Tis the year of the loot box, and what a controversial year it will be. In case you have been living under a rock, online multiplayer is extremely popular in gamer circles. Between Destiny, Call of Duty, Titanfall, and Star Wars Battleground the web servers for big game giants like Xbox and PlayStation overload with players duking it out. Multiplayer has become a vital market making millions upon millions of dollars per year, but there is always room to make more. In the early days, there was exclusive downloadable content. Special editions of games, incentives for pre-ordering certain titles, season passes for all the DLC that would come out across the breadth of the year. A game that costs $50 to $60 dollars on its own could easily extend itself past the $100 dollar mark just on the extra whizbangs alone. It was like tricking out an automobile you were never going to drive. It became a point of contention for many, because there were never enough gamer dollars to go around. Frequent updates to games made gamers as frustrated as smartphone owners because deluxe, special, and ultimate editions of games would be re-released. Many believed those days to be long gone, but now they are coming back again.
Overwatch, a popular multiplayer game spawned in 2017, came out with what many coined as cosmetic DLC. The idea was that the extra purchases would not affect gameplay. This has already caused much contention, but we will sail over that. Overwatch decided to conceal this cosmetic DLC into loot boxes. Loot boxes function as prize crates and contain valuable virtual items. Although many can be earned through gameplay, the ones that contain the really sweet stuff cost money. One never really knows what will be in a loot crate so purchasing one can be exciting, and ultimately disappointing depending on what is inside. Loot crates are already everywhere, but now major games like Battlefront 2 and Destiny 2 will have them. Converting to loot crates will dig deeper into gamer’s pockets, while the roulette prize system already makes many politicians claim it is gambling. Either way a storm coming., and the people caught in will be the gamers. More information can be found on https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/01/11/42-video-game-predictions-for-2018/#34d8d69d5b1f.