CCP Beats the Horse

CCP Beats the Horse

Jun 22, 2011

In a move that beats World of Warcraft’s $10 horse, CCP has come up with $68 for an optical implant, $25 for a blouse and $20 for a shirt. This must be a mistake but I’m going to go with it…so indulge me for a second because it’s giving me flashbacks.

I’m not going to say “I told you so”. I refuse. We, as consumers have asked for this. No. We’ve begged for it. “Please sir…charge me more.” Well, there you go, and here’s a news flash, the prices will only go up and you will only end up getting less for your money. We train them how to interact with us and the training is going the wrong way. There is zero resistance to this. On a side note, did you know you can buy a hat in Portal 2 for $5? Yup…$5 for a digital hat. Seems like a bargain now though. On another side note, games that use to be just $50 and included multiplayer to shoot stuff up…I’m thinking Modern Warfare or Call of Duty…are starting to float the balloons of treating these as cash crops as well. You’ll still pay $50, but they’ll gently nudge you into $9.99 per month online services and perks that you once got for free.

So, what are gamers saying? Some are saying “wtf?”. Others are saying “yayyy. Gimmie more”. But the most frustrating majority of them aren’t saying anything at all…or worse, they’re saying “Well, if someone wants to pay that, let them.”. No. No. No. No. What a cop out answer to take. Seriously. Take a side. Grow a pair. Make a call. Don’t sit there ambivalent to what is happening to our hobby here while you play “Mr. DoNothing McNothingNuts”. Our hobby is being taken over by snakes and the best you can do is help them get a tighter choke hold on our wallets for every single dime that is in there.

By saying “let them pay if they want to…” and saying nothing else, you are essentially saying “Yes, that gamer who is paying $25 for a blouse speaks for me. Please continue on your current path. In fact, I think you’ll be able to charge more.” You are letting others speak for you. If you don’t like this stuff, say so. Say you’re not buying it…publicly. Say you strongly think it’s the wrong direction. Say you think others shouldn’t participate and give reasons why. Don’t encourage other gamers to buy this stuff and let them know why.

I talked about training them how to treat us, but right now it’s too late for that.  We lost our window when WoW started this stuff. We did a great job when Bethesda did the horse armor thing a couple years earlier, but now the momentum is not with the gamer anymore. A shift has happened and already gaming companies like CCP are training us…with other gamers helping out the process.

This isn’t good guys. We’re losing here…and badly.

D out.

  • ScytheNoire June 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Just to correct you, the $10 horse I think was in Runes of Magic, while WoW has cosmetic pets for $10 and mounts for $25.

    I’m not sure what CCP is thinking with these prices, but obviously it must be that their fans are morons who have lots of disposable income to throw away.

    I’ve found in my older age I’m going the opposite way. I don’t typically buy games unless it’s something I really, really want (like SWTOR) or it’s on sale on Steam at a great price (more than 50% off). I’ll wait a year or two to play that game. It just means it will be patched up and run even better on my hardware.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see CCP change these prices, maybe after a few suckers have overpaid for them. Although clothing in game at any real money price is fairly lame. If people are buying this crap, no wonder there is an economic crisis.

  • Carol June 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I agree. Watching the in game hoarding of virtual items can be downright scary sometimes. I play SWG and find it crazy how many people spend money for Trading Card Game packs for just the chance of obtaining virtual items. I say TCG really stands for Trap for Covetous Gamers.

  • Wilhelm Arcturus June 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I am going to guess that you, Darren, have not visited the EVE forums. That would be the place I would recommend people go to complain. And believe me, they are.

    As for economics and training, how much do they charge for popcorn at your local movie theater?

    Gaming companies aren’t training us, they’re just figuring out we’ve already been trained and starting to take advantage.

  • darrenl June 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    @John…no, I didn’t even think about going to the forums yet. Good point…but I’m frightened. Good call on the training thing…and you’re right, of course. I guess it would be more accurate to say that they are “acclimatizing” us to accept it in the gaming context as well.

  • Genda June 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Here’s what it boils down to in the end;

    It’s optional. So the best thing that people who don’t like the idea can do is NOT BUY IT. If things like this become compulsory. I’d argue that they should, at that point, NOT BUY IT.

    Introducing these items to the gaming public isn’t evil. Making a ton of money off of people for a Puffy Shirt of Doom that doesn’t do anything but look puffy is on the people who buy it. Making these objects a paywall where you can’t progress without them is where people need to start voting with their feet, and just leave. That is how we can ultimately let them know how we feel about these items.

  • Will June 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Writing this from Eve’s in game browser while my corp is trying to set up some black-ops ambushes. And I have to say that as silly as the purchased items seem to me they have yet to effect my game or the beauty that is Eve Online even a little.

    I’m a little curious to see if they sell any. I can’t imagine buying any of that myself, but I also can’t see myself multibox mining for 5 hours at a time, spamming scam contract in JIta or buying 3 billion isk ratting ships. That’s what’s great about Eve, there are just so many ways to play it. And there is probably a faction warfare playing out there that has been wanting to show of his robotic eye as a battle scar for years.

    And he’s probably a happy man today.