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EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry 221

Posted by Soulskill
from the put-your-money-where-your-gun-is dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ben Kuchera from Ars Technica is reporting that EA/DICE has substantially changed the game model of Battlefield: Heroes, increasing the cost of weapons in Valor Points (the in-game currency that you earn by playing) to levels that even hardcore players cannot afford, and making them available in BattleFunds (the in-game currency that you buy with real money). Other consumables in the game, such as bandages to heal the players, suffered the same fate, turning the game into a subscription or pay-to-play model if players want to remain competitive. This goes against the creators' earlier stated objectives of not providing combat advantage to paying customers. Ben Cousins, from EA/DICE, argued, 'We also frankly wanted to make buying Battlefunds more appealing. We have wages to pay here in the Heroes team and in order to keep a team large enough to make new free content like maps and other game features we need to increase the amount of BF that people buy. Battlefield Heroes is a business at the end of the day and for a company like EA who recently laid off 16% of their workforce, we need to keep an eye on the accounts and make sure we are doing our bit for the company.' The official forums discussion thread is full of angry responses from upset users, who feel this change is a betrayal of the original stated objectives of the game."

Comment: Re:Is this guy for real? (Score 1) 402

by Blailus (#16675839) Attached to: How To Sue the Auto Dialers
Taking these guys to court does require a lot of time and effort, but as far as I know it's the only recourse we have. That said, caller ID works pretty well as a spam filter for me... My only problem with that is, now, to have an effective block against people I don't want calling me, I have to pay for an additional service, so that I can properly use my service I was already paying for? No! Frankly, its far better and more cost efficient, to own a cellphone. As I understand it, telemarketers, polititions, and any other group which uses unsolicited phone calls to push its business aren't allowed to call cell phones (due to the cost levied on the reciever I believe). Thus, I can have a cell phone and hopefully, never recieve any "junk calls" which, luckily, haven't occurred yet. I definately agree with the parent though, especially because its the only recourse seemingly available. Why in the world do people put up with this crap? Because it is easier to try to ignore it than to deal with it. THAT is what is wrong with the US, not that we have "too many" frivolous lawsuits.

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