Checkpoint Intimates: The Pay2Win Conversation

Posted on October 20, 2017

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Checkpoint Intimates is a weekly podcast where two members of the team go one-on-one on a topic that they both feel strongly about, talking in a more deeper and, yes, intimate context. This week on the show, Elliot and Sav discuss one of the most dangerous and awful trends in video games… Pay2Win. Yes, that’s right, some video games allow you to spend actual money to get ahead or speed up your progress. They discuss the recent controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2, along with how the concept creates uneven playing fields and unfair advantages. There are varying ways of doing this, including “free to play” games that feature the gimmick, and there are games that also do microtransactions in a good way (with cosmetic items being the focus). What do you think? Have you ever spent real money to further your progress in a video game?

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Elliot Attard

Elliot Attard


Beer aficionado, PC gamer, TV show binge-watcher, music lover, and elite member of high society - Elliot possesses all of the qualities needed to project his word thoughts straight into your eye holes.

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Sav is a games developer, programmer, journalist, zine maker and writer. Find him around Melbourne, writing, testing games, running from deadlines and attending pro-queer, pro-trans, and pro feminist rallies. His favourite game is Silent Hill 4- but he knows Silent Hill 2 is the best.

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