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Ready for the gen of microtransactions?

#11DarkSymbiotePosted 3/10/2013 11:56:42 PM
CaIiber345 posted...
DarkSymbiote posted...
CaIiber345 posted...
Waffle man posted...
Erupt50 posted...
Anyway just wanted to thank all of the "cheap ass gamers" that believe supporting developers is some kind of criminal offense. God forbid you spend that extra $5-$10 to buy a new copy of a game.



No, because we've already proven that regardless of our outcry, or the situation, it is INSANELY profitable. As long as it stays insanely profitable, it's not going anywhere, regardless of the circumstances. Duh.


Yup. For as many people that don't like it, there are plenty that are buying weapon skins, different colored costume and hairstyle packs, and "Unlock all this Stuff and that Stuff automatically". So why wouldn't companies keep pumping that crap out? Its stuff that is often programmed into the game anyway, then simply withheld and charged for at a later date. I don't like it as much as the next person, but it makes sense from a business standpoint, and I don't think its going to stop anytime soon.


Till the next crash or something close?


Who knows?

There are so many facets that are changing the gaming landscape. I talk about this with a friend constantly. DLC, digital distribution, the used game market, pre-order bonuses, the prospect of no retail BC, persistent online connections required, the focus on motion and peripheral gaming, multimedia and social media apps...

We grew up on just playing games. Turn on console. Insert game. Play game. The end. Technology has changed all of that. While I am not opposed to the concept of DLC in and of itself, it pains me to go to the Marketplace and see 16 consecutive "Packs of Crap" for Game X. I vote with my wallet by not buying most of the DLC I come across.

What started out as a means for developers to support their games with content that couldn't originally be put in (due to time or budget constraints, worry over fan reaction, etc.) has turned into a cash grab, and its working. I don't believe that DLC alone will impact the industry. The core audience is no longer males age 10-18. They've grown up and have families that might game. They have the money but maybe not the time to invest in grinding levels or replaying games for hours on end to unlock things. Its beneficial for many people to pay for what they otherwise can't (or won't) earn or achieve on their own. And thats no mark against them. Its an opportunity that companies have seized upon.

I think the next gen of consoles is going to say a lot about the future of gaming. We went from cartridges to discs at one point. Then the online component entered the equation. Now games and their additional content can be digitally distributed, and social/multimedia is part of the mix. The only demographic that once mattered was the core gamer. That has changed as technology has introduced "gaming" into the everyday lives of millions of people, and also because those core games have grown up. Maybe I'm just old and afraid of change. But for the first time in a long time, the prospect of a new console generation isn't exciting me like it once did. I'll eventually invest in the console that delivers the experience that I want, I suppose.

/endlongwindedBlogFaqs


I enjoyed reading this. The next generation could be awful depending on what happens.
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#12stargazer1981Posted 3/10/2013 11:57:13 PM
DarkSymbiote posted...

Till the next crash or something close?


In order to build you must first destroy. I'm all in favor of another video game crash. The industry needs a good cleansing.
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#13DarkSymbiotePosted 3/11/2013 12:22:07 AM
stargazer1981 posted...
DarkSymbiote posted...

Till the next crash or something close?


In order to build you must first destroy. I'm all in favor of another video game crash. The industry needs a good cleansing.


I unfortunately agree. So many jobs will be in trouble.
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#14Erupt50(Topic Creator)Posted 3/11/2013 9:30:22 AM
Bump
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#15plincoln21Posted 3/11/2013 9:33:46 AM
If I'm excited enough to buy a game new then I'll buy it new on launch day or at least withing the first week.

If I wasn't going to buy it new anyway then I'm not going to buy it used either. I only shop the bargain barrel used section anyway. $15 and under and only to fill time between titles I'm going to buy new.
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#16SheepinatorPosted 3/11/2013 9:42:07 AM
Microtransactions will be huge next gen. When costs rise so much faster than sales, as they have done in the last 7 or 8 years especially, it is inevitable that paths to gain revenue will be taken.

Hopefully it's be like Mass Effect 3 and Happy Wars where you can still have fun and enjoy a lot of content with feeling forced to pay. But it could certainly be worse than that.

Complaining about it in the context of wishing it goes away, aka decrease revenue potential for games, is a bit shortsighted because you need revenue to fund games to the standards modern gamers demand.
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#17pothocketPosted 3/11/2013 9:44:26 AM
Erupt50 posted...
GM_ posted...
Cool story bro but don't lump me into that category because I buy OUT OF PRINT used games.


I'm mainly talking to those who go to gamestop and buy a used game for $5 cheaper than a new one.


Oh, so this is a straw man topic than?
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#18AWarAmp84Posted 3/11/2013 9:50:40 AM
DarkSymbiote posted...
stargazer1981 posted...
DarkSymbiote posted...

Till the next crash or something close?


In order to build you must first destroy. I'm all in favor of another video game crash. The industry needs a good cleansing.


I unfortunately agree. So many jobs will be in trouble.


Agreed. I really don't like the direction the industry is going at all.
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#19Erupt50(Topic Creator)Posted 3/11/2013 9:56:06 AM
pothocket posted...
Erupt50 posted...
GM_ posted...
Cool story bro but don't lump me into that category because I buy OUT OF PRINT used games.


I'm mainly talking to those who go to gamestop and buy a used game for $5 cheaper than a new one.


Oh, so this is a straw man topic than?


Obviously.
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#20SheepinatorPosted 3/11/2013 9:59:13 AM
pothocket posted...
Erupt50 posted...
GM_ posted...
Cool story bro but don't lump me into that category because I buy OUT OF PRINT used games.

I'm mainly talking to those who go to gamestop and buy a used game for $5 cheaper than a new one.

Oh, so this is a straw man topic than?

Approx $10BN in used sales by GameStop in the last four years. Looking at their website I see AC3, MG Rising, BLOPS2, DMC and others for $55. I guess somebody is buying them.
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