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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
I apologize for the somewhat hostile tone below, but I do hope to get an answer to the question about Cryptic's current viewpoint on the c-store and on microtransactions.

Prelaunch this was Cryptic's stance on microtransactions

Bill and I have both posted over on the Champions boards to respond to questions raised by microtransactions. I'll just reiterate what's already been copied and pasted from Bill's State of the Game address on Champions:

The vast majority are aesthetic items, such as costume pieces, action figures, emblems, etc.
A very few are account-level management tools, such as being able to rename a character
Micro-transactions should never limit your ability to enjoy the game or reach the level cap
Any micro-transaction that has a game effect can also be earned in the game through play
The Siege Destroyer cannot be obtained through game play, nor can the GalaxyX, with their special abilities these affect game play. (something to work on - not my question for the thread though)

My real question is about all the expensive c-store items and how they can be considered micropayments or microtransactions (with reference using the game price of $9.99 that is now commonly found). c-Store credits are at a rate of $1.25 per 100 points. Some examples are below

Guramba Siege Destroyer & Galaxy X @ 2000 points = $25 ~ more than twice the game itself or a full month's subscription.
Ship Costume Packs (newer than 6 months) @ 1200 points = $15 ~ equal to a full month of play
NX Ship Replica & TOS Constitution @ 800 points is $10 ~ equal to the cost of the game

Some items that reasonably are microtransactions
Costume Packs @ 240-280 points = $3 to $3.50
Tribbles & Bridge Packs @ 120 points = $1.50
Ship costumes older than 6 months @ 160-240 points = $2 to $3

Given these examples, how can you consider many of these to be microtransactions when they cost more than the game itself? I can get a deluxe edition for the cost of the Galaxy X. I can understand these prices if this were a F2P game, but not for a subscription game. Or is the c-store no longer making a pretense at being about microtransactions?

Even PayPal doesn't consider anything over $12 to be a microtransaction.