I’m starting to think video game websites should all just have a dedicated weekly feature called “Cliffy B’s Weekly Wisdom” where they re-post his many ramblings from his personal blog.
This week, the Gears of War creator stepped up and defended EA’s micro-transaction model of business and saying it is wrong they are demonized for it while Valve gets away scott free.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments online about microtransactions,” he said. “They’re a dirty word lately, it seems. Gamers are upset that publishers/developers are ‘nickel and diming them.’ They’re raging at ‘big and evil corporations who are clueless and trying to steal their money.’
“I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m tired of EA being seen as ‘the bad guy.’ I think it’s bullshit that EA has the ‘scumbag EA’ memes on Reddit and that Good Guy Valve can Do No Wrong.”
Bleszinski pointed out that it seems no one has a problem with buying purely cosmetic upgrades in Team Fortress 2, and calling EA “evil” is unfair stating that they are a business and they need to make money.
“I’m a huge fan of Gabe and co most everything they do. (Remember, I bought that custom portal turret that took over the internet a while back and I have friends over there.)
“However, it blows my mind that somehow gamers don’t seem to get that Valve is a business, just like any other, and when Valve charges 100$ for an engagement ring in Team Fortress 2 it’s somehow ‘cool’ yet when EA wants to sell something similar it’s seen as ‘evil.’ Yes, guys, I hate to break it to you, as awesome as Valve is they’re also a company that seeks to make as much money as possible. They’re just way better at their image control.”
If you are looking for good counter-point to the “companies exist to make money” argument, then I suggest you take a watch to this video here from Destroctoids’s Jim Sterling on The Escapist here.