Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 22, 2013
I have recently entered the land of the mobile-deviced. Or something. Got a Nexus 10 (though I still have a plain ol’ “dumb” phone for the foreseeable future). It really is for game development, but I wanted to get some use out of it. A friend told me that he really had to hunt for ways to make his useful, but after some success it became indispensable. So I took his word for it and have looked for ways of using it.
It’s kinda tough for a guy who is almost always in front of a computer. There’s seriously very little a tablet can do that a computer cannot – except be mobile. Going where the computer can’t (at least not conveniently).
Remembering how incredibly boring a few recent flights for The Day Job were, I took that as an opportunity to hunt down the competition and find some entertainment (jussincase) in the process. So I checked out what was shaking in the RPG department for Android.
In five minutes, I was searching for an option to filter out any game that was “free.”
By way of explanation… I hate buying a car. I inevitably buy used, and used car dealerships are generally horrible experiences for me. No matter how much research you do, you are in an inferior position to the person in a cheap suit trying to gauge how much they can gouge you. With one recent exception (where I wisely educated myself as much as possible in advance, and went to a place specializing in low-pressure, no-haggle ‘one fair price’ dealerships), I’ve always felt like I’ve been taken…. but I never really knew by how much. So I’ve always felt like I’ve been played for a sucker.
So although I have rarely put any money into a “Free to Play” game – and have nothing against them personally (I mean, technically, my free demos of my games are kinda “free to play” with an upsell), I feel like these “free” games are either crapware laden with ads, or the digital equivalent of a used car dealership. I don’t feel like subjecting myself to either of these ugly situations.
And the Android store is laden with it. I was quickly getting to the point where I was only looking at those games with enough confidence and forthrightness to show it’s offer up-front.
Am I a really obscure exception to some rule – a market that nobody would do well to lose money on?
One day I’ll probably end up making a real “free to play” – long after the trend has died- and will probably have to come up with some crazy excuse that I really believe about how I’m different from all that other crap out there. And maybe I’m just being a big wuss about it (I do have a couple of f2P apps, and they aren’t bad. But for right now, it seems a little like a ghetto of gaming. A bunch of crappy games trying to lure me in to nickle-and-dime me to death or something.
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