July 17, 2015

FIFA 16: the Hard Truth

EA has been painted as the devil of late, and they have their misgivings, as does essentially every other gaming company not named Valve or Rockstar (although their GTA Heists teasing was a bit much, I must say). Yes, the goalies are glitchy (still better than indestructo-goalies on old-gen, I guarantee), yes, FIFA points are expensive, however, you feeling entitled to cheap FIFA points is absurd.

Let me ask you a few questions:
Do you whine on the internet about lottery tickets being too expensive? And the odds being against you?

You don't, because you know the odds. And you know they're shitty. And they're making money out of it, because us lazy fuckers really like to think that we'll get life changing money handed to us on a silver platter. We won't.
Then, I hear about Fifa coins, and how you get value for money, and how EA does not keep up with the competition, after all, you could buy 421421412412 gazillion packs for just $5, if you just clicked the link in the description and used the code "JACKASS" at checkout. People now think that because some assholes are abusing the game mechanic to do something that's NOT ALLOWED in this particular metamarket, they are entitled to a discount from the legitimate vendor.

That is not the case. The fact that you can get something illicitly for cheaper does not constitute an open market (which people seem to suggest) but just Plain. Fucking. Cheating. So, the prices inflate, fifa points lose their worth due to packs being worth jack shit, and the attention of the entitled people out there turns not to the cheaters, but to EA... Because you can't buy the player you want, you want them to lower the prices of their intellectual property. You want them to hand you a Ronaldo on a silver platter.

This creates a vicious circle of stupidity that ended yesterday.
The market is locked this way because some of you bought Fut 16 coins, and instead of admitting wrongdoing, you blamed it elsewhere. On coinglitches, on autobuyers - all the things that exist solely because your greed let them.

Spencer made a great analogy in his video yesterday: If Arsenal sells out the Emirates, why should they lower the price? EA owns the IP of FIFA Points, they earn good money, they earn the money they want. Why would they lower the price of them? They spend shitloads of dollars on licensing fees, producing the game, maintaining the servers. They may be heartless assholes, but they also deserve to make a profit, and they deserve to regulate a market they've created.

In the end, if the coinsellers weren't around in the first place, Ronaldo's price would probably be closer to 1 million - which is totally attainable through gameplay with time - as it should be. The entire point of ultimate team is the concept of from zero to hero, rather than from $50 to Ronaldo. You should have to earn the right to play with a good squad, and EA hasn't taken that right away.

Granted, you lost money and you're pissed... But think about it - you also always whine about how EA never tests things. This is a test. A painful test, that I'm sure will, with time, show how they'll deal with this - I for one would rather stay positive and believe that their ultimate goal is making the game more accessible to everyone, rather than shitting on us all.

Whatever the case, EA did not ruin FIFA. They gave us some Fifa 16 account without any restrictions and multiple ways to make due with it. We inflated the value of coins through coinselling and the like (obviously, the glitches are a problem, but on the other hand, if you know anything about shit like this, you will know that the bad guys are always a step ahead of you. You can fix one loophole, they'll find another, etc., etc.).

However, the glitches are only used, because there's a market for people who want a piece of that tainted pie. If everyone wanted to play by the rules, we'd be good. FIFA points would make sense as a way to stop pay to win, and everyone could achieve what they want - through hard work or dumb luck.

TL R - We are as much to blame, even if not more, for the state of FUT as EA is. Deal with it.

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