I completely agree with OP. I might impulse but some of that stuff, but would never gamble hoping to get what I want.
So you can gamble more.
i always believe you should earn every skin you get.
Getting skins in crates isn't "earning" them, it's buying them. Earning skins would imply that you get them by accomplishing things in game, like say....achievements?
Yeah me too. I appreciate the free spins, but certainly won't buy crates hoping to really get anything at all. I would flat out buy some stuff though if everything had a flat price and you were getting what you pay for. I do buy stuff from the store, just not the random crates. It's like the other day at work. A co-worker brought some unidentifiable food over to me and said try this, but wouldn't tell me what it was. No thanks, I'll pass. I want to know what I'm eating prior to putting it in my mouth.
I tend to think that real-world money for in-game items is something developers with integrity wouldn't do in the first place. Real-world gambling at a chance at in-game items? That's where people with any sense of ethics put their feet down.
I remain surprised and disappointed that there wasn't a mass exodus of talent from ZOS when Ms. Monetizeeverything was brought on board and actually allowed to implement this reprehensible garbage.
Sometimes I wish loot boxes were monitored the way liqueur, gambling (ie Vegas) lottery tickets and tobacco was. Have to give a disclaimer that this may lead to an addiction. I feel awful for future gamers. How far will companies go with their greed?
No we can't.
Even if governments start regulating online gambling, all that means is that games will get "adult only" ratings from ESRB/PEGI. Those ratings hardly impact sales as parents don't give a *** what games their kids play.
There are quite a few items i really want in this batch. More so than any time before. But with my three crates I got a purple lipstick to match my blue from dwarves crates, and a dress. I have 8 male charicters and will never use these. This is in addition to a bunch of useless potions, Scrolls, food , and mimic stones.
Was largely indifferent to the prizes in the crates
Freckled Guar was the only thing with any real appeal for me
did not receive one in my free crates
got a Mages Guild Sentry Cat
which is kind of cute, and nice due to not having any cat pets yet
a Flame Pixie emote, and some Mage's Guild robes
Converted all the rest of the consumables into gems and got myself the Guar
no more interest in the crates
chalk it up to a win this month
none of the mounts look like anything any of my characters would ever actually ride
really not clear on the appeal of the elemental skins for people
may have bought the Cyrod Patrician Formal Gown had it been in the regular store, but no desire for it otherwise
A guildie told me 2 people who happened to be college students spent thousands of dollars to try to get radiant apex mounts and they're already in debt to student loans. Why would you do that??
This one is entirely in agreement with the sentiments of the original poster.
Not a single thing obtained that this one would have wanted or has a use for yes.
The overwhelming feeling is one of 'well this is nice but this one is glad she didn't pay out for this'.
All the junk cashed in for gems to possibly obtain something more desirable at some point in the future.
Would it not be better business yes to just sell travellers things that they want? Khajiit is not putting down the fact that the crates were free but that in the past, and maybe in the future, there have been things this one would have paid for if they were not in the crates. They were in crates though so Khajiit kept her coin to herself.
Even those travellers Khajiit knows who previously were very excited for new crates are now becoming wise to their poor value.
As a trader this one knows that if someone waves their coin at you and asks to buy something you have then you sell it to them - gladly. This is just good sense. Keep a well stocked store full of many items and you will surely see the coin roll in.
The crates were not good sense to begin with and as time goes on more travellers know this and are less willing to take a chance on them.
Keep them going if you feel you must but do not rely on them as your main source of income. A well stocked store with many more items than at present will serve you better in the long run.
Yours with paws