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Valkrex:
Dead Space 3.

They put micro-transactions in the SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN! WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!?!?
Couple that with Origin, the console version likely having an online pass, most likely there will be Day One DLC in one form or another, and the fact that there are FUCKING MICRO-TRANSACTIONS IN THE SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN, that revolves around weapon crafting and upgrading. They are reworking an essential part of the game entirely, just to include more ways to nickel and dime everyone.

Chill the fuck out would ya? Saints Row The Third had a DLC that unlocked all upgrades for you and Dante's Inferno had 'Soul Packs' which helped you buy abilities faster. DS3 is not the first SP game to do this, and I'm sure there are even more that do this. And even then no one is forcing you to buy these packs, they're only for people who want more resources earlier in the game, so I don't see how they are "reworking an essential part of the game entirely". They're essentially trying to gain a bit of extra money simply by handing you resources if you so choose, on the whole virtually an effortless way to make extra money and gives player more options.

So I'm not seeing how this is a diabolical practice, nobody's making you use the micro-transactions so don't act like they are. But of all the reasons not to buy DS3 this is probably the silliest. I'm still gonna buy the game cause it doesn't affect me in the slightest.

Errr, it's not really a boycott, but the closest I can think of is Mass Effect 3. I was pretty hyped for it after ME2 but then EA refused to release it on Steam and insisted that you install Origin. I'd already suffered through GFWL in order to play Bioshock and I have Uplay installed for the Assassin's Creed games (I don't mind that one because it basically just gives you extra free stuff for the game), but I buy pretty much everything through Steam and was in no mood to install an entirely separate gaming platform just for the sake of one game.

I couldn't afford ME3 when it first came out anyway, so I figured I'd just wait to see if they ever released it on Steam. They didn't, and I heard a lot of talk about how much the ending sucked, and by this point pretty much all my internal hype had drained away and I was working through other games. Now I don't really have any intentions to buy it, unless they release it on Steam and it ends up in a sale.

Ironically, I'm pretty sure that all the people who threatened to "officially" boycott the game ended up buying it anyway.

ubisoft would be the first one, they can make however many "good" games they want I am still not buying their games after the from dust fiasco.

ea sold me a product that quite frankly did not work, nada, nothing, didn't even install. why would i ever consider giving these greedy bastards money ever again?

Wizards of the Coast
Square Enix

None. I don't boycott games.

If it's a bad game, I don't buy it, if it's a game that's broken, I don't buy it.

I'm not much for activism in gaming, so I don't boycott companies with poor business practices, though I find that people who do that are in the minority. They boycott things they think will be bad (Not what a Boycott is), or that they think will be broken (Also, not what a Boycott is).

And, if your little boycott is not actually making an impact, your statement does nothing anyway.

Everything Sega publishes because of their bs with shining force 3 videos. While I can stand using your powers as publishers to add stupid things to games you publish, you will not abuse your power to do things you have no right to.
I think any game sold at full price but with micro transactions is going to be added to this list too. Though if they then add free updates (TF2, Portal 2, ME3), I suppose it's fine.

I avoided buying L4D2 because I think it's a moneygrab, not enough new stuff to call itself a new game, especially when they promised TF2 like updates, that didn't really happen. Friends gifted it to me since they wanted to play it but, probably still counts since I didn't buy it.

And Ubisoft, I have no interest in buying their DRM filled crap, they nearly caught my interest by removing most of the DRM from their games ...then they attached U-Play and shot all interest down again. I'm staggered at the level of stupidity they bounced around with their DRM.

Im also boycutting EA for their business practices and that they also arnt putting out anything im interested in which makes that much easier, the last game i brought from them was Mass Effect 3 and it made me so angry it just the final straw.

also im boycutting my local GamesWorkshop (not the company just that particular store) the manager is a complete dick and tells people if they arnt playing the game or buying then they must get out (even if your watching the game and getting pointers about the hobby) he tried to get rid of painting stations (which caused a large boycott from regulars so he stopped that) and also i feel as though the staff are way too pushy when it comes to getting people to buy things and it makes me feel very uncomfortable

Let's see...

Pokemon Gen 5 (Black, White, Black 2 & White 2)
Dead Space 3
Call of Duty Series after WaW
Resident Evil 6
Street Fighter series after 4 (Super, Arcade, etc.)

Those are all that I can think of now. The list might get longer in due time.

I haven't really boycotted anything. Sure there are things I won't buy but it's only because I lack interest or it doesn't appeal to me.

Launcelot111:
Budweiser, because I went to school with the grandson or something of one of the owners of Anheuser-Busch, and he was a colossal douche and I don't want to indirectly give him a cent of my money.

I don't really boycott anything on some ethical stand. I'm conflicted about the Chick Fil-a hullabaloo because while I don't agree with Chick Fil-a's extracurricular fundraising efforts, their actual business model and customer service are an example for pretty much every fast food restaurant to follow, and their food is good for what it is. If I didn't think that gay marriage is inevitable and the Christian right couldn't stop it, I would be much more conflicted about going there.

If you are boycotting Anheuser-Busch then you better be carefully checking the labels of your beer purchases. A surprising number of labels are owned and distributed by Anheuser-Busch and if you aren't careful you may still be putting pennies into the douche's pockets

I don't boycott anything because I feel like it is pointless and stupid. Even if I absolutely despise a certain developer, if they make a great game I'm interested in then I will buy it, I'm not going to deny myself that experience because of a silly and flawed grudge. I buy games based on the game, not the developer/publisher.

Don't have one. Its honestly pretty embarrassing how entitled and whine gamers are to developers and publishers. Yeah I may not like all the decisions that get pushed through, but at the end of the day more games are better then no games. I work for for various developers and have friends all over the industry I'd rather support them so they can keep working, then act like a brat because I didn't like the last 5 mins of a game or some stupid shit.

I will say this though I hate the way criterion is handling the Need for Speed brand, the only way I'm picking their games is if their dead cheap. If they want to make more burnout then make friken Burnout. Stop destroying the Need for Speed series.

Persona 4 Arena because of ATLUS' decision to region-lock the game and spend n amount of years bringing it to Europe, when that happens, I still won't be playing the game, I simply stopped caring.

Ubisoft, activision, EA (Sans Bioware products), Non single player Final Fantasies. It's more of a no Buy list than a boycott list.

I don't seriously boycott much. I don't buy many games as it is, and I end up rarely buying anything from EA or Activision due to their games being drab and boring. I boycott any annual series due to lack of personal interest. Isn't it a funny non-coincidence that annual-release games are almost always conceptually boring and have no imagination? Once a publisher decides that a series is a money-printing means-to-an-end, it sure does start to resemble one.

anything by EA until they either go bankrupt or until they clean up their business mod-BPPPHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh god, that's hard to say with a straight typeface.

yeah, so nothing by EA.

Rawne1980:
I haven't purchased an Ubisoft game since Assassins Creed ..... the first one.

The constant shitty DRM and sticking two fingers up to PC gamers forced me to stick two fingers up back and not give them any of my money.

I will never buy an Ubisoft game.

I used to boycott them too because of their shitty PC ports and draconic DRM later on. Once they began removing DRM from some of their PC games, I lifted the boycott, but since then they haven't made anything I wanted to buy anyway. The only thing I still cared about was the Assassin's Creed series, but Brotherhood was so boring that I lost interest.

For several years I boycott Activision-Blizzard due to their pricing policy. Games shouldn't cost $60 two years after they got released. The price should start dropping gradually after two or three months have passed.

I'm boycotting EA for what they're doing to BioWare. I don't know if it can be considered a boycott if there hasn't been an EA-published title I've been more than passingly interested in since Mass Effect 3 (Which is the last EA game I've bought, and whose little post-ending "BUY DLC AND GIVE US MONEY" note was what drove me to this decision), though.

I guess you could say SecuROM games, but that's more "I'm not willing to pay money from something that'll be yanked away from me once I install it five times" than "I'm purposefully making a moral statement about how I feel about SecuROM". Besides, those are getting pretty rare these days.

I don't support Valve.
It has proven quite easy.

Grape_Bullion:
EA, Activision, Capcom, Square Enix, and Ubisoft will never receive money from me again. Bethesda as well, if I can help it. Haven't purchased something from EA, Activision, Capcom, and Square for three years now. Ubisoft for a little over two years now, with the exception of AssCreed 3, which was given as a gift.

Fun way to chastise your friends and hopefully help your cause? Next time you see them playing something you don't like/disagree with/whatever, just ask them if they're enjoying killing the game industry. Sure it's a dick move, but I've done it a few times and a few friends have been more conscious when they buy games now.

not exactly something to be proud of bro. You are in no position to talk down to your "friends" for their purchasing decisions. You're not "saving the industry" by forcing your standards on other people, you're just being a prick, and frankly it makes you no better than the publishers you single out for boycott.

I don't Boycott anything its kinda childish and doesn't accomplish anything but make you miss out on a lot of good titles oh well :3

I had boycotted Saints Row The Third over how much DLC the game was getting in advance, but between the complete edition and THQ being closed, I will probably snag a copy online.
Other than that, I refused to buy to buy Fez because of the attitude of its creator. Oh, and I haven't eaten at Chick-Fil-A for a number of years now b/c of their owner.

I refuse to boycott.

I hate the very idea of a boycott, and I refuse to partake in any.

Good day.

I was fully prepared to never play Arkham City because of the Cat-woman thing. She figured into the hype and, marketing. She was going to be part of the plot. She was going to have playable chapters. Then a week before launch it was revealed that you would have to put in a code online to unlock Catwoman. An online code, for a single player game, and content that was apparently necessary for plot development. Fuck off Rocksteady, Arkham Asylum wasn't THAT good (well it was but not the point). Then it was revealed that Gamestop was giving away codes to use Catwoman if you bought the game used from them. This seemed fine but I took this as a huge middle finger given by Gamestop and Rocksteady to independent retailers and other major retailers who sell games.

I can't say I've been boycotting WB or, Rocksteady though since I did end up grabbing Arkham City new and on the Wii U. If anything I could say I refuse to buy a game that requires me to input an online code.

I can't say I'm boycotting Gamestop either since I just shopped there to get a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles for under a hundred dollars. Gamestop is definitely my last stop though when it comes to buying games and I actively steer friends away from shopping at Gamestop when you can pay the same price for new games just about anywhere or less online or at independent places.

The closest thing to a gaming boycott I have going on is my refusal to buy EA Sports titles. I've never bought one and I'll never buy one new.

OuendanCyrus:
Persona 4 Arena because of ATLUS' decision to region-lock the game and spend n amount of years bringing it to Europe, when that happens, I still won't be playing the game, I simply stopped caring.

If we all do that they'll just stop bringing ANY of theirs games to Europe because, as far as they can see, there isn't a market for it. Which means now I have to buy TWO copies so we might actually get SMT 4 or whatever they're making now.

Shoggoth2588:
I was fully prepared to never play Arkham City because of the Cat-woman thing. She figured into the hype and, marketing. She was going to be part of the plot. She was going to have playable chapters. Then a week before launch it was revealed that you would have to put in a code online to unlock Catwoman. An online code, for a single player game, and content that was apparently necessary for plot development. Fuck off Rocksteady, Arkham Asylum wasn't THAT good (well it was but not the point). Then it was revealed that Gamestop was giving away codes to use Catwoman if you bought the game used from them. This seemed fine but I took this as a huge middle finger given by Gamestop and Rocksteady to independent retailers and other major retailers who sell games.

I can't say I've been boycotting WB or, Rocksteady though since I did end up grabbing Arkham City new and on the Wii U. If anything I could say I refuse to buy a game that requires me to input an online code.

Wait, maybe it was different in the states but all that meant for us in the UK was you buy it new or you need to pay some monies to get the Catwoman chapters which weren't EXACTLY essential but were pretty dang cool. It was kindof a dick move but it's a less shitty way to encourage new buyers than making it so you can't start a new game ever (RESIDENT EVIL MERCENARIES!)

Rawne1980:
The constant shitty DRM and sticking two fingers up to PC gamers forced me to stick two fingers up back and not give them any of my money.

I will never buy an Ubisoft game.

This. Ubisoft's DRM approach has made me refuse to purchase anything from them.

Hey guys, remember when we all hated Activision? Those were the days.

Gamestop
EA (due to their marketing)
Call of Duty (I haven't bought a single game since CoD2)

Denying myself a possibly positive experience because of my dislike for the company that published it seems irrational.

Honestly I don't really boycott anything formally. Rarely even when I disagree with something unless is truly is awful, so honestly if I saw say a band of KKK guys walking around in a racist parade I would do NOTHING because it's their right. In the case of games I just buy what I want to play and don't buy what I don't give a fuck about.

Launcelot111:
Budweiser, because I went to school with the grandson or something of one of the owners of Anheuser-Busch, and he was a colossal douche and I don't want to indirectly give him a cent of my money.

You could just boycott it because it's a terrible lager :D

That said, I can enjoy any beer, including Bud. While it's not something I'll generally pick, if it's offered, I'll enjoy it all the same.

Out of interest, was his douchiness in any way related to the fact he was living off Bud money? (get it?!)

I had boycotted Arkham CIty because of all that Catwoman crap, using her so heavily in the promotions then holding the content hostage as day 1 DLC. Got it for free on PS+ though and I'm nothing if not a whore.

EA, Activision and Ubisoft as far as publishing houses.

I wont buy DMC:Eurotrash reboot either and I'm pretty much ignoring Capcom in general.

No boycotts, I just blacklist titles. Let's see....

Dante's Inferno, Bulletstorm, Halo, World of Warcraft... can't think of any others at the moment.

Bosque:
I've finally had enough with EA, and am actively boycotting their products, starting several months ago.
So far only two properties I would have bought have been denied my purchase.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Sim City (due for release this spring)

Are there any games you have boycotted?
Only post if you actually WOULD have bought the game(and didn't), if not for ethical considerations.

In general I do not boycott, heck I don't even typically put people on ignore lists, killfiles, or report them, even when they troll me (which happens with some frequency on forums, I think the last couple of days here have been my higest count with like 3 trolls one after another), as someone, a person or company, could always change or add valuable input or perspective on another subject later.

I decided I'm not buying Dead Space 3, but that's because of what's in the product itself: the microtransaction system. Not because of a general boycott on EA products.

See if EA produces a product of a sort I want, and doesn't include that kind of cash grabbing nonsense, I will buy their product. I target the behavior, not the company over all.

I speak my mind frequently, my attitude has always been if you agree with me, do what I do. If not, don't. Trying to organize something as official as a formal boycott really isn't my style, especially over the internet where it's an exercise similar to herding cats. Rage from the internet is a powerful thing, but it's not typically something that can be intentionally directed by an individual.

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