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But this issue is only going to get bigger because the "freemium"model - where you get the original product for free and then pay for extra content - is sweeping through the games business and online media industries.

Interesting read, it starts out about the kid who spent his parents money, but the meat of the article is about the ftp model thats becoming so popular.

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I for one really really hate in game purchase, micro transactions even DLC's. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying all free to play games are evil. There are a few exceptions that handle micro transactions gracefully like league of legends for example.

Most of the time however I find myself utterly disgusted with how companies try and milk more money out of people by raping them with crapy DLC's that add up costing 2x or 3x the price of the base game.

Its not like I hate the idea of DonwLoadableContent but if I'm asked to pay 5-25€ for it then it better contain something that actually extends the game and not just add a new skin to it. And don't come out with 50 different mini DLC that you have to sort through to find what is a total rip of and whats not

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I for one really really hate in game purchase, micro transactions even DLC's. Don't get me wrong I'm not saying all free to play games are evil. There are a few exceptions that handle micro transactions gracefully like league of legends for example.

Most of the time however I find myself utterly disgusted with how companies try and milk more money out of people by raping them with crapy DLC's that add up costing 2x or 3x the price of the base game.

Its not like I hate the idea of DonwLoadableContent but if I'm asked to pay 5-25€ for it then it better contain something that actually extends the game and not just add a new skin to it. And don't come out with 50 different mini DLC that you have to sort through to find what is a total rip of and whats not

/rant

Agreed, with one added addition - UNLESS it is a MMO (where I can understand the need for tight security and client parity), said downloadable content should supplement what is available through mods, rather than attempt to replace modding.


Good example - Skyrim.
Bad example - Any Korean game ever. (sorry)
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I like that picture with everyone staring at their phones like little zombies. I swear the zombie reality is here just not as scary or as skinny.
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I like that picture with everyone staring at their phones like little zombies. I swear the zombie reality is here just not as scary or as skinny.

Yeah, like you don't look just as vacant and mindless while hunched over your keyboard in the dark staring at the big glowy monitor. Admit it.

Phones these days are just smaller, simpler, and more accessible computers for the masses.
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Was the parents fault, not the kid's.
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Was the parents fault, not the kid's.

Giving a child access to a parents credit card is just a recipe for disaster. Ask my parents thumb.gif
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Its more the freemium part I found interesting, I play a lot of World of Tanks and it is ftp but I have managed to spend about $300 to speed up the grind process, and that's on top of what I get from my clan for holding land on the Clan wars map, one guy in our clan puts $100 a fortnight into the game. It comes back to the "carrot and stick' Psychology I suppose, anyways my new years res was to stop spending money on the game, holding out so far smile.gif
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That's some randomly qouted bit of the article, OP wth.gif
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I really hate microtransactions and the worst part is that they're not really micro, but more like macrotransactions. Spending 10-100$, sometimes even multiple times, is just insane. And they have no lasting value. One day, the servers for the games will be shut down and poof, all that money goes down the toilet. Or maybe I'm just too poor.
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