Dead Space 3 Has Micro-Transactions, Internet Explodes

It is no secret that the real news about games these days is what they are doing to wrong us as gamers. Recently I got a chance to check out Visceral Games’ latest chapter in the Dead Space franchise. I loved the creepy snow vibe, and somehow after three iterations it still makes me jump from time to time. I will be reviewing the game in the coming weeks, and am pretty excited about seeing where it goes.

Of course all of that is pointless because according to an article over at Eurogamer today, the game has micro-transactions. Now I know I may sound a bit condescending, but let’s be frank here. I read more ‘Chicken Little’ type stories every day in gaming. It seems like we have quickly become the pessimistic bunch that seem to want games to fail, more than we want them to succeed.

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What boggles my mind most about all of this fuss is that micro-transactions are nothing new to EA games. The original Dead Space had suits you could purchase, and Tiger Woods has been selling stat ‘cheats’ for years now. Why are we crying foul all of a sudden? Do we want to just hate Dead Space 3 because it offended us in some fashion? I really don’t understand the sudden outcry to push games into a negative light. The truth of the matter is this content is optional. You can still earn everything by playing the game. You gain nothing by ‘cheating’ your way to new weapons.

My main point is this; we focus too much on small, negative things that really don’t affect us that much. Sure offering quick download buttons to circumvent player progress is a dirty tactic, but it will not ruin your game experience; especially if you choose not to purchase it. Dead Space 3 looks to be an amazing entry in the series, and seeing it constantly dragged through the mud is depressing as an enthusiastic gamer. Why can’t we focus on what makes games fun, instead of constantly trying to justify why they are evil?

Ken McKown

Ken is the Editor-in-Chief of this hole in the wall and he loves to troll for the fun of it. He also enjoys long walks through Arkham Asylum and the cool air of Shadow Moses Island. His turn-ons include Mortal Kombat, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft.

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  • DarthDiggler

    “Sure offering quick download buttons to circumvent player progress is a dirty tactic, but it will not ruin your game experience; especially if you choose not to purchase it”

    MAJOR KUDOS TO YOU SIR!

    This attitude is a breathe of fresh air over most of the Spoiled Brat Authors I read from day to day. So sick of the constant bitching a whining from game journalists.

    The fact is, I use DLC as a tip for the Devs. I loved Dragons Dogma, so I bought all the DLC, I want to play a role in the game being a success so I get more games like it. These micro-transactions are great for someone that doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands and is working a regular job. I would certainly prefer to spend my time in Dead Space killing stuff rather than playing Easter egg hunt for craftables.

    • http://www.ztgd.com/ Ken McKown

      I am glad I am not alone. This is what spawned me to write this. I love playing games, and am tired of seeing them constantly criticized for things like this. We never take the time to talk about the game, just practices.

      • DarthDiggler

        Please keep it up, there have to be others out there! :) I am just so sick of the “Evil Game Publishers” narrative. Peeps gotta eat!