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Lure of the 'loot box' looks a lot like gambling

20:00 EDT 30 Apr 2019 | AAAS

(University of British Columbia) An increasingly popular feature of modern video games is attracting gamers who share the beliefs and behaviours of problem gamblers, new UBC research has found. Gamers who are drawn to 'loot boxes' -- randomly generated prizes of undisclosed value that can be attained or purchased within a game--bear a closer resemblance to problem gamblers than they do to problem gamers.

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