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Posted: Jan 31, 2012 1:21:12 PM - Report post  (0)  (0)       Post Reply  post reply  

Of course they are going to try an make all the money they can off of this release. They are, after all, in the business to turn a profit. That being said, I wonder how much money things of this sort actually pay off in the end. Perhaps the figurines will sell big amongst the kiddies, but I do not know a single gamer that will actually purchase these... no offense fullmetal... so I often wonder whether or not these ultimately turn up as losses for the company. The fact that they release DLC concerns me a bit though. What would happen if buying the figurines was the only way in which to receive DLC for the single player game?
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Of course they are going to try an make all the money they can off of this release. They are, after all, in the business to turn a profit. That being said, I wonder how much money things of this sort actually pay off in the end. Perhaps the figurines will sell big amongst the kiddies, but I do not know a single gamer that will actually purchase these... no offense fullmetal... so I often wonder whether or not these ultimately turn up as losses for the company. The fact that they release DLC concerns me a bit though. What would happen if buying the figurines was the only way in which to receive DLC for the single player game?

This is exactly why it is abhorrent that BioWare/EA pull these stunts - most especially BW, as PC RPG fans put them on the map, and they really labored over their games out of love, not greed. EA made quite a bit off PC gaming too initially, the least they can do now is make multiplatform games that actually give PC and console fans games that match up to each other nicely. (as far as bugs and such go anyway, graphics are obviously going to be better on PC)

I'd be contented just to get demos of EA's PC games to find out if they're just shoddy ports that are better to play on consoles, on equal footing in almost every regard, or maybe, just maybe, actually developed PC games. You can tell if a game is that last one if the graphics settings have a few hundred options

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"You got figurines with TOR CE. If this was a move from EA, then why can't we buy BF3 figurines?" (Sorry, forgot to quote post... AGAIN).

A lot of CE have some kind of figurines in them, at least over here. CE's all have something special about them, or they wouldn't be CE's.

As far as I know, Battlefield doesn't have any "memorable" characters to market figurines on.

If it's not a move, at the very least, influenced by EA, then why didn't BioWare pull any of these kind of obvious money making stunts before being taken over by EA?

[Edited by Skyheart, 2/3/2012 2:27:14 AM]

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"You got figurines with TOR CE. If this was a move from EA, then why can't we buy BF3 figurines?" (Sorry, forgot to quote post... AGAIN).

A lot of CE have some kind of figurines in them, at least over here. CE's all have something special about them, or they wouldn't be CE's.

As far as I know, Battlefield doesn't have any "memorable" characters to market figurines on.

If it's not a move, at the very least, influenced by EA, then why didn't BioWare pull any of these kind of obvious money making stunts before being taken over by EA?

[Edited by Skyheart, 2/3/2012 2:27:14 AM]

I agree that BioWare probably would not have done such a thing back in the day. However, my point still stands: EA BioWare is made up of all their MMO developers that got appropriated to a parent company and lost their own name in the process.

Honestly? BioWare made EA money, EA gave them thrifty three letter titles and promotions in pay grade along with them. Think about that for a second.


Okay, time's up: my point is that since BioWare has gotten so much larger as a result of the other companies being folded into them - they've also gotten much bigger egos, and expect even more money.

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"You got figurines with TOR CE. If this was a move from EA, then why can't we buy BF3 figurines?" (Sorry, forgot to quote post... AGAIN).

A lot of CE have some kind of figurines in them, at least over here. CE's all have something special about them, or they wouldn't be CE's.

As far as I know, Battlefield doesn't have any "memorable" characters to market figurines on.

If it's not a move, at the very least, influenced by EA, then why didn't BioWare pull any of these kind of obvious money making stunts before being taken over by EA?

[Edited by Skyheart, 2/3/2012 2:27:14 AM]

I agree that BioWare probably would not have done such a thing back in the day. However, my point still stands: EA BioWare is made up of all their MMO developers that got appropriated to a parent company and lost their own name in the process.

Honestly? BioWare made EA money, EA gave them thrifty three letter titles and promotions in pay grade along with them. Think about that for a second.


Okay, time's up: my point is that since BioWare has gotten so much larger as a result of the other companies being folded into them - they've also gotten much bigger egos, and expect even more money.

Unfortunately true...

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However, they could be just doing it to get back the money invested in TOR faster.
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Regardless of the motive (and who's motive it is) I hate to think of having to dump even more funds to a game in order to enjoy the full experience. Sixty U.S. dollars a game is a bit of a stretch already. I simply cannot afford to keep up if the producers are going to require additional purchases just to enjoy the entirety of the game. In the end though I suppose it is just like "keeping up with the Jones." By that I mean, I do not necessarily NEED every piece of DLC available to enjoy the game... it would just be nice.
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We the public DO have the final say in what WE purchase.

If you, (or I)don't like what a company has become we do have the power not to purchase anything from them.

Myself personally will never ever again purchase anything with the Blizzard logo attached to it because of their past ploys.

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