Microtransactions TOO SUCCESSFUL to Stop?

Game News: Microtransactions TOO SUCCESSFUL to Stop?

A new study shows just how much money microtransactions and loot boxes in AAA games is bringing into the game industry, so... looks like they're here to stay for now.

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  • AishaAdventures FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Yomiko Readman's twin

    1 month ago

    I'm old enough to remember premium titles at $40... ugh. I guess the micro-transaction thing is here to stay. I just don't want to HAVE to pay to win, like on mobile games. There's a title I swear I'm going to STOP playing because you have to FEED IT to get all the cool cars... I have a weakness for racing games. I added up how much I spent on it... let me just say, I agree with Ashley. I'd rather pay $95 up front than end up dumping hundreds in micro-transactions later. 


    Holy-freaking-SMOKES HEARTHSTONE!! That's a really expensive hobby! Says the pseudo-musician...


    Aaaaaannnnnnnddddd just to be "that gal"... on a technicality Rooster Teeth DOES have loot boxes. Double GOLD shiny! 

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

      1 month ago

      ya i'm not a fan of microtrans and loot boxes.  If they need constant money then I'm all for pay to play.  I don't mind subscription MMOs.  enjoying FFXIV now.  when wildstar went free to play i left.  glad i found ffxiv

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

    1 month ago

    I loved Hearthstone but i could never bring myself to pay $30-$40 for an expansion pack

  • MartyGras2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Thank you for the spaceballs clip.  

  • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    In all honestly, I'm fine with this. I've never bought one or paid into microtransactions. So as long as they don't become required to complete the game, and by that I mean impossible, not a long grind, I couldn't care less.

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

    1 month ago

    Microtransactions as the "norm" is disappointing to say the least.  However, I see their usefulness in keeping the overall cost of games down.  I just hope that developers will use some restraint with them and not go on a giant cash-grab-money-spree.  Didn't China make a law that they have to disclose loot chances or drop rates or something like that?  Maybe a little regulation like that is in order on our side of the pond.

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

    1 month ago

    Yeah, I've accepted that loot boxes are basically the norm for big games these days. I usually don't like them, and believe they encourage lazy and bad game design. Eventually, people are going to get burnt out on them, and be less willing to put up with them in lue of some games that don't use them. They won't go away entirely, but I think their prevalence will die down in a decade or so, at which point things will either even out, or they'll find some big new money-making fad to latch on to.


    I liked Ashley's approach to game purchaces, calling an increased base price more "honest" than keeping the current base price and adding extras for more sales. I agree, and would be quite happy if the "big" games would just up their base price and rather than having "optional" extras and day-one dlc and whatnot. It'll be a long time before that happens though... if ever. I'm not looking forward finding out about the extra monitozation gimmicks they'll be tacking on to KH3.

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

    1 month ago

    Honestly I'm alright with loot boxes in games. I'd prefer that it not be pay to win style (like you all reported on Battlefront 2 could end up being that way, and after playing the beta and seeing how the boxes work it definitely feels like it will end up having some pay to win elements), but if my choice is between a $60 game with optional loot boxes and a ~$95 game, I'll go with the 60+loot boxes. I won't personally spend a ton of money on them, maybe once every few months I'll buy 10 or 15 bucks worth of loot boxes/in game currency but thats only if there is something i really want from that game (like Overwatch skins or Destiny 1s eververse for emotes). I like the gambling aspect that comes with them, but for a game like Destiny 2 where I get a bright engram by gaining experience, I have no need to buy silver, but for Overwatch, since I don't play it as much, I'll be more likely to buy loot boxes to try and get a skin I want. I can see why a lot of people have issues with them, and I have some issues with them as well (ie pay to win loot boxes), but as long as the game can get me the same things through just playing the game Im okay with it