Belgium says loot crates are gambling

Surprise!

You shouldn’t ban lootboxes because they are like Kinder Eggs, which are banned in the US, where I am about to fly to speak to 2 senators abou…ohshit.

I get what you’re saying but Kinder Eggs aren’t banned in the US any longer. In The US they sell a version with the toy in a separate package compartment, thus it’s no longer a choking hazard.

“We have so much ethics. We’re the most ethical company you’ve ever seen. You can’t even understand how many ethics we have.”

I’m sorry, but the original Kinder Eggs are still banned in the US. We can’t get them. We can get Kinder Joy, but that’s because the product was changed, not because the laws were changed.

“has partially or completely imbedded therein any nonnutritive object, except that this subparagraph shall not apply in the case of any nonnutritive object if, in the judgment of the Secretary as provided by regulations, such object is of practical functional value to the confectionery product and would not render the product injurious or hazardous to health;”

So, I think the point still stands. Now, if he had said Kinder Joy, maybe he would have a leg to stand on, but he did say Kinder Egg. Anyway, Toys or anything that is fully encased in food is still banned.

Also, Kinder Joys suck. I want my Kinder Egg!

Yes, I said the product changed to accommodate the choking hazard ban. As for Joy versus Egg, got me there I guess. No one calls them Joy though. Everyone just says Egg because that’s the original product.

Regardless, comparing Kinder whatever to Loot Boxes is dumb.

I dunno, there isn’t like a secondary market for super rare and valuable Kinder toys or something, is there?

My main complaint with lootboxes that I can’t even determine the present value of the thing I’m purchasing.

I knew the reason we couldn’t have kinder eggs was lawyers. I told my wife, but she didn’t think it was possible.

I actually think the comparison to kinder eggs is apt. It’s the context that matters though. There’s only so many kinder eggs a parent is going to buy their kids, and each toy occupies kids for a while, whereas loot boxes are an easily replenished resource providing a benefit in a game ie. there’s always an immediate desire for more.

The people reading their stories about addiction is just soul crushing.

Agreed. Fantastic video, though.

The video would have been better without the rant against AAA. It’s not as if the video game industry created it. His character, I tolerate, but he’s got some fine points.

Valid point; they adopted and at times refined existing mechanisms.

Were lootboxes created by some A or AA game company I don’t know about?

We have armed students as well. (And sometimes people who are not or are no longer students who just wander into schools off the street and are heavily armed.)

While I obviously can’t speak for Nesrie, I took it to mean the general concepts of gambling and taking advantage of addicts; those have both been around since before 2K was a twinkle in somebody’s eye.

It’s only in gaming where the loot (sometimes) makes you more able at doing something/being competitive. I can’t think of anything else. (Okay, maybe beer makes it easier to loosen up a bit and socialize at a party. But I still think that’s not the same thing.)

Maybe I am confusing “lootboxes” with “pay-to-win”.

Anyway, it feels weird and offensive that it’s happening in games.

Oh, it absolutely is offensive. But all that marketing stuff Jim had in his videos? Not new, not specific to video games. Companies have been pulling stuff like that for ages. As for taking advantage of addicts, consider that it had to be made illegal to advertise cigarettes on tv and radio. Think about the huge issues with doctors getting paid to prescribe opioids. Look at the ridiculous, over the top ads we still have for alcohol.

I was never allowed to use “someone else is also behaving badly” as an excuse for my own behavior.