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In-game purchases, otherwise known as microtransactions, have been around for years. Originally associated with free-to-play titles in which you could spend real money to buy various bits and pieces, microtransactions have inevitably wormed their way into more traditional games. Like we say, this has been going on for years, but recently, the whole situation seems to have come to a head.

With recent blockbusters such as Destiny 2 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War catching a lot flak for stuffing questionable microtransaction practices into their respective experiences, many a gamer has decided that enough is enough. The logic is that if we're paying full price for a game to begin with, we shouldn't be subjected to in-game purchases -- optional or not.

So microtransactions are at the core of a widespread uproar right now, but how do you feel about them? As always, we're interested in hearing what you lot think. Are microtransactions inherently bad? Are they being blown out of proportion? Whatever your opinion, vote in our polls, and then let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

What are your overall thoughts on microtransactions in games? (324 votes)

  1. They should be abolished, period15%
  2. Keep them in free-to-play games only, please43%
  3. They have no place in single-player games15%
  4. Unless they negatively impact gameplay, I don't care23%
  5. I don't know, I haven't really thought about it  0%
  6. Microtransactions have been blown out of proportion, they're not that bad2%
  7. I actually like the option of being able to make in-game purchases1%

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Do you ever spend money on microtransactions in games that are not free-to-play? (316 votes)

  1. Yes, on a regular basis1%
  2. Yeah, sometimes9%
  3. Very rarely30%
  4. No, I've never spent money on microtransactions59%

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Do microtransactions put you off buying a game that has them? (315 votes)

  1. Yes, I refuse to buy a game that has microtransactions14%
  2. Sometimes, it depends on the game68%
  3. No, I don't care if it has microtransactions or not18%

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