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Posted: Dec 17th 2008 7:13PM (Unverified) said

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If the game is good enough and the micro-transactions are truly 'micro' (note to Sony and Blizzard - $10-15 transactions are not micro) then I don't think the payment model really matters.

If all it amounts to is that players can choose to play more cheaply but work harder, or pay more money and have an easier time, I don't see a real problem. The power gamer who wants everything now pays $50 while the casual pays $5, and it all balances out in the end.

If the game is truly frustrating without constantly purchasing xp potions or whatever to make the gameplay enjoyable -- then that's a problem, and one of the things that bothers me about many of the asian free-to-play microtransaction MMOs. They're obscenely grindy unless you spend money.

Posted: Dec 17th 2008 8:04PM Holgranth said

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I strongly disagree with you on several points here:

1. I personally believe in a level playing field the mega bucks supergamer and the casual noob should both get equal acess to the game. Just because you have lots of spare cash in the real world you shoulden't have massive advantages.

2. Micro transactions come in two kinds: Blizzard style which is stuff that gives no in game advantage and Asian f2p style. There is very little middle ground. Most games are going to FORCE you to pay more if you actually want to get anywhere. Because casuals are paying very little companys are encouraged to twist the knife on more hardcore gamers.

I would rather pay my $15 and be done with it but we shall see. I think it COULD be done properly but so far no one has even come close.
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Posted: Dec 18th 2008 5:22AM (Unverified) said

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Petroglyph has yet to disappoint, and here's to hoping that they nail this one. The Western market is in dire need of a flagship example of how and why microtransaction based titles can and will work.

@PeterD - ha! Good point - $10-$15 are decidedly NOT micro. :)

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