They just hide it in the back of the store. (Destiny)

by Claude Errera @, Monday, November 04, 2019, 10:00 (11 days ago) @ MacAddictXIV

Sorry. It would just be repeating gossip, even if I trusted my faulty memory to repeat anything accurately.


Leave it to me to verify it. It doesn't get repeated unless I can confirm it.


Dammit, Cody. No. Not only can I not remember a quote or who I said it, it would be irresponsible for me to repeat it if I did. It would lack context, and I promise you it would be no smoking gun or bombshell. I wasn't trying to be vague. I heard there was excitement about the WoW model from some in the studio. There. Is that a shocker to anyone?

And lest anyone think i'm a monster, I do think casino-style implementations are a problem in the industry. So is the way many mobile games are monetized. I just do not think microtransactions in general or the physical trophies that Bungie sells are a problem.


Eververse engrams are loot boxes.

Loot boxes are casino mechanics.

There's simply no air between these. The only hook to hang a hat on here is that Bungie's loot boxes that are purchased for real money are, so far, limited to cosmetic items.

I think it's an open question whether they're to be praised for maintaining that firewall lest they decide it's not worth it, or to suggest that this is a fragile thing and bound one day to end, and they should be argued back from the brink before that happens.


Maybe I just don't look anymore, but I know there are Eververse engrams that you get by gaining experience, but can you still buy them? I thought the only thing you can buy now is specific items. Again, I might be naive on this because I rarely buy things and when I have it was for a specific item and not engrams.

I remember that you use to be able to buy engrams, but I thought they changed that? Or did they just hide it in the back of the store?

Yes (as Cheapley said), you can buy engrams. They're one item out of dozens, though, and they're pretty cheap. Almost everything you can buy is no longer casino-mechanic-driven.

And my guess is, if they got rid of them altogether, some people would complain. :)


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