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In the past, yes, and for now, maybe... but their claim is that without lootboxes (and / or other forms of predatory monitisation) they will be go out of business.Gdemami said:...apparently they sell games for acceptable price, that is afterall why they are still in business in the first place.acidblood said:
So ask yourself; if EA / Activision / etc. can't make a game within a budget, and sell it for an acceptable price, should they even be in the business of making games?
But is it really 'something' when the player doesn't actually own the item (i.e. the item cannot be traded or re-sold for else of value) and as such the item's only 'value' is to the individual player within the context of the game? If so, and if the individual player does not value what they get from a given loot box then the 'wager' can be considered to be lost; thus, by law, loot boxes = gambling.sayuu said:By law in Belgium for a game to be considered gambling one must be able to lose one's money ( the wager)
so online casinos and more recently CS:GO item wagering is considered gambling in belgium because one can lose what they wager and walk away with nothing
in loot boxes one never walks away with nothing, one can get something undesirable, but one will always get something.
so by current law in belgium loot boxes are not gambling. . .
But why does every spec need to be 'raid viable'... I had a lot of fun in Vanilla and TBC WoW as an Arcane / Ice Mage, which was actually quite a good spec for solo and small group.Xarko said:I realize changing talents in significant way might ruin "muh vanilla" for some, but mere number tweaks are not enough to fix the mess that were vanilla talents.
Blizzard has to make a very difficult choice, whether they fix things and piss off purists or keep them "broken" to make it more vanilla, but have half the specs raid non-viable.
Sadly how it is now won't change, it'll only get worse because the devs and publishers know most players are stupid and will buy into microtransactions like a fly to crap. Gamers today that started in the ps2 era have killed gaming as they are the main ones who buy into all this microtransaction crap, because they do not know how it orignally was and they think its normal.