I don’t know who to blame for this. I suppose I could blame the dumb-shit gamers who actually made this happen. After all, it truly is their fault. They had every opportunity to not support this kind of behavior. Back when games had them paying for stupid shit like custom skins or weapon packs. Maybe it could have been when games started having Season Passes. Maybe then? Yeah, that seems like a good fucking point to have stopped. I know! Maybe it was when you had games start becoming pay-to-win multiplayer experiences? Yeah, that seems like a great point to stop. But nope, people too stupid to vote with their wallets enabled this. You all are a bunch of enablers, allowing game companies to gouge you without any real effort to stem the tide. I guess it isn’t just fools and their money who are parted. It’s gamers too.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War has single-player microtransactions. What’s more, it is genuinely pay-to-win. If you aren’t willing to grind to insane degrees, you are going to shell out a frankly absurd amount of money to get the true ending to the game. It’s insulting. It’s legalized gambling in the gaming sphere. After all, players are shelling out money to game companies with no guarantee of what the return is going to be. None. If you’re spending money without knowing what you’re getting in the hopes of getting something good, you know what I call that – a gamble. Gaming companies have made gambling a part of their pay-to-win formula. It’s disgusting. It’s insulting. Why aren’t more people outraged by this?!
You know that Battlefront II game you’re so hyped for?! Guess what, it’s entirely pay-to-win! And they use the same formula! Loot boxes that you have no guarantee of what they will give you. Whether it be something good or complete shit. If you want to get better weapons, then you will shell out an insane amount of money to get enough boxes in order to get the amount of spare parts you need. This game all the stupid fucking Star Wars fanboys are going to cum in their pants over is screwing you. No joke, it’s fucking screwing you. You people are the reason I am done with Star Wars. All the fanboys who cried when Episode VII’s trailer was released. Did nobody notice what a fucking rip-off of the original that was?! Did anyone notice how this new game is basically just a re-skin of Empire Strikes Back? Maybe it’s the walkers attacking a rebel base with a small group of defenders coming out in low-altitude vehicles that gave it away? Oh, and our hero is off on a planet alone with an old Jedi learning the ways of the Force, and it seems to be pointing to it ending with them being tempted by the Dark Side. Sound, fucking, familiar?!
Part of me is genuinely worried that this practice is going to become commonplace. Soon studios who are known for quality content are going to decide, “why not?” and do it themselves. After all, it’s not like the gamers are actually doing something to stop it. I am. I refuse to participate in it. I won’t be paying game companies for DLC that is on the fucking disc! I won’t be buying a game where I have to pay to be able to win it the way it wants. I especially won’t be buying a game where you are having to fucking gamble to win. That’s insulting to a sickening degree.
Here’s where I turn it over to you – why are you? What could possibly compel you to play a game where you have to gamble and pay obscene amounts of your money in order to win? “But Lucien, look at the gameplay! It looks so cool!” Is that really enough? Does it having cool factor give you the confidence to spend your fucking money on it?!
I don’t know how to stop this. The only truly effective method to stopping this is to not buy this stuff. But I know that’s a fool’s errand. Dumb-shit Star Wars fanboys will cum in their pants and buy it. And fans of Shadow of Mordor will shell out their money because the first game was so good. This is how they seem to do it. Make a good first game, or in Battlefront’s case a decent first game, and then make a sequel that looks cooler so you can con them into this shit. We have to vote with our wallets, people! We cannot pay money into this! Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way. Please! Unless people start voting with their wallets, it’s only going to get worse.
The thing I fear most is when games like The Last of Us, Part 2 and Insomniac’s Spider-Man start doing this stuff. When I see games outside of the broken AAA market that is full of greedy corporations who now have a reputation for screwing their consumers left and right without their consumers ever giving enough of a shit to try and stop them. And make no mistake, the more people do this, the worse it’s going to get. Mark my fucking words.
Until next time, a quote,
“What would your favorite author say, Captain? ‘Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings’?” – Gen Chang, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country