In Dead Space 3 you had the option of using real money to purchase additional resources for crafting items. It’s entirely optional, and opting out of throwing more money at the game you just spent $40-60 on doesn’t really affect the experience. Apparently, it’s only one of the first of many future EA games that will come with microtransactions. At the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom conference — which sounds absolutely riveting by the way, I’m really sad I missed it — Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said “We’re building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business.”
The microtransactions in Dead Space 3 angered a few fans, but until it becomes an issue of pay-to-win, I don’t mind EA trying to make a little extra money off the games they make. Video game development is expensive, so if tossing down a few dollars-turned-Microsoft Space Bucks means they’ll churning out Dead Space games, I’m all for it. What about you – do microtransactions bother you, or are you okay with it?
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