Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
First of all, that is a terrible analogy.
Secondly, you need an actual means of payment before purchasing boxes. It's not like the game knows the kid's parents' CC number. So, if someone who is not supposed to be buying loot boxes is buying loot boxes, someone gave the kid way too much information.
All arguments so far seem to circle back to how negligent parents can be with their kids.
Yes, the person at fault for buying lootboxes is in fact the person who bought them.
That doesn't excuse what EA or anyone else is doing or what environment they're purposefully constructing.
Have you heard about the proposed Activision patents? Where they matchmake you with more skilled players with better items in hopes you will lose and buy said items to be as good as said players?
Bottom line is, this stuff isn't good for anybody regardless of age.
Anyone who buys lootboxes has successfully been manipulated to pull the slot machine lever no matter what they tell themselves to justify it, like gamblers.
It's all about cashing in on whales and trying to turn as many people into whales as you can without completely alienating and pissing off the rest of your customers that want no part of it, that's their game here.
And they have boardroom meetings on how to get the kids hooked too, targeted advertising for kids isn't a new science.
Pay to win, but it's now pay to gamble to maybe win or try again, or deal with an insufferable grind against players who gambled their way to an unfair advantage against you who in the future you may even be getting purposefully unfairly matched against to make it bother you even more.
In the game you paid full price for maybe even got the deluxe $150+ edition but pay more still please.
How much can we annoy you to try and make you give us more money without completely losing you as a paying customer?
Kids won't know what's happening, they'll just want to pay to be as good as the people they're losing against.