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Below is a clip of some podcast hosts talking about "Gacha games" and the harms that might come out of it. Some NSFW language in the clip (a lot actually).

How familiar are you with gacha games and what are your thoughts on this new area and how the general public sees it?

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This podcast/YouTube series is great! One of the key quotes for me was:

"I've never seen the appeal of casinos... they're scary but to me, Gacha is [like] paying for an experience, I want this thing I'm paying for... I know exactly what I'm getting into"

But then... the price you're paying for an item is variable and the thrill of eventually getting it will elicit that dopamine hit. I appreciated the hosts arguing some of the nuances of Gacha vs casino gambling! I wonder how it would be different if you could buy a character or item for say $200 vs $200 over a series of microtransactions/pulls.

A pretty good basic summary of Gacha games that I read before diving into this podcast clip:

Great video Elaine. It wasn't a main part of the video you linked, but at 3:35 they're discussing a "whale" (i.e., someone who spends a lot of money on gacha games) and the subs indicate he, "did stocks and futures. That sort of thing". With gambling declining in Canada and in general worldwide, I wonder how many people who might have been gambling in slot machines or bingo might be gambling through gacha games instead, and how the profile of getting the same feeling of gambling through stocks, futures and "that sort of thing" is prevalent.

They seem easier to start, as they're primarily free to play (and many games you can stay as a free to play if you don't feel the need to progress faster) and people who may stick their nose up at gambling, may be more likely to play these kinds of games (as they grew up with games themselves). One of the hosts in the episode say as much as Marie-Claire alluded to. For financial investments, it may seem like a prudent thing to do as well and be easy to fall into as it's easier to not view certain types of investments as gambling (or viewed as less harmful or more skill-based gambling).

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