On the July 23rd of this week GTA online release a new update that gave the online play a whole new section and a new building that is a casino. Now, this is all well and good but you have to understand this is also kind of concerning. Because the game now gives you actual means to gamble in a game the game may be rated M for 17 and older but that’s not stopping tons of younger kids from getting introduced to literal gambling at such an early age.
You take your in-game currency to the casino and buy chips and you start to gamble now this doesn’t sound all bad at first because you’re using the money you earn in-game so what’s the big deal? Well, the big deal is you can buy something called a shark card with real-world currency to get tons of in-game money to then use to buy the more expensive vehicles, houses, guns, and clothes. To me, that’s not a big deal people who don’t have to the time to grind and have money to spend can buy the items they want to play with it.
This issue being is that Rockstar has now added something to their game that literally feels like playing with fire in the real world considering how the world is feeling towards loots boxes and gambling be used in games. But this is you using real money if you so please to buy chips and gamble at the casino. You earn more cash in the game and all kinds of prizes. So, yes there is a point to it but there also a point to Loots boxes and what they allow you to do and earn in the other games.
This update has already been banned in 50 countries because they have strict laws against gambling. So, this makes me wonder was Rockstar doing this to make some controversy as they have before? Or were they simply adding new mechanics to the game for people to play and for them to make even more money out of GTA online?
Something else also begs the question was Rockstar adding just for fun because of is going in the real world with gambling and loot boxes in gaming. Rockstar has always been the studio to make all kinds of controversial decision in their games. So, of course it makes total sense that this casino could also just be Rockstar showing another side of the gaming world. But more likely its just money who knows.
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