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Open Critic Review Site Now Flags Games with Loot Boxes

Open Critic, a games review aggregate site, has posted a new blog to let its community know that games with loot box mechanics in them will now be flagged. The blog goes into detail about the site's promise to include the function, now fulfilled. "The OpenCritic team believes that loot boxes are a net-negative for the video game industry. Loot boxes prey on human's generally poor ability to accurately understand and internalize probabilities, especially at the extremes."

How does OpenCritic decide what is and isn't a loot box?

OpenCritic looks at the following for determining whether a game uses loot boxes:

  • Unknown, Random Rewards. Users do not know what item they'll receive prior to purchase. Instead, users are purchasing a chance to receive one item from a set of items.
  • Monetized. Users are able to purchase the roll with real money, either directly or through an intermediary currency.
  • Encouraged Use. Users are encouraged to acquire and consume the loot box during the course of normal gameplay or game systems.

You can read the full post on the Open Critic site.

What do you think of the decision?

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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