Cosmetic Randomized Loot Boxes are Super Exploitative

I feel like everyone is in agreement about micro-transactions being bad for gamers. After all, allowing players to buy an advantage over other players, or flat out creating impediments, in games, that can only be surmounted through micro-transactions is, at best, irritating, and, at worst, horribly exploitative. But, to this day, there has been a hierarchy of these critiques which put micro-transactions which purely effect cosmetic aspects of the game lower on the scale of being reprehensible than systems which are more gameplay oriented. But, I believe there is an argument for these cosmetic systems being as bad, if not worse than their counterparts...

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Why I Abstain From Ranked

After 5 years of playing League of Legends and the majority of that time, playing ranked I've decided I will never play a video game competitively ever again. I don't say that because I am adverse to competition. If I didn't like to win, I probably wouldn't enjoy video games as much as I do, but I realized something about ranked that makes it impossible for me to continue playing, it wasn't fun and it was making me meaner. Not just in-game but in my life outside of video games as well.

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The Fragility of the White Boy Gamer

he damaging nature of the frail white boy ego to the video game community can not be understated. To take a recent and highly visible example, Toronto Esports player, Matt Vaughn, who  said nigger (with the hard er) for 26 seconds straight then, after being caught, shortly thereafter apologized citing tiredness and server lag as the reason for his tirade. That's all it took, feeling tired and server lag and by no means is Vaughn unique. Harassment is an everyday occurrence.

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The Absurdity of the Language of Trolls as exemplified by Dot

I was playing Overwatch, with two of my friends, when we got into a game with no one playing a tank on King's Row. If you don't know much about Overwatch, you really need a tank so that you can push forward and capture objectives. But we didn't have one so over the in-game chat a user by the name of Dot and I have a conversation that went like this:

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