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Cryptic with Champions Online and Star Trek Online and their stupid, stupid item shops. Blizzard and their ridiculous $10 vanity pets ( but, hey, HALF of that goes to a charity... yeah, real great ). EQII and it's itemshop and trading card game. Etc etc etc.
Why do we have to put up with this? Why do we get lied to about every game in development and how it's going to pan out? Why do we have to put up with ridiculous business practices that exist for the sole purpose of nickel and diming us out of our money CONSTANTLY?
Really, people saying, "IT'S A BUSINESS AND IT'S TRYING TO MAKE MONEY" doesn't really cut it anymore. There is a line between "trying to make money" and "f*cking over your customers in an attempt to make as much cash in the shortest time possible", and most of these companies are already crossing it.
An example of this is Cryptic's lifetime subscription, which - at the very least - implies that you get content updates. I mean, that's what your subscription is for, not just maintenance, isn't it? Turns out no: Cryptic have already announced their first "paid content pack". This is ridiculous. Hell, this is pretty much equal to a scam.
The worst thing is, this is happening in the gaming industry as a whole. Look at Bethesda. After releasing free updates to Morrowind etc ( along with expansions, but expansions are a different matter altogether ) they eventually decide that it's a good idea to make people pay for features TAKEN OUT OF OBLIVION BEFORE RELEASE. Hell, I won't deny it, a few of the Fallout 3 DLC packs were decent, but most were rubbish.
So, what I'm trying to ask is: Why are the companies allowed to get away with this? DLC, item shops, paid "mini-adventure packs". It's like that guy on the street who asks you to play the coconut game, hiding the ball in his pocket and promising you that it's there, you just have to keep forking out cash to get it. How is any of this less of a scam?
Maybe I should quit playing games, because sadly - unless we get a miracle - I can't see it getting any better.
( This is probably a bit long and rambling, but for those TL;DR folks: I'm pissed because games companies are being twats. ALL THE TIME. )