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Easy fatalities

Mortal Kombat X's fatalities too hard? Pay to make them easy


You're killing me
Apr 14
Fatalities are, in most people's opinion, the coolest part of Mortal Kombat. In a franchise about ruthlessly beating up your opponent, fatalities are when these games are at their most brutal -- a blood-drenched pot of gold a...
Pokémon Shuffle

There's already a workaround to skirt Pokémon Shuffle's microtransactions


That didn't take long
Feb 25
Pokémon Shuffle isn't Nintendo's initial foray into the seedy underworld of free-to-play with microtransactions. Rusty's Real Deal Baseball did it first, but Shuffle is the first example that drew ire fr...
Diablo 3

Sorry America and Europe, no Diablo III microtransactions for you


It's probably for the best
Feb 20
Blizzard has revealed that their upcoming 2.2.0 patch for Diablo III will include microtransactions. However there's a catch: It won't apply to the Americas or EU regions. So, I guess that leaves everyone else to milk that Di...
Google

Google to pay back $19 million for in-app purchase settlement


Parents relieved that they can continue to be irresponsible
Sep 08
In the latest in-app purchase settlement, the Federal Trade Commission is tasking Google with paying back $19 million to those whose children, against their parents' wishes, spent money on in-app purchases in apps downloaded ...
Just say no

Forza Horizon 2 won't have 'token' microtransactions


Forza Forza!
Jun 17
Forza Horizon 2 creative director Ralph Fulton told Digital Spy that it would eschew the series' microtransaction currency, tokens. "The approach we've taken is that we've designed our game at Playground Games from ...
DriveClub

Driveclub will have microtransactions, because of course it will


It seems like it's a new staple for racing games
May 13
Remember that one conference where that guy was lovingly talking about how realistic Driveclub was, down to the real looking leather on the seats? That's how I imagine executives talking about microtransactions. There's proba...

Guerrilla job ad points to new IP with online focus


Mentions micro-transactions
Apr 30
Guerrilla Games is hiring, and they say they're looking for online designers for a game they've been working on for a couple of years now. This is for an unannounced IP that will feature "innovative online gameplay." They're ...
Garden Warfare

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare microtransactions incoming


And that's okay, actually
Apr 28
This week, PopCap will add microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. We knew the day would come and, you know what? It's not a big deal. For those of you not playing this wacky third-person shooter (you're miss...
Forza

Forza 5 DLC cars can now be accessed without in-game currency


And all 200 launch cars can be rented
Mar 28
Turn 10 Studios is still attempting to win back disappointed Forza fans following its launch of Forza Motorsport 5 in November. In an open letter, creative director Dan Greenawalt has announced more changes for the game relat...
Microtransactions

Microtransactions made $352 million on consoles last year


More from first-person shooters than 'casual' games
Mar 26
While my default is to rally against microtransactions, some of this data comes from consoles adopting free-to-play schemes wherein you're paying for an aesthetic thing or still paying much less money than you would for a ret...

Apple paying $32.5M to consumers over in-app purchases


Due to the FTC complaint settlement
Jan 15
Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Apple is paying a minimum of $32.5 million over complaints from consumers that incurred charges when kids would spend mo...
Fixing Forza

Turn 10 wants to turn around fan perception of Forza 5


'I'm more disappointed in myself that I've elicited this reaction in people'
Dec 13
Dale dug Forza 5, but the Xbox One launch title has been met with the most varied reviews in franchise history. However, creative director Dan Greenawalt, in an interview with Eurogamer, said he is "not really driven by Metas...
Bravely Default

You can beat Bravely Default without random encounters


This feature should bravely become default in the genre
Dec 11
And it still took over 20 hours! Twitter user @dol_goemon, a Dengeki Online staffer, has Bravely Default: For The Sequel, which released in Japan, Europe, and Australia last week -- it's releasing in North America next year. ...

Angry Birds Go! has a $125 car because of course it does


Microtransactions gone absurd
Nov 27
Angry Birds Go! has soft launched over in New Zealand, and Pocket Gamer is giving a nice little break down of how the game plays. Their hands-on has discovered that the game is heavy on microtransactions, one of which include...

Xbox One

Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks Xbox One microtransactions


'We're still learning'
Nov 26
In an interview with Kotaku about about the 2014 software lineup for Xbox One, Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer commented about the state of microtransactions on the console. Games like Ryse and Forza 5, which cost full pr...
Gran Turismo 6 credits

Sony confirms micro-transactions for Gran Turismo 6


Buy cars and parts with cash
Nov 19
Sony was really excited to show off its new "in-game credits" for Gran Turismo 6 in a recent blog post. These credits "will be purchasable through PS Store or your friendly local retailer". It's a system of made up curre...
Pokemon

Selling Pokemon as DLC could ruin the series' worldview


Gotta buy 'em all?
Oct 22
In a 4Gamer interview with Pokémon art director Ken Sugimori and director Tetsuya Watanabe translated by Siliconera, the topic of premium DLC came up. It doesn't take much effort to imagine how, in the right (wrong?) h...
Square Enix

Enhanced Bravely Default getting microtransactions


Enhanced In-Square-ogation
Oct 22
Bravely Default is coming to the United States next year, the UK on December 6. Not only that, but we will be getting an enhanced version of the original game, Bravely Default: For the Sequel. They even managed to make the na...

GTA microtransactions

Grand Theft Auto Online may have microtransactions


Grand Theft MONEY
Sep 25
Some sleuthing by a Redditor trawling through Grand Theft Auto V's warm, numerical entrails has revealed files pointing to something called "cash cards" of various denominations ($100,000 up to $1.25 million). There is also t...
Star Citizen

Star Citizen has now raised $17 million in funding


Fans have raised doubts over a microtransaction-based store
Sep 03
It seems that after its initial crowdfunding success, there's no stopping Star Citizen. Chris Roberts' super-ambitious space sim just hit the $17 million mark and now there's stretch goals for $19 million. However, fans have ...
MS Points are gone

It only took 8 years: Microsoft Points are finally gone


Goodbye, obnoxious made up currency
Aug 26
The long and storied history of Microsoft's invented Xbox Live currency MS Points has finally come to a close. Despite standing by the system as recently as last October, an update today has phased out what the community has ...

Ryse will have multiplayer microtransactions


Just more reasons to pass on this one
Aug 22
[Update: Microsoft has released a statement addressing exactly how microtransactions will work in Ryse. “The progression system in ‘Ryse: Son of Rome’s’ cooperative multiplayer experience offers player...

Jimquisition: Fee to Pay


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jul 29
It's time to talk about why "optional" microtransactions in games aren't really optional, and why they're especially gruesome in games we already paid for at retail. The rise of "free to play" elements in games that are not ...

WoW microtransactions

Blizzard exploring in-game store for World of Warcraft


In certain unnamed regions
Jul 04
A "100% XP Buff" item that references the "5.4 In Game Store" was discovered on the World of Warcraft Public Test Realm, prompting players to ask Blizzard what the deal is on the forums. "We are currently exploring the possib...
Curiosity

Curiosity goes a bit mad with new in-app purchases


A 'war of attrition' will ensue, hopes Molyneux
Apr 19
I had long since deleted Curiosity from my iPhone after spending admittedly far too much time (see: more than five minutes) tinkering with the cooperative game about chipping away layers of a massive cube. But now, here I am,...
XCOM

XCOM: EU for iOS won't go overboard with in-app purchases


'I'm not sure I would be able to sleep at night'
Apr 09
Considering the game's unforgiving difficulty and meaningful character losses, it's all too easy to imagine a mobile version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown that runs wild with microtransactions in a hugely successful way. Thankf...

Ridiculous Fishing dev thinks free-to-play is mostly evil


'Almost impossible' to do microtransactions in a good way
Mar 18
Ridiculous Fishing is a game that looks ripe for microtransaction exploitation, but developer Vlambeer has opted instead to charge a flat $2.99 and let the chips fall where they may. The studio's belief that free-to-play mode...

EA

EA now says not all games will have microtransactions


EA's Blake Jorgensen backtracks on recent statements
Mar 06
Electronic Arts was in hot water recently on their views of microtranscations coming to everything they do in the future. Well the company looks to be backtracking a bit as EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen clarified what they meant a...






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