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I'm not saying people who purchase extra content don't have a backbone, I am saying those who do pay into predatory cash grabs such as pre-order culture

The Extra FFXIV Content Don't Have A Backbone

I'm not saying people who purchase extra content don't have a backbone, I am saying those who do pay into predatory cash grabs such as pre-order culture (Paying for a unproven product above and beyond the wholesale price even) when the "Extra content" that is often dangled in front of consumers is often content that was cut from the developers just for said purposes.

 

It's been well documented that this has become common practice not by developers but the publishers above them to push pre-orders and it only becomes more common because people are willing to be taken advantage of.

 

There is also the case of consumers being more than not often mislead about the intentions of pre-order and cash shop content. Look at how many people think the only reason we got EU data centers is because of the cash shop because Yoshi-P "Told us so". The reason we got EU data centers is more than likely them hemorrhaging players in EU territories due to lack of regional support. It's a good spin on where they pulled the cash from instead of using investor cash, but that's all it is PR spin, without those purchases it would have been on their dime that we got supporting data centers instead of the consumers (Who allready pays for what should be stable service need I remind anyone) who apparently needed to pay even more just to get half decent regional support?

 

The issues isn't that giving the developers extra money is a bad or good thing. It's neutral the money doesn't go back into the game it goes into whatever SE wants it to go towards and it's obvious they have been funneling funds from their wildly successful subscription game to fund future products instead of draining their own coffers. FFVII remake and FFXV looking at you.

 

Just look at the 7/11 snafu from the live letter. Announcing content for a world-wide available game with limited content on a regional basis? What kind of marketing department green-lights this? One who knows they don't need to be equal opportunity with their own consumers they can just get others to shill out more direct funds to them instead of making a deal with 7-11 in other territories and they will even look "Benevolent" for offering us stuff to purchase...what's wrong with this picture.

 

1. The event can exist there is no real reason it can't.

 

2. All players should be able to attain these items within the game through alternative means, a good example is the golden saucer. Acheivment rewards, crafting, gameplay are all other acceptable avenues to obtain the items within the game without leaving anyone out as long as they are able to complete the required task.

 

I have no issue with these even being on a cash shop such as the mog station as long as there is a viable ingame alternative to obtaining these kinds of items, give people who want to support the developers and may not be able to complete acheivment or tasks linked to the items. You can both support the developer and the developer can support the consumer in a symbiotic relationship without feeling hollow and that these kind of items are only made just to squeeze extra cash out of us.

 

Face the facts they make plenty on the subscription alone to justify this stuff not needing to be separated but as they are a company they want to get as much capital out of us as they can, I don't blame them but neither do I feel it's the best course of action for consumers (You know...us) hence why I'm obviously leaning towards practices that benefit us consumers more than the company who isn't sinking without the cash shop despite what they may sound like through their PR interactions.

 

3. Regardless of everything else releasing a regional only event for a game that is played worldwide is just terrible form. 

 

If you can't agree with that we obviously have differing values on how they should have handled this. Excluding your paying subscribers from an event that rewards exclusive in game items? That's just insane in my opinion. But like I said it may just be their marketing team knows they don't even need to bother outside of Japan exciting players to make external purchases as they know western foreign audiences have been dulled to this type of content over years of abuse in our gaming development scene. Chances are that cash shop items actually sell poorly in Japan and the 7/11 event is to actually drive the sale of the items and their subscription services (Why not be subscribed to a game you get rewards for?) instead of driving the sale of 7/11 products. In the western world they wont need 7/11's help in getting most to directly shell our their cash and this is why I feel it can and will just wind up on the mogstation rather than some sort of silly and expensive marketing campaign through a convience store.

 

The Japanese and Western gaming markets are different and this event just lends credence to my theory that this event is just that. Pushing FFXIV onto people not currently playing it rather than pushing 7/11 onto gamers.

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