Valve Adds Micropayments to Team Fortress 2

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In case you doubted that microtransactions are firmly part of the gaming landscape, Valve has jumped into the game with its online, multiplayer, first-person shooter Team Fortress 2. Team Fortress 2 now integrates the "Mann-conomy" allowing players to visit the Mann Co. Store and buy items using cash they've loaded into their (recently launched) Steam Wallet. Such purchased items confer bonuses that advantage the purchaser in online play. It's not that this is a dreadful surprise (although some players are angry about the purchased bonuses), it's that this is another nail in the coffin for the hope of avoiding micropayments everywhere. It's like when your great-grandmother got an e-mail account - you knew internet communication was firmly entrenched.

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