Last week, blogger and prolific tipster Kinya sent us a link to Reddit where a Fortnite fan outlines his crush on the game, basically explaining to skeptics why the game exploded in popularity, and why Epic is so beloved to the point that people enjoy throwing money at it; specifically, he argues that Epic is honest, communicative, generous, and fair with its business model. Now, I’m sure there are some PvE Save the World players ready to object on all four points right now, but the specifics of Fortnite here aren’t really what I want to ask about in this Daily Grind. I want to talk about the idea of genuinely feeling good about your purchases and support of a video game company.
I definitely get that feeling of self-loathing when I am playing an MMO whose developers are shady or have pulled some stunt on the players, media, or both. But usually, I am in neutral: It’s much more rare that I feel really good about purchases. It takes something big – like a developer allowing emulators, being socially conscious, offering refunds, overly compensating for mistakes, going nuts with community interaction – to put me in that zone of feeling good about spending money, let alone of spending more money than I otherwise would’ve.
What was the last MMO you genuinely wanted to shower with money, and why?