Ray plays Devil's advocate with issue of Microtransactions in gaming.
just makes gready companies more gready. * cough Activsion*
*cough EA* *Cough MS*
Micro-transactions have been around for a while now, mostly on PC, but Microsoft and EA are hardly the only culprits. I'm pretty sure DC Universe on PS3, and Dust 514 will really on them.
Just another feature or Option created for gamers to have weather they buy it or not. me personally I have no issues with it.
The only time i dont mind microtransactions are in FTP. Since they got to make money some way. I just hate when it increases your stats. I dont mind if its for an xp boost though.
They are all into together i think in the end companies like Actisision and EA... COD this year will have some sort of subscription base fee on the next gens... being pushed by Activision... Than you have EA pushing Micro Transactions... In a year or two when the dust settles... we will see games that require a subscription base fee and have micro transactions as well... I hate both practices and will not buy games that have either... at 60 bucks with tax for a game is a lot of money and when publishers like Activision and EA made record profits last year.. How are people still buying the line that game development is so expensive we need these funds just to make the game... Activision made $4.76bn 2012 EA made $4.14 billion 2012 Now when they talk about loses to tell us why they need Micro transactions and subscriptions, They take a sliver of the truth... Sure.. instead of 518 million they made 384 million so we had some losses and need to make that up... those numbers come from old product like for example wow.. How old is WOW?? yeah.. they are still making how much off it?? Come on people with the decline in games like WOW they have to make it up or their stock prices fall... If that happen a lot of rich people lose money... Gamers on PC are not buying into subscriptions anymore...less and less every day... why you have things like Starwars MMO... that went free to play cause there were not enough users... in slides... micro transactions... if we can milk 500 000 gamers of 10 dollars a month we will milk 3 million gamers of 4 bucks a month in micro trans action or more.... Please people stay away from free 2 play, freemium, micro Trans actions and subscription based games... Vote with your money... be smart...
I don't like EA's scumbag (Pay upfront for good or bad DLC, or you'll be outcasted for the rest of this game's cycle) aproach as they did with Battlefield 3. I bought 3 packs of 15 euro each, thats not enough!? Now there is even word that only Premium members get to join the beta, I'm seriously thinking of boycotting them is that happens, as much as i love Battlefield.
Lol yeah they should be called Micro-Extortions!
If I wanted to deal with microtransactions I wouldn't bother paying $60 for a game, I would simply go the free to play route. If microtransactions are the wave of the future for games I will simply stop buying new games.
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