Adolescents playing video games that offer randomized rewards to increase competitive advantage could possibly be exposed to mechanisms that are psychologically similar to gambling.
According to Newsy.com (and many, many other articles that show the study of gambling), these loot boxes have the same affect on the brain as a slot machine!
What's scary is that it's unregulated, anyone can gamble in these games with no consequence other than draining your bank account...
Here's a list of games that I know of that have (or had) loot box gambling mechanics built right in:
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Team Fortress 2
- Playerunknowns Battlegrounds
- Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor (Removed)
- Star Wars Battlefront II (EA) (Removed)\
- Halo 5: Guardians
- StarCraft II
- Heroes of the Storm
There are probably a lot more. I recommend avoiding these games at all cost if you want things to change...