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Comment Re: "Ethical" microtransactions? (Score 1) 177

That does not matter. What matters is that addiction is tied to the spending of money. Rare items and their associated bling function as a reward to reinforce the behaviour of paying the microtransactions. This is the same form of operant conditioning behind trading card games and gambling machines.

Comment Re:I'm not with the EFF on this one (Score 1) 207

And where do you think that $100,000+ in tuition goes? Answer: it lines the pockets of all the fatcat school administrators. These schools are not in the business of education; they're in the business of making money so they can grow their bureaucracies.

Comment Re:Are professional players a majority of sales? (Score 1, Insightful) 293

Tell that to the makers of professional sports equipment (shoes, baseball gloves, bats, hockey sticks etc.)

It's a simple fact: many people buy what the pros buy and would be insulted if told they should buy a product "dumbed-down" to their level.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada