Slippery Slope ArgumentsNovember 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Posted in mmorpg | 10 Comments
Tags: MMO, mmorpg
I really despise the Slippery Slope. In some modern usage a lot of people just use it to indicate a string of events. Really it’s an irrational form of argument that I would hope would be taught in any high school, but to be honest it was one of the first things I learned about in university.
A Slippery Slope argument is essentially the suggestion that one step in a particular direction means the inevitable continuation of steps in that direction. I could say that if you admit someone of the same sex is attractive you are on a slippery slope (not that there’s anything wrong with that) to homosexuality.
A logical fallacy.
When I see umpteen bloggers using the term slippery slope to support their arguments against Warhammer’s new cash shop, and in particular the option to purchase one free level it kind of grates on me.
There are numerous reasons not to freak out over this, but of course, that is exactly what is happening.
The mechanism to skip a level already existed in the game. You can get a War Tract from a quest in game to skip a level.
Also, skipping one level? Kind of inconsequential, considering you can only do it once per character.
Plenty of games sell experience potions, or offer them in game, but you don’t see any complaints about that. Used over time I wonder how many levels can be skipped?
I find it truly disingenuous for people to complain about Warhammer’s move and in their next breath explain that they don’t play Warhammer anymore and they don’t really care about the game, but gosh darn it lets raise hell! This is an outrage!
Since I’ve only ever played Tier 1 I suppose I shouldn’t get a say either with that logic. Logical fallacies all around! Woohoo!
Would I pay for most of the things in Warhammer’s new shop? Probably not. Mounts at level 2 account wide for $10 seems like an actual deal compared to $7 for a Guild Wars costume or $25 for a WoW mount or $10 for a RoM mount. I’d be curious to find out just how much LOTRO mounts are going for.
Slippery Slope in it’s classic form is a logical fallacy but I’m sure people will argue they mean it in it’s more modern form. To that I say, oh you did Mr. Psychic? So you’ve seen the future? Please oh wise one, inform me of the future hellish nightmare of cash shops and microtransactions.
Can’t it just be an evolved business model? I bet at least some real Warhammer fans will be glad that they’ve found another revenue stream if it means they get more content.
I’m sure some of the bloggers I haven’t named are patting themselves on the back thinking “we sure nailed that Slippery Slope!” Well, to be honest I’m actually paraphrasing someone there.
Guys, gaming is serious business! No I mean, it really is a serious business with millions of dollars invested and if their business begins to fail they’re allowed to try to make changes and bring in new revenue without your permission, believe it or not.
Maybe this will lead to free to play, maybe this will lead to cash shops that will ruin massively multiplayer online gaming forever but I’m not quite willing to step on the slippery slope just yet.
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