ARTICLE: In-Game Purchases

Love them or hate them, they are likely here to stay in one form or another…

Pros and Cons of In-Game Purchases

Gaming, once seen as a trend, seems to have become the norm lately. With the gaming industry evolving with ever changing technology, game designers are better able to create engaging and often addictive games. Many of these games are designed to be played on our preferred gaming consoles. Taking their cue from mobile games, these console games have also started to offer players the option to make in-game purchases. This has become a controversial move to those involved in the gaming world.

Gamers are able to make purchases within the game known as downloadable content or DLC. Console games were once not able to connect to the internet, making this whole idea not even feasible. PC and Mobile gamers have long been experiencing the value of having the option to download content to their devices. Now, console game systems are starting to follow this as well. For instance, the content downloaded can enhance game play and in some instances even extend it. Keep in mind the purchases aren’t necessary to play the basic game. It’s kind of like when you buy a car, you don’t have to opt for the luxury amenities but can chose to if you so desire. Proponents of in-game purchases say it’s all up to the consumer. They don’t have to buy if they do not want it.

On the other hand, some gamers find the whole concept of in-game purchases to be rather insulting in some ways. They are strongly against the practice. They explain that they have already paid a full price for the console game, which are much more expensive than download mobile games. They do not think they should have to pay even more money to the gaming company.

No matter which side you stand on, it seems like in-game purchases aren’t going away anytime soon. Given their expansion and use in gaming, it’s clear that there is a market for them.

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