Scott C Stewart
Member

fight until no more fight in you? (places sword against my chest) then sir you have my steel we will fight the good fight until all are one or until we fall.

James Glass
Member

I don’t know. The popularity of Overwatch Loot Boxes makes me question the intelligence of most consumers, sometimes.

Crawf
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Crawf

I might be missing the context behind the speech, but it sounds like the guy saying something more like, “We COULD squeeze this sumbitch for all it’s worth, but that’s not our thing.”

Doesn’t seem too outrageous to me.

Xion Eternum
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Xion Eternum

I completely agree with your (Jim’s) disdain for this perception and treatment of consumers. It is completely disconnected from how they should be seen and treated. However I feel I must explain (translate) the statement in context without making excuses for the original statement: The context of the statement is likely that it’s for investors. The wording and lingo(buzzwords) fit perfectly for an investor meeting. That considered he’s basically admitting to investors that he knows his company isn’t trying to monetize their consumers as much as these investors know they could, and trying to rationalize why in a way that… Read more »

Moax
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Moax

The idea of MTs in GTA online litterally ruins the entire concept of the game. To begin with there wasn’t microtransactions and everything you owned in the game you had worked/raced/killed and skydived for and that was quality. But once they added the microtransactions it made you realise that there was no point too what you were doing. As for the corparate speak, well he was just stating facts. There’s no reason why they couldn’t slap a £5 a month subscription fee on GTA online, people would pay it as well. Remember world of Warcraft how you had to buy… Read more »

HelpIamaCabbage
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The only defense of Take-Two I can muster is that there are more than enough fans of video games who are very visible willfully ignorant assholes that I can see where they would get that impression.

I mean, considering all the PR problems this hobby has, a significant number of them are deserved.

GhostofGoldblum
Member

Great episode Jim. I think I personally like your videos more without the transition slides. The transformers-but-also-drama/comedy-masks idea is very clever, but I think it disrupts the flow of this show.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

So going back to last week’s subject of Modern Warfare kind of. I attended the UK boardgames expo over the weekend. There was an interesting article in the programme about support for colour blind players of boardgames by Sam Freeman who does a gaming podcast (Devon Dice) in it he mentioned that he used to play COD4 (the original) and mentions how being colour blind made it difficult to tell freind from foe. He mentioned reaching out to Activision about support for this who advised they had no interest in providing support for what likely made up a really tiny… Read more »

Concubinary Code
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Concubinary Code

The thing with take two is that gta5 did make all the fucking money. It made a billion in what? 48 hours. This isn’t even mentioning the other highly successful licenses they own. They have bioshock. They have borderlands. They own a nice chunk of the most profitable series in gaming. This guy can FUCK OFF with his money bullshit.

Phoebe Ross
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Phoebe Ross

Take-Two? More like Take-Take-Take-Take-Take-Take-Take…

TheOneWhoSucks
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TheOneWhoSucks

I don’t regret buying GTA5 twice and I enjoy going into GTAO on occasion, but I’m proud that I’ve never given in and bought their bullshit Shark Cards. New content comes out, I see how little it pays out and how obvious a cash-sink it is, then I never play that content again.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Of course they think gamers are idiots Jim. Just look at Twitter anytime a game spins women in a positive light or addresses anything political.

Just look at anybody that uses “SJW” as a legitimate argument.

Gamers have kind of been bringing that upon themselves because actions speak louder than words. “Origin is a piece of shit! So when can I preorder the next Battlefield game EA?”

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Nice use of Cid’s Theme and fuck Take-Two. Yeah, I think that’s good enough.

Anton
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Anton

At this point, Jim, I think it would be easier for you to point out when CEOs AREN’T being giant bags of shit.

It’d be a lot fewer videos, though, and the internet knows you’re just in it for the clicks

(OBVIOUS FUCKING SARCASM)

vexer
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vexer

I’m really glad i’m not a fan of GTA Online, those microtransactions sound just fucking awful, I also never bought into the “we need MTs to pay for the game” bollocks from devs like Blizzard, they already make a fuck-ton of money from WOW, pretty sure they don’t need MTs to pay for game development.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I was listening to a podcast that brought this up and it was pointed out that GTA 5 hasn’t had a single player expansion like previous rockstar games such as The Ballad of Gay Tony or undead nightmare.
I wonder if as microtransactions creep further into the gaming consciousness we’ll see the death (at least temporarily) of single player expansions in favour of dlc that fits into a microtransaction driven business model.

SmaMan
Member

In the intro “Looks like we don’t have to Roman Reigns this shit.”

Seems you’ve caught back up with pro-wrestling quite quickly.

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

Okay, I think we still can’t post pictures here, in that case…

Did anyone else think of Mr Krabs from SpongeBob when Jim was Quoting this episode? Like I’m sure Mr Krabs had said something like that.

Plus, I’m willing to bet like him, some of these game executives would gladly trade one of their employees to spend their life in hell for 62 cent.

Arlyurl
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Maw, no extra topic today? I was looking forward to the lighting switch. I’m also still nervously watching that cane… it is too precious, Jim, don’t let it break. D:

Jesse
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Jesse

That’s some magnificently passionate disgust there, and I love the “Spamdroid” abomination.

Nibelungsnarf
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Nibelungsnarf

Jim, I don’t know if you’ve made this clear elsewhere, but when you talk about your disdain for microtransactions in premium games you never bring up MMORPGs like World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV where you buy the game up front, as well as expansions, at a price that nears sixty dollars; then pay a monthly fee afterwards and in nearly all of them there are also a plethora of microtransations involved. Obviously it is a different model involved, but is that enough to excuse it in your eyes? One could also argue that the EAs and whomnot are… Read more »

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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I bought GTA V preowned. Suck it up, Strauss. Suck it up like it was one of your spoilt kid customers with free reign on mother’s credit card. *Sigh* Not that it makes any difference.

These people make me very sad indeed. Leeching and poisoning our many varied art forms.

I, Tichy
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I, Tichy

I don’t know where I stand on this topic. The idea of spending $60 for a game and then having to shell out more just for the developers to finish or maintain it isn’t a happy one. Following it to its logical conclusion would see AAA titles becoming out of reach at some point for those with limited incomes. At the same time, however, I sincerely can’t remember the last time I spent $60 on a game. Games on Steam and Xbox live (and PS+ I’m sure) are on steep discount so often these days and so soon after release… Read more »

Allan Weallans
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The microtransactions in GTA Online would put me off if the community didn’t put me off first. You play GTAV, then you think “Hmm, I guess I’ll try online” and suddenly everyone is Michael’s dickhead son, only in real. But anyway. There’s really no excuse for microtransactions in a full-price game (or, one might argue, in an any-price-but-free game). But since Jim’s already quite adequately covered contempt for customers, I’m going to take a different tack and talk about contempt for developers. Yes, games are expensive to make, but when you look at the corporate culture of development, they really… Read more »

Artemiy
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Artemiy

*Sigh*
Yeaaahhh.
Was it you or TotalBiscuit who said that with microtransactions there is no upper limit? You can’t really charge more than $60 for a game up front, but with microtransactions you can funnel hundreds out of some players.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely indeed.