Activision Files ANOTHER Microtransaction Patent

Game News: Activision Files ANOTHER Microtransaction Patent

Activision has filed for yet another patent that focuses on how to get you to spend more money on microtransactions. This one has to do with eSports and video game playback systems.

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  • powerati FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Took me longer than it should've to realize how awesome Ben's shirt is. Anyways, this isn't relevant, carry on.

  • Shmittles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Monetizing Theater Mode (the Halo thing, not the AH thing)... interesting. For ESports purposes, I guess that kind of mode would make sense since can then get custom spectator viewing and easy access to multiple viewing angles and even flying cams.


    Did anyone else notice the constant "don't worry, this is okay, they definitely won't screw us over" tone in Adam's voice throughout this video? Kinda creepy. Then again, maybe that was just supposed to be a joke. Regardless, I can't say I'm a fan of the mentality that there's "technically nothing wrong with it" ("it" being exploitative practices on gamers) just because they're a business and it's legally making them more money. That same reasoning could beget some pretty awful things. I'd say it, arguably, already has.

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold doesn't get breaks.

    2 weeks ago

    The patent application, however, only says what the system will do - use player activity and data to advertise. Many players don't like that idea - or rather, many computer users in general don't like that idea.


    I read someone (I won't say "fanboy" - wait... dangit...) try to defend it by saying it's just like site-tracking cookies. I disagree. The application would have been thrown out if it's just like an existing system already widely used. It goes further than site-tracking because it is using your activity to advertise to others by showing and highlighting specific parts of your activity to them. That last bit is what makes it a new thing than simply tracking to customize advertising strategies.


    Still, games and systems that record your gameplay for sharing so far give you the option to turn it off. The patent application doesn't say they're going to force it on players. Yet if I can't turn it off, then I won't play - free country and all that. I don't want people to see how bad I suck at games if I'm not specifically playing games for public amusement and ridicule.

  • CerevisiaMagus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    In other word they want additional free advertisment