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11-05-2009 @ 12:08PM
The only quibble I have is that these aren't really microtransactions. Microtransactions are usually small payments, originally pennies or fractions of pennies, that were packaged together at some threshold to allow for credit card transactions without penalty. For instance, there was talk of on-line newspapers charging a few pennies per article, then bundling that all up at the end of the month. It was more efficient than charging at each article and allowed the consumer to control how much they spent on a site (rather than creating an artificial expectation with a subscription fee).$10 is not a microtransaction. That's just a transaction. Yes, the goods are virtual, but so is the game itself. We pay $15 a month without deeming it a "microtransaction".
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