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A Plea for the Gaming Industry to Respect Gamers

March 14, 2015   ·   0 Comments

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Although the economy might not be in the thick of a recession as it once was, that doesn’t mean things are going especially great for videogame publishers. Take Electronic Arts, for instance, which hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with its performance as of late. The start of the next generation is an ideal opportunity to effect change that doesn’t come along often, and it seems EA doesn’t intend to miss it; just yesterday it revealed plans to proliferate microtransactions throughout each of its games. As EA and publishers in general attempt to do this (and try out other means for generating additional revenue), I hope they don’t forget to treat gamers with respect.

This current generation of consoles has seen the onset of numerous new money-making tactics. While expansion packs had been offered in the past, downloadable content became the norm for nearly every game, delivering everything from horse armor to new characters, maps, and more. Online passes have attempted to fight used games sales, encouraging gamers to buy new copies of their games or, failing that, forcing them to pay money directly to the publisher for access to certain (often multiplayer) content. Always-online connections, allegedly intended to enable new features but with the obvious benefit of trying to ward off piracy, spread from games where its use was implicit to those where its use is a detriment more than anything else.
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