Thursday, 28 February 2013

EA: "Now Microtransactions Forever!"

Yes, this is a thing that is happening now. Of course it is.

Sigh

Okay. Let's be completely honest. It's not like this wasn't expected. Since Dead Space 3 came out and people learned that you didn't need the microtransactions to win it set a precedent. Even though there aren't a whole lot of concrete numbers I can't think that the number of people who spent any money -- let alone a significant sum of it -- in the microtransaction system was that high. Still, to EA "any" is enough to seemingly justify wanting to slap the same type of system in every single game they make from now on.

There's not enough face in the Milky Way galaxy to palm; we'll have to outsource.

Perhaps more disturbing than the mere fact that they are going full steam ahead with this is the undercurrent of the whole thing: "We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be,"

Setting aside that these are things that should be unlockable in-game without paying any money -- it is currently unknown if there will be alternative methods for getting content without paying; it has happened in the past but that guarantees nothing for the future -- that these are, again, full priced games. Not free to play or five dollar titles that rely on microtransactions for the sake of getting a little more money. No, these are fifty, sixty dollar full releases that are going to be attempting to nickel and dime people in-game afterwards.

Give me a fucking break. Seriously.

There's really nothing else to say. Yet I continue anyways.

I would like to see what data exactly EA is looking at when they are figuring out that people are "enjoying" these microtransactions. I'm not going to take their word for it at this point, or probably any point ever. I'm also not going to yield to the argument of "well, if you don't like it just don't purchase the microtransactions, or the games that include them" the second part is already moot if EA plans to shove them into every single game from this point on.

As for the first point; I'm not buying it. Or rather, that's what I'd have to do if I wanted to send the message to EA that what they're doing is stupid. Even if only a fraction of the people that actually get the game engage in microtransactions, that will be more than enough for companies to think that this dumb idea of putting them in full priced games will earn them more money. I don't want this crap shoved down my throat, and I doubt that I'm alone in thinking that way.

Am I overreacting? Maybe. At this point though I no longer give a shit. At the crux of the next generation heading into full tilt we do not need to establish these kinds of habits before we even cycle over. If this is what we have to look forward to, then looking forward isn't going to be something that's happening a lot at all.
"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be," - See more at: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/02/27/ea-all-future-games-have-microtransactions-because-consumers-enjoy-them#.US6kMFcXpdd"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be,"
"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be," - See more at: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/02/27/ea-all-future-games-have-microtransactions-because-consumers-enjoy-them#.US5lHVcXpdc
"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be," - See more at: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/02/27/ea-all-future-games-have-microtransactions-because-consumers-enjoy-them#.US5lHVcXpdc
"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be," - See more at: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/02/27/ea-all-future-games-have-microtransactions-because-consumers-enjoy-them#.US5lHVcXpdc
"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be," - See more at: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/02/27/ea-all-future-games-have-microtransactions-because-consumers-enjoy-them#.US5lHVcXpdc
"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level, to buy a new characters; to buy a truck or gun or whatever it might be," - See more at: http://gamepolitics.com/2013/02/27/ea-all-future-games-have-microtransactions-because-consumers-enjoy-them#.US5lHVcXpdc

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