In today’s episode of Pregame Discharge, GTA Online doesn’t need loot boxes because it has an in-game casino now!

Getting straight to the point, I guess

While Lyle continues to track down his own worst enemy, here’s what’s been happening this past week in video games:

  • Overwatch has a new hero!
  • Google Stadia isn’t trying to be the Netflix of video games!
  • Grand Theft Auto Online introduces “The Diamond Casino & Resort” and more in today’s episode!

Rockstar Games have always been known to push the envelope. They’ve been called the “crazy uncle” of video games in the past. However, those good old days of hot coffee and including taboo subjects don’t even compare to what we see now in the modern landscape.

So, instead, they’re pushing the envelope in new and exciting ways by just straight-up including in-game gambling in a game where people can spend actual money for in-game money. Obviously, this update has been in the works for a long while now, but I just can’t help but question the timing of it all.

Discharged question of the week: When do you think we’ll reach peak insanity within the realm of microtransactions and loot boxes? We’ve already hit literal in-game gambling for in-game money you can buy with actual money, but what’s next?

Dan Roemer
Local video person. I've been enjoying and dabbling in Destructoid since 2014, became staff in 2017, co-hosted Podtoid, and my spirit animal is that of wild garbage. Disclosure: I backed Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter and I'm a current Patreon supporter of Nextlander, NoClip, and Mega64.