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Published on Nov 13, 2015

With the Festival of the Lost, we're introduced to the Zombie Dance (Thriller) emote, costing a whopping 700 Silver. That's $7 for 1 Emote - only available on X1 & PS4. Strangely, a popular Reddit “Suggestion” post precipitated this inclusion with the appeal to Bungie to bring “Thriller” into the game. Well, bring it they did.

We talked about this exact occurrence in our Eververse analysis: http://planetdestiny.com/eververse-co...

Bungie is going to see that they can sell the community's ideas back to them, and it seems it's already begun.

But again, we have to stress that there's nothing inherently wrong with this. If a consumer has demand, and a supplier supplies, then this is a healthy transaction. Still, we have to wonder how many giddy Guardians forked over their Silver without worrying about buyer's remorse.

Microtransactions thrive on impulse buying, and jacking up the cost for the flavor of the week is a savvy, if somewhat cynical move on the part of Bungie.

Speaking of flavor of the week, do you want to save those masks? If you didn't know who you were before you could troll about the Tower as Eris Morn, and you've exhausted all your RNG glue, you can again spend a little Silver for some packages with Paper Glue to forever immortalize your mask.

Like Silver, Bungie gives its players a taste with one free Glue application, then dangles the promise of more for zero time investment. If you’ve got self-control, this is no problem. If you don’t, well, at least you’re funding the game you love? Ostensibly, yeah. That’s what all this is for, right? The pervasive and increasingly specific rumor is that Bungie is going to be giving us “free” DLC because of all the money we’re spending on Silver.

The reality is that Bungie never explicitly said that, at least not yet. Supplementary purchases are going to bolster the development teams, and help them work without worrying about tightening their belts – but an expansion on the level of TTK, funded entirely by microtransactions, seems a dubious prospect.

That’s what it all comes down to, really – and arguments you’ll see on the forums will boil down to this fundamental disagreement. There are those who think Bungie is going to be faithful and frugal with our money, putting it towards things that are going to further Destiny’s growth; and there are those who think Activision, eyes filled to the brim with dollar signs, are cackling and rubbing their palms together as they take us to the cleaners.

We don't have much evidence to support either side. What we have is the Festival of the Lost. All things considered, this event is fun and harmless, tainted only by microtransactions nipping at our collective heels.

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