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Yup, it’s a Lords committee report to the government:

 

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The government told the committee that its planned future review of the Gambling Act would focus on loot boxes. But the Lords report warns: "This issue requires more urgent attention."

 

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Here's something for the it's nothing like gambling crew to stick in their pipe.

 

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-04-03-link-between-loot-boxes-and-problem-gambling-robustly-verified


 

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New research has "robustly verified" a link between loot boxes and problem gambling.

Researchers at the universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton said loot boxes "are structurally and psychologically akin to gambling".

It also found that large numbers of children are opening loot boxes.

 

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The new research, commissioned by the GambleAware charity, found that of the 93 per cent of children who play video games, up to 40 per cent opened loot boxes. It also found 12 out of 13 studies on loot boxes established "unambiguous" connections to problem gambling behaviour, with young men the most likely to use loot boxes, and young age and lower education correlating with increased use.

 

The report said many games use a "psychological nudge" to encourage people to buy loot boxes - such as the fear of missing out on limited-time items or special deals.

This can be seen clearly in FIFA Ultimate Team, which regularly trades on FOMO by releasing powerful, coveted cards in limited quantities or for limited periods of time.

 

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You can trade/sell Pokemon cards. Whatever is in the Pokemon card booster pack isn't decided upon opening. Generally, I play well with any deck of similar non-descript Pokemon cards, but the mechanics of games can be designed such that you're "behind" if you don't get whatever the loot box gives. To the best of my knowledge, I can't tap a button and mindlessly buy more packs of Pokemon cards.

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