The Problem with Loot Boxes

The Problem with Loot Boxes

Are they really THAT bad?

Boy oh boy, everyone sure loves micro-transactions huh? I know for a fact that when people pay $60 for a video game, they then love to have multiple $5-10 transactions for items that are essentially required to venture forth in their game. But do you know what people love more that micro-transactions? Having a system that randomly dishes out a random assortment of items you may or may not even want or need. Perfect! A flawless strategy! While it may sound like I despise micro-transactions and the rather infamous Loot Box system, I think both of these can be done in a way that doesn't piss off every gamer in the world or worse; every parent of said gamer in the world. Today I'd like to discuss why Loot Boxes make so many people angry as well as discuss potential solutions to the issue at hand. I cannot overstate that this is purely my opinion and it should be treated as such.

The problem with Loot Boxes

As I've mentioned above, the fundamental issue that most gamers take with Loot Boxes is the "random" nature they tend to embody. If you're unfamiliar with how a Loot Box works, it's quite simple. It's a "box" in a game you can unlock or buy that contains four or five of a random assortment of items with varying degrees of usefulness. Sometimes it could be a cool costume for a character you play as or a tool that makes getting other unlocks easier for a short time. The problem with this is, because it is completely random, there is no consistency with Loot Boxes. Sometimes you can get everything with only one or two, but usually you need to get more Loot Boxes for higher chances of getting the stuff you want. And since games are usually designed to make the process of acquiring Loot Boxes tedious and time consuming, buying them is ever so appealing. The core issue with this is that most games tend to abuse this system, no matter how slight it may be, and almost require players to more or less have a chance at getting anything. With the nature of Loot Boxes already being random, it can just flat out feel like the game never wants you to get anything you want. So, who's the blame for Loot Boxes then?

Blizzard, and the failure of EA

If you want to get technical, Valve's Team Fortress 2 was the first game to really popularize the Loot Box system, but if you look at a historical list of every game with Loot Boxes provided by Giant Bomb here: ( then it's very clear that after the release of Blizzard's Overwatch, Loot Boxes spiked in popularity with game developers. Most notoriously with Electronic Arts Star Wars: Battlefront 2, as it required the player to get a lot of Loot Boxes to get over half the content. Because of Overwatch's popularity, many people blame Blizzard for this whole ordeal, which I personally find unfair. Yes Blizzard may have popularized this idea, but just because they popularized something doesn't mean they're held responsible for what other game developers do. Loot Boxes have existed for years before this, so Blizzard is not solely responsible for this mess. Blizzard also deserve some credit since Jeff Kaplan as well as the rest of the Overwatch team have been listening to community feedback and have been constantly tweaking their Loot Box system as well as increasing drop rates and decreasing duplicate drop rates. So who's to blame? Most certainly companies such as EA who've demonstrated their sheer lack of any kind of moral compass as well as their extreme avarice and contempt for players as a whole. But EA and companies like them are a smaller part of a bigger problem; Loot Boxes.

Possible Solutions for Loot Boxes

Without wanting to sound like a sellout, I rather enjoy the mechanics of Loot Boxes. While I've been bitching about them for roughly 700 words, I find it exhilarating to test my hand at luck and see if I can't score myself some additional items. Additionally, I also sometimes just want to get the cool item I want without having to pay extra money for a chance to even get it, so what should happen? Is there a way to experience the best of both worlds? Well, yes, I think there is.

Solution 1: Have costumes and additional items in a Loot Box available as a normal unlock.

It seems like a lifetime ago where unlocking costumes and other cosmetic items in a game was done through actually playing the game. I remember feeling a strong sense of pride whenever I got a cool skin through hours of time invested towards unlocking it. I think it'd be very easy for companies to incorporate a series of challenges players had to complete to get the goodies they want while also provide some kind of Loot Box system for separate and different goodies entirely. Titanfall 2 does exactly this and you never feel pressured to have to pay for everything. Ironically enough EA owns Respawn Entertainment, the company who made Titanfall 2, which is just fantastic.

Solution 2: Make the option to use money to buy the items as well as having Loot Boxes

In Titanfall 2, you also have the option to spend around $1.00 to buy the desired cosmetic or other item you should desire. It also provides skin packs in case you want more than one item. That way, you can buy or earn what you want without feeling helpless

Solution 3: Grandfather System

If we conclude that Loot Boxes are gambling, that's fine, but a lot of people would be unhappy about that. Besides companies losing a pretty penny, I personally would be infuriated that I spent God knows how much money on loot boxes only for it to be meaningless if Loot Boxes were removed. I propose that they let all current games keep their Loot Box system, but all future games wouldn't be allowed to incorporate them. That is, if they're considered gambling.


Loot Boxes don't seem to be going away any time soon, but I firmly believe they don't have to be all bad. While it is annoying that they seem to be relevant in all big multiplayer release, there is something inherently exciting about them. Hopefully future Loot Box systems will either be improved to the point where we will never have another Battlefront situation or they'll be removed entirely.

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2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

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14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

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16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

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19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

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27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

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30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

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48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Stop Texting And Start Making Memories With Your Partner

You'll blink and your time together will be over.


Technology is taking over our lives in this day and age. People use their phones for every aspect of their lives and they rely on them way more than they should. People act as if their phones are their lifelines.

They set reminders, the play games, track their food and exercise. You name it, you can probably use your phone for it. They have absolutely taken over everything so it's no wonder why people can't seem to take time away from them.

I will be the first to admit that I have an addiction to my cell phone. It is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to sleep. My boyfriend has an addiction to his as well. It's a problem. In any moment of silence, we check our phones or answer texts.

We get so focused on our phones that we will go hours without speaking to each other or making any noise at all. With the already limited time we have to spend together, we really shouldn't be worried about Facebook videos and Snapchat updates.

I hadn't really noticed it was a problem until my boyfriend pointed out that we go days at a time without having a real conversation. I scrolled through our texts and realized he was right.

We had been missing out on weeks of making memories and planning dates because we were too busy being in a committed relationship with our phones instead of each other.

Relationships are about balance and about making an effort to spend time together and make memories. It is about learning about someone so you can fall for them a million times. You can't make memories like that from behind your phone screen.

What happens when your phone dies and you don't have your phone charger? I'll tell you. You're stuck in awkward silence waiting for your partner to get off of their phone.

Or you sit in silence with your partner not knowing what to say or do because you have been treating your phones like lovers instead of each other. That's just painful.

You can't fall in love with your phone and the way that it has grown and changed over the years. Your phone can't hold you when you are sad. It can't take care of you when you are sick. It can't hold your hand in the car or make you laugh. So why choose it to spend time with over your partner?

Do you really want to look back on your relationship years from now and wonder why you don't have any memories? Or wonder why you can't remember anything you've done together?

No. No one wants that. So turn off your phone, put it on silent, hide it away and spend time making memories with the person you love that will last far beyond your phone battery. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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