The Unfortunate Reality Of Microtransactions, Gambling, And Desperate Publishers (The Jimquisition)

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2K Games has called premium currency and microtransactions an “unfortunate reality” in gaming.

Overwatch and NBA 2K19 had to remove loot boxes in Belgium. EA refuses to remove loot boxes from FIFA. The “AAA” excuses and justifications are flying thick and fast, and 2K especially is showing its royal rump.

Games Should Not Cost $60 Anymore (The Jimquisition)

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There is a constant problem plaguing the game industry, if its spokespeople are to be believed. Games cost $60, and that price doesn’t work anymore!

Weirdly enough, The Jimquisition agrees with this assessment. “AAA” games should indeed not cost $60 anymore, and they most certainly have outgrown it.

The Cost Of Doing Business (The Jimquisition)

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Games cost a lot of money to make. You need to pay developers, you need to license engines, you need do a lot.

Extra Credits pointed out all of these costs in a recent video, and I’m certainly not going the claim the expenses aren’t expensive.

But is it just me, or does the “AAA” videogame industry do a bit too much twisting and turning to make the cost of doing business out to be some unreasonable cross to bear?

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.