying their hand, because, at least in the US, the video game companies will lobby the crap out of them. Only strong public opinion can overcome that. Fight with your wallets AND your politician.

    • A balance of the two would be great and ideal. I just wanted to present another view that perhaps people hadn’t considered!

      A government intervention would make sure these companies you would stop their behavior but we also gotta consider the other possibilities, you know? Still, you’ve made some valid points.

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