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@TimBiggs — 696 followers, 2,174 tweets

Nov 18, 2017

Was worried about this dragon until she got absolutely steamrolled by a random mammoth. #SkyrimSwitch

Nov 17, 2017

@dgmc440 Ah, good spot. I'll amend that to say Hollywood :\

Nov 17, 2017

@ShaneBryan_IT Yeah it seems very haphazard. By tying the entire reward structure of the game to it, even a single player game like Shadow of War or ACO, a slight algorithm tweak could change the entire flow and balance.

Nov 17, 2017

Honestly I'm so exhausted after having to think about economics and loot box maths in just about every single AAA game leading up to this holiday season. It's not about having to pay, it's about the way gambling mechanics affect the structure of the games themselves.

Nov 17, 2017

EA's taken the laudable step of turning off all micro-transactions for Star Wars Battlefront II due to the wave of negative reactions. It's about all they could do for now, but I think the problem lives on in the way you have to grind to unlock / upgrade.

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