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    A random forum post by a smart guy named "Uncompetitive"

    ctd...

    Many pay-up-front games now have optional multiplayer map packs which if you don't get them a previously functioning part of the product ceases to work. This is much the same as the mechanisms used by F2P. You can pay to buy tracks in Train Simulator 2014 just as if you were extending a hobby train set, or spend out on extra cars for Forza Motorsport 5, or use those same tokens to buy cars that you could have eventually obtained by winning races if you were patient, I have no problem with any of this. I've also tried a lot of P2O Xbox LIVE Arcade games and been confronted with a notice telling me that if I want my progress, score and achievements to be remembered I can pay for it then and continue - often, I do just that... at other times it takes a second play through for me to assess if I will truly enjoy it, so I am tolerant about all of these mechanisms up until P2O and only become wary when I am asked to choose between frustration and fun.

    Were I keen on football, I would have spent more than five minutes with my free bundled copy of FIFA 14, but now that I have read about its Ultimate Team mode and convoluted and unfun strategies to obtain 'coins' with which to buy players for your dream team I can't help but feel that racing in the same class against the AI mimic of an absent friend is less morally questionable than thrashing them in real time with a team full of ringers. EA have even removed the ability for friends to play together against someone online:

    http://forum.ea.com/uk/posts/list/2716853.page

    The technicality involved in gaming its economy makes for dull reading:

    http://www.fifauteam.com/fifa-ultimate-team-coins-guide

    So, what hope is there for this coin obtaining metagame to be fun? EA hopes a lot of players will tire of their lack of their team's competitiveness and P2A via dodgy internet sites that will likely scam them. Unlike Forza Motorsport 5 there no way to buy what you need in-game and there is no official EA site for buying these coins despite appearances to the contrary:

    http://www.fifa14store.co.uk/about.html

    EA also got a lot of flak for their remake of Dungeon Keeper by asking you to rate it before you have encountered any P2A time blocks then funnelling you into a near guaranteed 5 star review:

    http://www.ibtimes.com/dungeon-keepe...versy-ea-respo
    nds-accusation-rating-manipulation-google-play-store

    Many people who are new to the medium will have their perceptions of the medium coloured by these shenanigans and I suppose that FIFA 14 Ultimate Team is actually P2W - Pay to Win ...the most egregiously intolerable superset of all.
    Posted 07-02-2014 at 04:17 PM by Demo_Boy Demo_Boy is offline
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    Nintendo: Gamers Growing Tired of Same Experiences

    Definitely. I've been thinking the same thing for quite some time. And I also feel that there are great opportunities to milk the fuck out of consumers, yet instill a sense of loyalty. Look at Valve.
    Posted 05-13-2013 at 03:40 PM by sai tyrus sai tyrus is offline
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    The 4 horsemen of the Gaming Apocalypse

    That was a great read, as were some of the comments that followed it.
    Posted 06-16-2011 at 06:08 PM by GBSOD GBSOD is offline
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    EA Removes Crysis 2 From Steam

    Note that EA's service is called Origin, which they shut down a long time ago.
    Posted 06-15-2011 at 10:37 AM by Demo_Boy Demo_Boy is offline

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