The Jimquisition: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: The Call Of Looty

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the latest Early Access darling, but like Ark and Darkest Dungeon, it’s learning that such a status comes with caveats.

Hot off the heels of its “Stream Sniping” ban wave, Battlegrounds‘ recent microtransaction indulgence raised eyebrows and pitchforks both.

Also, loot boxes really are the worst.

Bonus Content: Oh, Ubisoft!

Terry Osaurusies XI
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Terry Osaurusies XI

I was thinking, for the cornflakes homunculus (?) clips there, a more intense static filter could look creepier, and have you tried playing the video in reverse for the creature movement? That can give a much more unnatural and unsettling look in some cases. 🙂

KeekingItReal
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Boy, I really needed another reason to hate Siege, didn’t I? I really don’t care what people say about shitty tacked in single player campaigns and focusing on multiplayer games (I mean, even shitty Rainbow Six campaigns were a ton of super repayable fun), I’m always going to maintain that multiplayer only titles should never cost full price. Siege didn’t have close to enough content to justify that since launch, especially since it also had microtransactions, and now that they’re actually removing maps I’m somehow regretting my purchase even more than before. Which is completely. Plus there was a million… Read more »

Quill
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Quill

to be entirely honest the only part of your ‘fee to pay’ argument that I even remotely care about anymore is the gambling point, which is usually something you get out at the end, but non-theless is the only part that doesn’t make me bored in the whole argument. I’ll be honest I is cause I couldn’t give two shits about it, mostly because I don’t see a games ‘worst parts’ being their defining ones. we can all agree here that overwatch is a great game with tonnes of dedicated and passionate people working on it (unlike say anything valve… Read more »

TemplarGR
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TemplarGR

All i wonder is, what is the most ridiculously overrated game of 2017, Breath of the Wild, or Battle Grounds? I am really torn between those 2, as both are way overhyped and overrated, can’t really decide. Breath of the Wild is a typical Ubisoft open world with Zelda characters and last gen graphics, and Battle Grounds is just an unfinished arma mod. God, youngsters have no taste in games……

Charlie
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Charlie

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this a survival kinda game? Wouldn’t buying clothes and accessories defeat the purpose?

Maluco
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Maluco

Honestly I think the only way this stops is if it’s legislated. Like China now demands loot box drop rates be disclosed, let’s force them to put odds at the point of purchase and redemption (to cover ‘awarded’ loot boxes). Get this space taken seriously as something that needs to be legislated for normalising gambling behaviours in children. Write to your Representative Member of Parliament or Senate or whatever government house and get this being discussed where laws are made, because it’s clear no amount of community outrage will stop gambling companies being gambling companies. Note that I could use… Read more »

GuruJ
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GuruJ

I kind of want Jim to revisit the business model of Street Fighter V, since it’s arguably one of the most ethical microtransaction business models out there.

Consider: Capcom committed up front to releasing additional characters via DLC instead of the traditional Super/Ultra re-releases.

All characters are obtainable via in-game currency, while cosmetic DLC (costumes and stages) are not. While there are a few completionists out there, most people can choose their budget with minimum pressure and complete certainty — no randomness!

Timeline Games
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Timeline Games

Jim, do you have a hat store near your house. At this point I fell this really needs to be ask.

El Chica Incognitus
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Ugh. My friend bought me PUBG in a desperate attempt to get me into the game. After finding out all of this bullshit about the game and seeing the fucktard that made it thinks ALL loot boxes should be pay-to-open post launch makes me want to demand my friend’s money back on his behalf. I refuse to support business models like this and PUPG isn’t even that fucking good of a game. I’m not against loot boxes overall; they can be a fun little way of unlocking stuff in a game and drip feeding new content to players…but crate keys… Read more »

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Have been constantly toying with the idea of getting PUBg. While I quite enjoyed The Culling (before the devs ruined it), this looks too much like a 3rd person open world shooter for my tastes. Shame it’s not an FPS.
In other news, the developers of indie game Darkwood (a top down survival horror with an “Overwhelmingly Positive” response on Steam) have seriously posted a torrent of the full game (no caveats) on The Pirate Bay themselves to promote the title. It’s quite something. Even more incredibly, it seems to have paid off for them(!).

Allan Weallans
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Oh god. I support a sports team. One. Singular. I have over 1000 games. Where’s the equivalence there? Actually I’ve been thinking about this recently with the absurd prices of The Sims 4’s expansions. I keep thinking, “Well, that’s probably ok for someone who ONLY plays The Sims”. Of which there are a sizeable number. But it seems to be infesting other games, this idea that “we can charge what we like because this is the only game you’re going to play”. I’ve got news for you: it isn’t. Although my game library is considerably larger than the average, even… Read more »

SmaMan
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Lootboxes aside… why the hell are they even having a major game tournament for a game that *isn’t even fucking finished yet?!*

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I’m wondering, at this point, why there seems to be a full on Jimquisition every time a major/popular game adds microtransactions. I’m not saying such cases shouldn’t be covered. If we ever want this industry to change we all need to keep pushing back against it and making our disdain heard. That said, I’m sure there are topics that Jim’d rather cover and the audience would rather hear about and discuss. Perhaps these cases would be best covered in a bullshit round up or maybe their own series with only the most egregious cases getting the full on hair dryer… Read more »

Appretaur
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Appretaur

I have every expectation that in another decade or so, not only will the overall industry be twice as bad in all regards, but all of it would also be viewed and advocated by many as a banality regardless. Jim will continually decry the state of things more and more intensively as the years go on, and there will be more and more dismaying and unproductive push-back ensuring that the steadily worsening status quo remains the same. And there will be more attempts to try to tell him to stop his “crusadery” behavior against what shouldn’t be considered increasingly banal.… Read more »

JIryn
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JIryn

Speaking of Microtransactions, this has to be brought up In a recent, and recorded interview with the developers of Shadow of War (Dev by Monolith, Published by WB) they stated and I quote “We actually designed and balanced the game assuming no body is buying any of those microtrasactions.” Just after saying the microtransactions were added for people who don’t have time to sit down and play a full game, so this helps them by pass some of the longer elements in the game. So this begs the question, WHY are they even included in the single player portion of… Read more »

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Secret of Mana, the 1993 classic which is hailed by many to be the pinnacle of Action RPG games on the SNES, had a major announcement on the 25th. This is the game that was supposed to be Chrono Trigger AND Final Fantasy 4 before it was just too unique to be either of them. It has a 3D remake with voice acting. That remake has preorder bonuses. Cosmetic DLC which are extremely dumb looking animal costumes. It is becoming increasingly impossible to enjoy games as just games. Soon, the black hole of bullshit will consume the industry from within,… Read more »

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
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ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

As much as I hate (and fear) to criticise the homunculus (because I don’t want more night visits), but the legs need something – there’s clearly a costume on the top half of the body so the otherwise normal legs kinda leave something to be desired.

Keep thinking “cornflake leg warmers” as a more constructive criticism but that might just be a new fetish I have now. Maybe a cornflake blackadder II cod peice & tights? Horrible two color tights with odd bulges from mysterious things underneath in weird places?

CWS
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CWS

I’m not sure if my input is really needed here, but I remember back when Halo Reach came out…I can’t remember the specifics, for WHATEVER REASON, a lot of people had to be banned in some manner. A lot of people complained they were being unfairly, so the forums mods / devs actually reviewed every user on a case by case basis. Removing the punishment if someone was found to be innocent, and extending it if they were found to be guilty. (Even I have to admit, those people did cool things once in a while) If I recall correctly,… Read more »

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I honestly don’t even get the point of preset outfits for Battlegrounds. I thought part of the fun was starting out in your underwear, then finding whatever you could for a unique experience every time. You might never find shoes, or be sporting a winter parka, or a red leather trench coat, or a Where’s Waldo striped shirt. The randomness is the point.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I didn’t pay attention to loot boxes until Overwatch did them. They were already something that mobile cages did a lot. Random rewards that you could buy with ingame currency or real money. They sucked, but they’re shitty free to play games, I lost nothing when I deleted the game off my tablet. Then Overwatch, and I kind of gave it a pass because they were just cosmetic. I would still prefer they let you just buy the skins you want, or even have a “season pass” for specific characters (buy the Tracer season pass, and get any new Tracer… Read more »

Amy
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Before this video I thought my students liked me as a teacher, but now i realise they haven’t been showing me their monetary enthusiasm. The bastards hate me don’t they, I knew it.

Alexey
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Wrong, Jim, again, you are WRONG!

I love this game, and the only way it can be further supported WITHOUT paid DLC’s
is by embracing lootcrates. Rich people can pay for useless cosmetics, while us normies enjoy FREE content put out by the developers with money they get from rich folk. Its either this or paid dlc’s (which divide the player base, don’t want that) or stagnation for the game.

Please, rethink your position.

p.s. ok, time to actually give the episode a watch, might edit later if it comes as something different

Stephen
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Stephen

Honestly, the more I see this sort of bs – not just microtransactions in premium titles but random microtransactions – the more I wind up concluding that the only reasonable time loot box systems are games that are deliberately emulating physical product distributed randomly, e.g. Hearthstone. …And since the ‘LCG’ (though only Fantasy Flight can actually use that term to describe their games) model has almost but not entirely kicked the CCG model to the curb in physical game distribution – mostly just the legacy titles of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic that still exist in the random distribution model, with… Read more »

Terry Osaurusies XI
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Terry Osaurusies XI

But Jim, money is just so damn nice. And gaming customers are just so damn fickle. Like taking candy from a diabetic baby! Mutual respect? Bah! What are you? Some kind of communist socialist hippy?? Capitalism will turn everything you love about any arts into PROFIT!! SO. MUCH. PROFIT!!! Watch the fat cats get fatter and employ anybody they need to convince everybody else they’re not really fat, they’re merely deserving and gifted by GOD, for the measure of human is their net worth. Ahem. Anyway, honestly, I never saw PUBg as anything that came from a kind of artistic… Read more »

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Scott C Stewart

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