9 patches?! LMFAO.... and do you know what all those patches did? They focused only on fixing issues with the game that had to do with IN-GAME money. Sure they added that free content with the, but also focused on fixing issues that had to do with in game money.
"The monetization comes with the engagement"...That sounds like some boardroom nonsense. I love GTAO, but this past couple of weeks have really put a spotlight on the raw greed behind Take 2's business model. Maybe it's just me, but the conversations from that investor's conference they held recently left me with a feeling that 100 showers couldn't shake.
jsut where abouts is this "raw greed" of which you speak?? ive never been wall-gardened to buy a cash card to continue (eg phone apps) playing, never had to pay for a DLC.. in fact since i spent £45 on the game 6 months ago i havent spent a penny...
not sure thats raw greed...
ive also seen 9 patch updates with new content added (irrespective of opinions of its quality) and,,,, lemme check my wallet,, ,yup still ahvent paid anything extra...
so as for "raw greed" i fail to see this
in terms of monetization coming from engagement thats true... if people engage with the game and spend more than they earn, cash cards is an easy option.... you dont need cash cards if you dont spend money and just enjoy the game... i play pretty regularly and dont spend much, ive already got the cars is want, i manage the weapons i want by only keeping.buying the ones i want /use so it costs less to fill my ammo... cash-cards rely solely on idiocy/laziness for their sales
in fairness an objective viewpoint would see this, an entitled one would not...
They don't fix the glitches and technical issues unless if DIRECTLY affects Cash Cards... Notice how in the last update it took away everyone's billions of dollars... but oh wait, all those rank 700-900 players kept their ranks..... weird, because ranks have very little to do with in game money.
It is 90% greed, 10% actually wanting players to have fun playing their game... and 0% of them taking pride in their work/what they do for a living.
I got a feeling you and just about everyone else who complains about cash cards will work for somebody else the rest of your life that is if your not milking the governments tit.
It's not greed its called business 101. I know it may be hard to wrap your head around the fact that R* actually has to pay its employees salaries along with all the other overhead that goes along with running a business such as taxes, electricity, employees benefits, research and development, etc, etc. You act like the money they made selling the game went directly into the shareholders pockets and it cost nothing to develop the game.
Your comment about the 9 patches only effecting in game money is also incorrect. The patches have fixed countless bugs in the game. I'll agree that the did cut payouts but they also cut the prices of other things like passive mode and the cost of dying. You also can't honestly say they haven't done anything about the players who glitches there high ranks, sure you may still see me or two level 500-600 players but I no longer see them in every lobby like I used to because R* actually has done something about it.
The last line in your post is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read. If you honestly believe that 90% of R*'s motivation is greed then you have an extremely warped sense of the world. I guarantee that if you asked anybody who worked n this game for R* they are more than 0% proud of their work.
I'm sure I'm coming off as a huge R* nut hugger but in reality I'm just tired of people who have no idea what it takes to run a business bitch and moan.