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In-Apps & App Store Search

02-03-2014, 02:45 PM
#1
In-Apps & App Store Search

Two Factors:

(A) -> In-App purchases has destroyed gaming industry
and
(B) -> App Store Search

=

The end of raw-produced indie games...
02-04-2014, 07:42 AM
#2
Loved the guy in the Youtube video in link A) ! Angry and rightfully so.

5c from someone who was dragged into this by chance and considers it a hobby.


It really all started with the FREE madness.

Why would any artist give away his work for free? Talk to any painter. Most would rather starve than give their stuff away for free. Putting free apps on the store is the greatest travesty of all.

Meteor Kids is an iOS Game made by 9 year old Ian. Read about our father / son project on GameByKids.com or follow on Twitter.

02-04-2014, 08:08 AM
#3
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,459
But most apps arent free.

If you look at charts of apps with the highest revenue most of these are freemium titles. So they're clever really, people think they're free (which they are to install) but then it entices you to buy IAP after IAP so in the end they generate a ton of money. So its not like an artist giving away his work for free.

You've both offered promo codes to your games so thats giving games away for free as well. Then again when i look at some of the past apps such as 'Harry Pooper (& Pooping Bieber)' (by the thread creator) suddenly freemium games look like nothings wrong.
02-05-2014, 05:10 AM
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by GameByKids.com View Post
Putting free apps on the store is the greatest travesty of all.
Really? Free apps is no different to free websites.

Should I have to pay to download the app for Amazon or Facebook? Should developers be forced to demand payment for a game designed to promote a product or raise awareness for a charity?

Would you argue that free websites should be banned too? Or is it only on iOS that you think this sort of thing is unacceptable?
02-05-2014, 05:34 AM
#5
Quote:
Originally Posted by mr_bez View Post
Would you argue that free websites should be banned too?
Where did you read that in my posting? I had small game developers in my mind. I would love to see them compensated for their efforts. But that's just me. But at the end of the day it's anyone's choosing if they offer their product for free or not.

Facebook and Amazon are not free. Both a viable business models that make plenty of money by you giving up valuable data and sell you stuff (in case of Amazon).

Meteor Kids is an iOS Game made by 9 year old Ian. Read about our father / son project on GameByKids.com or follow on Twitter.
02-05-2014, 05:41 AM
#6
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,459
So why would you give away promo codes for your games so people get them for free ?

Some people use promo codes, other people create free games which entice people in and then they might buy their other games if they like that free version.

Theres very few decent 'free' games on the app store, most are freemium which is totally different and a totally different discussion.
02-05-2014, 06:53 AM
#7
psj3809 you seem to mistake me for someone else. I have no app in the app store and therefore did never give out any codes. My little son made an app (with my help) that is currently in review. No codes have and will be given out for that app ether (except maybe journalists for obvious reasons).

I was simply stating my personal view as a customer in the app store. But as I said, every developer can choose which ever model he pleases.

Meteor Kids is an iOS Game made by 9 year old Ian. Read about our father / son project on GameByKids.com or follow on Twitter.