So, r/GameDeals’ mods have just announced that they’re canning “loot box bundles”, as they call them.
Bundles that try to exploit the gambling compulsion, i.e. pouring money on a number of ‘tickets’ or ‘bets’ (my choice of words there), will no longer be allowed there, while different models, like Humble Monthly or Groupees pre-sales, won’t be affected because, in GD’s mods words, those don’t ‘encourage repeated purchases’ (of the same bundle).
IMO this is a meaningful and healthy distinction, one that I can fully agree with. What I am not so sure of, is that the appropriate response is to censor these deals.
Our societies allow a number of things that are potentially dangerous or unhealthy, as long as this remains within certain boundaries. It’s no mystery our nation states operate all kinds of lotteries, small, big and huge, and in many case are involved in casinos and other full on gambling venues.
Over the years, I have kept tabs on a number of things I didn’t personally approve of, and that I would have been more than glad to see disappear into thin air.
Bundle reporting is, in some ways, a chronicling, and the chronicle and the chronicler’s own opinions are different things, so it should not be up to me to decide what bundles people get to see or not, within boundaries.
With that said, IMO ‘lootbox bundles’ don’t fit the Onward March format particularly well, largely because they’re lacking one defining feature of regular bundles, i.e. fixed contents that are available to everybody (or close).
All in all, and IMO, their omission would not be a huge loss in practice.
So how do you feel about this issue?
- I am entirely in favor of ‘lootbox bundles’ being featured in digest posts and announcements
- I am entirely against the listing of ‘lootbox bundles’
- I have a different opinion and will post about it