There have been collectible items in games for years, and possibly decades, but nowadays with the explosion of popularity of online games and franchises like ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Counter-Strike’, ‘World of Warcraft’, etc. Most gamers, like I, will want new items, new weapons, new equipment, which often doesn’t do anything, and these items are seen by some gamers and most non-gamers as a waste of money.
If you wanted an example of a game corporation which provides their players with an endless stream of new items which don’t do anything, your first stop would need to be Valve Corporation. Since the late 90’s and early 2000’s Valve has stepped into the multiplayer gaming market and some of its most recent and most popular online games now feature literally hundreds of in-game items. Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are two of the games which just want your wallet, for years Team Fortress 2 has included unlockable weapons and…….hats, yes, hats. These hats are useless in gameplay unlike the weapons and cost much more money. However, they are fun to wear around the virtual maps and servers, show off and are often very humorous. They have become synonymous in symbolising the game and almost act like a status symbol, people are going to want to show off that they waste the most money, and why blame them? Valve’s most recent addition in the Counter-Strike series, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has a huge collection of ‘skins’, which are paint jobs for the player’s weapons, even with different grades of wear and rarity, as well as variants with stickers and even Kill-Counters. These weapons have no purpose in game other than to show off and look good, and when it comes down to it, a lot of the skins can help you be seen by the enemy! Despite the uselessness of the skins, players flock to unbox or buy them and a lot of people get a little over-excited about the whole topic.
Those two games were just some of the examples of games with plenty of useless items, acting as fun little novelties for the player, but also as a money-harvester for Valve, I could go on and on, but by the time I finish, CSGO will have some new skins out for me to waste my money on. I hope you enjoyed reading, leave some comments telling me and everyone else here at the site what you think on this topic!