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So Are "AAA" Loot Boxes Done? (The Jimquisition)

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http://www.patreon.com/jimquisition http://www.thejimquisition.com http://sharkrobot.com/collections/Jimquisition-merch In 2017, the "AAA" game industry went all-in on loot boxes - microtransactions that emulate gambling to maximize ill-gotten gains. In 2018, new games aren't using them and old games are scrubbing them. Are they done in the mainstream business, or are companies just biding their time? __ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): http://bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - https://carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
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grass bear official (8 days ago)
hey so i stopped watching jim for a few months and now what the fuck am i watching
jolla L (22 days ago)
I never doubted the AAA industry would have to cave in on this one. I mean it was too stupid and greedy to not be legislated. I was even somewhat involved on the comment boards as shit went down. Or I made my contribution one morning at least for what it was worth while the booze was evaporating through my skin. You know. I felt the need to have my say in the whole thing, fingers itching and all. Then I did what all sane people do, I saved the thread I created and printed it, hung it on the wall for inspiration for my sober days and waited for the whole thing to develop like a flowers petal outfolding in springtime. But what I was thinking about for just this instance was Jims taunting at the end at his circumventers. Sure, he was a driving force in all of this I guess, I’m not all that conversant in the whole ordeal, and I’ve seen all the tireless videos of his in my feed without clicking on them, just reveling in the feeling that this was taken care of, that shit was in good hands, never thinking too much about further developments and the whole thing about horse armor. But I believe that part of the fact of the matter is that horse armor these days are normalized. And that is the biggest gain for these big game developers. And was that even the whole meaning of this ruse I ask myself from time to time. What is important to remember though is that the game industry is young. It’s a medium in development. And for many new mediums in the past the road has been one to submission. On a lot of frail paths but never the less ending up in similar places. But then was then and now is now. The world is more connected than ever and highjacking a medium created by passionate people and claming it as their own for greedy purposes isn’t as easy as it used to be. So just for the fuck of it I’m totally on on the page to chant Jim on rather than realizing the fact that horse armor is the new normal.
Houndoom96 (1 month ago)
Balloon analogy is genius
Waguligi (1 month ago)
I'll be honest, I've never finished this video because it scared the shit out of me
blix7777 (1 month ago)
LOVE the Critters blob...used to see that on a VHS cover at Allen Video as a kid and it would always give me the creeps...
xX1NORM1Xx (1 month ago)
they will be back and we will be ready to tear them apart again.
ODD Bin (1 month ago)
Maybe now I can buy shadow of war.....
king of clubs (1 month ago)
Dont get me wrong. Ubisoft deserved to be criticized, but mostly for cookie cutter gameplay. I dunno if im not playing the right games, cuz fuck tom clancey shit, but ive never noticed any real money transactions in a ubisoft title. So even if theyre there, id have to actively look for them, which i give them credit for.
Toni coni (1 month ago)
5:53 lmao sooo true one of the first things i noticed when moving to the US.. bread has fucking SUGARS IN IT!!! I haven't eaten it for about 8 years now.
Michael Coffey (1 month ago)
This will not stop til we as buyers and consumers of games MAKE IT STOP. To this I do not pre order games anymore, even those few i know will be good an I will love I simply do not. I do not buy any games or play any games with the loot box theme or day 1 DLC bullshit they could of easily released with the game. An that can hurt as I am a huge star wars fan an I wil never buy or play Battlefront as a result. However again, company'swill view an treat us as brainless sheep as long as we act it an buy like it.
diggoryx (2 months ago)
Maybe Blizzard and Overwatch escaped negative attention for their lootboxes because it isn't just idiot fanboys who think their lootboxes are not a bad practise? Maybe not everyone agrees with Jim Sterling on this topic? *SHOCK* *HORROR*
Steven Dishongh (2 months ago)
I hate lootboxes probably more than anyone else I know (I stopped playing FIFA and Madden due to ultimate team pissing me off) but I actually would have to say the only lootbox system that is fair is Overwatches in this system none of the items effect the game and it’s easy to level up and get a free one however I do see the issue of the precedent they set
Harsha Subasinghe (2 months ago)
I personally don't blame EA for any of this. I blame Overwatch for bringing (or rather normalizing) lootboxes in AAA games. I praise EA since they went over the line and drew attention to this insidious practice by being the greedy cunts they are. Fuck Overwatch and fuck all battle royal games! Seriously!
Joseph / timeparadox98 (2 months ago)
When I saw Jim's loot box, I immediately thought "He's gonna flip the bird, right?" Knowing his videos, I was right.
Admiral Rob (2 months ago)
I will not buy a new game until all the loot box is gone
Mushroom1882 (2 months ago)
Thanks to Loot Boxes, I /never/ got to play as the Geth Prime in ME3's multiplayer. It simply /never/ dropped for me, no matter how much I wanted it, no matter how many "premium" packs I unlocked, it simply /never/ rolled for me. And you know what happened? ME3's multiplayer /died before I could play the content I really wanted to play/. Fuck Loot Boxes.
Paul H (2 months ago)
Does the bread really taste like cake in America? That's fucked.
EA is just stupid from all the fanbase they could piss the choose the one the one that gets angry every time a new movie star wars movie is out.
What is the song playing at the intro
Katari (2 months ago)
Have I mentioned how much I love the Sterdust music? Because it's great.
p sully (2 months ago)
Gamers don't throw a fit about CoD WWII for the same reason they dont throw a fit about FIFA cause the portion of us that give a shit about quality or shady business practices haven't picked up any of those titles in years. If you're still playing CoD or FIFA you get what you pay for and the rest of us sit quietly and play our actual video games until the next publisher tries to come along and shoot spunk down our throats and then we burn their houses down...metaphorically.
Pav (2 months ago)
It looks like it say’s Ster Bust on the back of your wrestling outfit. I like either of your alter egos ☺️
Barry Scott (2 months ago)
EA: You call microtransactions in a Star Wars game for skins because it's lore breaking. Also EA: YO FUCK BOYS LOOK AT THIS RAY VS DARTH MAUL THAT LOOKS REAL FUN
MrZiljon (2 months ago)
Thank god for Jim Sterling!
GregyP (2 months ago)
Love that ending I'd like to join you in giving that loot box at the end to the people I argued to on twitter about it I'm glad you spoke out :)
GregyP (2 months ago)
Glad the government has stepped in all the games are pretty much dieing anyway thanks to pay to win gambling wonder how some of these games will do now they have to make a game 🤣🤣
Andreas H Pribal (2 months ago)
i still don't really relate blizzard and activision to each other, mabye it's time i start holding blizzard to the same standards as everyone else...
The Four Horsemen (2 months ago)
I urge everyone to boycott the publishing companies that put loot-boxes and micro-transactions in the games they put out. Boycott Microsoft, Ubisoft, EA and Activision-Blizzard. Don't let micro-transactions become a normal thing within the video game industry. Let's kill them before these greedy publishers can normalize micro-transactions. If they do normalize this, gaming as a fun interactive medium is dead. If that happens, I'm officially done. BOYCOTT THIS SHIT AND IT WILL GO AWAY! If we don't, these anti-consumer practices will only get more and more intrusive as time goes by. WE MUST KILL THEM BEFORE THEY ARE NORMALIZED. Spread the word folks, re-post this everywhere. Get the word out to everyone.
Sam Frost (2 months ago)
Love the WWE Star Dust parody in the intro
Dean Harper (2 months ago)
Well done Jim. Great update on the loot box saga.
meh meh (2 months ago)
They may have garnered so much negative attention that they have no future. But they have done their job which was more likely to draw attention away from other business practices that are almost as shitty. It all seems like a feint to me, the real attack is happening else where or is yet to strike. Currently developers are now lauding the fact that they don't have them, as positive points in promoting their games. Imagine if Mcdonalds started advertising 'hey guys we don't have horse shit in our burgers, therefore its good buy it now'.
Devin Mullen (2 months ago)
The lack of loot boxes is something really commendable about Monster Hunter World: Nice job Capcom!
Blunt Politics (2 months ago)
8:39 daaaaaayum.
Simon Browne (2 months ago)
The videos just keep getting better.
Why is Jim so god damn cringey
Beyond Celsus (2 months ago)
Funny how 'ster' actually means star in a different language
eric jackson (2 months ago)
only a few more DAYS to mess with the shop-keep! 2:00
That guy with the face (2 months ago)
I'm gonna miss "let's fuck with the orc merchant"
Russell Perry (2 months ago)
American Nightmare Cody vs SterDust when???
Akaihiryuu77 (2 months ago)
Netherlands just partially banned loot boxes, and gave publishers 8 weeks to adjust the affected games or be banned from sale.
GuillieDaShogun (2 months ago)
Wait is jim sterling on tv in the UK doing uncomfortably flamboyant yet extremely effective wrestling moves. Or does he just dress up like this and show up at random pubs and beat up fools and then escape before the cops arrive?
J.G Stoner (2 months ago)
J.G Stoner (2 months ago)
i'm back. you better have a sense of humor about it or 1 of you dozens and DOZENS of fans will leave. fucking asshole
Jay (2 months ago)
Sterdust has gained a minion, we're all doomed
DangerGnom (2 months ago)
Thx Jim, for raising your voice against such crap, and in the end you helped pushing this abomination back. Also thx, for keeping the discussion about this crap alive.
Miguel Pires Ramos (2 months ago)
I think that FIFA gets away with it because there was a new game mode created for loot boxes, ultimate team, keeping every other game mode, and there are plenty, unchanged.
FirstName LastName (3 months ago)
Either I buy the wrong bread or you guys have the shittiest cake ever.
Charles Ward (3 months ago)
Mika Rose (3 months ago)
I honestly hate anyone who says ' there's no point in trying. give up' when it comes to the scummy practices or AAA gaming industry. Loot boxes and microtransaction were not a thing 10+ years ago. I remember getting games for it's base price and playing them for hours or weeks to get all the extra costumes and other items. It was so much fun, but now people EXPECT loot boxes or paying for alt weapons/outfits. We only let them win when we remain silent. I'm really proud of you for always fighting the fight with us, Jim-- erm, Sterdust.
Noé Oliveira (3 months ago)
Good god, everything about this video made me happy, the fact that that a shitty trend is going away and Jim has badass character that transcended to wrestling
Sean (3 months ago)
Jim - the people emailing you to lay off loot boxes might very well be paid industry influencers trying to shut down criticism as much as possible.
james gumption (3 months ago)
you look like you enjoy the wrestling stuff jim. It is nice to see you smile.
DaFckedUpKid (3 months ago)
Carl Weathers is a boob
Ordosan (3 months ago)
Im still fine with cosmetic lootboxes. I understand you ahte them cuz they have a price tag on them (and making you BUY RNG chances is BS.) but as long as I can get FREE cosmetic loot boxes im fine. so ya. pay real money for lootboxes is bs. but free ones is fine. (if i wanna pay for something then just let me buy my skin.
Ordosan (3 months ago)
so...waiting till july till i buy shadow of war...I loved mordor and i dont like leaving a story unfinished
Señor Tequila Purr (3 months ago)
I only trust CD Projekt Red at this point.
MELLOW BREAD (3 months ago)
W...whas that a berzerk refrence?
JP Fragoso (3 months ago)
Wait.... what about CS Go?
kathrynck (3 months ago)
Any business model or practice or monetization system which originates in mobile games, should automatically be treated as a disgusting affront to pc gaming.
Narowe (3 months ago)
Never before have I been interested in wrastlin' but I have to say that Ursa is one amazing creation. What other wrastler can claim to be an indoctrinated prize winner of a maniacal persona even half as unhinged as Sterrdust... LOOK TO THE STERS was a brilliant touch by the way xD
Omega Stray (3 months ago)
I wish I was a wrestler so Jim could kidnap and corrupt my feeble mind.
jack chester (3 months ago)
Man, don't jinx it! Wait until it's well and truely gone!
Eric Black (3 months ago)
Still no response eh hero?
Michael Salo (3 months ago)
When is Half Life 3 coming?
The Black Baron (3 months ago)
Well sea of thieves does not have any lootboxes, because that would actually be "content" and Microsoft tells people to get the hell out of there with content when it comes to their full price pirate game.
The Black Baron (3 months ago)
Why are you so weird Jim? Also nice wrestling costume.
Michael Name (3 months ago)
Activision Blizzard did not publish Overwatch. That was Blizzard Entertainment. Thank the Sters for him.
Aeternus Doleo (3 months ago)
We already know what comes next. Manipulating the game experience in multiplayer, biasing winning to those who spend, and losing to those who do not - combined with further diminishing the singleplayer experience to drive people into a multiplayer arena. This needs to be exposed when (not if) it happens, because that's even crappier then lootboxes could ever be. The Battle Royale thing that's the current craze is ideal for this kind of manipulation. It would also not surprise me to find that mechanic present in Anthem - with non-RNG item purchases leading to undisclosed temporary bonuses to gameplay. Speculation, but speculation based on facts available combined with industry mentality. AAA folks want gamers to become creditcard warriors.
iron 13 (3 months ago)
Why does Activision get lucky?
Eragon Baffel (3 months ago)
9:26 The best thing about the Shadow of War lootboxes is that if you cheated, you not only cheated but also kind of robed them of their money. Wonder when the 1st lawsuits from that start.
1RacerXer (3 months ago)
If loot boxes are done, they will just think of something else...
bonecake (3 months ago)
"AAA" and "player choice" don't sound the same no more! :(
nonmelodic 111 (3 months ago)
Let's face it, loot boxes aren't going anywhere in FIFA and other sports titles, primarily because their core consumer bases are not avid gamers and said title may be the only one (bar call of duty) that they purchase... That and how loot boxes make millions of $ in sports titles.
Cobbfull Inc (3 months ago)
Pretty sure that’s gimmick Infringement.
Spencer Williams (3 months ago)
For goodness sake, sir. There is more to life than just loot boxes...
agent320 (3 months ago)
because of the legal definition of gambling and the reason you are always guaranteed to get something out of the lootbox publishers claim it isnt gambling. Lets just do a little mind experiment. Lets say a casino introduced a new slot machine, which cost 10$ to play in and you are always guaranteed to get 1$ back. Listening to publishers that would mean that that should be completly and utterly unregulated as it doesnt fit the legal definition of gambling... we can all see the hypocrisy cant we ...
Blitzkrieg (3 months ago)
What bloody annoys me is that EA still has the system in Battlefront 2. You just can't fucking buy anything. Yeah, the Star Cards are available by leveling up, but you can't DO anything with the credits you get. And they still give you 500 each day.
Jeff doe (3 months ago)
+Jim Sterling Gmods modding scene may be in crysis, as due to self inflicted paid mods.
Michael Houle (3 months ago)
sturdust!!!!! God I love your stuff but Sturdust is just amazing... oh yeah and #FUCKONAMI... oh yeah you didn't expect EA to be greedy stupid fuckers?.... In other breaking news water is wet!!!... PS I'd buy your loot box... where can I send you my Credit Card info for them?
Hyenaholic Productions (3 months ago)
I feel sorry for EA for being the only ones taking heat a lot of the time.
Howling Din (3 months ago)
Alex Jones is a humble water filter salesman.
Saizetsu (3 months ago)
I so enjoy your series, the zorn and thorn theme song ah memories.
nih sa (3 months ago)
oh god, that intro xD xD xD
Chris Allie (3 months ago)
Fuck everybody buying into the micro bullshit.
T monaco (3 months ago)
Status quo Warrior love it I'm going to use it.
Shrew Tracks (3 months ago)
I find the dropping of loot boxes onto normandy beach for everyone to see is a fun mechanic but they should not charge money for it. I play a ton of Overwatch and enjoy the loot boxes but I will not pay for them and I am good enough to scoop enough to feel happy. Wouldn't hurt to be able to get them a tad bit faster or not put a weekly limit on arcade earned loot boxes. It would also be cool if they were not a thing that costed money. Overwatch is epic but all games die eventually and with them all the crap you pay for. I love Titanfall 2 but EA is money grubbing to the point that simple skins cost 5 dollars. I only bought the skin for my favorite gun that gives the whole team exp boost because Sony randomly gave me a free $10 credit. Thanks for your support Sony.
Roman Fridman (3 months ago)
NotMeButAnother (3 months ago)
This man is clearly a disterctive disterbance to our undeserved billions. We should hire an AAA wrestler to teach him a lesson.
MrNangle (3 months ago)
Wait does Jim live in the US?
Leo W (1 month ago)
Yup, in the south somewhere.
Strazdas (1 month ago)
Hes been living in the US for many years now.
mistehmen (3 months ago)
You are the beam of light that shines down through the darkness of ignorance and complacency.
Will S (3 months ago)
The jimquisition lootbox is basically all AAA lootboxes.
N1UGA (3 months ago)
That piano edit of his opening theme is the coolest fuckin song.
Adam Warner (3 months ago)
The Bread does taste like Cake!
Solitary Angel (3 months ago)
You almost started to make the connection with "Shadow of Mordor" That by removing the toxicity of loot boxes with a shallow excuse confirmed what you had been saying all along about it ruined the Nemesis system and you alluded to the next part without saying it. By removing this business model fubar, warner/Monolith are targeting a specific audience. They have sold all the game copies to the people that didn't mind having loot boxes. The will not sell to the people that do not want the game, but the middle group, the one's that do want the game but refused to buy it on principal because of the loot boxes...those are now tempted to buy it and that is what Warner/Monolith are doing. They are deliberately targeting that group and tempting them to open their wallets because loot boxes...the thing you were adamant against, are now gone. It is nothing but a business practice, it has little to do with loot boxes have been outed let's pull back and regroup. It is, loot boxes are now done, they ran their course and it has come to the end we knew it would, so now let's activate phase two of the plan, remove them, apologise (with fingers crossed behind our back so that it doesn't count) and go after the middle group of players we didn't get the money from the first time around. Once they have all the money they can from those players, they will enact phase three, which is to release the game in a sale or bundled in with another game to try to get the money from group 3 players (Those not interested at all in buying it).
pigtailsboy (3 months ago)
Ah, you're in management. Okay. Good luck to you and your projects.
Rowlo Eightyeight (3 months ago)
Dcard Dcardian (3 months ago)
So they retreated from lootboxes but what makes them not comming back to it? Like take besetha's horse armour for exempel. It was kicked out shortly after it came. Then when Fallout 4 became a thing they made the creation club where they are selling mods.I do not tuch games with microtransactions or lootboxes. Now they go back to microtransactions and that is not a good thing. Like what do we need to do in order to get them to back away from microtransactions?
Callum Ballantyne (3 months ago)
I want to see Sterdust unmasked. I wonder who they really are.
Scott Elder (3 months ago)
only issue is this now makes microtransactions seem not so bad because we've seen worse and now it ONLY being microtransactions is praised
PattyjoAtwork (3 months ago)
Could ya boi jim fing sterling son respec opinunions.

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