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A casino for kids: is it time to ban loot boxes? | Mental games

From FIFA to Star Wars, the mass adoption of loot boxes is one of the most controversial things to happen to mainstream games in the last 15 years. But despite ongoing fears of their mechanical similarities to gambling and their potential to cause harm to vulnerable players, they remain a profitable means of monetization for hundreds of games.

From FIFA to Star Wars, the mass adoption of loot boxes is one of the most controversial things to happen to mainstream games in the last 15 years. But despite ongoing fears of their mechanical similarities to gambling and their potential to cause harm to vulnerable players, they remain a profitable means of monetization for hundreds of games.

So loot boxes are stakes and do they have the same damage potential as stakes? We spoke to Professor Pete Etchells, author of Lost in a Good Game, and Dr. Alexander Kriss, author of The Gaming Mind to try to understand the effect loot boxes have on players.

Lost in a Good Game by Pete Etchells: https://iconbooks.com/ib-title/lost-in-a-good-game/

Alexander Kriss’s Gaming Mind: https://www.amazon.com/Gaming-Mind-Psychology-Videogames-Power/dp/1615196811?tag=gs-buybutton-20

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