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LONG BLOG

Microtransactions? No. Micro-Ass Rape? Yes.

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I was wholeheartedly excited to get my Battlefield: Bad Company beta key. Until I
noticed, while gingerly scrolling through the available weapons, that some were not
immediately available for use in game. Ok, I thought, you must have to earn them. Not a
new concept. But I quickly realized that they weren't actually available through the tried-
and-true method of earning them as you level progress/discover them/etc.

You actually have to pay for weapons that should otherwise have been included.

Now I understand EA has completely whored themselves with in-game advertising and their
now infamous method of just throwing as much money as they at people (see: the NFL,
Peter Moore, GTA fan websites, soon to be Take-Two Interactive, etc.), but to make a
customer who has already paid $60+ for your game buy "extra" weapons, is just... well...
Micro-Ass Rape.

Other companies have long provided extra content via download. But these are usually
expansions, extra character skins/costumes/uniforms, or even a "patch" to unlock aspects
of the games you usually have to earn. One cannot ignore how selling extra weapons
(either through XBL/PSN or by buying the "Gold Edition" of the game) will affect the balance
of the game. Just today EA tried to clarify this and explain that balance would not be
effected, it would just offer players more "options" when playing the game.

What?

I consider myself a pretty avid FPS player. I loved Goldeneye, got hooked on LAN
games of Halo 2, and am obsessed with Call of Duty 4. And in every one of those
games, the weapon selection affected balance. Giving others access to new guns by means
of selling them to players is not only unethical because they're selling something that
should be included in the game, but also ignorant. This company is obviously oblivious
(how's that for alliteration) to how the gaming world views a folly like this.

But I guess when you're already a pimp, you don't care how potential Johns view you. You
just hope they get desperate and spend the money on your whores.

[NOTE: I realize this has been beaten to death already, but it was the first topic I figured I
would write about.]
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