I just read this post about “Skinner boxes”, which encourage one to use real money to get a little advantage ingame, just to lose it shortly after. Aka micropayments.
I guess many noticed this with EA and Ubisoft. I find it worth to notice, that this is no cheap trick but actually well thought manipulation, normal today. Hell even cheap mobile games seem to be successful with it.
I didn’t give much thoughts into this. I always resisted to go deeply into modern multiplayers because I feel like I would have to spend too much energy for it. That I feel stressed, not able to play with the tempo I want. In singleplayers like Fallout I sometimes choose to use weaker weapons because they fit the idea I have for my character. I would have no chance with this in onlinegames.
Hitman for example is perfect for me. I can easily let others do the fancy flying phone speedruns as it isn’t affecting my gameplay. I can shine with stuff which is fun for me.
What is your opinion about this?