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The risky use of video game ‘loot boxes’ is associated with problematic gambling behaviors

first_imgShare Engagement with “loot boxes” — randomly generated prizes of undisclosed value that can be attained or purchased within a game — is correlated with gambling beliefs and problematic gambling behavior in adult gamers, according to a study published in Addictive Behaviors.“Our focus upon loot boxes stems from a broader interest in the ‘gamblification’ of video games, or when video games acquire traits similar to gambling,” said study author Gabriel Brooks, a PhD student at the Centre for Gambling Research at the University of British Columbia.Loot boxes began appearing in video games in the mid-2000s and have grown in popularity since. In some cases, players earn them as rewards for game play, but players are often encouraged to buy them using real or virtual currency. Pinterest Email LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook In two surveys — one of 144 adults recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk and another of 113 undergraduates — the researcher found that approximately half of each sample reported buying loot boxes in video games. Most participants also viewed loot boxes as a form of gambling.The researchers found excessive engagement with loot boxes was associated with measures of problem gambling, supporting the view that loot boxes are a ‘gamblified’ feature of modern video games.“Our study demonstrates that the risky use of loot boxes (e.g., a preoccupation with them, ‘chasing’ desired items, and difficulty reducing or stopping use) is moderately associated with problematic gambling behaviors and gambling-related cognitive bias. Moreover, these associations appear to be stronger than the association between risky loot box use and a typical measure of problematic gaming,” Brooks told PsyPost.The results are in line with previous research, which found that there is a significant relationship between problematic gambling behaviors and spending money on loot boxes.But the new study — like all research — includes some limitations.“Our study is survey based, meaning we cannot be certain about the specific nature the relationship between risky loot box use and problematic gambling cognitions and behaviors. Some equally likely interpretations include the possibility that individuals who exhibit problematic gambling behaviors are particularly vulnerable to this feature, or that loot boxes could predispose individuals toward problematic gambling behavior,” Brooks explained.“Our study also focuses upon adult gamers. Given the prevalence of video game use among children and adolescents, we would like to see future work include these populations.”“Our study also conducts some preliminary investigations regarding the impact of ‘item marketplaces’, where individuals may sell the items they receive from loot boxes for cash,” Brooks added. “Although our data on this topic was coarse, we found that individuals who preferred to open loot boxes in games where a marketplace was available were more likely to evaluate received items through a monetary lens.”The study, “Associations between loot box use, problematic gaming and gambling, and gambling-related cognitions“, was authored by Gabriel A. Brooks and Luke Clark.last_img read more


November 19, 2020 0

Real estate resurrection by Easter, Pralle tells BPF

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October 18, 2020 0

Tesco boss calls for green building boost

first_imgHe also pledged to press ahead with Tesco’s store development programme in the UK and across the globe, despite growing fears that an economic slowdown will hit all retailers hard next year.Speaking at a `Movers & Shakers’ property breakfast event at London’s Four Seasons Hotel on `People, products and property’, Leahy said global warming will trigger a radical change of approach to Tesco development.He told a 300-strong audience at the Park Lane venue: `We have halved our energy use per square foot since 2000, and we will have to halve it again by 2008.’Leahy pointed to newly-opened, Tesco stores made from sustainable wood products in Shrewsbury and Wick as examples of the progress it has made.`They have new refrigeration systems, sustainable lighting and combined heat and power,’ he said. However, Leahy said that for Tesco and other retailers to continue to step up their Green game they would need incentives from Government – with planning at the fore.Tesco was recently one of the big supermarkets at the heart of a Competition Commission report into the sector which largely cleared them of `landbanking’ to the detriment of the consumer.Leahy continued: `When I started at Tesco it was all very simple: we had two formats – 25,000 sq ft and 40,000 sq ft.`Now our stores can be very small or very large, they can be instrumental to regeneration projects, they can be part of complex mixed use, and we are increasingly the lead developer.`That explains our long development pipeline, and why I think people are confused about our landbank.`I can tell you that no one is sitting on any landbank. The slowness of the process is why I’ve called for better planning resource all over the UK.’With major shareholder Robert Tchenguiz’s agitation for Tesco’s rival Sainsbury’s to split its property and operational arms rumbling on, Leahy said Tesco remains fully committed to retaining ownership of its estate.`You can’t separate property from retail,’ he said.He recalled in the early 1980s how Tesco – which at that time was squeezed between Marks & Spencer and Sainsburys and bargain basement retailers – had struggled to raise finance for its development programme.Leahy said Tesco’s answer was to sell much of the small, high street units assembled by the grocer’s founder Jack Cohen to fund the programme.Tesco is also using the proceeds from limited UK sales to fund its overseas expansion drive, he said.`We can sell a 50,000 sq ft superstore in the UK and with the same money build a 500,000 sq ft store in China,’ he said.last_img

October 18, 2020 0

Man in the news

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October 18, 2020 0

Geely unveils hydrogen fuel cell bus

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October 7, 2020 0

SRA rules out lowering premiums in assigned risks pool

first_imgThe Solicitors Compensation Fund looks set to receive a £5m boost to its reserves which could ease the financial pressure on individual firms, under plans being put forward at the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s board meeting today. However, in a separate development the SRA has concluded that it is ‘not realistically possible’ for it to reduce professional indemnity insurance (PII) premiums for firms stuck in the assigned risks pool (ARP) this year. The £5m cash injection into the compensation fund would come from the SRA’s statutory trust fund. It is expected to be used to minimise the increase in compensation fund contributions that solicitors will face in 2011 because of a rise in claims against the fund. The SRA currently holds around £8m in a statutory trust account. The funds have accrued from practice monies which could not be returned to beneficiaries after the SRA intervened in a firm. Around £5m of the trust account is eligible to be transferred to the Solicitors Compensation Fund initially, with further transfers likely in the future. The compensation fund’s cash reserve currently stands at almost £50m, and it paid out around £10m in the year to 30 June 2009. Any decision on whether to use the £5m cash injection to ease solicitors’ compensation fund contributions would be for the Law Society council. Law Society group finance director Rona Chester said the transfer would not affect the practising certificate fee but would enable the SRA to ‘maintain the level of contributions [to the compensation fund] against an increased level of claims and interventions’. Meanwhile, the SRA has ruled out lowering the cost of premiums for firms in the ARP after it was asked to consider the possibility by Chancery Lane in September. There are currently around 342 firms in the pool, up from 256 last week. Andrew Long, chairman of the SRA’s financial protection committee, said: ‘The ARP premium rates for the indemnity year, which began at the start of this month, were fixed many months ago. They are contained in rules made under statute and in a set of contracts made earlier this year. It is not realistically possible to now change those rates. To do so would entail both retrospective rule making and the consent of numerous contracting parties to change, to their disadvantage, existing contracts. ‘Solicitors who have not yet obtained market cover can still do so. If market cover is obtained before the end of November, and if the insurer agrees, insurance can be backdated to 1 October, thus enabling such firms to leave the ARP. If a firm is able to secure cover in the market but with an inception date after 1 October 2009 then the firm will need to effect an ARP policy for the period from 1 October 2009 to the inception of the market policy. In those circumstances the ARP would adjust the premium in accordance with the rules and the firm could also apply to the SRA for a waiver to further reduce the ARP short period premium.’ The ARP is the insurer of last resort for firms unable to buy PII from commercial insurers. A Law Society spokeswoman said solicitors having difficulty obtaining cover should call its helpline on 020 7320 9545 or email PII@lawsociety.org.uk.last_img read more


September 30, 2020 0

Air Partner organises more humanitarian relief flights to Haiti

first_imgArranged by Air Partner’s newly appointed London Gatwick-based freight broker Mark Turner, the relief charter is the latest in an on-going series of flights the company continues to co-ordinate to Haiti from its offices around the world. Last week an MD11 Freighter operated a similar aid flight to the destination, also out of Spain. “It was especially heartening to dispatch flights just before Christmas for such a worthwhile cause,” commented Clive Chalmers, Air Partner freight manager. Throughout 2010 the Air Partner Group has arranged numerous humanitarian aid relief flights carrying vital cargo, medical suppliers and personnel, plus support workers and vehicles, in the wake of the devastation that beset the country on January 12. Air Partner was one of the first into Haiti and will continue to source vitally needed transportation for aid agencies for as long as required. Air Partner has 20 offices around the world and considerable experience in arranging repatriation and relief flights in times of natural disasters. Marking its 50th year in 2011, the company is a trusted partner working with the UN, EU,NATO and leading non-government agencies such as the Red Cross.last_img read more


September 29, 2020 0

Dominica Bar to assess how to improve judicial system

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica Bar to assess how to improve judicial system by: Dominica Vibes News – September 18, 2015 Sharing is caring! Tweet 133 Views   no discussionscenter_img President of the Dominica Bar Association, Mary RobertsMembers of the Dominican Bar Association are to critically assess how they can work to improve the judicial system in the pursuit of justice for clients in a changing society.This was revealed by President of the Dominica Bar Association Mary Auriel Roberts during the opening the law year 2015/2016 on Thursday 17 September 2015.Ms Roberts noted the changing judicial period considering that Dominica moved to recognize the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final appellate court earlier this year.“Our role as officers in the judicial system has been emphasized by the Chief of Justice as in fact pivotal for the efficiency of the judicial system.”Ms Roberts said attorneys, irrespective of whether they practice at a public bar or a private bar, have they have been trained to provide justice for the ultimate beneficiaries of the system.“We can do so as individual attorneys by being prepared and to honestly and fairly represent our clients, and to do so always remembering that as officers of this honorable court, our first responsibility is to report and we have to be professional and ethical in representing the client.”Ms. Roberts informed that the Dominica Bar Association recognizes the need to work with all parties within the judicial system. “This year, with the encouragement of the court and the Chief Justice, we have established the Bench-Bar committee which brings together all the parties in court to address the concerns of the Bench and the Bar, as we try to achieve justice for all in a timely manner,” Roberts said.She informed that the Dominica Bar Association has reviewed the draft Legal Professions Act and “will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Chambers to finalize the passage of the act”. Ms Roberts further pledged “continued support” to the Bench “we dispense justice in our jurisdiction”. Share Sharelast_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Farmington Schools Day for Strings features free concert

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Public Schools’ 27th annual “Day for Strings” program, held November 23, at North Farmington High School, includes two free concerts that are open to the public.The event highlights the district’s strings program for students from 5th grade through high school. Guest artists and clinicians are not only accomplished musicians, but also residents of Farmington/Farmington Hills and the surrounding areas. More than 700 young artists will participate.Guest clinicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will lead sectionals and participate in a side-by-side rehearsal with high school ensembles. In addition, guest conductors from outside the community will work with all students in unique string orchestra settings.The day will include rehearsals, clinics, section rehearsals, and a special performance for parents and friends at 11 a.m. for the morning sessions (5th, 7th, and High School Vivace Orchestras) and at 3:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions (6th, 8th, and High School Presto Orchestra).North Farmington High School is located at 32900 W. 13 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Performances will be held in the gymnasium. Reported bylast_img read more


September 24, 2020 0

Weak Demand for Macro Base Station to Impact Semiconductor Market

first_imgThe Annual forecast from research company, Mobile Experts on Semiconductors RRH 2016 (Remote Radio Heads) shows that a weak demand for LTE base stations has impacted the RF semiconductor market, but losses are partially offset by a wider bandwidth and MIMO requirements, which drive higher prices. The five-year forecast for RRH semiconductors includes explanatory block diagrams and breakdowns of revenue, pricing, shipment, and market share analysis. Multiple semiconductor products are analyzed thoroughly, including ASICs, FPGAs, SoCs, LDMOS, GaN, ADCs, DACs, PLLs, OCXOs, AQMs, and others.The report further explains that the integration of data converters and processors is a new trend in the radio head market, greatly reducing power consumption as the market leads into Massive MIMO and 5G architectures.The LTE market has peaked. Remote radio head shipments are declining in the biggest networks, and the requirements are starting to change as the market turns to smaller networks. Multiple bands are now covered in one RRH, and new requirements like 4×4 MIMO and other variations will start to impact the semiconductor architecture. For example, new kinds of integrations are starting to appear to reduce power consumption and cost of the transceiver.Further, the report explains how GaN power transistors are performing very well in wideband and high frequency base stations. According to them, GaN has stolen major market share from LDMOS over the past two years, and new requirements could play into additional GaN design wins.This report explains everything from FPGAs and ASICS to SoCs, DPD, ADCs, DACs, PLLs, OCXOs, and AQMs. They break down each of these components, to illustrate what vendors need to develop next.The Semiconductors for RRH report includes 65 pages of analysis and includes more than 40 diagrams and charts to illustrate the technical trends in the semiconductor market. ASICs, FPGAs, SoCs, LDMOS, GaN, ADCs, DACs, PLLs, OCXOs, AQMs, and more are broken down and analyzed for shipments, pricing, and market shares.   Existing Mobile Experts macro subscribers also receive related Expert Insight analysis, with quarterly strategic conclusions that offer crucial insight into evolution of the market from LTE to 5G. These strategic-level documents highlight topics such as key technology advances, manufacturing capacity, and mergers/acquisitions to keep subscribers in touch with what’s really important in the market. Click here to learn more about this report.last_img read more


September 24, 2020 0