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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' had its Crimefest 2015 event, which was a major PR disaster for Overkill due to them implementing Safes and Drills as microtransactions, which contain weapon skins, in an event in which content was ''meant to be free to all players.'' It didn't help that skins ''may'' sometimes have stat boosts tacked onto them, but with the game being PVE, not PVP, this is not what the majority of people were upset about. What ''was'' upsetting, and more galling, was that a few years prior, the devs famously said that wouldn't add microtransactions to the game (''"Shame on you, if you thought otherwise!"''). In fairness, Overkill has tried to make things right since then, by delisting the paid drills and their respective safes, essentially removing the drills needed to open those Safes from circulation, and made it so that safes added after Update #100 become free to open, requiring no drill to open, and they'll drop at the end of a heist once per week at random. The Crimefest name became so tarnished after 2015, that, when the annual event came around the following year, they dropped the name ''entirely'', instead naming the event around one of the major features of that event (The Hoxtons Housewarming Party, an event to bring in the much-awaited customisable safehouse to the game), although the Fall 2017 event would later reuse the Crimefest name. While the Microtransactions are still ''technically'' in the game, PAYDAY 2 goes out of its way to hide the option to buy pre-update #100 drills and safes.

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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' had its Crimefest 2015 event, which was a major PR disaster for Overkill due to them implementing Safes and Drills as microtransactions, which contain weapon skins, in an event in which content was ''meant to be free to all players.'' It didn't help that skins ''may'' sometimes have stat boosts tacked onto them, but with the game being PVE, not PVP, this is not what the majority of people were upset about. What ''was'' upsetting, and more galling, galling in the eyes of the playerbase, was that a few years prior, the devs famously said that wouldn't add microtransactions to the game (''"Shame on you, if you thought otherwise!"''). In fairness, Since this released, however, Overkill has have actively tried to make things right since then, by delisting the paid drills and their respective safes, essentially removing the drills needed to open those Safes from circulation, and made it so that safes added after Update #100 become free to open, requiring no drill to open, and they'll drop at the end of a heist once per week at random. The Crimefest name became so tarnished after 2015, that, when Update #199.2 removed the annual event came around the following year, they dropped the name ''entirely'', instead naming the event around one of the major features of that event (The Hoxtons Housewarming Party, an event ability to bring in the much-awaited customisable safehouse to the game), although the Fall 2017 event would later reuse the Crimefest name. While the Microtransactions are still ''technically'' in the game, PAYDAY 2 goes out of its way to hide the option to buy pre-update #100 purchase drills from Overkill, and safes.you can no longer sell safes on the steam marketplace.







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* ''VideoGame/ReligiousIdle'': The video game propaganda upgrade partially involves "multiplayer loot boxes."


The first clear examples of this mechanic are the Chinese ''ZT Online'' (2007) and Canadian ''FIFA 09'' (2008). In East Asia it would soon come to dominate the [[MobilePhoneGame mobile]] and [[BrowserGame browser]] gaming markets, where it's known as "gacha" after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gashapon the toy capsule machines]]. The term "lootboxes" [[TropeNamer was coined]] by ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' in 2016.

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The first clear examples of this mechanic are the Chinese ''ZT Online'' (2007) and Canadian ''FIFA 09'' (2008). In East Asia it would soon come to dominate the [[MobilePhoneGame mobile]] and [[BrowserGame browser]] gaming markets, where it's known as "gacha" after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gashapon the toy capsule machines]].machines]][[note]]incidentally, "gacha" is also Mexican Spanish for "awful"; Mexican gamers often refer to abusive gacha games, or unfruitful gacha runs, as a "gacha muy gacha" (literally a "very bad gacha")[[/note]]. The term "lootboxes" [[TropeNamer was coined]] by ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' in 2016.


* There are various Chests on rotation in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', some unlock one random skin per roll, and others grant you a cosmetic item such as an [=MVP Pose=] or emote, all of which are '''guaranteed''' to be something you don't already have, as unlike its contemporaries, the game does not give you duplicate items. This has the inevitable downside of leading to a minority of players unlocking everything in a specific chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win (Battle Chests are notorious for this), Here are some of the categories:
** The Gold Chest contains most non-event skins, emotes, and [=MVP=] poses, and costs 75 Crystals. You can earn one for free by completing your Ranked placement matches, and in Level 49 of Battle Pass 9.
** The Diamond Chest contains a smaller selection of Epic and Legendary skins and mounts, and costs 300 Crystals. Players can earn one for free by reaching level 49 of the free Battle Pass (Except for Battle Pass 9).
** The Flair Chest contains...flairs (as in, stuff to show off). This includes emotes, [=MVP=] poses, avatars and the somewhat unusually named flairs (the text underneath one's name, for example; "God8898 - The Impatient"). It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of some Battle Passes.

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* There are various Chests on rotation in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', some unlock one random skin per roll, and others grant you a cosmetic item such as an [=MVP Pose=] or emote, all of which are '''guaranteed''' to be something you don't already have, as unlike its contemporaries, the game does not give you duplicate items. This has the inevitable downside of leading to a minority of players unlocking everything in a specific chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win (Battle Chests are were notorious for this), Here are some of the categories:
** The Gold Chest contains most non-event skins, emotes, and [=MVP=] poses, and costs 75 Crystals. You can earn one for free by completing your Ranked placement matches, and in Level 49 of Battle Pass 9.
9 and 10.
** The Diamond Chest contains a smaller selection of Epic and Legendary skins and mounts, and costs 300 Crystals. Players can earn one for free by reaching level 49 of the free Battle Pass (Except for Battle Pass 9).
9 and 10).
** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The Flair Chest contains...flairs contains flairs]] (as in, stuff to show off). This includes emotes, [=MVP=] poses, avatars and the somewhat unusually named flairs Titles (the text underneath one's name, username, for example; "God8898 "[=God8898=] - The Impatient").''The Impatient''"). It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of some Battle Passes.

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* LimitedRunGames occasionally offers Blind Boxes with a random game and trading card to liquidate unsold stock. The games even have different odds attached.


* There are various Chests in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', some unlock one random skin or other cosmetic item, which is '''guaranteed''' to be something you don't already have. This has the inevitable downside of leading to some players unlocking everything in a specific chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win, Here are some of the categories:
** The Gold Chest contains most non-event skins, emotes, and poses, and costs 75 Crystals. You can earn one for free by completing your Ranked placement matches.
** The Diamond Chest contains a smaller selection of Epic and Legendary skins and mounts, and costs 300 Crystals. Players can earn one for free by reaching level 49 of the free Battle Pass.
** The Flair Chest contains emotes, poses, avatars and, as the name implies, flairs (the text underneath ones name). It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of each Battle Pass.

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* There are various Chests on rotation in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', some unlock one random skin or other per roll, and others grant you a cosmetic item, item such as an [=MVP Pose=] or emote, all of which is are '''guaranteed''' to be something you don't already have. have, as unlike its contemporaries, the game does not give you duplicate items. This has the inevitable downside of leading to some a minority of players unlocking everything in a specific chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win, win (Battle Chests are notorious for this), Here are some of the categories:
** The Gold Chest contains most non-event skins, emotes, and [=MVP=] poses, and costs 75 Crystals. You can earn one for free by completing your Ranked placement matches.
matches, and in Level 49 of Battle Pass 9.
** The Diamond Chest contains a smaller selection of Epic and Legendary skins and mounts, and costs 300 Crystals. Players can earn one for free by reaching level 49 of the free Battle Pass.
Pass (Except for Battle Pass 9).
** The Flair Chest contains contains...flairs (as in, stuff to show off). This includes emotes, [=MVP=] poses, avatars and, as and the name implies, somewhat unusually named flairs (the text underneath ones name). one's name, for example; "God8898 - The Impatient"). It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of each some Battle Pass.Passes.

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonMasters'' uses a gacha system to acquire more trainers from throughout the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise by paying using diamonds. However, you can either roll using unpaid diamonds (ones that you earn from gameplay, such as daily awards or mission prizes) or paid diamonds, with paid diamond rolls having a higher chance of rolling for higher-starred trainers and/or the banner's specific trainer.
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* ''VideoGame/CookieRun'' has its gacha mechanic with pet eggs, cookie chests, and treasure incantations. All of these have equal odds, except for the "special" variants, where some are rigged in the favor of a selection of 8 cookies/pets or 5 treasures, plus 2 cookies/pets or 1 treasure that the player can choose to be rigged in their favor.

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* ''VideoGame/CookieRun'' has its gacha mechanic with pet eggs, cookie chests, and treasure incantations. All of these have equal odds, except for the "special" variants, where some are rigged in the favor of a selection of 8 cookies/pets or 5 3 treasures, plus 2 epic cookies/pets or 1 treasure 3 treasures that the player can choose to be rigged in their favor.


* Chests in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' unlock one random skin or other cosmetic item, which is guaranteed to be something you don't already have (leading to some players unlocking everything in a chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win).

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* There are various Chests in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'', some unlock one random skin or other cosmetic item, which is guaranteed '''guaranteed''' to be something you don't already have (leading have. This has the inevitable downside of leading to some players unlocking everything in a specific chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win).win, Here are some of the categories:



** The Flair Chest contains emotes, poses, and avatars. It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of each Battle Pass.
** Event chests cost various amounts of Crystals and contain various items from past events or that share a specific theme.

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** The Flair Chest contains emotes, poses, and avatars.avatars and, as the name implies, flairs (the text underneath ones name). It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of each Battle Pass.
** Event chests such as the "Little Box of Horrors" cost various amounts of Crystals and contain various items from past events or that share a specific theme.


Loot boxes serve as a point of contention due to ''[[SturgeonsLaw many]]'' [[AllegedlyFreeGame allegedly free games]] which have hidden real and tangible ways of BribingYourWayToVictory behind this [[GameplayRandomization randomized method of acquisition]]. It also crept into paid games, with ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' and ''Videogame/CounterStrike: Global Offensive'' adding skin cases and the like.[[note]]though ''[=TF2=]'' would transition to free-to-play a few months later, which ''Global Offensive'' would go Free to Play ''six years later''[[/note]] Eventually governments would start investigating whether they should be regulated as ''gambling'' -- Japan has banned [[DismantledMacGuffin one particularly addictive form]] of the mechanic since 2012, and a 2016 Chinese ruling banned paid lootboxes completely, though both laws were filled with loopholes (publishers like Blizzard simply switched to [[LoopholeAbuse selling worthless items that included lootboxes as "free gifts"]]). The widespread backlash against ''Videogame/StarWarsBattlefrontII2017'' also lead to many countries in the Western hemisphere taking greater notice, with Belgium, the Netherlands and the Isle of Man implementing restrictions soon after.

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Loot boxes serve as a point of contention due to ''[[SturgeonsLaw many]]'' [[AllegedlyFreeGame allegedly free games]] which have hidden real and tangible ways of BribingYourWayToVictory behind this [[GameplayRandomization randomized method of acquisition]]. It also crept into paid games, with ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' and ''Videogame/CounterStrike: Global Offensive'' adding skin cases and the like.[[note]]though ''[=TF2=]'' would transition to free-to-play a few months later, which ''Global Offensive'' would go Free to Play ''six years later''[[/note]] Eventually governments would start investigating whether they should be regulated as ''gambling'' -- Japan has banned [[DismantledMacGuffin one particularly addictive form]] of the mechanic since 2012, and a 2016 Chinese ruling banned paid lootboxes completely, though both laws were filled with loopholes (publishers like Blizzard simply switched to [[LoopholeAbuse selling worthless items that included lootboxes as "free gifts"]]). The widespread backlash against ''Videogame/StarWarsBattlefrontII2017'' also lead to many countries in the Western hemisphere taking greater notice, with Belgium, the Netherlands and the Isle of Man implementing restrictions soon after.
after, and the United Kingdom strongly advising precautionary measures be placed onto games with Lootboxes.

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* ''Manga/Overlord2012'': The YGGDRASSIL MMO used gacha mechanics, with Ainz giving out some of the more VendorTrash ones to his allies. Unfortunately, what was a barely-useful item in the MMO becomes an ungodly GameBreaker in the new world.


* Chests in ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' unlock one random skin or other cosmetic item, which is guaranteed to be something you don't already have (leading to some players unlocking everything in a chest, and then earning more from events, which they cannot open since there's nothing left for them to win).
** The Gold Chest contains most non-event skins, emotes, and poses, and costs 75 Crystals. You can earn one for free by completing your Ranked placement matches.
** The Diamond Chest contains a smaller selection of Epic and Legendary skins and mounts, and costs 300 Crystals. Players can earn one for free by reaching level 49 of the free Battle Pass.
** The Flair Chest contains emotes, poses, and avatars. It costs 50 Crystals and many can be earned from both the free and paid tracks of each Battle Pass.
** Event chests cost various amounts of Crystals and contain various items from past events or that share a specific theme.



** Style Boxes give a random piece of clothing which replaces the appearance of your equipment. ''VideoGame/MapleStory2'' also has these, but not the regular Gachapon.

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** Style Boxes give a random piece of clothing which replaces the appearance of your equipment.
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''VideoGame/MapleStory2'' brings back the Style Boxes from the first game, but drops the Gachapon. Style Crate items can also has these, but not the regular Gachapon.be bought directly for a higher price.


[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheSimpsons You can have the washer and dryer...]] or you can trade it all in for [[MysteryBox what's in the box]]...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheSimpsons [[caption-width-right:350:[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons You can have the washer and dryer...]] or you can trade it all in for [[MysteryBox what's in the box]]...]]


In video games, a "loot box" [[InsistentTerminology (also]] [[MemeticMutation notoriously]] [[InsistentTerminology christened "surprise mechanics" by]] [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]]) is a container with [[RandomDrops randomized]], possibly [[RareRandomDrop rare loot]]. While some are actual boxes within the game world which the PlayerCharacter picks up, they tend to be [[GameplayAndStorySegregation a bit more disconnected]] -- they're often acquired from the game's menu system outside of gameplay (a process that can include {{Microtransactions}}), and their "contents" aren't limited to physical items but can include insubstantials like new classes or skins.

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In video games, a "loot box" (often rebranded by publishers as [[InsistentTerminology (also]] [[MemeticMutation notoriously]] [[InsistentTerminology christened "surprise mechanics" by]] [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]]) mechanics"]] or other euphemisms) is a container with [[RandomDrops randomized]], possibly [[RareRandomDrop rare loot]]. While some are actual boxes within the game world which the PlayerCharacter picks up, they tend to be [[GameplayAndStorySegregation a bit more disconnected]] -- they're often acquired from the game's menu system outside of gameplay (a process that can include {{Microtransactions}}), and their "contents" aren't limited to physical items but can include insubstantials like new classes or skins.


In video games, a "loot box" is a container with [[RandomDrops randomized]], possibly [[RareRandomDrop rare loot]]. While some are actual boxes within the game world which the PlayerCharacter picks up, they tend to be [[GameplayAndStorySegregation a bit more disconnected]] -- they're often acquired from the game's menu system outside of gameplay (a process that can include {{Microtransactions}}), and their "contents" aren't limited to physical items but can include insubstantials like new classes or skins.

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In video games, a "loot box" [[InsistentTerminology (also]] [[MemeticMutation notoriously]] [[InsistentTerminology christened "surprise mechanics" by]] [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]]) is a container with [[RandomDrops randomized]], possibly [[RareRandomDrop rare loot]]. While some are actual boxes within the game world which the PlayerCharacter picks up, they tend to be [[GameplayAndStorySegregation a bit more disconnected]] -- they're often acquired from the game's menu system outside of gameplay (a process that can include {{Microtransactions}}), and their "contents" aren't limited to physical items but can include insubstantials like new classes or skins.

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