Freemium Games



  • It seems like younger kids are getting hooked on these freemium games nowadays, and I cant understand it. The gameplay is absolutely terrible and performance in the game is based on how much money you are willing to pay. They are impossible to ever master the game, and any challenge is instantly removed once you pay for it.

    I got ahold of a cracked apk file for a freemium game. The cracked version basically gave you unlimited money. In my test environment, I ran the game and spent "Hundreds of Thousands of US dollars" in the game. Not a single time did it ever get more interesting. The characters literally level up into infinity. I wasted quite a bit of time leveling up to infinity as a figured there has to be some level where you can actually beat the game.

    IMO Freemium games should not be allowed. It's the biggest scam possible in software...lol



  • @IRJ said in Freemium Games:

    It seems like younger kids are getting hooked on these freemium games nowadays, and I cant understand it. The gameplay is absolutely terrible and performance in the game is based on how much money you are willing to pay. They are impossible to ever master the game, and any challenge is instantly removed once you pay for it.

    I got ahold of a cracked apk file for a freemium game. The cracked version basically gave you unlimited money. In my test environment, I ran the game and spent "Hundreds of Thousands of US dollars" in the game. Not a single time did it ever get more interesting. The characters literally level up into infinity. I wasted quite a bit of time leveling up to infinity as a figured there has to be some level where you can actually beat the game.

    IMO Freemium games should not be allowed. It's the biggest scam possible in software...lol

    Don't mix bad game design with the business model.



  • @JaredBusch said in Freemium Games:

    @IRJ said in Freemium Games:

    It seems like younger kids are getting hooked on these freemium games nowadays, and I cant understand it. The gameplay is absolutely terrible and performance in the game is based on how much money you are willing to pay. They are impossible to ever master the game, and any challenge is instantly removed once you pay for it.

    I got ahold of a cracked apk file for a freemium game. The cracked version basically gave you unlimited money. In my test environment, I ran the game and spent "Hundreds of Thousands of US dollars" in the game. Not a single time did it ever get more interesting. The characters literally level up into infinity. I wasted quite a bit of time leveling up to infinity as a figured there has to be some level where you can actually beat the game.

    IMO Freemium games should not be allowed. It's the biggest scam possible in software...lol

    Don't mix bad game design with the business model.

    It's definitely a bait model that relies on impulse vs actual value.

    If reocurring payments is the model (Like MMORPG) , that is fine. Charge a fair, flat rate. These games cater to anyone who has funds and guarantees that they will beat free users.



  • @IRJ said in Freemium Games:

    @JaredBusch said in Freemium Games:

    @IRJ said in Freemium Games:

    It seems like younger kids are getting hooked on these freemium games nowadays, and I cant understand it. The gameplay is absolutely terrible and performance in the game is based on how much money you are willing to pay. They are impossible to ever master the game, and any challenge is instantly removed once you pay for it.

    I got ahold of a cracked apk file for a freemium game. The cracked version basically gave you unlimited money. In my test environment, I ran the game and spent "Hundreds of Thousands of US dollars" in the game. Not a single time did it ever get more interesting. The characters literally level up into infinity. I wasted quite a bit of time leveling up to infinity as a figured there has to be some level where you can actually beat the game.

    IMO Freemium games should not be allowed. It's the biggest scam possible in software...lol

    Don't mix bad game design with the business model.

    It's definitely a bait model that relies on impulse vs actual value.

    If reocurring payments is the model (Like MMORPG) , that is fine. Charge a fair, flat rate. These games cater to anyone who has funds and guarantees that they will beat free users.

    I don't know of a MMORPG that is not free to play with purchases now.



  • See also South Park episode 1806.



  • Eh, some bad games spoil the bunch I guess? I know of a few decent Freemium games, WarFrame comes to mind, but you're probably right that the vast majority are just cash grabs.



  • @coliver said in Freemium Games:

    Eh, some bad games spoil the bunch I guess? I know of a few decent Freemium games, WarFrame comes to mind, but you're probably right that the vast majority are just cash grabs.

    nobody makes games not to have their game be a hit and make money.



  • Some states are looking to ban certain types of freemium games because there is to much of a gambling type aspect to it.... not sure they will succeed in banning them or not.



  • @Dashrender said in Freemium Games:

    Some states are looking to ban certain types of freemium games because there is to much of a gambling type aspect to it.... not sure they will succeed in banning them or not.

    From the 1940s to the 1970s, pinball was banned in major US cities on gambling grounds.



  • @Dashrender said in Freemium Games:

    Some states are looking to ban certain types of freemium games because there is to much of a gambling type aspect to it.... not sure they will succeed in banning them or not.

    I don't think the freemium model is a the problem you're referring to here @Dashrender. It's the lootbox craze, which is obviously nothing but gambling for pixels instead of cash.