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.
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.
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