Paid Crates and In-Game Loot: Why I Support It

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds

When you have been a gamer as long as I have, you’ve seen your share of free games that offer extra loot, items, mounts, gear, pets, and so on if you pay real world money for them. There are always people who scoff at this but I have some news for you guys: this is how game companies make money. There is a huge discussion – a heated one at that – going on right now about Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and how the paid crate keys are some ‘anti-consumer’ ‘violation’ of trust or some junk like that. Well, guys, those of you that love the game, do you expect the developers to continue putting content and the game itself out for free? Would you work for free just because people were mad that you were trying to make money? No. You wouldn’t.

Here’s the deal, every single game out there, especially free to play games, have to have some way of making money to keep their game running and new content added. Look at any mobile game with its own currency or loot that you can buy, look at large scale MMORPG games like World of Warcraft with its massive number of pets, mounts and gear that you can buy for real world money, look at Call of Duty with its gear you can buy outside of the game. Guess what, people buy them. I personally have all but maybe 1 or 2 of the paid mounts for World of Warcraft and all of the pets they offer. I buy new ones when they come out. It’s not because I want to feel special about it, because there are so many pets and mounts in-game to get, but it’s because I can. My son buys all kinds of stuff in Call of Duty because he can and he wants that particular item.

As a gamer, do I want to be able to earn everything in-game for free? Hell, yes, I do. But as a person who understands business and how the real world actually works, well, I don’t fault the game developers for creating items that you pay real world dollars for. You shouldn’t either. If you have such a problem with it, don’t buy them. Don’t play that game. In fact, don’t play any game out there at all.

According to all of the back and forth on the Reddit post, which you can read here, “Playerunknown himself has stated that in the full game, all crates will cost money. None. Will. Be. Free.” I hate to break it to some of you guys fighting so hard against this whole paid goodies, but this is how the real world works.

I also see where there are people talking about how the system is rigged against you when it comes to the drop rates of the items in the crates. Wow. Have you guys ever played a game before? You are never going to get each piece you want every single time you want it. There are algorithms that are put in place for these drops and the rarer the item, the lower the drop rate. If they gave everyone that legendary piece of equipment, it wouldn’t be so legendary, would it? No. It would be a common piece and no one would give a crap about it.

Let me address the rant about how \$10 for a single outfit is BS and how other games give these pieces for free, etc. I’m holding up my hand so you can talk to it until you’re blue in the face. Guess what – \$10 for an entire outfit for a game character is pretty damn cheap. Seriously. Stop whining. Also, if there are some games that give you these items in the game that they are offering as paid items, then they are stupid and need to readdress this situation as they are losing money.

I really would hate to see any of these players playing other games where the cheapest items cost \$20 and usually they are upward of \$50+. That whole \$10 thing – which is for 4 keys by the way, not just one item – is like a toddler’s argument. “Oh, that’s three blocks to make that tower! That’s not fair! It should only be 1!” I cannot roll my eyes big enough at this.

Personally, I’m reading these rants on Reddit about Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds paid keys and I just hear a whole bunch of young adults without jobs that are griping because they don’t have that \$10 to buy whatever ‘battle royale schoolgirl outfit’ they want for their toon. They feel entitled to have that outfit because they griped about it loud enough, instead of going out, getting a job and buying the thing. I mean, if you don’t want to contribute to society, cool, but don’t sit around bitching because other people are making money through their business.

Maybe it’s because I’m an older gamer and I’ve worked with gaming companies for decades. Maybe it’s because I have seen firsthand how long the developers and coders work to create these games. Maybe it’s because, as a writer, I’ve worked for hours creating story lines, loot, mobs, characters, classes, weapons, quests, etc. Or maybe it’s because I am smart enough to realize that you can’t just create epic games (or any game really) in an hour and have it be successful. If you could, everyone would do it and we’d all be rich fat gamers.

Come on guys, grow up a little.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.