This week I’d intended to take the focus off gaming for a change but I felt like this is something I’d like to get my two pence in (for what that’s worth!) and I’d wanted to take some extra time to write this post.
Now I’m not an expert (just a gamer with a blog!) and this is just my view and I’d love to hear yours!
So micro transactions, a word that sends shivers down the spines of gamers across the world. From a business perspective they make sense, that I can’t argue! Why only get one payment from gamers upfront for the game when you can get that and numerous purchases through out the gamers time with the game.
Now that I’ve got that out the way for all the pros micro transactions offer developers and game distributors there is the impact on gamers.
1) Micro transactions negatively affect less well off gamers. I have to acknowledge that I have the privilege of being able to purchase games, DLC and the odd micro transaction when I want (within reason obviously) but for many gamers they either can’t afford it or their parents won’t pay for it (if they’re younger). These transactions take money, more than many people want to or are able to pay.
2) Gamers don’t get the full game. Micro transactions mean that gamers don’t always get the full game upfront, you pay for the game only to find there’s more to buy to get the full gaming experience.
3) The quality of micro transactions can vary. Some micro transactions are well put together but for every one of them there are those transactions that add very little like a new aesthetic or item with no real purpose.
In general I avoid micro transactions where I can. I tend to restrict myself to the standalone game and DLC only purchasing micro transactions I really want and know will add to my gaming experience. I see little we can do as gamers to change the habit of micro transactions (with the exception of small victories like with EA and Star Wars Battlefront). But that doesn’t mean we should accept them, by showing our dissatisfaction and refusing to purchase poor products we can make small changes to the industry.
I believe that Micro transactions aren’t always bad, if the goal isn’t just money and if the gamers best interest is at heart then they can offer great additions to our gaming experience. But I’d be interested to hear your thoughts! Can micro transactions be good for gamers?