I bought my first Micro-Transaction…

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Yeah, yeah, moan and winge at me about it! At least it’s not Smurfberries!

Chess 2 came out today on the Ouya. So it was finally an excuse to pull out the Ouya that I’ve had hidden in a bag since I did the Retro Night at the Computer History Centre, which was way back in October! I had noticed that in order to play people online you have to pay 8 “Crowns”. The game does provide you with 240 Crowns to begin with, which is about 30 online games; and there was an offer for today where you can purchase 720 crowns (90 online games) for $5.99 on a one time offer. Personally I do hate it when people, such as Microsoft, invents a currency for the sake of confusing people. Ludemegames, the people behind Chess 2, should have made it in such a way so that only one crown was needed for an online game, making it easier to work out without needed to get the handy calculator out. But I’m sure there’s some kind of business decision behind it… *groan*

But when it comes to Chess 2 Crowns though, it’s not that much of a con though if you think about it. When I had my XBox 360 Gold account, I was paying nearly £50 a year to play games online, but I never really used it, therefore Microsoft made a bit of free cash out of me, and this was before Netflix and other services were available on the system! Before they forced their customers to keep their gold accounts so that they can use their Netflix and Last.FM accounts on their console…

After paying the $5.99, it took my 240 Crowns, up to 960. 960 divided by 8 is 120. So in essence I paid $5.99 for 90 more online matches on top of the 30 online match I got for free with the game, granted the image above does show “952 Crowns”, but that picture was taken after I played a game online. Sure “Freemium” games may get to odd pitchfork waved at it for all the stigma when kids purchase insane quantities of an in game item to progress in the game, etc, etc; but this “Freemium Micro-transaction” is really a disguise to pay for an online gaming service; and to be honest, I’m going to get more out of this $5.99 transaction than I ever did with the years I was on XBox Live not playing games online! These are actual purchases as XBox Live is a rented service. We could debate for hours which is better, but as I’m not the person to play a lot of online games on consoles, I think I got a decent-ish deal out of this!