The Bullshit Roundup: Rocket League Goes Fee-To-Pay, Gears 4‘s DLC Drenching, REVII Celebrated For Doing Nothing

The Bullshit Roundup hasn’t happened in a while, but that doesn’t mean the bullshit’s stopped. This is the game industry – there’s feces in every corner!

This week, we’ve got microtransactions, season passes and pre-order culture – the Holy Trinity of videogame bullshit.

Let’s dig in!

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Rocket League adds microtransactions

Excellent carsports game and 2015 Jimquisition Award winner Rocket League has succumbed to the insidious allure of fee-to-pay, adding microtransactions to its wheeled soccer experience.

This dripfeed DLC comes in the form of crates, because if there’s one thing videogames need more of, it’s crates with bits of digital tat in them.

The arrival of microtransactions has been known for a while, and only recently manifested themselves in the game. Although the presence of microtransactions in any game with an upfront purchase price is bollocks, I’m willing to concede that Rocket League is a fairly mild perpetrator, if only by the rubbish standards of the wider industry.

For a start, the game costs $19.99, which is obviously a far cry from the sixty buck fee-to-pay games peddled by your EAs and Ubisofts out there. As an added softener, Psyonix offers an option to turn notifications off for the microtransaction content, meaning you can stem the flow of harassment that usually accompanies “free-to-play” elements.

With that in mind, I’m not prepared to go full-bore outrage in this situation.

However, it’s still sad to see another terrific game feed into the nickel-and-dime circus and further normalize what should remain an abnormal blight on the market.

What’s more, the nature of the microtransactions themselves eerily mirror the ones that controversially appears in Payday 2 before their joyously received removal. As with Payday 2, the crates will be given freely to players as they complete matches but they’ll remain locked until keys are purchased with real money.

It’s the kind of scheme I really, really loathe – tacky psychological manipulation designed to “give” you mysterious items and let human curiosity do the rest.

People have asked what I intend to do regarding the game’s Jimquisition Award, due to my standing policy of not considering fee-to-pay games for GOTY contendership.

Ultimately, there’s not a lot to be done – it’s not as if the JQ Awards are particularly prestigious so I doubt Psyonix would give a shit almost a year later. Plus, it’s not like the game had microtransactions at the time, so the award was most certainly legitimate when it was given out.

Rocket League retains its status as a 2015 game of the year… but not without a little asterisk next to its name.

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Gears of War 4 gets a season pass that reveals massive DLC plans 

Now that customers have grown fairly accustomed to the existence of season passes, it seems publishers are less and less bothered about making them worth a shit. They seem to get more expensive and less interesting, since companies have worked out enough people will buy them on pure faith.

Quite how anybody trusts the “AAA” game market to deliver on vaguely established promises these days is anyone’s guess, but there you are.

With that said, Gears of War 4 is the latest to sell the idea of downloadable content for almost as much as the base game’s MSRP. You know, because putting microtransactions in the fucking thing wasn’t enough.

$50 will net you six “gear packs”, and OH how videogames have made me come to despise the word “pack.” In addition, you’ll access the VIP Vintage Pack with a character skin, weapon skins, emblem, and XP-boost, as well as early access to future game modes and maps.

There is one thing that might make the offer tempting, however – the season pass also guarantees access to 24 maps planned to release over the year following Gears 4‘s launch. Apparently there will be at least two maps released a month, which adds up to what I view as an exorbitant amount of “additional” content.

So far, Gears of War 4 will be selling a $249.99 collector’s edition, a $50 season pass, microtransactions and twelve months of DLC.

I need you folks to level with me here… am I the unreasonable one for looking at that and thinking, “Wow… is there such a thing as enough fucking money for you people?”

Seriously, am I the asshole here?

The sheer saturation of “content” on offer strikes me as simply preposterous, but then, I guess that’s the problem when you view games as an artistic medium and not a gigantic cow with udders full of fucking money.

03

Resident Evil VII promises no microtransactions and we’re grateful for it

Resident Evil VII‘s official Twitter promised there’d be no microtransactions when the game releases, and there was much rejoicing.

You’ll also notice we have our obligatory pre-order DLC garbage announced alongside the happy news, too.

Capcom’s plan to marry its pre-order bonus reveal to the eschewing of microtransactions has certainly worked, as many are too busy celebrating the latter situation to take a look at the former. Most of the responses to the tweet in question are quite happy indeed about the lack of fee-to-pay horsesperm with nary a mention of the other stuff.

Anyway, yeah, it’s good news that Resident Evil VII won’t feature the same nickel-and-diming that preyed upon customers of some other recent Resi games, but can we take a moment to reflect upon how fucking sad it is that such an “announcement” has become headline news?

That we’re celebrating Capcom for essentially doing nothing is really fucking miserable, and a damning statement on just how overwhelming the fee-to-pay invasion of videogames has become. We’re now starting to head into a future where the lack of microtransactions in premium games becomes the laudable exception rather than the rule, and it’s just plain sad.

All that aside, I’m crossing my fingers for Resident Evil VII, and I’ll definitely take a confirmation of zero MTs over what Capcom did with Revelations 2. I’m digging the Texas Chainsaw vibe, and I like that this game seems to have an actual focus as opposed to the kitchen sink gibberish that was Resident Evil 6

Plus the whole “murder family” thing puts the “Resident” back into Resident Evil. I like that quite a bit.

Long story short – fuck microtransactions in premium games. That’s certainly the moral of today’s tale.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

You know what else we haven’t had in a while Jim? NITPICK THEATRE! God it really pickles my anus when you don’t continue excellent series like that.

Also, real question: What’s the difference between a Season Pass and DLC pre-order? As far as I can tell you’re paying a premium for extra content still in development.

Anton
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Anton

It’s all the same, really.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

But if we were to get really deep down there anal about it, what IS the difference? Or is there literally none?

Anton
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Anton

I suppose you can sometimes buy a season pass after everything is out.

If the season pass is bought beforehand, there is no difference.

YumLemmingKababs
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YumLemmingKababs

Also that video game show what I done.

diamond
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diamond

Luckily for me the the only stuff in that season pass is multiplayer related, and since I couldn’t give less of a fuck about MP in the Gears series, I have zero reason to waste money on it.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
Aww, i was hoping you’d cover the fact Sony broke cosmetic DLC for their platform. The story as I know it: Ever since like 2 weeks ago, many players are reporting an inability to download purchased themes and PSN avatars onto their PS4s. This extends to both Store content and Pre-Order bonuses, as well as download codes from physical discs. Sony Customer Support is doing their damnedest to be atypical CSRs and giving nonsense or unhelpful answers. And because the PS4 Store no longer has a category for “All Downloads” like PS3, you have to navigate their website to find… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

My favorite Sony-related bit is Shuhei Yoshida throwing Sean Murray under the bus.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

The Blame Game has a long and storied tradition.

Anton
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Anton

Yeah, but the guy in charge of marketing blaming the dev for a campaign of over-promising is pretty rich.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

VIDEO GAMES, EVERYBODY! xD

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

Yeah that pissed me off, Sony aren’t innocent at all and i bet it was them who decided that $60 price tag not Murray or HG. It was also Sony who sold it as a fully fledged “AAA” game with their E3 bits devoted to it and big marketing. HG aren’t innocent but Sony sure aren’t either.

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette

But it was Murray who was making all the promises and teasing stuff that wasn’t in the game.

I just wish the interview had asked Yoshida whether or not it was Sony that forced the game to be “dumbed down” for console users, as some have claimed. (Stuff like removing planetary rotation because it “confused” players, removing low altitude flight, etc.)

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

Not just me then, i noticed i couldn’t download the Pac-Man theme but i assumed it was a side effect of the recent update and would be sorted out in a few days. Thankfully i haven’t had a problems with any DLC i got as i could download the recent Black Ops 3 map pack with no hassle.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I lost out on Grymoire’s Greatest Theme 3 days before the update, but the PSN forums are all abuzz about this. It’s probably somewhere on Reddit as well, because EVERYTHING is on Reddit.

Oh, I forgot why I was posted a response:
Games and demos work fine, as well as game updates. I was able to try a few games on PSN and a friend bought a game yesterday and it downloaded fine.

Edit to add clarification.

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

I noticed that Dishonered 2 free theme’s are no longer on there as well, i got them as soon as they were put on there so i have them but i have no idea why they were removed. Yeah i rarely use Reddit or go on PSN forms so i didn’t no this was a problem affecting mutiple users.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Sony may be secretly removing the most obvious “free” themes to minimize exposure until they can fix the issue. Or Bethesda may have decided they didn’t want them up any more. It’s really hard to know at this point.

keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

Yeah the fact that they can be removed is the reason i download any free theme i see. After losing out to P.T. (got my PS4 a week after it was taken down, Konami are just utter [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫]) i don’t take any chances with free stuff i’m downloading it straight away.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
If you still care, someone found a workaround that only works with preordered game themes. The issue is very much prevalent with other themes for now. In short: Using a WiFi network different from your PS4’s and the mobile version of an internet browser, go to Sony’s online PSN Store (the steps recommend a phone). Navigate to your Download Queue. Remove the game, then the theme in that order. Go to your Download List and retry the theme. If it works, you can re-add the game to your Queue once it finishes. If it doesn’t, you just have to wait… Read more »
keironsmith123
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keironsmith123

Thanks for the advice but it sorted itself out last night thankfully, i will try your advice though if it happens again.

the_atm
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the_atm

Weird, never had this issue. I just downloaded a few themes yesterday and had no issues.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Like all problems, it is rarely universal :/

Still rather peeved that I lost a pre-order theme.

Craig Rigby
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Craig Rigby

little dissapointed that there will be guns in re7, i was hoping it would go full outlast. then again alien isolation had guns and that was amazing so theres still hope.

uxtull
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uxtull

Resident Evil without guns?

Craig Rigby
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Craig Rigby

it looked like that kind of game, and it definately would have been a change of pace after 6. its not like resi hasnt ever changed things up, look at chronicles, gun survivor, 4, and zero…they changed perspectives, genres and took mechanics away.

bimmyz
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bimmyz

hey Jim, how’s that recore video coming up? still having trouble with play anywhere?

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

really surprised by psyonix here, before they announced their case BS, the game was doing extremely well, it really baffles my mind where a developer suddenly out of the blue decides something like this, they added free stuff like modes and arenas (which, lets face it, would be paid dlc or a separate game for some publishers) but also had paid dlc for cars, cosmetics were a part of the game since day one, and i dont feel the need to suddenly buy keys for something that i pretty much own.

Otherhand
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Otherhand
Some of those cosmetics came with the for-pay cars, so a person with a need to have all the cosmetics was already being tempted into paying extra. Arguably, since the cars are functionally near-identical, the cars are cosmetic. The RNG casino thing certainly doesn’t feel good or totally honest, but I think that’s why there’s such a mixed feeling about it. It doesn’t seem so sudden or dramatic a shift to a lot of people, and they were smart to obfuscate the situation in key ways: trading only happens in-game between invited party members, it’s a swapping system, and you… Read more »
Chip Self
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Chip Self

I just don’t buy games with Microtransactions on principle. Period.

I haven’t missed out on anything yet.

YumLemmingKababs
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YumLemmingKababs

What happens when a game adds microtransactions post release?

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons
You are not insane, Jim. What I think is insane, however, is that You are only one of few who actually bring this up and point out that it’s an poisonous path for gaming. I certainly fall in the category of “microtransactions don’t really bother me”, because there is no way in hell I’ll ever consider them. I do, however, have this unnerving fear that developers are forced to manipulate the game to make pay and with time it’ll get worse and worse. The other thing that bothers me is nasty DRM (or Anti-Tamper) Denuvo. Putting online dependencies in my… Read more »
eincvajdraj
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eincvajdraj

for the uninitiated what kind of trouble is denuvo causing you specifically, and also to paraphrase Jim “making some money is considered a failure, while making all the money is the only way to go”

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons
Denuvo requires to re-authenticate the game once in a while. I am a “single-player experiences” type of player so I do most of my gaming offline. I feel that it is important for me to stress this. The games I’ve had issues with are Rise of the Tomb Raider, MGSV and Mad Max. MGSV and Mad Max outright refused to launch until I went home and connected to the internet. Rise of the Tomb Raider booted me out of the game while I was playing it when my ISP decided to do maintenance and I had to wait for hours… Read more »
xtravisage
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xtravisage

Sounds like you should just Pirate them at this point.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

Denuvo is pretty good at stopping piracy though.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Denuvo has recently been cracked by “Conspiracy” (aka CPY). They’ve already released 100% offline working cracks for Rise of the Tomb Raider, DOOM and Inside. They seem to be on a two week release schedule.
I’m as vehemently against DRM as the OP, and didn’t buy DOOM until I knew there was a crack out for it so I can “own” what I purchased fully. Oh the irony.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

I’ll admit that I Pre-ordered Doom, but I was saying for years that I’ll throw my money at the devs if they make a new one and wanted to put my money where my mouth was. I’m still ashamed for feeding the machine. But hey… No microtransactions, I guess.

On a lighter note, Shadow Warrior 2 is going to be on GoG! … I pre-ordered it, too. But more so because I loved the games by Flying Wild Hog and got ALL of them for dirt cheap. I felt a little guilty.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

They cracked Doom?
Well look at the time! I really need to go and… polish the .. ceiling… with a broomstick… yes…
*opens torrenting site*

diamond
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diamond

Yup, it’s because of Denuvo that I prefer to play on consoles, people can yap all they want about consoles being “peasant boxes” but at least I don’t feel like i’m being treated like a criminal when I play games on my Xbox or PS4. That is why I refuse to buy ANY game on PC that uses Denuvo, I do not want that shit potentially screwing up my hard drive.

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons

Denuvo does not degrade hard drives. That rumour was disproved soon after it popped up.

I agree that paying customers are being treated like criminals and Denuvo is the ankle bracelet or parole officer.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t care if it does or not, I don’t want that shit on my computer, because i’m fucking sick and tired of being treated like a criminal.

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons

I understand that completely. I just wanted to clarify. Spreading misinformation does not help. It just makes it easy for others to discredit Your stance.

diamond
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diamond

Someone else on this page mention how Denuvo messed up their computer, so it’s not misinformation.

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette

Any debates over legitimate Denuvo issues are almost immediately derailed by anti-Denuvo fanatics that continually spout claims that were disproven quite a while back (and some which never held up to logical analysis in the first place.)

That particularly fanatical anti-Denuvo response is so rabid and close-minded that it chokes out any legitimate discussion, and tends to make publishers write off all complaint without given any consideration. It also gives publishers even more reason to hide the presence of Denuvo in their games (which is aided by Denuvo’s own shaky claims that it isn’t technically DRM.)

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons

I agree. It baffles me that the “Denuvo degrades SSDs” rumour is still around, even though it got debunked rather quickly.

Hiding the presence of Denuvo up until the last second is what pisses me off the most. I’d just like to know ahead of time so that I can focus my attention on something else.

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette
It continues in part because a few had SSDs fail (or had friends who had an SSD fail), and refuse to accept that perhaps they were just unlucky, instead placing the blame on their 40 hours of [insert Denuvo enabled game]. Because obviously no hardware *ever* fails from natural causes before its warranty expires. The other part is probably diehard anti-DRM crowds, who think shouting loud enough and getting people angry enough will get rid of DRM. (Said people may or may not be people who pirate games, and are upset that a game that they want to pirate might… Read more »
Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons

I’m so sorry to hear that. May I ask what games they were playing?

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette

Generally whatever game they heard people complain used Denuvo. Of course they never blame the games that they didn’t know had Denuvo.

The ultimate silliness being their refusal to admit that hardware can just die without user misuse or other extenuating circumstances.

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons

Agreed.

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

Oh, come on. We all know RE7 will have MT’s post launch later down the line. It’s Capcom, afterall!

YumLemmingKababs
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YumLemmingKababs

“Know” is a bit strong, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

I would be dissappointed if it didn’t.

Appretaur
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Appretaur
With the Rocket League story now indicating that even certain games that rightfully earned a JQ Best Game award at the time can be thought of as deserving of after-the-fact spiritual disqualification in your policies, I have to wonder if you’d be better off splitting your JQ awards into separate categories from here on out; more specifically, you could brand the games that didn’t make it into your Awards list this year due to publishers’ business bollocks as “Best Games of 2016 To Have Been Fucked By Publishers”. Maybe in addition to your JQ Awards and Shittiest Games videos at… Read more »
Otherhand
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Otherhand

The whole point of entertainment awards is to give products another push. If your policy is not to give extra publicity to games that offend your law, then it makes little sense to give them a showcase even in a kind of sin bin.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Well, I guess that makes sense. Assuming that’s how Jim sees it, that’d be fine…

Adeste Fideles
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Adeste Fideles

I’m not sure what to think about apropos these crates.

Where is Old Man Murray when you need him.

BAH!
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BAH!

To be fair, the Statue Edition comes with the game *and* the season pass, which is a sight better than the Battlefield 1 Statue Edition. And the DOOM Satute Edition, I think?

But I had wondered exactly how GoW4 would justify its microtransactions, and the answer seems to be: It doesn’t. It can’t even muster Halo 5’s excuse, which is pretty sad.

Also: Literal, physical card “packs” for the multiplayer skins. What the actual fuck.

Erich Fromm Hell
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Shhhh. Less talking, more spending.

mrskwid
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mrskwid

Makes a wired kind of sense CCGs being one of the most poplare MT peddler

darkmage0707077
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darkmage0707077

God, I remember when a $120 game meant you’d get the complete definitive game PLUS a 40+ button “controller” to play the thing with (Steel Battalion for Xbox).

Now they want $250 for just the complete game, which is more money then some actual CONSOLES cost. This is insanity.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

Yeah, but these idle executives need money too! I mean, those drug-fuelled binges off the coast of Ibiza won’t pay themselves!

And yes, the above is sarcasm.

BAH!
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BAH!

Sarcasm or not, it’s true. Those binges *do not* pay for themselves.

Anton
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Anton

Not with that attitude.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

“Hey Barry, do you think we could convince the guys in Gears of War 4’s dev team to pack in, I dunno, another hundred bucks of DLC? Nothing fancy, just, like, y’know, silly skins or whatever. Give the sheeple a game-breaking mega-rifle for twelve bucks; I need to make a down payment on the new yacht.
– Steve, you already have six ya-
– Shhh. Barry. Shhhhh. We’re not paying you to think. Actually, come to think of it, do we pay you at all?”

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

“You don’t HAVE to guy it. It’s optional. But look how awesome and cool it is. You want to be cool… Right?”

SilentPony
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SilentPony

What I don’t get is where all the money goes. $60 regular price, $250 per GoW4 superpack, God knows how many other Lootcrates for the multiplayer, the game will probably sell 4+million copies, and yet the Suits will say ‘Oh, it failed to make a prophet. We barely broke even! Guess no more Gears of War!’

My college days are a few years behind me, but I don’t remember hookers and blow costing THAT much.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

“Wow… is there such a thing as enough fucking money for you people?”

Well as we’ve covered before the answer to that question really is “No”. This is an industry run by people who unironically use terms like “whales” to describe their customers after all.

XanderXAJ
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XanderXAJ

> I’ll definitely take a confirmation of zero MTs over what Capcom did with Revelations 2.

I’ll be the only person here spending a few moments wondering why Jim suddenly brought the MT Framework in to this.

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP
The funny thing about the whole Payday 2 thing, and Rocket League needs to be paying some friggin’ attention here, is that when crates came out in PD2, there were people who asked “why the hell do we have to pay to open these crates? You guys are doing the market thing, isn’t that enough extra money? This is some Team Fortress 2 level of bullshit.” Months later, after sales of crate keys were as flaccid as could be, we got “free to open” safes in PD2, and the amount of stuff being resold on the market shot right up.… Read more »
cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy

TF2 is free, mkay

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP

I paid money for TF2 back before it went FTP, mkay?
They made their cash from retail sales, then added the marketplace, then once they figured the marketplace was making bank, they just made it FTP with the crate-and-(overly expensive) key model, mkay?

cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy

but rocket league and payday 2 remained paid games despite introducing f2p elements, at least you got a hat from being a retail customer *shrugs mkay

Otherhand
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Otherhand

Rocket League crate tat has no value. As with anything, it’s technically possible to make an arrangement partly inside and out of the swap system, but even stupid people are quickly learning that they get burned that way. They’re working out their own sense of what plus what is worth what, but it’s down to items. It would be possible to make some kind of currency out of the keys, I guess, but you don’t have a means to extract anything other than the tat.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

I used to hate how games get front loaded so much dlc and season pass information.

I still hate it, but I don’t get as angry about it anymore. I now just see it as the company’s way of, inadvertently, telling me that there will some day be a “game of the year” with all that crap on it.

Just one of the boons of not getting sucked into the hype and pre-ordering. I’d rather spend $60 a year later and get the “complete” edition.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai
Sapphire Crook
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Sapphire Crook

A spooky future indeed.

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

Not even the future, this is a real issue in the FGC. Esp. in the airdasher community, which has competing games in addition to always knowing the next version of your game is on the horizon in Japan.

Poop .Stink
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Poop .Stink

They say they won’t be in at launch, but you can almost guaran-fucking-tee they will be at some point.

Zippydsmlee
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Like with DX:MD I am sure micros will show up after launch…..

AceFlibble
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AceFlibble
24 maps over a year? 2 weeks is not long enough to make a map. It used to take 2-3 months for the best map creators to come up with something solid as a free download in games like Counter-Strike, Quake, and Unreal Tournament. Maps are far, far more complex and detailed now than those ever were, and as part of an official release of a AAA game, should surely also be subject to more extensive testing before they are released to the public. It’s also incredibly daring to announce such a large number if you’ve not got them all… Read more »
Krem
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Krem

Thats the rub: ALL the maps are most likely done..

MS have found a way to charge players for a ‘service’ but basically gating content you already have – the season pass just is an unlock for every map at any time, everyone gets to play the maps on rotation.

Still all players have to wait for MS to push a button for each ‘new’ map to keep the hype up but telling all news outlets they are unlocking a new map (they proabably have 24 videos too)

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette

Modern Warfare 3 ran into trouble when Activision promised to release monthly content to season pass buyers. At one point an Infinity Ward employee openly admitted that they had to delay work on patches in order to have that month’s DLC ready.

(Mind, the MW3 devs were so incompetent that it probably didn’t hurt the game that much. They never did fix a lot of issues despite numerous patches that supposedly addressed issues. And a few patches actually made the game worse.)

Volodesi
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Volodesi
Just to get this out of the way. I am a Moderator for Psyonix’s Rocket League. Was wanting to clarify a few things. The crate system is a completely optional system, like you stated. But people can still get items from the crates or the keys required to open crates without spending anything. A lot of drops in Rocket League are worth as much or more than the items inside the crates. Which you can use to trade for Crates/Keys or other items. One thing that wasn’t mentioned was the proceeds are going to fund the E-Sports series called RLCS(Rocket… Read more »
Krem
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Krem
The drops may be obtainable without the crate but what are the odds of an item dropping compared to the odds of the crates, and I assume even if you bought a crate the odds of getting what you want are are different too… Having the ‘options’ of loot isn’t the issue it’s more the case of ‘are the original drop numbers fudged to push people towards buying the crates?’ that is on a lot of people’s minds. If the numbers are the same and the odds are fair then it’s an issue that will balance out over time.. Oh… Read more »
Volodesi
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Volodesi

The drop rate of regular items hasn’t changed. If anything, the crates are rarer. They are on different drop rates though.

Psyonix is always looking at Player feedback. So the system as a whole could possibly change in the future.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Thank you for your time. I always think is good to learn where the money goes to.

Anton
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Anton

The Gears thing is a serious letdown; one can easily see every MS title from now on being jampacked with this kind of BS.

Anon the mouse
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Anon the mouse

You should consider removing the award anyway. With devs starting to “patch in” microtransactions after reviews have gone out it’s only fair.
They call it an ever-evolving product, so changing scores and removing awards is very much in the spirit of IAPs and blind-box gambling that lots of devs seem to desperately crave.

Decibelle
Guest

If that does indeed happen, it’s only fair a new game take Rocket League’s spot 😛

Krem
Guest
Krem

Simple fix of the ‘GOTY’ system: Award the game VERSION, not the game itself..

keironsmith123
Guest
keironsmith123

To be honest what would be the point? Only people who would actaully care is people on here, like Jim said the Devs wouldn’t give a shit and its not like Jim removing it would make headline news or even minor news.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Jim doesn’t patch up his reviews when games patch up their fails. I don’t see why he has to patch up when they change the game for worse either.

MJC
Guest
MJC

Nah, you’re not the asshole for asking if there’s ever enough money for Gears 4. Hell, I was surprised to look up the CE and see that they included the season pass. I thought for sure that shit would be another $50 on top of the $250 for the game and some tat.

Am I an asshole, or just jaded, from my first thought about the RE7 microtransaction news being “I wonder how long it will take for them to 180 on that and put microtransactions in it”?

BAH!
Guest
BAH!

It just means you have a good sense of pattern recognition.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

You’re clairvoyant. That or you nicked the cliff-notes from a Capcom board meeting.

diamond
Guest
diamond

Is next week’s JQ gonna be about ARK releasing DLC while still in early access?

I liked RE6 quite a bit actually, it’s my favorite game in the series.

Mario Godoy
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Mario Godoy

Really!? I guess it’s more power to you…mine are the Remastered and RE2 (For N64).

Mārcis Jēkabsons
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Mārcis Jēkabsons

REmake and RE2 are my absolute favorites as well. I do not get the hate RE6 and to some degree RE5 get. I enjoy the shit out of the whole series without exception.

Well… almost. I’m absolutely not interested in RE7. I like the idea of returning to REs horror roots. I hate that it’s in first person. That is why I’m going to pretend it does not exist.

diamond
Guest
diamond

What’s wrong with it being in first-person?

Mārcis Jēkabsons
Guest
Mārcis Jēkabsons

Nothing. I just don’t like first person perspective anymore.

diamond
Guest
diamond

Why not?

Seems a bit much to dismiss an entire genre.

Mārcis Jēkabsons
Guest
Mārcis Jēkabsons

I think I’ve grown tired of it.

DeadlyYellow
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DeadlyYellow

I’m mostly inclined to believe– unless the game gives the player a body in first person, then I’m elated.

diamond
Guest
diamond

You’re the only RE fan I know who actually likes the N64 port of RE2, all other fans i’ve encountered say it’s one of the worst ports of all time.

Mario Godoy
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Mario Godoy

N64 was the only console i had at the time so it is the only version i ever played

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