Early access. Saying that gives groans and sighs of quick cash ins.
However, are they actually really that bad?
Lets take MMOs. Many MMOs have a cash shop with loot boxes and all kinds of things to pay your way into the game...sometimes cosmetic...sometimes not. One can argue that is actually WORSE than a simple early access game that probably has no future. Many early access developers may look for a quick cash-in (Repopulation is a good example of that, till that changed owners and still haven't heard anything about it since)...
However, many actually released MMOs really try to force you into their cash shop to buy all kinds of junk. Sometimes its cosmetic stuff, but often times its items that make the game easier in some way or stuff to boost you (either levels/skills or better items). And often when its cosmetic, it can cost more than most AAA released games would cost.
How is that better than the multiple early access games? On one hand, you got greedy developers who really focus on the cash shop. Even worse are the RNG loot boxes which are only there because SOME people get pretty addicted to gambling. On the other, however, are early access games with many just never releasing. Besides Repopulation, there have been many early access games outright abandoned by the developers. They DO deserve the hate.
But RNG loot boxes, and overly expensive cash shops get little in the way of complaints. Early access however gets far more hate than most cash shops in MMOs. Is this because cash shops have been around so long people are used to them?
If so, then in the next years early access could be regarded as the norm and no longer a "taboo" thing in gaming. Does it get more hate than cash shop just because its a new model in gaming? There aren't just failed early access games, but many early access games are seen as a great success (like Subnautica and Ark Survival).
Just like not all cash shops are actually bad, just the ones with paid RNG and overly expensive cosmetic items. But there ARE MMOs with good cash shops like EVE and WoW. How are both models any worse or better than each other? Except one (early access) gets a strange amount of hate compared to cash shops.
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