Well, ain't modern AAA gaming just a relentless train of it-would-be-so-funny-if-it-wasn't-so-sad hilarity. After a recent latest controversy to add to the perpetually burning dumpster fire, I was inspired to make this thread, as sort of a magic mirror to see who's the greediest of them all. A special Olympics of greed, if you will.
Contender 1: Activision Blizzard
Feats: The originator of the loot box saga. Still selling map packs after everyone else have stopped. Selling a literal red dot for $1. Adding microtransactions to a remaster. "Destiny 2 player base is shrinking, what shall we do? I know - more microtransactions!"
Contender 2: Electronic Arts
Feats: "Sense of pride and accomplishment." Planned to add pay-to-win microtransactions to Star Wars: Battlefront II. Bravely taking on The Man for the right to... ...continue pilfering money from FIFA players.
Contender 3: Take Two/2K
Feats: Abandon plans for GTA V single player DLCs for GTA Online and microtransactions - still complains that "you can't give stuff away for free in perpetuity." Ties NBA 2K's progression to premium currency. Charges said premium currency for a haircut.
Contender 4: Warner Bros
Feats: Love, love, love pre-order DLCs like they love their mums. Broke Shadow of War's Nemesis system so hard (by their own admission) with loot boxes they had to release a giant patch to rebalance everything when it came time to remove them. "One of our developers died. How do we honour him? Why, how about selling a DLC? The proceeds will go to his family - but only if it's bought in most states in the US!"
So, who do you think is the greediest of them all? Want to nominate any more contenders? Let's have a bit of fun.
Edit: rough tally of votes and nominations after 24 hours, just for fun:
- Electronic Arts: 13
- Activision Blizzard: 10
- Nintendo: 7
- Take Two/2K (Including Rockstar): 6
- Bethesda: 4
- Ubisoft: 3
- Warner Bros: 2
- Atlus, Epic, Nexon, Square Enix, Sony, Tencent: 1 each