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Micro Transactions are NOT MICRO!

by eddy_braun
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Micro Transactions are NOT MICRO!

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Micro transactions are wrong and should never be even considered in a Game. It is a complex matter, granted, here are some of my thoughts. If a game's sole purpose is to create an ongoing constant stream of cash, you create a game to just do that - it's that simple - full stop.
This implies that all your energy as a game developer goes into mechanics to earn money and not into having fun playing the game. You hire addiction specialists to create mechanics that trick teenagers or children into spending money. Many states are already going after EA right now. Several EU countries declared LOOT boxes illegal. 

 

No one needs to discuss or justify "micro-transactions" they are creating millions and millions of extra money that does not go back - and will never - into the game itself.

A game that uses micro-transactions to earn money is a fraud nothing else. Since when is a AAA title that makes several hundred million dollars on release day not bringing in enough ? Since when is 200 or 400 million or more not enough for ONE game? 

Here is a way out, scrap all this illegal gambling and micro-transaction and make it fair and square. Get a proper subscription model going. Make if 5 Bucks a month and make it worth it by actually using this money to bring out new content every 4 weeks. Constant flow of new bosses and things to do - no complaints - people are hooked on playing the game and they are not hooked on illegal gambling practices.

 

my 2 micro-cents

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I found an interesting Gamasutra article that gives an insight into Anthem's game economy philosophy: Standard smile

 

"Gamble said that as of this time, BioWare doesn't feel the need to target so-called "whales" as the core part of its plans.

 

A lot of game companies, especially in the free-to-play space, structure their monetization to attract large spenders who hopefully exceed the average user spend for a given game. When pressed if Gamble thinks BioWare needs these kinds of players for Anthem to succeed, Gamble's immediate reply was "I don't think so."

 

With Anthem, Gamble stated that BioWare "is hoping to attract as many people as possible, make the pool as wide as possible, to support the game as long as possible. So even if we don't have lots of people spending lots of money, we're hoping the economy is such that we have a number of people [who can support the game.]"

 

"Having whales is great...but we don't cater towards any particular group," Gamble explained "Some people have more time than others, some people have less time than others, and that's just where we leave it."

 

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/332496/BioWare_says_Anthem_wont_rely_on_bigspending_whales_for_s...

 

 

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This discussion of the so called leaked store screenshot has already been discussed...

 

BioWare senior systems designer Chris Schmidt responded to players’ concerns, however, saying that the images don’t always represent final pricing and that this could very well be different by the time Anthem launches in late February.

“We are iterating on our economy design and balance almost daily, so you’re seeing a snapshot of one iteration,” Schmidt said. “This is why we tend to not discuss things like pricing because it’s one of those iterative things that’s sure to change frequently — right up until the day you play the game.”

 

SOURCE: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/anthem-in-game-store-prices-concern-players/

 

As much as I personally dislike micro transactions, it is an unfortunate side effect of people wanting things immediately instead of grinding it out.

 

I am however happy that Anthem specifically is keeping it to cosmetic items, which can also be bought with in game credits just from playing. As for RNG Loot Boxes, they definitely need to be done away with in video games. But thats my opinion as if i have the choice to purchase an RNG based item with real money...  i will pass on it either way. 

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so would prefer that i shell out $5 a month for things i may not be interested in, rather than pay $5 for the exact skin i want? For what reason exactly? 

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As long as the micro transactions are only cosmetic I couldn’t care. The is no p2w there.

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Exactly. I don't care what they charge for them either.

If I can earn them in game... Like they said we would be able to... I'm good!

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@eddy_braun 

I don't agree that micro-transactions are wrong, but I do agree that any that include any form of "random chance" are horrible, and need to be gone from the minds of video game developers.

 

If I see something in the game store that I like - say a particular vinyl - and I have the cash to buy it, I would like that opportunity.

 

However, if that purchase only earns me a CHANCE at getting that vinyl, that's gambling and needs to be gone.

 

In the interest of continuing to support the game for 10 years, someone has to pay the Developers.  We've been told that all future DLCs are free.  We've also been told that all micro-transactions are cosmetic items only.  With those things in place, an in-game store would only cater to people who want to purchase something, and have the means to do so.

 

As someone else wrote, why would it be better for everyone to pay $5 per month for items they don't necessarily want, rather than give the opportunity to people to purchase items that they do want?

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@SofaJockeyUK 

Hmmm... this is interesting.  This suggests that pricing for the store items will not be extortionate.  Here's hoping!  Standard smile

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@eddy_braun wrote:

 

No one needs to discuss or justify "micro-transactions" they are creating millions and millions of extra money that does not go back - and will never - into the game itself.

A game that uses micro-transactions to earn money is a fraud nothing else. Since when is a AAA title that makes several hundred million dollars on release day not bringing in enough ? Since when is 200 or 400 million or more not enough for ONE game? 

Here is a way out, scrap all this illegal gambling and micro-transaction and make it fair and square. Get a proper subscription model going. Make if 5 Bucks a month and make it worth it by actually using this money to bring out new content every 4 weeks. Constant flow of new bosses and things to do - no complaints - people are hooked on playing the game and they are not hooked on illegal gambling practices.

 


OK so let me get this straight, rather than maybe 50% of a playerbase buying the occasional say $10 skin, which according to you is more money than the devs need. You'd prefer 100% of the playerbase to spend $5 monthly? Apart from the fact they DO need money to continue working on the game, keeping servers running etc, your argument of changing to a subscription makes no sense. And sure micro transactions aren't the best thing ever, however unlike most games they can be earned with the in game earnable currency. Compare it to going to the movies, you buy a ticket (the game) but you could spend more on popcorn (cosmetics). But you saying a subscription is saying the theater should also charge you each hour you're there.

 

Edit: I realize this came off fairly aggressive, but that is genuinely a terrible idea.

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Microtransactions are fine, as long as they are done just for cosmetics, in in case fo 100% f2p are "pay for convenience"

As of Anthem, it 100% solid that:

1) Microtransaction shop will be only for cosmetics

2) Even then, nearly every cosmetics you still will be able to earn just by playing the game (via coins system)

3) On top of that actual future bonus game content (aka DLCs) will be completely free

4) There will be no loot boxes. Not even for cosmetics. You get exactly what you paying for, no gambling. 

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