It seems like every other day for the past few weeks, I'm reading about some new sleazy scheme to pluck as much money as possible from people's wallets by these big games. Forza 7, Shadow of War, 2K18, and now the rumblings about the pay-to-win loot boxes in Battlefront 2.
It's happening in such quick succession that it seems like we're being tested to see exactly how far these concepts can be taken before we draw a line. And as we've seen with the progression of DLC to Season Passes that cost almost as much as the game itself (or even more in some cases) to $100 or more Gold Editions, if no line is drawn we can be sure it's only going to go farther.
And the kicker is it seems inevitable, because people buy it. Even if I personally don't spend a cent, someone, somewhere will. Apparently a lot of people do or it wouldn't have become so prevalent. On top of that, every single time this happens, there are people springing out of the woodwork to say "Oh, it's not so bad. You don't have to buy it. Shut up and stop complaining. Just be happy we're getting these games in the first place." Or my favorite "These poor companies don't make enough. We have to support them." As if EA isn't absolutely swimming in money.
So the schemes just get more and more daring as time goes on. A tiny part of me is actually dreading the day that I can't complete a game without buying access to the rest of the level or the next 5 levels. And if you think that's just too much hyperbole, consider how far we've jumped in just a couple of years. We've gone from laughing at horse armor to paying $50 for DLC that hasn't even been made yet. If you had told me 5 years ago a huge game like 2K would start charging to make your player able to even dribble worth a crap, and that you would basically have to pay or lose every game you played, and that this would be on top of a Gold Edition that cost $150 FREAKING DOLLARS, I'd laugh you out of the room. Yet here we are.
And while I could conceivably just avoid any and all traces of this nonsense as I've been doing so far (heck, this is a huge reason why it took me 5 years to even enter this console generation), the more others get away with it, the more others start to jump in the pool. Even freaking Nintendo is testing the waters now. Both Breath of the Wild and Mario + Rabbids had Season Passes. Heck, Fire Emblem Echoes' Season Pass costs more than the actual game itself!
So am I crazy here?