What's the Big Deal with Microtransactions?

Push Square: "Dead Space 3 will allow you to enhance your arsenal in a more efficient manner by spending real money. As reported earlier today, if you lack the sufficient salvage for a specific upgrade, the game will direct you to the PlayStation Store where you’ll be able to purchase more for an undisclosed fee. Apparently, there will be a range of different packs to choose from, presumably spanning impulse price points to more sizeable costs. However, publisher EA Games promises that you’ll never need to engage in the lucrative side market – it’s merely an option for players who don’t want to manually go in search of the required items to power-up their firearms. But does that make the practice any more palatable?"

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