"You have to think about the rising cost of maintaining and updating games these days". Oh please. Gamers have been reading so many articles about the woes of the poor little game developers that they've started to believe them. Major developers throw words around like dramatic newspaper headlines describing SOARING and SKYROCKETING costs. It always amuses me the way people just assume prices just suddenly go up 2000% or something overnight. Developers both big and small generally do just fine, especially if they get a good game together. Look at all the bonuses you hear about at Blizzard and the disgustingly lucrative contracts at Infinity Ward. Blizzard is obviously saying "sink your money into our stuff or we'll take a huge chunk of it anyway". On that note, I learned my lessons about micro-transactions on Facebook. I realized i was paying real money for items in mini-games and had nothing to show for it except a rising credit card debt. Those micro-transactions add up fast and it's for something temporary at best. Truth: If you buy that stuff you will still never be the best, the most powerful, or w/e. There will always be another upgrade or expansion or new end-game gear, like WoW. How many of you are still paying off debt for items in games you don't play anymore or a game that got canceled? Never again.