The perverse psychology of Dota 2’s Battle Pass minigames

Last week, Valve announced and made available for purchase the Dota 2 Fall 2016 Battle Pass. Rejoice! Alongside more familiar compendium-ish fare (unique items, quests, etc.), the Battle Pass marks the return of Rylai’s Battle Blessing. The minigame is a lovely bit of skeuomorphism; the digital roulette wheel whirls round and round, awarding virtual goods ranging from the almost-worthless to the slightly-less-worthless. And the more money you spend on the Battle Pass, the more chances you have to win. Or lose.

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