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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Jan 6, 2009, 20:39
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Re: On Turbine & Microtransactions Jan 6, 2009, 20:39
Jan 6, 2009, 20:39
 
Yay for microtransactions, the gateway to the division of a player base by financial means. No longer will skill or time investment reign supreme as the base for all power in MMO games, now you can just spend more than your opponent and defeat him with your financial muscle!

Fixed that for you.

Seriously, MMO progression is almost entirely time-based. And for some people, their time is more valuable than their money.

But way to jump to conclussions about what these micro-transactions will actually consist of. At it's worst, it's certainly no more unfair than a paid expansion. And those usually comes with all kinds of perks like extra levels, new areas, opportunites for even more uber gear...
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