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Game devs defend loot boxes, call restrictions "censorship"

The International Game Developers Association have called looming loot box legislation “censorship” of developers’ creative and business decisions.

Did you know, games with loot boxes will soon carry a special ESRB label.

At this year’s Game Developer Conference, IGDA plan on holding a roundtable discussion, titled Censorship Strikes Back Roundtable, for “game developers and allies who want to protect themselves, their work, and their peers from video game censorship.”

“Global gains against game censorship are suddenly at risk from a combination of actions against our industry,” the event description reads. “With the World Health Organization classifying ‘gaming disorder’ a mental health condition and burgeoning legislation around the world against loot boxes, a handful of government officials again wield outsized power over our creative and business decisions.

“Additionally, Augmented Reality (AR) faces bans in parks, military bases, churches around the world, and a total ban in China. What are developers to do? Join us for a discussion on how we can protect our rights.”

IGDA go on to call these restrictions “assaults” on the “self-expression and business rights” of game developers. The discussion at GDC aims to teach developers “about potential implications of recent government changes,” alongside how they can “protect themselves and support their peers.” 

Legislation is definitely looming. A number of US states and countries around the world are investigating loot boxes: Hawaii, Sweden, Germany, Washington, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands among them. But it could be some time before formal legislation takes place.

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Lynkeus Avatar
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3 Months ago

Of course they will defend their bread and butter. Loot boxes are overly priced and include a lot of shitty things that does not worth what you pay for one, luring you into buying them in the hope for "what if I get that piece of thing". They should be definitely legislated, if not banned.

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m0r1arty Avatar
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3 Months ago

Loot boxes aren't gaming, they are gambling.

Perhaps game devs shouldn't copy journalists when it comes to dropping ethics entirely as it's not working out well for that market at the moment.

Once Disney dumps EA from its Star Wars license maybe game developers will understand that it is hunger which drives art into new places, not a fat belly and complacency.

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Danzflor Avatar
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3 Months ago

You really are comparing the fake gamergate movement claims to this? Get out of your bubble son, 2012 was a long time ago.

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danman Avatar
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3 Months ago

Cry me a river...

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Tannhauser Avatar
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3 Months ago

"What are developers to do?" How about being COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT about the shit you're peddling? The legislation isn't aimed at "censoring" anything - it's meant to ensure that customers are better informed about what they are getting into. If you think that's bad, you can go die in a fire.

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JTP1 Avatar
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3 Months ago

"Creative and business decisions" lol! You mean like the manipulation practices you put in place to "encourage" people to buy your loot boxes for a "chance" to get something they "may" want? Those creative business decisions?

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bryan.soh.perth Avatar
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3 Months ago

this kind of talk is literally like how cigarette companies were complaining about plain packaging, government legislation to curb smoking in public places etc. Sooner or later like all exploitative practices, a government will fund a research study into the effects of lootboxes, which will provide them with the ammunition to legislate laws surrounding the issue

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JMiles2 Avatar
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3 Months ago

> "What are developers to do?"

Look at CD Project?

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