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Why Opening Loot Boxes Feels Like Christmas, According To Game Devs

Opening Overwatch loot boxes or Halo 5 REQ packs adds a special drama to a gaming session. The crate shakes. A jingle chimes. Lights peek out from the cracks. It swells with potential. Game developers make subtle design decisions that stoke the hope that keeps players opening mystery boxes, crates and packs. And not just on the stats side of things—just as important are the cosmetics of the experience. Advertisement A combination of visual and aural factors can make it feel like Christmas, and that’s intentional according to people we recently spoke to who explained the designs of three totally different mystery mechanics. Here’s the thinking behind each: Overwatch Loot Boxes During Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event, I tore through loot boxes with a single-minded goal: Roadhog’s “Bajie” skin. It drove me crazy. I’d watch the special edition box’s gears churn and shake until it exploded in fireworks. When the items hit the ground, gold nuggets rained from the sky. The whole experience is kinetic, a song and dance of lights and movement. It dulled the pain of never getting that skin. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Despite Outcry, Blizzard Says Overwatch Loot Box Drop Rates Haven't Changed

If you ask Overwatch players, the most recent seasonal event, Year of the Rooster, had some damn good skins and some damn heinous drop rates for those skins. Blizzard, however, insists that they haven’t touched those dials in months. Advertisement I’ve seen a number of threads on the Overwatch forums about what appears to be a reduced rate for skin drops. People are pissed, and when Year of the Rooster first started, I had the same problem: I didn’t unlock a single skin until I’d opened ten more loot boxes, and I only had my first spot of decent luck a couple days ago. Even then, I bought 15 boxes and only got a couple solid skins. However, my Overwatch show co-host Heather Alexandra purchased around the same number near the beginning of the event, and she nearly got buried by an avalanche of legendary gold. Meanwhile, other websites have conducted more scientific analyses, and while some have found that nothing’s changed, others report changes to epics and legendaries, as well as duplicates. Advertisement Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan recently addressed people’s concerns, saying that Blizzard hasn’t tweaked loot box drop rates between events. “The drop rates for Summer Games,…