Take a step back into the past to our most beloved games like Duke Nukem 3D, Command and Conquer and Diablo 2 and you'll find some of the most played and loved games of all time. The common theme for these games was, no DLC, no microtransactions, expansions, grind to earn and replayability like no other with great multiplayer and expansive storylines.
We did get the odd expansion which definitely felt like it not only gave you more but added what seemed to be an entirely new game to the one you already loved. These expansions were a once off cost (mostly half or less of the original game) and added an entirely new experience and not just a new cosmetic item.
The trend we've seen of late with gaming is a massive push for season passes and in-game purchases of cosmetic items without a chance to earn them. This is causing a pay to win situation where in order to get an item you want you to have to pay for it with real-world money. We've seen this cause a lot of stir with the "gambling" system of EA's Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Step into the present a little and you find that some countries have banned this form of "gambling" like Belgium did recently. They stated, "
There are better ways to make money than applying gambling principles to video games that ought to be harmless fun".
The issue goes far deeper than just a simple game mechanic, it has become the norm now in gaming. You see AAA titles like Far Cry 5 offering season passes and Blizzards Heroes of the Storm offering cosmetic and character purchases. They even entice you more with weekly trials of new characters just so you get hooked on them and want to purchase them with in-game currency. You can earn coins and shards, but to earn Gems (the main currency) you either need to pay or play for 100+ hours to earn anything of value.
Old school game mechanics were grind and reward. Where you would kill orcs for hours just to get that new sword. I would love games to go back this format, which created the most amount of fun for gamers. Not only that but when an expansion was released we were the first to buy it. There are better ways of making money!
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