Casinos And Videogames, Together At Last! (The Jimquisition)

Casinos And Videogames, Together At Last! (The Jimquisition)


– [Homer] I call him Gamblor! (upbeat music) ♪ We ain’t gonna linger and lie low ♪ ♪ When there’s hard cash coming back ♪ ♪ No way I’ll just sit here when I know ♪ ♪ That there’s hard cash coming back ♪ ♪ Hard hard cash ♪ ♪ Don’t want no easy money ♪ – You ever feel like
Rockstar Games has become the thing that Grand
Theft Auto used to parody? The excesses of runaway capitalism, cynical business practices, heartless amoral business people. A lot of that has come under fire, consumerism in America has been a big part of the satire of Grand Theft Auto. Not in a subtle way either. Red Dead Online and GTA Online are the equivalent of
that episode of The Office where Dwight opens up Hay
Place, a place for hay. The theme park, made
just out of hay bales, in the parking lot of the office. Where every little element, every tiny aspect of
the fun is charged for. And I think about that often when I look at a lot of modern video games. This idea that they’re like theme parks that charge and entry fee to get in, but then subsequently
charge more and more money to get the most out of the experience. And Red Dead Online, GTA Online, coming from Rockstar, it
just feels grimly poetic. Especially when you consider
that they produce these games under the label of Take-Two Interactive, which is one of the
most greedy publishers. Headed up by one of the
most greedy executives in Strauss Zelnick. A man who would probably
throw a baby into a river for 20 bucks, probably. I’m not saying he definitely will, I’m saying he probably has. I mean he probably would, not has. He hasn’t, Strauss Zelnick
hasn’t thrown baby. But I’m just saying if
it was in the newspaper, Strauss Zelnick throws
babies in rivers for money, I wouldn’t be surprised. There could be something
you could parody in GTA, Rockstar, before you go ahead and do it. Anyway there’s a casino
in GTA Online. (groans) Welp. Welp. Welp! They went ahead and
finally did it, did they? They finally just gave up
the pretense, did they? They finally decided to cut
straight to the effing chase and plop a casino smack dab
in the middle of a video game. At a time where loot box
regulation is a hot topic and stories of children being tricked into spending hundreds and
thousands on micro transactions are getting wider news attention, Rockstar finally unleashed to
The Diamond Casino & Resort upon Grand Theft Auto Online. And you better believe real
money can be spent in it. In a roundabout fashion, naturally. Yep, after the industry has faced credible and correct accusations
of sticking gambling in their games via
monetized randomization, Rockstar went ahead and
put a literal casino, with a literal gambling,
where literal money can be spent to literally
gamble, literally. It’s so utterly brazen
one almost has to admire the sheer nerve. Of course you can’t
directly spend money on it. A lack of direct expenditure
is how the industry has been able to get away with exploitative micro
transactions for so long. Virtual currency creates
degrees of separation between your wallet and a
game publishers coffers, reducing said publishers accountability. And I would never use
the term money laundering to describe virtual currency. I would never do that, that’s
not fair, I wouldn’t do that. I don’t even know why I’m bringing it up. Let’s not start colloquially
calling it money laundering just to be snidey. In GTA online you can
spend your real dollars to buy the games virtual dollars, which in turn can be spent in the casino. And these are genuine
bonafide gambling games, so much so, that games in the casino were actually banned in countries where gambling laws are strict. In fact shortly after
the update went live, news broke that over 50 countries have these games blocked. This news should, in no uncertain terms, demonstrate that the lines
between in-game gambling and real gambling have become so blurred they’re singing “Song 2”. I mean think about that. An update to a game has had
to be severely restricted in many, many, many countries because it’s far too much like
real gambling to let stand. And people thought I was
off my beautiful tits when I suggested that in game gambling was getting out of hand. And here we are a triple early video game with a virtual casino plunked into it, where you can spend real money on it but you won’t ever get a real payout. Some users report that they
actually cannot spend money that they’ve purchased, they can only use money
that they’ve earned in-game. This is a led to a lot of
confusion, a lot of argument, as most of the reporting
on the issue says that yes you can spend real money, but there are invariably some
comments saying, no you can’t. Due to the aforementioned
regional blocking there’s a lot of confusion out there. But according to my research and my double and my triple checking, doing everything just
shy of trying it myself. Because screw spending my bloody money on micro transactions. It’s looking like in certain regions you can spend real money
and in certain regions you can only spend the
cash that you’ve earned explicitly in-game. The best thing about micro
transactions in video games is how simple it all is, isn’t it? Of course the usual
excuses used to justify micro transactions have
been liberally applied. It’s optional, you don’t
have to spend real money, you can earn premium currency in-game. But none of the less we now
have a real bloody casino in a so-called triple-A video game, where you can waste real
cash on legit casino games. As I see it there are three saving graces that could be used to
defend The Diamond Casino, not that they all offer complete defense. First of all Rockstar has a hard limit on how much you can actually
spend at the casino, in an effort to curb problem gambling. There’s a hard cap limit
and there are cool downs to stop you spending and spending
and spending and spending. That’s more than some
games out there are doing. Secondly, GTA is of
course an M-rated game, rated suitable for adults. This doesn’t mean kids
don’t play it of course, but at least that’s better
than gambling mechanics in a game like FIFA, which is
rated as suitable for children yet needs strict parental supervision due to its ability to scam children into cleaning and their
parents bank accounts. Seriously, I’m gonna
keep banging that drum. At this point FIFA requires
more parental guidance then an M-rated game, which
is explicit in its contents rather than unscrupulously insidious. And as such FIFA should
be rated accordingly. Electronic Arts, coward that it is, never comments on stories about
kids overspending in FIFA. Instead offering spending
control walkthroughs to reporters that detail how
parents can stop their kids wasting money on digital wagering. It’s almost as if children shouldn’t be around gambling, huh? It’s almost as if gambling is
regulated for a reason, huh? Where was I? Oh right, yes, I was
detailing The Diamond Casino saving graces. I only did two, which was the
the M-rating and the limit. The third one is that unlike loot boxes, which create an aesthetic
distance between themselves and traditional gambling, a literal casino with literal gambling, is about as honest as luck based monetized Gaming gets. You really can’t get much
more upfront and blatant than actual slot machines. But nonetheless, this is something
I’m gonna be very wary of because if there’s one thing
we’ve learned about the triple-A game industry in
all our years of criticism, it’s that when a successful
monetization method appears in one companies game, the other sharks smell blood and want a slice of the action. And if other game publishers
decide to jump on board the casino idea, you can
expect them to iteratively make the idea worse and worse,
and greedier and greedier. I’m inclined to agree
with what Oli Welsh said in a Eurogamer article when he said, “GTA’s casino isn’t the
worst of gambling in games, “but it puts it in perspective.” Even if we wanna say it’s
not the worst out there, if we want to say it’s not quite
as insidious as a loot box. In its complete lack of
subtlety it really does put a sharp focus on the
long-running problem of in-game gambling mechanics. Because while there is
a stunning wow factor in seeing an actual casino knocking about, it’s not doing anything a
lot of modern, so-called, triple-A video games haven’t
been doing for years already. It’s giving you the
ability to spend real money on a luck based outcome with
no real financial payout. It’s just got significantly
less pretentious branding. And if you do want to say
that The Diamond Casino is not the worst out there, that provides some damming
context for existing loot boxes, if you’re saying a literal casino has a less predatory gambling
in it than a loot box. And you’ve gotta believe the
EA’s and the Activision’s of the world are looking
at The Diamond Casino with keen interest because
of course it’s never enough. DLC wasn’t enough. Season passes weren’t enough. Multiple collector’s editions,
per game, weren’t enough. Micro transactions weren’t enough. Not even loot boxes are enough
for these friggin’ parasites, why not just go for the
whole round juicy hog and start throwing virtual
casinos into games as well? After all the ways GTA
online has already made money to be the most profitable game in history, Rockstar and Take-Two
interactive have proven that there truly is no
limit to what they’ll try and make money off of. I know people consider a slippery
slope argument fallacious, but with the game industry
every slope we’ve seen has arrived pre-oiled. It’s a slippery slope argument fallacious when slipping down slopes is an observable pattern of behavior? Few companies are maybe so upfront as to have a literal
casinos in their games, but it’s clear now that such
a thing is not off the table. And with many companies still
going all-in on loot boxes, whether or not these games
have casinos in them, more and more starts to
become a semantic matter. Gambling has been a part
of in-game monetization now for years, Rockstar’s
just admitting it in ways other companies haven’t dared. Virtual slot machines and casino games are, unsurprisingly,
rife on mobile platforms. The realm of amoral business plans, from where most triple-A publishers get their horrible ideas. There are games on mobile
phones that are little more than slot machines without
real financial payout. They all certainly take real money in exchange for virtual cash, but then you spend that virtual cash on a virtual slot machine
to win more virtual cash to spend on more virtual
slot machines and that’s it. There are no ends to which you’re working, no goal, no point. You’re doing it simply for the
thrill of the pretty colors and the positive reinforcement of winning. And it’s that positive reinforcement which the industry has steadily
been using more and more to con money and a people
who have already spent money buying a game in the first place. Even worse, we’ve seen examples of games deliberately designed to be
less rewarding, less enjoyable, less playable in order to
falsify the value prospect of the micro transactions. A premium replacement for
the satisfying feelings games used to give you as part
of the expected base package. At this point and if things
are only gonna get less fun, but get more and more casino like, you might as well just go
to a real bloody casino. I never agreed with the
people who smugly said, “Just learn to play a real guitar, “instead of playing guitar hero.” But if you’re getting
into in-game gambling for the rush of it all, just get your ass to the
genuine casinos if you can. Because I think there are
things you can do at a casino to make it more rewarding
and more lucrative, than some of the triple-A
rubbish on the market. Am I about to say casinos
are better than video games? No, heavens no. I’m just as against saying that, as I am against saying virtual
currency is money laundering. I would never say that casinos
are better than video games, they’re just better than
Electronic Arts’s video games. On a serious note,
obviously real-life gambling has serious risk attached to it and it’s psychological tricks
and trappings are no less potentially addictive than
any micro transaction. But just follow your old
pal Jim Sterling’s advice, be careful and stick to my game plan and you’ll find a casino
way more fulfilling than a god damn piece of crap loot box. A casino employs the same
traps, the same lures, the same psychological manipulation as a loot box fueled video game. I mean, that’s exactly what
these video games are emulating. By the same token they also provide the equivalent endorphin rush, the same bright lights and pretty colors. Plus you might win some actual money, instead of a frigging pretend hat for a pretend video game character. That has no monetary value in
a game that will be worthless the moment the annual sequel comes out. You see the video game
industry protects itself from existing laws with the
argument that what you win in FIFA or Overwatch or Call of Duty has no official real-world monetary value. Ignoring secondary markets, there’s no official way to make back the money you spend on loot boxes. The fact you can’t win money
protects game publishers from the law, for now,
but also makes the case that loot boxes are actively
worse than gambling, at least from the perspective of value. In a video game loop box
you can’t win anything that even the publisher
will admit is worth a damn. And on top of that they fix the odds and can change the odds at any time. Couldn’t do that if you play blackjack. I seriously, and this
isn’t facetious at all, I do not encourage gambling in anybody. But if you were to ask me
what’s worth spending money on, FIFA or a casino? GTA’s Diamond Casino or an actual casino? Well I for one could personally,
only speaking for myself, I could stand to have a wet
weekend to the Baeu Rivage. But if you join me on a
wet weekend at Baeu Rivage, you’ve gotta make the casino work for you, and that’s the tricky part
since again gambling addiction, desperation to handle debt. These are all real issues and
if you’re affected by those do not come with me for our wet weekend at the Baeu Rivage, ever. Just a home and play a video
game after you research the video game to make sure
it’s not one that will try and psychologically
manipulate cash out of you and play on your problems. Because that’s where
we’re at now with games, you gotta research them
to make sure that they’re not gonna try and prey on you. But if you handle it give
yourself enough a spending limit, I recommend 60 bucks, it’s
the price of a video game. And you can spend more
time having fun with that than you can with most modern
garbage live service games, then you’re very welcome to join me. And then we make the casino work for us. I mentioned blackjack,
don’t actually do that, don’t bother with that. The first thing you do,
is you go to the buffet and you load that plate up with crab. I say crab because the casinos out here in MS are by the beach and they got that good seafood action. Whatever else happens with your day, it’s already been a damn good trip because you got yourself on the outside of some sweet-ass buffet crab. What you don’t need to do is find the bar. The bar has a little slot
machines built into it and lots of old ladies at those machines. There’s just a big old pile
of sweet lovely old grannies, as you take your own seat at the bar. Here the drinks are of course
straight up effing free, provided you using the machine. So you put in the minimum cash each time, press the button win or lose. Yes, I think I’ll have
another Jack Daniels, thank you very much sir. And nobody said you had
to press that button fast, take your time. And you’ll have plenty
of fun spending money, smashing a button to make colors happen, like you could in many
triple-A video games. Now the drinks are of
course free for a reason, they want you sloshed so
that your senses are impaired and you may be tempted
to spend more money. So you gotta be on the ball a bit and you’ve got to keep some
important math in mind. And the math here is simple. So long as you leave the casino
with more booze inside you then money you put in the
machine, you never won’t profit. And I always stagger out of the casino with a belly full of profit. As well as crab, sweet buffet crab. Oh, the crab. This game plan is nothing
new, nothing I’ve innovated. I mean fair play to the grannies, they got in there first and
they’re getting hammered. This game plan is codified
as an old gamblers trick called the Crabby Granny Drinky Winky. Obviously I’m being somewhat facetious, though that really is the low stakes way I like to enjoy a wet weekend at the Beau. But the more the lines blur
between in-game gambling and real gambling, the
harder a case games have to make in order to
justify why we shouldn’t all just go to a casino and eat crab. Electronic Arts ain’t
never given me no seafood, and unlike with an EA, game
kids aren’t actually allowed to come into a casino with
their parents credit cards and spend all their money,
which is a nice little bonus. Almost as if gambling is regulated, huh? Almost as if spending money
on wages is something kids shouldn’t be near, huh? Huh? Huh! In any case the point is this, an actively monetized
casino has no frigging place in a video game. Sure, an in-game casino that
uses in-game currency only, no premium trash, is
something I can get behind. I’m all for the casinos in Dragon Quest, those are fun and free of financial fuss and ethical gray areas. But this slow ,steady,
encroaching, blurring of the lines between real gambling
and virtual gambling, it needs to stop. It’s seriously, all humor,
facetiousness aside, needs to stop. Because the predatory monetization of the so-called triple-A game industry has already gotten way too out of hand. Way too manipulative. Way too close to genuinely damaging. And this is all without
literal virtual casinos coming into play. The Diamond Casino & Resort of GTA Online may have enough caveats that
people find it defensible. It may have two or three saving graces that a game like FIFA doesn’t, but it still reeks of fish and
not the good kind you’d get from a wet weekend at the Beau. If games take cues from Rockstar and we start seeing this
nonsense pop up more, I’m out. I’d rather go where there’s
booze, crab and a coastal view. Plus the Beau is right near Aunt Jenny’s, and let me tell you about Aunt Jenny’s. It’s all-you-can-eat
shrimp, chicken or catfish. Choose one, you only need the one. They bring them buggers
out quick hot and good and they are amazing, they are fantastic. Plus the menu has this
note on it that says shrimp lovers must pay shrimp prices. And I don’t know what that means, but it sounds really sinister. But I appreciate an element of danger to the otherwise welcoming and cozy atmosphere of Aunt Jenny’s. Any time I got to Biloxi And
I don’t go to Aunt Jenny’s at least once, that’s a wasted trip. That’s a waste of time, what
are you even doing there? Video games are a racket. They have managed to find workarounds through virtual currency,
through valueless prizes, to put gambling in their games
without a gambling license. And as we saw in the UK, they are struggling to find
a way to regulate this stuff because of these little
workarounds that put them just out of arms reach of the law. The UK Gambling Commission
said that under their current legal definition of gambling, loot boxes don’t count. But there is pressure there
from the commission itself to look into expanding, coming
up with new regulations. And again this is all stuff that I warn the industry would come because there is only so
far you can take the idea of unregulated gambling before
politicians get interested. Before outside influences are
looking at it and thinking, well how come they’re managing to get away with getting gambling licenses? Why are they getting away with not giving government’s a cut, if they’re in places where
gambling is used in that way? And of course, the biggie
for many watchdogs will be, why are children allowed
to get into this crap? But children or not, this
stuff is still gambling and I will always call it gambling, even if the legal, the strict
illegal definitions do not. Because, at least, colloquially
and psychologically and technically it is all gambling. You’re putting up money
for a random prize, that’s a wager, that’s a
gamble and it’s not on. It’s not on. I realize I bang on about this so much, I realize I go on and on and on and many points I do
re-emphasize over and over again. But that’s because it’s
pertinent and it’s important and it should be driven
into people’s skulls. The game industry is running a racket and it’s getting away with it because it’s basically acting like Tom in an episode with the dog, where they draw that line
to work out where the leash that’s holding the dog in place ends. They can draw this line, they can taunt the dog so
long as they don’t cross it and the dogs just snapping
and can’t get to them. But in the cartoons the
leash eventually breaks. And the more they antagonize, the more they take the liberal piss, the greater the chances
of the leash snapping and the dog taking their head off. And I would like to
see that at this point. I’ve always said, I’ve always said that I don’t push for
regulation, but now I don’t care. They are running a racket
and they’re loving it. And I’m done worrying
about the the implications of them getting in trouble for it, they deserve to get in trouble for it. This shit can’t continue, they are taking the absolute pee pee. I don’t know why I decided to
undermine everything I said by going pee pee at the
end, but there you go. I’m the only one brave enough
to say pee pee on YouTube, so thank god for me. ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Everybody’s thinkin’ bout me ♪

72 comments

  1. star wars the old republic has a casino on nar shadda. which you can in a round about way spend real money on

  2. Slippery slope arguments aren't inherently fallacious, people just think they are. Whether or not they're fallacious depends on the actual facts, and in this case we can all safely say that the slippery slope is very much not a fallacy. And thank God for Jim Sterling.

  3. This is partly why I'd rather play Pachinko if it came to the UK as not only are the laws of physics the ruler of the game, at least anti-gambling laws in Japan forbid the balls you can win from the other more interesting version of Bagatelle being traded for cash; instead they are used the same way as the ticket and prize system in some western arcad…wait a minute, the parlours also now have a loophole where you take the balls to the "not related to our bagatelle on steroids establishment, honest!" building next door where they can indeed be traded for cash. Nevermind!

    Oh, and then there's pachislot which is just a literal western slot machine that follows the same no gambling rules and loopholes to such as pachinko, just with tokens instead of the captured game balls. They sort of give the impression of the toy slot machine with plastic tokens I had as a kid including the reel limits and stop buttons. Sega fans like myself might recognise them from the adult game centre in Shenmue (and possibly Yakuza). https://www.japan-zone.com/features/020_pachislot_pachinko_little_brother.shtml

  4. They added casinos to there game to take my money, I used glitches to cheat them out of money. Modern problems require modern solutions.

  5. Hi Jim long time subscriber from Australia, Just wanted to say Thank-You for everything that you do, Older gamers and smart gamers need to be informed with the information that you provide for us, If it wasn't for you and eight thoughts all the other youtube channels about gaming (ya know the ones that like to just bend over and take it up the arse from AAA game companies) would of driven me insane by now. Keep up the good work mate love the channel.

  6. Crabby Granny Drinky Winky… XD Sounds like damn sight better deal than certain games that have been released. I'm not even a person who indulges in alcohol and it sounds better.

  7. So real talk, as someone who has zero interest in GTA online – what are the winnings? Virtual currency/goods? If so, this isn't different than loot boxes, and may in fact be the devs poking fun at it in the only way they can.

    Still shit, but this seems way too on the nose

  8. This is just a reminder that the best virtual casinos are in the Dragon Quest games. I need my Liquid Metal Sword dammit!

  9. Guild Wars 2 also has a Casino in it, in which you can spend Gold. Gold which you can buy with Gems. Gems you can purchase with real money.

    WAY before Rockstar got in on it. I guess if the name is big enough people will FINALLY catch on.

  10. I mean, to give them what little credit they deserve, the casino is at least thematically appropriate for Grand Theft Auto. Most loot boxes have no real connection to the game and purely exist for monetization

  11. I would be one of those people that say blatant gambling in games is better than the hideous loot box scheme, because I'd rather deal with a real casino in a game than microtransactions that are tied to in-game progression so tightly. In GTA's case, I hate the damned shark cards more than the casino. In fifa's case, it is honestly shocking that people are more worried about Doom or some other M rated game than the sinister monetization in a full priced game supposedly fit for children.

  12. sad fact is, even in the end when all the regulations are tweaked and enacted to diminish the predatory nature of these loot boxes and gambling mechanics within video games to harm children, it'll be too little, too late. The current controversies on the matter showing our current laws failure to hinder them, will only push them further into this predatory nature, their lawyers and corporate leaders know what they can get away with, and can keep pushing harder and harder, to make more and more money, until these 'laws' are enacted, 'if' they ever are. 'if' they are, That just means they have to stop, think up new ways around these regulations, then continue to prey on people in new ways. New laws will not cause them any harm at all in fines from those regulations unless they break them after that point after all.. Clearly a win win situation for them, at the cost of the very soul of the gaming industry and games themselves. They've found the cow with the golden utter, and their just gonna keep sucking that tit until it goes dry. the only time that'll happen, is if the industry crashes so hard, all the corporate fat cats who's hung their hat on this industry is scared off to new ventures, leaving only the die hard lovers of video games to make them thereafter, as was the case in the big crash those younger than me aren't familiar with.

  13. It's more sad Rockstar neglecting its Single Player modes for their Online modes. Arthur Morgan can't use an Evans Repeater, and Michael Townley DeSanta can't blow all his Heist Money in the Diamond Casino.

  14. funny, I've been waiting for this fucking casino forever, and now it's a controversy? just bad timing? son of a bitch this is so annoying. I can think of ways this could help you make money for the rest of the game without all the annoying grind, also it's something to do other than shoot shoot.

  15. Casinos: Makes gambling games
    Goverment: That's ilegal! Stop that.
    Triple As: Makes gambling games inside other games.
    Goverment: Thats ok…. I guess?

    Casinos: Am i a joke to you??

  16. Im not a fan of using real money in the casino and i think the money laundering bit was spot on.

    But gta 5 is not even close to the first game to have a casino, it wasnt even the first gta game to have a casino in it. Im happy the casino was added because it gives me more to do but i have never and will never buy microtransactions. It should have been added in the single player mode

    I agree with you completely it just seems like a very weird point to make

  17. I’am already so rich In Gta online from grinding I could just throw money away, still play so I steadily go plus.
    I get why people don’t like It though.
    But I want Gta to be my real world sandbox. Robbery, murder, strippers, guns,cars,money and Gambling.

    Never spend real money though!
    There are ways to get alot of Ingame cash.
    Just commit to the grind, It you can earn millions In a day.

  18. At least Konami had the decency to put their gambling mechanics in actual casino's rather than building video games around them.

  19. So… you're telling me that an abstinent vegan will not benefit the same way from a trip to the casino…?
    Bummer.

  20. You KNOW those gambling games are blocked cause they'd have to pay gambling taxes otherwise.
    Wait… I just said that off the cuff…., but do they actually pay gambling taxes?
    THAT would mean they admit this was gambling…. right?!

  21. Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it

  22. By far the best gaming channel on YouTube and I'm not even a fanboy. Found this fairly recently but you are the only one willing to say it how it is. Good work comrade!

  23. All I took from this video is Jim knows how to have a good night out on a budget better than I do and I'm totally okay with this.
    Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to the slots for a plate of crab and some free drinks 👌

  24. Personally, I’ve been wanting a casino DLC in GTA Online for YEARS. I find games like Black Jack to be fun. I know that you don’t profit from it and the casino always wins, but I don’t care. I’m playing card games and having fun.

  25. It's not even a practical way of making money. No one is going to pay for a shark card just to hit the casino.

    I have spent $0.00 after purchasing GTA V so many years ago.

    With one 10 minute mission I can earn enough money to "gamble" for an hour.

    I have no idea why we are vilifying this stuff. Sure, loot boxes are dumb, but GTA's casino does not demand your attention to be "cool"

  26. Ya know, those mystery figures you can get for your favorite show? Yeah those are gambling because you're paying for a random reward. And they should be regulated

  27. My ex-wife's father was a gambling addict. It's fucking insidious. I'm not going to go into detail. But it's fucking insidious. And it makes me sick that these video game companies are psychologically training susceptible people to become gambling addicts. And so many parents have no idea because they grew up with NES. So their kids are not building defenses against gambling. They're being introduced to it before their brains have fully developed. I've been fortunate that even at a young age I knew that gambling was a bad idea and I've always stayed away from it even well into adulthood.

  28. As far as I am aware the limit of chip purchases per day is 50,000 when the lowest microtransations are 1,000,000 + it is really easy to get the money for the casino.

    Appreciate the criticism of microtransations themselves but in this case the casino is not allowing high enough stakes to enable problem gambling. I was surprised they had set such low limits tbh.

  29. JIMMY BOY, let's go to your casino and get completely shitfaced in one game of slots and then just shove our faces full of all kinds of food they have!!!! LET'S DO IT

  30. I like how gta forgets all about freedom and just implements a casino, why can't we use guns or attack people in the casino, or rob it, even if it's hard

  31. I submitted a motion to me political party calling for the ban, taxation and regulation of in-game gambling of all kinds in addition to taxation on in-game purchases. This weekend on the bi-annual congress they accepted it as is. Sweden is coming to take them down

  32. As an experiment I decided to try the Crabby Granny Drinky Winky at my local casino. Sadly that didnt work out (It was a cash bar and the slots were nowhere near it) but against Jims advice I ended up playing a few hands of Blackjack. And you know what, that half hour of Blackjack was more fun than the hours I used to spend unboxing lootboxes in Overwatch, for 4 reasons.

    1. The Dealer couldn't just shift the odds willy nilly.
    2. There's an actual cash payout when you win.
    3. It was a fun social experience (a Real social experience (suck on that one CoD)) with a variety of interesting people who share in each others victories and losses and swap strategies with one another, which leads me to…
    4. There's actual fucking skill involved with Blackjack. Yes it's still mostly luck, and in the Dealers favor, but you have a better chance of winning if you have good game sense and keep track of the cards dealt.

  33. A AAA publisher introducing a casino into GTA in a time when AAA publishers are being put under the hammer for putting gambling mechanics into games is basically like the NRA making a film about how guys with guns solve gun violence. Bad enough, but even worse given the time they do it.

  34. 3:27

    "You can't directly spend money on it."

    Nor can you directly spend money at most Vegas casinos IRL. You have to buy their "chips" and bet with them instead.

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