You just wouldn’t give up. You told me I was your last resort and hoped your smile and vibrancy would win me over. I couldn’t possibly say no. The chance that someone else would still come along that day was slim, I knew that.
I said yes because I figured that I was wasting my time by trying to refuse you over and over. You didn’t even let me finish talking. You just got in and put your box in the backseat. To be honest, I remember thinking that the fastest way to get rid of you was to just let you in my car. You and your stupid, cardboard box. I was so wrong.
I am laughing so hard because EA’s “Um, actually sweetie, us locking Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker behind two $260 paywalls in our $80 game is totally justifiable :)” comment not only broke the record for most downvoted post in Reddit history, it completely obliterated it. It wasn’t just the first to break 500k or even 100k, no post before it had even broken 25k. The most downvoted post prior to this was one from someone literally asking for downvotes, which currently stands at -23.8k. The shitstorm that came down on The Fine Brothers when they tried to lay claim to reaction videos and the word “react” itself only landed them just shy of 6,000 downvotes. As of this post, EA’s comment sits at negative 557 thousand when it’s only a day old, and it’s still getting thousands of downvotes by the hour. It could very well be the first post to get to a million downvotes. Remember, the previous record wasn’t even 25 thousand.
Capitalism is literally ruining video games right before our very eyes in slow motion, with microtransactions and pay-to-win models, and yet gamers somehow still complain about women, poc, and lgbt+ people ruining games. This is like a microcosm of how capitalism divides the working class, except it is so obvious and brain-dead.
Hey guys, remember how great Persona, Yakuza, NieR, Zelda, Mario, and so many other games were this year? Remember how well they performed? Proving that implementing incredibly slimy models which have been (justifiably) compared to gambling is perhaps not the best way to ensure success and secure a loyal fanbase? Good times.
Just want to remind everyone that EA does not deserve praise for this. For one, this is not listening to consumers, it’s highly likely they’re getting pressure from Disney and other places.
Also, they are NOT removing microtransactions. They’re turning them off, temporarily. If I had to guess, they’ll put them back in once the shitstorm dies down. Maybe, BIG MAYBE, they’ll rework the system to make it less scummy.
EA still doesn’t deserve your money. They decided to not be scumbags right now, but will be scumbags at some later time.
Addendum: If you feel the need to play devil’s advocate for a massive corporation or feel like people are entitled babies because they want a product that doesn’t blatantly exploit people, feel free to just block me.