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Posted Feb 24, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Macrotransactions columnist Scott Jennings writes about the recent uproar over Allods Online's microtransaction prices.

Scott JenningsgPotato’s Allods Online stretches the meaning of “microtransaction” – and misses the point

Allods Online has been something unusual – a ‘free to play’ MMO from Russia’s Nival that rivals many subscription-based games for its polish and level of gameplay. It’s gotten a lot of good press and positive reviews… until last week. In fact, in one day, the buzz from the beta testers went from “this game is awesome” to “they’re crazy if they think we’ll play this”.

What happened? gPotato released their “item shop” and players went ballistic.

Read Scott Jennings: Macrotransactions.

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB