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.