EA Makes XBL Marketplace Even Worse

Publishers are started to adopt the nickel and dime philosophy via Microtransactions with open arms, and us gamers don’t like it. Well, EA has taken another ridiculous step forward with their newest set of Marketplace offerings for The Godfather. This info is taken from Major Nelson’s blog:

The following in-game content is now available for ‘The Godfather’:

Name: MobFace Apparel Bundle – 5 Items
Available in: All regions
Price: FREE
Dash Details: Limited time offer, free Mobface Bundle, download now before its too late! Be the best looking mobster in the neighborhood with a stylish bundle featuring a leather jacket, two hats, and two glasses. Choose from several variations for each item. The best thing is, it won’t cost you nothing! Just get the bundle then go to your favorite tailor shop in-game to find your new items.

Name: The Don Collection
Available in: All regions
Price: 800 Points
Dash Details: Become a “made man” with the ultimate collection of weapons, money and in-game items. You will receive all 5 Level-4 weapons upgrades, $50K, $100K and $250K in-game money downloads. Additionally, you’ll receive the MobFace apparel bundle, Favor Pack with 3 new missions and the Buddy Crew upgrade. All items sold individually on Xbox Live Marketplace!

Name: Level 4 Revolver – Black Widow
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Get the ability to buy the most powerful revolver in the game. One bite from this beauty stings worse than any venom. Look for the special arms dealer at the Continental Club in Little Italy. At $300,000 it provides great bang for your buck.

Name: Level 4 Pistol – Herzstopper
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Your chance to get the most powerful pistol in the game is just one stop away. For $400,000 you can be a real Romeo, stopping hearts all over town. Rendezvous with the arms dealer at the Full Moon Nightclub in Brooklyn. Good luck, killer

Name: Level 4 Magnum – Annihilator
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: You want the most powerful Magnum in the game? You have to get the right to buy it first. You won’t regret it, though. For $500,000 and a trip to Hell’s Kitchen you can pack some serious heat. Look for the arms dealer at Poppy’s Westside Nightclub

Name: Level 4 Tommy Gun – Spectre Minigun
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Get the ability to buy the most powerful Tommy gun in the game. It’s one of the best weapons you can own, but top-of-the-line firepower comes at a price – $750,000 to be precise. Only one arms dealer in the city sells this baby. You can find him at Jay Sizzle’s Steakhouse in Midtown.

Name: Level 4 Shotgun – Lupara Semi-automatic
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Be the proud owner of the most powerful shotgun in the game. The arms dealer who specializes in the Lupara hangs out at Joe Foley’s Bar in New Jersey, but it’s worth the trip out of the city. Bring $600,000 along with you to pick up this gun

Name: Hired Assassin
Available in: All regions
Price: 250 Points
Dash Details: Give yourself some extra muscle by getting the ability to buy the most powerful crew member in the game, regardless of your current rank in the Corleone family. It’ll cost you $10,000 to add him to your team, payable to special crew dealers

Name: In-Game Money – $50K
Available in: All regions
Price: 40 Points
Dash Details: Add $50,000 to your game portfolio. It’s not a fortune, but it’s nothing to shake a stick at either. The money will be added directly to your in-game bankroll once you return to gameplay. This is a one-time offer; it cannot be purchased multiple times.

Name: In-Game Money – $100K
Available in: All regions
Price: 75 Points
Dash Details: Fatten your wallet with $100K. Maybe that’ll help you on your way to buying that new Tommy gun you’ve had your eye on. The money will be added directly to your in-game bankroll once you return to gameplay. This is a one-time offer; it cannot be purchased multiple times.

Name: In-Game Money – $250K
Available in: All regions
Price: 150 Points
Dash Details: Add $250,000 to your game portfolio. Now we’re talking some serious cash. The money will be added directly to your in-game bankroll once you return to gameplay. This is a one-time offer; it cannot be purchased multiple times

Name: Level 4 Weapon Bundle
Available in: All regions
Price: 400 Points
Dash Details: Get the ability to buy five of the most powerful weapons in the game. You still have to buy the weapons separately in-game from arms dealers, but if you do, you’ll have one of the most feared arsenals in the mob world. Check the individual weapon descriptions for arms dealer locations.

Name: Favor Pack – 3 Favor Missions
Available in: All regions
Price: 250 Points
Dash Details: Favors are the currency of the mob world. You do something for somebody, they owe you big. Get three additional favor missions that are available exclusively on Xbox Live Marketplace. Get over 100% game completion! (Note: All three missions have in-game prerequisites which you can view at http://godfather.ea.com.)

This needs to stop. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, STOP BUYING WORTHLESS MICROTRANSACTIONS! Don’t support this behavior from games. If this kind of stuff is successful, we’re all going to be buying incomplete games soon and we’ll be forced to buy the rest of the game online. Stop paying for what used to be (and still should be) free.

Boycott Lumines Live!

Lumines Live is one of the biggest rip off slap to the face of gamers that I have seen in a long time. The game costs 1200 Marketplace points (a lot to begin with), but doesn’t include all of the skins or modes in the game. In fact, all of the included skins can be played through in under an hour from start to finish. To get the full experience of the game you’ll need to buy 3 additional packs via microtransactions on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Come on people, this is a sick joke. If this is the way next-gen is progressing, I might become a retro gamer even more than I am now. It sickens me to see this nickel and diming model become the standard in the industry.

Don’t buy Lumines Live. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS KIND OF CONSUMER ABUSE. The only way to properly speak out is by withholding your dollar. Send a message! Do not eat up either Microsoft’s or Mizuguchi’s damage control on this issue. For the sake of us all, ignore this game!