by ea

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Hawaii Wants To Fight The 'Predatory Behavior' Of Loot Boxes
Lee’s proposal would see legislation introduced in Hawaii that would prohibit the sale of games featuring loot boxes to minors, and believes “these issues should be addressed before this becomes the norm for every game.”

These kinds of lootboxes and microtransactions are explicitly designed to prey upon and exploit human psychology in the same way casino games are so designed. This is especially true for young adults who child psychologists and other experts explain are particularly vulnerable. These exploitive mechanisms and the deceptive marketing promoting them have no place in games being marketed to minors, and perhaps no place in games at all.

We can’t stand by and let this happen

The FCC plans to do this stuff around Thanksgiving even though they were supposed to hold a debate and a vote about it in December. They think that because we’re spending time with our family that we’ll be unaware of their actions online? No. The rich will be getting richer in the end and the rest of us will be left as though we were only husks to begin with. We need to do something about this now or else it’ll be too late. Send any letters or messages you can to your state congress member. For those of you who are still confused about what this means if we lose Net Neutrality, think of having EA as your internet provider, or having your own school as your internet provider (and believe me, school wifi sucks ass). Help us. We will not stand for this any longer my fellow memelords and tumblr users. As Annonymous says:


We do not forgive

We do not forget

We are legion

Expect us.


Stand with us now before it is too late.

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Off topic post, but related to that EA nonsense for those who are interested. Also any excuse to help Jim Stirling awareness, because I think he’s brilliant.

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Hawaii you’re doing amazing, sweetie.

While I am glad that the controversy around Lootboxes and monetization of games was FINALLY brought to the attention of the mainstream audience, I think the fact that most people still think of video games as “childish hobbies” are the reason why gaming companies thought they could get away with these predatory business practices in the first place. 

Think about it, the majority of mainstream audiences didn’t care what went on in their kid’s video games. And they really didn’t care about adults who played games either because they saw gamers as ‘losers’ whose opinions really didn’t matter in ‘the real world’ and dismissed their concerns outright. And because mainstream audiences considered video games as 'a childish hobby’ EA and other gaming companies used it as cover to get away with exploiting gamers. 

So thank Star Wars, your overwhelming popularity finally showed mainstream audiences the bullshit that goes on in Video games. 

I am laughing so hard because EA’s “Um, actually sweetie, us locking Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker behind two $260 paywalls in our $80 game is totally justifiable :)” comment not only broke the record for most downvoted post in Reddit history, it completely obliterated it. It wasn’t just the first to break 500k or even 100k, no post before it had even broken 25k. The most downvoted post prior to this was one from someone literally asking for downvotes, which currently stands at -23.8k. The shitstorm that came down on The Fine Brothers when they tried to lay claim to reaction videos and the word “react” itself only landed them just shy of 6,000 downvotes. As of this post, EA’s comment sits at negative 557 thousand when it’s only a day old, and it’s still getting thousands of downvotes by the hour. It could very well be the first post to get to a million downvotes. Remember, the previous record wasn’t even 25 thousand.

Just… wow.

you, an EA slave (the writer of Battlefront 2): 

me, someone who isn’t a monster:

Hey guys, remember how great Persona, Yakuza, NieR, Zelda, Mario, and so many other games were this year? Remember how well they performed? Proving that implementing incredibly slimy models which have been (justifiably) compared to gambling is perhaps not the best way to ensure success and secure a loyal fanbase? Good times. 

Just want to remind everyone that EA does not deserve praise for this. For one, this is not listening to consumers, it’s highly likely they’re getting pressure from Disney and other places.

Also, they are NOT removing microtransactions. They’re turning them off, temporarily. If I had to guess, they’ll put them back in once the shitstorm dies down. Maybe, BIG MAYBE, they’ll rework the system to make it less scummy.

EA still doesn’t deserve your money. They decided to not be scumbags right now, but will be scumbags at some later time.

Addendum: If you feel the need to play devil’s advocate for a massive corporation or feel like people are entitled babies because they want a product that doesn’t blatantly exploit people, feel free to just block me.