ESRB Adding In Game Purchases Warning On Games


Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! It seems like video games have been coming up in recent conversations of politicians. Whether it be about violence in video games which has picked up a lot of momentum in recent weeks, or microtransactions. I feel it’s never good when politicians try to get involved in something they know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about! Yes I feel many of them know nothing about video games! I also feel sometimes nothing good ever comes out of it either when they do get involved. So the gaming industry is trying to brace itself for what may happen in the recent controversy of microtransactions, and the ESRB is going to try to address the problem by adding an ‘in-game purchases’ label on games in addition to the rating on the game.

Well we’ll see if this works. This includes anything you have to pay for additionally after you purchase a game. Anything from DLC to the ever so controversial microtransactions. If you think about it, that is more than 50 percent of games being made nowadays. But unfortunately I still see congress getting involved. An ‘in-game purchases’ label isn’t going to stop them from trying to solve a problem that they feel needs to solved. They’re not just going to be like ‘Oh they have a label for in-game purchases. Problem solved! Let’s go do something else.’. NO! That’s not going to happen. Especially on an issue like this which I feel when it comes to the pay to win/loot boxes forms of microtransactions, it is a form of gambling. DLC and any other microtransaction that doesn’t affect your ability to win is fine but loot boxes need to be addressed. Gambling as you know requires you to be 21 years of age or older in most casinos you go to in the US and the last thing any developer wants is an AO (Adults Only) rating. Another problem I have with loot boxes is I feel that it takes the fun and integrity out of the game for the people who aren’t using them. The fact that someone has to pay to win is just stupid in my opinion. If you have to do that you should really ask yourself ‘Should I be playing this game?’. And I know some will make the argument ‘I don’t have time to play as much as others’. Well then if that’s the case I suggest you either get good, or put that game down and play something else. There are a lot of other great choices of games out there. But hey, you all are the ones that are wasting your money on loot boxes. In the end it’s just a game!

I have a question for the ESRB! Why didn’t they start doing this sooner? In-game purchases have been in video games for while now. You think someone over there would’ve come up with that idea to put a warning label on such games. But no! It took a big controversy from EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 to finally make people start paying attention to something that has been going on for years now. And the funny thing about this is that if you see a game on the Google Play Store, or the iOS App Store they usually have warnings on games that say in-game purchases. Whether it is free to download or not. My big fear is that something may happen to games in general. Like no more in-game purchases in games. So that would really suck for developers where everything for the game would have to be ready before they put it out. And game prices would probably skyrocket. Imagine a Triple-A game being $79.99 instead of $59.99. Possibly higher. Hopefully nothing that drastic happens but it’s apparent that something does need to get done. And it pisses me off that its politicians making the gaming industry do something about it instead of the gaming industry just policing themselves. (That would be wishful thinking).

So this issue along with the violence in video games issue I feel all gamers from all walks of life should be paying close attention to. This I feel however is an issue that could’ve been prevented if not for the greedy developers making loot boxes an option and the people that are willing to buy them just so they can win and be the best without putting any work into the game. At the end of the day it’s just a game. You are not going to get prize money (unless it’s a tournament), or anything like that. Video games are worth it. Let’s just play them with the integrity they deserve. No cheating, no pay to win, just effort and a sense of wanting to have fun in the process. Do you guys agree with my opinion on this issue? Let me know in the comments below. If you are not following me yet please change that and click subsrcibe, and definitely give this post (or any of my others) a like if you like. Blogging live to you and yours! It’s been your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Remember that TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks! Please come back soon. Later!

6 thoughts on “ESRB Adding In Game Purchases Warning On Games

  1. I think this also should’ve been done sooner. I love how CD project red stated pretty much that when you buy a game, you should get the full game. And the DLC they released after the Witcher 3 games was so much more than what other games offer. Or maybe how Overwatch is purely cosmetic purposes. I just hate that more and more games pile on costs on top of a 60$ price tag.


  2. While I agree with you that games should have already had in-game purchase warnings, I have to disagree about high game prices due to lack of in-game purchases/releasing the full game upon the release date. We haven’t always had downloadable content or in game purchases. According to this article “Games today, at their listed retail prices, cost about the same as they did in 1995.” Games should not increase in price, but if they do, it’s up to us as a community to put our foot down. Inflation is one thing, but to charge insane prices just to receive a full game would (and should) lose those game companies customers.


  3. As someone who only plays mobile gamez, it shocks me that warnings were not just always a thing when a game contains microtransactions. If people want to pay for additional items, that is there business. But it concerns me that similar to mobile games, kids won’t realize they are getting them on their parents accounts, or people are being misled.

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