James W

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  • Posted to 6 Ways Mario Kart Tour Triggers You Into Gambling Your Money, Oct 28, 2019

    These practices has been on going for years - back to the era of Zynga and earlier events. But I have not come across any piece that presented it as clear and visually pleasing as yours. Great job.

    I used to sell gold in Ultima Online back in '97 and it's been interesting to see how people's opinions and behavior shift from 'Lawl paying for pixels' to dropping literally tens of thousands of dollars on mobile games.

    It's not the 'future' of mobile gaming. It's already here and it's here to stay.

    Belgium I think is the only country that has banned loot boxes. China has banned selling loot boxes but companies get around them by now 'gifting' lootboxes when you buy currencies. Similar to how you would donate, instead of buy, certain products and services.

    I don't see these practices going away - just like casinos, they're here as long as people wants to gamble.

    People only took notice, recently in 2017, when a well-known IP and company - Star Wars / Disney, pushed this despicable behavior and made it to the front page news around the world. Since parents/government are familiar with Disney (family oriented fun) and Star Wars, this made the conversation about lootboxes easier to understand.

    It'll be interesting if there will be any backlash with Mario Kart / Nintendo.

    3 points
  • Posted to Pretty Pixels vs. Functional Design, Jul 12, 2017

    I feel almost every designer will realize this about Dribbble (and other snapshots design sharing) at some point in their careers (and some will make a post about it) - not unlike how most designers will (re)design social media icons/badges at some point in their careers. So as long as there are new designers and Dribbble, this dead horse mush will be beaten on and on and on~

    The truth is that most of us know Dribbble is not and should not be used for design critiques (since you do not get context), so just enjoy the pretty pixels for what it is!

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