So what if they do?
They dont bash you over the head with them, I think I have heard that advert on the radio like twice.
And here is the thing, yet again that people like you (and there are a lot of you it seems) dont seem to understand... you dont have to buy them, they dont force you to buy them and they are in no way at all a reason why online is messed up.
And the Devil took their souls and they thanked him for it.
A game that wants to sell microtransactions will tweak its "economy" to make them desirable. And NO GAME up to this point managed not to f*ck its players in the process - by making things harder to get as opposed to a game without microtransactions.
Rockstar`s case: Let`s half all missions and conveniently forget to put heists ingame - supposedly the best money source (I don`t give a sh*t if they are ready or not), but sell money. It would have not been hypocrisy only if they would have sold cash when the game would have been 100% complete. So, now, I am thinking: Don`t I have heists because they aren`t ready, or because of Rockstar`s greed?
See that works if, and this is the big if here, they were actively promoting cash cards. Because they really are not. The PS Store thing will pop up if you have no money on your person and try to buy something that you cant buy with your bank account (why some things can not be bought in this manner is another question but whatever) there is a pop up hint when loading the game (which doesnt come up each time) and there is a radio advert in the ether somewhere that you may hear once a week if you are lucky that actually doesnt even promote them.
If they were greedy and expecting everyone to buy cashcards then surely they would be advertising them everywhere? They only place I ever even think about or hear about cash cards is on here! If I wasnt a member on here and played the game I probably wouldnt even know they existed.
My personal opinion is they halved payouts etc because everyone was getting far too rich far too quickly. This will lead to people buying everything (level permitting of course) really quickly and then having nothing else to do or to aim towards.
Rightly or wrongly I dont think Rockstar thought that people would grind the same missions over and over again and assumed people would be happy to go about their business online and earn things slowly whilst having fun. Thats a big mistake on their part to be fair, they should have known that many people want everything yesterday and have no patience or idea of attain goals hence the LSC glitching etc and everyone just playing Criminal Records or whatever missions paid loads. That wasnt healthy for the future of the game at all.
They have messed up, no doubt about it. But I go back to the main problem I have with people blaming stuff on cash cards and rockstars "greed" They are not actively advertising cash cards so how can they be greedy and how can people assume that the whole nerfing thing was to promote cash cards.
Take a look around your town/city. If its anything like mine there are adverts for GTA V everywhere. On bus stops, in stores, on TV and radio, massive billboards etc. And they have done it in such a way that it all stands out and is memorable. Same with many of their games. So I think Rockstar have a pretty great advertising strategy compared to most gaming companies. So if thats the case, why is there advertising of cash cards so poor to the point that you have to actively go out of your way to find anything about them?
Or maybe its just a case that they actually aint pushing them as much as people claim. Not even close. Cash cards are there to provide an option for players who dont have the time to put into the game. Lets face it, nothing in the game takes more than a day or two maximum, playing in a steady and varied manner to attain.