If you’re following the latest and greatest in gaming news then most likely you’ve already heard about EA woes with the launch of the new Star Wars game. EA has come under heavy fire for the latest micro-transactions in the game. I’ve 1st heard about it from a campaign to boycott the game, EA, and Disney for the reason of their recent business practices have been immoral. Here’s the post I stumbled onto on Reddit.
As you can see from above, gamers feel like EA is advocating gambling by having the option to be able to by loot crate for randomize items, but there’s also another catch. To be able to unlock certain iconic members of Star Wars like Darth Vader, it’s estimated you have to put in around 40-60hrs just to unlock one. Or…. You can keep buying loot-crates until you’re lucky enough to get one of them into you’re inventory. Gamers have been applying pressure to EA by cancelling preorders and not only boycott EA, but also Disney. EA responded with this:
It’s important to note that EA is just planning on suspending the micro-transactions, and reinstating them later. Some speculate, once they’ve patch the game so they youth won’t have to spend countless of hours to unlock the heroes they want they will reinstate the micro-transactions. Disney has yet responded to the situation as many fans of the series are requesting that Disney revoke the license that they’ve negotiated with EA.
Final Thoughts: This honestly should have happened way earlier addressing the concerns of micro-transactions to be honest. The majority feels like they aren’t getting the full value of a $60 game when parts of the game are very limited or even locked until obtained for micro-transactions. I personally believe that micro-transactions have no place in full priced games. It should only be practiced on free to play games where a lot of indie developers can make money to fund their future projects. Anything outside of that it just being greedy. EA already dropped at Wall Street, and I hope the trend continues.
Last weekend, I was peered pressure into buying Call of Duty: WW2 because the friends that I game with from time to time was all going to be on it this weekend. So I made the trip to game stop, and picked up my copy. I’m not going to lie, at this point I was still pretty content on playing Battlefield 1, and I haven’t played the last two installments of Call of Duty.
Finally made it home, installed the game, joined a party with some friends then the waiting game started… We didn’t play our first online game until an hour and twenty minutes in matchmaking. Every time we would enter match making either one of us will get kicked from matchmaking, matchmaking would crash and kick you to main title screen. What was most frustrating is that after all that wait and we finally get into a game all of us wasn’t even in the same game. Yes people. We would be in matching making all together then it will split us up to different maps.
And that was my experience with Call of Duty WW2 so far. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing to run double xp weekend when the game was still new and have the servers flooded. I had little trouble finding matches by myself, but it just really sucks that at the moment playing with a party is nearly impossible.
As this season ends, I currently finished as unranked. I rarely played this season logging in about 45 games. Currently, I only play when my friends ask me to join up, and we will all play normal draft for shits and giggles. I had the itch to play mid season, but life got a little busy. I was promoted to assistant director position, and being in the Army National Guard my schedule was all out of wack. Now I have stability, maybe it’s time to join back into League on ranked, and maybe reignite the passion.
A lot of people that know me will tell you that I’ve lost a lot of passion for the game. In season 6 I ranked Plat II. Also I was heavy into e-sports. I would watch it religiously, but this season I maybe watched a handful of matches, and the number of matches I would played dwindled about 70% in this season.
But! League is changing somethings up this year that could re-spark my heavy passion again in League. One of the things I have my eyes on is the new runes. Hopefully, It’ll give us more ways to build your favorite champion. Among other things, I’m happy to see the changes that are being made going into this new season.
I’m going to going to give it a go, and if I do decide to go ranked I will be streaming on twitch! I’m planning on starting streaming again regardless, but it’ll be interesting to go back on the road to diamond as it can fill in content for a YouTube channel. In the end, I really want to enjoy this game like I use too. I’ll write again in a week to give you guys my impressions on the new runes and such and see where I stand with it, so stay tuned!