Kotaku (or EA?) about Pokémon GO: “Eggs are nice gifts”

Loot boxes have been under fire for years, especially in the case of games from major publishers like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft: links are frequently made between loot boxes and gambling. In the case of Pokémon GO (and its Wizards Unite clone), it’s a bit more complicated. Admittedly, eggs are free infinite incubator until they hatch, but in addition to that, fewer brooders are sold that are infinitely useful for Pokéquins – which can also be earned in the game by defending the Gym.

However, Niantic didn’t emerge from the loot box controversy unscathed either, so the company feels compelled to try a feature that shows players which Pokémon can hatch from which eggs, likely in anticipation of legislation being worked on in different countries. In response to this feature, Kotaku’s John Walker published an article arguing that eggs from Pokémon GO are not loot boxes. And if you’re writing an article like that, you’d better consult it from Electronic Arts, which has previously compared loot boxes to Kinder surprises. It’s time for a counterpoint.

“surprise mechanics”

Walker describes the eggs as “beautiful gifts”, with EA comparing loot boxes to a chocolate egg with a toy inside. Eggs will not give any benefits, and therefore are completely harmless. You will never have to spend money on them and they regularly offer you fun and amazing rewards. In addition, the chances of rare Pokemon being found are so small that it’s better to get those creatures in other ways, according to Walker. Finally, you get a lot of free add-ons initially incubators By reaching higher levels, it will not really be superfluous to buy them with your own money.

Walker now says he’s only been playing since August of last year, and there are signs here and there that he’s been playing Game mechanics Not fully understood, but even with the above description you should already conclude that the eggs are indeed loot boxes. After all, Overwatch loot boxes also count as loot boxes, even if you only get cosmetic items from them that don’t do you any more good. You also get a loot chest every now and then in that game, and the stream of free loot boxes is gradually drying up – just like the free stream incubators. Also when the eggs hatch in Pokémon GO, you get an interesting animation (and maybe music) for your aim. And yes, the chance of getting rare Pokemon from eggs is really small – just like in FUT, it is rare to get Ronaldo out of the pack.

Pay to win

In addition, there are definitely advantages to hatching eggs: the Pokemon you get are guaranteed individual values (IVs) of 10 or higher. These points affect the pokemon’s attack power, defense, and HP. With wild Pokemon, these values ​​are completely random. Since IVs go from 0 to 15, you’re more likely to get a powerful Pokémon from an egg than just your own backyard. Certainly since the introduction of PvP content, there is already one Incentive To hatch more eggs: When two Pokémon of the same type, level, and moves enter battle, an IV often makes a difference.

Now it follows a point that Walker didn’t know because he only started playing last year. Previously, some Pokémon were hatched exclusively from eggs. This was the case, for example, when the second generation was added, which introduced baby Pokémon at that time. These creatures (such as Pichu, Cleffa, and Igglybuff) were – just like in Pokémon Gold and Silver – available exclusively through eggs. And the worst case was (and still is!) in this case Tyrogue, the pre-evolution of Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, and the newly introduced Hitmontop. Tyrogue evolves based on – yes – the IVs he has. Offense is higher than defense: Hitmonlee. Defense is higher than attack: Hitmonchan. Defense Equals Offense: Hitmontop. Getting Hitmontop was a real nightmare, so it was only possible by winning the egg lottery. Hitmontop now appears every now and then raids, so I forgive Walker for not knowing it. But that doesn’t mean that eggs are no longer suddenly looting chests.

Call the animal by its name

Walker is right on one point, which is that eggs in Pokémon GO don’t work as a single egg abbreviationsuch as aggregation skins In Overwatch or getting FUT players to do their thing. No matter how much money you spend on incubators, you should still walk at least two-thirds of the distance required for the particular egg you’re laying in. It’s also true that eggs in Pokémon GO are somewhat lower Predatory are the most famous cases. But again, this is not a reason to suddenly give the animal a different name.

In conclusion, the points made by Walker for classifying eggs in Pokémon GO into another category are meaningless. No, it is not absolutely necessary to use them, but the skins in Overwatch are not necessary to enjoy this game either. No, it’s not necessary to spend money – but the same applies to Overwatch and even FUT. But when push comes to shove, buy one sitter It’s still equal to a loot box: you’re spending money on something you don’t know (exactly) what’s in it. Niantic gives players plenty of free incubators to start with, and that stream slowly dries up as you level up – just like in other games. In this way you get used to the luxury of several “nice surprises”, and then later pay a few euros for a few extras incubators.

Does this mean I hate eggs in Pokémon GO? of course not. Like I said, Niantic seems less keen on sucking every last penny out of my bank account than a party like Electronic Arts doesn’t have a problem with 8-year-olds draining their parents’ credit card(s). But again: just call the creature by the name of its loot box.

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