microtransactions

Loot Boxes

The ESRB's Response to Loot Boxes Falls Pathetically Short of Real Change

The group's own research suggests parents don't understand loot boxes, so the solution is...a label?
Patrick Klepek
2.27.18
Burnout Paradise

Burnout's Best Game Proves There are No Lootboxes in Paradise

A getaway car for escaping the modern racer.
Rob Zacny
2.21.18
Modders

This 'Battlefront II' Modder's First Creation Was a Middle Finger to EA

EA didn't want a pink Darth Vader, so this modder made it for them.
Patrick Klepek
1.4.18
The Pantheon of Games

2017 Was a Year of Reckoning for Video Game Microtransactions

The first omens came in the form of horse armor over a decade ago. Now, the lootboxes (and the discourse) have truly arrived.
Patrick Klepek
1.2.18
Podcasts

We Discuss Gaming's Most Controversial Trend in 2017: Loot Boxes

'Battlefront II' may have been the most explosive moment, but it was hardly the only instance of loot boxes this year.
Patrick Klepek
12.28.17
need for speed

The New 'Need for Speed' Sees a Future Where Loot Boxes Are in Control

It wants you to be part of the Fast and the Furious, but not as much as it wants you to play a slot machine.
Austin Walker
11.15.17
Star Wars

Today's Star Wars News Makes the Future of Single-Player Look Very Messy

If Star Wars can't give a publisher confidence in a splashy, expensive single-player game, maybe everyone's doomed.
Patrick Klepek
10.17.17
Podcasts

We Discuss Loot Boxes, Dirty Airport Floors on Waypoint Radio

The conversation around the industry's latest revenue stream isn't going away anytime soon.
Patrick Klepek
10.10.17
Loot Boxes

'Shadow of War' and 'Forza 7' Are Poisoning the Concept of Loot Boxes

Done right, it's a fun way for players to gamble in mystery. Done wrong, it feels exploitative and destructive to good game design.
Patrick Klepek
10.5.17
Destiny

The New Shader System for 'Destiny 2' Is an Appalling Misjudgment

Ghaul is only the second-worst thing to happen to the Guardians.
Janine Hawkins
9.7.17
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

‘Battlegrounds’ Devs Respond to Community Pushback Over Microtransactions

The crate-and-key system is still coming, but some changes might be in store for those who don't want to pay.
Patrick Klepek
8.1.17