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Cliff Bleszinski: vote with your dollars

silentbrad (1488951) writes | about a year and a half ago

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silentbrad (1488951) writes "Cliff Bleszinski, formerly of Epic Games, posted a blog entry titled "Nickels, dimes, and quarters" yesterday:

"The video game industry is just that.An industry. Which means that it exists in a capitalistic world. You know, a free market. A place where you’re welcome to spend your money on whatever you please or to refrain from spending that money. ... Adjusted for inflation, your average video game is actually cheaper than it ever has been. Never mind the ratio of the hours of joy you get from a game per dollar compared to film. To produce a high quality game it takes tens of millions of dollars, and when you add in marketing that can get up to 100+ million. In the AAA console market you need to spend a ton of cash on television ads alone, never mind other marketing stunts, launch events, swag, and the hip marketing agency that costs a boatload in your attempts to “go viral” with something. ... Another factor to consider is the fact that many game development studios are in places like the San Francisco bay area, where the cost of living is extraordinarily high. (Even Seattle is pretty pricey these days.) Those talented artists, programmers, designers, and producers that spent their time building the game you love? They need to eat and feed their families. ... I’ve seen a lot of comments online about microtransactions. They’re a dirty word lately, it seems. Gamers are upset that publishers/developers are “nickel and diming them.” They’re raging at “big and evil corporations who are clueless and trying to steal their money.” I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m tired of EA being seen as “the bad guy.” I think it’s bullshit that EA has the “scumbag EA” memes on Reddit and that Good Guy Valve can Do No Wrong. ... If you don’t like EA, don’t buy their games. If you don’t like their microtransactions, don’t spend money on them. It’s that simple. ... The market as I have previously stated is in such a sense of turmoil that the old business model is either evolving, growing, or dying. No one really knows. “Free to play” aka “Free to spend 4 grand on it” is here to stay, like it or not. ... People like to act like we should go back to “the good ol’ days” before microtransactions but they forget that arcades were the original change munchers. Those games were designed to make you lose so that you had to keep spending money on them. Ask any of the old Midway vets about their design techniques. The second to last boss in Mortal Kombat 2 was harder than the last boss, because when you see the last boss that’s sometimes enough for a gamer. ... If you don’t like the games, or the sales techniques, don’t spend your money on them. You vote with your dollars.""

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I already don't buy EA games. (1)

skade88 (1750548) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046875)

I have not bought an EA game in years and I will keep not buying their games until they stop with the insane DRM and the microtransactions. It is not because their games are bad. Their games look great. But Origin is terrible and I do not want to be hit up for micro transactions.

Votes are already being cast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43047139)

The votes are in! And it's... EA, by a landslide! Yes, the gaming public keeps voting with their dollars, and every single time, EA and the other AAA publishers win the elections, else they wouldn't keep doing this and would've switched tactics or gone out of business long ago.

No, what's going on here is that people who hate EA keep pounding the "vote with your dollars" drum to rally support for what they consider, as Cliff put it, the "good old days", but it turns out that phrase backfired horribly: The people doing the evangelizing got voted right the hell down. Now, suddenly, it's "not fair" that they're demonstrably wrong, and they have ultimately no recourse but to scream and holler about it until the public, publishers, developers, the laws of economics, and reality itself all change to agree with THEM and NOBODY ELSE. Only then will gaming be... um... "free"?

Re:Votes are already being cast (1)

skade88 (1750548) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047241)

Anyone who really wants free games as in beer and freedom can already get tons of high quality OSS games. EA can keep up their policies, and if people keep buying their games then more power to them. They just won't get my money. The idea that any industry has to be one size fits all is silly. There is plenty of room in the gaming world for companies like EA to have restrictive DRM and expensive microtransaction shops living along side with OSS games and everything in between.

Re:Votes are already being cast (1)

skade88 (1750548) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047295)

Anyone who wants free games as in beer and freedom can already get tons of high quality OSS games. The idea that the market has to be one size fits all is silly. There is plenty of room in the gaming world for OSS games to live along side games EA or any other publishers put out. EA can keep up their policies of having restrictive DRM and cash shops that will drain the life blood from gamer's bank accounts and people will still be happy to give them money. I personally don't want to be a part of the EA model of making money. I don't care if they change either. There is plenty of amazing game companies out there making a product I want to play and delivering it to me in a way that I like.

You don't even haave to vote with your dollars. (1)

scumdamn (82357) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047505)

Many games are free to play with a microtransaction model that is totally optional. EA is a leader in trying to make microtransactions required to complete the game or acquire items. Neither Valve or Riot games allow you to buy power or require you to pay money to play games. Valve's "Engagement Ring" was a joke product that is only cosmetic. Cliffy B is full of shit in this case.
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