Microtransactions – Consequence of pure greed or necessity

You bought a game at full price and suddenly realize that they are rude enough to demand more money for loot boxes, costumes, new characters and premium items that give you a big advantage over other players. BLASPHEMY! As a player myself, I stand firmly against microtransactions in video games.

In November 2017. analyst Evan Wingren of KeyBanc Capital Markets said that games are way too cheap and that they're the cheapest form of entertainment. From the certain point of view, that is true. These days you can buy Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition for 25 dollars. Considering that you get all the DLCs and about 150 - 200 hours of gameplay, that's really cheap. Even so, having the same view on the microtransactions in the video games is absolutely wrong.

 

Microtransactions are ruining video games

Microtransactions wouldn't be much of a problem if all you could buy are some cosmetic upgrades that had no impact on gameplay itself or game mechanics apart from making you look unique. Sadly that's not the case. Most items offer a huge advantage over other players. Sure you can obtain those items in the game, but be prepared for a tedious and frustrating grind. Basically, microtransactions force players into buying items instead to waste hundreds of hours grinding. That means that we are paying for our valuable time which was already ours at the moment the game was bought.

The biggest question in all of this is - are the microtransactions really necessary in order to make a profit? Absolutely not! A prime example is Polish studio CD Projekt Red and their epic title Witcher 3. Even their expansions were full of content and they were sold much cheaper than most "expansions" these days. Gaming community embraced them with open arms and CD Projekt Red became one of the wealthiest video game companies in the world. It's clearly a proof that high-quality video games without microtransactions can lead to a bigger profit.

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In conclusion, the source of microtransactions is pure greed. Hopefully one day, publishers will realize that it's better to "buy us" with quality than to steal our precious time trough relentless grind, and then return it to us in doses trough microtransactions, looking at us as some tool for satisfying their greed.

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