Blogging live to you and yours! It’s your boy TWOTALL4UFOOL! Microtransactions have been a big topic in gaming lately! One thing I want to know is if people are ok with them, are they ruining gaming, is it a form of gambling, and if they are going away anytime soon. I have some strong opinions on this topic so let me jump right in and share how I’m feeling about it.
Let’s start with what microtranscations are. They are a business model or program that allow the user or player to purchase virtual goods via micropayment (or small payment). They are typically used more in freemium mobile games such as Clash of Clans, Asphalt Xtreme, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius just to name a few. They are free games with in-app purchases. Those are examples of games with microtransactions and they’ve been around for years now. They however also exist in PC games and console games. In multiplayer games some people have been known to call them pay to win in some instances. Though that is not always the case.
In my opinion depending upon the situation microtransactions can be helpful but they can also be a waste of money. To me on if I’m playing a mobile game that has microtransactions it’s a waste of money to me because I have consoles and handhelds I can play games on. And chances are they are much better than what I can play on my mobile. phone. But if your mobile phone is your primary choice for gaming it is useful. And at the end of the day it is helping support the developers of that game. Now let’s go to the PC and console side of things. Let’s say you get a triple A multiplayer game and you want to purchase a particular skin for a weapon or costume. I’m just using this as an example. I don’t necessarily have a problem with it since it is not changing your ability in how you compete or ranking you all the way to max level. Now let’s say you want to get a more powerful weapon (or a chance at a more powerful weapon). That is paying to win and that I do have a problem with. The reason why I have a problem with this is because I feel like it is ruining the integrity in how we play games. It takes the fun out of games and in my honest opinion do you really have to go that route to pay to win. I know some of you out there may disagree with me but if you are paying to win in a particular game just think to yourself. Is this a game I should really be playing? Those are my thoughts on that we can agree to disagree.
From what I’ve been reading on the internet a lot of people really don’t have problem with microtransactions. Some do think the pay to win or loot box scheme (whatever you want to call it) is horrible but for the most part people seem to be fine with it. Did this topic get a lot of attention because of a particular game (Star Wars: Battlefront 2) or were people really having a problem with them before then. I’m sure Battlefront 2 got it a lot more attention to the point where politicians got involved. Now the question is ‘Are loot boxes a form of gambling?’. I personally don’t think they are going away anytime soon but with congress getting involved I’m sure something will change. If you want to know why video games have ratings now it was congress telling the gaming industry to come up with something or we’ll do it for you. If you ask me I think it is hilarious that it took a very popular franchise for people to start talking about this topic more. It made you think something was going to indeed change only to have people come out and say I don’t have a problem with it. At end of the day it’s your money and you choose how you want to use it. Me personally I will buy dlc, and microtransaction that doesn’t affect my ability to win. But if it comes to paying to win I’m not buying them.
Well enough of me and more of you. I’m sure everyone in gaming from the developers to the players has a hot take on microtransactions. How do you the people feel about them? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t done so yet please subscribe and give me a like on this post or any of my other ones. Blogging live to you and yours! This is TWOTALL4UFOOL. Remember TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE! Thanks for reading folks hope you come back soon! LATER!
2 thoughts on “Microtransactions! Are people ok with them?”
I think Microtransactions are a pain if I am honest, and the gamer community voted with its feet recently, was it EA lost half their share price, amounting to billions of dollars, as gamers were unhappy about paywalls in Battlefront? It might have been another game, but that is what my memory is telling me. But it isn’t just micro transactions that are an issue. DLC is becoming smaller and lesser. I am a fan of Warhammer Total War. That game shipped with 4 races. You had to pre-order to get Chaos Warriors free. After that you paid for them. Then Beastmen and Wood Elves were paid DLC (I didn’t bother) and there were a number of Unit Upgrades to Empire and Vampire Counts (Which I did buy). Once upon a time you bought a game, and then you bought the expansion disks. And you got a full expansion. Now it sometimes feels like developpers sometimes trot out incomplete games to then make you pay twice. It isn’t right. Great post, thanks for sharing
It’s just getting worse in my opinion. The fact that you have to pre-order to get bonuses for some games and then having to pay for full expansions DLC is just ridiculous. It’s one thing if it’s on the lines of say Destiny but then you got other games that will have a DLC this month and then another months later. I think they do this to just keep people coming back to their game. But it’s costing us gamers a lot of money in the long run.