Microtransactions: Where does it end?

October 26, 2006 at 1:28 pm (Gaming)

The hot-button topic currently making the rounds of all the usual suspects in the gaming blog world is “microtransactions”.  Of course, more specifically, “consumables”.  The internets are in a tizzy from EA’s announcement that they will provide downloadable in-game money (for a fee) for the Xbox 360 version of The Godfather.

The general consensus is currently swinging between “Boycott EA!” and “Boycott Microsoft!”, however I’d like to step back a second and look at this as objectively as possible.

First, one of the most sensitive recent issues is one of pricing for optional or add-on content.  And it is especially prevalent on the Xbox 360 as MS has provided publishers with a marketplace to provide (and, at their discretion, charge for) this type of content to console gamers.  But, I find that there is a clear miscommunication between Microsoft, publishers, and consumers.  Here is what I mean: Read the rest of this entry »


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