Don’t Buy EA Games, Don’t Engage In Micro-Transactions – And Get Yourself A PC

Following Cliffy B’s rant to Kotaku, and EA continuing its general nefarious activities, disgruntled gamer Dave McConkey suggests how gamers everywhere can avoid being exploited by greedy mainstream publishers.

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mandf2051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

LOL Pc gaming started micro-transactions.

The author really sounds threatened.

zeal0us2051d ago

Sad but true. Buying a PC won't help you escape microtransaction. Heck it will open it up to you even more, especially if you plan on playing some mmos.

If you think about it microtransaction on console platforms been here for quite a while, in the form of DLC.

At the end of the day there really isn't any way to escape it.

Zuperman2051d ago

How about I do whatever the FUCCCCCCCCC I wanna do.

Larry L2050d ago (Edited 2050d ago )

I truly can't understand this sudden movement against micro-transactions. I think it's a great business model when a F2P game launches with micro-transaction in a genre of game "you" love, or with a concept "you" can get into.

They're giving us free games to play, and we the gamer then decides if the experience is worth spending money on. And not only that but we get to decide EXACTLY how much the experience is worth from 10-25 cents up to however much you want.

It started for me with Home. Not only did Home make me a fan of the micro-transaction model, but it's actually the service that got me even comfortable spending real money on digital stuff to any degree. Before then I was 100% against digital, now I'm all for it for alot of gaming experiences I'm into (though not all).

More current examples of great micro transaction games I'm enjoying are DUST 514 and Ecolibrium on Vita, both of which I didn't have to spend a dime to enjoy, but they are good enough to get me to spend a couple bucks to add to the enjoyment because I felt they were wort it (and more). I've spent about 15 on Dust, and I've spent 5 in Ecolibrium and I'm comfortable spending more still on each if I feel I need to or really want something. It's so awesome imo as a consumer, to be able to put the EXACT price on a game I want to pay.

I'm not saying micro-transactions are for every game, but when done right they can be one of the greatest ways to game on a budget.

EA's model isn't micro-transactions as much as it's paid unlocks, that's a totally different thing. That's just taking advantage of lazy gamers with money to waste. People waste money on all kinds of things. I think it's stupid too,but don't be socialist/communist trying to tell people what they're allowed to enjoy or waste their own money on as they see fit.

DragonKnight2050d ago

Larry L: You're talking about Free to Play. Microtransactions are a necessity for those games as they are the ONLY means of income. But EA plans to put them in games that AREN'T Free to Play and already have.

Microtransactions on consoles started with thanks to Microsoft (gotta love the irony in the names) when they instituted them in Xbox Live, so if anyone's looking to point fingers, start with Microsoft, then work your way to EA.

Hitman07692050d ago (Edited 2050d ago )

word to @Larry L

P.S. This is the craziest gaming week in a while. Hope your fave company comes out looking decent lol. This is like Hell Week for the gaming corps. I'd hate to be a PR at one of these places talking to disgruntled gamers all day. Especially EA's customers.

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JAMurida2051d ago

I was about to say. Micro-transaction F2P games are all over PC.

reznik_zerosum2050d ago

Game can be f2p only whit micro-transaction

Merrill2051d ago

I'm so tired of theses "Get a PC" for gaming articles.

You can't play Playstation exclusives on PC!, only Xbox ones. Getting a PC and Playstaion is the smart choice and whatever Nintendo system is out for the obvious classics.

Hassassin2050d ago

I'm waiting for a good Metroid game to buy from nintendo again... but "Xenoblade" X project looks tempting.

Merrill2050d ago

If only I could afford Xenoblade can wish for a reprint.

TronEOL2050d ago

Especially given the fact that there are more PC games going F2P with tons of Micro-transactions. Valve does it with Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2, and almost all MMO developers are doing it now.

Consoles are the only systems still using the "full-price model".

The big issue here is not exactly micro-transactions. It's that Publishers like EA are trying to release full, $60 games with Micro-transactions included, and implemented the same way F2P games have them.

If they want to push M-T, they need to release all games designed with that in mind for free. If they slap it on at the end of the games' development (if it's done well and doesn't affect the original non-MT product), then I don't mind.

But DO NOT design a game with Micro-transactions being a part of it's design, and expect to get people to pay $60 for it.

I'm not too worried though. Gaming is still young and has TONS of growing to do. It still needs to find it's place with all these new business options/opportunities. EA and the like will test the waters with this. It's up to gamers to decide on whether or not it's worth their money.

reznik_zerosum2050d ago

TF2 and DOTA2 are using micro-transactions to be f2p games so all people can join in and play,you dont have to use it unless u wanna new hat or new mustache.

Flavor2050d ago

Yeha this, exactly.

You know what to expect with a free game, but with a $60 purchase you don't want to be nickeled and dimed.

Every time I see some mouth breather ranting about BF4 I remember the abhorrent drek of Bf3 Premium and its endless garbage DLC.

Temporary2050d ago

I wouldnt be able to transition from console gamer to PC gamer, i'd miss out on way too many games! Especially GOOD GoTY competitors from awesome console-only developers.

PC gaming would never fill that void.

TechnicianTed2050d ago (Edited 2050d ago )

If I had a choice between only having a gaming pc or a console I'd choose pc gaming every time. There are loads more games to play on pc than on console. I'd be starved with just a console.

awi59512050d ago

That was in MMO's that have hundreds of hours of gameplay not a 4 hour single player thats been cut down to sale you the rest of it later.

showtimefolks2050d ago

i understand the hate on micro transaction but do we really have to buy anything in dead space 3 to really enjoy it? is EA or any other publisher forcing us to buy anything in game? in dead space 3 you can buy ammo or there is plenty around in gaming world for you to pick up

but if someone wants to have unlimited amount and are willing to pay than why should i take issue with that?

JeromeNtheHouse2050d ago (Edited 2050d ago )

Both Larry L and DragonKnight make good points, and I agree with both of you guys. As far as console is concerned, Microsoft were kind of the pioneers with micro-transactions. When it comes to DLC however, a lot of times the developers actually wanna make it free, but Microsoft were the ones who wanted to charge and make money off of it.

I think now tho, DLC and Micro-Transactions are getting out of hand now that damn near EVERY developer is starting to go along with the trend cuz everyone else is doin it. I mean...It gets really annoying when a game JUS releases, and ALREADY there is DLC for it on the first day. Like, C'mon guys...fa real???

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GreenRanger2051d ago

"Don’t Buy EA Games, Don’t Engage In Micro-Transactions – And Get Yourself A PC"
I'll do all of that (except the last part).

MikeMyers2050d ago

The problem is it's not just EA. They may be one of the worst offenders but micro-transactions will become more and more common moving forward. Do you know how many items Little Big Planet has for sale? We are also seeing season passes for games like Gears of War where the DLC can all be bought upfront.

These are all tools to take the price shock away from the consumer. They know charging more than $60 for a game is pretty much suicide so they will use DLC as a tactical tool to get more money from you.

classic2002051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

Get my self a DRM gaming system, lol nope I am a free gamer on the PS3 and love to collect game boxes.

If I was a PC gamer I would be a pirate to be honest I wont bow to DRM like the steam gamers.

ThreshStar2051d ago

"I am a free gamer on the PS3"

Which part? The part where you don't own the hardware that you bought? Or the part where you don't own any of the games you play? Or the part about if you don't agree with their terms of agreements you are null & voided from using said products?

Alos882051d ago

None of that made sense.

classic2002051d ago


DRM made you lost touch with reality?

ThreshStar2050d ago

*sigh* I was commenting on the irony that people are raising their pitchforks against micro-transactions when they already allowed the gaming industry to enact rules stating you do NOT own your console and you do NOT own the games that you play.

...I guess people are still under the assumption that they're not "renting" their services for a fee.

aliengmr2050d ago

Free to play the games Sony wants you to play.

Consoles are DRM. That the point of a closed eco-system. Sony controls the content of its systems. Patch certification?

Never thought anyone would choose a console to escape the tyranny of Steam.

I have no problem with consoles, gamers have plenty of reasons to prefer them over a PC. This isn't an attack on your platform.

BanBrother2051d ago

Lol; "Following Cliffy B's rant to Kotaku". Wasit not in his own personal blog, and Kotaku decided to take parts out of it? Why does everyone think that everything is conducted in some hollywood interview. It isn't.

BrianC62342051d ago

I don't need to get myself a PC. I have three. But I don't use them for gaming. That's what my console is for. Thanks anyway.

Count2050d ago

Three PCs -> Doesn't play games on them.

What? At least play Baldur's Gate or something! You're not gonna see that on your console. Or Kotor.

Kurt Russell2050d ago

I work all day on a PC, and my home PC's are for further freelancing. They are plenty powerful enough to play games, but the thought makes me cringe. As sad as it sounds but sitting on my sofa and playing a console actually feels like a different environment to gaming exactly where I sat to work...

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