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Submitted by doctorstrange 500d ago | news

EA Building Microtransactions “Into All Our Games”

During the ongoing EA investor’s call, the publisher has revealed that they are adding microtransactions to all their upcoming games, something that was seen in Dead Space 3.
-PSLS (Dead Space 3, EA, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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doctorstrange  +   500d ago
Hell yeah!

Said no one.
Foolsjoker  +   500d ago
I wonder if the PS4 will have a built-in coin slot?
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Sev  +   500d ago
If it's this kind of coinslot I'm okay with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
dbjj12088  +   500d ago
Then pachinko would catch on here too! IN YOUR OWN HOME JAPANESE PACHINKO ADDICTS!!
TrendyGamers  +   500d ago
Wrath of the Dead Wallet.
brish  +   500d ago
... in unrelated news. EA game sales continue to fall.
-GametimeUK-  +   499d ago
Whilst I am not over the moon about the idea I can tolerate micro transactions as long as they don't become borderline necessary. I don't want to see games built around micro transactions (unless it is f2p).
SilentNegotiator  +   499d ago
More or less too late.
drizzom  +   499d ago
Whilst I am not over the moon about the idea I can tolerate DLC as long as they don't become borderline necessary. I don't want to see games built around DLC.

They always start small at first...
-GametimeUK-  +   499d ago
Which is why I am worried, drizzom :-(
NYC_Gamer  +   500d ago
This is pure greed for EA to do with full priced retail software
Bimkoblerutso  +   500d ago
They can say it won't affect the core game experience all they want.

They're crazy if they think we're going to believe that they aren't withholding content in order to monetize it for microtransactions. Plus like Sev said below me, at the very least you shouldn't have to deal with in-game advertising after you already bought the damn game.

I hate to sound like an old fart, but Jesus Christ. I remember when games had a wealth of content to unlock after their campaigns.
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Sev  +   500d ago
Ugh, I hate microtransactions. Not because they want to make money, but because I'm constantly being asked if I want to buy them. At least that's how it is in iOS games. If I'm playing a game, I don't want to be advertised to the entire time.

This is why I can't stand EA.
dbjj12088  +   500d ago
They don't even make sense and really it's such a waste to buy the micro-transactions in Dead Space 3.
ftwrthtx  +   500d ago
This seems to be the way of the future. If it means more free-to-play games, I'm all for it.
classic200  +   500d ago
No this means paying $60 for a game and then having t pay another $5 to buy some stuff in the world that would have been free.

Better weapon $5
Better boots $5
Access to the best cars $5

Ea got to be creating some outstanding games to be able to pull this off, free to play is a different story than micro transaction single player games.
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Wenis  +   500d ago
It won't mean more free to play games. It will mean more $60 games with half the content cut out to be sold for another $30.
MagneticDeath2  +   500d ago
Cosmetic purchases dont bother me but if a games pay to win it will.
Trago1337  +   500d ago
And this is why i dont support EA. Unless they bring another Alice game, Mirrors edge, or Bad company 3, they aren't seeing my money.
PockyKing  +   500d ago
Dunno why microtransactions bother so many people. No one's forcing you to buy them. Basically for the people who are really into their games and care about all the extras. Microtransaction have never impeded my gaming, and unless ads start popping up during the middle of my games on consoles, they won't bother me.
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Root  +   500d ago
People are bothered because it will evolve over time it worse trends and as they get worse we'll suffer more and more.

Imagine you see a weed in your garden and instead of pulling it out you think "meh, not harming anyone" then the next time you look your garden is full of them....you'll think "Why didn't I do something sooner when I had the chance"
PockyKing  +   500d ago
Kinda have to realize the only reason the concept is expanding though, is because people are buying the microtransactions. We can voice our opinions to any game company about providing them, but as we all know, money speaks louder than words.
maniacmayhem  +   500d ago
The lines are definitely blurring between DLC and microtransactions.
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DragonKnight  +   500d ago
"Dunno why microtransactions bother so many people. No one's forcing you to buy them."

Are you serious? Let's take a look at what has happened to the gaming industry in the Past, oh, 10 years.

A company has successfully convinced millions that it's ok to pay to access half their game they paid full price for.

Many companies have convinced people that developers and publishers are being starved of profit from the used game market enough that they can justify paying an extra $10 to, once again, access half of a game you didn't pay half price for.

Many companies have successfully released 6 hour games for full price making said game essentially cost $10 an hour for the consumer.

Why do microtransactions bother so many people? Let's see. They foster the move towards free to pay to win games. They encourage laziness among the gaming audience to not actually EARN what they need to in the game to be successful, which in turn fosters further casualization of games since people will find the process of actually going through the game to get these items to be a process far too long or difficult for them to achieve. They can aid in the creation of the "I ain't got time" genre of games for people who say they are too busy to play a full game yet want to play a full game, which again potentially effects game quality.

I can easily go on about the detriment to gaming that microtransactions will add to paying to access your online, paying to access half a game you paid more than half price for, paying for incredibly short and unfulfilling experiences, the continued casualization of the industry (Capcom's Arcade games they are releasing as downloadable titles have a Casual Mode. That's blasphemous), and essentially the continued shift from games as art to games as multi-national business conglomerates fueled by intense greed and money grubbing.
PockyKing  +   500d ago
You could say the same thing about movies. $30 bucks for an 1 1/2 movie that was a complete waste of your time.

"A company has successfully convinced millions that it's ok to pay to access half their game they paid full price for. " - You don't have a source for where that's true so can't say much about it.

In a business standpoint, if someone's buying it and they're making money off of it, then why wouldn't they expand on it?

"They encourage laziness among the gaming audience to not actually EARN what they need to in the game to be successful, " - Not everyone thinks they're "earning" anything in games like core gamers do. Some people just want everything unlocked right away to play the game with everything in it.

The casual experience is inevitable, and people who have been gaming for a long time are just now starting to see it, and it bugs them. The gaming industry has something for everyone now, and the mix between the people who play games like you do, and those who just casually game and don't pay attention to the business side of things or follow trends just mindlessly purchase these things. You can call EA greedy all you want, but both EA and Activison know how to make a buck, and if something sells, you really think they would just drop it cause a small majority of people call them out for being greedy?
DragonKnight  +   499d ago
"You could say the same thing about movies. $30 bucks for an 1 1/2 movie that was a complete waste of your time."

Were you expecting me to disagree with that? Overinflated prices are wrong, period.

"- You don't have a source for where that's true so can't say much about it."

It's frickin' Microsoft and Xbox Live. How could you not know that?

"- Not everyone thinks they're "earning" anything in games like core gamers do. Some people just want everything unlocked right away to play the game with everything in it."

Right, laziness. Next.

Final Paragraph: Your post smacks of apathy. If you don't care about the entire industry being dumbed down, and every individual being seen as mindless sheep feeding corporate greed, and gaming moving further and further away from the quality it once had and can still have, then kindly either find a new hobby or stay out of the way of people who actually expect more for the money they spend to keep the industry afloat. The casual audience is a dead end. They are fickle and follow fads. Today it's gaming, tomorrow it's not. The core audience have always been responsible for keeping the gaming industry afloat, so you bet your ass I expect companies like EA and Activision to pay attention or else they will find themselves in a very abrupt THQ position.
MGS_fanatico_  +   500d ago
But of course, who other than EA to even remotely suggest doing such a thing? :)
Wanting to price their games at $70...Excluding of course all the friggin' DLC and NOW microtransactions on all of their future titles!!
Hey, I'm all for supporting developers ~ But not these greedy corporate fucks who are dragging gaming down the drain!
I was right to boycott their games! Activision and Capcom are on that list as well - We might need some change in our industry, but at least for the better goddammit!

EDIT: And we seriously need to STOP supporting these types of companies, or they WILL continuously rape our wallets using these types of methods! We need to send a message, and this has been said repeatedly, but it can only be done by voting with our wallets!!
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KrisButtar  +   499d ago
100% agree

bubble up
da_2pacalypse  +   500d ago
And I'm slowly building EA games out of my library. So it's all good!
Lucreto  +   500d ago
I don't mind microtransactions if it is for content that will help you.

I admit I paid for premium weapon packs in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer just to get a better assault rifle.

You don't have to pay if you don't want to but it is there when you want to.
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MGS_fanatico_  +   500d ago
What ever happened to simple cheat codes, man? :)
Remember those? *sigh*
I really hate EA...
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Lucreto  +   499d ago
Yes I miss them as well.
BigStef71  +   500d ago
I gotta admit I'm really starting to despise EA allot more than Activision. It's sad because at the beginning of this gen they actually seemed liked they cared about the hardcore.
00  +   500d ago
Yeah well fuck you to then.
can't wait for EA to die.
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cchum  +   499d ago
EAt a dick
SKUD  +   499d ago
DICE needs to dump EA and fast.
sjaakiejj  +   499d ago
How would DICE dump EA? They _are_ EA.
CombatRock1969  +   499d ago
"Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen said: We’re building into all our games the ability to pay for more, to unlock faster… trucks, levels, etc. microtransactions. Consumers love that."

No, CFO- your shareholders love that. Consumers think it is BS.
sjaakiejj  +   499d ago
It's an option, you can get the same items by playing the game without ever paying for any microtransactions. I honestly don't see a problem with that. It was fine for Mass Effect 3 and will be fine for any other game.
sdozzo  +   499d ago
Agreed. It's for people short on time or skills. As long as it's not forced it's a win win.
nofallouthero  +   499d ago
how would mircotransactions in mirror edge even work?
C-Thunder  +   499d ago
Pay per jump.
C-Thunder  +   499d ago
As long as they're optional.

I don't like that you can buy stuff like weapon unlocks and such in their games, but as long as they leave me the option to just earn it, which is more fun anyway, I'm fine with that.

In the end, gamers will vote with their wallets, if it fails, we'll know it.
Enigma_2099  +   499d ago
Nickle and Dime-ing...

The wave of the FUTURE!!!!
Triggytrolls  +   499d ago
I don't think it matters, worry when all games go F2P and it takes days to do anything and need to buy gems in game to speed it up.
Psychotica  +   499d ago
Does that mean you can have a bounty program on the next version of Madden? :)
fsfsxii  +   493d ago
Aaaand i'm done with EA games

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