What I discovered looking into the fraudulent practice of review manipulation disgusted me today. Kids being used to do the dirty work, and in one case being mandated to gamble before receiving their rewards after being monetized. All this to obtain a publicly traded currency, made in games for kids. … More Child Gambling Warning
The last couple days of checking statuses of games has shone a degrading of Mobile Strike and Game of War – Fire Age in the App Store by Apple. The first sign was an almost complete purge of reviews. Tens of thousands of reviews are now gone leaving both games with a star rating below … More Goodbye Game of War and Mobile Strike?
As I deal with adults mostly who have become addicted to pay to win games in the genre of mobile MMO pay to win, I am constantly buffeted by degrading replies from communities. I am not pointing a finger at a group, but the general social media machine. It seems that the human understanding is … More Call for research into peer gaming, addictive mechanisms, and age stigmas.
Unfortunately, parent will have to do some homework when shopping for video games. The box or ad may not warn a purchaser about gambling features. … More (Don’t) Gift Gambling This Christmas
Paying real-world money for loot boxes is linked to gambling related harm, regardless of the features of loot boxes themselves. … More Study Linking Loot Boxes to Gambling Harm Nears Release
Your first question may be what exactly is a loot box. Quite simply it is a micro-transaction that offers you a chance at exclusive content. This content can be for decorative purposes for your in game avatar, provide some bonus that helps you gain an edge over your opponents, or some other variation on those … More Should loot boxes be legal?
First let me say I was concerned reporting on this that there may be a backlash on games that follow ethics on limiting access to children. I seriously hope that ethical developers do not get penalized by platform providers over the failures of the ratings guidelines that govern them. This started with a reader’s comment … More Why do some game developers want stricter age ratings?
Today I will write to those who are challenged with the thought process of regulating pay to win games. This can be a difficult process when looking through the lens of research, reporting and public opinion. Its similar to seeing the forest through the trees. For this piece I will try and highlight things from … More The Illusion of Randomness in Video Games
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It was recently brought to our attention by the Australian Communications and Media Authority about a current inquiry into loot boxes. … More Australia tackles loot boxes