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Incline The Death of Freemium? Microtransactions Under Global Scrutiny

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Lahey, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. unfairlight ヽ(✿゚▽゚)ノ Patron

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    Although more regulation would be good involving the chance to get stuff from them, I am not against lootboxes or F2P systems as long as no sketchy gray market doesn't appear out of it like CSGO skins. At the same time I kinda want government to fuck off from my video games and never to touch it. I don't want some South Korea tier shit where I have to put in my ID to play a game.
     
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  2. Dux Erudite

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    The days of casually walking into a gamestore, grabbing a nice box from the shelf, looking at the shiny cover and wondering at the many goodies inside, was a long-ass time ago. It was a simple way of doing things.

    I've come to understand that a lot of things nowadays are not for me and so this whole microtransaction shitstorm has largely passed me by, if I'm honest. I recognise it as the slimy, cynical practice that it is but it'll come and go like everything else, replaced by the next ploy standing in line. Don't get me wrong, I support its demise fully, and I've grown accustomed to the modern virtual libraries and the easy access, but sometimes I feel like one of those old men walking around with hands behind their backs - past giving a shit.
     
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  3. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Subscriptions are a good alternative because you know up front you need to pay it, it is fixed and you know EXACTLY what you get out of it.

    In other words: It is not gambling.

    That is the fundamental problem with lootboxes.
     
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  4. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...mes-industry-turned-tail-on-microtransactions

     
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  5. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    The poor bastards who spent money during the time when the store was available, of course, get their money back, right? Right?

    Monolith is laughing all the way to the bank. It is not hard to give something up when you have saturated your marketplace with your product already. Microtransactions peak on new toons and tapers off as the toons grow older. When you bring something in, the first few weeks is when you get most of your money. It is the same with any form of purchase (games, iPhones, etc.) that is hotly anticipated. They've already made their pile, and now they want to act like charitable and upstanding global citizens willing to give up stuff for the good of others.

    Any bets on the brain dead leftwing media loving them for their seemingly good gesture?
     
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  6. Dexter Arcane

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    https://nltimes.nl/2018/04/19/four-popular-pc-games-break-netherlands-gambling-rules
     
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  7. Dexter Arcane

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    http://archive.is/WYvgb
     
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  8. Dexter Arcane

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    http://www.neoseeker.com/news/29872...go-in-the-netherlands-over-gambling-concerns/
    http://archive.is/K3uua
    http://archive.is/HhJrG
     
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  10. Astral Rag Arcane

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    "we recommend that you contact your local government representative to communicate your opinion"

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    You couldn't make this shit up if you tried.
     
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    EA is not stupid. FIFA games are yearly releases, so by the time this matter concludes on court, the games will be outdated and might not even be supported. EA already got their money from them. They pay a fine and will laugh their way into the bank.
     
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  13. fantadomat Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Edgy

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    It will back fire,just like anything they do last few years. Possible losses are far too bigger than the possible prize money. This shit could go in full EU shit storm,they could loose a lot of stock value,also they could get forced to pay a fine far bigger than their wins.
     
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  14. Reinhardt Arcane

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    So first cyberpunk corp starting war against state government will be EA. Lost my bet. I thought it will be Mickey Mouse,
     
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  15. Blackstaff Savant

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    One american state and most of the EU gambling autorities published a statement on MTs :

    http://www.arjel.fr/IMG/pdf/20180917CPEN.pdf

    Not very clear for now on what that will lead to : looks like they want to ban some part of it (CS:GO and social casino shit?) and regulate the rest or something.
     
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  16. Dexter Arcane

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    https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...ng-regulators-unite-to-tackle-loot-box-threat
    Everyone please send some Thank You notes to EA for being the greedy, amoral cunts to potentially put an end to Microtransactions and abusive Monetization models.
     
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  17. forumvisitor#451 Savant

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    I’ll believe it, when I see it.
     
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  18. Mexi Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    The statement to ask your representative to favor microtransactions was hilarious. I can't believe a company is so greedy that they're doing this. It's not EA's fault, though. Their customers are too fucking stupid to realize that they're being swindled. It'd die tomorrow if no one bought their shit. Like that one guy that spent over $20k or whatever on Fifa. Beyond ridiculous.
     
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  19. fantadomat Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Edgy

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    Well look at the bright side. Mickey could be the first one that could win. EA is clearly going down...fast.
     
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  20. Dexter Arcane

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    Uh-Oh, EA! https://archive.fo/wijBz
     
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  21. Grimlorn Arcane

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    Obvious, but nice to see a study to confirm it.

    Now they just have to put two and two together and connect how kids could be developing impulse control problems through games with loot boxes and why this is obviously bad.
     
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  22. HeatEXTEND Cipher Patron

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    While I agree the real problem is the seeming necessity for government to step in. Raise your goddamn kids people :argh:
     
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  23. Grimlorn Arcane

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    They're too busy slaving away for corporations these days.
     
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  24. Mark Richard Arcane

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    EA released this statement:
     
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  25. Dexter Arcane

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    I think they're slowly starting to see the writing on the wall, especially considering this: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/loot-boxes-gambling-video-games-ftc-look-it-n941256
    The UK:


    Another change that recently happened was also: https://www.techspot.com/news/78479-fortnite-removing-paid-random-loot-boxes-save-world.html
     
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