With all the, er, “creative” ways games publishers have developed to monetize their products after we buy them, it can get pretty complicated these days to figure out exactly what we’re on the hook for when we sign up. A new site is trying to help navigate these decisions by rating games based on their microtransaction schemes.
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Microtransaction.zone launched this week, with the goal of clarifying games’ business models. They’ve created a set of tags that provide, at a glance, a quick run-down of what, if anything, you can buy post-purchase.
For example, games that allow you to buy cosmetic items for real-world cash get the “Horse Armor” designation, while games that let you buy items that give you an advantage or boost during play get tagged with “It’s Not Just Cosmetic.”
Games that don’t have any microtransactions are designated “Spotless.”
We were not prepared for this level of interest and we are Backed The Heck Up with pending submissions (over 200 of them, at time of writing). It is radical as hell to see that so many people think this site is a cool idea!!! Thank you so much!
— MICROTRANSACTION.ZONE (@MTXZone) April 20, 2018
Since getting noticed by the PC Gaming subreddit, the site's two creators say they have been inundated by submissions, which they’re in the process of sifting through one by one. It may take them a while to get the database filled out, but the site certainly has the potential to become a handy resource.