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Have experience with gambling mechanics? Reporter here wants to hear your story


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Experience with video game gambling mechanics  

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  1. 1. Have you ever purchased a loot box or other chanced-based microtransaction?

  2. 2. Have you ever played a social casino game? (e.g. an online gambling game)

  3. 3. Were chanced-based mechanics a motivating reason for your gaming habits?



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Hello, 

My name is Max -- I'm a legislative reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune in Washington. I posted several days ago in the introduction tab about an article on gambling mechanics in the video game industry I'm working on. The people who responded were very supportive and suggested I create a poll here.

To be fully transparent, I'm not currently a gamer. When I was younger I logged an embarrassing amount of hours playing Runescape, but those days are long behind me. My memories of long xp-grinds were recently jogged, however, when I found a bill in my state legislature that proposed looking into loot boxes and other chanced-based purchases in games as a form of gambling. 

This brings me to you: I'm curious to hear from those in the gaming community about their experience with loot boxes, social casinos, micro transactions and other mechanics that may contain gambling mechanics. The people I've spoken to in addiction recovery and the gaming industry suggested these mechanics are blurring the line between the gambling and gaming industry. I've yet to find someone with personal experience of the issue. If that someone is you, feel free to reach out to my email or cell. There's also a poll attached to this post. Your feed back would be greatly appreciated.

max.wasserman@thenewstribune.com

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Best,

Max

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