The Jimquisition: Loot n’ Plunder

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Overwatch is in the news again, with a loot-flavored event that has made even a lot of the game’s defenders raise their eyebrows.

Let’s all just admit that no matter how much you might love Blizzard, it’s still another fee-to-pay peddler at heart.

Jiryn
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Jiryn
First off, love the Captain Planet throwback title of the video…. but now I have the theme song in my head again… thank you Jim…. My main question is though, whose idea was it to put the Auction House and Microtransactions into the games? Both were added after Blizzard merged with Activision back in 2008. Many of Blizzard’s policies seemed to have changed since the merger. However the few people I know who work for Blizzard still claim that they are separate entities and Activision has no say in Blizzards’ processes and content. Finally, have you or anyone else seen… Read more »
Malidictus
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Malidictus
Yeah. Pretty much this. Lockboxes suck in every iteration. You can play around with the mechanics all you want, they’re still lockboxes and they still suck. Do you get the boxes but have to buy the keys? Do you have to buy the boxes? Do you have to earn the boxes in an intentionally crippled system with the “option” to buy them for real money? Doesn’t matter – they’re still lockboxes and they’re still bar none the worst monetisation system available today. You can argue P2W and that’s also pretty shitty, no doubt. However, at least P2W has the decency… Read more »
WildFire15
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WildFire15
God the Auction House. I remember making a promise not to use the thing as I soloed through Diablo 3 as a Monk, but eventually I had to though I was able to get stuff with regular in game gold. Did eventually beat the game on Inferno solo, though still not sure why I bothered. The DLC thing remains a conundrum that is unsurprisingly getting taken advantage of by publishers (considering Blizzard is in partnership or whatever corporate amalgamation it is with Activision it’s really not a surprise). But a lot of the time I can (partially) justify some of… Read more »
TGG_Is_Gender_Fluid_And_Proud
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TGG_Is_Gender_Fluid_And_Proud
I agreed with you from the beginning 🙁 As for Overwatch, I love playing the game, especially when playing with my friends, but Jim is fully right that the loot system needs to improve. Even as something as small as no duplicate or higher percentages for character you play often would help a lot. And the community is getting more and more toxic, I’ve given up on going to Battle.Net because of the hate that was being thrown at me was just unbearable. A few months back, I wrote a piece asking Blizzard if they would ever include a gender… Read more »
Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

I still agree with you about the micro transactions Jim. But there is a small part of me that kinda likes these limited time skins.

If handled correctly (just make them non purchasable and up the gold drop rate) they could have been really really cool exclusive shit that makes individuals stand out!

Scott John Harrison
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Scott John Harrison

I was expecting this I even said in a comments of review that they would release more Skins 3 months into the line – but the fact they are “Limited Edition” is not something I was expecting.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

All these business PR people and companies talk very similarly to the abundant right-leaning politicians we have had to endure seeping into every crack of the establishment; very carefully chosen words to elude you into thinking it’s good for you when in reality it’s a cynical, selfish move and motivation. Which, i personally think, says a lot more about the current state of corpocratic politics than anything else.

neil_mccauley
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neil_mccauley

Jim, please, Ubisoft calls these “time savers”. What more proof do you need that it is there for the players?!
/end of sarcasm

BAH!
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BAH!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens.

TheOneWhoSucks
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TheOneWhoSucks
I’d like to play devil’s advocate for just a second and point something out. Blizzard (held by Vivendi at that point) was absorbed by Activision on July 9, 2008. Blizzard’s first microtransactions, the Celestial Steed mount and Lil’ XT pet for World of Warcraft, released April 15, 2010. At least once or twice, Jim has talked about shitty decisions made by parent companies that the underlings are ordered to take responsibility for and stand behind, and I’d like to think that all this microtransaction motherfuckery is an example of that. Loads of extra content to games like Diablo 2 outside… Read more »
peter
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peter

Please remind total biscuit about this and tell him to stop protecting his next blizzard pay check were not stupid like he says I know what he’s up to .

Andrew Barloq
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Andrew Barloq

Clearly Jim is just ENTITLED. 😉

eastern cattle
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eastern cattle

Jim doesn’t want to admit, he was wrong originally, and only the new development with the olympic skins is truly anti-consumer. Just because it is anti-consumer now doesn’t make you right retzroperspectively, which you’re so bluntly assuming.

Ràul
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Ràul

I still think it is “just” cosmetics. Sure it would be better if they were free, but still better than having a season pass or dlc for characters or maps.

Cindipool
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Cindipool

When you do finally make it back to Her Majesty’s Island Lair, Jim, I need you to sign my monocle 😮

aimei66
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aimei66

‘Its only cosmetic’ like most of the DLC that exists today for some reason…. hmm I wonder why they chose to sell cosmetics…

Anyway I love loot boxes (once you remove the sprays and player icons)!

Lambadelta
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Lambadelta

Sadly Blizzard’s fanbase mostly consists of addicts that follow Blizzard no matter what and HAVE to play at least one Blizzard game daily. i speak from experience and barely managed to let go of my addiction.

“it’s only cosmetics” logic works with some games, but in this case, we have a buy 2 play multi player only game. cosmetic is a big part of it. Blizzard changed since the day they partnered up with Activision and they keep getting free passes for whatever they do.

09philj
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09philj
I think that there are at least somewhat ethical ways to allow microtransactions into full priced releases, but they wouldn’t be the most obviously profitable ways so nobody bothers. However, there is a model that, with a little tweaking, can work for everyone, which is the Steam marketplace. There, users can sell in game items to each other for wallet funds with Valve taking a small cut. Obviously, most of the items on there are acquired through micro-transactions themselves, and allowing the system to be used for items which have objective advantages would make it pay to win, but if… Read more »
Artie
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Artie
It is certainly depressing that this types of systems, (microtransactions, always online, fee to pay, etc.) have become so mainstream, and so ingrained into video games as a whole. On a personal level, I have seen myself drifting away more and more from this medium precisely because of this. It would be very enlightning if someone were to do some in-depth research on how cosmetic content in videogames itself manages to grab one’s attention, and for how long this can carry a game, multiplayer-only games in particular, on an academic level research. That credits music though, awaiting for Jim to… Read more »
SilentPony
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SilentPony

Am I seriously the first person to say its just cosmetic is a smarmy, sarcastic tone? Sigh…fine.

Hey Jim! Jim! JIIIIMMM! It’s just cosmetic!

Jack1994
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Jack1994
Not normally a person who comments, because the internet is the internet but here we go. You spoke a lot about promoting good discourse in your discussion with TB and the internet in general when overwatch first released. The opening of the video talking about people who disagreed with you sounded like a snarky I told you so. (I know that’s the character, but it didn’t feel like just a character, rather a genuine happiness to be proven right) .It’s possible for people to be okay with the previous micro-transaction system and not this clearly worse, limited time system that… Read more »
Jack1994
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Jack1994
Not normally a person who comments, because the internet is the internet but here we go. You spoke a lot about promoting good discourse in your discussion with TB and the internet in general when overwatch first released. The opening of the video talking about people who disagreed with you sounded like a snarky I told you so. It’s possible for people to be okay with the previous micro-transaction system and not this clearly worse, limited time system that forces players to pay real money. They’re consumers like everyone else who are getting fucked over by the system who don’t… Read more »
Tony Russo
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Tony Russo
… you called Blizzard Bioware at 7:02, Jim :(. On the topic at hand, I had really hoped Blizzard had learned their lesson from Diablo 3. For a while, they stopped trying to retrofit their old franchises into their new moneymaking scheme (always online, Microtransactions, etc.) and began focusing on making the sorts of games where those schemes were acceptable (Multiplayer only Free to Play stuff, mostly). Having them taint their new IP with all this Fee to Pay nonsense is deeply disappointing. You are right to tie this back to Diablo 3, as that was the last time I… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

It’s easy for the customers to criticize Overwatch, now that so much of the playerbase has grown bored of the game. If only people stopped buying in to this shit from the start.

TheHoundHalf
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TheHoundHalf

Ah, that barbarian’s face… makes me smile every time.

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