follow us:

Latest News

New 35-minute demo for Witcher 3 shows vibrant world, action combat and interesting characters
CD Projekt RED released an extended 35-minute gameplay demo for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and it looks absolutely impressive. ... [read more]
Bethesda have livestreamed nearly an hour of The Evil Within Gameplay
The Evil Within’s release is within 60 days from today, so here’s a huge chunk of the horrifying action live streamed by Bethesda. ... [read more]
Destiny’s competitive multiplayer officially revealed
For players who had a thin slice of Destiny’s competitive multiplayer from the closed alpha and beta, look no further as Bungie has revealed several new multiplayer modes.... [read more]

Latest Articles

gamescom 2014: Sony shows off more indie games and hidden Silent Hill game
Lots of games ranging from AAA to Indie along with some shocking surprises were revealed at this year’s Sony Press Conference at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.... [read more]
gamescom 2014: Microsoft comes out fighting
After falling behind Sony again and again, Microsoft finally put on a show for gamers at gamescom 2014 to remind everyone that they are still in the fight.... [read more]
When a Good Cause Gets Tainted
This June was an important month for Nintendo. Prior to them winning the hearts of gamers across the globe at E3, they were in some hot water over a game that came out just a few days before. That game, Tomodachi Life, became the center of a world of drama that was not only ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Firefall Review
Firefall has been in beta longer than most MMO titles, and with its launch finally cleared as of last month, it’s time to validate its existence with a review.... [read more]
Titanfall Review
It's safe to say that Titanfall is the first highly-anticipated next gen (or should I say current gen) game for 2014.Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall received some huge hype at E3, and it was well deserved. Although the game is not perfect, it's heading in the r... [read more]
Conception II Review
I can honestly say that Conception II would be an incredibly awkward game to try and describe to anyone who doesn’t watch anime or play RPGs. In fact, if someone could find a socially acceptable way to describe a game where you impregnate girl’s souls using your “star ... [read more]

Latest Videos

8-Bit Eric: SNES Beat Em' Ups!
8-Bit Eric takes a look at some of the best beat 'em up for the SNES. ... [read more]
20 and Out: Gods Will Be Watching
From Deconstructeam, Gods Will Be Watching is a new take on the point-and-click gameplay. If you're having trouble understanding how the game works, this video will give you some insight on the unique gameplay. ... [read more]
San Japan 7: Everything You Wanted to Know About Video Games Panel
The Original Gamer crew returned to San Japan with more panels. This panel, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Video Games," featured O.G., Joe Guerra and Victoria Sertich from 3D Generation and Brandon Alexander, co-owner of Ultra Arcade. ... [read more]
Micro-transactions: Good or Bad?
Posted on March 07, 2013 by Drew Bergmark

Yesterday, the managing director of PikPok Games Mario Wynands spoke with NowGamer about topic that has been spreading like slime in Ghostbusters 2: micro-transactions. The more anger about it, the more the topic grows. What's all the fuss for games that use micro-transactions? It's not that publishers like EA are pointing a gun at you saying you have to buy these micro-transactions but still consumers are voicing their opinion. How will micro-transactions affect the industry at large: in a good way or in a bad way?

Mario told NowGamer that gamers are cynical about EA potentially using the micro-payment model in many or a large majority of their games. "This is perhaps justified given it implies a systematic application of the model across everything, including those titles and franchises that may on the surface be ill-suited to the approach." Games like Dead Space 3 have been receiving backlash from fans of the franchise for implementing such a monetization system.

When it all comes down to it though, it's very similar to the gay marriage debate in America right now: just because a gay couple wants to get married doesn't mean it'll inflict on your religious institution by the government forcing a church, temple or mosque to hold your ceremony or reception because it is always up to their choice to serve whatever customers they choose to serve just like many retail or restaurants reserve the right to do still today in America.

As customers of these games, you should do the same. Ignore what others may do and focus on yourself because these companies don't want to sell products to just a certain market. If that makes these corporations evil for wanting to make a profit, this elitist gamers' logic means that you should stop supporting companies that are opening new locations and increasing profits.

Take on games like Battlefield Heroes. Arguably, Battlefield Heroes is one of the best free-to-play games but because it uses micro-transactions some gamer elitists are ignoring it because of the supposed 'pay-to-win' aesthetic transactions it uses to support the servers and developers who work on constantly updating the title. Yes, the game may not offer exactly what you want in a third person shooter but for the entry price, which is free, there is no arguing that you are getting a bargain if you never have to pay a dime for the game other than the Internet and power usage.

Mario Wynands continues on: "Well-implemented microtransactions should therefore not drive consumers away, and might even be a drawcard for consumers who want the flexibility to extend their experience." Looking at what was seen in Dead Space 3 from their micro-transactions, EA's implementation of the micro-transaction system was simply that: to draw in new fans of the series while also trying to keep fans of the franchise happy with the experience they were offered.

Surprisingly enough, some games that offer micro-transactions also give you money back or coupons. As far as I know, Toys'R'Us is the only retail store in the world that offers gamers to play a free-to-play game in which they can receive store incentives such as 10% off coupons or $10 of in-store credit. While you don't even have to spend money to get such credit, the developer behind TRS Towers made it so if you use a micro-transaction it'll be easier to attain such in-store coupons or credit.

Cliff Blesinski, formerly of Epic Games, wrote a Tumblr post about the topic and he directly said this about the subject: "Making money and running a business is not inherently evil. It creates jobs and growth and puts food on the table. This country was built on entrepreneurship. Yes, there are obvious issues around basic business ethics and the need for a company to give back to its’ community, but that's not what this blog is about right now." While Jim Sterling completely agreed with that statement, he completely disagrees with how Cliff is tired of people pointing the finger at EA and saying hateful things as most people praise Valve for the same exact thing. That's perfectly fine and most people don't realize that having an opinion on the Internet is okay without blowing up a website or mass hysteria.

Just as Anakin Skywalker claims near the end of Revenge of the Sith, some gamers may complain that micro-transactions are evil or have tainted the industry while other gamers have a different insight on the subject that it supports developers with small payments for those who choose to make them. When it comes down to it, it's all a matter of opinion but to right out say that they are good or bad in all situations would be illogical. On mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, games being offered for free are given more of a chance by gamers, hardcore or casual. Sure, those more hardcore may never pay a dime but sometimes that extra five minutes of play is worth those two dollars that you throw into your phone bill.

Free-to-play games like Battlefield Heroes or Marvel: Avengers Alliance have been created with hardcore gamers as the primary demographic and both titles are very successful for what they do as they offer gamers new offerings each month while still allowing those who don't want to pay, the same chance to compete on the same balanced level of competition. When it comes down to my opinion, micro-transactions are great as they add continuity to a game I enjoy or a device I use worth the value I see in a purchase and that's exactly what the gaming press is here for: to give you opinions on games that you should or shouldn't spend money on. Just as I've stated before, it's a matter of opinion and right now there is a market for games that use the monetization system so make your opinions known with your wallets, not with unpleasant comments.

Drew Bergmark - Staff Writer viggo (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What do you think of the Rise of Tomb Raider being a limited time exclusive on the Xbox One?

I have an Xbox One so yay me!
It's BULLSHIT!
Don't care for the series; let the fanboys get mad over it.
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Post-SGC, Post-San Japan, Pre-gamescom show


The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Activision's Walking Dead: Survival Instinct won't be good

Companies staying silent is all part of the game

Other Gaming News From The Web