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Valve brings monetized, limited-use sprays to Counter-Strike: GO

[Screenshot by Afro Deziak] Did someone use their monkey's paw to wish for sprays in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? As of this week's update, Valve has introduced graffiti to the game. It's a light feature folks have wanted to see make a...   read

 
 
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's microtransactions include in-game currency

While it has already been fairly common knowledge that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Breach mode would contain purchasable Booster Packs, the extent in which microtransactions have permeated throughout the overall game was somewhat of an...   read

 
 


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Blizzard changed Overwatch Loot Box descriptions after player outcry

Blizzard has quietly changed the phrasing in several of its descriptions for Loot Boxes in Overwatch. Loot Boxes are how players can unlock cosmetic enhancements for the game's diverse cast of characters, and can be earned through game...   read

 
 
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Opinion: Why Overwatch lost my interest

It’s somewhat of a cliché at this point for a critic (or an aspiring one) to go out of their way to point out the flaws of a popular and nearly universally-loved entertainment product, or to proclaim disinterest in it months af...   read

 
 
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Rocket League

Unlockable crates for cosmetics coming to Rocket League

Rocket League, which should still be called Soccar, will soon have a crate and key system that allows players to spend money in hopes of getting the cosmetics they want. TheSgtPunishment on Reddit found assets revealing this new system prio...   read

 
 
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Star Trek Online

Why not gawp at Star Trek Online's new Original Series ships?

Star Trek Online's new Original Series-themed Agents of Yesterday expansion launches tomorrow, as you may know. The good news is that, just as with the rest of the game's expansions, all the missions and progression content will be ava...   read

 
 
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Devil's Third

Devil's Third multiplayer to go offline at the end of 2016

When Devil's Third launched, practically nobody managed to get their hands on a copy and even fewer critics ended up liking it. Our own Chris Carter gave the game a fairly tepid review, calling the campaign "disappointing" but giving the mu...   read

 
 
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Battleborn

As expected, Battleborn is getting microtransactions

Gearbox is pulling a Garden Warfare 1 -- in that it launched its game without microtransactions, but is adding them in several months later. The culprit? Battleborn, which is getting a new premium currency system called "Platinum" on J...   read

 
 
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Starbreeze acquires Payday IP, confirms Payday 3

In a release published today celebrating Payday 2's 100th balance update, Overkill Software announced that it has fully acquired the rights to the Payday franchise from publisher 505 Games. Any future installments will be the exclusive...   read

 
 
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Uncharted 4's microtransaction prices are live, and they're not worth fiddling with

Although the multiplayer element of Uncharted 4 was live for reviewers to test as of the past week or so, exact microtransaction listings were not available. Today, at launch, we now know the pricing scheme. The cheapest option is 500 ...   read

 
 
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Grand Theft Auto Online

We've spent $500M on GTA Online microtransactions

Rockstar has generated over half a billion - yes, billion - dollars through microtransactions on Grand Theft Auto Online. The news was revealed as part of ex-Rockstar North’s president Leslie Benzie’s $150m lawsuit against ...   read

 
 
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EA's making half of its digital sales on sports microtransactions

EA has made no bones about the fact that the extra content market plays a large role in its earnings. A year and a half ago, the publisher said it aimed for $1 billion in revenue annually from selling add-ons. Since then, it has exceeded th...   read

 
 
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Mega Man

Mega Man is coming to Nintendo Badge Arcade

Mega Man, meet badges. Badges, Mega Man. According to Famitsu, Capcom will be partnering up with Nintendo to bring the Blue Bomber and company to Nintendo Badge Arcade, in the form of special in-game rewards and boards. Right now the promot...   read

 
 
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22Cans removes microtransactions from Godus Wars after they made everyone angry

It’s only been a few days since Godus Wars launched on Steam Early Access, and it’s already managed to cause an uproar. As 22Cans’ early access follow-up to the infamously abandoned Godus, Wars has the difficult task of tr...   read

 
 
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Teen who spent $8K on FIFA microtransactions refunded

Steven recently covered a wild story about a man, Lance Perkins, who was shocked to learn that his 17-year-old son had racked up $7,625 in FIFA microtransactions. A few updates on that front. As it turns out, the damage was even worse than ...   read

 
 
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Metal Gear Online

Metal Gear Online's PC beta temporarily pulled due to microtransaction exploit

Those Diamond Dogs can be a bunch of doggone dirty scoundrels. Konami learned that the hard way with its recently-launched PC beta for Metal Gear Online. The publisher was forced to temporarily take the game offline because some players fou...   read

 
 
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Hate Badge Arcade on 3DS? Build this machine to cheese it

I really dig Badge Arcade for what it is, as I haven't paid a cent yet for it and I've gotten a ton of icons and badges to decorate my 3DS -- a privileged I would have to pay for on nearly every other platform. But some haven't taken ...   read

 
 
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Review: Guns Up!

I don't know what I've been told. I don't know what I've been told. Free-to-play games leave me mighty cold. Free-to-play games leave me mighty cold. The microtransactions start to sting. The microtransact...   read

 
 
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Killing Floor 2

Tripwire's president discusses Killing Floor 2's new microtransactions

Why does this keep happening? Why do developers who have normally pretty positive communities go and add microtransactions to their games, making everybody angry? First it was Overkill with Payday 2, and now it’s Tripwire Interactive ...   read

 
 
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Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 is getting review bombed after developer adds cosmetic microtransactions

Tripwire Interactive announced today that Steam Early Access title Killing Floor 2 will have cosmetic microtransactions starting with the next update. Though that update will bring a new perk (Gunslinger) and two new maps, it will also...   read

 
 
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Payday 2

Overkill: 'For all the distress we've caused the past few weeks... we're sorry'

Last week Payday 2 developer Overkill had a sit down to discuss various things with their Steam community moderators, who had gone on strike following even further tweaks to the game’s controversial new microtransactions. Now Overkill...   read

 
 
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Overkill: Payday 2 microtransactions are 'not a success if people are angry'

Sit down and get comfortable, ladies and gentlemen, for the next gripping chapter of the ‘When Will Overkill Stop Being Shitty’ Chronicles begins now! You may remember a while ago that the Payday 2 Steam community moderators we...   read

 
 
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Forza 6

Forza 6 adds microtransactions two months after launch

One of the biggest criticisms of Forza Motorsport 5 was the career progression system and its over-reliance on microtransactions to advance at a reasonable rate. It was such a deal-breaker for some that Turn 10 reversed its ways a...   read

 
 
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Payday 2

Overkill made the Payday 2 microtransactions worse: cash and XP boosts

Oh Overkill. Overkill, Overkill, Overkill. It may have been a few weeks since the fiasco surrounding you introducing microtransactions to Payday 2, despite making extensive promises you wouldn’t, but trust me when I say people are sti...   read

 
 
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Halo 5

Halo 5's REQ Packs have already raised $500K for the World Championship

Halo 5: Guardians had the biggest Halo launch yet, according to Microsoft, "with more than $400 million in global sales of [the game] and hardware." It's the fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive. With that in mind, I've been curious about how...   read

 
 



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