Remember when it took copious amounts of skill and commitment to fully unlock the rewards of a game? It used to be about self improvement and genuine progression, but with the modern trend of microtransactions and pay-to-win models, it’s quickly become about nothing more than taking expensive shortcuts.
We’re not saying that microtransactions are a completely evil thing, but we often question the moral implications of such practices on the development of our youth. Completing games like Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts is a monumental feat that should be celebrated accordingly, but what if players could just purchase weapon upgrades or lives with real money? This doesn’t encourage the player to buckle down and invest in the victory, it simply curbs their interest to complete the game or promotes the idea that success can be purchased.
The sad reality today is that microtransactions are probably a more accurate parallel for success in life. Why work hard at something when you can easily achieve the same results with a little cash?