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MonkeyMan

Member Since 26 Oct 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 22 2018 09:29 PM

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In Topic: Rocket League

22 February 2018 - 09:27 PM

^Monkey didn’t learn from my mistake in GT sport lol

I had fun so no problems here. You could have joined also, I saw you online, already getting serious and practising in secret are ya  :P

 

I need to look into that Rocket League Tournaments stuff more, sounds like it would be cool to use and just add to the interest in the event in general


In Topic: Rocket League

20 February 2018 - 09:03 PM

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) let's play some Rocket League. Will be a good chance for you to tell me your ideas for the tournament that may or may not be happening on the 14th of April


In Topic: GT Sport Weekly Race Nights (Friday’s 8PM)

20 February 2018 - 09:00 PM

Anyone not playing BF1 should play rocket league this wednesday, then push racing in gt sport friday/next week?


In Topic: Micro Transactions and Lootboxes! It gets worse?!?!

17 February 2018 - 08:28 PM

Dammit I had some loot box drops in Rocket League.. Thought OK.. At least I didn't have to pay for them!! How exciting to open them! Gimme dat sweet sweet looooot! Oh, I need a key.. OK no problem.. I'll just click here and..

You gotta pay $ for keys.

Fml.

Rocket League is actually a good example of how to do loot crates the right way. They are purely cosmetic, even the dlc cars have been designed to have the same hit boxes as free cars so you don't have an advantage. And there are plenty of free cosmetic items so you aren't really limited by not investing in the loot boxes. Also you can trade, so if you get items you don't want you can trade them with someone who has the item you want. You can also look at the maximum key bundle size of like $30 worth as being a healthy decision making it hard to spend crazy amounts on the game unlike most mobile in app purchases which offer crazy big in app purchases to catch kids who don't know better and to catch whales. Psyonix have even gone as far as having a setting you can activate so you don't even see loot boxes when you unlock them or in your inventory so they aren't constantly tempting you to buy keys. Not to mention they offer some free keys (well the equivalent of keys) during events so everyone can open some loot boxes.

 

Ultimately psyonix needs to make money to keep the servers up, which costs a staggering amount each month. As an ongoing cost developers are struggling to meet it/justify paying for it purely from the initial sales price of the game, and psyonix gave the game away for free to start with on ps+ so didn't start with a whole lot. I struggle to think of a better way for them to make this money.

 

The main area where loot boxes go wrong is when it gives a player an advantage (there are other things of course like trying to make the player want an item though predatory practices but pay to win is the worst imho). Imagine if Manchester United could just pay extra to have big weights attached to the opposition players feet to slow them down, what's the point of even playing if that were the case. Of course they're perfectly within their rights to pay heaps to have awesome shirt designs and it's cool that they do.


In Topic: NZGAMER Nights: GT Sport - Wednesday 7th February @ 8pm

17 February 2018 - 07:44 PM

Woohoo. Now I'm all set for the next nzgamer push racing event  :thumbsup:

(I forgot the other day but am still keen to do it at some point)