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29. Re: NY Times on 38 Studios Apr 22, 2013, 14:12 RollinThundr
Creston wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 11:20:
Beamer wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 11:09:
So, don't like it - don't buy it?

More like: Don't want to pay 200 - 450 dollars? How about you spend 50? Seriously, 450 bucks? Do you get lapdances while watching the game? I've been to 8 different ballparks, have never spent more than 25-35 bucks on a ticket, and have always had great seats. Yes, you can spend that much if you want to, but don't act like a family has no other choice BUT to pay that much if it wants to see a ballgame. (admittedly this is MLB only. I don't think the NBA has any such deals, nor does the NFL.)

Can't we turn that around to why we're saddled with tons of shitty microtransaction based games? Because the market supports it?

I think EA and its ilk are at least smart enough to realize that microtransactions are a source of income. You are perfectly free to buy the games without MTs in them.

Of course, sometimes it doesn't work out quite right. See: the Yankees 2012 playoff home games and all the empty seats.

Which is actually a perfect example of what I said. Ballparks charge what the market will bear. The Yankees believed their market would bear $2500 seats. The market proved them (largely) wrong, leading to them lowering their prices for most of their season tickets and single-seats this year.


Most NHL franchises do the same thing, tickets to go to a Boston Bruins game for example are expensive solo since Mr. Jacobs (he owns the building along with the concessions along with the team itself) is a greedy asshole, but they do offer family packs which knocks the price per ticket down to more reasonable dollar amounts.

As for MT's when people stop buying them, publishers will stop putting them in games. So far that hasn't been the case. And really as long as they're not cutting chunks of the game to sell as DLC I'm fine with it. No one is forced to buy boosts, or whatever via MT's. No one at EA or <insert publisher here> is holding a gun to your head forcing you to pay more than the cost of admission.

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