OpenCritic is tired of all the loot boxes too, will add business model information

This year has seen in-game purchases become a confusing mess. From loot boxes in single player games to microtransactions flogging big releases. The gaming business model is not as simple as just buying the game. That is why review aggregate website OpenCritic is looking to do something about it.

OpenCritic is a website that presents all the reviews of a game in one place. It provides multiple outlet’s review scores alongside relevant release information, yet the website only kept it at that. Business models were not part of the criteria but OpenCritic believes it should be. The official Twitter account announced that the website will be taking steps to provide information on a game’s business models.

This is an important and necessary step. OpenCritic is not just adding a checkbox that will say whether or not loot boxes are present, but want to give readers deeper information on these systems. In the final tweet above, the website provides some examples of what they are looking to include. Players now more than ever have to dig through extra information sources to gather just what is going on with microtransactions. OpenCritic’s proposed approach will likely serve to create a hub where this information is readily available.

OpenCritic’s new stand comes at a time when the conversation of games has been dominated by business models. For the last month, it seems another game arrives to spark the argument again. Last month, NBA 2K18 released to excessive microtransaction nonsense. Shadow of War releases this week and was likely the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is more common to see discussion on the loot boxes than the game itself. Reviews have already sparked debate over the true ending “pay-or-grind”. The fact that the validity of these claims is still debated signify’s the problem OpenCritic wants to solve.

If OpenCritic can follow through, it can hopefully provide relevant information on the business models of games. For those who avoid such systems, it can be a huge benefit especially for those upcoming. Even if you are not against them, it is important to know how these real-currency purchases affect the game.

Disclosure: SAGamer is a part of OpenCritic’s Contributor programme which launched last year. For more information on the programme, you can find it all here.

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