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11th Mar '17 8:27:11 PM neckinhalf
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' started slow with Microtransactions, adding extra Create-A-Class slots and camos in Black Ops 2. However, all the latest games use a system called Supply Drops. Certain content is only accessible by unlocking Random Number Generator loot boxes that yield 3 items each. You can earn in-game currency to open these boxes, but can pay for either an alternate currency (Black Ops 3 and Infinite Warfare) or a better chance at getting something good out of the boxes (Advanced Warfare). Obviously, currency earned in-game is dwarfed by whatever can be paid for.
25th Jan '17 2:12:38 PM TheFellMind
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* ''Videogame/RuneScape'' allows the purchase of extra "spins" on something called the "Squeal of Fortune", a Wheel of Fortune parody on which you can win assorted (mostly junk, but some very good) prizes, as well as experience rewards. There's also a straight store called "Solomon's General Store" which allows you to buy costumes, animations and other cosmetic items.

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* ''Videogame/RuneScape'' allows formerly allowed the purchase of extra "spins" on something called the "Squeal of Fortune", a Wheel of Fortune parody on which you can the player was able to win assorted (mostly junk, but some very good) prizes, as well as experience rewards. This has since been removed and replaced by the very similar minigame known as Treasure Hunter, where "keys" can be [[BribingYourWayToVictory purchased]] to unlock treasure chests for random rewards (free experience, bonus experience used when skilling, and an array of useful items). There's also a straight online store called "Solomon's General Store" which allows you to buy costumes, animations and other cosmetic items.items. Nowadays, not a single week goes by without [[MoneyDearBoy at least one promotion]] active on Treasure Hunter, Solomon's Store, [[UpToEleven or both at once]].
28th Dec '16 4:34:27 PM kataangluvr
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* ''VideoGame/GhostTales'' has this option available if you want to purchase diamonds, which can be used for special items or completing quests.
25th Oct '16 11:09:44 PM SSJMagus
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** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarships'', its MMO naval-simulation sister game, operates on the same business model, and in fact premium accounts are shared between them (that is, you're paying for a Wargaming premium account that applies to both games, regardless of whether you bought it directly with real money on their website or bought it in with ''World of Tanks'' gold/''World of Warships'' doubloons).
14th Oct '16 9:30:22 PM nombretomado
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* Many game apps on {{Facebook}} use Facebook coins, which are bought with money. Some use the direct method as well.

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* Many game apps on {{Facebook}} Website/{{Facebook}} use Facebook coins, which are bought with money. Some use the direct method as well.
14th Oct '16 3:33:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' {{discussed}} the topic in detail in [[http://extra-credits.net/episodes/microtransactions/ one of its videos]], calling it a useful tool that many games should embrace and offering some do's and don't's to any developers interested in adopting the model. (Build the content with the payment model in mind, give free players a way to earn paid currency without paying, avoid BribingYourWayToVictory, etc.)

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* ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' {{discussed}} the topic in detail in [[http://extra-credits.net/episodes/microtransactions/ one of its videos]], calling it a useful tool that many games should embrace and offering some do's and don't's to any developers interested in adopting the model. (Build the content with the payment model in mind, give free players a way to earn paid currency without paying, avoid BribingYourWayToVictory, etc.)
28th Sep '16 7:05:22 AM Dribbleondo
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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' has microtransactions in the forms of safes and drills for custom weapon skins. Through a RandomDrop, you can earn a safe that contains a random skin for a random gun that may or may not have stat boosts. To unlock the safe, you have to fork over real life money to purchase a drill that will unlock the safe. The safes, drills, and skins can be traded between players as well and drills can also drop as you play too.

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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' has microtransactions in the forms of safes and drills for custom weapon skins. Through a RandomDrop, you can earn a safe that contains a random skin for a random gun that may or may not have stat boosts. To unlock the safe, you have to fork over real life money to purchase a drill that will unlock the safe. The safes, drills, and skins can be traded between players as well and drills can also drop as you play too. There are also 2 types of Safes: Pre-Update 100 safes require drills to open, while Post Update 100 safes can be opened for free.
31st Aug '16 9:47:20 PM Killerikala
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* Uncharted 3 was turned free-to-play about a year after release, and added a ton of real money-only items. After the update, every normal unlockable could be bought with money too.
** Uncharted 4 has microtransactions as well, but everything (including DLC!) Can be unlocked by playing. To balance this out, the drops are random (albeit never duplicates) and it can take a while to earn enough "relics" to buy them.
27th Jun '16 5:22:40 AM DarkMask
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11th Apr '16 10:46:44 PM Kid
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* All Creator/ArtixEntertainment games (''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', ''VideoGame/MechQuest'', ''VideoGame/WarpForce'', ''VideoGame/EpicDuel'', and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'') have the basic storyline and most equipment available for free, but the best weapons, armor, Titan quests and battles (best for farming!), and so on are only available to upgraded players and (in the case of equipment) often only for special currency that must be purchased with real-world money. (although small amounts can be gotten rarely in AQ, DF, and MQ) The worst for it is probably AQ; MQ is probably the best, but DF and AQW both have an awful lot of content available for free players.

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* All Creator/ArtixEntertainment games (''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', ''VideoGame/MechQuest'', ''VideoGame/WarpForce'', ''VideoGame/EpicDuel'', and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'') have the basic storyline and most equipment available for free, but the best weapons, armor, Titan quests and battles (best for farming!), and so on are only available to upgraded players and (in the case of equipment) often only for special currency that must be purchased with real-world money. money (although small amounts can be gotten rarely in AQ, DF, and MQ) MQ). The worst for it is probably AQ; MQ is probably the best, but DF and AQW both have an awful lot of content available for free players.
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