Gaming 34 - The Folly of Microtransactions

Posted on 30th Sep 2011 at 11:14 by Podcast with 12 comments

This week Joe and Paul are joined by Craig Lager, Gaming Daily editor and Neptune's Pride flagellant.

We start off the conversation by talking about what each of us was most excited to see at last weekend's Eurogamer Expo. Paul was predictably excited about getting his hands dirty with CS: GO for the first time, while Craig was wary of falling madly in love with Skyrim.

We also find time to talk about Craig’s recent microtransaction investigation and some of the most interesting findings from it - it’s intriguing to know that people will generally pay more for items that are purely cosmetic.

Joe also pulls the conversation around to the answers we’ve had from our RIFT giveaway in Custom PC. We asked you to email us and reveal your favourite PC game of all time, and there were some intriguing results.

Gaming 34 - The Folly of Microtransactions *Gaming 34 - The Folly of Microtransactions

As always, we've also got our weekly competition and this time we've got two copies of the Dead Island novel to give away. Give the podcast a listen for details about how to enter.

As ever, the bit-tech hardware podcast features music by Brad Sucks, and was recorded on Shure microphones. You can download the podcast direct, listen in-browser or subscribe through iTunes using the links below. Also, be sure to let us know your thoughts about the discussion in the forums.


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b5k 30th September 2011, 11:30 Quote

CS:GO will be interesting to watch develop. I think VALVe will have to be careful with this one. It's easy to attract the people from Source and bring them to GO (they follow the shiney shiney); but it will be interesting to see how they manage to cater to the 1.6 players as these are the guys that matter.

CSS has never been played at the "Pro" level (CGS doesn't count) and never will be, what happens to GO will be interesting. Will it go the way of 1.6 or Source? Casual vs Competitive. Or can they successfully blend the two?

Can't wait! :>
sotu1 30th September 2011, 12:17 Quote
Played Battlefield P4F and had a k/d ratio of 11:2, no MTX. If you complain about MTX unbalancing a game it's because you're crap.
/rant over
sotu1 30th September 2011, 12:17 Quote
And I wasn't in a tank.
Zinfandel 30th September 2011, 12:22 Quote
Can you tell Craig the link from his website thing on anotherjournalist doesn't actually link to his BT Microtransactions article?
Claave 30th September 2011, 12:26 Quote
Originally Posted by Zinfandel
Can you tell Craig the link from his website thing on anotherjournalist doesn't actually link to his BT Microtransactions article?

seems to be fixed now.
MrCraigL 30th September 2011, 12:29 Quote
I just fixed it - thanks!
Trefarm 30th September 2011, 21:56 Quote
Never heard of 'Elite'... really? Thanks now I feel ancient.
PlayedStation 3rd October 2011, 16:50 Quote
Couldn't agree more about Just Cause 2 - such a good fun game to pick up and play. Lacks massively in storyline and what not but it doesnt matter, in fact, it doesnt even try to. Just Cause 2 + BOLO patch = hilarious pick up and playism.
wiggles 4th October 2011, 21:29 Quote
Whats to stop valve turning CS:GO into another soulless TF2 style game based on gimmicks, poor core mechanics and items for sale?

Valve make good single player games. L4D,another example, was good, but in many ways a waste of opportunity, the balance was poor.
HiMyNameIsWill 15th October 2011, 19:56 Quote
Kingdom Hearts 2 was definitely my choice :P
And my copy of RIFT definitely appreciates my choice in favourite game ever ahahaha
Mister_X 3rd April 2012, 15:43 Quote
I miss the podcasts... Bring em back
Shirty 3rd April 2012, 16:03 Quote
Necro protest!

So do I though :'(
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