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Microtransaction Ban Bill in the US

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The video game industry is new and very important sector for developing culture.  Interactive educational software and video games have a powerful effect in shaping culture.  The use of randomized content lootboxes is game crafting bad practice.  Players are forced to comply by consciously suspending their agential control for the sole purpose of increasing a games profitability and revenue cycle.  A large majority of gamers are aware of the peripheral, time-gating, nature of these loot box microtransactions.  There is little benefit presented to gamers for participating in these craps shoot, grab bag, content packs.  The neglected majority of gamers are conscious of the contributions they make to support a game.  Gamers enjoy exploring storefronts to buy content items that customize their character.  These purchases can be catered to support seasonal themes or in-game global events.  Being forced to buy, mystery box, content grab bags is simply weak.  We all believe these to be nothing but bad deal scams to grift us out of our money.  Money that we spend meticulous calculated measures to spend diligently because it is crucial for all aspects of society!  The practice of using randomized content lootboxes, symptomatic or diagnostic, is having a detrimental effect to our economy.  The practice is no more than petty grifting.  Game publishers should be held to a higher standard for providing fair deals (transaction opportunities) to their customers, micro or otherwise.

When I first arrived in Canada with my family I noticed that Canada had two things that we didn't not have in my country:  Candy and Toys.  In my country we value things like might, wealth and strength.  These are wonderful things.  But there also needs to be things that motivate us to live like Play and fun.  The issue of microtransactions in video games will affect western culture profoundly.  It is important that you get involved because your country can be a jewel.  We have stared into the void of space for eons and to this day we haven't found a world with life on it.  Here, on earth, we have wonderful things.  

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It's a shame that things have gone this far because now politics get involved, and nobody ends up happy when talking politics. As I grow older I see government as a necessary evil that we should have as little as possible of. But here, we brought this on ourselves. We kept saying it was headed in this direction but we kept enabling the developers, who just got greedier and greedier.

I don't know what's going to happen, but I do know one thing, you thought these greedy AAA corporations were bad? They got nothing on the government. And we just let them have a little taste of the power they can wield over the gaming industry.

See? I told you nobody ends up happy talking politics.

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On 6/6/2019 at 4:11 PM, PlasticFrogCG said:

See? I told you nobody ends up happy talking politics.

I'm not touching that one with a ten foot pole but suffice to say I would be happy not having to pay another 60$ just to get the rest of an already 60$ game and hundreds more on lootboxes with completely random rewards just so I can make my generic nobody character look any different from the hodge podge of chucklefucks surrounding me.

I get expansions like in GW2 because adding new content is a great way to get players to keep supporting the game while also actually rewarding them for doing so, but I absolutely hate companies like EA, Ubisoft and TOEI nickel and diming people for basic features like THE ABILITY TO HAVE ANOTHER SAVE SLOT or RESELLING YOU THE SAME RECYCLED CONTENT FROM PREVIOUS GAMES -- it's just ludicrous what these companies can get away with doing and at this point nothing they do surprises me anymore.

I used to watch Jim Sterling and Angry Joe complain about this stuff and be shocked by just what companies were getting away with but now? I'm numb, it doesn't effect me anymore, I'm just tired of it and want it to go away.

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