It’s Just Cosmetic (The Jimquisition)

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The episode we all knew was coming. The Jimquisition at last smashes into the “It’s Just Cosmetic” argument with a bulldozer.

Many will defend certain types of microtransaction and loot box by claiming if they sell only cosmetic DLC, it’s fine. Cosmetics “don’t affect gameplay” and therefore anything goes.

This is rubbish. Cosmetics absolutely impact gameplay, and to argue otherwise is to heap insult upon games as a medium.

The Year Of The Loot Box (The Jimquisition)

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This is the year loot boxes came to gaming in a big way.

Encouraged by Overwatch, “AAA” publishers went all-in on destroying their games in the name of easy money.

And no, Blizzard, you’re not special. You deserve as much blame as EA, Activision, Ubisoft, 2K Games, WB, and Microsoft.

In fact, j’accuse!

Turning Players Into Payers (The Jimquisition)

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Activision’s patented idea of utilizing matchmaking to trick players into buying DLC is an unsettling one, but if you think that’s as bad as it gets, you don’t know videogames.

Let’s talk about Scientific Revenue, the service that demonstrates exactly what games want from you – they want to turn players into payers… and they proudly admit it.

The predatory side of gaming has only just begun to show its fangs.

Metabombed: Destiny 2 Is ‘A Lie In A $60 Box’

As both a professional hater of the corporate machine and a videogame critic, one must walk a fine line between providing information on distasteful business practices and measuring said practices against the positive accomplishments of any given piece of work.

User reviews are subject to no such concerns, which is why METABOMBING a game for any reason in particular happens so often.

Destiny 2 is, for my money, a damn great game. A great game undoubtedly held back to some degree by Activision’s monetization tactics. I might have to take the time to weigh the good against the ill, but Metacritic’s community reviewers have let their feelings known with both barrels.

As you’d expect.

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The Jimquisition: A Bitter Post-Mortem Of Modern Warfare Remastercarded

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New Jimquisition, Old Grudges.

It’s time for another of our grisly post-mortems, as we pick up the rusted scalpel and cut open Modern Warfare Remastered.

Here’s how Activision turned one of the most influential shooters of all time into the worst game of last year.

Bonus Content: Oh, Ubisoft!