Originally Posted by Exact-Psience
Basically, you're trying to say that we shouldnt buy these games because there's always a possibility that they go free, and those who do, are idiots.
I'm saying it makes no sense to buy something that you know is going to go free, especially if you are under the impression that this type of action will make Freemium go away. I'm also not saying that consumers are idiots, but rather it is consumer idiocy
However, it does make you an idiot to continually buy Triniti games if you know they will become free
Originally Posted by nightc1
As for getting games for free, nearly every time a game goes free it's to get it bumped up the charts on the appstore. It actually helps the dev if you go download their game during that window. It helps more to post some feedback and reviews, but just the act of helping a dev out by downloading their game when they need a mass of people to download it at once to get it up the charts is a pretty equal transaction between dev and gamer. I don't know why it has to be considered such a dirty thing to get a game for free weather it has IAP or not. It would cost the dev a lot more to pay someone to promote their game versus giving away a bunch of digital copies. Especially when the vocal minority get hold of a game for free and actually talk about it, review it, and help spread the word.
I'm just sick of hearing comments that assume iOS gamers are cheap and that is the cause of Freemium. That's crap. Freemium exists because it is a more lucrative business model. Like you said, it gets the game out there. A sale is calculated, and no gamer should have to feel 'guilty' simply because they are playing by the rules of the AppStore.
Developers have learned ways to get more money out of people that extends far beyond simply selling the title, so they forgo that step, get it on the device for free and then charge you as you play. They don't charge me
mind you, unless the IAP is there to unlock more stages or gives me some type of permanent perk, or if I get so much enjoyment out of a title that it is simply the right thing to do to support the developer. I never buy any type of consumable IAP. However, apparently a lot of people do, or else it wouldn't exist and it wouldn't be the business model that so many developers now chose to use.