Preying on Compulsion in Rocket League

Speaking of exploitative event and battle passes, here’s Steven T. Wright quoting Psyonix’s Scott Rudi about their Rocket League Rocket Pass in Variety:

From Rudi’s perspective, the Rocket Pass is just another way for Psyonix to shower items onto the dyed-in-the-wool rocket-freaks who’ve already put thousands of hours into mastering the subtleties of their hit game. “We didn’t even really think about it from a financial perspective,” he says. “We have enough new players each month to sustain the game, frankly. It’s more about having a short-term experience that engages with players all across the spectrum. I’m a big believer in the one-more-turn compulsion – this idea that, well, I’m only one game away from getting my next tier, so let’s go again.”

Perhaps the time to stop implementing part of a video game is when you realize you’re exploiting people’s vulnerabilities. Rocket League is fun, it shouldn’t need this.

PUBG’s Sanhok Map is Out With New Exploitative F2P-Style Mechanics

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If you didn’t feel like the random crate drops with various cosmetic skins that could usually only be unlocked with purchasable keys were already exploitative enough, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was just updated on Windows with the Sanhok map and this free-to-play style event pass.

The game also has missions and login bonuses, but some of those are only available if you buy the event pass, which you shouldn’t. I’d been trying Sanhok before it was released, and it’s good, small, fun. For those times when you can’t devote 40 minutes to getting to the top ten before being owned by the silenced shotgun sniper xXxLuBu69xXx.

They’ve also added a towed banner advertisement to the back of the plane that drops you off in paradise, lovely:

Banner tow

Of course there’s also an ad on the top of your parachute. PUBG Corp should at least go the Team Fortress 2 route and drop the cost to free if they’re going to switch to a free-to-play business model. Paying $30 and then getting this crap is a really bad look.