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Cblogs of 12/11 & 12/18/2017 + Customers Supporting Lootboxes

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There has been a strong opinion condemning customers who choose to play game games with microtransactions and loot boxes, even if they don’t exactly use those “features”. A counter-point is that no one should be blamed for enjoying a game, and that a person is not to blame for the business decision of the company.

While the counter-point certainly is correct, and everyone have the freedom to choose whichever game they play, the first point also has its merit.

Simply, by supporting games that employ microtransactions and loot boxes, gamers in large are showing indifference to those tactics, and show that the game can sell regardless. At which point, if enough people buy in to the system, the publishers will manage to get enormous profit for such little work, with no blowback.

In supporting these kinds of games, and this kind of monetization scheme, customers will signal out to publishers that they are open for further exploitation. Regardless of any company’s aversion to such tactics, this will eventually push all investors to demand that publishers attach these features to their games.

Nintendo, for example, have been pretty reluctant to get into mobile gaming. With the investor’s push for them to go into that, it was only a matter of time that they would go in. The same will happen with microtransactions and loot boxes. If investors find that to be an easy profit strategy, they will force it into the business plan of the publishers.

We may have the freedom to pick whichever entertainment we want. However, we shouldn’t pretend that out support has no consequences. The games we buy, the genres we choose, our spending habits, are all converted to data for investors to decide the next profitable order of business.

In some way, its maybe justifiable for one part to be angry at others for supporting those kinds of games; the industry in its entirety will change in that direction if that support continues.

Loot boxes could only be the beginning.

*- Thanks to the corruption of American "democracy", government agencies can act very much against the intrests and recommendation of the Amrican people, and so the FCC voted to end Net Neutrality. That raise alarms for gamers, but leroneg thinks there is hope, hope that there could be fight back against the FCC and protection of Net Neutrality. Do not support your own exploitation.

P- PStoid is back, and it hopes to be better than ever. Go check them out and try it if you are fan of podcasts.

 

 

R- This is one game that I didn't know about. Kerrik52 reviews Outlast, an Ubisoft game that looks like a high quality indie game. And that's not a bad thing, as this one appears to be a very good metroidvania.

 

Don't support your own exploitation.
Anyway, here are the games I am currently playing. Those in bold I am going to review when completed:
  • Little King's Story (Wii).
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS).
  • Phantasy Star IV (Genesis).
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U).
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4).
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3).
  • The Adventures of Pip (Wii U).

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When it comes to October, it's pretty easy to come up with an idea for Bloggers Wanted. Halloween presents a lot of options. People will start playing horror games and marathon scary movies, but then there's the ultimate question for the day itself:

"What am I going to wear?"

Costumes are, after all, at the very heart of Halloween's fun. Whether you're playing a game with a canon character like Lara Croft, Spider-Man or a customized character in Monster Hunter World or an MMO, you're still faced with the question of what are you going to look like. Sometimes you even have stat bonuses to further complicate things, while other games have made it so you can have all the lovely stat bonuses and still make something that looks nice to you. Some folks even take this all huge step further and will realize such costumes for real-life cosplay.

As someone that posts often about Final Fantasy XIV, I have spent countless hours obtaining all kinds of armor, weapons and accessories from various corners of the game and only for the reason of it looking cool. In fact, once I have a job at 50, I feel obligated to give each of my jobs a fanciful glowing weapon before I press forward.

And then I give each job their own little pet sidekick, because I have decided my character is a Disney princess. Then I write macros that give them a blend of super sentai/Sailor Moon transformations because henshin a-go-go, baby!

But, if I'm honest, my one true love in regards to outfits in the game is the Invalician Samurai set, which I got from the Rabanastre raid. The design is pulled right from the Final Fantasy Tactics' art concept of the female samurai and is wonderfully realized.

But sometimes looking good comes at a price, too. I remember my favorite look for my Corsair in Final Fantasy XI required me wearing pants that reduced my movement speed by twenty percent and some of the best stat-based builds in Monster Hunter can make you look silly.

So this month's topic for Bloggers Wanted is costumes. Whether the costume is realized in-game or in real-life, we'd like for you to to discuss your favorite creations or tributes to characters, whether it's a custom look, a canon character or even a character skin like you'd find in Overwatch or Fortnite. You can discuss cosplays you've done, or cosplayers you admire. You can even talk about the plights of stat-based function over fashion.

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