Microtransactions And Greed Are Ruining The Gaming Industry

Microtransactions And Greed Are Ruining The Gaming Industry

The standard $60 for a game is enough.
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Video games have been changing and getting better every decade. Games like “Pong” and “Space Invaders” originally dominated the gaming industry, but now games like “Call of Duty” and “Destiny” lead most gamers. While the graphics and stories have gotten better as time goes on, the problem that arises is the greed of the gaming industry. The standard sixty dollars for a game that we are used to is slowly drifting away. For most new releases, there is a sixty-dollar choice, an eighty-dollar choice, and a hundred-dollar choice. The game developers claim that it makes sense to pay an extra twenty or forty dollars for better editions or loot.

This leads to the greed part.

Microtransactions are becoming more and more noticeable in every game we buy. Whether it’s “Overwatch”, “Call of Duty”, or “Destiny”, all of these new games allow you to buy extra in-game loot that can give your character extra accessories or cool looks. While they claim that it’s all in good fun, it is totally a way to steal extra money from gamers.

Game developers know and understand that microtransactions are a great way to make extra money. They also know that most of their player base is under the age of twenty-one, which means most of their fan base doesn’t have to pay bills and has extra money to burn on in-game transactions. While microtransactions aren’t needed in most games, game developers find a way to make you feel like you need them.

Take “Rainbow Six Siege” for example. While you don’t need to buy the in-game characters that come out every year, they practically force you to buy them because you would have to play the game for hundreds of hours to collect enough in-game credits. These characters make you better and are a huge advantage in the game, so putting up a paywall is unfair because we have already paid the full price of the game.

Let’s look at “Overwatch” next. This game doesn’t force you to buy loot boxes for new skins or emotes, but if you want that one skin for that one event, get ready to lose all the money in your wallet. They don’t give you enough opportunities for loot boxes by just playing, so most people spend extra money on the side to get what they want. Don’t even get me started about the "Overwatch League" skins that they just included in the game. If you wanted to buy every skin from the twelve teams included, you would need to spend $1,372.80. How unbelievable is that? It is $5 per skin with hundreds of skins.

The paywall in video games is starting to ruin the industry. I miss the days where I would spend my initial sixty dollars on a new game, and get all the content it offers. None of that paying extra for more in-game stuff! Game developers just want more money in their pockets and will continue to abuse microtransactions until the community says something back. Making in-game skins are almost free, so charging us for them is ridiculous.

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5 Games To Play In School That They Never Block

You used to play these games in school, and so did everyone you know.
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1. Poptropica

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2. QWOP

This is the source of misbehavior in schools because this game was so aggravating.

3. playretrogames

This entire website was never blocked so it was constantly being played on the computer.

4. CoolMath

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5. The Impossible Quiz

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If you are kids are in school and looking for some fun during the day, these websites are almost never blocked by the school's wifi. (Just don't get caught). I hope you enjoyed this article and if you did please feel free to follow myself and the Anderson Universtiy page and I will see you all next time, bye!

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I Went To Various Restaurants Comparing Phone Usage During Meals And The Results Aren't Very Appetizing

It's crushing basic human interaction.

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Over the past 30 years, technology has developed in ways that have completely shifted the way we live our daily lives. For many years, it was rude to place elbows on the dinner table. Now – it is completely normal to incorporate cell phone usage at dinnertime. However, we felt that although this is a quite ordinary standard for humans in modern times. It is not a secret that human interaction has completely altered because of cellular devices.

Unfortunately, most of everyone is guilty of this action of sitting on their phones at the dinner table, rather than having a true human conversation with one another. I selected this project because it affects everyone in modern society. Considering everyone is guilty of this action under certain circumstances, I felt that I was able to withdraw from reality and look at the issue from a third perspective.

Also, I wanted to watch if there were any trends that needed to be identified or if the subjects were just completely random. Phones are damaging relationships in today's society. When the observational data was recorded, the data was presented that this is a truly sad epidemic.

I went to various restaurants and collected information based on various factors. When I was looking for data, I was targeting the following: age range, if people were in groups or by themselves, the time of day and what day, a formality of the restaurant, and whether they pulled their phone out and if there was a reaction from the other people at the table. As expected, this action is especially prominent with families and those in relationships, rather than those who are sitting by themselves.

According to two researchers, Elizabeth Dunn and Ryan Dwyer from the University of British Columbia in Canada say those who use their cell phones at the dinner table are less happy than those who do not. "You see people in restaurants all the time who are sitting across the table from each other, and instead of staring at each other, they're staring at their phones," says Dwyer. "We were really curious: Is it having an impact on people's social interactions, how much they're enjoying the time they're spending with other people?"

Cell phone usage at the dinner table causes extreme distractions and less engagement in social communication. It has become a true problem that needs to be addressed. I found that no matter the situation, whether someone was with their family or loved one, that they would place their phones of higher importance rather than actual human interaction.

It is quite an odd phenomenon because everybody hates the action of cell phones at the dinner table - so the ultimate question rises... why do we all continue to do it? The answer is still unknown. I truly believe that if people started calling each other out, this epidemic would slow down or come to a complete stop. Could you imagine a world where we actually interacted with each other at the dinner table? I sure would love to.

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