Between this and MK11's other "controversy" (whereby the female characters were given clothes that actually fit), enraged and horny gamers brigaded the game's score on Metacritic -- which is a totally rational response to hearing that a game ended the equally depressing practices of slavery and ogling virtual fighter's butts in tight pants. (Save the latter for Mario games).
Square Enix Gets Death Threats Over Its Loot Boxes
One of the most contentious issues in gaming right now is loot boxes -- virtual boxes of, uh, loot that gamers pay real money for. On one side, you have the developers who love them because *cash register noises*. On the opposite side, many players hate them because they turn games from competitions of skill into competitions over who can buy the best gear.
In March, both sides had the most idiotic showdown imaginable when a 25-year-old gamer from Japan was arrested after (allegedly) threatening to kill several workers at Square Enix, the company responsible for Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. The suspect confessed to sending the company an email which read "Hey staff tomorrow I'm going to kill you get ready [for your punishment]," (the "punishment" implied to be beheading samurai-style) after he spent over $1,700 on loot boxes and failed to "win" the item he wanted.
By the way, we didn't miss out a couple of zeros there. Yodimbo is probably going to prison for several years for death threats about less money than he's most certainly spent on anime body pillows and Funkos. We once interviewed a guy who lost $9,000 on a crappy mobile game, and he didn't threaten to key anyone's car.
Machine Zone, Inc.Nine large for THIS. We kind of want to send some threats on his behalf.