English MA Student Published in Rolling Stone

Trevor Ruben, a former student in the English MA program, recently published an article in Rolling Stone related to his thesis research. The article, titled "Why Microtransaction and Loot Boxes Are Destroying Games," examines the ways in which microtransactions (such as the sale of virtual currency, or VC, in the NBA 2K18 MyCareer mode) have hindered the quality of the gaming experience and "stripped [the consumer] of the only power he or she has in a marketplace: to place total value on the game itself." To read his article, particularly pertinent given recent trends in the game industry, please visit http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/features/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-good-loot-box-or-microtransaction-w508742.

Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:22 PM