MikeB · MMORPG.com Community Manager

Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. <iframe src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets/follow_button.html?screen_name=emikeb" style="width: 100px; height: 20px;" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" padding="4px" scrolling="no"> </iframe>

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  • Activision Granted Patent that Pairs Players to Increase Microtransaction Purchases - General News





    Why does it matter if a game has microtransactions or not? Is the game good? Then why punish yourself from playing a good game? I play Destiny 2 on console and its amazing and a ton of fun...I'm not gonna self harm myself by not playing it just because of some loot boxes or whatever. I'm gonna buy Star Wars Battlefront 2, because I love star wars and its looking to be another great game.

    Too many people rage against microtransactions and DLC...and the vast majority of time they'd have no effect on the persons game.

    Oh well, I hope those people leave the gaming genre so people who actually LIKE games can enjoy games without a bunch of whiners complaining about them.


    And wasn't there a pro-microtransaction article just recently praising loot boxes and microtransactions? It was for battlefront 2 lol

    http://forums.mmorpg.com/discussion/468796/star-wars-battlefront-ii-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-the-love-the-loot-box-michael-bitt#latest

    Just like that article on this site, I learned to stop worrying about things like this and just enjoying the game itself. Now I have far more fun in all kinds of games.



    No, it absolutely wasn't. It was a nuanced piece about the tradeoffs of loot boxes vs. a season pass specifically within the context of a multiplayer shooter like Battlefront. The entire argument is hinged on the quality of the implementation. If something like this were part of the implementation, it would obviously be an instant deal breaker. This is pretty damn terrible.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront II or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and the Love the Loot Box - Michael Bitt

    Gorwe said:
    How much did they pay you to say that? Or are you just being a contrarian for the sake of it?

    Be honest, earn some respect.
    Pay me to say what? That I prefer crates to the convoluted progression systems in other Battlefield games? Yeah, I'd rather have things be a simple stupid RNG box than have to do obnoxious assignments and level up 30 different things. That's my personal preference after having spent hundreds of hours in every Battlefield game available on PC. Obviously, I'd prefer said boxes not to be available for pay, but I can live with it if it means those who do pay are subsidizing free DLC for the rest of us, which has the bonus effect of solving community fragmentation and P2W due to the sale of paid DLC. Aside from the RNG, there's not really any new ground being charted here. You've been able to pay to skip through progression in Battlefield games forever. I've simply considered the whole thing and found the pros to potentially outweigh the cons if the system is properly implemented and that's all that I've laid out here today.

    Feel free to disagree and articulate your reasons why. That's why I wrote the thing to begin with. I'm well aware that my position is in the minority and that's OK. I was just hoping to offer a different angle and encourage people to wait and see how things are implemented at launch when we'll have a fuller picture.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront II or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and the Love the Loot Box - Michael Bitt


    DrunkWolf said:

    you know whats going to happen with this? its going to lead to even more people using aim bots.



    They cant deal with the cheating now, imagine how many people are going to spend 10 bucks on a aimbot instead of some stupid loot crate hahaha



    this game is so doomed on PC, will probably sell a boat load because its star wars but population of players will be next to nothing in 6 months.






    I'm actually highly concerned about aimbots in SWBF2 in general. SWBF1 had rampant cheaters everywhere. DICE needs to step things up here.
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  • What's with the overall lack of superhero games?

    We do have Avengers Project in the pipe. Not a whole lot of info on it, though. Disney's just recently started shifting focus away from mobile games on Star Wars/Marvel over the last two years or so. It's gonna take a while to spin some of these projects up, but they're coming.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what pops up over the next couple of years. I've been getting my fix on mobile, but it's not ideal.
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  • Final Fantasy XIV - PvP is Amazing in Stormblood - MMORPG.com



    I'm wondering how the game's PVP can be "amazing" if the combat is probably the worst in the genre?



    Obviously, this assumes you already like the game. This wasn't written for people who already take a pass on the game due to their (understandable) issues with the slower combat. It's more of a "If you like FFXIV, you should check out the PvP. It's pretty awesome now!"
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