The chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission "pledges" to conduct a proper investigation pertaining to the presence of loot boxes in video games. If this is a good thing or not will depend entirely on the findings of the committee. Despite the fact that this is still a pledge, this could make a whole lot of difference in how video games are created. Lootboxes has been a plague in the video game industry and has been one of the culprits that led to the destruction of some of the most beloved video game franchises in video games.
"Joseph Simons, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, pledged to Congress Tuesday (Nov. 27) that his agency would look into in-video game "loot boxes" - excerpt from B&C article
Over the years we have seen a massive shift on how video games are created, except for very select titles, most video games today ships out incomplete and often lacks the proper content while being marketed as a complete game. The sad part is that some of the most sought out features players expected to be included in the disc are now marketed as an add-on that comes with a price and its all thanks to the concept promoted by loot boxes. These days, some games are considered complete or finished once the in-game market is solid, nevermind the content nor the glitches.
"loot boxes" are now "endemic" to the video game industry from smart phone apps to high-budget releases. excerpt from B&C article
Thanks to loot boxes, we now have to pay for disc games at a full price only to find out that you need to download a patch to make it playable which is a clear insult not only to the description of Blu-Ray Disc but for the gaming community as well.
A Blu-ray Disc can hold up to 50 gigabytes of data. This compares to about 10 recordable DVDs (or 5 double-layer DVDs), or around 70 recordable CDs. As a result, Blu-ray Disc is the ideal, cost-effective, removable storage medium for the storage of large amounts of data and video. - Blu Ray Disc Association
As the wolves prey on the sheep, it now depends on the shepherd whether it will tolerate the carnage or impose a strong arm to protect its flock. With that said, the US Federal Trade Commission could end the horrible practice and exploitation done by some video game companies. Stay tuned for more gaming news and updates.
Source: B&C, Destructoid