The latest game to include the digital gamble known as loot chests is Middle-earth: Shadow Of War, as Warner Bros. have announced a new Market where you can buy all sorts of goodies using two currencies, Mirian and Gold.
Aside: That sounds like a quaint Sunday tea-time drama on ITV about two old ladies who turn detective. Can Mirian and Gold discover who has been sabotaging the bakes at the Women’s Institute bake off?
Back to orcs and stuff: Mirian can only be earned in game by killing orcs, destroying weapons and finding stashes. Gold is “awarded in small amounts at specific milestones and for participating in community challenge,” and, yes you guessed, can be bought with actual money.
If you do buy the loot chests and get yourself some gear or unique orcs for you army you are absolutely not cheating, what you are doing is saving time. That’s completely different to cheating because some people are far, far to busy to play video games and want to spend money to bypass some of the game.
Here’s what WB have to say:
What do you mean when you say Gold can save time?
- By simply engaging with the world and playing through Middle-earth: Shadow of War, you earn items like Gear for Talion and unique Orcs for your army. These are the same items that are found in the Market within Loot Chests and War Chests. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately, cutting down some of the additional time that would have been spent winning more battles, tracking nemeses, completing quests and assaulting fortresses.
Does Gold give me an advantage in the game?
- No, Gold does not give you any advantage over other players. A player who invests enough time can progress the same amount and have access to the same content as a player who purchases Gold. Gold is not required to progress or advance in the game at all.
Are there unique items in the market purchased using Gold that you can’t get through normal play?
- No, all of the aforementioned items can be earned playing through the game. Gold merely allows you to get your hands on them immediately.
How much does Gold cost?
- Prices for Gold will be communicated at a later date.
See, not cheating at all, just saving time and giving you nice stuff without any effort. Personally I think there should be some sort of penalty for this, perhaps stopping you from earning trophies or achievements if you pay to win but that would stop people doing it, and therefore deny WB lots of lovely money.
Alternatively, perhaps the people who don’t have time to play video games properly could just **** off and find a different hobby.
Source: WB games