On Turbine & Microtransactions

A post to The Lord of the Rings Online Forums reassures subscribers that Turbine is not planning on implementing real-money transactions into their Lord of the Rings MMOG, or presumably any of their current projects, responding to outcry over a job advertisement noticed by Massively that references "Turbine's micro-transaction-based in-game store." Without going into too much detail, they clarify that this is for a future game, rather than a current one: "We know the recent job listing has caused a bit of a stir, but please be aware that this posting is for an unannounced future project." Thanks Eurogamer.
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Well it's a good financial model, sure. I won't debate the fact that it'll generate profit at all, I'm more than certain it will. My beef exists with the fact that they think this will somehow improve the quality of the game, or add additional content or playability, or customisation.
The latter of course is probably the focus of the microtransactions; customised avatars. The idea I guess is to look different from (nearly) every other avatar on the realm/shard/server/world, but the fundamental problem is that you don't. You may have a different hat to most of your guild but a lot of other people will share that hat because they bought it too. Stuff that isn't customisable will still be similar in appearance (just take WoW's armour sets as an indicator as to how boring that is).
What you've just ended up with is a slightly different hat to everyone else for extra money, which doesn't provide any benefit beyond visuals. And they'll get old after a few days.

My opinion distilled is this: why pay $x for an avatar customisation when you simply won't look any different from other avatars to any relevant degree? Also, if you pay $x for a gameplay changing addition (say, a gun), the only way that'll be worth it is if it's better than anything else. And then you have my first post's situation which I think most people agree sucks koala nuts.

The fact that Turbine are even considering it for a future project concerns me enough to post about it.
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