Burning Question: How much have YOU spent on Microtransactions?

Yeah, the question had to be asked. We’ve been complaining about how microtransactions and loot boxes have been infecting our gaming experiences and how its gotten worse, but nobody is asking the real question, which is why?

Well, there’s a simple answer for that really… There’s demand for it. As long as there’s demand for it, the publisher will have a supply ready for it. Because it’s easy money. But since there’s a demand for it, who is actually buying the stuff? Since it can’t be you and me, because we’re the ones that complain and champion the liberation of our games through not supporting this tenacious and money grabbing practice. Right?

Well no, because let’s be honest. We’ve all spent money on microtransactions at some point in time, and most of us are too ashamed to admit it. I’m not talking about spending money on a free-to-play game, which bases its entire business model around it. I’m talking about a full AAA game, charging extra real world money to give you something that is locked behind a pay-wall, or extra loot , or a chance at better loot, or a box that randomly gives you a bunch of useless vanity items.

The problem is that the industry is making a killing through lootboxes and microtransactions, because we keep buying into it. We always think; “It’s only R50”, or “it’s only R100”. But before you know it, that starts adding up, and you don’t quite realise what you’ve spent. And it is everywhere! It’s not going to stop any time soon because we keep throwing money at it.

I’ll go first, and admit that I’ve probably spend in the region of R1,000 to R1,500 on microtransactions. Yeah I know, I am guilty. But at least I’m willing to admit it and have vowed to stop supporting such horrible practices. What makes it even worse for me is realising that I can’t afford to spend that kind of money, and I could have bought two new games and something on special for that kind of money! And that is what makes me so mad about!

So how much have you spent on microtransactions? And are you willing to be honest about it? Maybe not here, but with yourself at least. Because once we realise that we are part of the problem, then we can maybe start working towards getting rid of it.

  • Overwatch about R200 over the last year and a half.
    Fortnite about R250 the first week till I learned you don’t need to.

    BF … nothing.
    HotS …. nothing.

    That is about the games I own that have micro transactions.

    Also I recently started making tons of euro by buying and converting wow tokens so i can buy about 60 euros worth of stuff for Destiny/Overwatch if need be.

    Then again I really want the new Mei halloween skin so I might drop some of that free money on some lootboxes.

    • Oh crap forgot about mass effect 3.

      Spent like R2k on that game.

      I am sorry.

  • Purple_Dragon

    I’ve spent nothing on microtransactions.

  • I have spent a fair bit on MT’s since I love cosmetics. On one condition, if I want something I will happily give you the money for the item I want. If the item I want is in a lootbox behind a gambling system for a “chance” to get what I want. I wont even buy the game anyway.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Not much at all. Maybe R500.

    • PoE knocked the wallets hard. But it’s worth it for the quality of that game.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I seriously didn’t even spend much on that… you spent a lot more than me.

        • I am a hoarder xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yes, yes you are.

  • I’ve not spent one cent on microtransactions. DLC? Well, yes, that’s a different story. Thousands.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Same here.

    • Dave

      Yup exactly… never spent a real life cent on an in-game gamble, but I’ve dropped more than a bit on DLC. (Hey at least with that you know what you’re getting).

  • Valshen

    I have spent a lot on Overwatch lootboxes and a fair bit getting cards in Hearthstone.

    As you said F2P games are different, and I have no problem buying plat in Warframe to support such a great game.

    • I agree fully here. I have no problem spending cash on really good F2P games like Warframe, Hearthstone and Path of Exile.

    • i take issue with hearthstone’s free to play model [in that i think it could be more customer friendly, sort of like the magic: the gathering: duels of the planeswalkers model makes /way/ more sense to me] but at least hearthstone isn’t making you fork out money and then charging you for loot boxes [like overwatch.]

      but i truly hate the free to play model. [it’s a big old gaming misnomer.]

  • I have stopped playing a lot of games due to loot boxes. Overwatch and PUBG being the biggest culprits. I have zero need for them in my gaming life anymore.

    • Small Charlie

      Problem is though, that really doesn’t leave a lot of options anymore since every game releasing has lootboxes or microtransactions in some way or form these days

  • MonsterCheddar

    I don’t do that shit.

  • not a cent.

    if a full-priced aaa game comes along and wants to sell me extra stuff in that game, i pass.

    they got my money, that money should be financing the game. loot boxes and the like are just outright greed.

    [having said that, i generally wait for a game of the year version to buy everything that’s bundled together if i’m interested in the game. if – at that point – the game still has microtransactions for something else, i just don’t bother with those.]

    i don’t like the way the industry is going at all [and am eternally grateful that i’ve stuck with the indies. at least /most/ of those haven’t turned super duper shady, yet.]

  • Samashan Pillay

    The only DLC I’ve bought were the expansions for Bloodborne, Dark Souls 1,2 and 3. I was against buying DLC, but was sold on these games at least after buying the Artorias of the abyss DLC on dark souls 1. That was simply epic. Only one I’m planning to get right now is the new xcom 2 expansion, on black friday hehe

  • Darksirius

    FIFA made me buy a few FIFA points in 14 and tried it out again just last week in 18… Id say altogether it has cost me +- R250… But that’s about it.

  • ArkhamBean

    I purchased Gwent starter packs for PC and PS4. That’s about it

  • Dave

    Honestly? Never bought a loot box or spent a cent on any microtransactions. I do buy a lot of game bundles however. And that’s part of the problem too, when you have bundles going for less than $5 for a decent number of full games, it seems criminal to spend anything on a random gamble within a game you’ve already bought.

  • Buffel

    I think my answer to this would depend on whether or not you consider Kingdom of Loathing’s system to count as microtransactions.

  • eVolVee

    Spent about R340 in Warframe for plat in order to get the frames or weapons I want. @Valshen is well aware of my collection and to spend a mere R340 on some of them is well worth it. The situation with microtransactions in current games though… well, you saw my opinion piece on NBA 2K18 😜

  • Bionic

    DOTA 2 hats… uhmmm I’d rather not say

  • Aku Aku

    Not a cent, screw this miscrotranscation bullshit. Its ruining games!

  • Ashley Crookes

    Only a small amount of DLC, namely for Dragon Age. But since then I’ve not bothered. I have too many wishlists on too many websites bombarding me with specials and GOTY editions that I can wait till it costs R50 or less then boom! I get everything included anyway.

  • TechniKyle

    I actually have no idea but not much. Aside from DLC, I’ve purchased a few avatars and skins. I’d guess around R200. I purchased a few weapons in The Last of Us, but can’t remember how much they were. :/

  • I don’t bother with DLC. I tend to play the main game through (or halfway), and then satisfied with the experience, delete it and never return to it again. I’ve yet to spend money on loot boxes – Paladins is probably the only game that I currently play that has loot boxes attached to it, but HiRez is weird in that they give you of their premium currency for consecutive days of login – so I haven’t bought any from them yet. (I did however buy the game from them through the Founders Pack system – doesn’t feel right to put so many hours into a game and not give the developers something for their work!)

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