MMO Week in Review: Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop controversy (February 18, 2018)

    
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Elder Scrolls Online’s first DLC of the year, Dragon Bones, launched this week along with update 17. While the patch is loaded with content, including a new cosmetic system and new dungeons, the rollout suffered from an experience exploit that caused server downtime in addition to angst from the community, which objected to the pricing scheme attached to the new outfit system.

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained picked July 4th for its beta, we got the scoop on Bless Online, SWTOR delivered its spring roadmap, Trove announced a new expansion, Star Citizen launched a new ship sale, and LOTRO began testing a new region.

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hurbster
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hurbster

Can’t really see the need for more than one costume slot anyway. Especially at that price.

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Jeff

There is always angst from the ESO community……it has been that way ever since Angry Jo had a baby fit because ESO wasn’t yet more skyrim.

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Chris Walker

The only thing controversial about the ESO cash shop is the way that gamers freak out whenever they’re asked to pay for something. Even something that is completely and utterly optional.

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Arktouros

I’ve always taken it as the principle idea of “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Because they see something available and/or they see others with something that is available they equally feel entitled to it themselves. And if it’s not feasible for them to buy their $40 mounts or $100 houses or $X cosmetic systems then the system is unjust and unfair and fundamentally flawed and broken.

The real shame is companies have yet to really get ahead of this message and always seem to be reactionary. They should really just come out and explain that in like most things in this world you have regular products and premium products and games are simply coming to adopt that same framework.

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connor_jones

I’ve found the ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ mindset especially annoying in GW2. First it was gliders, then it was mounts, and now the latest is the pricey griffon. I wonder what will be next? Interesting though how GW2 is the only mmo that has irritated me this way, with maybe SWL a distant second.

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Jeff

This….so very much this^

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rafael12104

As I mentioned in the article.

It seems short sided to make the slot price so high. The money is in the outfits. Lower the price of the slots and people will buy more outfits. It is as simple as that.

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TBPlayer2112

Not sure if you’re a ESO player, but your comment shows some of the confusion out there pertaining to Outfits and Costumes.
Costumes have been in the game for a while now and you can have as many of them as you want. Most are purchasable, some are earned in game. It doesn’t cost anything to change from one costume to another.
Outfits are a completely separate thing. You can change the look of individual pieces of armor from the collected pool of crafting motifs that you’ve found on your account. These usually pertain to cultural and faction. Customizing each piece costs in game gold. Switching from your Outfit to a Costume or your regular look doesn’t cost anything.
Every player gets one Outfit slot per character for free.

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Maggie May

I am just going to continue to play as I always do in ESO ignoring any aspect of the game that I don’t want to pay for and spending on what I want with my monthly stipend.

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TBPlayer2112

That’s pretty much how I go about it as well. I don’t use my crowns for loot boxes. I save them for a cool costume, or a mount.

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Maggie May

I bought Daggerfall Outlook simply from saving my stipends for months until I could afford it. I am furnishing it from crafting, buying from the AH and using my stipends. Got a practice dummy from doing the precurser achievement in Clockwork city … no cost except running around.

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shear

I’ve said this two years ago. They are nickel and diming so hard it turns me off this otherwise brilliant MMO.

If you stack WoW against TESO it’s night and day what you get for the monthly sub. I don’t understand how TESO got so popular with that business model.

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Randy Savage

I’ve got over 20 saved transmogs saved on all my WoW characters. Didn’t cost me a dime. Not even in-game gold. That’s what makes Zenimax so ridiculous because it’s something so arbitrary and yet they’re charging $15 for it. Even SWTOR isn’t that bad.

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shear

Point in case.

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Randy Savage

Careful, MOP. ESO is above reproach and can do no wrong in the eyes of its apologist whales. Charging $15 worth of currency for something as arbitrary as an additional outfit slot per character is completely rational and anyone who suggests otherwise is a stupid jerkface!

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Daniel Reasor

That ESO’s players made a “cash shop controversy” out of a gold sink speaks to their habit of cracking their own wallets open for shortcuts. The free crown currency that you get for subscribing will pay for one additional outfit slot per month, if you don’t fritter it away on gamble boxes instead.

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Armsbend

I only equate gold sinks to get rid of constantly generating in game fake gold – not ‘gold’ created with real world cash.

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Daniel Reasor

The outfit customization is the gold sink – which players can pay for with crown currency instead. I apologize if my neglecting to separate the two into separate paragraphs obscured my point.

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Sally Bowls

I want to point out the grammatical mistake in the title. “CASH SHOP CONTROVERSY” is a redundancy since it has been many a year since “cash shop” came up in conversation without controversy.

:-)

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Celestia

Slow news week? I kid! I kid!