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Electronic Arts isn't backing down after a flurry of controversy about the micro-transactions in Dead Space 3. In fact, the company is planning to build micro-transactions into all of its PC and console games. CFO Blake Jorgensen says that EA is building "the ability to pay for things along the...

February 27th 2013 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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ArenaNet has put up a new blog post with information about Guild Wars 2's cash shop system as well as some of the philosophy behind the game's microtransaction design. Mike O'Brien, ArenaNet president and Guild Wars 2 executive producer, started off the post by saying that the microtransaction...

March 20th 2012 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Last week I wondered about how free-to-play would be discussed at GDC Online. After attending the event -- it was all a blur -- and listening back to my audio notes, it seems that free-to-play has reached some sort of level as a standard pricing option for a modern world. It could have been the fac...

October 13th 2010 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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One of the most thrilling aspects of this job is visiting game studios. It's essentially like stepping into a toy factory, complete with strange noises and funny personalities. Nerf guns are a staple, and each desk or station is decorated with all types of toys, posters, and other trophies from Ner...

October 11th 2010 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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This week Waging WAR rides the double rainbow of gameplay customization via downloadable content and takes a cursory glance at the RvR packs being teased by the folks behind the development of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Let's follow along and see what Greg can unleash this time. It is dif...

August 28th 2010 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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We always knew that  "micro-transactions" via Xbox Live Marketplace were part of Microsoft's master strategy for squeezing every last penny out of the gaming public. Now that Elder Scrolls IV horse armor is on sale for the low, low price of 200 marketplace points ($2.50), it's hard no...

April 4th 2006 at 2:15pm 0 Comments