Dead Space 3
EA Adding Microtransactions to "All of Our Games"
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Microtransactions may be a contentious issue for some gamers, especially on consoles, but it would seem that for EA they've been a huge hit.

Indeed, such has been the success of microtransactions in games like Dead Space 3 and The Simpsons: Tapped Out that the publisher is introducing the monetisation method to all of its future games.

That's according to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, who told an audience at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference that gamers are "embracing" microtransactions.

"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level," said Jorgensen. "And consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business."

Jorgensen says that to do this the publisher has had to improve its tech to maximise profits from the business model.

"If you're doing microtransactions and you're processing credit cards for every one of those microtransactions you'll get eaten alive," he said.

"And so Rajat's team has built an amazing backend to manage that and manage that much more profitably. We've outsourced a lot of that stuff historically; we're bringing that all in-house now."

So there you have it. The vocal and often vehement recent reaction to Dead Space 3's microtransactions has gone unheeded. They're here to stay.

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Comment #1 by O0mix0O
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 03:58:13 AM
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If people want to spend their hard earned dosh on shortcuts then more fool them. I personally think it takes away from the whole experience.

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Comment #2 by SmarmySmurf
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 03:58:46 AM
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Shocking news, this.

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Comment #3 by mphcrash
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:01:09 AM
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I hated it so much in DS3 that i've refused to buy the game, yet in FIFA Ultimate Team I have no issue with it at all and actually buy quite a lot. I think it depends entirely on the game. But Survival Horror + Microtransactions... it doesnt really make sense to me. kills the suspense.

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Comment #4 by TotalBlank
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:01:26 AM
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Not shocking and the people who spend their money on this already know how pathetic they are so there's no point going nuts about it.

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Comment #5 by rossyboi88
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:02:39 AM
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Another example that EA are continuously finding ways to shaft the consumer, aren't thier games already over-priced? money-grabbing twats

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Comment #6 by b0b
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:03:09 AM
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two words Oh Dear

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Comment #7 by Finn Jake n BMO
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:05:15 AM
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They already charged crazy ass prices for stuff that should have been in the game and now this. I guess Crysis 3 was the last EA title I ever purchase. 2K, WB, Microsoft and Rock* are some of the only decent publishers left.

So now the list goes
1. Activision
2. EA

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Comment #8 by Requiem Kata
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:05:47 AM
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Completely agree with the first comment

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Comment #9 by LateralusDSOTM
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:05:51 AM
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Comment #10 by Teh Phantomz
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:06:04 AM
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I can honestly say I am not surprised.

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Comment #11 by TSG Dwaggie
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:06:14 AM
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So EA, you gonna make your games less expensive then? Because I'm not paying £40 for yearly updates. And lets be honest, they ARE yearly updates, as you only support your games for what... 14 months?

Bring them down to £20, and then we'll talk.

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Comment #12 by iBuzz7S
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:07:53 AM
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Good on them. Taking advantage of the fools who actually buy in-game items with real money.

Besides, what's it to you if these people do actually buy small upgrades? It doesn't change your gaming experience nor has any money disappeared from your wallet.

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Comment #13 by Bunglist
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:09:02 AM
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You can call them money grubbing twats all you want, but people are buying it, numbers don't lie. They don't supply if there's no demand.

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Comment #14 by Finn Jake n BMO
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:09:26 AM
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@12 it takes $ from us because then they withhold stuff knowing the sheep will pay and try to force the rest of us to follow

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Comment #15 by Teh Paralyzer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:11:17 AM
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I'm loving them in Dead Space 3...however you can spend in-game money on them..... I refuse to spend ANY real cash especially due to in-game cash can be used.

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Comment #16 by toolieo
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:12:44 AM
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I, surprisingly, didn't mind them in DS3. I used them to make guns early in the game ( around chapter 7/8) most of the time I was just short of materials to upgrade or add on a new part.
Was very handy.
My co-op partner barely used them, but once I told him what it was all about, near the end game, he didn't mind them either.
We'll just have to see what they'll do.

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Comment #17 by Dansi
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:12:53 AM
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I'm embracing them like a returning soldier from a far off land, back in their hometown for one night only and looking for a hot meal and warm bed for friendship and maybe more.

You should all do the same; it's like chicken soup for the soul.

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Comment #18 by Sanchezz4387
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:21:30 AM
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I do believe theres douche bags out there wasting money and even if one person in the whole world paid for microtransactions EA would still come out and say its a successful model and its being embraced.....I dont usually play ignorant but after buying crysis 3 I couldnt give two fucks anymore as ill never be buying anything with EA on the box again so they can do what the fuck they want Ill just laugh at all the muppets wasting their time and money

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Comment #19 by RegTheLeg
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:21:51 AM
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If people have money to burn then let them. It's not going to change my gaming experience and make games less enjoyable.

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Comment #20 by nothingface0
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:21:59 AM
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I don't care if the transactions are for things that you can earn in the game through game play play, it's when they charge for small stuff that you can only get by paying for it and can't unlock it in the game by playing it that pisses me off. If someone wants to pay for something I earned whatever but if I have to pay $5 for a little upgrade and that's the only way to get it that's messed up. Part of the fun of gaming used to be unlocking extras but now it seems you just get the bare minimum in a lot of games and have to spend more money after dropping $60 to fully experience that game.

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Comment #21 by BlackSnowe
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:22:20 AM
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So long as the games don't end up becoming reliant on MT, I'm really not fussed. As #1 said, if people want to engage in otherwise optional MT, more fool them. More fool them, indeed.

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Comment #22 by Hottub Cowboy
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:23:20 AM
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I still recall the early days of the Xbox when gaming was a straightforward 1000 GS with no other BS by way of season passes, micro-transactions etc.

First came the online passes, season passes,micro transactions and soon paid DLC after the season pass, possibly another season pass for some games....and the con goes on. I really wonder how long people stop and say enough is enough....

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Comment #23 by GDMFS0AB
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:33:52 AM
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I used ration seals in dead space. Quite good actually. As long as you never need to use cash only. It could be good. It didn't allow you to get ahead of the game really.

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Comment #24 by parkwaydr
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:35:06 AM
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How long before you have to pay to reload your weapon in Battlefield?

Sad times.

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Comment #25 by Smash41
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:35:23 AM
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@22 its getting close to that point for me. The announcement that you can pay for double XP in GoW4 is another low point for me. I'm seriously considering not getting any next generation consoles.

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Comment #26 by GDMFS0AB
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:36:11 AM
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@3 stop talking rubbish.

How can standing at a work bench building guns/using micro transactions with in-game credits or even ms points spoil the suspense. There is nothing going on at these times.

Ds3 is still amazing IMO, really good game.

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Comment #27 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:38:35 AM
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@16 - I think you missed the point. If you were just short of what you needed, then they designed the game that way so you would give them money for the parts you didn't have, instead of grinding them out.

It's a disgusting business practice in full priced title. For free online titles, to a point, I can understand it.

This is NOT the basis of EA's business, and frankly, they can fuck right off.

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Comment #28 by _Nosferatu_
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:40:04 AM
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Comment #29 by H2O
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:47:31 AM
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Yay. Just what we need, more pay to win games. Does no one like a challenging game any more?

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Comment #30 by fodbod
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:51:22 AM
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I support this idea it's a great way for EA to make Money and get happy customers So to all haters GET A LIFE

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Comment #31 by Gone4aDuck
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:56:56 AM
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As long as people obsess about 100% completion. They have us by the nuts!
I would love to know how many people bought stuff on DS3 just so they could 100% it first.
I love trying to get achievements, but they are the main cause for all these add ons.

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Comment #32 by X Dark Jak X
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:59:27 AM
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How are they going to work microtransactions in Battelfield?

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Comment #33 by Dansi
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:01:08 AM
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@32 paying to unlock kit upgrades faster obviously, keep up!

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Comment #34 by cliche1
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:01:26 AM
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What's the point your only gonna shut the servers down and make achievements unobtainable. Arseholes!!!!

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Comment #35 by blkalleykat
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:02:40 AM
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It was there in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer first and there wasn't as much backlash as there was in Dead Space 3. It's there if you want to use it, if not then don't.

But obviously enough people are using it that EA feels the need to put it in all games going forward.

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Comment #36 by Loubie248
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:02:57 AM
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These in-game transactions may be optional now but I guarantee in the next few games they bring out it will become harder and harder to get through the game without purchasing them. They will deliberately make it difficult to complete the game without the microtransactions.

Makes me sick, it is eventually going to take away from the whole experience of the game.

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Comment #37 by pined5551
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:13:40 AM
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I hereby vow not to buy any game in the future that is published by EA.

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Comment #38 by sonicmark
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:14:46 AM
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I feel another theft headline coming on.

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Comment #39 by Dansi
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:18:08 AM
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@38 Inciting crime? Reported.

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Comment #40 by Social Cancer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:18:16 AM
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i dont have much to say, other than boo.

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Comment #41 by dirge
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:18:21 AM
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I won't be embracing them!

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Comment #42 by Neomalysys
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:20:39 AM
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@35 I actually used the microtransactions in ME3 a couple of times when I had extra MS points siting around and nothing to spend them on. I have no problem with this as long as it doesn't give people an advantage in competitive multiplayer matches or locks out content in the game. As for people that complain about paid dlc would it be easier to call them expansion packs and sell them in a separate box for thirty bucks like on pc. It's funny how people complain about things that don't effect them. Wait and see what EA is going to do if it isn't acceptable like making games require microtranactions to complete the game then complain but when its getting extra stuff that can already be earned in game for free don't complain if you aren't using the system.

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Comment #43 by thenewpeter
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:21:28 AM
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Oh good god EA.... how dam stupid are you?

There's only so far gamers are willing to go, you want season passes'? I'm ok with that, I can see the reason. You want micro transaction, you can go jump out of the window, we all know where EA will take this. Anyone still remember the 'after playing battle field for 5 hours, you run out of ammo, it'll be a dollar for more ammo' little speech they gave last year?

Great EA, you're going down that path then. I'm not buying a single EA game with micro transactions first hand, I'm not letting them take a penny of my money now :) You want to charge me £40 for a game, and then expect me to pay more? Ha!

Game developers have completely lost touch with gamers. (bar a few)

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Comment #44 by ronnie42
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:21:52 AM
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"We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level," said Jorgensen. "And consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business."

There talking a load ob bullshit!, I know nobody that either likes it or want's to 'embrace' this stupid into any of our games.

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Comment #45 by Hottub Cowboy
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:21:56 AM
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Kit upgrades and possibly double XP now that they are doing it with Gears Judgement already.

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Comment #46 by Jabbawocky
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:22:03 AM
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@13 What numbers? EA just said people are embracing it. Since they haven't released any figures we have no idea if they are saying that because it's true or because they just want to convince people it was a really good idea. Usually love to read off numbers like when they sold BF Premium or letting people know how well the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer was doing.

This is a market tactic just to let you know that they pulled this crap once and they are going to do it again and again.

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Comment #47 by Fozki Razormaid
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:25:00 AM
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bloody EA . just look at the most wanted dlc

who the hell pays 800mps to buy cheats and all unlocks plus all those car packs .
four or five cars for 800msp

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Comment #48 by Manwell Pablo
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:26:15 AM
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There were fine in dead space. Primarily because I didn't need to use them at all. It's when they start adding achievements in like the find a totw player in a pack like they did on fifa. Which is solid to do without opening your wallet, that I start to object.

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Comment #49 by sonicmark
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:26:59 AM
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@39 Not in the very least, I was referring to the idiot who claimed not using micro-transactions and farming for things in Dead Space 3 was a form of theft.

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Comment #50 by l.maciver
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:27:26 AM
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Knew it was coming, its EA afterall.

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Comment #51 by crossbit
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:32:33 AM
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@46; Exactly. Statements like that are the marketing way of making something sound a lot more popular than it actually is. Because, technically, the statement isn't a lie. They don't specify any numbers. Hell, they don't even state that the *majority* of consumers are embracing it. By just saying 'consumers', they could mean anything from 2 people to EVERYONE EVER... *ahem*... and I'm sure that at least 2 people probably do 'enjoy and embrace' their micro-transaction systems.

Those people are clearly idiots, but hey.

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Comment #52 by OldSkoolGamer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:35:57 AM
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@22 and 25 I totally agree. This is really starting to get out of hand, and I don't like the direction gaming is heading in one bit. It's only a matter of time before all the other game companies start saying, "hey this micro-transaction stuff is a real money maker, let's get in on the action too". And then we'll all be forced to pay for them if we want to play the game.

I for one am saying no, I will not buy another EA game unless it's preowned, until they stop this bullshit, and I sure as hell won't be paying for any micro-transactions either.

To those who are saying that they're actually paying for this stuff, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Man up and play the game properly.

You know it's true, a fool and his money are soon parted.

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Comment #53 by RDWatson16
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:39:19 AM
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this is good as long as they keep the ration seal equivalent that way what you earn in game helps you get more at a quicker rate so good job EA :D Now give us dragon age 3

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Comment #54 by Alec216
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:43:03 AM
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@7 don't forget bethesda, they're ok. And I agree with the 'list' although EA are trying their hardest to re-earn the title of 'most evil, and possibly hated, games publisher'. They had held it for years before Activision stole their black crown!

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Comment #55 by CraigChaotic
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:44:26 AM
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Yes, microtransactions do take away from games. I don't know about you but I'd rather use them to finish a game quickly and get the full 1000G so I can move on to the next game. I've always got a pile of at least 5 games I'm yet to complete, I never stop buying games.

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Comment #56 by OldSkoolGamer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:46:48 AM
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Dear EA,
Make all your games free, then we'll talk about micro-transactions.

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Comment #57 by Lord Montymort
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:47:41 AM
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I don't use them, but i'm fine with them adding micro-transactions to a game as long as there is also a way for me to get the items in-game without paying extra.
That's the part that worries me though, just how long will it really be before games like Battlefield require you to pay for the best weapons/perks in the game, rather than it just been optional?

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Comment #58 by JuanPabloSmoker
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:48:29 AM
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Why are these rich idiots ruining gaming? People above me who have admitted using these micro-transactions are feeding the problem. Even if you spend 1 penny, you have ratified that you're ok with this practice. Don't do it. Play the game properly or go and play FarmVille on your tablet and leave my hobby alone. I'm not paying through the nose cos little jimmy can't complete a level so wants to buy his way through. It's the tip of the iceberg I tell you

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Comment #59 by Finn Jake n BMO
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:55:06 AM
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I heard Battlefield 4 you just start with a pistol. You can pay $1 to unlock other guns or you can finish assignments to unlock them. the assignments require a minimum of 5 hours of game play to unlock each gun one at a time until you have all 80 of them.

It will happen just give it time

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Comment #60 by blleiffer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:56:24 AM
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Yea I vowed not to buy Dead Space 3 new because of this. So I guess I will never buy another EA game new.

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Comment #61 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:57:09 AM
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@58 dont worry about it, ea have had microtransactions in games for years , its the day 1 dlc that is the real enemy.
if little jimmy wants to buy his way through , thats his problem , this doesnt make you have to pay through the nose , why would someone else buying their way through a level cost you anything?

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Comment #62 by OldSkoolGamer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:02:39 AM
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@61 It will cost all of us something eventually when all this sort of crap becomes commmonplace.

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Comment #63 by cheevo360
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:09:42 AM
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EA, you making gamers pissed off so do I. GO AWAY EA!!!

Criterion Games

Those main and big developers from EA need escape from EA and find good publishers like Ubisoft, 2K Games, WB Games or others. Those also should not join Activision either. :)

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Comment #64 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:11:44 AM
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@62 no,micro transaction are used to buy in game items and level up faster , they never include anything new or exclusive , they are simply a short cut, i hate them like most gamers ,but i did buy the power suit in tiger wood 2009 to get my g alot quicker.Day one dlc however is activley charging extra for items that are exclusive cars/maps/vehicles/skins that have been excluded from the retail release for the sole purpose of making a quick buck.Not getting a complete game is far more of a problem to me than someone shortcutting.

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Comment #65 by Majica8
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:19:15 AM
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@3 You're missing out on a great game because of something you can completely ignore. Not only that, even if you don't ignore it you can buy the resource packs with the in-game currency that you find along the way.

I don't care about microtransactions as long as they keep it so you can find ways of buying them using in-game money (like DS3, and ME3) and I hope EA are keeping track of the 2 seperately, rather than saying *X number of packs have been sold* but ignores the fact that 99% of them weren't paid for with points/money or something.

I have purchased several of the resource packs in DS3 but only ever with ration seals, I hope my purchases aren't being counted towards the "Gamers are happy to buy things in-game with real money" stats.

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Comment #66 by cursednaruto
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:23:40 AM
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Anyone who buys microtransactions are brain dead who can't play the game example ahhh no this weed has killed the last of my brain cells how will I ever get that 100g of iron buy. We used to be good gaming people but now even more idiots will come to games yelling when they dont need to

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Comment #67 by OldSkoolGamer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:25:10 AM
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@64 Firstly, I never said anything about new or exlcusive dlc, so I don't know where you got that from.

Secondly I believe micro-transactions and day one DLC are both big problems.

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Comment #68 by Genghis
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:28:41 AM
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Well EA cheers for that! Whilst I more than appreciate this is optional and you do NOT have to buy them I still find it disgusting...

Take Mass Effect 3 for example: I did not spend any money buying the care package style things in co-op multiplayer however to earn enough credit in game to buy even the cheapest takes an age considering what you actually get!

They know exactly what they are doing and because of this EA will no longer be receiving any of my money.

I remember loving everything these guys did from Desert Strike and Earth Worm Jim to the early days of Fifa and NHL on my old megadrive.

'it's in the game' Well that wouldn't appear to be the case anymore EA.

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Comment #69 by AKfoy0face
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:31:49 AM
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so retarded.

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Comment #70 by H0p3sfalL
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:34:01 AM
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I understand why and how everyone can dislike it. But I dont find it a problem. Maybe b/c I can afford it idk.... But as long as it's priced well and can actually offer something good to us gamers then why not? I thought having a extra bot in DS3 helped me a tons collecting extra resources. Plus EA did this with ME2/ME3 with weapon packs and they helped me tons on my insanity runs.

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Comment #71 by Lazy_FAQer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:58:11 AM
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@ OLDSKOOLGAMER... I think Buzzardio is spot on, and I also think you have misread his point entirely!!! In his first post he is replying to another poster (Juan pablo smoker) & makes his correct point about day one DLC. You then reply to him with a vague open ended statement of little value, he then elucidates, but even that seems to confuse you! Yes, you never mentioned day one DLC, but HE DID! Don't hijack someones post & claim they are twisting your words when it was never adddressed to you! :) Sorry if I come across as a jerk off :)

OT; buzzardio is right about Day one DLC. Micro-transactions are BS, but thankfully optional ATM.

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Comment #72 by francisrossi
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:01:57 AM
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@13 - Sadly true. It's what happens when the general public get to choose.

They're just offering stuff that was formerly gained by actually playing the game. There's no sense of achievement whatsoever if you just give them even more money. Also gives every other greedy publisher the licence to try it. Where EA go, everyone follows.

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Comment #73 by liketheriver
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:02:39 AM
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I'm with #3 on this a little, I didn't mind it in FIFA with Ultimate team, but if in the new say Dragon Age game they want you to pay to level up quicker or to get different weapons, no way I'm doing that. I'm one of the few people who dont "hate" EA, I play a large number of their games but the micro transaction thing is getting a little "farmville-esque"

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Comment #74 by Purple Hooter
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:06:30 AM
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Here is my question:

Why do you people care so much? No one is forcing you to purchase the microtransactions. I bet you people do not complain when you hear that you have to pay extra for topping(s) on your pizza. It is the same concept as MT's. Get the fuck over yourselves people. Does this affect you in any way shape or form, no? Does other people buying the MTs ruin your everyday life? No

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Comment #75 by ImmortalArbiter
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:08:36 AM
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Really, EA?

Its bad enough that you bought BioWare and ruined them, made Dead Space 3 the worst in the series, are requiring online in every game you make, selling online passes, and shutting down online servers for you games (even ones that people have bought online passes for). Now this?

Its like you are trying to let everyone know that you actually deserved getting rated worst company in America.

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Comment #76 by Puck Yeah
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:08:45 AM
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To quote Brad Pitt..."inevitable"

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Comment #77 by The Bum-Mobile
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:11:13 AM
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Boycott time! I was already leaning in that direction, since they semi-butchered Dead Space 3, but now it's a done deal.

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Comment #78 by MetalMudkip
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:13:51 AM
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Who are these people who embrace it? I've never met one, or seen one online.

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Comment #79 by Obi-Brown
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:18:05 AM
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the fact that they'd declare that they want microtransactions in EVERY game just goes to show how little thought they give to the quality of the game when they think of ways to squeeze more money out of us.
really EA, every game, you're not even going to stop for one second and think "does this model really work for this game? is it suitable?"

you wanna drain idiots of their cash EA, fine. just do it in a way that doesn't effect people who simply don't want it. ie. don't nag us every two seconds for more money

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Comment #80 by Manic Ado
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:25:35 AM
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We should all stop buying this stuff and stop gaming from going to a money mode. Developers/Publishers all know they can get real easy money now and i bet you alot don't even care for the money.

I Won't play any EA games or any other who cares only for money, but like i can make a difference lol.

Soon we will have to use all our money on just one game alone.

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Comment #81 by Manic Ado
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:26:46 AM
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oops meant don't even care for the games or gamers* :P

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Comment #82 by Whiistler
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:29:20 AM
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Speaking purely from a business standpoint EA are make smart moves. Microtransactions in Dead Space 3 didn't get in the way for me at all and they still had that option to buy some of the microtransaction stuff using in-game items (ration seals). I never felt it was forced upon me. I would have even gotten the DLC for 50% more items/50% quicker for the scavenger bot if it was 100MSP and not 400MSP.

I don't mind the online pass because I buy all my games new anyway. What a real gamer should do in my opinion. When I used to buy me games from EB they would always push preowned but I wanted my money to go to the publisher and developer responsible for making the game, not the business that gives someone $10 store credit them sells the game at $40 used. You support the things you like by buying them. I download Breaking Bad illegally when it gets released but because I like it, when they release it on Blu-ray I buy it to support the show.

I don't mind microtransactions. Aslong as I can play the full game that I buy without them getting pushed on me, since they're optional there's no reason to get upset over it. And I don't blame EA or any publisher to try and make more money in a business that gets more and more expensive to make a game as time goes on.

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Comment #83 by ash356
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:29:22 AM
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I fail to see how Activision are above EA on that list. Activision = No online pass, and minimal, if any, micro-transactions.
Sure, they may milk series dry, but at least they don't screw people over as they do it. Overpriced DLC is optional, online passes aren't.

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Comment #84 by thenewpeter
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:35:58 AM
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@74, no-one i forcing you to purchase the micro transactions? Well, we both know that we will be forced to eventualy for one reason or another, you're very short sighted if you don't see that.
This kind of thing affects everyone who plays that game, how long will it be until a game is impossible or nearly impossible to beat without buying items?
Don't you see how it breaks the basis of gaming, where people who just have more money can beat a game with less effort? It defeats a large amount o the challenge of gaming. If this makes it's way into multiplayer (which it already has in some games) then you suddenly have power shits, giving those with more money an advantage over others. :/

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Comment #85 by 1000 kittens
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:43:16 AM
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"And consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business."

Name one person besides some rich, spoiled kid that is.

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Comment #86 by ADTR TOM
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:56:30 AM
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and it begins.
Yes you don't have to buy them but this will fundamentally change how the game is made from the ground up, why can't people see this?

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Comment #87 by fodbod
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:00:12 AM
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Damn you UBISOFT bad move

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Comment #88 by RenownedZ3r0
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:10:58 AM
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For all the people who don't know, in Dead Space 3, you don't have to waste real money for microtransactions. This is what I hate about people who constantly criticize EA. They gave you in-game currency to spend on the micro-transactions so all of you who say they are money hungry, at least know what your talking about before you open your mouth about it.

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Comment #89 by Vindicator51
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:11:12 AM
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Well, new suckers are born every day. Some have been suckers for a long time.

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Comment #90 by Craigimuss
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:14:20 AM
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I feel really sorry for people who paid for MT in Dead Space 3. I had a fully maxed rig and awesome weapons long before the end of my 1st play through.

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Comment #91 by Endyf
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:17:31 AM
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Mirror's Edge 2 microtransactions then?

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Comment #92 by Finn Jake n BMO
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:20:00 AM
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@88 and you played through hardcore mode without using the devil horns and no back up saves.

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Comment #93 by Finn Jake n BMO
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:32:04 AM
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@83 I don't mind online passes at all. You can still buy games new at $20 and have access to online. It just Pisses me off when you make 400 million dollars in one day for 5 years straight and still haven't offered 1 piece of dlc for free. Theres companies that could use the $ and people would gladly pay for it but they offer you free dlc because they want to say thanks for supporting there game. $50 for some maps I don't know any other game that charges that much for so little

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Comment #94 by Tubby 94
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:39:03 AM
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Screw you EA. I'm sure they will find some way to abuse micro transactions.

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Comment #95 by PluralAces
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:53:41 AM
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stop using the simpsons tapped out as a comparison to console games its annoying...

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Comment #96 by smokevf
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:23:27 AM
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don't worry to much about this. dead space 3 had them and look at the trick in that game. lol they called it theft LMFAO!!!

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Comment #97 by reaper527
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:26:32 AM
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as long as the microtransactions are simply shortcuts, i really don't have any objections to it. if ea wants to offer someone unlimited health/ammo or access to top tier weapons without meeting the requirements for them in exchange for some cash, more power to them.

what i do care about is if ea screws over the people who just want to play the game and start making things available exclusively via microtransaction. as long as i can get the same end result by playing the game as someone else can by swiping a credit card, than it really has no impact on me.

unlike the shitty online passes that are plaguing the industry, this really isn't a big deal (potentially)

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Comment #98 by Spepo
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:35:22 AM
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I'm not even upset, I burst out laughing when I read the headline.

Oh EA, your like the Hitler of gaming....

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Comment #99 by Hannibal king 88
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:39:35 AM
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If every game starts having shyt like this im done with games

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Comment #100 by RedstoneFanatic
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:43:47 AM
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EA, pls
EA wat r u doin

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Comment #101 by i got squeezed
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:47:12 AM
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Only microtransaction I bought was in two NFS games. Carbon & Undercover

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Comment #102 by Rickmassacre
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:47:22 AM
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"And consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business."

LOL no.

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Comment #103 by roza
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 10:57:00 AM
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"gamers love buying games and then buying stuff we should have given them in the first place"
Now, if the game was freemium, I can understand, it's how a lot of Mobile games run. But spending £45 on a sub standard game, then being asked to buy stuff we should find naturally in the game....That's like giving an Ethiopian kid a locked chest full of food, asking him to pay for the key, and if he decided to hack the box open you cut off his hands.

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Comment #104 by Yourburntstar
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:02:24 AM
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ewww.. seen this coming 4 years ago, ever since the introduction of DLC it has been nothing but a snowball effect which trickles down into every aspect of the games we play now which is really sickening.

The big name company's who make these decision are not even gamers at heart. the once were when the 360 first came out, but then those little guys got pushed aside once guitar Hero made everyone realize how stupid are with money and how often they will spend it on pointless add-ons to a game to either "enhance the story further" or to "improve your skill right away" it will only get worse from here on out.

I'm not a fan by any means.

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Comment #105 by Zombiedrd
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:14:20 AM
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As long as achievements don't require it, I am fine. I will just continue to ignore them. The moment they start having achievements that require it, done with EA.

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Comment #106 by flechetteXXX
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:27:45 AM
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The way it was done in DS3 is excellent. The game itself gives you resources to spend on the same microtransaction packages you can spend real money on. Dont want to spend real money? DONT! If EA does this in future games I will not complain at all. If EA removes the ability to use in game resources then I will not be using microtransactions at all. Simple as that.

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Comment #107 by Hurricane Of 87
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:28:42 AM
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@92: Some of us were capable enough, believe it or not. Why even attempt such a mode if you were to remove the actual challenge?

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Comment #108 by danny dee
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:38:43 AM
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What ever happened to cheat codes unlocking everything?

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Comment #109 by Doomsayer2272
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:42:54 AM
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As long as it doesn't interfere with the game and the quality of the game.

I'll be voting with my wallet on this one. Maybe it'll make a difference.

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Comment #110 by DEFCON 1
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:56:59 AM
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meh ill prolly buy a dew things like outfits or weapon skins.

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Comment #111 by smacd
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 12:15:22 PM
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The unfortunate thing is that EA is actually right, most casual gamers have no problem with the Smurfberry model. Hardcore vocal gamers hate it, but the model has worked incredibly well on iOS and Android, and Free-to-play MMOs actually make more money than they did with subscriptions due to the Smurfberry model. No surprise they are looking for ways to get this into console games.

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Comment #112 by CxHxUxD
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 12:21:52 PM
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Oh my god you guys are a bunch of big fucking babies! You don't have to spend your money on these micro-transactions if you don't want to. Dead Space 3 lets you pick up ration tickets in-game which you can use towards the micro dlc. BUT you don't have to buy them! Grow the fuck up and shut it! They're not going to make us pay for ammo because we ran out, they're not going to make us buy weapons in order for us to advance. What's next, the new consoles come with a dollar feeder so we can put 1s,5s,10s,and 20s into our consoles to buy shit!? Hahaha!

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Comment #113 by The Rook
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 12:32:42 PM
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The way it was handled in Dead Space 3 was very unobtrusive that you would never encounter it unless you went specifically to it and even then you could buy some resources with in game currency as opposed to microsoft points.

However the recent announcement of the DLC packs for NFS:MW seems that the word microtransactions no longer applies as the cost is not so micro anymore.

However, we are not forced to buy the extra content, it is optional. Although for the games we like we do want that extra content so maybe the happy medium is to wait and hope the DLC goes on sale and get it at a more reasonable price.

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Comment #114 by Fakan
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 12:48:05 PM
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Comment #115 by Snowed
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 01:01:24 PM
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Good. More profit for those companies is going to be better for gamers. They don't just take all that profit and keep it, companies reinvest it and try to grow.

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Comment #116 by scott.m
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 01:01:27 PM
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this is why EA has done it. people complain but are still using it to get their advantage. EA has jumped at the chance to make more money off chumps because they are stupid enough to use it. In no way shape or form am I defending EA, fuck them! but this just proves that gamers today are fucking idiots. I only used the upgrade system in Mass Effect 3 only when I built up the credits in MP.

This is proof that most people are just complaining for the hell of it because it's EA. Fuck them, stop using the system & it'll go away eventually. once they work out that we are not happy with it & it's not making money. it'll go away

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Comment #117 by The Grendel
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 01:23:16 PM
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The simple fact is the most vocal gamers are the poor, young children and teens. I'm a rather wealthy 38-year-old gamer, and I love microtransactions. They aren't forced and they only give you a way to save time, which I need to stay wealthy. I spend at last $40 a month on MS points and I have a lot of fun. How is that wrong in anyone's book?

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Comment #118 by xRelentlessx
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 01:30:47 PM
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They've been doing this as far back as NFS Carbon, I remember you could buy all the body and performance upgrades early that you would normally unlock during gameplay. My question was if you've unlocked them early then what reward are you getting for the progress you make in the game?

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Comment #119 by Jornny Ramone
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 02:18:01 PM
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The Need for Speed titles and even Bad Company 2 already have the booster packs and full kit unlocks available. "Time saver" is another title they used for the items. Again, it's all optional, I don't necessarily agree with it, and I shall not be paying for double XP boosts either. Speaking of which, as much as I am a Forza fan, remember that Horizon had the XP boost micro transaction and also the 'all discount signs located' micro transaction.

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Comment #120 by irongru
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 02:33:12 PM
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EA trying to make more money out of games, thats uncharacteristic of them

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Comment #121 by Emperor 95
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 03:25:02 PM
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i called this a couple weeks back after finding out DS3 would have microtransactions.

A thus begins the slippery slope... hate to say i told ya so.

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Comment #122 by Evilrockstar13
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 03:54:25 PM
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I have no problem with this at all. If people want to spend money to get stuff they can already get in game let them. The company gets money, the people who use micro transactions get their content, and the people who don't get to earn their content on their own. As long as they don't start charging for stuff that you need to buy in order to advance in the game then no one should have a problem with this.

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Comment #123 by Evilrockstar13
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 03:56:15 PM
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@122 To add to my last post, I completely disagree with micro transactions for multiplayer games. No person should have an edge over someone else simply because they paid for that edge.

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Comment #124 by Reckonis
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:18:01 PM
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I don't see how they can even keep "Arts" in their name anymore. It hasn't been about the art for them for a very long time.

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Comment #125 by Stoko
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:37:15 PM
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People might be embracing them, but there's nothing micro about the transactions in The Simpsons Tapped Out. £92 for 2400 donuts? Crazy! Granted, that's enough to nearly, almost, -nearly- buy all the game's premium content at this time. But still. I'd be tempted if it was like, £9.20.

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Comment #126 by Enigk
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 04:47:15 PM
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As long as they don't become something that is a necessity to enjoy the game to it's fullest then I am all for adding them to any game for people to waste their money on if they so choose.
It's their money so they can do what they like but I shall not be embracing microtransactions.

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Comment #127 by MOOGIE101
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:17:52 PM
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The Pay2Play in free games in understandable, but in full retail priced games it seems a greedy. Seems like it will be the future though. Provided this doesn't impact on gamers who choose not to pay the extra money I have no problem with it.

However, in an effort to obtain more money eventually the game designers will be pushed to make the game in such a way that you need to spend money to get past certain levels.

As already mentioned above I remember the line about how after playing Battlefield who is going to object to buying extra bullets when you run out. Using that idea games will be designed so that you regularly run out of bullets & have to keep spending money to proceed.

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Comment #128 by francisrossi
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 05:53:24 PM
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Yeah, in Pay-to-Win games it's understandable, but not in games you've already paid for. To see people actually defending it saddens me greatly.

As to EA putting their profits back into games? Hah! Good one.

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Comment #129 by wolfzero01
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 06:18:38 PM
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as long as the stuff you can spend real money on is available to unlock without paying for it, I don't really care if they do this.

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Comment #130 by Achilles8249
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 07:38:47 PM
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How long will it be before you have to pay to win? I think that will be their next move, making the game too hard to play normally forcing you to buy some stuff to make it easier to complete. Its no wonder I havnt bought a EA game in so long, I was looking to DS3 till i heard that they had this bullshit in it, NFS Most Wanted: was really looking forward to this one too till I read reviews how its like a burnout game. Good Job EA, may you be the next THQ.

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Comment #131 by Obsulete
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 08:30:44 PM
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I was looking forward to Battlefield 4 but now I've got the feeling it going to have a Gears of War 2 style level grind just so you pay an extra $29.95 for the XP Booster.

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Comment #132 by VampireViking
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:27:04 PM
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Lol at all the people who claim its "pay to win". Bullshit is it, its more "pay to save time and effort". What you pay for isnt gamebreaking, in most cases paying for things like this for me has increased the amount of choice i have whether it be a new car or a new gun. One hasnt been more powerfull than the next, its been about preference. How does maxing your level on Battlefield 3 make it any easier for you to kill people, its about skill or luck not godly weapons. You people are blowing this well out of proportion, its not like you give EA some money and the give you 1000gs. This is a quick funny summary of how some of you come across.

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Comment #133 by MilezDawg
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 09:45:00 PM
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Random EA/Activision hate comment............I HATE THOSE GUYS, they don't do what I think they should do so that makes them bad and greedy people

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Comment #134 by crunchb3rry
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:15:10 PM
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This is going to cause problems. Microsoft was adamant about stuff like DLC (or even microtransactions) not giving people an advantage online. But there's already some of that, and you know EA is going to push for more if that's where the buck to be made happens to exist, knowing they're too big for Microsoft to say no to.

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Comment #135 by DROoOPPY360
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:37:33 PM
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You see people, alot of us saw this coming with Dead Space 3. Its you "consumers" that said oh well it's Dead Space I'll buy them. Please people you gotta understand when it's just plain robbing. Sure it might seem low key now but it'll get to the point where we need to buy these to play the damn game.

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Comment #136 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 11:57:29 PM
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Next why don't they just take out the difficulty settings and do away with any game or thing that requires any kind of skill what so ever.

EA, we remove the challenge, so you can give us all your money. Literally, all your money. Give it to us now, we're not joking. Why are still reading this? Give us your money!

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Comment #137 by n8ryder
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:05:18 AM
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Battlefield 4... Pay for bullets. And hope you don't run out mid-game

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Comment #138 by TheSilvermaster
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 02:02:20 AM
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God EA is part of the cancer that is killing gaming for the rest of us admittedly I keep buying their products because some of their series' I like Bad Company, Crysis, Dead Space. It's not really all that surprising because EA was one of the first series' to reinforce the online pass rule because they wanted to cut down on people buying used games or if u did buy them used you had to pay 800 microsoft points to get in of xbox live. Then came the different companies squeezing money out of achievement hunters/completionists to buy 4-5 map packs just so they could complete the game, Then thanks to Call of Duty map packs started to get more expensive and come with very little in the way of content/gamerscore like MW3 2 maps 2 spec ops missions 4 achievements and 1200 MS (15 $) more people started following that trend, I mean like there was a time when you bought a map pack and it came with a good chunk of content for a reasonable price. And there would only be like 2-3 map packs for a game now there is like 4-7 per game that cost to much for too little. Then things got even worse with the dawn of the Season passes you can save 40% buy 5 different dlcs at once which would be like 2400-3000 Microsoft points and if you did the math you weren't saving all that much. Now these micro transactions call me old fashioned and maybe I am but I personally like to unlock something by doing the requirement like beat the game on the hardest setting and you unlock this weapon for use in campaign/multiplayer but also to say you did that now you can unlock that gun now before you have even started the campaign because you paid 10 bucks. I mean I love gaming but I don't like the direction its heading in with all these money scamming tactics they use now plus campaigns in games are so short its almost not worth it anymore. But lets be honest we all want to keep gaming so we will keep buying sad times...

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Comment #139 by DecadentBeaver
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 04:35:06 AM
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Does not surprise me that EA would go ahead with it. Glad my used copy of FIFA 12 had its online pass. That way I don't have to hive them my money. I don't intend buying any of their games and giving them my money.

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Comment #140 by WadeMcG
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 05:50:07 AM
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After the way that EA published a press release that claimed that Dead Space 3 had "Global Critical Acclaim" citing four reviews that probably had permission to sneak through a pre-release embargo (suffice to say, the Metascore dropped below 80% once the embargo lifted), and the Bioware written Metacritic user review of Dragon Age 2, I have trouble believing EA's claim that people accept nickel and diming on top of full retail price. EA's crediblity took a hit from that.

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Comment #141 by wickedclowns95
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 01:36:09 PM
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I've never paid for any Micro-transaction and it's unlikely that I ever will. If this isn't where you want the industry to shift then I'd advise against paying for any of these.

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Comment #142 by zr122
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 03:42:03 PM
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Alright. No more EA games for me. Of course, now that the main Mass Effect continuity is over, I don't have to worry about it. I don't play sports games, and Dead Space isn't my cup of tea, so...yeah. EA won't get any more of my money for a long, long time.

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Visceral Games
Electronic Arts


US February 05, 2013
Europe February 08, 2013

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