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In The Future, All EA Games Will Have Microtransactions

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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  • ThunderDragoon

    As long as it never becomes something you HAVE to do in order to beat a game, I’m fine with it.

  • Razalien

    This is the way of failure. Multiplayer was a big aspect of games after I got the internet. I prefer Single-Player games, but sometimes a little wartime simulation is called for. This will start a class warfare style scenario were all the economically inclined individuals will have stuff faster, better, stronger, etc. And the less inclined individuals will be at the mercy of said gamers.

    I spend money on games if they warrant it for my specific tastes. I bought Colonial Marines, Penumbra, Can’t get Amnesia, Metro, computer wont play. Ps3, or Xbox, depending on the system I own at the time, are my go to platforms for games I might be able to afford on my budget. And recently these are greatest hits.

    Movies, I only spend if the film deserves it. In the past I wasted my time and cash, but I can’t do such now.

    What I am saying is this is horrible for my beloved franchises, like Battlefield, that the stupid Entered Apprentice…err…Electronic Arts has acquired.

    I will have to focus solely on non-multiplayer games because this system will eventually lead to paying for every game, like the rent-a-server mechanic on BF3. Can’t even find games now…This is the beginning of the end.

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