Evil Avatar  



Go Back   Evil Avatar > Daily Gaming News > News Items

» Sponsored Links


» Recent Threads
Liberals gone wild
Last post by RAV
Today 05:46 PM
2,230 Replies, 258,612 Views
Sega's 16-Bit...
Last post by Azrael
Today 03:30 PM
10 Replies, 486 Views
Game & Movie Releases...
Last post by Chimpbot
Today 01:38 PM
17 Replies, 911 Views
Fallout 76's Solution To...
Last post by MADxMrMike
Today 08:52 AM
18 Replies, 1,730 Views
DOOM Eternal Debut...
Last post by Booda
Today 05:15 AM
10 Replies, 1,357 Views
Black Ops 4 Beta Game...
Last post by Wizzkidd
Today 01:21 AM
7 Replies, 964 Views
Red Dead Redemption 2 -...
Last post by blackzc
Today 01:05 AM
16 Replies, 1,905 Views
RAGE 2 Eden Assault...
Last post by Wizzkidd
Today 01:00 AM
8 Replies, 1,226 Views
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-16-2018, 08:59 AM   #1
Emabulator
The Voight-Kampff
 
Emabulator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The Garden State
Posts: 31,052
Blog Entries: 58
The ESA Responds To Hawaii's Proposed Legislation On Loot Boxes


Game Informer has the story.

Quote:
Earlier this week, Hawaii proposed legislation that would liken loot box implementation in video games to gambling in terms of the level of "psychological, addictive, and financial risks."

The bills are led by representative Chris Lee, who in November announced an investigation into EA's use of loot boxes in games like Star Wars: Battlefront II. The first pair of bills aims to prevent the sale of games that randomize digital rewards to consumers under the age of 21, while the second pair of bills would require that publishers disclose probability rates of obtaining certain items. This legislation has the potential to greatly affect games across the industry, ranging from free-to-play titles all the way up to full-retail juggernauts like Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Star Wars: Battlefront II.

The Entertainment Software Association responded to this proposed legislation through a statement provided to GameIndustry.biz. In the response, the ESA spokesperson affirmed its commitment to industry self-regulation.

"As an industry, we take our responsibility to consumers very seriously and continually work to create greater awareness and transparency about the wide range of in-game experiences," the spokesperson told the outlet. "We strongly believe that the industry's robust, self-regulatory efforts remain the most effective way to address these important issues, and that system has a proven and long record of doing so. Some consumers and parents may have questions about how loot boxes work, and ESA has demonstrated a commitment to providing information to guide consumers, especially parents, in their purchase decisions."

Today, another Hawaii state representative Sean Quinlan came out in support of Lee's proposed bills, saying that this legislation differs from past attempts to regulate violence in video games in that it wouldn't affect the content in games, only a specific mechanism by which content is delivered. "If even mature and intelligent adults are falling victim to these mechanisms, how are kids expected to respond?" Quinlan told GameIndustry.biz.
Emabulator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 09:04 AM   #2
Emabulator
The Voight-Kampff
 
Emabulator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The Garden State
Posts: 31,052
Blog Entries: 58
Quote:
Today, another Hawaii state representative Sean Quinlan came out in support of Lee's proposed bills, saying that this legislation differs from past attempts to regulate violence in video games in that it wouldn't affect the content in games, only a specific mechanism by which content is delivered. "If even mature and intelligent adults are falling victim to these mechanisms, how are kids expected to respond?"
The Industry has a major PR problem, and a potential legal one too. Unlike when the violence in video games debate raged they have very little public support; many gamers despise paid for loot boxes.
Emabulator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 09:26 AM   #3
Terran
Evil Dead
 
Terran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,603
It's gambling. You spend money on a game of chance. I hope the industry gets regulated into submission over it.. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of libs.
__________________
Why would Republicans pass such a terrible tax law? lol...

Giving people more of their own money...WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS? :D
Terran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 10:20 AM   #4
Mad Max RW
Evil Dead
 
Mad Max RW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 818
Hawaii looking for cash to save their crumbling economy. Don't believe for one second any of them care about the shady gambling mechanics of certain games. They see money to be made through regulation and jump at the chance. It will do nothing to stop or even slow down loot boxes. That's the opposite of their goal.
Mad Max RW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 11:27 AM   #5
Emabulator
The Voight-Kampff
 
Emabulator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: The Garden State
Posts: 31,052
Blog Entries: 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Max RW View Post
Hawaii looking for cash to save their crumbling economy. Don't believe for one second any of them care about the shady gambling mechanics of certain games. They see money to be made through regulation and jump at the chance. It will do nothing to stop or even slow down loot boxes. That's the opposite of their goal.
Could very well be. Politicians can not be trusted. In NJ the lottery was supposed to fund the schools, then Casinos in Atlantic City were the answer, then online gambling. NJ currently has and unfunded pension liability of $90 Billion. It's a mess.
Emabulator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 01:33 PM   #6
Exodus
Evil Dead
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Winter is coming.
Posts: 2,483
Actually I am all for transparency on the statistics of these loot boxes. They already do it in china because they are required by law to. Why not here? If my kid is asking me for 20$ for some loot boxes for a chance at some .0009% chance thing I say screw that.
__________________
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
Exodus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 04:26 PM   #7
Mad Max RW
Evil Dead
 
Mad Max RW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 818
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emabulator View Post
Could very well be. Politicians can not be trusted. In NJ the lottery was supposed to fund the schools, then Casinos in Atlantic City were the answer, then online gambling. NJ currently has and unfunded pension liability of $90 Billion. It's a mess.
I live in totally broke Connecticut. I know all about having a state government sell us out to casinos that only made themselves rich while communities rot. Little surprise so many New England governors end up in prison.
Mad Max RW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2018, 02:58 PM   #8
Dag-Sabot
Evil Dead
 
Dag-Sabot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hai Shi Dao Hotsprings
Posts: 4,346
Self regulation never works, especially where gambling is involved.
__________________
...using emotionally-laden bold fonts.
Dag-Sabot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2018, 05:15 PM   #9
Terran
Evil Dead
 
Terran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,603
I don't know, I mean, I'm not saddled with gambling debts. I make the choice not to gamble...at least not to excess (a few bucks here or there on a lottery ticket, once in a blue moon).

Everything is an irresistible disease nowadays that requires an external cure, it seems. :shrugs:
__________________
Why would Republicans pass such a terrible tax law? lol...

Giving people more of their own money...WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS? :D
Terran is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
gambling, loot boxes, loot crates

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:06 PM.