Stay on target Update 11/22/17: PCGamer reports that according to Belgian news site RTBF, Belgium’s Gaming Commission hasn’t finalized its decision to officially classify loot boxes as gambling. The site reports that the original statement of “mixture of money and addiction is a game of chance,” is meant to be descriptive of the investigation rather than the conclusion from the Gaming Commission.Original story: Last week, we reported on how Belgium’s Gaming Commission was considering classifying games with loot boxes as gambling. Yesterday, the organization concluded that loot boxes are indeed a form of gambling due to their random nature.This report comes to us once again from VTM News (with translation via PCGamer). According to the Belgium Gaming Commission “the mixing of money and addiction is gambling.” Koen Geens, who is Belgium’s Minister of Justice, also stated that “mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.” Geens wants loot boxes banned not only in Belgium, but in Europe and abroad. Geens explains that Bengian officials need to go to Europe to reinforce their ruling. However, the Bengian government “will certain try to ban it.”Right now, ratings boards like North America’s ESRB, Europe’s PEGI, and Asia’s Ukie believe that loot boxes are not a form of gambling. An ESRB spokesperson told Kotaku: “While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don’t want). We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you’ll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you’ve had your eye on for a while. But other times you’ll end up with a pack of cards you already have.” The spokesperson added that any game with real-world gambling would automatically get an “Adults Only” rating.It is difficult to say how Belgium’s ruling on this matter will affect games with loot boxes down the line. Right now, the ESRB doesn’t appear like it will change its stance. However, considering the growing controversy surrounding loot boxes in games, it’s possible the organization could change its mind. This certainly isn’t the last we’ll hear about this so stay tuned for more. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Don’t Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes, Ban ThemWill This U.S. Senator’s Bill Finally Kill Video Game Loot Boxes?
Stay on target So, you got a Nintendo Switch over the holidays. Hooray. Now, you just need a killer carrying case or bag to keep it protected and on your person at all times.Here are the 10 best cases to fit your Nintendo Switch and accessories, in style.PowerA Everywhere Messenger BagThe ample storage on this shoulder-slung bag ($40) means you can tote not just your Switch, but the whole system. And it comes in cool designs for the avid Nintendo fan, including a black Zelda: Breath of the Wild theme and a more colorful Super Mario style. Amazon reviewer Dee writes: “Mary Poppins bag has nothing on this. I’ve had this for a couple months now, and am still amazed at just how many accessories and gear I’m able to fit in this bag. I’m able to fit my switch and it’s hard case, the dock and accompanying wires, a pro controller and it’s charger, a joycon base controller, two mariokart wheels, four joycons and straps, five games and their plastic cases, and a handful of various sized amiibos. The bag has a stylish attractive design and is incredibly practical with how it’s laid out.”Buy it at AmazonUGREEN Carrying CaseAccident-prone? This shockproof UGREEN carrying case ($31) has you covered. An Amazon reviewer writes: “This case is perfect for a Switch user on the go! It absorbs shock from and drops and it fits everything you might need in a compact case. I use it a lot for trips, transportation, and at home to keep my console safe! I have my Switch, 4 controllers, AC adaptor, 3 games (can hold 10), HDMI Cable and the Joy Con adaptor controller!”Buy it AmazonFYOUNG Charging CaseThis super portable case ($51) doubles as a battery bank for your Switch — how’s that for double-duty? Amazon customer CW writes: “Works great, completely charged up my Nintendo Switch while traveling. Has room for the controllers and all the cables and also has slots for eight games and extra storage pocket. Hard and sturdy exterior for protection. It looks nice and I can tell top-quality material was used in its construction. It looks fantastic.”Buy it AmazonHestia Goods Switch Carrying CaseIf you just need something compact, portable, and simple for your new Switch, the Hestia ($18) is a great choice. It won’t carry every accessory but it’ll still keep the essentials (Joy-Cons, cables) stored and protected, and carry extra games. Plus, it’s pretty affordable at under $18. Amazon customer Mandela Man writes: “The case is well designed and not too bulky considering how much it can carry. The handle is very satisfying to hold since it has a nice rubber grip. The outside of the case itself is a hard shell that is tough and should have no problem absorbing short drops. Even when it is packed to the brim with bulky accessories it maintains a reasonable profile and does not take up too much space in my backpack.”Buy it AmazonWaterField Switchpack for Nintendo Switch ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG The Switchpack ($129) is compact enough to be something you can legitimately call portable. But it also has room for Switch essentials and them some, including a Pro Controller, an external battery pack, a stand, game card holders, and all sorts of charging cables. Reviewer Michael T. writes: “Thoroughly impressed with both the quality of materials and amount of space in this form factor bag. I can fit everything I would need and more in the bag easily and it looks good while doing iBuy it at SFBags.comPDP Nintendo Switch Elite Player BackpackIf a messenger bag is not your style but you still want complete storage and transportation for your Nintendo Switch system, this PDP backpack ($25) is for you. This spacious bag, officially licensed by Nintendo, fits a console, six extra Joy Cons, dock, cables, games, headphones, pro controller and personal accessories. Its internal pockets are screen-printed with icons to clearly show what accessories go in which pocket, and the bag features added straps and a carry handle for ease of use.Buy it at AmazonSmatree Hard Carrying Case N600If you travel a lot you know it can take a toll on your gaming devices. The Smatree N600 ($52) offers one of the most heavy-duty protection for your Nintendo Switch. It’s roomy so it’s capable of transporting every Switch component and accessory you might have, including the Pro Controller. Plus, it’s pretty sturdy — the exterior hard EVA material keeps your device and accessories protected and the interior features separated EVA foam slots to protect the contents from any scratches. Amazon reviewer Austin H. writes: “In my search for carrying cases for my Switch, I wanted something capable of carrying the console itself along with a bunch of other accessories. I was happy to see that this case had cutouts for two pro controllers — a lot of other cases I looked at only had one. The console fits nice and snug in its cutout, so I don’t worry about it moving around while it’s in there. The build quality is something I was pleasantly surprised by. The zippers glide nicely, the case itself is solid, and the strap feels really nice.”Buy it at AmazonWaterField Pouch for Nintendo SwitchHere’s a no-frills carrying case for the minimalists out there. The Switch Pouch ($89) provides no-nonsense protection for the Nintendo Switch, minus the bulk. It has a plush, soft liner to cradle the Switch with Joy-Cons, and its thin, portable profile makes it perfect for stowing in another (bigger) bag or backpack. WaterField customer Benjamin H. writes: “It’s such a simple little slip cover for my new favorite toy, but the craftsmanship, quality of materials, and design make it absolutely perfect. I’m nearly as excited for the Switch Pouch as I am the Switch!”Buy it at SFBags.com Mumba Case for Nintendo SwitchMumba’s rugged case ($19) is made of shock-absorbent materials and polycarbonate to keep your console safe from drops, even while you’re playing. Amazon customer Sam Baez writes: “The protective case feels solid. It’s not the type of plastic that if it’s dropped, it’ll break instantly, but it’s also not the type of rubber that will fall off from the device by itself and not protect it at all. It’s right in between. It also give you a better grip on the Switch. It feels really good. More comfortable than holding the Switch naked.”Buy it at AmazonRDS Nintendo Switch System Protective Deluxe Travel System CaseOrganization freaks will love the RDS Industries Game Traveler case ($33), which features sectioned compartments that provide dedicated storage for the Joy-Con Grip or Switch Pro controller and other accessories. It also includes cases for up to eight cartridges, and two dual-slot microSD card sleeves. Amazon reviewer Tom C. writes: “This is a very spacious and well-designed case. It is able to rather comfortably fit the Switch console with joy-cons attached, the Switch dock, a Pro Controller, a joy-con controller mount with an additional pair of joy-cons attached, the console’s power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a charging cable for the Pro Controller. It also comes with two small plastic containers for holding SD cards and game cartridges to take on the go. There’s even an included black mesh pocket-type case, in which you can store an HDMI cable and the two plastic cartridge containers (and anything else that will fit). It seems like it can take a fall and protect the contents well.”Buy it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:How Nintendo Transformed Christmas Into a Gaming HolidayRanking Every Christmas Season Console Debut11 Best Nintendo Toys