Well, this game exposes people to the thrill of torturing and killing... Gambling is pretty tame, compared.
As a parent, I had to deal with microtransactions starting around the time my kid was five or six. It's a big area of online safety and education. It's by no means unique to this game.
Yes, but you are not actually killing or torturing anyone in real life.
With these lockbockes you ARE actually gambling in real life
, which is why SWTOR should need to be a licenced game (for gambling) under EU law to do it.