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The_Infected  +   539d ago
Bad because companies will abuse it. If it was done right it could possibly be ok but games are better off without it for sure.
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DBergmark  +   539d ago
You didn't even read it and you gave your opinion. :|
I actually gave good examples of why micro-transactions are important. I also explained they could be used in a bad way such as what most gamers are fearing will become an industry standard.
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The_Infected  +   539d ago
^^
I browsed through the huge article but I still stand on what I said because I know what Microtransactions will lead to by greedy companies. They will start nickel and diming you for every little thing in the games. It makes them money while it impacts us. Pretty much we buy a game to keep buying in game stuff if we want/need it to proceed in the game in a fun way and not be frustrated without the need to buy Microtransactions.
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DBergmark  +   539d ago
@Kratos_Kills #1.1.1 If developers are trying to 'wring' your money, why do you give them money in the first place? Is it because you like the game genre the gameplay is based upon or the franchise that you follow? If this such a big deal, maybe the gaming media isn't doing their job to report it.

I saw NeoGaf play the blame game with Polygon earlier but there really wasn't an interesting discussion that started as most of it was alluding to the fact that gamers are feeling taken advantage by these price points. If you don't like a price for a game, wait for it to drop.
ziggurcat  +   539d ago
they're irrelevant because you can acquire the same items through natural progression.

so, really... people shouldn't be getting their panties all up in a bunch over this.
theWB27  +   539d ago
Agree with you. All I've ever seen with these is they're basically charging for cheat codes. Gamers say if it were done in a right way..which way? It's not detracting from the main game. But it seems gamers are, for some reason, feeling entightled to everything and should be given free. All free.
LightofDarkness  +   539d ago
Free? They're paying full price for the game up front. If this was free-to-play (the model that microtransations were created to support), you'd be right. But you are already paying for the FULL game. You ARE entitled to everything in that case.
theWB27  +   539d ago
So we aren't getting full games now? Are we paying for endings(actual endings, not the one you disagree with)

@LightofDarkness..we are getting full games. All that other stuff is EXTRA..we still play the game. We get the beginning middle and ends.

In the case of Dead Space..all thsoe micros you can buy can also be found in-game. They give the player the choice to BUY them instead.

I dont think there's been ONE case where we payed extra for the CORE game to be finished. I dont a gamer has ever been stopped and told to -insert quarter to finish final boss- (example)
admiralvic  +   539d ago
The issue is that some people are thinking ahead / researching the topic and others just write it off.

The long / short is, right now they're not a problem, but many iOS games THRIVE off nickel and dimming you till you lost interest. We've seen several iOS games where buying items would take a VAST amount of time to accomplish, which forces dedication or payment. The other side is much worse, but HAS been implemented on 1 PS3 game already. This is the system Zookeeper VS uses.

You see, the game gives you 1 match (or token to play a match) per 6 minutes real time. You can bank this time, but you can't blank more than 2 tokens. If you wish to play more often, you can buy an item to play additional games, but these add at most 6 and removes your ability to gain another match till you're back down to 2 attempts. So while some people (like my Mother) would gladly pay even an absurd sum like $15 dollars to play it an unlimited amount, she's forced to deal with their awful limitations, pay their absurd fees (6 games = $1, 36 = $5, 72 = $10, 180 = $23) or play nothing at all.

Since it's harder to prevent these AFTER they happen, people are trying to show their outrage now over having another DLC event. For those unaware about the DLC event... they ORIGINALLY were awesome things like Halo 2 offered you the map pack for X dollars or wait till (and the date was given on day 1) ____ date to get it for free. Now a days we see Limited Editions, Collectors Editions, Special Editions, Preorder Items, Buy X Get Y promotions that slowly erode the value of a game I literally just bought.
The Great Melon  +   539d ago
Theoretically it should have no relevance to the quality of the game if you can pay to cheat. Unfortunately micro-transactions might subtly enter into the design of the game.

For example:

"Weapon-specific ammo was allegedly switched for generic ammo late in development, too, as a method for shoehorning in the game's controversial micro-transactions."

While EA denied canceling Dead Space 4 in that recently hot article, this sort of act that was brought up is entirely plausible regardless whether or not it truly happened.
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BrianC6234  +   539d ago
The only way they'd be bad is if you have to buy them to finish the game. I have no problem with DLC to let you play more levels as long as they aren't taken out of the actual game. Go ahead and let people buy little things like outfits or weapons. That's no big deal. If you don't like it just don't buy them.
LightofDarkness  +   539d ago
Look, if you pay $60 or full price for a game, you should get the complete package. Micro-transactions were intended as a means of monetizing the free-to-play model. It meant the player could pay for only what they wanted, or not pay at all. When you pay full price for a game, you should get the FULL game and everything that comes with that.

Now I know: EA didn't remove items from DS3 and go on to sell them as microtransactions. Except... yes, they did. Weapon specific ammo was replaced by generic ammo to support microtransactions. A staple of horror games was removed for the sake of expansion in microtransactions. Still think it doesn't affect you if you don't buy them?

More to that, these used to be cheat codes, unlockables and other nice extras that were included in the full price of the game. Now you still pay full price and are expected to pay for these too, as if full price only covers the bare minimum game. Not ok.

Once again, this has been bastardized by old business men who can't stand to compete against a new business model, who then twist and distort it to fit their old business model. It is something of a fad, because it looks good on spreadsheets. Comparatively, microtransactions will obviously have far more growth than retail sales or any other transaction right now because they are only now expanding into it. This guy can point to the nice upward slant on a graph and impress the investors and the board, and can then pretend to be doing a great job. This is why they say "gamers obviously want them" and that they're selling well. Growth in this area dwarfs that of any other.
These are not good for the industry when applied to full price games. Do not try to defend this.
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BrianC6234  +   539d ago
Just don't buy it then. I have no problem with most of it. As long as we don't have to buy anything to finish the game. If gamers don't buy it the idea will die.
Roper316  +   539d ago
if it's doesn't unbalance the game MP wise or if content isn't purposely with held to sell it for extra I could not careless.

If they are gimping games & unbalancing MP matches over MT's than yes I have a problem with it.

So it all boils down to how the MT's are implemented in the game.
Soldierone  +   539d ago
Bad. look at DLC. At first it was good, and it had its benefits. Today you can't even get a full game on a disc because of DLC.
memots  +   539d ago
Micro transaction done right = Tribes Ascend
Micro transaction done wrong = Dead space 3 , Tiger wood , MLB 13(pay real money to increase your team budget REALLY ???!! )
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L6RD7BLU3  +   539d ago
OMG I had no clue that people are forced to use micro transactions. Their wallets must have a gun to their heads are something because I just simply ignore micro transactions but I guess it's hard for some people. :) LOL
memots  +   539d ago
hehe agreed.

check this out you'll get a good laugh out of it.

http://www.escapistmagazine...
TuxedoMoon  +   539d ago
The problem I have with Microtransactions mainly came from Free to play games. People would pay to win most of the time. Companies have to make their money from that game, so I didn't really mind the pay to win model there.

When it comes to a full priced games, I have more of a problem with Disk locked content than micro transactions. Most of the micro transactions I've see so far were just small cheats to help players get by. Nothing too bad, but then there's DLC. Capcom Style DLC...Where they locked the stuff that's on the disk and sell it to you later. FF13-2 and Asura's Wrather SELLING THE REAL ENDINGS! some of these things are important parts of the game! If the player wanted to get the whole experience, they'd HAVE TO buy the DLC. There are some instances where players feel FORCED to buy DLC stuff.
schlanz  +   536d ago
It's not black and white. Microtransactions are fine when done appropriately. The line is crossed when they are almost essential to progressing beyond a certain part of a game.

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