Microtransactions And Why They Aren't So Bad

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    Darth Lee

    So everyone seems to hate Microtransactions with a passion. If a game has them, especially a single player title, then it immediately sucks, right? Well, I would contend that that isn’t so. Microtransactions, like most things can be good or bad depending on how they’re used.

    If a developer is manipulative with them and practices ways to get you to purchase these Microtransactions then that is bad. It means they don’t actually care about whether their product is good and gaining money that way, but rather they will do whatever they can to make money regardless of whether or not the methods they use are shady.

    However, as long as Microtransactions are purely optional things that do not affect the balance of the game or ruin the experience, then I see no reason to hate on them. In other words, if you can play the game and get the full complete experience the game has to offer without paying anything other than the initial price to purchase the game, then again, I see no issue with that.

    If Microtransactions are cosmetic and just extra little things that don’t ruin the balance of the game, then they are harmless. It all depends on how it’s used. No one is forcing you to purchase them, no one is holding a gun to your head. If you don’t like them being used, don’t support the game. It really is that simple.

    Joshua Miller

    I agree wholeheartedly that microtransactions aren’t nearly as horrible as people make them out to be. In fact, they help to make some games a bit more accessible for people who aren’t willing to put in as much time grinding for certain things that gamers like myself enjoy doing. Being able to purchase armor or other items in-game with real money so you don’t have to spend time crafting or finding hard to locate items in order to make playing more enjoyable to some has literally zero effect on how I choose to play, so there really is no reason to be upset about it. But like you said, like anything it can be abused if used incorrectly or in a manipulative way. I have never spent real money on anything “in game”, outside of the game itself and expansions/add-ons, and the option for microtransactions has never impacted me negatively that I know of, so I say more power to the companies and the people that choose to participate.

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