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TsunamiWombat responded to Braneman's comment in
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US state legislators are drafting a law to ban the sale of loot boxes to minorsUS state legislators are drafting a law to ban the sale of loot boxes to minors
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Yeah they aren't going to self regulate, this is where the money is whales can pull in literally tens of thousands of dollars. A month. Not over the lifespan of the game, a month. Nobody is going to let go of that unless the law literally tells them to stop.Reply
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This. Self regulation is a pipe dream as long as fiduciary responsibility exists.

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This 19-year old spent $13,500 on microtransactionsThis 19-year old spent $13,500 on microtransactions
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A lot of people don't know what a "whale" is in this sort of context, they don't mean somebody who spends 50$ a month on microtransactions. THIS is about the level of spending you can get out of whales, I've even heard of larger numbers upwards of 50,000$.Reply
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Depressing to admit I have friends stuck in this cycle (1 I can say for certain spends £5,000+ per month, though his Family is wealthy enough to support his addiction without problems).


The point of the term is that their investment is not only ginormous from our perspective, but also from the developers perspective (being the 0.01% that make up 10%+ of a titles profits).

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Heroes of the Storm's 2018 gameplay update will be the focus of next week's AMAHeroes of the Storm's 2018 gameplay update will be the focus of next week's AMA
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As skeptical I am of some of these changes, in particular the tower ammo ones, I'll be interested to see how they deal with the cascade of changes that come from changing something so basic about the game.
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3 Weeks ago
Steam review bombers will have their ratings count for lessSteam review bombers will have their ratings count for less
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HAH, so this system will actually reward developers for doing shady things. Hey everybody don't worry if a patch completely SMASHES your games stability so long as most of the reviews are written before then(which they are most reviews for larger games are written early on) practically nobody will know because a large percentage of the reviews are positive.

Who's willing to bet that companies will start figuring out how long they need to keep their stuff together to get enough reviews that it doesn't matter what they do, nothing will show up unless they pull an EA level of bad. Don't worry just delay your horrible intrusive microtransactions for two weeks, THEN implement them, the Steam review system won't reflect that at all because most of the reviews are positive.
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Battlefront 2 once featured an Overwatch-style mode with cosmetic loot boxesBattlefront 2 once featured an Overwatch-style mode with cosmetic loot boxes
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I'm not trying to defend the decision to put statistical buffs behind micro-transactions. They made BF2 the literal definition of pay-to-win (the main reason I haven't considered buying the game).


The decision to drop loot box sales (and income) to repair the community backlash though? I'll give credit where it's due. This was the best scenario possible for gamers at the moment. This is the end of my complements for EA though, and the beginning of my skepticism.


If you read my original comment you'll notice I still think they'll put themselves first in the long run, but they won't be as blatant as they were on release.


The entire idea of loot boxes over DLC is a good way for them to earn more money. More people will start to invest if the first barrier is lower (1, 5, I assume 10 loot boxes are still cheaper than an average DLC these days). The lower the price and the greater the reward, the more likely people return and pay more. Addicted investors will keep buying the loot boxes till they have everything (far more income than DLCs) whilst those that previously didn't want to invest £40+ on Expansion Passes will now be tricked into spending more slowly through £2-£10 packages.


Statistically speaking its a flat-out win for EA. It would have been a win for customers too, if only they hadn't imbalanced the game to give payers a literal advantage. Give them skins, or let them unlock kit faster. But don't allow their rockets to shoot further, to come off cool-down faster, or deal more damage. By giving abilities 'levels' to progress through forces people who dont want to invest to either specify into 1 roll or to be at a disadvantage to others. The ideal way to remove satisfying competition from the game.


We can hope customer complaints continue to the point that they re-balance to remove the stronger P2W aspects, but odds are against it. Either they find a way to earn their money, or costs will be cut with DLCs being shortened/rushed out the doors.

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Somebody calculated that to get everything you would have to spend thousands of hours or 2100$. How is that a better deal than 50$ for last year's season pass?

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Battlefront 2 once featured an Overwatch-style mode with cosmetic loot boxesBattlefront 2 once featured an Overwatch-style mode with cosmetic loot boxes
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They aren't putting the gamer first. If they were putting the gamer first they wouldn't have to try and put out this dumpster fire in the first place.

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Exactly. They're quite literally putting the Gamer last in this scenario. They've been pushing it more and more each year, discovering just how much they can get away with. Well now they know, and I hope they pay dearly for it.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 PC reviewStar Wars Battlefront 2 PC review
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EA has an exclusive license for Star Wars games.
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World of Warcraft will scale all its zones from patch 7.3.5World of Warcraft will scale all its zones from patch 7.3.5
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Kind of troubled by this. I don't raid. There are many reasons, but what I liked is the fact that I can go back as a higher level toon and do the raids solo and still try and get mounts or what not. I know many who do just that. The more I hear about the coming changes the more I'm inclined to retire WoW from my gaming list.
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Vanilla zones only scale 1-60, BC and Wrath only scale 60-80, Pandaria and Cata 80-90. You're not going to go into Elwyn forest at lv. 120 and get ganked by a Kobold.

Even some of the examples were more toned down than that with some zones only scaling up til 20 or so, so that the world would be broken up more and give you a choice when leveling. Then other zones have a leveling floor so you aren't going straight from Elwyn forest directly into Blasted lands.


Nothing was ever mentioned about scaling dungeons or raids up to 120 outside of specific timewalking events where you have to specifically que for that timewalking dungeon or raid.

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Ben Barrett responded to Braneman's comment in
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Steam is set to have 6,000 new releases in 2017 aloneSteam is set to have 6,000 new releases in 2017 alone
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That number is misleading, the Unity engine tutorial being released 250 times doesn't count.Reply
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yeowch

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6 Months ago
WoW’s lead PvP designer is the latest high up to move to a “new opportunity at Blizzard”WoW’s lead PvP designer is the latest high up to move to a “new opportunity at Blizzard”
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From what I heard PVP in wow right now is a mess, in theory everything being standardized is great, however they balance things wrong. If say Blood Death Knights are doing too much damage they'll dump their strength, however that is what their survivability is based on so they'll become more fragile when it was only their dps that was too high. It's stuff like that, that completely undermines the whole purpose of standardized stats in the first place.Reply
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Pvp in wow has been a mess since after we left vanilla which was the only time when it was more or less balanced. All this pvp gear and fancy new stuff they did is just fubar. If it aint broke dont need to reinvent the wheel.

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