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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2014-05-30 02:42:40
Pay to Play
This is nothing new for Electronic Arts, just new to Battlefield. They've offered paid shortcuts in everything from Need for Speed to FIFA. Mass Effect 3 got something of a pass for this malarkey because everybody expected the multiplayer to be worthless, but it turned out to be surprisingly playable.
I mostly hate EA's public relations spin. You can't call paid unlocks a "timesaver" and also claim that progress in that game isn't a grind. You can't legitimately argue that the gameplay process is essential, then sell a way to skip it.
The situation is exacerbated in a multiplayer context. If somebody wants to pay extra to unlock a bunch of cars early in a solo campaign, that's entirely their prerogative. Simply paying to unlock gear in a community setting A) is undemocratic, and B) results in players never bothering to learn a weapon's characteristics. The gamer populace already has enough attention-deficit-instant-gratification-demanding yahoos, without feeding their lack of willpower. I can only hope they'll be too broke to reproduce.