Throughout this semester for my BCM325 Digital Artefact, I have been focusing on a unique topic but one that a lot of people talk about including the government in the US. Lootboxes or microtransactions and its future in sports video gaming is a continuation from last semester in 2019 where I focused on microtransactions and the positive and negative impacts on sports video gaming. The platform that I decided to use for this DA is Reddit, a great platform for conversing with others as well as gaining more information regarding certain topics, especially the topic I chose. As seen below, the way I decided to showcase the results of my DA was through a podcast.
Jack Ridoutt · The Future of Micro-Transaction
For the podcast, I basically just went into detail with each post that I made to Reddit and just spoke about the impacts it had on my research as well as the Digital Artefact in general. I also dropped in a few personal opinions of mine that are related to my own experiences playing sports video games and having known a lot about microtransactions, I felt that my thoughts would be a good addition to the podcast. Unlike last semester where I only posted three Reddit posts, for this semester I decided to do five just so I could get a grasp of the overall consensus and opinions on the future of microtransactions. I posted two Reddit posts to r/Gaming, two posts to r/NBA2K and one final post to r/FIFA.
The first Reddit post that I posted for this DA. I made it a simple question and it did get some decent engagement. Members of the community just voiced their opinions regarding microtransactions and its future. It was great to see people conversing in the comments also. Check it here!
The second post that I made was the same question posted to r/NBA2K and the engagement was absolutely terrible. I had one comment off the moderator of the sub-reddit however which was encouraging. Check the post here!
My third post was a very encouraging one. I posted a different question regarding game prices over the next 5 years and whether or not they will go up or down due to the increase in virtual currency and microtransactions. This post was for r/Gaming and it had a lot of positive engagement with many passionate Redditors voicing their opinions. You can check out this post here!
The second last post that I made was not too bad considering that it was posted to r/NBA2K. I got some great comments here and there but still nothing as close to the previous post. The post, however, was interesting as it focused on the games price over the next 5 years and a few people had some good opinions on the topic. Y’all can see the post here!
The final post was decent, the engagement was alright but for a game that I’m not as familiar with as well as the community, I was content with the engagement I received. You can see the amazing post right here!
Considering the last three posts that I made regarding the cost of games, I do believe that the prices of games will stay the same even though the use of microtransactions is increasing rapidly every year. I think it is also safe to say that microtransactions are here to stay and even if game prices are lowered, they will still be the same price and games will be heavily using this feature as a catalyst for financial success.
Thanks for a great session,