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Loot Boxes and the FTC

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Loot boxes. Any gamer know what that means. FREE STUFF! Or is it? So, for some games you can purchase loot boxes and/or get them from completing objectives in the game. In Overwatch, you get them when you level up, get so many arcade wins, or buy them with your hard earned cash. Loot boxes can be found in other games like FIFA, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Gears of War 4, Hearthstone, League of Legends and many more. So, are they harming people? What about kids?  

This is the new controversy in the U.S. However, it isn’t new around the world. Earlier this year, Belgium declared loot boxes to be gambling and therefore illegal. There are hefty fines, and jail time, that can be given. These fines can be doubled if they include the kids using these boxes. And they aren’t the only ones. Fifteen countries in Europe are looking at these boxes as gambling and now the FTC here at home is investigating as well.  

The problem seems to be they are comparing loot boxes to slot machines. You have a chance to get something great or to get something worthless. While lots of loot boxes are purely cosmetic, some games do allow their loot boxes to give weapons or other things that can improve a player’s performance. Does this really seem like gambling to you? I think it’s a close line because of being able to buy the boxes with hard earned cash, but other than that I don’t see an issue. 

I think there should be a difference made between the loot boxes in games like Overwatch and mobile games. I can see where mobile games are causing a problem because people are not regulating how their kids use their mobile games and are getting “addicted” to loot boxes on them. Honestly, if you don’t give a kid your credit card number to purchase them – why are you worried about a gambling addiction? I think this shouldn’t all be on the gaming industry, but also on how kids aren’t being regulated by their parents. 

But.. Not my business! So onward! 

So far, all the FTC has said is that they are going to investigate. They won’t reveal anything else. What does this mean? It means they will look into it and it will most likely result in some proceedings where all sides get to bring forward their case to the FTC. This may end up in rules governing loot boxes, a ban, or hopefully nothing. Right now we have to wait and hope that the games with loot boxes explain them well when queried.  

It is possible that if the gaming industry itself were to come up with some rules and regulations on loot boxes, then governments wouldn’t have the need to do this. For now, all we can do is sit and wait. I will keep you up-to-date as more information comes out! 

Vel’s Milling & Evolve Deck Lists

Ever been interested in Hearthstone but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you love the game and are looking to get a leg up. Here are two great Decks by our very own Vel and his YouTube video showing how they work!

 

Shaman evolved – 

Argent Squire – x2thrall319
Evolve – x2
Flametongue Totem – x2
Jeweled Scarab
Maelstrom Portal – x2
Rockbiter Weapon
Totem Golem – x2
Acolyte of Pain
Argent Horserider
Brann Bronzebeard
Feral Spirit
Hex – x2
Mana Tide Totem
Pantry Spider – x2
Tuskarr Totemic – x2
Arcanosmith
Barnes
Master of Evolution – x2
Bloodlust
Dopplegangster
Nerubian Prophet

Rogue Mill –

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Preperation x2
Shadowstep x2
Mistress of Mixtures
Sir Finley Mrrgglton
Eviscerate x2
Gang Up x2
Nat the Darkfisher
Sap x2
Brann bronzebeard
Coldlight Oracle x2
Fan of Knives x2
King Mukla
Shadow Strike
SI:7 Agent
Violet Illusionist x2
Refreshment Vendor x2
Vanish x2
The Curator

Crymson’s Top 10 Mobile Games

Sitting in your dentist’s office? Completely board during that important meeting? Want to avoid talking during family dinners? We have you covered! Here is the list of my top 10 mobile games. Now, these are obviously games that I have played; I can’t add on games I know nothing about. If there is a game you want me to try and review let me know!

10.Fallout Shelter
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Fallout Shelter, for your daily dose of Fallout 4, when you can’t play or can’t afford it. This game is free, but after time will run out of things to entertain you despite Bethesda’s new content.

9. Ascension
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Ascension is based off the board game Ascension. The game is free but there are add-ons that you can purchase, giving you access to the game’s expansions. If you love the board game, you will love the mobile app and vice versa. Make your friends download it and you can play with them, random strangers or the AI.

8. How To Train Your Dragon: Rise of Berk
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Probably the cheesiest game on my list is HTTYD: Rise of Berk. I LOVE HTTYD. I started playing this on Facebook before downloading it to my phone. If you love Dragons or HTTYD, you will find this adorable.

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Should Competitive Gaming Be Considered a Sport?

Guest Post by: Kenny Leng

To give you the short and simple answer – Yes! I think competitive gaming should be considered a sport, but I do find eSports a better term for it.

By definition, a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

If you look at some of the bigger competitive games like League of Legends, CS: GO, Dota 2 and Hearthstone, they definitely fit in this category.

This is BLASPHEMY! You SIT ON YOUR BUTT All Day! – That’s Not Sports!

I definitely can see why some people get a huge reaction to this, and rightfully so. Colin Cowherd was one of those that had such a reaction, which was promptly defended by pro basketball player Gordon Hayward. Ex-Laker star Rick Fox has also spoken on this topic as well.

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For some people, when hearing the word sports, they picture humans with strong athletic bodies and some form of physical contact. But when you put that with video games, it doesn’t seem to match up!

In other words, most do not identify with this and can’t seem to grasp the concept. I think the closest example I can use is Chess. Chess is also a sport that you “sit on your butt all day.”  What most didn’t account for is the mental aspect of the game itself. You have to think a few steps ahead of your opponent and outwit them. People watch chess games and love the strategies and mind games that comes along with it.

In competitive gaming such as CS: GO, fast reflexes and team coordination is very important. Proper execution of strategy is key to winning in these types of environments. Some people also enjoy watching it for the same reasons as chess.

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The same goes for League of Legends. It is a game where you have to keep track of multiple things at any given time. You need to be aware of what the enemy team is doing and what you should be doing when a team battle happens. There is a lot of mental exertion on the brain to perform well in these situations.

The Stigma Remains

Now video games don’t have the best reputation when it comes to the general public. Most view it as a way to pass time when you are bored.

I recently went back to my home country of Singapore, a country that is very big on the “Education first, everything else is second” mentality. I told some of my high school classmates about eSports and how it has grown into a career for some. They couldn’t believe what I was saying, but they were genuinely interested in what it has become.

To give you an idea, I was talking to about 4 doctors, 6 dentists and 2 businessmen. As you can already tell, they are very accomplished individuals. I just happened to be the odd ball that didn’t do the standard things that my parents wished I did. My parents are okay with me being a video game entrepreneur now, as they know I can pay the bills and support them.

Things Change and We Should Embrace It

Anytime something new or different shows up, we tend to be shocked and become resistant to change. But as time goes by, it becomes the norm.

When I was growing up, my favorite past time was to run around in parks and play with other kids outside. Nowadays, the typical entertainment is a computer and other electronic devices like the iPad. It even changes the way we communicate. Instead of a phone call, most teens are using text and cool apps like LINE and WhatsApp as their main form of communication.

The old me would say that things were so much better back then, but, the truth is, I am just looking back to nostalgia and can’t let go of it.

The world is constantly changing – whether good or bad, it evolves. It is up to the individual to also evolve and adapt to what it has become. The quicker one is able to embrace the changes for what it is, the happier he or she becomes.

That is the approach I have now for competitive gaming and all things in life. I also suggest you try this out. Thank me later!

I Am All for Competitive Gaming Showing Up in Olympic Games Someday

I know this sounds outrageous and something so far out of reach. However, I do believe it will be accepted some day. Right now, competitive gaming is still not widely accepted. It will require time for it to become the norm.

With eSports growing fast, it will get there eventually. What are your thoughts on competitive gaming as a sport? Whether you agree with me or not, I would like to hear your opinions!

Author Bio – Kenny is the owner of Online Fanatic and is fond of writing various gaming topics during his spare time. You are welcome to drop by and say hello or talk about gaming and entertainment.