Cant belive people are so cheap thay complain at a 5$/year fee its nothing unless you are so poor that you live on the street
I have zero doubt that the Pokebank will be used to justify further expenses on players in the future.
You know that there is no such thing as a "reasonable" fee right? The price of a product is set by buyers, not sellers. If 10 years from now Gamefreak sells DLC pokemon for $100/each and a lot of people still buy it then it is considered as a reasonable price. GF does not rip off anybody in this case, the customers decide to buy the product.
So basically Gamefreak will not need Pokebank to justify anything. They offer a product, you and everybody else have the right whether to purchase it or not.
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It is when I can buy a flash drive that holds at least twice as much data and will have a good 2-3 year life expectancy for five dollars.
Cool, put your pokemon on that flash drive.... and transfer them to gen gen 6 from there 8)
What's your point? That I should applaud Game Freak for ripping off its customers just because they have a monopoly on transfer?
Do you not know what a monopoly is? This a service for a game that they develop. Essentially DLC to allow us to transfer game saves from older games to newer games.
Yes. And? Does the fact that it is DLC somehow make not essentially a glorified, overpriced flash drive?
Yes, this is five bucks a year for a storage service, and five dollars is not a lot of money for most people. But again when I can buy a storage device that could do the same thing were it not for the matter of Game Freak's encryption (for lack of a better term), AND hold more data/Pokemon, AND last at least two years longer if I took proper care of it, it's overpriced.
If there are two chocolate bars on sale, one smaller, being sold for five dollars, and one larger that is sold for 3, both with the exact same quality as far as health and taste goes, then I don't care how cheap the small, $5 candy bar is compared to the price of maintaining a house, the $5 candy bar is overpriced.
"Count your pennies, and your dollars will look after themselves."
Except your flash drive is a physical device that can be lost, or stolen. You aren't just paying for the space. You are paying for 24/7 access to your bank from anywhere. You are paying for a service that likely has redundant backups and load balancing, ensuring your data won't be lost.
You are also paying for a way easier way to migrate pokemon from one game to another at a greater number than 6 at a time. Not to mention an easy way for you to transfer pokemon to future games.
Who knows, maybe the next ranger game that comes out will have box access to allow you to transfer between games, or a wii-u stadium type game.
Regardless, the comparisons to a flash drive (which you can't even plug into your 3DS) are pretty thin.