Sakie wrote:I'm kind of pissed off right now. I got the Asari Justicar in a pack last week and the Batarian Sentinel in my Reserves pack for the weekend event. Then they release this Resurgence Pack which guarantees that you get at least one item from the Resurgence DLC. It's 99,000 credits, so I play a few games to guy it and what do I get for my trouble? The fucking Asari Justicar and Batarian Sentinel again!
I would have played some more last night but the people who were on-line were idiots. It took forever to find a decent batch of players and I really didn't want to spend another half an hour searching for another decent group.
I think this system is so incredibly fuck-assed.
Since everything is "random", the customer is placed into the position of buying something he may not want or be able to use. And given the hope of "randomly" acquiring what you do want or can use, you keep buying these packs. And most people are going to start spending actual money on these packs, buying them over and over with the hope of getting what they want.
Without any actual promise of getting what they want.
They think, "Oh, $1 or $3 isn't that much money to spend." And it's not. Until you realize that people are buying at least three to four packs a night in the hope of getting one
that has the shit they want. The credits you earn from a mission only go so far, even on Silver and Gold. But putting points into your account from your credit card or whatever is as easy as clicking a button.
Of course, Bioware has every right to expect to be paid for the content they produce. And that's reasonable as hell. But the consumer has every right to expect to get what he wants when he pays for content. And the consumer isn't getting that. You tell me up front that, in order to unlock the Batarian Sentinel, I gotta pay 160 MS points or 240 MS points, I'm good with that. I'll pay that, because it provides me a reasonable expectation of getting the fuck what I want, and it provides the company that produces it money for their hard work. That's reasonable. That's fair. And they'll make that money, because people want that shit. I'd pay for the M-77 Paladin, and I'd pay for any and all upgrades to the fuckin' thing. I'd pay for a pack of Medi-Gels, or Missiles, because I need and use those items in-game. And again, they'd make money on this shit, because players use and need all of those items. They get the money they want; we get the items we want. Reasonable. Fair.
But reasonable and fair don't pay the bills, I suppose. So instead of paying to get what you want, you are paying to maybe possibly potentially randomly get FUCK YOUR EYES.
You get that Resurgence pack? The one that was guaranteed to have one of the new Rare items? I did. And what I got was an upgrade to a weapon I already had, which I don't fuckin' use. Oh, I got some decent items from the Victory and Commendation packs that were supposed to come out last week. But I worked my ass off in-game to earn that shit. Those packs were a reward for effort on my part. But that Resurgence pack costs 99,000 credits or 240 MS points. That's nearly 3 bucks.
I've picked up about four or five of these goddamn things since they started offering them, and if I'd been spending MS points instead of in-game credits, that'd be 12 to 15 bucks. And I'm still working hard to earn another 99,000 credits for another one. And shit, that's just so I can get a goddamn Paladin, because that gun is bad-ass.
But I ain't gonna spend actual money for it, even though that leaves me lagging behind most players in terms of shit they've unlocked. As I said before, I'd spend money to get the Paladin if I could be certain I'd get it. But I'm not paying for a goddamn random chance to unlock some shit I might not even want, because that's fuck-assed.
I wish more consumers gave a shit about how blatantly they're being nickle-n-dimed. But I've learned not to expect too much from consumers aside from a willingness to be complicit in their own ass-fucking. Which...y'know...appeals to some folks...I ain't gonna judge.
But you get muthafuckas actually defending
this practice. And that's like picking out and handing over to Bioware and EA the spiked dildo with which they will fuck your ass.
But...shit...I guess I ain't really telling anybody anything they don't already know. Just ranting.