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Old 06-20-2019, 04:39 AM   #7
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In a new write up that PCGamesN published (archive.is), Hopkins, EA’s VP of legal and government affairs, implores that the company’s loot-boxes aren’t randomized but “surprise mechanics.”
This is an odd stance to take, because not having them randomized (which they clearly are) makes them worse.

During the oral evidence session pertaining to the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee, the website relays Hopkins comparing loot-boxes to “surprise toys” like “Kinder Eggs, or Hatchimals, or LOL Surprise.”
All of the examples she gave are example of gambling because you don't know what the outcome will be. Sure, you'll always get a toy...but will it be the extremely common one, or the rare shortpacked one?

"Surprise mechanics" is just a nicer way of saying "gambling".
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