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Micro Transactions Cause Stir in Gaming Community

Adam Duffy

Adam Duffy

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It was a normal day that morning. I woke up, grabbed my phone and scrolled through my social media apps as I did every morning. First Instagram, then Snapchat, then Twitter, then iFunny, finally Reddit. My Reddit dash at first was the usual memes and cute animal gifs.
Then I got to all the posts from r/gaming. And THAT, was a raging mess.

Gamers are up in arms over the new Star Wars Battlefront II over microtransactions — a business model game developers use that makes players spend money in order to “improve the gaming experience.” Improving the experience could be through unlockable characters or buying an extra life, but microtransactions can be spotted in TONS of games across different platforms from Candy Crush to World of Warcraft.

Microtransactions in gaming have become a hot topic on the internet with the new game edition to the Star Wars franchise, Battlefront II, and the action shooter’s use of tugging at gamer’s wallets.

So, if microtransactions are used so frequently, why is everyone so mad over Battlefront II?
Simple, it’s the way that EA (Battlefront II’s game developers) used microtransactions. They made some of the Star Wars franchise’s most iconic characters as unlockable characters. For example, you have to pay $30 to unlock Darth Vader, one of the game’s most powerful characters. This is a problem for gamers who can’t unlock the more powerful characters because the players who did unlock them have an in-game advantage.

The Elder Scrolls has been a series I’ve been a long time fan of. So, when I learned a few years back that they were creating an MMO of the series, I was beyond excited. $70 later and the disk was in my HP Envy downloading the game software. When I tried to log in, a pop up on my screen says that I needed to pay another $30 a month to use the game servers. Saying I was angry was an understatement. Still to this day, the software icon sits on my desktop collecting dust because I’m still frustrated that Bethesda would try to pull something like that. (Stubborn, I know).

When I learned that EA tried to pull something similar, I wasn’t remotely surprised. EA has quite the reputation for creating mediocre games and draining people’s wallets, especially after their release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. It’s understandable why game developers would use microtransactions, but it’s stupid to use them after already paying for the game. Battlefront II is already $65 for the game itself. I love video games, but I’m not gonna spend $60 on a single game that got a 6.5/10 on IGN along with poor public perception.

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