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3:00 PM on 09.25.2013

Yes, there are microtransactions in GTA Online

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 ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 09.25.2013

Grand Theft Auto Online may have microtransactions

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...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 09.03.2013

Star Citizen has now raised $17 million in funding

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 ...

Alasdair Duncan

12:30 PM on 08.26.2013

It only took 8 years: Microsoft Points are finally gone

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 ...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Ryse will have multiplayer microtransactions

[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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 07.29.2013

Jimquisition: Fee to Pay

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 ...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 07.09.2013

Blizzard talks about World of Warcraft microtransactions

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...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 07.04.2013

Blizzard exploring in-game store for World of Warcraft

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...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 04.19.2013

Curiosity goes a bit mad with new in-app purchases

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,...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 04.09.2013

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

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...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 03.18.2013

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

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 03.12.2013

Microtransactions coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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 ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 03.06.2013

EA now says not all games will have microtransactions

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:30 PM on 03.01.2013

Real Racing 3 infuriates with $500 of microtransactions

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 03.01.2013

On Cliffy B, microtransactions, and Electronic Arts

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...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Cliff Bleszinski defends microtransactions

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...

Jordan Devore