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.