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Loot boxes as a form of gambling, and their potential for contributing to gaming related harm

  Loot boxes as a form of gambling, and their potential for contributing  to gaming related harm Mike Dixon and Chanel Larche How to cite:  Dixon, M., & Larche, C. Loot boxes as a form of gambling, and their potential for contributing to gaming related harm.  Critical Gambling Studies . https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs102 This non-peer reviewed entry is published as part of the Critical Gambling Studies Blog.  There is something extremely compelling about opening a box when the contents within it are unknown.   From depictions of treasure chests in pirate movies to children who can barely contain their excitement on Christmas morning, the appeal seems almost universal.   The gaming industry has tapped into this appeal.   They go by different names: mystery boxes, treasure chests, or most commonly, loot boxes.   Loot boxes take many forms – some can be earned through successful play, or they can be bought with real money in a process called a ‘microtransaction’.    Loot boxes are immens

Pocket Queens: Poker, Women, Stories

  Pocket Queens: Poker, Women, Stories Julie Rak How to cite:  Rak, J. Pocket Queens: Poker, Women, Stories.  Critical Gambling Studies . https://doi.org/10.29173/cgs100   This non-peer reviewed entry is published as part of the Critical Gambling Studies Blog.  It’s the dead of winter in Edmonton, and it’s a cold, clear Friday night. Time to play some poker. With my work day done, I turn off my computer, and I put on a pair of old jeans and a dark hoodie. I reserve my spot, and then get my gear together: my phone and earbuds, my money clip with the magnet for a couple of loonies, and my Humanities Special Achievement Medal from 1989. It’s round and heavy, and has part of my undergrad university’s crest on it. It’s a perfect card marker because it’s impossible to ship with the pot by accident, and it’s the part of my academic identity that I can take along with me to the card room without saying too much about it. Into the money clip I put a wad of bills that’s worth a couple of buy