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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... read
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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... read
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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... read
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Avoid them, if you want
The fact that Grand Theft Auto Online has microtransactions -- which Rockstar has come out to confirm today -- bothered some people far more than I would've expected. Considering how ambitious the base multiplayer experience ... read feature

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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... read
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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 ... read
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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 ... read
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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... read
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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 ... read
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Asian regions will get the in-game store first
When Blizzard said it was exploring potentially adding microtransactions to World of Warcraft in "certain regions," speculation quickly pointed to that being code for "Asia." Good job, everyone who suggested that! After admit... read feature

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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... read
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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,... read
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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... read
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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... read
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Fee-to-pay extra coming tomorrow
If you were worried fee-to-pay microtransactions were going to become the norm ... prepare to be justified. Activision has announced it'll be jumping aboard the bandwagon tomorrow, introducing incremental buy-me-ups for Call ... read feature

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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... read
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Real Racing 3 infuriates with $500 of microtransactions


Oh dear me
Mar 01
While I really don't think there's anything inherently wrong with free-to-play games, they can definitely be problematic -- especially when a developer places the mental pummeling of customers above gratifying gamep... read
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'Companies exist to make money'
As we noted yesterday, former Epic man Cliff Bleszinski took some time to defend the controversial use of microtransactions in retail games, sticking up for it on the basis that companies exist to make money. I rarely turn do... read feature

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Microtransactions

Cliff Bleszinski defends microtransactions


'Don't like it? Don't play it.'
Feb 28
Designer Cliff Bleszinski has shared his thoughts on the microtransactions and the backlash they receive, arguing that game companies exist to make money and if people don't like them or their practices, they can vote with th... read
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EA micro-transactions

EA plans a future of micro-transactions (Update)


Customers apparently 'embracing' EA's shakedown
Feb 27
[Update: According to TheSixthAxis, EA's CFO "misspoke" on the subject of game prices, and is actually expecting games to cost between $49 and $59, rather than the $69 he original talked about. Don't worry, they can always ma... read
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"We are investing in the long term by investing in our fans."
Why would a developer offer a free 1.6GB expansion pack to its game? Steve Piggot, Torn Banner president and lead designer of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, asks why not? "For us, our primary goal -- and I know people say this a... read feature

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Jimquisition: Companies Exist to Make Money


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 11
Jimquisition's had it wrong all this time. Videogame companies exist to make money, so it was foolish to ever suggest their anti-consumer policies are awful, reckless, and deserving of criticism. That was all sarcasm, just then. read
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Dead Space 3 thievery

Attorney: Dead Space 3 resource exploit might be theft


IP expert likens resource farming to stealing
Feb 11
Dead Space 3 features an exploit which allows players to circumvent the game's microtransactions by acquiring infinitely spawning items. While Electronic Arts has no intention of removing the feature, an intellectual pro... read
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Dead Space 3 glitch

EA: Dead Space 3 microtransaction workaround not a glitch


Publisher claims exploit was intentional
Feb 09
Electronic Arts claims that the infinite items exploit in Dead Space 3 is "not a glitch" and that the publisher has "no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game." Responding to a Forbes inquiry, an EA represen... read
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Dead Space 3 microtransaction/DLC prices revealed


PlayStation Store updates with all the details
Jan 29
In today's PlayStation Store update, Sony revealed the details on Dead Space 3's controversial microtransactions and downloadable content, spilling the beans on what you'll be able to buy and how much it'll set you back.... read
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Jimquisition: Breaking the Bones of Business


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jan 28
A new business model comes along, designed to attract gamers with interesting ideas and consumer-friendly pricing. The old businesses latch onto it. The old businesses pervert it to suit their own miserable ends. Free-to-pla... read
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Fee-to-Pay

Fee-to-Pay, a new name for a hot new business model!


We crown a term for microtransactions in full-priced games
Jan 27
In the wake of Dead Space 3 getting microtransactions, one thing that's been lingering in the minds of gamers is the question of what we call this new and growing business model. Dead Space 3 is one of several retail games ad... read
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Visceral reads from the Big Book of Not Making Sense
Visceral Games has justified the controversial microtransaction system in Dead Space 3 by claiming mobile gamers expect them now. Well, that's a totally reasonable ... wait, what? "There’s a lot of players out there, es... read feature

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Dead Space 3 crafting system includes microtransactions


Watch as $60 games push the not-free-to-play model
Jan 22
Dead Space 3 is going to see a fair few changes, boasting a faster pace, cover-based shooting, and a weapon crafting system. While I'm not a big fan of some of the alterations, the one thing I did find praiseworthy was that l... read
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All the Basest
Final Fantasy is close to being the Star Wars of the videogame industry, and not in a positive way. Square Enix, the George Lucas of this particularly scenario, has done a fine job exploiting its brand to almost damaging prop... read feature

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Ubisoft wants free-to-play model in more $60 games


Another major publisher finds its next buffet
Sep 28
Free-to-play was a good idea, and some surprisingly great games were coming out of the market. Then the big publishers took notice and decided to go overboard. Not only is Ubisoft planning a slew of F2P games to flood the mar... read
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Amazon reveals new service for free-to-play games


Jul 13
Popular online retailer Amazon has unveiled a new service designed specifically for the ever-growing free-to-play market. Game Connect provides an easy space for developers to link their freemium titles, and allows users to m... read






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