After getting a chance to have a beer with and chat to Chuckles at Caoland I feel the need to clarify something since I’ve initiated and have been the bashiest of EA in this thread (or the only basher?).
I know a lot of game developers separate from ZiiP from back in my uni/post-uni days and actually do understand that the monkeys holding the wrenches aren’t usually the evil guys Mr Burnsing their way through the industry taking big dumps on everything in the pursuit of dollar dollar bills and at the expense of the idealist picture of gaming I have in my head.
My problems are with the managerial, corporate elements of EA and related companies like Disney and their unquenchable thirst for exploiting any and every source of revenue until they’re withered husks.
I don’t really think I need to clarify that since I think - at least hope - that most of you know me well enough to know that I’m not trying to say Dave in the SFX department who’s spending his time making laser beams/bolts look fricken sweet is also planning and implementing microtransactions and loot box economies nor do I think Dave would have any say one way or another in the matter.
I just hate what the ‘money men’ are doing to my beloved hobby and even though I’d likely have never bought BF2 either way, I get extremely worried when I see high profile games from industry giants turning so much attention to these monetisation strategies.
I really feel like we should all be concerned and really quite annoyed by this stuff and should talk about it when boundaries are pushed and make more noise if lines are being crossed.