You can now buy a single dot in COD: Black Ops 4 for $1

This article is ridiculous. It's not a game changer item and it's not something you have to buy. It's an item that is pretty much only for the players who want it. In almost every game with micro transactions, there are things that you can buy, but don't have to. If you dont think it is worth spending money on, dont buy it. And this is only a .50$ purchase. If there is an item that cheap, it really isnt such a big deal to make an article for it. If you have to meet a quota for writing on this forum, at least write about something that matters. It's a HUGE waste of time to whine about an item that is so cheap and doesn't even offer s tactical advantage for players. Its straight up just a cosmetic item for 0.50 dollars... that you dont need. Some players missed the reticle from a previous game and it was added to here as an option if players wanted it. Dirt cheap. Whether you like it or not microtransactions are in every multiplayer game that can continue to update content for itself for longer than a few months. Microtransactions made treyarchs last game BO3 last for 3 years instead of the usual cod life cycle of 1 year. If a game can get constant updates and new content for itself, then I think microtransactions are more than worth it.
No, what is ridiculous is you trying to justify it. The price is irrelevant, it's the fact they are trying to sell it to begin with. It's been a while since I have played a CoD game, but I still remember that reticle they are selling. It use to be in the game with zero purchase. Although I don't recall if it was base, or an unlock.

It being cheap doesn't change that they are trying to pawn off things that were free. This *****ic sentiment that because it's cheap, that then makes removing things then trying to resell them back to you ok. THAT is what is actually ridiculous. And the reason this crap was allowed to flourish to begin with. Then you folks keep telling yourself that they must need all these types of microtansactions to keep the lights on. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you
 
I purchased BOPs 4 on sale around Christmas time, before that the last COD game I'd owned was BOPs 2. I own every COD prior to that. It's like they've gotten lazy, no real advancements in graphics, no single player and even my favorite team deathmatch is missing. What happened to earning the things they now pawn off as micro-transactions as achievements?
 
Lol I got that exact dot with the extra in-game currency I had from pre-ordering the season pass edition. Totally worth it. I love everything in the game it's so perfect. And I use the open dot every time I use a reflex sight now. I don't care about the anti-microtransaction crusade in the comments. It's *****ic. "Don't have fun". Well, I'm just gonna enjoy my open dot sight, geometric tag set, and all the high quality art work available to unlock. Much better than amateur custom skins were. *continues having fun*.
 
I purchased BOPs 4 on sale around Christmas time, before that the last COD game I'd owned was BOPs 2. I own every COD prior to that. It's like they've gotten lazy, no real advancements in graphics, no single player and even my favorite team deathmatch is missing. What happened to earning the things they now pawn off as micro-transactions as achievements?
It has team deathmatch, singleplayer is bs and multiplayer was always the main focus of the series it's awesome that they recognized that instead of caving to whining, and you still earn things and you can buy extra on top of that. They added, not taking away.
 
It's not a game changer item and it's not something you have to buy. It's an item that is pretty much only for the players who want it. In almost every game with micro transactions, there are things that you can buy, but don't have to. If you dont think it is worth spending money on, dont buy it. And this is only a .50$ purchase. If there is an item that cheap, it really isnt such a big deal to make an article for it. Some players missed the reticle from a previous game and it was added to here as an option if players wanted it. Dirt cheap.
^ I think we've found their "target audience" here. LOL. You know PC gaming is in serious trouble when some "gamers" rush forward to try and defend selling the equivalent of Quake 3's cg_drawCrosshair "1" console command... Don't. Seriously, just stop.

Microtransactions made treyarchs last game BO3 last for 3 years instead of the usual cod life cycle of 1 year.
And decentralized private servers, expansion packs and including for free the same full blown level editors / toolsets the devs used themselves to make the game to spawn off huge modding communities have been (and still are) extending the life of 90's games like Doom, Quake 3, Thief, etc, continuously for +20 years without any MT's at all, almost like modern MT's are now the weak-sauce excuse for what isn't there...
There's a ton of added content. Not simply turning on a crosshair. I got tired of weak, amateur, low-quality mod content that is never put together right. Not to mention bugs. Old CoDs are still going too. Freakin modern warfare 2 on ps3 still going. Alk the CoDs on console AND PC still going. And they ALL still have their buyable quality addon content.
 
These games dont need to continue to add content throughout its life cycle. The creators of the game can either up the price of the game or add microtransactions to keep the game alive for a lot longer. If you want people to continue to work in a game and add new things, they cant do it for free. The gaming industry does want to make a good game, but after they create an awesome game, they are gonna want to keep updating it with new content. But they dont make enough money to pay employees and creators just from game sales. That's why games without DLC get dry to fast and die to fast
Horseshit. AAA publishers always cut staff regardless of the game's success or failure. EA closes whole studios left and right, and all of their games have some form of MTX. Blizzard is offering buyouts to their tech support and QA staff right now and gutted Heroes of the Storm's staff and competitive scene, while WoW, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and HotS combined generate some of the highest MTX revenues for any developer.

Plus AAA publishers never pay salaried employees (I.e. most devs) overtime during crunch periods and use other contractual loopholes like impossible Metacritic score bonuses to keep labor costs low. And they abuse the hell out of the "independent contractor" designation in many cases, mostly for tech support.
 

That Dude There

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They will probably make a million off it. I have to work and sweat for my money, but some get to basically have it for very little effort. I'm not worried about it though. Romans 10:9
 

Satish Mallya

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It's *****ic. "Don't have fun". Well, I'm just gonna enjoy my open dot sight, geometric tag set, and all the high quality art work available to unlock. Much better than amateur custom skins were. *continues having fun*.
Go ahead and have fun - we're just saying you shouldn't have to pay full retail price for a game, then jump through immersion breaking hoops, paying extra hard currency for such frivolous things as red dot sight geometries when it is near-zero effort to develop and deploy on the developer's end.
It's literally just an alpha-blended red circle overlay - something you could cook up in five minutes in any halfway competent image editor.
The additional fallout of encouraging this is that the rest of us who don't engage in MTX are now constantly bothered by the game to spend money in it.
But you know, as long as you're happy with your sight that you paid for for no really good reason, that's what's really important.
Enjoy being constantly nagged for spare change.
I prefer my games not to constantly beg me for money, but you do whatever makes you happy.