Leaderboard: Do you buy lockboxes in MMOs? Take the ‘purity’ test

    
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A week or two ago, Massively OP reader Sally Bowls proposed a Leaderboard too intriguing to pass up. “How about a poll on your lockbox purity?” she suggested, rattling off eight possible answers to a question about how “pure” you are when it comes to lockboxes and MMOs – in other words, it breaks down how far you’re willing to go to avoid them. In fact, I have a few options I want to add to in the interest of seeing whether folks who support lockboxes are really only supporting them because they want whales to pay our way. Plus, elf butts.

Let’s do it. To the pollmobile!

I’ve set it so that multiple options are possible.

Under what conditions, if any, do you buy lockboxes in MMOs and online games?

  • I buy lockboxes with real money regularly. Getcher harpoons, I am a whale! (2%, 22 Votes)
  • I buy lockboxes with real money occasionally. I really want that thing, you guys. (17%, 197 Votes)
  • I do not buy lockboxes with real money, but I am fine with whales buying them to keep my game alive. (9%, 105 Votes)
  • I do not buy lockboxes with real money, but I will spend in-game currency to buy them. (19%, 223 Votes)
  • I open lockboxes only when they (or their keys, etc.) are given to me for free in a game. (45%, 531 Votes)
  • I won't even open free lockboxes with free keys in games that have them. (2%, 23 Votes)
  • I do not play any games with lockboxes period. (3%, 39 Votes)
  • Elf butts / no response / just want to see standings (4%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 961

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Neurotic

I think you have to take it on a case-by-case basis — some games do it well, and others not. It also depends on the gamer. For example, I drop a bit of cash in both Neverwinter and STO every month, and DDO occasionally because I’m a life-long D&Der and Star Trek fan, and those things are meaningful to me. But I play plenty of other games that have shops or boxes that I don’t regularly spend in, or have done only once or twice to get a special thing. (Hence, I voted for the second option). :D

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Bullwraith

I’ll buy lootboxes or keys once in awhile just for the heck of it. I also buy a lottery ticket or feed a slot machine for a few minutes on a whim. It is an amusement.

Allow me to editorialize for a second: “Purity” is responsible for much that is wrong with human civilization. In our games we learn that murder and carnage is ok. I think that all of the breast beating over lockboxes is a bit overdone.

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Michael18

If some rat drops a Great Sword of Devastation +2 I’m totally fine with that. But if said rat drops a lockbox it breaks my immersion (no, I’m not joking).

This is not as contradictory as it might seem. First of all, I was conditioned to expect rats to drop magic swords and plate armor since the early 80ies. More importantly, a lockbox is not a game-world immanent object; it’s more as if the rat dropped, in addition to the sword, a leaflet with ads for the cash shop.

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Totally Not Mike McLarty

I buy all the shit. All of it.

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Jack Pipsam

If I am given a free key, then sure. But I won’t spend a cent on a key anymore. I only did that when I played TF2 years ago and I was a total idiot.

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Anstalt

I am “pure” – I won’t play games with lockboxes.

The only game I played with lockboxes was SW:TOR, but I was playing before they were introduced and their introduction (and F2P in general) were part of the reason for me leaving. Even with the free store credit I was getting as a subscriber, I never once bought or opened a lockbox.

To me, lockboxes represent a predatory attitude from the developers. Whilst I understand the need to increase revenue from a business point of view, getting your players to gamble with their money is extremely unethical so I cannot support it. They also tend to become part of games that aren’t all that good anyway, so it pisses me off that instead of investing in the game itself and making necessary improvements, the company has instead decided just to wring as much money out of it before moving on.

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Andrew Ross

It’s not an option, but I’ll buy boxes/keys/whatever the gamble mechanic is when I want something and I want to actively support a game I haven’t paid anything for that doesn’t have anything else worth paying for.

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David ward

A whale? What exactly is that suppose to even mean?

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Bryan Correll

In this context a whale is someone who will spend lots in a cash shop. By comparison totally free-to-play players are minnows or guppies. Or, in some games, krill.

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Bryan Correll

I’m not going to specifically shell out real cash for lockboxes, but if a sub comes with an allowance of store credits (SWTOR for example) I’ll buy them with that when there isn’t anything else that I particularly want to use the credits for.

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Ken from Chicago

A free lockbox–with free key–is just a fancy term for “loot”. MMOs give you loot all the time and I have no problem accepting them.