Items tagged with microtransactions

The ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) is the agency that rates video games so parents and other shoppers know what sort of content a video game will offer and if its appropriate for the gamer. Today the ESRB announced that it will begin assigning a new Interactive Element to video games where the label will... Read more...
At the risk of dating myself, I remember the days of sticking a cartridge into an Atari 2600, and that was it—you played the game as it shipped, with no post-game patches and certainly no in-game transactions. We live in a very different world these days. Microtransactions and so-called loot boxes rule the day, and... Read more...
“Microtransaction” is often considered a dirty word in the gaming community. Several developers have come under fire for unfriendly, and even predatory, practices. However, the controversy surrounding microstransactions will not prevent Electronic Arts from incorporating them into its games. Battlefield V will include... Read more...
Eureka! If you are tired of grinding to earn that Red Dead Online Cattleman Revolver or Arabian horse, you are in luck. Gamers can now purchase gold in Red Dead Online with real life currency. However, is this latest update truly beneficial to players? Many believe that the microtransactions are simply not worth... Read more...
Back at BlizzCon the other day, Bungie and Activision announced that Destiny 2 would be free to download to PC for the first half of November, and specifically until November 18. Anyone who claimed their copy by that deadline would own it forever. Why would Activision be interested in doing this? Microtransactions, of... Read more...
Somewhere out there, a gamer loudly proclaimed, "No game developer will ever come up with a worse save system than limiting them to checkpoints!" Then Kingdom Come: Deliverance came along with its drunken method. Perhaps seeing this as a challenge, Konami declared, "Hold my beer" and proceeded to trump them all with... Read more...
Gamers, for the most part, aren’t big fans of microtransactions in games. However, modern games are festooned with microtransaction for things you can buy in the game to upgrade characters and weapons all to make the game easier to defeat and to make progression faster. Whatever your feelings about microtransactions... Read more...
Disgruntled games who are not happy with the direction Electronic Arts has taken FIFA 18, the latest installment in the publisher's soccer simulation franchise, have banded together to organize a Black Friday boycott of in-game purchases. Fans of the soccer sim have a long list of grievances, among them a displeasure... Read more...
Electronic Arts has drawn immense criticism from the gaming community over so-called loot boxes and how they are implemented in Star Wars Battlefront II, but it is not just gamers who are speaking out. Belgium's Gaming Commission has determined that loot boxes are a form of gambling and is seeking a ban against them... Read more...
At least one analyst has sided with Electronic Arts over its decision to include microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II, and believe that the outrage by gamers is unwarranted. Furthermore, the analyst in question believes that, if anything, EA and other publishers should be charging more for their games. Say... Read more...
The Internet community has been heard "loud and clear" in regards to microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II, publisher Electronic Arts said in a statement. Of course, EA would either to be deaf or have its head stuck so far up its backside that all outside noise is effectively drowned out, to avoid hearing the... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, StarCraft won the Internet on Tuesday, and perhaps for the entire week. Or more precisely, the social media person who is responsible for StarCraft's Twitter account won the Internet, with a series of savage tweets mocking the microtransaction madness surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II and the... Read more...
Gaming has grown to become one of the biggest entertainment industries, surpassing both movies and music in revenue. At the same time, the business model behind gaming has changed. Microtransactions are now a normal part of the gaming experience, and if you were hoping that would change, you will be in for a... Read more...
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Activision a patent for an online matchmaking scheme that is designed to encourage players to spend money on in-game items. By matching players with purchased items against non-paying players, the assumption is that both players will have incentive to... Read more...
When the concept of downloadable content for games first hit us, people en masse were enraged at the fact that companies couldn't just sell us a complete game from the get-go. Fast-forward to today, and DLC is a much more accepted, but that doesn't mean the underlying issues no longer exist. For the most part, many... Read more...
According to EA's Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, all future games from the company will include microtransactions in a bid to further monetize the product. "We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it... Read more...