In case you needed another reason to be cynical of spending real money on virtual cash, Rockstar and Microsoft recently banned users who exploited a major GTA Online money glitch. The glitch, which involves selling a motorcycle repeatedly for infinite cash/dough/cheddar, was showcased in a YouTube how-to video.
While cheating in online games is nothing new, keep in mind that some gamers are paying legitimate American dollars to garner in-game cash. Ever the opinionated one, I grilled these micro-transactions a couple weeks ago, and this latest story only adds to my grocery list of complaints. How are consumers supposed to justify spending their paychecks on GTA perks when there are glitches going around?
Hopefully this glitch will drive a stake through the concept of micro-transactions. Now, I understand that Rockstar can patch the game and ban future offenders, but glitches, hacks, and other gaming scams aren’t going away. Say someone discovers another loophole and doesn’t get all narcissistic with a YouTube how-to video. Say this cheater keeps it to himself (or a small circle of friends), scores bonus money in small chunks, then dominates his competition. Does any honest gamer really want to pay extra to keep up with that?