Even though i'd imagine that at least half of those who swear against buying FIFA20 will eventually cave, people need to understand that buying the game isn't a sacrilegious breach of covenant between the unsettled community and EA; nor should it be subject to the constant nagging threat of the wagging finger of sanctimonious judgment. I deplore the recent compilation of hypocritical individuals who were exposed for buying FIFA19 against their vow; a list with the sole intent to elicit condemnation and shame. And it's not helping.
The single biggest problem with FIFA is microtransactions
, people. Due to their extremely lucrative nature, microtransactions
dictate the direction of this game. You vote with your wallet and thus any spendings on in-game currency suggest an inherent satisfaction with certain substructures of the game; namely pay-to-win, card collecting, gambling, meta-gaming menu content (such as: trading, sbcs...). EAs telemetry (which is a fancy word for spyware) allows them to datamine and procure your entire habitual network, including your shopping patterns, which then allows them to tailor the game to the most favoured common denominator
in order to maximize their profits.a.
During this past decade we have observed a gradual shift from a focal point on (casual) gameplay with fair monetization, to recent years cut-throat competitive arms race fueled by pay-to-win mechanics and extortionate in-game shop fees-- often through abysmal pack weights. I would argue that 2019 has been an experimental year for EA. Through this mictotransactional brinkmanship-perhaps due to the looming threat of gambling regulations-they have pushed the envelope like never before. The glaring absence of a casual mode comes to mind. Was this a deliberate ploy to gouge every last bit of profit before a potential shutdown by turning the game into a hyper-competitive p2w fest?b. The menu/casino content takes precedence over gameplay
. This peculiar phenomenon is ubiquitous on every streaming platform but is in all probability unique to FIFA. - I cannot name any other game where people in droves exhibit a feverish predilection for meta-content (a harmful at that) over actual gameplay. This is actually very scary. Think about what's going on here. Through addiction, wily deception and shift in priority, a gaming enterprise has manipulated you into thinking that you still need
FIFA - even though the current game is merely a shadow of its past and likely doesn't satisfy your needs. But it makes you think
that you need it - by quenching your thirst for mediated dopaminergic circuitry (read: incentive reward; the same circuitry that mediates reward as a consequence of drug abuse). What this essentially means is that, there are certain short-term activities that are pleasurable enough, such as pack openings, so they intrinsically produce a dopamine kick and thus provide you with instantenous gratification (like when eating when you're hungry). EA exploits that unscrupulously, even in children.
So consider this: what are you really buying here
? Are you buying into a football-themed casino or a game of football? If it's the latter, then abstain from splurging on FUT.