I can see we’re not going to agree on this.
Except the machine gun isn’t giving your money to the car manufacturer every time it gets used. These analogies of yours aren’t really pertinent to the subject matter. This is where the differences lie, if we use your example of a car coming with a preinstalled machine gun. For argument’s sake let’s say that this comes with a lifetime supply of ammo for no extra cost, you could use that machine gun as much as you saw fit because you’d have no need to worry about incurring additional costs.
Microtransactions, however, cost money with each use, and the money made from these is typically tracked by the company using them. Let’s say, for example, 1,000 people* buy this game and, through some act of God, don’t use the microtransactions at all are you trying to tell me that, that wouldn’t send a message far more effectively than just not buying the game would?
*Number was pulled out of my arse.
Huh. Well, I learned something new today.
It is an entirely different scenario. Partly due to the fact that slot machines don’t have ways built-in that let people build themselves up to a jackpot without spending anything.
I’ll refer you back to your own previous analogy about buying car coming with a preinstalled machine-gun. These types of analogies don’t work because you’re not being charged by the manufacturer every time you use one of the car’s features. Once, again, this is where the differences lie.
Once again, I didn’t say that. I said that the microtransactions in Mass Effect’s Multiplayer had no real impact on the game as a whole. At absolute best, spending money on the in-game packs cut off one, maybe two games depending on the type of pack you wanted to buy, the level of your gear, and characters, etc. And depending on how good you and the people you were playing with were at the game each full game could be done within 10-15 minutes with no item usage. And those packs functioned in the same sort of way that the crates in Shadow of War do. So I once again say that if EA can manage reasonable take on these sorts of microtransactions then I see no reason why WB couldn’t.
I’d argue that trying to build your arm to your preference pushed Shadow of Morder past just being light on the RPG elements, especially given how much time you had to put into that shit.
And then let’s not forget how much of a tedious grind getting the best runes could be.
Mass Effect. This is the third time I’m mentioning it, actually.
And once again I’ve provided a list of ways these crates can be obtained without spending money, all of which have been confirmed via livestreams. Yeah, sure it’ll take longer, but that’s about the only downside to it.
And I’ll once again point out that microtransactions are usually watched by their companies, it’s not like all these analogies you’ve been trying to use, in this instance it is entirely possible for people to make a difference if they exercise some impulse control.
Hm, I may not have explained this very well. Similar to the daily rewards you get just for logging into games like Warframe, Paragon, etc, Monolith have already stated that there will be such things (I don’t believe a frequency was ever given, which is why I used Daily/weekly/monthly/whatever in my description) in Shadow of War. I can’t remember which livestream it was stated in exactly (it might have been the stream where the microtransactions where announced, but it’s been a fair while since I’ve watched it so my memory is a bit fuzzy) but it was definitely stated.
Oh, I do have problems with microtransactions, especially in full-priced games. But my belief is that people can reject them without skipping out on good games entirely. And I do have faith that Monolith will make another good game with Shadow of War.
And I agree, but like I’ve said, I think we can reject microtransactions without skipping out on games.
Though, when you think about it, I don’t think either of us is going to be right until the masses can exercise more impulse control. Because even if you don’t buy the game, and I do but refuse to use the microtransactions, there will still be plenty of people who do both buy the games and use the microtransactions.