So the TF2 Mann-Conomy update hit this week and the response has been mixed.

On one hand players are in favor of new items and having access to items they previously struggled to get, unfortunately the downside is that the game is now a mess of item spamming and confusion over the hat based economy which seems to be distracting players from the game itself.

Valve’s genius idea to make money comes in the form of its mysterious item crates, which drop more frequently than any other item. These crates can only be opened by purchasing a key from the Mann-Co store, each of these keys cost $2.49 and offer the chance to receive an “Unusual Hat” or variety of other items. Players are flocking to the Mann-Co store for these keys and guaranteeing Valve a hefty return on a rather simple investment.

I like the update. Through some clever trading I increased my hat-count by over 10 while managing to acquire the most sought after set hat in the game, the Familiar Fez (Spy FTW).

I think we’ll just have to see how this plays out in the long run, will Valve keep updating the store with new items, or will they let it stagnate because they’re too busy counting their money?

I try to avoid the business side of the gaming industry, but since my last topic touched on it I figure I might as well mention this next bit as well.

Call of Duty Pre-Sales Figures Are Set to Surpass Modern Warfare 2.

According to Gamestop’s sale figures, Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to break the record previously set by Modern Warfare 2.

“GameStop is tracking to all-time, record reservations on Call of Duty: Black Ops,” said GameStop SVP of merchandising Bob McKenzie. “We are ahead of where we were with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 last year, which previously set the industry standard.”

Biggest game release of all time? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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