microtransactions

9.25.19

Apple Arcade Promises Games Anywhere and on Any Device. It (Mostly) Works.

It's not a seamless transition from an iPhone to an Apple TV, or from a touch-based interface to a controller. And cloud saves are a problem.

9.24.19

It’s Hard to Use Apple Arcade Without Wondering How Developers Will Be Paid

If “engagement” and “time spent” are the metrics of success, won’t that just lead people to make games that encourage it?

9.23.19

'Grindstone' Is a Perfect Puzzler to Showcase Apple Arcade's Promise

In another world, 'Grindstone' is a cool idea undercut by frustrating and intrusive microtransactions. Here, you're allowed to focus on the game. What a concept!

8.28.19

Not Content With Just Loot Boxes, 'NBA 2K20' Has Actual Casino Games

Gambling regulators: Don’t watch this! Gamers: Hello

8.7.19

Major Video Game Companies Commit to Disclosing Loot Box Probability

Companies such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are committing to reforming practices around paid lootboxes, the Entertainment Software Association says.

2.28.19

This Guy Is Charging People For Every Character They Text

Expensive.chat, a new chat tool from Marc Köhlbrugge, charges people for each character they type. All money goes to Marc.

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4.3.18

‘Shadow of War’ Developers Admit Microtransactions ‘Undermined the Heart of Our Game’

Monolith is removing in-game purchases and re-working the game’s final act.

2.27.18

The ESRB's Response to Loot Boxes Falls Pathetically Short of Real Change

The group's own research suggests parents don't understand loot boxes, so the solution is...a label?

2.21.18

Burnout's Best Game Proves There are No Lootboxes in Paradise

A getaway car for escaping the modern racer.

1.4.18

This 'Battlefront II' Modder's First Creation Was a Middle Finger to EA

EA didn't want a pink Darth Vader, so this modder made it for them.

1.2.18

2017 Was a Year of Reckoning for Video Game Microtransactions

The first omens came in the form of horse armor over a decade ago. Now, the lootboxes (and the discourse) have truly arrived.

12.28.17

We Discuss Gaming's Most Controversial Trend in 2017: Loot Boxes

'Battlefront II' may have been the most explosive moment, but it was hardly the only instance of loot boxes this year.

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